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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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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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UFC

Cerrone cool before clash

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

The knock on Donald Cerrone used to be his wrestling skills, or lack thereof. Not anymore. Fresh off the finest performance of his career, which saw him take down former collegiate wrestler Jamie Varner on several occasions, Cerrone has definitely served notice to future opponents that he can not only threaten with high-level kickboxing and jiu-jitsu, but also has the tools to put foes on their back. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC

For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv



December 15th, 2010



Boxing News

Lebedev: I’ll crush Huck

Photo: Stefan Springer

WBO mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev has won his last eight fights inside the distance – and is eyeing another early finish against home-town favourite, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. “I am in the best shape of my life,” said Lebedev. “Coming to Germany doesn’t bother me because I have fought all over the world before. I came to England to knock out Maccarinelli, and in my last fight I went to Germany and beat Alexander Alexeev in two rounds. Huck is in trouble on Saturday night. He is a very good fighter, and I respect all that he has achieved. But I plan to crush him. It has always been my dream to win the world title, and I am just one step away. I have been waiting a very long time for this opportunity. I have had to be patient, but now my time has come.”



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye in the works

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov

A clash between IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) could be in the works for the spring of 2011. Klitschko was scheduled to defend against Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) on December 11th, but had to pull out due to an injury. The team of the Ukrainian champion now has four weeks to make a decision whether or not to reschedule that fight. In the meantime, negotiations for a Klitschko-Haye fight have already begun. If the camps come to an agreement, the fight against Chisora will be off.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Morales: My Goal is Marquez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales isn’t worried by his new opponent Francisco Lorenzo. “I’ve trained hard for this date,” he said. “I acknowledge that Lorenzo is strong and has great experience, but my boxing career will make the difference that night.”

Boxing experts and fans expect that Lorenzo will be a great test for Morales, who is campaigning for a shot at a fourth world title.

Morales continued, “My goal right now is to win this fight, but my wish is to face my compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez. It has been said that when I was in a good place we couldn’t fight, but now he is in a good place and we can make a great fight. I know that Morales-Marquez would be a great fight for the Mexicans and the world of boxing. I feel the desire to fight and if the fight can be made, I can win!”



December 15th, 2010

Feature Story

Billy Dib eyes big 2011

By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib

Australian IBF#5 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib predicts that 2011 will be his defining year in the ring after racking up an impressive unbeaten run of ten wins since losing to Steve Luevano for the WBO 126 pound title in October 2008. He has always been known as a fighter with silky boxing skills but under the guidance of new coach Billy Hussein he has developed a more aggressive style with all his six wins in 2010 coming inside the distance.

He now stands with a record of 30-1 (18 KOs) and looks to land a title shot in 2011 in a division packed with such talented champions as Yuri Gamboa (IBF), Chris John (WBA) and Juan Manuel Lopez (WBO). Against this back drop of quality this will be no easy feat but one which the 25 year old from Sydney relishes. (more…)



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Martinez-Zbik in March?

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Looks like WBC middleweight world champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez could defend his title against interim champion Sebastian Zbik in a mandatory fight to be held on March 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ‘Maravilla’ has been in Mexico City this week where he visited the WBC offices and social institutions. The champion presented the trunks and robe he used when he dethroned Kelly Pavlik to WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman for enshrinement in the WBC Hall of Fame. Martinez, who was joined in Mexico by his manager Sampson Lewkowicz, did not hide his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr., but first he has business to take care of with Zbik.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Della Rosa-Ayoub collide Friday

Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show on Friday in Rome, Italy. In the main event, Emanuele Della Rosa (24-1, 7 KOs) will fight unbeaten Nefzi Ayoub (16-0-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super welterweight title. Della Rosa has only one loss, a split decision in Germany against Sebastian Zbik for the WBC interim middleweight title.

In the co-main event former two-time WBC middleweight title challenger Domenico Spada (31-3, 15 KOs) will fight Ruslan Pojonisevs (12-12-1, 9 KOs) in a eight-rounder, middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (12-0, 3 KOs) will fight Pavel Lotahs (5-9, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti will fight Attila Makula over six rounds and lightweight Sonia Mirabelli will fight Ines Celik over four.

