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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

Interview: Adonis Stevenson’s trainer Sugar Hill

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“We knew how good Andrzej Fonfara is. We knew it will be tough fight,” said WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s trainer Sugar Hill in a Fightnews.com interview after Stevenson defeated the very tough and determined challenger in a Showtime televised event from Montreal. Hill rates Fonfara among the top three in the light heavyweight division.



May 25th, 2014



Boxing News

Stevenson: I showed the world because I’m a true champion

After the Saturday’s unanimous decision over Andrzej Fonfara, Adonis Stevenson told Showtime Sports’ ringside reporter Jim Gray, “(It was a) good fight. I hurt my left hand in the second round. He did very well. I threw the punch but I caught the elbow and I hurt my hand.”

Stevenson was satisfied with his victory despite getting knocked down. “Everyone gets knocked down. But I came back strong. I showed the world because I’m a true champion…I told everybody (Fonfara) is strong. He’s been training since December. He is ranked #1 and #3 in the world. He was ready for this fight. I never overlooked him because he’s a tough fighter.”

When asked by Gray about the prospect of fighting Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, Stevenson said, “I accept any challenge. Bernard can be next. And I have no problem with Kovalev. If I fight him I fight him.”

Fonfara said, “I survived because I have the heart to fight. Every time he hit me I felt the punch. Tonight Stevenson is better. I’m still young. I’m only 26 years old. I’m training hard and one day I’ll be a world champion.”



May 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Sykes wins thriller and vacant British belt

By James Slater

Last night in his hometown of Dewsbury, Gary Sykes won the vacant British super-featherweight title with an up from the floor 10th-round TKO over Jon Kays. Sykes, who had out-pointed Kays in an earlier meeting last year, is now the outright owner of the coveted Lonsdale belt. 30-year-old Sykes suffered a cut above his right eye in the opening round, the result of a head clash, and he was put down in the 2nd. Undeterred, the local hero fought back hard and managed to pull the fight out in the 10th. At the time of the stoppage, Sykes was behind on two official score-cards, while the third judge had the fight all level after nine-rounds.

Sykes, though, not a noted banger, made the score-cards null and void in the 10th, when he wobbled Kays with a big right hand to the head, his follow-up blows forcing referee Michael Alexander to dive in and call a halt to the action. The time was 58-seconds into the 10th. Sykes is now 27-3(6). Kays, one year the older man, is now 18-4-1(4).



May 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Andrzej Fonfara: It was everything you want to see as a boxing fan

By Przemek Garczarczyk



May 25th, 2014

Boxing News

“Tornado” Sanchez wins WBA interim belt

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (25-3-2, 19 KOs) claimed the WBA interim super flyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Breilor “Zulianito de Oro” Teran (15-9-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana. Scores were 116-111 on all three cards. Sanchez dropped Teran in round eleven.

In a women’s world title fight, the “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (29-4-3, 13 KOs) dethroned WBA female super bantamweight titleholder Alys Sanchez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) by seventh round KO.

Former world champion Edgar Sosa (50-8, 30 KOs) scored his milestone 50th win, overwhelming Omar Salado (24-8, 15 KOs), who was not allowed to come out for round five.

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May 25th, 2014

UFC

UFC 173: TJ Stuns Barao, Takes 135 Title in Masterpiece

There are a number of stories you can take away from TJ Dillashaw’s UFC 173 win over Renan Barao Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. You can talk about the end of Barao’s 35-fight unbeaten streak, the dominance the challenger from California showed, his win being one of the biggest upsets seen in recent years, or him giving departing coach Duane Ludwig a going away gift of epic proportions. . . . 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 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez retains WBC feather belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 48 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round technical decision over Clive Atwell (12-1-1, 7 KO) on Saturday night at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The bout was halted due to a cut caused by a head clash over the left eye of Gonzalez. The bout was sent to the cards, where Gonzalez was ahead 99-89, 96-92 and 98-90. It was Gonzalez’ first defense since his spectacular KO win over Abner Mares.

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May 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson survives knockdown, wins wild one

By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) won an exciting, knockdown-filled twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #1, WBC #3 Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Fonfara came out aggressively but was dropped by a Stevenson left hand in round one. Stevenson pummeled Fonfara for the balance of the round. The “Polish Prince” got back into the fight over the next three rounds, but Stevenson put him down again in round five with a body shot. Fonfara started turning the tide in rounds seven and eight, then floored the champion with a right hand in round nine. Stevenson rediscovered the body attack to take round ten. Good two-way action the rest of the way.

