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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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Feature Story

Networks watching Lemieux

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photo: Dave Spencer

Montreal promoter Yvon Michel is hopeful of a coming out party for undefeated slugger David Lemieux Friday night. Not only will a victory assure a crack at the WBC middleweight title, but hopefully a shot onto a bigger stage within North America. It will mark the fourth time Lemieux will appear on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, and like most of his appearances, they have been brief in duration.

“I know that the level of discussions I’ve already had with HBO and Showtime that they’ll be watching,” said Michel. “It’s the first time I’ve had a boxer that I don’t have to knock at their door, they know who he is, they’ve seen him on ESPN. Other promoters know him as the best prospect who has yet to fight on HBO or Showtime. He’s getting known and everybody’s watching.”

Michel is expecting a capacity crowd of close to 4,000 people to see Lemieux as he rivals to become the next big star to come out of Montreal following in the footsteps of Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. (more…)



April 8th, 2011



Scale Watch

Weights from Primm, NV

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Jessie Vargas 143 vs. Vivian Harris 146
Eddie Gomez 150.5 vs. Roberto Lopez 150.5
Bastie Samir 161.5 vs. Lester Gonzalez 163
Alexander Flores 225.2 vs. Quantrine Hill 219.5
Kai Zama 139 vs. Paul Green 136.5
Tatini Anderson 139 vs. Lissette Medel 138
Venue: Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert, Primm, Nevada
Promoter: Golden Boy
Click here for more photos…



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Mwetpunga in action April 15

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Photo: Milo Lekovic

Australian based Nambian middleweight, Johannes Mwetupunga (10-2, 4 KOs) will make the third defense of the Australian 160 pound championship against Omar Shaick (8-6, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Shaick at 5’9 is three inches shorter than the champion and at 23 years old is eleven years younger than the 6′ Mwetupunga. Shaick is a southpaw and suffered only one defeat to Ben McCulloch in 2010. (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Rubio looking for the KO

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Both sides are predicting a knockout at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night (ESPN2) in the headline bout featuring undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs). “The little French I do understand is knockout, knockout, knockout,” said Rubio’s co-manager Julio Gudino early this week. “I think fight night, there will be a knockout; hopefully it will be on our side.” Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber told Fightnews much the same thing, with expectations of a spectacular fight. “It’s going to be a goddamn nuclear war in there,” said the trainer who has guided the powerful slugger since he was nine years old. (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Miami

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez

Damian Frias 147.5 vs. Daniel Sostre 145.2
Xavier Burgos 141.5 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 143.7
Leduan Barthelemy 122.7 vs. Anthony Fraguada 117.5
Michael Santander 140 vs. Jose Rivera 136.5
Jessy Cruz 118.5 vs. Lance Rogers 118.2
Jesus Lule 131.2 vs. Elijah Linder 132.5
Cesar Cisneros 137.2 vs. Jose Segura Torres 141
Wilson Feliciano 148.5 vs. Carlos Ramos 149.7
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Pugilistic Promotions
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April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

ShoBox Quotes from Laredo

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Here’s what the fighters had to say on Thursday, one day before the exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).

Marcus Johnson: “I don’t feel like Davis is anything special. He’s not his dad. I don’t care about legacy. I don’t care about any of that. I just have to fight him. To prove myself as a top super middleweight, I would fight (Lucian) Bute. I’d fight in Canada if I had to. I’ve got the same mentality as my last fight: knock him out. He’s a safety first fighter but I’ll push him to the limit.”

Dyah Davis: “At this stage, I don’t need softees. It’s not going to propel me. Fighting tough opponents, this is the route we’re comfortable with. I’ve never tried to trade on my father’s career and I won’t now. When I’m in the ring with Marcus, it will be all me. This is my life. This is a business. And I’m here to take care of it. That’s why I am here — not to trash talk.” (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

ShoBox weigh-in

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Marcus Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) – 170 pounds; Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs) – 169.25 pounds; Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) – 137.75 pounds; Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) – 140 pounds; Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 3 KOs) – 145.75 pounds; Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) – 144.75 pounds.



April 7th, 2011

Photo

Australian WAY-Outback!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Looking something between the Joker and the Toxic Avenger, Michael Katsidis showed up for today’s “Action Heroes” presser in Las Vegas decked out Aussie style – way-Outback. Spitting out a trail of pumpkin seeds around the media room, Katsidis kept the glare of the media room’s fluorescents, the flies and everyone else away with extra-dark sunglasses, neon war paint and corks hanging down from his hat.



