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Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty ...

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-12-2, ...

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous ...

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill Prior to the main event bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

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Results from Washington DC

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UFC

GSP aiming for perfection

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Story by Anthony Springer

Rolling into the historic UFC 100, current welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre seems more like the challenger when compared to the rhetoric of his opponent, Thiago “Pit Bull” Alves  . . . Click here for more

It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100



July 9th, 2009



UFC

UFC updates

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Already in Las Vegas for her newly-premiered and well-received production at Planet For the first time in 15 years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is on its way back to Oklahoma. Not since UFC 4 saw the legendary Royce Gracie defeat fellow Hall of Famer Dan Severn in 1994 has the world’s greatest mixed martial arts organization put on a show in the Sooner State, and now the premier athletes in the sport will be featured in a nationally televised UFC® Fight NightTM event live on Spike TV Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00p.m. CT from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City . .  . Click here for more

Anchor Bay Entertainment today announced it is joining forces with the world’s fastest growing sports organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) to distribute UFC brand releases on DVD and Blu-Ray® formats . . . Click here for more

PLUS: Go behind the scenes at UFC® 100 this weekend with Beyond The Octagon(tm) . . . Tickets on sale this week for UFC® Fight Night Live in Oklahoma City on September 16 . . . UFC.com – Alves Promises A War And A Knockout On Saturday Night . . . Visit the Official Site of UFC® 100



July 9th, 2009

Feature Story

Brinkley still aiming for title shot

Story by Robert Perea

Throughout his 13 years in the ring as a professional, Jesse Brinkley believes he has been bypassed time and again for a shot at big money fights and world titles.

Now he’s determined to make sure that he’s overlooked no more . . . Click here for more



July 9th, 2009

Preview

Houston on Darchinyan-Agbeko

By Graham Houston

One thing about Vic Darchinyan that cannot be denied is that, for all his tough talk, he is willing to walk the walk by facing top-calibre opposition, which is what he is doing this Saturday when he steps up to bantamweight to challenge IBF champion Joseph Agbeko, with Showtime televising the intriguing fight . . . Click here for more



July 8th, 2009

UFC

UFC 100 media blitz begins!

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Festivities for Saturday night’s UFC 100 and this weekends UFC Fan Expo opened up today at the Mandalay Bay with media workouts for the top six fighters. While most showed up just to chat to the press, all six fighters said they were 100% ready for Saturday night’s historic card. Pictured above, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre talked today about his goal to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. GSP takes on Thiago Alves on Saturday.



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

González training with Beristain!

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former WBO bantamweight world champion Jhonny González, is now being trained by the well known Mexican manager/trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico City. González should return to the ring in either August or September in a ten rounder and if all goes well by the end of the year “we could be speaking of another battle for the world title,” stated a source close to Gonzalez. He is expected to return on August 21 in Chihuahua against an opponent to be named on a card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo of the Kuchle family.



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Vic: I’ll make him look stupid!

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

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Due to travel complications, two division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan was unable to participate in Tuesday’s media workout in South Florida with his opponent, IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. SHOWTIME caught up with the four-time world champ at the hotel pool on Wednesday, just three days before he faces Agbeko in his quest to become a three division world champion on Saturday, July 11 at the BankAtlantic Center LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT). Darchinyan, who proved his dominance in the 115 pound division with dominating victories over Christian Mijares and Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME, had a lot to say about Saturday’s fight and his boxing future. Saturday’s world title fight will be Darchinyan’s first scrap at 118 pounds. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Moreno honored by Prez!

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After defending his WBA bantamweight title for the fourth time, Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno was honored by President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal. Moreno defeated former champion Mahyar Monshipur in France on Saturday July 4th, achieving the first Panamanian sports victory under the new government headed by Mr. Martinelli, who started his 5 years period 3 days before the fight.
“Chemito” attended the presidential invitation accompanied by his grandmother, wife, son, trainer Carlos Harry and promoter Hector Villarreal. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Concepcion prepares for title fight!

