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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

Pundits pick Bradley!

SATURDAY 10:45PM ET/PT ON SHOWTIME

Photos: Herby Whyne / Fightnews Canada

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If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy Bradley’s going to walk away victorious over Kendall Holt Saturday on SHOWTIME. But it will it be close. Bradley, the WBC champion, and his WBO counterpart Holt clash in an eagerly awaited 140-pound world title unification showdown from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The majority of those who participated in a SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll not only could not state with conviction who would win, but how the tough, close fight would play out. Several possible scenarios and story lines were predicted. Bradley was a popular, landslide winner in the Poll, garnering 39 of the 46 predictions (with one draw). Three others view what will be an exciting fight too close to call. (more…)



April 2nd, 2009



Boxing Result

Oosthuizen wins in first round!

By Ron Jackson

One of the brightest young prospects in South African boxing 21-year-old Thomas Oosthuizen fighting at super middleweight scored his eighth inside the distance win when he stopped Semanda Shabane from Uganda in the first round in Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Promoter Jeff Ellis of African Ring Promotions provided a night of entertainment for 1000 patrons at a Box and Dine which also included the well known rock band Clint and Co, at the Emperors Palace. (more…)



April 2nd, 2009

UFC

Kampmann outworks Condit!

Results by David L. Hudson

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann spoiled the UFC debut of former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit by winning a three round split decision. Though Condit has not lost a fight in over two years, Kampmann never lost focus on his gameplan and was constantly attacking with chokes. Condit cut Kampmann’s cheek with a quick knee at the end of the first round. Kampmann was never deterred however and he was awarded the judges’ decision. Scores all read the same, 29-28. (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Caballero-Mathebula on April 30!

The IBF canceled the Purse Bid scheduled for tomorrow for the IBF Jr. Featherweight mandatory defense of IBF/WBA Champion Celestino Caballero and Jeffrey Mathebula. Both sides agreed to do the fight on April 30th in Panama City, Panama.



April 1st, 2009

Feature Story

DeMarco loves to fight

Feature story by Felipe Leon

Many times, fighters who win their first major fight on a world stage tend to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Not Antonio DeMarco.

After his dismantling of Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov, DeMarco took a week off and then was right back in the CREA gym run by Romulo Quirarte and his sons, Bobby and Romulo Jr., in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico . . . Click here for more



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Holt, Bradley Montreal workout!

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

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One of the most important fight cards in Canadian boxing history is set to take place in Montréal, Québec, on Saturday at the Bell Centre. In anticipation, reporters converged on the HardKnox Gym to witness open workouts featuring WBO junior welterweight world champion Kendall Holt and WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley, who collide in a highly anticipated 140lb unification matchup, as well as super middleweight contenders Vitali Tsypko and Librado Andrade, who face off in an IBF world title eliminator.



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Lightweight Lightning Presser!

Photo: John Rivera, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Photo: John Rivera, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Unbeaten former junior lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (left) and lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua (Right) pose today in Austin, Texas at the final press conference to discuss “Lightweight Lightning”, the four bout pay-per-view event featuring Valero vs. Pitalua for the vacant WBC lightweight championship on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.



April 1st, 2009

UFC

Griffin down but not out

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV TONIGHT!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Eight weeks of training for 15 minutes (or less) inside the Octagon. Stars are introduced to the world via the bright lights and elaborate production of a UFC event. They are created, however, through long, grueling hours in the gym. Away from fans, away from family, and many of life’s other luxuries that most people take for granted. (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Edouard fights again in Panama!

Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2 with 12 KOs ranked WBA #9, WBC #15) is set to defend his WBA Fedelatin Middleweight boxing title in Colon City, Panama, Saturday, April 18 at the illustrious Hotel Melia Panama Canal. Edouard recently won the WBA Fedelatin title in Panama and is excited about returning to the country he speaks of affectionately. “I received a passionate reception in Panama and really couldn’t wait to return. The fans are knowledgeable and appreciative of the sport. It made for an electric atmosphere and an amazing night of fights!” (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev may seek voluntary defense!

WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev is reluctantly considering a voluntary defense of his title because of his inability to land a dream rematch with his only conqueror, Ruslan Chagaev. The WBA permitted the seven-foot-tall Russian Giant to make an optional defense before facing Chagaev in the fall, but Valuev was so intent on revenge that he requested an immediate purse bid so that Chagaev rematch could be scheduled before German boxing fans go on summer holiday. Surprisingly, the WBA received the request but since then has done nothing to facilitate a second bout between Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) and Chagaev (25-0-1, 17 KOs), a champion who was moved to WBA champion ‘in recess’ due to his constant injuries. Because Valuev and Chagaev are under contract to rival promoters and television networks, negotiations are highly unlikely to be concluded without the WBA’s assistance. (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin, Estrada confident!