RAI SPORT 1 will broadcast the main event live in Italy at 22.30. For info and tickets go to www.opi2000.com.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Hopkins hits Québec City

Photos: Luc Grenier

Legendary future Hall of Famer and Two-Division World Champion Bernard Hopkins arrived in Québec City, Canada today, moving one step closer to his quest to defeat WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal and become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a prominent world title.

“This goes beyond being a champion,” Hopkins said when he arrived at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Québec City. “This is a grand opportunity. It is a situation I don’t take for granted. Saturday night you will see something unique. A 45-year-old man in a young man’s body is an amazing thing. I am here to prove that I can still compete and that I am something special.”

The age-defying, 45-year-old Hopkins will challenge Pascal THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 18, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Pascal-Hopkins undercard

Before future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins he faces WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on December 18 live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and pay-per-view in Canada, a squad of undefeated locals featuring Kevin Bizier, Michael Zewski, Pier-Olivier Cote and Eric Martel-Bahoeli, will join standout fighters including former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, highly-regarded contender Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs and unbeaten New Yorker Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin as they face off in respective bouts in front of an expected sold out arena of more than 16,000 fans at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, bringing some heat to the Great White North. If that wasn’t enough, there’s more with British heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury also appearing. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Historic PPV card in PR prison

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Boxing Promotions

A historic night will come on January 22 when PR Best Boxing Promotions presents a new edition of the series “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV” live from the Bayamón Correctional Complex 1072 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in a pay-per-view event. This will be the first time that a professional boxing event will be presented in a prison in Puerto Rico, with fight fans attending along with prisoners. PR Best Boxing Promotions is also celebrating it’s 10th aniversary in the sport. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Odlanier Solis

"This time it’s personal"

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs), a three-time world amateur champion (unbeaten at major events) and Olympic gold medalist, still undefeated as a professional hopes that his name will be shortly recognized and mentioned the same way people are talking about world champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. “In couple of days in Miami, I will beat Ray Austin. Vitali is the next in line,” said the 30-year-old Cuban residing in Miami. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Erik Morales Update

By Felipe Leon

Fightnews.com has just received confirmation from Team Morales that since Jorge Barrios can’t come out of Argentina, the new opponent for Erik Morales on Saturday in Tijuana is Dominican Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs), whose credentials include wins over world title holders Humberto Soto, Nate Campbell and Cristobal Cruz (twice). He fought Jorge Linares to a majority decision earlier this year in Linares’ native Venezuela earlier this year. Morales is looking to become the first fighter to stop Lorenzo.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Jean Pascal workout

Photos by Luc Grenier

WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal looked sharp Monday in a public workout at Place Laurier Shopping Mall in Quebec City, Canada. The young and talented Pascal will attempt to derail 45-year-old two-time former world champion Bernard Hopkins’ history-making plans to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title on Saturday at the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME in the United States at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Huck-Lebedev media workout

Photos courtesy Photo Wende

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) and undefeated mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) today participated in a media work-out in Berlin. On Saturday night, the two hard-hitting warriors will collide at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. While Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, Lebedev refused to give the fans an in-depth look into his training. “I have prepared as always,” he said. “We had sparring partners who were very similar to Huck. That will be the key to victory. Tactic and strategy will determine the winner. I am at least as strong as Huck and I will take home the title.” For more details and photos click here…



December 14th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Abner Mares

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

Bantamweight superstar Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico impressively defeated Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) via split decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds in the co-main event of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament this past Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA to claim the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title. Mares took time to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Darchinyan, his upcoming fight with Joseph Agbeko and a lot more. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Budler to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced some of the details of the tournament scheduled for January 27 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park to be headed by the IBO title fight between Hekkie Budler and Gideon Buthelezi.

In an all South African clash of champions Hekkie Budler (17-0, 5 KOs) defends his IBO junior flyweight belt against current IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (10-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Barrios unable to fight Morales?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unofficialy we have learned there is a chance that the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios will not be able to face three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales for the WBC super lightweight silver crown in the city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Apparently a judge presiding over a criminal case has refused permission for the Argentine boxer to travel abroad. The promoters of the fight are reviewing whether they can find a late replacement or if the bout should hold Morales could be postponed. A name that it has been known as a replacement for Morales could be Dominican Francisco Lorenzo. We’ll be reporting all the news on this situation.



