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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Jose Benavidez 145.8 vs. Henry Aurad 146 Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 125.4 Trevor McCumby 173.8 vs. Michael ...

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York City

Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" visited the Veterans Hospital in New York City, Friday ...

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6 (WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title) Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8 (WBO ...

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Golovkin and Geale make weight

Golovkin and Geale make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: HBO/Will Hart Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs. Daniel Geale 159.2 (WBA middleweight championship) Bryant Jennings 222.6 vs. Mike Perez 242.2 Ola Afolabi 198.6 vs. ...

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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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Terence Crawford hits New York

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

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Golovkin and Geale make weight

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Boxing News

Chagaev-Valuev WBA officials!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Referee Guillermo Perez Pineda from Panama will be the third man on the ring when WBA heavyweight world champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev and reigning champion Nicolav Valuev fight for the undisputed WBA heavyweight title in Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland on May 30. The three judges are Levi Martinez (USA), Daniel Talon (France) and Erki Meronen (Finland) with George Martinez (Canada) as WBA supervisor.



May 22nd, 2009



Boxing Result

Cleverly, Mitchell victorious!

By Alexey Sukachev

Fastly rising British light heavyweight hope Nathan Cleverly (16-0, 6 KOs) proved his second name describes it perfectly, dominating the overmatched opponent Billy Boyle (12-2, 7 KOs) to the second round stoppage an hour ago at the York Hall in London. Cleverly used his superior range and fast hands to outjab his shorter opponent in the first. He also used his hard left hook to the body to check Boyle’s liver. In the second, Boyle tried to deliver some heat to Cleverly but failed and became a sitting duck for his opponent’s left-hand bodypunching. He was also badly hurt with the monstrous right uppercut by Cleverly. Still it was a surprise when Boyle’s cornerman threw in the towel to stop a one-sided fight at 2:27 of the second round, whilst his pupil was still answering. Next for WBA/WBO/IBF #14 Cleverly is a shot at vacant British title against fellow unbeaten Danny McIntosh (10-0, 4 KOs) on July 18.

In the main suport fight of the evening, WBO #1 super featherweight Kevin Mitchell (28-0, 21 KOs), coming out of a year-long hiatus, showed a remarkable determination and poise in the third-round stoppage of Ghanaian Lanquaye Wilson (confirmed record is now 1-3, 1 KO). Mitchell used his speed, fast hands and power punching to continuously shake his raw opponent, and the fight was finally stopped after the left-right-left triple by Mitchell (also IBF #3 and WBC #13). Next for Mitchell can be a crack at WBO champion Rocky Martinez later this year. (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Alexander vs Witter!

Don King Productions, Inc. and Hennessy Sports informed the WBC that they have reached an agreement to stage the Devon Alexander vs. Junior Witter fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship on July 11, 2009.



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Calderon Fit and Ready!

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

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The two-time world champion looked great today in Puerto Rico during a media day workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “Yesterday I left the gym at 109 pounds and I have not been starving myself. I have a good diet and with all the work that I’m doing I expect to be ready to go in June 13 and defend my title” (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman running with Mayol!

Pacman — a Jack Russell terrier who was a star in HBO’s 24/7 with Pacquiao and Hatton — is back on the running paths. He is now leading contender Rodel Mayol of the Philippines on his daily 5-mile run at the Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles. Winchell Campos, who is working in the Mayol camp, said Pacman runs ahead of Mayol. Mayol is training for a world title fight, taking on Ivan Calderon on the Cotto vs Clottey championship card June 13 at Madison Square Garden. “Pacman loves Manny (Pacquiao),” said Campos. “In the mornings at camp, Pacman scratches at his door when it is time to get up and run. Pacman is a tireless pup – he’s only about a year old – and now he is helping Mayol.” Mayol is one of the top fighters in Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev Video Update!

