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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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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

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December 27th, 2010



Boxing News

Rodriguez returns Feb 11

Unbeaten heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will face Ty “The Tiger” Cobb (11-2, 8 KOs) on Friday February 11th at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. With the return of “El Nino,” lead promoter Zef Ramirez from Zeferino Entertainment commented, “This a great match up of young and attacking style fighters. I like Ty’s approach of fighting. He challenges every fighter he faced and he is young with power in both hands. David and myself have to take on this tough ambitious fighter for El Nino’s return.”

Rodriguez commented, “I know Cobb, not personally but have seen him fight before and does not back down. He is a very tough fighter, but my job is to win and give my fans the best I can. Cobb is just in the way of my pursuit to the World title.” The Return of “El Nino” is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Team Salita

Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita poses with Asher Sela, owner of the best boxing gym in Israel. Dmitriy worked out and provided guidance to top amateurs training there. Salita is on an official visit sponsored by EZRA USA to celebrate his recent victory, help promote sport of boxing in Israel and arrange a potential mega fight there in April. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschkos in Florida

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is currently spending the holidays in South Florida. Wlad has been spotted at PGA National Golf Club in West Palm Beach as well as hanging out with brother Vitali on the beach. The brothers recently issued a statement saying they’re ready to take on David Haye in 2011 for the one heavyweight world title not held by a Klitschko. Wlad is staying at a condo in Hollywood, Florida.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing Result

Studer still unbeaten

Photos: AP Promotion Boxing News

Swiss middleweight Yves Studer (26-0-1, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten by winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Samir Dos Santos Barbosa (24-6-3, 17 KOs) of Brazil on Sunday at the Casino Kursaal in Berne, Switzerland. Barbosa was knocked down in round two. Scores were J.-F. Toupin, France (117:111), F. Guggenheim, Switzerland (116:111) and B. Hausammann, Switzerland (115:112). The contest was fought at a very high pace and was much appreciated by the full house of spectators. Studer a former European champion picked up the International Boxing Council middleweight title with the win.



December 27th, 2010

UFC

Edgar’s road to 125

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

By the time you read this, it will be less than a week before my second title defense against Gray Maynard. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I had Christmas Eve and Christmas with my family, going straight from training to be with them. Nothing really changed as far as my training schedule. It was kinda convenient that we had Christmas at my house this year, so I got my workout in and popped back there for Christmas so it was no big deal . . . . Click here for more by by Frankie Edgar on UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Jr Update

Explodes on Security Guard -- On Tape

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t been making much news inside the ring recently, but he’s never far from the headlines. The latest “Money May” news is a TMZ exclusive where he unleashes a nuclear verbal attack on a guard inside his Vegas community last weekend because the guard didn’t recognize him … (click here to see TMZ’s footage).

It all went down Sunday December 19 around 4 AM — when Floyd drove up to the main gate and the security guard asked him for I.D. That’s when Mayweather went ballistic — screaming, “Let me in my mother f**king house!!! You know who I am man … let me in my house!!!” Mayweather continues, “Stop giving me a hard time … you don’t give Maloof a hard time … you don’t ask him for ID when he comes.”

During his tantrum — Floyd also references a prior incident with security in which the boxer was accused of battering one of the guards during a parking dispute … saying, “I had a problem here before when the security lied and said I touched him and I didn’t!”

Floyd eventually got out of the car, went into the guard shack and opened the gate himself. The tape has been turned over to cops — and the footage may be used in the battery case to show Floyd has it in for the guards.



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

New Faces: Luca Giacon

By Robert Coster

Photo: Team Giacon

It is probably an understatement to say that Luca Giacon’s background is unusual. For a start, Giacon, a young lightweight prospect who boasts a perfect 14-0, 14 KOs record, has three nationalities: Italian, Belgian and Spanish. The 22-year-old is the son of an Italian father and a mother from the African nation of Ruwanda but with Belgian nationality. To top it all, Luca was born in Spain. He has fought in Panama, Spain and now Sardegna, Italy.

