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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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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

Boxing News

Griffin-Mack meet Jan 7

USBA Light Heavyweight titlist Otis “Triple OG” Griffin and Yusaf Mack will battle it out to become IBF champion Tavoris Cloud’s mandatory challenger when they meet Friday, January 7 in the main event of “New Year’s Bash” from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

Griffin, who won Oscar De La Hoya’s reality show “The Next Great Champ” owns a 23-6-2 pro ledger with 9 wins by way of knockout. Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) is coming off a loss to Glen Johnson in another IBF eliminator. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

UFC

Roberts: ‘Hurry up and fight!’

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

Daniel Roberts is a changed man. Well, slightly modified is more like it, and credit for this modification can be partially credited to Forrest Petz.  During their fight at UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin, Roberts squeezed out a win over the MMA veteran via split decision, much to his chagrin. . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC.com

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



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Holyfield-Williams promo video



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Rodriguez returns Feb 11

Unbeaten heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will face Ty “The Tiger” Cobb (11-2, 8 KOs) on Friday February 11th at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. With the return of “El Nino,” lead promoter Zef Ramirez from Zeferino Entertainment commented, “This a great match up of young and attacking style fighters. I like Ty’s approach of fighting. He challenges every fighter he faced and he is young with power in both hands. David and myself have to take on this tough ambitious fighter for El Nino’s return.”

Rodriguez commented, “I know Cobb, not personally but have seen him fight before and does not back down. He is a very tough fighter, but my job is to win and give my fans the best I can. Cobb is just in the way of my pursuit to the World title.” The Return of “El Nino” is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Team Salita

Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita poses with Asher Sela, owner of the best boxing gym in Israel. Dmitriy worked out and provided guidance to top amateurs training there. Salita is on an official visit sponsored by EZRA USA to celebrate his recent victory, help promote sport of boxing in Israel and arrange a potential mega fight there in April. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschkos in Florida

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is currently spending the holidays in South Florida. Wlad has been spotted at PGA National Golf Club in West Palm Beach as well as hanging out with brother Vitali on the beach. The brothers recently issued a statement saying they’re ready to take on David Haye in 2011 for the one heavyweight world title not held by a Klitschko. Wlad is staying at a condo in Hollywood, Florida.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing Result

Studer still unbeaten

Photos: AP Promotion Boxing News

Swiss middleweight Yves Studer (26-0-1, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten by winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Samir Dos Santos Barbosa (24-6-3, 17 KOs) of Brazil on Sunday at the Casino Kursaal in Berne, Switzerland. Barbosa was knocked down in round two. Scores were J.-F. Toupin, France (117:111), F. Guggenheim, Switzerland (116:111) and B. Hausammann, Switzerland (115:112). The contest was fought at a very high pace and was much appreciated by the full house of spectators. Studer a former European champion picked up the International Boxing Council middleweight title with the win.



December 27th, 2010

UFC

Edgar’s road to 125

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 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Jr Update

Explodes on Security Guard -- On Tape

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t been making much news inside the ring recently, but he’s never far from the headlines. The latest “Money May” news is a TMZ exclusive where he unleashes a nuclear verbal attack on a guard inside his Vegas community last weekend because the guard didn’t recognize him … (click here to see TMZ’s footage).

It all went down Sunday December 19 around 4 AM — when Floyd drove up to the main gate and the security guard asked him for I.D. That’s when Mayweather went ballistic — screaming, “Let me in my mother f**king house!!! You know who I am man … let me in my house!!!” Mayweather continues, “Stop giving me a hard time … you don’t give Maloof a hard time … you don’t ask him for ID when he comes.”

During his tantrum — Floyd also references a prior incident with security in which the boxer was accused of battering one of the guards during a parking dispute … saying, “I had a problem here before when the security lied and said I touched him and I didn’t!”