Battle of Olympians on Saturday
Photo: Gerd Scheewel

Photo: Gerd Scheewel

Jason Estrada is convinced he can spring a surprise and upset Alexander Povetkin in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. It will be a special fight as the two protagonists share a lot of things in common. Both boast an impressive amateur record, both fought in Olympic tournaments and both have set their sights on a victory on Saturday night. “We have come to Germany to take home the Olympic gold medal Povetkin won in 2004,” Estrada´s promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “Jason was one of the best amateur fighters in the country and he was one of the favourites to win Olympic gold at Athens.” While Povetkin, who is also a European and World amateur champion, went on to win the Olympic tournament, Estrada did not make it to the final due to an early loss. “It just was not my day,” he said. “I did not perform well. But I feel much more comfortable as a pro. I never really liked the way of fighting and scoring in the amateur system.” (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Paschall tops Glen Burnie card!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Baltimore, MD super middleweight “The Persecutor” Mike Paschall tries to continue his winning ways by participating in the eight-round main event bout on the 2009 season premiere of Ballroom Boxing on Thursday, April 2 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Participating in a main event bout is nothing new for Paschall (18-1-1, four KO’s) as he has involved in either the main bout or the co-feature in his last four outings. However, Paschall told Fightnews that being in the main event is not always the best situation to be in. (more…)



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Munroe opponent named!

European super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (18-1, 8 KOs) will return on May 2 to face little-known Isaac Netty. The bout will be for the vacant Commonwealth title and will take place at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, England. Munroe is coming off his second win over Kiko Martinez, who is best known for his 86-second demolition of newly crowned WBA champion Bernard Dunne.



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Andrade back at the Bell!

By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Of all the ring joints in all the towns in all the world, Librado Andrade walks back into the Bell Centre this Saturday April 4th as the Mexican warrior battles Vitali Tsypko in an IBF super-middleweight title elimination. The fight will serve as the co-feature to the Kendall Holt versus Timothy Bradley unification bout featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). That’s right, the same Bell Centre that saw Andrade running out of time in his quest to become world champion as he managed to catch Lucian Bute in the waning seconds of the final round and put the champion on the floor for the first time in his professional career. The same Bell Centre that made referee Marlon B. Wright a household word as he admonished the fighter back to a neutral corner as Bute teetered on the ropes. The same Bell Centre which weeks later would try its best to move towards MMA rules by introducing the five minute round. Yes, that Bell Centre. (More)



April 1st, 2009

UFC

Another Brock in the cage

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1 @ 8pm ET/PT

Story by Andreas Hale

There’s another guy named Brock in the UFC who just happens to be from Minnesota. He’s not a physical freak like the brute who shares his first name and hometown. But this Brock is just as vicious and has had a stellar MMA career thus far. Out of his 24 wins, this Brock’s hitlist includes the likes of Carlo Prater, Ryan Jensen, Keita Nakamura and others. This Brock is no slouch. As a matter of fact, Brock Larson may be the future of the 175-pound division  . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao Wild Card workout!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank


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Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Tuesday for his upcoming “The Battle of East and West” World Jr. Welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,Nevada. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on pay-per-view.



April 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Quezada back in action!

Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (26-4, 16 KOs) is back in action on April 23 at the Tachi Place Casino in Lemoore, California. Quezada, who currently holds the WBC CABOFE heavyweight title, battles Chad Van Sickel in a scheduled ten round bout. “I’m excited that I’m able to get back in the ring and stay busy,” Quezada said, “In my last fight, I felt real comfortable and scored a nice knockout. I credit that to a great training camp. I’m getting the best work sparring at Joe Goossen’s gym in Van Nuys CA. My goal is to continue winning and climb up the WBC rankings and eventually crack the top ten by the end of this year. I’m willing to fight anyone anywhere.” The weigh-in will be open to the public on Wednesday April 22 slated to start at 4:00 pm. Fans can join the fighters at The Den Sports Bar located on the third floor of Tachi Palace Casino. Quezada is looking to extend on his 15-fight winning streak.



April 1st, 2009

UFC

WEC champ makes UFC debut

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1 @ 8pm ET/PT

Interview by David L. Hudson

The main event of UFC Fight 18 in Nashville, Tenn. on April 1st features former WEC welterweight kingpin Carlos Condit making his UFC debut against the explosive Martin Kampmann. MMA fans relish the opportunity to see how high up the ladder Condit can climb in the talent-laden 170 lb. division. First off, he must defeat Kampmann, who won several bouts in the Octagon in the 185 lb. middleweight division . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 31st, 2009

UFC

TUF: US vs. UK!

Tickets now on sale!

Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter Finale: United States vs. United Kingdom go on sale this week!   . . . Click here for more



March 31st, 2009

Announcement

Paschall wraps up training!

