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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez NYC Presser!

Declare a pound-for-pound war

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather (39-0, 25 KO’s) and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KO’s) met at the Empire State Building on Tuesday in the second leg of their three-city tour announcing their July 18, 2009 welterweight mega-fight which will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View. Each fighter respectfully acknowledged that this will be a hard fought bout between two of the best pugilists in the world. “I know I have a tough fight ahead,” stated Marquez, “but I’m preparing very hard mentally and physically for this fight.” Mayweather, appearing uncharacteristically low-key throughout the event, also stated that Marquez is a formidable opponent: “It’s not gonna be an easy task. He’s a hell of a fighter, a true warrior and he’s a guy who’s been around the sport for a long time, so I don’t have anything bad to say about him. He represents Mexico to the fullest. There’s nothing but respect.” (more…)



May 21st, 2009



Boxing News

Q&A: Boris Grinberg!

Sultan Ibragimov Update

By Alexey Potapov

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Boris Grinberg, the ex-manager of the former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, speaks about current legal proceedings involving the Russian boxer and also revealed that in the USA Sultan has problems with the law. Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing Leon Margules recently told Fightnews.com that he feels Ibragimov has finished his career as the boxer, however to date the Russian boxer has not commented. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Speaks!

"Clottey is a real warrior"

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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World welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, looking strong and powerful, spoke to the fight press today at his Media Day in Tampa in advance of his June 13 collision with Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto spoke about training in Tampa, his new trainer Joe Santiago, his opponent Clottey, fighting at MSG and a possible mega showdown with Manny Pacquiao. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bika: Geale will beat Mundine!

Photo: Ray Wheatley

Photo: Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

The winner of the 2008 contender series and IBF#4 super middleweight Sakio Bika is confident that IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defeat former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) when they clash at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 27. Bika said, “I have been sparring Daniel Geale at the Grange Gym and I am confident if he takes what he has been doing in the gym against me into the ring on May 27 – he will defeat Mundine. Geale has great boxing skills and Mundine has not looked good in his recent fights in middleweight division against Crazy Kim, Rafael Pinosa and Shannan Taylor. Kim dropped Mundine in their 2008 bout.” Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw added, “Daniel had very good preparation with excellent sparring against Sakio Bika, and WBA #9 Daniel Edouard of Florida, USA. Robert Medley also gave Daniel good sparring.” Officials for the IBO title bout are Australian Garry Dean, who will be the referee, and judges Marcus McDonnell of England, Richard Green of the USA and Derek Millham of Australia. IBO supervisor Phil Austin.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martinez new WBC 154lb champ!

Forrest now a WBC Ambassador

The WBC has named interim champion Sergio Martinez as the full WBC super welterweight champion of the world, replacing Vernon Forrest, who has sustained an injury which is preventing him from defending his belt. Forrest, however, has been named a “WBC Ambassador of Peace and Good Will in the World Through Sports,” and will be eligible to compete for the WBC championship as soon as he recovers from his injury with a 55-45 purse split against Martinez. “I am very happy for Sergio Martinez, and very honored to have Vernon Forrest as an Ambassador,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “I am confident that Forrest will heal very soon and compete again for the WBC championship.”



May 21st, 2009

UFC

UFC’s blockbuster summer

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Preview by Brady Crytzer
While fans line up to witness the annual flood of Hollywood summer blockbusters at their local movie theaters, the Ultimate Fighting Championship gears up for its most action packed summer in the young organizations sixteen year history   . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Young warrior vs. old warrior!

By Flattop

WBC rated #3 lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) battles former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KOs) this Thursday at the ARCO Arena. “It is the classic fight between the young warrior and the old warrior,” said legendary promoter Don Chargin. “Nacho (Beristain) has been working with Escobedo for the last six months and he predicts that the kid is his next world champion!” Beristain has worked with over a dozen champions and contenders, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Lopez and the Marquez brothers – Juan Manuel and Rafael. “But Kevin believes he can beat Escobedo,” continued Chargin. “I saw Kevin in his last fight and I thought he did enough to win although he lost a split decision. It will be a competitive fight!” (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Dominican Boxing Update!