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Rafael “el Torito” Concepcion approached the podium at the press conference for Pinoy Power 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and in broken English stated “No one knows who is Rafael “el Torito” Concepcion in Las Vegas, but after August 15, everyone will know who I am.” This simple statement highlights the opportunity that Rafael Concepcion has before him, an opportunity to announce himself to the boxing world. Rafael Concepcion takes on the former IBF Flyweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in the Main Event of Top Ranks Pinoy Power 2 Promotion. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Sturm, Gevor workout!

Photos: Marianne Müller

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WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) thrilled boxing fans at during a public workout on Wednesday at the local VW dealership. Also on hand was Sturm’s challenger, reigning European champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) They collide Saturday in the new “ring°arena” at the famous Nürburgring Speedway on the evening before the German Formula 1Grand Prix. Fans also got to see Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) and Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs), who meet for the WBC interim middleweight world championship in the co-feature, as well as WBA #1 super middleweight Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) and heavyweight Christian Hammer (2-1, 1 KO) who will also appear on the card.



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaz, Malignaggi guarantee win!

By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Thomas Shea – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotion

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A hot Wednesday in Houston, Texas got hotter as former undisputed lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and former IBF junior lightweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi each guaranteed a win during a press conference announcing their August 22nd showdown on HBO. The bout will be a twelve-rounder fought at jr. welterweight poundage. “Yes I had a tough loss to Ricky Hatton, at my best I’m a hard to fighter to beat and at times I feel I’m inconsistent,” stated Brooklyn native Paulie. “All said and done I was making excuses in the losses that I had, but now both of us have two losses and that means somebody is going to get three losses and it isn’t going to be me.” Diaz had this to say to the media. “I’ve been training for a few weeks and now that the press conference is here I know the fight is for real and now we can get down to business. The last fight hurt my pride on how I was stopped in the fight against Juan Manuel Marquez and I said to myself ‘whoever they put in front of me next is going to get it.’ Paulie is a good fighter, but I’m a great fighter. I’m testing the waters at jr. welterweight and lightweight to see whichever is good for me. I would like to thank Houston and all the fans for their support of me and I hope they come out and support me like they have in the past.” (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Experts pick Darchinyan!

If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will walk out of the ring a five-time world champion with a victory over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko. A triumph also would make Darchinyan a three-division world champ – at 112, 115 and 118 pounds. Agbeko (26-1, 22 KOs), the IBF bantamweight champion, will defend against Darchinyan (32-1, 26 KOs) in the main event this Saturday live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The matchup between two of the hardest-hitting, pound-for-pound boxers in the world could end with one punch. Both fighters have whopping knockout percentages. Agbeko has won inside the distance 81 percent of the time while Darchinyan has won by knockout 76 percent of the time. One thing is certain: Raging Bull certainly didn’t take a tune-up in King Kong. Still, Darchinyan was a landslide winner in the SHOWTIME poll, garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a knockout for the Australian-based Armenian bomber, while only three predicted the fight would go to the scorecards.
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The co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will showcase two once-beaten, world-ranked No. 4 contenders when emerging lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1, 14 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, meets Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs), from Benin, Africa, now fighting out of Geneva, N.Y., in a 12-round bout.



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

The IBF has approved an Eliminator for the jr. featherweight division between Takalani Ndlovu VS Kiko Martinez. The bout is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2009 at the NASREC Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don Chargin has announced that he has signed junior welterweight Humberto “Tito” Trinidad Ramos (10-0, 7 KOs) to an advisor contract.
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Heavyweight Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron has been given the all clear by surgeon Tim Tasman-Jones to begin punching ahead of his October 3 bout with David Tua at Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand. In his last fight, Cameron suffered three fractures in his right hand that required surgery.



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Angulo returns on FNF!

