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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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Boxing Result

Yashiro barely keeps belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten southpaw, WBC#14/WBA#13 Yoshimitsu Yashiro (21-0-2, 12 KOs), 129.75, very barely kept his Japanese national super-feather belt as he survived a couple of visits to the deck and desperately dominated the last two sessions down the stretch to be awarded a split draw (95-95, 94-94 and 94-96 against him) with mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (15-2-1, 13 KOs), 130, over furiously hard-fought ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



January 17th, 2009



Boxing News

More on Cruz-Miranda!

Olympian Russell breaks opponent's jaw
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Featherweight Orlando Cruz remained undefeated Friday night with a devastating fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Leonilo Miranda on ShoBox: The New Generation. Cruz improved to 16-0-1 while Miranda fell to 24-1. The tripleheader on SHOWTIME began with an impressive performance from 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. Making his professional debut, the talented 126-pounder defeated Antonio Reyes by TKO at 0:21 of the third round. In the second fight of the telecast, Marvin Quintero out-performed Nick Casal, who threw the towel in after the third round. The event, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, took place at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla. (more…)



January 17th, 2009

Announcement

Ali to make debut tonight

Amateur sensation Sadam Ali is set to make his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night in Biloxi, Mississippi on the under card of the Berto-Collazo World Championship fight.  Fans are in for an extra treat in Biloxi as the energetic and extremely talented fighter sets out to make his mark as a pro boxer.  “We are happy to add Olympian Sadam Ali to our Saturday night show at the Beau Rivage,” said show promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment.  “It should be a great fight.”

(more…)



January 17th, 2009

UFC

How Franklin got his groove back

UFC 93 on PAY-PER-VIEW TONIGHT!

Putting on 20 pounds is usually a cause for concern. In Rich Franklin’s case, it may have given his career a new spark after losing twice to Anderson Silva .  . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Pozo regains Euro title!

Watch the show live online free.

Former European flyweight champion Ivan Pozo (30-5-1, 19 KOs) regained the vacant belt with an eight round  technical decision over Cristophe Rodrigues (15-15-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Pabellon As Travesas inVigo, Spain. After six competitive rounds, the fighters clashed heads in the seventh cutting Vigo over the eye. Vigo’s corner was unable to stop the blood and after round eight the bout was stopped and sent to the scorecards.  Pozo will next face Andrea Sarritzu of Italy. The card was the first of 2009 for Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000.



January 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz KOs Miranda!

Night of knockouts in Oklahoma

Undefeated featherweight Orlando Cruz (16-0-1, 7 KOs) scored an explosive one-punch fifth round knockout of world rated previously unbeaten KO artist Leonilo Miranda (24-1, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The favored Miranda pressed the action early and showed great power during a huge round three. Southpaw Cruz, however, weathered that storm and two rounds later he ended the fight with a punishing straight left hand that leveled Miranda for the count. Time was :39. Miranda is rated #5 by the WBA and #8 by the WBC.
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In a brutal and highly entertaining fight, lightweight Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) outslugged Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) during three violent rounds. Casal opted to stay on his stool after round three. Very impressive performance by Quintero.
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2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. successfully made his pro debut with a third round TKO over  Antonio Reyes (3-3) in a 126-pound match. Russell looked good as he dropped Reyes in round two, and referee Steve Smogar stopped the fight 21 seconds into round three.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward to face Buchanan 2/6!

One day before Vic Darchinyan risks his IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight belts against former world champion Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward will defend his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry Buchanan on Friday, Feb. 6, on ShoBox The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The ShoBox event, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will originate from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Hernandez stuns McGirt Jr!