Apart from his uncommon origins, Luca Giacon is being heralded as one of the hottest prospects today in Europe. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Coleman-Paris Jan 29th

The "Pitbull" speaks out

Photo: Team Coleman

When fight fans last saw USBA light weltweight champion Tim ‘Pitbull’ Coleman (18-1, 5 KOs) he was in the ring celebrating his spectacular TKO victory over former Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) of Venezuela. The bout took place this past October at the Chumash Casino in San Ynez, California on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox fight series. The odds were stacked against Coleman who was an underdog in the fight, but to go out and win the fight the way he did was even more unlikely. Coleman of Baltimore, Maryland returns to the ring on the undercard of the January 29th showdown between WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) and WBC champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs). Coleman will meet unbeaten light welteweight prospect Vernon Paris (23-0, 14 KOs) from nearby Detroit. The bout is currently scheduled to be fought at a catchweight of 143 pounds and 10 rounds. The site of card will be the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Theophane eyes British title

Ashley “Treasure” Theophane, the current IBO International welterweight champion believes his shot at the British light welterweight title is now three years overdue. The globetrotting Londoner who has been training in America for the past five years sparring the likes of world champions Joan Guzman, Yuri Foreman, Elio Rojas and Paul Malignaggi will finally get his opportunity on February 5th, when he takes on Lenny Daws for the British light welterweight title at Wembley Arena.

“I won an eliminator back in 2007 against Alan Bosworth for the British title so my shot is three years overdue now. I’ve recently beaten world #3 and USBA champion Delvin Rodriguez so British champion Lenny Daws is a step back for me.” said Theophane. (more…)



December 27th, 2010

Feature Story

Full Report: K Kameda-Munoz

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant WBA bantamweight belt as he finally caught ex-WBA 115-pound champ Alexander Munoz (35-4, 27 KOs), 118, dropped him with a left-right combination in the last round and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve hot frames on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Levi Martinez (US) 115-111, Pint Prayadsab (Thailand) 116-109, and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 117-109, all in favor of the 24-year-old Kameda.  The referee was Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico).

For Kameda it was his third belt in as many different divisions, but it was true Munoz, 31, wasn’t who he used to be, and neither had any credentials in this 118-pound category. (more…)



December 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Full Report: D Kameda-Olteanu

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (19-2, 11 KOs), 112, very barely kept his belt as he eked out a highly controversial split decision over totally aggressive Silvio Olteanu (11-4, 3 KOs), 112, European titlist of Romania, over twelve lousy rounds on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

Bonsu beats Dos Santos in 2

Photos: Eva Asdou

World ranked welterweight Jackson Osei Bonsu (33-4, 26, KOs) of Belgium scored a 2nd round DQ win over Luiz Augusto Dos Santos (25-17, 21 KOs) of Brazil. The bout took place during the annual Christmas Day fight card at the Stedelijke Sporthalle in Izegem, Belgium. Bonsu dominated the bout dropping Dos Santos twice in round two. The corner of Dos Santos then threw in the towel. The referee of the bout felt Dos Santos did not show enough effort in the bout and disqualified the fighter after the towel was thrown in. It is possible that at least a portion of Dos Santos’ purse will not be paid.



December 26th, 2010

UFC

Poirier’s great migration

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

In 1893, Oklahoma opened up two million acres of land for the first ever Land Rush where you literally ran towards open land and could claim up to 160 acres per family.  This was a dramatic and fresh way to open up the territory to people seeking a new home and a bigger opportunity to grow both personally and business-wise.  Due to the Homestead Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, settlers that lived on the land and improved it would eventually receive the title to the land . . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

K Kameda wins WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant WBA bantamweight belt as he finally caught ex-WBA 115-pound champ Alexander Munoz (35-4, 27 KOs), 118, dropped him with a left-right combination in the last round and pounded out a unanimous decision (115-111, 116-109 and 117-109) over twelve hot frames on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. For Kameda it was his third belt in as many different divisions, but it was true Munoz wasn’t who he used to be and neither had any credentials in this 118-pound category.

It was a see-saw affair as Munoz kept throwing roundhouse punches, and Kameda defended himself with a peek-a-boo guard and occasionally countered with southpaw lefts. The sixth saw Munoz penalized a point because of repeated rabbit punches. In the final session Kameda came out fighting and exploded a left-right combination to the fading Venezuelan and sent him reeling to the deck. Kameda had him at bay and almost stunned him again with solid shots to the groggy ex-champ. (More to come)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

D Kameda keeps WBA 112lb title

By Joe Koizumi

WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (19-2, 11 KOs), 112, very barely kept his belt as he eked out a highly controversial split decision over totally aggressive Silvio Olteanu (11-4, 3 KOs), 112, European titlist of Romania, over twelve lousy rounds on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. The scoresheets were as follows: Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 115-113 and Levi Martinez (US) 116-112, both for the defending champ Kameda, while Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) saw it quite differently 118-110 for Olteanu. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).

