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Abril-Tatli final press conference

Abril-Tatli final press conference

By Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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UFC

UFC 127 prelims set for Ion

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that three UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH preliminary fights will air live on ION Television on Saturday, Feb. 26 starting at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

The fights are: Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda in a middleweight contest, James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustaffson in light heavyweight action and Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher in a lightweight clash. (more…)



February 22nd, 2011



Boxing News

Acosta in the Top Rank Gym

By Gabriel F. Cordero
 
WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta has been wrapping up his training workouts in Las Vegas at the famous Top Rank Gym for the clash this Saturday against challenger Brandon Rios. At the end of his training session, Acosta climbed on the scale and weighed exactly 136 pounds. He’s in great shape and mentally keen to step into the ring for the fight. “I’m happy with the work we did. I expect a hard fight because Bam Bam Rios is very strong, but thanks to my preparation everything will go well,” stated Acosta. Saturday’s fight takes place at the Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino and Resort Hotel in Las Vegas and can be seen on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…



February 22nd, 2011

UFC

UFC 127 LIVE Presser

Click here for a live press conference feed

In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, the UFC 127 press conference will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 4PM PT/7PM ET.

The event will include former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn and UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch, as well as co-main event fighters Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera. Additionally, Australians George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke, as well as UFC U.K. President Marshall Zelaznik, will participate.

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For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Congressman applauds Telemundo

Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement commending the television network Telemundo for working to bring a major WBO sanctioned boxing night to Palm Bay:

“I applaud Telemundo’s efforts in bringing about this exciting night of boxing entertainment here in Palm Bay, Florida,” said Posey. “Events such as this one attract visitors from around the world, provide a boost to local businesses and help promote our area as a premier travel destination. I look forward to Telemundo continuing to take an active role in communities throughout the 15th Congressional District.”

The event is being telecast live nationally and through four continents worldwide on Friday, February 25th from the Palm Bay Community Center.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Rocky plans April return

By Rey Colon – The Sport Press

The former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will make his return to the ring on either April 9th or April 16th according to his trainer Papo Torres. “We fight in April,” he said. “After that tune-up fight, we’ll go for the 130lb title of [Ricky] Burns or whoever has it. Rocky is training hard. recovered and ready to fight.”



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Mexico Boxing Photo Exhibition

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Today in Mexico City, boxing photographer Alma Montiel Hernandez, whose photos are often seen here at Fightnews.com, presented a photo exhibition titled “The Sports” in the Distrito Federal Subway. The exhibition is supported by the WBC, the Association of Distirto Federal sportswriters and the National Union of Workers of Public Transport. Alma is one of the best photographers in Mexico and plays an important role in professional boxing in Mexico. Click here for more photos…



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Euro contenders in action

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

Felix Promotion, headed by Felix Racz back in action after a four year layoff and in association with K.O. Promotions will stage the first WBO event in Slovakia on February 25th at The City Hall of Nitra, between local idol Tomas ‘Tomi Kid’ Kovacs (18-0, 13 KOs) and Hamza Wandera (12-1-2, 11 KOs) of Uganda what on paper looks as a tough and explosive fight between big punchers. The fight will be for the vacant WBO Europe light heavyweight title. The co-main event will feature an unbeaten Hungarian prospect, supermiddleweight Balazs Kelemen (7-0, 6 KOs) against veteran Zoltan Kiss (16-8-3, 2 KOs). The entire card will be televised Live by the Slovakian National TV.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto media day

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas,Puerto Rico skips rope during media day for his upcoming world title fight against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, Managua, Nicaragua on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

RIP Jimmy O’Pharrow

By Dmitriy Salita
Photo: Team Salita

With sadness and tears in my eyes my friend and mentor who was and is a huge influence on my life passed away on Sunday night. The great and one of a kind Jimmy O’Pharrow, who was affectionately known as Jimmy O. Jimmy O was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of over sixty-two years Ailean, and his two sons Mark and CJ. (more…)



