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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Antonio De Marco 146.6 vs. Lanardo Tyner 147 Edivaldo Ortega 126 vs. Rey Pérez 126 Rafael Guzmán 140 vs. Sergio Ortega 140 Eduardo ...

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor...for Bernard

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo courtesy Team Soliman IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) talks to Fightnews to ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

Photo: Goossen Promotions Austin Trout 154 vs. Daniel Dawson 154 Mahonri Montes 142.5 vs. Erick Bone 143 Micheal Hunter 205 vs. Harvey Jolly 194 Juan Funez ...

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

Photos: Tom Barnes, Tomba-Images Just days before from the highly anticipated "B96 Boxing at the Ballpark" event set for this Saturday night, August ...

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Photo: Sebastian Hagler On September 27 in Kiel, Germany, Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) puts his WBO World Super Middleweight title on the ...

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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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George-Davis final press conference

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

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Boxing News

Campbell Foils Robbery!

By Flattop

Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell foiled a strong arm robbery today in Tampa, Florida. Campbell, along with advisor Terry Trekas were exiting a Publix Supermarket in Tampa when they witnessed two men snatch a purse from a woman loading groceries into her vehicle. Campbell and Trekas chased the suspects to a nearby apartment, where the suspects barricaded themselves inside. Multiple units from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene in minutes, and captured both suspects inside the apartment. The victim’s purse was found inside the suspect’s vehicle. Sheriff officials on the scene advised Campbell that the men and their vehicle were suspects in at least six additional strong-arm robberies in the area. “Man, look here. That could have been my mom, my sister, or my wife. If someone wants to jack a dope man or something, that’s one thing, because they chose that life. But to do that to this woman, who is just minding her business getting her groceries, man I can’t let that go. Had it been my mom or something, I hope someone else would do the same,” said Campbell.



June 26th, 2009



Boxing News

Ortiz, Maidana make weight!

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Victor Ortiz 139.7 vs Marcos Maidana 140
Craig McEwan 159.7 vs Darnell Boone 156.2  
Mike Perez 132.75 vs Thomas Herrera 132.5
Adrian Brohner 132 vs William Kickett 131.5
Sergio De la Torre 148.2 vs Jaime Orrantia 151.5
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: HBO



June 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Juanma, Lontchi make weight!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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WBO World junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi weigh in (Lopez 121.5 lb, Lontchi 120 lb) for their upcoming “Latin Fury 9″ world championship fight on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Top Rank promotes this Pay-Per-View televised event in association with Caesars Atlantic City.
Complete weights:
Juan Manuel Lopez 121.5 vs Oliver Lontchi 120
(WBO junior featherweight championship)
Jorge Arce 115 vs Fernando Lumacad 114.5
(WBC super flyweight eliminator)
Cornelius Bundrage 153.5 vs Yuri Foreman 154
(IBF jr middleweight eliminator)
Vanes Martirosyan 154.5 vs Andrey Tsurkan 154
Matt Korobov 162.5 vs Benjamin Diaz 162.5
Kenneth George 181 vs Carlos Negron 184
Humberto Tapia 140.5 vs Michael Torres 140.5
Angel Rodriguez 133.5 vs Hector Marengo 133.5
Josh Beeman 141 vs Jeremy Bryan 140.5
Gilbert Sanchez-Leon 127 vs Mario Santiago 128.5



June 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Bakhtov destroys Kretschmann!

