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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Boxing News

Video: Sturm-Gevor!

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See video highlights of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm’s successful title defense against European champion Khoren Gevor.



July 12th, 2009



Boxing News

Agbeko, Darchinyan comments!

The BankAtlantic Center was filled with 9,227 fans who saw a great night of boxing in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday night.

JOSEPH KING KONG AGBEKO: “He [Darchinyan] pushed me in the seventh round and throughout the fight. He is very dirty and rough in the ring. I was fighting two people in the ring: Darchinyan and the referee. But I didn’t care if there were five people in the ring tonight, I was going in to win and come back out with my championship belt. Darchinyan talked a lot before the fight and I turned him into ‘the raging bullsh!tter’ like I said I would. I’m still the champion, not the chimpanzee he said I was. I have always said I would carry the greatness of Ghana with me to the top and that’s what I have done. I want to be considered among the top pound for pound fighters in the world. I think I have earned it.”

VIC DARCHINYAN: “I took a different tactic into the ring tonight. I went for the big punch and I lost and I can’t say anything about that. I was repeating the same mistakes and I was getting upset. It’s not an excuse. I took the bad tactic and I wasn’t smart enough tonight. He was the better fighter tonight. I will go back and watch the tape and correct my mistakes.” (more…)



July 12th, 2009

Boxing Result

Lovemore wins battle of Ndou’s!

By Ron Jackson

Lovemore Ndou used all his experience to beat the gutsy Phillip Ndou on points over 12 rounds to win the vacant IBO welterweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.
Judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it 116-112 and judge David Moretti (USA) was way off the mark with a 115-113 card, whilst judge Bruce McTavish (Philippines) handed in a more realistic card of 117-111. The 37-year-old Lovemore (47-11-1, 31 KOs) from Sydney used all his years of experience to out think and outpace the 32-year-old Phillip (32-4, 31 KOs) who was having only his second fight since May 2004. (more…)



July 12th, 2009

Boxing News

King Kong Speaks!

Joseph King Kong Agbeko spoke to the press after his twelve round unanimous decision win over favored Vic Darchinyan on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Darchinyan was a no-show.



July 12th, 2009

Boxing Result

Cruz keeps IBF belt!

Photos: Zanfer Boxing

Photos: Zanfer Boxing

IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-11-1, 23 KOs) retained his title by unanimous decision over Jorge “Colorado” Solís (37-2-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Scores were 114-110, 113-110 and 113-111 for Cruz, who avenged a 2003 loss to Solís.
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Also Julio César “Pingo” Miranda knocked out Eric Ortiz in the first round of a bout for the IBF interim flyweight belt. (more…)



July 12th, 2009

UFC

Lesnar dominates Mir at UFC 100

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale

In one of the most dominant performances in UFC history, heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar smashed interim titlist Frank Mir over two rounds en route to scoring a second round TKO victory at 1:48. In the first round Lesnar wasted no time slamming Mir to the mat. Lesnar, in firm control, used nearly all five minutes to throw hard punches to the face of Mir. In the second round Mir rallied by landing two hard knees but was taken down hard in return. Pressed against the cage, Mir ate over one dozen unanswered punches to the head until referee Herb Dean stopped the contest at 1:48.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and relentless takedowns to beat and bloody challenger Thiago Alves over five grueling rounds en route to winning a unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 50-45 twice and 50-44.

Dan Henderson finished The Ultimate Fighter 9 with a bang by knocking Michael Bisping unconscious with a single, devastating overhand right. The fight was waved off at 3:20 of the second round. (more…)



July 12th, 2009

Boxing Result

Agbeko defeats Darchinyan!

Photos: Javiel Centeno

Photos: Javiel Centeno

By Karl Freitag at ringside

IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) took a hard fought unanimous decision over unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. A close fight turned when Darchinyan scored a flash knockdown in round seven, however Agbeko took “The Raging Bull” out of his game in the eighth. Darchinyan rallied in the ninth, but was pretty busted up. Agbeko closed strong to win. Scores were 116-111, 114-113, 114-113.
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In a WBC lightweight eliminator, Antonio DeMarco (21-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Anges Adjaho (25-2, 14 KOs). After a slow start, Adjaho pressed the action over the early rounds. DeMarco got on track in the fourth and staggered Adjaho in the sixth. Adjaho, however, turned the tables rocking DeMarco in the eighth. Adjaho was hurt and took a knee at the end of the ninth. DeMarco then grazed him on the back of the head while kneeling. Adjaho rolled over and was counted out. Time was 2:59.
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In an IBF cruiserweight eliminator and battle between former world champions, Steve Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) outpointed Wayne Braithwaite (23-4, 19 KOs) over twelve. Good action boxer/puncher battle as Cunningham’s ring savvy overcame Braithwaite’s power punching. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 117-111.
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In a WBC welterweight eliminator, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa (23-1, 15 KOs) pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel “Miki” Rodriguez (29-3, 23 KOs). Kirpa will now move on to a WBC final eliminator against another contender. Scores were 118-110, 120-108, 119-108. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Adamek guns down Gunn

