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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Boxing News

KNR2 Boxing Show

Guest is UFC announcer Mike Goldberg!

FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with UFC blow-by-blow announcer Mike Goldberg! Goldberg is in Columbus for Saturday’s UFC 96. You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at boxing@espncleveland.com



March 6th, 2009



Boxing Result

Rodriguez Sneaks By Alvarez!

Photo: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

Photo: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

By Alex Dombroff and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside

Delvin Rodriguez used a late round surge to escape with a razor thin unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) struggled early by trying to adapt to Alvarez’s lefty attack, but seemed to wear Alvarez down starting with a flurry to end round eight. Rodriguez connected in round eleven landing a strong left hand, which sent Alvarez to the canvas. Alvarez (20-2, 11 KOs) was able to survive the eleventh and finished strong in the final round. It was not enough however as Rodriguez took the decision by scores of 114-113 twice and 115-112 to retain his USBA welterweight title.
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Unbeaten welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (9-0, 5 KOs) displayed his talents to a packed crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena as he won an almost shutout unanimous decision victory over Catskill, NY’s Jay Krupp (12-2, 5 KOs). Scores of the bout were 60-53 twice and 58-55. Krupp was knocked to the canvas in round one by a straight right from Serrano. Serrano controlled the contest landing the harder and stronger punches throughout as he kept his opponent on the defensive throughout.
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United States Olympian Demetrius Andrade made quick work of Ohio native Tim Joseph in the televised opener. Andrade’s speed advantage was evident immediately, and an uppercut just seconds into the fight sent Joseph into a permanent back pedal. Andrade (3-0, 3 KOs) spent the better part of the next minute chasing Joseph around the ring. With Joseph (4-2-1, 1 KO) cornered, Andrade unleashed a barrage of punches, and didn’t let up until referee Dick Flahrety jumped in to save Joseph at 1:53 of the opening round. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Video

Today’s Amir Khan workout!

Showdown with Barrera just one week away



March 6th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from San Jose!

Photos: Armando Roldan

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Robert Guerrero 130 vs Daud Yordan 129.5
Victor Ortiz 140 vs Mike Arnaoutis 140
James Kirkland 153.5 vs Joel Julio 154
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Ashanti Jordan 220 vs William Perryman 222
Seth Mitchell 251 vs Joseph Rabotte 254
Charles Huerta 125 vs Andres Ledesma-127.5
Karim Mayfield 147.5 vs Mario Alberto Lozano 147
Michael Perez 130 vs Andres Reyes 133.5?
Gabe Carcia 130.5 vs Eloy Perez 130.5
Luis Ramos 136 vs Anthony Martinez 137
Karl Dargan 138.5 vs Sergio Orantes 138.5
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: HBO



March 6th, 2009

Scale Watch

UFC 96 Weigh-In!

Brady Crytzer at the scales
Photos: Joseph Cordova


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. This Saturday Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. UFC 96 will air live this Saturday on pay-per-view from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
The official weigh-in results for Saturday night’s UFC 96 card are:
Quinton Jackson 205 vs. Keith Jardine 204
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Mark Munoz 204.5
Pete Sell 170 vs. Matt Brown 170.5
Gabriel Gonzaga 257.5 vs. Shane Carwin 259.5
Gray Maynard 155 vs. Jim Miller 154.5
Tamdan McCrory 170 vs. Ryan Madigan 169
Kendall Grove 185 vs. Jason Day 184.5
Tim Boetsch 205 vs. Jason Brilz 204
Brandon Vera 205 vs. Michael Patt 204.5
Aaron Riley 155 vs. Shane Nelson 155



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Floyd Sr: Floyd Jr. returning!

“Of course. There’s no question about it!” stated Floyd Mayweather Sr. this week when asked about the possibility of Floyd Jr. fighting again. “He’s trying to find a fight right now, believe it or not. He’s trying to get a fight right now, as we speak. He’s going to fight again!” (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

Moore KOs Piccirillo!