Former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs) won an upset unanimous decision over James McGirt Jr (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight bout on Friday night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Hernandez pressured the busier McGirt throughout the bout and was awarded with a 96-94, 96-94, 96-95 win. The bout was originally announced as a majority decision, due to a mistake in the addition on one of the cards. The McGirt camp was furious with the scoring.
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In the main event, jr middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-2-1, 10 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late sub Germaine Sanders (27-7, 17 KOs). Scores were 100-90 on all cards. Alvbert was originally slated to face ex-world champion Carlos Quintana.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Morrison returns January 31!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs) will be back in action on January 31 when he clashes with Corey Williams (7-9-2, 4 KOs) at the Albany Fair Grounds in Laramie, Wyoming. Also boxing on the undercard will be Mia St John (45-9-2, 18 KOs) who will meet Veronica Mahling (2-2, 2 KOs) in a exhibition bout. St John, 40 years of age, born Mia Rosales, resides in Oxnard, California. Morrison won the WBO heavyweight title by outpointing George Foreman in 1993. He is scheduled to be in Melbourne, Australia on April 17 for KO to Aids Fundraiser which is being organised by Australian promoter Peter Maniatis.



January 16th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell wants Hatton!

By Flattop

IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell is ready to move up to 140 pounds and challenge Ricky Hatton if the “Hitman” doesn’t come to terms with Manny Pacquaio. Having read FightNews for the past two weeks regarding the financial squabbling between the Pacquaio and Hatton camps, Campbell has released the following exclusive statement:

“I have been following the little drama between Hatton and Pac regarding their money dispute. Negotiating is one thing, but it should have at least some appearance of common sense. So I don’t blame Ricky one bit if he dumps that fight. And I hear his pops has a deal for a fight in the British Isles or something in the summer already lined up. Well let me just say this. If they can wait till after Feb 28 to make a decision about their opponent, then I hope they will keep my name in the mix. Its no secret that I am pulling for Marquez in his fight with Diaz on Feb 28, because I think there’s a legitimate chance of making a fight between me and Juan Manuel. Its also no secret that I truly believe that Willie Savannah will never put Juan Diaz anywhere near me again, regardless of whatever junk he says to the media. So if Diaz happens to pull off a win on Feb 28, then I will have some free time before my WBO mandatory (with Barrera or whoever) is due, and would be more than happy to come up and fight Ricky at 140 in England, the British Isles, or even at his momma’s house. And I understand and respect Hatton’s drawing power in the UK, and I never make negotiations a problem. Not to mention, it would be a helluva fight. So to Ricky I would say that if you end up dumping the Pac fight, then Hatton – Campbell is a pretty good bad Plan B. And before 100 people email me about how I am overlooking my fight with Funeka, well that’s just not true. I am preparing for Funeka as if my entire career is on the line, because it is, and because Funeka and the fans deserve that of me. But that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t take a minute or two here and there to think about what lies ahead.”

Nate Campbell
IBF/WBO Lightweight Champion



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Mexicali!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

Jose Luis Castillo 146 vs James Wayca 147
Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales 134.5 vs Ricardo Dominguez 134.5
Giovanny Ruso Caro 122 vs Carlos Salado Yañez 121.5
(Mexican super bantamweight title)
Jesus Kalaka Navarro 118 vs Enrique Armenta 118
Jose “Negro” Ramirez 130 vs Omar Soriano 130
Venue: Palenque Del Fex, Mexicali, BC
Promoter: Zanfer/Hurtado Promotions
TV: Azteca America, TV Azteca



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Berto, Collazo make weight!

By Damien St. Pierre at the scale

Andre Berto 145.8 vs Luis Collazo 145.6
(WBC welterweight championship)
Edwin Rodriguez 167 vs Brad Austin 167
Wes Ferguson 138 vs Derrick Moon 136.5
(Contract weight 137, no reweighs agreement was made)
Tor Hamer 223 vs Darien Moss 224
Sadam Ali 143 vs Ricky Thompson 144.5
Richmond Dalphone 165.4 vs Jonathon Nelson 164
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DeBella Entertainment
TV: HBO



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda plans big 2009!

