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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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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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Boxing News

One night heavyweight tourney in Germany

SES Boxing has added a Prizefighter-type heavyweight tournament to their all-heavyweight card on May 30 at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany. The tournament will consist of two semi final rounds, with the winners meeting the same night in the final. All bouts will be three-rounders. The participants are unbeaten 19-year-old SES prospect Tom Schwarz (5-0, 3 KOs), Andre Bunga (1-1, 1 KO), Lukas Filka (6-3, 5 KOs) and Ante Veronica (0-0).

In the main event, former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight for the WBO European belt against Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs). Also Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) fights for the German International title (under new trainer Stephan Kühne) against Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs).

German champion Michael Wallisch (12-0, 8 KOs) unfortunately suffered an injury and will not be fighting.



May 22nd, 2014



Boxing News

Stevenson walking the walk

By Dave Spencer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

It is not the usual vernacular you hear at press conferences. Despite all the usual bravado, knockouts are often referred to, but never addressed directly. The quotes are familiar to all, ‘fight one round at a time,’ ‘take the knockout if it comes,’ ‘take him to deep waters’ we’ve heard all the politically correct answers before.

Leading into this Saturday’s clash versus Andrzej Fonfara (25-2 15KO), Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20KO) is talking the talk of knockouts and telling everyone, “We train for knockouts.” The powerful southpaw along with trainer Javan Hill have repeated the mantra often in the weeks leading up to the televised Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

At this point, it would be hard to argue. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 Prelim Fantasy Preview

This weekend’s UFC 173 event not only showcases some of the best fighters in the world on the main card, but the preliminary bouts are stacked with top up and comers, including three Ultimate Fighter champions all looking for wins on Saturday night. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Former Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight prospect Ryota Murata (3-0, 3 KOs) will take on Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-3, 6 KOs) in his fourth pro bout today (Thursday) in Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday Murata, a 28-year-old six-footer, tipped the beam at 161.5 to 160 for Nerio under a 162-pound catchweight contest. In a supporting windup, WBC#9 ranked bantam Cristian Esquivel will face unbeaten local rookie Shohei Omori over eight. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

“The Axe Man” Walters Team travels to Macao

Undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (23-0) departed to Macao, China, on Wednesday morning, after completing ten weeks of preparation in Panama for his title defense scheduled for May 31 against former two division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-6-1).

“I’m very excited confident and motivated because this is a very important fight so I want to thank my manager Mr. Jacques Deschamps and my promoter Mr. Bob Arum and Top Rank,” said the Panama-based Jamaican champion.

About the southpaw stance of his challenger, the “The Axe Man” added: “Since I arrived Panama as am amateur almost six years ago I have sparred with some of the best left handed boxers in the world, I mean the WBA super bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former world champion Ricardo “El Maestrito” Cordoba so I don’t think Darchinyan will show me something that I have not dealt with before.” (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Thursday night card feeds boxing frenzy in Montreal

By Dave Spencer

There are any number of ways to add credibility to a local boxing card, having the Heavyweight Champion of the World on your roster certainly ranks near the top of the list. Eye of the Tiger who handle the management end of newly crowned WBC Champ Bermaine Stiverne are presenting number eight of their ongoing FightClub series tonight, Thursday May 21, in what has been a frenzied week of boxing activity in the Montreal.

The Haitian born Stiverne returns home to the city that he called home as an amateur and will be ringside at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire, location of what may have been the best all-Haitian fight of all time where Adonis Stevenson met Jean Pascal when the pair were both amateurs.

The card will be the second of three within a one week span that kicked off last Friday with a card at Olympic Stadium and featured on Friday Night Fights and culminates this weekend with the broadcast of Showtime presentation of Andrzej Fonfara battling Adonis Stevenson. For those truly starved, another card takes place in a week’s time at the Vaudreuil Arena. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

2014 IBF Awards Banquet

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The awards banquet for the 31st annual IBF convention was held Wednesday night in the ballroom of the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Always the highlight of any convention, this night was especially so for the IBF as it marked 30 years since their inaugural titles were won in 1983/84. As Atlantic City was where the genesis of the IBF took form, and several of the inaugural champs won their belts, it was decided to invite many of those champs back to where it all began to be honored.

