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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Green has appendix removed

IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has undergone emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. The 37-year-old is now recuperating in a hospital in Perth, Australia, and is expected to be able continue his career upon recovery, however it could take many weeks or even months before he could resume full training again.



January 6th, 2011



Boxing News

Klitschko-Chisora details

Fight rescheduled in Mannheim on April 30.

The title defense of IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora has been rescheduled for April 30 at SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to happen last year on December 11, also in Mannheim, but had to be cancelled due to an injury Klitschko suffered in training three days before the fight.

“I am very happy that we have found a new date for the fight so quickly. Chisora insulted me many times and that is why I still have unfinished business with him. He is a very good boxer but as a person he is a loser. Like I had done in December I will now teach him a lesson end of April,” says Klitschko. (more…)



January 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Casey to open camp

After a brief period at home with his wife and children following his European title success, Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey returns to camp this Monday in preparation for his world title fight with Cuban sensation Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux. For Casey, a break never really occurred with the Limerick southpaw aware that a world title fight was a likely possibility. He returns to Head Coach Phil Sutcliffe raring to go and both protégé and coach firmly believe an upset is on the cards. “I have been studying Rigondeaux over the holidays,” said Sutcliffe,” and while he is an unbelievable talent I think Willie will beat him. It’s going to be tough, we have no doubts there but our boy is tougher and he can bang as big as anyone out there.” (more…)



January 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Codrington-Davis Feb 26

Former “Contender Season 3″ finalist Jaidon Codrington (26-2, 16 KOs) will take on Dyah Davis (18-2, 9 KOs) of Florida on February 26 for the vacant WBO NABO light heavyweight title at the Club Europe in Atlanta, Georgia. The undercard will feature heavyweight Travis Walker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) and comebacking Atlanta native junior middleweight Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (22-6, 15 KOs) fighting in seperate bouts. The event will be promoted by Adrian Patrick/Gladiator X Promotions.



January 6th, 2011

UFC

Bantam cheat sheet!

In December of 2010, UFC fans got their first taste of bantamweight action when Nick Pace submitted Will Campuzano on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 finale card. But it will be in 2011 that the division kicks into high gear in the Octagon, and if you don’t know them already, here are 12 of the 135-pounders to watch in the coming year . . . Click here for more

For more on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares, Darchinyan clean

The World Boxing Council, following its anti-doping regulations, handed over to a private laboratory the carrying out of the anti-doping tests of boxers Vic Darchinyan and Abner Mares; the Washington State Boxing Commission had knowledge of the situation, as they have not established such tests. The anti-doping tests conducted by the lab had negative results; both boxers were clean of drugs in the corresponding tests.



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Haye: I’m done with Klitschkos

WBA heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has branded rival titleholder Wladimir Klitschko a ‘coward’, following the Ukrainian’s decision not to unify the belts in a 2011 showdown. A bout between IBF and WBO kingpin Klitschko and Haye appeared close to completion earlier this week, but Wladimir instead decided on an April 30 title defence against Britain’s Dereck Chisora on Wednesday.

“We agreed to a date of July 2nd at a venue in Germany with both Sky Sports and RTL and everybody appeared happy with the deal,” said a bemused Haye. “We made a few concessions to remove past stumbling blocks and were happy to do so, as it finally looked like the fight would get made.

“Even through negotiations, though, it was clear Wladimir was looking for the coward’s way out. He would often come up with new obstacles and problems to overcome, and I never once sensed he fancied it.

“He refused to come to England, wanted to pick his own gloves, enter the ring second, box out of the red corner and demanded a German doctor. He also wanted his name to feature first on any promotional material ahead of the event. We bowed to each and every one of his demands. I didn’t want to potentially jeopardise anything this time around.” (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Wach headlines Feb 19

The WBC Baltic heavyweight championship will be on the line when undefeated Polish star Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11KOs) faces Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KOs) on February 19 at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The 31-year-old Wach was a member of the 2004 Polish Olympic Boxing team and is on the fast track. Now trained by former three-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, Wach hopes to make 2011 his year to shine. The card will be promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions and telecast on Comcast and Fox Sports affiliates.



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Haye camp rips Wlad

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye’s manager and trainer Adam Booth has ripped into IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for opting to fight Dereck Chisora rather than a unification bout with Haye. “There were lots of people that know Wladimir really didn’t want this fight yet,” Booth told Sky Sports News. “It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing for boxing that the unification fight isn’t going to happen now because David’s bent over backwards. We’ve conceded to every single ridiculous demand they made.” (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Öner to Bönte: Let’s get it done

After harsh words yesterday between the camps of WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Solis’ promoter Ahmet Öner wants to get negotiations back on track for the WBC-mandated heavyweight championship fight.

