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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Jose Benavidez 145.8 vs. Henry Aurad 146 Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 125.4 Trevor McCumby 173.8 vs. Michael ...

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York City

Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" visited the Veterans Hospital in New York City, Friday ...

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6 (WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title) Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8 (WBO ...

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Golovkin and Geale make weight

Golovkin and Geale make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: HBO/Will Hart Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs. Daniel Geale 159.2 (WBA middleweight championship) Bryant Jennings 222.6 vs. Mike Perez 242.2 Ola Afolabi 198.6 vs. ...

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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

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Golovkin and Geale make weight

Golovkin and Geale make weight

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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready

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Scale Watch

Sylvester, Lorenzo make weight

Sauerland Event

Sauerland Event

Sebastian Sylvester 159.2 vs Giovanni Lorenzo 160
Note: Lorenzo made the weight on the second attempt half an hour later.
(Vacant IBF middleweight championship)
Francesco Pianeta 240.5 vs Matt Skelton 253.1
(EU heavyweight title)
Venue: Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



September 18th, 2009



Feature Story

Pacquiao upbeat after workout

Nick Giongco

Nick Giongco

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque on Friday afternoon in front of a sizeable crowd that was there from beginning to end. While the training was light and easy, Pacquiao looked very excited to be at the gym and said he is looking forward to the training camp that will start Monday in Baguio.

Pacquiao plans to train there for four or five weeks for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. “I feel very good and I am looking forward to Baguio,” said Pacquiao. (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Jorge Linares Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela will soon begin campaigning more in the United States if an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions or Top Rank is finalized. It has been known that talks have been ongoing for a long time with both but up to now nothing has been signed, however a source very near to Linares says a decision is close. The same source reveals that Akihiko Honda of Teiken Boxing could be traveling to the U.S. in the next few days to seek to close the deal. Meanwhile Linares is preparing for his October 10 defense in Japan against Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado.



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

A tale of two trainers

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

At one table is the understated Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain – trainer of the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Juan Manuel Marquez. Beristain sits quietly as a small group of press gathers around him asking about the mountain he is training his fighter to climb – Mount Mayweather  . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Golden Boy stacks undercard

Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Boxing is in dire need of an adrenaline shot.

It’s no secret that the casual fight fan watches pay-per-view fights strictly for the main event. But with the skeptics rifling off that boxing is in a downward spiral and the UFC breathing down the sport’s neck, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions knew that they needed to put together something spectacular to make the $49.95 price tag worth every penny . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

- Don’t miss UFC® 103 tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
- For the first time ever, catch the UFC® 103 prelims live on Spike at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Tickets on sale this week for UFC® 106 featuring Lesnar vs Carwin for the World Heavyweight Championship, plus Ortiz vs Coleman
- Get closer to the action with the new UFC® iPhone app – available now in the iTunes App Store
UFC.com – Vitor Belfort 3.0
UFC.com Video – Franklin and Belfort Workout



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Pacman trains in Manila!

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao showed up at a local gym in the Philippines on Friday afternoon in preparation for his Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao, who arrived in Manila on Thursday morning after a tiring five-city publicity tour, trained for a little over an hour and he complained of the heat inside the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque. Still, Pacquiao made quite an impression as the fellow who was tasked to handle the mitts later confessed that he’d never felt a punch so strong. “His jab is just like the best punch of my welterweight boxer,” said Ericson Asilo. Trainer Freddie Roach will arrive in the Philippines next week to hook up with Pacquiuao in Baguio. Pacquiao, meanwhile, is leaving for Baguio on board a private plane on Sunday morning in time for the start of his eight-week training camp on Monday. Pacquiao will train at the Cooyeesan Hotel, which also houses a well-equipped gym that the pound-for-pound fighter will use for four to five weeks. Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s long-time training assistant, is already in Baguio and is excited to begin training camp.
“Everything is all ready,” said Fernandez.



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Kauffman-Grano tonight

Up-and-coming, undefeated heavyweight Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) of Reading, Penn., has rendered unconscious his last eight opponents, but figures to get his sternest test to date when he faces confident, upset-minded, once-beaten Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 18, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

“This is just a great opportunity and I’m very confident I’ll come out on top,’’ Grano said. “He hasn’t fought anybody and I think they are underestimating me big time. This is going to be a much tougher fight for Kauffman than he anticipated. By far, this will definitely be his toughest fight. We’ll know after Friday if it’s mine.’’

