More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

Story and photos by David Finger at ringside It goes without saying that the bigger fighters tend to dominate the spotlight in boxing, ...

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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO ...

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight belt on Saturday night ...

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight belt on the line ...

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 ...

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UFC Heads To Pittsburgh, Marquardt Makes Welterweight Debut: Tickets on sale this week for UFC Live, Sunday, June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh – featuring Nate Marquardt vs Anthony Johnson, plus Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry. UFC Fight Club presale starts Thursday, April 21 at 10am ET Tickets>

The Road To UFC 129 Continues Tomorrow Night: Don’t miss the next episode of UFC Primetime St-Pierre vs Shields tomorrow night at midnight on SPIKE (US) & Sportsnet (Canada)

Brian Bowles Faces Takeya Mizugaki At UFC 132: Plus Andre Winner and Anthony Njokuani go head-to-head on July 2 in Vegas Fight Card Updates>

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UFC Heads To Pittsburgh, Marquardt Makes Welterweight Debut: Tickets on sale this week for UFC Live, Sunday, June 26 at the …


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UFC heads to Pittsburgh

An exciting UFC® card featuring fights with high-stakes is heading to Pittsburgh this summer. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets for its June 26 event at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh will go on sale to the public Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. ET. (more…)

An exciting UFC® card featuring fights with high-stakes is heading to Pittsburgh this summer. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today …



Boxing News

Thompson-Harris eliminator

In a scheduled 12-round IBF heavyweight championship elimination bout, former heavyweight world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (35-2, 23 KOs) goes against newly crowned USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) on May 27 at the 6,000-seat Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The winner faces IBF #1 Eddie Chambers in a final eliminator.

“I actually fought Maurice Harris some years ago in the ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,’ Thompson, who hails from Washington, DC, recalls. “He beat me in a three-rounder that did not go against our record. Now it’s an opportunity for me to get revenge. And I can guarantee he won’t beat me this time. I’ll stop him in six rounds or under.”

Thompson-Harris will open an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast headlined by Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) making the first defense of his NABF light welterweight title against Steve Upsher Chambers (23-1-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder.

In a scheduled 12-round IBF heavyweight championship elimination bout, former heavyweight world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (35-2, 23 …


Boxing News

Keb-Hernandez Presser

Story and video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC

This morning at a press conference in Mexico City, the WBC light flyweight world champion, Gilberto Keb Baas said he is ready to defend his crown against Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez on April 30th. The fight will take place at the new Don King Arena in Texcoco State of Mexico sponsored by Golden Boy Promotions, Grupo Publica and Pepe Gomez.

Adrian Hernandez: “I’m preparing my self hard and I just think about winning.”

Gilberto Keb: “It’s very nice everything they are doing but the belt will return to Yucatan that night. I dedicate my victory to the Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco.” (more…)

Story and video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC This morning at a press conference in Mexico City, the WBC light …




Boxing News

Jones-Hernandez to purse bid

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association is opening to purse bid the WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones vs interim champion Yoan Hernandez. The purse bid will take place on April 28th at at WBA Headquarters in Panama City, Panama. The minimum bid is $200,000 and the purse split is 55% champion/45% interim. According to WBA rules the bout shall be scheduled to take place not less than 45 days and not more than 90 days from the date of the bid award, unless a different date is agreed to by the boxers and approved by the Championships Committee. This will likely KO any plans for Jones to defend against #8 Ryan Coyne in his next bout as had been announced by the Coyne camp.

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association is opening to purse bid the WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones …


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WV2 Speaks

Photo: Joel Colón/PRBBP

Undefeated world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., held a media day today in his home gym in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to speak about his upcoming fight with three-time world champion, Jorge “Travieso” Arce on May 7 in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME on Pay-Per-View.

