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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains

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UFC

Saunders set for Swick

UFC 99 is LIVE on PPV June 13!

Story by Robert Kravantka

Ben “Killa B” Saunders grew up with martial arts. Influenced by Bruce Lee from the age of 8, Saunders, two years later, saw his first UFC match and thought, “This is something I want to do.”

After dabbling with karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Saunders began his career in his home state of Florida, before being cast for The Ultimate Fighter, Season 6, fighting under coach Matt Serra . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info



June 10th, 2009



Boxing News

NYC eagerly awaits Pacman!

By Nick Giongco

Filipinos residing in the US will be heartbroken if boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao decides to miss Friday night’s 84th Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) banquet in New York, BWAA president Jack Hirsch told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews on Wednesday. The BWAA had named Pacquiao as recipient of the coveted Fighter of the Year trophy for the second time after being voted as its top awardee in 2006. Pacquiao was on hand when the awards night was held at Copacabana also in the Big Apple. “It will be a tremendous insult to the boxing writers in the United States,” said Hirsch in an email message. There is still time for Pacquiao to make it to the US and boarding a Northwest Airlines jet on Friday morning should bring him to New York three hours before the BWAA event. Hirsch noted that “many Filipino people have already purchased tickets to attend (the awards night at the Capitale)….They will be bitterly disappointed if Pacquiao fails to attend,” said Hirsch, who was elected early this year.
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao was disappointed when told about Pacquiao’s decision to stay in the Philippines but he remains hopeful that Pacquiao would have a change of heart. “This is a horrible mistake,” said Arum. “It will be disrespectful to the BWAA if he doesn’t come.” Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Los Angeles-based Canadian adviser said the fighter is spending some time with his family for a much-needed rest after “all the meetings he’s attended the past few days.” Koncz said he might instead take the award “on Pacquiao’s behalf.” Aside from the BWAA affair, Arum wants Pacquiao to be at ringside when prospective foe Miguel Cotto fights Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Hirsch said he will get in touch with Arum to know if Pacquiao is indeed determined to stay in the Philippines.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Oquendo headlines in Chicago!

Two-time heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (29-5, 18 KOs) will face Gonzalo Omar Basile (41-4, 19 KOs) in the new ten round main event on June 26th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago it was announced today by Dominic Pelosi’s 8 Count Productions. Oquendo is coming off a highly controversial split decision loss to James Toney on December 13th. The bout against Basile is for the Basile’s WBO Latino heavyweight title and will be Oquendo’s first hometown bout in nine years. Tickets start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.



June 10th, 2009

Feature Story

Burgos takes on Gusev

burgos060909Story by Felipe Leon

As you cross the border from San Diego, Calif., into Tijuana, Mexico, to the west, you will find rolling hills invaded with neighborhoods all the way to the nearby ocean. On a non descriptive street just off the legendary Revolution Avenue, a lost tourist just might miss the Azteca Gym located next to an ice cream parlor and down a set of steps to a dungeon-like setting . . . Click here for more



June 10th, 2009

Announcement

Brothers Chudinov tell story!

Russian amateur sensation Dmitry Chudinov will be ringside this Saturday night, June 13th, at the “Mecca of Boxing”, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, to watch his rival countryman Matt Korobov battle on the undercard of the Welterweight World Championship Bout between Miguel Cotto and challenger Joshua Clottey . .  . Click here for more



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Tua-Cameron heats up!

By Eugene Carnachan

Heavyweights David the “Tuaminator” Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) and Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (23-1, 20 KOs) met on a prime time New Zealand television show for their first face off in the build up to their October 3rd showdown. An earlier fight was postponed due to a injury sustained in Cameron’s win over journeyman Robert Davis. The gregarious Tua was not his usual humble self and fired off a volley of barbs at the always confident Cameron. Tua called this “strictly business” and said Cameron “calling me out hasn’t shown me the respect I deserve” to which Cameron replied “it happens all the time…that’s what fighters do…if I didn’t, this fight wouldn’t be happening.” Tua emphatically warned “this will be Shane’s last fight…I’m gonna beat him up…hurt him” and to that the “Mountain Warrior” retorted with a terse “not if I have anything to do with it.” It really does look as if the “Tuaminator” is up for this fight and appears a little bent out of shape about being called out by a fellow New Zealander. Tua’s break from the niceties (his entourage actually took Talmadge Griffis to church) during pre-fight build ups are usually known to show he means business. With his vast pedigree in the upper echelons of the world boxing scene, Tua sees himself at the best heavy in Australasia and had he of stayed active to that there would be no question. But after not having fought in two years, the young guns are now calling his name and if tonight’s show of animosity is anything to go by — he doesn’t like it!