By Alexey Sukachev

Jamie Moore (31-3, 22 KOs) has knocked out ex-world champion Michelle Piccirillo (50-5-1, 29 KOs) in round three to capture the vacant EBU light middleweight title. It was left to the liver that ended it. Michelle took a knee but failed to get up in time. Piccirillo was also down twice in the second round. The fight was held in Wigan, UK and promoted by Frank Maloney.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Ivanova defeats Vasilyeva!

By Alexey Sukachev

Bulgarian bantamweight Galina Ivanova (10-6-3) proved she is arguably the best bantamweight in the world by outpointing local favorite Oksana “Gyurza” Vasilyeva (8-4, 2 KOs) over ten hard-fought rounds today in Yakutsk, Russia. This encounter was unification between the WBC female champion (Ivanova) and WIBF titlist (Vasilyeva) and resulted in a narrow 96-95 points win for the guest boxer. Ivanova’s best triumph was a road victory over then 24-0 Dane Anita Christensen last summer; the fight in which he also captured WBA and GBU belts. She later vacated those titles. It was reported by local media that Vasilyeva had a flu for almost a week before the fight. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Montreal!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Sebastien Demers 168.4 vs. Martin Berthiaume 168.7
Walid Smichet 163.1 vs. Joshua Snyder 163.4.
David Lemieux 160 vs. Luis Roberto Reyes 159.1
Julien Marie Sainte 159.2 vs. Tyan Booth 160.3
Tony Luis 139.15 vs. Carlos Martinez 139.15
Logan McGuinness 134 vs. Jean Charlemagne 133.5
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Television: SRC Radio Canada
First Bell: 12pm (noon)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Alcazar to train Valero!

Robert Alcazar, who years ago trained Oscar de la Hoya, is the new chief trainer of hard-punching undefeated lightweight Edwin Valero. Jose Castillo, the manager of Valero, made the announcement today. Alcazar replaces former USA Olympic boxing coach Kenny Adams. Valero is in heavy training getting set to take on Antonio Pitalua for the vacant WBC Lightweight Championship on April 4 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. “I’ve known Robert for a long time,” said Castillo. “We just don’t want Edwin to get involved in those wild, crazy exchanges anymore. Robert has a new game plan. He is going to work on Edwin’s footwork, control his distance and instruct him to use his jab more.” (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Announcement

Khan in great shape!

Phenom vs. legend live on PPV

Amir Khan showed all the benefits of a lengthy training camp in California today as he wowed the press during a media workout in Bolton. . . . Click here for more

Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more



March 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

Aydin destroys Hernandez!

Hide wins; Pala defeats Airich

By Alexey Sukachev

WBC #5 welterweight Selcuk Aydin (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating first-round knockout of Newark-based Equadorian Luis Hernandez (22-4, 15 KOs). Hernandez started the fight aggressively throwing numerous body punches against calm Turkish fighter. Aydin waited a bit with his return fire but once he unleashed it, the fight was over. Aydin (also WBA #12 and IBF #14) landed a short but powerful right hook to send Hernandez to the canvas starting the third minute of the opening round. The Equadorian rose up on shaky legs and was immediately dropped for the second time after a huge Aydin’s combo. Brave Hernandez barely beat the count but was too dazed to continue and it was waved off by referee Guido Cavalleri. Time was 2:32. Aydin retained his WBC International belt during the process.
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In a ten-round main event of the show, young Czech heavyweight Ondrej Pala (23-2, 18 KOs), 24, used his superior physical stature and punching power to outpoint German Konstantin Airich (11-2-1, 9 KOs) over ten heated rounds with the scores 96-94 and 99-92 and a draw 95-95 on the third scorecard. Airich started the bout in his favor but towering Pala, who scored a points win over Henry Akinwande last year in Turkey, used his sharp jab and hard left hook to take middle rounds of the match. Airich, 30, tried to catch his second wind in later rounds but it was Pala, who was close to stopping his fatigued opponent in the last stanza.
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Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion of the world Herbie Hide (47-4, 42 KOs) easily outboxed his Georgian opponent Sandro Siproshvili (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder. Using a safety-first approach, Hide (WBC #2, WBO #3 and IBF #14) controlled his foe with the sharp left jab and added a right uppercut and right cross on rare occasions. Rugged Siproshvili marched forward without any success, eating punches in bunches and throwing almost nothing in return. All three judges score the bout in favor of the “Dancing Destroyer” from England: 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. next for Hide is a WBC eliminator against Matt Godfrey in May.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Prospects pepper BAD undercard!

