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Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events NBC Sports Group's Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September ...

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Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat In Japan there are many so-called or self-proclaimed geniuses, and we wonder who really the genius is. ...

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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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Mchunu-Wilson press conference

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Abril-Tatli final press conference

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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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

Boxing News

New foe for Jennings

Heavyweight Theron Johnson steps in against unbeaten Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Johnson replaces Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson who suffered a pinched nerve in his neck last week while sparring. The 31-year-old Johnson is coming off a pair of wins over local heroes—a first-round knockout over Jed Phipps last Sept. 17 in Baltimore and a six-round decision over Billy Mofford three weeks ago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Happy birthday to famed trainer and cutman Miguel Diaz, who turned 73 years old today. Miguel is spending his birthday training female ring legend Christy Martin at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
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Another happy birthday wish goes to WBC middleweight champion “emeritus” Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez who celebrates his 36th birthday today. “I’m happy to be celebrating my 36th birthday while I’m in the prime of my boxing career,” Martinez said from his training camp in Oxnard, California. “I’d like to thank everyone for sending me birthday wishes and I’m really looking forward to my March 12th fight…”
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Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has announced the signing of three undefeated prospects to exclusive promotional contracts. Joining the 8 Count Productions roster are Chicagoans’ junior welterweight Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (10-0, 7 KOs) and junior welterweight Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs).
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Riverside featherweight prospect Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco returns to action this Thursday from the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, CA against an opponent TBA. In the main event, heavyweight James “Lights Out” Toney meets Damon Reed for the IBA belt.
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Unbeaten Dominican knockout specialist Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Youth featherweight belt on the March 12 card headlined Sergio Martinez against Sergiy Dzinziruk at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Fortuna’s opponent is Derrick Wilson (8-1-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round off-TV bout. Fortuna is handled by the same advisor/head trainer combination as his stablemate Martinez, Sampson Lewkowicz and Gabriel Sarmiento.



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Boxer recovering after shooting

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Photo: Tim Barry

Australian middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-8-1, 11 KOs) suffered a gun shot injury to the leg on Monday in Sydney. A gunman fired a volley of shots when Mitrevski was at a collision repair shop in Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia. It is reported that Mitrevski is in satisfactory condition. Mitrevski clashed with current IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2006 losing in eight rounds. In 2010, he challenged unsuccessfully for the Commonwealth middleweight title losing via twelve round decision to Mark Murray in London, England. Mitrevski is the son of three time Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Sr.



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Rafael Marquez Injured

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The former bantamweight and featherweight champion Rafael Marquez suffered a cut on his right arm after falling while running this morning in the Conejo Valley, State of Mexico, so it he won’t be able to fight in Mexico on April 9th as planned. Marquez received fifteen stitches and will be out of circulation for at least 20 days. He was eager to to get back in the ring and had already begun training with the legendary Daniel Zaragoza in addition to his daily run at dawn. Rafael is hoping his ring return will only be postponed two or three weeks, but that will depend on the medical authorization.



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Dover Downs: Sold-Out

By Rick Scharmberg

Friday night’s card at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has officially sold out, according to public relations specialist Lisa Butler. The main event will feature Mike “No Joke” Stewart (46-7-2, 24 KO) continuing his comeback against David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant NABA light welterweight title. Stewart has won four straight since taking more than a year off following a decision loss to Robert Frankel in 2007. In the co-feature, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (11-0, 8 KOs) takes on Alexis Mejias (11-6, 5 KOs) in an eight round heavyweight bout. Mansour scored two eye-catching KOs in his previous two fights at the Rollins Center. (more…)



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Garcia headlines Friday

TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” returns to the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California on Friday undefeated junior welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to the ring. Garcia began to make his move prospect to contender in 2010 after notable victories over Ashley Theophane (W10), Jorge Romero (TKO9) and Mike Arnaoutis (KO4). He opens 2011 against journeyman John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs). The co-feature looks to be an interesting and competitive matchup as unbeaten super middleweight prospects Marco Antonio Periban (10-0, 7 KOs) and Dion Savage (10-0, 6 KOs) colliding in an eight round battle.



February 21st, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Perez vs. Gonzalez

Ringside by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre

Lightweight Eloy “The Prince” Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) cruised to an easy win over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-4, 18 KOs), firing off a slew of crisp, accurate jabs and slipping out of range to win every round on all the scorecards in the main event of this past week’s Friday Telefutura event (promoted by Golden Boy Promotions) at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco . . . click here for more



February 21st, 2011

UFC

Breakdown: Penn vs. Fitch

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

Moment of total honesty. I’m not going to pull punches. And I’m not going to sugarcoat it.

