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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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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: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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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!

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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

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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

Feature Story

Gesta headlines ‘Havoc’

gesta4Story & photos by Felipe Leon

With the recent spectacular victory of Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, over England’s Ricky Hatton, its good to be Filipino. If you are Filipino and can throw a three-punch combination, then it is even better. But if you are like Cebu City’s Mercito Gesta who is known for multiple punch combos, quick feet and even quicker hands, then its great to be Filipino.

Gesta is scheduled in the featured bout of “Havoc at the Hard Rock”, the inaugural fight night of Rogue Boxing Promotions at the spectacular Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2009

UFC

Barry preps for Octagon return

Interview by Brady Crytzer

The UFC heavyweight division has been getting a mountain of attention since the rise and subsequent headlining status of champion Brock Lesnar. Though the title holder is constantly being called out by heavyweight regulars, a new breed of contenders are preparing for their moment to shine. Featuring some of the best young talent in the sport, UFC 98 ushers in the return of one of the world’s most explosive strikers in Pat “HD” Barry  . . . 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 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Australian Boxing Buzz!

By Craig Watt

Unbeaten IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13KO’s) defends his title against former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23KO’s) at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on May 27th. He is gaining increasing support that the 28 year old former Australian amateur star could provide an upset against the current ranked WBA#1 Mundine. Indeed, two major sporting bets in Australia this week have backed Geale to win sums of $120,000 should the current IBO champion win against the 33 year old Mundine. Geale, from Tasmania enjoyed over 160 amateur fights and was an Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and won a Gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has developed an impressive unbeaten record in twenty one fights. He won the IBO middleweight title in December 2007 when he out pointed Daniel Dawson over twelve rounds and in his last defence in March 2009, stopped veteran Canadian Ian Mackillop inside a round with impressive power. He is also ranked WBO#7 and WBC#11 and IBF#10 at middleweight. The IBO title fight at 160 pounds with Mundine will be shown on PPV in Australia on Main Events on May 27th.
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The biggest Australian match up in history could see a re-match between former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) and former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. Their first bout in 2006 attracted over 35,000 fans at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney and this week the Alice Springs Town Council has approached both camps to hold the bout at the ANZAC Oval. Alice Springs is the geographical centre of Australia and has an extensive aboriginal history and culture which is attracting Team Mundine to the proposal. Mundine’s manager, Khoder Nasser told ABC News, “There is an obvious attraction to this proposal – Anthony is an aboriginal and he has always wanted to fight in the Northern Territory where there is a lot of indigenous people and he feels he owes it to his people to have a fight there. With the government interested in putting the fight on in Alice Springs it is an offer that we must seriously consider.” Danny Green has always hinted that a re-match should be held in his hometown of Perth at the Subiaco Oval where there could be a potential crowd of 40,000.
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Unbeaten jr-welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (18-0, 13 KO’s) continues his impressive progress when he takes on experienced Moses Seran (20-13, 10KO’s) from Indonesia in Sydney, New South Wales on the 29th May. The 21 year old has impressed with his speed and boxing ability thus far and comes off an impressive twelve rounds points win against former IBF super-featherweight champion Gairy St. Clair in his last bout in March in Cambelltown, Sydney. Another impressive performance should see the prospect move into the world rankings in 2009. He has already won the Australian lightweight title in just his fifth professional fight and has performed well so far in his native Australia.
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It is reported in the UK that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will wait until June before making an announcement about his ring future following his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao. Australian lightweight contender, Michael Katsidis still awaits in the wings for a possible comeback fight and his manager Brendon Smith has re-affirmed this week, “It is up to Ricky – we are here and prepared to come to the UK and his home town of Manchester but we know it is an important decision for him. All we can do is tell everyone we are willing and able to make this match.”



May 19th, 2009

Interview

Joey Spina Speaks!

Headlines CES Card on Friday in RI!

Interview by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney

Known as “The KO Kid” for his aggressive in ring style and punching power, light heavyweight Joey Spina (24-1, 17 KOs), who is currently rated by all four major sanctioning bodies, No. 12 by the WBC and WBA, No. 13 by the WBO, and No. 15 by the IBF, looks to move to the next level as he is scheduled to take on veteran Tiwon Taylor (26-14-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of Classic Entertainment and Sports “Rage at the River” event this coming Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. The rugged Italian-American from Providence has won his last four since suffering the only loss of his career in 2006 to cross-town rival, Peter Manfredo, Jr., in which, Spina suffered a broken left thumb in the early in the fight. FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Spina about his career, his comeback from his loss to Manfredo, his opponent, and his future. Click here for the full interview.



May 19th, 2009

Exclusive

Only in Boxing!