Scores were 115-110, 115-110, 116-109.

It was the third defense by Stevenson who captured WBC last June with a first round knockout of Chad Dawson.

For Stevenson who hasn’t heard a scorecard read since 2007, it appeared as if he was once again headed for another early night, dominating the early proceedings and punishing his opponent. A first round knockdown was followed up with another in the fifth thanks to a massive body shot. Fonfara again got up and it was clear he was not going anywhere. Stevenson who had his hand wrapped in ice afterwards said he injured it in the second round but was not shy in using it. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Limieux demolishes Guerrero; Charlo still unbeaten

By Dave Spencer at ringside

IBF #7, WBO #12, WBC #13 middleweight KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-3, 19 KOs). Lemieux dropped Guerrero in rounds one and two. Guerrero also sustained a bad cut over his right eye in round two. In round three Guerrero took a knee then was dropped again and the fight was over. A spectacular right uppercut ended things definitely for the Montreal fighter who powered through his opponent who tried some slick early movement in the fight but had no answer for the fast charging locomotive that was more and more powerful as the fight progressed. Somehow Guerrero got himself a time-out as he took a knee and requested the ring doctor look at his eye that was busted up in the second round. The respite was a short one and he should have stayed down as only moments later Lemieux managed to punctuate an impressive performance with the third and final knockdown.

Undefeated junior-middleweight Jermell Charlo (24-0 11KO) survived a third round knockdown and a point deduction to go on to a convincing 115-111, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision over Charlie Bellamy Ohta (24-2-1 16KO) in IBF elimination fight for the #2 spot in the division. The Texas fighter was caught off-balance by a right hand as he was back pedalling to start the third and was forced to take an eight count but came back strongly to finish the round. The top five 154-pounder by WBC/WBAIBF used his marked height and reach advantage to neutralize Ohta who never did get inside effectively. Any attempt at an offensive front by Ohta was quickly met by crunching counters from Charlo as they were to end the sixth round where a good flurry by the New Yorker by way of Japan was ended with a left hook by Charlo that brought oohs from the Bell Centre crowd. A point deduction for an errant low blow in the ninth was charged Charlo but wasn’t nearly enough to have an effect on the final outcome.

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May 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 Prelims: TUF Guys Shine

Three former winners of The Ultimate Fighter reality series stepped up to the plate in UFC 173 prelim bouts Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and all three emerged victorious, with Michael Chiesa, Tony Ferguson, and Chris Holdsworth leaving the Octagon with impressive wins . . . 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 24th, 2014

Boxing News

More Results from Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Philadelphia super-middleweight Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams (16-0-1 10KO) landed a crunching right hand followed up quickly with two more connects and scored a KO victory at 1:59 of the 8th round over a out-gunned Michael Medina (26-5-2 20KO). The action was pretty much all Williams who was landing with more and more authority as this one progressed. Medina entered the contest being stopped within the first two rounds in two of his last four fights and was much too hittable, particularly starting in the fourth when the Philly fighter started finding a home for his right hand. Much of the bout could have been held in a phone booth as Medina from Los Angeles had ample opportunity to answer back and did so, but it was Williams winning the exchanges.

Montreal welterweight Junior Ulysse managed to impress in sophomore effort, moving to 2-0 with a first round TKO distraction of Carlos Olivera (6-7 4KO) of Argentina. It took all of 1:38 for the 25-year-old to score a pair of knockdowns and then have the referee jump in and stop the third that was imminent. Ulysse has looked impressive so far in both his knockout wins.

Light-heavyweight Elieder Alvarez (15-0 8KO) got the evening underway with a less than scintillating unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson (15-2 6KO). Johnson seemed reluctant to engage and Alvarez was only too happy to oblige, content to cruise to a 97-92 score on all three scorecards. Even the fifth round knockdown lacked intensity as the top-ranked (#2WBO #3WBA #11WBC) Alvarez connected with a right hand that had Johnson back=peddling across the ring until he ran out of real-estate and went down to one knee. With 30 seconds left, both fighters, still fresh presumably, finally decided to engage but it was about 9-1/2 rounds too late to salvage any entertainment value.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Acelino “Popó” Freitas

By Boxing Bob Newman

Brazilian legend and former Jr. Lightweight and Lightweight champ Acelino “Popó” Freitas was on hand at the ESPN2 Boxcino Finals in Verona, NY on 5-23-14. “Popó” was gracious enough to talk with Fightnews.com about his beginnings in the 1997 Boxcino tournament, his comeback bout in 2012 against Michael Oliveira and his involvement in the upcoming 2016 Olympic games slated for Rio.

