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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

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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

Boxing News

Asikainen-Wilczweski on Mar 4

Report and photo by Pasi Taavitsainen

Former EBU middleweight champion Amin Asikainen (28-3, 19 KOs) will face Piotr Wilczweski (28-1, 9 KOs) in an EBU super middleweight title fight on March 4th at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The last time Asikainen fought for a Euro title was at a lower weight class in 2009. Soon to be 35 years old, Asikainen had big weight problems at 160, however at super middleweight he has been unbeaten and won both bouts by KO. Wilczewski’s only loss was to Curtis Stevens in 2009. He has fought his whole career in the super middleweight division. “I remember Asikainen from our amateur days, and have seen most of his professional matches. He has a really good funamentals for boxing. This will really be a tough and crowd-friendly fight,” said Wilczewski. Asikainen also expects the fight to be tough and doesn’t predict a KO win. “I’m fighting a good fighter, Polish boxers are very physical, and I bet this fight will also be a tough fight. I’m ready to fight the full twelve hard rounds. Training has felt good, and I’m in good shape,” commented Asikainen, who is leaving for training camp in Tenerife, Canary Island.



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Brähmer-Cleverly in the works

According to promoter Frank Warren, the WBO has ordered light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer to start negotiations with interim champion Nathan Cleverly. Warren hopes to stage the fight in the UK, possibly in March. Brähmer was scheduled to face WBA champion Beibut Shumenov in a unification fight last week in Kazakhstan, but had to pull out due to illness on late notice. It’s now unlikely that bout will be rescheduled.



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Universum Gym closing

Kohl looking for more modern facility

Universum is planning to move to a new training facility in the summer, closing down the famous “Universum Gym” on Walddörferstraße in Hamburg where many world champions have trained. “Lately there have been too many defeats for our boxers,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “We must create more professional training facilities for our athletes so that they can do up-to-date training. Our heart bleeds, but rebuilding the old gym would be too big of an investment. We’re considering several possibilities and will make a decision on the best possible new location.”



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Hopkins hits 46

By Karl Freitag

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Seemingly ageless former world champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) celebrates his 46th birthday today. Thus far, “The Executioner” has shown few signs of slowing down as he gave WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal all he could handle last month. In 2011, Hopkins is in line for a WBC-mandated immediate rematch with Pascal and if he should emerge victorious, he would become the oldest man ever to win a major world title, breaking the record of George Foreman. He could well be the betting favorite going into the return match. Happy Birthday Champ!



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC webcast tonight

Ibarra vs Sugita from Polanco, Mexico

WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship webcast – free of charge – tonight at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Mexico – WBC Silver super flyweight champion Oscar Ibarra, 24-4 with 16 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his second defense of the title against Junichiro Sugita, 16-4 with 7 knockouts, of Tokyo, Japan. (Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico.) (more…)



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Magic City results

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos by Lisa Ross

Russian-born Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (9-0-1, 5 KOs) plundered the unbeaten record of Azea Augustama (9-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night in their light heavyweight main event at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. Grachev scored an eight round majority decision. For more details and photos click here…



January 15th, 2011

UFC

Full card: “Fight for the Troops”

UFC Fight for the Troops LIVE on SPIKE Jan. 22

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, in partnership with Spike TV and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, is once again hosting a special live event to raise funds for the honorable men and women in the United States Armed Forces who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Already featuring a main event pitting highly-ranked lightweight Evan Dunham against explosive knockout artist Melvin Guillard, UFC® Fight For The Troops 2 is shaping up to be a can’t-miss card. (more…)



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Holyfield/Greenbrier ticket specials

People around the world are eager to be a part of history at The Greenbrier. We’re pleased to make single ticket pricing and additional packages available for the spectacular American comeback story starring Evander Holyfield.

Event Ticket Only: $500:  (1) Silver Ticket to Redemption In America: The Journey Back Begins Now

Due to overwhelming demand, a limited number of additional Standard Packages have been made available. (more…)



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Lovemore Ndou

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Lovemore Ndou is a former two-time world champion who recently battled with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez over twelve rounds in Veracruz, Mexico. Ndou talks to Fightnews about his thoughts on Alvarez also his bout with Miguel Cotto and how Bernard Hopkins gives him inspiration as one of the world’s best pound for pound boxers at 46 years of age.



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Escobedo-Estrada Mar 4

On March 4, lightweight contender and former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-3, 14 KOs) and streaking veteran Walter Estrada (38-13-1, 25 KOs) will meet in the 10 round main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Also junior featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (7-0, 4 KOs) faces TBA in a six rounder. Telefutura will televise.



January 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Lauryn Eagle

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Miss Universe entrant and world water ski champion Lauryn Eagle talks to Fightnews about her new career as a professional boxer and how two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou trains and manages her, Vic Darchinyan is a sparring partner and Bill Treacy of Grange Gym is her promoter.



