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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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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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UFC

UFC 173: TJ Stuns Barao, Takes 135 Title in Masterpiece

There are a number of stories you can take away from TJ Dillashaw’s UFC 173 win over Renan Barao Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. You can talk about the end of Barao’s 35-fight unbeaten streak, the dominance the challenger from California showed, his win being one of the biggest upsets seen in recent years, or him giving departing coach Duane Ludwig a going away gift of epic proportions. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, May 31, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info



May 25th, 2014



Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez retains WBC feather belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 48 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round technical decision over Clive Atwell (12-1-1, 7 KO) on Saturday night at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The bout was halted due to a cut caused by a head clash over the left eye of Gonzalez. The bout was sent to the cards, where Gonzalez was ahead 99-89, 96-92 and 98-90. It was Gonzalez’ first defense since his spectacular KO win over Abner Mares.

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May 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson survives knockdown, wins wild one

By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) won an exciting, knockdown-filled twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #1, WBC #3 Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Fonfara came out aggressively but was dropped by a Stevenson left hand in round one. Stevenson pummeled Fonfara for the balance of the round. The “Polish Prince” got back into the fight over the next three rounds, but Stevenson put him down again in round five with a body shot. Fonfara started turning the tide in rounds seven and eight, then floored the champion with a right hand in round nine. Stevenson rediscovered the body attack to take round ten. Good two-way action the rest of the way.

Scores were 115-110, 115-110, 116-109.

It was the third defense by Stevenson who captured WBC last June with a first round knockout of Chad Dawson.

For Stevenson who hasn’t heard a scorecard read since 2007, it appeared as if he was once again headed for another early night, dominating the early proceedings and punishing his opponent. A first round knockdown was followed up with another in the fifth thanks to a massive body shot. Fonfara again got up and it was clear he was not going anywhere. Stevenson who had his hand wrapped in ice afterwards said he injured it in the second round but was not shy in using it. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Limieux demolishes Guerrero; Charlo still unbeaten

By Dave Spencer at ringside

IBF #7, WBO #12, WBC #13 middleweight KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-3, 19 KOs). Lemieux dropped Guerrero in rounds one and two. Guerrero also sustained a bad cut over his right eye in round two. In round three Guerrero took a knee then was dropped again and the fight was over. A spectacular right uppercut ended things definitely for the Montreal fighter who powered through his opponent who tried some slick early movement in the fight but had no answer for the fast charging locomotive that was more and more powerful as the fight progressed. Somehow Guerrero got himself a time-out as he took a knee and requested the ring doctor look at his eye that was busted up in the second round. The respite was a short one and he should have stayed down as only moments later Lemieux managed to punctuate an impressive performance with the third and final knockdown.

Undefeated junior-middleweight Jermell Charlo (24-0 11KO) survived a third round knockdown and a point deduction to go on to a convincing 115-111, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision over Charlie Bellamy Ohta (24-2-1 16KO) in IBF elimination fight for the #2 spot in the division. The Texas fighter was caught off-balance by a right hand as he was back pedalling to start the third and was forced to take an eight count but came back strongly to finish the round. The top five 154-pounder by WBC/WBAIBF used his marked height and reach advantage to neutralize Ohta who never did get inside effectively. Any attempt at an offensive front by Ohta was quickly met by crunching counters from Charlo as they were to end the sixth round where a good flurry by the New Yorker by way of Japan was ended with a left hook by Charlo that brought oohs from the Bell Centre crowd. A point deduction for an errant low blow in the ninth was charged Charlo but wasn’t nearly enough to have an effect on the final outcome.

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May 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 Prelims: TUF Guys Shine

Three former winners of The Ultimate Fighter reality series stepped up to the plate in UFC 173 prelim bouts Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and all three emerged victorious, with Michael Chiesa, Tony Ferguson, and Chris Holdsworth leaving the Octagon with impressive wins . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, May 31, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

More Results from Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Philadelphia super-middleweight Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams (16-0-1 10KO) landed a crunching right hand followed up quickly with two more connects and scored a KO victory at 1:59 of the 8th round over a out-gunned Michael Medina (26-5-2 20KO). The action was pretty much all Williams who was landing with more and more authority as this one progressed. Medina entered the contest being stopped within the first two rounds in two of his last four fights and was much too hittable, particularly starting in the fourth when the Philly fighter started finding a home for his right hand. Much of the bout could have been held in a phone booth as Medina from Los Angeles had ample opportunity to answer back and did so, but it was Williams winning the exchanges.

