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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

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

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

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

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

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla

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Boxing News

Showtime NYC Roundtable!

Photo: David Greene

Photo: David Greene

Showtime hosted a media roundtable Friday afternoon in New York City to discuss the ShoBox program. Sr. VP Ken Hershman, Executive Producer Gordon Hall, Play-by-Play announcer Nick Charles and Analyst Steve Farhood discussed the upcoming ShoBox matchups plus addressed the current State of the Game and the role ShoBox plays in shaping the sport. In its eight-year history, the ShoBox series has become most influential boxing television series in the industry. A significant percentage of today’s fighters at/or near the top of the world rankings have gotten their first big break on ShoBox. Over 30 ShoBox “alumni” have gone on to capture World titles since the launch of the series in July 2001. Tonight’s showdown between IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek and undefeated challenger Johnathon Banks will be the 120th telecast of the ShoBox series. Attached is a fact sheet that includes the list of ShoBox alums that have gone on to win world titles as well as a list of some of today’s top fighters who also got their starts on ShoBox. (more…)



February 27th, 2009



Feature Story

Banks: Don’t blink!

Johnathon Banks

Johnathon Banks

By Bob Ryder

Undefeated cruiserweight contender Johnathon Banks battles newly-crowned IBF champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek tonight at Newark’s Prudential Center . FightNews recently caught up with the cruiserweight contender at a local Kronk amateur show. “My training has been going fantastic, my trainers Emanuel Stewart and Sugar Hill have got me completely ready, ” Banks stated. When asked if he had watched the Adamek-Steve Cunningham battle, Banks leaned forward and said: “Oh, yeah. When I saw that one I told Emanuel, please make this match! I’m a much bigger puncher than Cunningham and when I saw Adamek getting hit with those shots, I knew this was my fight.” (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Los Mochis!

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Francisco Arce 115 vs Simphiwe Nongqayi 114
(IBF super flyweight eliminator)
Eric Ortiz 113 vs Valentín León 114
Ivan Valle 139 vs Carlos Urías 137
Miguel Beltrán 126 vs Victoriano Nuñez ??
Miguel Vázquez 137 vs Sergio Soto ??
Pablo Lugo 135 vs Daniel Valenzuela 135
David Sánchez 112 vs Jorge Cruz 112
Luis Lugo 114 vs Manuel Valdez 114
Julio César Valenzuela 147 vs Fernando Ibarra 147
Daniel Cota 200 vs Dagoberto Yañez 210
Venue: Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca America



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

More weigh-in shots!

All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas:  Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez, and more: Click here for gallery by Chris Cozzone



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Marquez, Diaz make weight!

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Weights by Byron Spurlock

From the Toyota Center, downtown Houston for tomorrow night’s “Supremacy” card televised on HBO and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

For the WBA, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine lightweight titles:
Juan Manuel Marquez 134.25 vs. Juan Diaz 134.5

For the WBA world featherweight title:
Chris John 125.25 vs. Rocky Juarez 125.5

Danny Garcia 142.75 vs. Cristian Favela 142.75
Daniel Jacobs 165.75 vs. Jose Cruz 164.25
Hylon Williams 134.25 vs. Jonathan Bobadilla 146.25
Jermell Charlo 147.75 vs. Juan Serrano 151.25
Hector Vasquez 135.5 vs. Ramon Flores 139.5
Michael Anderson 147 vs. Oscar Rosales 148.5
Darryl Hayes 132.25 vs. Gerardo Carillo 136.5



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Maidana back in training!

Photo: Team Maidana

Photo: Team Maidana

By Team Maidana

Argentina’s Marcos Maidana is now back at training 20 days after he lost a controversial split decision against WBA Super Welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik from Ukraine in Rostock Germany. Although he admits it was quite a competitive fight, Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) is still upset about the decision of the two European judges (Jean Louis Legland and Paul Thomas) that gave the nod to Kotelnik by one and two points, respectively. “I know I didn’t lose the fight. And many people agree with me. I put all the pressure and hit him with the best punches during almost the whole bout. I’ve read that Kotelnik himself has said in a recent interviews that when a fight is close the judges have to award the champion. I respect Kotelnik as a good champion but he knows that it shouldn’t work that way,” Maidana said. “However, I’m thankful at the WBA as in their lastest ranking they’ve kept in the #2 spot. That means that I may another chance very soon, which is exciting. That’s why the Kotelnik loss is now water under the bridge for me. I’ve rested two weeks and I’m already back at the gym. If I was fit 100% last time, I’ll be prepared 110% the next one,” ‘El Chino’ added.