By Robert Coster

Over the past decade, Dominican boxing has been immersed in a crisis that has seen boxers immigrate to the Unites States, few attractive new figures and scarce attendance to uninspiring boxing cards. But the panorama may change as a slew of former amateur stars have been allowed to turn pro and provide promoters with the new blood needed to bring the fans back to boxing shows. Over the past year, 15 top amateur boxers have joined the pro ranks to the delight of boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez. “We have improved our relations with the Amateur Federation and we are now working hand in hand,” says Nunez, “and we have provided incentives for our local promoters.” Among the prospects who are making a name for themselves, are exciting welterweight Melvin Betancourt (8-0, 6 KOs), recently elected Novice of Year 2008, explosive featherweight Jenifel Vicente (11-0-2, 7 KOs), slick bantamweight Geysi Lorenzo (9-0, 2 KOs), former amateur lightweight standout Javier Fortuna (2-0, 2 KOs), just to name a few. The leader of this new generation will doubtlessly be 2008 Olympic Champion and national hero Felix Diaz who will be making his much expected pro debut in the country. “The idea,” says Comissioner Nunez, “is to have these young men fight in their homeland as well as abroad and create rivalries between our local prospects. We also would love to have young Dominican-American prospects fly over here to showcase their talent.”



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are IBO President Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martyniouk added in Glendale!

Undefeated former amateur star Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (6-0, 1 KO) has been added to the historic “Glendale Glory” boxing show on June 12 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Stan The Man is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Jovann Jones (9-4, 4 KOs) on March 27th. The former Team U.S.A. member and #2 ranked amateur lightweight in the U.S. in 2005, Martyniouk joins fellow Bash Boxing stablemates Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne (10-0, 4 KOs), “Mad” Max Skayzer (6-0-1, 1KO), and 23-year-old Heavyweight prospect Andrey “The Russian Bear” Fedosov (19-1, 15KOs) on the card, which is presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, and is the first professional boxing show following a 62-year-old ban on boxing in the City of Glendale. Tickets to can be purchased online by going to www.glendaleglory.com or by calling 818-521-2373 or 213-700-2274. Doors Open at 7pm, First Bout is at 8pm.



May 21st, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego!

By Felipe Leon

The scale has been tipped for Thursday’s “Havoc at the Hard Rock” presented by Rogue Boxing Promotions at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Mercito Gesta 135.5 vs Alain Hernandez 136
Anthony Martinez 139 vs Carlos Molina 137
Abraham Han 155 vs Ibahiem King 154
Alvaro Muro 124 vs Ronny Rios 125
**Sergio Espinoza and Benito Abraham will weigh in on Thursday. Tickets are still available for the five bout fight card being held on the Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, please visit www.rogueboxing.com or dial 858.229.6669.



May 21st, 2009

UFC

‘Beyond the Octagon!’ launched

Ever wondered what goes on inside the locker rooms, down the hallways or next to the OctagonTM at UFC events? Fight fans will now have the chance to find out in real time. At UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA May 23rd*, fans will get free access Beyond The OctagonTM Powered by BK®, through four live multi-streams on UFC.com. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Sacramento!

Courtesy Sacramento Bee (Jim Jenkins)

Weights from Wednesday’s weigh-in for Thursday night’s Don Chargin-promoted, eight-bout card at Arco Arena in Sacramento: Vicente Escobedo, 134.5, (20-1, 12 KOs), WBC No. 3 contender from Woodland, vs. former world featherweight champion Kevin Kelley, 135, (60-9-2, 39 KOs), New York, 10 round main event. Other weights: Christopher Martin, 122, (14-0), Chula Vista, Calif., vs. Torrence Daniels, 121, (12-9-1), Colorado Springs, 8 rounds. Akihiko Nago, 124, (29-6-1), Japan, vs. Juan Jose Beltran, 124, (18-12-3), Mexico, 6 rounds. Andrew Cancio, 137, (8-1-1), Blythe, Calif., vs. Michael Lynks, 135.5, (8-10), Chicago, 6 rounds.



May 20th, 2009

Announcement

Noons featured in Houston!

Junior middleweight prospect Karl “KJ” Noons will make his hometown professional boxing debut next Thursday night, May 28th in one of the feature bouts at “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN”, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Arena Theatre, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

Don’t miss an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter® TONIGHT at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
UFC.com - Heath Herring forced from UFC® 99 card
UFC® 98 Evans vs Machida - Live This Saturday Night on Pay-Per-View & Yahoo! Sports
UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights - Pick Your Top 100
Follow UFC® & Dana White On Twitter

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May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Guerrero returns June 12!

