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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Photo: Sebastian Heger WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 ...

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Alvarez defeats Chavez in battle of brothers

Alvarez defeats Chavez in battle of brothers

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Fans have talked about a showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for years. On Saturday we ...

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Cano, Prieto battle to a draw

Report/photos Boxing Bob Newman On May 17, 2014, Mexican lightweights Ivan Cano and Javier Prieto battled to a twelve round draw for Prieto's ...

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Boxing News

Opponent change for Fedchenko!

By Alexey Sukachev

IBF intercontinental junior welterweight champion Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (22-0, 10 KOs) will defend his belt for the second time against Argentinean Diego Jesus Ponce (16-4-2, 2 KOs). Fedchenko, who is ranked #12 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF, was earlier said to face Spaniard Hector Moreira. This bout will be a headliner of April 22 K2 East promoted show in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Also, in his first comeback fight after a disastrous performance against Cornelius Bundrage in a IBF light middleweight eliminator, Ukrainian-based Russian Zaurbek Baysangurov (19-1, 14 KOs) will clash against Georgian Mikheil Khucishvili (11-6-2. 4 KOs). Welterweight Victor Plotnikov (20-1, 10 KOs) will be tested by another Georgian import Alexander Benidze (10-9-2, 5 KOs). Unbeaten WBC #12 cruiserweight Vitaly Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs), heavyweight Andrey Rudenko (12-0, 5 KOs) and lightweights Artiom Ayvazidi (5-0, 1 KO) and Valentin Golovko (7-0, 5 KOs) will be showcased in separate bouts shaping the undercard up.



April 16th, 2009



Boxing News

Baloyi defending IBF belt!

Photo: Ron Jackson

Photo: Ron Jackson

By Ron Jackson

In one of the most eagerly awaited clashes on the South African boxing scene in recent years Cassius Baloyi defends his IBF junior lightweight belt against Malcolm Klassen at the Northwest University in Mafikeng on Saturday. The tournament is presented by Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions. The 34-year-old Baloyi (36-3-1, 19 KOs) who has won six world organisation belts will be taking part in his 24th “world” title fight in his sixteenth year as a professional fighter. He will be making the second defence of his IBF belt that he regained when he outpointed Mzonke Fana in Mafikeng in April last year. (more…)



April 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward-Miranda Presser!

Pantera rips into Olympic gold medalist

Photos: Laura De La Torre/411 Mania for Goossen Tutor

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Undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) participated in a press conference on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Miranda was not in attendance, but took part and answered questions from the media via speaker phone. They meet in what should be a highly charged bout on May 16 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Ward’s hometown. The twelve-rounder will be the featured bout on a special Saturday Primetime Edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. “The fight will only go up to the 10th round and that’s because that is when I am going to knock Andre Ward out,” vowed Miranda. “Andre Ward has never been in the ring with a fighter like me – he hasn’t fought anyone talented. If there is one thing that you notice about Andre’s fights, he’s always running. Andre doesn’t have the heart of a champion. He is holding onto his one achievement, The Olympic Gold Medal, but that is all he will ever achieve. I feel sorry for Dan Goossen to have invested so much money in such an untalented fighter.” (more…)



April 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Margarito vs Baldomir?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that former WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito could return as soon as June or July against former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. The bout would certainly land in Margarito’s hometown of Tijuana, as Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo are currently serving a one year suspension in the United States imposed by the California Athletic Commission after it was discovered Margarito had plaster-like substances in his hand wraps before a January 24 fight against Shane Mosley. That suspenson is not observed in Mexico.



April 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao Workout!

By Edgar Gonzalez
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Pound for pound king Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao along with three-time “Trainer of the Year” Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a media workout today at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. “Training is going well for Manny I am really happy with the results,” stated Freddie Roach. “We have been sparring for seventeen three minute rounds, Manny is taking this fight really seriously.” Manny Pacquiao started his workout by hitting the pads along side Freddie Roach’s new assistant trainer Michael Moorer, former heavyweight champion. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Rivera headlines May 8!

Featherweight prospect Carlos Rivera 15-3-2 (5 KOs) will risk his seven fight unbeaten streak against rugged Ghanaian Alex “Ali” Baba 26-14-1 (19 KOs) May 8 at the A la Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Rivera is coming off a career best victory in February, as he defeated Johnnie Edwards via unanimous decision. A former world title challenger, Baba is known for his impressive durability, having only been stopped twice during his solid career. The Rivera-Baba bout will serve as the main event and is scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Inside the Pacquiao Camp!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank


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Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao trains before a packed media turnout at the Wildcard Boxing Club Wednesday 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 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Senchenko plans USA debut!