By Lee Bates

Junior middleweight Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (15-1, 12 KOs) will look to get back in the win column as he takes on Gabriel Rosado (12-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round bout televised on ESPN2´s Friday Night Fights on Aug 7. Angulo suffered his first loss as a professional this past May against former two-time welterweight champion Kermit Cintron. Rosado is no soft touch as he has made it tough on promising prospects recently. About a year ago he upset the then unbeaten James Moore in a televised FNF, and in February of this year he dropped unbeaten prospect Fernando Guerrerro before losing to him by decision. In an 8 round co-feature, unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to stay sharp and remain unbeaten as he takes on Dyah Davis (15-1, 7 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event which is being held at the Buffalo Bill Star Arena in Primm, Nevada.



July 8th, 2009

Announcement

Brinkley, Paschall prepare!

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Presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions and Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions, “Summer Showdown” is headlined by a ten round light heavyweight battle between The Fighting Pride of Northern Nevada, Jesse Brinkley and Baltimore, Maryland’s Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall on Friday, July 10th at the Reno Events Center . . . Click here for more workout photos



July 8th, 2009

Announcement

Reno presser open to public!

Fight fans in the Reno area are encouraged to attend the final public press conference for “Summer Showdown”, on Wednesday, July 8th at 1 p.m. at Scheels Sporting Goods, 1200 Scheels Drive in Sparks, NV. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Donaire plans public workout!

Former IBF/IBO flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr., will open up his workout to media and fans at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in the Bay Area (883 East San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, Calif. 94070) this Saturday, July 11, beginning at 1PM PT. Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs), from San Leandro, Calif. by way of General Santos City, Philippines, is training for his upcoming challenge of former world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (13-3-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim super flyweight title. The Donaire-Concepcion rumble headlines Top Rank’s August 15 “Pinoy Power 2″ world championship pay-per-view extravaganza at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Announcement

Nakash hosts clinic

Israeli Cruiserweight Boxing Champion Ran “The Jewish Warrior” Nakash will be at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC on Wednesday, July 8, 7:00pm to offer a free boxing and Krav Maga Clinic and to promote his upcoming fight at Prudential Center in Newark this Saturday, July 11th. Children and teens ages five to seventeen are encouraged to participate in the clinic in which Ran will demonstrate and teach various boxing and self-defense maneuvers. The clinic will be followed by a “Meet and Greet” where guests will have the opportunity to learn a little more about this “intense” fighter. His background is very interesting. (more…)



July 8th, 2009

UFC

Nowhere to hide for GSP

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

UFC 100 boasts a co-feature that would easily headline any other card on any other night as world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defends his title against a physically imposing KO artist in Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Although St. Pierre is tested in every bout, the young Alves presents a dangerous punch the likes never seen before by the champion. One mistake could be fatal, and this welterweight showdown is sure to deliver . . . Click here for more

It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100



July 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Chambers: Bring on Wladimir!

Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions

Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions

By Karl Freitag

Despite his win over former WBC heavyweight champion Sam Peter, “Fast” Eddie Chambers took a bit of heat from people who said he wasn’t aggressive enough. In his win last Saturday over Alexander Dimitrenko, Chambers took that criticism to heart. Chambers met Dimitrenko in the center of the ring and took the fight right to the previously unbeaten WBO #1 ranked fighter, scoring a knockdown in the process. “There were times, like in the twelfth round, I was in there and I had him going and he was trying to hold and survive,” Chambers told Fightnews. “That says a lot about him and his ability to survive and the heart he showed to begin the fight honestly. I was hitting him with some hellacious shots, you know, people don’t think I can punch but I could tell you speed is power and I am a lot stronger than people think. There’s not a heavyweight in this division out there that I can really believe is strong enough to deal with me — and my speed, as well.” (more…)



July 8th, 2009

Feature Story

DeMarco still humble

Story by Felipe Leon

As you walk thru glass double doors into the always hot and humid room of the CREA gym in Tijuana, Mexico, you will see dozens of young practitioners of the fistic arts crowd around the cramped room as they work on different bags, shadowbox or jump rope . .. Click here for more



July 7th, 2009

UFC

Mir and the art of war

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Story by Anthony Springer

In the weeks leading up to UFC 100’s main event between current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (3-1) and interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir (12-3), the smaller, but more technically savvy fighter played the unlikely role of corner man to his much larger opponent  . . . Click here for more

It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

DKP fighters ready to shine!

