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Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Photos: Peter Frutkoff World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his ...

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

By Sam Geraci Photos: Bob Ryder Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Leonso Nunez The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday ...

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Ringside by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com You could make a case that the third man in the ring, ...

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Report by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what ...

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Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

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Late Results from Tijuana

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Boxing News

Busy year for Milenkovic!

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has lined up a number of world title eliminators and challenges for world titles for South African boxers in 2009. Branco fighters include Siphiwo Nongqayi, Ali Funeka, Vusi Malinga, Cassius Baloyi, Malcolm Klassen, Silence Mabuza, Moruti Mthalane, Jeffrey Mathebula, Evans Mbamba and Simphiwe Vetyeka among others. (more…)



January 11th, 2009



Announcement

WBF champ dies in motor accident

By Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s most talented fighters Ludumo Galada the WBF featherweight champion was killed in a motor accident near East London on Saturday. He was 26. After a distinguished amateur career, Galada was unbeaten as a pro. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Balzsay dethrones Inkin!

Erdei tops Barashian

By Karl Freitag

Photo: Eroll Popova

In a highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship clash, unbeaten #1 contender Karoly Balszay (20-0, 14 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten champion Denis Inkin (34-1, 24 KOs) via entertaining twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters met in the center of the ring and boxed at a high level, but the champion’s pressure dictated the first half of the fight. Balzsay’s southpaw counterpunching got him back in the fight down the stretch. Balzsay rocked Inkin at the end of round ten and went on to win by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.

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By Alexey Sukachev

In the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, unbeaten long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) outpointed former Euro champ Yuri Barashian (25-5, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in a non-title bout. Erdei won by scores of 116-111, 116-111, 117-110. Barashyan had some success with his hard blows, but Erdei’s speed allowed him to control the fight. Barashian was deducted a point in round nine for a low blow. The bout was changed to a non-title affair after Barashian failed to make the 175lb weight limit.



January 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

More results from Magdeburg!

Sartison, Stieglitz victorious

Two former super middleweight title challengers and a pair of hot prospects saw action on the undercard of Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Recent WBA super middleweight title challenger and current WBA #4 rated Dimitri Sartison (24-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Vasily Andiyanov (7-18) by scores of 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. It was Sartison’s second win since challenging Mikkel Kessler in June. Also, only about a month after his big victory over Lukas Wilaschek, WBC International super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (34-2, 21 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Dimitri Protkunas (10-28-1, 1 KO). Time was 1:47. Stieglitz is currently rated WBA/IBF #5 and WBC #10.

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In other action, unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Sergey Beloshapkin (7-3, 2 KOs) at 2:59 of round two. The hard-hitting Michalkin dropped Beloshapkin in rounds two and four. Also, flyweight prospect Pal “Pimpa” Bedak moved to 2-0, 2 KOs with a third round TKO of Ucristinel Laurent (0-1).



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik tix disappear fast!

Cotto-Jenning tickets on sale Tuesday

World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s homecoming February 21 title defense against No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio is a hot ticket. According to Eric Ryan, the executive director of the Chevrolet Centre, 5,000 tickets were sold within 12 minutes of them going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. ET. Fans braving the cold, wind and snow began lining up at 11:30 p.m. Friday night. According to The Vindicator, Youngstown’s daily newspaper, “Some 200 people were lined up outside the building by 9 a.m., and that number had doubled by the time tickets went on sale an hour later.” The Chevrolet Centre can accommodate 7,000 seats.

The Pavlik-Rubio world middleweight championship fight, along with the Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings WBO welterweight title tilt at Madison Square Garden, will headline an exciting two-city, two-title pay-per-view extravaganza broadcast live on Saturday, February 21, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (more…)



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Chris John Update!

By Jeff Pamungkas

Facing Rocky Juarez on February 28, WBA featherweight champion Chris John and his entourage will come to Houston, Texas, by the end of this month (one full month before the fight) to adapt with the climate and conditions of the city. John has been training at Craig Christian’s “Harry’s Gym” in Perth, Australia since December 28. When asked about this big step in his career making his U.S. debut, John only commented “wish me luck.”



