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Abril-Tatli final press conference

Abril-Tatli final press conference

By Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Boxing News

Caballero waiving title?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino Caballero could lose his title in the ring tonight in Las Vegas against Jason Litzau. Although it has been reported that Caballero requested WBA approval to enter the ring as world champion, if Caballero wins the fight he will be placed in the WBA super featherweight rankings.



November 27th, 2010



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November 27th, 2010

Late Result

Congrats to the Salazars

The Fightnews.com crew sends out congrats to fellow writer Francisco Salazar, who tied the knot last weekend. Francisco and Blanca Salazar were married last Saturday at the Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, Calif. The couple has been together for five and a half years and will live in Camarillo. Francisco has been covering the California boxing scene for FightNews over the past ten years.  He also teaches U.S. history and economics at the Channel Islands High School in Oxnard. Blanca is a personal banker with plans to finish her Master’s in sociology.



November 27th, 2010

Feature Story

Superfight: Abraham-Froch

By Graham Houston
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen

It’s not often that fights come along as intriguing as the one between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham on SHOWTIME tonight. The network’s Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament has had its setbacks, but a fight such as Froch-Abraham makes it all worthwhile. The betting odds have hardly changed. Abraham opened at around -160 and that is where he has remained apart from minor fluctuations. The over/under of 11.5 rounds at essentially even money indicates that the oddsmakers see this as a long, likely full-distance, fight.

What is so appealing about this 168-pound championship fight is that a strong case can be made for either man to win. This is when boxing is at its best, when two elite fighters meet with a strong element of doubt over the outcome. (more…)



November 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Omotoso stops Godoy

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin

IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Juan Alberto Godoy (25-12-1, 10 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso kept Godoy off balance in all the rounds as he connected with solid left jabs and power right crosses and did not allow Argentinean 147 pounder an opportunity to launch an attack. Omotoso dropped Godoy with a hard right hand to the jaw in round four and referee Tony Maretta crowned Omotoso at 2:51. For more details and photos click here…



November 27th, 2010

Feature Story

Ward-Bika final quotes

Photos by Laura de la Torre

WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Contender Sakio Bika both landed on the exact 168-pound weight mark on Friday, one day before their world title clash on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Oakland’s Ward will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship against world-ranked contender Bika, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who has already secured a berth in the Semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be making the second defense of his 168-pound title. The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and tournament points-leader will face the tough Bika, (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Giovani Segura 113 vs Manuel Vargas 112
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Ricardo Dominguez 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Daniel Sandoval 134 vs Armando Robles 134
David Gaspar 116 vs Jose Carlos Vargas 116.5
Raul Hirales 122 vs Adan Ozuna 122
Adrian Young 130 vs Ivan Mendoza 132
Venue: Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: FSE, TV Azteca
(more…)



November 26th, 2010

Photo Gallery

Marquez-Katsidis weigh-in shots

All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez-Katsidis, Berto-Hernandez and Caballero-Litzau weigh in, plus undercard shots. Photos by Chris Cozzone: Click here to view



November 26th, 2010

Late Result

Late Results from Chicago

By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz

WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder Andrzej Fonfara (15-2-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Anthony Doughty (9-2-0, 8 KOs) in the first round this past Friday in the main event of the “Windy City Fight Night 13″ card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the co-main event, undefeated jr welterweight Ivan “El Marro” Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an unanimous decision over Martin Tucker (7-7-0, 3 KOs) of the junior welterweight division. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Scale Watch

Ward, Bika make weight

Saturday Night 9PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME

By Bob Hough at the scale
Photos: Laura De la Torre

Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at 168 lbs for his title defense against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live on SHOWTIME championship boxing (9PM ET/PT) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Bika scaled in at 168.

Quick Quotes:

Andre Ward: I feel like I’m ready for a fight.

Regarding the result of Abraham-Froch earlier that night

I don’t care if someone tells me [the result] or not. I’m locked in on Bika.

Sakio Bika: He was a little bigger than I expected and I’m just trying to handle my business.



November 26th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Anthony Springer at the scale

Juan Manuel Marquez 134 vs Michael Katsidis 135
(WBA/WBO lightweight championship)
Andre Berto 145 vs Freddy Hernandez 147
(WBC welterweight championship)
Celestino Caballero 131.5 vs Jason Litzau 130
**Caballero was heavy and must lose 1.5 lbs.

Nate Campbell 139 vs. Walter Estrada 136
Erislandy Lara 154 vs. Tim Connors 154
Keith Thurman 149 vs. Favio Medina 149
Bastie Samir 163 vs. Billy Cunningham 162
Michael Finney 146 vs. Clayvonne Howard 141

Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO



November 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

M Hatton still Euro champ

European welterweight Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout over previously unbeaten Roberto Belge (25-1-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. Hatton, rated #7 by the WBA, put Belge down for the count with a left hook to the body. Time was 1:32.

Unbeaten middleweight Martin Murray (21-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round stoppage against Carlos Nascimento (25-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International super middleweight title.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Scott Quigg (21-0, 14 KOs) cruised to a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Kodjo Sassou (29-15-4, 7 KOs). Sassou was down in round seven.



November 26th, 2010

Feature Story

WBA Convention Update

By Boxing Bob Newman

Friday is the last day of the 89th annaul WBA convention in Managua, Nicaragua, and today’s session dealt initially a joint alk by WNA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Miguel Prado. Each took turns addressing various points concerning the administration of boxing business and business models. In the case of WBA business, everything from the responsibilities of the fight supervisors, to adapting a business model for the WBA and applying marketing strategies was assessed.

