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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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UFC

Watch UFC weigh-ins today!

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



March 18th, 2011



Boxing News

Complete Weights from Germany

Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov

Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs), and Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), stepped on the scale today in a public event at Karstadt sports in front of 2,000 fans. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and WBC mandatory challenger Solis will face off tomorrow at LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany.

Vitali Klitschko 113,2 kilogram (249,5 lbs) vs Odlanier Solis 112,0 kilogramm (247 lbs)

In the co-feature of the event Ola Afolabi (UK, 15-2-3, 6 KOs) will be fighting in a 12 round bout against Lubos Suda (Czech Republic, 23-4-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title. Afolabi is promoted by K2 Promotions.

The undercard for tomorrow fight night weighed-in at (all lbs):
Ola Afolabi 200 vs. Lubos Suda 199,5
Nuri Seferi 209 vs. Jozsef Nagy 202
Stefan Worth 147 vs. Ferene Zold 149,5
Michael Sprott 254,5 vs. Serdar Uysal 222,5
Hizni Altunkaya 203 vs. Dirk Mandelartz tba

The show will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, on EPIX in the US, and in more than 120 countries worldwide. The EPIX broadcast starts live at 5 pm EST with the Afolabi vs. Suda fight.

The WBC Heavyweight fight is promoted by K2 Promotions and KMG in association with Arena Boxpromotion.
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March 18th, 2011

Scale Watch

Klitschko 249.5, Solis 246.9

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko weighed in at 249.5 lbs and challenger Odlanier Solis weighed 246.9 lbs. for their world title showdown on Saturday in Cologne, Germany.

Sportsbook.com has Klitschko listed as a -800 favorite to retain his belt, while Solis backers can get +500.



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Unbeaten super bantam clash!

Esquivias vs Dostiev for WBA FEDELATIN title

Super bantamweight bout prospects Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) and Sherali Dostiev battle for the WBA Fedelatin title this Friday when Thompson Boxing Promotions presents the “Path to Glory” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Martirosyan foe is heavy

Undefeated junior middleweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0 17KOs) is getting an unexpected taste of the full middleweight limit for tomorrow’s fight versus Mexico’s Bladimir Hernandez (18-4 16KOs). The fight was scheduled for a contracted weight of 156 lbs. Team Martirosyan received a call this morning informing them that the Mexican can’t make 156 but could make 158. Martirosyan quickly accepted and shortly afterwards Team Martirosyan received another call saying Hernandez couldn’t make 158 and that the fight would have to be at the full middleweight limit of 160. The Armenian came to fight and that’s what he intends to do. The California based fighter released the following statement:

“I traveled all the way to Canada to fight. A lot of fans out here have been telling me they are coming to the fight. I don’t want to let them down. We were supposed to fight at 156 and now we aren’t sure if this guy can even make 160. The ‘Nightmare’ came to fight and now I’m going to do be making my middleweight debut.”



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

“Maravilla” in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC middleweight champion emeritus Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez of Argentina is currently visiting Mexico City and indicated that he may return to the ring on July 9 with Mexican star Alfredo Angulo as a possible opponent. Other names in the mix are Peter Manfredo, Andy Lee and Darren Barker revealed his agent Sampson Lewkowicz. Martinez has become an idol in Mexico and Corona Beer intends to sponsor the July fight at a site in Mexico. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

It’s Time – Shogun vs Jones Live Tomorrow Night: UFC Light Heavyweight champion Shogun Rua returns to the Octagon to defend the title against rising superstar Jon Jones – plus, former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland make their UFC debuts, and Cro Cop battles Brendan Schaub – Tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View

UFC 128 Prelims Live on SPIKE: Before the pay-per-view action begins, Luiz Cane takes on Eliot Marshall, and Edson Barboza faces Anthony Njokuani at 9pm ET / 6pm PT live on SPIKE

Free Fights on Facebook: A great night of fights starts off on Facebook at 8pm ET / 5pm PT when Ricardo Almeida battles Mike Pyle, and Kurt Pellegrino goes toe-to-toe with Gleison Tibau – “Like” the UFC on Facebook to see these two fights live & free

UFC 128 Weigh-In Live Today On UFC.TV: See the fighters from this Saturday’s event hit the scales today at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Heavy.com Presents FightDay Live From Newark Tomorrow Night: Live at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on Heavy.com