January 10th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell vacates WBA title!

WBO / IBF Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell has elected to vacate the WBA Lightweight Super Champion Title. Campbell, (32-5-1, 25 KOs) issued the following statement regarding his decision:

“I really wanted to try and unify the lightweight titles, but looking at reality, it just isn’t going to happen, at least not in 09. Not that I’m looking past my Feb. 14th IBF mandatory with Ali Funeka, because I’m not. Funeka deserves, and unfortunately for him, he will get my full and undivided attention. But there just isnt any way I see that I would be able to do my WBA mandatory defense against Paulus Moses, or whoever has the regular title then. After Feb. 14, I really hope to fight the Juan Manuel Marquez – Juan Diaz winner next, and then right after that I have a WBO mandatory due with Barerra. So there’s no way I can fullfill my mandatory obligation to the WBA. So rather than pay sanction fees on it for the next few fights, knowing full well I wont be able to defend it without giving up my WBO belt, (which I won’t do), I decided to just go ahead and vacate the WBA title now. I still have the desire to someday unify all the belts, but I also have to balance that desire against the reality of the sport these days. There just arent enough opportunities to fight in order to maintain all the titles. Besides, if I do get the Marquez-Diaz winner next, then any and all debate about who the “real” lightweight champ is will be over once and for all. And after that, if my choice of mandatories is between Barerra or Moses, well no disrespect to Moses, but thats really a no-brainer. I do appreciate the WBA having recognized me as their Super Champion, and this decision in no way is a reflection on their organization.”

Nate Campbell
IBF / WBO / NBA Lightweight Champion



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Inkin-Balzsay now main event!

Clash of unbeatens takes center stage


Photo: Eroll Popova

The highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship collision between unbeaten fighters Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay has been elevated to main event status tonight in Magdeburg, Germany. The decision was made by ZDF to feature the bout on live German television after Yuri Barashian was unable to make weight for his light heavyweight world title challenge against longtime champion Zsolt Erdei. Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) and Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) were supposed to meet for the WBO interim belt last September in Hamburg, however Balzsay suffered a cut in training. Inkin then defeated late sub Fulgencio Zuniga and was crowned full WBO champion after Joe Calzaghe relinguished the WBO title. He will now make his first defense against his WBO #1 rated stablemate on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009. Erdei vs Barashian will still take place on the card, but Erdei retains the WBO belt win or lose.



January 10th, 2009

UFC

The evolution of Kang

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

To say UFC newcomer Denis Kang is “well-traveled” would be a major understatement. By the age of 11, Kang had lived in three countries in two continents and spoke four different languages. The term “overachiever” might be a more fitting label for the successful 31-year-old middleweight veteran as he has continued to evolve as a fighter, winning him the respect of MMA fans and pundits alike who have sung his praises for the majority of his mixed martial arts career . . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com

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 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Barashian unable to make 175!

Erdei keeps world title on the scale


Photo: Eroll Popova

WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei retained his world championship on the scale Friday when challenger Yuri Barashian stunningly was unable to make weight for their world title clash on Saturday in Magdeburg, Germany. As previously reported, Barashian initially weighed in at 176.8 pounds. After trying for two hours to lose the overage, Barashian was still 1.22 pounds over the division limit. The bout will now go on as scheduled, but as a non-title affair. Erdei, who won the title five years ago, has made ten successful defenses during that time. In a second world title bout, both Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay made weight for their highly anticipated WBO super middleweight collision between unbeatens on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing Result

Gamboa stops Gonzalez late!

Solis, Lara also halt foes

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara were all victorious on Friday night at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. Unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #6, IBF #8 featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-3, 18 KOs). Gonzalez briefly dropped Gamboa in round two, but the knockdown only served to wake up the heavy-handed Gamboa, who was right back on the offensive and dominated the bout until referee Robert Byrd rather suddenly stopped the bout with :48 remaining in the final stanza. Gamboa’s, who was a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is expected to fight for the WBC interim featherweight championship in his next bout.
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WBC #12 heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) defended his WBC international title with an eighth round TKO over 6’6 “Big Man” Kevin Burnett (13-2-1, 8 KOs). Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, showed glimpses of his talent in short bursts throughout the bout before finally rocking Burnett with a left hook in the eighth prompting referee Jay Nady to wave it off. Time was 2:00.

