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Hopkins, Shumenov workout quotes

Hopkins, Shumenov workout quotes

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime Several of the featured fighters for Saturday's "History at the Capitol" event at the DC Armory in ...

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Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Photos: Peter Frutkoff World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his ...

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

By Sam Geraci Photos: Bob Ryder Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Leonso Nunez The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday ...

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Ringside by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com You could make a case that the third man in the ring, ...

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Hopkins, Shumenov workout quotes

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Feature Story

Pavlik ready to defend!

Story by Antonio Castro

The last time he entered the ring, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik  was a heavy favorite.  He was undefeated.  He was powerful.  He was full of confidence.  His opponent that night, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, had twice lost to Jermain Taylor, whom Pavlik had defeated twice himself.  Thousands of the Youngstown faithful traveled to Atlantic City and watched in horror as “The Ghost” was “Executed.” (more…)



February 18th, 2009



Interview

Mitchell returns!

Interview by Bob Caico

Two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) continues his comeback this Friday when he challenges tough Zach Walters (23-3, 18 KOs) in Buffalo, N.Y  for the NABA light heavyweight title . . .  Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC inks deal with French TV!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization has reached a new agreement with AB Groupe’s RTL9 to bring the world’s most exciting sport to over 14 million French-language homes across 38 countries and territories on two continents, Europe and Africa . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio presser tomorrow!

Free event open to Youngstown fans

World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) and his challenger #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 38 KOs) will hold their final news conference for their world championship pay-per-view event tomorrow (2/19) at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. In an unusual move, Top Rank will open this press conference to the public. Doors at the Chevrolet Centre will open to the public at 11AM with the news conference beginning at noon. Pavlik, Rubio and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be on hand. There is no charge for entry. Pavlik and Rubio collide Saturday on pay-per-view.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Kelly Pavlik Workout!

Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

WBC and WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) worked out today at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik will be defending his title against mandatory challenger #1 contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (43-4-1, 38 KOs) at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown this Saturday. Pavlik and two-time world champion Miguel Cotto headline Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities on the same live telecast. Cotto will fight and highly-rated contender Michael Jennings Saturday’s WBO world championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell answers Judah!

By Flattop

Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell had this to say when informed about recent remarks made about him by Zab Judah:
“Let me tell you something Flattop. Zab can get it! If he can make 140, he can come get it! But I’m not doing all this calling out business anymore. I’ll fight anyone Terry puts in front of me. I called out everyone and their mother at 135, and what did it get me? A cancelled Guzman fight, and a very tough fight with a friggin giant in Ali Funeka. And to top it off, now I hear all these 135 guys are trying to make their fights for all my old titles. Ain’t none of them wanted those titles when I had them, but now that I’m moving up all the sudden they all want the belts. Too funny! But here’s the thing, I’m done with all that calling out stuff. All Zab needs to know is that if he can make 140, then we can do this. Zab says that 140 is his house? Man, 140 is a vacant house. If anything, it’s Hatton’s house. Zab ain’t lived there in 5 years or better. So let’s save all the yapping for the press conferences, and if he can seriously make 140, then come on with it. Lets do it!”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

WBO sanctions Marquez-Diaz!

The WBO World Championship Committee received from Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker Eric Gomez a formal request that the bout between Juan Manuel Márquez and Juan Díaz on February 28 in Houston, Texas, be sanctioned as a WBO vacant lightweight championship title bout. The lightweight title was vacated when former champion Nate Campbell did not make the weight prior to his February 14 bout. Pursuant to the consideration of these facts, it is the consensus of the WBO Executive Committee and Championship Committee to grant Gomez’ petition. Therefore, the WBO World Championship Committee sanctions the above referenced bout to be held February 28, 2009 in Houston, Texas, with the provision that the winner must face the mandatory challenger within 180 days of the bout, unless some other decision is reached in accordance with the WBO World Championship Rules and Regulations.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Jennings NYC Presser!