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

“The Road Warrior” Returns!

By Matt Thompson

Glen Johnson will step in the ring for the sixty-second time of his 16-year career tonight when he battles challenger Daniel Judah at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Few professionals in boxing today have this kind of experience, particularly at the level of “The Road Warrior.” Johnson fought for his first title shot against Bernard Hopkins 12 years ago. Since the Hopkins fight, Glen Johnson has been in with the who’s who in the super middleweight and light heavyweight division including his signature knockout win over Roy Jones, Jr., and decisions over Antonio Tarver and Clinton Woods earning him 2004 fighter of the year accolades. Recently FightNews had the opportunity to talk with the always charming former champ in Miami as he prepared for his rematch against Judah. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Murat, Sanavia make weight!

Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

Karo Murat 166.7 vs Cristian Sanavia 166.4
(European Super-Middleweight Title)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs Gaetano Nespro 159.8
(IBF International Middleweight Title)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: 200 vs Micky Steeds 203.9
Dominik Britsch 158.1 vs Rachid Ouafi 158.3
Robert Helenius 244.1 vs Enrico Garmendia 236.1
Venue: Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman in London!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

P4P king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is greeted by bellman at the Grosvenor House hotel as he arrives in downtown London for a mega UK media tour to announce his upcoming World Jr. Welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Hatton will stop first in Manchester Saturday to hold a press rally at the Trafford Center-Great Hall along with a friendly darts competition later in the day. On Sunday,Pacquiao will tour London followed by a press conference Monday at the Imperial War Museum.



February 27th, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Tomasz Adamek!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By Alexey Potapov

IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs), who faces Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) tonight on SHOWTIME (11PM ET/PT), has given an exclusive interview Fightnews.com in which he reveals the latest news before the fight and much more.

Hello, Tomasz. How you feel? How are you doing?

I am well, ready for this fight.

Soon you will be in the ring against Johnathon Banks. What does this fight mean to you?

It’s just another fight, it’s my first title defense. It’s a short time after the Cunningham fight so right now I am just happy to be right here in Newark and to show what I can do for all my fans, Polish and American ones. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Dionisio Miranda!

By Rick Scharmberg

Dionisio “Mr. Nocaut” Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs) is another in a long line of free-swinging, hard-punching fighters from Barranquilla, Colombia. Miranda is ranked #9 in both the IBF and the WBO, and joins fellow world-ranked Colombians, lightweight Breidis Prescott and super middleweight Fulgencio Zuniga, in the spotlight. Miranda will face IBF #5-ranked Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of the Dominican Republic this Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The bout is an IBF middleweight title eliminator, with the winner getting the top ranking and an eventual shot at world champion Arthur Abraham. The Miranda – Lorenzo bout will be part of a SHOBOX doubleheader, which also features a cruiserweight title bout between champion Tomasz Adamek and Jonathan Banks. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Estrada: Povetkin a sitting duck!

U.S. Olympian heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) had some tough talk for Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), the unbeaten 2004 Olympic gold medalist and IBF #1 contender, whom he meets April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Povetkin has a mandated title shot this fall against IBF heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, if he gets past Estrada. “The fight’s on April 4 but Povetkin’s the April Fool,” Estrada said during a break from training at his Big Six Academy in Providence, RI. “I really see this guy as just a big-name opponent. He has his gold medal but he’s been babied his entire career. They just put guys in front of him to fight. He’s making a big mistake taking this fight. I’m not dwelling on the past. The old stuff doesn’t matter to me; I’m focusing on the present. It doesn’t upset me that people are calling this a tune-up for him. If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn’t take him lightly, but they’re making a huge mistake if they’re taking me lightly. I think it will be easier fighting him today than in the amateurs because he had to box a little more back then. You don’t see him boxing now. He’s a sitting duck. This (pro boxing) is a whole different game, something I learned in my first fight and I’ve progressed from there. He’s got the same stuff. Our fight didn’t happen in the amateurs, so I’m focused on beating him as a pro. I can’t see how he took this fight. His people must be telling him I’m just fast, like (Eddie) Chambers or (Chris) Byrd, but I’m more aggressive and they weren’t. I’m not worried about going over there because, if I smash him and lose, everybody will see that. No way I’m going to lose; I’m either going to stop him, or I’ll deserve a win by decision. He can’t prepare for what I’m bringing.”