Jose Oliver Gomez delivered the summation of the ratings meeting that occurred earlier in the week. No new promoters had any new ratings movements for which to lobby or address, so the ratings report was approved and ratified. It was also added that the WBA will work to improve the timliness with which their rating will appear on their website, with January 2011 as a target for these improvements to take place.

Mandatories were then discussed with much buzz concerning certain weight classes and chanpions. The following are notes in each weight class from heavyweight on down to minimumweight:

HEAVYWEIGHT:

Mandatory challenger is currently Ruslan Chagaev with the defense due by 4/3/11. However, with the ongoing controversy over Chagaev’s hepatitus B+ status, the WBA’s medical advisory chair Dr. Calvin Inal-Singh indicated that even if Chagaev’s positive level was 1:1,000,000, he would advise against approving Chagaev to challnge for the WBA title, let alone fight anyone in the ring. Mendoza Jr. initially stated that it is up to champion David Haye to make the request for testing on his challenger. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

WBCBoxing.tv will present a replay of today’s big double world championship card in Nagoya, Japan on Saturday (Nov 27) at 10PM ET/7PM PT. The webcast is not available in Mexico, Japan, and Germany.

Los Angeles, CA: Julio César Chávez, Jr. will meet fans and sign autographs today at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles (722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT.

Oakland, CA: The official weigh-in for Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika will take place at 2PM PT today at the Oakland Airport Hilton. It is open to the public.

Las Vegas, NV: The official weigh-in for Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis will take place at 2:30PM PT today in the MGM Grand Main Lobby. It is open to the public.



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Abraham-Froch weigh-in video

Video: Pasi Taavitsainen

Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight Saturday (Nov. 27) on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland.

Heavyweights Robert Helenius and Attila Levin weigh in for their EU heavyweight/WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title clash.



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Jason Litzau

Photos and story by Jesse Kelley

“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) promises fans will see him at his best for Saturday nights HBO triple header bout against 34 year old former world champion Celestino Caballero 34-2, 23 KOs). Litzau, 27, of Saint Paul, MN will be a live underdog going into the bout, having won four consecutive fights including a technical decision over Rocky Juarez since being stopped by Robert Guerrero in 2008. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Hasegawa-Burgos: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as he jumped up two divisions and defeated previously unbeaten WBC top-ranked Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (117-110 twice and 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan,

Hasegawa sometimes overcame tough moments and remained aggressive, steadily piling up points to show his superiority in ring experience and counterpunching. Burgos, however, finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Mexican ex-champ Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order at the convention. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Aoh-Tajbert: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Tamara confident vs. Melindo

Photo: Dennis Principe

By Dennis Principe

Colombian Carlos Tamara is eyeing a follow-up of his Philippine conquest when he meets undefeated Filipino prospect Milan Melindo Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. The 27-year-old Tamara (21-5, 15 knockouts) is the same fighter who scored a dramatic 12th round come-from-behind TKO win over Hawaiian Brian Viloria in their IBF world light flyweight title fight last January at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

A popular fighter in his country, the Greece Olympics veteran Tamara was given a hero’s welcome in Colombia where his conquest of Viloria was rewarded with a house and lot by no less than then Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez. When Tamara lost the crown in his first title defense to Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina, the Colombian decided to stay in his training camp in New Jersey and vowed to come back home only when he wins another world crown. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Abraham, Froch make weight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland. Abraham weighed 167.2 pounds; Froch 166.76 …

Referee: Frank Garza (Lincoln Park, Mich.). Judges: Judges: Burt Clements (Reno, Nev.), Max DeLuca (Villa Park, Calif.), Oren Shellenberger (Dallas, Tex.).

The 12-round fight will be the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC 168-pound championship. In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

McCall inspired by Foreman

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall will fight Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title in the main event of The Heavyweight Factory’s “Backyard Brawl” card on Tuesday, December 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. McCall, at 45, continues to turn back time in boxing in his quest to become the oldest heavyweight champion in the sport. His inspiration is former two-time world champion and 1968 Olympic gold medalist George Foreman who won a world title at age 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer, then 26, to reclaim the title he had held 20 years earlier. (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Mendoza receives honorary doctorate

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

In a moving ceremony at the athletic hall of Universidad de Managua, WBA President Francisco Gilberto Mendoza was conferred a honorary Doctorate of Humanities on Thursday evening. Dr. Mendoza was honored for his many humanitarian efforts both in and out of boxing, most notably the WBA’s KO Drugs tournaments which raise money around the world in an effort to knockout drug abuse among youth.



November 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

Hasegawa wins WBC feather belt

By Joe Koizumi

Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as he jumped up two divisions and defeated previously unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (117-110 twice and 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan,

Hasegawa sometimes overcame tough moments and remained aggressive, steadily piling up points to show his superiority in ring experience and counterpunching. But Burgos finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order. (More to come)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Tajbert: I want a rematch

Now former WBC super featherweight titleholder Vitali Tajbert has commented on losing his title to Takahiro Aoh today in Nagoya, Japan.

“This was the first knockdown of my career,” said Tajbert. “That didn’t impress me or rattle me. Worse was that I injured my right hand with a punch in the second round. I definitely want a rematch. With two hands I would have defeated Aoh. Aoh brought a lot of pressure, so it was difficult to defeat him with only one hand. I hope he is fair and gives me a rematch. When he was still in the ring he said that he didn’t feel like a champion.” (more…)



November 26th, 2010

Boxing Result

Aoh dethrones Tajbert

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan.

It was Aoh’s career-best performance as he maintained the initiative all the way against Tajbert’s occasional retaliation with his trademark left hooks. For Aoh, it was his second coronation, following his reign in the feather division. (More to come)



November 26th, 2010




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