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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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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Tim Bradley Video Interview

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley interviews at Kronk Gym during his fight week media day. Bradley fights Devon Alexander “The Great” on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.



January 26th, 2011



UFC

2.5 million watch ‘Fight for the Troops’

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC® Fight For The Troops 2” from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22 peaked at 2.5 million viewers. This special live UFC fight card, which was highlighted by tremendous performances by lightweight Melvin Guillard and heavyweight Matt Mitrione, raised funds for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces with traumatic brain injuries. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Feature Story

More on Klitschko-Adamek

As first reported yesterday on Fightnews.com, Tomasz Adamek will challenge one of the world champion Klitschko brothers in Poland in September. The final decision whether it will be WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko or IBF/WBO/IBO Champion Wladimir will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Before the scheduled Adamek clash both Klitschkos will defend their titles. Vitali Klitschko fights WBC #1 ranked Odlanier Solis in Cologne (Germany) on March 19. His younger brother Wladimir will face off with British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora in Mannheim (Germany) on April 30. Also Adamek plans a fight in April. If both Klitschkos were to lose, the deal with Adamek would be dead. If one loses, Adamek would face the other brother. If both Klitschkos win, the choice of Adamek’s opponent would be decided by the Klitschko side. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Garza to ref Alexander-Bradley

Referee Frank Garza (Michigan) will be the third man in the ring when WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander and WBO junior welterweight champion meet in a much anticipated 140lb unification clash on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Judges will be Duane Ford (Nevada), Tim Miller (Ohio) and Omar Mintun (Mexico). WBC Supervisor: Rex Walker. WBO Supervisor: John Duggan



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Segura-Calderón II negotiations

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Ivan Rivera, president of the PR Best Boxing, did not rule out a rematch between current 108-pound WBO champion Giovanni Segura and Ivan Calderon taking place in Mexico at the end of March or the first week of April. He said they have received an offer from Zanfer and are in the process of submitting a counter offer. “But there is a strong possibility that may be made there [Mexico] as in Puerto Rico,” he said



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Juanma vs Salido?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Sources say former IBF champion Orlando Salido will be the next opponent of undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on April 16 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the official announcement will make by Top Rank in the coming days. Undefeated welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado (28-0, 20 KOs) and heavyweight Victor Bisbal (18-1, 13 KOs) could also land on the card.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Global Boxing expands territory

Global Boxing Promotions has announced that they are now a licensed promoter in the states of New York and New Jersey. The company, based out of North Bergen, NJ, will be promoting its second card on February 19th along with Mississippi-based Prize Fight Promotions at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The show titled “Brick City Brawl” featuring undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO) of Krakow, Poland against Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO), will be televised by FoxSports. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Announcement

Open workout in El Paso

David Rodriguez will be training for his up incoming battle in a workout open to the public and media, this Friday January 28th, at The Backstreet Gym (4798 N Mesa) in El Paso. The workout begins at 2 p.m. The undefeated Rodriguez is preparing for his return to El Paso, Friday, Feb. 11, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, against brawler “Big” Ty Cobb.



January 25th, 2011

UFC

Silva-Belfort is a sellout!

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets to UFC® 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas are sold out. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto, Solomon workouts

By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen

The Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood Florida moves to the center of the boxing universe this week. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward at the gym this afternoon. Cotto makes his first title defense against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) on March 12th in Las Vegas on a Showtime PPV card. The Klitschko brothers are expected to join Steward at the gym later this week in preparation for their own title defenses. For more details and photos click here…



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Tim Bradley workout

Paris ready to show new attitude

Photos and report by Bob Ryder

Tim Bradley engaged in a light  workout at the Kronk Gym in Detroit in final preparation for his Saturday night fight with Devon Alexander at the Pontiac Silverdome as well as fielding questions from the media. Looking fit and trim Bradley proclaimed, “I’m ready to go 12 hard rounds. I’m going to give it everything I got.”  When queried if he there was anything personal between himself and Alexander, Tim replied, “he’s trying to take food off my table. Anyone doing that has got to go, I got to get rid of him.”  Bradley revealed that he worked hard in training utilizing southpaw sparring partners in preparation for Devon’s right handed stance. Trainer Joel Diaz stated that his charge was at 141 pounds and weight would be no issue. Diaz looked on as  Kronk’s most famous alumnus Thomas Hearns, climbed in the ring and donned the pads. Not surprisingly “The Hitman” seemed to be concentrating on giving Bradley tips on maximizing his power.  After several rounds of skipping rope to wind up his workout Bradley asked Hearns for some final advice. “Stay focused” was Tommy’s reply. For more details and photos click here…