The 32-year-old Romanian looked dominant and aggressive throughout the monotonous contest. Olteanu was the aggressor all the way. Probably the champ’s severe reduction of weight caused Kameda, 21, to be too sluggish to throw many punches only to retaliate with a punch at a time. The champ was said to be a hard-puncher, so his by far fewer punches might have been evaluated only by the two judges, but Olteanu, a soft-punching but much busier speedster, seemed to have controlled the bout and was apparently robbed.
(More to come)



December 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Golovkin targets N’Dam N’djikam.

By Christian Chataignier

The Golovkin Team has made an offer to Sebastien Acaries for a fight between regular WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA interim champion Hassan N´Dam N’djikam. Oleg Hermann, promoter of Golovkin, stated “We have the WBA order for a fight against Hassan N´Dam and we want this fight definitely. We hope Hassan N´Dam will not duck Gennady for this big fight between two talented fighters for world championship belt of WBA. If we don´t get an arrangement with Acaries, the WBA will hold a purse bid for this fight and the winner will choose the place and date.”



December 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Kameda title twinbill tomorrow

Both brothers set for world title fights

By Joe Koizumi

Merry Christmas, worldwide record-keepers! Wait and don’t close your record-filing notebooks as there are still a couple more world title bouts in Japan tomorrow (Sunday). Former WBA 108-pound and WBC 112-pound champ Koki Kameda (23-1, 15 KOs), a notorious big mouth out of Japan, will dispute the vacant WBA bantam throne with ex-WBA super-fly ruler Alexander Munoz (35-3, 27 KOs), from Venezuela, over twelve rounds. In a companion twelve, WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (18-2, 11 KOs), 21, more notorious than his older brother by three years, will defend his belt against #15 quite unknown Romanian Silvio Olteanu (11-3, 5 KOs).

Ticket-selling is reportedly least satisfactory since the popularity of Kameda brothers has already dropped to the bottom. But TV ratings of their bouts are still high as most people just wish to see them lose and cry. When Koki tasted his first defeat at the hand of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, great many anti-Kameda fans jumped for joy this March. For more details and photos click here…



December 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Don King hand casting

Cementing his legacy one hand at a time

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen

Last Thursday’s weigh-in for the Ray Austin-Odlanier Solis heavyweight eliminator fight was unique in one concrete detail. In addition to the usual protocol of weighing the fighters and posing for face offs, a little boxing history was preserved.

That’s because promoter Don King met with Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and Vice President Sam Cohen afterwards to have his right hand cast in plaster. King, now 79 years young and refocused on his first boxing event since the recent loss of his wife, seemed in high spirits throughout the 40 minute process. (more…)



December 25th, 2010

Boxing News

WBC Best of 2010 Awards

The World Boxing Council is conducting voting to determine the awards for “The Best of 2010,” and YOUR input is wanted. The results will be announced before the end of the year.

The categories are as follows:

BOXER OF THE DECADE
Oscar de la Hoya
Vitali Klitschko
Floyd Mayweather
Erik Morales
Manny Pacquiao
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

BOXER OF THE YEAR
Sergio Martinez, middleweight world champion
Manny Pacquiao, super welterweight world champion
Jean Pascal, light heavyweight world champion

FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Sergio Martinez W12 Kelly Pavlik, April 17, Atlantic City
Jean Pascal TW11 Chad Dawson, August 14, Montreal
Humberto Soto W12 Urbano Antillon, December 4, Anaheim

MOST DRAMATIC FIGHT
Christian Esquivel W12 Tshifhiwa Munyai, August 7, Mexico City
Alberto Garza W12 Justin Savi, November 20, Monterrey
Rendall Munroe TKO9 Victor Terrazas, April 23, Coventry
Omar Niño W12 Rodel Mayol (II) June 19, San Juan del Rio
Edwin Valero TKO9 Antonio Demarco, February 6, Monterrey

