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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Don King in Germany (Video)



May 20th, 2010



Feature Story

Kennedy ready for Beranza

By Rick Scharmberg

Rick Scharmberg

When USBA super bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy made his pro debut on January 11, 2007, the knowledgeable fight crowd at the former New Alhambra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were quick to compare him with the great hall-of-fame bantamweight champion, “Joltin'” Jeff Chandler. While such praise is premature, one can easily envision the unbeaten Kennedy (14-0-1, 6 KOs) as a future world champion. “Hopefully, I am one-and-a-half years away from a big title shot,” stated Teon, who hopes to move one step closer on Saturday night, when he faces Jose Angel Beranza (32-17-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico City at Bally’s in Atlantic City. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Faragon looks to impress in NYC

By Matt Thompson

Undefeated Schenectady, New York lightweight Michael “Baby Face” Faragon (10-0, 4 KOs) will have his first fight for his new promoters, The Empire Sports and Entertainment, on their debut show, Capitale Punishment this Friday (May 21) at Capitale in Manhattan. Faragon will fight his first eight rounder as one of the main supporting bouts to former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs main event against Dominique Alexander. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Rising StarsAthletics inks Nwodo

By Rick Scharmberg

Jim Bores, of Rising Stars Athletics informed Fightnews.com that his company has signed former USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo (23-5, 19 KOs) to a promotional contract. Nwodo, of Baltimore, MD via Enugu, Nigeria won the vacant USBA crown with a third round TKO over Chris Thomas on July 1, 2006, but lost it to Darnell “Ding-a-Ling-Man” Wilson by highlight-reel knockout in his very next bout. “He is thirty-six years old, and we realize time is not on our side,” stated Bores. “But Emmanuel is rejuvenated. He is ready, willing, and able to fight anyone worldwide. We hope to get him a shot at a regional belt this summer against someone in the top-15.”



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Don King in Germany

Eroll Popova

Legendary boxing promoter Don King enjoys a German beer and a traditional German eisbein (pickled ham hock) today in Rostock, Germany. King is town in support of his fighter Kali Meehan, who faces former heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday in a WBA eliminator. Click here for more photos…



May 20th, 2010

UFC

East Chicago honors Torres

World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight star Miguel Angel Torres will be recognized by his hometown of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday, June 4. East Chicago city officials announced today that June 4, 2010 will serve as “Miguel Angel Torres Day” in the city, with the former 135-pound champion set to take part in various activities throughout the day. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Injury KOs McCullough

A hand injury has forced Wayne McCullough to withdraw from Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday May 29. Former WBC world champion McCullough had been training hard to make his comeback in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament but the 39 year-old has been advised that he will be unable to fight for at least two months. “I am really devastated to be missing out on Prizefighter but the hand injury is pretty bad,” said McCullough. “My Doctor has advised me not to use the hand at all for training or fighting for the next 6-8 weeks. We are all packed and ready to go and we really wanted to be there but this is boxing and these things happen.” McCullough’s misfortune has thrown a golden opportunity to young Irish fighter Willie “Big Bang” Casey (5-0, 4 KOs) who will now take his place.



May 20th, 2010

Boxing Result

Darchinyan defeats Barcelona

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) stepped up to bantamweight to take the vacant IBO bantamweight belt against Eric Barcelona (51-18-4, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the Leagues Club in Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Darchinyan dropped Barcelona three times en route to a 120-103, 118-105 and 116-108 win. Barcelona was also deducted two points from low blows. More to come from Ray Wheatley…



May 20th, 2010

Boxing Result

Poonsawat retains title

WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over challenger Shoji Kimura (23-4-2, 9 KOs) on Thursday in Maha Sarakham, Thailand. It was the second defense for Poonsawat following his crushing second round KO over Bernard Dunne last September.



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Chagaev-Meehan Workout Video



May 20th, 2010

Feature Story

Vitali Klitschko Speaks

Pavel Terekhov

Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against former European Champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw (Poland) and Brentwood (UK). The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

About Albert Sosnowski

“I expect Albert Sosnowski to be in the best shape of his life. I am sure that he will not run and hide like my last opponent Kevin Johnson. He said that he will give his all to get my belt, but I am well prepared and will not underestimate him. Albert Sosnwoski is not a big name and not so famous in boxing so far. But that does not count at all. He will be very powerful and will always go forward. He will do anything to get my title.” (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Feature Story

Once And Four All Presser

Full Report: Vazquez-Marquez

Big Joe Miranda

By Rocco Morales

Wednesday afternoon, the Conga Room in Downtown L.A. was host to the final press conference for “Once and Four All” the appropriate name given to the highly anticipated fourth fight between Israel Vasquez (44-4-0) and Rafael Marquez (38-5-0). Of their three prior fights, Marquez was victorious in the first fight while Vasquez has won the prior two meetings. Their last fight was the only one to go to the scorecards and Vasquez was the split decision winner.