In April 2007, seven-foot WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (50-1) suffered his only career defeat against Ruslan Chagaev. Although he later reclaimed the WBA belt against John Ruiz and defended it against Evander Holyfield, the “Russian Giant” still has a score to settle with Chagaev when they meet in a much anticipated rematch on May 30th in the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. “I think it’s a very interesting fight. I had a long wait. This is the most important fight of my life!” says Valuev.



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Pirog vs Jantuah now!

By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev

It was earlier reported that highly ranked middleweight contenders Mahir Oral and Dmitry Pirog would collide on June 26 in Germany. It turned out that there was a bigger fight in stock for the German-based Turkish fighter as he had been reportedly offered a puglistic rendezvous with fellow contender Sebastian Sylvester later this year. However, the team of WBO #3 and WBC #16 Pirog prefers not to step down in the level of competition. Instead of Oral, Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs) will fight hard-hitting former two-time world title challenger in middleweight and junior middleweight divisions Kofi Jantuah (32-3-1, 21 KOs) of Ghana for the vacant WBC international 160lb title. Jantuah (WBC #14) has a number of wins over highly regarded opposition, including then-champions Santiago Samaniego and Daniel Santos and perennial contender Marco Antonio Rubio, and will be a huge step up in class for Pirog. Pirog-Oral fight will be a part of the huge June 26 Arena Box-Promotion card, which will be held at Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Voelklingen, Germany. (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey a hot ticket!

Over 12,000 tickets have been sold for the upcoming Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey showdown at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 13. “Fight fans know how great of a fight this really is,” said Bob Arum. “We are expecting to sell out the Garden.” Cotto, at his Media Day in Tampa yesterday, described the hard-punching Clottey as “…a real warrior.” Clottey has been training in Fernwood, Pa. which is in the Poconos. Cotto will arrive into New York on Friday, June 5 to begin his final preparations for the fight. “There is talk of a Pacquiao fight for me,” said Cotto. “That is talk. Right now, my focus is on Clottey.”



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez tix!

Tickets for Mayweather vs. Marquez: “Number One/Numero Uno” on July 18th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas are priced at $1,000, $750, $600, $300 and $150, will go on sale today at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, $600 and $300 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person, with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800)745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Inkin-Perdomo for WBA interim title!

By Alexey Sukachev

WBA #1 Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) and WBA #2 Denis Inkin (34-1, 24 KOs) will confront each other on July 11 at famous Nuerburgring race track in Germany for the interim version of the WBA super middleweight belt. The fight has been confirmed today by Denis’ manager Edouard Kozhemyakin during his interview for the established Russian web portal Allboxing.ru. (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Khan KOs Jackson concert!

Boxing superstar Amir Khan has hit out at claims by pop icon Michael Jackson that he has postponed his opening dates at the O2 due to a “lack of time to rehearse due to other shows taking place there.” Khan who is also preparing in LA for his own O2 extravaganza, promoted by Frank Warren, said that Jackson cannot hide behind his fight as an excuse for letting his fans down, as he has been rehearsing far harder before returning to the O2 Arena for the biggest night of his life. “My business is all about preparation too and I’m over here working much, much harder than Michael is and I’m certainly not postponing my fight. Tell my fans that I am prepared and am ready to put on a show far more spectacular than his anyway!” (more…)



May 22nd, 2009

Full Report

Gesta remains undefeated

gesta1Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos

A sold out 900+ crowd witnessed the first ever Rogue Boxing Promotions fight card last night at the Woodstock Terrace of the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, Calif.

