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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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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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Boxing News

Q&A: Wayne Kelly

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Leading American referee Wayne Kelly has been the third man in the ring in several classic bouts including Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golota I when one of the worst brawls at a sporting event broke out after the Pole was DQ’d, and two of Arturo Gatti’s most exciting ring battles against Tracy Harris Patterson and Wilson Rodriguez. Wayne talks to Fightnews about these outstanding fights and also about his famous grandfather Harlem Eddy Kelly who boxed the great Benny Leonard and Mickey Walker. He also discusses the Anthony Mundine vs Sven Ottke title bout and how Mundine had made disgusting comments about the 9-11 attack on New York. Kelly also talks about his Army service in Vietnam and how proud he is of his family. (more…)



January 27th, 2011



Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Gamboa-Solis

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28, noon, for Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury!” with three big title fights on a Top Rank championship event at the Boardwalk Hall here on Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 plus applicable fees and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com

“This will be a great, entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this tripleheader which we are calling Featherweight Fury!,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank.

World featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami, Fla. will defend against Jorge Solis of Mexico; the very popular champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Ca.; and champion Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia defends his Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J.

The bouts will be held at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. The Gamboa vs. Solis and Remillard vs. Garcia title fights will be televised by HBO After Dark. Featherweight Fury! is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City.



January 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Fans come to see Chavez, Jr.

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Hometown fans came out to see Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., today during a public workout. “It’s always great to feel the support of fans, specially here at home,” said Chavez, Jr., who was hosted by the Mayor of Culiacan, Héctor Melecio Cuén at the City Hall where the workout was attended by hundreds of fans. Chavez, Jr., returns home this Saturday to take on Billy Lyel in the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will be telecast by Fox Deportes in the United States. For more details and photos click here…



January 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Tough test for Joyi

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions produces a bumper bill at Carnival City, Brakpan on Saturday night with Nkosinathi Joyi defending his IBF mini flyweight belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan and in the co-feature Cassius Baloyi meets Argenis Mendiz from the Dominican Republic in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator.

Joyi (21-0, 15 KOs) makes the first defence of his IBF mini flyweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama (24-4, 10 KOs). Takayama earned the right to face Joyi when he stopped Tshepo Lefele in six rounds at Carnival City last September and is expected to extend Joyi all the way. The southpaw Joyi, 27, possibly the most talented fighter in South Africa won the IBF belt in March last year when he outpointed previously unbeaten Mexican Raul Garcia in East London. (more…)



January 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Sierra-Davis top Maywood card

Boxing returns to the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California on February 5th when hard-hitting Mexican super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) takes on Florida’s Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event. Lightweight Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (20-4, 17 KOs) will be in the co-featured bout facing Leo Martinez. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Zaleta promises upset

Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico, is promising an upset win when he steps into the ring aiming to usurp the crown from undefeated WBO Super Flyweight Champion Omar Andres Narvaez (32-0, 19 KOs), Feb. 12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I know I’m not a favorite against Narvaez,” says Zaleta. “But I’m used to being the underdog.” In his third pro fight, Zaleta was pitted against former title challenger Eric Ortiz, whom he TKO’d in six. Three fights later, he defeated former champ Jose Antonio Aguirre. “The fight with Narvaez will be difficult,” admits Zaleta. “But I will come to win and to shut mouths.”



January 26th, 2011

UFC

Tito is back on Spike TV!

One of mixed martial arts most renowned icons, Tito Ortiz (16-8-1), returns to the Octagon® to take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4) in Spike TV’s “UFC® Fight Night™” live from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 26 at 9pm ET/PT.  Ortiz’s combination of athleticism and charisma made him one of the sport’s first mainstream stars. Now he looks to get back to the top beginning with his must-win bout against the dangerous Nogueira. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Freddie Roach in Culiacan



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Joey Abell

26 knockouts in his 27 wins would qualify calling Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) a “Knockout Artist.”  This Friday night, the “Knockout Artist” looks to make a big heavyweight statement when he takes on his toughest and most notable opponent of his career in world-rated contender Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.  The scheduled 10-round co-main event will be televised on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.” We go “Inside the Mind” of the hard-hitting southpaw known as “Minnesota Ice” with “Six Questions” concerning this showdown: (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Fight Night at the Fitz

Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing present a six bout card on Saturday night at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In the six-round middleweight main event, heavy-handed Dominic Wade (9-0, 7 KOs) faces Brian Norman (17-10, 5 KOs). The card also features five four-rounders. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the first fight will start at 7:30 PM.



January 26th, 2011

UFC

Ticket alert: UFC 129

UFC 129 is LIVE on PPV Apr. 30!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has announced ticket information for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS scheduled for Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday, April 30.

