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Lebedev, Jones make weight

Lebedev, Jones make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Hrunov Promotions Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Guillermo Jones 200 (WBA cruiserweight world title) Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, ...

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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

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Boxing News

Mundine-Geale on 5/27!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) will clash with IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (20-0, 12 KOs) on May 27. Mundine has been unimpressive in recent middleweight bouts and there are many predicting Geale can upset the former world champion. Australia’s No.1 promoter Bill Treacy, who manages Geale, said “Daniel has looked great in recent sparring sessions against IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika and is now ready for Mundine. His trainer Graham Shaw has done a top job in having Daniel performing at his best.” Next week Geale will defend his IBO crown against Canadian Ian MacKillop, who stopped Mundine’s last opponent Shannan Taylor. Mundine’s only losses have been to Sven Ottke, Mikkel Kessler and Many Siaca in world title bouts. Geale is underfeated.



March 5th, 2009



Boxing News

Kirkland-Julio Presser Quotes!

By David Robinett

Oscar de la Hoya: This is the type of event that fight fans will be talking about for months and years to come…These are compelling fights, top-notch fights and it doesn’t get any better than this.
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz: We’re ready and I know my opponent is ready and we’ll see what happens Saturday night. I can’t really call him [Mike Arnaoutis] an opponent, he’s a champion and I know he’ll be ready.
Joel Julio: I feel good, I’m ready for James Kirkland. Kirkland is a very good fighter, but he hasn’t been tested yet…I am looking forward to March 7 when I plan to knock Kirkland out.
James Kirkland: We trained very well for the fight. I know Joel’s coming prepared but I came to do what I came to do…Me and Julio are going to meet up in the center of that ring and we’re going to see whose chin is better.
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero: It’s about time I got out to San Jose to fight and I’d like to thank Golden Boy for putting on the show here. [Commenting on Daud Yordan's "Ghostbusters" shirt] I like that little “Ghostbusters” sign on the back of his shirt, but the last person who came out with a “Ghostbusters” sign was Jason Litzau and I knocked him out in eight rounds.



March 5th, 2009

Preview

Samuels-Valenzuela meet 3/27!

Rising Junior Welterweight Derrick “Super” Samuels (16-4-1, 4 KOs) of Orlando, FL will risk his NABA-US title Friday March 27 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion against fight veteran Roberto Valenzuela. Valenzuela of Sonora, Mexico, has gone to war with many champions and contenders including Jose Luis Castillo, Andre Berto, Cesar Bazan, and Demetrius Hopkins. The Samuels-Valenzuela bout is scheduled for ten rounds. The undercard will be topped by two exciting co-main events. The first will feature an eight round Cruiserweight showdown between Floridians Nicholas Iannuzzi (9-0, 6 KOs) of Tampa and Theo Kruger (9-7-1, 3 KOs) of Port Charlotte. Iannuzzi is making a much anticipated return following his impressive fifth round KO against previously unbeaten Terry Roy last November. The experienced Kruger has only lost once in his last four fights. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Interview

Serrano Ready For Krupp!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

On Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, highly touted welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (8-0, 5 KOs) will face his toughest test to date when he trades punches with Jay Krupp (12-1, 5 KOs). The bout will be televised nationally as the co-feature this week on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” The fight card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will feature Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14 KOs) in the main event as he takes on Sharmone Alvarez (20-1, 11 KOs). FightNews had the opportunity to go one on one with Serrano as he approaches quite possibly the biggest fight of his young professional career. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Cuxhaven!

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

Selcuk Aydin 146.5 vs. Luis Fernando Hernandez ??
(WBC International welterweight championship)
Note: Hernandez is still en route
Konstantin Airich 223.5 vs. Ondrej Pala 242.5
Herbie Hide 200 vs. Sandro Siproshvili 191.5
Tino Groß 198 vs. Ivica Bacurin 200
Venue: Kugelbake Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany
Promoter: Arena Box-Promotion
TV: Eurosport (Europe)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Seroka Makes First Defense!

By Ron Jackson

Jasper Seroka makes the first defence of his South African junior lightweight title when he faces the inexperienced Wandile Mseleku at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Mseleku from KwaZulu Natal is a comparative novice with a reported record of seven fights and is ranked at number ten in the most recent Boxing SA rankings. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Lacy returns April 10!