Agbeko, Adjaho, Cunningham workout!

Photos: Ed Keenan

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Boxing stars appearing in Don King’s Summer Sizzler on Saturday at Bank Atlantic Center (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT) laced up their gloves to participate in gym workouts for the media today at Punch Fitness. IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (meeting Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan in the main event); IBF No. 4 ranked lightweight Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho (facing WBO No. 2 ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco in the televised co-feature to determine the WBC’s mandatory challenger); and former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (meeting former WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite in a non-televised IBF elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger) were among the fighters answering questions and providing a glimpse into their ring training regimens. (more…)



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Agbeko second banana!

World super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (32-1, 26 KOs), arrived in Sunrise, Florida today where he will challenge International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (26-1, 22 KOs), on Saturday night. “King Kong will be playing second banana to the real star of Saturday night’s big event,” said Darchinyan, a native of Armenia who hails from Australia, already a two-division world champion. “Everyone knows I’m the top banana of this show. I’m the star because I’m the best. No matter how many times they remake “King Kong” the ending is always the same…it’s beauty that kills beast. And who’s more beautiful in the ring than I am?” (more…)



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Godfrey ready for Hawk!

NABF and SNBC cruiserweight titleholder Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs) is set to face unbeaten Shawn Hawk (18-0-1, 16 KOs) in the ten round main event on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show from The Arena in Philadelphia. Godfrey was originally planning to challenge IBF world champion Tomasz Adamek this weekend, but that fight fell through when no network picked it up. “I’m preparing for Hawk as if I were fighting Adamek,” the WBC #6/IBF #7 rated Godfrey said during a break from a recent workout. “This is a very important fight because I have another opportunity to showcase my skills on live national television. Fights fall through… That’s boxing. I can’t do anything about it and all I can do is keep focused on this fight. I don’t know too much about Hawk other than I know I’m going to beat him. He doesn’t bring anything that strikes fear in me – nobody does! He’s heavy handed and he doesn’t know how to lose. Those are his two best assets. I’m not worried but I’m still taking him seriously.”



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Hernandez-Jones July 17!

Unbeaten lightweight Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (6-0, 4 KOs) returns to Omega Products International in Corona, California on July 17 to battle Jovann Jones (9-5, 4 KOs). The six rounder – which headlines a six fight Thompson Boxing card – will be Hernandez’s first at Omega Products International since he knocked out Miguel Rivera in 57 seconds back August of 2008, as well as his first as a member of the Thompson Boxing Promotions roster. (more…)



July 7th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Already in Las Vegas for her newly-premiered and well-received production at Planet Hollywood called “Peepshow”, Holly Madison expressed interest at a recent Ultimate Fighting Championship event that she wanted to take a spin around the Octagon ® for UFC® 100 this Saturday night. The fight card, taking place at Mandalay Bay, is expected by every measure to be the biggest event in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ® history with a unified heavyweight title on the line between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and a welterweight championship fight between Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and #1 contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.. . . Click here for more

PLUS: Tickets on sale this week for UFC® Fight Night Live in Oklahoma City on September 16 . . . Tonight On Spike – Ultimate 100 Greatest UFC Fights At 9pm ET/PT, followed by the premiere of Countdown to UFC® 100 at 10pm ET/PT . . . Go behind the scenes at UFC® 100 this weekend with Beyond The Octagon(tm) . . . Visit the Official Site of UFC® 100



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Prescott foe named!

An opponent has been named for world-ranked and undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs) on July 17 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Prescott, best known for his first round KO of Amir Khan, will face world-ranked Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KOs), who has gone the distance with current WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Also featured is amateur superstar and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rignondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) against Robert Guillen (4-2-3) in a super bantamweight clash. Rignondeaux is being trained by Freddie Roach. (more…)



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Pingo to face Ortiz!

