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Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank 2012 US Olympian welterweight Jose Ramirez (12-0, 9 KOs) impressed again, destroying David Rodela (17-10-4, 7 KOs) in the ...

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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Scott Raven Lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) stopped former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) with a single left ...

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4 Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2 Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago ...

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate

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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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Boxing News

Lebedev-Jones Moscow presser

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Andrey Bazdrev

Yesterday in Moscow there was the kick-off press conference for “Battle of Two Empires” between WBO #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-1б, 16 KOs) and legendary multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-7, 40 KOs) on May 21th at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe.

Denis Lebedev: “I am interested to fight a strong champion, a legend, to really understand that I can do in boxing, to check my strength. In life I’ve had many tests, but in sports this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity [to fight a legend]. To beat a name like Jones is very valuable. It will be many years before there’s another Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones is a legend, and now I will be.”

Roy Jones Jr: “I am very pleased to be here. Thank you for this opportunity to Denis, who challenged me to a fight. Denis is very strong fighter. I’m looking forward to May 21th, when I give all the boxing fans what they wanted and expected – and even more. I am 42 years old, but it’s just a number. Bernard Hopkins is 46 years old and he still fights. I have a simple motivation. The only title that I didn’t have between middleweight and heavyweight is the title of champion in the cruiserweight division. Lebedev is the number one boxer in this division. If Dennis wins it will be very good for his career. If I win it will be a great chance to for me to come back.” Click here for more photos…



April 8th, 2011



Boxing News

Froch-Johnson June 4 in AC

An opportunity to compete for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup will be on the line when Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) defends his WBC super middleweight title against former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., in the last Semifinal of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

The Froch-Johnson winner will advance to the Final against the victor of the May 14 Semifinal between WBA champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany. Ward-Abraham will be shown live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (more…)



April 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Reviewing tripleheader in Japan

Today’s paper reported that the earthquake and tsunami disaster killed 12,690 persons with 14,736 still missing in Japan. Under such circumstances the triple-header of boxing took place in Kobe, Japan, where more than 6,000 people passed away in the also terrible earthquake—sixteen years ago—in 1995.

It was a very crucial and clever decision to have shifted the fight place from Tokyo to Kobe—only two weeks before the event. At 11:32 PM last night (Thursday), there happened another big quake of magnitude five in Tokyo. Should the triple-header have taken place in Tokyo and should many foreigners participating in this event have been staying in Tokyo, they would have felt like escaping from Japan.

Foreigners—Mexicans, Argentines, Americans, Thailanders, Koreans, et al—haven’t experienced any quake here in Kobe, where the packed-house crowd gathered to watch the triple-header.

In three world title bouts, a couple of Japanese champs (Nishioka and Aoh, both belonging to Teiken Promotions) convincingly seized victories to keep their belts. Another titlist from here, Hasegawa belonging to Shinsei Promotions, sadly said a farewell to his second world throne that he had acquired just four months ago.

“Boxing is real and strict,“ some people said on boxing after they watched the local favorite out of Kobe, Hasegawa, lose his belt. However, fight fans felt their trusts and affections on the Sweet Science, since the better should win. Only the victory proves he’s stronger than the other.

Boxing looks like life, in a sense. It sometimes depends on fate, fortune and timing—plus other factors.

Has tonight’s triple-header encouraged the quake victims? This reporter strongly believes that it did—through television network of Nippon TV. The fight game has power to entertain and encourage the poor, the unfortunate and the sad. It was clearly proven this night.



April 8th, 2011

Scale Watch

Stieglitz, Gevor make weight

Photos: Eroll Popova

Robert Stieglitz 167.9 vs. Khoren Gevor 167.9
WBO super middleweight world championship
Ramona Kuehne 128.9 vs. Michelle Larissa Bonassoli 136.6
Jack Culcay 153.8 vs. Mikheil Khutsishvili 153
Haxhi Krasniqi 173.9 vs. Ben Nsafoah 175.2
Tommy Altmann 153.4 vs. Andre Deobald 148.8
Dominic Boesel 175 vs. Marko Angermann 174.3
Mathias Zemski 152.5 vs. Torsten Roos 153.6
Mike Keta TBA vs. Markus Senf TBA
Venue: Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
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April 8th, 2011

Feature Story

Don’t count me out, says Morales

Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Saturday night’s junior welterweight clash between hard hitting Marcos Maidana and surefire hall of famer Erik Morales sounds like something that would have been epic . . . if it took place when Morales was at his prime. But in 2011, a battle-worn Morales is thought to be nothing more than cannon fodder for a wrecking machine like Maidana.