Left Hook Promotions, the company founded by former IBF/IBO super middleweight champion and St. Pete native Jeff Lacy is proud to present “Homecoming”, The Return of Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on April 10. Lacy (24-2, 17 KO’s), returns to fight in the bay area for the first time in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum in August 2005. “I’ve always wanted to come back and fight in Tampa, but it just wasn’t possible under the circumstances,” said Lacy. “But now that I formed Left Hook Promotions, I have the freedom to fight wherever I choose, and I wanted my first fight back to be right here in Tampa.” (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Paris

Photo: Pierre Girod

Photo: Pierre Girod

By Christian Chataignier

The weigh-in for tonight’s card at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris, took place Wednesday afternoon at the Hotel Murano in Paris, with the following results:

In the main event, French middleweight prospect and still undefeated Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 160.5 will take on Samir Dos Santos Barbosa 159.6 from Brazil in ten rounder. In an all French affair without any title on the line, cruserweights Jean Marc Monrose and Steve Herelius weighed exactly the same weight at 197.3. Two quarter finals of the light middleweight Grand Tournoi will also take place. Jimmy Colas 153 vs Mehdi Nekaies 153.2 and Damien Bertu 153.2 vs Sebastien Spengler 152.



March 5th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Brähmer-Kanfouah public workout!

Photos: Eroll Popova
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Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer, who has vowed to silence his critics in Saturday’s bout for the vacant European championship against French champion Rachid Kanfouah, thrilled onlookers during a public workout yesterday at the “Altmarkt Galerie” in Dresden. Also on hand to demonstrate their skills were Kanfouah, unified female world champion Alesia Graf, her challenger Magdalena Dahlen, unbeaten light heavy Aleksy Kuziemski and unbeaten brothers Pal und Zsolt Bedak. All will be in action on Saturday night’s “Universum Champions Night” event at the Freiberger Arena.



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: James Kirkland, Wayne McCullough

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, junior middleweight contender James Kirkland and former bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net.
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Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



March 5th, 2009

UFC

Grove motivated for UFC 96!

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

After a pair of losses, the winner of the second season of the Ultimate Fighter put his career back on track last June with a split decision victory over the late Evan Tanner. After the headlining fight, Grove took the remainder of 2008 off to spend time with his daughter who came into the world in August . . . 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

Announcement

‘Taylor Made’ ready for war!

'Battle at York 3' set for March 7!

Ready to take the heavyweight division by storm, Central Pennsylvania heavyweight prospect Andres “TAYLOR MADE” Taylor is finalizing preparations for his showdown with the Motor City’s Larry Carter this Saturday night, March 7th, at the Valencia Ballroom as part of the “BATTLE AT YORK 3”, an evening of world class professional presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, headquarters of the popular “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national series. . . . Click here for more



March 5th, 2009

UFC

Countdown to UFC 96!

Tonight at 11 PM on SPIKE TV!

Catch the Countdown to UFC 96, tonight on SPIKE TV   . . . 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

Boxing News

Ramirez-Ismailov is official!

By Alexey Sukachev

It has been confirmed today, that Argentinean cruiserweight Victor Emilio Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) will take on WBO #12 Ali Ismailov (15-1-1, 10 KOs) for a full WBO title on April 11th at Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The contract between two parties was officially signed two days ago, ending a lengthy period of preliminary negotiations. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Julio ready for Kirkland!

Photo: Marcos Perez

Photo: Marcos Perez

By Lee Bates

Recent world title challenger Joel Julio (34-2, 31 KOs) sets out to upset unbeaten world ranked contender James Kirkland (24-0, 21 KOs) this Saturday at the Tank in San Jose,California. A native of Monteria, Colombia, Julio is coming off a decision loss to world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk in his last fight and knows he has a major opportunity in front of him. “This is a huge opportunity for me and I fully expect to be victorious come Saturday night” stated Julio. Fightnews spoke with Julio as he arrived to San Jose from Miami, Florida. Julio spoke about his last fight, his advantage having fought southpaws in the past, and how his big fight experience will be a major factor to his success. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kameda Brothers victorious!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#1/WBC#3 flyweight Koki Kameda (20-0, 13 KOs), 113, easily finished overmatched and fragile Mexican Dolores Vidal (publicized 21-9, 19 KOs), 111.75, by dropping him three times at 2:09 of the second round in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday. Vidal was ballyhooed as a WBC#20 ranked contender, but he looked so terrible that he couldn’t show nothing prior to his disappointing defeat. Lately we have never seen such a poor performance of Mexican boxers (well-known by their gallant machismo) fighting here in Japan.
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Daiki Kameda (13-1, 10 KOs), 114.75, also easily dispatched Wandee Singwangcha (57-10-1, 12 KOs), 113.75, at 0:27 of the sixth session. Ex-WBC champ Wandee also seemed to have left his fighting spirit in Thailand only to miserably succumb to Daiki’s body shots. Wandee didn’t look what he used to be. Promoter: Katsumata Promotions.



