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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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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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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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UFC

WEC closes out ’10 with a bang!

This past year, mixed martial arts fans from around the world were treated to some of the finest fights of all-time. To commemorate these epic bouts, World Extreme Cagefighting® and VERSUS have announced that four of the year’s best fights will be featured on WEC: Best of 2010, airing on Dec. 23 at 7pm ET/4pm PT. (more…)



December 22nd, 2010



Boxing News

Mock beats Di Giacomo

By Paolo Consiglio

Veteran Danish-based Congolese Lolenga Mock (30-12-1, 12 KOs) retained the European Union 168lb title in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy, scoring a dominant unanimous decision over local favorite Lorenzo Di Giacomo (40-4-1, 20 KOs). It was a one-sided affair as Mock applied unrelenting pressure from the outset dictating the pace throughout the twelve rounds. Sporting a swollen left eye from very early in the bout, fighting above his natural weight class, Di Giacomo seemed to have no answer for the 38-year-old Mock’ superior strength and condition. The Italian was able to land some decent shots here and there and, albeit clearly outgunned, gamely lasted the distance on sheer effort but overall seemed too slow and fatigued to catch Mock with fight-altering punches. The only glimpse of hope for Di Giacomo came in the ninth round when Mock was briefly wobbled by a counter left hook, only to regain control of the proceedings seconds later. In the end Mock prevailed by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and somewhat surprising 117-113 (Fightnews had it 119-109). Team De Clemente promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

BWAA update

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) have re-elected Jack Hirsch for their 2011 president. In addition, Don Steinberg, Sean Sullivan, Ron Borges and Tim Dahlberg have been named vice-presidents.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Cazares-Hisataka make weight

By. Gabriel F. Cordero

Today the official weigh-in for the WBA super flyweight world championship between Mexican Hugo Cazares (33-6-2, 24 KOs) and Japanese challenger WBC Silver champion Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-8-1, 8 KOs). Hugo Cazares weighed at 114.62 and Hisatake Hiroyuki weighed at 114.40. Both showed good physical condition. This event is organized by Green Tsuda Boxing Gym in Osaka and will be televised live on Sky-A. more photos



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Montiel-Donaire

Las Vegas hosts its first world title fight of 2011 when world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defends his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Also on the card will be a rematch between undefeated welterweight champion Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass reprising their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza.

Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets to Montiel vs. Donaire, priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25 go on-sale Thursday December 23, at Noon PT at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing 360 inks Moore

Boxing 360 has announced the signing of WBC #3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore to an exclusive promotional contract. The 31-year-old southpaw Moore (27-2, 22 KOs), from Guyana, is the reigning PABA and WBC CABOFE super bantamweight champion, as well as the former NABA, Guyanese and CABOFE bantamweight titlist.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Rodriguez headlines El Paso

Z Entertainment will headline the return of unbeaten heavyweight David Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) on a card Feb. 11 in El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. Rodriguez takes on Ty Cobb (11-2, 8 Kos). Jr. middleweight Juan Astorga (14-5-1, 9 KOs) takes on TBA in the co-main, for a minor belt. The undercard: welterweight Marvin Cordova (21-2-1, 11 Kos) takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) in a sixer; lightweight Jennifer Han (1-1-1) fights Geni Taylor (2-1, 1 KO) in a four-rounder; Socorro jr. welter David Castillo (2-1) fights debuter Carlos Avila in a four-rounder; El Paso jr. welter Oscar Valenzuela (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Joaquin Abila (0-1), four rounds; and heavyweight Joe Sullivan (3-4, 3 KOs) fights Eric McElroy (0-1) in the opener.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Matthysee-Corley January 21

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya stood by his fighter Lucas Matthysee (27-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina after his narrow loss to former multi-divisonal champion to Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) last month. De La Hoya spoke on the phone with Marcelo Gonzalez (media advisor of Arano Box Argentina), who in turn relayed the phone conversation to Fightnews. De La Hoya stated “I would like to see him back in the ring in the not to distant future against a solid test like former world champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley.” The 28 year old Matthysee will now meet Corley in Mendoza, Argentina January 21st in a 10 round junior welterweight main event. The fight will take place in the auditorium Angel Bustelo. The 36 year old Corley (36-15-1, 22 KOs) gave then WBA super lightweight interim champion Marcos Maidana all he could handle in losing a very competitive decision this past August. The Matthysee-Corley bout will air on HBO Plus in Latin America and Telefutura in the U.S.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Casey Camp confident