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Solis on Miccosukee card!

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Photo: mpsportimages.com

Former Amateur Olympic and World Champion Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis of Havana, Cuba has been added to the already interesting show this Friday at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) who is the WBC International heavyweight champion and currently ranked #7 WBC will face Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (18-6-1, 9 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas in scheduled eight round bout. The bout will be officially announced at today’s press conference. Also undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KOs) will face the toughest fight of his career when he faces hard punching former Olympian Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (13-3, 11 KOs) in a clash scheduled for six rounds in the jr middleweight division. In the main event, Diosbelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) returns home and will be facing former WBC Latin and WBA FEDECARIBE champion Manuel “El Marro” Garnica (25-10, 13 KO’s) in a clash scheduled for twelve rounds with Hurtado’s WBO Latin welterweight title on the line. Seven fights are scheduled, doors open at 7:30 PM first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available in www.ticketmaster.com. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.



June 10th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

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UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – Pick Your Top 100
Follow UFC® & Dana White On Twitter

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June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

‘Iron Boy’ hits the Big Apple!

Photo: Joel Colón/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: Joel Colón/PR Best Boxing Promotions

By Lee Bates

While Cottomania has swept New York City, WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) is getting some attention, too. Here the unbeaten ‘Iron Boy’ stands outside the legendary Madison Square Garden. Calderon will defend against two time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs) this Saturday. The bout will precede the main event of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) vs Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs). The Calderon/Mayol fight will be seen free in Puerto Rico not no TV in the U.S. Cotto/Clottey will be televised by HBO. Top Rank will promote the event.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Tyson married for third time!

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was married over the weekend in Las Vegas according to USA Today. Iron Mike exchanged vows with Lakiha Spicer at La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton. The ceremony took place just two weeks after the tragic death in Phoenix of his four-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. It’s the third marriage for the 42-year-old Tyson.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey Notes!

Miguel Cotto has a special guest — a Wounded Warrior, Arturo Cordova of the U.S. Marines – to introduce before a Top Rank press conference gets underway Wednesday noontime at Madison Square Garden. Cotto, the WBO world welterweight champion, is about to take on rugged challenger Joshua Clottey of Ghana in the main event at MSG on Saturday night. Several months ago Cotto was invited to meet soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The visit had a profound effect on Cotto. He became involved in the Wounded Warrior Project which provide programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. “Miguel went to Washington, D.C. to meet the soldiers and he has been active in helping them ever since. He wants to help,” said his personal publicist, Bryan Perez. Corporal Arturo Cordova will be introduced at the Wednesday press conference. He was severely wounded while in Iraq in August, 2005. Laurie Baker, an aide in the Wounded Warriors program, will accompany him to the press conference.
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Cotto has been mobbed by fans in all of his New York appearances – first at an open workout at the Bronx followed by a visit to an AT & T store where there was a long line of fight fans. Cotto has been working out each day at the Trinity Boxing Club on Greenwich St. Clottey has been training at the Kingsway Gym on West 28th St. First bell on Saturday will be at 6:30 pm. There are two Team Cotto fighters on the undercard, super featherweight Alberto Cruz, 4-0, and super bantamweight Jayson Velez, 8-0. The Ivan Calderon vs. Rodol Mayol world title fight will be at 9 pm, followed by Russian Olympian Matt Korobov vs. Loren Myers. The HBO telecast will get underway at 10:35 pm local time. On Sunday, Cotto will be on a float with his family at the annual Puerto Rico Parade in New York.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA: Valuev is champion!

Chagaev's Status Is "Under Review

The WBA clarified on Tuesday that Nikolai Valuev is the WBA world champion and Ruslan Chagaev remains the champion in recess. The matter is in the hands of the WBA. The sanctioning body’s attorneys have now put in writing that Chagaev’s status as champion in recess is “under review” and Valuev remains the world champion. Chagaev is expected to face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on June 20th in Germany. The WBA’s attorney letter also states that neither Chagaev, Klitschko nor their representatives have requested a WBA sanction of the event, which “is unlikely to be granted.” Valuev and Sauerland Event will make no attempt to stop Chagaev from fighting Klitschko, but have demanded that Valuev’s status as champion not be further confused by a WBA sanction of Klitschko-Chagaev.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto NYC workout!

Photos: Ed Mulholland

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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto conducted his final media workout today at the Trinity Boxing Club in Manhattan as he prepares for his world title defense against Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden in New York, on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaconu-Pascal heats up!