Tickets for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, which is presented by TapouT®, range from $300-$800 on the floor and from $50-$225 in the stands. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the first chance to buy tickets on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. ET, followed by UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can sign up for the UFC® Fight Club™ at www.ufcfightclub.com. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Devon Alexander workout

Photos and report by Bob Ryder

It was Devon Alexander’s turn to take to the fabled Kronk Gym ring in Detroit as he went through a final workout for the media in preparation for his contest with Tim Bradley at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday night. Looking sharp and fast Alexander worked several brisk rounds of shadow boxing before trainer Kevin Cunningham put on the mitts for a round of power and speed target practice. Alexander had stated “I’m ready to rock and roll!” and he beat a steady and driving rhythm, firing off his combinations at Cunningham’s gloves. For more details and photos click here…



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Klitschko-Solis

Photo: Public Address/Arena

At today’s first press conference for the March 19th showdown at Germany’s biggest indoor arena (Lanxess Arena) in Cologne, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko showed a lot of respect for his next opponent, Odlanier Solis.

“I have fought a lot of strong opponents but I have never been in the ring with an Olympic gold medallist,” said Klitschko. “I expect a very tough and close fight against a very talented young boxer who comes to take the belt from me. I won’t let that happen though. I will show why I am the champion and defend my title.”

Solis didn’t look too impressed by the champion’s physique (Klitschko is six inches taller). When asked how he feels going into the toughest fight of his professional career so far against a true champion, “La Sombra” smiled and asked: “What makes you think that this will be my toughest fight? Can you tell me what makes a boxer a strong or superior boxer? So far all guys I fought had two arms and two legs. I would understand your question if I would fight an opponent with three fists for the first time…” (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

All Star Boxing sues Alvarez/GBP

Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing has filed a lawsuit in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against unbeaten welterweight Saul Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions alleging that Alvarez breached a four-year promotional agreement and that Golden Boy engaged in tortious interference for “influencing, inducing or coercing” Alvarez to breach his contract and states that “Golden Boy’s interference was willful, malicious, direct and intentional.” All Star Boxing is seeking damages and a trial by jury on all issues so triable.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Puerto Rico Boxing Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Tuesday the new leadership of the Professional Boxing Association Officials of Puerto Rico was chosen for 2011 to 2013.

President: Nelson Vazquez
Vice President: Cesar Ramos
Secretary: Carlos Colon
Treasurer: Jose Roberto Torres
Spokesman: Raul Nieves

Vasquez is a recognized boxing official with 34 years of experience and has worked 120 world title fights including Margarito-Mosley, Pacquiao-Clottey, Hopkins-Trinidad, Trinidad-Jones Jr., Calzaghe-Lacy, Cotto-Judah, Klitschko-Mercer and many more. He has been named “official of the year” seven times by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. Recently Vasquez was named WBA official of the year for 2010.

Also referee Luis Pabon was appointed chairman of the training committee.



January 26th, 2011

Feature Story

Arreola ready for Abell

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Bryan Crowe

Heavyweight Chris Arreola may have all the advantages to secure a victory over hard-hitting Joey Abell on Friday night. Fighting about 45 minutes from his hometown, having fought the better opposition of the two, and the ability to come back from a knockdown, as was evident in his comeback victory over Travis Walker. One would think that Arreola would be satisfied to play with those cards on Friday, but the popular Mexican-American fighter may have found an ace in his deck now that he has respected trainer Ronnie Shields in his corner.

Arreola will face Abell in a 10 round Heavyweight bout this Friday at the Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula, CA. The bout, which will be televised on ESPN2’s popular “Friday Night Fights,” will headline a six-bout card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Feature Story

Jeff Lacy issues statement

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Former world champion Jeff Lacy has released a statement on the terrible tragedy that struck the St. Petersburg, Florida community this past Monday. Lacy’s older brother Hydra Lacy Jr, was involved in a shootout with police in which St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Office Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed. Hydra Lacy Jr. also died during the shootout. Police in St. Petersburg had been looking for Hydra Lacy, Jr. since November after he skipped out on a trial for a 2009 domestic violence charge.

The 33 year old Jeff Lacy is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg. He had left Florida two days prior to Monday’s tragedy for a previously scheduled surgical procedure and will be returning as soon as his doctor clears him to fly.

“I know this is an emotional time for everyone. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the anger and pain you are feeling.” (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Solis Quick Quotes

WBA heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis faced off Wednesday in Cologne, Germany at a press conference to kickoff their March 19 clash at the Lanxess Arena.