“Let’s forget about Krasniqi, Banks and Sturm,” he said. “They have nothing to do with our fight. I agree that the boxing business is getting harder and harder because there are not a lot of big names and superstars left and they are not easy to deal with. There’s no need to talk about other fighters when all we want is to secure a deal between Solis and Vitali. I apologize for bringing other names to the table. Sturm is a great champion and he is ready to fight any middleweight fighter in the world. It’s not that easy to make big fights when there are only very few big names left and they all have their separate deals in place.

“I have to admit that talk is cheap. Let’s just get this deal done. I want the fight, Solis wants the fight, so let’s do it. You can pay all the taxes in the world. I have no problem with that. Just make us a serious offer and we will take it. I accept that you win this first round as long as we will be the champions after the final bell. I want to see Solis and Vitali in the ring. I will stop running my mouth until the fight is over. You got the champion, we got the challenger. We meet in the ring and just see what happens. I can still run my mouth after the fight when Vitali will be busy collecting his bones. When we have the belt we can do a rematch or the “revenge of the brother” or whatever. Let’s stop talking and focus on the sport. May the best man win.”



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Confirmed: Wlad-Chisora back on

Klitschko-Haye tabled for now

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora was celebrating tonight after promoter Frank Warren confirmed he will fight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on April 30. The British and Commonwealth champion was left devastated when Klitschko pulled out of their December 11 clash after tearing an abdominal muscle in training. But Chisora never gave up hope that he would earn a second chance against the IBF and WBO titlist. And today the fight was sealed for the end of April. “This news is a fantastic late Christmas present,” said the north Londoner. “I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I’ve earned my opportunity. I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight just a couple of days beforehand. But now I’ve got another chance to take his titles away. He’s a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up. My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me this opportunity because there was no guarantee Wladimir would fight me again after he got injured.”



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Beibut: Brähmer was scared

A terribly upset and disappointed WBA/IBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov expressed his thoughts on the collapse of Saturday night’s unification fight against WBO titlist Jurgen Brähmer, who left Shymkent last night without informing or explaining why he has pulled out of “The Unification.” Shumenov is now without an opponent for this weekend. A determination later today will be made regarding whether Saturday night’s show will proceed with three boxers fighting under the KZ Event Productions banner: WBA #13 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. former Mexican welterweight champion Jose Luis “Chelin” Cruz (41-7-2, 33 KOs), welterweight Alexandr Zhyuravskiy Ahmedov (9-0, 7 KOs) vs. Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-14-4, 10 KOs), and WBA #6 and Interim PABA light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (15-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. three-time world middleweight champion William Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs).



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Brähmer back in Germany

Photos: Public Address

WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer arrived back in Germany from Kazakhstan today at 9AM. He and BDB President Thomas Pütz were immediately rushed from Hamburg Airport by ambulance to the Asklepios Klinik in Hamburg St. Georg. Brähmer and Pütz both received infusions and their strength is slowly coming back according to Dr. Michael Ehnert. The pair had gone two days without food and suffered heavy fluid loss from diarrhea and vomiting. Extensive blood and stool examinations were performed and results are expected by tomorrow at the earliest. (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Holyfield: Redemption in America

See Holyfield-Williams January 22 on PPV

Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 21 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in a 12-round championship fight January 22, headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Moreno-Parra on Feb 19?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

New Panamanian boxing promoter Best Box is looking to put on a mega show on February 19 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City. The main event would be a WBA bantamweight world title clash between WBA super champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama and former WBA world champion Lorenzo Parra from Venezuela. Word is there are also plans to add two other WBA world title fights on the same evening.

On January 14, Best Box will stage an event at the Hotel Riu in Panama City featuring former world champions Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez and Rafael ‘El Torito’ Concepcion, former world title challenger Roynet Caballero and the prospect of the year candidate Julio ‘ El Kirikiki ‘Escudero in separate bouts.



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Cleverly getting impatient

Nathan Cleverly is hoping Jurgen Braehmer’s unification clash with Beibut Shumenov is rescheduled quickly – so he can take on the winner. WBO light heavyweight champion Braehmer pulled out of this weekend’s clash with WBA king Shumenov after being hit with a stomach bug. It’s a nightmare scenario for WBO Interim title holder Cleverly, who is desperate to get his hands on the full title. He was hoping to meet the winner of Saturday’s fight within months. Instead he may have to wait until later in 2011 for his opportunity – much to his frustration. (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Morel targets Kameda

By Rey Colon – The Sport Press

Former world champion Eric Morel has begun training for his next fight and according to his father and trainer Cyril Morel, Eric is targeting the WBA bantamweight title that Koki Kameda recently won via unanimous decision against Alexander Munoz. “We’d like to fight in Japan for the title and win there,” he said. “Plant the flag in Japan, following in the footsteps of Samuel Serrano in the 80s when he became a boxing idol there. We want to do the same with Eric. We’ve already started training and are ready for whatever comes.” (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Halquist signs Thompson