Photos: Ed Mulholland

Photos: Ed Mulholland

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (37-1, 26 KOs) successfully retained the IBF cruiserweight championship with a fifth round stoppage of a gutsy Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (18-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek was in control throughout the contest, constantly battering Gunn with heavy two-punch combination and Gunn offering little in return. Gunn though outgunned, pressed forward in the fifth and landed a few good counters as the fight progressed. Adamek was not deterred and hurt Gun with a left hook late in the fourth. Gunn stumbled and tried to cover in the corner as Adamek unloaded a four-punch combination as the fourth round ended. At the advice of the ringside physician, who felt Gunn had taken too much punishment, referee Earl Brown called a halt to the contest at 3:00 of the fourth round, much to the dismay of Gunn and his corner who argued adamantely that the bout should continue.

Heavy handed super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) put on a masterful performance, dropping Piotr “The Wolf” Wilczewski (22-1, 7 KOs) twice, enroute to an impressive third round stoppage. Stevens dropped Wilczewski for the second time early in the third round with a left hook. Wilczewski rose to his feet, but could only cover up on the ropes as Stevens unloaded twenty unanswered shots forcing referee Earl Morton to call a halt to the action at 1:46 of the third round. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sturm retains WBA title!

Zbik claims WBC interim belt
Photos: Marinne Müller

Photos: Marinne Müller

By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev

WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-1, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title against European champion Khoren Gevor (30-4, 16 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night at the Ring Arena/Nürburgring Racetrack, Nürburg, Germany. Gevor applied great pressure early, keeping the fight at close quarters for much of the fight. Both fighters landed good blows. Gevor’s punches came in greater abundance, but many were picked off by Sturm’s defense. Sturm landed the cleaner shots down the stretch. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111.
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Unbeaten WBC #2 middleweight Sebastian Zbik (27-0, 10 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC interim middleweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Domenico Spada (29-2, 14 KOs). The fight was closely contested throughout, although Spada closed stronger. Scores were 115-114 three times. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Arturo Gatti found dead!

Legendary former world champion Arturo Gatti, 37, has reportedly been found dead inside a beachside flat he was renting at the Hotel Dorisol of Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil. He was found by his wife early Saturday with a head injury. Gatti had arrived with his wife and baby on Friday on their honeymoon. Local police consider his death suspicious.



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Aydin KOs Bonsu!

Photos: Vedat Alyaz/ARENA

Photos: Vedat Alyaz/ARENA

WBC #2 welterweight “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs) scores a ninth round KO over #3 “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu (30-3, 23 KOs) in a bout for the European championship as well as a WBC final eliminator for the right to face WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto, on Saturday night at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Bonsu was down in round four after a liver shot and subsequent combination. Bonsu was down again in rounds six and nine before the bout was stopped in the ninth. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Donaire confident!

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Former IBF/IBO flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. opened up his workout to media and fans today at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California (about 20 miles south of San Francisco). “My weight is good, I feel strong,” said Donaire. “After I fight Rafael Concepcion, I’m looking for Arce and Montiel. That’s who I want in the ring next.” Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs), from San Leandro, Calif. by way of General Santos City, Philippines, is training for his upcoming challenge of former world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (13-3-1, 8 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, for the vacant WBA interim super flyweight title. The Donaire-Concepcion rumble headlines Top Rank’s “Pinoy Power 2″ — the world championship pay-per-view extravaganza on August 15th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Migreno shocks #4 Ratanapol!

Photo: Sroi Mungmee

Photo: Sroi Mungmee

By Damrong Simakajornboon

Rey Migreno (11-9-2, 9 KOs) shocked the Thai crowd as he annihilated WBA#4 flyweight Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (59-8-1, 48 KOs) to capture the PABA flyweight title on Friday at Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand. The Filipino wildly dropped the local fighter four times, twice in the opening round, once in round four and the last time in round five, which forced the referee to stop the bout. After the bout, Ratanapol, two-time IBF title holder, said in an interview that he is now deciding to finish his 20-year boxing career and he will officially announce it soon. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Marasco wins Italian title!