Former two-time world featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose on June 12th to fight in front of his Northern California fans in the main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” against Johnnie Edwards (15-4-1, 8 KOs). The co-featured bout pits rising junior welterweight star Danny Garcia (12-0, 7 KOs) against Pavel Miranda (16-3, 8 KOs) in an eight round clash. Also in action in separate bouts on June 12th will be hot undefeated prospects Carlos Velasquez, Juan Velasquez, San Francisco’s Ashanti Jordan, Eloy Perez of Salinas and San Jose’s Anthony Johnson. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Cotto Camp!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto trains in Tampa, Florida for his upcoming championship fight against warrior Joshua Clottey on June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

OPI 2000 Presser!

Photo: OPI2000

Photo: OPI 2000

Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000 held a press conference today in Milan, Italy to celebrate the title defense of WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, to present undefeated welterweight Phil “The Italian Sensantion” Lo Grecoto to the Italian press, and to announce the upcoming fight between Giuseppe “The End” Lauri and Juho Tolppola and upcoming OPI 2000 events.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Lacy signs to fight Roy!

By Flattop

Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy is on board to face Roy Jones Jr. “Jeff Lacy has signed to fight Roy,” John Wirt, Square Ring CEO, confirmed to exclusively to Fightnews.com. “It’s going to be a pay-per-view event for August 22. We are hoping to have the event in New Orleans.”



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Chagaev camp!

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Over the next two days, WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev will finish his intensive preparation and sparring. Then on Sunday, he and his team will arrive in Helsinki, Finland to make final preparations for his May 30 clash against seven-foot WBA champ Nikolai Valuev in the Hartwell Arena. “The sparring was naturally hard and strenuous, but also quite fun,” said Chagaev. “Due to the size of Valuev, one must always make special preparations. Like last time, I sparred with a group of four giants, my basketball team, with a combined length of over 26 feet. There’s Julius Long, who I think is three inches taller than Valuev. Then, Pedro Carrion, at 6’7 from Cuba and the Canadian Raymond Olubowale, who is called “Mount Kilimanjaro” because of his size. Sometimes we played basketball to loosen up. A ‘basketball team’ to prepare, it couldn’t have been better. I also had another very experienced sparring partner in Larry Donald, who in the opinion of the experts actually won in his world championship fight against Valuev. He knows how to beat him.”

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey Update!

Miguel Cotto has been preparing for weeks in Tampa, getting ready to take on warrior Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden on June 13. Cotto has been in fiery sparring, with spar partners who pressure and fire at close range. “Cotto has been working very hard in camp. He knows the importance of this fight,” said promoter Bob Arum. Meanwhile. Clottey has been in high-altitude training for weeks in the Poconos. Clottey is trained by Kwame Asante. “Joshua is in top condition and is convinced he will win. Cotto can forget about fighting Pacquiao. We’ll take that fight instead,” said Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. Cotto vs Clottey is scheduled June 13 at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on HBO. Cotto is planning to arrive into New York on June 5 and will train outdoors at 152nd St in the Bronx on Saturday, June 6, during the annual Puerto Rican Festival. Clottey will hit the Big Apple on June 8.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Eastern Europe Round-Up!

By Alexey Sukachev

Here is a country-by-country roundup of the latest news. In the Ukraine, plans are big this summer for junior middleweight contender Zaurbek Baysangurov (20-1, 15 KOs). Last April Baysangurov, coming back from the upset loss to Cornelius ‘K9′ Bundrage in an IBF eliminator for the second spot, forced his opponent Mikheil Khucishvili to retire after the only complete round of fighting. And now it’s time for the real comeback. On May 30 in Kiev, Ukraine, the 24-year-old locally based Russian banger will headline the fourth K2 East tournament this year squaring up to Italian veteran Christian De Martinis (22-2, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title. If successful against Martinis, Baysangurov will make his overseas debut this August against Contender II successor Grady Brewer (25-11, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBO belt. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Dolzanelli-Erittu for Italian belt!

