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Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 ...

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Telemundo weights from Tampa

Telemundo weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing Daniel Lozano 114 vs. Antonio Tostado 114 Andrey Klimov 130 vs. Guillermo Avila 130 Noemi Bosques 112 vs. Yolaine Lin De ...

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Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

By Gary "Digital" Williams Photos: Delane Rouse - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout at the Headbangers Gym ...

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Rios-Chaves Presser Quick Quotes

Rios-Chaves Presser Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night's expected welterweight war between ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Boxing News

Podgorski to ref first world title fight of 2014 on Friday night in Minneapolis

IBF officials have been named for Friday’s IBF jr. lightweight mandatory defense of champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) against unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The referee will be Pete Podgorski (Illinois), judges are Denny Nelson (Minnesota), Ricardo Ocasio (Nevada) and Gary Merritt (Indiana). IBF Supervisor is Hiawatha Knight.



December 30th, 2013



Boxing News

Who is Kazuto Ioka?

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA light-flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, an unbeaten 24-year-old Japanese youngster, became a two-class world champ last December, and is one of the best boxers here along with WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama and WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan where we currently possess nine male champs and six female titlists. It was in June 2012 that the baby face Kazuto, then WBC 105-pound champ, engaged in a unification bout with WBA counterpart Akira Yaegashi, a much more experienced compatriot, winning a close but unanimous verdict to unify the 105-pound belts to his credit.

Ioka then renounced both belts and acquired the second throne—the WBA 108-pound belt—by impressively halting Mexican Jose Rodriguez in six frames on the last day of the previous year. It was only in his eleventh pro bout that he remarkably registered an achievement. How has he climbed up to the top so quickly? (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Ricky Burns-Terence Crawford official for March 1st in Glasgow

By James Slater

It’s official: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his belt against unbeaten Terence Crawford on March 1st in Glasgow. Burns, who suffered a broken jaw in his last fight – a hugely controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran that took place in September – knows he has a point to prove against the 22-0 (16) Crawford.

“I have a point to prove,” Burns said. “I’ve had two bad performances, we’ve made a few changes and some adjustments, we’re going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1st. Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn’t bother me, I like being the underdog and I can’t wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd.”

Burns, 36-2-1 (11) says he “went into survival mode” against Beltran and didn’t even care about the decision such was the pain in his broken jaw. Crawford says Burns will “have to walk to hell and back” in the upcoming fight. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Truax ready to lead off 2014 boxing year

Barring organizers sneaking in some obscure four-rounder, the first televised fight of 2014 will feature Minnesota middleweight Caleb Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) taking on veteran Ossie Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder at the Target Center in Minneapolis on ESPN2′s first Friday Night Fights telecast. With original opponent Derek Ennis forced to withdraw, Duran says he’s more than ready to step in and halt the momentum of the streaking Truax. “It means a lot to be fighting at home in front of family and friends,” said Truax. “My fight is going to be a battle against an opponent who wants nothing more than to make a name for himself. I will be ready for anything he has to offer.”

The main event is an IBF super featherweight championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

New Faces: Eliezer Aquino

By Robert Coster

In the Dominican Republic, he is nicknamed “The Little Assassin.” Super flyweight Eliezer Aquino (15-0-1, 9 KOs) is a crowd favorite on the Caribbean island because of his Tyson-like bobbing-and weaving attack style. Two of Aquino’s fights (versus Jonathan Arias in 2009 and against Norberto Jimenez in 2013) were candidates for Fight of the Year in the Dominican Republic. With just 16 pro fights, Aquino has already won four regional title and is ranked 7th by the IBF.

Next for the “Little Assassin” is what is undoubtably the biggest challenge of his young, promising career. On January 25th he will fly to Puerto Rico to face a very dangerous foe — unbeaten local ex-Olympian and IBF #5 ranked McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) in a 12 round contest. The winner of the fight will automatically be raised to the second spot in the IBF super flyweight rankings. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Interview

Carlos Molina: “I wanna kick Mayweather’s ass, and it’s not about the payday!”

_8CO4788By Sam Geraci; photos by Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images.com

On September 14th “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) defeated Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 11 KOs) to capture the IBF jr middleweight championship and become Chicago’s first world champion since David Diaz defeated Erik Morales for the WBC lightweight championship on August 4, 2007. After Molina’s victory, one would have assumed that Molina would have been given the opportunity to unify the 154 pound division against Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 25 KOs), who won the WBA and WBC 154 pound championships that same night on the same card by defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs).

