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Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank 2012 US Olympian welterweight Jose Ramirez (12-0, 9 KOs) impressed again, destroying David Rodela (17-10-4, 7 KOs) in the ...

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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Scott Raven Lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) stopped former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) with a single left ...

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4 Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2 Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago ...

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate

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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC

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Photo Gallery

Slideshow: Cotto-Mayorga weigh-in

Slideshow: All the shots from today’s “Relentless” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga, Yuri Foreman vs. Pawel Wolak, Miguel Vazquez vs. Lenny Zappavigna and Tommy Zbikowski vs. Richard Bryant. . . . Click here to view



March 11th, 2011



Scale Watch

Cotto, Mayorga make weight

Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Showtime PPV-televised “Relentless” card promoted by Top Rank. There were no posedowns or face-offs . . . but there was a rose. While Cotto weighed in, Mayorga offered him a pretty red rose, duly ignored by Cotto. When the champ refuse to pose with Mayorga, the loco Nicaraguan tried to goad him into posing, to no avail.

Miguel Cotto 154 vs. Ricardo Mayorga 154
Yuri Foreman 155 vs. Pawel Wolak 154
Tommy Zbikowski 193 vs. Richard Bryant 225
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Lenny Zappavigna 135
Jose Pinzon 155 vs. Edvan Dos Santos Barros 154
Matt Korobov 161 vs. Michael Walker 160
Jesus Rojas 123 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 122
Joseph Rabotte 255 vs. Eric Molina 227
Juan Gonzalez 135 vs. Jeremy McLauri

Stay tuned for more photos.



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Barros, Roman make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros weighed in at 125.62 and Miguel “Mickey” Roman weighed 125.4 for Saturday night’s clash at the Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. Barros is a 2 to 1 favorite in the bout, which will be televised in Mexico on Televisa.



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Martinez, Dzinziruk make weight

Photos: Emily Harney

Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk both weighed 158.8 lbs. for their clash Saturday night at Foxwoods.

Full weights:
Sergio Martinez 158.8 vs Sergiy Dzinziruk 158.8
(WBC Diamond middleweight belt)
Andy Lee 162.6 vs Craig Mcewan 161.4
Javier Fortuna 126 vs Derrick Wilson 125
Sonya Lamonakis 226.2 vs Tanzee Daniel 253.2
Thomas Dulorme 145 vs Guillermo Valdes 144
Seanie Monaghan 174.2 vs Billy Cunningham 173.8
Abraham Lopez 149.4 vs Andrew Jones 150
Venue: Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: HBO
More photos…



March 11th, 2011

Boxing Result

Masternak TKOs Ismailov in 5

Photo: Marcin Ladka/bokser.org

Unbeaten cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (22-0, 16 KOs) of Poland defeated Russia-based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-5-1, 13 KOs) by way of 5th round TKO to retain the IBO Intercontinental belt on Friday in Olsztyn, Poland. Ismailov received a deep cut as a result of a Masternak jab early in round five and the ringside doctor called a halt to the bout at the end of round.



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Lafayette, Louisiana

Mason Menard 133.8 vs. Anthony Napunyi 133
(UBO All American lightweight title)
Bobby Bryant 150.9 vs. William Armstead 153
Jared Lablanc 151 vs. Star Johnson 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.5 vs. Omid Bahreini 171.3
Sergey Kovalev 177 vs. William Johnson 174.9
Josh Joseph 148 vs. LD Herbert 148
Venue: Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Promoter: Bad Chad’s Box-N-Car Promotions



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Barros-Roman WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Mickey Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) and Argentinian WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros (31-1-1, 18 KOs) meet at Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina on Saturday. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), John Poturaj (US) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

WBC female tripleheader cancelled

Photos: Sumio Yamada/WBC

Update: Due to the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan today, this fight card has been cancelled and more news on the matter will be released soon. The WBC had direct communication with Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, Executive Secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission and with Akihiko Honda promoter and CEO of Teiken Boxing Promotions.