Super middleweight fan favorite, Mike “THE PERSECUTOR” Paschall wrapped up his training for fans and media on Tuesday afternoon just two days prior to his showdown on Thursday night with Sam “THE PUNCHING POLICEMAN” Hill at Michaels’ Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore . . . . Click here for more



March 31st, 2009

UFC

UFN at the scales!

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1 @ 8pm ET/PT

From Nashville, Tenn. for tomorrow night’s UFN live on SPIKE TV:
Martin Kampmann (170) VS Carlos Condit (170.5)
Carmelo Marrero (205) VS Ryan Bader (206)
Junie Browning (156) VS Cole Miller (156)
Rafael Dos Anjos (156) VS Tyson Griffin (156)
Matt Horwich (185) VS Ricardo Almeida (185.5)
Jeremy Stephens (158) VS Gleison Tibau (156.5)
Jesse Sanders (171) VS Brock Larson (171)
Nissen Osterneck (186) VS Jorge Rivera (185)
Nick Catone (186) VS Tim Credeur (186)
Joe Vedepo (185) VS Rob Kimmons (185)
Aaron Simpson (186) VS Tim McKenzie (184.5)
* Notes: The middleweight bout between Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss will not take place due to a medical approval issue regarding Jensen. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Figueroa-Bailey Chess Match!

Figueroa Plans To Put Bailey Into Checkmate!

NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa feels every fight is like a chess match and he plans to put former two-time world champion Randall Bailey into a checkmate position Friday night on ESPN2 during their scheduled 12-round IBF title eliminator in Memphis.

The winner between IBF No. 3 rated Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) and No. 6 ranked Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs) will earn a title shot against IBF champion Juan Urango. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

6 Questions: Librado Andrade!

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING—10:45 ET/PT

The overwhelming underdog in his last fight in Montreal, Canada–a controversial loss to Lucian Bute–30-year-old Librado Andrade is looking forward to the cheers that will undoubtedly rain down on him Saturday night from the boxing-crazed Bell Centre crowd.
Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) is ranked No. 3 in the International Boxing Federation super middleweight division and figures to be a favorite when he meets Ukriane’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs), who is ranked a notch above him at No. 2. The winner becomes the No. 1 contender and Bute’s mandatory challenger. Saturday’s elimination bout will air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The fight will take place before Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt unify their respective World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound titles. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Pitalua arrives in Texas!

WBC #2 Lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua Ospino arrived last night in Austin, Texas with his team confident of victory. He appeared today at the public workout very optimistic and ready for his upcoming challenge for the WBC Lightweight vacant title against former WBA World Champion Edwin Valero of Venezuela this Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center of the Texas capital. Valero was a no show at the workout. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

New Froch, Taylor comments!

Undefeated Carl Froch, a household name in his native England, looks to enhance his reputation in America when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight champ and one of the most highly regarded and recognizable fighters of this generation, in a world championship fight on Saturday, April 25, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will be making the first defense of the vacant 168-pound crown he gained in his last outing with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jean Pascal on Dec. 6, 2008. Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., has had a prolific pro career since winning a bronze medal for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games and is the only boxer to twice defeat future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. When he outpointed Hopkins the first time, Taylor became 160-pound world champion in the WBC, World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin, Pianeta work-out!

Alexander Povetkin has vowed to take one step at a time as he prepares for Saturday´s showdown with Jason Estrada. The White Lion is eager to return to the ring following his ankle injury which forced him to postpone his hotly-anticipated clash with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Today Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) gave the fans a first taste of his class during a public work-out session in Dusseldorf. “When I twisted my ankle back in October, I didn´t think it was a big issue at first. But the doctor´s diagnosis then was a huge blow for me,” he recalled. “However, I have put the injury past me. I am back at 100 percent and don’t have any problems with my left foot any more.” (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

“Super Boxeo” launches in May!

New series on Fox Sports Español
(L to R) Mario Ragazzo, President of Super Boxeo; Sal Musumeci, Promoter of Final Forum; and Eddie Tosado, VP of Operations for Super Boxeo

(L to R) Mario Ragazzo, President Super Boxeo; Sal Musumeci, Promoter/Final Forum; and Eddie Tosado, VP Operations Super Boxeo

Sal Musumeci of Final Forum has teamed up with Mario Ragazzo of Super Boxeo and signed a three-year deal to promote 50 shows per year on Fox Sports Español. “I am proud and honored to bring this two hour program to the boxing fans,” said an ecstatic Musumeci. “Our mission is to bring the best boxing available to our audience around the world.” The show will be available to over 150 million viewers in North America, and will take place every Saturday night with the inaugural show airing on May 2, 2009 on Fox Sports Español. In addition to televising main event and co-feature, the show will also feature a 3-minute highlight reel of the under-card bouts so that TV audiences can familiarize themselves with the future main event fighters of the sport. This is just one of the many exciting segments planned for this broadcast. Super Boxeo is also very close to announcing a partnership deal with a well-known Puerto Rican boxing superstar. Stay tuned for more on this monumental boxing series.