For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Moses returns Saturday

Former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (26-1, 18 KOs) will face Miguel Lombardo (15-9-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Moses’ home country of Namibia. Lombardo hails from Argentina. Moses most recent opponent was also an Argentine, Sergio Omar Priotti. Moses scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory over Priotti in a spirited contest held on Nov. 25 in Windhoek. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

Feature Story

Japan stands up against Quake

By Joe Koizumi

The Japanese boxing fraternity has made a strong step forward to cope with the disastrous damage caused by the horrible earthquakes and tsunami since last Friday. At first we have to appeal to the world that the disaster only took place in the northern Japan, north to Tokyo, Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures. Therefore, the areas west to Tokyo has been so undamaged that fight cards will be held as scheduled: March 21, in Osaka, Teppei Aoki (Japan) vs. Louie Bantigue (Philippines); March 27, in Nagoya, OPBF super-bantam elimination bout between world-rated Hiromasa Ohashi (Japan) vs. Jhunriel Ramonal (Philippins); March 27, in Kobe, world-rated 154-pounder Yuki Nonaka (Japan) vs. Ade Alfons (Indonesia).

Only shows slated in this late-March at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo have been postponed until May—to mourn people dead in the disaster, and other cards in April in Tokyo will certainly take place as scheduled. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

Feature Story

The Ghost’s new haunt

Guerrero sets up camp in Las Vegas

Story & photos by Chris Cozzone

For Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, fight camp has almost begun to feel like a vacation.

No, Guerrero isn’t slacking off in the gym. In fact, he’s, most likely, training harder than ever. For the first time in years, however, Guerrero has been able to afford the luxury of setting up camp – without distractions . . . Click here for more



March 18th, 2011

UFC

Wineland predicts KO win

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

Former world champ Eddie Wineland is one tough dude. And his backside is a testament to that fact.

“I have my butt tattooed,” the 26-year-old said. “The left cheek says ‘Bad’; the right cheek says ‘ass.’” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



March 18th, 2011

Feature Story

Bute: Party of One

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Undefeated IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0 22KO) is set for another party at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. But after mowing through the 168-pound division and patiently awaiting Showtime’s Super-Six tournament to eventually end, Bute stands alone as a party of one awaiting bigger challenges.

While the future holds promises of bigger fights including Mikkel Kessler who will be at ringside Saturday night along with the eventual winner of the tournament, Bute for the present time will have to be content with Brian Magee (34-3-1 24KO) of Ireland who at 35 years old makes his first attempt at a world title. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC weigh-ins today!

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



March 18th, 2011

Feature Story

Michael Katsidis Camp Notes

Photos: Stanley Curin

Michael Katsidis “The Great” is a fighter who marches to the beat of his own training drum. While it is not uncommon for fighters to isolate themselves during training, Katsidis takes this to another level as he trains in Pai, Thailand (near Chang Mai) and Naklua, Thailand (near Bangkok) and travels over 3,600 miles from his native Towoomba, Australia for camp. For over seven years, Katsidis has called Thailand his pre-fight home as his team owns and operates three private training locations in the country. This time, Katsidis is preparing for his April 9 pay-per-view clash with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Solis’ Canada Connection

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

There is a definite Canadian-connection to Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs) who battles Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) Saturday in Germany and seen live the USA on EPIX and in Canada on Super Channel at 5pm. Both well known and respected trainers Russ Anber and Marc Ramsay will join forces with Solis trainer Pedro Diaz in hopes that the undefeated Cuban fighter will be the one to end the 7 year reign of Klitschko. Ramsay is best known as the man behind WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal while Russ Anber who will serve as cutman and wrap the hands of Solis has guided Otis Grant to a world middleweight championship and looks to be doing the same with young knockout artist David Lemieux.

“I think he has the speed agility to give Klitschko his toughest fight since Lennox Lewis,” Anber told Fightnews before boarding his flight to Germany. “In fact I’m not sure that Klitschko has ever come across anybody as quick and agile as Solis.” The trio of Diaz, Anber and Ramsay are instrumental in a number of boxers along with Olympic Gold Medalist Solis. Each trainer has their own fighters but assist in the preparation of the other’s stable of boxers including Pascal, Lemieux, Felix Diaz and Antonin Decarie.