With only 10 short days to go before fight night, tension is starting to mount in the camps of WBC world light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (25- 0-0, 15KO) and Jean Pascal (22-1-0, 15KO). Both local boxers will meet at the Montreal Bell Centre on June 19 to dispute the crown of new king of the light heavies in Canada. With Versus Network cameras rolling, the atmosphere at the arena will certainly be electric as boxing fans have been looking forward to this bout for weeks now. Since today marks Adrian’s 31st birthday, Jean Pascal had some choice words for the champion in a radio interview from his training camp facilities in Florida. “For his birthday I will give Adrian one gift and I will take one away. The first I will hand deliver to him at the press conference next week. Then, after I win the fight on June 19th, I will take away the belt that the WBC gave him as a gift when they declared him light heavyweight champion last year.”
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Stephane Larouche, head trainer for InterBox, quickly retorted. “I will forward your message to Adrian personally. He will certainly find it interesting. He is in training camp in Montreal because he has all the resources he needs right here in his home city. Pascal can say what he wants, but he submitted himself to a so-called sophisticated training camp in Arizona for his bout against Froch last year and he still showed lack of energy for the last seven rounds!” adds Larouche.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma ready for 1st PPV!

Photo: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) hits the speed bag from his training camp in Puerto Rico. The Top Rank/PR Best Boxing-promoted Lopez is intensely training for his title defense against unbeaten challenger Oliver Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs). The bout will take place on June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This will be the first time Lopez will headline a pay-per-view. “I’m very excited to be in my first main event on pay-per- view,” said Juanma. “I’ve seen a video on Lontchi and I’m expecting a very tough fight. I am coming to the fight very well conditioned and prepared. I’m ready to meet his challenge. I encourage those who are unable to attend in person to watch the fight on PPV. The fans can expect to see me involved in another exciting fight.” (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Rodela ready to roar!

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Super featherweight prospect “Dangerous” David Rodela (12-1-2, 6KOs) headlines the series debut of Golden Boy Promotions “Fight Night Club” at the new Club Nokia at LA Live (across the street from the STAPLES Center) in downtown Los Angeles, CA on Thursday against Juan Garcia (15-2, 5KOs) . Versus will televise.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Ballroom: Super-size it!

To say that the Thursday, June 11th Battle In The Ballroom show at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California is BIG, is an understatement. How about a 6’7” power forward from the University of Idaho…or a 6’7” quarterback from Northern Colorado University…or a 6’7” power forward from Notre Dame? That’ll be just some of the heavyweights in action at the Irvine Marriott, as promoter Roy Englebrecht has super-sized his Ballroom show. (more…)



June 9th, 2009

UFC

Opportunity knocks for Velasquez

UFC 99 is LIVE on PPV June 13!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The co-feature of UFC 99: The Comeback offers a heavyweight contest with serious title implications as rising star Cain Velasquez faces the biggest challenge of his young career when he meets top contender Cheick Kongo . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info



June 9th, 2009

UFC

WEC 40: Catch the replay!

Faber vs. Brown II to Re-Air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET

VERSUS, the exclusive television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), will re-air the most-anticipated featherweight championship rematch in MMA history between Mike Brown and Urijah Faber on Wednesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET and again at 12 a.m. ET. (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

DiBella inks Thomas!

DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of undefeated light heavyweight prospect and former amateur star Isiah Thomas (3-0, 3 KOs), no relation to the former basketball player. Thomas has won each of his professional bouts by first round knockout. “I think he’s a terrific prospect,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “He has a blend of speed and power that is extremely rare in boxing. That ability, coupled with his amateur experience, makes us believe he is one of the real sleepers in the professional ranks.”



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Sorokin-Nanthachai called off!

By Alexey Sukachev

An important light welterweight match-up between Russian Sergey Sorokin (28-1-1, 19 KOs) and WBA #12 Thai Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) was scratched after the Asian fighter suffered an injury during his training camp. The bout was to take place on June 26 in German city of Voelklingen as a part of the huge Arena Box-Promotion fight card. Team Titov is now working to save a date for Sorokin, who is coming off a year-long hiatus.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Chilembe, Kitooke on weight!

