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Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO ...

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Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday ...

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Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the ...

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Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot ...

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Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel Jr welterweight Nery "Pantera" Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Tomlinson KOs Ray

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin

Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round knockout over Indonesian Elly Ray (7-5-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The Australian power puncher dominated the Indonesian boxer in all the rounds and the KO came in round eight. Tomlinson scored the most impressive win of his career against Roy Jones, Jr., on the Danny Green undercard in 2009 when he stopped well credentialed American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) in three rounds. Kimbrough had several big names on his record but was never in the fight against the aggressive big punching Aussie. For more details and photos click here…



August 20th, 2010



Boxing News

Luis Cruz pre-weigh in

Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto

Junior lightweight prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) weighed in today at 132 lbs for the pre-weigh in requirement from the PR Boxing Commission. “El Artesano” will fight Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latin junior lightweight title. “I’m working really hard for this fight, I’m two pounds away from the official weight and we are a week ahead of the fight. Hevinson will feel the power of “El Artesano,” Luis said. Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment will be show at the Juan R. Viera Coliseum. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter, tel: (787)792-5000, or by visiting www.tcpr.com Prices: $20, $12. Click here for more photos…



August 20th, 2010

Scale Watch

Complete Weights from Newark

Saturday Night 9PM ET/6PM PT on PPV

Tomasz Adamek 217 vs. Michael Grant 261
Joel Julio 152 vs. Jamaal Davis 153
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Lenin Arroyo 146
Jeremy Bryan 139 vs. Daniel Mitchell 137
Shemuel Pagan 135.5 vs. Raul Rivera 135.5
Osnel Charles 137.5 vs. Hector Collado 139.5
Tyrone Luckey 133 vs. Larry Yanez 135

The “The Big Challenge” event will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide.

Tickets are $53, $78, $103 or $253 (ringside) and can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office.

“The Big Challenge” pay-per-view is distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for LIVE viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of $29.95



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Judge orders Lopez-Seda

In Carolina, Puerto Rico today, Judge Hon. Raphael G. Rojas dismissed and declared invalid an injunction procedure submitted by PR Best Boxing against Universal Promotions and former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez, ordering the bout between Lopez and world ranked prospect Cesar “Junito” Seda. The fight will take place at the new Juana Diaz Coliseum on August 27. “We are working day and night to give the Puerto Rico fight fans the bout they all want to see,” said Universal’s President Javier Bustillo. “Lopez and Seda are two of the best super flyweights in the world, this is a world title caliber fight. We are very happy with the court decision. Justice was made for Lopez, who hasn’t fought in a year, and fight fans worldwide.” The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission immediately ordered a pre-weight ceremony in which both Lopez and Seda weighed 118 pounds. Both fighters were always confident that the fight was going to take place and continued their training and both predicted knockouts next Friday night.



August 20th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing

Guillermo Rigondeaux 122 vs Jose Angel Beranza 122
Jocksan Hernandez 129 vs Ira Terry 127
Jackie Nava 120 vs Diana Miranda 120
Alex Lopez 126 vs Edgar Riovalle 128
Jose Pinzon 154.5 vs Javier Gutierrez 156
Moises Fuentes 108 vs Sergio Guerrero 108
Fernando Garcia 134 vs Byron Gonzalez 130
Maximino Lopez 110 vs Hugo Jimenez 111
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: FOX Sports Net
Click here for more photos…



August 20th, 2010

UFC

Fighters’ guide to Boston food

UFC 118 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 28!

Heading to the UFC Fan Expo in Boston on August 27 and 28? While you’re there, you’re gonna have to eat, so you’ve got two options – eat like a tourist or dine like a native.Should you chooes the latter, here are some fighter suggestions . . . Click here for more on UFC.com



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Adamek-Grant weigh-in video



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Cruiserweights invade Tacoma

Boxing returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on August 28 as Brian Halquist Productions presents Battle at the Boat 78. Cruiserweight Brent Urban (6-2-1, 4 KOs) meets Jason Douglas (7-3-0, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round main event. Urban, a resident of Dallas, TX, is 5-0-1 in his last six bouts and is coming off a unanimous decision over Chris Davis in his last bout on May, 5. Douglas has been equally effective, winning four of his last five contests. (more…)



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Peter: I’ll Catch Him Again!

Team Peter

This morning on Big Bear Lake in Big Bear, California, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) took a fishing break during preparations to rematch IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko. “I waited years to catch this big fish again,” laughed Peter. “And this time when I catch him, he’s going to stay on the deck!” The two will meet at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany on September 11.