While the San Diego Padres whacked balls against the San Francisco Giants a mere two blocks away, plenty of hits were had as part of the five bout fight card in the open air venue . . . click here for more



May 22nd, 2009

UFC

Few words promises big action

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

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Report by Anthony Springer, Jr. 
Photos by Mary Ann Owen 

After several months of promotion for this Saturday’s UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida, the featured fighters proved to be men of few words at yesterday’s press conference . . . Click here for more

UFC updates
Don’t miss UFC® 98 LIVE tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View & Yahoo! Sports
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Watch the UFC® 98 Weigh-In Live TODAY at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on UFC.com
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UFC® Fan Expo – Featuring autograph sessions with UFC®, WEC® and former PRIDE® fighters



May 22nd, 2009

UFC

Sherk takes on Edgar

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Interview by David L. Hudson

penn_sherk0009Sean Sherk is a former UFC world champion who has posted more than 30 wins in his professional mixed martial arts career. He’s defeated talented fighters such as Kenny Florian, Nick Diaz, Benji Radach, and Karo Parisyan (twice). His only losses are to future Hall-of-Famers Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn, and he’s been stopped only once in a career that began a decade ago. His work ethic is second to none and his powerful physique led to the nickname “the Muscle Shark  . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 22nd, 2009

Boxing Result

Escobedo Blows Out Kelley!

By David Robinett at ringside

2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo continued his rise from prospect to title contender with a two-round blowout of faded star Kevin Kelley in a scheduled ten-round lightweight bout on Thursday night at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. After a competitive first round, Escobedo caught Kelley with a counter right hook early in round two, sending the “Flushing Flash” to the canvas. Kelley beat the count but Escobedo was all over him, landing several unanswered punches along the ropes before Kelley went down again. Kelley barely beat the count but referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 1:53. With the win, Escobedo improves to 21-1, 13 KOs, while Kelley drops to 60-10-2, 39 KOs.
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Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Christopher Martin, (15-0, 3 KOs), broke down game challenger Torrence Daniels, (15-10, 5 KOs), before scoring a TKO victory at 2:59 of round five in a scheduled eight-round bout. After a quick start by Daniels, Martin seized momentum in round two with punishing work to the body. A right hook to the head dropped Daniels midway through round five before a left hook to the body crumpled Daniels along the ropes and sent the referee jumping in at the bell.
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Hard-hitting youngster Andrew Cancio, (9-1-1, 9 KOs), kept his knockout streak intact with a fifth-round stoppage of Michael Lynks, (8-11, 4 KOs). There were no knockdowns in the scheduled six-round lightweight bout but Cancio was beating up on Lynks before referee Jon Schorle waved the fight over at 1:50 of the round.
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Rugged Mexican Juan Jose Beltran, (19-12-3, 11 KOs), used a withering body attack to surprise two-time super flyweight title challenger Akihiko Nago, (29-7-1, 15 KOs), by scores of 58-56, 59-55, 59-55, in a six-round super bantamweight bout.
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Undefeated super middleweight Brandon Gonzalez, (8-0, 7 KOs), knocked out Ray Craig, (6-5, 5 KOs), at 2:32 of round one in a scheduled six-round bout.
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Heavyweight Ashanti Jordan, (9-0, 7 KOs), kept his unbeaten record intact with a stunningly lackluster six-round decision over late replacement Alvarao Morales, (7-5-2, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55, in a fight where neither fighter landed more than a handful of punches in any round.



May 21st, 2009

UFC

Evans sees holes in Machida

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Story & photos by Anthony Springer Jr.

As an undersized heavyweight, he was not supposed to win season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter. As the underdog, he was not supposed to unleash the highlight reel overhand right that separated future hall of famer Chuck Liddell from consciousness at UFC 88 . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 21st, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights From Rhode Island!

