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WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #5, WBO #8 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) hammered out a ...

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Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA interim super flyweight champion David "Tornado" Sanchez (28-2-2, 22 KOs) needed just two rounds to crush Walberto Ramos (23-7-2, ...

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DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

By Arvin Nundloll ar ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Although the English national anthem was omitted while the Irish and American anthem was ...

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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" final broadcast features ten-rounders in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will ...

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Scale Watch

Windy City Fight Night weights

Photo: Tom Barnes

Angel Hernandez 160 vs. Osumanu Adama 159.5
David Estrada 154 vs. Franklin Gonzalez 152
Carl Davis 197 vs. Arthur Williams 200
Donatas Bondoravas 155.5 vs. Brandon Baue 156
Adrian Granados 142. vs Justin Danforth 141
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Tommy Atencio 129
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Eli Augustama 162
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL



December 17th, 2010



UFC

Pettis dethrones Henderson

Cruz defends WEC, wins UFC bantam belt

Results by Brady Crytzer

In a fight of the year candidate on the night of the final WEC event, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis used every weapon in his arsenal to defeat champion Benson Henderson via unanimous decision. Henderson, the fighter thought to be the better grappler of the two, had success with takedowns in round one. In the second round the striking of Pettis dictated the pace of the fight and helped him control his opponent. Round three saw Pettis begin to control the grappling as well as the stand-up and round four saw his well-rounded attack continue. In the final round Pettis connected on Henderson with a leaping spinning roundhouse kick launched from the cage wall. Scorecards read 49-46 and 48-47 twice making Pettis the new WEC lightweight champion.

In the contest to crown the first UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz dominated challenger Scott Jorgensen over five one-sided rounds. Scorecards read the same, 50-45 in favor of the champion. (more…)



December 17th, 2010

Boxing Result

Salita crushes Wayka

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland

Welterweight Dmitriy Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a punishing third round KO over late sub James Wayka (16-10-1, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Salita used a brutal body attack to dropped Wayka twice in round two and twice more in round three before the fight was waved off by referee David Fields. Time was 1:53. Salita claimed the vacant NY State title. Click here for more photos…



December 16th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon at the scale

Christopher Martin 126 vs Yogli Herrera 129
Ronny Rios 128 vs Adolfo Landeros 128
Rolando Perez 140 vs Federico Martinez 140 3/4**
Angel Torres 133 1/2 vs Ronald Hurley 131
Anthony Martinez 147 vs Jaime Orrantia 149
Notes: **Martinez will drop the 3/4 of a pound.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions
TV: Telefutura



December 16th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Miami

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen

Ray Austin 239 ¾ vs. Odlanier Solis 260
Tavoris Cloud 175 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 174
Ricardo Mayorga 162.5 vs. Michael Walker 160 ½
Darrel Madison 251 ¼ vs. Michael Marrone 260 ½
Eileen Olszewski 110 ¾ vs. Anastasia Toktoulova 109 ½
Angelo Santana 137 ¼ vs. John David Charles 137
Erkan Teper 233 vs. Donato DeMartiis 219 ½
Pedro Rodriguez 195 ¼* vs. TJ Cook 198 ½**

*Rodriguez weighed over contracted weight of 195 by ¼ lb. Weighed 193 ½ on second attempt.
**Cook weighed over by 3 ½ lbs. Rodriguez allowed this weight.
Note: After Mayorga punched Walker a scuffle ensued.
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December 16th, 2010

Feature Story

Can Hopkins live up to Legacy?

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Vincent Ethier

Heading into most fights the most common pre-fight banter heard revolves around such words as battle, victory, and champion. With Bernard Hopkins promising to wear a jersey to the ring bearing the number 45, signifying his age, all the talk leading into Saturday’s showdown has revolved around words such as history and legacy.

Jean Pascal who goes into the fight as Champion is asking just one question: “Can he live up to his legacy?”