By Mariano Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

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Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto and highly-rated contender Michael Jennings pose during a press conference Saturday’s WBO world championship fight at Madison Square Garden. Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will headline Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight Marco Antonio Rubio at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
Miguel Cotto: “We trained pretty good for the last two months and we’re ready for everything that Michael can bring. We’re going to do anything we have in our hands to come back to Puerto Rico with the title.”
Michael Jennings: “It is a dream come true to fight in New York at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing, where all the legends have fought. I’ve trained 100% and will show everyone a great fight on Saturday night.”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson update!

By Flattop

Promoter Gary Shaw updated FightNews that Chad Dawson’s right hand suffered a ligament injury and that the fighter will wear a soft cast for approximately two weeks. Mike Criscio – the manager of Dawson – is flying Tuesday evening to Vegas to assist Dawson. Dawson was working out Monday at the famous Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym when he suffered the injury, as reported by Butch Gottlieb with BoxingInLasVegas.com.



February 18th, 2009

Announcement

Walter Smith passes

Legendary cornerman Walter Smith has passed away at the age of 94 in Detroit. Smith worked at the Kronk Gym with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and helped train former world champions Thomas Hearns and Hilmer Kenty among others. Smith was a teammate of Joe Louis in the 1930s. “For those of you who knew Walter Smith…we have lost a giant in the boxing world,” wrote former state boxing commissioner Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum in an email to Fightnews.com. Visitation is 6-9PM today and 10AM-9PM Thursday at Swanson’s Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit. The (313-923-1122). A service will be held at 11AM Friday at Shield of Faith Ministries, 13600 Van Dyke.



February 18th, 2009

Announcement

Former SA champion dies

By Ron Jackson

Former South African heavyweight champion and outstanding trainer Billy Lotter died on Tuesday. Billy who was 71 had been suffering from cancer for the past two years. A southpaw and born Willem Godfriend Lotter in Pretoria on May 25, 1937, Billy won the South African heavyweight title when he scored an easy 12 round points decision over Stoffel Willemse in Johannesburg on February 29, 1964. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

UFC

Sonnen takes on Maia

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Every mixed martial artist dreams of having his or her hand raised at the end of a fight round title fight. Reaching the top of the heap in one’s weight class means that said fighter has arrived. For Chael Sonnen (23-9-1), his time to shine was supposed to come last November in a rematch with Paulo Filho, the WEC’s last middleweight champion. Filho bested Sonnen in their first meeting after locking in an arm bar. The rematch, however, was Sonnen’s for the taking  . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Contender Update!

The live final of the Season Four contender series is set for February 25th at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. As usual the results are being kept secret until tonight’s final taped installment, although the Mississauga News is already reporting the names of fighters in the finale. Versus is planning a two hour telecast next week, their first live event of 2009.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA lightweight title update!

The WBA lightweight “super-champion” title was renounced by Nate Campbell prior to his fight with Ali Funeka, but promoter Don King apparently had patched things up with the WBA before Campbell’s problem at the scale forced him to relinquish the belt.
Paulus Moses is now the sole WBA lightweight champion. Should the Barrera-Kahn clash be approved by the WBO as a world title fight, Moses would be happy to face the winner for a unification, whereby a new WBA “super-champion” would be recognized.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Holt-Bradley Ticket Alert!

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon for the April 4th junior welterweight showdown between WBC champion Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and WBO champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be first world championship unification bout ever staged in the city. On the undercard, super middleweights Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko meet in an IBF eliminator. Ticket prices are $45, $65, $99.50, $149.50, $199.50, $350 and $550. Call 1-877-668-8269. Both bouts will be televised in the U.S. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.



February 18th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts set for WEC card

The will be plenty of stars in the Lone Star state on March 1 as World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Brown vs. Garcia, live from the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday, March 1, 2009 . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Rubio promises KO!