CES Presents "Rage at the River!"
Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Joey Spina 175 vs. Tiwon Taylor 173.5
Joe McCreedy 167 vs. Willis Locket 168
James McGirt, Jr. 167 vs. Patrick Perez 164.5
Sean Eklund 137 vs. Jose Guzman 137
Diego Periera 139 vs. Melchor Guillen, Jr. 141
Omar Pena 129 vs. Rasool Shakoor 130
Jay Holland 198 vs. Chris Boykins 199
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Limited tickets are available $25.00 SRO, $35.00, $45.00 (Bronze), $65.00 (Silver), $100.00 (Gold – includes a free $15.00 play that night at Twin River) and limited $150.00 (Jimmy’s Platinum Club – includes a free $25.00 play that night at Twin River) and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going on line at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth. Doors open at 6::00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET. There is a special meet and greet between 6-7 PM/ET for ticketholders only in entrance area. Scheduled to participate is two time world champion James “Buddy” McGirt and The Contender III star Gary “Tiger” Balletto. Immediately following today’s weigh-in, several of the participants spoke to the media. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Espinosa’s Opponent Named!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Undefeated lightweight prospect Antonio “Tony The Tiger” Espinosa (10-0) will face the toughest test of his professional career in the six round co feature on Saturday night at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA, when he faces Ron “Teflon” Boyd (6-6, 2KO’s) of Washington, DC. Espinosa knows he must defeat the former Maryland super featherweight title challenger, if he is to continue his run for a possible world title. Boyd recently defeated Dean White (14-10-1, 7KO’s) and is primed and ready to pull the upset on Saturday night. In the main event of the exciting professional boxing card promoted by Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions, will be former Scranton, PA Police Officer, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s), who will be challenged by Willie Perryman (10-19, 7KO’s) in a six round heavyweight scrap. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Announcement

“Battle in the Ballroom” is Heavy!

Three heavyweight bouts highlight 6/11 card!

Surpassing last month’s promise to include at least one heavyweight bout on all future “Battle In The Ballroom” shows, promoter Roy Englebrecht will present three big heavyweight bouts on the Thursday, June 11th show at the Irvine Marriott. The heavyweight bouts will feature the pro debut of former University of Idaho power forward 6’7″ Lionel Davis who will tip the scale at 255 lbs. Also making his pro debut will be 6’3″ Scott Alexander, who at 235 lbs and only 20-years-old, is being called the “Next Great Heavyweight” by those who have seen him spar. Rounding out the heavyweight portion of the June 11th show will be the return of 6’4″ Joe Hanks, who impressed the Marriott crowd on April 8th, by knocking Lawson Baker from one side of the ring to the other in a lopsided win. Tickets priced at $32 and $40 are on sale at www.battleintheballroom.com. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Spadafora comeback June 24!

Promoter Michael Acri announced today that June 24 would be the new date for the ring return of former IBF Lightweight Champion “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora. A sprained ankle postponed Spadafora’s 2009 debut, originally scheduled for March 31. Spadafora (41-0-1, 16 KOs), will headline the card at Pittsburgh’s Amphitheatre at Station Square. (125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Penn. 15129.) The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. He will fight 10 rounds as a junior welterweight against an opponent to be named soon. The undercard will feature two Pittsburgh favorites, undefeated lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (7-0, 2 KOs), and welterweight Jose “The Prince” Caraballo (5-3, 1 KO). Tickets ($23-$103) go on sale Tuesday May 26. Call 814-455-8309.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez, Nishioka ready

cozzone_monterrey_pc0058Photos by Chris Cozzone

A final press conference was held today at the Crown Plaza Hotel, downtown Monterrey, Mexico, for Saturday night’s WBC super bantamweight title fight between champion Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), of Japan, and Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs). In the co-main event, former world champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his return after his three unforgettable wars with Israel Vazquez, in 2007-2008. Marquez faces Colombian Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs) in a WBC super bantamweight title eliminator.  The card, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, features three additional ten-rounders.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley vs Guzman?

By Lee Bates

Update: Promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com via email “Bradley/ Guzman is NOT happening, and I never said it was.”
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Sources close to situation say promoter Gary Shaw has made a verbal offer to Jose Nunez manager of two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) to fight WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday August 1st. Nunez has accepted the offer on behalf of Guzman. SHOWTIME Championship Boxing is the likely to broadcast the event. No venue for the fight has been named as of yet.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez NYC Presser!