Vitali Klitschko: “I have great respect for my opponent. But I will prove that the belt belongs to me. I am confident for this fight. My goal is a knockout win.”

Klitschko trainer Fritz Sdunek: “Solis is a very successful amateur, but still no great boxing opponent.”

Odlanier Solis: “We will see the best fight of all time.”

Solis promoter Ahmet Öner: “We will make history and put an end to the era of Klitschko.”



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Cunningham-Lucina

Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Cruiserweight Title in Mulheim, Germany on February 12 when he takes on mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs). The clash was originally scheduled for January 22 but had to be postponed after IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester caught a virus infection, forcing Team Sauerland to cancel the entire card in Neubrandenburg. In the main event in Mulheim, Cuban cruiserweight sensation Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs).

Cunningham has returned to Philadelphia to continue his preparation. “The small delay is no problem for me,” the 34-year-old stated. “I will be in top shape. I think Licina is a good fighter. He is not to be underestimated, and he will not. He is the number one contender, this is a serious level of boxing and I take him and this fight very serious.”

Licina, who defeated Felix Cora Jr. in an eliminator in November, is also brimming with confidence. “I have performed very well in sparring,” he said. “That´s why I go into this fight with a lot of confidence. I know that a lot of people keep underestimating me and don´t think I can beat Cunningham. But everybody is beatable. Cunningham is a great champion but I will find a way to be victorious.”



January 26th, 2011

Preview

Boxing’s Mob Squad

Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on boxing; before there were 1,001 champs fighting for 1,001 titles under 1,001 sanctioning bodies, there was New York, Madison Square Garden, one major promoter and a handful of hoods who controlled the game.

Golden era? You bet. Was the fix in? Oftentimes, yeah . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone



January 26th, 2011

UFC

Prepare for the world’s fastest

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Demetrious Johnson is beginning to stand out in the UFC bantamweight division and it’s not just because of the uncommon spelling of his first name or his cartoon character alias. The Matt Hume protégé dealt New York’s Nick Pace the first loss of his career, and followed that up by stunning red-hot Damacio Page. At UFC 126 the speedy 24-year-old will try to play spoiler once again when he collides with Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3, 1 NC), arguably Asia’s most popular mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC

For more info on UFC 126 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

World title twinbill on Feb 12

Cunningham, Herelius defend, Abraham returns

Another highlight for Sauerland Event’s big February 12 show at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, In addition to the WBA cruiserweight title clash between Steve Herelius and WBA #1 rated Yoan Pablo Hernandez, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will defend against mandatory challenger Enad Licina. That bout was originally planned for January 22. Super Six star and former world champion Arthur Abraham will also fight on the card against former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic. Euro cruiser champion Alexander Frenkel is off the card due to a hand injury that hasn’t completely healed.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Heavy Hitters coming to WV

Heavyweight Jason “The Ironman” Bergman (14-9, 10 KOs) takes on Horace Ray Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in the ten round main event on February 4th at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Bergman is coming off a very successful 2010 where he went 5-0 with 4 KOs, while Grant enters with three straight wins, two by knockout. “These two fighters hit extremely hard,” said promoter Steve Simons. “The winner of this bout will take a nice ‘step up’ towards the top. Ringside tables are filling up faster than ever before. I can’t wait to see it.” Also on the card is Youngstown Ohio’s Chris Hazimihalis (4-0, 4 KOs) in a lightweight four-rounder. The seven-bout card is being presented by Simons Promotions. For tickets call 304-290-0291.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacman-Mosley on SHOWTIME PPV

May 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS have joined forces with Top Rank, Inc. to promote, produce and distribute the biggest boxing event of the year—the May 7th showdown between global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, it was jointly announced by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, and Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO.

The agreement brings together Pacquiao, the top athlete and personality in the sport, with SHOWTIME, the fastest growing premium television network in the U.S., and its parent company CBS Corporation whose programming and media assets span network and local television, pay and basic cable, radio, outdoor and online.

The campaign will include the SHOWTIME Sports documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360° in preview of Pacquiao vs. Mosley. The top rated CBS Television Network will participate by broadcasting a primetime special of the show in April. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Marquez-Morales Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unofficially, current WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez apparently has agreed to face Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales on April 9 in Las Vegas. It looks like Marquez had his financial demands met, but will not put his belts on the line. The WBC Diamond championship will likely be at stake. “The fight is a go,” said Morales. “He realized that he had no other option.” Morales is now training in his native Tijuana and soon plans to move to the refreshing mountain air of the Otomi Ceremonial Center where he has trained for many of his big fights. He will be accompanied by his father and trainer Jose “Olivaritos” Morales and fitness trainer Raúl Robles.



January 26th, 2011




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