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

Promoter Mario Loreni will stage an interesting Italian title clash at cruiserweight Friday night at the Sports Hall in Rezzato, Italy. Local hero Cristian Dolzanelli (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Salvatore Erittu (15-0, 6 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are strong unbeaten warriors of Italian boxing and an exciting and brutal fight is expected. The undercard (six fights over six rounds) will feature top prospects of Loreni’s stable: light welterweight Paolo Lazzari, light heavyweight Stefano ‘The Hammer’ Abatangelo, featherweight former amateur star Mario Pisanti, female flyweight Valeria Imbrogno, super featherweight Benoit Manno and rising lightweight Massimiliano Ballisai. Dolzanelli vs Erittu will be aired live on RAISPORT-PIU’ starting at 10:20pm local time.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Malinga set for first defense!

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga makes the first defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Mzolisi Yoyo from Mdantsane at the Finetown Centre in Lenasia on Friday night.
The tournament is presented by Reggie Hilmer and Gavin Hope of Future Boxing Promotions. Yoyo was originally rejected as a challenger by Boxing SA when he failed a medical test on renewal of his licence. It was reported that the interim CEO of Boxing SA Loyiso Mtya said that Yoyo had tested positive for Hepatitis B at the first medical examination, but a subsequent examination produced a different result and he was declared fit to challenge for the title. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Feature Story

Jhonny’s Quest

Gonzalez focused on Nishioka

gonzalez-pastrana332_1bStory & photos by Chris Cozzone

For several years now, former bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has been one fight away-sometimes, onepunch away-from big paydays and big name fights.

In 2006, Gonzalez, WBO bantam champ at the time, moved up four pounds to challenge Israel Vazquez for his WBC belt. After flooring Vazquez twice, on the verge of a win by kayo, the champion staged a comeback that resulted in a tenth round TKO loss for Gonzalez . . . . Click here for full story




May 20th, 2009

UFC

Evans-Machida too close to call

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

For the first time in UFC history, two undefeated fighters clash for the world title as light heavyweight champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans meets rising star Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida on Saturday May 23rd in Las Vegas, NV. While the challenger Machida is the early betting favorite, the main event of UFC 98 will certainly prove to be one of the most difficult title bouts to handicap in recent memory. Because of the extremely diverse and dangerous skill sets of each fighter, Evans vs. Machida will be a battle of circumstances with neither man having a clear advantage in any category. Though it’s a tall task, Fightnews.com will break down the action one step at a time  . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Geale To Spoil The Party?

Photo: danielgeale.com.au

Photo: danielgeale.com.au

By Craig Watt

For the last few years, controversial former two-time 168 pound WBA champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23KO’s) has been Australia’s marquee fighter and grabbed most of the country’s TV and written boxing space. Often he is the man to be hated due to his controversial views and outspoken nature. However, in IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13KO’s) there is a boxer with a superb amateur pedigree and an unbeaten professional record that could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time for Mundine. The 28-year-old unbeaten Geale, hailing from Tasmania puts his IBO middleweight title on the line at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on May 27th in the most eagerly awaited fight in Australia in 2009 thus far. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Dimitrenko ready for Chambers!

Kentikian, Graf, Alekseev also see action

Photos: Andre Boge/Universum Box-Promotion

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With a heavyweight fight between two top three contenders and two world championship fights featuring titleholders Susi Kentikian and Alesia Graf, plus other high profile fights, the July 4th “Universum Champions Night” at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg promises to offer a high quality boxing show. The card was officially announced at a press conference aboard the famous “Rickmer Rickmers” sailing ship permanently moored in Hamburg as a floating museum. On the eve of his 27th birthday, WBO Inter-Continental beltholder Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) takes on highly regarded “Fast” Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs). Of course, a win over Chambers would be the nicest birthday gift “Sascha” could give himself. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Majewski to face Mundy!

A pair of undefeated middleweights, Patrick Majewski, of Atlantic City, and Latif Mundy, of North Philadelphia, meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight 7.30 p.m. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round contest for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title between champion Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, and Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA. Super bantamweights Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, and Lucian Gonzalez, of Reading, PA, square off in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC® 101: Declaration Penn vs Florian & Silva vs Griffin – Tickets On Sale This Week
Beyond The Octagon(tm) - Get closer than ever before during UFC® 98
Dana White On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon - Tonight at 12:35am on NBC
-  Pick Your Top 100 of UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights
- Follow UFC® & Dana White on Twitter

Click here for more 



May 19th, 2009

Boxing Result

McKenzie captures Prizefighter trophy!