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Spadafora returns March 31!

Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (41-0-1, 16 KOs) will headline a March 31 card in the ballroom of the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. He will face a fighter to be named. Now 33 years old, Spadafora has fought just one fight in each of the last three years after his career was derailed by a prison stint.



February 27th, 2009

Video

Video Q&A: Glen Johnson!

Former world light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson talks about tonight’s rematch with Daniel Judah at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. ESPN2 will televise.



February 27th, 2009

UFC

Judgment day for Jackson, Jardine

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Story by Chris Cozzone

With a 205-pound title shot looming, both Keith Jardine (14-4-1), of Albuquerque, N.M., and Quinton Jackson (29-7), fighting now out of the U.K., are expecting a war on March 7, when the two clash in the headline bout of UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio . . . . 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!



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Alexander Dimitrenko!

By Alexey Potapov

WBO #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs), in an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, spoke about his dream to become world champion, about possible fights against Matt Skelton and Wladimir Klitschko and much more. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao Departure Statement!

I am looking forward to the promotional tour that will be held in London and Manchester this weekend as I have received tons of emails from English boxing fans, who are one of the most passionate in the world. Even if it’s going to be hostile territory for me–as Ricky Hatton comes from this boxing-crazy country–I know that I will enjoy every minute of my brief stay there as I have heard a lot of great things about England, its notable people, its amazing culture and its proud history. After my trip to England, I will proceed to Los Angeles so I could kick off my preparation for Ricky Hatton, who is one of the world’s most exciting fighters. Hatton is a very dangerous opponent as I have seen most of his high-caliber fight on video and you cannot take somebody like him lightly. This is going to be a big challenge for me. This early, I am confident in saying that I will train harder for Hatton and I won’t be surprised if I end up in a much better shape than when I fought the legendary Oscar De La Hoya last December. Once I report for training camp at the Wild Card under my very capable trainer Freddie Roach, my sole focus will be training. I will be eating, breathing and living Ricky Hatton from the day I start my training camp. I assure fight fans that when I get into the ring on May 2, I am going to show my best–as always–and ours will be an explosive and exciting fight. And most importantly, I am dedicating this important fight to my beloved countrymen and to all boxing fans from around the world.

Manny Pacquiao
Boxing’s Pound-For-Pound King
February 27, 2009

(Note: Pacquiao left for London on board Cathay Pacific at 6:30 a.m.)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Iron Boy returns!

By Lee Bates

WBO light flyweight champion and pound for pound ranked Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (32-0, 6KOs) is set to have his first bout of 2009. Calderon will meet WBA interim champion Cesar Canchila (27-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia May 23rd in Puerto Rico at a venue soon to be announced. PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event. Canchila is coming off his impressive upset win over then unbeaten top contender Giovanni Segura this past July where he won his title. Calderon of Puerto Rico impressively defeated former world champion Hugo Cazares in their rematch in his last fight August 2008.



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Tua-Cameron date set!

By Craig Watt

It has been confirmed in New Zealand that former heavyweight title challenger David Tua (49-3, 42 KOs) will return to the ring on June 6th at the Waikato Stadium and face fellow Kiwi Shane Cameron (22-1, 19 KOs). This will be New Zealand’s biggest domestic contest for many years and the stadium in Hamilton is being set for an 18,000 capacity crowd at the outdoor venue. The 36-year-old Tua has been out of action since his second round stoppage of Cerrone Fox in Michigan, US in September 2007. He has won his last seven fights since his disputed draw with Hasim Rahman in an IBF heavyweight eliminator back in 2003. He has also a challenge for the world title ending in a unanimous points loss to Lennox Lewis in November 2000 for the WBC and IBF titles. The fight is expected to break all box office and TV audience records in New Zealand and will be promoted by Duco Events under the headline, “New Zealand’s Fight Of The Century”. The eagerly anticipated clash will be for the WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Shane Cameron will have a warm up fight in Gisborne, New Zealand on March 7th when he takes on 37-year-old veteran Robert Davis (32-9) from Ohio, US over 12 rounds for the IBF Pan Pacific Title.



