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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC

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Boxing News

Bradley-Holt heats up!

Photos: Choko Boxing

On Wednesday, February 18, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt met at the historic Bell Centre in Montreal to kick off the promotion of their highly anticipated fight that will unify their respective WBC and WBO 140-pound titles. The two champions will clash Saturday, April 4, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The 12-round unification fight, co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., Gillett Entertainment Group and Choko Boxing will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. During Wednesday’s press conference the intensity was surprisingly palpable between Bradley and Holt, two of the more reserved and respectful athletes in the sport. (more…)



February 19th, 2009



Boxing News

Latimore-Spinks Update!

The all St Louis showdown between Deandre Latimore and Corey Spinks for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight title will be held in the Gateway City. Steve Smith, the long time promoter of Latimore, says Rumble Time/DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions have come to terms on an agreement. The final details of a date, venue and a television deal for the fight are being wrapped up. The IBF has ordered the fight between Spinks and Latimore because of former Champion Verno Phillips decision last November to vacate the title to move to a different weight class. Currently the IBF has Spinks ranked as the top contender at #3. Latimore is the #5 contender in the Junior Middleweight division. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

UFC

UFC 95 packed with young talent!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

For the UFC, 2009 (to this point) has been all about expansion. With four professional cards in just two months, the UFC has ventured out of North America twice. On Saturday, February 21st London, England plays host to UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Although the headliners are UFC mainstays, the undercard is loaded with fringe contenders and, possibly, future champions. You should know them by now, and if you don’t, you will   . . . 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 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio presser!

Photos: Gary Sarti

Wall-to-wall media at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television crews broadcasting live, attended today’s final news conference hosted by world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik of Youngstown, his opponent, #1 contender and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. The last time the Valley area hosted a world title fight was when Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini successfully defended his WBA lightweight title against Ernesto España in Warren, Ohio, July 24, 1982, also promoted by Arum. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in Lyndhurst, NJ!

After its promotional debut this past October, Dignity Promotions has teamed up with David Feldman’s, Felko Promotions to stage another event. Former cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn will headline a February 25th card at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, NJ. An opponent has yet to be named. There are eight scheduled bouts on the fight card, three involving fighters making their professional debuts. They are lightweight Danny Valle (grandson of notable trainer Victor Valle Sr.), 160lb “gym war” veteran Nelson Roldan and former University of Delaware Linebacker Kyle White. Tickets are $40, $60 and $75. Call 610-291-0806.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Full Contender card announced!

The full card for fourth season live finale of “The Contender” series has been announced. Troy Ross and Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor will battle it out for the title of Contender Champion on February 25 at the Foxwoods MGM Grand Arena in Ledyard, CT. Rico Hoye and Akinyemi “AK” Laleye will fight it out for the Bronze Medal. Opening the night, Richard Gingras and Ryan Coyne will face-off for six rounds. For the second fight Erick Vega and Alfredo Escalera Jr. will battle it out in a six rounder. Rounding out the night of undercard fights, rivals Felix Cora Jr. and Tim Flamos will square off in a rematch. All bouts are in the cruiserweight division. VERSUS will televise the final live.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto Returns to the Garden!

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

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Miguel Cotto returns to the familiar surroundings of Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 21, when he takes on unknown British import Michael Jennings of Chorley, England, for the vacant WBO welterweight title. The former two-division champion is back at his home away from home, where he experienced an enormous amount of success in title bouts against the likes of Shane Mosley, Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi. Cotto was at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday for the final press conference to announce his bout against Jennings for the WBO title vacated by Paul Williams. This will mark the first time Cotto has fought since his scintillating loss to Antonio Margarito in an 11-round war last July. The Top Rank card is part of a split-site Pay-Per-View telecast that includes the return of middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik against Marco Antonio Rubio from the champ’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik seeking impressive win!

Kelly Pavlik’s trainer Jack Loew believes the middleweight champion must defeat Marco Antonio Rubio this weekend to get his career back on track. Pavlik fights for the first time since he lost to Bernard Hopkins in October last year. Loew told Setanta Sports News that this was a fight that Pavlik could not afford to lose. “It’s an important fight for Kelly,” stated Loew.” A loss at this point, right now, would be disastrous for his career. He’s got to come out firing on all cylinders. I think he needs to have a very impressive win.” Loew also revealed that Pavlik, should he make it past Rubio, is already considering his next opponent. One name strongly linked to face Pavlik is Germany’s Arthur Abraham. “We’ve offered to get him over here for the fight, we offered to go to Germany and fight him there. We’re getting no response. Of course everyone’s saying we don’t want to fight Arthur Abraham. But we would be happy to fight Arthur Abraham in the States or in Germany. But once we get past Rubio we’ll probably go for [John] Duddy, providing Duddy gets past his opponent.”