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Menard returns March 12

UBO All-America lightweight titleholder “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (14-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt on March 12 at the Hilton Towers Ballroom in Lafayette, Louisiana. Promoter Chad Broussard is working on finalizing a suitable opponent for his 22-year-old charge, and is hoping to be able to announce the name within a few weeks. Also appearing on the Boxncar Promotions show will be up-and-comers Bobby Bryant (9-0), Todd Manuel (4-0), Jarred Leblanc (12-1), Bailey Bobbit (4-0), Jessie Patin (4-1) and debutant Nate Heaven.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Briggs files major lawsuit

Says he was paid 25k instead of 750k

Former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who spent 12 days in a German hospital after sustaining a wicked, 12-round beating at the hands of current world champion Vitali Klitschko in October, is fighting back. But, this time, the Brooklyn born and raised Briggs is not targeting an opponent in the ring. Briggs claims that he has been a victim of a “ripoff” on two fronts by his former promoters and business partners, part and parcel of which includes documents in which his signature was “forged.”

On Tuesday, Briggs filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of contract against Gregory D. Cohen, Shelly Finkel and Barry Honig, and their boxing and entertainment promotional company, Empire Sports & Entertainment. In the legal filing, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages, Briggs said that he agreed to fight the powerful Klitschko with the understanding that he would be paid a purse of $750,000, but that he wound up with a mere $25,000, after he returned to the United States after the prolonged hospital stay in Hamburg. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Team Solis hits Germany

Photo: Public Address / ARENA

Cuban heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis arrived in Cologne, Germany, Monday morning for tomorrow’s press conference for his March 19th showdown against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko. “It’s time for a new chapter in heavyweight history,” said Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner. “Solis will end the Klitschko era and start his own legacy.“ For their “project world championship,“ Team Solis started training right away. Regardless of the transatlantic flight Solis and former Cuban national coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez already did two training session yesterday at MayLife Boxing Club. It was also the reunion of former Olympic gold medalist when Solis who won heavyweight gold in Athens 2004 met gym owner Torsten May, a 1992 light heavyweight Olympic champion. May has also known Pedro Diaz for a long time from several amateur training camps in Cuba. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Martinez-Dzinziruk official

The official press release was sent out today for the March 12 fight between WBC champion emeritus Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt. Here are the quotes attributed to the fighters:

Sergio Martinez: “I believe my next fight could be my best fight of my career because my boxing is getting better, I am physically stronger, and I am stronger mentally,” said Martinez. “My rival is a great fighter and a great champion for several years now but on March 12 he will fight the best Sergio Martinez and the fans will witness a spectacular show and the best fight of my career.”

Sergiy Dzinziruk: “First of all, it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to fight such great champions” said Dzinziruk. “I really appreciate the opportunity to fight Sergio Martinez and show the world how good I am. I am looking forward to the fight and I am very excited. I have not tasted defeat yet and I want to keep it that way. My team and I know how much work was done by Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions to make this fight and it is greatly appreciated. We’re looking forward to a great fight with Sergio Martinez.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “March 12 is what world class boxing is all about. Sergio Martinez is proving that he has no interest in resting on his laurels by taking on an accomplished champion such as Sergiy Dzinziruk. Once again, ‘Maravilla’ will show why he is not only the 2010 Fighter of the Year, but also the people’s champion.”



January 25th, 2011

Exclusive

Maidana: Khan is cheap and selfish

By Team Maidana

More than one month after his loss to Amir Khan in what it was chosen as the best fight of 2010 by the Boxing Writers Associacion of America, Marcos Maidana got quite upset by a comment made by Khan, in which he said that “Maidana had asked for a stupid number to fight me and then came to his senses and accepted the second offer”.

“It’s been almost four or five months now since negotiations for my fight against Amir Khan concluded and he is still talking crap about it. First, he said that I didn’t want to go to England to face him. Then, he claimed that I had overpriced myself for that fight, which he is still saying today. Both are lies, big lies,” Maidana said.

