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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains

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Boxing News

Q&A: Wladimir Sidorenko!

By Alexey Potapov

Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1, 7 KOs) returns on May 2nd for a rematch WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) in Bremen, Germany. Their first fight took place on May 31st, 2008 and ended in a unanimous decision 116-113, 116-112, 116-112 for Moreno. Sidorenko has granted an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)



April 7th, 2009



Boxing News

Boxing returns to Lynchburg, VA!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

For the first time in three decades, professional boxing returns to Lynchburg, VA with a seven-bout Major League Boxing card at the Lynchburg City Armory. Headlining the card will be light heavyweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon of nearby Bedford, VA. Sigmon (5-1, two KO’s) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Frankie Fillipone in Fluvanna, VA on March 7. Fillipone injured his right hand and could not answer the bell for the third round. Sigmon will participate in an eight-round encounter against Toris “The Bull” Brewer of Charleston, SC. Brewer (14-2, six KO’s) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Norman Johnson in May of 2008 in Charlotte, NC. (more…)



April 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Australian Boxing Buzz!

By Craig Watt

Former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green insists a lucrative re-match with Anthony Mundine is still firmly on the cards, despite recent comments from the former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion. Mundine stated last week that he preferred to campaign in the middleweight division for the near future, targeting Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm. He is currently ranked WBA#1 for Sturm’s 160 pound title and takes on IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale in Brisbane on May 27th. The 36-year-old Green told the Sydney Morning Herald, “The only reason he is trying to put the fight off is because he’s obviously worried about my power at light-heavyweight but it is 100% that the fight will take place. What you’ve got to understand is that the brains of the outfit with Anthony Mundine is with (his manager) Khoder Nasser and I think if you were to ask Khoder whether the fight would take place it would be a resounding yes. Financially, there is no bigger fish to fry than me.” Green (25-3, 22KO’s) makes the first fight in his comeback when he takes on South African Anthony van Nierkierk (21-6-1, 13KO’s) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth on 26th April. The fight can be seen on a PPV basis in Australia from 7pm EDT via Main Events. (more…)



April 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Steward On Cancelled MSG Show!

By Bob Ryder

Fightnews spoke with Kronk boss Emanuel Steward regarding comments that appeared on the site last week concerning the cancellation of last month’s show at Madison Square Garden in which promoter Eddie McLoughlin stated that the “real reason” the show was scraped was due to difficulties in dealing with headliner Andy Lee and his people. Steward was eager to respond. “We did everything that was asked of us. I think the real problem was the promotion’s legal issues regarding John Duddy that caused them to lose focus. We participated in the original press conference and Andy and all of us were ready to do whatever else was necessary to help the promotion. However, there were no flyers, no TV, no radio, no posters, virtually nothing to promote the card consequently ticket sales were naturally soft.” (more…)



April 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Eastern Europe Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

Rising Finnish junior welterweight prospect Jaakko Myllylä (now 8-0, 2 KOs) scored his biggest career win this Saturday in Haapavesi outpointing upset-minded Russian journeyman Andrey Devyataykin (14-18-1, 5 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds. With the win Myllylä acquired the vacant Baltic Boxing Union 140lb belt. (more…)



April 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Bailey-Figueroa Photo Gallery!

In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, two-time former world champion Randell Bailey (39-6, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Frankie Figueroa (20-3, 13 KOs) last Friday night outdoors on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Click here for photos.



April 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez wins WBC Intl belt!

Young prospect Sylvester Lopez demolished Korean national champion Jong-Nam Park in round eight to win the vacant WBC International super flyweight title Sunday night at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City , Metro Manila, Philippines. Lopez caught Park with vicious left hook to the body to send the 26-year old Korean on the canvas and referee Bruce McTavish stopped the fight at 2:16 of the round. The 21-year-old boxer of promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. was comfortable ahead on three judges’ scorecards at the time of stoppage. Park went down three time from body shots in the first round, but he gave Lopez hard times, particularly in round 4. Lopez, 21-year old native of Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay, take his time and his patience paid off. Lopez improved to 9-2-1 with six knockouts. He dedicated his victory to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and to the boxing fans.



April 6th, 2009

UFC

Torres still the champ!

WEC 40 full report & photo gallery!