Declare a pound-for-pound war

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather (39-0, 25 KO’s) and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KO’s) met at the Empire State Building on Tuesday in the second leg of their three-city tour announcing their July 18, 2009 welterweight mega-fight which will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View. Each fighter respectfully acknowledged that this will be a hard fought bout between two of the best pugilists in the world. “I know I have a tough fight ahead,” stated Marquez, “but I’m preparing very hard mentally and physically for this fight.” Mayweather, appearing uncharacteristically low-key throughout the event, also stated that Marquez is a formidable opponent: “It’s not gonna be an easy task. He’s a hell of a fighter, a true warrior and he’s a guy who’s been around the sport for a long time, so I don’t have anything bad to say about him. He represents Mexico to the fullest. There’s nothing but respect.” (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Boris Grinberg!

Sultan Ibragimov Update

By Alexey Potapov

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Boris Grinberg, the ex-manager of the former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, speaks about current legal proceedings involving the Russian boxer and also revealed that in the USA Sultan has problems with the law. Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing Leon Margules recently told Fightnews.com that he feels Ibragimov has finished his career as the boxer, however to date the Russian boxer has not commented. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Speaks!

"Clottey is a real warrior"

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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World welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, looking strong and powerful, spoke to the fight press today at his Media Day in Tampa in advance of his June 13 collision with Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto spoke about training in Tampa, his new trainer Joe Santiago, his opponent Clottey, fighting at MSG and a possible mega showdown with Manny Pacquiao. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bika: Geale will beat Mundine!

Photo: Ray Wheatley

Photo: Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

The winner of the 2008 contender series and IBF#4 super middleweight Sakio Bika is confident that IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defeat former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) when they clash at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 27. Bika said, “I have been sparring Daniel Geale at the Grange Gym and I am confident if he takes what he has been doing in the gym against me into the ring on May 27 – he will defeat Mundine. Geale has great boxing skills and Mundine has not looked good in his recent fights in middleweight division against Crazy Kim, Rafael Pinosa and Shannan Taylor. Kim dropped Mundine in their 2008 bout.” Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw added, “Daniel had very good preparation with excellent sparring against Sakio Bika, and WBA #9 Daniel Edouard of Florida, USA. Robert Medley also gave Daniel good sparring.” Officials for the IBO title bout are Australian Garry Dean, who will be the referee, and judges Marcus McDonnell of England, Richard Green of the USA and Derek Millham of Australia. IBO supervisor Phil Austin.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martinez new WBC 154lb champ!

Forrest now a WBC Ambassador

The WBC has named interim champion Sergio Martinez as the full WBC super welterweight champion of the world, replacing Vernon Forrest, who has sustained an injury which is preventing him from defending his belt. Forrest, however, has been named a “WBC Ambassador of Peace and Good Will in the World Through Sports,” and will be eligible to compete for the WBC championship as soon as he recovers from his injury with a 55-45 purse split against Martinez. “I am very happy for Sergio Martinez, and very honored to have Vernon Forrest as an Ambassador,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “I am confident that Forrest will heal very soon and compete again for the WBC championship.”



May 21st, 2009

UFC

UFC’s blockbuster summer

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Preview by Brady Crytzer
While fans line up to witness the annual flood of Hollywood summer blockbusters at their local movie theaters, the Ultimate Fighting Championship gears up for its most action packed summer in the young organizations sixteen year history   . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Young warrior vs. old warrior!

By Flattop

WBC rated #3 lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) battles former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KOs) this Thursday at the ARCO Arena. “It is the classic fight between the young warrior and the old warrior,” said legendary promoter Don Chargin. “Nacho (Beristain) has been working with Escobedo for the last six months and he predicts that the kid is his next world champion!” Beristain has worked with over a dozen champions and contenders, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Lopez and the Marquez brothers – Juan Manuel and Rafael. “But Kevin believes he can beat Escobedo,” continued Chargin. “I saw Kevin in his last fight and I thought he did enough to win although he lost a split decision. It will be a competitive fight!” (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Dominican Boxing Update!

