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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-12-2, ...

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous ...

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill The Jeff Lacy-Rayco Saunders bout was scratched. No reason given. Light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson ...

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Lomachenko hits Phoenix, Arizona

Lomachenko hits Phoenix, Arizona

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBO World Featherweight boxing champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko is in Phoenix to ...

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Mchunu dominates Wilson, Dargan KOs Perez

Mchunu dominates Wilson, Dargan KOs Perez

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBC #2, IBF #7, WBO #10 cruiserweight Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) scored ...

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

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Lomachenko hits Phoenix, Arizona

Lomachenko hits Phoenix, Arizona

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Mchunu dominates Wilson, Dargan KOs Perez

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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

UFC

UFC updates

UFC® 101: Declaration Penn vs Florian & Silva vs Griffin – Tickets On Sale This Week
Beyond The Octagon(tm) – Get closer than ever before during UFC® 98
Dana White On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon – Tonight at 12:35am on NBC
–  Pick Your Top 100 of UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights
– Follow UFC® & Dana White on Twitter

Click here for more 



May 19th, 2009

Boxing Result

McKenzie captures Prizefighter trophy!

By Alexey Sukachev

He was a huge underdog and a natural light heavyweight among British cruisers just three hours ago, and now journeyman Ovill ‘Upsetter’ McKenzie (17-9, 6 KOs) is on the top of the world with the £25.000 paycheck and a shot at the reigning Commonwealth 200lb champion Rob Norton (31-4-1, 19 KOs). To earn these honors McKenzie had to win three three-rounders in just one evening and, by doing so, he became the Prizefighter cruiserweight champion. The tournament, promoted by Barry Hearn from Matchroom Boxing and televised on SKY Sports, ended moments ago at Earl’s Court in London. (more…)



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather, Marquez in NYC!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez pose on the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building in New York at today’s press conference to announce their July 18, 2009 PPV fight at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Green targets Dawson!

After learning of IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson’s interest in moving down to 168 pounds, super middleweight contender Allan Green says he’s waiting. “If he’s coming down to 168, let’s make this happen. I respect Chad’s skills as one of the best in the game, but I’m feeling so focused right now that I don’t see anybody, including Chad Dawson, doing much more than six rounds with me,” stated Green. In a recent interview Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw named Green as a possible future opponent for Dawson, along with Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch, and Mikkel Kessler. “Give me a break,” said Green. “Nobody knows what’s going on with Kessler and Froch decided to take a vacation for the rest of the year so he can find the stones to fight me. Taylor has his sights set elsewhere. So that leaves me.” Green’s promoter Lou DiBella added “Tell Gary to bring it,” said . “If Chad is afraid of Glen Johnson and wants to move down- Allan is ready, willing, and able.”



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez LA presser!

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Photos: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

By Edgar Gonzalez

With the recent announcement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement, it has become a big buzz with boxing fans not only that he coming back to the sport but also that he is immediately putting his undefeated record on the line by facing the dangerous highly touted five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel Marquez in a 12 round bout entitled “Number One/Numero Uno.” The first stop of the media tour for the mega fight took place Monday in downtown Los Angeles to announce their battle taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on July 18. “That’s right. I’m back and you can all get ready for another chapter of the Mayweather experience!,” said Mayweather. “I told my CEO Leonard Ellerbe from the start that I wanted to come back fighting the best fighters out there and Juan Manuel Marquez is one of the best in boxing today.” (more…)



May 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Sponsorship for SA boxing talent!

Photo: NEO Africa

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By Ron Jackson

At a media briefing held on Tuesday at the Rosebank Hotel in Johannesburg, neo africa announced that they will be sponsoring IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen, Evans Mbamba, Silence Mabuza and Isaac Hlatshwayo. All four fighters are from the Nick Durandt stable. Mabuza a former two-time IBO champion meets the unbeaten Yohnny Perez from Colombia at the Springs Indoor Arena on May 29 in a final eliminator for the IBF bantamweight belt, with the victor facing the winner of the fight between Vic Darchinyan and the champion Joseph Agbeko to be held on July 11 in Sunrise, Florida. Mbamba the mandatory challenger for the WBC super flyweight belt will possibly face current interim champion Silvestre Lopez of the Philippines once the fight has gone to purse bids. The former IBO lightweight and welterweight champion Hlatshwayo is scheduled to fight Delvin Rodriguez for the vacant IBF welterweight belt at a date and venue to be announced. The belt became vacant when the IBF stripped Joshua Clottey for taking a fight with WBO champion Miguel Cotto, which is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York on June 13. In terms of the IBF rules junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen is entitled to make a voluntary defence before being obliged to meet a mandatory challenger. Contrary to local opinion he will possibly meet an opponent to be named shortly and not wait for the winner of the elimination bout between Mzonke Fana and Jasper Seroka. Vivien Natasen the CEO of neo africa announced that as South Africa has a proud history of producing champion boxers, his company thought it important to recognise top fighters and give them financial backing to enable them to really hone their abilities. He also announced that the four fighters will be on a one year contract and paid bonuses on their performance.