Jordon, Mitchell, Huerta showcased

Before six of boxing’s rising stars take to the ring at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday night, fight fans in attendance will see heavyweight prospects Ashanti Jordan (7-0, 6 KOs and Seth Mitchell (9-0-1, 6 KOs) plus featherweight Charles Huerta (8-0, 5 KOs) look to take the next step in their careers. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Alvarado ready for Clottey!

Hard-punching contender Mike Alvarado of Denver is expecting a lot of heat and pressure from Emannuel Clottey of Ghana on Saturday night. Alvarado vs. Clottey is the featured bout on a Top Rank/Azteca America boxing card at the Mile High Event Center in Commerce City, Colorado. “Clottey is a pressure fighter,” Alvarado told fight writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post. “Hands up, steps to you. We’ll see how he handles my pressure.” Seven of Alvarado’s last eight bouts have been stoppages. Azteca America’s telecast will be broadcast 10 pm eastern, 9 pm central and 8 pm pacific.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

NYC St Paddy card cancelled!

Lee, McCullough fights scrapped

Irish Ropes Promotions announced today that its scheduled March 16th “Erin Go Brawl II” pro boxing show at WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden had been cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. 2004 Irish Olympian Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) was slated to fight 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) in the main event, while 1992 Olympic silver medalist and former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough (27-7, 18 KOs) had been matched against Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (19-7, 9 KOs) in the 10 round co-feature. “This was a very difficult decision to make but ticket sales were way off compared to two years ago when the economy was much better here and back in Ireland,” Irish Ropes Promotions president Eddie McLoughlin explained. “We apologize for any inconveniences, especially to all of the boxers who worked so hard to prepare for their fights.” Tickets will be reimbursed in full at points of purchase.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Philly!

Mike Jones 144 vs Dairo Esalas 145.5
Teon Kennedy 121 vs Andre Wilson 118.5
Kaseem Wilson 146.5 vs Martnus Clay 146.5
Jamaal Davis 153.5 vs Clarence Taylor 153
Derrick Bivins 125 vs Luis Esquilin 128.5
Garrett Wilson 169 vs Dennis Hasson 170.5
Rod Salka 136.5 vs Victor Vasquez 135
Venue: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia
Promoter: Peltz Boxing/Joe Hand



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA names Cermeño-Mijares judges!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the referee for the March 14th WBA interim bantamweight clash between Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño and Mexican Cristian Mijares. The judges will be Glenn Feldman (Connecticut), Nelson Vázquez (Puerto Rico) and Raúl Caiz (California). The WBA supervisor will be the Argentine José Graglia. The event is the 20th WBA KO to Drugs Festival and will take palce in the Centennial Theater of Torreon, Mexico. The designation of the Panamanian referee Pineda was objected to by the promoter of the event and manager of Cristian Mijares, Nacho Huízar, since Cermeño resides and trains in Panama, where he has been based for all his professional career. Pineda has been the referee in four of Cermeño’s fights.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

King Davidson scores KO!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian based Nigerian King Davidson (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a knockout in round one over Thailand’s Faipaniang Kiatworawit (7-4, 3 KOs) at the Croation club, Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Friday. Davidson also holds a win over former Australian welterweight champion Frank La Porto. Davidson is managed by former Australian flyweight champion Peter Mitevski and trained by Aussie Hall of Famer Johnny Lewis. Mitrevski said, “I am confident Davidson will be international star… Johnny Lewis feels he has the ability to go all the way also.”