“When I was a kid, one of the stories I read was about Winnie the Pooh and how he got his nose caught in a beehive once, in search of honey. I liked that story and it parallels what will happen in this fight. Whether Hopkins should be concerned about his legacy if he stinks up the place, fight dirty, and then loses, this is his problem.” (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Congrats Steve Cunningham

Enad Licina, watch out…IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham has another mouth to feed. On Tuesday, Livvy Cunningham gave birth to the couple’s third child, Cruz Cunningham, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Cruz joins brother Steve Jr. and sister Kennedy in their father’s rooting section. “We are happy and blessed by the newest addition to our family, now it’s back to business, preparing for a world title challenge with this as an extra incentive for victory,“ Cunningham said.

The champ needs to get right back to work as he is scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger Licina. Fightnews.com and Team Sauerland congratulates the entire Cunningham family.



December 16th, 2010

Feature Story

Pascal-Hopkins predictions

Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalists Glen Johnson and Carl Froch have been in world title fights against Two-Time World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal, respectively, and like Arthur Abraham, they are picking Pascal to beat the 45-year-old Hopkins on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Dec. 18, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.

There are three other world-ranked fighters, however, who feel the wily veteran with 57 career professional fights will have enough to dethrone Pascal. (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Feature Story

Jürgen Brähmer Presser

WBO champ talks about unification clash

Photos: André Latendorf

Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Feature Story

Malignaggi targets welters

Photos by Chris Cozzone

Story by Rick Scharmberg

Former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) makes his return to the ring Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec against Michael Lozada (36-6-1, 29 KOs), in one of the main support bouts on a card featuring Bernard Hopkins versus Jean Pascal for Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight title . . .  Click here for more



December 16th, 2010

Boxing Result

Mphambanyeni-Buthelezi draw

By Ron Jackson

Middleweight Khaphathe Mphambanyeni retained his South African title when he fought to a draw over twelve rounds with Christopher Buthelezi at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday afternoon. Mphambanyeni (6-1-1, 6 KOs) from the Limpopo Province won the vacant title in September this year when he stopped Mthokozisi Malinga in the fifth round, was making his first defence against the mandatory challenger Buthelezi (15-12-2, 6 KOs) from Lamontville, Durban. In a mauling and untidy contest the shorter Buthelezi kept boring in and smothering his taller opponent and with neither fighter dominating a draw was possibly a fair reflection of the fight. One judge scored it for Buthelezi and the other one had it for Mphambanyeni, whilst the third called it a draw. The tournament was presented by Thulani Magudulela.



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Georgia promoters unite

By Jose E. Santiago
Photo: Andrew Snook

The two top active boxing promoters in Georgia, Greg Barckhoff of Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions join forces in an effort to solidify the best boxers in the first ever Georgia Boxing Championship series. The series is slated to begin on February 25th and will be hosted at the newly renovated Macy’s building at 200 Peachtree in Atlanta. Future fight cards have already been slated for April, June, August, and December. (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Della Rosa-Ayoub Presser

Photo: OPI 2000

Today in Rome, Italy OPI2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) presented to the press the vacant WBC International Championship between Emanuele Della Rosa and Nefzi Ayoub scheduled for tomorrow in Rome. In the photo from left to right Della Rosa, WBC International chairman Mauro Betti and Ayoub.



December 16th, 2010

Boxing Result

Golovkin retains WBA title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Today at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs). The event promoted by Oleg Hermann and Delta Boxpromotion helped celebrate Kazakh Independece Day.



December 16th, 2010

Scale Watch

Salita, Wayka make weight

Photo: Ruben Roncallo/www.RubenRoncallo.com

Dmitriy Salita 147 vs. James Wayka 145.25
Joel Castillo 173.25 vs. Angel Gonzalez 173
Scotty Burell 134.25 vs. Jonathan Caban 130.25
Rafael Vazquez 130 vs. Hector Rivera 128.25
Frank Galarza 156.25 vs. Felix Rangel 156
Jonathan Cuba 137.25 vs. Artie Bembury 140
Jon Bolden 220 vs. Richard Mason 207
Jose Peralta 137.25 vs. Henry Northan 137.25
George Santiago 130 vs. John Passantino 131

Venue is the Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street) . Tickets are still available at the box office. Doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30pm



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Bowman set for Saturday

Carney “Beeper” Bowman returns to action this Saturday night, December 18th against Jason Rorie in the main event of “Home for the Holidays” an evening of action packed professional boxing at the National Guard Armory in Hanover, Pennsylvania. (more…)



December 16th, 2010

UFC

High stakes for Henderson-Pettis

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS TONIGHT!

