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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

Holyfield interview on FOX NY

Here is a link to Evander Holyfield’s interview this morning on “Good Day All Day” on Fox NY. Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defends his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday night against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View event, headlined by the 12-round Holyfield-Williams main event, is presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier. “Redemption” will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $29.95.



January 17th, 2011



Boxing News

Macklin to face Wright

Golden Boy Promotions has inked European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) to a multi-fight promotional pact. It looks like Macklin’s first fight under the Golden Boy banner will be on April 9th against comebacking 39-year-old Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs), who is returning after a two year layoff and looking for his first win since 2006.



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez workout

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, began preparations last week at the World Crown Sports Training Center for his next bout. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday, March 12th against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Steward plans UK clinic

Boxing legend and founder of Detroit’s famous Kronk Gym, Emanuel Steward is putting on a boxing clinic in the UK – Steward will bring his ring savvy to the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on January 23 where he will cover all the fundamentals of the sport – from punching and hand wrapping to conditioning and boxing secrets – based on years of experience in the sport boxing. Steward, this past year has conducted clinics in the United States, but this is the first time he is conducting a clinic in Europe. “I began these clinics because I wanted to share my years of experience.” Steward said. “I have seen the good and the bad. I have learned valuable lessons, which I want to pass along to those truly interested in the sport.” He is particularly concerned about the lack of standardized requirements or certification for those who want to become a trainer, manager or cut-man. “The liability factor is great when it comes to the safety of the fighter.” Steward said. “These clinics are designed to address these issues.”



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Beltway promoters team up

Jake Smith of Baltimore Pro Boxing and Ballroom Boxing’s Scott Wagner have announced that they’ll co-promote a show on February 11 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Smith and Wagner are considered as the Beltway Area’s elite promoters, hosting upwards of 150 successful shows during the last ten years. Both have showcased elite talent on their cards, including fighters who went on to become world champions, renowned prospects and local talent. Although the two were perceived to be rival promoters, Smith and Wagner have been friends for years and always wanted to work together. (more…)



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Holyfield works out

Open to the public, fight fans welcome

Photo by Chris Cozzone

4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) worked out before a big crowd today at New York City’s Church St. Boxing Gym. Evander was in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery and an interview.

“Redemption In American,” presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier, will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

Ticket/hotel packages can be purchased at www.greenbrier.com or by calling 1.800.453.4858. Deadline to book reservations is January 21.



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Brandon Rios sparring session

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, as he is scheduled to take on WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) of Venezuela on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV which will be shown live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing and is being presented by Top Rank. Remaining tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Pearl Box Office at the Palms, any Ticketmaster location, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more details and photos click here…



January 17th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Miguel Cotto

By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen

The rumors of Miguel Cotto’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Many conversations about recent Puerto Rican boxing champions commonly revolve around predecessor Felix “Tito” Trinidad and rising star Juan Manuel Lopez. That seems appropriate given their similar outgoing, media-friendly personalities. However, Cotto may well be the toughest fighter in that group.

Adversity defines champions-especially within the lonely confines of the squared circle. Trinidad reacted to his first professional loss (a 12th round TKO to Bernard Hopkins) by leaving the sport for almost 3 years (with the exception of a tune-up against Hacine Cherifi). He left again following his second defeat (unanimous decision to Winky Wright) for a similar length of time. He appears to have retired for good following his third loss (UD to Roy Jones Jr.) in January, 2008. For more details and photos click here…



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Kostya Tszyu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Ring legend Kostya Tszyu talked to Fightnews today about how proud he is to be inducted into International Boxing Hall Of Fame, and how he is unsure if Julio Chavez will be happy to see him. Kostya talks about his bout against Vernon Forrest in the Amateur World Cup Final in Sydney in 1991 and how a fight with Oscar De La Hoya would have happened had Vince Phillips had not defeated him. Tszyu also rates his win over Miguel Angel Gonzalez a better performance than the win over Zab Judah and talks about how he will support his sons Timophey and Nikita if they become professional boxers.