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
Saul Alvarez KO6 Carlos Baldomir, September 18, Los Angeles
Sergio Martinez KO2 Paul Williams, November 20, Atlantic City
Fernando Montiel TKO4 Hozumi Hasegawa, April 30, Tokyo

RETURN OF THE YEAR
Hozumi Hasegawa, featherweight world champion
Erik Morales, super lightweight Silver world champion
Edgar Sosa, International flyweight champion

CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR
Rodel Mayol TD3 Omar Niño (I), Feb. 27, Guadalajara
Andre Dirrell WDQ11 Arthur Abraham, March 27, Detroit
Juan Hernandez WDQ3 Denver Cuello, May 22, Mexico City

EVENT OF THE YEAR
Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito, November 13, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas

MEMORIES OF OUR DECADE
Diego Corrales
Vernon Forrest
Arturo Gatti
Edwin Valero



December 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame

By Phil Doherty

Last week in Miami, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and VP Sam Cohen cast the hands of legendary promoter Don King.

This was the second time in 3 months the duo performed the casting ceremony. They cast the hand of inductee Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. last October in Kissimmee prior to Wilfredo Jr.’s stirring WBO super bantamweight title defense.

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame seeks to do in Florida what the International Boxing Hall of Fame does across the US and globally. The seed for today’s Florida Boxing Hall of Fame was planted in 1977 by Irv Abramson; who also played a part in establishing the Florida State Athletic Commission. However, internal conflict broke things up two short years later. Butch Flansburg was a member of that original group and displaying the type of tenacity and heart required of fighters in the ring, he kept that seed alive for 30 years.

In 2007, Flansburg joined forces with former manager, promoter, announcer and fighter Steve Canton to get things off the ground. Canton used his experience as a voting member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame to set the blueprint for the Florida model and serves as a Vice President today. (more…)



December 25th, 2010

Boxing Result

Suriyan, Napapol grab ABCO belts

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photo: Siamsport

Former WBC title challenger Suriyan Por Chokchai (15-5-1, 4 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 112lb title as he won a unanimous decision over WBC #17 lightfly Takashi Kunishige (21-5-2, 2 KOs) on Friday at the Auditorium of Rajabhat University in Srisaket province, Thailand. After a close affair in the first four rounds, the show little by little turned to the Thai fighter who displayed more accurate punches, especially with a right straight. In round nine, Suriyan successfully dropped the Japanese fighter with a bodyshot although it was protested by Kunishige as a slip. After that it was an easy job for the local fighter to control the show and sweep all of last three rounds. All scorecards were 119-108.

In the other co-main event, two-time WBC title challenger Napapol Kiettisakchokchai (51-3-1, 43 KOs) scored a six round TKO over ABCO #2 Hirotsugu Yamamoto (10-5-2, 2 KOs) to capture the vacant ABCO 130lb title. Yamamoto did well in the opening round as he landed a right hook which almost dropped the Thai fighter. But after that Napapol used his body attack tactic which effectively weakened Yamamoto and gained the score back from round three. Toe-to-toe action excitingly continued to round six and it was Napapol winning when the referee terminated the bout at 2:31 to save the Japanese fighter from a one-sided assault. (more…)



December 24th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschkos give Haye a choice

“We promise that in 2011 the fight against Haye will come,” said the Klitschko Brothers in a joint statement on BILD. “We want this fight at all costs! He can choose which of us he wants to step into the ring against to lose his world title.”



December 24th, 2010

Boxing News

TKO hits Greeley, Colo.

World class professional boxing will hit Greeley, Colorado for the first time in over twenty years as TKO Boxing Promotions in association with Ghost Town Promotions brings its nationally acclaimed HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS boxing series to the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall on Saturday, January 8th. (more…)



December 24th, 2010

UFC

Soto not threatened by “Ninja”

UFC 125 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 1!

You didn’t even need to see it happen; you could simply hear it. It was debatable who won the first round. The first five minutes were evenly matched and could be written off as a draw. But the audible watershed moment came in the second when Greg Soto took Nick Osipczak’s back. The TD Garden in Boston, Mass erupted into a frenzy like Larry “Legend” sunk a game winning bucket and began chants of “U-S-A” at top volume . . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com



December 24th, 2010




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