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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Local lightweight favorite "Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round ...

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ...

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

By Gary Digital Williams at the scale Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4 (IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles) Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie ...

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 (NABO featherweight title) Note: Cruz' final Weight was 126 Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2 Matt Korobov ...

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today ...

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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin,

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

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Boxing Result

Eastern Euro Results!

By Alexey Sukachev

Uzbek’s top domestic prospect, jr welterweight Sherzodbek Alimjanov (13-0, 9 KOs) ended 2008 with his ninth victory of the year on Wednesday night at Zhar Sports Palace in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Alimjanov scored a confident twelve-round decision over Georgian George Ungiadze (13-7, 5 KOs) with the scores 120-110, 117-111 and 117-112 to capture the vacant WBC CISBB title. Also, another young gun jr middleweight Tursunbay Ablyakimov (10-1, 3 KOs) outpointed previously undefeated Aibek Jeenbekov (3-1) over six. The show was promoted by Shuhrat Haydarov of “Favzul Munavvar” promotional group. Other results: Mamasoli Kimsanbayev (8-1, 2 KOs) W8 Akmal Mirzaev (3-6, 1 KO); Zohid Hudoyberdiev (9-0, 4 KOs) TKO4 Ilgiz Akmataliev (0-2); Nurilo Mirzaev (2-0-1, 2 KOs) TKO 2 Emil Abishkaev (0-4)
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Top Belarussian promoter Valery Kaplya staged a local card on Monday at Reactor Club in Minsk, Belarus, which had been first scheduled to have highly regarded European lightweight contender Yuri Romanov (21-2, 14 KOs) in a tune-up fight as its main event. “Unfortunately, Yuri caught a chill and I was forced to cancel his bout. He is planned to be back to the squared circle in February,” revealed Kaplya. Other results: Mahamed Aripgadzhiev (12-2, 7 KOs) W6 George Tevdorashvili (4-1-1, 3 KOs); Andrey Salakhutdinov (8-0, 1 KO) TKO1 Maxim Balandin (0-1); Andrey Abramenko (11-0-1, 2 KOs) W6 Oleg Krutko (0-6); Sergey Riabchenko (6-0, 2 KOs) TKO 3 Alexander Abramenko (14-20-1, 3 KOs).



December 27th, 2008



UFC

UFC weigh-in open to public!

Autographs, Couture and weigh-in slated for Friday!

An autograph session and the weigh-in for UFC 92 is open to the public Friday in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand. From 1 to 3 p.m. PT, at the Concourse of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Stephan Bonnar, Mac Danzig, Efrain Escudero and Kenny Florian will be available for autographs. Then, from 2 to 3, open to UFC Fight Club members, Randy “The Natural” Couture will be available to Q & A. The weigh-in follows, from 3 to 5. Fighters will step on the scale at 4 p.m.

It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter®, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter® coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. For more info on UFC 92, visit 92.ufc.com



December 26th, 2008

Boxing News

Katsidis returns January 31!

Fight manager Brendon Smith informs that former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis (23-2, 20 KOs) will return on January 31st against Angelo Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2, 8 KOs). The bout for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific lightweight belt will take place at a site to be named in either Cebu City or Manila. Sammy Gello-ani will promote the event.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

South Africa Boxing 2008!

By Ron Jackson

Mere numbers suggest that South African boxers had a bumper year in 2008. Twenty seven “world” title fights and twenty nine South African title fights.However, on closer inspection one must ask whether any of them can be ranked among the top ten in the world in their divisions, let alone be called world champions. This is how they ranked in the honours: (more…)



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Martinez ready for Cook!

By Lee Bates

Fresh off of his unanimous decision victory over colombian veteran Walter Estrada, the stage is now set for Ramon “Rocky” Martinez (21-0-1, 12 KOs) to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Nicky Cook of England in early 2009. Martinez gave his thoughts on possibly having to fight in England for his first world title fight, anticipation of an action packed fight with Cook, and overcoming Cook’s fight experience edge. (more…)



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Russian contenders invade LA!