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Phil Lo Greco in Sicily

"An offer they couldn't refuse"

Photo: OPI 2000

OPI 2000’s International welterweight champion and WBC #12 Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs), met with the mayor of world famous town of Corleone, best known for “The Godfather” movie to help promote the towns reputation, Lo Greco will present and promote boxing to the people of Corleone. Lo Greco originally grew up near Corleone, Sicily.



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Remillard signs with Top Rank

Undefeated, 24-year-old NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharpshooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs), arguably America’s leading featherweight, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. The Manchester, Connecticut fighter is rated #4 by the WBA and WBO, as well as #5 by the WBC. “Matt is a skilled, exciting fighter. We are pleased he has joined our company,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. (more…)



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Branco brings in extra security

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has decided to bring in additional security after the brawl that erupted between boxers Ruben Groenewald and Daniel Bruwer during a press conference at Carnival City on December when holds another press conference at the same venue on Tuesday, January 25. Bruwer and Groenewald were involved in a punch-up incident during the press conference announcing their January 29 cruiserweight clash to be held at Carnival City, Brakpan. (more…)



January 17th, 2011

UFC

The ‘Choke Master’ returns!

UFC Fight for the Troops LIVE on SPIKE Jan. 22

Move over, Clay Guida. There’s a new wild man on the UFC scene and he’s attracting fans at an alarming rate, which is somewhat remarkable considering that Cody McKenzie has logged just one official fight inside the Octagon. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com

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



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Holyfield NYC Workout Today

Open to the public, fight fans welcome

4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will be conducting open workouts today and Tuesday at 10AM in New York City at the Church St. Boxing Gym (25 Park Place). Evander is in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“Redemption In American,” presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier, will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

Ticket/hotel packages can be purchased at www.greenbrier.com or by calling 1.800.453.4858. Deadline to book reservations is January 21.



January 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Evander Holyfield speaks

"We are all brave men"

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Evander Holyfield, only five time heavyweight champion in boxing history, who will defend his World Boxing Federation title against Sherman “The Tank” Williams on Saturday, spoke with Fightnews.com about what still drives him to be a champion. “The Real Deal” also talks about his amateur coach’s words which still guide him to this day, his biggest challenge and gives some advice to the often compared to him “small” heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek before his expected September fight with WBO/IBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

“The Greatest” Turns 69

Photo: Jeff Julian/FightWireImages.com

Birthday greetings to former three time heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, who turns 69 years old today. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY will celebrate its founder’s birthday on Monday, January 17 with greatly reduced admission prices (and the opportunity to tour for free), signings by special guests, and a host of other exceptional events. Adult and student admission will be $2, and children 12 years and under will be admitted for FREE. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Center’s award-winning exhibits for FREE if they bring in a cell phone that day for recycling. This incentive is part of the Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund announced last year, that was created to allow individuals an opportunity to give the gift of communication to others in third world countries where having a new phone is a luxury. Proceeds from the sale of the phones will go to the Fund which raises money to support a range of educational and humanitarian initiatives around the world.



January 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Wolak to face Foreman

Tommy Brooks to train Wolak for bout

By Matt Thompson
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Polish junior middleweight contender Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs) once again will look to add that elusive signature victory on his resume, that could vault him into a world title shot when he faces former WBA champion Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) on March 12th at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The fight will be a supporting bout for the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga Showtime pay per view card promoted by Top Rank.

The signature victory could have happened back on December 4th when Wolak entered into a contract as a late replacement to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was a roller coaster ride from the time the fight was signed. (more…)



January 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Rigondeaux has visa problems

A Monday press conference for upcoming clash between WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux and Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey on March 19th in Dublin, Ireland has been cancelled due to visa difficulties for Rigondeaux. The champion is expected to have things sorted out in 2-3 weeks.



January 16th, 2011

Boxing Result

Broner batters Revish

Unbeaten lightweight Adrien “The Problem” Broner (19-0, 16 KOs) battered and knocked down John Revish (10-2, 8 KOs) in round one, then got the TKO win when Revish remained on his stool after the round on Saturday night at the Taft Masonic Center in Cincinnati Ohio. It was the ninth first round KO for Broner, who claimed the WBC US championship belt. Broner will now head to Las Vegas to spar with Devon Alexander.



