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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Boxing News

Weights from Philly

Derek Ennis 160.8 vs. Lester Gonzalez 160.7
Derrick Webster 167 vs. Michael Gbenga 169.4
Nelson Acevedo 121.8 vs. Jose Garcia 120.3
Seifullah Jihad Wise 137.5 vs Glenn Dezurn Jr. 134.5
Ramir Hilliard 129.5 vs. Pedro Andres 131.5
Saud Clark 145 vs. William Lorenzo 145
Gilbert Alex Sanchez 152.5 vs. Juan Aguirre 153
Ashwin Trails 244.5 vs. Imani Bell 267.5

Promoter: Cool Boxing Promotions
Venue: PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall



May 30th, 2014



UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bouts between Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi and Francis Carmont and CB Dollaway, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the O2 World in Berlin, Germany, beginning at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.

FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Gegard Mousasi (185) VS Mark Munoz (186)

FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
CB Dollaway (186) VS Francis Carmont (186)
Sean Strickland (186) VS Luke Barnatt (185)
Niklas Backstrom (146) VS Tom Niinimaki (145)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Drew Dober (155) VS Nick Hein (154)
Krzysztof Jotko (185) VS Magnus Cedenblad (185)
Iuri Alcantara (136) VS Vaughan Lee (136)
Pawel Pawlak (171) VS Peter Sobotta (170)
Maximo Blanco (145) VS Andy Ogle (146)
Ruslan Magomedov (249) VS Viktor Pesta (240)
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, May 31, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Povetkin KOs Charr in 7

Former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (27-1, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over former world title challenger Manuel Charr (26-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia. Povetkin pressed the action and had a big edge in power shots. Charr was able trouble Povetkin somewhat with his jab. A Povetkin barrage finally dropped Charr in round seven and the bout was immediately waved off. Time was 1:09. Povetkin wins the WBC International belt.

In a clash for the WBC cruiserweight silver belt, Rakhim Chakhkiev (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Santander Silgado (25-2, 20 KOs).



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch and Groves make weight

Photos: Ed Mulholland / HBO

Carl Froch 167.6 vs. George Groves 166.25
(IBF/WBA super middleweight titles)

Jamie McDonnell 117.75 vs. Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat 117.25
James DeGale 167.5 vs. Brandon Gonzales 167.5
Kevin Mitchell 134.6 vs. Ghislain Maduma 134.75
Anthony Joshua 236 vs. Matt Legg 227.6

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: HBO

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May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm and Soliman make weight

Photos: Team Sturm

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Sam Soliman both made weight for their world title rematch on Saturday night at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm weighed in at 72.1 Kgs / 158.95 lbs, while Soliman scaled in at 72.35 Kgs / 159.50 lbs.

Undercard:
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Dan-Bi Kim 111.1
(WBA female world flyweight championship)

Konni Konrad 174.83 vs. Mehdi Amar 174.39
Maurice Weber 155.87 vs. Renat Samedovi 158.29
Goekalb Oezekler 166.23 vs. Attila Kiss 167.1
Mike Keta 160.9 vs. David Tiashadze 155.4
Adnan Redzovic 229.9 vs. Tomas Mrazek 241.6
Alex Born 159.8 vs. Michal Vosyka 159.3
Marco Cattikas 146.8 vs. Yauheni Kruhlik 145

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May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Five South African title fights in East London

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions writes his name into the history books when he presents five South African title fights on one night at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday. In the main bout veteran South African junior welterweight champion Mzolisi Yoyo (21-5, 16 KOs) defends his title against another veteran in former SA junior lightweight and WBF junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka (33-4-3, 27 KOs). (more…)



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Darchinyan looking for upset and knockout

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Former IBF flyweight and IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) will look to regain his championship form when he challenges unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (23-0, 19 KOs) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China on Saturday. Oddsmakers have established Walters as a -250 pick, with “The Raging Bull” listed as +225, but the 38-year-old is confident he can upset the odds and capture the world championship from the hot favorite from Jamaica.

Darchinyan made it clear at Thursdays press conference what his game plan will be. “I’m always looking for a knockout,” he stated. “I want exciting fights. That’s just inside me. On Saturday you’re going to see the same thing. Is it going to cost me the fight? I don’t know, but I’m gonna look for my opponent to knock him out.” (more…)



May 30th, 2014

UFC

Marcio Alexandre: The Next Lyoto Arrives

When you’ve studied martial arts for 20 of your 25 years like Marcio Alexandre has, fighting almost becomes second nature, not something to be feared or dreaded. So entering the biggest bout of his career against Warlley Alves this Saturday in Sao Paulo, the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 finalist is as calm and cool as he can be . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, May 31, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

La Bomba Gonzalez held to draw by Ruiz

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

Pretty Girl Productions kicked off the Summer boxing season in Upstate New York with Thursday Throwdown III at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. After some last minute fallouts, the card was trimmed down to five entertaining fights scheduled for a potential twenty eight rounds of action. In the main event, Jonathan “La Bomba” Gonzalez and Michael Ruiz, Jr. battled to a hard fought eight round draw at super flyweight. (more…)



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Top Rank returning to Macao in July with Rigondeaux, Shiming, Viloria and Ramirez

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today in Macao that Top Rank will return to the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena on July 19 with a card headlined by Chinese hero and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) vs. TBA. Also featured will be WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) defending against Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KOs), plus former world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) and unbeaten super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) in separate bouts.