By Alexey Sukachev

As was previously announced by German Titov during his Fightnews exclusive interview, Russia’s most active promoter will keep a permanent training camp in Los Angeles. Several of Titov’s fighters will use the base to prepare for future fights in Russia as well as possible match-ups in America. The first wave of boxers will depart to the USA in January and, according to Allboxing.ru, will include WBO #7 middleweight Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs); WBA #2, IBF #6, WBC and WBO #8 cruiserweight Grigoriy Drozd (31-1, 23 KOs); WBO #14 heavyweight Alexey Mazikin (13-2-1, 3 KOs); WBO #5 featherweight Andrey Isaev (19-1, 6 KOs); IBF #9, WBO #11 and WBC #12 junior welterweight Sergey Sorokin (28-1-1, 19 KOs); WBO #4 super featherweight Alisher Rakhimov (18-0, 10 KOs); and WBO #11 featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (16-1, 3 KOs).



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Boxing back at the Plaza!

First fight card in four years

For the first time in over four years, pro boxing will return to the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 23rd. The card will be the first of a bi-monthly series promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions and “Let’s Get It On” Promotions. Headlining will be IBF #2, WBO #5, WBA #8, WBC #15 cruiserweight BJ Flores (21-0-1, 13 KOs). The co-feature bout will mark the return of world title challenger Elvin Ayala (18-3-1, 8 KOs). Also seeing action will be undefeated welterweight prospect Bayan Jargal (9-0-1, 6 KOs) and brothers Derek and Tyler Hinkey in four round bouts. Tickets are $24.50 to $99.50 and go on sale Monday morning.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Griffin not looking past Evans

UFC 92 is live on PPV Dec. 27

To whom much is given, much is required. For current UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, one of the requirements of being the top dog in the UFC’s toughest division is dealing with the press. It’s not the Griffin hates the media, but there’s a sense that time spent promoting fights is time away from training for the actual fight. And for the champion, his next opponent is one of the most dangerous that he’s faced.. . . click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.

It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter®, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter® coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. For more info on UFC 92, visit 92.ufc.com



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

UFC 92: Final presser!

UFC 92 is live on PPV Dec. 27

With UFC 92 itching closer, the headlining fighters proved to be men of few words at the pre-fight press conference. Three days before one of the biggest fight cards in UFC history, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, Frank Mir, and Antonio Nogueira came together to address the media before their respective battles. . . . click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.

It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter®, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter® coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. For more info on UFC 92, visit 92.ufc.com



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Cohen on top in S. Philly!

By Rick Scharmberg

Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will headline a benefit show at the South Philadelphia High School, located at Broad and Warner, on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Cohen will face Robbie “Taz-Mexican Devil” Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), of Lafayette, IN for the WBF light heavyweight title in the eight round main event. Other fighters tentatively scheduled to appear in separate bouts include middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi and junior welterweight Oscar Vasquez of Delaware, lightweights Victor Vasquez and Anthony Flores, plus cruiserweight Tony Ferrante, all from Philadelphia.

Heavyweight John Mercurio and female junior featherweight attraction Nasia Brown will be making their pro debuts. The promoter is Bionic Bull Promotions, in association with The Community Connection Services and Development Benefit. The matchmaker is Nick Tiberi. Tickets are priced at $20, $40, and $50 and can be purchased by calling 215-755-8155. Doors open at 6:30pm. The first bout begins at 7:30pm sharp.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

Many insiders felt Floyd Mayweather’s retirement wouldn’t last, and Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe has now confirmed that Floyd is entertaining inquiries about possible fights with Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
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U.S. Olympian Luis Yanez will make his pro debut on February 20th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Mexican fighters over the age of 55 who have fought in California may be entitled to a check. Former WBC featherweight champion Marcos Villasana recently collected $11,000 and Octavio Robles got $5,000. Contact the WBC for more details.