It did not happen. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Browne happy to accept Fury challenge

Aussie contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is happy to step up to the challenge offered by Tyson Fury on Twitter. The giant Englishman recently used the micro blogging site to set out the names on his wish list for 2014. Browne was mentioned alongside Deontay Wilder, Dereck Chisora and Roy Jones Jr and say he would gladly accept if the fight was offered to him. Fury was due to face David Haye in a massive all-British encounter, but that fight now seems dead in the water due to the Hayemaker’s career hanging in the balance following a serious shoulder injury. Browne, 19-0 (17 KOs), said: “All I can say is that his team should contact my promoter, Ricky Hatton, and I’ll sign the contract tomorrow. The fans want to see this fight and I think it will be a war. He’s stated he’s having a warm up fight in February. I’m in one corner to box for the Commonwealth title in early 2014. After that, I think we should fight each other. I promise Tyson that unlike David Haye, I’ll definitely turn up on fight night!” (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Hughie Fury has to win world heavyweight title in 14 months to beat Tyson’s record

By Karl Freitag

Since his professional debut in March, heavyweight Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KOs) has been repeatedly been touted by his PR machine as having a chance to beat Mike Tyson’s famous record of becoming the youngest fighter to win a world heavyweight title. For that to happen, Hughie (currently 19 years, 3 months old) has to win a world heavyweight within 14 months to best Tyson (who won the WBC heavyweight title at 20 years, five months).

“His first year as a professional is up at the end of March and already he’s had 12 fights, won all 12 with seven knockouts and next year we’ll be looking at all the top domestic fighters,” said Hughie’s father and trainer Peter Fury. “Hughie’s not hanging around, he’s upping his game next year and he’s upping his game with the class of opponents as well.” (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Park vs. Lee slugfest ends in majority draw

By Victor Lee
Photo: Aaron Jang

In the final installment of promoter Sounghun Lee’s (Puno Boxing Promotion) monthly Rookie Series, fans in South Korea were treated to a rip-roaring welterweight six round matchup in addition to a full undercard of heated six and four-rounders on Sunday not far from Gimpo Airport. Lee began his Rookie Series in order to spark some life into the decrepit boxing scene in South Korea, which has been on a downward spiral since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Hosting these monthly bouts between novice pros every month at his Puno Boxing Gym—where there’s not a bad seat in the house—Lee has helped rejuvenate boxing in Korea. One of the youngest promoters in the sport here, Lee has also contributed significantly to the lives and careers of young boxers in Korea by providing them with a regular forum to showcase their developing skills, discipline and fighting hearts. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

47-year-old boxer Petranyi KOs Balogh

47-year-old Hungarian veteran Zoltan Petranyi successfully defended his Universal Boxing Organization European heavyweight title against 20-years-younger compatriot Tibor Balogh on Sunday December 29 at the Hotel Aquincum in Budapest. Fighting live on Fix TV in Hungary, Balogh came out fast and tried to surprise Petranyi, but the reigning champion kept his cool and soon found his rhythm. From the second round it was Petranyi in command, and in round three things really started to go bad for the challenger. In the third, Petranyi floored Balogh twice with body-punches and after the second knockdown referee Bela Florian counted ten. A clear victory for the ageless UBO champion!

Petranyi, making his third defense of the UBO title he won in January 2011, improved his professional record to 50-20, 15 KOs. This was his fourteenth victory in a row, having gone undefeated since 2007. Balogh, coming in with ten straight victories, drops to 12-2-2, 8 KOs). The fight was promoted by Profibox-Promotions, headed by none other than Zoltan Petranyi himself.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Weigh-in ceremony in Japan ends in ten minutes

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Joe Koizumi

As follows are the results of today’s weigh-in ceremony on Monday in Tokyo, Japan:

Takashi Uchiyama 129.75 vs. Daiki Kaneko 130
Takashi Miura 130 vs. Dante Jardon 130

Since there was neither Brandon Rios nor Jose Luis Castillo, everything at the weigh-in proceeded so smoothly that the well-organized ceremony ended in just ten minutes for both the WBA and WBC 130-pound title bouts. An inspector of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) seldom moved the scale around 130 pounds, the limit of the super-feather category. All the contestants quickly finished the weigh-in. Only time-consuming was our photographers’ persistent requests for various poses while the champ and the challenger standing close to the scale. All looked in excellent shape, and we look forward to watching spectacular fights tomorrow.

This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.

