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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla

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Boxing News

Colorado promoters come together!

By Chris Morris / Rock Mountain Boxing

With the economy on the slide and boxing feeling the punches, one wouldn’t expect this would lead to better fight cards in Colorado but that is exactly what’s happening as four of Colorado’s best promoters unite for one afternoon of pro boxing. Poor Boys Pro Boxing headed by Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith, Moonlight Productions headed by C.C. Edwards, Inside Boxing headed by Aurelio Martinez and last but never the least Airtight Boxing headed by Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas are pooling their talents together for a show fittingly entitled ‘Come Together.’ The show is set for Saturday January 31st at the Softball Country Arena with a start time of 2pm and will be headlined by welterweight Donald Camarena (19-5, 9 KOs). (more…)



December 31st, 2008



Boxing News

Harrison gets early release!

Former two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs) has received an early release from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. Harrison, who has had a long history of run-ins with the law, served four months. He did not comment upon leaving the facility this morning. Although still just 31, Harrison’s legal woes have kept him out of the ring since November 2005.



December 31st, 2008

Top Boxing Stories

Denkaosen wins WBA 112lb belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Perennial top contender Denakaosen Kaowichit (45-1-1, 19 KOs), 111.75, Thailand, very impressively captured the WBA flyweight belt as he showed a fine opening attack in the first, and caught defending champ Takafumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs), 112, making his fifth defense, with a vicious right under the ear and finished him for the count at 2:55 of the second round on Wednesday in Hiroshima, Japan. It was their grudge fight as they battled to a draw in the first encounter last November.

Undercard: Unbeaten Japan-based Russian Sasha Bakhtin, 117.5, was awarded a lopsided technical decision (100-90 twice and 100-89) over OPBF top ranked Korean national titlist Sungkook Kim, 118, at 1:07 of the tenth session in a scheduled twelve. Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

No holiday for Erdei, Inkin!

While most the world is enjoying the year end holidays, it’s business as usual in Hamburg’s famous Universum Gym. In preparation for the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) with his trainer Fritz Sdunek, and WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) with his trainer Magomed Shaburov are in the midst of the last and most intense phase of sparring. “While the others celebrate, dancing and drinking, we still need to work hard – this was not Christmas,” said Erdei. The two world champions will continue to train in Hamburg until Friday, before heading to Magdeburg for the January 10th world title twinbill at the Bördelandhalle. Longtime titleholder Erdei defends against former European champion Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) while Inkin makes his first title defense facing stablemate Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs). This bout has added intrigue as Universum trainers Sdunek and Shaburov will be in opposite corners.



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

Cotto opens training camp!


Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto and trainer Evangelista Cotto work the mitts during media day Tuesday in Puerto Rico.  Cotto has been training for three weeks and is getting ready to take on Michael Jennings for the vacant WBO welterweight title on February 21 in a Top Rank Pay per view card. “I had missed the gym and I was ready to come back and start training,” said Cotto of his return. “I’m looking forward to a great training camp and to a big fight. I feel very confident that I will return to Puerto Rico in February as a world champion,” added the two time world champion from his hometown gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico.



December 30th, 2008

Interview

Floyd Sr: Oscar will beat Junior!

By Lee Bates

After hearing of the possibility of Oscar De La Hoya facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr. shared his thoughts on Oscar’s chances of victory against ‘The Son of the Legend.’ “I can tell you with me in his corner Oscar would beat Chavez Jr. without a doubt.” he proclaimed.  Mayweather Sr. also talked about his battle with sarcoidosis, and how Ricky Hatton would do in a super showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
(more…)



December 30th, 2008

Boxing News

Panama boxing boom!

By Robert Coster

Panama, the perennial hotbed of fistic talent and tradition, went through another year of exceptional boxing activity with an average of two shows per month while counting presently four world champions, five dynamic promotional companies and new young stars coming forward. Boxing is alive and well in the land of Roberto Duran and the stats prove it. (more…)



December 30th, 2008

Boxing News

Maccarinelli-Banks rescheduled!

Former WBO cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli and Johnathon Banks will meet in February for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title with site and date to be named. The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this month in London, but the Banks withdrew only a few days before, leaving Maccarinelli to face heavyweight Mathew Ellis instead – whom he blasted out in two rounds. The Frank Warren-promoted card will also feature lightweight star Amir Khan.