Jose Santiago at the Octagon
Photos by Joe Cordova 

In front of 5,257 fight fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, local superstar Miguel Angel Torres defended his WEC bantamweight title against Takeya Mizugaki, who pushed the champ through five tough and rugged rounds.

In the opening round Mizugaki surprised Torres and the crowd by standing toe-to-toe with Torres and holding his own in the cage as the two exchange vicious blows. Torres appeared to be a little tentative after experiencing a few solid shots from the challenger . . . Click here for more

 



April 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rueda, Hernandez victorious!

By: Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

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Box Latino and PM Promotions joined forces on Saturday night to put on an exciting seven bout fight card billed as “The Revenge” at the legendary El Foro Theatre in the heart of TIjuana, MX. The theatre housed Jai Alai matches in its previous life but now is known at the house that the sweet science built since its considered the home of Tijuana club shows. In a stunning upset, Carlos Rueda (12-3, 11KO) of Nicaragua stopped previously unbeaten David “Flecha” Gaspar (9-1-1, 6KO) with a third round TKO in a scheduled ten round super flyweight match up while in the semi main event Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez earned a tough split decision over Costa Rica’s Alejandro Martinez in ten bantamweight rounds. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev-Chagaev to purse bid!

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has called for an April 13th purse bid for a heavyweight championship fight between WBA champion Nicolay Valuev and champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev. Minimum bid is $1 milllion. The purse disbursement will be 55% for Ruslan Chagaev and 45% for Nicolay Valuev. The bidding will take place at 6PM at the at European Boxing Association office in Vitoria, Spain, and be directed by Bartolome Torralba. The bid will be monitored by WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza via internet video conference from Panama City, Panama.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye venue named!

By Alexey Potapov

Team Klitschko has informed Fightnews.com that WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will fight former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. The stadium can hold 65,000 spectators and is home to the famous German football club Schalke 04. Previously it was planned to stage the Klitschko-Haye fight in London at Stamford Bridge Stadium, which is home to Chelsea Football Club.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman-Hitman in Times Square!

Photo: HBO

Photo: HBO

The fight may be taking place 2,500 miles west, but Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton currently have a big presence in New York City’s Times Square. A giant billboard highlighting the upcoming Pacquiao-Hatton collision will be on display through the May 2nd pay-per-view event. An estimated 40 million impressions will take place in one of the world’s busiest intersections.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis targets Khan!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated Australian lightweight Michael Katsidis has English 135-pound star Amir Khan in his sights after stopping former two-division world champion Jesus Chavez in Austin, Texas on Saturday. “I think Australia would love to get one up against England with that Amir Khan fight, but time is of the essence and Casamayor is not getting younger,” Katsidis told the Brisbane Times. “I want him before he retires to make the wrongs right.” Katsidis also said he reinjured his right hand in the third round against Chavez. “It’s the size of a bloody football, it’s the same injury that happened in the Juan Diaz fight.”



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Arslan injured; Huck fight off!

Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan from the Spotlight Boxing Team has had to pull out of his May 9th European title shot against Marco Huck of the rival Sauerland Event Team due to an injury to his left foot. Arslan suffered a stress fracture in the foot back in January that seemed to have healed, but the foot has not responded well to the demands of a full training camp and a continuation of his pre-fight preparations was not possible. “Until recently I had hope that this injury was healed up and I could fully get through the preparations for the fight against Marco Huck. Now, however, I have a medical training ban and need to ensure my future health. I hope that the injury completely heals and then I can line up the next title chance. I’m very sorry for my fans. They have given me so much encouragement over the last few months and everyone was cheering me on for the fight against Marco Huck. I’m sure that I’ll come back very soon and be ready to box Marco for the title!”



April 6th, 2009

Feature Story

More on Bradley-Holt!

Post Fight Comments

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Timothy Bradley: In the first round I just listened to my corner, I got up and strapped hold of my balls and said we gotta get it going now, we were behind already. Kendall Holt is a true champion, you can’t take anything away from him. It’s the toughest fight of my career, a lot tougher than Witter. I just want to thank Kendall because I know he will be back like he says he will because he is a true champion. I got up like a champion is supposed to. He stung me in the first round, I think the second [knockdown] was a bit more of push as I had my head down, but he definitely stung me. I got up though and my legs were numb, but I shook it off. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Reyes: ‘My time is now!’

