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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

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Scale Watch

Weights From Rhode Island!

CES Presents "Rage at the River!"
Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Joey Spina 175 vs. Tiwon Taylor 173.5
Joe McCreedy 167 vs. Willis Locket 168
James McGirt, Jr. 167 vs. Patrick Perez 164.5
Sean Eklund 137 vs. Jose Guzman 137
Diego Periera 139 vs. Melchor Guillen, Jr. 141
Omar Pena 129 vs. Rasool Shakoor 130
Jay Holland 198 vs. Chris Boykins 199
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Limited tickets are available $25.00 SRO, $35.00, $45.00 (Bronze), $65.00 (Silver), $100.00 (Gold – includes a free $15.00 play that night at Twin River) and limited $150.00 (Jimmy’s Platinum Club – includes a free $25.00 play that night at Twin River) and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going on line at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth. Doors open at 6::00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET. There is a special meet and greet between 6-7 PM/ET for ticketholders only in entrance area. Scheduled to participate is two time world champion James “Buddy” McGirt and The Contender III star Gary “Tiger” Balletto. Immediately following today’s weigh-in, several of the participants spoke to the media. (more…)



May 21st, 2009



Boxing News

Espinosa’s Opponent Named!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Undefeated lightweight prospect Antonio “Tony The Tiger” Espinosa (10-0) will face the toughest test of his professional career in the six round co feature on Saturday night at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA, when he faces Ron “Teflon” Boyd (6-6, 2KO’s) of Washington, DC. Espinosa knows he must defeat the former Maryland super featherweight title challenger, if he is to continue his run for a possible world title. Boyd recently defeated Dean White (14-10-1, 7KO’s) and is primed and ready to pull the upset on Saturday night. In the main event of the exciting professional boxing card promoted by Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions, will be former Scranton, PA Police Officer, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s), who will be challenged by Willie Perryman (10-19, 7KO’s) in a six round heavyweight scrap. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Announcement

“Battle in the Ballroom” is Heavy!

Three heavyweight bouts highlight 6/11 card!

Surpassing last month’s promise to include at least one heavyweight bout on all future “Battle In The Ballroom” shows, promoter Roy Englebrecht will present three big heavyweight bouts on the Thursday, June 11th show at the Irvine Marriott. The heavyweight bouts will feature the pro debut of former University of Idaho power forward 6’7″ Lionel Davis who will tip the scale at 255 lbs. Also making his pro debut will be 6’3″ Scott Alexander, who at 235 lbs and only 20-years-old, is being called the “Next Great Heavyweight” by those who have seen him spar. Rounding out the heavyweight portion of the June 11th show will be the return of 6’4″ Joe Hanks, who impressed the Marriott crowd on April 8th, by knocking Lawson Baker from one side of the ring to the other in a lopsided win. Tickets priced at $32 and $40 are on sale at www.battleintheballroom.com. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Spadafora comeback June 24!

Promoter Michael Acri announced today that June 24 would be the new date for the ring return of former IBF Lightweight Champion “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora. A sprained ankle postponed Spadafora’s 2009 debut, originally scheduled for March 31. Spadafora (41-0-1, 16 KOs), will headline the card at Pittsburgh’s Amphitheatre at Station Square. (125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Penn. 15129.) The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. He will fight 10 rounds as a junior welterweight against an opponent to be named soon. The undercard will feature two Pittsburgh favorites, undefeated lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (7-0, 2 KOs), and welterweight Jose “The Prince” Caraballo (5-3, 1 KO). Tickets ($23-$103) go on sale Tuesday May 26. Call 814-455-8309.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez, Nishioka ready

cozzone_monterrey_pc0058Photos by Chris Cozzone

A final press conference was held today at the Crown Plaza Hotel, downtown Monterrey, Mexico, for Saturday night’s WBC super bantamweight title fight between champion Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), of Japan, and Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs). In the co-main event, former world champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his return after his three unforgettable wars with Israel Vazquez, in 2007-2008. Marquez faces Colombian Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs) in a WBC super bantamweight title eliminator.  The card, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, features three additional ten-rounders.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley vs Guzman?