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Hot junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Rodrigo Aguiar (5-4, 3 KOs). Lara floored Aguiar with a straight left just before the bell and referee Joe Cortez ruled Aguair was in no condition to continue. Lara was the 2005 world amateur champion.



January 9th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts set for UFC 94!

UFC 94 is live on PPV Jan. 31!

It’s one of the most anticipated fights in years; and now the Ultimate Fighting Championship® proudly confirms the remainder of the fight card for UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 31, 2009  . . . . Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Santos will face Martinez!

154lb. title showdown on Feb 14

Daniel Santos will make his first defense of the WBA super welterweight championship he won in July when he faces interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on Feb. 14. The addition of the Santos-Martinez world championship to the previously announced HBO-televised card promoted by Don King Productions makes for a smashing tripleheader. The event already features WBO and IBF lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) opposing his IBF No. 1-Ranked mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka as well as another intriguing 154-pound pairing of former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (28-7-1, 22 KOs) and undefeated WBC No. 3-ranked Alfredo “Perro” Angulo squaring off in a WBC elimination bout to determine the No. 1 ranking and become mandatory challenger. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Announcement

Star Boxing: 2008 in review

The year 2009 is finally here and if it is anything like 2008, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is in for yet another extremely busy year in the boxing world. Whether it was exciting sold out shows, major signings, or watching our fighters climb the ladder in the world ratings, Star Boxing had it all, including having two of its top fighters being named to Dan Rafael’s ESPN.com, Top Prospects of 2008 list. Below is a brief break down of the Star Boxing Roster and what they accomplished this past year . . . click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Twitter Watch

Lamare lands in U.S.

Myriam Lamare (16-2, 9 KOs), who takes on Holly Holm (22-1-3, 6 KOs) for the WIBA welterweight title Jan. 23, in Albuquerque, N.M., has landed in Los Angeles for final preparations. Lamare will work under former pound-for-pound queen Lucia Rijker before heading to Albuquerque. Holm, meanwhile, continues her training under Mike Winkeljohn at Jackson’s/Winkeljohn’s. The Fresquez-promoted card will take place at Isleta Resort & Casino.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

ESPN FNF hires Hopkins!

Future Hall of Fame middleweight and light heavyweight great Bernard Hopkins has been hired by ESPN as a “boxing analyst” for the 2009 season of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Hopkins, who will make a series of regular appearances on the show, will handle his first assignment tonight alongside ESPNlongtime host Brian Kenny for the FNF season debut featuring Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara from Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda, Powell kickoff 2009!

Public invited to "Hard Knocks" presser

The day before super middleweight star Edison “Pantera” Miranda and junior middleweight contender Sechew “The Iron Horse” Powell step into the ring and begin their 2009 campaigns, these two fistic standouts will meet the press for the first time this year to discuss their pivotal bouts on January 14th’s “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” event. The final press conference for “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” will take place on Tuesday, January 13th at 1pm at Paradise Live, which is located in Seminole Paradise next to Hard Rock Live. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Showdown: Diaz vs. Marquez!

Report by Byron Spurlock

Ring Magazine’s lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez 49-4-1 (36) and former three-time world champ Juan Diaz 34-1 (17) kicked off 2009 by making a stop in Houston, Tex., Thursday . . . . Click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Announcement

Riley comes home!

Star Boxing’s fast rising light heavyweight prospect, Yathomas Riley (4-0,3KO) will return home to Florida when he fights on the undercard of the Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, Wednesday January 14th against Evjeny Stardoubstev (pro-debut) . . . . Click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Magdeburg!