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

No Surprises at Featherweight Fury Weigh-in

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Simpiwe Vetyeka 125.5 vs. Nonito Donaire 126
(WBA featherweight “super” title)

Nicholas Walters 125.5 vs. Vic Darchinyan 125.8
(WBA featherweight “regular” title)

Evgeny Gradovich 125.5 vs. Alexander Miskirtchian 125.5
(IBF featherweight title)

Chris Avalos 121.5 vs. Yasutaka Ishimoto 121.8
(IBF super bantamweight eliminator)

Ik Yang 137.5 vs. Geisler Ap 138.5
Rex Tso 116.5 vs. Ratchasak Kokietgym 115
Esquiva Falcao 161.5 vs. Eun-Chang Lee 162
Ng Kuok Kun 152 vs. Muhammad Imam 147

Venue: Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO, UniMas, toprank.tv

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May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Joe Perez 123 vs Victor Capaceta 124
Ulises Sierra 165 vs Cromwell Gordon 165
Guillermo Castillo 160 vs Brahmabigi Montgomery 158
Christian Bojorquez 125.5 vs Fernando Fuentes 121
**One More Bout Pending

When: Friday, May 30th, 7:30pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Tickets: (619) 420-8866 or SanDiegoFights.com



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Froch vs. Groves

Just what is Carl Froch vs. George Groves about? More

Revisiting the five most memorable rematches in boxing: More

See some of boxing’s best broken noses in Froch-Groves rematch. More

Groves: Froch is “risking his life” with this rematch. More

 



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Photos: Bob Ryder

Tony Harrison 158.25 vs Bronco McKart 159
(WBU Vacant Middleweight Title)
Dwayne Ziegler 137 vs Michael Jordan 136
Ed Williams 150 vs Rick Graham 153
Anthony Barnes 167.5 vs Eric Moon 169
Jafar Mohammad 127 vs Matthew Andrews 125.5
James Ballard 174.5 vs Pete Cajigas 172
Amanda Cooper 142 vs Brenda Rodriguez 140.5
Dorell Van Horn Jr 165 vs Scott Dillard 168.5
Michael Portillo 146 vs Jose Araguz 146.5
Leandre White 163 vs Mike Pickett TBD

Quick Quotes:
Tony Harrison:
“I’m bringing the hardware home. I’m coming right from the bell. I’m going to let my youth work for me. It’s win or go home for me.”

Bronco McKart: “This is going to be a great fight. It’s great for Detroit. I’m proud to be here. I have great respect for Tony. I’m ready and prepared to do my best.”

Venue: Cobo Center, Detroit
Promoter: Kaltsas Productions (George & John Kaltsas)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets on sale at neptix.com. General admission is $35, with premium seating at $55, first row at $100, and table seating at $125/$115. Doors open at 6 PM, first fight at 7. photos



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Fortuna-Rodriguez final press conference

By Butch Gottlieb/boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

The final press conference was held today at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for Saturday’s HBO2 and HBO Latino televised bout between Javier Fortuna and Juan Antonio Rodriguez.

Javier Fortuna: Everyone knows my qualifications. I hope he is ready to fight a true warrior. I wish everyone good luck Saturday.

Juan Antonio Rodriguez: I took this fight because I know I will beat him. I will be victorious.

(more…)



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Barnett Faces Veteran Rivera May 31 in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The Top Flight Promotions card for Saturday, May 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is almost complete. The main event will feature the head of Top Flight Promotions — DC lightweight Ty Barnett — in a scheduled 10-round contest against veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Barnett (22-3-1, 14 KO’s) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Carlos Winston Velasquez on October 26 at the Convention Center.

Rivera (36-18-3, 24 KO’s) is a former world title contender who challenged Zab Judah for the WBC and IBF Welterweight titles in 2005. Rivera won an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Martinez on February 28 in Queretero, Mexico. (more…)



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Manuel Charr dedicating fight against Alexander Povetkin to peace in Syria

By Malte Müller-Michaelis

Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr dedicates his fight against Alexander Povetkin to the peace process in Syria. “Far more important than our fight in the ring is the fight for peace in Syria and all around the world” stated Charr at today’s weigh-in in Moscow. “I am very proud to fight for the WBC international championship because I know that the WBC with president Mauricio Sulaiman fight for peace in the Middle East just like me.”