By Lee Bates

Update: Promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com via email “Bradley/ Guzman is NOT happening, and I never said it was.”
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Sources close to situation say promoter Gary Shaw has made a verbal offer to Jose Nunez manager of two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) to fight WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday August 1st. Nunez has accepted the offer on behalf of Guzman. SHOWTIME Championship Boxing is the likely to broadcast the event. No venue for the fight has been named as of yet.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez NYC Presser!

Declare a pound-for-pound war

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather (39-0, 25 KO’s) and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KO’s) met at the Empire State Building on Tuesday in the second leg of their three-city tour announcing their July 18, 2009 welterweight mega-fight which will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View. Each fighter respectfully acknowledged that this will be a hard fought bout between two of the best pugilists in the world. “I know I have a tough fight ahead,” stated Marquez, “but I’m preparing very hard mentally and physically for this fight.” Mayweather, appearing uncharacteristically low-key throughout the event, also stated that Marquez is a formidable opponent: “It’s not gonna be an easy task. He’s a hell of a fighter, a true warrior and he’s a guy who’s been around the sport for a long time, so I don’t have anything bad to say about him. He represents Mexico to the fullest. There’s nothing but respect.” (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Boris Grinberg!

Sultan Ibragimov Update

By Alexey Potapov

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Boris Grinberg, the ex-manager of the former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, speaks about current legal proceedings involving the Russian boxer and also revealed that in the USA Sultan has problems with the law. Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing Leon Margules recently told Fightnews.com that he feels Ibragimov has finished his career as the boxer, however to date the Russian boxer has not commented. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Speaks!

"Clottey is a real warrior"

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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World welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, looking strong and powerful, spoke to the fight press today at his Media Day in Tampa in advance of his June 13 collision with Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto spoke about training in Tampa, his new trainer Joe Santiago, his opponent Clottey, fighting at MSG and a possible mega showdown with Manny Pacquiao. (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bika: Geale will beat Mundine!

Photo: Ray Wheatley

Photo: Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

The winner of the 2008 contender series and IBF#4 super middleweight Sakio Bika is confident that IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defeat former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) when they clash at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 27. Bika said, “I have been sparring Daniel Geale at the Grange Gym and I am confident if he takes what he has been doing in the gym against me into the ring on May 27 – he will defeat Mundine. Geale has great boxing skills and Mundine has not looked good in his recent fights in middleweight division against Crazy Kim, Rafael Pinosa and Shannan Taylor. Kim dropped Mundine in their 2008 bout.” Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw added, “Daniel had very good preparation with excellent sparring against Sakio Bika, and WBA #9 Daniel Edouard of Florida, USA. Robert Medley also gave Daniel good sparring.” Officials for the IBO title bout are Australian Garry Dean, who will be the referee, and judges Marcus McDonnell of England, Richard Green of the USA and Derek Millham of Australia. IBO supervisor Phil Austin.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martinez new WBC 154lb champ!

Forrest now a WBC Ambassador

The WBC has named interim champion Sergio Martinez as the full WBC super welterweight champion of the world, replacing Vernon Forrest, who has sustained an injury which is preventing him from defending his belt. Forrest, however, has been named a “WBC Ambassador of Peace and Good Will in the World Through Sports,” and will be eligible to compete for the WBC championship as soon as he recovers from his injury with a 55-45 purse split against Martinez. “I am very happy for Sergio Martinez, and very honored to have Vernon Forrest as an Ambassador,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “I am confident that Forrest will heal very soon and compete again for the WBC championship.”



May 21st, 2009

UFC

UFC’s blockbuster summer

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Preview by Brady Crytzer
While fans line up to witness the annual flood of Hollywood summer blockbusters at their local movie theaters, the Ultimate Fighting Championship gears up for its most action packed summer in the young organizations sixteen year history   . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Young warrior vs. old warrior!

By Flattop

WBC rated #3 lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) battles former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KOs) this Thursday at the ARCO Arena. “It is the classic fight between the young warrior and the old warrior,” said legendary promoter Don Chargin. “Nacho (Beristain) has been working with Escobedo for the last six months and he predicts that the kid is his next world champion!” Beristain has worked with over a dozen champions and contenders, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Lopez and the Marquez brothers – Juan Manuel and Rafael. “But Kevin believes he can beat Escobedo,” continued Chargin. “I saw Kevin in his last fight and I thought he did enough to win although he lost a split decision. It will be a competitive fight!” (more…)



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Dominican Boxing Update!

