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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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UFC

John Howard: Reborn

“It was like having your first child.”

That’s how UFC welterweight John Howard described the wondrous feeling of winning in his return to the Octagon, on FOX Sports 1, and, most importantly, in the famed arena of his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 24th, 2013



Boxing News

Flap over ring doctor at Minto-Cameron fight

When heavyweight Shane Cameron was ready to have two deep cuts stitched up after his loss to Brian Minto, there was no one who could do it. According to stuff.co.nz, there was only a retired doctor on duty who had no equipment. Cameron eventually received nine stitches at his home from another doctor. The Cameron camp isn’t happy about the situation. “He had no idea,” Cameron’s manager Ken Reinsfield told stuff.co.nz. “If [the doctor] didn’t understand what was going on with the cuts, how would he know about a bleed on the brain? It’s certainly not good and I don’t want it to happen again…it’s important the guy ringside is competent. I was shocked when I found out he wasn’t registered.”



December 24th, 2013

UFC

Miller still fighting to prove something

UFC 168 competitor Jim Miller doesn’t take any comfort in having his submission defeat against Pat Healy turned into a no contest after Healy tested positive for marijuana following their UFC 159 bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Cotto confirms June 7 date at MSG; hopefully against Martinez

Three division world champion Miguel Cotto told reporters in Puerto Rico that he will return on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto is hoping to challenge WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez for his 160lb title. “Winning that title at 160lbs is the main feature for the fight,” Cotto told reporters. “If my goal wasn’t to win the fourth title, I would have agreed to fight Canelo. A fourth title is an attractive alternative for me.” No Puerto Rican boxer has ever won titles in four separate weight divisions. Negotiations for Cotto-Martinez are in the preliminary stages, but both camps are interested in making the fight happen. As for Cotto-Canelo, Cotto stated that Canelo is only 23 years old and that fight is still possible.



December 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Ryad Merhy back in action on Jan 11

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21 year old cruiserweight Ryad Merhy is, along with Bilal Laggoune, probably one of the most talented boxers in Belgium.
After his amateur career he went to America training during the day and working in a restaurant in the evening. After one year he came back to Belgium and turned pro under the banner of team Vanackère-Duvinage.
Merhy is now 5-0 with 4 inside the distance and is scheduled to have a busy 2014. His next fight is on the undercard of the IBF final eliminator between Alex Miskirtchian and French Sofiane Takoucht on Jan 11, 2014 in the Country Hall of Liège, Belgium. It’s an organisation of 12 Rounds Promotion. Merhy will face Patrick Berger of 4 rounds.

On this quality show will also fight Bilal Laggoune over 6 rounds against Tamas Bajzath. Laggoune is then scheduled to fight for a WBC regional title early next year.
Geoffrey Battelo is in with French Mathieu Monnier and WBC Youth heavyweight champion Herve Hubeaux is having a 4 rounder.
Female Sanae Jah is having a rematch with Sandy Coget whom she defeated by majority decision in her last fight.

IBF Final eliminator: Miskirtchian-Takoucht, Jan 11, 2014



December 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Sakio Bika aims for Froch unification in 2014

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Bika

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “Scorpion” Bika talks to Fightnews.com about his recent defense of the title against Anthony Dirrell that was declared a draw, but whom he says he beat clearly. Sakio also says he is chasing a unification fight with IBF/WBA champ Carl Froch and that he owes his success to manager Al Haymon and trainers Kevin Cunningham in the USA and Australian trainers Dave Birchell and Michael Akkawy.

“I thought I won my fight against Dirrell,” satted Bika “He knocked me down but I was clear headed and not hurt. Not at any time during the fight was I in trouble. Everyone knows I can take a punch. The low blow that was ruled against me was wrong. I should not have lost that point. I thought I won the fight clearly and in the last round Dirrell just ran away from me!” (more…)



December 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former pro “Cowboy Billy” Smith passed away at the age of 74 in his home in Stuebenville, Ohio. Smith was a flyweight with more than 30 pro fights. More

Ricardo Mayorga is on the comeback trail in Russia. More

Speaking of Russia, Roy Jones Jr. is applying for Russian citizenship, according to Russian media. More

Sulem Urbina, sister to recently slain amateur boxer Alexis Urbina, talks about fighting in memory of her brother. More



December 24th, 2013

Boxing News

WBO Kids Drug Free Program and Kronk Gym Foundation spread holiday cheer

On December 18, the WBO Kids Drug Free Program invited the Kronk Gym Foundation and the boxing community of Puerto Rico to help Sister Mildred Vazquez in the donation for youngsters with more than 400, bicycles, toys and t-shirts to the youngsters. “It’s a big job, and what we do, does make a difference for these kids to move forward in life,” said Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, WBO President.