By Robert Coster

Over the past decade, Dominican boxing has been immersed in a crisis that has seen boxers immigrate to the Unites States, few attractive new figures and scarce attendance to uninspiring boxing cards. But the panorama may change as a slew of former amateur stars have been allowed to turn pro and provide promoters with the new blood needed to bring the fans back to boxing shows. Over the past year, 15 top amateur boxers have joined the pro ranks to the delight of boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez. “We have improved our relations with the Amateur Federation and we are now working hand in hand,” says Nunez, “and we have provided incentives for our local promoters.” Among the prospects who are making a name for themselves, are exciting welterweight Melvin Betancourt (8-0, 6 KOs), recently elected Novice of Year 2008, explosive featherweight Jenifel Vicente (11-0-2, 7 KOs), slick bantamweight Geysi Lorenzo (9-0, 2 KOs), former amateur lightweight standout Javier Fortuna (2-0, 2 KOs), just to name a few. The leader of this new generation will doubtlessly be 2008 Olympic Champion and national hero Felix Diaz who will be making his much expected pro debut in the country. “The idea,” says Comissioner Nunez, “is to have these young men fight in their homeland as well as abroad and create rivalries between our local prospects. We also would love to have young Dominican-American prospects fly over here to showcase their talent.”



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas

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’s guests are IBO President Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. 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 here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martyniouk added in Glendale!

Undefeated former amateur star Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (6-0, 1 KO) has been added to the historic “Glendale Glory” boxing show on June 12 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Stan The Man is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Jovann Jones (9-4, 4 KOs) on March 27th. The former Team U.S.A. member and #2 ranked amateur lightweight in the U.S. in 2005, Martyniouk joins fellow Bash Boxing stablemates Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne (10-0, 4 KOs), “Mad” Max Skayzer (6-0-1, 1KO), and 23-year-old Heavyweight prospect Andrey “The Russian Bear” Fedosov (19-1, 15KOs) on the card, which is presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, and is the first professional boxing show following a 62-year-old ban on boxing in the City of Glendale. Tickets to can be purchased online by going to www.glendaleglory.com or by calling 818-521-2373 or 213-700-2274. Doors Open at 7pm, First Bout is at 8pm.



May 21st, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego!

By Felipe Leon

The scale has been tipped for Thursday’s “Havoc at the Hard Rock” presented by Rogue Boxing Promotions at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Mercito Gesta 135.5 vs Alain Hernandez 136
Anthony Martinez 139 vs Carlos Molina 137
Abraham Han 155 vs Ibahiem King 154
Alvaro Muro 124 vs Ronny Rios 125
**Sergio Espinoza and Benito Abraham will weigh in on Thursday. Tickets are still available for the five bout fight card being held on the Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, please visit www.rogueboxing.com or dial 858.229.6669.



May 21st, 2009

UFC

‘Beyond the Octagon!’ launched

Ever wondered what goes on inside the locker rooms, down the hallways or next to the OctagonTM at UFC events? Fight fans will now have the chance to find out in real time. At UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA May 23rd*, fans will get free access Beyond The OctagonTM Powered by BK®, through four live multi-streams on UFC.com. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Sacramento!

Courtesy Sacramento Bee (Jim Jenkins)

Weights from Wednesday’s weigh-in for Thursday night’s Don Chargin-promoted, eight-bout card at Arco Arena in Sacramento: Vicente Escobedo, 134.5, (20-1, 12 KOs), WBC No. 3 contender from Woodland, vs. former world featherweight champion Kevin Kelley, 135, (60-9-2, 39 KOs), New York, 10 round main event. Other weights: Christopher Martin, 122, (14-0), Chula Vista, Calif., vs. Torrence Daniels, 121, (12-9-1), Colorado Springs, 8 rounds. Akihiko Nago, 124, (29-6-1), Japan, vs. Juan Jose Beltran, 124, (18-12-3), Mexico, 6 rounds. Andrew Cancio, 137, (8-1-1), Blythe, Calif., vs. Michael Lynks, 135.5, (8-10), Chicago, 6 rounds.



May 20th, 2009




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