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Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

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Crawford explodes on Dulorme wins by KO6

Crawford explodes on Dulorme wins by KO6

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Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

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Boxing News

Ioka keeps WBC 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka’s left hook following a solid combination was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011



Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell Postfight Quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature. Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21. For more details and photos click here…



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Overeem retires Lesnar at UFC 141

A vicious kick to the body by Alistair Overeem dropped Brock Lesnar to a knee nearly midway through the first round of their bout Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and a storm of Overeem right hands ended not only their UFC 141 main event tussle, but also Lesnar’s brief, but spectacular, UFC career . . . Click here for more

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December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Taylor stops Nicklow, Dirrell destroys Cunningham

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor stopped overmatched Jessie Nicklow in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Fighting for the first time in over two years and showing some signs of when he ruled the 160-pound division, Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) started strong, landing hooks and crosses to the head. Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) landed the occasional left hook to the head, but was mostly on the defensive. Taylor began to work the body in the fifth round. However, he was deducted a point after the end of the sixth round for throwing and landing a cheap shot to the head of Nicklow. At the beginning of the eighth round, Taylor stunned Nicklow with a left-right combination to the head. As Nicklow backed up against the ropes, Taylor landed two left hooks to the head that were partially blocked. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the bout at 36 seconds, despite protests from Nicklow.

Fighting for the first time in 21 months, super middleweight contender and original “Super Six” participant Andre Dirrell stopped Daryl Cunningham in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tactical first round, Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) stunned Cunningham with a left hand, eventually dropping him with another left Han to the head. As Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs) was struggling to get up, someone from his corner threw a towel into the ring. Referee Jack Reiss threw it out of the ring, but later asked Cunningham’s corner if they wanted to stop it. After the action resumed, Dirrell dropped Cunningham with a right hook-left cross combination to the head. Cunningham got to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel again. This time, Reiss saw the towel and waved the fight over at 2:05.

In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Cuban-born Luis Garcia won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson. From the opening bell, the southpaw Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs) was way in over his head, as Garcia consistently beat him to the punch. By the fourth round, Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) would toy with Johnson, showing little respect as Johnson did very little in the second half of the fight. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Garcia.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather Headbutted

By Joe Koizumi

It was on Boxing Day that this reporter visited Teiken gym in the center of Tokyo to see WBA featherweight champ Celestino Caballero training. The lanky Panamanian is handled by his American trainer Jeff Mayweather, who had a cut over the left eyebrow treated with Vaseline-like medicine.

Q: What happened to your eyebrow? Did you street-fight?
A: Oh, no, I got headbutted.

Q: By whom?
A: By Celestino.

Q: When and how?
A: While he’s hitting my mitt, he happened to collide with my head.

Q: Were you training for head-butting?
A: No, no, that’s only an accident.

Jeff Mayweather, the youngest uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a sense of humor. Japanese press people asked him about Caballero’s best weapon on the press conference at the gym, and Jeff replied, “A hard head as well as his hard punch.”



December 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Off-TV Results from Cabazon, Calif.

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside

Highly-decorated lightweight Jose Pedraza stopped tough Herbert Quartey in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The taller Pedraza (6-0, 5 KOs) was able to work behind a stiff jab an was able to land lead right hands to the head. Quartey (7-7, 4 KOs) had some success landing counter right crosses to the head as he was able to get inside. In the fifth round, Pedraza stunned Quartey with a left hook to the head, and dropped him with a right uppercut to the head. Quartey was able to stand up, but was disoriented, prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at 1:20.

Junior lightweight Alejandro Luna won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Luna (7-0, 5 KOs) pressed the fight, throwing and landing to the head and body of Herrera. However, Luna would drop his hands, allowing Herrera (6-8-1, 2 KOs) to counter with his own punches to the head. Luna would at times smother himself, which did not allow him to sit down on his punches. Herrera had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Jack Reiss for having his mouthpiece coming our of his mouth. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Luna.

Junior welterweight Ivan Redkach stopped Dillet Fredericks in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. The southpaw Redkach (9-0, 8 KO’s) repeatedly scored with right hooks and left crosses to the head, while Fredericks attempted to get on the inside to counter. Redkach stunned Fredericks (8-5-3, 5 KOs) with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round. In the fourth round, Redkach stunned Fredericks with a barrage of punches, backing him up against the ropes. Although Fredericks fought back, Redkach continued to punch until referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight somewhat prematurely at 1:58. Fredericks protested the stoppage.