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Balco founder Victor Conte filed a memorandum in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking to have a defamation suit against him by Sugar Shane Mosley dismissed. In a statement released at the same time, Conte called for Mosley to “receive the consequences he deserves for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.” Mosley has denied knowingly taking illegal substances.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Montiel, Solis twinbill?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Possibilities exist that Mexican world champions Fernando “KO Chulito” Montiel and Ulises “Archie” Solís will defend their titles against Filipinos Nonito Donaire and Brian Viloria in early 2009. Montiel would defend his WBO super flyweight world championship, while Solís would defend the IBF junior flyweight crown. Although there has been talk of Montiel moving up to bantamweight, discussions continue in regard to defending the 115lb crown. The fights would take place in the Philippines in March.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Dzinziruk: Williams is afraid!

“Hey Paul, we read here in Europe that you want to squeeze out of a fight against me,” said WBO super welterweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk. “Apparently you’re looking for an opponent and planning other fights because you’re afraid to go against me. You don’t need to look left or right look, the right way to look is the way to the champion – and that is me! There can only be one meaningful fight and that’s Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Paul Williams. I’m the world champion and you’re only an interim champ. I’m ready to face you anytime and defend the REAL WBO belt in the ring!”

“Sergiy is one of our best fighters, the world’s best boxer at super welterweight and is unbeaten,” added Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “We want that he can finally show his skills in the United States.”

“So once more clearly – I am ready,” concluded Dzinziruk. “There can be only one WBO world champion at super welterweight and that’s me!”



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Sauerland dismisses Protest!

Team Sauerland will reconsider its plan to offer Evander Holyfield a rematch against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev following remarks made by Holyfield’s trainer Tommy Brooks. The coach of the 46-year-old boxing legend, who lost a close majority decision by the scores of 116-112, 115-114 and 114-114, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I think it was just some home cooking for a promoter’s fighter. I think somebody was just greasing somebody’s palms.”

Wilfried Sauerland was shocked when he found out about the statements. “I can understand his disappointment,” the manager said. “After all, his fighter put on a an impressive performance for which he deserves our respect. However, I cannot comprehend his remarks at all. They are derisive, outrageous and absolutely untrue. I would not have expected such unsporting behaviour from him. We offered Holyfield a rematch straight away but now we will have to reconsider it.” (more…)



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Holm returns Jan. 23

Holly Holm (22-1-3, 6 KOs) will return to Albuquerque to headline a title fight on a card Jan. 23 from the Isleta Resort & Casino. The Fresquez Productions card will pit Holm against former champ Myriam Lamare (16-2, 9 KOs), of Marseille, France, in a WIBA welterweight title fight. In the co-main, Bloomfield’s Joe Gomez (15-1-1, 7 KOs) vs. TBA, in an eight-rounder at welter; Albuquerque welter Josh “Pitbull” Torres (2-1, 1 KO) goes four with El Paso’s Cornelius “Hard Times” Shuler (1-2); Albuquerque middleweight Carlos Sanchez (1-0) goes four with debuter Mike Rodriguez, also of the Duke City; and in the opener, Albuquerque bantam debuters Raymond Montes and Guillermo Alvarez will go four.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Holyfield protests loss!

46-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has reportedly filed a protest today with the WBA over his loss to WBA champion Nikolai Valuev on Saturday in Zurich, Switzerland. “I don’t know why the judges did that, but it’s an injustice,” Holyfield told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re filing a protest that basically says, ‘we want you to overturn this.’ I just want what’s rightfully mine. I didn’t lose. I won.” Meanwhile Holyfield’s trainer Tommy Brooks has leveled charges of corruption. “I think it was just some home cooking for a promoter’s fighter,” Brooks told the newspaper. “I think somebody was just greasing somebody’s palms.” WBA attorney Robert Mack said the WBA Champions Committee will consider the protest and if it is upheld a rematch could be ordered.