By Alexey Sukachev

According to Yuri Ruban, the head of Donetsk-based Union Boxing Promotions, the newly crowned WBA regular welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs), 31, may defend his title for the first time in the USA. “We are currently negotiating with [American] promoters to bring Vyacheslav to the States and to put him in the same card with WBA super champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a hope for their partial unification, which will be the first ever fight of such type with the Ukrainian fighter taking his part in. If the agreement isn’t reached in ten days, we shall look for other opportunities also overseas,” was quoted Ruban by URA-Inform.Donbass media agency. “We are not planning a rematch against Yuri Nuzhnenko as there was no such clause in the contract for their first fight. K2 East representatives have already asked us about this possibility but we tend to reject their offer,” commented Yuri Ruban.



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Full Report: Molina-Paredes!

By Shamus Young

Carlos Molina took an easy 10 round decision over Ed Paredes Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The welterweight Molina poured on a consistent attack to the body and head, occasionally becoming so focused on offense that he would get stung by the heavy-handed Paredes. Molina would then regroup and go back to his casual domination. . After ten rounds, the judges gave the decision to Molina by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 96-94. Fightnews had it 98-92 for Molina. With the win, Molina moves to 16-4-1, and Paredes drops to 21-3. In the co-feature, Lightweights Sarah Pucek and Tammie Johnson fought to a majority draw over four entertaining rounds. Pucek, 3-0-1, won her previous bouts through superior boxing skill. In this fight she showed her heart, going toe to toe with the heavy hitting Johnson, and winning most exchanges. Fightnews thought that Pucek did enough to win every one of the four rounds. The judges saw it differently, judging the bout a draw by scores of 39-37 for Pucek and two scores of 38-38. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Punisher targets Executioner!

Williams welcomes Hopkins fight

By Lee Bates

Moments ago, Fightnews spoke with George Petersen, who trains two-divison world champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), regarding what possible fight would interest him next for Williams. One name that really excited him was two-division world champion Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs). “We will take that fight all day long at a catchweight. One of Hopkins’ main strengths is that he intimidates people. Paul would not be intimidated. First thing we would attack would be his head. Calzaghe really put it on Hopkins down the stretch in their fight. Those volumes of punches are nothing compared to what Paul would throw. If our people who make the final decisions on these matters approached me with this offer, the answer is ‘yes’ all day long.” said Peterson.



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Alexander to face Rodriguez!

Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez, a winner in 11 of his last 12 matches, signed a contract today to face undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” on Friday, April 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and on SHOWTIME. Alexander (17-0, 10 KOs) is the Gateway City’s fastest-rising star, and Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs), from Salinas, Calif., will look to give him a stiff test in a match scheduled for 10 rounds. The main event will feature two more St. Louisans battling for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship when former four-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) meets IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Manfredo, Burchfield reload!

Former world title challenger Peter Manfredo, Jr., free from his promotional contract ties with the Tournament of Contenders, has gone back to the future, hooking-up with his original promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, and fighting against Walid “Tempete de Sable” Smichet this Saturday afternoon at Montreal Casino. Manfredo (31-6, 16 KOs), 28, faces Smichet (20-5-3, 14 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature that has career-determining implications for both fighters. Manfredo, star of The Contender, Season I, plans to work his way down to the middleweight division, although this bout is at 168-pounds. “I only had three weeks to get ready for this fight, so making it for 168 is a trade off, I guess, for fighting this guy in his backyard,” Manfredo explained. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

More on de la Hoya retirement!

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Joe Miranda

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The day finally came. A day that Oscar De La Hoya was smart enough to realize and most athletes don’t. Athletes try to avoid this day. However, it’s inevitable that sooner or later be will be a day when they realize they can not live up to the potential from previous years. April 14th in the boxing world will no longer be known as the day before taxes are due. Instead, it will be known as the day one of the most popular boxers decided to hang up his gloves for good. On Tuesday, April 14th, the six time world champion announced his retirement from the sport. The announcement took place at the L.A. LIVE plaza, right across the street from STAPLES Center, where De La Hoya fought one of his best fights, losing a close decision to Shane Mosley. De La Hoya made his announcement before thousands of fans who were in attendance. From construction workers to business people during their lunch break, De La Hoya spoke somberly, but diplomatically, a trait that has made him beloved by boxing fans and the media alike. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Mahyar Monshipour!

