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Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO ...

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Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday ...

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Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the ...

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Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot ...

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Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel Jr welterweight Nery "Pantera" Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Feature Story

Q&A: Odlanier Solis

"This time it’s personal"

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs), a three-time world amateur champion (unbeaten at major events) and Olympic gold medalist, still undefeated as a professional hopes that his name will be shortly recognized and mentioned the same way people are talking about world champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. “In couple of days in Miami, I will beat Ray Austin. Vitali is the next in line,” said the 30-year-old Cuban residing in Miami. (more…)



December 14th, 2010



Boxing News

Erik Morales Update

By Felipe Leon

Fightnews.com has just received confirmation from Team Morales that since Jorge Barrios can’t come out of Argentina, the new opponent for Erik Morales on Saturday in Tijuana is Dominican Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs), whose credentials include wins over world title holders Humberto Soto, Nate Campbell and Cristobal Cruz (twice). He fought Jorge Linares to a majority decision earlier this year in Linares’ native Venezuela earlier this year. Morales is looking to become the first fighter to stop Lorenzo.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Jean Pascal workout

Photos by Luc Grenier

WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal looked sharp Monday in a public workout at Place Laurier Shopping Mall in Quebec City, Canada. The young and talented Pascal will attempt to derail 45-year-old two-time former world champion Bernard Hopkins’ history-making plans to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title on Saturday at the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME in the United States at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Huck-Lebedev media workout

Photos courtesy Photo Wende

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) and undefeated mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) today participated in a media work-out in Berlin. On Saturday night, the two hard-hitting warriors will collide at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. While Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, Lebedev refused to give the fans an in-depth look into his training. “I have prepared as always,” he said. “We had sparring partners who were very similar to Huck. That will be the key to victory. Tactic and strategy will determine the winner. I am at least as strong as Huck and I will take home the title.” For more details and photos click here…



December 14th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Abner Mares

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

Bantamweight superstar Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico impressively defeated Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) via split decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds in the co-main event of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament this past Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA to claim the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title. Mares took time to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Darchinyan, his upcoming fight with Joseph Agbeko and a lot more. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Budler to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced some of the details of the tournament scheduled for January 27 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park to be headed by the IBO title fight between Hekkie Budler and Gideon Buthelezi.

In an all South African clash of champions Hekkie Budler (17-0, 5 KOs) defends his IBO junior flyweight belt against current IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (10-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Barrios unable to fight Morales?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unofficialy we have learned there is a chance that the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios will not be able to face three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales for the WBC super lightweight silver crown in the city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Apparently a judge presiding over a criminal case has refused permission for the Argentine boxer to travel abroad. The promoters of the fight are reviewing whether they can find a late replacement or if the bout should hold Morales could be postponed. A name that it has been known as a replacement for Morales could be Dominican Francisco Lorenzo. We’ll be reporting all the news on this situation.



December 14th, 2010

Preview

On top Down Under

Book review by Chris Cozzone

Go figure. Paul Upham comes out with a book celebrating great champions from Down Under, and nearly everyone featured fails to come out on top in recent bouts.

Michael Katsidis gets walloped by Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 27. On the same night, Sakio Bika loses to Andre Ward. A week or so later, Anthony Mundine gets pasted by little-known Garth Wood in what is being called one of the biggest Australian upsets ever. To top it all off, Vic Darchinyan finishes the streak of bad luck by losing to Abner Mares, last weekend . . . Click here for more



December 14th, 2010

UFC

Cruz, Jorgensen eye UFC history

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

After an improbable and world-changing 17-year run in the fight biz, the UFC is finally set to crown its first bantamweight champion. The historic honor, and a sparkling new UFC belt, will go to the winner of Thursday night’s battle between Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 in Glendale, Ariz. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC

For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Antonio Escalante Update

Photo: Javier Delgado

Popular featherweight contender Antonio Escalante (24-3, 15 KOs) is currently working with new trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston Texas. Escalante is still based in El Paso, Texas, but plans on holding his training camps in Houston.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Moreno-Parra in Panama?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There is a strong possibility that the WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his crown against former WBA flyweight world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra in Panama City on February 18. It has been known that Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, Moreno’s attorney and BoxBest promoter Carlos Gonzalez are in negotiations to close the match. Moreno apparently has had proposals from Japan and Europe but prefers to defend the crown in his native country. It would be Moreno’s third straight defense against a Venezuelan challenger after having defeated Nehomar Cermeno by split decision twice in 2010. Parra was originally slated to face Koki Kameda for the WBA regular bantamweight belt, but came in slightly over the maximum at the 30 day weigh-in and was replaced. He has since made changes to his team.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing Result

