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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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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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Boxing News

Sakkreerin stops Metualy

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (33-2, 17 KOs) forced a stoppage win over Egyptian champion Mohammed Metualy (16-5, 3 KOs) at the conclusion of round five after the ringside doctor ruled the Egyptian boxer was not fit to continue due to injuries sustained with the IBF Pan Pacific 130 pound title up for grabs at the Bangkok Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. Metualy came to fight and swapped heavy blows with his Thai opponent from round one. In round five Sakkreerin stepped up a gear and attacked the body of Metualy and had him on the canvas but the visitor survived to hear the bell but was ruled unfit to continue. For more details and photos click here…



April 12th, 2011



Boxing News

Gomez returns May 21

By Ricardo Conde

Photo: Ricardo Conde

World ranked welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, training under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr. at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank.

Gomez famed for season one of the reality show ‘The Contender’ was scheduled to face ‘The Son of the Legend’ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30KOs) in a 12-round title fight back in December at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA but was forced to withdraw from the fight after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow, this will be his first bout since suffering that injury. (more…)



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Trainer Rian Munton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

English boxing trainer Rian Munton, who is now based in Thailand training IBF #6 bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk and formerly world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin, talks to Fightnews about how he is confident his fighters can win world titles and also about their training camp in Bangkok.



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Andrade returns April 22

2007 Amateur world champion and 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO’s) will look to take another step up the jr. middleweight ranks when he opens up the April 22nd ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast against once beaten, Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO’s) at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the show, which is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be an intriguing ten round match-up between jr. welterweights Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO’s) and “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO’s).



April 12th, 2011

Feature Story

The return of Luis Collazo

Story by Mariano A. Agmi

Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) makes his eagerly anticipated return to the ring on Wednesday, April 13, against journeyman Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) at the Coney Island’s Oceana Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

The last time fans saw Collazo, the crafty southpaw pushed WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to the limit in an HBO televised “Fight of the Year” candidate to kick off 2009 . . . Click here for more



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Bautista-Ruiz II

In a battle between former world title challengers, Rey Bautista (30-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines will face Heriberto Ruiz (46-10-2, 28 KOs) of Mexico June 11th in a rematch. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the IBF International featherweight title. Site of the match will be the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The two fought in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada where Ruiz dropped Bautista in round three of that bout in route to winning a unanimous decision.



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Yonnhy Perez Quotes

After a spirited 60-minute media workout Monday at the Activity Center here, former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, proclaimed himself fit and ready for his important 12-round fight against two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

In the tournament finals, Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of the Bronx, N.Y. will defend his IBF 118-pound title against undefeated rising star Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. (more…)



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

New Faces: Mercito Gesta

By Robert Coster
Photo: Felipe Leon

A growing number of boxing writers, particularly on the West Coast, have been taking notice of lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of San Diego by way of Cebu in the Philippines. One such writer calls Gesta, “The best Filipino boxer you’ve never heard of.” While others consider that it is a question of time before the young Filipino southpaw follows the foot steps of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. “We are not there yet, but I can assure you that Mercito is the next Filipino sensation and world champion,” says manager Vince Parra confidently. (more…)



April 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Shaw inks Cermeño

Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions is proud to announce the signing of Venezuelan former WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion and current WBA #6 super bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño (20-3, 12 KOs) to a co-promotional deal with Panama-based Rogelo Espino of Promociones Y Eventos del Istmo. 31-year-old Cermeño is a former Olympian and one of Venezuela’s most popular fighters. He is best known for two close split decision losses to WBA champ Anselmo Moreno.



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Molina-Chacon on May 20

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will face former two-time world title challenger Angel Chacon on May 20th, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com. The bout will take place at the Hangar on the grounds of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. The bout will be scheduled for eight rounds and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Andre Berto Quotes

Quotes from WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in advance of Saturday’s title defense at Foxwoods against Victor Orti from his training camp in Winter Haven, Florida:

“This training camp has to be one of my best thus far, simply because I have been staying in shape during my off time with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Cleveland Berto. So, when training camp came around, I got in rhythm within the second week. As the weeks go on, I’m feeling stronger, faster and more conditioned. I am ready to get in the ring.”