Kicking off the awards ceremony, a short highlight video was played of the “back nine” inaugural champs- lightweight through heavyweight- winning their belts. Each man was then presented with a plaque which stated, “Many claim to be the best, but only one can claim to be the first,” in recognition of their accomplishment as the first ever IBF champ in their respective division.
On hand to receive their recognition were:
Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown- Lightweight
Donald Curry- Welterweight
Mark Medal- Jr. Middleweight
Murray Sutherland- Super Middleweight
Marvin Camel- Cruiserweight
Larry Holmes- Heavyweight

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May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Canadian boxer Tyson Cave is facing charges of assault. More

More on the Manny Pacquiao-Top Rank re-signing. More

Albuquerque hopeful Brian Mendoza signs with Cameron Dunkin. More

Battersea Bomber” and “Bus Boy” ready to rumble in a Caribbean showdown. More

 



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

International Fight Week Coming Back to Las Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is bringing the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ to Las Vegas once again this July! The week-long fan celebration returns with UFC events and related activities including entertainment, arts, charitable events, shopping and more. Plus for the first time, the event will feature two huge fight cards in one weekend – UFC® 175: WEIDMAN vs. MACHIDA and The Ultimate Fighter® Finale: EDGAR vs. PENN . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

2014 IBF Convention: Day Three

Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 31st IBF convention saw the entirety of the day consumed with the referees seminar. Acclaimed referees Robert Byrd and Jack Reiss conducted the meeting with roughly one hundred and fifty ring officials participating, as well as a few amateur and pro fighters helping act out scenarios in the ring. Former judge and now expert officiating commentator for HBO Steve Weisfeld also took part in reviewing various rules interpretations, and administering a short Q&A handout.

Several video scenarios from actual fights were first viewed and opinions were rendered as to what the attending officials recognized to be happening on the screen, the action the referee in the fight took or should have taken. Rare occurrences such as double knockdowns, a fighter being knocked out of the ring onto the ring apron or completely off the apron to the floor were also reviewed and discussed. (more…)



May 21st, 2014


UFC

Lawler: Ruthless to the Bone

While George Thorogood fancies himself “Bad To The Bone,” for “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, on the day he was born the head nurse likely spoke up too, and said ‘Leave this one alone,’ she could tell right away, he was “Ruthless To The Bone.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

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By Dave Spencer

Schiller Hyppolite 166 vs. Rafael Sosa Pinto 165
Jo Jo Dan 149.8 vs. Lukasz Janik 150
Mick Gadbois 139 vs. Jacek Wylezol 137.8
Steven Butler 155.2 vs. Roody Rene 160.8
Ayaz Hussain 142.8 vs Marcin Ficner 141.8
Francy Ntetu 169.8 vs Bartlomiej Grafka 167.6
Mitch Louis-Charles 167 vs Gary Kopas 168

Fight Club #8
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger
Location: Holiday Inn Pointe Claire



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

WBO honors Wilfredo Gomez

Photos: Joel Colon / WBO

The WBO honored today former three time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer, Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, in the 37th anniversary of the first world title he won in his career.

“We want to honor the career of one of the best in history, not only of Puerto Rico, but the World, Wilfredo Gomez, and do it with him here today. Today we commemorate 37 years of that fight, when he won his first world championship as a professional boxer and we want to remember that achievement”, WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said. “But there are other great events in Gomez’ career we want to celebrate this year. We at the WBO always remember and hono our great athletes.”

Gomez, who is suffering from a throat illness and didn’t speak on the microphone, thanked for the tribute and shared with a group of former Puerto Rican world champions, world ranked fighters and prospects, who along with Valcarcel, gave him a commemorative WBO belt as part of the celebration. (more…)



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

DiBella inks Patrick Hyland

DiBella Entertainment has officially announced the signing of exciting featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. The talented Irishman Hyland is set to make his DBE promotional debut on the upcoming Broadway Boxing card on July 23, at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

“I’m so excited about getting back in the ring again. It’s a fresh start for me after what hasbeen a very frustrating 18 months. It’s great to be working with Lou and everyone at DiBella Entertainment. Lou is one of the best promoters in the business and I know that he will be able to deliver the big fights I want,” said Hyland.



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson-Fonfara: face to face in Casino Montreal

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson says he’ll extend KO streak

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME


WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson made it very clear on Tuesday that he plans to score a knockout on Saturday night against challenger Andrzej Fonfara at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. “I’m gonna knock him out,” said Stevenson. “That’s what I’m going to do. I don’t know his game plan. I’m going to knock him out.”

Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel made an interesting observation. “Adonis has won his last 10 fights by knockout. While you progress in the rankings and when you get better opposition, usually the knockout ratio starts slimming down. But it has been the other way around for Adonis. The better the opposition, the more he wanted to win the fight, and the easier it became to get better timing and knock out his opponent.

“(Adonis) is an exceptional puncher with both hands and can hurt you and knock you out with one punch at any time in the fight. Anytime a fighter comes into the fight with a plan, all that strategy goes out the window the very first time he gets hit by Adonis.”

Stevenson commented, “When you used to watch Mike Tyson fight, you knew someone was going to get knocked out. That’s what is going to happen on Showtime. Somebody’s going to get knocked out!”



May 21st, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC returns to its home base this weekend for UFC 173 in Las Vegas with a card featuring a title fight in the bantamweight division as well as two featured bouts with some of the best fighters in the world in the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions, respectively . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

WBA KO Drugs event in Dominican Republic

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It has been announced that the WBA will stage the 29th KO Drugs Festival at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic. The WBA Directory will meet there from June 19 to 21. More details will be announced later today by WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Butler: Hall’s getting knocked out

Bantamweight contender Paul Butler says that he’s got IBF world champion Stuart Hall’s number and will knock out Stuey on June 7th at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. “I’m glad that Hall thinks I’m easier than [Randy] Caballero, he’ll find out for sure on the night what Paul Butler is all about, he’s going to be in for a massive shock,” stormed Butler.

“I’m reading all this rubbish he’s saying about holding out for more money to fight me. I didn’t hear him bleating about holding out for more money to fight Martin Ward. It’s as plain as day for everyone to see, Hall knows how dangerous I am and wanted the most money he could to fight me because he knows that once I’ve finished with him this will be his last fight and final pay day. (more…)



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Diaz-Asselstine photo gallery

Photos by Emily Harney

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. extended his unblemished record with a unanimous decision victory in a tough fight with Tyler Asselstine in the main event of the Showtime popular series ShoBox this past Friday from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. More



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Sam Watson talks Stevenson, Fonfara, Mayweather Jr. and more

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Sam Watson, the soft spoken and more visible part of powerful manager Al Haymon’s influence on boxing, was a part of the open media training for Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal. “Nobody underestimates Fonfara,” said Watson in a Fightnews.com interview. “There’s no way we are looking ahead, planning any other fight before Adonis beats Fonfara this coming Saturday. No talks about Hopkins or GGG. When you are at this level, when you fight for millions, every fight is a tough fight. And Adonis is making his debut at Showtime.” Watson was all smiles when asked who will Floyd Mayweather Jr. choose next, but dismissed all suggestions that the recent “Money” fight against Maidana was a sign of deteriorating skills in the P4P champion.



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

More Sergio Martinez Quotes

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WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, along with promoter Lou DiBella, held an international media conference Tuesday in anticipation of his upcoming world title defense against three-division world champion Miguel Cotto. Below are the highlights:.

Sergio Martinez: My knee is feeling great and I have been running in the mornings. I haven’t felt this good in a very long time. I am the same as I was before there ever were any knee problems. I have overcome all of the obstacles and all of the problems my knee caused in the past.

The recuperation was very painful. I was on crutches for nine months and it is very hard to come back from that, but this is the road that I chose and I enjoy the achievement of coming back from something like this. Everything is going to be fine come fight time. (more…)



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Is British heavyweight Anthony Joshua the next in line as a Klitschko challenger? More

Does Manny Pacquiao  re-signing with Top Rank doom a Mayweather showdown? More

Callum Johnson says he’s back in love with boxing. More

George Groves signs contract ahead of his showdown with Carl Froch. More

 



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing and Square Ring look to halt proposed Oquendo-Chagaev clash

Plans for a World Boxing Association WBA “regular” heavyweight title bout between Chicago’s Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev of Hamburg, Germany for June 7 in Grozny, Russia were addressed today by the Windy City boxing promoter, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing. “Along with Roy Jones’ Square Ring Promotions, Hitz Boxing has an exclusive promotional contract with Fres Oquendo” said Hitz. “The contract which we have, provided Fres the opportunity to stay active and continue his path towards becoming a world champion, a goal we set forth as a team when we signed him.”

“My understanding is this bout with Chagaev has been negotiated without our knowledge or input, a clear violation of the contract Hitz Boxing and Square Ring Promotions have with Fres.” (more…)



May 21st, 2014




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