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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Garcia to face Soto

WBO interim light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (14-1-1, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against Omar “Pastor” Soto (15-6-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in Campeche, Mexico. The fight will be the co-feature on the Top Rank/Zanfer card headlined by Mexican boxing and reality show superstar Jorge “Travieso” Arce against Adolfo Ramos. Arce is taking aim at WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. next year. Also on the card is an excellent super featherweight clash between Joksan “Torito” Hernandez and dangerous Jorge Lacierva, plus Son of the Legend, Omar “Businessman” Chavez seeing action. The event will be televised on FOX Deportes in the US and TV Azteca in Mexico.



December 15th, 2010



UFC

WEC at the scales

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

From Glendale, Ariz., for tomorrow night’s WEC card live on VERSUS:

Main Event – WEC Lightweight Championship
Ben Henderson 155 vs Anthony Pettis 154.5

WEC Bantamweight Championship (Winner will be crowned UFC Champion)
Dominick Cruz 134.5 vs Scott Jorgensen 135

Donald Cerrone 155 vs Chris Horodecki 155
Bart Palaszewski 156 vs Kamal Shalorus 156
Tiequan Zhang 155.5 vs Danny Downes 154.5
Jamie Varner 156 vs Shane Roller 155
Brad Pickett 136 vs Ivan Menjivar 135
Eddie Wineland 136 vs Ken Stone 135
Danny Castillo 155.5 vs Will Kerr 155
Ricardo Lamas 156 vs Yuri Alcantara 154.5
Renan Barao 136 vs Chris Cariaso 136

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



December 15th, 2010

Scale Watch

Battle in the Ballroom Weights

Artur Bernestyan 139.4 vs Demetrio Soto 138.9
Quadrine Hill 226 vs Enrique Lobatos 265.6
Terrell Hendrix 174.8 vs Ryan Davis 174.3
Ricardo Garcia 136.1 vs Mauel Sanchez 139.9
Marcus Robinson vs Alfredo Rivera (weigh in Thurs AM)
Venue: Irvine Marriott, Irvine, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht
Note: Only 100 tickets remain and fans can call the Irvine Marriott at 949-553-0100 after 9am for tickets.



December 15th, 2010

Feature Story

Pascal-Hopkins erupts!!!

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Today’s Pascal-Hopkins press conference from Quebec City Hall included some surprises. Aside from Santa showing up, the usually verbose Bernard Hopkins limited his press conference statements to three words, Jean Pascal refused to translate his remarks into English because “in this town, we speak French,” and an intense scuffle broke out when Hopkins refused to hand over Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight belt to the champ.

The fighters then exchanged exchange words. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME® in the United States and on pay-per-view in Canada. (more…)



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Solis-Austin presser

Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP

Although there is a serious cold wave hitting Miami right now, the talk at the final press conference today at Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Café heated up before Friday’s Don King Productions world championship boxing card at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Don King hosted the press conference promoting a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout he is presenting with Arena Sportspromotion between 2004 Olympic gold medalist and now undefeated Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against WBC No. 1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs). The winner earns the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Photos: Pascal-Hopkins Presser

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

First images from the Pascal-Hopkins final press conference which took place at Quebec City Hall on Wednesday. More photos…



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Cloud-Zuniga IBF officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Florida referee Telis Assimenio will be the third man in the ring when IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) and challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs) meet in the Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Friday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Peter Trematerra (Florida) and Michael Pernick (Florida). The fight supervisor is William James.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing 360 inks Berrio

Colombian power puncher Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, former IBF super middleweight champion, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing 360 and proved how serious he is about recharging his career that he moved to New York City. “We’re excited to have Alejandro Berrio onboard,” Boxing 360 Founder and CEO Mario Yagobi said. “We’re going to have him campaign as a super middleweight and he’ll be fighting for the first time under our banner January 13 in Oklahoma.” Berrio (31-5, 28 KOs), who stopped previously unbeaten and present WBO titlist Robert Stieglitz 3 ½ years ago to capture the IBF crown, now lives in Queens and trains in the Bronx.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Walters-Munguia clash in Colon