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Ontario, CA!

Photo: Thompson Boxing

Photo: Thompson Boxing

Juan Carlos Burgos 125.5 vs. Omar Lizarraga 124.5 Lbs.
Mauricio Herrera 142.5 vs. Brian Gordon 143
Patrick Lopez 139.5 vs. Jailer Berrio 142
Abraham Lopez 125.5 vs. Manuel Sarabia 126
Walter Sarnoi ?? vs. Alvaro Muro ??
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Team Maskaev on Klitschko!

By Matt Richardson

“This is the theater of the absurd,” said Oleg Maskaev promoter Dennis Rappaport in response to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s complaint with the WBC because he has to fight two mandatory challengers in a row. “Klitschko is fighting about the very same thing he received. What does this guy have a double standard? One for the rest of the world and one for the Klitschko’s?” A year ago, Maskaev was in the same position Klitschko is in now: a mandatory defense against Samuel Peter which was to be followed by a mandatory defense against Klitschko. Maskaev lost to Peter who then lost to Klitschko last October. Now, Klitschko has a March 21st mandatory defense against Juan Carlos Gomez then another due against the former champion, Maskaev. “He’s in the mirror position of Maskaev,” said an exasperated Rappaport. “Why didn’t he cry when it benefited him? It’s really like a joke. Now he wants to attack the very same thing he benefited from!” Maskaev (35-6, 27 KO’s) meanwhile, will next fight on March 14th in the Republic of Mordovia against journeyman Rich Boruff.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Caguas!

Boxing fans gathered in front of Caguas’ City Hall to witness the weigh-ins of the 20 fighters appearing on “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas 2009.” Dommys Delgado, president of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission led the activity in conjunction with the two commissioners assigned for the event. “I feel very emotional and happy because of the support shown by the fans,” said Luis Cruz, whose match in the featherweight division will be the main event of the evening. “El Artesano” (Cruz) weighed 126.5 and his opponent Carlos Díaz 124.75. This match is scheduled for eight rounds. All the fighters made their required weights.
Luis Cruz 126.5 vs. Carlos Díaz 124.75
Luis Daniel Colón 126.25 vs. Jayson Vélez 126
Carlos García 147.5 vs. Jhon Anthony Vásquez 147
Carlos García García 113.5 vs Arturo Santiago 113.5
Celestino Rodríguez 140 vs. Javier García González 140
Jorge Medina 128s vs. Aert Cruz 130
Anthony Sánchez 137s vs. Juan Castillo 141
William Lorenzo 129 vs. Irvin Torres 130
Jesús Bayrón 124.5s vs. Jesús Cuascut 125
Willy Maldonado 159s vs. Jorge Iglesias 156.5



February 26th, 2009

Feature Story

Burgos follows family destiny

Story by Felipe Leon

If there is such a thing as destiny, undefeated featherweight prospect Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (24-0, 14 KOs) may be just the man to embody it.

Twenty-one years ago, he was born into a fighting family.

“I started to box at the age of nine,” says Burgos . . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Ross, Ehikhamenor speak!

By Alex Dombroff/Photos: Emily Harney


Click on the picture to go to the next

Season Four of the reality TV show The Contender produced it’s winner Wednesday night, culminating a season that began with sixteen cruiserweights living together in Singapore. But even after Troy Ross had knocked out Ehinomen Ehikhamenor to claim the Contender title, it was clear the impact of the experience went much deeper than the impact on their records. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Mar. 6 undercard announced!

On March 6th at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will put on an exciting six bout card, headlined by a sizzling showdown between Star Boxing promoted welterweights Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) and Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1, 11KO). At stake will be Rodriguez’s USBA welterweight championship . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights for Friday Night Fights!