March 18th, 2011

Boxing News

St-Juste vs Berrio cancelled

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Saturday’s co-main event in Montreal has been scratched from the card at the Bell Centre. Super-middleweight Renan St-Juste (22-2-1) who is ranked as high as third (WBO) in the world was to have faced off against former world champion Alejandro Berrio (32-5) due to an illness on the part of St-Juste. Berrio was the third scheduled opponent for St-Juste who also had Fulgencio Zuniga and Edison Miranda previous to that as proposed dance partners.



March 18th, 2011

Boxing Result

Algieri still unbeaten

Photos: Ed Diller/Star Boxing

Earlier tonight, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, presented a five bout card before a packed house at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island). Hometown favorite and undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Philadelphia’s Julias Edmonds in the main event. (more…)



March 18th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Hollywood

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Brad Solomon 145.5 vs. Demetrius Hopkins 147
Cedric Boswell 226.25 vs. Oliver McCall 259
Yan Barthelemy 120.25 vs. Francis Ruiz 120.25
Eric Mitchell 159.25 vs. Domonique Dolton 156.75
Yasmay Consuegra 241.5 vs. David Williams 228
Erik Leander 253.25 vs. Albert Jimenez 253
Dieuly Aristilde 216.25 vs. Lujan Henderson 274.25
Venue: Hard Rock LIVE, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Heavyweight Factory
TV: ESPN2
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March 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Wolak has arrived!

Story by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Chris Cozzone

It has been a long road, but last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak officially put his stamp as one of the top contenders in the junior middleweight division with a one sided, sixth round stoppage of Yuri Foreman.

The bout was televised around the world as the co-feature on the Cotto-Mayorga undercard and Wolak’s popularity has grown exponentially since the decisive victory . . . Click here for more



March 17th, 2011

UFC

Faber as cool as ever

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

Urijah Faber is in New Jersey and aims to spread “California Love” around Saturday night at Prudential Center.

“I think they’ll love it in Jersey,” said the 31-year-old, referring to his entrance anthem, a classic jam by Dr. Dre and the late, great 2Pac. “I think Jersey will welcome California with open arms. I hope the fight matches the song and that I show them how to rock n’ roll.” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



March 17th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Costa Mesa, CA

Fidel Maldonado Jr 136.6 vs. TBA
Bobby Chavez 152.2 vs. Stephen Rubalcava 151
J.J. Ambrose 166.6 vs. Stephan Lugo 165.2
Antonio Orozco 140.8 vs. Manuel Aguilar 140.4
Luis Ramos Jr 139.4 vs. Jose Hernandez 135.2
James Kirkland 163.4 vs. Jhon Berrio 161.6
Francisco Contreras 133.8 vs. Adolfo Landeros 133
Jose Manuel Sanchez 127.2 vs. Humberto Zatarain 127.6
Venue: Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California
Promoter: Golden Boy



March 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Berto-Ortiz presser quotes

Photos: Teddy Blackburn/DBE

The “East-West Showdown,” featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto and WBC #5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, was held yesterday at The Palm West Restaurant in New York City. The two featured fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance at yesterday’s event.

“East-West Showdown: Berto vs. Ortiz” is presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 PM/ET 6:45 PM/PT. The broadcast kicks off with Amir “King” Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against Paul “Dudley” McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. (more…)



March 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Centeno returns April 21

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

Welterweight and knockout artist Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (6-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Thursday, April 21st against Jiovanni Rubio (7-14, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the next edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which is being presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. For more details and photos click here…



March 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Bute-Magee Update

Reporting from Montreal, Showtime Sports gets the latest from Canadian sensation Lucian Bute and his challenger, the impressive Irish southpaw, Brian Magee. Don’t miss Bute vs. Magee, following a special broadcast of Cotto vs. Mayorga on SHOWTIME. Sat. Mar 19th at 10pm ET/PT.



March 17th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Mexico City

Fernando Aguilar 116 vs. Gustavo Sotomayor 115
David Carmona 112 vs. Jorge Amador 112
Cesar Juarez 118 vs. Gallo Carlos Flores 118
Josue Veraza 126 vs. Pluma Armando Cardona 126
Dante Jardon 130 vs. Jr. Ligero Humberto Martinez 132
Jonathan Duran 147 vs. Welter Rodrigo Mejia 147
Julio Ler 121 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121
Venue: Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: AllStar Boxing



March 17th, 2011




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