By Greg Sirb

I’ve been Executive Director with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for over 20 years now – I really have seen it all, but this past Friday at the Blue Horizon I witnessed history. I witnessed truly an international event. Boxer Ahmad Tuba, a Palestinian from Nazareth, Israel made his pro debut against a young man from Baltimore, Maryland. What made this a historic event was that that the trainer in Tuba’s corner (Raanan Tal) is a Jew from Israel. At a time when the Jewish community and the Palestinian community have fought horrific battles and have seen blood shed on both sides, it was pro boxing at the Blue Horizon that brought these two supposed arch enemies together. At a time when boxing is looking for and needs a positive story, this was truly that story. A Palestinian and a Jew brought together in my ring at the Blue Horizon. I was again proud to say that boxing is in my blood.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Taylor targets Green!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (48-7-3, 34 KOs) will take a warm up fight against Kiatchai Singwancha (26-6, 16 KOs) at the Wollongong Basketball Stadium, NSW, Australia before a bout with former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green which is being tipped to be held in Perth during August. Taylor said, “I’m looking forward to fighting Danny Green in Perth. I have spent a lot of time there training at Craig Christian’s gym. There was a report in a Sydney newspaper on Sunday stating I did not like Perth. That is wrong…I love Perth and the people there. I am confident I can defeat Danny. We have sparred about 100 rounds and I won 90 rounds in my opinion. He wants to get himself into great shape because I will give him the fight of his life.” Taylor lost a twelve round points decision to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine in 2009, also a twelve round decision to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in 2006. In 2001 Shane Mosley stopped Taylor in six rounds of a WBC welterweight bout. Taylor holds KO wins over several world champions including former IBF 140 pound champion Jake Rodriguez and former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Clark to face Major!

Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide have put together a show for June 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. All-action lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” (16-3-1, 14 KOs) of the Bahamas will face Columbus, Ohio’s Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (38-5-1, 18 KOs) of “Contender” fame in a 10-round battle for the vacant NABA lightweight championship. Also featured will be popular super lightweight Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round match-up. On the undercard, Rochester super lightweight Kenny Abril, Buffalo light heavyweight Lionel Thompson and Buffalo heavyweight Excell Holmes (pro debut) will see action. Garone brought professional boxing back to Downtown Buffalo for the first time in six years last February with a show that was surprisingly well attended and very well received by fans. “Buffalo Beatdown” will be his third professional boxing show in Western New York in less than a year. Tickets ($30-$75) go on sale Monday. Call 877-77CLICK.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

McCreedy Gaining Momentum!

Spina-Taylor Headline Twin River Card!

Super middleweight “Irish” Joe McCreedy has developed into one of New England’s favorite fighters, based on support he’s received from his growing legion of passionate fans from Lowell, the same Massachusetts city that produced one of boxing’s all-time most popular ring warriors, “Irish” Micky Ward. EBA super middleweight title holder McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KOs) is matched against veteran Willis “The Prophet” Lockett (11-7-5, 5 KOs) on Friday night’s (May 22) “Rage At The River” show, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Guaranteed Fireworks!

Berto vs Urango -- May 30

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Hype and brash talk have become a part of most boxing promotions in recent years, but for May 30th’s HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, none of that is necessary when Andre Berto defends his welterweight title against junior welterweight champion Juan Urango, and junior middleweight knockout artists Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron meet in the center of the ring. “When Lou DiBella and I discussed this event, the first thing we thought of was that this card goes back to the early days of Boxing After Dark and what the series was designed to do,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “We’ve got four hungry fighters, four action fighters, and only two can leave the Hard Rock with a victory. These guys are all going to leave it all in the ring to get the win, but the real winners that night are going to be the fans. I haven’t been this excited about a single event in a long time.” (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Marquez returns to action!

vazquez_marquez_iii_5120Feature story by Chris Cozzone

If you expected former champ Rafael Marquez to go quietly into the night, you were wrong.

If you thought the man who battled Israel Vazquez heart and soul throughout one of the greatest trilogies in boxing history, was finished, think again.

This Saturday, Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his long-awaited return to the ring. Going up against Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs), of Bogota, Colombia, Marquez will end the longest layoff of his career-one year, two months, and 22 days, in case you were counting-and step back into the championship picture in a 12-round WBC super bantamweight title eliminator . . . . Click here for full story



May 18th, 2009

UFC

Media picks for Faber-Brown II!

How will the biggest fight in World Extreme Cagefighting® history play out? That is the question many fans across the world are pondering at this very moment. In anticipation of the historic rematch between champion Mike Brown (21-4) and challenger Urijah Faber (22-2), some of the nation’s top reporters gathered to offer their opinions on the June 7 bout . . . Click here for more 



May 18th, 2009

Announcement

Boxing returns to North San Diego!