Photo: Ron Jackson

Photo: Ron Jackson

By Ron Jackson

At a prefight medical held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park today David Kitooke and Isaac Chilembe who fight for the vacant WBO Africa light heavyweight title at the Graceland Casino in Secunda on Saturday night both weighed in within one kilogram of the limit and were declared fit to fight. In what could develop into a grudge match Kitooke from Uganda is intent on avenging the only defeat on his record by Chilembe of Malawi on an eighth round technical knockout in April last year. The fight was stopped in the eighth round because of a bad cut over Kitooke’s eye when the fight was up for grabs. Kitooke has won 10, lost 1 and drawn 1 with 9 wins coming inside the distance and Chilembe has a record of 12-1, 8 KOs. (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Porky’s back in action

Undefeated Mexican Rogelio “Porky” Medina (17-0, 14 KOs) will look for another kayo win this weekend when he takes on the dangerous Antonio “Muñeco” Arras (18-4, 12 KOs) this weekend in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México. The fight, scheduled for six rounds at superwelterweight, presents a good test for Medina, who is looking to establish himself as a contender. Medina is coming off a tough fight in Tijuana against veteran Cristian Solano. Should Medina get by Arras, he hopes to invade the U.S. to continue his climb toward contention.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao to skip NY trip!

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao has decided to stay in the Philippines instead of attending Friday night’s Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) banquet at the Capitale in New York. Pacquiao was interviewed by a TV network and his handlers confirmed that the pound-for-pound king has opted to remain in the country and go on a vacation instead in Bohol or Dakak, two well-known local destinations. The BWAA named Pacquiao as Fighter of the Year for 2008, the second time Pacquiao will get the award after being voted in 2006. Pacquiao was on hand when he got the 2006 award at the Copacabana, also in New York. Pacquiao will also miss Saturday night’s big fights featuring prospective foe Miguel Cotto at the Madison Square Garden. Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz said in a text message Tuesday night that he will instead fly to New York to accept the BWAA award “on Pacquiao’s behalf.” Koncz said he hasn’t talked with Top Rank head Bob Arum about Pacquiao’s decision “but I left message on his phone.” Koncz said Pacquiao cited family commitments as reason for his decision not to go. In the event Pacquiao makes a last-minute decision to go, he can still make it to the Big Apple if he leaves Manila on Friday morning via Northwest Airlines. Owing to the time difference, Pacquiao will arrive there on the same day.



June 9th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

Countdown To UFC® 99 Premieres Tonight At 11pm ET/PT On Spike
Did You Miss WEC® Brown vs Faber 2? – Watch The Replay Tomorrow Night At 8pm On Versus
Join The UFC® Community And Upload Your Photos, Videos And Blogs
UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – Pick Your Top 100
Follow UFC® & Dana White On Twitter (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto surfaces in the Bronx!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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Hundreds of fans waited in line for hours at the AT&T store in the Bronx today to meet WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto is in town for Saturday’s championship fight against Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kobayashi upsets #9 Masuda!

By Joe Koizumi

Unheralded and unknown, Japanese #9 flyweight Yasutaka Kobayashi (15-2-2, 2 KOs), 113.75, stunned the crowd at the Korakuen Hall as he displayed unexpectedly excellent combinations and right-hand counters in scoring a very upset majority decision (96-95, 98-94 and 96-96) over WBC#9/WBA#9 Takahisa Masuda (20-8-3, 5 KOs), 113.75, over ten fast frames on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Probably Kobayashi’s low KO ratio had Masuda accept him as just an opponent in a tune-up go, but the underdog showed his career-best performance by outhustling the taller and more experienced prefight favorite down the stretch.
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In the main event, WBA#8/WBC#12 super-bantam Shoji Kimura (23-2-2, 9 KOs), 122, impressively kept his national 122-pound belt as he so accurately countered up-and-coming youngster, JBC#6 Tomoki Kanazawa (12-4-2, 6 KOs), 122, all night, and finally dropped him with a Ricardo Lopez-like left uppercut to the button for the count at 1:34 of the ninth session. Kimura, five years his senior at 31, had captured the national belt with a pulverizing second-round knockout of world-rated defending champ Kazuma Miura this February. Why could the previously soft-punching Kimura, over thirty, abruptly become a hard-puncher? Promoter: Hanagata Promotions.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

“Summer Rumble” June 25th!

Arnaoutis-Carrasquillo Headline Card in NJ!