December 30th, 2008

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. suspended!

By: Gabriel F. Cordero

The  Puerto Rico Boxing Commission has indefinitely suspended Hector Camacho Jr.  The suspension has to do with the cancellation of a bout between Camacho and Yory Boy Campas in November in Tijuana, Mexico.  Camacho had denied signing for that bout. Reportedly, there could be a fine and the possibility that Camacho would not be able to fight in Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico.



December 30th, 2008

Boxing News

New foe for Solis!

By Lee Bates

2004 Olympic gold medalist heavyweight Odlanier Solis (12-0, 8 KOs) originally scheduled to face former world title challenger Owen Beck will now defend his WBC International heavyweight title against Franklin Lawrence (11-1-2, 6 KOs) of Indianapolis, Indiana. Lawrence’s best performance to date was a draw against veteran Friday Ahunanya and in his only loss he suffered an arm injury in the first round against then unbeaten Bermane Stiverne where he was unable to continue after the injury. The bout will be televised on ESPN2 Friday January 9th from the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada.



December 30th, 2008

Boxing News

Close up with PR Best Boxing!

By Lee Bates / Photo: Jose Perez

PR Best Boxing promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) entered the sport of boxing unexpectedly, but once they were in they took full advantage of their opportunity. The Rivera brothers, who have been lifelong boxing fans started their own casual and surfwear business called ‘Xplotion’ in the early 1990s in Puerto Rico. They realized during that time there weren’t a lot of sponsorships for the professional boxers in Puerto Rico and they came up with the idea to sponsor fighters. Several world champion Puerto Rican fighters have worn their apparel such as world champions Felix  Trinidad, Miguel Cotto, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., and Daniel Santos just to name a few. (more…)



December 30th, 2008

Feature Story

Q&A: Beibut Shumenov!

By Alexey Sukachev

It’s not a common turn of events, when a fighter starts to create a considerable buzz over his accomplishments around the Internet before he actually got on regional or national TV. The most known example of this kind is a record-breaking KO terror Edwin Valero, who snatched eighteen consecutive first-round kayos, which were seen around the world mostly via the web. It was later when he started fighting in televised events worldwide. It seems we have a new Internet boxing phenomenon on the way up and his name is Beibut Shumenov. (more…)



December 29th, 2008

Boxing Result

Snyder stuns Pryor Jr!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Big win for the “OC Bomber” Joshua Snyder (8-3-1, 3 KOs) Saturday night in Cincinnati, Ohio. Snyder won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Aaron Pryor Jr (11-1, 8 KOs) at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. Snyder won by scores of 77-75 (twice). One judge scored the bout 79-72 for Pryor, son of the hall of fame welterweight champion. The Snyder camp says that their boxer was able to get inside the taller Pryor and eventually won the crowd over. Snyder is now unbeaten in his last four bouts and has topped four of the five undefeated boxers he has faced in his career (Earl Cole, Jimmy Lubash, John Mackey and Pryor). The only loss came in a tough eight-round majority decision to Jessie Nicklow in January of this year.



December 29th, 2008

Boxing News

Alekseev, Brähmer added!

Two high calibre fights have been added to the January 17th “Universum Champions Night” in Düsseldorf at the Burg-Wächter Castello. Unbeaten cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (16-0, 15 KOs) will take on Victor Emilio Ramirez (13-1, 11 KOs) for the WBO interim cruiserweight title. Alekseev is rated WBO #2, while Ramirez is WBO #9. Also, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will return from a loss in November against WBA world champion Hugo Hernan Garay. The “100 Year Talent” will take on Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-5-1, 16 KOs). “I had a piece missing in my dream of winning a world championship — the fight against Garay made that clear,” said Brähmer. “Even if it’s only one small piece, the defeat has shown me that I still have work to do with my trainer Michael Timm. So I must work even more and even harder to still fulfill my dream. The fight against Williams coming so quickly after my last appearance is an important touchstone. In addition, it will help me to better establish myself in my new weight class at light heavyweight.”

As previously announced, the card will also include an attractive female world title bout between WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (22-0, 9 KOs) and ex-world champion Esther Schouten (22-4-1, 11 KOs).



December 29th, 2008

Boxing News

Oscar may not retire!

According to several press reports Mexico and Puerto Rico, a bout between Oscar De La Hoya and unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) is a possibility for May at the 100,000-deat Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Oscar twice defeated Julio’s father, Julio Cesar Chavez in 1996 and 1998, making a compelling story line if the bout were to happen.