April 7th, 2011

UFC

Heavyweights clash in Canada!

UFC 31: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos LIVE on PPV June 11!

With the heavyweight division better than it’s ever been, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is proud to confirm another blockbuster matchup that is sure to shake up the UFC Octagon® as well as the mixed martial arts community. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces the man with the most dangerous hands in the heavyweight division – Junior dos Santos – as The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos coaches collide at UFC 131: LESNAR vs. DOS SANTOS, live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, June 11.

(more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Zbik-Chavez Jr. Mexico Presser

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

After Wednesday’s big media event in Los Angeles, a massive presser for the June 4 clash between WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and #1 challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took place today in Mexico City.

Sebastian Zbik: “I’m excited to take on Julio Cesar, son of a great idol Julio Cesar Chavez. I’m going into the ring with all the confidence that I’ll win on a big stage like the Staples Center. I have a great fight plan and I’m not worried at all about Chavez’s Jr.’s record or his knockouts. I’ve never been knocked out so my goal is to get a lot of training and defend my title.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “Since childhood I have dreamed of this, and for that and I’ve worked hard to prepare to defeat Zbik. It’s a tough fight, but nothing is free and I want to achieve my dream….my father gave many joys to Mexico, I want to continue giving such joy.” (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Gonzalez returns May 13

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay, has set up training camp in Oxnard, California and began preparations last month at the World Crown Sports Training Center for his next bout. Gonzalez will step back into the ring on Friday, May 13th and take on Ruben ‘Cloroformo’ Padilla (18-2-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Best Box and Sergio Marquez Promociones. For more details and photos click here…



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Colomban in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

World rated welterweight Samuel Colomban (19-3, 9 KOs) will clash with Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (22-7,12 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Colomban was last in action against New Zealand puncher Steve Heremaia in December winning a twelve round decision. Colomban’s last defeat was to IBF #11 Wale Omotoso in 2008 in the best Australian fight for that year. On undercard bouts, light flyweight Omar Kimweri (8-2, 3 KOs) will be in against Mongol Patanakan Gym (10-4, 5 KOs) over twelve for WBO Oriental title on the line. Classy super bantamweight Daniel Iannazzo (19-1, 6 KOs) and hard punching world rated featherweight Will Tomlinson (15-0-1, 11 KOs) will be in action against imports in ten round bouts. Promoter Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael.



April 7th, 2011

Photo

Morales, Maidana presser

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Andreas Hale

Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales face off at today’s final press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card televised on HBO PPV. Maidana was a man of few words, promising only a good fight while Morales made the lengthy press conference worthwhile with his final words.

“After so many interviews, I had to question myself whether this was the right decision,” Morales told the press. “Am I the only crazy one, the only one who thinks I’m going to win? But when I’m alone at night, lying in bed, I know, I’m not wrong. I didn’t make a mistake in picking Maidana – and I’m gonna prove it on Saturday night.” Stay tuned for more photos and a full report.



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Don King in Mexico

Photos: David Martin Warr

It was a real feel good moment for all of boxing this week when legendary promoter Don King visited Texcoco, México, to attend the inauguration of the new boxing arena named the “Don King Coliseum.” Here are some more shots of the festivities. (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

WV2 fit and ready

Photos: All Star Boxing Inc./Mario Vayas

World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., showed his great condition today during the 30 day pre-weigh in for his May 7th brawl versus former three time champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley clash in a Top Rank presentation. Vázquez (20-0-1, 17 KOs) is going to make his third defense of the 122 pounds title versus Arce (56-6-3, 43 KOs), a veteran fighter with titles in 108, 112 and 115 pounds in his career. For more details and photos click here…



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Zyggi Rozalski

Video interview by Przemek Garczarczyk

Zyggi Rozalski, a very popular figure in the world of boxing, was a longtime advisor to heavyweight contender Andrew Golota and now he’s working with former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek. On Saturday Adamek will fight Kevin McBride at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and if everything goes according to plan, will face Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight championship on September 10 in Poland. Rozalski candidly speaks about his American experiences with both fighters, what Adamek’s success means to him and why he still calls both of them “my two special children.”



