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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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Abril-Tatli final press conference

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

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UFC

Fukuda learns from unlikely mentor

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

Phil Baroni isn’t just Riki Fukuda’s close friend and longtime training partner. Baroni also moonlights, rather proudly, as Fukuda’s English teacher.

So while Fukuda, a Tokyo native, relied on an English translator for a recent UFC.com interview, the “New York Bad Ass” insists it was totally unnecessary . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com



February 17th, 2011



Boxing News

Now Mia St John in DC

Earlier this week, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao hit Washington DC with much fanfare. Today it’s female boxing superstar Mia St. John who’ll be on Captitol Hill. Mia will join with Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest to reintroduce the “Mental Health in Schools Act” and create awareness and support for mental health initiatives.

This initiative is just the opening salvo in a battle to aid young people dealing with mental health issues. On May 20, at the Playboy Mansion, Ms St. John will host “A Night of Knockouts” from 8pm to 1am. This charity boxing event is collaborated with female boxing promoter Claudia Ollis and designed to raise money during mental health awareness month, and many celebrities from the sports and entertainment world have already pledged their support. Individual tickets, which include dinner and an open bar, are priced at $1,000.



February 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Mosley at ESPN

Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Sugar Shane Mosley took the ESPN Studios in Hartford, Connecticut by storm this week. Click here for more photos…



February 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Salgado inked by HG Boxing

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA champion Juan Carlos Salgado has just joined the ranks of the Mexican promotional firm HG Boxing headed Hector Garcia. He will fight under the HG Boxing banner February 26 in the Zamna Poliforum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico against an opponent to be determined. “This association with HG Boxing has motivated me to give my best and try to regain a world championship, something that along with Hector Garcia can be crystallized by the end of this year,” said Salgado. He is training with the legendary “Nacho” Beristain at the famed La Romanza Gym honing his speed and sparring.



February 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Sakkreerin stops Laguna

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Johnny Chaichotchuang

Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (31-2, 16 KOs) chopped down Roel Laguna ( 11-5-2, 7 KOs) of the Philippines in six action rounds in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round bout with the IBF Pan Pacific 130 pound title up for grabs at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Sakkreerin was at his best as he dropped the tough Filipino with a perfectly delivered left hook to the jaw in round two. Laguna was in trouble again in round four after the Thai connected with a right hand, left hook combination to the head. In round five an accidental head clash left Laguna with a cut over his left eye. In round six Laguna was in trouble on the ropes and could not defend himself when referee Sanong Au Im stopped the contest at 45 seconds of the round. For more details and photos click here…



February 17th, 2011

Photo Gallery

Slideshow: Jones, Donaire, Montiel

All the shots from today’s workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Mike Jones, Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel. Photos by Chris Cozzone: Click here to view



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Karass training for Jones

Photos: Team Soto Karass

In his mind Jesus Soto Karass has no doubt that he beat Mike Jones last year in their fight at the Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, but he also knows that he will have to be better if he wants to beat Jones when they meet this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in a fight to be televised by HBO. For more details and photos click here…



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Morales-Maidana PPV

Although this has been known for awhile now, Golden Boy officially announced the April 9 PPV card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, five-time and three-division World Champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) returns to the pugilistic forefront when he faces power-punching Argentinean Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) in a classic battle for pride, honor and glory.  Also featured will be former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion and future Hall of Famer Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) returning to the ring to face exciting European Champion Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) in a classic crossroads battle.  The event will also showcase what promises to be a slugfest between former World Champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) and Michael Katsidis “The Great” (27-3, 22 KOs).



February 16th, 2011

Photo

Montiel, Donaire work out

Photos by Chris Cozzone

Photos: Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire  gave the media a sneak peek of their fitness today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Montiel worked the speed bag and shadow boxed a couple rounds while Donaire revealed his six-pack. Stay tuned for a photo gallery later today.