Migaki keeps OPBF 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBC#7/WBA#9 Japanese lightweight Ryuji Migaki (16-2, 12 KOs), 134.5, kept his OPBF 135-pound belt as he battered previously unbeaten compatriot prospect from Osaka, Tsukasa Takase (12-1, 7 KOs), 134.5, to the punch and finally halted him at 0:51 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing back in Denver

Boxing returns to Denver, Colorado as Airtight Boxing presents “Armed and Dangerous” at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan Colorado this Friday, December 17th. The main event features the return of Rob Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) as he looks to end a nearly two year layoff as he takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas. Although Guereca was stopped in his last fight, he nearly upset highly regarded Joseph Gomez in a fight in November of last year, losing a split decision. In the co-main event Juan Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) and Donaldo Holguin (8-2, 3 KOs) fight for the WBC Latino Light welterweight title. In the first meeting Santiago scored won the title with a tenth round knockout, six months ago. Still, Holguin has a victory over former prospect Anthony Mora, and he is promising to rebound from the upset loss and capture the WBC belt Friday night. Red & Jerry’s is at 1840 W Oxford Ave in Sheridan, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first fight at 7:30. Call 720-298-1954 for ticket information.



December 14th, 2010

Feature Story

Antonio DeMarco Update

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon

On February 26th of next year, former WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis will take on fellow Mexican Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver lightweight title at a site to be determined.

The southpaw DeMarco challenged the late Edwin Valero for the full fledged version in February of this year but came up short when he retired on his stool after nine rounds. After bouncing back with a spectacular second round one punch KO of the battle tested Daniel Attah, DeMarco once again stands on the cusp of much bigger things for 2011 but first he must challenge for the title he already held. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

New foe for Salita

Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1, 16 KOs) will now face veteran James Wayka (16-9-1, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The original opponent was supposed to be former world champion Mike Achondo, who was said to have pulled out sick. The Salita-Wayka fight is currently scheduled for eight rounds but their hope is the commission will approve the bout for ten so that the IBA welterweight title can still be fought for as originally scheduled with Salita-Achondo.



December 13th, 2010

Boxing Result

Veto beats Kotey

By Oliver Duetschler at ringside

In a sold out Boxgym Graf in Torgau, Germany, former WBC Youth world champion Gabor Veto (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an eight round decision over former WBO bantamweight world champion Alfred “Cobra” Kotey (25-15-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday. It was an attractive fight, with the undefeaded Hungarian Veto’s more accurate punching making the diference. Score were 80-72. The fight originally was announced for K2 Promotion’s Klitschko-Chisora undercard in Mannheim but due to Klitschko’s that event was canceled.
In the co-feature, Swiss light-heavyweight Agron Dzila (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a devastating first round TKO over journeyman Krisztian Zambo (0-2).



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Sugar Ray Leonard sees ghost

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard will appear on a segment of Saturday’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” episode airing on the BIOGRAPHY channel. The show’s description reads “Battling with inner demons after retiring, Sugar Ray Leonard is awoken one evening by the appearance of a mysterious young girl.” The reality series features various celebrities sharing their alleged real-life personal encounters with the paranormal.



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo by Stefan Springer

WBO mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev and his team have arrived in Berlin for Saturday’s big fight against WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck. Click here for more photos…



December 13th, 2010

Exclusive

Team Maidana Statement

"Between happiness and frustration"

By Team Maidana
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Contrary to what some might think after his loss against Amir Khan last Saturday at the Mandalay Bay arena, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana walks happy and proud of himself around the streets of Las Vegas. Everybody recognizes him and congratulates for his tremendous performance, which fell a few punches short to end in what it could have been a historical knock-out win in the tenth round.

“Since we didn’t have to depart on Sunday as usual, this is the first time I have some time to spend with my team in Las Vegas after a fight. It’s quite an impressive city,” Maidana said.

In a highly anticipated encounter, Khan and Maidana gave an incredible effort which well might end up being the fight of the year according to boxing experts.