Tacoma-based Brian Halquist who promotes the “Battle at the Boat” boxing series at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino signed local heavyweight Vincent Thompson to a three year promotional deal on Tuesday. Thompson sports a 6-0 record and is a slick southpaw who likes to fight. He is managed/trained by Cal Thompson, Jack Stafford, and Sam DiTusa. (more…)



January 5th, 2011

Boxing News

El Paso updates

Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr.(52-4-28 KOs) has been added to the February 11th card at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. He will face Mexican brawler Juan Astorga (14-5-9 KOs). Camacho Jr. commented: “I cannot wait to fight in El Paso again and I promise to bring a show you will not forget. I heard Astorga is promising a knock-out victory, but he better be careful what he wishes for.” Tickets for the Zeferino/Nino Bravo card are available at UTEP box office (915) 747-5234 or online at Ticketmaster.

Unbeaten El Pason Abie Han (11-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled to fight on January 22 at the Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Top Rank Promotions. Abie will be fighting Fernando Castenada (7-5, 4 KOs), of Aguascalientes, Mexico and fighting out of Houston. Castenada is 6-1 in his last seven bouts, losing once by split decision. Han says he is excited about fighting for Top Rank, and hopes a good showing will form an alliance with the promotion company.



January 4th, 2011

UFC

Place your bids now!

UFC Fight for the Troops Jan. 22

From walking out to the Octagon™ with your favorite fighter to having dinner with the lovely UFC® Octagon Girls, place your bids now in the “UFC Fight For The Troops” auction in anticipation of the “UFC Fight For The Troops” event live from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT on Spike TV. The main event showcases two of the most dynamic lightweights in the world, Evan Dunham and Melvin Guillard.

(more…)



January 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Ramos-Valdez on SHOWTIME

Normally fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July. But, on Friday night, Feb. 11, 2011, Goossen Tutor Promotions will present a night of fistic fireworks at Bally’s Atlantic City that just might rival any summer evening of pyrotechnical entertainment.

In the SHOWTIME® main event of the evening on SHOBOX: The New Generation the undefeated WBA #1 Jr. Featherweight World contender, Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs), of Los Angeles, will look to take his next step toward a World Championship challenge in a scheduled 10-round contest against tough IBF #15 ranked, former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The telecast will air live at a special time of 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



January 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Abell vows to stop Arreola

Heavyweight Cristobal Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) is desperate to regain respect and acceptance as a legitimate contender for a world heavyweight title. However hard-hitting southpaw Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) is planning to ruin Arreola’s plans on January 28 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. “In my mind it’s a do or die fight for him and I expect that he will try and do more to get in shape for me,” said Abell, who will be taking a big step up in competition. “I cannot listen to all the negativity about Chris or else I might come in less prepared than I need to be. After all, he once fought for the world heavyweight title, so he’s the best opponent I will have faced in my career so far. (more…)



January 4th, 2011

Boxing News

IBF orders Lazarte-Solis rematch

The IBF has ordered an immediate rematch between junior flyweight champion Luis Lazarte and Ulises “Archie” Solis of their controversial December 18 draw in Mar del Plata, Argentina. After a protest from Zanfer Promotions, the IBF reviewed the tape of the bout in which Lazarte repeatedly fouled Solis. Two judges scored it 113-113, with Solis ahead 117-109 on the third card. The rematch must take place within 120 days and representatives of both fighters have until February 3 to close the negotiations. Zanfer is hoping to promote the rematch in Guadalajara during the month of March.



January 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko Camp responds

Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group GmbH has commented on statements released earlier today by the Odlanier Solis Camp regarding negotiations for WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s mandatory defense against Solis. “I can tell you that the only issue [Ahmet] Öner has in the negotiations so far are tax issues,” stated Bönte.

“Regarding the matchmaking of the fight between Luan Krasniqi and Jonathon Banks, I can only answer that Jonathon is #6 of the WBC ranking and has so far only lost to Tomasz Adamek. And Luan is a former European champion and has fought for the world title against Brewster.

“I also don’t know how Öner rates his own matchmaking for Felix Sturm. Sturm’s next title challenger is Ronald Hearns who has never fought anybody and is not even ranked up until today. Hearns is #58 of the independent ranking!”



January 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Griffin-Mack reset for Feb 4

Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

The IBF light heavyweight title elimination between Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) of Sacramento and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) of New York, scheduled Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, has been postponed to Feb. 4. The culprit is severe weather in Minnesota, impacting travel and some facilities. On the new date, the 12-round bout will shift to the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The winner between Griffin and Mack, ranked sixth and seventh by the IBF, will become a mandatory challenger for champion Tavoris Cloud.

“It’s OK,” said Griffin of the fight being reset. “It just gives me a little more time to fine-tune my training.” Griffin is on a four-fight win streak, includiing an eighth-round TKO over former super-middle title-holder Byron Mitchell. Mack, meantime, has remained in the title hunt despite losing on a sixth-round TKO to former light heavy champ Glen Johnson early last year.



January 4th, 2011




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