It was just like old times Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, as super middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda showed off his fearsome power once again as he knocked out Manuel Esparza in the third round on the “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” event.”Since my loss to Abraham, my economy has suffered like the US economy. I plan to fix my economy and the US economy starting with this knockout,” said Miranda, during the press conference. “This is just the beginning for me,” said Miranda, who was fighting for the first time since his rematch with Arthur Abraham last June. “I’ve learned how to take care of my body properly between fights, and now I feel sorry for anyone who steps into the ring with me in 2009 and in the coming years.” (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Scale Watch

UFC 93 at the scales

UFC 93 on PAY-PER-VIEW TOMORROW

From the O2 Dublin in Dublin, Ireland:
Rich Franklin 203 vs Dan Henderson 202
Mark Coleman 206 vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 205
Jeremy Horn 185 vs Rousimar Palhares 184
Alan Belcher 186 vs Denis Kang 184
Marcus Davis 169 vs Chris Lytle 171
Alexandre Barros 170 vs Martin Kampmann 168
Antonio Mendes 204 vs Eric Schafer 205
Ivan Serati 204 vs Tomasz Drwal 203
John Hathaway 171 vs Tom Egan 169
Dennis Siver 155 vs Nate Mohr 156

 

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

DKP tripleheader site found!

BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida

The BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida will host pro boxing for the first time when Don King Productions presents a world championship card at the South Florida venue on February 14. Promoter Don King has dubbed the event “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” featuring WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell risking his crowns against IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali Funeka and former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga meeting undefeated #3-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo to determine the WBC’s #1-ranked mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit; and another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will take on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron. King said he plans to have 10 fights or more on the card. Ticket prices and full event information will be announced next week. The BankAtlantic Center is the home arena for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back on Long Island!

Pro boxing returns January 23 to Long Island’s Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville, New York. The The card is presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions and Frankie G Productions. headliner is an eight-round New York State welterweight title fight between Long Island favorite Mike Ruiz (8-2, 5 KOs) and Daniel Sostre (7-3, 3 KOs). Middleweight George Walton (19-3, 12 KOs) meets unbeaten Jose Angel Rodriquez (12-0-1, 2 KOs) for the New York State middleweight crown in the eight-round co-feature. Also seeing action is light middleweight Tommy Rainone (12-2, 4 KOs), light heavyweight and 3-time National Golden Gloves champion Will Rosinsky. Tickets are $100, $75 and $40. Call 516-313-2304.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Margarito-Mosley near sellout!

Over 17,000 tickets have been sold for Margarito vs. Mosley for Saturday, January 24 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. There are about 600 upper balcony seats remaining. Top Rank and Golden Boy are promoting. HBO will televise.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Valero-Pitalua Purse Bid!

Maldonado to promote WBC title clash

Promociones Deportivas won the right to promote the WBC lightweight world title fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua at a purse bid that has just been held at this WBC head office in Mexico City. Taking part at the bid were Golden Boy Promotions, OPI2000 (Salvatore Cherchi) and Promociones Deportivas (Ricardo Maldonado). The offer from Ricardo Maldonado was $211,000 (USD), Cherchi’s offer was $197,777 and Golden Boy offered $151,000.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Barrera-Khan site named!

Clash lands at M.E.N. Arena in Manchester

The blockbuster showdown between Marco Antonio Barrera and Amir Khan will take place at The Manchester Evening News Arena on March 14th. Promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced that Khan would face the seven times, three weight, world champion, and today confirmed that the 20,000 seat venue will host the epic fight. Khan aims to exorcise his demons at the M.E.N Arena – where he suffered his first professional loss last September to Breidis Prescott – by beating the Mexcian legend and thrusting himself back into the elite fighters of the lightweight division. (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Alekseev, Ramirez make weight!