Photo: Zanfer Boxing

Photo: Zanfer Boxing

Flyweight contender Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (29-4-1, 22 KOs) will face the experienced former WBC mini-flyweight champion Eric Ortiz (31-8-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF flyweight eliminator at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. It will be Miranda’s first fight since dropping a decision in an April world title fight against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Thailand. The Miranda-Ortiz clash is the co-feature on the card featuring IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz and Jorge “Coloradito” Solis.



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Soliman: Bika will beat Mundine!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world super middleweight contender Sam Soliman is confident that the IBO 168 pound champion and IBF#3 Sakio Bika (27-3-2, 18 KOs) will defeat former WBA super middleweight champion and current IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine if that fight is successfully negotiated. Soliman scored a points victory over Sakio Bika in Australia, but lost a rematch on the Contender Series in the USA in 2007. Mundine scored two disputed points wins over Soliman and also a stoppage victory over the Melbourne based middleweight. (more…)



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Cortes headlines in San Jose!

American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank: The Next Chapter returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose on Thursday, July 16 featuring a special eight-round bout highlighting San Jose native Ricardo Cortes (22-3-1, 15 KOs). Cortes makes his return to HP Pavilion for the first time since November 2007 when he knocked out Joshua Onyango (14-17-1, 11 KO’s). Always a Fight Night at the Tank favorite, Cortes has knocked out 10 of his 13 opponents at HP Pavilion dating back to 2002. Cortes will be fighting Oakland native, James Buggs (8-9-3). This will be Buggs’ first time fighting at the Tank. The undercard will include Clint Coronel (0-0-1), Juan Tepoz (1-1), Maurice Slade (0-2), Claudia Gutierrez (Debut), Fernando Barajas (4-2). Each of these fighters will be competing in four-round bouts and will be included in the “You Be The Judge” competition. Individual tickets can be purchased at the HP Pavilion ticket office, at Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Bay Area, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Agbeko Camp!

Get an inside look at Agbeko’s boxing gym in the south Bronx, which hosts numerous boxing champs from the African country of Ghana who have traveled to the U.S. to pursue their dreams of becoming world champions. See the 118-pound brawler explain how the name King Kong, which is actually his given birth name from his father, inspired him to become a boxer.



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez, Rocha, Rojas in Japan!

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By Joe Koizumi

WBA minimumweight champ Roman Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) , Nicaragua, arrived in Japan on Monday, eight days before his second defense against ex-WBA/WBC ruler Katsunari Takayama in Kobe next Tuesday. Nicknamed “Chocolatito,” Gonzalez sincerely expressed his condolence to his country’s national hero Alexis Arguello’s sad and sorrowful passing. The 22-year-old KO artist is accompanied by his long-time trainer Gustavo Herrera. By the same flight from Tokyo to Osaka, Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs), US, also arrived here in Kobe, as he will have an ambitious shot at the WBC bantam throne against Hozumi Hasegawa in the Japanese southpaw’s ninth defense on the same bill.
Also, WBC official challenger Elio Rojas (20-1, 13 KOs), Dominican Republic, arrived in Tokyo on the same evening, as he will challenge the newly crowned WBC feather ruler Takahiro Aoh next Tuesday. The split-site promotions will be telecast live by Nippon TV here in Japan.



July 7th, 2009

Feature Story

Gesta brings own fireworks

mercito1abStory by Felipe Leon

Unbeaten Mercito Gesta’s future is looking brighter, almost as bright as the fireworks he enjoyed this past 4th of July.

“I went somewhere near my home to watch the fireworks – back home in the Philippines, we only have them at Christmas and New Year’s,” the 21-year-old stated. “We can buy them and light themselves ourselves in the streets.”  .  . . Click here for more



July 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Quezada takes on Walker

Looking to become a top 5 world contender in the heavyweight division is the WBC #11 ranked and WBC CABOFE champion, Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (27-4, 17 KOs). Standing in Quezada’s way is the WBC #17 rated and former NABF Heavyweight Champion, Travis Walker (30-2-1, 25 KOs). Riding a 16-fight winning streak, Quezada puts his title and world ranking on the line when the two warriors take center stage in a twelve round main event, Thursday, July 16 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. (more…)



July 7th, 2009




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