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Preview by Brady Crytzer
It seems like a story line worthy of any Hollywood Mega-Epic. Frank Mir, driven mad by thoughts of revenge, twisting his mind into frenzy as he obsesses over a rematch with Brock Lesnar.
Across the world is Shane Carwin, preparing for a showdown with Lesnar in November of 2009. After the bout was cancelled, Carwin became a caged beast held in captivity until March just waiting to be unleashed . . . Click here for more
Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz has been working hard in his Las Vegas training camp since mid-January in preparation for his April 3 showdown against new WBA World Champion David “Hayemaker” Haye at MEN Arena in Manchester, England. WBA #1 contender Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs) will be fighting in his 12th world title fight. During this training camp, he has been sparring with fighters that resemble the quick, hard-punching Haye. “Everything has been great throughout training camp,” Ruiz reported. “This camp will be the longest I’ve ever trained for a fight. I took a little time-off after my last fight (Nov. 7 vs. Adnan Serin – WTKO7 – in Germany), started running and exercising right after that, and then I went right back into the gym. I’m going to be ready April 3rd for Haye.” (more…)
Rivals Rampage and Rashad Collide At UFC® 114: The former champions will meet in the Octagon on Saturday, May 29 in Las Vegas – tickets on sale this Thursday
UFC® Primetime Part 3 Premieres Tomorrow Night on Spike: The last stop before Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy collide this Saturday night in New Jersey
UFC® Fight Club Presale Begins Today For VIP Fan Expo Packages: Starts Tuesday, March 23 at 10am PT – Join today for first access to tickets. Only 535 packages are available, so get them while they last!
This coming Friday former world champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham was slated to face Matt ‘Too Smooth’ Godfrey for the vacant IBF cruiserweight crown. However, following a change of date and location, with just over a week to go before the fight promoter Don King announced that the fight would be postponed again due to a contract dispute between himself and ESPN. The IBF offered the fight to Kathy Duva’s Main Events, who moved quickly and placed the bout on Chicago promoter Dominic Pesoli’s card on Friday. However, following what has been described by Godfrey’s trainer, John Scully, as a ‘miscommunication’ between Godfrey and his promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, the fight is now seemingly in doubt again. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Welterweight Alan Sanchez did not allow less than a week’s notice or being down on the judges’ scorecards get to him. Instead, it was through dedication in the gym and perseverance that 19-year-old Sanchez weathered through his opponent’s offense to come out victorious. Sanchez stopped previously unbeaten Alberto Morales in the fifth round of a scheduled six round bout before about 400 at the Doubletree Hotel on Saturday night in Orange, CA. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In a Saturday shocker, EBU-EE heavyweight titlist Maxim Maslov (10-1-1, 7 KOs) disappointed his handlers from Jab Promotion (St. Petersburg-based company led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov) by losing his title via a sixth-round kayo to fairly unknown Ukrainian Yaroslav Zavorotny (14-4, 12 KOs). Zavorotny, however, was ahead on all the judges’ scorecards (Esa Lehtosaari: 48-47, Mikael Hook: 48-47 and Leszek Jankowiak: 50-45) at the time of stoppage. (more…)
According to Golden Boy Promotions, junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse has turned down a rematch with former world champion Vivian Harris. On February 20th, Matthysse won a controversial fourth round TKO over Harris in what seemed like an early stoppage. Golden Boy Promotions and Harris’ management team have been working on reversing the decision to a no-contest and have filed an appeal. The Mexican boxing commission has yet to make a ruling. (more…)
Octagonside by J.R. Gordon
Photos by Joe Cordova
Fighting on the first UFC card to be televised on Versus, from the 1st Bank Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado, Jon “Bones” Jones stopped Brandon Vera by a first round TKO.
Both, Jones and Vera, were both coming off losses and looking to become reestablished as contenders in the light heavyweight division . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
“If people like revenge, then you will like this fight,” Roy Jones Jr’s trainer Alton Merkerson said during a trainers conference call leading up to the long overdue rematch between Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2, 35 KOs, 1 NC). The fight has been under much scrutiny considering that Jones is well past his prime and is coming off a destructive first round knockout loss to relatively unheralded Danny Green in December. That marks Jones’ third knockout loss in ten fights – with a record of 5-5 -since starting his illustrious career going 49-1 . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
Shane Carwin is like the Mike Tyson of the UFC right now. He’s 11-0 with 11 knockouts.
Pretty scary right? How about none of his opponents have made it out of the first round? Not good enough? Okay, so all of his fights have a total combined length of 12 minutes. You do the math . . . Click here for more
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) will take on former heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) on May 1 in Oldenburg, Germany. Minto, who has been ranked as the #5 cruiserweight by the WBO, is dropping down after campaigning his entire career as a smaller heavyweight. In his last bout, despite a valiant effort, Minto was outgunned by Cris Arreola, who outweighed him by 45 pounds. Huck is coming off a third round KO of Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards.