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Naito keeps WBC flyweight belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Free-swinging Daisuke Naito (34-2-3, 22 KOs), 112, kept his WBC flyweight belt as he put on a tricky, unorthodox and comical performance, steadily piled up points and finally dropped ex-OPBF champ Shingo Yamaguchi (23-6-2, 9 KOs), 111.75, with a roundhouse right en route to referee Fukuchi’s well-received stoppage at 1:12 of the eleventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was just like a pier-six brawl of the Japanese compatriots at the Ryogoku Sumo Arena. Should we compare the defending champ Naito with legendary world flyweight champ Jimmy Wilde (this reporter has watched some footage of his classic fight in 1910’s), Wilde might look more scientific and less wild than Naito. The Japanese must be the trickiest and most awkward of all world champs in all categories. Naito seldom hit straight punches but threw old-fashioned swings from all angles. (more…)



December 25th, 2008

Boxing Result

Naito keeps WBC fly belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Free-swinging Daisuke Naito (34-2-3, 22 KOs), 112, kept his WBC flyweight belt as he put on a tricky, unorthodox and comical performance, steadily piled up points and finally dropped ex-OPBF champ Shingo Yamaguchi (23-6-2, 9 KOs), 111.75, with a roundhouse right en route to referee Fukuchi’s well-received stoppage at 1:12 of the eleventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was just like a pier-six brawl of the Japanese compatriots at the Ryogoku Sumo Arena. Should we compare the defending champ Naito with legendary world flyweight champ Jimmy Wilde (this reporter has watched some footage of his classic fight in 1910’s), Wilde might look more scientific and less wild than Naito. The Japanese must be the trickiest and most awkward of all world champs in all categories. Naito seldom hit straight punches but threw old-fashioned swings from all angles. (more…)



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Penalosa to be stripped?

By Lee Bates

Negotiations for a matchup between WBO world bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (53-6-2, 36 KOs) and #1 contender Eric Morel (40-2, 21 KOs) have stalled for the moment. According to the Morel Camp, the champion’s team has not been very cooperative in putting the fight together. “We have made several attempts to contact Penalosa’s team without any success,” stated Ivan Rivera. “Penalosa’s team is being very difficult. Morel has earned the right to a title fight. WBO president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel named Morel the mandatory challenger at the WBO Convention this past November. The next course of action is for us to petition the WBO to step in and strip him of his title if he’s not going to honor his mandatory defense. It really shouldn’t even come down to this as we’ve been very professional about the negotiations and have made a fair offer. We only want Penalosa to do the right thing and honor his mandatory title defense against Morel.”



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Israel Vazquez Update!

It’s been quite a year for Super bantamweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez.

After winning the rubber match against Rafael Marquez in one of boxing’s most beloved trilogies and what’s considered to be one of the fights of 2008, Vazquez’s popularity soared. Now more than ever, people recognize him and usually ask for his autograph or a picture. “It’s so different. I’m still not used to it,” Vazquez said from his home in Los Angeles. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about but to actually have it happen is unbelievable.”

It took a lot of work, pain and self belief to get to this point. He had to go to war against a powerful and merciless opponent like Oscar Larios three times. He also chopped down the highly regarded champion Jhonny Gonzalez in a late rally after being knocked down twice and lagging behind on all cards. In addition, he went to war another three times against one of boxing’s most ferocious punchers in Rafael Marquez who he defeated twice in fights that will forever be remembered.

After almost a decade as a professional fighter, the accolades finally came. He was honored with recognition from publications like “The Ring” to “Hispanic” magazine. His popularity grew even larger after The Showtime Network released a documentary on his three fight series with Marquez. He also served as a special commentator for the Telemundo network during the Olympics and appeared on Telefutura’s boxing show “Solo Boxeo”, where he helped call the action along with Bernardo Osuna and Ricardo Celis. “A part of me really wants to be a ringside commentator. I really enjoyed the experience,” Vazquez said. “It’s something I want to do after I retire.”

But the road to the top took a physical toll. He’s been recovering from a detached retina he suffered against Marquez for most of 2008. Manager Frank Espinoza has been keeping watch over his charge, making sure he regains his health. “It’s been a slow process. The doctor says he might be ready to fight again in a few months but we’re not sure right now,” he said. “Israel’s health is what’s important here. We would never let him get back in the ring unless he was a hundred percent ready.”