By Robert Coster

Over the past decade, Dominican boxing has been immersed in a crisis that has seen boxers immigrate to the Unites States, few attractive new figures and scarce attendance to uninspiring boxing cards. But the panorama may change as a slew of former amateur stars have been allowed to turn pro and provide promoters with the new blood needed to bring the fans back to boxing shows. Over the past year, 15 top amateur boxers have joined the pro ranks to the delight of boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez. “We have improved our relations with the Amateur Federation and we are now working hand in hand,” says Nunez, “and we have provided incentives for our local promoters.” Among the prospects who are making a name for themselves, are exciting welterweight Melvin Betancourt (8-0, 6 KOs), recently elected Novice of Year 2008, explosive featherweight Jenifel Vicente (11-0-2, 7 KOs), slick bantamweight Geysi Lorenzo (9-0, 2 KOs), former amateur lightweight standout Javier Fortuna (2-0, 2 KOs), just to name a few. The leader of this new generation will doubtlessly be 2008 Olympic Champion and national hero Felix Diaz who will be making his much expected pro debut in the country. “The idea,” says Comissioner Nunez, “is to have these young men fight in their homeland as well as abroad and create rivalries between our local prospects. We also would love to have young Dominican-American prospects fly over here to showcase their talent.”



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are IBO President Ed Levine and Luis De Cubas. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



May 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Martyniouk added in Glendale!

Undefeated former amateur star Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (6-0, 1 KO) has been added to the historic “Glendale Glory” boxing show on June 12 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Stan The Man is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Jovann Jones (9-4, 4 KOs) on March 27th. The former Team U.S.A. member and #2 ranked amateur lightweight in the U.S. in 2005, Martyniouk joins fellow Bash Boxing stablemates Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne (10-0, 4 KOs), “Mad” Max Skayzer (6-0-1, 1KO), and 23-year-old Heavyweight prospect Andrey “The Russian Bear” Fedosov (19-1, 15KOs) on the card, which is presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, and is the first professional boxing show following a 62-year-old ban on boxing in the City of Glendale. Tickets to can be purchased online by going to www.glendaleglory.com or by calling 818-521-2373 or 213-700-2274. Doors Open at 7pm, First Bout is at 8pm.



May 21st, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego!

By Felipe Leon

The scale has been tipped for Thursday’s “Havoc at the Hard Rock” presented by Rogue Boxing Promotions at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Mercito Gesta 135.5 vs Alain Hernandez 136
Anthony Martinez 139 vs Carlos Molina 137
Abraham Han 155 vs Ibahiem King 154
Alvaro Muro 124 vs Ronny Rios 125
**Sergio Espinoza and Benito Abraham will weigh in on Thursday. Tickets are still available for the five bout fight card being held on the Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, please visit www.rogueboxing.com or dial 858.229.6669.



May 21st, 2009

UFC

‘Beyond the Octagon!’ launched

Ever wondered what goes on inside the locker rooms, down the hallways or next to the OctagonTM at UFC events? Fight fans will now have the chance to find out in real time. At UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA May 23rd*, fans will get free access Beyond The OctagonTM Powered by BK®, through four live multi-streams on UFC.com. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Sacramento!

Courtesy Sacramento Bee (Jim Jenkins)

Weights from Wednesday’s weigh-in for Thursday night’s Don Chargin-promoted, eight-bout card at Arco Arena in Sacramento: Vicente Escobedo, 134.5, (20-1, 12 KOs), WBC No. 3 contender from Woodland, vs. former world featherweight champion Kevin Kelley, 135, (60-9-2, 39 KOs), New York, 10 round main event. Other weights: Christopher Martin, 122, (14-0), Chula Vista, Calif., vs. Torrence Daniels, 121, (12-9-1), Colorado Springs, 8 rounds. Akihiko Nago, 124, (29-6-1), Japan, vs. Juan Jose Beltran, 124, (18-12-3), Mexico, 6 rounds. Andrew Cancio, 137, (8-1-1), Blythe, Calif., vs. Michael Lynks, 135.5, (8-10), Chicago, 6 rounds.



May 20th, 2009

Announcement

Noons featured in Houston!