World-class championship boxing returns to North San Diego County as TKO BOXING Promotions and Pala Casino Spa and Resort present “TKO World Championship Boxing at Pala Casino” Sat., Aug 22, in the Events Center . . .  Click here for more



May 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC® Undisputed(tm) In Stores Tomorrow
UFC® Predict & Win - Pick the outcome of future UFC® fights at the UFC® Undisputed(tm) community!
UFC.com - Breaking down the Battle of the Unbeatens
-  Pick Your Top 100 of UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights
- Follow UFC® & Dana White on Twitter

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May 18th, 2009

Full Report

Full Report: Fragomeni-Wlodarczyk!

Ringside Report by Paolo Consiglio
Photos: Renata Romagnoli and Eugenio Spallazzi/www.boxenet.it

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Giacobbe Fragomeni’s magnificent display of courage and determination will long be remembered by the Italian boxing fraternity as a dramatic surge in the championship rounds allowed him to earn a draw to retain the WBC cruiserweight title yesterday evening in Rome at the Gran Teatro but Krzysztof Wlodarczyk looked a bit unlucky not to get the nod of the judges. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Marquez Fan Rally

Photos: Ricardo Conde

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Hundreds of fan showed up to show their support for Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez this past Sunday May 17th at the historical “Placita Olvera” (Olvera Street) in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This even kicked off the two continent six day press tour to announce the mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, which takes place on July 18th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will be showed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Some of the guests in attendance included “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, “Dangerous” David Rodela, “El Magnifico” Israel Vasquez and Frank Espinoza.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Solis back with amateur coach!

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

In the last couple of weeks it has been quiet around heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis. After dominating and stopping “Big Man” Kevin Burnett in his US and ESPN debut on January 9th (Solis’ 13th win in as many pro-fights) “La Sombra” suffered a hand injury while preparing for a fight against “Fast” Fres Oquendo. Now the three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist is back in training. According to his promoter Ahmet Öner Solis will be back soon and better than ever before in his pro career because the 29-year-old is finally reunited with his former amateur coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Northwest Fight Scene!

By Sam DiTusa

Like the economy, the fight scene has suffered some what of a recession in the Pacific Northwest. But like the Dow Jones, area casinos and arenas are starting to rebound nicely as Spring turns toward Summer. Starting off the parade will be a very interesting show on June 12th at the Spirit Mountain Casino & Resort in Grand Ronde, Oregon promoted by Roy Jones & Square Ring. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Gavern, Cusumano in action!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

KEA Boxing is set to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with their second exciting installment of the “Boxing at the Woodlands” series on Saturday, May 23rd. Headlining the show at the beautiful Woodlands Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA will be a six round heavyweight clash featuring former Scranton Police Officer, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s) and the always dangerous heavyweight Willie Perryman (10-19, 7KO’s) of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Another hometown hero is also slated for action in the six round co-feature of the evening as Old Forge, PA’s own Anthony Cusumano (3-2-1, 2KO’s) will swap punches 6’3” super featherweight Nathan Francis (2-5, 1KO). (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Why my son hates boxing

Stop close ups of bloody faces

By Joe Koizumi

My son is a 29-year-old car engineer working for Toyota, living in Toyota city adjacent to Nagoya (the third biggest city in Japan). When there is a boxing show in Nagoya, I meet my son to have a dinner as he drives his Toyota car from Toyota for an hour. I often advised him to meet at a boxing arena, or watch boxing bouts together. My son shows definitely no interest in watching the sweet science that I ardently love. Why not? I asked him why he dislikes boxing. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Big boxing weekend in Australia!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (15-2-1) outpointed formerly world rated Mohamed Azzaoui (23-5-2) of New Zealand over six rounds at the Cardiff Workers club, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Ammann had lost the OPBF cruiserweight title to Dominic Vea in 2008 but is ready for international recognition in 2009. Azzaoui lost a WBO cruiserweight challenge in four rounds in 2007 against Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli. Promoter Peter Hallett
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World rated light heavyweight Tim Bell ( 16-5-1) defended the PABA 175 pound title successfully when he scored a nine round stoppage win over Kane McKay (8-6-2) at the Sunshine Roller Skating Center, Melbourne, Victoria on Friday. WBA#15 Bell has called out to meet former WBA world light heavyweight champion Danny Green who recently made a comeback. In the main supporting bout, Will Tomlinson (7-0-1) captured the vacant Australian jr lightweight title with a five round technical knockout over Matt Powell (11-7-2). Jr featherweight Mark Quon (5-2) outscored Filipino Flash Villacura (22-20-1) over six rounds. Promoter David Deckie
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Australian based Nigerian jr middleweight King Davidson (8-0,5KO’s) scored the best win of his career when he clearly outpointed former Australian champion Josh Clenshaw (26-16,13KO’s) over ten rounds at the Blacktown RSL, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday.. Scores 98-93, 99-93, 97-93. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Senaharn defeats Arema!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

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Thailand University student Wacharakrit Senaharn (15-1-0) captured the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jr lightweight title when he outpointed Hero Arema (18-3-0) of Indonesia in a closely contested bout over twelve rounds at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Muhammad Ali honored!