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Lemieux: I’m the hardest hitter

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photo: Dave Spencer

There’s no denying that 22-year-old David Lemieux has power. Twenty-four knockouts in twenty-five fights is proof enough, but Friday from the Bell Centre in Montreal and live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights should show exactly where the local fighter stands in terms of the middleweight division as he tackles his toughest challenge to date in Marco Antonio Rubio (48-5-1 42KO) in a WBC title elimination bout. In terms of raw punching power, Lemieux firmly believes he stands at the top of the heap as far as the 160 pound division goes. “I believe I’m the hardest hitter out of anybody in the rankings,” Lemieux told Fightnews. “I think I hit harder than any of them, I pretty much see myself on top of the food chain for hitting.” (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Montreal

By Dave Spencer

David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159.15**
(WBC middleweight title eliminator)
Adonis Stevenson 166.6 vs. Derek Edwards 167.13
Arash Usmanee 133.14 vs. AldoValtierra 133.15
Ahmad Cheikho 153.10 vs.Attila Molnar 153.6
Oscar Rivas 230.13 vs. Wilfrido Leal 260.15
Tyler Asselstine 125.14 vs. Mohamed Nouari 125.2
Eleider Alvarez 195.5 vs. Ernesto Zamora 195.2
Didier Bence 230.5 vs. Leonard Collier 288.2

**Rubio originally weighed in heavy at 160 pounds, 7 ounces and came back and made the middleweight limit

*The scheduled bout with Kevin Lavallee and James Carpio was scratched when Carpio didn’t show up.

Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
Venue: Bell Centre
Television: ESPN2
First Bell 7pm



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Keb to defend 108lb belt

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas will risk the crown for the second time against Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez on April 30 in Texcoco, Mexico, it was announced today by promoter Salvador Briman. The battle for the 108lb crown will be held in the new Don King Coliseum which has a capacity for five thousand people and prices will be accessible to the public commented Briman.



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Triple Threat in Atlanta

By Jose E. Santiago

Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey Promotions present the next installment of the Georgia Boxing Championship on April 29 at the historic 200 Peachtree building (formerly known as the Macy’s Building) in downtown Atlanta. The last event sold-out prior to the doors opening on February 25th and now three of the biggest names on the local scene will be fighting as part of a tripleheader main event as recent IBF welterweight title challenger Paul Delgado (25-10-1, 4 KOs) meets Luis Galarza (16-2, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder, lightweight Tyrese Hendrix (19-2-1, 8 KOs) faces David Armstrong (20-11-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder, and three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (27-6, 13 KOs) returns against journeyman John Trigg (18-34-5, 6 KOs) for the state 135lb belt. Tickets start at $25.



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Philly fight card postponed

The April 15th “Salute To Philly Boxers” card scheduled for the New Palladium in Philadelphia has been postponed. There will be a new date announced very shortly and all tickets that have been purchased will be honored on the new date. “There definitely will be a show in the next month or so and we plan to bring the fans a fight night fit for the great boxing fans of Philadelphia,” said Dave Wilkes of Wilkes Productions. Fighters that had been announced for the card include undefeated featherweight Coy “Pretty Boy” Evans (10-0-1, 2 KOs), female super bantamweight Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez (14-2-3, 5 KOs) and jr welterweight Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs) in separate bouts.



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez update

Video Interview by Ricardo Conde

Universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California, by way of Quilmes, Argentina, will be departing from Oxnard later this week and will arrive at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the broadcast team of HBO Latino’s pay-per-view fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana of Argentina and Mexico’s Erik Morales that takes place this Saturday. Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA to talk to him about his last fight, the upcoming fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales, his future plans and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say…



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Foreman “Legend Continues”

By Chris Perry

Undefeated heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III (11-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring April 9 to challenge Eric Lindsey (3-10, 1 KO) in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi’s at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. The Humble, Texas fighter, seeking his 12th victory is less than two years as a professional, will have his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner for the six-round main event. (more…)



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Acosta aims for quick return

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta hopes to return to the ring as soon as possible and is eyeing a June or July date against a top opponent. Acosta recently lost his WBA belt to Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on February 26 in Las Vegas. “I know I can return to the top,” said Acosta, “but to get back there I must fight and that’s what I want to do.”



April 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Stieglitz promo pic

Photo by Sat.1/Stephan Pick

A little artistic license used by German TV network Sat.1 promoting their boxing broadcast on Saturday night featuring the fourth title defense WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz against Khoren Gevor, taking place in Stieglitz’ hometown of Magdeburg.



April 7th, 2011




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