Floyd eventually got out of the car, went into the guard shack and opened the gate himself. The tape has been turned over to cops — and the footage may be used in the battery case to show Floyd has it in for the guards.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

New Faces: Luca Giacon

By Robert Coster

Photo: Team Giacon

It is probably an understatement to say that Luca Giacon’s background is unusual. For a start, Giacon, a young lightweight prospect who boasts a perfect 14-0, 14 KOs record, has three nationalities: Italian, Belgian and Spanish. The 22-year-old is the son of an Italian father and a mother from the African nation of Ruwanda but with Belgian nationality. To top it all, Luca was born in Spain. He has fought in Panama, Spain and now Sardegna, Italy.

Apart from his uncommon origins, Luca Giacon is being heralded as one of the hottest prospects today in Europe. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Coleman-Paris Jan 29th

The "Pitbull" speaks out

Photo: Team Coleman

When fight fans last saw USBA light weltweight champion Tim ‘Pitbull’ Coleman (18-1, 5 KOs) he was in the ring celebrating his spectacular TKO victory over former Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) of Venezuela. The bout took place this past October at the Chumash Casino in San Ynez, California on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox fight series. The odds were stacked against Coleman who was an underdog in the fight, but to go out and win the fight the way he did was even more unlikely. Coleman of Baltimore, Maryland returns to the ring on the undercard of the January 29th showdown between WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) and WBC champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs). Coleman will meet unbeaten light welteweight prospect Vernon Paris (23-0, 14 KOs) from nearby Detroit. The bout is currently scheduled to be fought at a catchweight of 143 pounds and 10 rounds. The site of card will be the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Theophane eyes British title

Ashley “Treasure” Theophane, the current IBO International welterweight champion believes his shot at the British light welterweight title is now three years overdue. The globetrotting Londoner who has been training in America for the past five years sparring the likes of world champions Joan Guzman, Yuri Foreman, Elio Rojas and Paul Malignaggi will finally get his opportunity on February 5th, when he takes on Lenny Daws for the British light welterweight title at Wembley Arena.

“I won an eliminator back in 2007 against Alan Bosworth for the British title so my shot is three years overdue now. I’ve recently beaten world #3 and USBA champion Delvin Rodriguez so British champion Lenny Daws is a step back for me.” said Theophane. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Feature Story

Full Report: K Kameda-Munoz

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant WBA bantamweight belt as he finally caught ex-WBA 115-pound champ Alexander Munoz (35-4, 27 KOs), 118, dropped him with a left-right combination in the last round and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve hot frames on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Levi Martinez (US) 115-111, Pint Prayadsab (Thailand) 116-109, and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 117-109, all in favor of the 24-year-old Kameda.  The referee was Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico).

For Kameda it was his third belt in as many different divisions, but it was true Munoz, 31, wasn’t who he used to be, and neither had any credentials in this 118-pound category. (more…)



December 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Full Report: D Kameda-Olteanu

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (19-2, 11 KOs), 112, very barely kept his belt as he eked out a highly controversial split decision over totally aggressive Silvio Olteanu (11-4, 3 KOs), 112, European titlist of Romania, over twelve lousy rounds on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

Bonsu beats Dos Santos in 2

Photos: Eva Asdou

World ranked welterweight Jackson Osei Bonsu (33-4, 26, KOs) of Belgium scored a 2nd round DQ win over Luiz Augusto Dos Santos (25-17, 21 KOs) of Brazil. The bout took place during the annual Christmas Day fight card at the Stedelijke Sporthalle in Izegem, Belgium. Bonsu dominated the bout dropping Dos Santos twice in round two. The corner of Dos Santos then threw in the towel. The referee of the bout felt Dos Santos did not show enough effort in the bout and disqualified the fighter after the towel was thrown in. It is possible that at least a portion of Dos Santos’ purse will not be paid.