Unlike college basketball, the sport of MMA doesn’t have a “Final Four.” But Thursday night’s main event between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis certainly has a Final Four type of feel to it . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC

For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Cleverly: Brähmer the real champion

WBO interim light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly says he wants to win the full WBO light heavyweight title the hard way by taking on Jurgen Brähmer. The unbeaten Welshman lifted the interim crown on Saturday night in Liverpool with a hard-fought points win over Nadjib Mohammedi. Full champion Brähmer is poised to meet WBA king Beibut Shumenov in January in a juicy unification fight.

Cleverly is insistent that he wants to meet the winner of that fight – and not get the world title handed to him. “I will consider Brähmer the real champion until I beat him,” said Cleverly. “If he loses to Shumenov, then I’ll want to fight Shumenov, it’s as simple as that.” (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Linares with Roach?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could be the next high profile boxer to be trained by the renowned trainer Freddie Roach. Linares has expressed a desire to move from Japan to Los Angeles and is expected to begin campaigning in the USA during in the first quarter of 2011 according to the plans of Golden Boy Promotions. Also being mentioned as a possibility is trainer Joel Diaz, but whether the new trainer is Roach or Diaz, fitness trainer Alex Ariza would be part of the team. Linares could relocate to Los Angeles as soon as late December.



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Felix Sturm returns Feb 19

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer

WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm will return to action on February 19th at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The 31-year-old Sturm is scheduled to make the ninth defense of his WBA middleweight title. The opponent will be announced shortly. In his last fight, Sturm scored a decisive comeback win after a lengthy layoff by defeating Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 18,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. An exclusive and in-depth interview with the champion will follow early next week.



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Sauerland, Huck make donation

Wegner: "Marco has a big heart"

Photo Credit: Photo Wende

Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will not only be fighting for his WBO Cruiserweight Title on Saturday night when he steps into the ring against hard-hitting mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. A victory would also guarantee well-known German children charity organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” (“A heart for children”) a big financial boost. At yesterday’s press conference, Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland spontaneously made a donation of 10,000 Euros. Huck immediately added another 10,000 Euros to double the amount. “I know how tough life can be,” Huck said. “Boxing presented me with a great chance to lead a fantastic life but you must never forget where you’re coming from. Charity projects like this are very important. The greatest thing in the world is to see kids smile and I hope our donation will help.” (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Scale Watch

Golovkin to make first defense

Photos courtesy Team Golovkin

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (19-0, 6 KOs) will defend his title for the first time tonight against WBA #4 rated Nilson Julio Tapia (14-2-1, 10 KOs) in Astana, Kazakhstan. Both fighters weighed in at 159.2 pounds. The 2,700 seat arena is sold out for tonight’s Kazakhstan Independence Day boxing card and the Kazakh President will be among those in attendance. The undercard will consist of ten amateur fights, including the national club championship. For more details and photos click here…



December 16th, 2010

Feature Story

Darchinyan gracious in defeat

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan has requested that Fightnews send Abner Mares his congratulations on his outstanding victory in one of the best fights for 2010, and also for being such a great kid.

“It was very disappointing for me to lose the fight against a good young fighter like Abner Mares,” Darchinyan said. “Congratulations to Abner, he is a tough kid who fought a great fight. Even after winning seven world titles I have learnt something valuable and that is not to leave the decision in the hands of judges. The only negative thing I have to say from this fight is that we should be talking what a great war me and Abner had, and not talking about the way the fight was over-refereed. I have never had a point taken off me in all my fights and I am sure Abner hasn’t ever had a point taken from him, Let us fight! We go into the ring and we fight for our lives, we both should be allowed to fight our natural fights. Both of us were always being told to do this and that, I think the referee started to confuse himself and not only us.” (more…)



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Don King

Boxing’s crown jewel returning to the throne

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Don King made his first official boxing-related appearance this afternoon since the recent death of his beloved wife Henrietta. That personal family tragedy and the recent publicity of Cleveland TSA officials stopping him to confiscate live ammunition in his carry-on bags might have slowed down other 79-year olds.