Counters Kauffman: “I am not underestimating him at all. If I was, I wouldn’t have spent seven weeks at camp, running five-six miles a day.’’ (more…)



September 18th, 2009

UFC

Belfort returns to the UFC

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Vitor Belfort is a man of few words. For a journalist searching for the story, this is a bad thing. For a hapless opponent, this is a very good thing  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Undercard presser gallery

All the shots from today’s PPV undercard press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s co-feature bouts: Katsidis vs. Escobedo, John vs. Juarez and Cruz vs. Lock. Click here for photos by Chris Cozzone



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

Mayweather-Marquez weigh-in alert

Weigh-in open to the public

Friday’s weigh-in for Mayweather-Marquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is open to the public. Fighters will step on the scale beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. Doors to the arena open at 1 p.m. PPV undercard fighters weigh-in at 2:30 with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez weighing in at 3:10. Remaining undercard fighters will be weighed following the main event. Comedian D. L. Hughley and radio personality Piolin will emcee the weigh-in.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Fightwriter on Mayweather-Marquez

By Graham Houston

After a retirement lasting 21 months, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring on Saturday when he meets Juan Manuel Marquez in a catchweight PPV 12-rounder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. No title is at stake in a bout made at 144 pounds, but the prize for the winner could be a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao — always assuming Pacquiao can defeat Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 . . .  Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

TKO weigh-in alert

Boxing fans in the Hartford, Connecticut, area are invited to the public weigh-in on Friday afternoon, September 18th at 4pm for Saturday night’s “A Warriors Homecoming” professional boxing event presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions.  (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

Mayweather-Marquez closed circuit update

Due to the high demand for tickets to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega-fight this Saturday, closed circuit viewing will now be available in MGM Grand Premier Ballroom in Las Vegas. (more…)



September 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC heavyweight ratings a KO!

While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.* (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis guns for Escobedo!

Chris Cozzone

Chris Cozzone

By Craig Watt

Australian lightweight contender Michael “The Great” Katsidis (25-1, 21 KOs) has a chance to secure the WBO interim lightweight title on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against American Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs) in what many people believe could be the fight of the night on a packed card of high class boxing, headed by the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez. The 29 year old Katsidis from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia always comes to fight and never takes a backward step and many predict this battle with Escobedo could be an all action fight of the highest quality. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Scale Watch

ShoBox Weights!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Travis Kauffman 221 vs Tony Grano 218
Chris Avalos 118 vs Giovanni Caro 118
Venue: Chumash Resort & Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
(more…)



September 17th, 2009

UFC

Escudero used to underdog status

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Andreas Hale

Efrain Escudero is used to the term “underdog.” He wasn’t the favorite to win The Ultimate Fighter, Season 8, but he did it in convincing fashion when he dominated Phillipe Nover in the finale. His underdog status has served him well as he has amassed an undefeated MMA record going into his first fight in nearly a year against TUF 5 competitor and UFC veteran Cole Miller. . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Chakhkiev gearing up

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Under his trainer Michael Timm, 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chakhkiev is now into the intensive training phase of his preparations for his professional debut in a cruiserweight bout on the big October 10th Universum Box-Promotion card in Rostock, Germany.

“Rachim has all the requirements,” says Timm. “He moves very well, is strong as an ox and has had no difficulties with our program. I am very excited about his debut in Rostock and optimistic about his entrance into the professional scene because he has great potential!” (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Vazquez comeback details

On Saturday, October 10, the much anticipated return of Mexican superstar and former world junior feathereweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, will finally occur as he takes on Angel Priolo in a ten-rounder at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. Tickets $25-$200 go on sale Friday. The fight will be televised in Latin America, but no U.S. TV is scheduled. Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been sidelined since March of 2008 due to surgery for a detached retina. He will now campaign as a featherweight.



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Kessler, Ward in Oakland

Photo: Laura De la Torre

Photo: Laura De la Torre

By Bob Hough

WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler and undefeated and #1 WBA contender Andre Ward met Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, site of their Nov. 21 fight, to discuss the match-up—part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward and Kessler were impeccably dressed and impeccably professional in relating confidence in themselves and respect for each other. After the cameras were turned off and Kessler was heading out, he made point of walking over to Ward, shaking his hand and wishing him good fortune in training camp.
Click here for more photos…



September 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Playboy Bunnies and Boxing!

Big Joe Miranda

Big Joe Miranda

Francisco Salazar at ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

The gracious Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Bunnies hosted the “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA this past Friday as featherweight Eloy Perez won a hard-fought decision over Dannie Williams to capture the WBC USNBC super featherweight title. Click here to read the full report and see the Playboy Bunnies.



September 17th, 2009

Full Report

“A Night to Remember” Gallery

By Mark Vaz at Ringside, Photos by Emily Harney

It was “A Night to Remember” this past Friday as former IBO junior featherweight champion “Machine” Mike Oliver scored a hard-fought decision over former Guatemalan amateur star Castulo Gonzalez to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles. Several more bouts featuring top New England talent were also showcased in the third installment of the fan-favorite “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the full report and photogallery



September 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Mabuza upsets Fedchenko!

By Dmitry Mikhalchuk (ringside), Anton Gorunov and Alexey Sukachev

In a huge upset, world-ranked Ukrainian and previously unbeaten light welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (now 23-1, 11 KOs), who was ranked #7 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF lost both his perfect record and IBF Intercontinental title with a twelve-round majority decision to South African import Kaizer Mabuza (who moved up to 22-6-3, with 13 KOs) moments ago at Meteor sports arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Photo

Stacked undercard!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

The six fighters who will be fighting the three PPV-televised bouts underneath the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez main event Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas proclaimed their readiness at today’s press conference. In the co-main event, WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt in a rematch with challenger Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs). In the second co-feature title bout,  for the WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) takes on Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs). In the opener, ten rounds at featherweight, unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-0, 7 KOs) will fight Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 11 KOs). Stay tuned for a full report later today on the press conference. Pictured in photo, from left to right: Lock, Katsidis, John, Oscar De La Hoya, Juarez, Escobedo, Cruz.