May 19th, 2009

Feature Story

Gesta headlines ‘Havoc’

gesta4Story & photos by Felipe Leon

With the recent spectacular victory of Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, over England’s Ricky Hatton, its good to be Filipino. If you are Filipino and can throw a three-punch combination, then it is even better. But if you are like Cebu City’s Mercito Gesta who is known for multiple punch combos, quick feet and even quicker hands, then its great to be Filipino.

Gesta is scheduled in the featured bout of “Havoc at the Hard Rock”, the inaugural fight night of Rogue Boxing Promotions at the spectacular Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2009

UFC

Barry preps for Octagon return

Interview by Brady Crytzer

The UFC heavyweight division has been getting a mountain of attention since the rise and subsequent headlining status of champion Brock Lesnar. Though the title holder is constantly being called out by heavyweight regulars, a new breed of contenders are preparing for their moment to shine. Featuring some of the best young talent in the sport, UFC 98 ushers in the return of one of the world’s most explosive strikers in Pat “HD” Barry  . . . 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 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Australian Boxing Buzz!

By Craig Watt

Unbeaten IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13KO’s) defends his title against former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23KO’s) at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on May 27th. He is gaining increasing support that the 28 year old former Australian amateur star could provide an upset against the current ranked WBA#1 Mundine. Indeed, two major sporting bets in Australia this week have backed Geale to win sums of $120,000 should the current IBO champion win against the 33 year old Mundine. Geale, from Tasmania enjoyed over 160 amateur fights and was an Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and won a Gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has developed an impressive unbeaten record in twenty one fights. He won the IBO middleweight title in December 2007 when he out pointed Daniel Dawson over twelve rounds and in his last defence in March 2009, stopped veteran Canadian Ian Mackillop inside a round with impressive power. He is also ranked WBO#7 and WBC#11 and IBF#10 at middleweight. The IBO title fight at 160 pounds with Mundine will be shown on PPV in Australia on Main Events on May 27th.
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The biggest Australian match up in history could see a re-match between former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) and former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. Their first bout in 2006 attracted over 35,000 fans at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney and this week the Alice Springs Town Council has approached both camps to hold the bout at the ANZAC Oval. Alice Springs is the geographical centre of Australia and has an extensive aboriginal history and culture which is attracting Team Mundine to the proposal. Mundine’s manager, Khoder Nasser told ABC News, “There is an obvious attraction to this proposal – Anthony is an aboriginal and he has always wanted to fight in the Northern Territory where there is a lot of indigenous people and he feels he owes it to his people to have a fight there. With the government interested in putting the fight on in Alice Springs it is an offer that we must seriously consider.” Danny Green has always hinted that a re-match should be held in his hometown of Perth at the Subiaco Oval where there could be a potential crowd of 40,000.
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Unbeaten jr-welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (18-0, 13 KO’s) continues his impressive progress when he takes on experienced Moses Seran (20-13, 10KO’s) from Indonesia in Sydney, New South Wales on the 29th May. The 21 year old has impressed with his speed and boxing ability thus far and comes off an impressive twelve rounds points win against former IBF super-featherweight champion Gairy St. Clair in his last bout in March in Cambelltown, Sydney. Another impressive performance should see the prospect move into the world rankings in 2009. He has already won the Australian lightweight title in just his fifth professional fight and has performed well so far in his native Australia.
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It is reported in the UK that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will wait until June before making an announcement about his ring future following his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao. Australian lightweight contender, Michael Katsidis still awaits in the wings for a possible comeback fight and his manager Brendon Smith has re-affirmed this week, “It is up to Ricky – we are here and prepared to come to the UK and his home town of Manchester but we know it is an important decision for him. All we can do is tell everyone we are willing and able to make this match.”



May 19th, 2009

Interview

Joey Spina Speaks!

Headlines CES Card on Friday in RI!