Naomi Togashi 108 vs Jujeath Nagaowa 106.5
(WBC 108lb female championship)
Momo Koseki 102 vs Krikanok Islandmuyaythai 101.25
(WBC 102lb female championship)
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs Naoko Fujioka 105
(WBC 105lb female championship)
Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Tokyo

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Naomi Togashi 108 vs. Jujeath Nagaowa106.5
Momo Koseki 102 vs. Krikanok Islandmuyaythai 101.2
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs. Naoko Fujioka 105
Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Click here for more photos…



March 11th, 2011

Feature Story

King, Arum together, at odds

Report & photo by Anthony Springer Jr.

After putting on some of the biggest fights in boxing history together and separately, legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum are set to do it again this Saturday as Ricardo Mayorga and Miguel Cotto do battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

But before the two pugilists get it on, the promoters gave their thoughts on the bout in a historic roundtable hosted by Showtime . . . Click here for more



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Kennedy-Diaz bringing fans

The billboards and the posters and the press releases may be promoting the HBO-televised matches featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jorge Solis and Matt Remillard vs. Miguel Angel Garcia, but many of the fans who jam the 2,700-seat ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Saturday evening, March 26, will be coming to see another fight which will not be part of the telecast.

It’s the scheduled 12-round contest between USBA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and challenger Jorge Diaz, of New Brunswick, NJ. Both men are undefeated and both men bring large contingents of die-hard followers. (more…)



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Moore to make USA debut

On March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day, Star Boxing, brings live professional boxing back to Long Island at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. In an interesting bout just added, WBC #3/WBO #13 rated jr. featherweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) will also see action when he takes on Jason Rorie (6-11-2, 3 KOs) over six scheduled rounds. Moore originally hails from Guyana but now lives and trains in New York City.

Headlining the show is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KOs) as he takes on Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-10) in an eight-rounder. Also fighting in his first bout since he was shot and nearly killed last year will be the former four-time national champion, Adam “Showtime” Willett (1-1). Willett, who was the number one ranked heavyweight in the US for three consecutive years and was an alternate to the 2008 US Olympic Team, was shot once in the chest while working as a High School Security Guard and defending two of his female students who were being harassed by two older men. Willett is fighting Sharieff Hayes (0-2).



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

“Canelo” Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like ultra-popular WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could return to the ring two more times in 2011. Promoter Golden Boy Promotions is eyeing a June 18 date in Guadalajara, the hometown of Canelo, and another on September 17 in Las Vegas, both likely on pay per view. The 20-year-old Mexican phenom drew big numbers in terms of attendance and TV ratings in his fight against Matthew Hatton at the Honda Center in Anaheim.



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Poland

Photo: Marcin Ladka/BOKSER.ORG

Unbeaten Mateusz Masternak (21-0, 15 KOs) of Poland will face his biggest test today in Russia based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-4-1, 13 KOs) The main event bout will take place at the Urania Hall, al. Pilsudzkiego 44, in Olsztyn, Poland. The International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental cruiserweight title will be at stake. The 23 year old Masternak has been solid thus far in his young career winning not only in Poland but in Germany and the U.S. as well. Ismailov dropped a very competitive split decision to then champion Victor Ramirez of Argentina in Argentina in 2009. Masternak weighed in at 195 pounds while Ismailov weighed in at 199 pounds.



March 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Trainers talk Cotto-Mayorga

Report & photos by Chris Cozzone

It’s a rarity, finding yourself at a roundtable discussion with opposing trainers who not only agree on most points, essentially, but are not unrealistic about their fighter’s chance of victory.

Veteran trainers Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni joined the press Thursday morning to discuss their fighters, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga, who clash Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Linares wants big fights

By Gabriel F. Cordero

For two-time former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares, the defeat of his Venezuelan compatriot Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta to Brandon Rios in a WBA lightweight title fight in Las Vegas last week will produce a double effect on his career because he’s pressing to get a lightweight title shot in the near future and to start fighting regularly again. “Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto Soto, Brandon Rios, Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero and Antonio DeMarco, these are the names I want because they are the best lightweights,” said Linares. “To me this is a great challenge to my ability both as a boxer and a person. I’m training hard but so far no date, venue and opponent. I’m concentrating on the biggest challenges.”