December 14th, 2010

Preview

On top Down Under

Book review by Chris Cozzone

Go figure. Paul Upham comes out with a book celebrating great champions from Down Under, and nearly everyone featured fails to come out on top in recent bouts.

Michael Katsidis gets walloped by Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 27. On the same night, Sakio Bika loses to Andre Ward. A week or so later, Anthony Mundine gets pasted by little-known Garth Wood in what is being called one of the biggest Australian upsets ever. To top it all off, Vic Darchinyan finishes the streak of bad luck by losing to Abner Mares, last weekend . . . Click here for more



December 14th, 2010

UFC

Cruz, Jorgensen eye UFC history

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

After an improbable and world-changing 17-year run in the fight biz, the UFC is finally set to crown its first bantamweight champion. The historic honor, and a sparkling new UFC belt, will go to the winner of Thursday night’s battle between Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 in Glendale, Ariz. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC

For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Antonio Escalante Update

Photo: Javier Delgado

Popular featherweight contender Antonio Escalante (24-3, 15 KOs) is currently working with new trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston Texas. Escalante is still based in El Paso, Texas, but plans on holding his training camps in Houston.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Moreno-Parra in Panama?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There is a strong possibility that the WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his crown against former WBA flyweight world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra in Panama City on February 18. It has been known that Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, Moreno’s attorney and BoxBest promoter Carlos Gonzalez are in negotiations to close the match. Moreno apparently has had proposals from Japan and Europe but prefers to defend the crown in his native country. It would be Moreno’s third straight defense against a Venezuelan challenger after having defeated Nehomar Cermeno by split decision twice in 2010. Parra was originally slated to face Koki Kameda for the WBA regular bantamweight belt, but came in slightly over the maximum at the 30 day weigh-in and was replaced. He has since made changes to his team.



December 14th, 2010

Boxing Result

Migaki keeps OPBF 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBC#7/WBA#9 Japanese lightweight Ryuji Migaki (16-2, 12 KOs), 134.5, kept his OPBF 135-pound belt as he battered previously unbeaten compatriot prospect from Osaka, Tsukasa Takase (12-1, 7 KOs), 134.5, to the punch and finally halted him at 0:51 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing back in Denver

Boxing returns to Denver, Colorado as Airtight Boxing presents “Armed and Dangerous” at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan Colorado this Friday, December 17th. The main event features the return of Rob Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) as he looks to end a nearly two year layoff as he takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas. Although Guereca was stopped in his last fight, he nearly upset highly regarded Joseph Gomez in a fight in November of last year, losing a split decision. In the co-main event Juan Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) and Donaldo Holguin (8-2, 3 KOs) fight for the WBC Latino Light welterweight title. In the first meeting Santiago scored won the title with a tenth round knockout, six months ago. Still, Holguin has a victory over former prospect Anthony Mora, and he is promising to rebound from the upset loss and capture the WBC belt Friday night. Red & Jerry’s is at 1840 W Oxford Ave in Sheridan, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first fight at 7:30. Call 720-298-1954 for ticket information.



December 14th, 2010

Feature Story

Antonio DeMarco Update

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon

On February 26th of next year, former WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis will take on fellow Mexican Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver lightweight title at a site to be determined.

The southpaw DeMarco challenged the late Edwin Valero for the full fledged version in February of this year but came up short when he retired on his stool after nine rounds. After bouncing back with a spectacular second round one punch KO of the battle tested Daniel Attah, DeMarco once again stands on the cusp of much bigger things for 2011 but first he must challenge for the title he already held. (more…)



December 14th, 2010

Boxing News

New foe for Salita

Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1, 16 KOs) will now face veteran James Wayka (16-9-1, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The original opponent was supposed to be former world champion Mike Achondo, who was said to have pulled out sick. The Salita-Wayka fight is currently scheduled for eight rounds but their hope is the commission will approve the bout for ten so that the IBA welterweight title can still be fought for as originally scheduled with Salita-Achondo.



December 13th, 2010




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