Interview by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney

Known as “The KO Kid” for his aggressive in ring style and punching power, light heavyweight Joey Spina (24-1, 17 KOs), who is currently rated by all four major sanctioning bodies, No. 12 by the WBC and WBA, No. 13 by the WBO, and No. 15 by the IBF, looks to move to the next level as he is scheduled to take on veteran Tiwon Taylor (26-14-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of Classic Entertainment and Sports “Rage at the River” event this coming Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. The rugged Italian-American from Providence has won his last four since suffering the only loss of his career in 2006 to cross-town rival, Peter Manfredo, Jr., in which, Spina suffered a broken left thumb in the early in the fight. FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Spina about his career, his comeback from his loss to Manfredo, his opponent, and his future. Click here for the full interview.



May 19th, 2009

Exclusive

Only in Boxing!

By Greg Sirb

I’ve been Executive Director with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for over 20 years now – I really have seen it all, but this past Friday at the Blue Horizon I witnessed history. I witnessed truly an international event. Boxer Ahmad Tuba, a Palestinian from Nazareth, Israel made his pro debut against a young man from Baltimore, Maryland. What made this a historic event was that that the trainer in Tuba’s corner (Raanan Tal) is a Jew from Israel. At a time when the Jewish community and the Palestinian community have fought horrific battles and have seen blood shed on both sides, it was pro boxing at the Blue Horizon that brought these two supposed arch enemies together. At a time when boxing is looking for and needs a positive story, this was truly that story. A Palestinian and a Jew brought together in my ring at the Blue Horizon. I was again proud to say that boxing is in my blood.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Taylor targets Green!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (48-7-3, 34 KOs) will take a warm up fight against Kiatchai Singwancha (26-6, 16 KOs) at the Wollongong Basketball Stadium, NSW, Australia before a bout with former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green which is being tipped to be held in Perth during August. Taylor said, “I’m looking forward to fighting Danny Green in Perth. I have spent a lot of time there training at Craig Christian’s gym. There was a report in a Sydney newspaper on Sunday stating I did not like Perth. That is wrong…I love Perth and the people there. I am confident I can defeat Danny. We have sparred about 100 rounds and I won 90 rounds in my opinion. He wants to get himself into great shape because I will give him the fight of his life.” Taylor lost a twelve round points decision to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine in 2009, also a twelve round decision to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in 2006. In 2001 Shane Mosley stopped Taylor in six rounds of a WBC welterweight bout. Taylor holds KO wins over several world champions including former IBF 140 pound champion Jake Rodriguez and former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Clark to face Major!

Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide have put together a show for June 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. All-action lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” (16-3-1, 14 KOs) of the Bahamas will face Columbus, Ohio’s Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (38-5-1, 18 KOs) of “Contender” fame in a 10-round battle for the vacant NABA lightweight championship. Also featured will be popular super lightweight Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round match-up. On the undercard, Rochester super lightweight Kenny Abril, Buffalo light heavyweight Lionel Thompson and Buffalo heavyweight Excell Holmes (pro debut) will see action. Garone brought professional boxing back to Downtown Buffalo for the first time in six years last February with a show that was surprisingly well attended and very well received by fans. “Buffalo Beatdown” will be his third professional boxing show in Western New York in less than a year. Tickets ($30-$75) go on sale Monday. Call 877-77CLICK.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

McCreedy Gaining Momentum!

Spina-Taylor Headline Twin River Card!

Super middleweight “Irish” Joe McCreedy has developed into one of New England’s favorite fighters, based on support he’s received from his growing legion of passionate fans from Lowell, the same Massachusetts city that produced one of boxing’s all-time most popular ring warriors, “Irish” Micky Ward. EBA super middleweight title holder McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KOs) is matched against veteran Willis “The Prophet” Lockett (11-7-5, 5 KOs) on Friday night’s (May 22) “Rage At The River” show, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Guaranteed Fireworks!

Berto vs Urango -- May 30

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Hype and brash talk have become a part of most boxing promotions in recent years, but for May 30th’s HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, none of that is necessary when Andre Berto defends his welterweight title against junior welterweight champion Juan Urango, and junior middleweight knockout artists Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron meet in the center of the ring. “When Lou DiBella and I discussed this event, the first thing we thought of was that this card goes back to the early days of Boxing After Dark and what the series was designed to do,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “We’ve got four hungry fighters, four action fighters, and only two can leave the Hard Rock with a victory. These guys are all going to leave it all in the ring to get the win, but the real winners that night are going to be the fans. I haven’t been this excited about a single event in a long time.” (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Marquez returns to action!

vazquez_marquez_iii_5120Feature story by Chris Cozzone

If you expected former champ Rafael Marquez to go quietly into the night, you were wrong.