Photo: Alberto Germinario

Photo: Alberto Germinario

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati


Young Italian prospect Luca Marasco (13-0, 5 KOs) became the new Italian lightweight champion after scoring a unanimous decision win over stablemate warrior Massimiliano Chiofalo (10-3-2, 1 KOs) on Friday night at the Lungolago Zanardelli in Toscolano Maderno, Italy. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Agbeko-Darchinyan Update!

At the IBF’s mandatory weigh-in the morning of the fight:

Joseph Agbeko 121.1 lbs | Vic Darchinyan. 127.7 lbs



July 11th, 2009

UFC

UFC 100 Weigh-in gallery

LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT

ufc100_weighin_0509Photographer Chris Cozzone brings you all the shots from yesterday’s historic UFC 100 weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves, Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping, and more! Click here to view

It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Van Heerden retains SA title!

By Ron Jackson

Chris van Heerden retained his SA welterweight title when he beat Boitshepo Mandawe on points over 12 rounds at the Dr Malan School hall in Meyerton, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. In a gruelling and sometimes rather wild slugfest with neither fighter showing any particular boxing skills Van Heerden (66.44kg) finished strongly to take a unanimous decision. Judges David van Nieuwenhuizen and Joseph Chaane both scored it 117-110 and judge Boitumelo Madiba made it 116-111. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham to give up IBF belt!

Unbeaten King Arthur headed to 168
Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

King Arthur Abraham has arrived in New York to return his IBF middleweight belt. After making ten successful – and spectacular – title defences, the undefeated 29-year-old will move up to super-middleweight. He will meet with IBF President Marian Muhammad during Saturday’s clash between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek and Bobby Gunn to personally inform her about his decision and bring back the belt. “It is about time for a new challenge,” King Arthur (30-0, 24 KOs) said. “It was a lot of fun to fight at middleweight but since neither Felix Sturm nor Kelly Pavlik wanted to get in the ring with me, I had to move on. Now I want to become the best boxer in the super-middleweight division and I really look forward to making even bigger fights in the future.”



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Gesta stops Crayton!

Photo: Rocco Morales

Photo: Rocco Morales

By Felipe Leon at ringside

The open air Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA, was once again home for professional boxing and an almost sell out crowd as Rogue Boxing Promotions showcased their second fight night in as many months when they presented “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” Friday night. Due to unseen circumstances regarding licensing of fighters, the original five bout fight card dropped down to three bouts. Despite the lack of rounds, the rowdy crowd left the historic Gaslamp Quarter satisfied with the hard packed action they witnessed in the ring.

In the main event, with fireworks erupting from nearby Sea World in the background, Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito Gesta of Chula Vista, CA by way of Cebu city, PI, scored his second straight knockout win stopping Orlando, FL’s Devaris Crayton in the third round of a scheduled eight. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Brinkley defeats Paschall!

By Robert Perea at ringside

Jesse Brinkley, 175, of Yerington, NV, won his eighth consecutive bout with a unanimous decision over Mike Paschall, 173, of Baltimore, MD at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Fighting at 175 pounds, the heaviest he’s ever been for a bout, and with just four and a half weeks to prepare, Brinkley said he wasn’t in peak condition. Nevertheless, he saved his best work for last, dominating the 10th round on his way to earning the nod on all three scorecards.
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Rustam Nugaev of Perm, Russia joined his countrymen Fedor and Dmitry Chudinov as victors with a 6th round TKO of Orlando Membreno of Managua, Nicaragua. Both fighters weighed in for the bout at 137 pounds. Nuagev never knocked Membreno to the canvas, but he battered him enough in the sixth round to prompt Membreno’s corner to waive the white towel.
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Unbeaten Matt Remillard 129 demolished Tyler Ziolowski 135 in the first round. Remillard is now 18-0, 10 KOs. (more…)



July 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Victor Ortiz Update!