December 29th, 2008

Exclusive

WBA to review Valuev-Holyfield

By Flattop

FightNews has learned that the WBA Championship Committee has ordered a panel of judges to review the contest between WBA heavyweight champion Nicolay Valuev and Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title, held December 20th in Switzerland. The source stated that the WBA is taking this action “Due to the respect for the opinion of the fans and the media.” Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) retained his title with a majority decision over legendary ex-champion Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 115-114, and 116-112. After the decision was announced, Holyfield received applause from Swiss crowd, while Valuev was notably booed. The WBA Championship Committee will issue a decision in the following weeks.



December 29th, 2008

UFC

Evans-Griffin Photo Report!

Mir stops Nog, Jackson KOs Silva

Octagonside by Victor Perea & Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

The Ultimate Fighter season one winner vs. The Ultimate Fighter season two winner. It’s safe to say that with a healthy dose of skepticism following the advent of the reality show among hard core MMA fans, nobody believed that two reality show stars would ever fight for a title—let alone fight each other for the most prestigious title in the UFC. Griffin shocked the world to capture the belt in July against a heavily favored “Rampage” Jackson. And last night, he was also the underdog going into the battle of Ultimate Fighter winners with Forrest Griffin . . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2008

UFC

Evans has arrived!

Post-fight report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

To say that Rashad Evans was never given a chance is an understatement. He was an underdog on season two of The Ultimate Fighter. He won that season’s heavyweight competition.

He was heavily picked to be soundly defeated by former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. He KO’d “The Iceman” with a highlight worthy overhand right.

And last night, he was also the underdog going into the battle of Ultimate Fighter winners with Forrest Griffin . . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2008

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Darchinyan-Arce!

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10AM!

Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank announced today that tickets will go on sale Tuesday for the February 7th championship doubleheader featuring the rumble between unified super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, and the NABO lightweight championship battle between top contenders Antonio Demarco and Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Priced at $250, $125, $90, $60, $45 and $35, tickets go on sale December 30 at 10AM PT, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (all Ticketmaster outlets), by phone, 714-740-2000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Honda Center box office.

Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) and Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) will settle their bitter hostilities toward each other, once and for all, in a fight to the finish. Their battle will be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) The broadcast will open with DeMarco (19-1-1, 13 KOs) risking his three-year, 13-bout unbeaten streak and Top-10 rating in a career-defining fight against the battle-tested Raiymkulov (27-1-1, 15 KOs), who is enjoying his own two-year winning streak.



December 28th, 2008

Boxing News

Klitschko to face Arreola?

By Alexey Potapov

IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) may face unbeaten IBF #2 rated Chris Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) in his next bout in April or May. Fightnews.com has learned that talks are underway and the fight would most likely take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If victorious, the Ukrainian champion is then obliged to fight against IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) by September 13th.



December 28th, 2008

UFC

Evans dethrones Griffin!

By Brady Crytzer, photo by Chris Cozzone

Rashad Evans stopped Forrest Griffin in the third round to become world light heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008. Round one was controlled by the rangy strikes of the champion Griffin as he pelted the challenger with hard jabs and snapping body kicks. The second round saw Griffin maintain his pace but begin to tire while Evans remained fresh. In round three Evans caught a lazy kick and cracked Griffin with a crisp right hand. With Griffin on his back, Evans began to tee off prompting the stoppage at 2:46.

In the co-main, Frank Mir made history by becoming the interim UFC heavyweight champion as well as the first man to ever stop Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Mir showed fantastic boxing throughout the first round by dropping his opponent twice with hard southpaw lefts. In the second round, Mir landed a powerful left hook that flattened Nogueira. Mir followed up with hard shots on the ground and finished the fight at 1:54.

In the third feature fight, revenge was sweet for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as he avenged two prior losses by knocking out nemesis Wanderlai Silva with a single left hook. The official time was 3:21 of round number one.

In other results: The Ultimate Fighter 7 middleweight runner up CB Dolloway defeated fellow upstart Mike Massenzio via TKO at 3:01 of the opening round via strikes from the back position.

Cheick Kongo finished UFC newcomer Mustapha al-Turk in the opening round with brutal ground n’ pound. The official time was 4:37.

