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For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC® heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS. NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also featured on this historic card, Nogueira’s twin brother and light heavyweight force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler turned undefeated fighter Ryan Bader. Then it’s a rematch of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback finale as former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra takes on one of Indianapolis’ own in Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Ausobsky
David Tua, at least on paper, was a sure candidate to win against Monte Barrett. It didn’t happen. The fight with “Two Gunz” ended in a draw. We asked Tua’s trainer Roger Bloodworth for some inside news about what happened in Atlantic City. We also spoke about the on-and-off Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and the veteran trainer of many world champions has his own ideas why “Pretty Boy” isn’t saying “yes” right now… (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) has recently returned from a six week holiday with his wife where they visited Armenia, Russia and Fiji. Darchinyan talked with Fightnews to say he stopped chasing a fight with Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) as he knows he will never give him a rematch and is now focused on a bout with WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs). Darchinyan said, “I know Nonito Donaire will never fight me, he refused to sign the contract he had for six weeks that would have made the fight happened. I have lost interest in that fight. I am now the IBO bantamweight champion and have focused on Fernando Montiel who is the WBC and WBO champion.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) delivered the biggest upset in boxing in 2009 when he blasted out boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. in 122 seconds to defend the championship successfully in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Green scored a three round stoppage of former WBA 168 pound champion Manny Siacca in 2010, but says that the hard training that you need to do to have yourself in fighting shape to achieve the victories is grinding. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sizwe Sinyabi upset the odds in scoring a unanimous 12 round points decision over Mfundo Gwayana to win the South African junior flyweight title at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night. This was a rematch after their closely fought draw at the Orient Theatre in East London in June last year. In a rather tame affair the southpaw Sinyabi (19-8-2, 9 KOs) who was having his first fight since the draw against Gwayana (11-4-1, 6 KOs) kept the pressure on the champion and after a scoring a knockdown in the eleventh round emerged a clear winner. Both fighters hail from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, but Sinyabi is now based in Gauteng and trained by Nick Durandt who clamed his 90th champion, while Gwayana is trained by former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.
Former world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (23-7-2, 12 KOs) is back in the spotlight Friday night against Breiler “Zulianito de Oro” Teran (12-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 12 rounder for the WBC Latin bantamweight title. The fight headlines a card at the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City and will be televised on Boxeo TELEMUNDO at 11:35PM ET/PT. The eight-bout card is promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones. Matchmaker is Jorge Gonzalez. Tickets are now on sale at $200 and $100 Pesos available at ticketmaster.com.mx and Salon Jose Cuervo.
By Chris Perry
Photos by Chris Perry
Promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Knockout Series returns to the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday Aug. 14 with a strong night of action and two main events. Former heavyweight champion of the world Hasim Rahman continues his quest for another world title shot challenging tough veteran Damon Reed in the first of two featured bouts. In the second main event, WBF All America’s Super Middleweight Champion Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan defends against Norfolk’s own Bobby Jordan Jr. For more details and photos click here…
With this Summer being one of the hottest on record, it is only fitting the last week of July will see one of the hottest boxing events in some time. All eyes of the pugilistic world will be focused on the seaside city of Cardiff, Wales as over 100 past and present world boxing champions will be present at the second ever WBC Night Of Champions, from July 29th to 31st. The quadrennial event was first held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico during the last weekend of January, 2006. While that event brought nearly 100 champions from around the globe and focused on restoring tourism to the Hurricane Wilma ravaged region, this 2010 edition will show the boxing world the fighting spirit and history of the small, but tenacious United Kingdom country of Wales. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield
Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com
The DeSoto Civic Center played host to its first nationally televised boxing event with “Showdown on Showtime,” featuring rising stars and local favorites Fernando Guerrero , Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane taking on their toughest challenges to date against Ishe Smith, the “New” Ray Robinson and Mike Dallas Jr. on the televised card. (More)
By Ray Kilgore
Photos by Jesse Kelley
Heavyweight Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) had several fighters on his hit list these past several months. Aaron Lyons (11-9, 8 KOs) wasn’t one of the targeted men, but once the fight was set, Abell, a popular Minnesota heavyweight, had plenty of motivation to win. In 2006, Lyons, 29, was the first fighter to defeat Abell, when the two met at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. At that time, the setback was rough on Abell. “The loss hit me pretty quickly and it was painful,” Abell said before the rematch. “I felt like I disappointed a lot of people that night. It was a major letdown to myself and my loyal fans.” For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Luis Carlo Abregu, in his first legitimate bout as a welterweight, Timothy Bradley wants the biggest welterweight out there.
Like Manny Pacquiao.