August 20th, 2010

Scale Watch

Adamek-Grant weigh-in

Saturday Night 9PM ET/6PM PT on PPV

Photos by Ed Mulholland

Tomasz Adamek will be giving away an amazing 44 pounds when he takes on 6’7 Michael Grant in Saturday’s “Big Challenge” pay-per-view event at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek weighed in today at 217 pounds while Grant scaled in at 261 pounds. Click for more photos…



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Arreola, Mora appearances

Everlast donating $20k in equipment

Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola and former jr middleweight world champion Segio Mora will meet and greet fight fans this weekend in the Southern California area. Arreola will be on hand at Big 5 in El Segundo at 2PM Saturday to donate $10,000 in Everlast equipment to Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles, CA. On Sunday (8/22) Mora will make appearances at Boxing 2000 in Garden Grove at 12:30PM and at Sport Chalet in Huntington Beach at 2PM to donate $10,000 in Everlast equipment to BOXING 2000. The fighters will share their personal stories, sign autographs and take pictures with the kids.



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

WBO #4/WBA #7/IBF #10/WBC #14 cruiserweight BJ Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) says he’s now a promotional free agent after his contract with Florida-based Square Ring Inc. has run out. Flores has been inactive for the past year, but says he’s ready to deal directly with the promoters of all the champions and top contenders.
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Antonio Margarito has submitted his application for a boxing license in Texas. Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium is the frontrunner to host Margarito’s November 13th fight against Manny Pacquiao.
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Nothing official on any postponement for the scheduled September 25th Super Six showdown between Andre Ward and Andre Direll, but it’s getting late. Thus far promoters Dan Goossen and Gary Shaw have yet to reach a deal on a fight location.
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January 29 is the working date for a proposed 140lb clash between world champions Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander.
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WFC female welterweight titleholder Jessica Balogun (16-1, 7 KOs) is scheduled to return August 28 in Oeschelbronn, Germany. Her original opponent from Kenya fell out due to visa problems and promoter Mario Guedes is looking for a replacement.



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Godfrey vows to take belt

“They have picked the wrong opponent,” says cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs), who is now 24 hours away from his first shot at a world title as he prepares to face WBO champion Marco Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow night in Erfurt, Germany. “I am no Brian Minto or Adam Richards. Huck has never been in the ring with someone like me and I will be doing things he has never seen before. I will bring home the title.” Godfrey is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.



August 20th, 2010

Announcement

PowerCore on sale!



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Haye finally resurfaces

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has finally resurfaced after taking months of unanswered fire from the Klitschko camp. “I haven’t had anything good to say so I’ve just sat back and watched the way things are going on,” said Haye on a video released through his Twitter page. “It’s been quite amusing to listen to some of the s*** that’s been said over the last few weeks and months. But when it comes time to tell the truth, which is gonna happen in a few days, you’ll understand and you’ll realise who really is the bitch and trust me, it ain’t me.” He also stated that his next fight would be in October or November. He is currently training in Cyprus.



August 20th, 2010

Scale Watch

Huck, Godfrey make weight

Photo by Photo Wende

Marco Huck 198.4 vs. Matt Godfrey 198.8
(WBO cruiserweight title)
Robert Helenius 231.7 vs. Gregory Tony 225.7
(Vacant EU heavyweight title)
Venue: Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland
Click here for more photos…



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Huck-Godfrey weigh-in video



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Big ‘KO Drugs’ card brewing

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA’s “KO Drugs 22 Boxing Festival” is set for October 2 at the Roberto Durán Arena in Panama City, Panama. According to WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the headiner will be Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepcion who will defend his WBA interim flyweight world title against Thailand’s Denkaosan Kaovichit.

Also, as reported yesterday, WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones will finally defend his title after 2+ years, facing #1 rated Valery Brudov in the co-feature. (more…)



August 20th, 2010


Boxing News

The Colonel: Boxing’s Ambassador

Through the Ropes Recap

By Marc Lichtenfeld

Last night on the nationally syndicated Through the Ropes, legendary announcer “Colonel” Bob Sheridan discussed what he views as his role of boxing ambassador to the world. “When I do a fight, my audience is 20 – 30 times the size of HBO’s or Showtime’s, so I always try to put boxing in a positive light.” Sheridan, who could be considered the Dick Vitale of the sweet science, added, “I have so much respect for these athletes who put their lives on the line. I’m truly blessed to be able to watch them and call their fights from the best seat in the house.”

Sheridan, who will be calling “The Big Challenge” Pay Per View card Saturday night featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant in the main event, went on to say that he thinks Grant will be much improved under the tutelage of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who he called, “an excellent trainer.” (more…)



August 20th, 2010

UFC

Blueprint: Couture vs. Toney

UFC 118 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 28!