WBO Junior Featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in his Las Vegas debut, making his third title defense, against three-time world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. (more…)

Undefeated world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., held a media day today in his home gym in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to …


Boxing News

WV2 training hard

Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., showed today his great condition less than three weeks before his third defense against former champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce next May 7th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as part of the Manny Pacquiao versus Sugar Shane Mosley show, in a Top Rank presentation to be shown on Showtime Pay Per View. “We are training at 150% for this fight, we are focused and very grateful for this opportunity,” Vazquez, Jr., said before start his training at the Miguel J. Fray Gym in Bayamon. For more details and photos click here…

Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., showed today his great …


Boxing News

Murray vs Mitchell is on

Promoter Frank Warren has announced a mouth-watering domestic showdown between British lightweights John Murray (31-0, 18 KOs) and Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs). The bout is expected to land in London in the summer. “This is a real 50/50 match and I salute both guys for signing up for it,” said Warren. “I am working on a date and venue for the show and hope to announce this and, of course, a top quality undercard very soon.”

Murray: “I thought Mitchell had bottled it once and for all when he turned down the opportunity to fight me last month, but I am glad he has finally put pen to paper as this fight has been a long time coming and, apart from the world title, this is the only meaningful challenge left for me in the UK.”

Mitchell: “Murray’s done well but he hasn’t faced me yet and, if he had, we wouldn’t keep hearing about his unbeaten record, I was 31-0 too with more stoppages than him, until I lost out in my 32nd fight which he will too. Personally, I hope this fight takes place in the East End so I can show my legions of fans that last year was a one off an Kevin Mitchell is back.

Promoter Frank Warren has announced a mouth-watering domestic showdown between British lightweights John Murray (31-0, 18 KOs) and Kevin Mitchell …



Boxing News

Alex Leapai speaks

Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

WBO #14 heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) scored an impressive three round KO over former world heavyweight challenger Peter OkHello (20-6, 18 KOs) to capture the IBF Australian title in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday. Leapai has defeated several good Americans including Travis Walker in four rounds and Owen Beck in six rounds. “Peter Okhello went the distance in a WBC heavyweight title bout against Oleg Maskaev but I took him out in three rounds,” said Leapai. “Former heavyweight contender Sinan Samil Sam also had to go twelve rounds to beat OkHello.” Leapai concluded, “I am not a big heavyweight but I have the KO power in both hands to beat the best in the world and that includes David Haye and the Klitschko’s.” Leapai is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who also guided Samoan Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown.

Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing WBO #14 heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) scored an impressive three …


Interview

Perez ready for Darchinyan

By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Thompson Boxing

Former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, California by way of Colombia will take on Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday, April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’ which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing and is being presented by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)

By Ricardo Conde Photo: Thompson Boxing Former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe …


Boxing Result

Rachman dethrones Kwanthai

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photo: Siamsport

Former IBF 105lb boss Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5,33 KOs) became the new WBA minimumweight titleholder as he stopped the now former champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (31-1-1,17 KOs) in round nine on Tuesday at Bangkokthonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, it seemed not so hard for the Thai fighter as he dropped the former IBF champ in round two and mostly gained the score except round five and six. But unexpectedly in round nine, the experienced Rachman reached his big opportunity when he landed a well-timed right hook following by vicious combinations which sent Kwanthai to the canvas. Not missing the chance, the Indonesian viciously hunted his foe and he successfully closed the show with a right bodyshot which destroyed Thai fighter for a full ten count at 1:29.

In other action, former WBA 122lb title holder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (44-2,30 KOs) scored a six round technical decision over Eric Barcelona (51-20-4,19 KOs) to capture the PABA 122lb title. An accidental headclash in round six rendered the Filipino unable to continue so the fight was sent to the scorecard which the Thai fighter comfortably leaded by 58-55, 59-54 and 59-54. Poonsawat is scheduled to challenge for the WBA crown again during the WBA annual convention in Bangkok this October.