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Saludar dominates Veerapol

Photo and report by David Finger

Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (11-0-1, 8 KOs) continues to excite boxing fans in the Philippines, emerging as one of the most exciting prospects in a country that is currently on top of the boxing world. He is fresh off the heels of his dominant first round KO over veteran Liempetch Sor Veerapol this Saturday in Imus, Philippines. Coupled with Nonito Donaire’s stunning KO over Fernando Montiel this last weekend, it proved to be a great week for Philipino boxing fans the world over. However, the dominance of Saludar’s win, in which he captured the vacant WBO youth flyweight title had boxing insiders abuzz over this newest addition to the ranks of world class prospects. Verrapol, a former Thai champion, was coming in off a gritty seventh round TKO loss to former world champion Brian Viloria and had twice fought for the WBO Asia Pacific title. Few were expecting a short fight, even considering the “Sniper’s” dominant early knockouts over Rommel Obidos and Jecker Buhawe in 2010. (more…)



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Max Kellerman

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Just before NBA All Star Game in LA, HBO’s Max Kellerman talks about what he loves the most – boxing, especially the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley clash and Tomek Adamek versus one of the Klitschko brothers.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Sam Soliman

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight challenger Sam Soliman who will clash with Benjamin Simon in Berlin in an IBF eliminator on April 1st talks to Fightnews about his fights with Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright and how he is trained by Dave Hedgecock and managed by David Stanley.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Clottey returns Mar 12

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will return in a ten-rounder on the undercard of Cotto-Mayorga clash March 12 in Las Vegas. Clottey (35-4, 21 KOs) will face Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs).



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Star Boxing inks Hanks

Fast rising and exciting heavyweight prospect, Joe “The Future” Hanks (15-0, 10KO’s) has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.  The New Jersey native Hanks, who made his pro-debut on a DeGuardia promoted card, now looks to continue his career under the Star banner.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Santos sparring with Martinez

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Two-time world champion Daniel Santos is in Los Angeles sparring with middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who faces Sergiy Dzinziruk on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Santos, a lefty like Dzinziruk (and Martinez), was beaten by the Ukrainian in a close fight back in December 2005.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Mijares-Bouziane for IBF title?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that current IBF super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares will defend in April against IBF #5/WBC #5 rated Malik Bouziane in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The 33-year-old Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) battled then-reigning IBF champ Simphiwe Nongqayi to a majority draw decision last April in France. Bouziane was born in Algeria but became a naturalized French citizen. As an amateur he won the gold medal in the Asian Games and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics. It would be the second time Mijares has faced a fighter from France. In October 2007, he annihilated Franck Gorjux in one round in Cancun, Quintana Roo, in what was his fifth title defense of WBC 115lb belt.



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

This week, unbeaten Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez moves into the “speed stage” of his preparations to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight world championship on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez will run on a track daily and spar each third day to reach his peak physical form for facing the experienced Matthew Hatton. “Canelo” is looking to become the third Mexican fighter to claim the WBC 154lb crown, following Lupe Aquino in 1987 and two-time titleholder Oscar de La Hoya, who became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 2002. Team Canelo will head to California next weekend, after training in Guadalajara.



February 22nd, 2011

Feature Story

DeMarco hot-blooded for Sanchez

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Whenever the temperature falls below freezing, southpaw Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) wins.

The Los Mochis, Mexico, native is hoping for just that in his first test of 2011 when he faces the WBC Silverlightweight champion Mexico City’s Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) on Saturday, February 26th, at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska . . . Click here for more



February 22nd, 2011

UFC

Body+soul+ego=Ebersole

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

Illinois’ Brian Ebersole always told himself to “be patient” when it came to getting a call to compete in the UFC. What he probably didn’t know was that such patience would take him through 11 years of competition and over 60 professional fights before he got that call . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com

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For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



February 22nd, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Ismayl Sillakh

NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine is all ready and set to meet fellow unbeaten Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) of Cuba March 4th. ESPN2 Friday Night Fight Series will televise the main event. The bout is a rarity these days as such promising prospects usually don’t meet at this stage of their careers. Both fighters bring a wealth of amateur experience to the table. Despaigne is a former 2004 Olympian for Cuba and Sillakh won over 300 amateur bouts for his native Ukraine. The match-up on paper is for sure the toughest for each to date. “There is no doubt about it that this is a serious fight but I know I have the better guy,” stated Sillakh trainer Shadeed Suluki. Sillakh has been based in Southern California for a few years now where he has trained with Suluki since turning professional. Suluki gained major notoriety for leading a prime Lamon Brewster to his monumental upset of Wladimir Klitschko in 2004. Fightnews caught up with Sillakh as he is now winding down his training camp. (more…)



February 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Theophane camp: No Gavin fight

Light welterweight Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) is fresh off his points win over Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) this past Saturday where he lifted the British title. Upon reading the recent comments on Fightnews by unbeaten Frankie Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs), a brief statement was released by Theophane’s management. “Frankie Gavin is definitely a very skilled fighter and comes with a lot of credentials from his highly decorated amateur career. However, he and Ashley are at different stages of their careers right now. Where Gavin is a promising prospect, Theophane is a legitimate world ranked contender. Our company’s immediate goals are set on a world title fight or a fight that will set up a world title fight. At this stage, Frankie Gavin is not in our immediate plans but we want to wish him the very best.”



February 22nd, 2011

Announcement

Jimmy O passes

James O’Pharrow also known as Jimmy O passed away Sunday night at the age of 85 of a reported heart-related issue. O’Pharrow is well known for having founded the Starrett City Boxing Club of Brooklyn, New York in 1978. Former world champions Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Riddick Bowe, and Louis Collazo are just a few names who have trained out of the famed gym. Fightnews sends its condolences to all the family and friends of O’Pharrow.



February 22nd, 2011

UFC

Jewtuszko: Pride of Poland

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

Until now, Poland has been vastly under appreciated in MMA circles. But the central European nation is quietly emerging as a hotbed for the skyrocketing fight sport. Do not be surprised if, within the next few years, UFC president Dana White starts publicly referring to the land of potatoes, sausage and sauerkraut in the same glowing terms as fight-crazy nations such as the United States, Canada and Australia.. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri , UFC.com

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For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Galassi, Juarez collide March 11

Story and photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

At a press conference today in Mexico City it was announced that WBC flyweight champion Simona Galassi (14-0-1, 3 KOs) from Italy will defend her belt against WBC interim flyweight champion Mariana Juarez (27-5-3, 13 KOs) from Mexico on March 11 at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City and be televised by Sky Sports Channels 501 and 1501 (HD) to all Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Chicago ring legends reunite

By Johnny B’

On Wednesday night, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago will host the 2nd Rocky Marciano Amateur Boxing Tournament featuring the best amateur prospects from the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. Boxing personality Bert Sugar will also be in attendance to present Chicago’s Ring Heroes, a reunion of over 40 of the best fighters from Chicago dating back to the 1950s. Scheduled to appear are Craig Bodzanowski, Luke Capuano, Jake Carollo, Kenny Corcoran, John Collins, Sean Curtin, Rocky DiFazio, David Diaz, Mike Garcia, Montell Griffin, Bobby Hitz, Nate Jones, Mike Joyce, Johnny Lira, Lenny Lapaglia, Mike Landini, Pat LaCassa, Primo LaCassa, Jeff Lanas, Young Joe Louis, Louie Lomeli, Rocky Martinez, Jeff Mason, Louie Mateo, Terry McGroom, George Mostardini, Leroy Murphy, Donnell Nicholson, John Nocita, Brian O’Shea, Rory O’Shea, Tommy O’Shea, Nick Petraica, Eddie Perkins, Pete Podgorski, Alonzo Ratliff, Marc Randazzo, Joey Ruiz, Henry Sims and Ernie Terrell among others.



February 21st, 2011




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