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Over the last five years UFC President Dana White has listened intently as fans spoke about the kind of web site they want. About how the site should look, and what it should do. Some of these conversations took place in restaurants and on sidewalks, others on the arena floor and at Q&As. Others through text, Twitter and email. But no matter where, or how, the message was communicated, he heard it and shared the concepts with the team at the UFC.
By Brian Grammer
Photo: Bob Barton
At Wednesday’s final press conference for the “Gateway to Greatness” card, promoter Don King could not give enough accolades about the young, undefeated champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs).
“What this is doing for Devon is moving him from ‘Greatness’ to even greater ‘Greatness,'” King professed. Alexander, who fought on previous Don King cards under former headliner and current junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs), is now the main event that everyone sees as a future superstar. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek has reeled off some good wins since moving to heavyweight. However Michael Grant, whom he faces August 21 on pay-per-view isn’t impressed. “Everyone’s talking about how he’s slick and all that,” said Grant today. “I don’t see it! All I can see is that he’ll run around. When he comes against punching power, that man is running…it’s speed, combinations, consistency and pressure that will that will basically lead me to being victorious over Adamek.” (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In what has become a true middleweight grudge match, the pound-for-pound best in the world Anderson “The Spider” Silva will look to rebound from his lackluster performance in April against challenger Chael Sonnen . . . Click here for more
Final details have been announced for ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Headlining is a ten round welterweight showdown between hard punching Columbian banger Breidis Prescott and Dominican veteran Harrison Cuello. The 27 year old Prescott (22-2, 19 KOs) is coming off a third round knockout of Jason Davis on May 15th at New York City ’s Madison Square Garden. He is best known for his spectacular first round knockout of current world champion Amir Khan on September 6, 2008 at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photos by Pete Susens
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, layer Robert Shapiro and Wild Card’s Freddie Roach talk boxing at Roach’s Hollywood boxing gym on Wednesday. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Photo by Team Guerrero
Fernando Guerrero is a rising figure in the middleweight division, ranked in three organizations (WBO #5, IBF #12,WBC #13). In his last fight, a decision over tough, iron-jawed Ishe Smith, Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) won the NABO title. Manager Hal Chernoff said, “The most impressive thing about Fernando is not only his skills or power, it is his dedication, the hard work he puts in and the will to learn and improve with every fight. I have never encountered such determination and focus.” Fightnews caught up with Fernando Guerrero, a congenial and intelligent young man, on a vacation to his native Dominican Republic to discuss his career and plans for the future. (more…)
WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will make his decisive Group Stage 3 Super Six World Boxing Classic fight in Herning, Denmark. The Viking Warrior will take on Allan Green on September 25 th as both men need nothing but a victory to secure passage to the semi-finals. The fight will serve as the grand opening of the newly-built state-of-the art MCH Multiarena Herning, the first multi-functional arena in Denmark. A sell-out crowd of 13,500 fans is expected to raise the roof. “This will be a very special evening for boxing fans in Denmark and all over the world,” Kalle Sauerland said. “The stakes have never been higher. It is not just Mikkels WBC belt that is on the line but he also needs a victory to progress in the Super Six tournament. Allan Green is very dangerous but with a sell-out crowd behind him Mikkel will make his country proud and knock him out.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Roy Englebrecht returns to the Marriott Hotel in Irvine tonight, promoting what he calls “the biggest fight card ever.” Headlining another edition of the “Battle in the Ballroom” series will be unbeaten Heavyweight Joe Hanks (13-0, 9 KO’s) taking on hard-hitting Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KO‘s) in a six round bout. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week we’ve got WBA Super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the studio as special co-host. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell has completed a rigorous rehabilitation program to correct a condition known as Piriformis Syndrome. The condition caused pinching of the sciatic nerve, which severely limited Campbell’s movement in recent fights. “It was like I had cement around my waist, I couldn’t turn, I couldn’t plant my feet,” explained Campbell. “I feel better than I have in 5 years, and the increased flexibility that I now have will allow me to do some of the things in camp that I haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years, so I can make 135 again no problem.” Campbell’s rehabilitation program was overseen by Dr. Adam Brunson MD, of Carillon Sports Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, and includes stretching routines that the fighter will incorporate into future training camps. “I’m good now, and I just want the opportunity to show everyone that I’m not shot, and I didn’t get old,” said an excited Campbell. “I have plenty of fight left in me. I really want to go back to 135 now and get my titles back. Any of those cats can get it. Soto, Katsidis, the Guerrero kid that just beat Casa (Casamayor), Diaz, any of them. They can all get it. Based on my last few showings, I know I need to knock off a Guerrero or a Katsidis before I let Marquez’ name come out of my mouth, and that’s ok. I got no problem showing everyone that I’m back. All it takes is for one of these cats to have the stones to fight me. And don’t rule out my eventual return to 140. But for now, I can make 135, I can beat anybody at 135, and that’s where I want to be.”