But “El Terrible” advises you to not count him out. He’s not dead yet . . . Click here for more



April 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Roger Bloodworth

Video interview by Przemek Garczarczyk

Roger Bloodworth, Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) trainer talks about his fighter transformation from light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion to now a top heavyweight title contender. Tomasz Adamek versus Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) will be the main event during “The Last Big Hurdle” PPV gala on Saturday in Newark’s Prudential Center. If Adamek wins, his next fight will be for the WBC heavyweight title against reigning champion Vitali Klitschko (49-2, 39 KO) on September 10 at a 60,000+ stadium in his native Poland.



April 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Gevor: I can only win by KO

Photo: Eroll Popova

On Saturday, world title challenger Khoren Gevor will be in the “lion’s den,” Magdeburg, Germany, home to both WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, as well as Stieglitz’ promoter SES Boxing.

“Everyone knows that in sports there’s always a home advantage,” says Gevor. “Unfortunately, this is especially true in boxing. I am a guest at an SES event in their city. I have no illusions that here in Magdeburg it will be very difficult for me to win on points. I don’t want to insinuate that the judges or referee will consciously evaluate the fight incorrectly. But everyone knows that the home promoter pays the bills – also for the judges – and the audience contributes by cheering wildly for every punch the home boxer throws and not reacting at all to the clear punches landed by the guest boxer. No judges in the world are immune from that. So I know that I must win by KO – but this is okay for me. I am prepared for it and I have the goal to knock out Stieglitz. I don’t want there to be anything to discuss at the end.” (more…)



April 8th, 2011

Boxing Result

Gonzalez dethrones Hasegawa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Hard-hitting Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs), 124,75, captured the WBC feather belt as he stunned the audience with a one-punch stoppage of defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), 125.75, at 0:58 of the fourth session on Friday in Kobe, Japan.

Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw who previously kept his WBC bantam throne ten times to his credit, directly moved up to the feather category and acquired the WBC belt by unanimously decisioning Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico last November.

It was his first and mandatory defense against the official challenger Gonzalez, ex-WBO 118-pound ruler who lately registered seven consecutive stoppages after suffering a bad TKO defeat by Toshiaki Nishioka in three rounds in Mexico in May 2009. (more…)



April 8th, 2011

Boxing Result

Nishioka KOs Munoz in 9

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), 121.75, scored his sixth defense when he patiently outjabbed and outpunched Mauricio Munoz (21-3, 9 KOs), 121, finally catching the game challenger with a smashing left en route to a spectacular knockout at 3:07 of the ninth round in the second of the triple-header on Friday in Kobe, Japan. For more details and photos click here…



April 8th, 2011

Boxing Result

Aoh keeps WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, a Japanese southpaw, looked impressive in successfully making his initial defense as he outhustled ex-WBC interim ruler Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs), 130, Mexico, from the outset, entirely controlled the bout with effective combinations and finally sank him with a single vicious right hook to the belly at 1:06 of the fourth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan.

It was the first of the WBC world title triple-header and an encounter of pugnacious southpaws, which fully entertained the sell-out crowd at the World Memorial Hall. Aoh, who had dethroned German Vitaly Tajbert via unanimous nod here last November, took the inititative with a good attack, pressing the action from the first round. Aoh, formerly six-time national amateur high school champ, steadily piled up points as he gamely mixed it up and had the upper hand over the taller but slower Mexican hombre. For more details and photos click here…



April 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Meza-Clay returns

TNT Sports Promotions in association with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring presents “Easter Explosion” on April 23rd at the “New” Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. In the main event, super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (29-3, 20 KOs) faces Oscar Cuero (13-5, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, it’s a cruiserweight battle between WBF Americas Champion Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (17-1-2, 7 KOs) versus Frank White (7-7-2, 5 KOs). Undercard action includes Isaac Salter, Beden Laurent, Bill Hutchinson, & more. Tickets are $35 to $100. Call 724-513-1416. All Ages admitted. 1st bell at 8:00 PM.



April 8th, 2011

Interview

Q&A Robert Stieglitz

Photo: Eroll Popova

Mr Stieglitz, a lot of boxers a bad reputation and are known as punchers – in and outside the ring. But you constantly have seen to be thoughtful and reserved. Are you more an academic boxer because you are a certificated sports teacher?

I’m not like the ones who talk trash or cause trouble inside the ring or during free time. Boxing to me is a very fair sport: two people meet inside the ring, fight under certain guidelines and rules and the stronger one will win.

Two of your role models are the Klitschko brothers Vitali and Wladimir, who repeatedly warn their opponents that ‘Talk is cheap!’ Is this also your motto?

These are golden words and absolutely correct. I really appraise the attitude of the Klitschkos, their manners and the way they act. Also inside the ring they are very fair sportsmen and you won’t see any nudges, low blows or rabbit punches. (more…)



April 8th, 2011

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
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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




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