On the undercard: Heavyweight kickboxing veteran Patrick Berry made his UFC debut a successful one stopping fellow striker Dan “The Viking” Evensen in the first round with a series of brutal lowkicks. The official time was 2:36. IFL standout “Bad” Brad Blackburn scored a unanimous decision over Ryo “Piranha” Chonan in a welterweight bout. Scores all read 29-28. Wrestling powerhouse Matt “The Hammer” Hamill scored a 2nd round TKO over Reese Andy in a light heavyweight contest. The official time was 2:19. Heavyweight striker Antoni Hardonk stopped Mike Wessell in the second round with heavy punches from the top position. The stoppage came at 2:09. Middleweight contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami scored a unanimous decision over former world submission grappling champion Dean Lister. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Okami.



December 28th, 2008

Boxing Result

Contenders win in Colombia!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Below are some results of fights held today in La Manga, Barranquilla, Colombia featuring world rated boxers Marcos Avendaño, Miguel Acosta and Francisco Cordero. WBA #8 super welterweight Marco A. Avendaño (Venezuela) scored a second round KO over Ruben Dario Prada (Colombia); WBA #9 lightweight Miguel Acosta (Venezuela) scored a fourth round TKO over Onalvi Sierra (Colombia) and WBA #15 featherweight Francisco Cordero (Colombia) took a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Araguayan (Venezuela) by scores of 98-95, 98-94, 98-93. Also welterweight Carlos Donquiz (Venezuela) kayoed Jhon Jairo Licona (Colombia) in two.



December 28th, 2008

UFC

Griffin keeps things simple!

LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

It may be combat sports’ not so hidden secret, but championships can change fighters. We’ve seen it time and time again – someone fights hard, makes a name for himself, wins a title, and then it’s all downhill from there. Whether it’s the added money or fame or a diminished hunger, some fighters are never the same after reaching the pinnacle of their sport . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

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 28th, 2008

UFC

UFC 92 at the scales!

LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

Weights by Anthony Springer Jr. / Photo: Josh Hedges, UFC

Listed below are the official weights for Saturday’s UFC 92 card televised on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas:

Main Event – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Rashad Evans 203 vs. Forrest Griffin 205

Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
Frank Mir 251 vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 246

Wanderlei Silva 203 vs. Quinton Jackson 206

Mostapha Al Turk 237 vs. Cheick Kongo 233
Mike Massenzio 184 vs. CB Dollaway 186
Dean Lister 186 vs. Yushin Okami 185
Mike Wessel 260 vs. Antoni Hardonk 246
Reese Andy 206 vs. Matt Hamill 205
Brad Blackburn 170 vs. Ryo Chonan 171
Patrick Barry 233 vs. Dan Evensen 242

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 27th, 2008

Boxing News

Deandre Latimore Update!

Steve Smith/Rumble Time Promotions has announced an agreement with Lou DiBella/DiBella Entertainment to co-promote jr middleweight Deandre Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The IBF #5 rated Latimore, who is best known for stopping #1 rated Sechew Powell last June in New York City, is slated to face ex-champ Cory Spinks for the vacant 154lb world title. The IBF has given the handlers of Spinks and Latimore an extension to formalize an agreement for that fight.



December 27th, 2008

UFC

Wessel is the ultimate underdog!

LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

Imagine receiving a call to fight in the UFC for the first time on the organization’s biggest show with less than two weeks’ notice. Then imagine that you have only been training in mixed martial arts for a couple of years with no prior martial arts background. Add to that the danger that your opponent is a world-class kickboxer who has trained under “Mr. Perfect” Ernesto Hoost . . click here for more by David L. Hudson

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 27th, 2008

Column

2008 Northwest Fight Scene!

By Sam DiTusa

2008 was an up and down year in Northwest boxing. Several fighters who attempted to step up in class did not fare well, but the new crop of up and comers seems promising. For the 4th year the Northwest faction of fightnews.com, voted on fighter, cornerman, and promoter of the year respectively. The winners in the three categories were as follows.

Fighter of the Year went to Idaho’s Favio Medina (20-1-1, 7 KOs). Medina won four main events during 2008 without a defeat, and defended his CAM welterweight title twice. Among Medina’s victim’s were Santos Pakau and former champion Ivan Robinson. While doing all his fighting at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, Medina appears ready to try and flourish on the national scene. (more…)



December 27th, 2008

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


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