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

German Titov Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

It was almost a month and a half ago, when German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, staged a training camp for his boxers in Los Angeles, California. The purpose of this overseas trip was to prepare Eastern European fighters from Team Titov for upcoming challenges in both USA and Europe as well as to seek possible high-profile match-ups they could eventually take their part in. Now, back to Russia, Titov spoke to Fightnews about the noise which had been created in Californian gyms by his protégées and the future outcome of the camp. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Gerula defeats Raika!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#6/WBC#15 female Canadian Olivia Gerula (10-10-2, 3 KOs), 130/75, made a good display of her shifty footwork and accurate shots to win an upset split but well-received decision (78-76, 78-77 and 76-77) over WBC#4/WBA#7 light Fujin Raika (18-5-1, 6 KOs), 132.5, over eight two-minute rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Gerula, formerly a kick-boxer, landed light but accurate punches from Hamed-like angles, busily moving side-to-side, to and fro, all the way. Olivia, four years her junior at 29, outspeeded and outclassed the hard-hitting but slower Raika, one of the most famous women boxers, despite her continual nose-bleeding caused by an accidental butt in the fourth. Promoter: Tokashiki Promotions.



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Hot boxing in cold Yakutsk!

Photo: Ona+

Photo: Ona+

By Alexey Sukachev

One can hardly find a cooler place on the Earth than Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha Republic, located in the very heart of Eastern Siberia. With January temperatures’ averaging -42 F, Yakutsk is perhaps the coldest big city (over 210 thousands inhabitants) in the world. However, this Friday will be considerably warmer in Sakha hugest settlement, thanks to a tiny local boxing tournament, featuring two of the best female bantamweights around. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Sauerland inks Brewster!

Former WBO heavyweight and current NABA heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster has signed a deal with German-based promotional outfit Sauerland Event. Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) will fight in the co-featured slot of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham’s world title defense against Lajuan Simon on March 14 at the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His opponent will be former British heavyweight champion Michael Sprott (31-12, 16 KOs) of Reading, England. Sprott, age 34, became the first man to knock out Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007, accomplishing the feat in three rounds. He also holds wins over notable contenders Danny Williams and Timo Hoffman. (more…)



March 5th, 2009

Announcement

Khan-Barrera in the news!

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

Khan will knock Barrera out: Trainer Freddie Roach insists that Amir Khan will knock Marco Antonio Barrera out when the pair clash next week . . . Click here for more by Setanta Sports

Barrera brimming with belief: Eyebrows were raised when the 2004 Olympic silver medallist (19-1, 15 KOs) announced he would take on a three-weight world champion in Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) so soon after his first-round knockout defeat to Breidis Prescott. . . Click here for more by Sky Sports

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 4th, 2009

UFC

Miller takes on Maynard!

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Story by Andreas Hale

With names like BJ Penn, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk and Diego Sanchez hovering about, UFC’s lightweight division is absolutely filled to the brim with talent. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for one more  . . . 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 4th, 2009

Feature Story

Rodriguez returns to the ring!

Story by Matt Richardson

Crowd pleasing welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez will return to the ring this Friday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut when he takes on Shamone Alvarez in the main event of ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights.  Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14 KOs) has been featured in some of the networks more exciting fights and said he planned on continuing to do so this week. (more…)



March 4th, 2009

Feature Story

Alvarez: ‘Delvin’s a cool cat!’

Story by Rick Scharmberg

The “good guys” will get their chance on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”, this Friday, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The IBF’s #15-ranked contender, Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1, 11 KOs), of Atlantic City, New Jersey will face IBF No. 4 ranked contender Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14 KOs), of Danbury, Ct. in a 12-round IBF welterweight title eliminator.

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March 4th, 2009

Announcement

A Family Affair

Rooney-Rooney: Round 1 kicks off March 6!

On March 6th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT Star Boxing’s 19-year-old welterweight phenom Raymond “Tito” Serrano (8-0, 5KO) will step into the ring against world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney Sr.’s protégé “Smokin” Jay Krupp (12-1, 5KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division and will be that evening’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” co-main event  . . . Click here for more



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

ShoBox mission is clear: Young Fighters Matched Tough!

Ken Hershman put his hands together. He expressed adoration for James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo, two fighters who in recent months have climbed rapidly up the junior middleweight ranks. Two fighters who have been featured prominently amongst other young talent on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, with Kirkland fighting on the series this Saturday . . . . Click here for more



March 4th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon TKO’d by injury!

UFC lightweight prospect Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 KOs, 13 submissions) will undergo knee surgery this Friday, sidelining the 24-year-old Brazilian Jui-Jitsu specialist until next year, at Sullivan Orthopedic Care . . . Click here for more



March 4th, 2009

Announcement

‘Hometown Heroes’ hold open workout!

