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The fight for the vacant IBF jr lightweight title between #1, Mzonke Fana (29-4, 12 KOs) and #2, Cassius Baloyi (37-4-1, 19 KOs) is scheduled to take place on August 6 at a site to be named in South Africa. Baloyi has already held the title twice and Fona once. The two met in April 2008 where Baloyi took a majority decision and Fona’s IBF jr lighweight title.
Middleweight contender Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) has decided to remain with Universum. “I still have a lot of plans and am convinced that there is no better promoter with which to reach my goals,” said Gevor. “Universum was always a fair and dependable partner for me and has kept always to our agreements. I’m glad that we can go on together.”
Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl commented, “After Khoren had signaled that he would like to continue with us, we didn’t hesitate. He has delivered great fights and further attractive fights, which have the stuff to be classics, are possible with him. We are pleased to be able to present on July 17th an explosive fight between Zbik against Gevor, which both boxers immediately agreed to.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Pavel Terekhov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) during a media and public workout at his training camp in Going, Austria. Vitali has a world title defense against European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on May 29th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
“Fists Of Steel” presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. For more photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively retained his belt as he positively kept stalking much taller Angel Granados (18-9, 8 KOs), 129.25, from Venezuela, and finally caught him with a vicious looping right to drop the lanky challenger face first to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:42 of the sixth round on Monday in Saitama (close to our capital Tokyo), Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#1/WBA#5 ranked OPBF super-fly champ Kohei Kono (25-4, 9 KOs), 115, barely kept his regional belt as he had a tough time coping with desperate southpaw compatriot Masashi Tonomura (13-6-1, 6 KOs), 115, but was awarded a TKO win over the quickly fading challenger at 2:28 of the eleventh session on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 5 KOs), 113.75, Japan, kept her belt as she battered ex-national amateur bantam titlist, compatriot Kayoko Ebata (3-3, 2 KOs; amateur 14-3), 113.5, and pounded out a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-92 and 96-93) over ten frames on Monday in Saitama, Japan. Tenkai, making her second defense since dethroning Chinese southpaw Xian Xi Yang in February 2009, took the leadoff with her trade-mark left hooks to the elusive challenger. Ebata, a 34-year-old footworker, attempted to counter the onrushing champ and took a point in round four. Tenkai, however, overpowered the lanky counterpuncher all the way from the fifth onward. Ebata was penalized a point for pushing down the champ’s back-head repeatedly midway in the eighth. The full champ Tenkai, 25, will face WBA interim ruler Carolina Gutierrez of Argentina in her next defense. Promoter: Yamaki Promotions in association with Watanabe Promotions.
USBA light welterweight champion Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland is free of his contract with promoter Star Boxing and looking to explore other promotional options. Coleman upset former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis in his last fight this past December to win his title. Star Boxing had options on Coleman after he beat their fighter Arnaoutis but both parties were unable to agree to terms on securing a subsequent fight within the next 120 days thus ending their contract. Coleman is current ranked #15 the world by the IBF at 140 pounds.
Undefeated Junior Welterweight sensation Danny O’Connor has been added to the “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday night May 22, 2010.
O’Connor (11-0, 3 KO’s), from Framingham, MA, puts his undefeated record on the line when he takes on his toughest opponent to date in slick southpaw veteran Broderick Antoine (10-9-1, 5 KO’s) in a special attraction. “I am really looking forward to finally fighting at the Mohegan Sun Casino, a place where I have been attending fights for years and where I have always envisioned fighting. I expect all my fans to make the trek to support me, “said O’Connor. (more…)
Patience is the key for undefeated NABF champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, who is preparing to defend his belt as well as fight for the vacant NABO title, Saturday night (May 22) against Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
One day after turning 18, unbeaten Phoenix lightweight Jose Benavidez, Jr., signs his promotional contract with Top Rank, Inc. at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA on Monday. Pictured is Benavidez (5-0, 5 KOs), his father Jose, Sr., and trainer Freddie Roach. Benavidez is set to fight again in Chicago on May 29.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Headliners on Saturday’s huge “Universum Champions Night” in Rostock, Germany, faced off on Monday during a press conference at a local VW dealer. In the main event, former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) takes on Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA eliminator. Also WBC super featherweight world champion Vitali Tajbert defends his belt against the well know Hector Velazquez.
