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VERSUS, the exclusive television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), will re-air the most-anticipated featherweight championship rematch in MMA history between Mike Brown and Urijah Faber on Wednesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET and again at 12 a.m. ET. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of undefeated light heavyweight prospect and former amateur star Isiah Thomas (3-0, 3 KOs), no relation to the former basketball player. Thomas has won each of his professional bouts by first round knockout. “I think he’s a terrific prospect,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “He has a blend of speed and power that is extremely rare in boxing. That ability, coupled with his amateur experience, makes us believe he is one of the real sleepers in the professional ranks.”
By Alexey Sukachev
An important light welterweight match-up between Russian Sergey Sorokin (28-1-1, 19 KOs) and WBA #12 Thai Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) was scratched after the Asian fighter suffered an injury during his training camp. The bout was to take place on June 26 in German city of Voelklingen as a part of the huge Arena Box-Promotion fight card. Team Titov is now working to save a date for Sorokin, who is coming off a year-long hiatus.
By Ron Jackson
At a prefight medical held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park today David Kitooke and Isaac Chilembe who fight for the vacant WBO Africa light heavyweight title at the Graceland Casino in Secunda on Saturday night both weighed in within one kilogram of the limit and were declared fit to fight. In what could develop into a grudge match Kitooke from Uganda is intent on avenging the only defeat on his record by Chilembe of Malawi on an eighth round technical knockout in April last year. The fight was stopped in the eighth round because of a bad cut over Kitooke’s eye when the fight was up for grabs. Kitooke has won 10, lost 1 and drawn 1 with 9 wins coming inside the distance and Chilembe has a record of 12-1, 8 KOs. (more…)
Undefeated Mexican Rogelio “Porky” Medina (17-0, 14 KOs) will look for another kayo win this weekend when he takes on the dangerous Antonio “Muñeco” Arras (18-4, 12 KOs) this weekend in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México. The fight, scheduled for six rounds at superwelterweight, presents a good test for Medina, who is looking to establish himself as a contender. Medina is coming off a tough fight in Tijuana against veteran Cristian Solano. Should Medina get by Arras, he hopes to invade the U.S. to continue his climb toward contention.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao has decided to stay in the Philippines instead of attending Friday night’s Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) banquet at the Capitale in New York. Pacquiao was interviewed by a TV network and his handlers confirmed that the pound-for-pound king has opted to remain in the country and go on a vacation instead in Bohol or Dakak, two well-known local destinations. The BWAA named Pacquiao as Fighter of the Year for 2008, the second time Pacquiao will get the award after being voted in 2006. Pacquiao was on hand when he got the 2006 award at the Copacabana, also in New York. Pacquiao will also miss Saturday night’s big fights featuring prospective foe Miguel Cotto at the Madison Square Garden. Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz said in a text message Tuesday night that he will instead fly to New York to accept the BWAA award “on Pacquiao’s behalf.” Koncz said he hasn’t talked with Top Rank head Bob Arum about Pacquiao’s decision “but I left message on his phone.” Koncz said Pacquiao cited family commitments as reason for his decision not to go. In the event Pacquiao makes a last-minute decision to go, he can still make it to the Big Apple if he leaves Manila on Friday morning via Northwest Airlines. Owing to the time difference, Pacquiao will arrive there on the same day.
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Hundreds of fans waited in line for hours at the AT&T store in the Bronx today to meet WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto is in town for Saturday’s championship fight against Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded and unknown, Japanese #9 flyweight Yasutaka Kobayashi (15-2-2, 2 KOs), 113.75, stunned the crowd at the Korakuen Hall as he displayed unexpectedly excellent combinations and right-hand counters in scoring a very upset majority decision (96-95, 98-94 and 96-96) over WBC#9/WBA#9 Takahisa Masuda (20-8-3, 5 KOs), 113.75, over ten fast frames on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Probably Kobayashi’s low KO ratio had Masuda accept him as just an opponent in a tune-up go, but the underdog showed his career-best performance by outhustling the taller and more experienced prefight favorite down the stretch.
In the main event, WBA#8/WBC#12 super-bantam Shoji Kimura (23-2-2, 9 KOs), 122, impressively kept his national 122-pound belt as he so accurately countered up-and-coming youngster, JBC#6 Tomoki Kanazawa (12-4-2, 6 KOs), 122, all night, and finally dropped him with a Ricardo Lopez-like left uppercut to the button for the count at 1:34 of the ninth session. Kimura, five years his senior at 31, had captured the national belt with a pulverizing second-round knockout of world-rated defending champ Kazuma Miura this February. Why could the previously soft-punching Kimura, over thirty, abruptly become a hard-puncher? Promoter: Hanagata Promotions.