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin-Estrada official!

Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), mandatory challenger of IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, will take a final warm-up fight on April 4 when he faces Jason Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) in Dusseldorf. The 29-year-old was scheduled to fight Klitschko in December 2008 but an ankle injury forced him to postpone the hotly anticipated showdown. The IBF ruled that their meeting has to take place before September 13, 2009. “This time frame allows us to give Alexander a tough fight so that he can keep his rhythm,” Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer said. “By picking Jason Estrada we have chosen a strong opponent. But that is exactly what Alexander had asked us to do because easy fights do not help him at all.” (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

GSP inks Guzman!

By Lee Bates

Gary Shaw Productions has signed Dominican Jose Guzman (6-0, 5 KOs). Guzman is the younger brother of two division world champion Joan Guzman. Guzman thus far has stopped all but one of his opponents inside the distance and will have his first fight under GSP in a near future date to be announced.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Yuriorkis Gamboa back in action!

2009 Prospect of the Year Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) will be in action against Walter Estrada (35-8, 24 KOs) in an eight-round, featherweight fight on Friday at the University Center Arena in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Gamboa is enjoying a fast start to his professional career, extending his undefeated record to 13 wins with a TKO over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez on January 1st. During his amateur career, Gamboa won a 2004 Olympic gold medal for the Cuban national team. He defected in 2006 and now resides in Miami. Also seeing action will be undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) recently stunned highly touted Amir Kahn with a 54-second knockout in Manchester, England. He will face Humberto “Bam Baby” Toledo (34-5-2, 20 KOs)–who’s also coming off of two straight wins–in 10-round, lightweight match. Also, in a four-round, junior middleweight bout, two-time World Amateur Champion Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Keith Gross (3-0, 1 KO). A fight between junior middleweights Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs) and Jesus Gonzalez (24-1, 13 KOs) fell through because Gonzalez couldn’t make the weight. Tickets are $85, $50, $25, and $15. Call 954-262-5551. To purchase by phone call Ticketmaster at 800-745-300. To purchase online visit www.ticketmaster.com.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Holt-Bradley presser!

Photo: Choko Boxing

Photo: Choko Boxing

Things got a little heated at Wednesday’s Kendall Holt-Timothy Bradley press conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal. After Holt stated that Bradley was “a little bit inexperienced for a champion,” Bradley shot back “I’m coming forward. I’m coming to get him and he knows it!” The champions collide on April 4th in a super lightweight WBC/WBO unification clash to be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayflower Madness on March 6th!

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

By Mark Vaz

Braving 20 degree temperatures and a brisk southeasterly breeze, Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports spoke to members of the local press Wednesday afternoon from the steps of Plymouth Memorial Hall to announce the first in his new series of pro boxing events at the recently renovated facility. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Juan Diaz, Glen Johnson

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, Juan Diaz and Glen Johnson. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net.
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Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

“Battle in the Ballroom” returns!

Only 200 tickets remain

It’s the 25th Anniversary of Roy Englebrecht’s “Battle in The Ballroom” series tonight and only 200 tickets remain! “We are going for our 25th straight sellout in our 25th Anniversary year,” said Englebrecht. In the main event, which is presented in association with Golden Boy Promotions, highly touted middleweight prospect Craig McEwan (12-0, 7 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against his toughest test to date when he battles Ivan “Sitting Bull” Stovall (10-2, 7 KOs). In the co-main event, world-ranked featherweight star Rhonda Luna (13-1-1, 1 KO) goes toe-to-toe with scrappy competitor Tammy “The Tigress” Franks (2-6-1). Two more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled. Another highlight of this special night is the induction ceremony for the Battle in the Ballroom Hall of Fame, which includes Gernaro Hernandez, Johnny Vasquez, John Montes, Freddie Roach plus promoter Don Fraser. Tickets are available at 9am by calling the Irvine Marriott at 949-553-0100. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell is at 7:30pm.
Listed below are the official weights:
Craig McEwan 160 1/4 vs. Ivan Stovall 159 1/4
Rhonda Luna 129 1/4 vs. Tammy Franks 133
Arquimedez Garcia 134 1/4 vs. Cesar Garcia 133 1/2
Ramon Camacho 173 1/2 vs. Scott Rose 174 1/2



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Alexander issues hit list!