Glen Johnson 175.25 vs Daniel Judah 175
Norberto Gonzalez 147.75 vs Antwone Smith 147.5
Danny O`Conner 138.25 vs. Jamar Saunders 137.25
Jesús Pabon 140.75 vs. Lenin Arroyo 142
Magomed Abdusalamav 263.5 vs. Maurice Winslow 210
Habib Allahverdiev 141.5 vs. Richard Pitt 139
Henry Funtes 240.75 vs. Samuel Brown TBA
Eli Augustama 163 vs. William Deet 162.25
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Seminole Warriors Boxing
TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Frauenheim wins BWAA award

The Boxing Writers Association of America has chosen Norm Frauenheim of Arizona, as recipient of the 2008  Nat Fleischer award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.”

(more…)



February 26th, 2009

UFC

Bid on UFC 96 tickets!

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Bid now to win tickets in the first two rows of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine  . . . 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!



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Happy birthday, ‘Boo Boo’

Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing, would like to wish Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (2-0, 2KO) a happy 21st. birthday. Andrade who is co-promoted by DeGuardia, will be in action on the Star Boxing promoted card on March 6th at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Andrade will open up the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ustinov still unbeaten!

By Alexey Sukachev

Rising heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus seized a vacant EBA title with a convincing fifth-round TKO over Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura (11-1, 10 KOs) moments ago at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Ustinov was surprisingly quick for a man of his colossal stature, using his jab to control defensive-minded Pedyura and overhand right to regularly rock him. However, the Ukrainian fighter used his skills to avoid an early knockout. The bout was stopped in round five after Pedyura’s nose started to bleed strenuously. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Adamek, Banks make weight!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek weighed in at 199 lbs, for his world title defense against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event tomorrow on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT). Banks weighed 200. Also Giovanni Lorenzo and Dionisio Miranda both weighed 159 for their IBF middleweight elimination bout. All made weight on the first try.



February 26th, 2009

UFC

Garcia: ‘One of us will break!’

WEC 39 is live on VERSUS Mar. 1!

Story by Chris Cozzone

Seven years and nine fights ago, Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia made his debut with World Extreme Cagefighting in the now-elite organization’s very first event.

Thirty-eight WEC events later, Garcia, 12-3, has made the transition from prelim battler to main eventer for, on Sunday Mar. 1, he will get a shot at the WEC’s lightweight title when he takes on champion Mike Brown, 20-4, of Portland, Ore. . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams to face Licina!

Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. president Jimmy Burchfield made several key announcements today, ranging from a minimum 11-fight schedule in 2009 to major fights in Germany for two of his top fighters, Jason “Big Six” Estrada and cruiserweight “Awesome” Aaron Williams. As previously reported, 2004 U.S. Olympian Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) takes on 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s top ranked heavyweight, Alexander Povetkin, April 4, in the main event in Dusseldorf, Germany. Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) challenges IBF Intercontinental title-holder Enad Licina (16-1, 10 KOs) in the co-feature. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Martirosyan, Roach re-unite!

After a one-year stay in Houston, Texas, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) has made his return back home to Glendale, CA. Vanes is excited to re-unite with his former trainer Freddie Roach, and ready to start training again at The WildCard Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA. “It saddens me to leave Ronnie Shields and Houston after a very productive one year run, but my team and I made a tough decision and believe this change will be best for my career at this time” said Martirosyan. “I cannot thank Ronnie, Brian Caldwell, and Creed Fountain and the rest of the guys at Savannah Gym enough for the many hours they put in with me and for all that I learned during my time there. I would also like to take time to thank Dr. Albrik Nazarian for being a great friend and mentor during my stay in Houston. I do look forward to a fresh start here with Freddie Roach – who I began my pro career with, and can’t wait to get in the gym. This is a very big year for me and I’m now more than ever determined to take it to that next level and make some noise at 154.”



February 26th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Full Report: George-Ballogou!

By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

Click the photo for more photos…
Shaun George wanted to prove that his upset victory over Chris Byrd last May was not a fluke and that he is a legitimate Light Heavyweight contender. At BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, George got another opportunity to showcase his talents when he faced Jaffa Ballogou. Unfortunately for those that wanted an extended look at George, if you blinked, you missed it. George needed just 86 seconds to beat Ballogou from pillar to post before the fight was called to a halt and gave George the TKO victory. (more…)



February 26th, 2009




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