Charr vs. Povetkin headlines a show also featuring Olympic gold medalist and WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Rakhim Chakhkiev taking on Santander Silgado from Colombia. The show from Luzhniki Arena in Moscow can be seen live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, former Yugoslavia, Syria and the USA as live stream pay-per-view on live.360fights.com. The broadcast starts at 12pm (noon) EST, the main event will start at 2pm EST. photos



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Davis-Farenas IBF eliminator at Foxwoods July 2

Rapper/promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson returns to the Nutmeg State to celebrate his birthday as his company, SMS Promotions, presents a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights on Wednesday night, July 2, at Grand Theater in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 12-round main event matches undefeated junior lightweight Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-0, 5 KOs) against Filipino knockout specialist Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (38-4-4, 30 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for winner of the upcoming title match between IBF 130-pound champion Argenis Mendez and challenger Rances Barthelemy. In the 10-round ESPN FNF co-feature, former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-3, 21 KOs) moves up in weight to face former WBA featherweight title challenger Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs), of Mexico City, with world junior lightweight implications at stake. (more…)



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

HOF trainer “Nacho” Beristain hospitalized

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Legendary Mexican Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain is in the Hospital Medica Sur in Mexico City after serious health complications on Wednesday afternoon required him to be rushed to be seen by medical specialists. Beristain underwent surgery Thursday morning. He is under intensive observation but his condition is reportedly stable. More to Come…



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm-Soliman II middleweight title fight on ESPN3

ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round IBF Middleweight title fight between defending titleholder Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KOs) and Sam Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) on Saturday, May 31. Saturday’s coverage of the undercard bouts will begin at 2 p.m. ET with the main event getting underway at approximately 5 p.m.

The fight, from the KönigPalast Arena in Krefeld, Germany, will be the second meeting between the two boxers. Australia’s Soliman won a unanimous decision over Germany’s Sturm in their first bout (a world title eliminator), a result which was changed to a no contest due to Soliman testing positive for a banned stimulant. Sturm went on to win his next two fights, including a second-round knockout of England’s Darren Barker to win the title in December.



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from “Night of Heavyweights”

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Francesco Pianeta 237.6 vs. Michael Vieira 223.7
(WBO Europe heavyweight title)

Steffen Kretschmann 232.1 vs. Öczan Cetinkaya 224.2
(German International heavyweight title)

Heavyweight tournament
Tom Schwarz 227.9 vs. Lukas Filka 215.7
Ante Verunica 225.9 Andre Bunga 243.3

Konstantin Airich 231.4 vs. Marcel Gottschalk 216.9
Samir Nebo 224.4 vs. Artsiom Charniakevich 210.5

Venue: EnergieVerbund Arena, Dresden, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: PPV in Germany (www.maxdome.de/ranboxen)

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May 29th, 2014

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Charr 22.5 pounds heavier than Povetkin



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Bomba Gonzalez returns tonight

By Bob Caico

Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will return to the ring after a nine-month layoff to continue what was planned to be a world title reign for his native Puerto Rico. Gonzalez was 13-0 with 11 stoppages when he faced former world champion Giovani Segura last August in what was expected to be a passing of the torch to the next flyweight champion. Segura had other plans and stopped Gonzalez in the fourth round. Subsequently his promoter dropped him and now Bomba is ready to continue his path to a title. “I’m taking it step by step right now, get 3 or 4 fights in then sit down with a few promoters who are interested,” said Gonzalez who is in Buffalo for tonight’s matchup against Michael Ruiz, Jr. (9-4-1) of Fresno, CA.

Gonzalez sees the time off he had as a good thing for his career, “I’m only 23 years old, I think this nine months off will help me in my return to the ring and in my career. I lost to a three-time world champion and that’s in the past and I am in the present.” (more…)



May 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch-Groves Final Press Conference

froch-groves-faceoff300WBA/IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and arch-rival George Groves faced off at Thursday’s final press conference before their mega-fight before 80,000 boxing fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

Carl Froch: I’m supremely confident for Saturday. As a team, Rob and I have done what we need to do, so just enjoy it…because of the titles, the stage of my career, the venue and George – this is the biggest fight of my incredible career…George Groves won’t hear the final bell.

George Groves: There’s 56 hours until I become a world champion. I cannot wait and it’s a perfect place for it to happen…anyone who has watched the build up knows we’re working on the left hook and that’s the punch that will win me the fight…it’s going to be one-sided.



May 29th, 2014

UFC

UFN Berlin Prelim Fantasy Review

When the UFC returns to Germany this Saturday on UFC FIGHT PASS, the prelims will feature a slew of local European fighters looking to take advantage of competing close to home while also attempting to make a name for themselves for a future slot on the main card . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, May 31, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info



May 29th, 2014




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