March 31st, 2009

UFC

Horwich takes on Almeida

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1 @ 8pm ET/PT

Story by Robert Kravantka

A man that lives, sweats and breathes MMA, Matt Horwich will be facing off with Ricardo Almeida at UFC Fight Night tomorrow night . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis-Chavez Collide!

By Craig Watt

The term boxing “warrior” is perhaps over-used but in the description of former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, from Australia and Mexican former WBC super featherweight and IBF lightweight champion, Jesus Chavez, the term is a correct description of their fighting pedigree, style and determination. They can knock out opponents with either hand, they can get up from the canvas and win and they can fight through adversity. Two of the sport’s most exciting “warriors” put their boxing pride and pedigree on the line on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas as part of Golden Boy Promotions “Lightweight Lightening” boxing event. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Botha vs Hoffmann!

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Timo Hoffmann from Germany on May 10 in Germany at a venue still to be announced. The 40-year-old Botha 47-4-2; 28 won the WBF belt when he outpointed Ron Guerrero in Potchefstroom on February 6 this year. Hoffmann 38-6-1; 22 has been a pro since October 1993 and has only lost one fight inside the distance and that was in December 2007 when the unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko scored a twelfth round technical knockout win. The other losses on his record have all been on points against quality heavyweights like Vitali Klitschko, Michael Sprott, Henry Akinwande, Paolo Vidoz and Timor Ibragimov. Botha appeared to be overweight and out of condition when he won the WBF beat against Guerrero, so he will have to lift his game to stand a chance against the taller and younger 34-year-old Hoffmann.
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Meanwhile it has been announced that Macbute Sinyabi 10-1; 10 will make the first defence of his South African junior featherweight title against Desmond Samuels from Cape Town at the Unisa Conference Centre in Ormonde near Johannesburg on Saturday April 25.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Nakash returns Friday in Philly!

By Rick Scharmberg

Unbeaten cruiserweight bomber Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KO), of Haifa, Israel returns to his adopted home, the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA, to battle Dave Brunelli (8-4, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia in an eight round grudge match this Friday, April 3. The bout is being billed as an old-time Jewish and Italian battle reminiscent of the ethnic wars typical of those in the first half of the 20th century. In the co-feature, Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson (9-3-1, 3 KOs) will face Julias Edmonds (4-3), in all-Philadelphia, eight round junior welterweight bout. The card is being promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Geale Camp likes chances!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defend the championship against former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 27. Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw and manager Bill Treacy are is confident their charge can upset the former WBA 168 pound title holder. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Chambers says he’s ready!

In the aftermath of his win at LA’s Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE over former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, heavyweight Eddie Chambers has proclaimed himself ready for a shot at one of the recognized world heavyweight title belts. “It was definitely the next step toward a title,” Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) said. “When you defeat a big heavyweight and one who recently held a world title, it feels good to have earned my opportunity to go for one of the world titles….I have worked long and hard to get there and I’m determined to be better next time out and win the heavyweight championship when I get my title shot. I am ready to take on any of the champions.” Manager Rob Murray, Sr., who has guided Chambers to four straight wins since taking over as Chambers’ trainer, said that Chambers hurt his right hand in the fight with Peter.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Baloyi IBF defense set!

Branco Sports

Branco Sports

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced the eagerly awaited clash between Malcolm Klassen and Cassius Baloyi for the IBF junior lightweight belt will take place at the North -West University Complex in Mafikeng, South Africa on Saturday April 18. The 34-year-old Baloyi 36-3-1; 19 who has held six world organisation belts will be making the second defence of his IBF junior lightweight belt that he won in Mafikeng on April 12, 2008 when he outpointed Mzonke Fana. In September of the same year he stopped Javier Osvaldo Alverez from Argentina in his first defence. Klassen 23-4-2; 13 won the IBF junior lightweight belt in what was considered a big upset on November 3, 2006 when he outpointed Gairy St Clair from Guyana. However, less than five months later he lost the belt to Mzonke Fana who in turn lost it Baloyi. Klassen, 28, became the mandatory challenger in August last year when he stopped former five time world champion Manuel Medina of Mexico in two rounds. Baloyi and Klassen are both managed and trained by Nick Durandt, but the boxers have agreed that Gert Strydom will train Klassen for this fight.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Marali challenges for 4th belt!

By Ron Jackson

Zolani Marali will try to win a fourth world organisation belt when he meets Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Thursday night. (more…)



March 31st, 2009




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