Heavyweight Mike Perez, best known for winning the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” competition in London, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Friday Ahunanya. The Cuban-born southpaw, who now resides in Cork, Ireland, was the more-polished fighter of the two. Perez (18-0, 12 KOs) would consistently beat Ahunanya (24-8-3, 13 KOs) to the punch during most the bout. Ahunanya’s best round was in the fourth as he was able to land a series of right uppercuts to the head of Perez. However, he would only fight in spurts the rest of the fight, allowing Perez to win every round. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Perez, while Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-91 for Perez.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Ioka to defend WBC 105lb belt today (Saturday)

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), a 22-year-old Japanese, will put his title on the line against also unbeaten Thailander Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-0, 4 KOs) today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. We now have no less than eight male world champs and six female titlists, but Ioka is the youngest and one of the most talented. Kazuto, a nephew of formerly two-class champ Hiroki Ioka (his manager now), captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in the fifth this February. Ioka, making his second defense, will face Yodgoen, a year his junior at 21, on the last day of the year, along with a couple of WBA title goes in Yokohama.

As Mexican televisions of Televisa and TV Azteca compete every Saturday, Ioka’s defense will be shown by TBS TV from 7:30 pm, while the Yokohama twinbill by TV Tokyo from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. It’s a battle of TV ratings. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Andre Ward talks about finest moment

Report and photos by Francisco Salazar

Andre Ward may not be the fastest or the strongest fighter today. He may not be mobbed by thousands, even hundreds of boxing fans if he were to enter into an arena. In the ring, he just gets things done and has been doing so against some of the best fighters in the super middleweight division. Even against fighters numerous boxing experts and writers (including myself) predicted he would lose to. Ward gets things done. Nothing flashy. No highlight-reel endings. Just outthink and outbox his opponents.

Now that he has 25 almost one-sided victories in his pocket throughout his professional career, world title belts, and a shiny Super Six: World Boxing Classic trophy to boot, one would think that Andre Ward expected to be where he currently sits: At or near the top of the 168-pound division. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Liakhovich aims to win over Philly fans in his bout with local favorite Chambers

Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich takes on top heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers to open the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night on January 21 at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Commenting about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Liakhovich said, “Philadelphia has so much boxing history and true boxing fans. I grew up in a working class city [in his native Belarus], so this feels like going home to me. One of the biggest compliments you can have as a fighter is when you can turn a crowd that comes to support the home town guy into your own fans by the end of the fight. It happened in Pittsburgh when I fought Brewster and I think it will happen again in Philly.”



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero meets Hosono tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Panamanian Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs) will defend his WBA featherweight belt against Japanese banger Satoshi “Bazooka”Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) in the first of a twinbill tomorrow (Saturday) inYokohama, Japan. Having watched Caballero training, we wondered why this exceptionally tall champ at 5’11” would be able to make a featherweight limit of 126 pounds. But we actually saw him pass the weigh-in at 125.25, while Hosono at the 126-pound class limit. The 35-year-old Panamanian looked simply skinny and slim enough to make the weight, but his 74” reach may be a great nuisance for Hosono, who is four inches shorter and his reach is also less advantageous by some eight inches. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Uchiyama faces Solis in Unification Title Bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs),Japan, will engage in a highly anticipated unification title bout with WBA interim titlist Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs), Mexico, tomorrow (Saturday) in Yokohama, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place this afternoon at the Korakuen Chinese Restaurant, where each tipped the beam at the 130-pound class limit. “I’m in tip-top shape, and will keep my belt,” said Uchiyama, making his fourth defense since dethroning Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth round stoppage some two years ago. Solis, 32 as the champ, also expressed his confidence, saying “I’ve got acclimated with the climate here and am well-prepared enough to win the belt and bring it back to Mexico.” (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

It doesn’t get any bigger than this: UFC 141

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

It Doesn’t Get Any Bigger Than This – Lesnar vs Overeem Live TONIGHT: Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to face former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem! Plus Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone collide in an explosive lightweight matchup! UFC 141 live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV

See The Prelims Live On Facebook: “Like” the UFC on Facebook to see four free fights before the televised action begins! Live at 6:50pm ET / 3:50pm PT

Fighter’s Guide Issue Of UFC Magazine On Newsstands Now: Look for The Fighter’s Guide issue of UFC Magazine on newsstands now! Also, for the first time ever, home delivery subscriptions are available at UFC.com/magazine