September 17th, 2009

UFC

Trigg back in the spotlight

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

As the sport mixed martial arts gets bigger, thousands of men (and women) will enter gyms across the world in search of recognition and financial security. Of those thousands, the UFC keeps a couple hundred under contract at one time. Many men have had a shot in the Octagon. Some have gone on to become champions and others have blown the opportunity of a lifetime  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson-Johnson presser!

By Billy “Loops” Luppert

A press conference was held Wednesday at the XL Center in Hartford, CT to announce the highly anticipated November 7th rematch between undefeated two time world title holder “Bad” Chad Dawson of nearby New Haven CT, and former light heavyweight champion “The Road Warrior” Glen Johnson of Miami, FL. HBO will broadcast the event. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Lora to make GSP debut

Undefeated welterweight contender Orlando Lora, who recently signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions, will make his GSP debut tomorrow at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Lora will take on veteran Hicklet Lau, in an eight-round welterweight rumble, on the non-televised undercard headlined by the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated contender Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs), and hard-punching Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs), and the eight-round bantamweight bout between Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs), against Giovanni Caro (13-7-4, 11 KOs). Both main event fights will be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME’S “ShoBox: The New Generation,” beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) Lora (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, and a member of Mexico’s 2000 Olympic squad, has knocked out 12 of his last 14 opponents.



September 17th, 2009

Announcement

Remillard takes aim at NABF belt

WBC Youth and USNBC champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard fights fellow unbeaten prospect Rafael “The Dominican Man” Lora for the vacant NABF featherweight title Saturday night in South Winsor, Connecticut. Remillard (18-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of neighboring Manchester, faces Lora (11-0, 5 KOs), WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title-holder, in the 10-round main event. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

UFC

Diaz submits Guillard in two!

Photo by Josh Hodges, UFC

Photo by Josh Hodges, UFC

Results by Brady Crytzer

In the main event of the Ultimate Fight Night, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz survived an early striking onslaught to submit Melvin Guillard in the second round with a tight guillotine choke.

In its first appearance in Oklahoma City, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a crossroads fight between two of the most promising young lightweights in the sport. After an intense staredown, the fighters refused to touch gloves as things got underway. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Sinyabi to defend SA 122 title

By Ron Jackson

Xoilise Macbute Sinyabi (12-1, 12 KOs) from Mdantsane makes the third defense of his South African junior featherweight title against Tendani Munyai (9-4-2, 6 KOs) of Limpopo at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Kirschenbaum, Steward honored

kirsch_manny

On November 2, a ceremony will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield, Michigan, to induct former State Boxing Commissioner Dr. Stuart E Kirschenbaum into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Also receiving an award that night will be legendary Kronk Gym Founder and HBO Analyst, Emanuel Steward, who will receive the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award for his tremendous work as an ambassador of Michigan boxing worldwide. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa looking to the future

By Robert Coster

WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa proved again on Tuesday night why he one of the best of his division with a convincing sixth round TKO of fifth ranked challenger Omar Soto of Puerto Rico. In front of a packed house at the Siglo XXI auditorium in Puebla, Sosa (37-5, 21 KOs) scored his 25th consecutive victory with a sixth round TKO over an opponent who proved to be elusive and cagey. In fact, at the end of the fourth round, Soto was actually ahead on two scorecards 39-37. “It took me time to figure him out,” said Sosa after the bout, “but my body blows have been the recipe to victory in my last fights.” What’s next for Edgar Sosa after this convincing performance? Stated manager Jacques Deschamps, “Edgar might yet make another title defense at the end of November. A rematch with Brian Viloria [whom Sosa defeated to win the title] is a definite possibility. After that, we are definitely looking for Edgar to move up and go after the WBC flyweight belt in 2010.”



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Pascal ready to defend

Only one week away from the first defense of his WBC World Light Heavyweight, Jean Pascal (23-1-0, 15 KO) has declared himself ready for mandatory challenger Silvio Branco (59-9-2 36KO) who arrives this Saturday. Pascal is extremely satisfied with his preparation for the Bell Centre matchup. “I’ve done everything that needed to be done to keep the Green belt around my waist next Friday night. I cut no corners, and training camp was excellent. I will be very surprised if my opponent stays standing for the full 12 rounds” stated the fighter who will be looking to make a statement and is more confident than ever. His trainer, Marc Ramsay, did not disagree! “Jean has gained an enormous amount confidence and maturity since winning the world title. In my opinion, his preparation is actually superior to that of the one where he beat Diaconu last June.” (more…)



September 17th, 2009

UFC

Griffin’s style made for wars

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

With a 13-2 record, it’s a foregone conclusion that a fight with Tyson Griffin will be far from an easy fight. There’s also a good chance that Griffin’s opponent will leave the arena with an extra check in hand  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 17th, 2009




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