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Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events NBC Sports Group's Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September ...

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Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat In Japan there are many so-called or self-proclaimed geniuses, and we wonder who really the genius is. ...

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Abril-Tatli final press conference

Abril-Tatli final press conference

By Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Boxing News

Quintana returns at 154lbs

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former WBO welterweight champion Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) will return as a junior middleweight on January 26 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico on a card promoted by MWJ Promotions. “Welterweight is a thing of the past,” said trainer Jose Bonilla, who said Quintana currently at 162 pounds. “We’re going to go fast in 2011 with Quintana. We hope to have a couple of fights and get rated well at 154 pounds and see if we see a title shot.” Quintana hasn’t fought since April 10 when he lost by TKO in eight rounds against WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto. He is best known for his win over Paul Williams.



December 30th, 2010



UFC

Holly, Brittney added to UFC 125

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

UFC 125 will mark the debut of the newest Octagon Girl, former WEC favorite Brittney Palmer, and it will also see the return of “The Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison for the first time since UFC 100, as she kicks off this weekend’s Pay-Per-View broadcast.

See more of Brittney in the latest issue of UFC magazine, and go backstage at Holly Madison’s UFC magazine shoot in this episode of Ultimate Insider. To see photo galleries of the two number-holding knockouts, click here.

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Bunting back in action

Light heavyweight KO artist Lafarrell Bunting (17-3-1, 17 KOs) will look to continue his knockout streak when he faces once-beaten former amateur star Matt O’Brien (18-1, 7 KOs) in the ten round main event of Battle at the Boat 80 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on January 8th. All 17 of Bunting’s wins have come by knockout with 12 of those KOs coming during the first two rounds. (more…)



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Huge fight card in Uruguay

Sampson Boxing LLC and Sergio Marquez Productions present big card featuring four championship fights on January 9 at the beautiful Punta Del Este Resort & Casino in Punte Del Este, Uruguay. The main event is for the vacant WBC silver super middleweight title between Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (25-1, 17 KOs) and Mexico’s Gustavo “Cubanito” Magallanes (29-1, 25 KOs), which has already generated a buzz amongst boxing fans, writers and insiders.

The card also includes a WBO female jr middleweight world title bout between Costa Rican fight idol and current world champion Hanna Gabriel (10-0-1, 6 KOs) against American Melisenda Perez (7-2-1, 4 KOs). In a UBO female lightweight title bout, Uruguay’s Cecilia Comunales (6-1, 4 KOs) meets Halana Dos Santos from Brazil (13-3, 8 KOs). In addition, a WBC Latin championship bout features Caril “El Raton” Herrera (26-1, 16 KOs) against Argentina’s Miguel Villegas (6-9, 2 KOs). (more…)



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Casey set for Mar 19

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will be defending his title against European champion Willie Casey on March 19 at the brand new Citywest Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland. With the entire batch of ’early bird’ tickets now completely sold out, Dolphil Promotions are predicting a full house. “This is why I turned professional,” said Casey. “I want to be fighting the best there is out there and Rigondeaux is one of the best. I am delighted with all these opportunities that I’m getting and I’m humbled by the support that I’m receiving. There are a lot of super bantamweights that are avoiding this fella but not me, he has what I want so why wouldn’t I fight him?” (more…)



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Garcia-Urina collide Jan 21

All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to bring their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday, January 21 to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament.

In the main event, current WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico will face undefeated WBO Latin super flyweight champion William “El Barranquillero” Urina (17-0, 14 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a unification battle scheduled for twelve rounds were both champions will put their titles at stake. (more…)



December 29th, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

The Countdown to Edgar vs Maynard 2 Begins Tonight: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard prepare for their rematch this Saturday night – plus, in-depth looks at Chris Leben and Brian Stann as they continue their collision course to the Octagon – tonight at 11:30pm ET/PT on SPIKE

Brittney Makes Her UFC Debut, Plus Holly Returns At UFC 125: Things just got hotter Octagonside, as WEC favorite Brittney Palmer makes her debut as an Octagon Girl this Saturday night – plus, the return of “The Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison as she makes her first trip around the Octagon since UFC 100!

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 29th, 2010

UFC

Stann confident

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

Brian “All American” Stann considers himself lucky to have been matched up with Chris “The Crippler” Leben in the co-main event at UFC 125: Edgar vs Maynard 2 on January 1st.