UFC Arrives On Fuel TV January 1st With A 24-Hour Marathon: Featuring the premiere of UFC Reloaded, which brings you the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, plus UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs Ortiz, Ultimate Knockouts and more! Starting at 12:00 AM ET January 1st on Fuel TV
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December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

The Downes Side: UFC 141 predictions

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of my column, the Downes Side. So what will this column contain? Basically, think of it like that movie the Blind Side, but with fight predictions. There will be an engaging character, a giant football player-type, a feel good story and it will culminate with me getting an award as undeserving as Sandra Bullock’s Oscar (Helen Mirren got robbed!) . . . . Click here for more by Dan Downes, UFC.com
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December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Animosity erupts between SES Boxing light heavyweights

Photos: SES Boxing

An internal civil war inside the stable of Magdeburg, Germany-based promoter SES Boxing came to a head during a sparring session between light heavyweight contenders Robin Krasniqi and Denis Simcic. The animosity was evident Thursday evening as both fighters emerged with minor wounds. The normal peace within the camp was put aside because both Krasniqi and Simcic smelled a chance at the WBO world title.

Promoter Ulf Steinforth confirms, “We already had some talks about fighting the current WBO world champion Nathan Cleverly from Great Britain and both would want this fight. Robin Krasniqi is rated #6 while Denis Simcic is at #11, so both of them would qualify for the shot at the title. On January 7 we will see who of them is the leading the way.” (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell top ShoBox tripleheader tonight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

The six fighters who will compete on a tripleheader during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation tonight live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), all made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The boxers (left-to-right): Jermain Taylor, Jessie Nicklow, Andre Dirrell, Darryl Cunningham, Luis Garcia and Alexander Johnson.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Chakhkiev opponent named

It was confirmed today that Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs) will meet his toughest opponent to date when he faces WBC #7 Kotlobay Alexander (21-2-1, 15 KOs) on January 28th at the Grand Elysee Moorweide Hotel. Former world champions Juergen Braehmer and Firat Arslan headline the Universum Box-Promotion card against opponents to be named.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

To Felix Sturm: I want a rematch

By Martin Murray

After recently hearing that Felix has announced the date of his next fight (April 13th) in Germany, I would like to make it known that I have still not heard anything of a rematch. I don’t know whether their team have discussed opponents but I am here Felix – ready and waiting. Felix has been a great champion, but both me and him know that night in Mannheim he did not beat me. Felix cannot beat me. He knows I am the better fighter and so I am not expecting him to offer me a rematch. You offered Randy Griffin one and the same to Matthew Macklin, so you have proved that you try and correct close fights (or losses) but I don’t think that the Sturm team are confident that you can win this one and as a result they and you will avoid me. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Taylor/Dirrell weigh-in photos and quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Two of the most recognizable names in boxing will make their long-awaited returns to the ring tomorrow, Dec. 30, when Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell are featured in separate 10-round fights on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

Taylor weighed 161 pounds, while opponent Jesse Nicklow was at 159. Dirrell weighed 169 pounds and opponent Cunningham was 167.5 pounds. For the TV opener, Luis Garcia’s official weight is 174.5 pounds and Alexander Johnson weighed 172. (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Ramos-Rigondeaux lands in Las Vegas

Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off 2012 with a World Championship bout headlining on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 20. The special edition of ShoBox features WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos defending his title for the first time against the WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, matching two world champions and two of the sport’s rising stars. The bout was originally scheduled for New Year’s Eve, but was postponed after a fighter in the co-main event withdrew due to an injury. The championship event will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Erik Morales’ world title defense against Danny Garcia is rescheduled for March 24

Photo: Andrew Richardson - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

As a result of having undergone emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Erik “Terrible” Morales’ originally scheduled January 28 HBO World Championship Boxing televised world title defense against undefeated top contender Danny “Swift” Garcia has been rescheduled for March 24, but will still take place at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Also rescheduled for the new March 24 date is the highly anticipated clash of junior middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland and “King” Carlos Molina.

All tickets for the January 28 event will be honored for the new date. If fans are unable to attend the March 24 event, refunds will be available by returning their full, un-torn ticket to the original point of purchase starting on Friday, January 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. For phone and internet purchasers, Ticketmaster Customer Service will be contacting customers by email. Phone and internet customers just need to reply to the email sent by Ticketmaster Customer Service. Phone and internet customers may also contact Ticketmaster Customer Service directly at (800) 653-8000. All refund requests must be completed by Friday March 23 at 5:00 p.m. CT.



December 29th, 2011




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