The WBO Kids Drug Free Program and the annual event held at Centro Sor Isolina in Ponce, aim to provide youth in Ponce with alternatives to the streets and drugs. For more than 15 years, the WBO Kids Drug Free Program has worked with Ponce and other communities globally to —boxing’s biggest stars including Wladamir Klitschko, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and the late Emanuel Steward amongst other notables. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

UFC

Uriah Hall Gets It

He gets it.

Easily one of the most praised, discussed, and criticized UFC fighters this year has been The Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall. In his rookie season inside the Octagon, Hall was hyped to be the next Anderson Silva because of his highlight reel wins on the show, and then ridiculed as a bust because of two split decision losses since exiting the house
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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 23rd, 2013

Twitter Watch

Mayweather makes fun of Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather has tweeted the following meme teasing Manny Pacquiao. Manny was recently installed as the #1 contender for Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title. Could this be a prelude to pre-fight trash talk? Or is Floyd simply mocking his bitter rival’s tax woes?



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Berto Returns to Haiti to help in fundraising efforts

Andre Berto made an important detour during his trip home to Florida for the Christmas holiday this past week. Berto traveled to his family’s native Haiti in support of the ongoing relief efforts in the island nation, joining his partners at Project Medishare to raise funds for their Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port Au Prince.

The Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital in Haiti. Responsible for providing lifesaving care to Haiti’s sickest adults, children and premature infants, the hospital treats 300-350 patients daily, and still faces overwhelming demand to provide more medical help, which is given regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Shindo keeps WBC Female 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC female flyweight champ Go Shindo (13-2, 8 KOs), 112, successfully made her first defense as she came off the canvas in the second round, kept outspeeding game but flat-footed Mexican Judith Rodriguez (6-7, 4 KOs), 110, winning a unanimous decision over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Wakayama, Japan. All judges from Korea, Chansoo Kim, Jangsoung Kim and Junbae Lim, identically tallied 96-94 in favor of Shindo. The referee was Hisatoshi Miyazaki (Japan) who handled the fast-moving girls well. Shindo, who dethroned Hungarian Renata Szebeledi this May, made a good start by displaying her superior speed on hand and foot to win the opening session with ease.

Shindo, five years her junior at 26, was also in command with her speed and skills in round two, at the end of which, however, Rodriguez connected with a vicious right hook to the champ’s face, flooring the champ to the deck. It was a flash knockdown, but it inevitably changed Shindo’s strategy. The champ paid her respects to Rodriguez’s solid counters in the close range, and tried to keep her distance without mixing it up recklessly. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Interview

Oquendo: “I’ll make Wilder the next Seth Mitchell!”

Oquendo vs Rossy -6-2013-1-2By Sam Geraci; photos by Tomba-Images/ Tom Barnes / Hitz Boxing

At 40, “Fast” Fres Oquendo (36-7, 23 KOs) has continued to fight on despite disappointing losses and controversial decisions that have kept him from being crowned the heavyweight champion of the world. Somehow, because or in spite of it all, Oquendo has fought on and earned the rank of the WBA # 6 and WBC # 12 contender.

Now, with his career’s end in sight, Oquendo looks for that last chance for what he terms “that elusive world title.”

In the following interview, Oquendo discusses how he has managed to preserve his body and ranking, about potential opponents and his upcoming sparring with heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka as Szpilka prepares for his January 25th HBO showdown with fellow contender Bryant Jennings. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Eye injury KOs Braekhus

The Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn has been postponed by two weeks due to an eye injury sustained by WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs). The pound-for-pound number one will now face Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) at the Arena Nord on February 1. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam wins tuneup bout, Mike Perez comes next on Jan 18

Heavyweight Carlos Takam (29-1, 23 KOs) scored a third round KO over journeyman Jakov Gospic (14-9, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Club de Noisy-Le-Grand in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Next up for Takam is a big January 18 HBO date with unbeaten Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) in Montreal.