 Having declared prior to the fight that “My Time Is Now” lightweight contender Rolando Reyes stepped up to the plate on Saturday night with a crushing fifth round knockout of former world champion Julio Diaz at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX . . . . Click here for more



April 6th, 2009

Feature Story

Full Report: Bradley-Holt!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

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In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) vis twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the ensuing rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt knocked down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Meehan calls for Valuev shot!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #1 Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) is calling out to WBA champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) after reading that the “Russian Giant” was considering a voluntary defense of the championship. The WBA #1 heavyweight Meehan talked with Fightnews today. “Nikolay Valuev has to fight me now, if he wants to have one more voluntary defense,” Meehan said. “I’m ready to fight him on May 30th.” Meehan went on to say, “I’m the WBA #1, so I should be the mandatory, but it doesn’t matter to me if I’m the mandatory or not as I’m confident of a victory. Not only a victory, but a KO victory! I will do to him what I did to DaVarryl Willamson. Valuev is scared to face me and so is his promotor Wilfried Sauerland. My promoter Don King is negotiating with the WBA, to give me this fight. I wish to give the boxing fans the fights they want to see. At the moment there is a lot of fat, lazy big men, tired after three rounds, and it’s killing our sport. Fight me Valuev, face me in the ring! I leave this in God’s hands.”



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Ex-champ Marcano passes

By Robert Coster

Former WBA super featherweight champion Alfredo Marcano passed away yesterday in Cumana, Venezuela at the age of 62 after a long bout with cancer. Marcano turned pro in 1966 and fought some of the best and toughest boxers at 125 and 130lbs in his native Venezuela, Mexico and the United States, always giving his best effort. Curiously enough, Marcano won the title at a time when his career had taken a downward spiral (4-5) and probably was viewed as a “safe” opponent for reigning WBA Champion Hiroshi Kobayashi. Their fight took place in Japan on July 29,1971 and the gritty Marcano, trailing on points, kayoed Kobayashi in the 10th round. Alfredo then returned to Japan for his first title defense and stopped Kenji Iwata in 4 rounds. Marcano lost the title to Ben Villaflor via a 15 round decision in Honolulu on March 25,1972. The Venezuelan then returned home and racked up 8 straight wins which gave him the opportunity to meet Bobby Chacon at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on September7,1974 for the vacant WBC Featherweight title. Alfredo put up-as always- a game effort but was kayoed by the red-hot Chacon in 9 rounds. Alfredo Marcano retired in 1975 after a kayo loss to Art Hafey with a final tally of 44-11-5, 29 KOs. Rest in Peace, Champ.



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Steve Dack passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former (1990) New South Wales State middleweight champion Steve Dack passed away on Friday in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Dack was only 44 years of age. He suffered a gun shot wound that police said was not suspicious. Dack boxed the best Australian middleweights including former WBC light heavyweight Jeff Harding. He boxed a supporting bout as a professional to Kostya Tszyu vs Hugo Pineda in January 1996 at Parramatta, NSW, Australia when he outpointed Glen Baragry over six. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

UFC

Torres edges Mizugaki at WEC

Photo: Joseph Cordova

Photo: Joseph Cordova

 Jose Santiago at the Octagon

In one his sternest tests to date, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres scored a unanimous decision over Takeya Mizugaki after 25 brutal minutes. Mizugaki fought hard throughout round one and was not shy about landing hard punches to the head of the champion. The second round saw Torres assume the center of the cage and land the more significant blows during a number of scintillating exchanges. Round three was highlighted by toe-toe-toe action in which the challenger opened a large gash over the right eye of the champion with a hard left hook. Torres took over the fight in the fourth round as he stalked Mizugaki around the cage and landed piercing jabs. In the fifth round for the first time in his 36 fight professional career, Torres handled his aggressive opponent with class by using strategic clinches to slow the fight to a manageable pace. Judges’ scorecards read 49-46 twice and 48-47 all in favor of Miguel Angel Torres. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

Blue Horizon Report/Photo Gallery!

Nakash Batters Brunelli To Remain Unbeaten!