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photo: Siamsport Former IBF 105lb boss Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5,33 KOs) became the new WBA minimumweight titleholder as …


Boxing News

Trout vs Lopez in Mexico?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Jr middleweight contender David “The Destroyer” Lopez may have the opportunity to fight for the WBA super welterweight championship against unbeaten world champion Austin Trout in June. HG BOXING President Hector Garcia informed us that he expects to make this fight for June 11th at a site to be named. Candidates are Sonora, Mexico City and Mexico state. Lopez defeated compatriot Michel Rosales in a WBA eliminator on March 19 in Tampico, Tamaulipas to earn this title shot.

That same night, Mexican female star Arely Muciño defends her IBF female flyweight world crown for the second time against an opponent to be revealed in the coming days.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Jr middleweight contender David “The Destroyer” Lopez may have the opportunity to fight for the WBA …



Boxing News

Gomez tops Club Nokia card

On April 28, boxing action returns to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles with local jr welterweight favorite Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez (8-0, 6 KOs) headlining. Lightweight Ramon Valadez (7-1, 4 KOs) and 2008 Olympian jr middleweight Alfonso Blanco (4-0, 2 KOs) also compete in featured bouts. Opponents for Gomez, Blanco and Valadez will be announced at a later date.

On April 28, boxing action returns to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles with local jr welterweight favorite …


Boxing News

Canelo Promotions inks Nozaki

By Robert Coster

Mexico-based Canelo Promotions’ Japanese connection is growing. Edison Reynoso, chief executive of Canelo, has announced the signing of Japanese super-flyweight prospect Masamichi Nozaki. The 22-year-old Nozaki (11-2, 3 KOs), started off his career with two controversial decision losses in 2007 but has since then rebounded with 11 straight victories, 4 of them over unbeaten opposition. “Nozaki is a slick, skilled young boxer,” commented Reynoso, “and we believe that he will progress considerably by pursuing his career in Mexico.”

Mexican fans will have a chance to get their first glimpse of Nozaki as he will step in the ring on the third week of May against an opponent TBA. The other Japanese boxers Canelo Promotions has signed are former WBA interim jr middleweight champion Noburo Ishida, who recently stunned the boxing world with a one round destruction of James Kirkland, and bantamweight contender Tomoki Kameda, the youngest of the famed Kameda brothers. Said Reynoso, “We plan to continue looking for good boxers and prospects in Japan. Boxers over there are similar in many ways to Mexican boxers: they are disciplined, love to train and have heart.”

By Robert Coster Mexico-based Canelo Promotions’ Japanese connection is growing. Edison Reynoso, chief executive of Canelo, has announced the signing …


UFC

Reintroducing Jose Aldo

He currently sits in a lofty spot on the mythical pound-for-pound list, he has an amazing backstory, an infectious personality, and, oh yeah, he can fight a little bit too. But to some UFC fans, Jose Aldo won’t be a reality until he sets foot in the Octagon for the first time . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

For more info on UFC 129 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

He currently sits in a lofty spot on the mythical pound-for-pound list, he has an amazing backstory, an infectious personality, …


Boxing News

Concepcion returns to training

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion returned to training on Monday after losing to Hernan “Tyson” Marquez on April 2 in Panama City. Concepcion, now classified WBA #5 in its flyweight rating, began his training in the “Los Rockeros” gym with an exercise routine. Concepcion is trained by renowned local trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi, one of his two trainers.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion returned to training on Monday after losing …



Boxing News

Sal Sanchez II returns Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican junior lightweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (21-4-3, 11 KOs) returns to the ring again in Mexico City on a Saturday night called “Feria del Nocaut III” at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico on a Boxeo de Gala Promotions show presented by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia. Sanchez II, a lookalike for his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez, made his final preparations at the Pino Suarez Gym in Mexico City with trainer Rudy Perez and has been bringing in bus loads of fans in rapidly becoming a star attraction in Mexico.

