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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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Feature Story

Martinez: Dzinziruk has no chance

By Gabriel F. Cordero in association with Óscar Zardaín, Miguel de Pablos & Ben Jacobs

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) meet Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight belt. Dzinziruk has been mentioned for a few years as a potential opponent for “Maravilla.”

“That’s true,” said Sergio. “Since he was in Germany around 2006, 2007 I wanted to fight him but we were never able to come to an agreement with Universum and the fight didn’t happen. After that I fought Saúl Román in a WBC eliminator for the 154lbs belt and I took a different path to the one he was taking. I would have beaten him then and I will beat him now. He is a cold boxer, lineal, typically Eastern European. I hope he’s ready to put on a good show. But whatever he does he won’t have even the slightest chance to beat me.” (more…)



March 9th, 2011



Boxing News

Shafikov-Lauri collision in April

Photo: Pasi Taavitsainen

By Pasi Taavitsainen

Super lightweights Denis Shafikov (26-0-1, 15 KOs) and Giuseppe Lauri (51-7, 31 KOs) will fight for the European championship in April in Italy. The exact date and place of the match will be announced later. The 25-year-old Shafikov has fought 12 times in Finland under manager Pekka Mäki’s P3 banner. He hopes to dupliate the feat of stablemate Amin Asikainen, who won the European championship in 2006 as a visiting fighter in Germany. “I believe that Shafikov would defeat Lauri anyplace and that’s why we didn’t need to do the match in Finland or Russia,” explained Mäki. We believe Shafikov is a true world-class fighter and now he must prove it by defeating Giuseppe Lauri as a visitor in the ring.”

Last Saturday, Shafikov defeated Nugzar Margvelashvil in Helsinki by TKO in the fifth round. In October 2010, he fought Italian Brunet Zamora to a draw in a battle for the WBA Intercontinental title in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The 34-year-old Lauri will be hoping to finally break through and win the European title in his fourth try.



March 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Judah camp targets Marquez

By Karl Freitag

Now that newly crowned IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah has regained a world title, there is already speculation on what he’ll do next. On Tuesday, Zab stated that he’s ready to fight any of the top dogs in the 140 pound division and is looking to land “the biggest money fight.”

“The goal now is big fights,” said promoter Kathy Duva. “He’s a pay-per-view fighter and he should be in pay-per-view fights. There are a few big names out there and right now there aren’t a lot of big fights in boxing and that’s what it needs. Marquez seems to be the only one available at the moment as a pay-per-view fighter so he would be a logical choice.

“I like the Marquez fight,” commented Judah. “I like what he is. I like what he’s going to bring to the table. That’s the kind of fight I’m looking for.”

Regarding Marquez’ uncertain promotional status with Golden Boy, Duva stated “I think Marquez clearly has to sort out his promotional situation, but when he does we will be happy to offer the fight to whoever he decides he’d like us to offer it to. Zab is the champion, if Marquez is available this summer, that fits perfectly with our schedule.”



March 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Muriqi ready for April 2

Tuesday at Portobellos in New York City, Havoc Boxing Promotions held the kick off press conference for their boxing event that will take place on April 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. In the main event, light heavyweight contender Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (38-5, 23 KOs) will take part in a ten rounder. “I love fighting,” stated Muriqi. “Can I make it without fighting? Yes but I love fighting and winning. I have the ability to one day be world champion. I feel like I haven’t lost since 2004 but sometimes things don’t go your way. I promise in April 2nd I will come in better shape than I did the last time. Everybody knows that I come to fight every time.” Muriqi’s foe is TBA.



March 9th, 2011

Boxing News

PETA protests at Tyson’s house

Members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have gathered in from of Mike Tyson’s Las Vegas gated community to protest the ex-heavyweight champion’s new reality TV series on the Animal Planet network. The show depicts Tyson’s love for pigeons and pigeon racing, a sport which the organization cites as cruel to pigeons.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Remillard Training Camp Notes

Photo: Emily Harney/Team Remillard

The fight to determine America’s leading featherweight, pitting unbeaten NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard against undefeated IBF # 1 contender Mikey Garcia, is the 10-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” March 26 on HBO After Dark live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs) is at his Passaic, New Jersey in training camp with his new head trainer, Michael “Mike Red” Skownowski. The WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC #5 rated Remillard puts his NABF and NABO title belts on the line against USBA titlist Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs). (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto workout