A special “obrigado” (thanks) to Emmanuel Thomas for the expert translation!



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Flanagan captures Aussie title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Formerly WBO world rated Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (16-4, 10 KOs) outscored Daniel Ammann (29-7-1) over twelve rounds via split decision to capture the Australian cruiserweight crown at the Entertainment Centre, Townsville, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Flanagan was on the canvas in round eight compliments of a low blow. Scores Phil Austin 95-96, Allan Burford 97-93, Chris Condon 97-95. The 23-year-old Flanagan holds a 2012 stoppage win over former world rated Kariz Kariuki. Ammann was coming off an unsuccessful Commonwealth title challenge against Tony Conquest in London last February. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxcino Post Fight Press Conference

By Boxing Bob Newman

All four combatants from the finals of the ESPN2 televised Boxcino lightweight and middleweight tournament addressed the media at the post fight presser held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Banner Promotions’ Artie Pelullo was also on hand to tout his fighters and their respective futures, as well as the success of the tournament.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Los Angeles

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Boxing returned to the Quiet Cannon Country Club Friday night in Montebello, California for Ed Holmes All Star Boxing’s “Battle of the Rising Stars” series featuring Southern California’s up and coming talent. Super middleweight Mike Guy (7-1-1, 3 KOs) of Sacramento won a six round majority decision over Jose Hernandez (6-2-1, 3 KOs) of Lancaster, California. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Boxcino Finals

Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Three months after it began, the Boxcino tournament reached its climax on Friday night in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Casino. The finals of the lightweight and middleweight categories were won in contrasting styles as Petr Petrov rocked Fernando Carcamo from pillar to post to snag the lightweight belt, while Willie Monroe, Jr. outslicked Brandon Adams to clinch the middleweight bauble. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson a huge favorite tonight in Montreal

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), of Montreal, will make his network debut when he defends his title for a third time when he meets Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Warsaw, Poland. Stevenson has won his last 10 fights by knockout. Fonfara has won 15 in a row, 12 inside the distance, and has never been defeated as a light heavyweight.

Stevenson enters the bout as a prohibitive favorite at -1700, while Fonfara backers can get +1100. Stevenson is also -900 to win by KO. The over/under is 7.5 rounds with under at -255 and over +215.

In an interesting co-featured fight, power-punching Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) meets battle-tested Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., in a 12-rounder for the vacant NABF 160-pound crown.

Lemieux, who has been in somewhat soft in his last six fights, is at -500 against former world title challenger Guerrero, who could be a live dog at +400.



May 24th, 2014

UFC

The Downes Side: UFC 173 Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Memorial Day edition of the Downes Side! Over here in the United States of America, Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial beginning of summer. The official beginning is determined by the moon or a groundhog or something like that. Much like magnets, there’s no possible way to determine how they work . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

World-rated Bennett and de Mori victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #12 140-pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (33-4-3, 23 KOs) stopped Tony Fernandez (35-1, 23 KOs) in round six of scheduled twelve round bout at Wests New Lambton, New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia on Friday. Fernandez is 38 years old and resides in Lima, Peru. Bennett is 41 years of age and resides in Newcastle, Australia. Bennett suffered his last defeat in 2009 against Steve Wills and now has a nine-bout winning streak, including a victory in the USA over Gary Bergeron. He is scheduled to box again in Newcastle on July 11.

On the undercard, WBA #11 heavyweight Mark de Mori (26-1-2, 23 KOs) stopped Adnan Buharalija (29-20-2, 21 KOs) in round four of a scheduled twelve. Buharalija, who resides in Bosnia, was previously stopped by de Mori in six rounds in 2013.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Petrov, Monroe win Boxcino tournament

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

The finals of the 2014 “Boxcino” tournament took place Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

In the lightweight final, Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 16 KOs) dominated Fernando Carcamo (17-6, 13 KOs) and got an eighth round TKO. Petrov, who challenged Marcos Maidana for the WBA super lightweight title in 2011, was in command from the opening bell, consistently outworking Carcamo who seemed sluggish. The one-sided fight was finally waved off by the referee in round eight. Time was :40.