By Robert Coster

Promising Panama-based Jamaican featherweight WBA #12/WBO #13 Nicholas Walters (16-0, 13 KOs) duels with former title contender Gonzalo Munguia (17-7-1, 13 KOs) Saturday night at the Melia Hotel in Colon, Panama. Walters, who has been adopted by local fans, is taking a step up against Munguia, a tough scrapper from Nicaragua whose last fight was for the WBO world title in Puerto Rico against Roman Martinez. “We expect a tough fight from Munguia, a world class boxer,” says Walter’s manager Jacques Deschamps, “but we want to move Nicholas ahead this year and every fight from now on has to be meaningful in terms of his career progress.” The boxing card in Colon is the last one of the year presented by Premium Boxing Promotions. At stake will be Walters’ WBA Fedelatin title headlining a nine-bout card that will also feature Haitian Jr welterweight prospect Evens Pierre and neo-pros Eric Walters (brother of Nicholas) and Venezuelan Luis Valero(brother of Edwin Valero).



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Simon to have surgery

By Rick Scharmberg

According to his manager Dave Escalet, former world title challenger Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) suffered a broken bone above the middle finger on his left hand during his split-decision upset loss to Dionisio “Mr. Nocaut” Miranda (21-6-2, 18 KOs) on December 3 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “They will be placing pins to hold the broken bone in place. He will be operated on Thursday and will resume training in 6 to 8 weeks. This occurred during the seventh round of the fight in his split decision loss to Miranda,” said Escalet.



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Krasniqi-Banks kickoff presser

NABF Champion Johnathon Banks and former European Champion Luan Krasniqi participated yesterday in a press conference to announce their upcoming fight on February 26 at Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The winner of this heavyweight matchup will move a step closer of getting a world title opportunity.

Johnathon Banks, 25-1-1 with 17 KOs, is rated #7 in the world by the WBC and #8 by the IBF. Banks won the NABF title in March 2010 with a dramatic 6th round KO of Travis Walker in the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf. This victory was voted KO of the year by the NABF and he has since defended the NABF title twice. Banks has built up a large fan base in Germany as his second home, and is one of the main training partners of IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)



December 15th, 2010

Boxing News

Huck-Lebedev final presser

Photos: Photo Wende

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck had a special present for his opponent at today’s final press conference in Berlin. The 26-year-old gave mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev a plastic belt. “It’s Christmas time and I don’t want you to leave Berlin empty-handed,” Huck said to the stunned Russian. “This belt is for you. The real belt will stay here. You will never get it.”

On December 18th, the two hard-hitting cruiserweights will lock horns at Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle. While Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) has already made four successful title defenses, Lebedev rides a perfect record of 21-0 with 16 KOs into the biggest fight of his life. “I am no big talker, I will show my power inside the ring,” was all he said on the podium today. His coach Valery Belov added: “We are not scared of anybody or anything and we are prepared for a big challenge on Saturday night.” (more…)



December 15th, 2010

Feature Story

Morales eying Mexican legacy

Story & photos by Felipe Leon

The three time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) has one goal and one goal only, to be the first Mexican born fighter to win four titles in as many divisions. Nothing more, nothing less.

Morales, of Tijuana, Mexico, had his first opportunity for the fourth world title in ’07 but fell short to David Diaz via a unanimous decision. After a two year hiatus, Morales announced his comeback with a win over former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in last March and then captured the WBC Silver light welterweight title against Willie Limond six months later. Originally slated to face former super featherweight champion Jorge “Hiena” Barrios this Saturday night in his hometown, Morales must now face late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs) of Irvington, New Jersey, by way of the Dominican Republic . . . Click here for more



December 15th, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

WEC is LIVE on VERSUS Dec. 16!

Relive the best fights of 2010 on UFC On Demand: Including Sotiropoulos vs Stevenson, Munoz vs Grove, Leben vs Akiyama and Fight of the Year candidate Garcia vs Jung, and for a limited time experience these fights at only 99 cents each! To see if your cable provider has UFC On Demand, visit ufcondemand.com



December 15th, 2010

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




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