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Photo: Olivier Monserrat-Robert

By Robert Coster

On March 13th, former WBA jr featherweight champion Mahyar Monshipour scored a convincing TKO win over fellow ex-champ Felix Machado in Ameneville, France. It was the French-Iranian boxer’s third victory on the comeback path since retiring in 2006 after losing his title. Mahyar has stated that his comeback is not for money but “for honor” with the purpose of winning a world title at age 34. Monshipour’s comeback has been seen as ” ill-advised” by some pundits but is welcomed by his legions of fans in France who just adore the little (5’4″) champion with the big heart and believe in him. Fightnews sat down with Mahyar Monshipour to talk about his comeback and what lays ahead in the coming months. (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Cotto-Clottey!

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto returns to the Big Apple risking his WBO welterweight title against IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on June 13 at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO and marks the fourth time in the past five years Cotto will headline a show at The Garden on the eve of New York’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Tickets to Cotto vs. Clottey, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com. “Clottey is a defensive boxer and a tough fighter,” said Cotto. “His record proves he belongs at the elite level of the welterweight division. But I will be ready to give everything I have against him and to do all that is necessary to defeat him. On June 13th, the world will witness a great fight between Clottey and me. It’s going to be a war inside the ring at The Garden.” (more…)



April 15th, 2009

UFC

Wiman in best shape yet!

UFC 97 is LIVE on PPV April 18!

Matt Wiman looks to return to his winning ways in the Octagon at UFC 97: Redemption when he squares off against Sam Stout  . . . Click here for more by David L. Hudson

UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.



April 15th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

Don’t Miss An All New Episode Of The Ultimate Fighter® Tonight On Spike Premieres at 10pm ET/PT. TUF Homepage> 

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April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF officials named!

By Nick Giongco

Pete Podgorski of Chicago will be the third man on the ring when Nonito Donaire makes the third defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown against unbeaten Raul ‘Cobra’ Martinez of the US this Sunday (April 18 in the US) at the Araneta Coliseum. The list was provided by Daniel Pancheri, a high-ranking executive of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., who sent the lineup to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin yesterday. The three judges are Muhammad Rois of Indonesia, John Wright of Australia and Larry Hazzard Jr. of the US. The fight supervisor is Ray Wheatley of Australia. In the other IBF title fight–the battle between defending champion Ulises Solis of Mexico against Brian Viloria–the third man on the ring will be Bruce McTavish of the Philippines. McTavish is originally from New Zealand but has lived in the country since the late-1960s. Yongsak NaSongkla of Thailand, Rois and Wright are the three judges, while Wheatley will also supervise.



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Litzau Bros, Vanda in action!

By Ramon Hough and Jesse Kelley

This Saturday, April 18th, the Target Center in Minneapolis will play host to the much-anticipated returns of middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda (39-9, 22 KO‘s) and world title challenger Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (23-2, 19 KO’s). Fans can also see the grudge match between Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (13-3, 7 KO‘s) and Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario’s (10-0-1, 8 KO’s). In the co-main event, Vanda is looking to get back in the win column after recent losses to undefeated John Duddy and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. He will be taking on the “Bismarck Bomber” Tocker Pudwill (40-6, 14 KO’s). (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell launches management firm!

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Former unified lightweight champion and current jr. welterweight contender Nate Campbell has announced exclusively to Fightnews that he has formed Voodoo Management, a fighter management firm. Campbell believes the knowledge he gained on his rise to the top of the sport is a valuable asset to up and coming young fighters. “I’ve been through pretty much everything in my career. I’ve had the highs, I’ve had the lows, I’ve bounced back from losses to still be mentioned at the top of whatever division I fight in. I’ve had to swim with the sharks, and navigate the rough waters. I’ve learned so much about the business side of this sport, and I want to use that knowledge to benefit these up and coming kids.” (more…)



April 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Rowland primed for comeback!

By Bob Ryder

Troy Rowland, with plans on working his way towards a title shot, returns to the ring after a 3 1/2 year layoff on Friday, April 24. Rowland will be featured in the six round main event vs Jose Florentino as part of an eight bout presentation by promoters Blue Cap Promotions, Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and TMS Fight Night. The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI will be the site for “Unfinished Business…The Return of Troy Rowland.” (more…)



April 15th, 2009

UFC

Silva looks to make history

UFC 97 is LIVE on PPV April 18!

In the main event of UFC 97: Redemption, UFC world middleweight champion and pound for pound kingpin Anderson “The Spider” Silva readies himself for what could be the most important fight of his career as he takes on grappling specialist Thales Leites. With four title defenses to his credit and eight straight Octagon victories, Silva looks to become the first UFC titlist to defend his crown for a record five times. Although he is on the cusp of making history, the challenger Leites presents a dangerous fight for “The Spider” and has an upset on his mind . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer

UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Condes-Joyi official!