By Francisco Salazar

Junior Welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz is not seeking the services of Freddie Roach, according to manager Rolando Arellano. In an exclusive conversation with Fightnews.com, Arellano is dispelling recent rumors that Ortiz is dumping trainers Daniel Garcia and Mario Aguiniga. “We think very highly of Freddie and we respect him a great deal. In fact, he is a very, good friend. However, Victor is not going to break his alliance with Danny and Mario.” Last month, Ortiz was stopped in the sixth round to Marcos Maidana in an attempt for an interim world title last month at STAPLES Center. There was speculation that Ortiz did not want to continue, but officially the ringside physician felt that Ortiz’ swelling around his eyes prevented him from seeing properly. “Because of what happened in Victor’s last fight, rumors started and I’m just here to clarify Victor’s future. Victor is happy with Danny and Mario and will stay with them.” Ortiz is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. No immediate timetable is set on Ortiz’ return.



July 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Godfrey schools Hawk

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

NABF cruiserweight champ Matt Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) outclassed previously unbeaten, but untested Shawn Hawk (18-1, 16 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at “The Arena” (formerly known as the New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. Godfrey easily outboxed Hawk, coasting to an uninspiring 99-91, 97-93, 98-92 verdict.
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In a notable light heavyweight bout, Chris Henry (24-2, 19 KOs) derailed the hot streak of Shaun George (18-3-2, 9 KOs) with a sixth round KO. George punished Henry early, but Henry turned the tables as the bout progressed flooring George twice in round six before referee Steve Smoger ended it. Time was 1:08.
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Rising jr middleweight Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) took a one-sided six-round unanimous decision over John Mackey (11-4-2, 5 KOs). Ennis dropped Mackey in rounds two and six en route to a 58-54, 59-53, 59-53 win.



July 10th, 2009

UFC

Bisping promises “leather”

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

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Story by Andreas Hale

After witnessing team UK completely sweep the latest season of TUF, Michael Bisping must be salivating to complete the trifecta of British domination when he steps into the Octagon Saturday against opposing coach and MMA legend Dan Henderson. For Bisping, this fight means much more than defending his homeland pride. It’s much more than the Team USA coach vs. the Team UK coach. “The Count” is facing his stiffest challenge yet and if he comes out victorious it could propel him into a title fight with the dangerous Anderson Silva by year’s end . . . Click here for more

It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Yonnhy Perez in Florida!

IBF bantamweight mandatory challenger Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) arrived in hot and humid Florida earlier today for the highly anticipated bout between IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m.ET/PT). “It doesn’t matter to me who wins. I will always respect a world champion but I have earned my right to fight one of them next,” said Perez. “All I have to do now is sit, enjoy the show and scout my next opponent.”



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Video: Vic/King Kong on the scale

See IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko and unified super flyweight king Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan on the scale during today’s weigh-in at the BankAtlantic Center.



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC honors Kohl, Menzer!

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Big honor for Universum Box-Promotion. On the day before the groundbreaking “Universum Champions Night” at the famous Nürburgring Racetrack, the World Boxing Council (WBC) recognized Klaus-Peter Kohl as “Promoter of the Year.” The WBC also recognized unbeaten female featherweight champion Ina Menzer as “Female Boxer of the Year” for her great success in the ring. WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman made the award presentations during Friday’s official weigh-in at the Nürburgring. (more…)



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Adamek, Gunn make weight!

Photo: Adam Pantozzi/Prudential Center

Photo: Adam Pantozzi/Prudential Center

Tomasz Adamek 199 vs Bobby Gunn 194
(IBF cruiserweight championship)
Mateusz Masternak 194.5 vs Naser Mohamed Aly 197
Piotr Wilczewski 168 vs Curtis Stevens 164
Henry Crawford 146.5 vs Kaseem Wilson 146
Ran Nakash 200 vs William Bailey 192.5
Denis Douglin 161.5 vs Lamar Harris 160
Delen Parsley 152 vs Tyrone Miles 151.5
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Promoter: Main Events & Ziggy Promotions
PPV Webcast: www.mainevents.com (more…)



July 10th, 2009

UFC

UFC 100 at the scales

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

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Weights by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer, Jr.