“I’m in top shape and looking forward to Rostock and the fans,” stated Chagaev. “I will take advantage of this chance, I will defeat Meehan, and I will prove that you have to reckon with me again.” For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
When promoter Lou DiBella decided to sign light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker (13-0, 7 KOs) in March of this year, he had this to say about his 22-year-old recruit: “I have been following Mark since he was 17 and I immediately knew he was a talented young fighter with a bright future.” Based in Maryland where he has fought 11 of his 13 bouts, Tucker made great strides in 2009, beating experienced, competitive opponents like Rubin Williams (29-7-1, Contender Series boxer), veteran Ross Thompson (27-12-2), winning the USBO 175lb belt against Jim Strohl (27-7) and Jesse Armenta (13-4) last December. Victories which have established him as a bona fide prospect in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
Sources out of Argentina stated that WBO Junior welterweight champion Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley of Palm Springs, California (25-0, 11 KOs) will take on unbeaten welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina on July 17th. The bout would be a non-title bout fought at the welterweight limit. The site of the fight would be the Agua Caliente resort in Rancho Mirage, CA a short distance from Bradley’s hometown. HBO will televise the event. A bout was proposed for Bradley and Abregu to fight June 19th but the bout was eventually scrapped in favor of a bigger showdown between Bradley and WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs) of Argentina. After Maidana pulled out twice due to a back injury Bradley-Abregu is now back on. Both Bradley and Abregu are promoted by Gary Shaw.
Photos by Jorge Garcia/Golden Boy Promotions
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares served up a heapful of smiles and more during a free public autograph session at the famous Tacos Tombras A Tacos inside the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. In an eagerly awaited matchup, Vazquez will meet arch-rival and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on “Once And Four All” this Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME®. In a battle of unbeatens, Mares will challenge defending champion Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight World Title in the semi-main. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Unbeaten bantamweight Tantontong Kiattaweesuk (18-0, 12 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific title against Rafael Pangaribuan (12-4-2, 5 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, despite the ongoing clashes between the Red Shirt protesters and the Thailand Army and Police. IBF #12 Kiattweesuk is chasing a shot at the IBF 118 pound champion Yonny Perez of Mexico. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (11-0, 9 KOs) steps back into the ring against Mexico’s Victor Hugo Correa (12-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada. Gonzales-Correa is a six-rounder. The main event features Joey Gilbert’s return to Reno as he faces off against Anthony Bartinelli. The card is presented by Let’s Get it on Promotions.
UFC President Dana White will officially welcome fans to the second UFC® FAN EXPO™ on Friday, May 28 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman returns on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. The media and interested fans are invited to a press conference on Wednesday at noon at the Niagara Falls Conference Center where Rahman, promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, Emcee “Baby” Joe Mesi, Rock’s opponent Shannon Miller and other local fighters will be available to answer questions and sign autographs. Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) vs Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) is scheduled for ten rounds.
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. has wrapped up his training camp in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is headed to the Mohegan Sun for his showdown with Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez this Saturday night, May 22nd.
“It’s been a great camp; I’ve put in the all the work and I’m right where I need to be on weight. Angel is a very tough fighter who’s faced some outstanding guys in his career and weathered their storms. I need to be smart, I’m in terrific shape and ready to go to battle” said Manfredo Jr. (more…)
On Wednesday in Puerto Rico, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico and challenger Bernabe Concepcion of Rizal, Philippines will officially announce their upcoming world title fight July 10 on SHOWTIME. Lopez has a record of 28-0 with 25 knockouts. Concepcion is 28-3-1, 15 KOs. Concepcion will be acccompanied by Michael Koncz, chief advisor for Manny Pacquiao.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and longtime contender Kalli Meehan faced off at a press conference today in advance of their WBA eliminator on Saturday at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. More to come…
Miguel Cotto and his chief trainer Manny Steward will be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 19. After a media-only press conference, Cotto will head for the batting cages as the Yankees warm up before taking on Tampa Bay. Cotto, who has been training for weeks in Tampa, takes on WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. A ring will be raised in the right field area. Ticket sales are very strong according to Bob Arum. Cotto vs. Foreman is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard headlined an exciting week of public workouts at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT prior to their title fights on Saturday, May 22nd . . . Click here for more
For the first time ever, just as UFC® light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon™ and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player. (more…)
Once the trash talking was done and the stare-downs were complete, it came time to fight.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight. It was more like a beat down.