WBO cruiserweight interim title clash
Photo: Marianne Müller

Photo: Marianne Müller

Alexander Alekseev 198.8 vs Victor Emilio Ramirez 198.6
(WBO interim cruiserweight championship)
Ina Menzer 125.6 vs Esther Schouten 125.8
(WIBF & WBC featherweight world championship)
Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs Javier Alberto Mamani 159.6
Markus Tomala 225.9 vs Liviu Ungureanu 216
Arthur Matern 153.8 vs Alexandru Stangaciu 145.5
Magomed Jangubaev 134.9 vs Sento Martinez 137.7
Venue: Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)

Photo: Marianne Müller

Photo: Marianne Müller

Notes: The referee for the Alekseev-Ramirez WBO title bout will be Joe Cortez (USA). Judges are Manfred Küchler (GER), Fernando Laguna-Yenes (SPA), Andrew Smale (RSA). WBO supervisor is Luis Batista Salas (PUR). The referee for Menzer-Schouten will be Daniel van de Wiele (BEL). Judges are Jürgen Langos (GER), Andrew Smale (RSA) and Roger Tilleman (BEL). WIBF/WBC supervisors are Arthur Ellensohn (GER) and Edmund Lipinski (RUS).



January 16th, 2009

Feature Story

No easy fight

Margarito, Mosley promise victory—and a tough fight

Story by Chris Cozzone

One week away from their showdown, next Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, welterweight kingpin Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) and former champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) have two things in common.

They both predict a tough fight next week, and they both expect to win . . . Click here for more



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Sylvester switches trainers!

New year, new coach, new challenge: Sebastian Sylvester has big plans for 2009. After dropping a points decision against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in November, the Hurricane decided to make a change. In 2009 he will not continue to work with the Viking Box-Team of manager Winfried Spiering and coach Hartmut Schroder. From the end of January on, he will work out in Berlin-Marzahn under the guidance of Karsten Rower. The new coach has been under contract with Sauerland Event since November 2008 and shall lead the ex-champion back to former glory. “Without a doubt this is a very important step in my career,” Sylvester said. “After all the years with Winne Spiering and Hartmut Schroder this decision did not come easily. But after giving it a deliberate thought, I decided that this is the right move for me.” (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Hussein: Vic won’t get touched!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

According to sparring partners Hussein Hussein and Lenny Zappavigna, WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) will be too strong for Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) when they clash on February 7th in Anaheim, California. “He certainly does feel a lot stronger and quicker,” said Australia’s unbeaten IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight champion Zappavigna. Darchinyan’s stablemate Hussein Hussein, who lost two memorable fights against Arce, was confident his friend would overcome the Mexican, provided he didn’t get involved in a slugfest “You don’t want to get into trading punches with Arce, because he loves that and he’s a busy fighter and he can punch, but if Vic gets the distance like he did against Mijares, he won’t get touched.”



January 16th, 2009

Interview

Travieso’s tirade!

Arce promises a KO over Darchinyan!

Interview by Felipe Leon

Since the announcement of the mega fight between WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) and undisputed 115-pound king Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KsO), most of the verbal barbs have been delivered, non surprisingly, by the latter. Arce, for the most part, has been taking the high road, not sharing his now-famous, eloquent counter attacks for Darchinyan’s insults and boasts.

Until now . . . . Click here for exclusive interview



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Update!

The Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight has been saved by promoter Bob Arum after a disagreement over the purse split put the proposed May 2 bout in jeopardy. “There was a lot of confusion about why we did 50-50 but everyone now understands why this is a good deal,” Arum told the Manchester Evening News. “This thing is going to happen. Earlier in the week it was in disarray, now everything is back in order.”



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Taylor: Mundine’s in trouble!

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

World rated middleweight Shannan Taylor ( 48-6-3, 34 KOs) is ready to cause a major upset in defeating former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) when they clash on February 11 at the Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. “To me this is a title fight,” said Taylor. “Mentally it’s a title fight. I’m preparing my body for war. I’m more focused than I have ever been in my whole life. When I want something I can do anything. Right now I want something. Guess what? I want Mundine. He’s in trouble. I’ve known Choc since his football days. He talks like an idiot in the press but I am always first to defend the guy. I don’t want him to disrespect me. I got so much respect for him, which is why I am doing 5AM runs when I know he is sleeping in. If Choc thinks this ain’t a fight, he’ll wake up the next day crying over his cornflakes.”