Junior middleweight prospect Karl “KJ” Noons will make his hometown professional boxing debut next Thursday night, May 28th in one of the feature bouts at “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN”, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Arena Theatre, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

Don’t miss an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter® TONIGHT at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
UFC.com – Heath Herring forced from UFC® 99 card
UFC® 98 Evans vs Machida – Live This Saturday Night on Pay-Per-View & Yahoo! Sports
UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – Pick Your Top 100
Follow UFC® & Dana White On Twitter

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May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Guerrero returns June 12!

Former two-time world featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose on June 12th to fight in front of his Northern California fans in the main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” against Johnnie Edwards (15-4-1, 8 KOs). The co-featured bout pits rising junior welterweight star Danny Garcia (12-0, 7 KOs) against Pavel Miranda (16-3, 8 KOs) in an eight round clash. Also in action in separate bouts on June 12th will be hot undefeated prospects Carlos Velasquez, Juan Velasquez, San Francisco’s Ashanti Jordan, Eloy Perez of Salinas and San Jose’s Anthony Johnson. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Cotto Camp!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto trains in Tampa, Florida for his upcoming championship fight against warrior Joshua Clottey on June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

OPI 2000 Presser!

Photo: OPI2000

Photo: OPI 2000

Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000 held a press conference today in Milan, Italy to celebrate the title defense of WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, to present undefeated welterweight Phil “The Italian Sensantion” Lo Grecoto to the Italian press, and to announce the upcoming fight between Giuseppe “The End” Lauri and Juho Tolppola and upcoming OPI 2000 events.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Lacy signs to fight Roy!

By Flattop

Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy is on board to face Roy Jones Jr. “Jeff Lacy has signed to fight Roy,” John Wirt, Square Ring CEO, confirmed to exclusively to Fightnews.com. “It’s going to be a pay-per-view event for August 22. We are hoping to have the event in New Orleans.”



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Chagaev camp!

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Over the next two days, WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev will finish his intensive preparation and sparring. Then on Sunday, he and his team will arrive in Helsinki, Finland to make final preparations for his May 30 clash against seven-foot WBA champ Nikolai Valuev in the Hartwell Arena. “The sparring was naturally hard and strenuous, but also quite fun,” said Chagaev. “Due to the size of Valuev, one must always make special preparations. Like last time, I sparred with a group of four giants, my basketball team, with a combined length of over 26 feet. There’s Julius Long, who I think is three inches taller than Valuev. Then, Pedro Carrion, at 6’7 from Cuba and the Canadian Raymond Olubowale, who is called “Mount Kilimanjaro” because of his size. Sometimes we played basketball to loosen up. A ‘basketball team’ to prepare, it couldn’t have been better. I also had another very experienced sparring partner in Larry Donald, who in the opinion of the experts actually won in his world championship fight against Valuev. He knows how to beat him.”

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey Update!

Miguel Cotto has been preparing for weeks in Tampa, getting ready to take on warrior Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden on June 13. Cotto has been in fiery sparring, with spar partners who pressure and fire at close range. “Cotto has been working very hard in camp. He knows the importance of this fight,” said promoter Bob Arum. Meanwhile. Clottey has been in high-altitude training for weeks in the Poconos. Clottey is trained by Kwame Asante. “Joshua is in top condition and is convinced he will win. Cotto can forget about fighting Pacquiao. We’ll take that fight instead,” said Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. Cotto vs Clottey is scheduled June 13 at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on HBO. Cotto is planning to arrive into New York on June 5 and will train outdoors at 152nd St in the Bronx on Saturday, June 6, during the annual Puerto Rican Festival. Clottey will hit the Big Apple on June 8.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Eastern Europe Round-Up!

By Alexey Sukachev

Here is a country-by-country roundup of the latest news. In the Ukraine, plans are big this summer for junior middleweight contender Zaurbek Baysangurov (20-1, 15 KOs). Last April Baysangurov, coming back from the upset loss to Cornelius ‘K9′ Bundrage in an IBF eliminator for the second spot, forced his opponent Mikheil Khucishvili to retire after the only complete round of fighting. And now it’s time for the real comeback. On May 30 in Kiev, Ukraine, the 24-year-old locally based Russian banger will headline the fourth K2 East tournament this year squaring up to Italian veteran Christian De Martinis (22-2, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title. If successful against Martinis, Baysangurov will make his overseas debut this August against Contender II successor Grady Brewer (25-11, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBO belt. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Dolzanelli-Erittu for Italian belt!