Vazquez looks forward to 2009 when a fourth match against Marquez could materialize. In the meantime, Marquez is reportedly keeping himself busy as he prepares for a possible match against WBA champion Celestino Caballero. Although he’d love a fourth go at Marquez, Vazquez is content to sit back and heal properly while other fighters keep calling him out. “Juan Manuel Lopez, Jorge Arce and Vic Darchinyan have all mentioned my name. The list is long,” Vazquez said. “It’s normal that people want to topple the guy at the top. Everyone wants what I have and I have to fight to keep it.”

Although his promotional contract with Sycuan Ringside expires this coming June, Vazquez says he has no plans to move on to another promotional company at the moment. “There are a lot of important and exciting fights to be made in the future,” Vazquez said. “I still have a lot of goals to accomplish. I want to win the featherweight and super featherweight titles.”

After he’s cleared by his physician, Vazquez is assuring the fans that he’ll continue giving them the thrills he’s been providing for years. “Whether it’s against Marquez or Marco Antonio Barrera or Darchinyan. I want to get back in the ring against the best. Especially against Barrera who’s my idol. If I could have any fight, that’s the one I want. That would be truly a big fight for me,” Vazquez said. “I plan for 2009 to be another amazing year. I want this coming year to be even better then the last.”

Finally, the champ sends warm wishes to the fans. “I want all the readers to have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2009. I always appreciate their support. They make our business possible,” Vazquez said. “Without the fans we’re nothing and I feel humbled every time someone asks me for an autograph or a picture. I want them to know that they can always count on me to say yes and they can always count on me to give them exciting performances in the ring. My family, my friends, the sport and the fans are what I live for and to them I’m forever grateful.” (more…)



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Holyfield-Valuev rematch?

A rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and ring legend Evander Holyfield could take place after Valuev’s WBA-mandated fight against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev. “Holyfield was impressive and the close result makes a rematch a possibility,” stated Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer. “But Nikolai has to fight Chagaev first. There is no need for Chagaev to fight a different opponent before because Nikolai is ready and waiting for him. After that, we will see what happens.” (more…)



December 20th, 2008

Boxing Result

Soto defeats Lorenzo!

WBC super featherweight interim champion Humberto Soto (46-7-2, 29 KOs) avenged his controversial DQ loss to Francisco Lorenzo (33-5, 14 KOs) last June by scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Lorenzo on Saturday night at Parque Andres Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Mexico. It was a much more competitive encounter than their first fight with Lorenzo fighting furiously all the way through. Soto’s class prevailed, however, as he won 118-108, 117-109, 117-109. With the win, Soto became the WBC’s full champion and may now drop the interim moniker. The referee was Jay Nady, who deducted points from Lorenzo for fouls in round seven and eight.

Former WBC featherweight champion Guty Espadas Jr (44-7, 28 KOs) won a lop-sided ten round technical decision over journeyman Fredy Blandon (9-16, 5 KOs). The bout was stopped at 1:37 of the tenth after an unintentional headbutt cut Espadas over the left eye. Scores were 100-91, 100-90, 100-90.

Unbeaten lightweight Antonio Lozada Jr (18-0, 16 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the second time in his career. Lozada won a six round unanimous decision over late sub Tomas Sierra (10-7).



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Valuev edges Holyfield!

By Alexey Sukachev

WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) retained his title with an unspectacular majority decision over legendary ex-champion Evander Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 115-114, 116-112. Both fighters started the contest very cautiously, however “The Real Deal” was able to score twice with lefts in the opening round while dancing away from Valuev’s lazy jab. The pattern was repeated in following two rounds, when the champion seemed to be too slow and too reluctant to force the action, while the challenger was a bit more active having some mild success in close quarters. In round four, Valuev began to land a counter right hook and added an uppercut on occasion. He also became more consistent with his jabs, throwing them with increased accuracy. Round five was close but Holyfield was a bit more active and precise. Round six turned out to be a crucial point as the Russian, seemingly behind on the scorecards, finally set the correct path for his jab and right in return.