Montreal welterweight Junior Ulysse managed to impress in sophomore effort, moving to 2-0 with a first round TKO distraction of Carlos Olivera (6-7 4KO) of Argentina. It took all of 1:38 for the 25-year-old to score a pair of knockdowns and then have the referee jump in and stop the third that was imminent. Ulysse has looked impressive so far in both his knockout wins.

Light-heavyweight Elieder Alvarez (15-0 8KO) got the evening underway with a less than scintillating unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson (15-2 6KO). Johnson seemed reluctant to engage and Alvarez was only too happy to oblige, content to cruise to a 97-92 score on all three scorecards. Even the fifth round knockdown lacked intensity as the top-ranked (#2WBO #3WBA #11WBC) Alvarez connected with a right hand that had Johnson back=peddling across the ring until he ran out of real-estate and went down to one knee. With 30 seconds left, both fighters, still fresh presumably, finally decided to engage but it was about 9-1/2 rounds too late to salvage any entertainment value.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Acelino “Popó” Freitas

By Boxing Bob Newman

Brazilian legend and former Jr. Lightweight and Lightweight champ Acelino “Popó” Freitas was on hand at the ESPN2 Boxcino Finals in Verona, NY on 5-23-14. “Popó” was gracious enough to talk with Fightnews.com about his beginnings in the 1997 Boxcino tournament, his comeback bout in 2012 against Michael Oliveira and his involvement in the upcoming 2016 Olympic games slated for Rio.

A special “obrigado” (thanks) to Emmanuel Thomas for the expert translation!



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Flanagan captures Aussie title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Formerly WBO world rated Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (16-4, 10 KOs) outscored Daniel Ammann (29-7-1) over twelve rounds via split decision to capture the Australian cruiserweight crown at the Entertainment Centre, Townsville, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Flanagan was on the canvas in round eight compliments of a low blow. Scores Phil Austin 95-96, Allan Burford 97-93, Chris Condon 97-95. The 23-year-old Flanagan holds a 2012 stoppage win over former world rated Kariz Kariuki. Ammann was coming off an unsuccessful Commonwealth title challenge against Tony Conquest in London last February. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxcino Post Fight Press Conference

By Boxing Bob Newman

All four combatants from the finals of the ESPN2 televised Boxcino lightweight and middleweight tournament addressed the media at the post fight presser held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Banner Promotions’ Artie Pelullo was also on hand to tout his fighters and their respective futures, as well as the success of the tournament.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Los Angeles

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Boxing returned to the Quiet Cannon Country Club Friday night in Montebello, California for Ed Holmes All Star Boxing’s “Battle of the Rising Stars” series featuring Southern California’s up and coming talent. Super middleweight Mike Guy (7-1-1, 3 KOs) of Sacramento won a six round majority decision over Jose Hernandez (6-2-1, 3 KOs) of Lancaster, California. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Boxcino Finals

Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Three months after it began, the Boxcino tournament reached its climax on Friday night in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Casino. The finals of the lightweight and middleweight categories were won in contrasting styles as Petr Petrov rocked Fernando Carcamo from pillar to post to snag the lightweight belt, while Willie Monroe, Jr. outslicked Brandon Adams to clinch the middleweight bauble. (more…)



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson a huge favorite tonight in Montreal

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), of Montreal, will make his network debut when he defends his title for a third time when he meets Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Warsaw, Poland. Stevenson has won his last 10 fights by knockout. Fonfara has won 15 in a row, 12 inside the distance, and has never been defeated as a light heavyweight.

Stevenson enters the bout as a prohibitive favorite at -1700, while Fonfara backers can get +1100. Stevenson is also -900 to win by KO. The over/under is 7.5 rounds with under at -255 and over +215.