“Chris has already accomplished more inside the Octagon than I may accomplish in my entire MMA career,” says Stann. “We called Joe Silva and asked for the fight, and like the true fighter that Leben is, he accepted it. I’m excited.” . . . Click here for more by by Mike Straka,UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Cotto plans Florida training camp

By Rey Colon / The Sport Press

WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) will travel with his team in early January to Florida where he will train for a proposed March 12 clash in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand against Ricardo “Matador” Mayorga . Trainer Emanuel Steward will be on hand from the first day at camp.



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Beibut Shumenov update

Photo: Goossen Tutor Promotions

WBA  light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) has been preparing for the biggest fight in his very short, but storied career, training first at Team Barry Boxing in Henderson, Nevada with his head trainer and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry, and now in Shymkent. Shumenov takes on WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) in a January 8 unification clash at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Big Year for Integrated Sports

Holyfield-Williams in first PPV of 2011

Integrated Sports Media, a leading distributor of International pay-per-view and closed circuit sporting events, delivered ten major boxing events in 2010 from around the globe to sports fans in the United States and Canada.

“I am proud that we were able to provide consumers with the opportunity to watch major boxing events, especially one of the Fights of the Year in Giovanni Segura versus Ivan Calderon, that they otherwise would not have been able to view in North America,” Integrated Sports Media President Doug Jacobs said. “We also brought fight fans the comeback of the great Erik Morales, world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, three fights featuring rising star Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., living legend Evander Holyfield, popular Tomasz Adamek, and a unique fight production – two major events from two different countries, Germany and Puerto Rico, in the same day. (more…)



December 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Robin Reid on Prizefighter?

According to The Sun tabloid, 39-year-old former WBC world super middleweight champ Robin Reid will be the eighth fighter on the January 29 edition of the Prizefighter tournament taking place in the light heavyweight division at the Olympia in London. It had been previously announced that the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man one-night tournament would include Tony Dodson, Travis Dickinson, Llewellyn Davies, Menay Edwards, Billy Slate, Joe Smyth and Michael Banbula.



December 29th, 2010

Announcement

Bennie Briscoe passes

Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away today at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called my at about 6.20pm EST to give me the news
J Russell Peltz



December 28th, 2010

UFC

Volkmann to break McKee

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

“They trained us to break people.” Those are the stark and intimidating words of Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann. The UFC lightweight is not referencing the mysterious Russian military doctors who trained Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Volkmann is referring to the very real teachings of the Division I wrestling coaches at the University of Minnesota. A “Golden Gopher” sounds a lot less friendly now, doesn’t it?. . . . Click here for more by by Jordan Newmark,UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 28th, 2010

Announcement

Condolences to Angelo Dundee

By Jeff Julian

The boxing world sends its condolences to legendary Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, whose beloved wife Helen died Thursday near their home in the Tampa area. She was 85 years old. Helen had suffered from various health problems in recent years. Angelo, who is recovering from hip surgery, has often said, “She is my toughest fighter.” Angelo and Helen would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in February. They might have seemed an unlikely pair when they first met. Angelo, an Italian from South Philly, was working the grimy gyms of New York. The former Helen Bolton, a “southern belle” from North Carolina, was a fashion model in New York City. Their union flourished through the years. A funeral will be held on Thursday at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Sunset Point Road in Clearwater, Florida. The viewing will be from 4-6 p.m. Condolences to Angelo, their son Jimmy, daughter Terri, and the entire Dundee family.



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

All-Philly war in AC

Rosado, Davis collide Feb 26

Junior middleweights “King” Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis take their all-Philadelphia rivalry sixty miles down the expressway when they collide in a scheduled 12-round showdown Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. The Rosado-Davis match tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 p.m. (more…)



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Shumenov in Shymkent

Photo: Goossen Tutor Promotions

WBA and IBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) arrived home in Shymkent, Kazakhstan for his January 8 unification showdown against WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs). Shymkent-native Shumenov, who now fights out of Las Vegas, owns and operates KZ Event Productions along with his brother Chingis, and is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The fight will take place at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent.



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Diaz foe named

Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) will battle Denver-based spoiler Robert “Red Hot” Frankel on January 28th in the ten round main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs), is riding a six bout winning streak, including wins against notables including Ricardo Dominguez, Bobby Pacquiao, Ramon Montano and Derrick Campos.