Former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis will face Puerto Rican veteran Doel Carrasquillo in a ten round junior welterweight bout in the main event at “Summer Rumble” on Thursday, June 25th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. The Arnaoutis – Carrasquillo bout headlines an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Pound For Pound Promotions. Tickets, starting at $35, can be purchased in advance by calling the Pound For Pound Promotions office at 201-864-9566 or 866-924-2050. Special VIP stage seats are available for $150. Schuetzen Park is located at 3167 Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen, New Jersey . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm, with the first bell at 7:15. (more…)
2008 Russian Olympian Middleweight and rising star Matt Korobov(ctr) of Russia poses during a press conference at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn Monday with Russian fashion models (L-R) Liudmyla Poborska and Anastasiia Somchyk. The models will be Korobov’s personal ring card girls when he faces Loren Myers in a special attraction fight on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey world welterweight championship fight on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event.
By Lee Bates
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams (43-6-4, 19 KOs) will make his 2009 debut against former world title challenger Alex ‘Ali’ Baba (26-15-1, 19 KOs) this Friday. Adams who turned professional at the age of 15 is entering his 20th year as a professional boxer. The bout will be a 10 round main event at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The undercard will feature former world heavyweight title challenger Charles Shufford (20-8-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be announced, welterweight prospect Rashad Holloway (10-1, 5 KOs) vs veteran Harrison Cuello (18-10-2, 14 KOs), Vegas native Angel Flores (9-3, 3 KOs) vs Francisco Rios Gil (16-9, 11 KOs) , plus additonal bouts. The bout is being promoted by Sterling McPhearson’s Sterling Promotions. For ticket information contact (702) 942-7777. Note: lightweight Almazbek Raiymkulov aka Kid Diamond was also scheduled, but a hand injury will prevent him from fighting.
Unbeaten young guns Juan Carlos Burgos and Mauricio Herrera top a June 12th card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the main event, featherweight Burgos (21-0, 15 KOs) battles Vyacheslav Gusev (16-1, 3 KOs) for the WBC CABOFE title, while junior welterweight Herrera (10-0, 5 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against Luis Alfredo Lugo (10-8-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC / USNBC belt in the co-feature. Also featured is a featherweight showdown between Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) and unbeaten Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs). Tickets are $30-$75, Call 714-935-0900.
Unbeaten “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend her WBA and WIBF flyweight titles against WBA super flyweight beltholder Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite (15-1, 11 KOs) on the July 4 card at Hamburg’s Color Line Arena on the “Universum Champions Night“ card headlined by the WBO heavyweight eliminator between unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs). “I was very satisfied with my last fight in March,” said Kentikian. “I was very sharp that day and left Elena Reid with no chance. Carolina Gaite is the current WBA world champion in the next higher weight class and is, of course, another big challenge. Against this opponent I must further develop to again satisfy the boxing fans with my determined fight style and win very clearly.” Also seeing action are WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (23-1, 9 KOs) and cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) against opponents to be named.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the date for IBF featherweight world championship defense of Cristobal Cruz (38-11-1, 23 KOs) against Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (37-1-2, 27 KOs) in Tuxtla Gutierrez has been changed to July 11. The card was originally scheduled for June 27. The fight is a rematch of their December 2003 bout won by Solis via ten-round unanimous decision at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Former two-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero now has a new opponent for his June 12th fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, after original foe Johnnie Edwards withdrew from the bout due to a back injury. Stepping up to the plate for the ESPN “Friday Night Fights” main event is veteran contender Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa (30-5-1, 17 KOs). The co-feature pits rising junior welterweight star Danny Garcia against Pavel Miranda in an eight round clash. Also in action in separate bouts on June 12th will be hot undefeated prospects Carlos Velasquez, Juan Velasquez, Eloy Perez, Ashanti Jordan and Anthony Johnson. Tickets ($25-$100) are on sale now at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.