When #1 contender and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio worked out in front of a full media contingent yesterday in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television stations which broadcast live from the gym, he made a bold prediction.
“I have a secret plan that will not only take the world title belt from Pavlik, but will produce a knockout in front of all his fans,” proclaimed Rubio. “I really enjoy Youngstown and I look forward to showing Pavlik and his team around Mexico when they come down for the rematch to try to reclaim my title.” Rubio challenges WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik this Saturday at the sold-out Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The Pavlik-Rubio rumble headlines a two-city / two-world title doubleheader broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Lightweight title update!

Unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell’s inability to make weight has led to three titles becoming vacant. As previously reported, Golden Boy has expressed interest in having the WBO sanction the February 28 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz. Also in the mix for that belt is the March 14 clash between Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barreral. Promoter Frank Warren told the Sun, “Khan vs. Barrera might well become a title fight. I hope the WBO will sanction it.”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson-Tarver cancelled!

By Butch Gottlieb

Boxinginlasvegas was just informed by IBF/IBO champion Chad Dawson’s trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad that Chad has sustained a hairline fracture in his right hand and that the March 14th rematch between him and former champ Antonio Tarver has been postponed. Further details will be posted as they become available.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Maskaev set for title shot!

Today the last details have been finalized for former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev to face Richie Boruff, 17-2-1, on March 14th at Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia. If Maskaev doesn’t beat Boruff, he is jeopardizing and will lose his mandatory status as per the WBC order dated December 25, 2008. The WBC ordered that the winner of the Vitali Klitschko-Gomez bout must make the next defense of the WBC heavyweight championship against Maskaev within 120 days after the Klitschko-Gomez bout. (more…)



February 17th, 2009

UFC

Preview: UFC 95

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Brady Crytzer

On Saturday, February 21st the UFC returns to London where it presents UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. In this crossroads bout,TUF winners collide in an attempt to gain new life in the lightweight division. While Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has been a 155 pound mainstay, he faces a new kind of challenge as Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut  . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

WBO lightweight title update!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Possibilities exist that the upcoming fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz could be for the WBO lightweight world title. That title (along with the IBF version) became vacant after reigning champion Nate Campbell couldn’t make weight for Saturday’s bout against IBF mandatory Ali Funeka. Golden Boy Promotions has contacted the WBO to explore options for sanctioning the February 28 clash in Houston.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Rubio’s Youngstown workout!

Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

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Mexican challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (43-2-1, 37 KOs) worked out for the media in the Castlo PAL Gym in Youngstown, Ohio for his challenge next Saturday versus WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) at the Chevrolet Centre. The bout can be seen on PPV.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Cunningham rooting for Adamek!

When Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek defends his IBF cruiserweight title on the February 27 SHOWTIME telecast against Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; he will have an unexpected supporter cheering him on ringside. The man he took the title from: Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham. “I’ll be rooting for Tomasz,” says Cunningham. “Yeah, I’d want to fight Johnathon if he wins. But, you know, I really want the rematch, I want my title back and I want to take it back from Tomasz!” Cunningham is expected to face former WBC titleholder Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite in an IBF title eliminator later this year.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Jennings workout!

Photos: Ed Mulholland

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Two-division world champion Miguel Cotto, and his opponent, top-rated welterweight contender Michael Jennings, plus Russian middleweight sensation Matt Korobov worked out today at the Bronxchester Boxing Club in the Bronx, NY. Cotto and Jennings collide Saturday for the vacant WBO welterweight belt on PPV. Olympian Korobov will be featured on the undercard.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Warriors inks Abdusalamov, Allahverdiev!

The international expansion of Seminole Warriors Boxing continues in 2009, as it was announced today that the Florida-based promotional firm will co-promote Russian standouts Magomed Abdusalamov and Habib Allahverdiev with Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, with both athletes competing under the management of Gamzat Agaev. “There is so much great talent coming from Russia, and we’re excited to be working with two of the country’s best in Magomed Abdusalamov and Habib Allahverdiev,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “Both of these young men have great potential and if what I’ve seen from them already is any indication, they should both be wearing world title belts in the coming years.” (more…)



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye talks suspended!