Pirog, Hide also victorious

By Alexey Sukachev

In a huge upset, previously unbeaten German heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (13-1, 12 KOs) was unexpectedly knocked out in the opening round on Friday night at the Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Voelklingen, Germany, by seemingly shop-worn Russian veteran Denis Bakhtov (30-5, 19 KOs), who was however ranked #14 by the WBA. Kretschmann started the fight aggressively, rocking Bakhtov in the corner and putting him in danger. Suddenly Bakrov connected with a huge right, badly wobbling the German fighter. Surprisingly, referee stopped the time without any reason, saving Kretschmann occassionaly. Not for long though, as Bakhtov connected with a thunderous right hook at the end of the round, dropping the German on canvas. Kretschmann barely stood up but showed no desire to continue thus forcing the referee to stop the fight declaring a TKO 1 win for Bakhtov, who retained his PABA title in process.
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Middleweight Dmitry Pirog (14-0, 11 KOs), who was previously ranked #3 by the WBO and #14 by the WBC, presented a world-class masterpiece in dismantling former two-time world title challenger Kofi Jantuah (32-4-1, 21 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Pirog showed both tremendous technique and good stamina to continue his powerful assaults throughout the whole card. Dmitry connected numerously with his uppercuts, adding huge left and overhand right hooks on several occasions. He was almost flawless in his defence, neglecting rare Ghanaian left hooks and using body movement to avoid Jantuah’s right hands. Pirog got tired a bit in the mid rounds but he just couldn’t stop delivering bombs. The Ghanaian fighter, however, showed an enormously armed chin to take so many Pirog’s punches. The only moment he got was at the very end of the twelfth round but it was only enough to wobble Pirog slightly and the Russian fighter, delivering the best performance of his pro career, easily survived till the end. At the end, all three judges had it loopsidedly for Pirog, 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scored it 119-110 for the Russian, who is expected to rise high in the rankings. Pirog is the new WBC international middleweight titlist as well.
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WBC/WBO #2 British/Nigerian cruiserweight Herbie Hide (48-4, 43 KOs) barely used several percent of his full potential in destroying hugely overmatched Hungarian club fighter Gabor Halasz (26-13, 10 KOs) in three horribly one-sided rounds. Despite being by far stronger and better fighter, Hide didn’t hesitate to use excessive fouling, including punching at the back of the head, much of it being induced by Halasz’s spins around. The Hungarian was down in round one and badly cut in round two. The end came at 2:20 of the third round after a devastating left half-a-hook-half-an-uppercut and right hook combination.



June 26th, 2009

Announcement

Ayala returns to action!

Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action this Saturday night, June 27th, to face Eddie Caminero at The Roxy in Boston, Massachusetts . . . . Click here for more



June 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Linares, Perez make weight!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

All is ready for the WBA super featherweight title match between the Mexican Josafat Perez and the Venezuelan champion Jorge Linares on Saturday in Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Both boxers are in good condition and set to enter the ring of the 10,000 seat arena in a bout televised by Cadena Tres, Multimedios & Sky TV.

Jorge Linares 130 vs Josafat Perez 130
(WBA super featherweight championship)
Jose Gudalaupe Martinez 108 vs Oscar Saturnino 108
(Mexican junior flyweight national championship)
Filomeno Jaramillo 121.9 vs Victor Terrazas 121.9
(WBA FEDELATIN super bantamweight championship)
Venue: Plaza deToros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas-Mexico
Promoter: KO Entretainment & Rochmar
TV: Cadena Tres, Multimedios, Sky TV



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Hot ticket in Denver!

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

Air tight boxing returns to the Paladium in Denver on Saturday due to an unexpected event: sold out tickets. The venue, which holds under 1,000 fight fans, hasn’t seen boxing since July 10th of ’08, and the tickets are almost gone and with good reason. The main event will pit Colorado’s 130 pound champ Juan Santiago (7-2-1, 5 KOs), against the Fort Morgan Mauler Stevie Marquez, (8-13-1, 6 KOs) in a bout that will see Santiago walk the ‘high wire’ to avoid the heavy handed Marquez. Marquez has upset prospects in the past including Tony Morales and a devastating KO over Jesus Noriega. (more…)



June 26th, 2009

Announcement

Bey, Williams featured in Youngstown!

World class professional boxing hits Youngstown, Ohio this Saturday night, June 27th, as TKO Boxing Promotions presents the Steel Valley Rumble, at the Campbell Memorial Field House . . . . . Click here for more



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Lontchi devastated by Jacko news!