“I always work hard in training camp. He’s a southpaw with power, so we have to prepare and tweak a couple of things to get ready for the fight.”

“I work harder and harder as fight night gets closer. We do two-a-days, swim three times a week, run and go to the boxing gym every day.”

“I need to do what I’ve been doing: stay sharp, smart and, of course, be the last man standing.”



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

JuanMa video highlights

Following in the footsteps of Puerto Rican legends like Gomez, Trinidad, and Cotto, the undefeated Juan Manuel Lopez has taken the boxing world by storm. Watch the best of JuanMa’s 27 KOs, and prepare for his latest match against Orlando Salido on April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly Update

WBO interim light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly has been sparring exclusively with southpaws to prepare for his May 21 challenge to WBO world champion Jurgen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I think I’ve watched every fight that Braehmer has ever had, and I’ve had guys in the gym replicating his style,” stated Cleverly. “I’m going to get some quality sparring with one of the best southpaws in the country with James DeGale. And I think I learned at the hands of the master as well when I grew up with Joe Calzaghe. He’s one of the best southpaws of all time, and the experience I got from facing him in the gym when I was just 18 will stand me in good stead against Braehmer. “I’ve always enjoyed facing southpaws. I’ve not come up against too many in the pros, but I’ve dealt with them in the gym, and I’ll deal with Braehmer on May 21.”



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Froch-Johnson

Tickets are on sale now for the Super Six semifinal clash between WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall ticket office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet or in person at Boardwalk Hall box office.
“The Super Six is all about exciting fights, and no one brings the excitement like Glen Johnson and Carl Froch,” said Lou DiBella. “No fight fan will forget being in the building for this event.” Froch vs. Johnson, The Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

New Bronx boxing series

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will bring live professional boxing back on a regular basis to the historic Paradise Theater starting on Thursday May 5th. “I’m thrilled to get the Punchin at the Paradise series up and running on a regular basis. There is nothing more enjoyable to me then to be able to produce quality boxing events right here in the Bronx,” stated DeGuardia, who was born and raised in the Bronx, and has run his successful law firm and Star Boxing out of the borough since 1992. “We have five dates locked in already,” added DeGuardia, who believes the series has the potential to be “one of the most popular boxing series on the entire East Coast.”

Below are the scheduled dates for the 2011 Paradise Series:

1. Thursday May 5th
2. Thursday July 7th
3. Thursday October 6th
4. Thursday December 1st
5. Open date – roaming date for TV



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Torres, Sanchez in Veracruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican female world champions Ana Maria “La Guerrera” Torres and Irma “Guerita” Sanchez and their teams have arrived in Veracruz, for their world title defenses on Saturday. Torres, the WBC super flyweight champion, will meet WBC interim super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava for the vacant WBA super bantamweight belt at a catch weight of 120lbs. Sanchez defends her IBF female light flyweight belt against Jessica Chavez. The card is billed as “Reinas en Guerra” (Queens at War) and will be presented by Zanfer and HG Promotions at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz.



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Oquendo in Prizefighter tourney

David Haye’s sparring partner Fres Oquendo will fight in Prizefighter International Heavyweights on Saturday 7 May at London’s Alexandra Palace – after the Hayemaker recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn. “Adam made the call saying that David thought Fres deserved a shot at Prizefighter,” said Hearn. “Fres has been in with some of the biggest names in boxing and how can I turn down a request from our own Heavyweight champion!” Oquendo is coming off a split decision loss to Oliver McCall in December. Other named competitors are Michael Sprott, Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Mike Perez and Konstantin Airich.



