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Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The Super Bowl is one of America’s biggest national pastimes, but for MMA fans, Saturday’s UFC 126 is similar in stature with a loaded lineup that rivals the monster card at UFC 100. With a main event featuring pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort — who possesses arguably the fastest hands in the sport. Also featured on the main card is a highly anticipated light heavyweight showdown between former champions Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin as well as a bout pitting two of MMA’s rising stars as Jon “Bones” Jones takes on Ryan “Darth” Bader . . . click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“Life was never easy for me,” says former two-division world champion and top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview. “My father died in an accident when I was just 22 months old. I fought for WBC world light heavyweight championship with a broken nose and I moved my whole family from Poland to the US, not knowing what will happen to my career. I never expected that things will go easy for me and I’m not expecting Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko to just fall over in the ring. I have to help them a little.” (more…)
Zuffa, LLC, doing business as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) wishes to extend its great appreciation to the United States Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) for the direct and forceful action they have taken in combating the criminal piracy of UFC® Pay-Per-View events. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Boxing
Motivated and confident in his great preparation, Thomas “Gusano” Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs) said he is ready to defend his title WBC super flyweight title on Saturday in Osaka, against local challenger Nobuo “Samurai” Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs). The fighters faced off at a news conference at the luxurious Hotel Nikko Osaka, where despite the prevailing respect between the two contenders you can just feel this will be a great fight. (more…)
Report and photo by Felipe Leon
Former interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) complied with the pre-weight for his challenge of Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver belt on Saturday, February 26th from the Heartlands Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of boxing hotbed Los Mochis, visited the offices of the Tijuana Boxing Commission last Friday and weighed 139 lbs. under the watchful eye of the new boxing commissioner, former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. Juan Carlos Pelayo, the executive director of the Tijuana Boxing Commission signed off on the weight. (more…)
In a move that further cements it as one of the most savvy social media organizations in all of professional sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced plans to stream a broadcast-quality live sporting event on Facebook® this Saturday.
In this exciting broadcast taking place on Feb. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT, sports fans are invited to watch the highly-anticipated UFC bantamweight clash between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto for free at www.facebook.com/ufc. (more…)
Countdown to UFC 126 Tonight on Spike: Anderson Silva prepares to defend his belt against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort – Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin meet in a battle of former champions, and Jon Jones and Ryan Bader continue their collision course to Vegas – tonight at 7pm on Spike
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Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions will be bringing a bit of East Coast flavor to the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. as unbeaten New Yorker Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin squares off against New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe in the eight round super middleweight main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on Friday, February 11. In the co-main event, Fairfield’s Alan Sanchez faces Denver’s John Grimaldo in an eight round welterweight bout. Also featured will be Albuquerque welterweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Fairfield’s own junior featherweight prospect Manuel Avila. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo by Sam Cohen
Cuban boxers quite broadly fall into two distinct groups based on overall achievement: amateurs and professionals. The domination of the Cuban national team in world competition is well documented. Cuba currently owns 32 boxing gold medals; surpassing England and Russia combined. However, the dry spell at the professional level puzzled many for many years. (Joel Casamayor was the most recent modern Cuban boxer to consistently ply his trade at the championship level.) (more…)
Photos by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puerto Rican lightweight sensation Michael “El Artista” Pérez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will defend his unbeaten record against tough Marcos Herrera (6-3-2, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout this Friday, February 4th at the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico. “I feel very happy and excited to fight in front of my people in Lares. I’ve trained hard to have a big win. I can’t wait for Friday night,” stated El Artista Pérez. In the co-main event, unbeaten junior featherweight rising star and WBO ranked #10, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Colombian veteran John Alberto Molina (28-14-3, 18 KOs). “I feel ready for this fight. I just want to say that this Friday I will climb up unbeaten to the ring and will remain unbeaten,” Jayson Vélez said. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Knockout artist and highly talented welterweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (5-0, 5 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Friday, March 4th at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, CA against an opponent yet to be determined which is being headlined by Ray Beltran, Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) taking on Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 2 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight bout for the vacant USBA lightweight title and is being presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Former WBC strawweight champion José Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre complied with WBC rules at a pre weigh-in for his February 26 title challenge against WBC flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Baas. Aquirre weighed 117.9 pounds, half-a-pound less than the 118.4 pound requirement. Jose Antonio was once again optimistic and assured everybody that on February 26th he was going to walk out of the ring with his second WBC title.
Photo: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva stares down challenger, former champ Vitor Belfort at the final presser held today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Three of Japan’s top boxing stars will be in action on April 8 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. WBC super featherweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs) defending his crown for the sixth time against Argentinean Mauricio Muñoz (21-2, 9 KOs). WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs) will defend against mandatory challenger and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs) of Mexico. And WBC super featherweight world champion Takari Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs) confronts Mexican Humberto Gutierrez (28-2-1, 20 KOs). The mega-event is presented by Teiken Boxing Promotions and was announced today at a press conference at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez suffered an injury during training and was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Marvin Quintero on this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. The scheduled main event and co-feature remain intact. The telecast begins at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The Marquez-Quintero bout will not be replaced.
In the 10-round main event, undefeated featherweight prospect and Cuban Olympian Luis Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) will look to take another giant step towards challenging for a world title in 2011 when he takes on veteran Leonilo Miranda (26-2, 25 KOs). In a co-feature worthy of main event billing, crowd-pleasing, Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode (15-0, 14 KOs) will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout as he squares off against Tampa native Nicholas Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout.