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto winds down his final week of training as he prepares to do battle with two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga 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…



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Wolak: Primed and ready

Photos: Team Wolak

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs) is primed and ready for the biggest fight of his career when he tussles Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round main support bout on the Top Rank pay per view extravaganza, featuring Miguel Cotto against Ricardo Mayorga. For more details and photos click here…



March 8th, 2011

Photo Gallery

Slideshow: Cotto, Mayorga arrivals

All the shots from today’s grand arrivals at the MGM, featuring Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga . . . Click here for full gallery by Chris Cozzone



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Canelo a “break out” boxing star

When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Matthew “Magic” Hatton for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, the 20-year-old Mexican phenom made a statement to the boxing world waiting for the arrival of its next star. Attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim was 11,674, making it the second largest boxing crowd in the history of the venue, surpassing the throng of 9,612 that viewed Julio Cesar Chavez’s 1996 win over Joey Gamache (when it was known as the Arrowhead Pond) and being second only to the 12,262 that watched Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera defeat Daniel “Cobra” Jimenez in 1995.

The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast was the most watched main event in the past two years (roughly 1.4 million viewers), and Televisa’s broadcast of Canelo’s fight in Mexico produced the highest rating for a boxing program on the network in the last three years.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Battle of the Behemoths

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Expected to tip the scales at a combined weight of 540 pounds Thursday, 6’8″ Tye “Big Sky” Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) and 6’7″ “Big” Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) face off at a press conference held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Fields and Grant fight a ten-rounder Friday night. Former champ Joel Casamayor (37-5-1,22 KOs) takes on Manuel Leyva (20-1, 12 KOs) in the co-main.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Albert to call Cotto-Mayorga

From the network that brought boxing fans the blockbuster fights of Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, SHOWTIME returns to the pay-per-view business with a cast and crew of veterans. The March 12 card headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga will be called by Steve Albert with Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts and Jim Gray reporting from ringside. David Dinkins Jr. is the executive producer for SHOWTIME Sports® with Ray Smaltz producing and Bob Dunphy directing. All of whom bring to the table a tremendous amount of pay-per-view experience to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The veteran SHOWTIME announcing crew has some words of advice and keys to victory for the world championship event between Cotto and Mayorga: (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Bradley-Khan Update

By Francisco Salazar

World title holders Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan have spent the last couple of weeks calling each other out. The back and forth jostling between the two top 140-pound fighters has been a broken record of sorts on the media and fight fans who want to see whom will reign supreme in this dream matchup. Now it appears as though both fighters can do away with their sales pitches through the media and on television. Both fighters are signed on to face each other on Saturday, July 23rd at a still to be determined location, promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com.

“It’s done,” said Shaw late Monday night, clarifying a feature article on Amir Khan earlier this week. “There is an agreement between Richard Schaefer and myself that both Amir and Timothy will fight each other on July 23rd.”

The only person stepping in between this matchup is unbeaten Paul McCloskey, who will take on Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England on April 16th. (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto, Mayorga arrive in Vegas

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: After making his grand entrance at the MGM in Las Vegas today, Ricardo Mayorga stuck around to harass Miguel Cotto. While Cotto was being interviewed in the lobby’s makeshift ring, Mayorga climbed onto the apron to mock Cotto, and show the crowd his six-pack. Stay tuned for more photos later today.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Giovani Segura workout

Photos and reports by Ricardo Conde

Junior flyweight champion ‘El Guerrero Azteca’ Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico continues his preparations, under the watchful eye of long time trainer Javier Capetillo at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for the long awaited rematch against Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in what is one boxing’s biggest and longest rivalries, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, which takes place on Saturday, April 2nd at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and will be televised live on Pay-Per-View, Ivan Calderon vs. Giovani Segura II “The Revenge” is being presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer. For more details and photos click here…



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Gavern headlines April 2

Heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KOs) will headline a boxing card on April 2 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Gavern, who has a win over world rated Manuel Quezada and a draw against NABF titleholder Johnathon Banks in his last two fights, will defend his WBC CABOFE belt against TBA. The event is being billed as “Fight(s) for the Pink,” promoting breast cancer awareness. Other fighters include David Loy of Sweden, Shaun Bennit, Frank Gedeon, Todd Brown and female fighter Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcivar against opponents to be named.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Team Bute

IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute is wrapping up his training at the Angelo Dundee’s 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Pictured above with Lucian with Dino Spencer and Matt Baiamonte who gave him the opportunity to train at this gym. Bute is coming back in Montreal on Saturday to finalize his preparation to fight Brian Magee on March 19th.