According to the Ukrainian language section of klitschko.com, Wladimir Klitschko has decided to stop negotiations with David Haye. He says the main problem has been a lack of professionalism on the part of Haye and his representatives. Wlad says Haye can’t decide on his demands. “If Haye continues in the same spirit, it will be two more years before he get a chance to reach a championship fight.” In the event the fight with Haye is not resurrected, Wlad plans “to face Chris Arreola or find someone else. This will be determined later.”



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Morales planning comeback!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

After two years away from the ring, three-division world champion Erik Morales says he is targeting a fight with Juan Manuel Márquez or Marco Antonio Barrera next July. The 33-year-old plans to get himself in shape at his training camp in the Otomí mountains of Mexico and return as a lightweight. “I want to return to boxing soon, but against a good opponent. We have spoken with the people of Golden Boy Promotions to do the fight against Juan Manuel Márquez, but have arrived at nothing concrete. I believe that I have a lot left and I want to go two years more at the maximum to try to conquer a fourth title at different weight and to be the first Mexican in do it,” said Morales. (more…)



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Sturm to face Sato next!

WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs) will next defend his world title against unbeaten Koji Sato from Japan. The bout will take place on April 25th in Krefend, Germany. Sato is 14-0 with 13 KOs. He is ranked WBC #6 and WBA #14. Sturm is coming off a brilliant performance against mandatory challenger  “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester in November.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell, Funeka speak!

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After loads of pre-fight trash talk and a grueling twelve rounds of fighting, former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell and courageous challenger Ali Funeka met again at a late night post-fight news conference inside the bowels of the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Click the photo above to see what they had to say.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Title tripleheader in Oaxaca!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Strawweight contenders Eric Ramírez and Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas and WBC female super flyweight champion Ana María Torres, who are all participating on a big triple world title card February 28 at the Auditorio Guelaguetza in Oaxaca were on hand for a press conference in Mexico City. Rosas and Ramirez are both training at the Municipal Gymnasium Cristian Mijares-Rochmar in the city of Gómez Palace, Durango. Rosas will face WBA champion Roman ¨Chocolate¨ Gonzalez, while Ramirez will challenge WBO champion Donnie Nietes. Torres will face TBA. The event is promoted by KO Entertainment in association with MR Promociones and Rochmar Promocion.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Hultin set for debut!

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Female fighter Donatella Hultin, who recently made headlines as a sparring partner for Vic Darchinyan during Darchinyan’s preparations for Jorge Arce, will make her pro debut on the undercard of Dawson-Tarver on March 14th in Las Vegas. Infinity Boxing is looking for an opponent, preferably someone from California or Nevada. or someone that has been licensed in Nevada previously. Weight will be 132-135lbs. If interested contact Infinity Boxing at 702.813.6915 or e-mail InfinityBoxing@aol.com.



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Markham opens up!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Brady Crytzer

On Saturday, February 21st the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London to present UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Though the event lacks a world title bout, UFC 95 features some of the best young title hopefuls in the sport. In a mix that includes Nate Maquardt, Wilson Gouviea, Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, Chicago native and Miletich product Rory Markham has high hopes for his second fight inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto NYC Workout!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto gets ready to workout Monday for his upcoming championship fight against highly-rated contender Michael Jennings of England on Saturday. Cotto and WBC World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik will fight on Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” Pay-Per-View where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities all on the same night and on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio and Cotto will take on Jennings for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden.



February 16th, 2009

Feature Story

Rubio’s time has come!

Feature story by Felipe Leon

The day has finally dawned for the man known as “El Veneno” (The Poison).

Since climbing up to the middleweight division nearly three years ago, Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 37 KOs) has been chasing the dream of fighting for the middleweight title. On Saturday night, he will do just that as he challenges Youngstown, Ohio’s Kelly Pavlik in the champion’s hometown for not only the WBC 160-pound title but also the WBO strap, on PPV distributed by Top Rank . . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2009




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