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Hughie Fury’s development going “exactly to plan” in his debut year

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Hughie Lewis Fury’s development is going “exactly to plan” in his first year as a professional, says father and trainer Peter Fury. The 19-year-old heavyweight, who turned professional in March, is still developing and Peter believes he is coming on “fantastically” and is a “throwback to world class fighters of the past.”

“It’s worked exactly to plan giving him as many fights as possible in this space of time – it’s done him nothing but good,” Peter said. “He’s now fighting clever, while before he felt like mixing it up and taking opponents out, he’s now pacing himself and he’s trying different things in there. It’s given him the best possible grounding and he’s ready for bigger and better things, I think he’s come on fantastically.” (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

UFC

TUF Standouts on UFC 168 card

UFC 168 features eight former contestants or coaches, including TUF 18 coaches Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey. Read below to see which former TUFers are featured on the year-ending card.

Ronda Rousey: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey was slated to coach The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Cat Zingano until an injury forced the No. 1 contender to concede her role to second-ranked women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate. Rousey, who defeated Tate via her patented armbar for the Strikeforce title, expressed her distain for ‘Cupcake’ throughout the season, often flipping Tate off whenever she got the chance. The pair face off in the co-main event at UFC 168 as Rousey will look to add to her impressive streak of five straight first-round submissions. Watch TUF 18 videos, outtakes and fights . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Zepeda Stops Late Sub, Valdez Annihilates Barajas

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nuñez

The busiest and biggest promoter in Latin America, Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions, held their last fight card of the year at Tijuana’s Tecate Box Tour tent located in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Casino and Racetrack in the heart of the city. Since erecting the tent earlier this year, Zanfer has used it as the main center of activity with fight cards of all different sizes, from local fights to major events such as the return of former lightweight champion Antonio De Marco. This time, Mexicali, Mexico’s Jose “Chon” Zepeda (17-0, 15KOs) was passed the baton of the main event and he took full advantage as he took care of late sub Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (7-2) in the third round of a scheduled ten.

The twenty-four year old Zepeda is on an impressive run lately, defeating a number of B level opponents impressively. Just in 2013 alone, Zepeda has tallied up wins over the likes of proven workhorses Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez and Luis “Vampiro” Arceo while the feather fisted Lopez, with no knockouts in seven wins, was 3-1 for the year prior to this fight. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

Coldwell Highly Satisfied with 2013

2013 has given thriving British promoter, Dave Coldwell, a lot to smile about. The head of the Coldwell Boxing family heads into the New Year on the back of a successful twelve months that have seen a number of his stable make rapid developments with a chosen few occupying positions in the prestigious title class. A heap of prospects also continued their ring education under Coldwell’s guidance and he’s looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings. (more…)



December 23rd, 2013

Boxing News

All Star Boxing Results from Los Angeles

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing wrapped up its 2013 boxing season on Saturday night at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California. In the main event, Santa Clarita jr middleweight Said El Harrak (12-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over veteran Bernardo Guereca (17-21-1, 4 KOs) of El Paso, Texas.

El Harrak pressured with the jab early on as Guereca smothered him coming out aggressive in round one. The second round saw El Harrak pick up the pace backing Guereca, later in the round the referee warned El Harrak for a low blow, Guereca responded with a huge left hook to end the round. However Guereca looked tired and did not come out for round three as Said El Harrak got the stoppage. (more…)



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Tawatchai crushes Oguma

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #12 super bantamweight Mike “Tyson” Tawatchai (32-7-1, 21 KOs) stopped Japan’s Yoichi Oguma (15-6, 3 KOs) in round two of scheduled twelve round main event at the Royal Thai Police Club, Bangkok Thailand on Friday. The 5’5 Tawatchai found the range in round two and dropped the 6-foot southpaw with a body shot and the referee Manfred Kuhler crowned the IBF regional champion from Thailand at 1:20. “Tawatchai has the power to win the IBF world 122 pound title,” said manager Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “We will go to Spain and KO the IBF champion Kiko Martinez. We only want the opportunity for Tawatchai.” (more…)



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ Ricky Hatton is spending the holiday season bringing Christmas cheer to the less fortunate in Manchester. More

Why Stuart Hall’s  title win this weekend means more than winning a world title: More