January 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Khan vs McCloskey next?

Looks like WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan will next defend against European champ Paul McCloskey on April 16 in the UK, pending approval of SKY Sports. The Khan camp turned to McCloskey after negotiations with Lamont Peterson’s handlers broke down. Michael Katsidis and Victor Ortiz remain possible options also.



January 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Joan Guzman fails drug test

Unbeaten junior welterweight Joan Guzman is facing a likely fine and/or suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide following his December bout against Jason Davis.

Guzman has previously won world title fights at 122 lbs and 130 lbs, but his recent battles with the scale have repeatedly damaged his career. In September 2008, Guzman’s world title challenge against unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell was cancelled after Guzman came in 3.5 lbs heavy. In March 2010, Guzman was an astonishing 9 lbs heavy for another lightweight title fight against Ali Funeka. Then after moving to jr welterweight in December 2010, Guzman still came in 4.5 lbs heavy for the above bout against Davis.

The NSAC previously suspended Funeka for nine months after he tested positive for Furosemide, so Guzman will likely be out of the ring for most, if not all, of 2011.



January 16th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Abraham tune-up

Looks like former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will take on Stjepan Bozic (24-4, 15 KOs) in a tune-up fight on February 12 in in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany, according to BILD. Bozic is just 14 months removed from a world title fight against Dimitri Sartison for the vacant WBA super middleweight belt in November 2009. This bout will help Abraham get ready for his SUPER SIX semi-final showdown with Andre Ward, who currently shares a portion of the WBA belt with Sartison. Ward-Abraham could land on May 14. “I want to get rid of any rust,” King Arthur told BILD. “This is why I’m taking the fight against the Croatian. Otherwise the pause would be too long to me leading into this important fight against Andre Ward.”



January 16th, 2011

Feature Story

2011 FBHOF Inductees Named

Fightnews.com's Karl Freitag among those enshrined

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

The state of boxing in the state of Florida keeps improving. Nowhere was that more evident than at the grand reopening of trainer Steve Canton’s SJC Boxing Gym in Ft Myers, Florida yesterday. The 2-day celebration kicked off with the formal announcement of this year’s inductees to the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. This year’s class features a wide assortment of inductees; including Fightnews.com’s very own editor-in-chief Karl Freitag.

Canton (an inaugural inductee with the class of 2009) spoke of transitioning to the new site, stating: “The ghosts of the old gym made the trip here as well.” He also expressed his sincere thrill at hosting the official announcement of current inductees.

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and Vice President Sam Cohen joined Canton next to the ring and spoke. Flansburg announced the inductees with a brief description of their achievements. Sam Cohen eloquently described the efforts of legions of people in boxing who will never achieve fame and fortune yet keep the sport alive. (more…)



January 16th, 2011

Boxing Result

Ibarra edges Sugita

Photos by Alma Montiel

WBC Silver super flyweight champion Oscar Ibarra (25-4, 16 KOs) successfully made his second defense of the title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Junichiro Sugita (16-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Mexico. Sugita had his moments, especially late, but judges scored it 115-113, 115-113, 116-113 for Ibarra.

No KO in a battle of KO artists between WBC Youth super featherweight champion Dante “Crazy” Jardon (15-1, 13 KOs) and Rene Gonzalez (28-4-1, 22 KOs). The bout went the full ten rounds with Jardon winning by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Click here for more photos…



January 16th, 2011

Boxing Result

Claggett stops Mendoza

It was freezing outside but there was no shortage of fire inside the Chinese Cultural Centre last night in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the main event, Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (11-0-1, 6 KOs) battered previously unbeaten Mexican Jose Julio Mendoza (7-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBC light welterweight Youth Intercontinental Title. Claggett started out very quickly and boxed well as he took the fight to Mendoza with his pressuring style. The Calgary native scored two knockdowns in Round two, one from a right cross and the other from a left hook. A gallant Mendoza beat the count but was sent down again in the third by a debilitating left to the liver. The Mexican showed a lot of courage in getting to his feet but the referee waived the bout off at the 2:54 mark of round three. (more…)



January 15th, 2011




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