Undefeated world title contender Olivier Lontchi is “devastated” by the news of Michael Jackson’s death. Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs), a native of Cameroon, who fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, challenges undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, in the main event of “Latin Fury 9” on Saturday in Atlantic City. Promoted by Top Rank, the four-bout “Latin Fury 9” will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. “Lontchi came up to me this morning and specifically asked Top Rank’s technical crew to download as many of Michael Jackson’s songs as possible to play in his locker room tomorrow night for inspiration,” said Lee Samuels of Top Rank. “Michael Jackson is his all-time favorite artist and Olivier is making his ring entrance to Jackson’s “Thriller” music video which will be projected inside the Adrian Phillips Ballroom. I wouldn’t be surprised if he moonwalked into the ring.”



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Bika-Mundine in the works!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #3, WBC #7, WBO #13 Sakio Bika is all set to defend the IBO super middleweight title against former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. Bika’s trainer David Birchell said the Mundine camp is interested in challenging Bika.”You have to give Mundine credit because he is willing to take the fight against Sakio,” Birchell said. Bika commented, “The Mundine camp is looking for ‘Choc’ to fight the best fighters in Australia and the world, so he is willing to take the bout. The only stumbling block now is the people in America who run The Contender. I am so happy to think it could happen. To beat Mundine would make me a real hero [in Australia]. If I could fight Mundine it would help me build my name here. It could help more people get behind me. It would be huge.” (more…)



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez on Sept 19!

The highly anticipated 12-round welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez has been officially rescheduled for September 19, after Mayweather, who suffered a rib injury while training for the originally scheduled July 18 date, received clearance from his doctor to participate on the new date. Mayweather vs. Marquez: “Number One/Numero Uno,” which will still take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised live on pay-per-view.
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“I am relieved to be cleared to fight as I was already looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Mayweather. “Trust me, September 19 is a great weekend for boxing, and all of my fans, of which there are many Mexicans too, can certainly hold on to their hats and sombreros when I get back in to the ring and show them what they have been missing these past 18 months. I will destroy Marquez and reclaim my rightful place as boxing’s pound-for-pound king all in one night. Don’t miss it.”
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Marquez, who has also agreed to fight on the new date, is excited about appearing yet again on the time-honored tradition of El Grito de Independence. “I am happy that Mayweather has been cleared to fight and we can get down to business on September 19,” said Marquez. “This weekend is not just an important weekend for boxing, but even more so for all of the Mexican and Mexican-American people I will be fighting for who will have a great reason to celebrate my win over Mayweather, which will be for all of the people and for the entire country of Mexico that night. I am sure of victory and si se puede- yes we can and yes we will!”



June 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Molitor, Ruiz make weight!

Both former IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion, “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor and Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz, made weight Friday morning in advance of their IBF Junior Featherweight elimination bout set for tonight at Casino Rama, in Rama, ON. Molitor (28-1, 11 KO’s), ranked fourth by the IBF, weighed 121.8 lbs. while the IBF #8 Ruiz (41-7-2, 23) came in at 121.6 lbs. The winner of Molitor-Ruiz will secure the IBF’s number two ranking, and a spot in an official title eliminator against an opponent yet to be determined. Molitor-Ruiz can be seen live in Canada on TSN, beginning at 10:30 PM Eastern. Here are the weights from the complete Rumble at Rama VIII card, set to begin at 8:00 PM:
Steve Molitor 121.8 vs. Heriberto Ruiz 121.6
Shawn Garnett 159.4 vs. Austin Trout 155.8
Greg Kielsa 237.6 vs. Byron Polley 269.8
Justin Fountain 147 vs. Ivan Flores 145.4
Pedro De Melo 165.5 vs. Juan Sanchez 166.2
Nathalie Forget 117.8 vs. Amanda Ayotte 118.2



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Dzinziruk-Williams Update!

By Alexey Potapov

WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) has commented to Fightnews.com on a possible September showdown with Paul Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), the two-time welterweight champion who currently holds an interim version of Dzinziruk’s belt. “Yes, I know that my promoters are negotiating for a fight against Paul Williams, but I haven’t received a lot of information from Universum yet. Williams is very good boxer and I want to fight him. His last fights against Verno Phillips and Ronald Wright amazed me. A fight with him is a big opportunity for me. It will be a tremendous fight and I’m ready for it. I think that the fight against him will be official next week. My next fight was supposed to be against James Kirkland and I wanted that fight, but he ended up in prison and the fight didn’t take place. Now for me the overall objective is Williams. The fight is planned to take place in California and be on HBO. For a long time I have dreamed of proving myself in an American ring and I won’t miss this chance. Now I’m training in the Ukraine and as soon as I know the date of the fight against Williams I’ll leave to Germany for preparation.”