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is talking to the press about wanting to train Adrien Broner. More

South Africans Jeffrey Mathebula and Vusi Malinga’s last chance at greatness has passed. More



December 22nd, 2013

UFC

Dustin Poirier: Still Shining

When Dustin Poirier steps into the Octagon to face a surging Diego Brandao at UFC 168 on December 28th, he’s not looking at a fighter coming into the fight riding a three fight win streak. He’s not even looking at him as a fighter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Vargas retains WBC Youth belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Super bantamweight Rey Vargas (17-1, 15 KOs) retained his WBC Youth super bantamweight belt with a ten round unanimous decision over Ernie Sanchez (15-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico. Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.

2008 Olympian super bantamweight Arturo “Rey” Santos (16-3, 5 KOs) outpointed Jesus Acosta (14-2-2, 10 KOs) over ten. Scores were 97-90, 97-92 and 97-92.

WBC #15 middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (30-1, 23 KOs) stopped Isaac Mendez (14-13, 12 KOs) in round three.

Welterweight prospect Jose “Piston” Lopez (21-3-1) broke the jaw of previously unbeaten Carlos “Gavilan” Martinez (10-1, 9 KOs) in a bout that need after six rounds.

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December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Witherspoon wins title by “a foot”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

It was a peculiar night of boxing at the Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA as Tim Witherspoon, Jr. (10-3-1, 2 KOs) captured the fringe vacant XBC world welterweight title without actually winning a fight or throwing a punch. Witherspoon’s opponent, Josue Rivera (2-3, 2KOs) worked a corner during an exhibition which opened the card. Rivera attempted to get out of the ring and slipped off the top step and fell to the floor, landing awkwardly on his foot, twisting his ankle. He was unable to put pressure on the ankle, but eventually hopped back to the dressing room. The ringside physician took a look and said he could fight if Rivera could stand the pain, but he could not put enough pressure on it. Promoter Damon Feldman stepped into the ring along with Witherspoon and announced the main event was cancelled due to the unusual circumstances which caused the injury and that Rivera was unable to continue. Feldman then awarded Tim Witherspoon, Jr. the vacant XBC world welterweight belt by default. The three bout undercard promoted by Marty Feldman’s “Champions’ of tomorrow” featured a pair of upsets in two other XBC world title contests. (more…)



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Late Result: Danny Williams ends losing streak on first ever Abu Dhabi pro boxing card

40-year-old former heavyweight world title challenger Danny Williams (45-19, 34 KOs) ended a nine fight losing streak by stopping Mazur Ali (10-9, 5 KOs), who didn’t come out for round six. The bout was the featured attraction on last Thursday night’s first ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Williams is best known for stopping Mike Tyson in a colossal upset back in 2004.

In a heavyweight grudge match for UAE bragging rights, unbeaten MohammadAli Bayat Farid (4-0, 4 KOs) was victorious when Abdul Kabbani (3-2, 1 KO) wouldn’t come out at the bell for the fifth round. (more…)



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Narvaez stops Carmona in seven to retain WBO 115lb title for ninth time

WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (41-1-2, 22 KOs) retained his 115lb title for the ninth time against Mexican challenger David Carmona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carmona spent much of the fight backpedaling, so Narvaez was mostly the aggressor and controlled the fight. Narvaez finally dropped Carmona with a body shot in round six. Carmona struggled to beat the count, but finished the round. Carmona’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh after Narvaez continued to punish their fighter.



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

2-time Olympian Oscar Valdez moves to 8-0, 8 KOs

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Undefeated two-time Mexican Olympian, Oscar Valdez (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a quick first round TKO over Cristian Barajas (4-5-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Valdez floored his opponent two times and the bout was stopped at 1:27.

WBO #11 lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (17-0, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (14-2, 3 KOs). Zepeda dropped Lopez twice in round three with body shots. Time was 2:59.