Photo: Jeff Julian

Photo: Jeff Julian

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Sunday from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA during their 161st commencement ceremony.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Hopoate ready to upset McCall?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate has impressed in a eight round sparring session against former world heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster and is looking to upset Oliver McCall, the former WBC champion, when they clash next Saturday in Las Vegas. Hopoate’s trainer Dave Millward said. “Hoppa had a sparring session with Lamon Brewster yesterday. I am shaking with adrenalin after watching Hoppa against Brewster. It was eight quality rounds. I hate being overconfident but even Brewster said ‘Hey boy, you’ve got some power.’



May 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Demyanenko, Holmes still unbeaten!

By Bob Caico

Vitaliy Demyanenko (17-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended his WBC Asian Boxing Council, WBO Asia Pacific and PABA welterweight titles Saturday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. Demyanenko survived a cut from a clash of heads to earn a unanimous 12-round decision over Paul Delgado (20-9) of Atlanta, GA. In the co-feature, heavyweight Donnell Holmes of North Carolina improved to 31-0 with his 27th KO when he stopped Cleveland’s Ryan Thompson in the second round of a scheduled ten. Former heavyweight fighter Paul “The Italian Hitman” Marinaccio and his JawBreaker Promotions, Inc had an impressive promotional debut. “We had around 1,600 people in a beautiful venue and it was very successful,” said the happy Marinaccio. The new company is looking at a couple more dates in North Carolina and up north before the end of the year.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Valuev training camp!

Photo: Winfried Mausolf

Photo: Winfried Mausolf

Nikolai Valuev believes the solitude of East German village Kienbaum will help him to win the rematch with Ruslan Chagaev on May 30. The WBA heavyweight champion, who battles it out with the “champion in recess” at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, is shaping up in Team Sauerland´s training camp base 20 miles east of Berlin. In the middle of nowhere, there is nothing that could take the Russian Giant´s focus away from the fight. “In St. Petersburg the phone would ring every two minutes,” he said. “Then there would be a family duties. And I could not walk on the streets without being recognised and asked for a signature. There would be no chance to work out efficiently. That is why I like Kienbaum. I can really focus here.” (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Full Report

Gaspar stops Bustos

gaspar1Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon

PM Promotions helmed by former world champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales returned to the Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana, Mexico, to present an eight-bout fight card televised nationally in Mexico by Cadena Tres Saturday night.

In the main event, David “Flecha” Gaspar came back from his first professional loss at the hands of Nicaragua’s Carlos Rueda to stop former WBC straw weight champion Isaac Bustos in the sixth round of a scheduled ten . . . Click here for more



May 18th, 2009

UFC

Machida’s title shot long overdue

Feature story by Anthony Springer

img_37To the die-hard UFC fan, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida’s (14-0, 6-0 UFC) forthcoming light heavyweight title shot is long overdue.

Panned as a boring fighter by critics who thrive on knockouts, brawls, and blood, the Karate fighter quietly worked his way up the 205 rankings. Machida holds victories over Sokoudjou, David Hoger, and Tito Ortiz. However, the amount of decision victories had many questioning whether the highly talented “Dragon” was ready to be an entertaining fighter on the world’s most prominent MMA stage . . . 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 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Abell whips Willis!

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

On Friday night, fans at The Legendary Blue Horizon were once again treated to the unbelievable punching power of Minnesota heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (24-4, 23 KOs), who scored a third round TKO over Billy “The Kid” Willis (12-14-1, 9 KOs) of Houston, Texas in the six round main event of the evening. In the co-feature of evening, Philly middleweight prospect Gee “Thoroughbred” Cullmer (16-1, 3Kos) won an ugly six round split decision rematch over Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (13-22-3, 6KO’s). The seven bout card was promoted by Vernocha Michael of The Legendary Blue Horizon Promotions Inc. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Full Report

Johnson-Vargas Photo Gallery!

Ringside Report by Matt Richardson
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (17-1, 7 KOs) continued to make a case as the best American heavyweight in the division when he dominated 2004 Olympic US team captain Devon Vargas (17-1, 7 KOs) for a sixth round technical knockout victory at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the main event of this past week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In the co-feature, lightweight Jorge Teron (23-1-1, 15 KOs) avenged his only professional loss to date when he turned the tables on Aldo Valtierra (23-1-1, 15 KOs) to win a ten round unanimous decision. Teron lost a majority decision to Valtierra last December. Click here to view the full report and action packed photo gallery.



May 17th, 2009




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