BJ Penn’s UFC 127 bout with Jon Fitch may very well be the toughest stylistic matchup of his career. If I wanted to create a prototype welterweight to give Penn problems, it would be a very big, athletic wrestler who has endless cardio, good standup, and prefers to take down opponents and grind away a conservative victory. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto , 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

Fury demands BBBC strip Chisora

Heavyweight Tyson Fury says he wants British heavyweight titlist Dereck Chisora stripped by the BBBC. Chisora is slated to challenge IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klistchko on April 30. “I’ve been mandatory challenger for six or seven months and I just want to fight for the British title because this is holding up my career and he will drag it into next year,” Fury told the Daily Star. “Chisora is fighting Klitschko for the world title but he’s not even the best fighter in this country….I’m not ready for Klitschko at the moment and neither is Chisora, who isn’t ready for it by a mile.”



February 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Gavin wants Theophane next

Unbeaten Frankie Gavin has warned new British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane that his reign will be a short one. Gavin stopped late sub Michael Lomax in seven rounds at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Saturday, while Theopane lifted the British title with a points win over Lenny Daws at Wembley on the same night. And now Gavin is demanding a shot at Theophane – and says he’ll knock him out if he’s given one. “It doesn’t really matter who holds that British title, I feel I am ready for anyone,” said the 2007 Amateur World Champion. “Congratulations to Theophane because he beat a good fighter in Daws to win that Lonsdale belt, but what would I have done to Daws. Theophane’s now got something that I want, and I am going to be coming after him big time to get it. I’ve seen his fights and he’s a class act. But I’ll beat him hands down if he step up to the plate and faces me. Hopefully my promoter Frank Warren can get me a British title fight within the next few months.”



February 21st, 2011

Feature Story

Donaire: Over in a flash

By Graham Houston

Everyone wants to see the best meet the best, but sometimes when elite boxers face each other a much-anticipated fight can end with one punch, almost before it really gets started. That is what happened when Sergio Martinez nailed Paul Williams with a huge left hand in their middleweight title fight last November, and it happened again on Saturday night when Nonito Donaire blew away Fernando Montiel in the second round of their bantamweight title bout.

With two big punchers in the ring, the end can come at any time. Sometimes it can all come down to who makes the first error of judgement, but it seemed to me that Donaire was dominating Saturday’s fight up to the sudden finish.

Montiel looked muscular and strong at the weigh-in, and his fight-night weight — as recorded on HBO’s scales — was 134 pounds, to Montiel’s 126. Yet Donaire, to me, looked a weight division the bigger man as they came out for the first round. (more…)



February 21st, 2011

Feature Story

Presser cooker

Antillon, Arce, Calderon, Lopez, Segura, Vazquez hype upcoming fights

Story & photos by Chris Cozzone

Between the spread and the who’s who in attendance, nobody cared too much that WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto did not make the somewhat informal Top Rank presser announcing his May 6 rematch with Urbano Antillon, Saturday at Mandalay Bay’s Lupo Trattoria Del Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas.

Antillon was there – as was Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., who share the co-billing on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight . . . Click here for more



February 21st, 2011

Announcement

“El Gallo” Opponent Named

By Scott Ploof

Fight fans will be treated with not one but two extremely popular fighters making a comeback on Saturday April 9th at the Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. In the main event, Worcester’s own former three-time world champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6-1, 24 KOs) will take on the durable challenge from 32 year old Colorado native, Abel Perry (13-4, 5 KOs). The always exciting Rivera, will be stepping into the ring for the first time in over two years. Rivera holds victories over Frankie Randall, Michael Trabant, and Alejandro “Terra” Garcia over his illustrious 46 fight career. Former cruiserweight contender, Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne (29-7-1, 24 KOs) will do battle in the co-feature bout of the evening against the young and rugged Worcester native Adam Harris (10-4, 7 KOs). LaMontagne, who hasn’t fought in six years, has held several regional titles over his 37 fight career and will pose a good test for the up and coming Harris. This fight card will be promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions, and will be a terrific event in part thanks to the hard work of matchmaker, Ted Panagiotis. Tickets, on-sale now are available at the Palladium in Worcester, at an FYE store near you, or at tickets.com and are priced at $50 ringside and $30 general admission.



February 21st, 2011




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