Jr middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (20-0, 16 KOs) belew away the usually durable Francisco “Paco” Villanueva (13-29-2, 9 KOs) in the first round. photos



December 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Hall defeats Malinga for IBF bantamweight title; Gavin wins snoozer; McCloskey upset

By James Slater at ringside

In a terrific action fight, Darlington’s Stuey Hall won the vacant IBF bantamweight title with a very hard earned 12-round unanimous decision over an always dangerous Vusi Malinga. The scores were a surprisingly wide 117-110 (twice) and 116-111. The two warriors gave absolutely everything they had and the result was a late Fight of The year candidate. Hall had a great start, coming out fast and surprising the southpaw from South Africa. In the 3rd, Hall decked his man with a right hand that landed smack on the chin. Malinga, showing real heart, came back in the 4th and landed his share of hurtful punches, to the head especially, from there on in. By the 5th-round Hall’s left eye was noticeably marked up; by the 9th the eye was a total mess.

It looked like either man might pull out a fight-ending shot at any time as the two went toe-to-toe, yet the gruelling battle went down to the bitter end. Hall came on strong in the last couple of rounds but at no time was his victory in the bag. Hall, the oldest British fighter to make a first challenge for a world title, made history and a whole new army of fans tonight. Malinga more than played his part in a mini-classic. Hall is now 16-2-1(7). Malinga, who was making his third challenge for a world title, is now 21-5-1(12) (more…)



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Di Rocco still Euro light welterweight champ

European light welterweight champion Michele Di Rocco (36-1-1, 15 KOs) survived a tenth round knockdown to retain his title against Finland’s Ville Piispanen (17-4-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the PalaBadminton in Milan, Italy. Great action fight with both fighters having their moments. Scores were 119-110, 118-110, 118-110.



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Martinez KOs Mathebula in nine to retain IBF super bantamweight title

IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) retained his title with an impressive ninth round KO against Jeffrey Mathebula (27-5-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche (Alicante), Spain. Making the first defense of the belt he won from Jhonatan Romero in June, Martinez tenaciously pressured Mathebula from the opening bell, winning round after round. Martinez finally battered Mathebula to a knee in the ninth round and the fight was over.



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. wins fringe cruiserweight belt in Moscow; Chudinov wins WBA interim middleweight title

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By Karl Freitag

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Benmakhlouf brought the fight to the Jones, but even with his back on the ropes most the time, Roy’s quick hands and overall skills were too much as he picked the tough Frenchman apart. Scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-111.

Jones claimed the WBU V cruiserweight belt with the win. This is his first “world title” at cruiserweight. After the “winner take all” fight, Roy said that this is the fifth weight division in which he has won a world title and he wanted to make history in Russia. He also stated that now he wants UFC star Anderson Silva in the USA, Russia or Brazil, wherever the best offer is, or Toney, Lededev or “the guy in Poland.”

In the main event, unbeaten middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Juan Camilo Novoa (22-6-1, 20 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim middleweight title. Chudinov put a beating on Novoa, finally getting a referee’s stoppage. He joins Gennady Golovkin and the upcoming Martin Murray-Jarrod Fletcher winner as the recognized world champion of that organization.



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Shindo, Rodriguez to square off tomorrow

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching Japanese girl, Go Shindo (12-2, 8 KOs) will defend her WBC flyweight belt against courageous Mexican challenger Judith Rodriguez (6-6, 4 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Wakayama, Japan. It will be Shindo’s initial defense since she dethroned Hungary’s Renata Szebeledi by a shutout decision (all 100-90) here last May. Shindo is the very first world champ born in Wakayama Prefecture, and people pay great attentions to her defense at the Wakayama Big Wave Arena, where some thousands of spectators will gather to see the local heroine Shindo fight to keep her prestigious belt. (more…)



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Vazquez victorious in Fort Worth

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes

Hector Vazquez (12-1, 2KO) and Anthony Lenk (14-3, 7KO) went blow for blow for the Texas super welterweight title in the main event of the Standing 8 Promotions at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Each fighter had their moments in the fight with the heavy handed southpaw Lenk landing the bigger blows while Vazquez relied on his speed and combinations in spurts. In the end, Vazquez retained his title squeaking out a majority decision 77-75 twice and 76-76. (more…)



December 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Ty Coleman’s Biggest Fight

By Brett Bonetti

Fighnews would like to express our best wishes to young Perth boxing promoter Ty Colman from CDL Boxing Promotions as he gets ready to face the toughest challenge of his life as he fights cancer. “I am blessed to have such supportive friends and family,” Coleman said. “I thank you all for your phone calls and messages over the past couple of days it has given me the strength to walk in tall this morning and head-butt this cancer business right in the face!” (more…)



December 21st, 2013




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