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Cameron returns Saturday!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated heavyweight Shane Cameron (22-1, (19 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday when he defends the IBF Pan Pacific crown over twelve rounds against American Robert Davis (32-9, 20 KOs) at the Rugby Park, Gisborne, New Zealand. Cameron looked impressive in stopping American heavyweights Kevin Monity in five rounds and Jonathan Haggler in seven rounds in 2008. Cameron outscored Terry Smith of the USA in one of the best heavyweight bouts ever contested in New Zealand in 2008. Cameron will clash with David Tua on June 6 at the Waikoto Stadium, Hamilton New Zealand. Cameron manager Ken Reinsfield said, “Shane has had the perfect lead up to the David Tua bout. He has been in with good American heavyweights during 2008. I am confident Shane will defeat David Tua on June 6th.”



March 6th, 2009

Scale Watch

Brähmer, Kanfouah make weight!

Photos: Lutz Hentschel


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Jürgen Brähmer 174.8 vs Rachid Kanfouah 173.7
(European light heavyweight championship)
Thomas Ulrich 174.8 vs Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky 173.7
(WBO InterContinental light heavyweight title)
Alesia Graf 114.1 vs Magdalena Dahlen 114.8
(WIBF/GBU super flyweight world title)
Aleksy Kuziemski 174.8 vs Armin Dollinger 173.9
(EBA Europa light heavyweight title)
Zsolt Bedak 120.5 vs Franklin Teran TBA
(WBO Europa super bantamweight title)
Igor Michalkin 174.8 vs DeAndrey Abron 175.9
Pal Bedak 111.9 vs Kemal Plavci 110.6
Venue: Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

Bell retains PABA belt!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #15 light heavyweight Tim Bell (14-5-1, 12 KOs) defended the PABA 175 pound title successfully against Sonni Michael Angelo (15-6-2, 5 KOs) of the Congo when he was awarded a twelve round points decision at the Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Friday. Bell scored a major upset in 2008 when he stopped Daniel Porky Lovett that launched him into the world ratings. Promoter former world IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael and Brian Amatruda.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Vea to defend OPBF belt!

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

OPBF cruiserweight champion Dominic Vea (10-1, 8 KOs) will defend the championship against Daniel Ammann (14-2-1, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Newcastle Panthers Club, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Saturday. This will be there third time they have clashed, both scoring a win each. Vea captured the title in Japan. Promoter is Tony Butterfield.



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Unbeaten Stevenson returns!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Baltimore junior middleweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin” Stevenson will headline the Thursday, March 19 Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. Stevenson will risk his perfect record (6-0, six KO’s) by participating in his first scheduled eight-round contest against Charlotte, NC’s Ken Dunham (5-7, three KO’s). Stevenson was successful in his last visit to Martin’s West, scoring a second-round TKO over Darrett Crockett on January 23. Dunham, meanwhile, lost a close four-round majority decision to Lenwood Dozier on February 20 in Westminster, MD. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Arena inks Diaz!

By Robert Coster

The 2008 Olympic boxing champion in Beijing at 64 kilos (junior welterweight) Felix Diaz has reportedly been signed to a promotional contract by Arena Box-Promotion. The 25-year-old, Dominican born Diaz was the only representative of the American continent to win gold at Beijing. A national hero in his country, Diaz hesitated to turn pro and put forward one condition to sign up with Arena, namely that his trainer should be Pedro Luis Diaz, the Cuban technician that guided him to his unexpected triumph at the Olympics. Arena’s stable has specialized in Caribbean boxers, mainly Cuban Olympic gold medalists like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and most recently Guillermo Rigondeaux.



March 6th, 2009

UFC

Don’t mess with ‘Rampage!’