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December 20th, 2008

Exclusive

Maskaev to get WBC title shot!

Will face winner of Klitschko-Gomez

By Matt Richardson

According to an exclusive memo obtained by Fightnews.com, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will get a chance to regain his title against the winner of a proposed fight between current champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. According to the memo, sent by WBC president Jose Sulaiman last Monday, Klitschko is to fight Gomez by April 30, 2009 with a potential extension allowed to no later than June 30. With Gomez getting his title shot it will clear the way for Maskaev (35-6, 26 KO’s) to become the mandatory challenger. The winner of the Klitschko-Gomez fight then has 120 days to defend his title against Maskaev “with a possible extension of 60 additional days under extenuating circumstances.” A period of 30 days, according to the memo, will be allowed after the Klitschko-Gomez fight to negotiate a fight against Maskaev, which, if not completed accordingly, will then go thru the traditional purse offer procedure. (more…)



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Solo Boxeo Ends

By Bruce Trampler, Chief Matchmaker, Top Rank

For eight years, Telefutura’s highly-rated program was the most important factor in developing young boxing talent in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Numerous future champions and young contenders “made their bones” on the series, which reached greater audiences than any other televised boxing program. It’s time to sing the praises of the men who really made the show work for all of us, inside and outside of the boxing ring. A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to network sports president David Downs and executive producer Art Izquierdo, the Univision executives who championed boxing on the network. Ring announcer extraordinaire Lupe Contreras, La Voz del Boxeo, has been a tremendous ambassador for the program and our sport. (more…)



December 17th, 2008

Boxing News

Pavlik, Cotto PPV twinbill!

Promoter Bob Arum revealed today that Top Rank is planning a major pay-per-view telecast on February 21 featuring WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik defending his title, plus two division champion Miguel Cotto fighting for the world title. The telecast will be split between two locations. Pavlik is expected to face Marco Antonio Rubio, while Cotto is expected to face Michael Jennings for the WBO welterweight belt vacated by Paul Williams.



December 1st, 2008

Boxing News

Kotelnik-Maidana Update!

WBA jr. welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) has informed Fightnews.com that he will fight against Argentinian puncher Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs) in February. “I can inform that on February 7th I will fight against Maidana,” stated Kotelnik. “The fight contract is not signed yet, but he is my mandatory challenger. I don’t know about him much yet, but I will study him during preparation in Germany. Now I have begun preparations for the fight in the Ukraine. Why won’t I fight with Salita? First, I’ll knock out Maidana and then I’ll do a fight against Salita. If he wants this fight I’ll accept a call.”



November 24th, 2008

Boxing News

Brewster ready for Seldon

Former WBO heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) remains very confident approaching his 12-round clash with former WBA heavy champ Bruce Seldon (39-8, 35 KOs) on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “I’m feeling relaxed and ready,” Brewster said. “I’ve done everything I could do to prepare for Seldon. I’m a man of God and I’m going to leave it all in His hands. I feel very good about this fight. I expect him to come in guns blazing and be at his best. He realizes this is an opportunity to make a name for himself. It’s going to be a showdown. He’s no one to take lightly, his record speaks for himself. He’s beaten some big names in the past and it’s my job to not become a statistic. I feel like this is destiny for me to be fighting in front of my hometown. I am determined to put on a great fight and to show that I am truly the best heavyweight out there.”

Loads of heavyweights on the undercard. “Fast” Fres Oquendo (29-4, 18 KO) faces Gabe Brown (18-9, 12 KO); Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) will face Otis Tisdale (25-22-1, 15 KOs); Chris Koval (24-4, 18 KOs) goes against Cruz Quintana; and local favorite Enrique “Yaqui” Ruiz, (20-4, 16 KO) will also be in action. In addition, former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin “Concrete” Davis (24-9, 17 KOs) will face James Brock and former light-heavyweight title challenger George “Honey Boy” Blades (21-4, 15 KOs) will face TBA. The show is the sophomore effort of Brewster’s own Relentless Events in association with Colin Bates’ CBelieve. For tickets ($17 to $152) call 317-239-5151.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Lennox wants $100 million!