December 28th, 2010

Announcement

Farhood wins Fleischer award

The Boxing Writers Association of America has announced that Steve Farhood is the 2010 recipient of the Nat Fleischer award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.” Steve Farhood is a 32-year veteran of the sport. In 1980, he launched KO Magazine. From 1989 to 1997, he was Editor in Chief of Ring Magazine. (more…)



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Abraham: I was overtrained

Super Six World Boxing Classic fighter Arthur Abraham is recovering in Thailand from his surprisingly lackluster showing against Carl Froch in the final Group Stage 3 match. “I think I was overtrained after eight tough months of training,” he told Super Illu. “The fight was postponed twice, so I was constantly wired in. This is obviously not good for my body. When I finally got to fight him, I didn’t even recognize myself. I wasn’t as explosive and strong as I normally am, but the opposite.” In his next fight, Abraham will challenge WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the Super Six semi-final, probably in May and has promised to repair the damage to his reputation in that fight. “I can’t disappoint my fans again,” he stated.



December 28th, 2010

UFC

UFC 125 prelims to air on ION

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that three UFC 125 preliminary fights will air live on ION Television on Saturday, Jan. 1 starting at 8:55pm ET/5:55pm PT.

The announcement marks the first time UFC prelims will air live and free on network television. The action kicks off this Saturday with three explosive fights featuring Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares in a middleweight contest, Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier in featherweight action and Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens in a highly-anticipated lightweight clash. (more…)



December 28th, 2010

UFC

Edgar’s road to 125, Pt. 2

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

By the time you read this, it will be less than a week before my second title defense against Gray Maynard. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I had Christmas Eve and Christmas with my family, going straight from training to be with them. Nothing really changed as far as my training schedule. It was kinda convenient that we had Christmas at my house this year, so I got my workout in and popped back there for Christmas so it was no big deal . . . . Click here for more by by Frankie Edgar on UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 28th, 2010

Feature Story

2010 South African Roundup

By Ron Jackson

It has not been a good year for South African boxing with the reduction in the number of promotions around the country and the reduction in the number of active boxers.

South Africa’s foremost boxing statistician Andre de Vries has presented a statistical chart showing that between the years 1990 and 2009 a total of 4103 boxers entered the professional ranks and made their debuts. In the same period a total of 4623 boxers retired from the sport – indicating a net loss of 520 licenced fighters. The biggest net loss occurred last year when a total of 305 boxers retired against 108 making their debut – giving a net loss of 197. In Boxing South Africa’s latest ratings, some 192 boxers are listed as being active.

Only four South African fighters Hekkie Budler, Nkosinathi Joyi, Gideon Buthelezi and Mzonke Fana managed to win a “world title” compared to ten in 2009.

At the end of the year seven South African fighters have claim to one or other world organisation belt.

They are William Gare (WBF super middleweight), Mzonke Fana (IBF junior lightweight), Lubabalo Msutu (WBF bantamweight), Moruti Mthalane (IBF flyweight), Nkosinathi Joyi (IBF mini flyweight), Hekkie Budler (IBO junior flyweight) and Gideon Buthelezi (IBO strawweight).

However, despite holding so called world titles, on closer inspection one must ask whether any of them can be ranked among the top ten in the world in their divisions, let alone be called world champions. The exceptions however could be IBF champions Moruti Mthalane and and Nkosinathi Joyi who could be ranked in the top ten of any organisation. (more…)



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

CNN: Pacman changed the world

CNN has selected boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao as one of its “20 Stories That Changed Our World In 2010.” The text reads “The fighter of the last decade could be the politician of the next. In his second run at public office in May, Manny Pacquiao beat a heavily favored opponent from a powerful political family by a landslide in congressional elections held in the Philippine province of Sarangani. The beloved Filipino fighter was sworn in to the House of Representatives in June, but requested a leave of absence two months later to train for an upcoming bout with Antonio Margarito.”



December 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing 360 inks Brunson

Junior middleweight KO Artist Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs), has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing 360. Brunson is best known for opening his career with 19 first round KOs, breaking the record of the late Edwin Valero. However after the streak was snapped with a draw against journeyman Antonio Soriano, Brunson was stopped in three rounds by Carson Jones on SHOWTIME in December 2009. He has been out of the ring since, but is expected to return in early 2011.



December 27th, 2010




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