In a dominating U.S. debut in front of 4,412 vocal fans, WBA junior welterweight title-holder Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) demolished former title-holder Paulie Malignaggi; winning every round of their fight in lopsided fashion before referee Steve Smoger mercifully called a halt one minute and 25 seconds into the 11th round. The fight was the main event of a card held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. HBO televised the bout as the headliner of a “Boxing after Dark” card . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively retained his belt as he positively kept stalking much taller Angel Granados (18-9, 8 KOs), 129.25, from Venezuela, and finally caught him with a vicious looping right to drop the lanky challenger face first to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:42 of the sixth round on Monday in Saitama (close to our capital Tokyo), Japan. Uchiyama, making his initial defense, kept his cool and threw stinging lefts with precision despite a five-inch height difference to finally gain his judgment of distance prior to a sudden stoppage. (More to come)
In anticipation of Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV: Once And Four All, SHOWTIME will re-air each of the duo’s three epic bouts in their entirety as well as an updated version of Vazquez-Marquez: The Trilogy all week leading up to the live event on Saturday, May 22. It all begins on Monday, May 17 with Vazquez vs. Marquez I at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME2. (more…)
Undefeated Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against KO artist Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO Americas lightweight title on June 4th at the Micosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida. The twelve round championship fight will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Telemundo and is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr’s All Star Boxing Inc., The Next Generation. The winner of the bout is guaranteed a top twelve ranking by the WBO. The fight will mark Gesta’s televised main event debut. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Far be it from Andre Ward to suggest he’s as good as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the WBA Super Middleweight Champion believes there’s a subtle similarity: It’s hard for opponents to prepare for them. Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to face Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The two spoke recently at an Oakland press conference to officially announce the fight. (more…)
World ranked light heavyweight Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will make his return to Philadelphia when he headlines a big night of boxing on Friday night June 4th at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Mack, of Philadelphia has a record of 28-3-2 with 17 KOs and is IBF #11. He’ll be looking to get back in the win column and climb back up the rankings after his sixth round stoppage defeat to former world champion Glen Johnson on February 5th in Miami. (more…)
ALA Promotions has signed former WBA and WBC minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama of Osaka, Japan. In a recent move on going global, ALA Promotions is starting to sign fighters not just from the ALA Gym to fight under its banner and Takayama is one of the first fighters to do so. He is set to headline a boxing presentation by ALA Promotions entitled Best of Boxing 1 on Saturday at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
There were those who felt that Junior Middleweight titleholder Sergiy Dzinzurik would not be as sharp due to ring rust of having not fought in over 18 months. They were right. For a round or two, at best. The rest of the fight was a showcase of Dzinzurik showing why he is a force to reckoned with at 154 pounds. Unfortunately, his opponent, Daniel Dawson, was on the receiving end of those sharp snapping jabs and stinging left hands to the head by Dzinzurik. Dzinzurik slowly figured Dawson out, breaking him down as the bout progressed to earn a 10th round stoppage before a crowd of 1,300 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. With the victory, Dzinzurik retains his world title belt. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA middleweight mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin declared recently in an interview with a Kazakh newspaper that the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine hadn’t signed the contract to face him. Golovkin then stated that his group was in negotiation with four other boxers from the WBA top ten, including the French hope “El Phenomeno” Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. According to the N’Jikam camp they were never approached and they never received any offer from Golovkin’s group to step in the ring with him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Paulie Malignaggi raised his arms and took a deep breath. With a towel partially hung over his badly bruised and beaten face, the normally loquacious junior welterweight didn’t need to say much. His body language said it all. He was a beaten man – beaten fair and square. And the man who beat him, WBA junior welterweight Amir Khan, is likely to be a future star.
“He knows how to win rounds,” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KO’s) told the ringside media directly after the conclusion of his eleventh round technical knockout loss at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten newly crowned WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against hugely elongated 6’1″ Venezuelan Angel Granados (18-8, 8 KOs; a challenger with a triple eight) tomorrow (Monday) in Saitama (adjacent to Tokyo), Japan.
Uchiyama, formerly multi-national amateur champ at 30, was fortunate enough to have gained the world throne with a couple of reasons: (1) then WBA 130-pound champ Jorge Linares, regarded as formidable by all, astoundingly lost his belt via unexpected and unbelievable first-round demolition by Juan Carlos Salgado last October, and (2) Uchiyama was given an opportunity to have a shot against Salgado in the unbeaten Mexican’s initial defense here and then disposed of him in the last stanza this January. (more…)
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