Then again, he is also open to going down to 140 pounds and facing some of the top fighters in that weight class. And that includes a match up against Devon Alexander or Amir Khan . . . click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Professional fisticuffs returned to the beautiful seaside port of Ensenada, Mexico, about 100 miles south of Tijuana, Friday night, when Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing presented a jam-packed fight card filled with mostly a young crop of upstarts . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
In a battle between two former heavyweight world title challengers, Monte “2-Gunz” Barrett dropped David “Tuamanator” Tua in the twelfth and final round to salvage a majority draw in what was announced as Barrett’s final fight. It was the first time the iron-chinned Tua was dropped in his 55-bout career. In the co-feature, rising star Raymond “Tito” Serrano edged Ayi Bruce, winning an eight-round majority decision in a welterweight bout. The eight-bout card took place in front of a solid crowd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, and was promoted by Joe Deguardia’s STAR Boxing . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian 130 pounder, Quinton Donohue (7-8-1, 1 KO), clearly outscored Leigh Lindgren (4-7-2, 2 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday to capture the vacant World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific super featherweight title at Ingham Showgrounds in Ingham, Queensland, Australia. Scores: Cyril Cairns 96-94, John Hogg 98-94, Steve Marshall 97-93. Donohue had lost to former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsadan Sor Nanthchai several years ago and also lost in five rounds to Lindgren in 2009. Lindgren, 26 years, lost to WBO # 9 Daniel Iannazzo in 2007. On the undercard, light heavyweight Shaun Quagliotto (5-4-2, 3 KOs) scored a shutout against Tainu Crouch (0-4-1) over four rounds. Scores: Adrian Cairns 40-36, John Hogg 40-36, Cyril Cairns 39-37. Promoter: RMK Promotions.
Every single round from Saturday’s Universum Champions Night is now online at Universum’s YouTube Channel!
Photos: Eroll Popova
Below are postfight comments from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event in Schwerin, Germany. In the featured fights, cruiserweight Denis Lebedev stopped Alexander Alekseev in round two of a WBO eliminator and Susi Kentikian kept her WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight titles by technical draw after a third round headbutt against Arely Mucino. WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer’s scheduled defense against Alejandro Lakatos was cancelled due to a Brähmer back injury on Thursday. “We have to apologize to the Schwerin fans,” said Universum Vice President Dietmar Poszwa. “It started with the injury of Brähmer and went through the whole weekend. The surprising defeat of Alexander Alekseev, then the early end of the Kentikian fight. This wasn’t our weekend. Sport is sometimes cruel.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Nick Lantouris (10-9-4, 1 KO) was the loser on Friday when he was stopped by Dane Campbell (3-1, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled eight round main event bout to capture the vacant Victorian State title at Box Hill Town Hall in Victoria, Australia. The referee, Malcolm Bulner, crowned Campbell at 2:57 to save Lantouris from further punishment. On undercard bouts, junior welterweight Dianne Prazak (1-1) stopped debutant Kay Hodson (0-1) in round three of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Ignatius Missalaidis crowned Prazak at 1:59. Prazak lost via a six round points decision to World of Boxing writer Sarah Howett in March. Heavyweight Stephen Duvniak (1-0, 1 KO), 209 lbs, stopped Matt Muir (0-2), 203 lbs, at 0:33 of round one. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino 122 pounder Ariel “Machine Gun” Del Gado (19-5-2, 8 KOs) was impressive in scoring a second round knockout on Friday over Chen Manoprungrut in a scheduled ten round bout at the Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Del Gado, who resides in Silay City in Occidentla, Philippines lost to world featherweight challenger Bernabe Conception by technical decision in five rounds in 2006 but stopped Japanese Zaragoza Uema in two rounds in 2010. Padjai “The Sniper”Yongyuthgym (7-0, 6 KOs) of Thailand captured the PABA featherweight title when he scored a four round stoppage win over Muhammad Des Afrizal (8-5, 5 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round bout. Yongyuthgym recently scored a points decision over Junmar Dulog in Sydney, Australia. Afrizal holds a twelve round points win over tough Filipino Jack Asis in 2008. In a flyweight contest over six rounds classy Indonesian Vicky Tahumil (33-4-2, 12 KOs) was an upset loser in two rounds to Sukkasem Kietyongyuthgym (2-0, 1 KO). Tahumil lost to current WBA flyweight champion Daike Kameda in 2007 but defeated world flyweight challenger Angky Angkota in 2002 over twelve rounds. Feather Jonel Alivio outscored Suor Carryboy over six rounds. Promoter: Thailand based Australian Daniel Potter. Matchmaker: Thailand based American Scott Mailon. Televised throughout Thailand on Channel Seven Television Network.