By Lee Bates

An IBF mininumweight title eliminator between Florante ‘The Little Pacquaio’ Condes (23-4-1, 20 KOs) and current IBO minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (19-0, 15 KOs) will take place June 26th at the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. For Condes it’s an opportunity to get closer to a second title opportunity. To do so he will again have to go on the road. Condes lost a split decision to current IBF champion Raul Garcia close to year ago in Garcia’s hometown of Laz Paz in Mexico. Condes actually scored a knockdown in the final round of that bout in which the champion got up and went on to win the decision.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto has new trainer!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto has announced that Puerto Rican countryman Joe Santiago is his new trainer. The change came after Cotto parted ways with his uncle and longtime trainer Evangelist Cotto in a highly publicized incident last week. Santiago and Cotto began training this week in Tampa, Florida for the first defense of his title against IBF champ Joshua Clottey on June 13 in Madison Square Garden. Santiago has been with Cotto for a number of years as a nutritionist. Evangelista Cotto had been with Miguel for nearly 16 years.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

De La Hoya Retires!

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Francisco Salazar

Ten time world champion in six weight divisions and future boxing hall of famer, “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya announced his retirement at a press conference moments ago in Los Angeles. A very emotional Oscar stated, “These last four months have been very difficult for me. I’m announcing my retirement. I’ve been doing this since I was five years old. Boxing is the love of my life, boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do. When I can’t compete, it’s not fair to me and it’s not fair to my fans. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s over inside the ring for me. My decision is based on a lot. Now I understand why athletes have a hard time. My life will continue to help the sport grow.” The ultra-popular 36-year-old ends with a record of 39-6, 30 KOs, and he is the highest grossing fighter in boxing history. His fight against Floyd Mayweather is the highest grossing boxing match of all time. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated that a special tribute to Oscar’s career will take place on September 19. (more…)



April 14th, 2009

Feature Story

Minto doing it his way

Feature story by Brady Crytzer

Heavyweight contender Brian Minto is ready to take on the world . . . literally.

Although he has a scheduled defense of his WBA Fedecentro title on the books for Friday, April 17th in Butler, PA against Matthew “The Gator” Greer, Minto has had enough of the veritable traffic jam of contenders and mandatory challengers that exists at the top of the division. Unlike his heavyweight colleagues, “The Beast” is not willing to simply sit back and wait for his chance . . . Click here for more



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey NYC Presser!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey faced off at a news conference in New York City today to officially announce their world championship rumble on June 13 at Madison Square Garden. The bout will continue Cotto’s tradition of fighting on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Deandre Latimore update!

Just eleven days out from the biggest fight of his life, Deandre “The Bull” Latimore was cool as the breeze Monday afternoon after a sparring session under the watchful eye of master trainer Kenny Adams and strength coach Ray Franklin at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Latimore will battle Cory Spinks on Friday, April 24th for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Their long awaited cross-town showdown will be broadcast on Shobox “The New Generation” beginning at 11pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez takes on Nishioka

Monterrey card features return of Rafael Marquez

Promociones del Pueblo will announce a title fight with former bantam champ Jhonny Gonzalez and the return of Rafael Marquez, later today in Mexico City. The card will be staged May 23 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The main event headlines Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs) who will challenge WBC Super Bantam Champ Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs) for his belt. Nishioka defeated Genaro Garcia for the title in January-and he has not suffered a loss for over five years now. In the co-main, former champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will make his return, most likely, against ex-champ Mauricio Martinez (35-9-1, 23 KOs), in a WBC eliminator at 122. Marquez has not fought since his final episode with Israel Vazquez. Also scheduled to fight: Chihuahua’s Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) takes on Francisco Arce (28-5-2, 19 KOs); Juarez’s Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-2, 17 KOs) returns to lightweight after suffering a loss to Antonio Diaz, to take on Guadalupe Rosales (28-4, 16 KOs); and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 KOs), fresh off a win to Yory Boy Campas, takes on TBA. – Chris Cozzone 



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Taylor says he’s ready!

Jermain Taylor doesn’t want his fight with Carl Froch to even go the maximum 12 rounds — he wants to knock out Froch much earlier. Still, for Taylor, it’s nice to know he can go 16 rounds if necessary. Taylor is in the tapering-down stage of training camp now, less than 12 days before his WBC Super Middleweight title bout with Froch on April 25 at the MGM Grand Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets are available at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com your local Ticket Master and MGM Grand Box Office 866-646-0609. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will telecast live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa featured on ShoBox!