“I’ve been training very hard the last three months in Mexico City with Rudy Perez trainer,” said Sanchez. “I need to learn more about the technical aspects, defense and fast punching. We’re training for the future. I have to face the best to go to a world title shot in my career but now I have to learn too much. Fight by fight I feel better, I’m feeling my career advance.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican junior lightweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (21-4-3, 11 KOs) returns to the ring again in …


Boxing News

López Salido rematch in August?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

A contractually obligated rematch between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido and ex-champ Juan Manuel Lopez may be held in August instead of November or December as originally stated by promoter Bob Arum. Salido, who stopped Lopez on Saturday night in a monumental upset, had hoped to make a defense in July in Sonora, Mexico, but apparently the people of Lopez are pushing for a rematch to take place as soon as possible.

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press A contractually obligated rematch between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido and ex-champ Juan Manuel …


Boxing News

Lewkowicz banned in Panama

At a meeting on Monday, the Panamanian Boxing Commission declared matchmaker and boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz an undesirable person and warned every promoter, manager or member of the Panamanian boxing community that the commission will not accept any reationship with him for one year.

According to a letter from Commission President Alberto Guerra to the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF, Lewkowicz allegedly told the management of WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of boxing if Moreno did not sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy by April 5. Guerra confirmed a conversation with Lewkowicz about the commission’s powers to terminate a contract, but he claims he informed Lewkowicz that this was not the case between Moreno and his manager Roberto Grimaldo. The commission later confirmed that Grimaldo’s deal with Moreno would be in force until 2016.

At a meeting on Monday, the Panamanian Boxing Commission declared matchmaker and boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz an undesirable person and …


Boxing News

Hitz back in Rosemont, IL

On May 18, Hitz Boxing and its founder, Bobby Hitz, will return to where it all began, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The night’s main event will feature popular Irish Middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs). Lee will be getting back in the ring just a couple months after scoring a sensational come-from-behind tenth-round knockout against the previously unbeaten Craig McEwan on national TV.

When Bobby Hitz first transitioned from heavyweight boxer to promoter, he embarked on what became a 12-year series of shows in Rosemont entitled the Ramada Rumbles.

“We are back to where it all started,” said an enthusiastic Hitz. “And in the spirit of going back to the glory days, we’ve got an old-school-type of fighter, Andy Lee, who is one of the most exciting sluggers in boxing in the main event. He’s not your usual big-name boxer. Andy doesn’t want to lay around. He wants to keep busy and stay sharp while he waits for his title shot.”

On May 18, Hitz Boxing and its founder, Bobby Hitz, will return to where it all began, at the Donald …


Boxing News

Tapia-Archuleta III

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce a June 4 boxing card that includes a rubber match between six-time world champion Johnny Tapia (58-5-2, 30 KOs) versus Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs). Tapia and Archuleta split a couple of close decisions in their 2004 and 2005 fights.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce a June 4 boxing …


Boxing News

Ortiz asked to make mandatory

WBC Silver welterweight champion and mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin wants to fight the new WBC world champion Victor Ortiz immediately. “I congratulate Victor Ortiz to his victory and I hope that he is man enough to fight me”, says Aydin. “Ortiz should not forget that he only got his shot at the title because I stepped aside from my mandatory right to challenge Berto. Berto knew exactly why he didn’t want to fight me. He knows how strong I am and that I would have beaten him. He thought he would have better chances against Ortiz. Now I can only hope that Ortiz doesn’t run away from me like Berto did over the past two years.” (more…)

WBC Silver welterweight champion and mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin wants to fight the new WBC world champion Victor Ortiz immediately. …


Boxing News

Beltran files lawsuit

Last Friday, well known Mexican Promoter Fernando Beltran, filed a lawsuit for libel and defamation of character with the Tijuana, MX, attorney general against Michael Miller, the U.S. based lawyer for WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto. Beltran is represented by one of the best law offices of Mexico who prepared the lawsuit and who will seek damages.

Beltran alleges that Miller made several false accusations against him to the media. “We will follow through with this case, the laws in our country and very just and clear and Mr. Miller broke many of them with his false declarations against me and my company,” Beltran said. “These declarations affect in one way or another the credibility that we have earned for so many years and after all the champions that Zanfer has produced for Mexico.”