Ringside Report by Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Jeff Julian

Israeli soldier Ran Nakash (18-0, 14 KOs) was able to get inside the long reach of local favorite Dave Brunelli (8-5, 3 KOs) and open up a cut along Brunelli’s right eye that was deep enough for the ringside physician to call a halt to the fight. The scheduled eight round cruiserweight main event was stopped at 1:18 of round seven on Friday night at the jam-packed Blue Horizon in Philadelphia , PA. Nakash took the early rounds, but Brunelli was in the midst of a comeback when the bout was stopped. In the co-feature, Julius “Marvel” Edmonds upset Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson by unanimous decision in a six round junior welterweight bout. The show was promoted by Vernoca Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

‘Lightweight Lightning!’ report/gallery

Valero strikes down Pitalua; Katsidis, Escobedo, Reyes score big wins in Austin

valeroreportRingside by Byron Spurlock & Jeff Zimmerman
Photography by Chris Cozzone

Former WBA Jr. Lightweight Champion Edwin Valero didn’t waste any time Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, keeping his record perfect by dismantling Antonio Pitalua in the second round for the vacant WBC lightweight belt.

The scheduled 12-round championship fight topped off a heavy night of lightweight action televised on PPV and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Valero not only made a statement with his destruction of Pitalua-who’d not lost a fight in nearly eight years-but staked his claim as the champ to beat at 135 pounds . . . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

Valero ready for anyone!

New lightweight champ wants Marquez, Pacquiao in near future

postfight1247Postfight presser by Chris Cozzone

“I delivered” and “I’m ready for anyone” were the two statements issued, both, verbally and fistically, last night by newly-crowned WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. 

“This is a new beginning for me,” said Valero, who had little problem giving top contender Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) his first loss in eight years, after flooring him three times in round two.. . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Soto may return in May!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Strong possibilities exist that popular WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Mexico will be added to the May 2 super card featuring Manny Pacquiao against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Word is he will defend against Canadian Benoit Gaudet. Gaudet have a record of 20-1 with 7 KOs. Soto, who recently defended his title in an impressive way against Antonio Davis on March 28 in the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Mexico, would be coming back after just five weeks.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin: I’m ready for Klitschko!

Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) celebrated a successful return from injury on Saturday night as he defeated Jason Estrada in a battle of Olympians. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko now has to face IBF mandatory challenger Povetkin after his voluntary title defence against David Haye on June 20. “I finally want to accomplish my dream and fight [Klitschko],” Povetkin stated. “Obviously, it will be a completely different fight from today because Klitschko is much bigger and not as fast as Estrada. I still have to improve a few areas of my game but I am ready for him. I cannot wait for the fight to happen.” Kalle Sauerland added, “We are ready for Klitschko. This was a good tune-up fight. Alexander has been working very hard to finally get the world title shot and he cannot wait to fight Wladimir.” (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Castillejo fights to a draw!

By Robert Coster

In what might prossibly be his last fight, 41 year-old Javier Castillejo (62-8-1, 43 KOs) fought a bittersweet draw against countryman Pablo Nevascues (23-1-1, 16 KOs) in Leganes, Madrid on Saturday night. The old “Lynx of Parla” salvaged a draw in the last round, hurting Nevascues and almost stopping him. Castillejo’s legion of fans in Spain -where he is a legend- are hoping that Javier realizes that it is time for him to hang up the gloves. If such is the case, Javier Castillejo would retire with numerous laurels to his credit: he was WBA jr middleweight champion 1999-2001, WBC interim jr middleweight champion 2001-03 and WBA middleweight champion 2006-07, apart from being European Champion on various occasions.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Night of Upsets!

#15 Kimura, #10 Ishii fall

By Joe Koizumi

It was a disastrous night of upsets for defending champs in a Japanese title twinbill on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Unheralded Yosukezan Onodera (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 134.75, dethroned WBA#15 formidable national super-light champ Norio Kimura (35-7-2, 19 KOs), 134.75, making his fourteenth defense, by an unexpectedly lopsided verdict (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) over ten. Also, huge underdog Ryuji Migaki (13-1, 9 KOs), 134.75, decked WBA#10/WBC#12 Japanese lightweight champ Ichitaro Ishii (21-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, in the eighth and halted him at 0:30 in the ninth to capture the national belt to his credit. It was a deluxe show in commemoration of ex-WBA 105-pound champ Yutaka Niida’s farewell to the ring, but his stablemates, Kimura and Ishii, both forfeited their belts in great upsets. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

UFC

Tapia on the rebound

LIVE ON VERSUS TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/6PM PT

Story by Jose E. Santiago

A flamboyant figure of Mexican pride, Manny Tapia often enters the cage sporting flashy trunks, and dyed hair displaying the colors of the Mexican flag. After suffering his only MMA loss at the hands of bantamweight king, Miguel Torres in December, Tapia is looking to get his career back on track on April 5th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with a victory over relatively unknown but dangerous Akitoshi Tamura . . . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

García-Barrera rescheduled!