“Obviously, my team asked for the kind of money I deserved at the time. And that money was not even going to be paid by Khan but by Golden Boy Promotions. What Khan did then was to push for Golden Boy to pay me less money in order for him to make more. What kind of bullsh*t is he saying now, that I came to my senses? Khan is the one who needs to come to his senses and understand that he is not the only one who can make good money here. He has to choose which side of boxing industry he wants to stay. Is he a boxer or a promoter? He is selfish and cheap by offering crap purses to his opponents,” “El Chino” explained. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Narvaez-Seda in the works

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Looks like unbeaten WBO #1 super flyweight Cesar ‘Junito’ Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) will challenge WBO chapion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) in Panama in late March or early April according to promoter Javier Bustillo. “We’re going to fight in Panama. Gary Shaw is negotiating a fight with Narvaez and we’re trying to make in that country or the United States. I don’t think that the champion is asking for an astronomical amount of money and we need television in Puerto Rico. Narvaez will also reportedly to defend his title on February 12 in Argentina against Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs).



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Russell opponent named

Unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) will face veteran Feider Viloria (23-7-2, 16 KOs) in the opening bout of Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo telecast on Friday. Jr featherweight Charles Huerta (16-1, 8 KOs) meets Raul Hirales Jr. (11-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event. The card takes place at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego.



January 25th, 2011

UFC

UFC targets Japan

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

The world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, has announced two agreements that will further UFC’s development in Japan. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

BBBC rejects Botha

The British Boxing Board of Control has refused to sanction a bout between 42-year-old heavyweight Frans Botha as an opponent for unbeaten Tyson Fury on February 19 at Wembley Arena in London. The bout was announced three days ago by promoter Hennessy Sports.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Wood-Mundine II in April?

An announcement on a date in April and a venue for a rematch between Australian “Contender” winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) and former world champion Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) is expected within 48 hours according to the Daily Telegraph. The last sticking point is the location of the fight. Wood began training for the return fight yesterday after vacationing in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Disneyland. He knocked out Mundine in December in a huge upset.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Gonzalez to face Campos

Veteran Derrick Campos will be the opponent for prospect José “Chelo” González next February 5 on a card billed as “Futuros Campeones 2″ to be held in the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. Campos (20-10, 11 KOs) is the most experienced foe González (13-0, 9 KOs) has faced to date. In the co-feature, another prospect McWilliams Arroyo (5-1, 3KOs) will fight versus a rival to be named in a six round flyweight clash. Also in action is Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (1-0-1, 1KO), son of former three time World Champion Wilfredo Vázquez and brother of current WBO superbantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. Tickets are availables at Ticketcenter 1 787 792-5000 (www.tcpr.com). Prices are $40 and $20.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Khan to McCloskey: Take the offer

“The offer we made to Paul McCloskey is the biggest offer he’s ever going to get,” WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan told the Daily Mirror. “Why is it when someone wants to fight Amir Khan, they ask for a stupid number? “Marcos Maidana asked for a stupid number first time. Then he came to his senses and said ‘fine, I’ll take the second offer’. It’s the same with Paul McCloskey and I hope he takes our second offer and it is going to be higher. He should think ‘this is an opportunity for a world title fight and if I beat him, it will make me a big, big name.'”



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Laryea: I’ll gut Burns like a pig

Super featherweight Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) of Ghana defeated Scotsman Paul Appleby (16-2, 11 KOs) in December at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow. In March 12th, he will be returning to the same venue to face Appleby’s countryman, WBO world champion Ricky Burns (30-2, 7 KOs). “I come to Scotland again to KO Ricky burns and take back the belt. He disrespected me last time I saw him and now I make him pay for this. Unless he says ‘sorry’ before we meet in the ring I will gut him like a pig. Appleby has already tasted my power and I will destroy him. I will see you on March 12 in the ring Mr. Burns, and be ready for war.”

Burns vs Laryea headlines an Frank Warren card that also features Michael Jennings against Edinburgh’s Gary McMillan in an eliminator for the British welterweight title, and the aforementioned Paul Appleby, who returns in a six round featherweight contest.



January 25th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Tito Ortiz Returns To Take On Lil Nog In Seattle: The UFC hits the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday, March 26 as former champion Tito Ortiz battles Antonio Nogueira, plus Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson collide! UFC Fight Club Presale starts Thursday, Jan. 27 – join today for first access to tickets!

UFC Undisputed 2010 on iPad/iPhone: Step into the Octagon with more than 25 of the best UFC fighters in the world – get it now at the iTunes App Store for the special price of $1.99

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



January 25th, 2011




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