In an interesting co-featured fight, power-punching Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) meets battle-tested Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., in a 12-rounder for the vacant NABF 160-pound crown.

Lemieux, who has been in somewhat soft in his last six fights, is at -500 against former world title challenger Guerrero, who could be a live dog at +400.



May 24th, 2014

UFC

The Downes Side: UFC 173 Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Memorial Day edition of the Downes Side! Over here in the United States of America, Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial beginning of summer. The official beginning is determined by the moon or a groundhog or something like that. Much like magnets, there’s no possible way to determine how they work . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

World-rated Bennett and de Mori victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #12 140-pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (33-4-3, 23 KOs) stopped Tony Fernandez (35-1, 23 KOs) in round six of scheduled twelve round bout at Wests New Lambton, New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia on Friday. Fernandez is 38 years old and resides in Lima, Peru. Bennett is 41 years of age and resides in Newcastle, Australia. Bennett suffered his last defeat in 2009 against Steve Wills and now has a nine-bout winning streak, including a victory in the USA over Gary Bergeron. He is scheduled to box again in Newcastle on July 11.

On the undercard, WBA #11 heavyweight Mark de Mori (26-1-2, 23 KOs) stopped Adnan Buharalija (29-20-2, 21 KOs) in round four of a scheduled twelve. Buharalija, who resides in Bosnia, was previously stopped by de Mori in six rounds in 2013.



May 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Petrov, Monroe win Boxcino tournament

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

The finals of the 2014 “Boxcino” tournament took place Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

In the lightweight final, Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 16 KOs) dominated Fernando Carcamo (17-6, 13 KOs) and got an eighth round TKO. Petrov, who challenged Marcos Maidana for the WBA super lightweight title in 2011, was in command from the opening bell, consistently outworking Carcamo who seemed sluggish. The one-sided fight was finally waved off by the referee in round eight. Time was :40.

In the middleweight final, local favorite Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Brandon Adams (14-1, 9 KOs) over ten rounds. Southpaw Monroe, the nephew of former contender Willie “The Worm” Monroe, mostly outboxed Adams from the outside, compiling a clear cut 99-91 win on all cards.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

McKenzie stays unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 130 pound champion Kye McKenzie (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Waylon Law (8-6) in round six of a scheduled ten round national title bout to retain the championship at Eatons Hill Hotel in Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Referee Derek Millham called it off at 1.28. McKenzie is scheduled to clash with unbeaten Kane Cassells on July 17. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 at the scales

UFC 173, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw, and the light heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening three prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TJ Dillashaw (135) VS Renan Barao (135)

PPV MAIN CARD
Dan Henderson (199) VS Daniel Cormier (205)
Jake Ellenberger (171) VS Robbie Lawler (171)
Francisco Rivera (135) VS Takeya Mizugaki (135)
James Krause (156) VS Jamie Varner (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Francisco Trinaldo (155) VS Michael Chiesa (156)
Katsunori Kikuno (155) VS Tony Ferguson (155)
Chico Camus (135) VS Chris Holdsworth (135)
Mitch Clarke (155) VS Al Iaquinta (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Vinc Pichel (155) VS Anthony Njokuani (155)
Aaron Phillips (145) VS Sam Sicilia (146)
Li Jingliang (170) VS David Michaud (171)

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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Off-TV Results from Verona, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Opening up the night were super lightweights Jeremy Graves (Niagara Falls, NY) and Sam Teah (Philly, PA). Teah handled everything the aggressive Graves tried and employed his skill and will over four rounds to post a unanimous 40-36 win. Teah moves to 4-0, 1 KO while Graves drops to 0-3.

In a big upset, crafty but unsung Marcus Hall (Rochester, NY) squeaked out a huge win over previously undefeated Cesar Vila (Brooklyn, NY) over four rounds. The slippery southpaw Hall Moved, used awkward counters and avoided just enough punishment to befuddled the ever-forward-moving Vila. Wynn Kintz saw it even at 38-38, while Don Trella tabbed it 40-36 and Don Ackerman had it 39-37 for the majority decision winner Hall, now 8-6-1, 2 KOs. Vila drops his first at 6-1, 2 KOs.