January 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Lara destroys Raines

By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

In the main event, southpaw middleweight Erislandy Lara annihiliated Delray Raines, dropping him to the seat of his pants with a perfect right hook, straight left cross combo that bloodied him in the process. Raines was counted out at 2:59 of the opening round and, in victory, Lara stays perfect and raises his record to 15-0, 10 KOs while Raines drops to 18-9-1, 13 KOs.

In the co-feature, a scheduled six round jr. welterweight contest, Frankie Gomez, despite his best efforts was unable to put away trial horse Luis Lugo, a loser of 9 of his previous 10 bouts, and was instead stretched the distance for the second consecutive time in winning an uninspired unanimous decision victory. With the victory, Gomez improves to 8-0, 6 KOs while Lugo drops to 11-15-1, 6 KOs. For more details and photos click here…



January 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Manfredo, Rodriguez triumph

Photos by Bob Barton/www.BobBartonPhotography.com

IBF #9, WBC #11 middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night outdoors on a clear 64° January night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Edouard started strong, but Manfredo turned the fight around when he dropped Edouard with a right hand in round four and outpunched Edouard the rest of the way. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91. Manfredo was a finalist and star in the first season of the TV reality series The Contender. Edouard said he would retire if he lost this fight.

Unbeaten WBA #15 super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-3, 11 KOs). Scores were 96-93, 98-91, 97-92. Pryor, the son and namesake of the 1996 International Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Pryor (who was in his corner) was deducted a point in round eight. Click here for more photos…



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Steve Cunningham workout

Photos: Stefan Springer (box-info.net)

Today, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham looked sharp as he finished his training at the Max Schmeling Halle located at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Cunningham is making final preparations for his upcoming fight with Enad Licina, which will be held January 22 in the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. More photos…



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

By Karl Freitag

The new Alabama Athletic Commission has issued boxing license 001 to unbeaten Olympian Deontay Wilder, who will headline Alabama’s first sanctioned professional boxing card on February 19th card at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. The promoter of the card is Skyy Promotions, headed by Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas.
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WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is currently working out at the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
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Ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard has agreed to serve as the honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California. Mayor Leonard takes office in June replacing the Love Boat’s Gavin MacLeod.
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The March 12 Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga will be the first Showtime-distributed PPV fight since the November 2007 clash between Mayorga himself and Fernando Vargas. (Big thanks to Jody Partin)
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Nice article about Fightnews.com photographer Emily Harney in the Salem News. Congratulations Emily!
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Trainer Steve Canton will open the new SJC Boxing Gym this weekend in Fort Myers. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 inductees will be announced at the event.
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Mike Tyson’s pigeon reality show will debut March 6 on Animal Planet.
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Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (16-1, 12 KOs) has signed with DKP and is scheduled to appear on the March 12 Cotto-Mayorga card. He will be trained by Al Bonanni.
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WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares is considering giving up his 115-pound belt and moving to bantamweight.
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Fightnews.com sends our deepest sympathies to frequent contributor Pepe Rodriguez, whose mother passed away this morning.



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Atlas to speak at RING 8 meeting

Boxing commentator and trainer Teddy Atlas will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Jan. 18 starting at 7 PM/ET) for the RING 8’s first meeting of 2011 at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. “We’re thrilled to have one of boxing’s leading authorities, Teddy Atlas, as our guest speaker,” RING 8 spokesperson Tony Mazzarella said. “Teddy has a unique perspective as an analyst for ESPN Friday Night Fights, as well as a trainer for fighters such as heavyweight contender and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Alexander Povetkin, and former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer.” (more…)



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

BPA to reach out to McCain

The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) held a meeting this week in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. The meeting was well attended, and officially marked the first time that promotional powerhouse, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), which was represented by CEO Richard Schaefer, was an active participant. One major development is that the BPA will be reaching out to U.S. Senator John McCain to discuss both past and present issues with boxing legislation. The group intends to specifically address the Muhammad Ali Act and the bill being proposed in the U.S. Congress. Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya will join BPA President, Joe DeGuardia, and some other members of the Board of Directors at the anticipated meeting with McCain.



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Froch-Johnson in May?

WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch told BBC Radio 5 Live that he is “very optimistic” that his Super Six semi-final clash against Glen Johnson will take place on May 21st. Froch said he wants to bring the fight to England. No word on whether the other semi-final between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham will land on the same date.



January 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Aydin tired of delays

Demands Berto make mandatory defense

WBC mandatory welterweight challenger Selcuk Aydin is upset that speculations about Andre Berto’s next possible opponents do not include his name. “How can Berto and his promoter even talk to and about guys like Ortiz when they know exactly that they have to fight me first?”, asks Aydin who is currently in his hometown Trabzon (Turkey) where he already started training for his world title fight. “This is very disrespectful and really p*sses me off. They know exactly that I am the mandatory challenger. I stepped aside once and allowed them an easy win over a stiff. Now they want to take the easy way out again by just discussing possible fights and completely ignoring me. I don’t understand this kind of behavior.” (more…)



January 14th, 2011




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