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

Promoter Mario Loreni will stage an interesting Italian title clash at cruiserweight Friday night at the Sports Hall in Rezzato, Italy. Local hero Cristian Dolzanelli (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Salvatore Erittu (15-0, 6 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are strong unbeaten warriors of Italian boxing and an exciting and brutal fight is expected. The undercard (six fights over six rounds) will feature top prospects of Loreni’s stable: light welterweight Paolo Lazzari, light heavyweight Stefano ‘The Hammer’ Abatangelo, featherweight former amateur star Mario Pisanti, female flyweight Valeria Imbrogno, super featherweight Benoit Manno and rising lightweight Massimiliano Ballisai. Dolzanelli vs Erittu will be aired live on RAISPORT-PIU’ starting at 10:20pm local time.



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Malinga set for first defense!

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga makes the first defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Mzolisi Yoyo from Mdantsane at the Finetown Centre in Lenasia on Friday night.
The tournament is presented by Reggie Hilmer and Gavin Hope of Future Boxing Promotions. Yoyo was originally rejected as a challenger by Boxing SA when he failed a medical test on renewal of his licence. It was reported that the interim CEO of Boxing SA Loyiso Mtya said that Yoyo had tested positive for Hepatitis B at the first medical examination, but a subsequent examination produced a different result and he was declared fit to challenge for the title. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Feature Story

Jhonny’s Quest

Gonzalez focused on Nishioka

gonzalez-pastrana332_1bStory & photos by Chris Cozzone

For several years now, former bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has been one fight away-sometimes, onepunch away-from big paydays and big name fights.

In 2006, Gonzalez, WBO bantam champ at the time, moved up four pounds to challenge Israel Vazquez for his WBC belt. After flooring Vazquez twice, on the verge of a win by kayo, the champion staged a comeback that resulted in a tenth round TKO loss for Gonzalez . . . . Click here for full story




May 20th, 2009

UFC

Evans-Machida too close to call

UFC 98 is LIVE on PPV Saturday night!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

For the first time in UFC history, two undefeated fighters clash for the world title as light heavyweight champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans meets rising star Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida on Saturday May 23rd in Las Vegas, NV. While the challenger Machida is the early betting favorite, the main event of UFC 98 will certainly prove to be one of the most difficult title bouts to handicap in recent memory. Because of the extremely diverse and dangerous skill sets of each fighter, Evans vs. Machida will be a battle of circumstances with neither man having a clear advantage in any category. Though it’s a tall task, Fightnews.com will break down the action one step at a time  . . . Click here for more

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Geale To Spoil The Party?

Photo: danielgeale.com.au

Photo: danielgeale.com.au

By Craig Watt

For the last few years, controversial former two-time 168 pound WBA champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23KO’s) has been Australia’s marquee fighter and grabbed most of the country’s TV and written boxing space. Often he is the man to be hated due to his controversial views and outspoken nature. However, in IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13KO’s) there is a boxer with a superb amateur pedigree and an unbeaten professional record that could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time for Mundine. The 28-year-old unbeaten Geale, hailing from Tasmania puts his IBO middleweight title on the line at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on May 27th in the most eagerly awaited fight in Australia in 2009 thus far. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Dimitrenko ready for Chambers!

Kentikian, Graf, Alekseev also see action

Photos: Andre Boge/Universum Box-Promotion

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With a heavyweight fight between two top three contenders and two world championship fights featuring titleholders Susi Kentikian and Alesia Graf, plus other high profile fights, the July 4th “Universum Champions Night” at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg promises to offer a high quality boxing show. The card was officially announced at a press conference aboard the famous “Rickmer Rickmers” sailing ship permanently moored in Hamburg as a floating museum. On the eve of his 27th birthday, WBO Inter-Continental beltholder Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) takes on highly regarded “Fast” Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs). Of course, a win over Chambers would be the nicest birthday gift “Sascha” could give himself. (more…)



May 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Majewski to face Mundy!

A pair of undefeated middleweights, Patrick Majewski, of Atlantic City, and Latif Mundy, of North Philadelphia, meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight 7.30 p.m. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round contest for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title between champion Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, and Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA. Super bantamweights Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, and Lucian Gonzalez, of Reading, PA, square off in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)



May 20th, 2009




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