James Toney is a living legend in the sport of boxing.  With more than 70 professional wins and world championship belts in three weight classes, he is the first true boxing superstar to ply his trade against a well-rounded mixed martial artist inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC



August 20th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Sadam Ali

Adamek-Grant live on PPV Aug. 21

Interview by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Ed Mulholland

On Saturday, August 21, unbeaten Bedford-Stuyvesant prospect Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) faces experienced Costa Rican Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs) as part of “The Big Challenge” pay-per-view telecast featuring Polish sensation Tomasz Adamek against Michael Grant at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ . . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Adamek’s BIG Challenge

Saturday Night 9PM ET/6PM PT on PPV

By Graham Houston
Photos: Mike Gladysz, Millenium Photo

They’re calling it “The Big Challenge”, and Michael Grant certainly brings size to his fight with Tomasz Adamek on Saturday. Grant is a towering presence at 6ft 7in and his wide-shouldered physique is among the most impressive in boxing. What remains to be seen is how much Grant has left at the age of 38. He is on a winning run but his career has been stop and start, with spells of inactivity.

What is encouraging, though, is that Grant has been training under the direction of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in Las Vegas, so he is showing that he is serious about the fight and his career. Grant, by bringing in a top trainer and moving away from his home to prepare, is giving himself the best possible chance to win. (more…)



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Solis vs Cordero for WBA title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It has been confirmed that WBA Interim super featherweight champion Jorge “Coloradito” Solis of Mexico will defend his world crown against unbeaten world-rated Francisco Cordero (23-0, 15 KOs) from Colombia. The fight will be September 4 in Guadalajara in the Olympic Theater of the University de Guadalajara. Cordero was initially the main candidate to fight Solis, but then it seemed that it would be Nicaraguan Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez, before Cordero was ultimately chosen.

Also on the card, Mexican WBC jr flyweight champion Omar Nino will face Colombian Ronald Barrera in his first title defense since regaining the belt.



August 20th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Cleveland

Nick Firtha 244 vs. Mike Sheppard 225
(NABA US/Ohio State titles)
Dante Moore 152 vs. Corey Rodriguez 152.5
Wilkins Santiago 157 vs. Matt Keglovic 152
Jason Massie 271 vs. Mujaheed Moor 242.5
Michael Moore 155.5 vs. Eric Draper 155.5
Venue: Nautica Pavilion, Cleveland, Ohio
Promoter: Warner Promotions Boxing



August 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Linares-Chavez in Japan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares will next fight on October 24 in Tokyo against the former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chávez. The fight is being promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions co are co-promoters of Linares. Chavez-Linares will be at a contract weight of 132 pounds and take place on the world championship card featuring WBC super featherweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka against Rendall Munroe in the main event.



August 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Brandon Rios workout

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Brandon Rios training in Robert Garcia’s gym is getting set for “my biggest fight” when he takes on unbeaten Anthony Peterson of Washington DC on Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Rios and Peterson will box in a world lightweight eliminator. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box, Zanfer and HBO. Click here for more photos…



August 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Rigondeaux returns Saturday

Makes Top Rank debut in Tijuana

Rafael Soto Top Rank/Zanfer

Update: Rigondeaux has arrived in Tijuana

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux will make his Top Rank debut on Saturday, August 21, in Mexico. Rigondeaux, born in Cuba and now living in Miami, is trained by Ronnie Shields in Houston. “He really had a phenominal camp and is eager to get into the ring,” Shields said. Rigondeaux has a record of 5-0, 4 KOs at 122 pounds. He is ranked WBA #8 and scheduled for eight rounds, taking on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-18-2, 26 KOs, of Mexico City on a Top Rank Live! event at The Auditorium in Tijuana. The Rigondeaux vs. Beranza fight will be the first bout on the live telecast (Fox Sports Espanol – 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific). Rigondeaux won Olympic gold in 2000 and 2004. He was an international amateur star who won World Championships, Pan American Games and other prestigious tournaments.



August 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Card shakeup in Tucson

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Primed to extend his unbeaten streak, super-bantam prospect Michael Franco instead will have to sit out Friday night’s boxing card at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., after he was scratched from the show with a small retina tear. The word from Franco’s publicist, Rachel Charles, was that the flaw was detected in an eye exam prior to Thursday’s weigh-in. Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) from Riverside was to have met veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1 9 KOs) of Mexico in a featured eight-round featherweight bout. Promoter and Golden Boy consultant Don Chargin, in conjunction with Jorge Marron Promotions, was looking into a substitute fight, likely to involve Landeros. The 10-round main event, topping a Telefutura telecast, remains intact between lightweights Mercito Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) of San Diego and Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) of Florida.

Charles quoted Al Franco, his son’s trainer, as saying, “We’re devastated by this (eye exam). We had a great camp.” The senior Franco said the surprise postponement shouldn’t last long and expects his son to be ready to be cleared medically by early September.



August 19th, 2010

Scale Watch

Calderon pre weight-in



August 19th, 2010




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