Former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis will face Puerto Rican veteran Doel Carrasquillo in a ten round junior welterweight bout in the main event at “Summer Rumble” on Thursday, June 25th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. The Arnaoutis – Carrasquillo bout headlines an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Pound For Pound Promotions. Tickets, starting at $35, can be purchased in advance by calling the Pound For Pound Promotions office at 201-864-9566 or 866-924-2050. Special VIP stage seats are available for $150. Schuetzen Park is located at 3167 Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen, New Jersey . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm, with the first bell at 7:15. (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Matt Korobov Update!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

2008 Russian Olympian Middleweight and rising star Matt Korobov(ctr) of Russia poses during a press conference at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn Monday with Russian fashion models (L-R) Liudmyla Poborska and Anastasiia Somchyk. The models will be Korobov’s personal ring card girls when he faces Loren Myers in a special attraction fight on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey world welterweight championship fight on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Bones Adams returns!

By Lee Bates

Former WBA super bantamweight champion Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams (43-6-4, 19 KOs) will make his 2009 debut against former world title challenger Alex ‘Ali’ Baba (26-15-1, 19 KOs) this Friday. Adams who turned professional at the age of 15 is entering his 20th year as a professional boxer. The bout will be a 10 round main event at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The undercard will feature former world heavyweight title challenger Charles Shufford (20-8-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be announced, welterweight prospect Rashad Holloway (10-1, 5 KOs) vs veteran Harrison Cuello (18-10-2, 14 KOs), Vegas native Angel Flores (9-3, 3 KOs) vs Francisco Rios Gil (16-9, 11 KOs) , plus additonal bouts. The bout is being promoted by Sterling McPhearson’s Sterling Promotions. For ticket information contact (702) 942-7777. Note: lightweight Almazbek Raiymkulov aka Kid Diamond was also scheduled, but a hand injury will prevent him from fighting.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Burgos, Herrera headline!

Unbeaten young guns Juan Carlos Burgos and Mauricio Herrera top a June 12th card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the main event, featherweight Burgos (21-0, 15 KOs) battles Vyacheslav Gusev (16-1, 3 KOs) for the WBC CABOFE title, while junior welterweight Herrera (10-0, 5 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against Luis Alfredo Lugo (10-8-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC / USNBC belt in the co-feature. Also featured is a featherweight showdown between Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) and unbeaten Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs). Tickets are $30-$75, Call 714-935-0900.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Kentikian foe named!

Unbeaten “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend her WBA and WIBF flyweight titles against WBA super flyweight beltholder Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite (15-1, 11 KOs) on the July 4 card at Hamburg’s Color Line Arena on the “Universum Champions Night“ card headlined by the WBO heavyweight eliminator between unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs). “I was very satisfied with my last fight in March,” said Kentikian. “I was very sharp that day and left Elena Reid with no chance. Carolina Gaite is the current WBA world champion in the next higher weight class and is, of course, another big challenge. Against this opponent I must further develop to again satisfy the boxing fans with my determined fight style and win very clearly.” Also seeing action are WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (23-1, 9 KOs) and cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) against opponents to be named.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

New date for Cruz-Solis!

Due to scheduling conflicts, the date for IBF featherweight world championship defense of Cristobal Cruz (38-11-1, 23 KOs) against Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (37-1-2, 27 KOs) in Tuxtla Gutierrez has been changed to July 11. The card was originally scheduled for June 27. The fight is a rematch of their December 2003 bout won by Solis via ten-round unanimous decision at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Guerrero!

Former two-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero now has a new opponent for his June 12th fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, after original foe Johnnie Edwards withdrew from the bout due to a back injury. Stepping up to the plate for the ESPN “Friday Night Fights” main event is veteran contender Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa (30-5-1, 17 KOs). The co-feature pits rising junior welterweight star Danny Garcia against Pavel Miranda in an eight round clash. Also in action in separate bouts on June 12th will be hot undefeated prospects Carlos Velasquez, Juan Velasquez, Eloy Perez, Ashanti Jordan and Anthony Johnson. Tickets ($25-$100) are on sale now at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.



June 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Liu Gang!

Photo: Zovi Boxing Team

Photo: Zovi Boxing Team

By Robert Coster

Last month in Tokyo, flyweight Xiong Zhao Zhong made history by becoming the first Chinese boxer to fight for a pro world title, losing a hair thin decision to WBC champion Daisuke Naito. Xiong is a member of the stable of Zovi Boxing Team, a pioneer of pro boxing in China. “Xiong come so close to winning and, if he had, it would have been momentous, but there will be other opportunities,” says Zovi President and founder Liu Gang, himself a former boxer who represented China at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. For many observers, Xiong’s performance was proof of that pro boxing is making slow but steady inroads in the giant Asian nation. To shed light on the matter, Fightnews reached Liu to discuss the state of the game in mainland China and what is needed to insure its continuing progress and growth. (more…)



June 8th, 2009




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