Barashian 1.8 lbs. over weight limit

Photos: Eroll Popova

Zsolt Erdei 173.1 vs. Yuri Barashian 176.8
(WBO world light heavyweight championship)
Denis Inkin 167.1 vs. Karoly Balzsay 167.1
(WBO world super middleweight championship)
Dimitri Sartison 168 vs. Vasily Andriyanov 170.9
Robert Stieglitz 173.1 vs. Dmitri Protkunas 173.1
Igor Michalkin 175 vs. Sergey Beloshapkin 173.7
Pal Bedak 113.1 vs. Laurent Ucristinel Balmau 114
Venue: Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)



January 9th, 2009

Scale Watch

López-Posawan make weight!

By Lee Bates

Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) and Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) both successfully made the 30 day weight limit requirement for their WBO iterim super flyweight title fight. Lopez weighed in at 122 pounds and Pramuansak weighed in at 124 pounds. The minimum 30 day pre-fight weight limit was 132.25 pounds. The bout will take place February 7th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Pavlik in NYC!

Split venue PPV twinbill on Feb 21

Two superstars, two world title fights, two cities — all on the same night. That’s what Bob Arum of Top Rank will discuss when Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik will be at Madison Square Garden for a press conference on Tuesday. Cotto will take on Michael Jennings of Chorley, England, for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden. Pavlik will defend his WBC Middleweight world title against #1-rated challenger Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 21. Arum said today that three PPV bouts including Cotto vs. Jennings will be on the live telecast from Madison Square Garden, then the live telecast goes to Youngstown for the Pavlik vs Rubio title fight. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cook, Martinez reach accord!

Parties representing WBO super featherweight champion Nicky Cook and mandatory challenger Rocky Martinez have reached an agreement, thus the scheduled WBO purse bid has been cancelled. Details are forthcoming.
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Meanwhile, a scheduled WBO bantamweight title purse bid between champion Gerry Peñalosa and Erik Morel has been postponed until further notice.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Steven Luevano Update!

As WBO mandatory challenger Rocky Juarez has decided not to challenge WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano and no agreement for that bout has been reached, the January 12th WBO purse bid for Luevano-Juarez has been cancelled.  Luevano will now be making a voluntary defense in his next bout.



January 9th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Primm, NV!

Photo: Rick Pineda

Yuriorkis Gamboa 126 vs Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez 127.5
Odlanier Solis 246 vs Kevin Burnett 253
Erislandy Lara 154 vs Rodrigo Aguiar 157
Venue: Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resort, Primm, NV
Promoter: Arena Box-Promotion
TV: ESPN2
Tickets: $35 and $10, doors open 5PM



January 9th, 2009

UFC

Lytle takes on Davis!

UFC 93 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 17!

Marcus Davis, a boxer who’s cool in the pocket and carries misfortune evenly in both hands. Davis, the southpaw. Chris Lytle, a boxer who’s cool in the pocket that carries misfortune evenly in both hands, too. Lytle, the righty.  . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, 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 9th, 2009

Boxing News

De La Rosa a free agent!

By Jose Reyes

Former Contender: Season One star and IBA Continental middleweight title holder Juan Pedro “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-3-1, 15 KOs) is now a free agent. The move was announced Cavazos Boxing and manager Jason Stuart. Anthony Cavazos, President of Cavazos Boxing in the Rio Grand Valley area of Texas, has made a reputation for bringing tomorrow’s stars out of south Texas and launching them onto the national and world boxing scene.  Many may remember last April when Cavazos Boxing announced the signing of a co-promotional deal with Duva Boxing which moved the young welterweight prospect “The King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) into position for his run at a world welterweight title. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

BBU Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

Finnish heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja (7-2-1, 5 KOs) will be back to the squared circle on Feb. 21, in Vaasa, Finland, to defend his Baltic Boxing Union belt against an opponent to be named soon in a scheduled eight-rounder. Haapoja, 28, acquired his crown last year with a split decision over Russian journeyman Daniel Peret(yatko). He also won the national title with a ninth-round stoppage of experienced Sami Elovaara last November. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. returns!