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Canelo back in Guadalajara

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo Courtesy Agencia Reforma

New WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez arrived Monday at the airport in Guadalajara in the midst of a celebration in honor of his victory Saturday over Matthew Hatton in Anaheim, California. Among those on hand were former WBA champion Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez, carried his 20-year-old brother on his shoulders, thousands of fans hoping for photos and autographs, a throng of journalists and even members of the Mexican army.

In regard to his critics, Canelo said “I respect the criticism and I should be prepared for it but I have a good state of mind and will move forward.” As for a possible showdown with fellow Mexican boxing idol Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Alvarez said “I want the best, such as Miguel Angel Cotto and Shane Mosley.”



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Homecoming for Promoter

Sampson Boxing returns to Uruguay on April 19th

Sampson Boxing in association with Sergio Marquez Producciones is proud to announce the UBO lightweight title defense of champion Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales (7-1-0, 5 KOs) from Paysandú, Uruguay against hardcore challenger Adriana “A Garota” Salles (11-6-1, 5 KOs) from Brazil on April 19th at the Rio Uruguay Amphitheatre in Paysandú, Uruguay. (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Feature Story

Martinez stakes claim to #1 P4P

Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Middleweight World Champion Sergio Martinez (46-2, 25 KOs) defends his WBC Emeritus and Ring world titles against current WBO jr. middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday, March 12th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT . . . Click here for more



March 8th, 2011

UFC

Faber makes UFC Octagon debut

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

When the history of mixed martial arts is written years from now, they’re going to remember Urijah Faber. Regardless of what happens at UFC 128 on March 19 when he faces Eddie Wineland, or throughout the rest of his career, Faber’s legacy is already set simply for being the one lighter-weight fighter who introduced his peers to the masses . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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



March 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Helenius-Peter confirmed

"Battle of the Nightmares" on April 2

Photo: Photo Wende

Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental Champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will face the next huge test on his way up the heavyweight rankings when he collides with former world champion Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany on April 2. “This is a dream match-up of two nightmares,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “Robert has taken the heavyweight world by storm and will continue his path to glory with a victory over an accomplished champion like Peter.” (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Ty Colman

By Craig Watt

Perth boxing promoter Ty Colman completes his fourth professional boxing show in the city in the last ten months at the Italian Club, Northbridge on March 12th which features a high class card including IBF #4 ranked featherweight Billy Dib (30-1, 18 KOs), former WBO 154 pound title challenger Daniel Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) and highly regarded middleweight prospect Robbie “Bad Boy” Bryant (13-1-1, 7 KOs). The 25 year old Colman is one of Australia’s youngest boxing promoters and has already delivered his first world title bout when unbeaten Australian female boxer Erin McGowen (14-0, 7 KOs) won the WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Lyndsey Scragg (10-3, 3 KOs) in October last year in Joondalup, Perth. (more…)



March 8th, 2011

Announcement

Former WBC exec Salud passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC Executive Secretary Rodrigo Salud has sadly passed away at the age of 72 after complications from surgery. Salud was one of the founding members of the WBC in the 60s, when the President was Justiniano Montano. Current WBC president Jose Sulaiman was the successor of Salud. The organization has declared three days of mourning in the boxing world. In addition to working in boxing, Salud headed the Philippine Basketball Association. Fightnews.com sends its condolences.



March 8th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Dimitriy Salita

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Some young men possess wisdom well beyond their years. They often find expression for their youthful energies outside the conventional “wisdom” of our instant gratification society. They quickly become leaders precisely due to this ability. At just 28 years of age, welterweight boxer Dimitriy “Star of David” Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) is one such man. This Jewish transplant from Odessa, Ukraine by way of Flatbush, Brooklyn hearkens back to a golden age of tough Jewish fighters out of New York’s “boxing borough”. Orthodox in his religious and professional stance, Salita is a true throwback fighter who once claimed: “If anyone wants a whupping from me, they got to wait after sundown.”

Fightnews caught up with Salita recently as he wound down training at the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood FL for his upcoming bout on April 13th in Brooklyn to honor Jimmy O’ Pharrow. “Jimmy O” first opened the doors of his well-respected gym, the Starret Boxing Club to then 13-year old Dimitriy. For more details and photos click here…



March 8th, 2011




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