By Robert Coster
Last month in Tokyo, flyweight Xiong Zhao Zhong made history by becoming the first Chinese boxer to fight for a pro world title, losing a hair thin decision to WBC champion Daisuke Naito. Xiong is a member of the stable of Zovi Boxing Team, a pioneer of pro boxing in China. “Xiong come so close to winning and, if he had, it would have been momentous, but there will be other opportunities,” says Zovi President and founder Liu Gang, himself a former boxer who represented China at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. For many observers, Xiong’s performance was proof of that pro boxing is making slow but steady inroads in the giant Asian nation. To shed light on the matter, Fightnews reached Liu to discuss the state of the game in mainland China and what is needed to insure its continuing progress and growth. (more…)
Two-time Canadian Olympian and winner of Season 4 of The Contender reality series Troy Ross (L) spars with Felix Cora (R). Ironically Ross (21-1, 15 KOs) TKO’d Cora to advance to the semi-final bracket of The Contender. Ross is training for a June 19th bout with Michael Simms (20-10, 13 KOs) which will be the chief support for the WBC light heavyweight title contest between champion Adrian Diaconu and Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The card is promoted by Eric Lucas of Interbox plus Yvon Michel of GYM Promotions and will be telecast live in the United States by the VERSUS Network.
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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto did his roadwork in Central Park during the early morning hours today in advance of his world welterweight championship fight against Joshua Clottey on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes the HBO televised event.
By Dennis Principe
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico plans to unify the 108lb division and he is eyeing to achieve the feat within the year. Calderon was the main guest of Monday morning’s Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” hosted by this writer. In the interview Calderon said he would seek a unification match with IBF champion Brian Viloria a few months from now. At the same time Calderon assures he is not looking past his upcoming Filipino foe Rodel Mayol, a two time world title challenger. Calderon will defend his crown this Saturday at the famed Madison Square Garden in a bout that will serve as an undercard for the 12-round welterweight title bout between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Watch the interview here.
The European Boxing Union (EBU) has honored Team Sauerland as “Promoter of the Year”, it was announced during last weekend´s General Meeting held in Alghero (Sicily, Italy). Sports director Hagen Doering received the award from president Bob Logist. “We feel honored and are very proud,” Doering said. “The award confirms the very high level of our shows.” Team Sauerland currently boasts two European champions – Marco “Captain” Huck (cruiserweight) and Karo Murat (super-middleweight).
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Former two-time WBC Middleweight champion Keith Holmes of DC returned to action with an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Willis “The Prophet” Lockett of Takoma Park, MD Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. In the co-feature, DC super bantamweight Clarence “Untouchable” Vinson looked surprisingly sharp after an almost two-year layoff by defeating Jacksonville, FL’s Robert “Don’t Lose” DaLuz of Jacksonville, FL by an eight-round majority decision. (more…)
In front of a nearly sold out Arco Arena in Sacramento, WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown successfully defended his title in a highly anticipated rematch with “The California Kid” Urijah Faber via unanimous decision.
In a sport where nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen, Sunday night’s WEC featherweight title bout was fraught with pre-fight comparisons.
Exactly one year ago, World Extreme Cagefighting hosted its largest event ever when the then reigning 145 lb. champion Urijah Faber defended his crown against MMA pioneer Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver.
It was billed as the biggest fight in featherweight history . . . Click here for more
World class professional boxing returns to the Youngstown, Ohio area as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions, curators of the nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series, presents the “Steel Valley Rumble” on Saturday, June 27th at the Memorial Field House in Campbell, Ohio . . . Click here for more
The world of mixed martial arts is starting to become more and more like the world of popular culture every day. One minute, a fighter is basking in the glow of stardom, the next, the light are off, and fans and the media act as though the light was never on in the first place.