Team Camacho alleges forgery

Contrary to recent reports of a fight suspension in Puerto Rico, Hector Camacho, Jr. (47-3, 27KOs) is set to face Sammy Sparkman (20-17, 9KOs) in a 10 round middleweight clash on January 17th at the Rock Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Camacho, Jr., was recently embroiled in a controversial situation where it was alleged he backed out of a scheduled match up against Yory Boy Campos, in Tijuana. Mexico, after signing the fight agreement. Camacho’s camp vehemently denies any underhanded involvement and contends that he did not agree to or sign any legal binding papers agreeing to the match up. Also a point of strong contention is the alleged signature on the fight documents is not that of Hector Camacho, Jr, but is a forgery. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

TKO inks Ayala!

Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (18-3-1, 8 KOs) has joined forces with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions in an exclusive promotional agreement. In Ayala’s last bout on March 29, 2008, he battled IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham over twelve hard fought rounds before being stopped in the final stanza. He fought to a draw with Sergio Mora in October 2007. The 27 year old Ayala will return to the ring against TBA on January 23rd at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “Elvin has all the tools to be a world champion and our goal is to get him another shot at the title this year. Prior to the fight with Abraham he had the draw with Sergio Mora who went on to beat Vernon Forrest so there’s no question in our mind that he can compete at a world class level. We’re proud to add him to our team at TKO Boxing,” said TKO chief Chet Koerner.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Erdei, Inkin public workout!

Photos: Eroll Popova

Fighters appearing on Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill worked out for the public at Voets Autozentrum in South Magdeburg. Among those on hand were WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei, his challenger Yuri Barashian, WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin, mandatory challenger Karoly Balzsay, and world super middleweight title challengers Dimitri Sartison and Robert Stieglitz. See our giant photo gallery. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Houston Presser Quick Quotes!

By Byron Spurlock

Juan Manuel Marquez: I’m going to prepare myself very well for this fight and I’m going to come prepared.  I’m going to fight this fight for all the Mexican fans. I feel good and I feel very young.  I hope that everybody comes out to watch a great fight.
Juan Diaz: It’s a amazing to be in this position right now, I had my first loss last year and I had one of biggest wins last year too.  This is a new year and I want to start it off right and this is winning a world title in my hometown against a legendary world champion Marquez.
Marquez’ Trainer “Nacho” Beristain: Fighters like Juan, Rocky, and Marquez are big names in boxing and that’s what makes a fight card like this so attractive.
Diaz’ manager Willie Savannah: Marquez is considered one of the best fighters in the world today and Juan is considered one of the best in his division. So we have the best fighting the best and this is exactly what we wanted.
Diaz’ trainer Ronnie Shields: Styles make fights and this is going to be a good fight for both of these fighters come at their opponents. This is going to be an action-packed fight, that you don’t want to miss.
Rocky Juarez: What a better place to win my world title right here in Houston. I even took less money to gt the fight here.
Juarez’ trainer Ronnie Shields: These guys are going to have a tough fight. Chris John is the champion right now and Rocky has to defeat Chris if he wants that title. This may be Rocky’s last chance to win a world title.
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Marquez faces Diaz and Juarez faces WBA champ Chris John on February 28th at the Toyota Center in Houston.



January 8th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon tops “UFC Fight Night”

UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV against fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . . . Click here for more



January 8th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts for 1/25 WEC card

World Extreme Cagefighting® today confirmed the remaining bouts on an already blockbuster card which will feature WEC® lightweight champion Jamie Varner defending his belt against undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Plus, in the co-main event, former WEC featherweight title holder Urijah Faber and former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver look to deliver another classic in 2009 as the WEC holds its first-ever event in San Diego at the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday, January 25 . . . . Click here for more



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Gomez fight set!

WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced today that WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez of Cuba/Germany have reached an agreement and signed for their mandatory fight. The purse offer, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled. Shelly Finkel, representing Klitschko, and Ahmet Oner, representing Gomez, both informed Sulaiman of the agreement. The fight will be held in Germany during the first two weeks of March 2009.



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