IBF strawweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García’s title defense against Colombian Ronald Barrera, originally slated for a Azteca America telecast on Saturday night, was postponed until next Saturday (4/11) at the Arthur C. Nahl Stadium in La Paz. The date was apparently pushed back a week due to television commitments. García (25-0-1, 15 KOs) has previously outpointed Barrera (26-5-1, 16 KOs) in a February 2008 IBF title eliminator. He won the world title in his next fight.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley mandatory next!

Unified WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. has been ordered by the WBC to face the WBC mandatory contender immediately without any intervening fight. That was part of the arrangement in which Bradley was given special permission to fight Holt instead of making his mandatory defense. Bradley has 15 days to inform the WBC of his decision. The WBC’s top rated 140-pounder is currently Devon Alexander.



April 5th, 2009

Preview

WEC tonight on VERSUS!

LIVE ON VERSUS TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/6PM PT

Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) defends his WEC bantamweight title against striker Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) LIVE TONIGHT on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City.
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With four straight WEC wins, Torres has rapidly become one of the most feared fighters in the sport. The blend of speed, striking, and submissions skills of Torres will be on display when he takes on the renowned Japanese star Mizugaki. Unbeaten since 2007, Mizugaki is heralded for his Muay Thai striking and willingness to trade. The 5’7″, 135-pound challenger makes his U.S. debut in Chicago on April 5 and has vowed to knock out the hometown champion. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sosa retains WBC 108 belt!

WBC mini flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) retained his title with a fourth round KO over Pornsawan Porpramook (21-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman. The bout was halted after a non-stop barrage of unanswered punches by Sosa, who made his eighth successful title defense.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Bradley unifies 140lb titles!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the following rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt made things interesting by knocking down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111.
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In an IBF super middleweight title elimination bout, Librado Andrade (28-2, 21 KOs) was too strong for #2 Vitali Tsypko (22-3, 12 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Andrade dropped Tsypko with a right hand in round two, put him down again with an uppercut in the seventh, and mostly punished Tsypko who, although outgunned, showed great heart. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 120-106. With the win, Andrade earned a rematch with IBF champion Lucien Bute.
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Adrian Diaconu (26-0 15KO) returned home to Montreal in front of 7,513 fans at The Bell Centre for the first time since winning WBC light-heavyweight world champion in his native Romania. Diaconu who became available when his scheduled fight for next week in Rome Italy fell through and was involved in a non-title affair versus local product David Whittom (10-8-1 6KO) who gave the champion eight tough rounds. Diaconu who exhibited heavy hands throughout was able to easily walk away with a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 victory on the scorecards. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Valero destroys Pitalua!

Katsidis, Escobedo, Reyes other winners
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

By Jeff Zimmerman and Byron Spurlock at ringside

Unbeaten KO artist Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC lightweight title with a spectacular second round annihilation of Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center, in Austin, Texas. After a quiet first round, Valero dropped Pitalua three times in round two before referee Laurence Cole ended it at the :49 mark. Valero, who previously held the WBA super featherweight title, looks to have brought his power to the 135lb division.
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Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) stopped former super featherweight titleist Jesus Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) after seven hard fought rounds. Hometown favorite Chavez came out aggressively as usual, but the rugged Katsidis simply beat him up until Chavez finally quit in his corner before round eight.
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Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1 12 KOs) dropped former world champion Carlos Hernandez (43-8-1 24 KOs) in rounds one and two, but was forced to go the route in an action-packed fight. Hernandez was credited with a knockdown in round six, but it wasn’t enough as Escobedo prevailed 96-91, 94-93, 95-91.
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In a stunning upset, lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) knocked out former two-time IBF champion Julio Diaz (36-5, 26 KOs) in round five. Reyes suddenly ended a very technical fight to that point by dropping Diaz twice in the fifth before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:17. (more…)



April 4th, 2009




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