If you thought the man who battled Israel Vazquez heart and soul throughout one of the greatest trilogies in boxing history, was finished, think again.

This Saturday, Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his long-awaited return to the ring. Going up against Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs), of Bogota, Colombia, Marquez will end the longest layoff of his career-one year, two months, and 22 days, in case you were counting-and step back into the championship picture in a 12-round WBC super bantamweight title eliminator . . . . Click here for full story



May 18th, 2009

UFC

Media picks for Faber-Brown II!

How will the biggest fight in World Extreme Cagefighting® history play out? That is the question many fans across the world are pondering at this very moment. In anticipation of the historic rematch between champion Mike Brown (21-4) and challenger Urijah Faber (22-2), some of the nation’s top reporters gathered to offer their opinions on the June 7 bout . . . Click here for more 



May 18th, 2009

Announcement

Boxing returns to North San Diego!

World-class championship boxing returns to North San Diego County as TKO BOXING Promotions and Pala Casino Spa and Resort present “TKO World Championship Boxing at Pala Casino” Sat., Aug 22, in the Events Center . . .  Click here for more



May 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC® Undisputed(tm) In Stores Tomorrow
UFC® Predict & Win - Pick the outcome of future UFC® fights at the UFC® Undisputed(tm) community!
– UFC.com – Breaking down the Battle of the Unbeatens
–  Pick Your Top 100 of UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights
– Follow UFC® & Dana White on Twitter

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May 18th, 2009

Full Report

Full Report: Fragomeni-Wlodarczyk!

Ringside Report by Paolo Consiglio
Photos: Renata Romagnoli and Eugenio Spallazzi/www.boxenet.it

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Giacobbe Fragomeni’s magnificent display of courage and determination will long be remembered by the Italian boxing fraternity as a dramatic surge in the championship rounds allowed him to earn a draw to retain the WBC cruiserweight title yesterday evening in Rome at the Gran Teatro but Krzysztof Wlodarczyk looked a bit unlucky not to get the nod of the judges. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Marquez Fan Rally

Photos: Ricardo Conde

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Hundreds of fan showed up to show their support for Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez this past Sunday May 17th at the historical “Placita Olvera” (Olvera Street) in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This even kicked off the two continent six day press tour to announce the mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, which takes place on July 18th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will be showed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Some of the guests in attendance included “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, “Dangerous” David Rodela, “El Magnifico” Israel Vasquez and Frank Espinoza.



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Solis back with amateur coach!

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

Photo: Arena Box-Promotion

In the last couple of weeks it has been quiet around heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis. After dominating and stopping “Big Man” Kevin Burnett in his US and ESPN debut on January 9th (Solis’ 13th win in as many pro-fights) “La Sombra” suffered a hand injury while preparing for a fight against “Fast” Fres Oquendo. Now the three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist is back in training. According to his promoter Ahmet Öner Solis will be back soon and better than ever before in his pro career because the 29-year-old is finally reunited with his former amateur coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Northwest Fight Scene!

By Sam DiTusa

Like the economy, the fight scene has suffered some what of a recession in the Pacific Northwest. But like the Dow Jones, area casinos and arenas are starting to rebound nicely as Spring turns toward Summer. Starting off the parade will be a very interesting show on June 12th at the Spirit Mountain Casino & Resort in Grand Ronde, Oregon promoted by Roy Jones & Square Ring. (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Gavern, Cusumano in action!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

KEA Boxing is set to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with their second exciting installment of the “Boxing at the Woodlands” series on Saturday, May 23rd. Headlining the show at the beautiful Woodlands Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA will be a six round heavyweight clash featuring former Scranton Police Officer, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s) and the always dangerous heavyweight Willie Perryman (10-19, 7KO’s) of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Another hometown hero is also slated for action in the six round co-feature of the evening as Old Forge, PA’s own Anthony Cusumano (3-2-1, 2KO’s) will swap punches 6’3” super featherweight Nathan Francis (2-5, 1KO). (more…)



May 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Why my son hates boxing

Stop close ups of bloody faces

By Joe Koizumi

My son is a 29-year-old car engineer working for Toyota, living in Toyota city adjacent to Nagoya (the third biggest city in Japan). When there is a boxing show in Nagoya, I meet my son to have a dinner as he drives his Toyota car from Toyota for an hour. I often advised him to meet at a boxing arena, or watch boxing bouts together. My son shows definitely no interest in watching the sweet science that I ardently love. Why not? I asked him why he dislikes boxing. (more…)



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