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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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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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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

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Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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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

Boxing News

UFC 92: Final presser!

UFC 92 is live on PPV Dec. 27

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Cohen on top in S. Philly!

By Rick Scharmberg

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Montiel, Solis twinbill?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Dzinziruk: Williams is afraid!

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

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Sauerland dismisses Protest!

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Holm returns Jan. 23

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Holyfield protests loss!

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing News

Naito keeps WBC flyweight belt!

By Joe Koizumi

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

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



December 25th, 2008

Boxing Result

Naito keeps WBC fly belt!

By Joe Koizumi

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

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



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Penalosa to be stripped?

By Lee Bates

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



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Israel Vazquez Update!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Holyfield-Valuev rematch?

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



December 20th, 2008

Boxing Result

Soto defeats Lorenzo!

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

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

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



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Valuev edges Holyfield!

By Alexey Sukachev

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

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December 20th, 2008

Exclusive

Maskaev to get WBC title shot!

Will face winner of Klitschko-Gomez

By Matt Richardson

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



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