Their last two fights were all out wars that earned the accolade of “Fight Of The Year” for each 2007 and 2008. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Zamora/Bundu/Marasco in action

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

The Italian boxing organisation of promoter Mario Loreni and local stable Mariani Boxe will stage a terrific show on May 21 in Brescia, Italy, with a six-fight card. In the main event of the night, Brunet Zamora (19-0, 8 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title. The always exciting Zamora won the belt in 2008 and will now take on dangerous contender Eduardo Daniel ‘Pamperito’ Roman (41-4, 8 KOs) of Argentina over twelve rounds. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Poonsawat-Kimura Preview

Carlos Costa

By Carlos Costa

Far from the deadly violence of the streets of the capital Bangkok, this silent, dazzling green town of Maha Sarakham in the northeastern Isan region of Thailand will be scenario of today’s WBA super bantamweight world title fight between 29-year-old world champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (40-1, 28KOs) of Thailand and Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (23-3-2, 9KOs).

Both fighters tipped the official scale at exactly 122 lbs during the weight-in ceremony at the Taksila Hotel in downtown Maha Sarakham. Then, fighters posed for the cameras and rules of the combat were read by WBA officials judges Francisco Martinez of New Zealand, Wan-Soo Yuh of South Korea and Sergio Caiz from California, USA. The referee in charge of the action will be New Zealand’s Ferlin Marsh. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Vazquez-Marquez Undercard

Hot prospects Carlos Molina, Ronny Rios and Freddy Hernandez will see action in separate bouts on the “Once and Four All” Vazquez vs. Marquez IV undercard on Saturday at Staples Arena in Los Angeles. In an eight round junior welterweight bout, Molina (11-0, 6 KOs) will face Humberto Tapia (15-12-1, 8 KOs), in a six-round junior lightweight bout Rios (10-0, 5 KOs) meets Guadalupe De Leon (8-10, 4 KOs), and WBC #11 welterweight Hernandez (28-1, 18 KOs) is set to take on Oscar Leon (28-12, 18 KOs) in a ten rounder.



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

WBC to honor Pacman, Vitali

This photo is a model taken from the fist of Mike Tyson, which in the future will be presented by the WBC to the boxer of the year and champion of the year. This year the ceremony will be held on June 5th in Acapulco, Mexico. The Boxer of the Year as elected by the WBC is Manny Pacquiao. The Champion of the Year as elected by the WBC is Vitali Klitschko. Other winners will be announced.



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Senchenko to defend August 30

WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the second time against WBA #14 rated Charlie José Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs) on August 30 in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The card will be promoted by Union Boxing Promotion and feature a total of seven title bouts including fights involving European featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovych (18-1, 11 KOs), EBU-EE light welterweight titlist Vladimir Kravets (22-0, 14 KOs), WBC Youth I/C cruiserweight beltholder Iago Kiladze (14-0, 10 KOs), EBA supermiddle beltholder Server Emurlayev (17-0, 5 KOs) and jr middleweight Artem Karpets (10-0, 5 KOs).



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Jubatha to defend SA feather title

By Ron Jackson

Sabelo Jubatha makes the first defense of his South African feather weight title when he meets number one contender Marcel Japhta at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Jubatha (10-1, 7 KOs) who fights out of the Enothole gym in Mdantsane, won the title on December 18 last year with a tenth round technical knockout over Luthando Vukuza. (more…)



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Escobedo to face Cordero

Featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) will have another opportunity to win a world title when he takes on Colombian Francisco Cordero (22-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA interim belt on June 26 at a site to be named. The 26-year-old Escobedo, who is coached by Nacho Beristain, previously challenged for the WBO super bantamweight title against Daniel Ponce de Leon in December 2008, losing a unanimous decision. Cordero’s biggest win was a decision over Koseki Nakama in Okinawa. Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs) will also be featured. The card will be presented by Arce Promotions and televised by the Televisa network.