More photos…



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Heavyweight Danny Williams returns tonight

By Antonin Vavrda
Photo: Filip Škeřík

44-year old British heavyweight Danny Williams (45-19-0, 34 KOs) and Czech Tomáš Mrázek (8-45-6, 5 KOs) successfully made their weigh-in ahead of their Monday December 30 clash at Prague’s Lucerna Palace. Williams, who in 2004 beat the legendary Mike Tyson, last boxed on December 19 in Abu Dhabi, where he registered his first win in more than two years, beating the Egyptian Mazur Ali (10-9-0, 5 KOs). His oponent Mrázek, who often travels for his fights to UK or France, last saw action three days later, when he lost a close one in Manchester against the hometown fighter Paul Drago (5-0-0, 0 KOs).

“I’m looking forward to fighting in Prague. I’ve already fought in Russia, Latvia, and now Czech Republic, which I’m very happy for as there aren’t that many UK fighters who get the chance to box in these countries. People there really like boxing,” said the former British heavyweight champion to Profiboxing.cz. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Day-13: Miskirtchian – Takoucht heats up.

Miskirtchian with Alain Vanackere Belgian Alex Miskirtchian will face French Sofiane Takoucht in an IBF ordered featherweight eliminator on January 11, 2014 in the Country Hall, Sart Tilman of Liege, Belgium. It will be a rematch of their Sept 2011 encounter which was won by split decision by Miskirtchian. At that time it was Takoucht’s EBU title which was at stake. The Belgian vacated his EBU title to concentrate on a world title.
Miskirtchian, 23-2-1(9), is undefeated in the last 5 years with only 2 defeats, both abroad and on points. Against Paul Truscott and Antonio De Vitis. He had 1 draw against French Mohamed Bouleghcha back in 2006.
Sofiane Takoucht has almost a similar record with a 27-2-1(12) record. His last loss was against Miskirtchian in 2011 and before he lost to compatriot Guillaume Frenois for the French title. None of the boxers have been stopped so it is expected to go the distance is a fierce battle with the winner becoming the mandatory to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich.

On the undercard WBC Youth champion Herve Hubeaux will have a 4 rounder. Sanaeh Jah a rematch with Sandy Coget. Prospect Ryan Merhy is looking for win #6. Bilal Laggoune keeps active before his WBC Youth titlefight early next year. Geoffrey Battelo has a 6 rounder.
The show is promoted by 12 Round Promotion headed by Alain Vanackere.
Click below to see the full announcement of the fight.
IBF Final eliminator: Miskirtchian-Takoucht, Jan 11, 2014



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Pacquiao tax update: According to the Bureau of Internal Reveue in the Philippines, it is not Manny Pacquiao’s duty to file and pay income tax in the U.S. More

It’s not set in stone, but Amir Khan is still looking like the leading contender for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight. More

Speaking of Pacquiao, and Mayweather, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza says the Pound-for-Pound champ Mayweather is willing to fight Pacman anytime, anywhere. More

Former title challenger Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista is looking to make another run at it. More



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

With Anderson Silva out, Roy Jones Jr. wants to fight Nick Diaz now

Nobody sitting ringside was more disappointed in the gruesome leg injury suffered by Anderson Silva Saturday night in Las Vegas than Roy Jones Jr. Jones has been longing to face Silva in the ring in a fight using boxing rules, but with Silva certain to be out of action for an extended period, it was reported on FOX Sports 1 that Jones has turned his attention to Nick Diaz.



December 29th, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva Injury Update

Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released the following statement regarding Anderson Silva’s injury.

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Preview of year-end world title twinbill

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

It is wonderful for us to be able to watch such competitive world title bouts on the last day of this year. We will see a world title doubleheader featuring our WBC and WBA 130-pound champions putting their belts on the line against dangerous challengers on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, WBA super-feather titlist, unbeaten hard-punching Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will risk his throne against fast-rising compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs) in a highly awaited encounter. Also, WBC ruler, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs) will face WBC #2 ranked Mexican Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs) in a do-or-die confrontation. (more…)



December 29th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168 post-fight presser and bonus recap

UFC president Dana White presided over the UFC 168 post-fight press conference and announced the night’s bonuses:

Bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate took home Fight of the Night honors, and Rousey also earned an extra check for Submission of the Night for her third-round finish. Heavyweight Travis Browne won Knockout of the Night after using elbows to knock out Josh Barnett in a minute flat. . . . More

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Video: Sam Colona about Andrzej Fonfara’s championship chances

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Sam Colona, well-known trainer of WBO/IBF #1 rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) has no doubt that in upcoming year his 26-year old fighter will have chance to win a championship belt. “Andrew wants to fight the best, has top rankings, so we all know and welcome the fact, that he will have to fight the best,” said Colona in a Fightnews.com interview. When asked who from the current crop of champions Fonfara is closest to fighting, Colona said, “We wanted to fight Bernard Hopkins, but looks like it’s not going to happen. Stevenson is the closest possible fight. Andrew is ready for this fight mentally and physically. We fought many southpaws recently – Fonfara is ready!”