By Boxing Bob Newman

While waiting for WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley’s upcoming unification bout against WBO champion Kendall Holt, the team of WBC #1 rated Devon Alexander “The Great” has issued a list former champions and contenders they believe would be attractive to HBO and DKP. The list includes former champions Zab Judah, Paul Malignaggi, Vivian Harris, Randall Bailey, Juan Lazcano and Paul Spadafora, as well as current contenders Victor Ortiz, Mike Alvarado, Demetrius Hopkins, Dimitri Salita, Francisco Figueroa and Marvin Cordova. “If there is any fighter one may feel has been overlooked, Devon and I will be, widely, open for suggestions,”said manager/Trainer Kevin Cunningham. “He is ready and his time is now.”



February 19th, 2009

UFC

Stevenson welcomes Sanchez to lightweights!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Fans in the United Kingdom will be treated to a lightweight showdown this Saturday at UFC 95 as Joe “Daddy” Stevenson welcomes Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez to the 155 pound division  . . . 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

Announcement

Crash victims benefit in Buffalo!

Boxing promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has announced he will donate $1 from every ticket sold to his “Return of Buffalo Boxing” event to the families of the 49 passengers killed in the crash of a Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Wright-Williams Presser!

By Edgar Gonzalez/ Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Click on the photo above for more photos…
Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, but this year Halloween will be on April 11, 2009 when two of the most feared boxers in the world step in the ring at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former Junior Middleweight World champion Winky Wright will look to stop the meteoric rise of two-division World Champion Paul Williams in a 12 round middleweight bout that is destined to land the winner on the list of boxing’s best, pound-for-pound. Both Wright and Williams played host to a press conference today at the ESPN ZONE in Los Angeles. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Campbell bonus gallery!

Photos by Scott Foster

More photos from Saturday night’s St. Valentine’s card in Florida: Campbell edges Funeka, Martinez draws with Cintron and Angulo destroys Rivera . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Column

Australian Boxing Buzz!

By Craig Watt

Although middleweight Anthony Mundine secured the mandatory challenger position with the WBA following his unanimous points win over Shannan Taylor in New South Wales recently, it appears he will have to wait until later in 2009 for his desired challenge to WBA champion Felix Sturm. It has been announced that Sturm will first make a voluntary defence against Japan’s Koji Sato in April. The former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion from Sydney is adamant his future is at middleweight, although recently fellow Australian Danny Green has called him out for a re-match of their 2006 fight at light-heavyweight. The 35 year old stated this week, “My priority is to win a world title at middleweight and Danny Green can wait his turn. Green is waiting their in my pocket and I can whip his ass whenever I want but my aim is to unify the world middleweight division. That is my priority.”
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Returning to Australia the WBA, WBC and IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan confirmed he intended to move up to bantamweight after he retained his titles with an eleventh round stoppage of Mexican Jorge Arce in Los Angeles on February 2nd. He is bidding to become only the second Australian after Jeff Fenech to win world titles in three divisions. He stated this week on Fox Sports News in Australia, “I want to be champion in three weight divisions, four, five, I don’t want to go to bantamweight and stop, I want to be the best pound for pound fighter in world boxing. Pacquaio is ten kilos heavier than me so that fight does not make sense at the moment. He is the pound for pound champion but one day that is my goal.” It is reported in Australia that Darchinyan’s manager, Elias Nassar is looking at a match up with WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegwa or Ghana’s IBF champion Joseph Agbeko. A further possibility if Darchinyan remains at super-flyweight is a match with Mexican WBO champion Fernando Montiel.
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It was expected that former WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis would have his next fight in Australia with a “homecoming” fight in Queensland planned but manager Brendon Smith confirmed this week it would likely be another return to the US for his next bout. It has been announced this week that Katsidis will take on Jesus Chavez in a WBO eliminator in Texas on April 4th. He stated, “This is our home and ideally Michael wants to come home and fight here in Queensland but it is a matter of timing and this is a great opportunity that could lead him back to the WBO title and is also a major show that will have a wolrdwide television audience. It is a great offer and we must take it to push Michael back into the championship picture again at lightweight.”



February 18th, 2009

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




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