December 26th, 2010

UFC

Poirier’s great migration

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

In 1893, Oklahoma opened up two million acres of land for the first ever Land Rush where you literally ran towards open land and could claim up to 160 acres per family.  This was a dramatic and fresh way to open up the territory to people seeking a new home and a bigger opportunity to grow both personally and business-wise.  Due to the Homestead Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, settlers that lived on the land and improved it would eventually receive the title to the land . . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC.com

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



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

K Kameda wins WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant WBA bantamweight belt as he finally caught ex-WBA 115-pound champ Alexander Munoz (35-4, 27 KOs), 118, dropped him with a left-right combination in the last round and pounded out a unanimous decision (115-111, 116-109 and 117-109) over twelve hot frames on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. For Kameda it was his third belt in as many different divisions, but it was true Munoz wasn’t who he used to be and neither had any credentials in this 118-pound category.

It was a see-saw affair as Munoz kept throwing roundhouse punches, and Kameda defended himself with a peek-a-boo guard and occasionally countered with southpaw lefts. The sixth saw Munoz penalized a point because of repeated rabbit punches. In the final session Kameda came out fighting and exploded a left-right combination to the fading Venezuelan and sent him reeling to the deck. Kameda had him at bay and almost stunned him again with solid shots to the groggy ex-champ. (More to come)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

D Kameda keeps WBA 112lb title

By Joe Koizumi

WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (19-2, 11 KOs), 112, very barely kept his belt as he eked out a highly controversial split decision over totally aggressive Silvio Olteanu (11-4, 3 KOs), 112, European titlist of Romania, over twelve lousy rounds on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. The scoresheets were as follows: Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 115-113 and Levi Martinez (US) 116-112, both for the defending champ Kameda, while Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) saw it quite differently 118-110 for Olteanu. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).

The 32-year-old Romanian looked dominant and aggressive throughout the monotonous contest. Olteanu was the aggressor all the way. Probably the champ’s severe reduction of weight caused Kameda, 21, to be too sluggish to throw many punches only to retaliate with a punch at a time. The champ was said to be a hard-puncher, so his by far fewer punches might have been evaluated only by the two judges, but Olteanu, a soft-punching but much busier speedster, seemed to have controlled the bout and was apparently robbed.
(More to come)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Golovkin targets N’Dam N’djikam.

By Christian Chataignier

The Golovkin Team has made an offer to Sebastien Acaries for a fight between regular WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA interim champion Hassan N´Dam N’djikam. Oleg Hermann, promoter of Golovkin, stated “We have the WBA order for a fight against Hassan N´Dam and we want this fight definitely. We hope Hassan N´Dam will not duck Gennady for this big fight between two talented fighters for world championship belt of WBA. If we don´t get an arrangement with Acaries, the WBA will hold a purse bid for this fight and the winner will choose the place and date.”



December 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Kameda title twinbill tomorrow

Both brothers set for world title fights

By Joe Koizumi

Merry Christmas, worldwide record-keepers! Wait and don’t close your record-filing notebooks as there are still a couple more world title bouts in Japan tomorrow (Sunday). Former WBA 108-pound and WBC 112-pound champ Koki Kameda (23-1, 15 KOs), a notorious big mouth out of Japan, will dispute the vacant WBA bantam throne with ex-WBA super-fly ruler Alexander Munoz (35-3, 27 KOs), from Venezuela, over twelve rounds. In a companion twelve, WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (18-2, 11 KOs), 21, more notorious than his older brother by three years, will defend his belt against #15 quite unknown Romanian Silvio Olteanu (11-3, 5 KOs).

Ticket-selling is reportedly least satisfactory since the popularity of Kameda brothers has already dropped to the bottom. But TV ratings of their bouts are still high as most people just wish to see them lose and cry. When Koki tasted his first defeat at the hand of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, great many anti-Kameda fans jumped for joy this March. For more details and photos click here…



December 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Don King hand casting

Cementing his legacy one hand at a time

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Last Thursday’s weigh-in for the Ray Austin-Odlanier Solis heavyweight eliminator fight was unique in one concrete detail. In addition to the usual protocol of weighing the fighters and posing for face offs, a little boxing history was preserved.

That’s because promoter Don King met with Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and Vice President Sam Cohen afterwards to have his right hand cast in plaster. King, now 79 years young and refocused on his first boxing event since the recent loss of his wife, seemed in high spirits throughout the 40 minute process. (more…)



December 25th, 2010




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