December 29th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168: Weidman retains title, Silva breaks leg

Ronda Rousey submits Tate

The highly-anticipated rematch between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva met an abbreviated end Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with an injury to Silva’s left leg forcing a second round stoppage in the main event of UFC 168. . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Ronda Rousey can go more than five minutes in a fight. After seven first round finishes in seven pro fights, she went into the third stanza Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but the result was the same in the UFC 168 co-main event, as she defeated heated rival Miesha Tate via armbar submission to retain her UFC women’s bantamweight crown . . . More



December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA announces mandatories for Moreno, Vazquez

The WBA Championships Committee has made rulings affecting champions in the bantamweight and super featherweight divisions. WBA bantamweight “super” champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno must make a mandatory defense against #2 rated Juan Carlos Payano, while WBA interim super featherweight beltholder Bryan Vazquez must face #2 rated Javier Fortuna. Both will have to sign the fight contract and return it to WBA headquarters by January 15.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA will NOT recognize Chudinov as interim champion, Murray-Fletcher for interim (not regular) belt, Golovkin denied “super” status

By Karl Freitag

New information on the status of the various versions of the WBA middleweight world title.

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has announced that Gennady Golovkin will keep his status as “regular” champion. The request made by the Golovkin camp for “super” champion status was denied for the moment due to the fact he was already granted special permission for a fight prior to his mandatory commitment. However, even though he was denied the super designation he requested for the moment, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t get it later.

In the same division, it was announced today that on December 21 (the same day as the fight apparently), a resolution was issued that decreed the clash between Juan Camilo Novoa and Dmitry Chudinov to be an elimination fight for the interim title, and not a fight for the interim title as publicized prior to the fight by the promoter. That bout was widely reported as a WBA interim middleweight title fight and Chudinov was announced as champion and received a WBA championship belt in the ring after the fight. Chudinov for now will remain a contender, but will be recognized as mandatory challenger from May 2014. This move scuttles plans for Chudinov’s initial title defense against Ricardo Mayorga. Meanwhile, Martin Murray remains the WBA interim champion and will defend that belt as the co-feature on the same February 1 card in which Golovkin defends the “regular” version of the WBA’s middleweight belt.



December 28th, 2013

Column

2013 to close with a bang in Japan

By Graham Houston


The old year has wound down as far as boxing in the West is concerned but not so in the East, with two big shows featuring three intriguing title fights in Japan on New Year’s Eve.

These fights — featuring title defences by Japanese superstars Takashi Uchiyama and Kazuto Ioka and the always entertaining slugger Takashi Miura — should provide treats for aficionados and I always think it’s a shame that none of the Western TV outlets negotiates to show these fights, even if screened on a one-day delay due to the time difference.

The oddsmakers have in recent times stayed away from the Far East fights, and it can be difficult to gauge how good some of these fighters really are. Yet the Asian nations — principally Japan, Thailand and the Philippines — have given us some of our greatest fighters: Manny Pacquiao, Fighting Harada, Flash Elorde, Yoko Gushiken, Pancho Villa, Pone Kingpetch, Pongsaklek, all come to mind, while Korea’s Myung-Woo Yuh won 18 consecutive WBA title bouts in the light-flyweight division.

Last year I previewed the New Year’s Eve shows in Japan and posted my own odds. As I remember there was considerable wagering activity at the sportsbook that offered betting lines. There were two big upsets last year on Japan’s Dec. 31 shows. In a heavyweight fight, the Japanese kickboxing sensation Kyotaro Fujimoto — people who follow MMA were very enthusiastic about this colourful fellow — suffered a shocking KO defeat in his step-up boxing match against Solomon Haumona. As I recall, money was flowing in on Fujimoto. The other big upset saw Tepparith, a Thai junior bantamweight who had won 18 bouts in a row, which included winning three consecutive world title bouts in Japan, suffering a fourth-round KO defeat against Kohei Kono, a Japanese veteran who had lost three of his last five fights. This result was also a blow to players — again, all the money was coming in on the favourite, Tepparith. (more…)



December 28th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Hassan N’Dam to face Andy Lee?

Promoter Gary Hyde is looking to bring an interesting fight card to Ireland in March.