Photo by Chris Cozzone

From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s UFC 100:

Frank Mir 245 vs. Brock Lesnar 265
Georges St. Pierre 170 vs. Thiago Alves 170
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Dan Henderson 195
Paulo Thiago 170 vs. Jon Fitch 170
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs. Alan Belcher 186
Matt Grice 155 vs. Shannon Gugerty 156

Tom Lawler 184 vs. CB Dollaway 186
Dong Hyun Kim 171 vs. TJ Grant 170
Jon Jones 206 vs. Jake O’Brien 206
Mac Danzig 154 vs. Jim Miller 155
Mark Coleman 205 vs. Stephan Bonnar 205



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz, Solis make weight!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Cristóbal Cruz 125.2 vs Jorge Solís 125.8
(IBF featherweight championship)
Julio César “Pingo” Miranda 112 vs Eric Ortiz 112
(IBF flyweight eliminator)
Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo 126 vs Antonio Torres 125.5
Anali Hernández 125.5 vs Betty Vargas 125.5
Lisardo Moreno 126 vs Didier Torres 126
Jian Carlo García 130 vs Angel Montejo 129.5
Venue: Palenque de la feria, Tuxtla, Chiapas, México
Promoter: Zanfer and Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
TV: TV Azteca and Azteca America (more…)



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Aydin, Bonsu make weight!

Photo: Vedat Alyaz/ARENA

Photo: Vedat Alyaz/ARENA

WBC President, Don José Sulaiman, has honored the Turkish welterweight star “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin and former European champion “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu by coming all the way from Mexico to Istanbul for their combined EBU championship, WBC international championship, and WBC elimination bout this Saturday at Besiktas Cola Turka Arena.“I am very pleased and proud that President Sulaiman is here to witness the fight,” said Selcuk Aydin. “I promise that I will not disappoint him or any of my fans. This is my big chance to make it to the top of the world, and I will blow away my opponent to get the title shot I deserve. Thank you for being here, Mr. President!” (more…)



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis honored in Greece!

Photo: Craig Watt

Photo: Craig Watt

Michael Katsidis “The Great” was formally invited to attend Greece’s annual party recently in the lead up to the announcement of his next fight. In an action packed couple of months, Katsidis has flown to the Philippines to challenge current super champion Manny Pacquiao, resigned with his long time trainer/manager Brendon Smith, and topped it all off by travelling to Larissa, the home land of his father to be honored. (more…)



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma Update!

Photo:  Joel Colon/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: Joel Colon/PR Best Boxing Promotions

By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) is freshly off his impressive Pay-Per-View debut where he defeated Olivier Lontchi by 9th round TKO. Since his victory, the champ has been keeping himself busy. Today the Top Rank and PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez stood in for the entire practice of Puerto Rico’s national volleyball team in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The team is in preparation for an important final. Lopez fans need not worry about a career move, as he was only there in support of his countryman. Lopez is expected to return to ring possibly in September. (more…)



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Agbeko, Darchinyan make weight!

By Karl Freitag at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

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IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko just weighed in at 116.5 and unified super flyweight king Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan scaled in at 117.5 for their clash Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9PM ET/PT).

Other weights:
Antonio DeMarco 134.5 vs Anges Adjaho 135 (2nd try)
(WBC lightweight eliminator)
Steve Cunningham 195 vs Wayne Braithwaite 194.75
(IBF cruiserweight eliminator)
Ivan Kirpa 145.25 vs Miguel “Miki” Rodriguez 146
(WBC welterweight eliminator)
Francisco Palacios 197.25 vs Manu Ntoh 195.75
Victor Fonseca 122.75 vs Mauricio Pastarana 122.5
John “Action” Jackson 135 vs Oscar Leon ??
Angelo Santana 137.25 vs Jamie Rodriguez 136.75
Archie Rey Marquez 132.5 vs Jason Hayward 132
Lanard Lane 145.75 vs Carlos Garcia ??

Venue: BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: Don King Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 9PM ET/PT



July 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing goes motorsports!

Photos: Universum Box-Promotion

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Today WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman visited the famous race track Nürburgring in Germany. At the new Ring Arena just next to the starting grid this Saturday, Universum Box-Promotion will held the “Night of the middleweights” with headliner Felix Sturm vs. Khoren Gevor. Before the weigh-in session at the Warsteiner Event Center, Sulaiman visited with Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune and the Formula One Paddock. Team Redbull showed the WBC executive how to built a race car. “Unbelievable,” said Sulaiman, “It’s so loud and so fast. I’m deeply impressed.”



July 10th, 2009

UFC

TUF 10 cast revealed!

The cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” was revealed today at the first-ever UFC Fan Expo. In what will literally be the biggest season ever of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV, the 10th season of the groundbreaking series, premiering Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 pm, will showcase 16 of the best unsigned heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Featuring former UFC light heavyweight champions “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as coaches, season 10 marks the only installment to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs). (more…)



July 10th, 2009




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