June 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Abraham, Oral make weight!

Photos: Sauerland Events

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Arthur Abraham 159.6 vs Mahir Oral 158.7
(IBF middleweight championship)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs Lajuan Simon 159.8
(IBF international middleweight championship)
Enad Licina 197.3 vs Ignacio Esparza 199.9
(IBF intercontinental cruiserweight championship)
Frank Shabani 145.7 vs Leonard Bundu 146.6
(EU welterweight championship)
Alexander Frenkel 198.6 vs Rodolfo De Dominicis 193.3
Venue: Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: SHOWTIME



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Arslan hurt in bike crash!

Former WBA cruiserweight world champion Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) was injured in a bike accident during his training camp for his comeback fight. Arslan was training with his racing bike in the Austrian alps near Kössen when a tractor pulled out onto the main road. He managed to escape a frontal crash but flipped over his bike and fell onto the asphalt, suffering several bruises to his body. Luckily he was wearing a helmet. Arslan was taken to hospital for further examination and released. The injuries will not affect the boxing career of Arslan, but the former cruiserweight champion will take some time to recover and then return to training as soon as possible.



June 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kikuchi wins OPBF 105 belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Shorter but speedy Nanako Kikuchi (10-3-1, 3 KOs), 107.5, acquired the vacant female OPBF 108-pound belt as she took the initiative from the outset, withstood a last surge of taller footworker Kayoko Ebata (2-2, 1 KO), 108, and earned a unanimous decision (97-94 twice and 96-94) over ten two-minute rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. They were far from elegant Japanese ladies, swapping hot rallies all the way. The more experienced Kikuchi, 34, dominated the contest, leading on points: 39-37 twice and 38-38 after the fourth and 68-66 twice and 68-65 after the seventh. Ebata, 33, displayed her desperate retaliation in the final stanza, almost toppling the fading veteran with good shots. It was the first female OPBF title bout under the Japanese OPBF administration. Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

AAPRP announces 2009 awards!

The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today its 2009 AAPRP Award recipients. They are as follows:
Ringside Physician of the Year
Dr. Anthony Alessi (Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods)
Administrator of the Year
Melvina Lathan (NYSAC)
Outstanding Contribution to Boxing
Peter King (US Congressman)
Distinguished Educator of the Year
Dr. Patricio Reyes
Lifetime Achievement Award
Arthur Mercante, Sr.
Media Award in Ringside Safety
Harold Lederman
The 2009 AAPRP Medical Seminar on Ringside Safety, (in cooperation with Norwalk Hospital), will take place October 15-17 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. These awards will be presented on October 16 at the AAPRP’s annual awards banquet.



June 26th, 2009

Announcement

TKO inks Taylor!

The media turnout was huge on Wednesday afternoon as television stations and sportswriters came from all over Central and Western Pennsylvania to attend the press conference officially announcing the signing of undefeated cruiserweight Andres “TaylorMade” Taylor to an exclusive promotional contract with Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . . Click here for more



June 26th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates!

Two of the UFC’s finest, light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and middleweight champion Anderson Silva will compete against boxers Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley for ESPN’s 2009 ESPY award for Best Fighter  . . . More

Current UFC middleweight contender and former two-division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson will be the special guest on Friday’s edition of Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN TV. Rome will be discussing the UFC 100 card with Henderson, who faces Michael Bisping in a highly-anticipated clash of Ultimate Fighter coaches. Tune in for the LIVE interview segment at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT on Friday June 26th . . . More



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

“Four for Hamburg” Update!