Bernardo Osuna will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts. Gordon Hall is the executive producer of ShoBox with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
Some of the undercard fighters have been announced for the March 12 card headlined by WBC Emeritus middleweight champion Sergio Martinez against Sergiy Dzinziruk in the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. As already announced, middleweight Andy Lee meets Craig McEwan in the ten-round co-feature.
Dominican featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) will appear in an eight rounder. Unbeaten 2008 Olympian junior middleweights Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) and Jonathan “Montequilla” Gonzalez (11-0, 11 KOs) see action in separate matches. Local lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 KOs), female heavyweight Soyna Lamonakis (3-0, 1 KO), light heavyweight Seannie Monaghan (4-0, 3 KOs) and welterweight Abraham Lopez (1-1) are also scheduled. Opponents will be named.
Photos: José Pérez and Joel Colón / PR Best
Hot lightweight prospect José “Chelo” González (13-0, 9 KOs) will defend his unbeaten record this Saturday against veteran Derrick Campos (20-10, 11 KOs) in the main event of the card billed as “Futuros Campeones 2″ at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Gonzalez fought five times in 2010 with all of his bouts ended in KO and now will face his most experienced rival in Campos, who has lost four straight against good opponents. (more…)
Unbeaten 6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury (13-0, 9 KOs) recently joined IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his training camp in Austria. “It was a pleasure and a great honour spending time in camp with Wladimir Klitschko, it’s given me a great deal of confidence training alongside such a champion,” said Fury. “He is definitely a fighter who is at the top of his game. Wlad and his brother, Vitali are both modern day heavyweights who are not only very talented and athletic but also big heavyweights. There has been all sorts of speculation flying around why David Haye isn’t fighting one of the Klitschko brothers, but in my honest opinion I believe it’s because David isn’t big enough to deal with the likes of Wladimir or Vitali. But I’m going to change all that in the future, not only am I talented, athletic, have the determination and toughness but also I’ve I got youth on my side, plus I’m also bigger than the likes of the Klitschko brothers as you can see by the photo. When I realize my dream and become unified heavyweight champion of the world I will avoid no one, I’m sure I will be a dominant heavyweight champion just like Lennox Lewis, only I will be representing the UK and Ireland.” Fury returns to the ring on February 19 at the Wembley Arena in London vs. TBA.
Facing the toughest match in his perfect MMA career, Ryan Bader (13-0) is approaching UFC 126 as just another day at the office when he goes up against one of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, Jon “Bones” Jones (11-1) . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
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By Graham Houston
The first highly anticipated bout of 2011 failed to live up to expectations. Timothy Bradley came to fight, Devon Alexander to score points, and the clash of junior welter champions on HBO turned into a nip and tuck contest devoid of drama and with an unsatisfying conclusion. As Jim Lampley said, when the bout went to the scorecards in the 10th round it was the “worst case scenario” for the viewers who had been expecting an exciting fight with a definitive ending.
Bradley was the better fighter and deserved the unanimous decision he received. Alexander made cute moves but didn’t dig down the way we had been led to believe would be the case. Most of the rounds were close, but Bradley was, as they say, making the fight. Alexander was ahead in most of the computer punch-count categories: punches landed, punches thrown, power punches landed (a “power punch” being anything other than a jab). Bradley, though, landed the more meaningful blows. (more…)
British super bantamweight champion Jason Booth will be having his 20th title fight when he boxes Commonwealth king Jamie Arthur. The slick Nottingham fighter (35-6) faces Arthur in a quality 12-round clash a Brentwood Centre on Saturday night. Having been troubled by drink and drugs in the past, it is a miracle that Booth is still alive let alone fighting. And he is now launching himself at one final world title assault having lost on points to IBF champion Steve Molitor last year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world WBA super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) will clash with IBF #9 Benjamin “Iron Ben” Simon (20-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds on April 1st in Berlin, Germany in an IBF elimination bout for IBF #2 position in the middleweight division. The IBF #11 rated Soliman entered training camp today and is confident that he will be successful against his less experienced opponent.
“I have boxed the best middleweights and super middleweights in the USA and Europe but I am not taking Benjamin Simon lightly,” said Soliman. “My trainer Dave Hedgecock will have me in perfect fighting shape for Simon on April 1st in Berlin. Simon has not boxed any big name opponents but I have watched tapes of him and he is skillful and I respect his ability.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Albany, New York will play host to it’s second boxing card in less than two weeks on Thursday, February 3rd as Pugnacious Promotions presents “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers),” a Pro/Am show featuring the area’s brightest boxing talent. Headlining the card at the Empire State Convention Center will be Guilderland, NY’s Mike “Baby-Faced Beast” Faragon (13-0, 6 KOs) facing his most experienced foe to date in Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs), out of Brooklyn, NY. (more…)
Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing return to the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California on March 4. The main event is a 12 rounder for the vacant USBA lightweight championship between Ray Beltran Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) and Carlos Vinan (10-8-2, 2 KOs). Both main event participants are coming off huge upset knockouts over favored opponents in 2010. Vinan shocked previously unbeaten IBF #2 ranked lightweight Anthony Mezaache with an 8th round knockout last July in Atlantic City and comes into the bout as the IBF’s #15 ranked fighter in the world. Beltran stopped heralded David Torres (21-1) in front of his hometown fans. He trains out of Wildcard Boxing Club under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and former Olympian Pepe Reilly, and is a regular sparring partner for Manny Pacquaio and Amir Khan. (more…)
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