February 16th, 2011

Photo

Jones pumped and ready

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Looking more like a light-heavyweight than a welterweight, Mike Jones worked gave the media a workout today at the Top Rank Gym in las Vegas. Pumped and psyched for Saturday, Jones says he is ready for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass. Stay tuned for more photos from today’s workout of Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel. Soto-Karass is expected to hit Vegas tonight sometime.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Quintana headlines Friday

This Friday night at Coliseo Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico, former WBO Welterweight Champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) will face Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh (21-6-2, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight main event. The undercard will feature the highly anticipated lightweight pro debut of 2009 World Championships silver medalist and 2008 Olympian José Pedraza, as well as undefeated junior middleweight KO artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (11-0, 11 KOs). Both Pedraza and Gonzalez are part of the “Team Puerto Rico” promotional alliance between, among others, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Chebah-Olusegun on March 25

Algerian promoters, with government authorization, have fixed March 25th as a definite date for the WBC final elimination bout in the super lightweight division between Ali Chebah (35-1, 28 KOs) and Ajose Olusegun (Nigeria 29-0, 14 KOs) to be held in Algeria. The late Prince Adeboye, member of the WBC Board of Governors, worked up to the last moment so that Olusegun had an opportunity to fight for the WBC world title.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Guerrero and Porter in 3D

Prize Fight’s Fernando Guerrero and Shawn Porter are no strangers to live television, having been some of the most nationally exposed young prospects in boxing today. They return Friday in 3D in the inaugural telecast of ESPN Friday Night 3D Fights from Guerrero’s hometown of Salisbury, MD. The uber-popular Guerrero (20-0, 16 KOs) puts his NABF title and his world ranking on the line at the the Wicomico Civic Center against Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-4, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event. Porter (17-0, 13 KOs) will put his NABF welterweight strap on the line against Anges Adjaho (25-4, 14 KOs). Also unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (10-0, 8 KOs) faces undefeated southpaw Grover Young (4-0, 2 KOs). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the first fight at 8:00 p.m. The ESPN broadcast will start at 9:00 p.m. To see the fight in 3D, you need 1) a 3D-ready TV, 3D glasses and a special 3D-ready box from your cable provider.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Pascal-Hopkins purse bid

In the presence of WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman, the purse bid for the rematch between WBC Lightheavyweight world champion Jean Pascal and challenger Bernard Hopkins was conducted with Golden Boy Promotions winning with a bid of $1,911,500. GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel) bid $1,700,000. The WBC light heavyweight title as well as the WBC Diamond belt will be on the line in the bout. The date that was mentioned as likely to hold the fight is May 21st, and in a few days the place will be announced.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Huck promises fireworks

Photo: Gerry Weber World

Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) has promised his fans another spectacular KO victory. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion makes a sixth defence of his title at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on April 2 when he comes face-to-face with former champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). “There is a reason why I am the champion and not you,” Huck said at today’s official press conference. “I am better and stronger and I will put you down. This is where I grew up, so I will have a lot of fans supporting me, and I will deliver them a spectacular night of boxing.” (more…)



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarez-Hatton Quick Quotes

By Felipe Leon

During this morning’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Matthew “Magic” Hatton tele-conference, it was confirmed that the WBC had accepted Golden Boy Promotions’s request to name the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Here are a few quick quotes:

Oscar De La Hoya: “We are very happy and grateful that the fight is for the WBC super welterweight title that Manny Pacquiao vacated. We are expecting a great fight. The two participants are preparing for a war and styles make fights. The WBC did the right thing. Alvarez is ranked #1 and ‘Perro’ Angulo has some visa issues, Margarito is fighting Cotto for the WBO title. This is the logical thing.”

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “I am happy to dispute for the title. I was already motivated but this only adds to it. I am not motivated in trying to shut people mouths, I do it for my career. This is what were have been working for. I expect to win this fight and I know it is going to be tough. I have said that this is the year I go after the big names.”