Linares’ career has been guided by the famous Japanese promoter Akihiko Honda and there is a promotional partnership with Golden Boy Promotions for the development of Linares in the United States. Sources report that GBP had a possible fight between Linares vs Jason Litzau at super featherweight on the April 9 Morales-Maidana card, but the weight was the determining factor for not taking the fight.



March 11th, 2011

UFC

“Fire” in the house

UFC 128 is LIVE on PPV March 19!

“I don’t want to play in the CFL. I want to play in the NFL.”

One could describe the above statement as the mantra Eliot “The Fire” Marshall has been living by for the past year. It is a simple metaphor with a simple meaning: Eliot Marshall wants to fight in the UFC and will not accept any substitutes. After an unforeseen cut from the UFC, a full year in exile, a three fight win streak and an injury to another light heavyweight, “The Fire” Marshall is finally back and ready to play in the mixed martial arts version of the NFL .  . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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



March 11th, 2011

Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

If you are a fight fan living in Southern California, consider yourself lucky to live in an area where more fight cards take place than in any part of the country. Plenty of boxing action will take place in the coming weeks. Loaded with news on future world title fights, club shows, and newsworthy information on fighters, the Southern California Fight Scene hopes to satisfy the hunger of boxing fans. (more…)



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Chocolatito ready for Vargas

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Nicaraguan WBA light flyweight world champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs) feels better than ever to face former WBO champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-7-1, 14 KOs) on March 19 at the Tecate Boxing Tour in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico. “All’s well,” said Gonzalez. “I’m happy for this defense of my title and hope to win in impressive fashion. He’s a former world champion. I respect him as a fighter, but I’m eager to succeed and continue to improve,” said Gonzalez. (more…)



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Lesiba returns Sunday

By Ron Jackson

Themba Lesiba defends his Gauteng junior featherweight title against Sabelo Nokhele at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Lesiba who has a reported record of 7-1-1 with 3 wins inside the distance won the 2007 Baby Champs title. He racked up six wins and a draw before challenging Macbute Sinyabi for the South African junior featherweight title in East London in May last year. However, it was a step too far for the unbeaten fighter and he was outclassed by the champion before being stopped in the sixth round. In his most recent fight in December last year he stopped Johannes Nthontho in seven. (more…)



March 11th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Planet Hollywood

From Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV card:

Michael Grant 252 vs. Tye Fields 278
Joel Casamayor 144 vs. Manuel Leyva 143
Aaron Williams 199 vs. Shane Steele 195
Razvan Cojanu 265 vs. Robert Morales 294



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

CES on a New England tour

From Boston to Foxwoods in two weeks!

Armed with a roster of seasoned veterans, contenders and rising prospects, promoter Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment & Sports is launching a New England tour guaranteed to pack two major venues in just 16 days. (more…)



March 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Incomparable Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King hold a Q&A Media Roundtable discussion Thursday night in Las Vegas about their upcoming Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga blockbuster fight card on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank in association with Don King Productions and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.



March 10th, 2011

Boxing News

Barros-Roman presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In the final press conference in Mendoza, Argentina, challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman did not hesitate to say: “I think it will be a good fight. I don’t know it will go, but I will return to Mexico with the crown.” WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros reponded, “In my division nobody wins [the belt]. I guarantee that the title remains in Argentina.”

It will be Roman’s first shot at a world title and he’s supremely confident in victory. “Mendoza is a beautiful city and then you want a rematch here, I’ll be glad to do it.” He dedicated the fight to Mexico and especially all the people in Ciudad Juarez, which is going through difficult times.

Barros said he was in the best shape of his career and will stated that his skill and accurate punching will carry the day. “I’m a smart fighter and fast, so I hope there will be no need for a rematch.”



March 10th, 2011

Boxing News

Galassi-Juarez weigh-in video

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC



March 10th, 2011




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