“It was a hell of a fight. He (Amir) is a great, skillful and fast boxer. And he proved that he can take a punch. He is a great champion,” Maidana said. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

UFC

Henderson and Pettis clash

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

VERSUS will air a historic night of World Extreme Cagefighting® action on Thursday, December 16, at 9 p.m. ET, live from Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The night includes a lightweight battle as champion Ben Henderson defends his title against Anthony Pettis followed by the highly-anticipated match between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen. The network will once again air extended coverage with two live shows, hosted by Molly Qerim and MMA writer Ariel Helwani, before and after the fight action, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Hopkins aims to make history

When Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins faces WBC/IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal on December 18 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and on pay-per-view in Canada, he will be 28 days shy of his forty-sixth birthday. If Hopkins defeats Pascal, he will become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title, 38 days older than “Big” George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

Feature Story

Zuniga ready for Cloud

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Team Zuniga

Former three-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs), of Colombia, has secured himself another title shot, this time against IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 18 KOs) this Friday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cloud will be making the second defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on August 28, 2009. He successfully defended the title with a unanimous decision over formidable challenger and former champion, Glen Johnson, last August 8 in St. Louis. Zuniga is ranked in the IBF’s top-15 at super middleweight. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Pascal-Hopkins preview



December 13th, 2010

Full Report

Report/gallery: Adamek-Maddalone

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photography by Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com

Tomaz “Goral” Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) put together one of his best performances as a heavyweight with a one-sided fifth round stoppage over the always tough Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) to retain his IBF International and NABO title belts on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey . . . Click here for more



December 13th, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

The UFC Returns To Australia: BJ Penn and Jon Fitch collide in a welterweight rumble, plus middleweights Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera go head-to-head- Sunday, February 27 live at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Morales in Final Stage

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Team Morales

The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is in the final stage of training for his next fight against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios in the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday. “We just had a great workout we’re just waiting for the day. It was already the toughest work in the Otomi. It will be a hard fight and complicated because Barrios is strong. But, I’m happy and confident that I’ll leave the ring with raised hands,” said Morales. “We’re doing everything we can to make the fight with [Juan Manuel] Marquez in 2011 and other projects with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom we would like to make a great partnership and we’re looking for things that benefit both parties.”



December 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Bailey-Ouali video

See the complete second round of this controversial world title eliminator, plus Bailey’s post-fight reaction.



December 13th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Tavoris Cloud

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Truth.  We spend most of our lives either running from it or owning up to it.  We find it in the strangest places; usually when and where we least expect it.

This is a lie in itself as the reality is truth (if it deems one worthy) finds us.

The sport of boxing rests upon foundations of fundamental truths, obscured by entire systems of obfuscations. Yet boxing itself remains painfully honest.

It is the primal urge: fight or flight, offense or defense, own up or run from…truth. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

Feature Story

Erik Morales returns Saturday

By Felipe Leon
Photo by Box Latino Promotions

With a handful of Aztec warriors chasing four titles in as many divisions in a quest to be the Mexican born boxer to earn the honor, one that has more than a fighting chance is Erik “Terrible” Morales. After failing to capture the WBC lightweight title against David Diaz back in ’07, Morales took a two-and-a-half year hiatus only to announce his comeback earlier this year. Morales defeated former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro via a twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBC International welterweight title and then proceeded to earn the WBC Silver light welterweight title last August by stopping WIllie Limond of Scotland in six rounds. Now, the thirty-four year old Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) of Tijuana, MX’s famed Zona Norte takes on his toughest test to date on his return when he takes on former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge Rodrigo “Hyena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Morales will defend his WBC Silver strap in the scheduled twelve round affair held in his hometown of Tijuana at the Caliente Stadium in the heart of the city on Saturday, December 18th. (more…)



December 13th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Milan Melindo

Photo by ALA Boxing Promotions

Cebu City, Philippines based Filipino Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) is coming off a career best win. In his last fight on November 27th, Melindo defeated former world champion Carlos Tamara. Not only did Melindo beat a young and primed former world champion, he did it convincingly. The win was just another feather in the cap of Melindo as he just continues to beat solid competition. He is promoted by the Philippines’s top promoter ALA Boxing promotions who have matched Melindo very tough. The way Milan has performed each fight you can certainly see why. Melindo’s style is not that of flash or big knockouts, but of consistency. Just very fundamentally and technically sound offensively and defensively. Amazingly, he’s been equally effective at 105, 108, and 112. Fightnews spoke with Melindo recently about his last wins and his future. (more…)



December 13th, 2010




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