Not King.

Say what you will about Don King, (indeed what else can be said?) but he is always on his game. He is the most recognizable character in the sport and looks to reclaim his throne at a time when boxing appears on the comeback trail.

Recent Fight of the Year candidate bouts between Marquez-Katsidis and Maidana-Khan as well as next week’s Oscar-hyped boxing flick “The Fighter” and upcoming FX drama “Lights Out” hope to get boxing back in peoples’ sports consciousness.

Who better to make it stick than King?

“The Don” returned to work in regal fashion to host today’s final press conference at Bongos Cuban Café for Friday’s “Tribute to Freedom” boxing card in Miami’s American Airlines Arena. For more details and photos click here…



December 16th, 2010

Boxing News

Garcia to face Soto

WBO interim light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (14-1-1, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against Omar “Pastor” Soto (15-6-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in Campeche, Mexico. The fight will be the co-feature on the Top Rank/Zanfer card headlined by Mexican boxing and reality show superstar Jorge “Travieso” Arce against Adolfo Ramos. Arce is taking aim at WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. next year. Also on the card is an excellent super featherweight clash between Joksan “Torito” Hernandez and dangerous Jorge Lacierva, plus Son of the Legend, Omar “Businessman” Chavez seeing action. The event will be televised on FOX Deportes in the US and TV Azteca in Mexico.



December 15th, 2010

UFC

WEC at the scales

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

From Glendale, Ariz., for tomorrow night’s WEC card live on VERSUS:

Main Event – WEC Lightweight Championship
Ben Henderson 155 vs Anthony Pettis 154.5

WEC Bantamweight Championship (Winner will be crowned UFC Champion)
Dominick Cruz 134.5 vs Scott Jorgensen 135

Donald Cerrone 155 vs Chris Horodecki 155
Bart Palaszewski 156 vs Kamal Shalorus 156
Tiequan Zhang 155.5 vs Danny Downes 154.5
Jamie Varner 156 vs Shane Roller 155
Brad Pickett 136 vs Ivan Menjivar 135
Eddie Wineland 136 vs Ken Stone 135
Danny Castillo 155.5 vs Will Kerr 155
Ricardo Lamas 156 vs Yuri Alcantara 154.5
Renan Barao 136 vs Chris Cariaso 136

For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv



December 15th, 2010

Scale Watch

Battle in the Ballroom Weights

Artur Bernestyan 139.4 vs Demetrio Soto 138.9
Quadrine Hill 226 vs Enrique Lobatos 265.6
Terrell Hendrix 174.8 vs Ryan Davis 174.3
Ricardo Garcia 136.1 vs Mauel Sanchez 139.9
Marcus Robinson vs Alfredo Rivera (weigh in Thurs AM)
Venue: Irvine Marriott, Irvine, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht
Note: Only 100 tickets remain and fans can call the Irvine Marriott at 949-553-0100 after 9am for tickets.



December 15th, 2010

Feature Story

Pascal-Hopkins erupts!!!

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Today’s Pascal-Hopkins press conference from Quebec City Hall included some surprises. Aside from Santa showing up, the usually verbose Bernard Hopkins limited his press conference statements to three words, Jean Pascal refused to translate his remarks into English because “in this town, we speak French,” and an intense scuffle broke out when Hopkins refused to hand over Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight belt to the champ.

The fighters then exchanged exchange words. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME® in the United States and on pay-per-view in Canada. (more…)



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Solis-Austin presser

Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP

Although there is a serious cold wave hitting Miami right now, the talk at the final press conference today at Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Café heated up before Friday’s Don King Productions world championship boxing card at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Don King hosted the press conference promoting a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout he is presenting with Arena Sportspromotion between 2004 Olympic gold medalist and now undefeated Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against WBC No. 1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs). The winner earns the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Photos: Pascal-Hopkins Presser

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

First images from the Pascal-Hopkins final press conference which took place at Quebec City Hall on Wednesday. More photos…



December 15th, 2010




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