Last Friday, well known Mexican Promoter Fernando Beltran, filed a lawsuit for libel and defamation of character with the Tijuana, …


Boxing News

Lebedev, Tszyu Workout

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: Team Lebedev

WBO # 1 rated cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) continues to prepare for his “Battle of Two Empires” fight against legendary multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-7, 40 KOs) on May 21th at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev is preparing with Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu. Click here for more photos…

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov Photo: Team Lebedev WBO # 1 rated cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) continues to prepare …


Boxing News

TMZ: Manny/Floyd/Mandela Scandal

From TMZ: A man identified as a boxing promoter claims he was victimized by Nelson Mandela’s daughter over a botched effort to organize a Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight to celebrate her dad’s 93rd birthday. Duane Moody claims Zindziswa Mandela approached him several months ago to broker the fight — which she estimated would pull in $100 million. Moody claims in return for organizing the event, he would get 15% of the proceeds. According to the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nelson’s daughter flaked out as he tried negotiating the deal. Things got so hinky, Moody claims he was kicked out of his Vegas hotel room because “Zindzi Mandela was not paying the bill as agreed.” The fight was ultimately scrapped, but Moody claims he’s owed $7.5 million — yes, we’re confused by the math as well.

From TMZ: A man identified as a boxing promoter claims he was victimized by Nelson Mandela’s daughter over a botched …


Feature Story

Mares ready for Agbeko

By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde

Rising star and current WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, training under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Clemente Medina at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will take on IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana this Saturday April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California and will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, the Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’ is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

In the co-feature bout, former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia faces Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant IBO bantamweight title. For more details and photos click here…

By Ricardo Conde Photos by Ricardo Conde Rising star and current WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 …


Boxing News

Alvarado-Narh official

Knockout artists Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) and “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) will battle for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title on the pay-per-view undercard headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBO welterweight championship rumble, Saturday, May 7, at the soldout MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley pay-per-view undercard will also feature a 10-round super middleweight duel between former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) and undefeated WBC Continental Americas super middleweight champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) and WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs) making his third title defense, against five-time world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs). Alvarado-Narh replaces the previously announced rematch between Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon, which has fallen out.

Knockout artists Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) and “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) will battle for the vacant WBC …


Boxing Result

Results from Italy

European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (31-1-1, 14 KOs) retained his belt last Friday night in Capoterra (Cagliari), Italy by tecnical decision in the seventh round against English Mark Lloyd (15-4, 3 KOs). The 3 judges scored the bout 69-60 for Abis.

Lightweight prospect Luca Giacon (15-0, 15 KOs) impressed again by scoring a first round knockout against Nicaraguan Michael Isaac Carrero. The bout was schedule on 6 rounds.

WBC International welterweight champion Phil Lo Greco (21-0, 12 KOs) returned in the ring with a TKO win in round 4 against Semjons Moroseks. The bout was schedule on 6 rounds.

Former European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-4, 12 KOs) decisioned Sergei Tasimov in 6 rounds.

Super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (19-1, 10 KOs) decisioned Ruslans Pojonisevs in 6 rounds.

OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live.

European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (31-1-1, 14 KOs) retained his belt last Friday night in Capoterra (Cagliari), Italy by …


Boxing News

SoCal Armenians buoy Abraham

Photo: Team Sauerland

King Arthur Abraham is convinced that the huge Armenian community in California will lift him to victory in his Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout on May 14. The 31-year-old (32-2, 26 KOs), who takes on undefeated WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) at The Home Depot Center, is currently shaping up on Usedom, a small German island in the Baltic Sea. Last week, SHOWTIME´s Fight Camp 360 crew caught up with the former tournament point leader in his training camp. “I am looking forward to returning to America and clinch a big victory on May 14,” King Arthur said. “Los Angeles has a huge Armenian community and I intend to put on a great fight for my loyal fans. Their passionate support really means a lot to me. It will give me additional motivation. Ward is a strong fighter but with the help of my countrymen I will defeat him.” (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland King Arthur Abraham is convinced that the huge Armenian community in California will lift him to victory …


Boxing News

Coleman rejects fight

World ranked Las Vegas-based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) contacted fightnews directly from his training camp in England upon reading the news of the cancelled April 29th IBF eliminator bout between Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC. Cayo-Peterson was scheduled to be the main event on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights series.