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

During a recent teleconference promoting his upcoming bout with “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (29-7) let a reporter know he had no desire to discuss his pending legal troubles .  . . . Click here for more

Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao to be honored in LA!

Saturday in Filipinotown; public invited

Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and 2008 Fighter of the Year Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will be honored and celebrated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the southern California Filipino community This Saturday! March 7 in Historic Filipino Town (3200 Temple Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90026 – at Temple and Robinson Streets), beginning at 10 a.m. PT. Pacquiao, the first Asian fighter to win four sanctioned world titles, will be honored as “The People’s Champion” for his historic achievements inside the ring and for his philanthropic contributions outside the ring. Pacquiao and Mayor Villaraigosa will also be planting a tree as part of the Day of Service where hundreds of volunteers will be on hand all day working to beautify and improve Historic Filipinotown. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

BAD in San Jose!

Hot prospects poised for tripleheader
Photo: Laura De La Torre - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Photo: Laura De La Torre - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

By David Robinett

Boxing’s next generation took center stage Thursday at the final press conference before Saturday night’s HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The televised portion of the card, presented by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, features three bouts designated as co-main events, beginning with local star Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (23-1-1, 16 KOs), taking on undefeated Indonesian prospect Daud Yordan, (17-0, 12 KOs), in a ten-round junior lightweight bout for the vacant NABO title. Southern California’s “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, (23-1-1, 18 KOs), looks to extend his run of impressive performances, defending his NABO and USBA junior welterweight titles against durable Greek veteran “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis, (21-2-1, 10 KOs), in the middle bout, while hard-hitting junior middleweights James Kirkland, (24-0, 21 KOs), and Joel Julio, (34-2, 31 KOs), tangle over ten rounds in the evening’s featured matchup. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Olympian returns to the ring!

Bronze medalist Wilder has 2nd fight tonight
Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Scott Foster

USA 2009 Bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (1-0, 1 KO) resumes his march up the heavyweight ladder with his second professional bout this Friday night in Columbus, Mississippi at the Trotter Convention Center. Wilder is slated to face Shannon Gray (1-0) and will headline an eight-bout card which includes Mississippi’s own Billy Cunningham (3-1) and Shannon Miller (23-42). Promoted by Oliver Miller and O-1 Productions, tickets are now on sale at the Trotter Convention Center or they can be purchased by phone (662) 364-3443 or (662) 328-4164. Ticket prices range from $25 for general admission to $300 for a ringside table. Doors open at 6:00pm and the 1st bout will begin at 7:00pm. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside FNF!

By Lee Bates

Hardcore boxing fans take to ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights” as pro football fans do to the NFL’s Monday Night Football series. Over the years, the long-running Friday Night Fights series has offered a steady stream of prospects, contenders and world champions. Director of ESPN Programming and Acquisitions Doug Loughrey is key in making the final decisions on approving the televised fights on the series. Loughrey spoke on his role with Friday night fights, the ESPN network airing live its first heavyweight world title in network history, and ESPN’s simulcast with ESPN Deportes. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley ready for Holt!

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez and WBC Super Lightweight Champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (23-0, 11KOs) convened today for the mandatory WBC regulated 30-day weigh in review. The well conditioned Bradley weighed in at exactly 150 pounds and had one simple message for Kendall “R Rated” Holt (25-2, 13KOs) who he is scheduled to square off against in a highly anticipated combat that will unify the WBC and WBO super lightweight titles on Saturday, April 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in Montreal, Canada. The message: “I’m coming for you. I am going to downgrade Holt’s R Rating to a G rating,” stated a focused Bradley, who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.



March 6th, 2009

Scale Watch

“Mayflower Madness” Weights From Plymouth, MA!