When speaking of celebrated Cuban prizefighters, some of the names that readily come to mind are Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles, “Kid’ Chocolate, “Kid” Gavilan, Luis Manuel “El Feo” Rodriguez, Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos and Joel Casamayor. It would be premature to suggest that Yuriorkis Gamboa is in that class – yet – but “The Cyclone” has certainly created a commotion and one would be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesn’t think the Miami-based Cuban has the potential to become a definite world champion and perhaps an all-time great. The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, 2009 Prospect of the Year and WBA No. 3-ranked contender, Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs) will face second-ranked Jose “Cheo” Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela, for the interim WBA featherweight title this Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Fight Night at the FOX!

By Lee Bates

Neworld Promotions and II Feathers Promotions will put on a fight card displaying Southern California talent on May 16th. The event will take place at American Sports University’s FOX Theater in San Bernardino, California. The main event will feature unbeaten prospect Michael ‘Lil Warrior’ Franco (14-0, 9 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout for the vacant NABF bantamweight title against an opponent to be announced. The semi-main event will feature Anthony Villarreal against an opponent to be announced. Villarreal (9-2, 4 KOs) is fresh off of his upset of then unbeaten Manuel Roman for the WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. Also on the card will be 2008 U.S. Olympian alternate Malcom Franklin (1-0). At least three other bouts are also scheduled. It will be an all day event including a car show in the parking lot, live music, beverages, and food. For tickets call 909-889-5555 or 760-559-6419.



April 14th, 2009

UFC

Has time run out for Silva?

UFC 97 is LIVE on PPV April 18!

Last fall in Chicago, UFC 90 quickly became the talk of the town in one of America’s toughest cities. Headlining the event was the man widely considered to be the best fighter on the planet taking on an opponent with a limited, but dangerous, skill set. When envisioning what world middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva would do with a one dimensional slugger in Patrick Cote, images of Silva’s 2006 obliteration of Chris Leben quickly came to the forefront . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer

UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Ouma ready for Rosado!

Former world champ Kassim Ouma (26-5-1, 16 KOs) says he’s ready to get back to the top level. “I don’t care who I fight,” he said. “I just want to fight and fight top men and regain my world championship. I want to prove to everyone that I’m still as good as I was when I won the junior middleweight belt in 2004.” Ouma, who had lost three straight fights before beating journeyman Martinus Clay last October, will have a tougher assignment against Gabriel “King” Rosado (10-3, 6 KOs) on April 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Rosado likes his chances to pull an upset. “Me and trainer Billy Briscoe talked about this fight for weeks before we signed the papers. Billy and I feel I have all the tools to win the fight and I’m dedicating myself one hundred percent to winning,” stated Rosado. The bout will be the co-feature on a card headlined by middleweight contender John Duddy against Billy Lyell. The Main Events card also features two other excellent matchups with middleweight James Lubash (13-1, 6 KOs) facing Przemyslaw Majewski (9-0, 6 KOs) and super lightweight Jason Cintron (10-0, 3 KOs) taking on Henry Lundy (12-0-1, 6 KOs). A pre-fight Fan Festival will be held at Entry Plaza on Edison and Mulberry Streets from 6-8pm, with food, beverages and live entertainment. Doors open for fight at 8pm. Tickets, priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253, can be purchased at Prudential center Box Office or TicketMaster.



April 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Kayoh, Kiyota keep belts!

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#5/WBA#11 light-fly Munetsugu Kayoh (17-2-3, 9 KOs), 108, making his fifth defense, very barely kept his Japanese national 108-pound belt as he was again held to a technical decision draw (78-74, 75-78 and 77-77) with WBC#10 ranked ex-world challenger Takashi Kunishige (19-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, because of the gory champ’s big lacerations over both eyebrows at 2:22 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The southpaws had battled in the national mandatory title go fourteen months before only to end in a technical decision draw (48-48 twice and 49-49). Both again repeated head-collisions, clinches and slips down to the canvas together to make the rematch so lousy as their first encounter that it greatly disappointed the jeering spectators. The fifth saw the referee penalize a point from Kunishige for neck-holdings, which eventually prevented the taller challenger from capturing the national belt. Who wishes to watch their rubber battle?
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OPBF super-middle champ Yuzo Kiyota (17-2-1, 15 KOs), 168, easily kept his regional belt by overpowering previously unbeaten Korean Jaemyong Lee (9-1, 7 KOs), 167.75, to halt him at 2:49 of the second session in a scheduled twelve. The muscular Kiyota, making his second defense, took a single solid left hook of Lee in the first, but displayed his advantageous power to have him reeling to the ropes and prompt the ref’s intervention. Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.



April 14th, 2009




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