European super bantamweight title Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) and his team are confident they’ll upsets WBA super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) when they meet in Ireland in mid March. “Of course we are confident in causing an upset, that’s why we took the fight,” said Casey’s trainer Phil Sutcliffe. “I believe Willie has the tools to beat Rigondeaux. We know all about Rigo, two Olympic Gold’s, two World Championships and now a World Title so he is the real deal. I still think Willie can do it, he’s one of the hardest hitters in the world at his weight, it’s going to be a fantastic fight.”

Rigondeaux is expected to return to his training camp with trainer Freddie Roach next week to prepare for his first defense since defeating Ricardo Cordoba.



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Morris Park Gym re-opens

By David Greene
Above photo by Ed Diller

Over a 100 pro and amateur boxers – including fan favorite Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui and former world champion Lou Del Valle – were displaced from the community fixture in the Bronx, NY when a fire gutted the community fixture on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. The gym was rebuilt with generous donations by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and boxing glove maker Everlast. Click here for more photos…



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

More on Adamek-Peter

On Monday, Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman of the IBF/USBA sent a letter to representatives of former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, as well as representatives of former cruiserweight/light heavyweight champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek inquiring if the two would be available to fight for the #2 spot in their rankings.

The winner of the proposed bout would then fight the winner of a box-off between “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Derrick Rossy (who will battle for the #1 position) for the mandatory shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. “Samuel got an early Christmas present from the IBF in the form of this elimination fight and we’ve been going back and forth with Main Events about making it happen,” said Peter’s long-time manager Ivaylo Gotzev. (more…)



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Fightnews.com spoke to WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza regarding the state of affairs with boxing and the sanctioning bodies. (more…)



December 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Mosley on for May 7

Fightnews.com has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao will face Shane Mosley on May 7. The bout will be for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title (no catch weight) and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mosley officially signed to do the fight today. Promoter Bob Arum said he turned to Mosley after Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unresponsive to doing the fight. Mosley, a partner with Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins in Golden Boy Promotions, went rogue and negotiated the fight on his own against the wishes of Golden Boy, which preferred to have Juan Manuel Marquez face Pacman.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

David Diaz returns

Chicago’s “Windy City Fight Night” professional boxing series kicks off the New Year with a bang in its 15th installment as former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) returns to battle in the main event on January 28th at the UIC Pavilion. Light heavyweight prospect Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (15-2, 6 KOs), welterweight “King” Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (9-0, 6 KOs), junior welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (13-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Anton Novikov (18-0, 6 KOs) are also scheduled. Opponents will be named. Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets starting at $31 are available at 312-226-5800.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Lara foe named

Unbeaten junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (14-0, 9 KOs) will return to action on January 14 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in near Palm Springs, California against Arkansas’ Delray Raines (18-8-1, 13 KOs) on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” series in a ten-round main event bout. Also appearing on card will be a trio of hot prospects with junior welterweight Frankie Gomez, featherweight Randy Caballero and light heavyweight Trevor McCumby all taking on TBAs.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

WBO, Champions toy giveaway

Photos: Norma Nieves / WBO

For the 12th year in a row, the WBO made their traditional bike and toy giveaway to the children of the Centro Sor Isolina in Ponce, with the presence of World Champions Miguel Cotto and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., along with WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel as part of the “Kids Drug Free” program. (more…)



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Don King Turkey Tour Stats

15,000 Turkeys distributed in 4 States

Promoter Don King has continued his 46-year tradition of giving away turkeys to families during the holiday season with 15,000 birds distributed to those in need during his annual “Turkey Tour” that made stops this year in Cleveland, South Florida, New Jersey and New York. Four thousand turkeys were distributed near King’s Deerfield Beach, Fla., headquarters, fanning out to the cities of Miami, Little Haiti, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; over 5,000 birds were handed out in King’s birthplace city of Cleveland and in nearby Orwell, Ohio; and 3,000 turkeys were made available to those in need in both New York and New Jersey.

“Of all the traditions I have taken part in during my life, none has brought more joy to me than the spirit of giving that takes place during our annual Turkey Tour,” King said. “No matter how good or bad it is perceived to be for most Americans during the holidays, there are always people in need. It has been my experience that a turkey on the table brings families and communities together with much joy.”