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Quillen move pays dividends

A year ago, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin packed his bags and headed West, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in what can only be described as a culture shock experience. Quillin, who was rated as high as IBF #5 before a series of unfortunate circumstances (broken hand, hairline fracture of eye socket and emergency appendectomy) shelved him for 18 months, is now handled by multiple Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym.

“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” the personable son of a Cuban father and African-American mother said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers. I’ve sparred with Gennady Golovkin (WBA middleweight champion), Julio Chavez Jr. (WBC middleweight title challenger), Mathew Macklin (European middleweight champion), Craig McEwan and others.” (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

First 2011 card in Massachusetts!

"The Polish Prince" returns to the ring!

South Side Promotions, in association with American Fighting Organization, DiBella Entertainment and Mark Vaz Boxing present the first professional boxing card for 2011 in the State of Massachusetts on April 16th at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester. (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Santos returns in June

Photo: Ricardo Conde

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former welterweight and junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) will return to action on June 10 in New York City on a card coinciding with the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Santos has not fought since losing his title against Yuri Foreman in November 2009, but recently resumed his career, sparring with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez who went on to score a resounding knockout in his fight with Sergei Dzinziruk.



April 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Salita fights on

By Matt Richardson

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita remembers the words clearly. “You know how to take care of yourself now,” Salita’s longtime corner man and trainer Jimmy O’Pharrow told him before his two most recent fights. O’Pharrow, long a staple in the career of Salita, did not attend the former title challenger’s last two bouts.

“Jimmy O, the great man and visionary that he was, did not work my corner for the last two fights and prepared me to be functional when such a day would come,” Salita recalls. “He called me before my last two fights and told me that he will be at home a few miles away praying for me.” (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing Result

Lopez beats Santillan again

Last Friday at Club Cicilista Juninense, Junín, Buenos Aires, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (21-0, 9 KOs) retained his WBC Latino lightweight title after beating Alberto “Puma” Santillán (17-7, 5 KOs) by split decision in a rematch, which is a hot candidate for “national fight of the year”, according to the experts. Lopez won the first fight by majority decision.

In addition, former WBA light heavyweight world champion Hugo “Pigu” Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) returned after 8 months of inactivity, to beat by decision Martin “Whip” Islas (11-24, 3 KOs) in a six rounder clash at cruiserweight. (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Lemieux bruised, not broken

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Despite initial fears of a broken orbital bone, middleweight David Lemieux was given a clean bill of health over the weekend. The 22 year-old slugging sensation who suffered a stunning 7th round TKO defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio after winning and dominating the first five rounds had a severely swollen jaw following the fight and his team had feared the worst. “I’m glad to report that after careful and thorough examination, the only damage may be to his ego,” joked Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber to FightNews. (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Column

Maidana-Morales recap

Maidana got the win, Morales the glory

By Graham Houston

There probably weren’t many who believed he could do it, but Erik Morales almost turned back the years with his courageous performance against Marcos Maidana on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 34-year-old veteran from Tijuana was right in the fight for 10 rounds and the younger, stronger Maidana needed a big finish in the last two rounds to make sure of victory.

Although one judge had the fight a draw the two scores of 116-112 in Maidana’s favour seemed to be the correct ones. For me, it was Maidana early and late, with Morales fighting so well in the middle rounds that an upset looked possible in the junior welterweight title fight. (more…)



April 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Rubio’s nerve wracking plan

Targets Martinez, Chavez Jr, Anybody

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne

While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy, Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout.

“I think my experience is what helped me win the fight,” said Rubio following the contest. “I have the experience, early in my career I was a knockout puncher, knocking guys out in the early rounds, but over time, my experience has shown me to be over anxious and over zealous to try and win every fight in the first and second round. I knew he was going to come out, he’s a young fighter, he doesn’t have the experience yet to understand, he came out thinking he was going to knock me out in the first and second round, he’s a hard puncher, but I knew my strategy coming in was to take it to the later rounds and it would be my fight. For more details and photos click here…



April 11th, 2011




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