Looks like WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight champion and WBC highly ranked contender Juan Carlos Burgos (24-0, 17 KOs) could defend his title against former three-time world title challenger Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs). The bout is being proposed for April 30th in Chicago and would be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series.
By Alexey Potapov
Alexander Krassyuk, General Manager of “K2 Promotions Ukraine” was recently a guest on the RingSide Show. As reported by Fightnews.com several weeks ago, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has split with K2 East Promotions (which was created in November 2007 through a partnership between the Klitschko’s К2 Promotions and National Box Promotion), and started K2 Promotions Ukraine. Krassyuk explains what occurred. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBA # 2 junior welterweight contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will face Argentina’s Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday March 27th for the interim WBA junior welterweight title at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Cayo as he prepares for his upcoming bout with Maidana. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
In addition to rooting on Flint’s Andre Dirrell, Detroiters will have many of the areas best boxers to cheer for as well when promoters Gary Shaw and Wilfried Sauerland present the Arthur Abraham-Andre Dirrell Super Six Stage 2 bout at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night. Local promoter Ron Remus and site organizer Carlos Llinas have helped to fill a scheduled ten bout under card with Motor City favorites including Vernon Paris, Darryl Cunningham and Ronald Hearns. (more…)
Ex-Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison (26-4-1, 19 KOs) and former British and Commonwealth title holder Michael Sprott (32-14, 17 KOs) will clash for the vacant European heavyweight championship at London’s Alexandra Palace on April 9. The pair have fought before in February 2007 and Harrison will be keen for revenge after he was knocked out in the third round. Harrison, 38, who saved his career by winning Prizefighter Heavyweights 3 in October, had been scheduled to meet Poland’s Albert Sosnowski for the title. However, Sosnowski will now face WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko in May and is set to vacate the European belt to set up the all-British clash. (more…)
This weekend, SHOWTIME will be available in a record 54.4 million households for an ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network’s award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including the Super Six World Boxing Classic. On Saturday, March 27, the Group Stage 2 showdown between tournament point leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell airs live at 10:30 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), immediately following the premium television premiere of “Saw V”. Beyond this exciting sports programming, SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend includes a dynamic cross section of programming including the season 2 premiere episodes of SHOWTIME original series Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara as well as hit movies Twilight and The Reader. Visit the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend webpage for complete details.
After 2 ½ months of intense training, 3-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, is ready for his comeback fight Saturday in “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico.
Morales (48-6, 34 KOs) has been retired for the past 2 ½ years. The iconic Mexican warrior returns to the ring on a mission to become the first Mexican world champion in four different weight classes. Saturday night in the 12-round main event, Morales takes on former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Jicaras” Alfaro (23-5, 20 KOs), for the vacant WBC Intercontinental welterweight crown . . . . Continued
After drawing some of the world’s finest athletes to its first competition last July, UFC® today announced that it will host its second grappling tournament in conjunction with the prestigious Grapplers Quest organization on Friday and Saturday, May 28th and 29thth, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of the UFC® Fan Expo™. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
In what is so far his strongest message against bitter rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao said he considers his legacy in boxing as already cemented that he sees no need to fight the undefeated American boxer. Pacquiao made this declaration in a mini-press conference held during his courtesy call to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Malacanang Palace moments after the pound-for-pound king arrived in the country Monday morning. “Our records will show I have beaten far better fighters compared to Mayweather. I’ve stated before that I am willing to fight him if that’s what the fans want to see. But if the fight doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it,” said Pacquiao. (more…)
Trainer Ulli Wegner says his protégé Arthur Abraham has done everything possible to be victorious in Saturday’s showdown with Andre Direll in his Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. “Dirrell is really a very strong boxer,” said Wegner. “I think his surprise attacks are very dangerous, so against him Arthur must consistently implement the strategy that we’ve developed in recent weeks. Then he will win.” Wegner also stated that the postponement and venue change from the original March 6 date worked in Abraham’s favor. “When we trained in Palm Springs, [Arthur] had trouble finding his form,” he revealed. “This had to do with the fact that he simply had no chance to rest. He had an incredible amount of visits from friends living there. They were all very friendly and pleasant visitors, but such things don’t easily fit into preparation for a fight. Once we shifted the training camp to Kienbaum, his concentration on the fight went up. At first, I had expressed my displeasure about the date change, but to be honest, March 27 in hindsight was a real stroke of luck for us. In the seclusion of Kienbaum, Arthur was able to focus and increase his form.”
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Irish eyes were smiling on Friday night, the day after St. Patrick’s Day at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI as unbeaten Framingham, MA junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor scored an eight round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, NY’s Franklin Gonzalez (13-4, 9 KOs) All three judges scored the bout a shutout for O’Connor 80-72 on all cards. O’Connor stayed true to his game plan as he worked his jab to perfection, setting up his combinations, while at the same time, keeping Gonzalez off balance and unable to attack. Gonzalez was able to work and counter with his opponent, however O’Connor got the better of almost all the exchanges and consistently out-landed Gonzalez throughout. The seven bout fight card titled “Shamrock’d” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Former four time women’s champion Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a hard fought six round majority decision over New York City’s Jill Emery (9-3, 3 KOs). Scores of the bout were 59-55 twice for Clampitt while the third judge scored the fight even at 57-57. Click here for the ringside report and photogallery.