January 16th, 2009

UFC

Lytle no stereotype!

UFC 93 on PAY-PER-VIEW SATURDAY

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Stereotypes are difficult to overcome because often times, a good number of the stereotyped personify the stereotype. To the untrained eye, mixed martial artists are little more than shirtless barbarians who fight in a cage and beat each other to a pulp . . . Click here for more

TOMORROW NIGHT: Franklin vs. Henderson: Click here for more



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Pozo vs Rodrigues for Euro title!

Watch the show live online free.

Tonight Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000 will promote the first show of 2009 from Vigo, Spain. In the main event former European champion Ivan Pozo 29-5-1, 19 KOs will fight French Christophe Rodrigues 15-14-3, 2 KOs for the vacant European flyweight championship. The winner will face Andrea Sarritzu of Italy. On the undercard will fight former European super featherweight champion and mandatory challenger Leva Kirakosyan 28-5, 19 KOs. The show will be broadcast in live streaming worldwide on www.streamit.it (channel 9), starting at 10 PM Spanish time (4:00 P.M. Eastern-time in the United States).



January 16th, 2009

Column

South African Roundup!

By Ron Jackson

The finals of the Baby Champs are to be held at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria on Friday with every division from strawweight to heavyweight being contested. Boxers took part in a series of elimination bouts in various regions around the country to qualify. Two favourites in the super middleweight division are Giovanni Bushby of East London a former kick boxer and Charles Oosthuizen from Boksburg. The Eastern Cape contingents are confident that fighters like Wele Yokose, Thabo Sonjica, Lusanda Komanisi and Xabiso Gola could be among the championship winners.
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It has been announced that promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions, Stan Christodoulou and Brian Mitchell have formed a tripartite agreement for the purpose of re-establishing the World Boxing Association as a force in South African boxing.
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Golden Gloves Promotions in conjunction with two other promoters have there first tournament of 2009 on February 14 in San Quentin, France, when Phillip Ndou makes his return to the ring after an absence of three years, as a junior welterweight against an opponent still to be named. This will be on the undercard when Christobal Cruz of Mexico defends his IBF featherweight belt against Cyril Thomas.
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Another Golden Gloves fighter Thomas Mashaba challenges Fernando Beltran of Mexico for the IBO featherweight belt on March 20 in the US on a Banner Promotions tournament. Golden Gloves have an affiliation with Art Pellulo of Banner Promotions.
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Then on March 21 Golden Gloves have there first promotion of the year in South Africa when Zolani Marali will challenge for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt against an opponent still to be named, at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. On the same card Hekkie Budler and Charity Mukondeleli meet for the vacant African Boxing Union junior flyweight title.
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Meanwhile the 35-year-old former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana could have another crack at the IBF junior lightweight belt. Fana who won the IBF belt when he beat Malcolm Klassen and then lost the belt to Cassius Baloyi could possibly meet the winner of the scheduled April clash between Klassen and Baloyi. However, Fana who is rated at number four by the IBF could possibly be asked to fight in an eliminator to meet the winner between Klassen and Baloyi.
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Kaizer Mabuza is scheduled to make the first defence of his  SA junior welterweight title against Mzukisi Mgidi in East London on January 23. Mabuza won the title when he upset Samuel Malinga in Bloemfontein in October last year. Mgidi from East London has a reported record of 18-1-2.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Hill stays unbeaten!