By Alexey Sukachev

He was a huge underdog and a natural light heavyweight among British cruisers just three hours ago, and now journeyman Ovill ‘Upsetter’ McKenzie (17-9, 6 KOs) is on the top of the world with the £25.000 paycheck and a shot at the reigning Commonwealth 200lb champion Rob Norton (31-4-1, 19 KOs). To earn these honors McKenzie had to win three three-rounders in just one evening and, by doing so, he became the Prizefighter cruiserweight champion. The tournament, promoted by Barry Hearn from Matchroom Boxing and televised on SKY Sports, ended moments ago at Earl’s Court in London. (more…)



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather, Marquez in NYC!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez pose on the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building in New York at today’s press conference to announce their July 18, 2009 PPV fight at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Green targets Dawson!

After learning of IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson’s interest in moving down to 168 pounds, super middleweight contender Allan Green says he’s waiting. “If he’s coming down to 168, let’s make this happen. I respect Chad’s skills as one of the best in the game, but I’m feeling so focused right now that I don’t see anybody, including Chad Dawson, doing much more than six rounds with me,” stated Green. In a recent interview Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw named Green as a possible future opponent for Dawson, along with Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch, and Mikkel Kessler. “Give me a break,” said Green. “Nobody knows what’s going on with Kessler and Froch decided to take a vacation for the rest of the year so he can find the stones to fight me. Taylor has his sights set elsewhere. So that leaves me.” Green’s promoter Lou DiBella added “Tell Gary to bring it,” said . “If Chad is afraid of Glen Johnson and wants to move down- Allan is ready, willing, and able.”



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez LA presser!

marq-maypresser

Photos: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

By Edgar Gonzalez

With the recent announcement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement, it has become a big buzz with boxing fans not only that he coming back to the sport but also that he is immediately putting his undefeated record on the line by facing the dangerous highly touted five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel Marquez in a 12 round bout entitled “Number One/Numero Uno.” The first stop of the media tour for the mega fight took place Monday in downtown Los Angeles to announce their battle taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on July 18. “That’s right. I’m back and you can all get ready for another chapter of the Mayweather experience!,” said Mayweather. “I told my CEO Leonard Ellerbe from the start that I wanted to come back fighting the best fighters out there and Juan Manuel Marquez is one of the best in boxing today.” (more…)



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Sponsorship for SA boxing talent!

Photo: NEO Africa

Photo: neo africa

By Ron Jackson

At a media briefing held on Tuesday at the Rosebank Hotel in Johannesburg, neo africa announced that they will be sponsoring IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen, Evans Mbamba, Silence Mabuza and Isaac Hlatshwayo. All four fighters are from the Nick Durandt stable. Mabuza a former two-time IBO champion meets the unbeaten Yohnny Perez from Colombia at the Springs Indoor Arena on May 29 in a final eliminator for the IBF bantamweight belt, with the victor facing the winner of the fight between Vic Darchinyan and the champion Joseph Agbeko to be held on July 11 in Sunrise, Florida. Mbamba the mandatory challenger for the WBC super flyweight belt will possibly face current interim champion Silvestre Lopez of the Philippines once the fight has gone to purse bids. The former IBO lightweight and welterweight champion Hlatshwayo is scheduled to fight Delvin Rodriguez for the vacant IBF welterweight belt at a date and venue to be announced. The belt became vacant when the IBF stripped Joshua Clottey for taking a fight with WBO champion Miguel Cotto, which is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York on June 13. In terms of the IBF rules junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen is entitled to make a voluntary defence before being obliged to meet a mandatory challenger. Contrary to local opinion he will possibly meet an opponent to be named shortly and not wait for the winner of the elimination bout between Mzonke Fana and Jasper Seroka. Vivien Natasen the CEO of neo africa announced that as South Africa has a proud history of producing champion boxers, his company thought it important to recognise top fighters and give them financial backing to enable them to really hone their abilities. He also announced that the four fighters will be on a one year contract and paid bonuses on their performance.



May 19th, 2009




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