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

By Mark Vaz

Below are the official weights of the fighters:

Jason Pires 143 ½ vs. Louie Leija 147*
*(Leija initially weighed 148; he made the weight on his second try)
Paul Delgado 146 vs. Sebastian Hamel 146 1/2
Manuel Lopes 165 vs. Eric Clinton 167 1/2
Mical Weisberg 171 1/2 vs. Pete Guthy 172
Kali Reis 150 vs. Alexsandra Magdziak Lopes 148 1/2
Andrey Nevsky 163 vs. William Deets 165

It’s “Mayflower Madness” as promoter Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment Sports brings boxing this Friday to the Memorial Hall in the historic city of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:15pm and the doors open at 6:15pm. Tickets are available at the door or call Classic Entertainment and Sports at 401 724-2253. (more…)



March 6th, 2009

Announcement

Khan-Barrera in the news!

Phenom vs. living legend live on PPV on March 14!

Khan: ‘I’ll be the last to face Barrera!’: Khan is full of confidence ahead of his lightweight clash with the Mexican legend at Manchester’s MEN Arena. . . Click here for more by The Sun

Barrera vs. Khan – Too soon or too late?: UK correspondent Russell Hanley wonders if it’s too late for Barrera or too soon for Khan as they head into their March 14 bout . . Click here for more by 411mania.com

Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more



March 6th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell to sign with Oscar!

By Flattop

Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell is close to signing a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Campbell spoke exclusively to FightNews regarding this matter:

“It’s absolutely true Flattop. We’re close. VERY close. I have to do what’s best for my family and my legacy. People think I’m mad with Don, but I’m really not. It’s just in my best interests to move on. Nobody wants to work with Don anymore, and he can’t get me the kind of fights I need at this point in my career, and Golden Boy can. It’s that simple. Remember, I was already the #1 mandatory to Diaz when we signed with Don in the first place, so it isn’t like he moved me into that spot or anything. Terry made those moves, not Don. And since the Diaz fight, all Don has brought was the Guzman nightmare and the Funeka fight (both mandatories), who’s names would only be recognized by about 15 people in the US combined. It’s not my fault that nobody wants to work with Don, and I cant fight that battle for him. He’s got to deal with that on his own. I had to move on. And Golden Boy is really the perfect fit for me right now. They have the names I want to fight, like Marquez and Hatton, and they can get the TV dates, plus other promoters will work with them, and they really can get things done. My signing bonus will be more than I made the entire time I was with King, you feel me? Richard and Eric can get me the Marquez fight, meanwhile Don is talking about Devon Alexander, who ain’t never fought nobody. Come on brother. Be serious. It ain’t even a debate anymore. Look, this deal with Golden Boy will put me in the fights that can secure the future for my family, and establish my legacy. And honestly, that’s all I’ve ever wanted from this game. So hopefully Terry and Golden Boy can get this thing wrapped up quick, because I’m dying to get back in the gym.”



March 5th, 2009

Announcement

Rodriguez-Alvarez at the scales

Weights by Bill Luppert

From the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Ct.:
Delvin Rodriguez 147 vs. Shamone Alvarez 145 3/4
*For Rodriguez’s USBA welterweight title and IBF #2 ranking
Raymond Serrano 146 1/4 vs.  Jay Krupp-146 3/4
Demetrius Andrade 152 1/4 vs. Tom Joseph-152
Simeon Dunwell 141 1/4 vs. Shakha Moore-141 1/4
Frank Trader 131 1/4 vs. Edwin Rosado-132 1/4
Tyrone Miles 152 3/4 vs. Chris Aucoin-153 1/4
David Williams 200 vs. Josh Harris 196 3/4



March 5th, 2009

UFC

Preview: Gonzaga-Carwin

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is changing in a big way. 2008 had its share of memorable moments, but none may be more significant than Randy Couture’s sensational TKO loss to the behemoth current champion Brock Lesnar. On Saturday, March 7th two massive heavyweights collide to determine the next potential star in the division as former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga squares off with the 6’4, 260-pound Shane Carwin . . . Click here for more

Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!



March 5th, 2009




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