The last two featured bouts on the huge July 4 “Universum Champions Night” in Hamburg’s Color Line Arena have been finalized. WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend against Terri Lynn Cruz (17-5-2, 8 KOs) and cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) continues on the road toward another world title shot against Kendrick Releford (20-12-2, 10 KOs). The card is headlined by the WBO heavyweight eliminator between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and “Fast“ Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) with the winner to become mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. Also, the “Killer Queen“ Susi Kentikian defends her WBA and WIBF flyweight belts against WBA super flyweight champion Carolina Gaite (15-1, 11 KOs). (more…)



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Ortiz-Maidana Presser Video!

By Big Joe Miranda

Super lightweight contenders Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana spoke at a news conference Thursday in Los Angeles in advance of their world championship bout on Saturday night at STAPLES Center.



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Lontchi ready for Latin Fury!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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When asked what fans tuning into this weekend’s “Latin Fury” should know about Olivier Lontchi, the undefeated fighter who meets Juan Manual Lopez for the WBO super-bantamweight title simply said, “Watch me. Watch me fight. I don’t know the result, but I know it’s going to be an amazing fight.” (more…)



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Yordan targets Chris John!

Photo: Jeff Pamungkas

Photo: Jeff Pamungkas

By Jeff Pamungkas

“I wish the best for Chris, and I hope he recovers soon,” says countryman Daud Cino Yordan, now #3 WBA and #2 WBO in the featherweight division. “For the next fight I expect he will consider me as his next opponent.” Yordan has been calling out WBA featherweight champion Chris John for two years, but so far John’s camp has shown little interest. John and Yordan are currently the most popular prizefighters in Indonesia. They were supposed to fight on Saturday in different places in the world. John was to fight Rocky Juarez in Los Angeles, but this fight was cancelled due to John’s sudden blood sickness just a week before the fight night. In the other part of the globe, Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs) will fight Filipino Robert Allanic (17-5-2, 9 KOs) in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, for the interim WBO Oriental featherweight title. Yordan’s camp stated that this fight would be Yordan’s tune up fight before his next fight that would be a world title fight. Theevent is promoted by Daniel Bahari Promotions in corporation with Mahkota Promotions. About this fight, Yordan stated that he has prepared for three months, and he believes to win this fight in a convincing way.



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back on Long Island!

Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions will return to the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant on Saturday, July 18, it was announced today by the promotional firm’s president Bob Duffy. The 11-bout fight card will be held outdoors and will seat up to 4,000 guests. Barbecued food and cigars will be available for purchase, and following the main event a live band will perform. Former NY State Welterweight Champion Mike Ruiz will headline the evening of boxing when he battles Manuel Guzman in a six round contest. This will be Duffy’s fifth fight card at Plattdeutsche. His last event, May 8, 2009, sold out Plattdeutsche’s indoor venue. (more…)



June 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Chicago

Fres Oquendo 220 vs. Mark Brown 229
(WBC Latino heavyweight title)
Ivan Popoca 138.5 vs. Hector Alatorre 138.5
Andrzej Fonfara 164.5 vs. Skyler Thompson 160.5
(WBF All Americas super middleweight title)
Rita Figueroa 136 vs. Tammie Johnson 133.5
Juan Bailon 125.5 vs. Tommy Atencio 127
Ryan Smedick 141 vs. Gabriel Morris 142
Achour Esho 147 vs. Dontre King 146
Venue: UIC Pavilion
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Tickets: 312-226-5800 Doors 7PM, First Bell 8PM



June 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Arnaoutis defeats Carrasquillo!

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Jr welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10 KOs) is back in the win column after a ten round unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo (12-12-1, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at North Bergen, NJ’s Schuetzen Park. Arnaoutis prevailed in a hard fought match by scores of 98-92, 96-94, 96-94. It was Arnaoutis’ first fight since a loss to Victor Ortiz this past March.
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In the co-feature, light heavyweight Booby Rooney (9-2-1) needed just 2:40 to destroy Brian Bernard (8-4-2) in round one.



June 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico!