In a reverse “somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go” bout, winless heavyweight Eric George (Niagara Falls, NY) and Raymond Santiago (Albany, NY) looked to erase the “0” from their respective win columns. IT was a fan friendly bout, with both combatants slugging away from bell to bell. Santiago’s nose bled from round one onward as his defense was non-existent, but his heart was nearly as big as his 232 lb. body was. The smaller (202 lb.) George has a bit more speed and endurance, which led to his 40-36 across the board win. George enters the win column at 1-6, while Santiago loses his first at 0-2-1.

Being chosen in your pro debut as the opponent for a young Brazilian K.O. artist who is trained by one of Brazil’s greatest K.O. artists- Acelino “Popo” Freitas, is probably as scary as it gets. But Buffalo, New York’s Michael Jackson hope he’d have the moves of his namesake to pull off a “Thriller” of an upset. It was not to be as Brazil’s Vitor Jones de Oliveira stalked, bloodied, and knocked down Jackson over the four round distance. Though unable to finish his back fleeing foe, de Oliveira did what he had to in notching a comprehensive 40-35 shutout to move to 3-0, 2 KOs. Jackson starts out at 0-1.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Jackie Nava 122 vs. Alys Sánchez 122
(WBA female super bantamweight title)

David Sánchez 115 vs. Breilor Terán 115
(Vacant WBA super flyweight title)

Edgar Sosa 115 vs. Omar Salado 115
Abner López 141 vs. Rodolfo Quintanilla 141
Edivaldo Ortega 122 vs. Enrique Bernache 122
Jun Doliguez 126 vs. Francisco Piña 126
Julio Barraza 130 vs. Jesús Navarro 130

Venue: Auditorio Municipal
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

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May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Stevenson-Fonfara weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Neither the defending champion, nor the challenger, had any problem making weight for their WBC light heavyweight championship fight om Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) was 173.6 pounds and Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) was 174.4 pounds before their Showtime televised clash.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez, Atwell make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Jhonny Gonzalez 125.75 vs. Clive Atwell 125.75
(WBC featherweight title)

Jairo Lopez 135.5 vs. Nery Saguilan 135.5
Marcos Villasana 138.9 vs. Diego Cruz 140

Venue: Convention Center, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo

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May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Iron Mike wins Moreno vs Payano purse bid

Iron Mike Productions’ bid of $120,000 won today’s WBA purse bid in Panama for rights to promote the WBA bantamweight title defense of Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Payano. Possible dates for the bout are July 25 in Phoenix, Arizona, August 9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic or August 16 in Montreal. The split will be 75/25 for the champion Moreno, who will earn $90,000. Payano will be paid $30,000.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Guillermo Jones’ B sample confirms doping

The B Sample of WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones has confirmed his positive test for doping. As a result, the WBA has suspended Jones for two years. The WBA’s Gilberto Jesus Mendoza confirmed that the B sample, which was opened Tuesday, contained “a high presence of the substance Furosemide.” Jones turned 42 years of age on May 5, so this suspension could effectively end his career.

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May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson, Fonfara make weight

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer


By Dave Spencer

Adonis Stevenson 173.5 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 174.5
(WBC light heavyweight world title)

David Lemieux 159 vs. Fernando Guerrero 159.5
Jermell Charlo 153.7 vs. Charlie Ota 153
Eleider Alvarez 175 vs. Alexander Johnson 171.6
Julian Willians 154.8 vs. Michael Medina 154
Kevin Bizier 150 vs. Carlos Herrera 151.8
Carlos Olivera 142.2 vs. Junior Ulysse 143.6
Jaudiel Zepeda 179.2 vs. Erik Bazinian 174.3

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Showtime



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Pro boxing returns to U.S. Cellular Field on 8/23

World class professional boxing will once again return to U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, August 23rd, it was announced today by the Illinois Sports Facility Authority, Round 3 Productions and Hitz Boxing. Last years’ event on August 16th was a tremendous success and sports fans in Chicago have eagerly awaited news on the return of “Boxing at the Ballpark.” Details on featured bouts and ticketing will be made available in the coming weeks. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014




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