Juan Carlos Reveco (24-1, 14 KOs) of Argentina retained his WBA World light flyweight interim title against Armando Torres (13-6, 8 KOs) by way of fifth round TKO. Reveco who dominated the bout from the beginning with his superior handspeeed and power dropped Torres with a straight right hand in the third round. Torres was OK and beat the count easily. However, in round five a brutal overhand right sent Torres crashing hard to the canvas. Torres amazingly beat the count and continued on. Reveco jumped on a visibly and still shaken Torres with a barrage of punches that prompted his corner to throw in the towel. The referee acknowledging the towel had been thrown in stopped the bout at 2:28 of round five. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC/WBO bantamweight world champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over former interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion (14-5-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel dropped Concepcion twice in round two, then put him down for the count in round three. Time was 1:07. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO #2 heavyweight David Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KOs) boxed to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The 37-year-old Tua stalked Barrett but was unable to land many clean shots. As the bout progressed, Tua began to noticably tire. Tua was deducted a point for throwing Barrett to the canvas in the twelfth round by referee Randy Neumann, then Barrett floored Tua for the first time in his career shortly before the final bell. Scores were 115-111 Tua, 113-113, 113-113.
In a stunner, journeyman lightweight Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 1 KO) scored an eighth round TKO over IBF #4 Anthony Mezaache (18-6-3, 4 KOs). Mezaache seemed on the way to a decision, but Vinan came out with everything in the eighth and knocked down Mezaache. The fight was waved off during Vinan’s follow-up barrage. Time was :37. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) moved up to welterweight to outbox previously unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Resort Rancho Mirage, California. Bradley was in command the entire fight as he compiled a 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 win.
Jr middleweight Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) scored a punishing first round TKO over former WBA jr middleweight Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs). Referee Lou Moret waved it off after 2:59 with Angulo punishing a hurt Alcine on the ropes.
Lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco impressively stopped former world title challenger Daniel Attah in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After controlling the first round, DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KO’s) dropped Attah in the second with an overhand left hand to the head. Attah (24-6-1, 8 KO’s) got up, but DeMarco pinned Attah against the ropes, landing at will until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:30. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
In an important WBO cruiserweight eliminator, #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over #2 rated Alexander Alexeev (19-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport- Und Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany. After taking the fight to Alekseev in round one, the aggressive Lebedev connected with a crushing straight left that finished Alekseev. The former Olympian and amateur world champion was extremely disoriented as he struggled to get back on his feet. Time was 2:43. Lebedev is now mandatory challenger for WBO champion Marco Huck.
The fight between WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after the “Killer Queen” suffered a bad cut on her hairline after an unintentional head clash. Kentikian keeps her world titles. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO), one of the top five heavyweights in the world, and Mateusz Masternak (20-0, 15 KO), World Boxing Council number 10 in the light heavyweight division were in attendance at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to cheer for young 21-year-old Polish heavyweight, Adam Kownacki. Kownacki was the 2009 New York Golden Gloves Tournament winner, and was fighting in his fourth professional against Damon Clement. Kownaki added his fourth KO in the second round. Click here for more photos…
The purpose of this call is to bring you up to date to all that has happened. About two months ago, just after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, I got a call from Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, who asked me frankly whether myself and Manny Pacquiao wanted to do the fight against Floyd Mayweather and I assured him after talking to Manny that was the case. From there I have had a couple of conversations with Ross and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made about drug testing. He got back to me in a couple of weeks and told me he had discussions with Al Haymon, representing Mayweather, and that everything looked good. We were nearing a resolution. The subsequent conversations with Ross detailed to me discussions he had with Al Haymon. Nowhere were the names of Richard Schaefer or Golden Boy mentioned although I read, as you all did, Oscar’s statement that a deal was close, so I assume from that, that Haymon was keeping Golden Boy abreast of the situation. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Italian featherweight Davide Dieli (7-1, 3 KOs) won a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over veteran warrior Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) last Friday at Cieloverde Village in Marina di Grosseto, Italy. With the win Dieli won the Italian title at 126 lbs. It was a heated fight, with a football-like atmosphere, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with competing fans screaming to support their hero. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has responded to the video message of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. In an interview on Russian TV, Valuev said, “Vitali, you make a decision on your own. Do you want a fight with me or not? If you want to fight against me, I’m ready. I’m not afraid of you! Just say the time and place.”
Nikolay Valuev has also given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. More to come…
Jon “Bones” Jones will attempt to continue his meteoric rise within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division when he steps into the Octagon® to face veteran fighter Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC LIVE on VERSUS, live from the San Diego Sports Arena. “Bones” Jones defeated Brandon Vera in March to improve his record to 10-1, while Matyushenko has been victorious in his last two fights since his return to the UFC. The main event will be supplemented by riveting matchups featuring various stars such as Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, John Howard, Jake Ellenberger, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin. The fights will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET, marking the second time a UFC event will be televised on a national sports cable network. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
At midnight PT/3AM ET, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Floyd Mayweather has missed the deadline for exclusive negotiations for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Arum revealed that HBO’s Ross Greenburg had seemingly brokered a deal with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, but Mayweather hasn’t signed on. Arum said he will now be talking to the camps of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito next week about fighting Manny in November, although if Mayweather comes out of hibernation before a deal is made with Cotto or Margarito, Pacquiao-Mayweather could still be made. Arum stated he believes that Floyd has a good reason for not committing to the fight, perhaps the uncertainty over the availability trainer Roger Mayweather due to legal problems.
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