December 28th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Chisora responds to Fury



December 28th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Jhonny Gonzalez says he suffered a hand injury

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez apparently hurt his right hand in the last few hours. Gonzalez posted a photo of his right hand on his twitter account with the following message: “Finished training and I hurt my hand, I hope it gets better and we don’t have to cancel the fight.” Gonzalez is training in the Romanza Gym in Mexico City for his rematch against former champion Abner Mares on February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Police called to Miguel Cotto’s house

By Eliud Vazquez

In the early Saturday morning hours, Caguas, Puerto Rico police were called to Miguel Cotto’s residence because of an alleged domestic dispute. Melissa Guzmán, the wife of Cotto supposedly called the police. When the police arrived Melissa Guzmán told police that no violence had occurred and it was just an “argument between couples”. No charges were filed against Miguel Cotto.

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December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Tyson Fury hits Twitter again – calls out Dereck Chisora, Deontay Wilder, Lucas Browne, Roy Jones Jr for 2014

By James Slater

Unbeaten British giant Tyson Fury has been on Twitter again, and he has called out a number of names for what he hopes will be a big 2014. Fury, who revealed how he will begin training in Cannes, France on January 5th also Tweeted the following:

“I want @delboychisora in 2014. Also@BronzeBomber also @bigdaddybrowne1 also @realroyjonesjr!”

Interestingly, Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren is also very keen on seeing his fighter get back in there with the 21-0(15) Fury. Warren is convinced that Chisora’s poor conditioning and excess weight were the main reasons for the July 2011 points loss suffered by “Del Boy.”

Fury – who twice saw a mega-fight with David Haye disappear through no fault of his own – last fought in April of 2013, stopping Steve Cunningham in a tough fight.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Hernandez to defend IBF cruiser belt on March 8

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) will return on March 8 for his next title defense. The fight will take place at the famed Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin, Germany against an opponent to be named. The opponent for this voluntary defense will be named in the coming days.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Mayorga eyes comeback fight to be followed by quick world title shot on April 20

EXCLUSIVE: A source with knowledge of the situation has informed Fightnews.com that the wheels are in motion for the comeback of former world champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) after an 18 month foray in MMA. Plans call for Mayorga to have a comeback fight early in the year, which will get him rerated by the WBA. He will then challenge newly crowned WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) on April 20th in Russia. The event will be presented by top Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov.



December 28th, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva: Return of the Sniper

Anderson Silva is tired. Not of fighting. Not of training. Just talking. And maybe even not talking itself, but talking about the worst night of his professional career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT TONIGHT from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Oliver McCall: Boxing is my business but this is personal

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-13, 37 KOs) will fight again in Poland, and this time there will be also a family pride on stake. In May of 2013, McCall lost a very close fight to undefeated Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (17-0, 11 KOs), and on the same night his son Elijah McCall (12-3, 11 KOs) lost by KO against Marcin Rekowski (12-0, 10 KOs). After six months, the 48-year-old “Atomic Bull” will have chance to avenge his son’s loss, fighting Rekowski on February 1, in Opole (Poland). The former champion spoke to Fightnews.com.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC #1 Postol still unbeaten

WBC #1 super lightweight Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Behzod Nabiyev (22-7-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the SportLife Club in Kiev, Ukraine. Postol dropped Nabiyev three times. Scores were 100-87 on all cards. Postol is next expected to face #2 rated Selcuk Aydin in a final eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger to WBC super lightweight champion Danny Garcia.



December 27th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168 at the scales

UFC 168, which is headlined by the UFC middleweight championship bout between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, and the women’s bantamweight championship bout between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see two additional prelim bouts at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Anderson Silva (185) VS Chris Weidman (184)

CO-MAIN EVENT – UFC WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Miesha Tate (135) VS Ronda Rousey (135)

PPV MAIN CARD
Travis Browne (242) VS Josh Barnett (252)
Fabricio Camões (156) VS Jim Miller (156)
Diego Brandao (153*) VS Dustin Poirier (146)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Uriah Hall (185) VS Chris Leben (185.5)
Michael Johnson (156) VS Gleison Tibau (156)
Manny Gamburyan (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Siyar Bahadurzada (171) VS John Howard (171)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Bobby Voelker (171) VS William ‘Patolino’ Macario (171)
Estevan Payan (145) VS Robbie Peralta (145.5)

*Brandao did not make weight. On a second attempt he weighed in at 151.5. He will be fined and the fight will go on as scheduled

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT TONIGHT from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 27th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA orders Cermeño-Escandon II

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee has ordered a rematch between Venezuelan interim super bantamweight world champion Nehomar Cermeño (22=5-1, 13 KOs) and Colombian challenger Oscar Escandon (22-1, 15 KOs). Escandon-Cermeño I was held in Panama last August, with Cermeño winning a split decision. Both parties are negotiating for a fight to be held with 120 days. Contracts should be ready no later than January 15.



December 27th, 2013




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