Photo by Bob Barton
The final press conference was held on Wednesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis promoting Don King’s world championship tripleheader, and a fourth championship match, on Saturday. Hometown hero and unified World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) will be challenged by former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), from Lviv, Ukraine, and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will meet former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs), a Jamaican now of Miami. (more…)
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was so impressed by undefeated World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation unified world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” after he visited Rams training camp today, he arranged a special team bus trip to see Alexander’s title defense live on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “I have a great deal of respect for what boxers go through to prepare for a fight,” Spagnuolo said. “Devon is a local talent and it was important for us that he knows the entire Rams organization is behind him and wish him the best Saturday night.” (more…)
For the first time in five years, tomorrow starting at 12 Noon ET, the official Ultimate Fighting Championship® web site UFC.com will fade to black, as it prepares for the moment when it will officially relaunch. (more…)
Continuing to set the gold standard across all forms of entertainment, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® leaps into the world of weekly web shows with the “UFC® Ultimate Insider™”, which airs this Thursday, August 5th at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET on UFC.com. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Photo by Bob Barton
“It’s going to be a devastating performance!,” exclaimed Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), when asked at today’s press conference how he was going to defeat Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) at “Gateway to Greatness”, the Don King Promotions event to be held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. Kotelnik responded to Alexander’s declaration by stating that, “I have a big surprise for him.”
Don King, when asked about the significance of Alexander’s title defense in St. Louis, explained it as “historic”. “Both U. S. Senators from Missouri will be here. The Governor will be here. I haven’t seen this kind of show of support for a fighter since Ali.”
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC light heavyweight fighter Rodney Wallace insists that his striking skills will propel him to victory over much-heralded prospect Phil Davis, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion from Penn State. Wallace believes that the undefeated Davis is too green at his point in his career to beat him . . . Click here for more
Photo by Team Katsidis
“I have remained available to honour my commitment with the WBO and am very pleased to see why it is the WBO remains the most prestigious of boxing’s orgnizations,” says WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis. “The time has come for me to face the very elite of the sport, giving boxing fans world wide one of the greatest fights it will ever see, and as such is the reward of my teams effort. I see recently Amir Kahn was observing closely the Diaz, Marquez clash… MARQUEZ IS MINE or else he is another conversation we should continue back in England. I’ve been there before happy to do it again.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
He made history in boxing as the first black vice president of the World Boxing Association. He was so well-known that Don King was his best man at his wedding in 2002. And he was a real estate mogul that sold some of the first embassy properties in Washington, DC to newly independent African countries. Such was the extraordinary life of York Van Nixon who passed away on August 1 of cancer in DC at the age of 84. (more…)
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puertorican prospect and USNBC featherweight champion and WBO #13 Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) is moving up to the junior lightweight division to fight the Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title on Saturday, August 28 at the Rubén Viera Coliseum of his hometown in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. “Fighting in front of my people in Las Piedras is an honor. I am training really hard to win this fight and the WBO Latino belt for the pride of my family and my people,” Luis Cruz said. (more…)
Photo by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former two-time world title challenger Shannan “The Bulli Blaster” Taylor (50-8-3, 36 KOs) holds KO wins over several former world champions including WBA champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez but was defeated in world title challenges against Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham. Taylor talks to Fightnews and tells of his amateur bout with Kostya Tszyu, why Jeff Fenech did not want him to fight Mosley and that Arthur Abraham is the hardest puncher he has boxed. (more…)
Photo: Miguel Salazar
ShoBox: The New Generation fans will see a familiar face in the corner of Lateef “Power’’ Kayode on Friday’s telecast from Hinckley, Minn., as perhaps the world’s most well-known trainer Freddie Roach will be coaching the undefeated upstart cruiserweight from Nigeria in a 10-round co-feature bout on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The 50-year-old Roach, trainer of former world champions like Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer among many others, is the current trainer of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Roach first met Kayode after the boxer and his manager, Hollywood writer and director Steve Feder, dropped by Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif., a couple of years ago. And Roach was immediately impressed. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian world title challenger Jeff “the Flash” Malcolm (100-27-11, 36 KOs) talks to Fightnews and tells how he boxed as a professional from 1971 to 2002 and clashed with several outstanding Australian boxers including Barry Michael, Hector Thompson, Baby Cassius Austin and Russell Sands, Jr. He also tells how he boxed in the USA where he easily defeated Bobby Joe Young who later defeated boxing legend Arron Pryor. Malcolm enjoys good health today and works as a trainer to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “Choc” Mundine and WBA light heavyweight contender Tim Bell. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora have numerous similarities between them. Both have held world titles. Both have fought in Los Angeles and are unbeaten when fighting in the City of Angels. Both have fought and won in front of thousands of people at STAPLES Center, where they will do battle on Saturday, September 18th. Heck, both currently fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.
To say that their professional careers have taken different courses from their professional debuts would be an understatement. One fought under the limelight, winning multiple world titles in different weight classes, while the other fought under relative obscurity until he would appear on a reality show despite his underappreciated talent. (more…)
In a battle of southern california prospects Hector Serrano (13-0, 5 KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jose Reynoso (12-1-3, 1 KOs). The main event bout will be for the WBC super lightweight latino title and take place September 17 at the Double Tree hotel in Ontario, California.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) will fight former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the central square of Kiev (see photo). Sidorenko was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochevny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter”. Sidorenko spoke about returning to the ring, working with Freddie Roach, and also about a possible megafight against WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in November in Mexico. More to come…
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