Rich Franklin finds himself in this precarious position . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info
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European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer has commented on his 83 second annihilation of mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion on Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany. “I was pretty confident that I would clearly win this fight,” said Universum’s ‘Hundred Year Talent,’ who is again ranked at #1 by the WBA. “I had my best preparation. I immediately saw the opening with the first punch. We’ll see what comes now. Naturally I would have been happy to box a little longer, but that’s how it is sometimes.” (more…)
#5 IBF Sebastian Sylvester and #10 IBF Lajuan Simon will battle for the vacant #2 IBF middleweight position June 27th in Germany. Both fighters have previously fought for world championships. Sebastian lost a hard fought decision to WBA champion Felix Sturm in November 2008 but he came back in February to knockout Italian contender Gaetano Nespro in the 7th round to capture the vacant IBF International middleweight title and Simon lost a decision to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in March. The Sylvester-Simon eliminator is the chief support for the IBF middleweight title contest between champion Arthur Abraham and contender Mahir Oral at the Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin, Germany. The June 27th card is promoted by Sauerland Event.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
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Junior middleweight contender Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (24-1, 17KO’s) showed some new weapons in his arsenal as he boxed and slugged his way to a convincing one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over former contender series fighter Vinroy Barrett (22-8, 11KO’s) before a raucous crowd at the Capitol One Bank Theater in Westbury, New York. The nine bout card promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Joey Winters, had a little bit of everything, upsets, knockouts and close decisions as local and international fighters were put to the test. (More)
By Lee Bates
Jose Nunez, the manager of former two time world champion Joan Guzman, informed Fightnews that Guzman’s mother, Juana Amaro, passed away late Friday night of a cancerous brain tumor. Per Nunez, Guzman was informed of his mother’s condition during the training camp for his bout against Nate Campbell and was struggling with the thought of losing her. He was currently training in New York but has since departed to his native Dominican Republic , where his mother will be buried. Fightnews sends out its condolences to the Guzman family.
Results by Brady Crytzer
In front of a nearly sold out Arco Arena in Sacramento, WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown successfully defended his title in a highly anticipated rematch with “The California Kid” Urijah Faber via unanimous decision. Though the fight was highly competitive, Brown controlled all five rounds with explosive takedowns and heavy punches. Following the second round, Faber complained of a broken right hand and his punch output decreased substantially. Faber was reduced to throwing elbows exclusively and Brown easily outpointed him. Judges’ scorecards read 49-46 twice and 48-47. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Promoter Mario Margossian delivered a solid fight card last night at the Gimnasio Municipal Nº 1 in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. In an upset former world title challenger Walter Matthysse (26-5, 25 KOs) was shockingly knocked out in the fifth round by journeyman Oscar Veliz (26-15-2, 5 KOs). Matthysse who began his career at (25-0) has now lost four fights in row and five of his last six since his fight with Paul Williams. All losses suffered by Matthysse have been by knockout. Also Claudia Lopez (13-4, 3 KOs) defeated Betina Garina (10-6-2, 2 KOs) by sixth round TKO to win the vacant WBA woman’s featherweight title. (more…)
By: Gary “Digital” Williams
Eldersburg, MD: light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker (10-0, 7 KOs) remained undefeated with an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Andre Hemphill (7-11-2, 4 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA in the main event at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. Tucker used a strong jab throughout the contest to offset the offense of the shorter Hemphill. The visiting boxer managed to tag Tucker a few times but Tucker was able to use his height to help gain his victory. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Mfundo Gwayana retained his South African junior flyweight title against Sizwe Sinyabi with a 12 round draw on Sunday afternoon at the Orient Theatre in East London. This fight was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions. In a poor fight where there was more holding and wrestling than boxing the 26-year-old Gwayana (48.90kg) was possibly a shade fortunate to retain his title as Sinyabi (48.90kg) came on strong in the final rounds and scored a knockdown in round twelve. However, in a fight where some of the rounds were difficult to score because of the pushing and holding by both fighters one cannot really fault the judges. Judge Mbini scored 115-113 for Gwayana and judge Vabaza saw it 114-113 for Sinyabi, whilst judge Matika had it 114-114. The champion who was cut over the left eye in the sixth round appeared stronger in the earlier rounds and possibly the challenger left it too late even though he had Gwayana down with a big left hook in the 12th round who was forced to take a count from referee Lulama Mtya. Gwayana takes his record to 18-8-2; 9 and Gwayana goes to 10-3-1; 5.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA won an eight round unanimous decision over Reading, PA’s Lucian Gonzalez in the super bantamweight main event last night at jam-packed Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. In a scorcher, Patrick “The Machine” Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ won a battle of unbeaten prospects, taking a unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s Latif Mundy in the eight-round middleweight co-feature. The seven-bout card was promoted by Peltz Boxing. (more…)
With a baker’s dozen straight victories in four-and-a-half years, Joaquin Zamora battered and beat his latest entrée, Joshua Renteria, in ten heats last night at Sky City Casino in Acoma, N.M.
The game Tucson foe, on the receiving end for most of the fight, came undone halfway through the tenth and final round when the Luna-born former contender unleashed a furious, final assault that had Referee Rocky Burke halting the action.
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