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Lee to shoot puck

Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee heads to the ice at the United Center on Wednesday night, December 22nd as the “special guest” of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Lee will be honored as part of the Blackhawks “Celebrity Shoot The Puck” between the second and third periods of the game against the Nashville Predators. An undefeated light heavyweight professional boxer, the 23 year old Lee will return to the ring on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas on the Showtime undercard of the world lightweight championship. Lee graduated from the University Of Notre Dame in 2009 at the “top of his class”, with a degree in finance. He is a native of Wheaton, Illinois and a graduate of Benet Academy. After winning the Chicago Golden Gloves, Lee was signed by Top Rank.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Feb 3 in Albany

In the same year Mike Tyson will be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, boxing will return to the place where Tyson’s pro career began. Pugnacious Promotions presents “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” on February 3rd at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. The event marks the return of boxing to the convention center, which hosted numerous fight cards in the 1980’s, including the pro debut of Tyson. The future heavyweight champion set a familiar pattern with a first-round TKO (1:47) win over Hector Mercedes on March 6, 1985.

Headlining the February 3 card will be undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (13-0, 6 KOs) who will take on the most experienced opponent in his career, veteran Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs), in an eight-round fight. (more…)



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Haye agrees to 50-50 split

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed to a 50:50 of proceeds from a unification clash against WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. The Klitschko Camp has set a deadline of January 4 to agree terms for the unification clash, and Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth claims all previous stumbling blocks have been removed. “We are now perfectly positioned to get together and make this fight with Wladimir Klitschko,” said Booth. “We have sorted out all the old problems and disagreements and are ready to sign the deal both (Klitschko’s manager) Bernd Boente and I discussed on Sky Sports’ Ringside show in November.

“Despite the fact we know we bring more UK television money to the table, David and I are happy to split the entire pot 50:50 and grant Wladimir the deal he has wanted since day one. We have offered them 50:50 on everything – just as they requested – and now see no reason why this tremendous fight can’t happen. The path is clear.” (more…)



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Pascal-Hopkins replay

Tune in tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SHO2 to relive the drama from Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Brandon Rios workout

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout as he is set to take on WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) of Venezuela on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV which will be shown live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Wood offers Mundine rematch

By Craig Watt, Photo: Team Wood

Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) pulled off one of the biggest boxing upsets in 2010 when he knocked out former three time world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) with a left hook at the Acer Arena on December 8th. The fight was his prize for winning the Australian Contender show on Fox in January. He confirmed to Fightnews today that he has offered Mundine a rematch for April 2011 with a 50-50 income split.

He stated, “Its all gone a bit quiet from the Mundine camp after we made the offer to give him the chance of a rematch. Initially they wanted a 60-40 split but I refused as it was me who knocked him out, not the other way round. I don’t see why I should earn 40% when I was the victor. A split of 50-50 seems a fair offer to me.” (more…)



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Mayorga back in Nicaragua

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Upon his arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, former two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga announced that he has signed a contract to challenge WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, with the bout possibly landing in Las Vegas on March 12. Mayorga has also been mentioned as a possible challenger for WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on February 19 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was the first time Mayorga has been in his native country in nearly four years due to legal problems. “I dreamed for many months of returning to my country. I am very happy to return to Nicaragua, and I thank God, my mother, but most of all President Daniel Ortega for having supported me,” said the 37-year-old Mayorga, who in his first bout in over two years stopped Michael Walker in round nine Friday night in Miami.

In other Mayorga news, the boxer has flatly denied the truth of a Wikileaks cable that alleged that Mayorga agreed to publicly support Ortega and give a large portion of his earnings to the Sandinista National Liberation Front in exchange for making a 2004 rape charge go away. “Absolutely not true,” Mayorga stated.



December 21st, 2010

Boxing News

Bute-Magee on SHOWTIME

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut on March 19 against reigning Euro champion Brian Magee (34-3-1, 21 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) will defend against Takalani Ndlovu (31-6, 18 KOs) in the co-feature. They have previously met twice with Molitor winning both times. Super middleweight Edison Miranda (33-5, 29 KOs) has also been lined up to face local hero Renan St. Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs).



December 21st, 2010




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