Photos: All Star Boxing

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Jesus Jimenez 112 vs Santiago Acosta 112
Juan Carlos Castillo 136 vs Julio Montoya 136
Edgar Jimenez 109 vs Ulises Lara 109
Cristian Palafox 130 vs Cuauhtemoc Moya 127
Tamoki Kameda 120 vs Alejandro Dotor 122
Angel Aguilar 119 vs Jorge Otokani Reynoso 119
Daniel Solis 136 vs Martin Rivas 138
Venue: Marbet Plus Hall, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz #630, Colonia Benito Juarez, Ciudad Neza, Mexico
Promoter: Tuto Zabala/All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:30 PM (ET)



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Acosta-Antillon for WBA belt?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA could soon be recognizing three world champions at lightweight. Venezuelan prospect Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (25-3-2, 19 KOs) slated to face unbeaten Mexican strongman Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) on July 25 for the WBA interim lightweight championship at the Grand Mayan, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit in Mexico. The WBA lightweight world super champion is Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez and the regular lightweight world champion is Nigerian Paulus Moses.



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

LIVE NOW: Through the Ropes!

Guest: Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko

Through The Ropes – the #1 boxing news radio show that is hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld – airs LIVE coast to coast each Thursday evening from 9pm thru 10pm ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show is also available on the American Forces Network and Sportsbyline.com. Plus Fightnews.com readers can listen LIVE by CLICKING HERE between 9 pm to 10 pm ET this Thursday. Call-in or email your questions to: ttropes@earthlink.net



June 25th, 2009

Feature Story

Escalante targets world title

escalante-martinez023bStory by Chris Cozzone

Returning home as a top ten contender, El Paso’s Antonio Escalante has more at stake July 24 than adding another victory to his record.

Headlining the ESPN2-televised, Golden Boy-promoted card in his El Paso’s Don Haskins Center, Escalante, 20-2, 13 KOs, will take on Detroit’s Cornelius Lock, 18-3-1, 11 KOs, in a ten-round bout of major consequences . . . Click here for full story



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Shannan Taylor!

Photo: Team Taylor

Photo: Team Taylor

By Craig Watt

Middleweight Shannan Taylor (49-7-3, 35 KOs) is one of Australia’s most colourful and controversial fighters with his personal story outside the boxing ring which is often seen as a bigger victory than his 59 fight boxing career that has lasted for 17 years. His life story will surely one day be the subject of a film or best selling novel as he has lived life on the edge and faced up to demons of drug addiction, before finding God in 2002 and turning his life around. (more…)



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Ortiz, Maidana Quick Quotes!

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Super lightweights Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana faced off at a press conference today in advance of their world championship bout on Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Victor Ortiz: I’m ready and prepared. I came to win and I know that the fight will be very tough, however I trained too hard and too long to leave this belt behind.
Marcos Maidana: I came very well prepared. The loss in my last fight did not affect me. In fact, losing is not on my mind. I respect Victor very much, however, I came to win and I hope to return to Argentina with the title.



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley-Campbell presser!

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Although a world title will be on the line, it is the fighters who are garnering most of the attention. Most members of the media, and fight fans, seem to be paying more attention to the fighters in a bout that could be a candidate for fight of the year. Timothy Bradley defends his version of the 140 pound title when he squares off against former world champion Nate Campbell at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. The bout, which takes place on Saturday, August 1st, will be televised on Showtime. Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions will promote the card. (more…)



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham-Oral quotes!

IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) will put his undefeated record and world title on the line against world ranked Mahir “Lion” Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) this Saturday in a special prime time edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day, tape delay). With just two days to go until the world championship fight, Abraham and Mahir caught up with SHOWTIME to discuss the fight, their opponents and their plans for the future. The site of the scheduled 12 round world championship fight is Abraham’sninth IBF title defense. Here’s what the fighters had to say… (more…)



June 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A with David Higgins!

Shane Cameron left, David Tua right.

Shane Cameron left, David Tua right.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

David Higgins of Duco Events Ltd is the promoter of the David Tua vs Shane Cameron heavyweight bout that will be held at The Pavilion in Hamilton, New Zealand on October 3rd. Higgins talks to Fightnews and explains why the Tua vs Cameron bout is being billed as the Fight of The Century in New Zealand and will be televised on Sky pay-per-view throughout New Zealand and that Australia should almost certainly have access through Main Event pay-per-view. (more…)



June 25th, 2009




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