43-year-old former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he will return for a rematch with Vitali Klitschko if someone coughs up $100 million. “It is not and it has never been about the money,” Lewis claimed to the London Independent. “I’ve had big offers again and again since the first day that I retired and I always say ‘No’. It is about respect and the glory. I have nothing to prove.”



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Alvarez to face Pinzon

All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO will close their 2008 season on December 5th at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. The main event will feature hot 18-year-old Mexican prospect Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (22-0-1, 15 KOs), who will be defending his WBA FEDECENTRO welterweight title against power-punching challenger Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon (16-1, 15 KOs) in clash scheduled for twelve rounds. Also in action is jr. lightweight Orlando Gonzalez (12-1-1, 3 KOs), jr. middleweight Derrick Ennis (16-2-1, 12 KOs), and welterweight Sergio “The Cuban Kid” Garcia (8-6, 5 KOs) in separate bouts. Their opponents will be announced shortly. Seven fights are scheduled, doors open at 7:00 PM, first bout 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave. Miami, FL, by calling their ticket office at 1-877-242-6464 or at all Ticketmaster locations www.ticketmaster.com The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing Result

Rosas-Perez draw!

In a WBA flyweight eliminator, Mexican Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas and Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. In another battle, featherweight Ernesto Morales scored a second round knockout against Fernando “Torito” Torres in a bout for the Mexican national championship and an opportunity to contend for the WBA world championship.



November 23rd, 2008

Interview

Garay, Brähmer speak!

WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Hugo Garay: “I’ve had two bad experiences with fights in Germany. Therefore, I prepared even more intensively and decided to fight with my heart. Now I would like a title unification and to get revenge against Zsolt Erdei.
Challenger Jürgen Brähmer: I didn’t properly use my mobility. He imposed his tactics on me. That was very clever. Already in the first three rounds I didn’t fight how we really wanted to fight. I wanted to fight, but that’s not really my boxing style. I really counted too much on catchng him with something hard. But the experience of such a fight is very important for me. I will learn from it. We must take these fights to get to the top and that’s what I want. I started boxing to become a world champion and not only European champion. so I will continue to work on this dream. And I will do it. That I am sure. I can still be better. I noticed this in training. If I go on working hard, I get quickly get where I want to be. (more…)



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing Result

Godfrey wins in N. Dakota

In front of a standing room only crowd at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, three of CES’ rising stars, Matt Godfrey, Aaron Williams and Hank Lundy all put on impressive performances in securing victories on Saturday night. Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), the reigning NABF cruiserweight champion, added the brand new Sovereign Nations Boxing Council crown to his resume with an impressive shut-out performance over Eddie Gutierrez (15-6-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91. Cruiserweight Aaron Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round KO against David Williams (5-2-1, 2 KOs), and rising lightweight prospect Hank Lundy (12-0-1, 6 KOs) topped Ben Odamattey (13-12-2, 5 KOs) over six.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Pacman Turkey Giveaway!

Four-time world champion Manny Pacquiao gives away 500 turkeys to his many loyal fans at the Lake Street Park in Historic Filipino Town in Los Angeles Sunday. Pacquiao wished Happy Thanksgiving to all of them and said the turkeys were his gift to them for their support. Pacquiao is in training for his upcoming world welterweight rumble ‘Dream Match’ against the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday,December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy and Top Rank present De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao which will available on HBO Pay Per View.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Hatton: ‘I took care of business!’

Most fighters have a hard time returning to the scene that delivered their most heartbreaking loss. Ricky Hatton was soundly pummeled and knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. just one year ago at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. After the beating, questions arose of Hatton’s status in the boxing world. Some said he was simply overrated while others stated he was nearing the end of his rope. Judging by Saturday night’s brilliant performance back at the MGM against the No. 2 junior welterweight in the world, Paulie Malignaggi, the naysayers may have been a bit premature in their assumptions . . . . Click here for more



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