Bowman and Nemo ready for battle!

Displaying their full array of world class talents at the Lincolnway Sports Center in York, both fighters were anxious to break camp as they prepared for the upcoming invasion from their Columbian counter parts . . . Click here for more



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Tapia released from jail

Former champ faces one-year sentence but is planning comeback: Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia has been released from jail pending a court decision on Monday. Yesterday, Tapia was in court but was able to avoid a possible one-year jail sentence under the habitual offender law, at least until Monday. Last month, Tapia violated probation for a cocaine arrest last year after nearly dying from an overdose. Tapia’s legal team is asking for Judge Kenneth Martinez to send Tapia to a drug treatment center in southern New Mexico. In the meantime, Tapia says he is coming out of retirement and, today, signed a contract for two more fights. – Chris Cozzone



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Floyd Sr: We’ll whup his a–!

"This ain't no dehydrated Oscar de la Hoya"

During a national conference call held today for members of the media, Ricky Hatton’s trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. all but ensured a Hatton victory over his next opponent Manny Pacquiao when the two meet in a world junior welterweight championship on Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Here is what Mayweather, who is currently training Hatton in Manchester, England, had to say… (more…)



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton: Manny will get a shock!

IBO light welterweight titleholder Ricky Hatton spoke to reporters today about his May 2 clash with Manny Pacquiao. “I strongly believe I will be as fast as Manny,” said the Hitman. “If I’m not as fast as Manny, I’ll only the narrowest of margins behind me. He’s going to get a shock.” Hatton wasn’t particularly impressed with Pacquiao’s KO win over Oscar De La Hoya. “I can’t think it was too hard to outbox Oscar that night and too hard to beat him…I would like to think I would have done the same.”



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell: I’ll ruin Alexander!

By Flattop

Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell had this to say in response to the challenge presented by Devon Alexander: “Hey Flattop, this is one of the things that’s wrong with boxing today. This kid Alexander is getting bad advice from people that are supposed to be looking out for him, just so they can put a few dollars on their pockets. I have nothing against Devon, and no personal desire to wreck him. He’s a nice kid, who if given the chance to develop might turn into a pretty good little fighter. Myself, I’m looking for a more meaninful fight, but if this is what HBO wants, and there’s nothing more meaningful that I can get, then so be it. I’ll wreck this kid if thats how it has to be. I’d prefer a fight with a more established fighter such as Marquez, or one of the other top guys at 140, but if I can’t get those fights, then I’ll go ahead and ruin this kid if that’s what the powers that be want to see. The only stumbling block for me would be my ongoing issues with my legal split from King, and how the promotion would be handled, but I’m sure those issues can be overcome with neutral officials or something, depending on the site. But if they really want this kid ruined, then we can damn sure do it.”



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Alexander targets Campbell!

Undefeated 22-year-old WBC #1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (17-0, 10 KOs) has made the brash move of actively pursuing a match against former unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs). “I will fight anyone that Don King or the television networks want me to fight,” Alexander, a St. Louis native, said from his South Florida training camp.  “I want to prove that I am one of the best fighters in the world, and what better way to do that than to take on a guy who was the king of the lightweights before making the recent decision to move up to junior welterweight?”



March 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Tim Lueckenhoff

timBy Lee Bates

In boxing, the fighters deservingly garner the majority of the headlines. However, the safety and well being of the fighter is a vital concern, and fortunately there are those who are looking out for the best interest of the fighter. Such is the case with the Association of Boxing Commissions, which is very instrumental in the improvement of the sport of boxing. Fightnews caught up with Tim Lueckenhoff, President of the ABC, who spoke on the primary function of the ABC, his daily responsibilities as president, and the possibility of a U.S. national boxing commission to oversee boxing in the U.S. (more…)



March 4th, 2009

Announcement

Goodwin death not homicide!

Photo: Bob Ryder

Photo: Bob Ryder

By Bob Ryder

Former middleweight contender Mickey Goodwin apparently died of a stroke according to local authorities. The Detroit Free Press initially reported that Goodwin was found bludgeoned to death in his suburban Detroit home late yesterday afternoon. However, now it looks like Goodwin had a stroke and fell down the stairs and no foul play is suspected. Goodwin (50) was one of the first stars of Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym turning pro along with Thomas Hearns under the guidance of trainer Emanuel Steward in 1977.  Goodwin was a very popular performer and complied a record of 40-2-1 with 28 knockouts. In line for a title shot against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1982, an injury forced him out and teammate William “Caveman” Lee took his place only to be quickly knocked out by Hagler in the first round. Goodwin never received a title fight opportunity. Recently, Goodwin was a fixture at local amateur shows, training and seconding amateur boxers.



March 4th, 2009




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