“I’m not going to take a fight of this magnitdude on two weeks notice,” said Coleman. “The money isnt great but for the opportunity I was willing to do it with ample time. If Peterson can’t get a replacement to fight him in an eliminator on this kind of notice then I guess what comes around goes around.” (more…)

World ranked Las Vegas-based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) contacted fightnews directly from his training camp in England upon reading …


UFC

Blueprint: Aldo vs. Hominick

Competing in the UFC 129 main event on April 30th, both Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick compete in the UFC’s newly minted 145-pound division, a weight class crowded with whirling dervish-type fighters that often thrill fans with non-stop, video game-like action. Aldo is the division’s unquestioned king, receiving the belt in exchange for his WEC championship when Zuffa merged it into the UFC. Hominick is the guy hoping to bring about a sudden coup d’état . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC

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Competing in the UFC 129 main event on April 30th, both Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick compete in the UFC’s …


Boxing News

Larry Hazard speaks at Ring 8 meeting

International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Larry Hazzard is the special guest speaker this Tuesday (April 19th) for the RING 8 monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

In addition, each of the 2011 New York Golden Gloves Tournament finalists have been invited along with a guest to attend Tuesday’s meeting, as well as becoming an honorary RING 8 member throughout this year.

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International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Larry Hazzard is the special guest speaker this Tuesday (April 19th) for the RING …


Full Report

Ortiz-Berto Photo Report

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi
Photography by Emily Harney

Over the years, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, along with the newer MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT have held numerous memorable fights over the course of their history. James Toney vs. Vassily Jirov, Carl Froch vs. Jermain Taylor, Vinny Paz getting his 50th career win over Tocker Pudwill, the two wars that Scott Pemberton had against Omar Sheika that were both ESPN fights of the year, Diego Corrales vs. Joel Casamayor, Diego Corrales vs. Acelino “Popo” Freitas, most recently, Sergio Martinez vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk, as well as many, many more. Now we can add yet another war into the history books of boxing at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods and the Fox Theatre, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi Photography by Emily Harney Over the years, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, …


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Linares to fight in Mexico?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares could have his next fight in Mexico on May 28. Potential opponents for Linares include Willie Lemond English and Sergio Priotti for the a proposed lightweight ten-rounder, but apparently Golden Boy is also looking for other candidates. One source indicated that after the fight in Mexico, Linares could return in the U.S. against Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Michael Katsidis or maybe even WBA interim lightweight titleholder Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares could have his next fight in Mexico on May 28. …


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Victor Ortiz silences critics

By Mariano A. Agmi

Victor Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) had a lot to prove going into the “East-West Showdown” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Ortiz wanted to erase the memory of his 2009 loss to power punching Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and answer any questions that lingered about his chin or his heart. Ortiz did that and much more, engaging in a 4 knockdown firefight with Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBC welterweight title in an instant fight of the year candidate.

“Should I come down there and smack you with this green belt?” asked Ortiz to the roar of the media at the post fight press conference in response to a question about this fight compared to the Maidana fight. “I’m totally messing with you,” joked the champ. “That was my past, it was a learning experience. I took it for what it was worth. I went to war. People say I gave up. I didn’t give up. The fight was stopped on my behalf. Life goes on and I woke up to another day, and check it out (lifting his new WBC welterweight championship belt).” (more…)

By Mariano A. Agmi Victor Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) had a lot to prove going into the “East-West Showdown” at …










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