Matthew “Magic” Hatton: “This is fantastic news. Every kid that laces up gloves has a dream to become a world champion. In boxing you never know what is going to happen. I feel ready to fight for a world title. It’s a fantastic opportunity. I think I am not only in the position to fight for the super welterweight title but to win it.”



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Grano returns April 9

Hard Hittin’ Promotions president Jacqueline Cartelli announced today that “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic” will be held on April 9th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The company plans to put on a show every three months. Headlining the initial show will be popular heavyweight Tony Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), on the comeback trail following an upset TKO defeat to Nicolay Firtha in his last bout. Before that, Grano scored an upset of his own when he stopped previously unbeaten Travis Kaufmann in the third round on a ShoBox televised card.

The co-feature has former IBF world lightweight title challenger Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10) against Luis Maysonet (32-11). The featured undercard match will pit extremely popular unbeaten super featherweight prospect Joey “Chip” Perez (5-0) against former amateur star Charles Vanderveer. Perez is trained by former IBF world light heavyweight title challenger “Iceman” John Scully. Tickets are $40, $60, $80 and $100. Call 860-402-4838.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Keb ready to defend

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas and his challenger WBC former world champion Jose Antonio ¨Jaguar¨ Aguirre are in the their final stages of training for their match on February 26 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb has been preparing with WBC silver flyweight beltholder Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab and Jose “Taquerito” Ramirez and is nearing the fight weight. Fighters must arrive in Merida by Sunday. The event, billed as “Prueba de Fuego” is presented by promoters José “Pepe” Gomez, HG Boxing Hector Garcia and Juan Diego Arjona of Arjona Promotions.



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Brähmer-Cleverly tix on sale

Tickets are now on sale for WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer’s mandatory title defense against interim beltholder Nathan Cleverly on April 2nd at Wembley Arena in London. European lightweight champion John Murray tops an undercard featuring top British prospects. Seats are £50, £75, £100 and £150 available from Ticketmaster.



February 16th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Mark de Mori

By Brett Bonetti

Fightnews caught up with Australia’s heavyweight Boxing prospect Mark “The Dominator” who is back in Australia for a short time. (more…)



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

St Juste-Zuniga on March 19

InterBox has announced that it has reached an agreement with Alfredo Marchio, promoter of Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia, to have Zuniga box against Repentigny, Quebec’s Renan St-Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs) in the semi-final spot of the InterBox March 19th show that will take place at Montreal’s Bell Centre. A significant victory by current NABO champion Renan St-Juste would propel him up towards a major fight before the end of 2011. The main event of this gala will feature IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) making his Showtime Championship Boxing debut against southpaw Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) of Lisburn City, Northern Ireland. Bute will be looking for his 7th consecutive title defense. (more…)



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Barros-Roman in Argentina

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA featherweight titleholder Jonathan Victor Barros will defend his crown against Mexican challenger Miguel Roman in Mendoza, Argentina on March 12 at an event organized by promoter Osvaldo Rivero. Sources say Rivero reached an agreement with Roman’s representatives Promociones del Pueblo. “Mickey” Roman has won his last five fights and has never been stopped. Barros was scheduled to defend against Mexican Marcos Lopez on February 19 or 26 February in Panama but that bout fell through.



February 16th, 2011

Feature Story

‘This is the year,’ says Gesta

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

For undefeated lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs), 2011 is the year – not just any year but the year that he will leave his mark in the boxing world.

His first step towards that comes this Friday night, February 18th, when Gesta faces Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round main event from the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, and broadcast on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2011

UFC

Tuchscherer swings “The Crowbar”

UFC 127 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 26!

The January announcement that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was going to coach season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter was met with a blitz of positive press and an equally enthusiastic response from fans . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com



February 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Montiel works out in Vegas

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Three-time world champion and current WBO and WBC bantamweight champion. Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel trained today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Montiel will defend his titles this Saturday against Nonito Donaire at the Mandalay Bay and will be telecast by HBO. more photos



February 16th, 2011




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