In the middleweight final, local favorite Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Brandon Adams (14-1, 9 KOs) over ten rounds. Southpaw Monroe, the nephew of former contender Willie “The Worm” Monroe, mostly outboxed Adams from the outside, compiling a clear cut 99-91 win on all cards.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

McKenzie stays unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 130 pound champion Kye McKenzie (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Waylon Law (8-6) in round six of a scheduled ten round national title bout to retain the championship at Eatons Hill Hotel in Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Referee Derek Millham called it off at 1.28. McKenzie is scheduled to clash with unbeaten Kane Cassells on July 17. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 at the scales

UFC 173, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw, and the light heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening three prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TJ Dillashaw (135) VS Renan Barao (135)

PPV MAIN CARD
Dan Henderson (199) VS Daniel Cormier (205)
Jake Ellenberger (171) VS Robbie Lawler (171)
Francisco Rivera (135) VS Takeya Mizugaki (135)
James Krause (156) VS Jamie Varner (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Francisco Trinaldo (155) VS Michael Chiesa (156)
Katsunori Kikuno (155) VS Tony Ferguson (155)
Chico Camus (135) VS Chris Holdsworth (135)
Mitch Clarke (155) VS Al Iaquinta (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Vinc Pichel (155) VS Anthony Njokuani (155)
Aaron Phillips (145) VS Sam Sicilia (146)
Li Jingliang (170) VS David Michaud (171)

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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Off-TV Results from Verona, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Opening up the night were super lightweights Jeremy Graves (Niagara Falls, NY) and Sam Teah (Philly, PA). Teah handled everything the aggressive Graves tried and employed his skill and will over four rounds to post a unanimous 40-36 win. Teah moves to 4-0, 1 KO while Graves drops to 0-3.

In a big upset, crafty but unsung Marcus Hall (Rochester, NY) squeaked out a huge win over previously undefeated Cesar Vila (Brooklyn, NY) over four rounds. The slippery southpaw Hall Moved, used awkward counters and avoided just enough punishment to befuddled the ever-forward-moving Vila. Wynn Kintz saw it even at 38-38, while Don Trella tabbed it 40-36 and Don Ackerman had it 39-37 for the majority decision winner Hall, now 8-6-1, 2 KOs. Vila drops his first at 6-1, 2 KOs.

In a reverse “somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go” bout, winless heavyweight Eric George (Niagara Falls, NY) and Raymond Santiago (Albany, NY) looked to erase the “0” from their respective win columns. IT was a fan friendly bout, with both combatants slugging away from bell to bell. Santiago’s nose bled from round one onward as his defense was non-existent, but his heart was nearly as big as his 232 lb. body was. The smaller (202 lb.) George has a bit more speed and endurance, which led to his 40-36 across the board win. George enters the win column at 1-6, while Santiago loses his first at 0-2-1.

Being chosen in your pro debut as the opponent for a young Brazilian K.O. artist who is trained by one of Brazil’s greatest K.O. artists- Acelino “Popo” Freitas, is probably as scary as it gets. But Buffalo, New York’s Michael Jackson hope he’d have the moves of his namesake to pull off a “Thriller” of an upset. It was not to be as Brazil’s Vitor Jones de Oliveira stalked, bloodied, and knocked down Jackson over the four round distance. Though unable to finish his back fleeing foe, de Oliveira did what he had to in notching a comprehensive 40-35 shutout to move to 3-0, 2 KOs. Jackson starts out at 0-1.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Jackie Nava 122 vs. Alys Sánchez 122
(WBA female super bantamweight title)

David Sánchez 115 vs. Breilor Terán 115
(Vacant WBA super flyweight title)

Edgar Sosa 115 vs. Omar Salado 115
Abner López 141 vs. Rodolfo Quintanilla 141
Edivaldo Ortega 122 vs. Enrique Bernache 122
Jun Doliguez 126 vs. Francisco Piña 126
Julio Barraza 130 vs. Jesús Navarro 130

Venue: Auditorio Municipal
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

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May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Stevenson-Fonfara weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Neither the defending champion, nor the challenger, had any problem making weight for their WBC light heavyweight championship fight om Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) was 173.6 pounds and Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) was 174.4 pounds before their Showtime televised clash.



May 23rd, 2014




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