Unbeaten middleweight Yves Studer (24-0, 6 KOs) has been forced to bow out of a proposed April 17 clash for the European crown against defending EBU champion Matthew Macklin. Studer underwent an operation on his right hand to remove a bone fragment and the recovery time will not allow enough time to train for the bout. “Of course the disappointment is great,” said Studer, who holds the EBU External European belt. “But certainly I’ll get this chance again soon. The interest of Hatton Promotions shows that I’m one of Europe’s top boxers who’s able to win the belt of overall European champion.” Studer is already slated to defend his EBU-EE title for the third time on May 29 in Kursaal, Bern, Switzerland against an opponent to be named.
By Robert Coster
Former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa is feeling optimistic about his return to the ring while slowly but surely recuperating from the fractures he suffered in his controversial loss against Rodel Mayol last November. Sosa will be undergoing a tomography at the end of the month to determine how well his fractured cheekbone is healing. In the meantime, the very popular Mexico City-born champion is running and doing light work in the gym on the bags. “If the doctors give me the OK, I may be able to spar again as early as April,” he says. (more…)
This Saturday night from Monterrey, Mexico, live on PPV, the fight world will witness the return of the former seven time world champion Erik Morales, as “El Terrible” takes on the heavy-handed Jose Alfaro for the WBC Intercontinental welterweight title. But before the main event, rounding out the undercard will be the undefeated heavyweight contender David “Niño” Rodriguez (32-0, 30 KOs), who will be taking on the former Brazilian Olympian Daniel Bispo (22-12, 16 KOs) in a scheduled ten round match-up. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) wants the world to know that he is willing to fight WBO junior welterweight champion Tim Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) right now. “We want the best fights out there, period. We agree that Devon Alexander and Tim Bradley are the best junior welterweights in the world,” Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham stated. “There is no reason they shouldn’t fight each other. Tim Bradley is fighting some no name in a tune up for his HBO debut in June. Team Alexander doesn’t need a tune up. Tim Bradley can be our tune up!” Alexander will be returning to the ring in June after recently capturing the IBF version of the title with a devastating eighth round knock out of Juan Urango.
WBA interim light welterweight world champion Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) is defending his world title on March 27 against number #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In Part II of the interview, “El Chino” speaks about a possible fight against Manny Pacquiao, his son and his time in Germany. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at the Duburns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland middleweights put on a slugfest that will be remembered as one of Maryland’s best fights of the decade as Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow (20-2-2, 7 KOs) barely outlasted Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (8-2, 3 KOs) in capturing a well deserved ten round unanimous decision victory that was just seconds away from going the other way. In the actual main event undefeated junior middleweight prospect James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) won a less then crowd pleasing tactical ten round unanimous decision victory over a very defensive minded George “War time” Rivera (11-5, 4 KOs). The five bout card was promoted by Jake Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing. (more…)
Cageside by J.R. Gordon
Photo by Joe Cordova
Jon “Bones” Jones lived up to the hype by stopping Brandon “The Truth” Vera with a vicious elbow at 3:19 of the opening round. Jones displayed quickness early in the fight by scoring a quick, snapping takedown. From his back, Vera landed an illegal upkick to the face of Jones which prompted a halt to action. Vera was penalized one point and the men were restarted with Jones inside the guard of his opponent. In a flash Jones ripped a hard, fast elbow into the face of his opponent. Vera immediately rolled onto his side in extreme pain and the fight was stopped immediately. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
Photos: Pavel “Eagle Eye” Terekhov
In front of more than 50,000 people in Dusseldorf, Germany, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko put on a boxing clinic against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before brutally knocking him out seconds before the final bell. (more…)
Unbeaten Polish cruiserweight banger Pawel Kolodziej maintained his 100% record with a stylish third round KO of British fighter Mark Krence in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland on Saturday night. Kolodziej was always in control of the fight and moves his record to an impressive 25-0 with 14 KOs. The 25-year-old collected the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight title. Krence falls to 24-7, 6 KOs.
One week ahead of the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between undefeated tournament point leader Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) and Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs), King Arthur has arrived in Detroit. He landed on Saturday evening following a nine-hour flight from Frankfurt. After checking into his downtown hotel, he immediately went for a run at the Detroit River.
The Battle of the Beaches was held last night, March 20, at the Emerald coast Conference Center in Ft Walton, FL. The turnout was exceptional filling the grand ballroom with eight hundred and fifty enthusiastic fight fans. Included in attendance was the all time great Roy Jones Jr. there to support the local fighters. For more details and photos click here…
Jon Jones stood in the Octagon on the night of December 5, 2009, disappointed, but with his head held high. There would be no whining, no complaining, no angry outbursts after his disqualification loss against Matt Hamill, though he probably would have been justified on all three counts . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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