May 20th, 2010

Feature Story

Chagaev-Meehan workout

Photos by Eroll Papova

Big crowd today at Universum’s public training session in Rostock, Germany’s Ostsee Park Mall. Hundreds of spectators marveled at the skills of the fighters headlining the “Universum Champions Night” on Saturday at the Rostock StadtHalle. The highlight was a long intense, face-to-face staredown between former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and and top contender Kali Meehan, who meet in an important WBA elimination bout. More plus photos…



May 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Cotto at Yankee Stadium

Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics Photography

Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto hung out at the Yankees batting cage, took pictures with Arod, spoke to captain Derek Jeter and said he plans to win on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugfest at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 5. Cotto broke camp in Tampa, Fla and came to Yankee Stadium for a press function which included on the field activities. “I feel great, I am working hard, weight is no problem and I’m ready to fight,” Cotto said at a press conference before the Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Rays. For more photos click here…



May 19th, 2010

Feature Story

Cotto NYC Workout

Vows he'll win on June 5

Photos by Tom Briglia/Top Rank

Before his Yankee Stadium press conference, Miguel Cotto worked out with his new trainer Manny Steward at the Trinity Boxing Gym in New York. There Cotto fired hard punches while doing mitts with Steward. “Cotto has better balance now,” Steward said. “That’s the first thing I noticed about him in recent fights. I worked with him on balance, sharper and more accurate punching. His conditioning is outstanding. He’s ready to fight on June 5.” (more…)



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Vazquez-Marquez Presser Quotes

By Rocco Morales
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

Quotes from this afternoon’s press event in Los Angeles:

Rafael Marquez - “There’s no need for words of introduction for Vasquez and I. Everyone knows us from our trilogy of fights. You’re going to see a great show and who Rafael Marquez is in the ring this Saturday night.”

Israel “El Magnifico” Vasquez - “On May 22nd, Rafael and I are going to again fight the best fight of the year.” For more details and photos click here…



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Rahman charms Niagara media

Mark Anthony

Former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) kept a big group of assembled local media captivated today, during a press conference at the Niagara Falls Conference Center to announce Rahman’s main event against Troy New York’s Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) on June 19. Never short of wit, when informed Miller couldn’t attend because of his job as head of a security firm, Rahman quipped “That’s ok. He’s going to need security when I get through with him.” (more…)



May 19th, 2010

Announcement

Get in gear for summer!



May 19th, 2010

UFC

A “Snake” in the Octagon

UFC 114 is LIVE on PPV May 29!

Cyrille “The Snake” Diabaté will make his UFC debut on May 29th against Brazil’s Luiz Cane. For the former assistant coach of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, it’s the high-point of a 19-year career. A former French and world champion in kickboxing and Thai boxing, Cyrille now dreams of adding a UFC belt to his collection . . . Click for more by Darragh Creamer, UFC



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Tamara is fighting fit

Team Tamara

“All the hard work was done,” said newly crowned IBF jr. flyweight champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara today, “now we’ll keep working hard to make sure I’ll maintain my condition, speed and strength.” Tamara ended up his camp sparring sessions this afternoon by going ten tough rounds with three elite fighters at Joe Grier’s Boxing Academy in Paterson, NJ. (more…)



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Sosa-Leyva presser

Photos courtesy WBC

After half a year away from the ring, following the triple fracture in his face causing him Rodel Mayol, Edgar Sosa is ready to return. Acapulco will witness the return of the WBC emeritus champion against former world champion Roberto Leyva from Sonora, Mexico. The meeting will be at the MEX TENNIS Stadium of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel next June 5th. Click here for more photos…



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Banks to face Gavern

Klitschko-Sosnowski co-feature announced

NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks makes his first title defense May 29 on the “Fists Of Steel” pay-per-view event, featuring WBC heavyweight title holder Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko against challenger Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski, live from the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Detroit punisher Banks (24-1, 17 KOs), ranked # 7 in the world by the WBC and #9 by the IBF, takes on veteran Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, rated in the top 15 of the WBC, in the 12-round co-feature.

“Fists Of Steel,” presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (more…)



May 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Lopez-Concepcion presser

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and world-ranked Bernanbe Concepcion pose during a press conference to announce their upcoming big showdown on Saturday, July 10 which is televised live on SHOWTIME from the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Click here for more photos…



May 19th, 2010




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