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Photo: Peter Lim

By Peter Lim at ringside

Texas heavyweight champion Eugene Hill raised his record to 16-0 (14 KOs) by knocking out Clinton Boldridge (8-13-1 (6 KOs) in the third round at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Hill scored a knockdown at the end of the second round, and two more in the third. Super featherweights Crystal Delgado, 8-0(1 KO), and Michelle Nielsen, 8-4-1 (2 KOs), engaged in a six-round slugfest that ignited the near-capacity crowd. Both women fought in the phone booth and threw punches nonstop throughout. Delgado, a southpaw, scored a knockdown in the third round with straight left and was rewarded with a unanimous decision at the end. Sharp-shooting light heavyweight Alfonso Lopez, 11-0 (9 KOs) looked impressive in stopping James Johnson, 23-32 (13 KOs), in the fifth round. Junior middleweight Omar Henry, 2-0 (2 KOs), clobbered Justin Davis, 1-6 (1 KO), into submission in just 54 seconds. Heavyweight Willie Edwards stopped Joey Crawford, 0-1, in three rounds. Theo Kruger and Maurenzo Smith fought to a six round draw in a heavyweight bout. the event was staged by Rock Solid Promotions.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Alekseev Düsseldorf Workout!

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Photos: Marianne Müller

A few days before his clash for the vacant WBO interim world cruiserweight championship, unbeaten Alexander Alekseev looked sharp in a public workout for fight fans at the Autohaus Clemens in Düsseldorf. Alekseev will face Victor Emilio Ramirez on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter Castello. Also working out for the fans were double women’s featherweight champion Ina Menzer, her opponent Esther Schouten, and local favorite Markus Tomala. Trainers Fritz Sdunek, Michael Timm and Dirk Dzimski were on hand to put their fighters through the paces.

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January 16th, 2009

Exclusive

Powell, Miranda Photo Gallery!

See the Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock!

Photos: Javiel Centeno

We are introducing a new style of photo gallery. Below are action shots from last night’s spectacular Seminole Warriors Boxing card featuring Sechew Powell and Edison Miranda at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Simply click the picture.



January 16th, 2009

UFC

WEC hits Texas Mar. 1!

World Extreme Cagefighting® is heading to Texas – and it’s bringing two title matches to the Lone Star state. WEC® is proud to announce the main event and the co-main event for WEC: Brown vs. Garcia, featuring WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown making his first title defense against No. 1 contender Leonard Garcia and WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit once again facing the dangerous Brock Larson live from the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi on Sunday, March 1, 2009 . . . Click here for more



January 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda, Cruz make weight!

ShoBox kicks off 2009 with tripleheader

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Two talented fighters with a combined record of 39-0-1 will collide when Leonilo Miranda (24-0, 23 KOs), of Mexico, faces Orlando Cruz (15-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico in the main event tomorrow/Jan. 16, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The featherweight 10-rounder is one of three fights on the ShoBox telecast. In the others from the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla., Marvin Quintero (14-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico will be opposed by ShoBox alum Nick Casal (18-3-1, 14 KOs) of Chicago in an eight-round lightweight bout and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. makes his pro debut against Antonio Reyes (3-2) of Dallas in a four-round 26-pound match. NOTE: THURSDAY’S WEIGHTS – Miranda and Cruz weighed 127 pounds; Quintero and Casal weighed 131.5 pounds; Russell tipped the scale at 127, Reyes 125. (more…)



January 15th, 2009

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Clottey responds to Cintron!

Says champ: ‘Your fear is stronger than your desire!’

By Flattop

Upon hearing that his mandatory challenger, Kermit Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs), has passed on fighting him, IBF Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs) has issued the following exclusive statement to Fightnews:

I am disappointed to hear that Kermit Cintron will not fight me. It is the second time he has avoided facing me in the ring, and it is something I cannot comprehend. To be given the opportunity to fight for a world championship and to say “no” means that his fear is stronger than his desire. I have always kept my desire, my hunger. I have always been ready to fight any opponent who is put in front of me. I come from a proud tradition of boxers from Ghana. Men like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Like them, I am a warrior. And I will defend my title against any man. Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Andre Berto, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao—I will face them one at a time and I will still be champion. If these fighters want to call themselves the best, and if they want the fans to believe they are the best, then they should stand up and meet me in the ring. For myself and for my homeland, I will be ready to defend my title.”

Joshua Clottey, IBF welterweight champion



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