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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa,

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Boxing News

Cotto hits the airwaves!

Photo: Chris Farina

Photo: Chris Farina

Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto speaks Monday morning on Univision Radio’s “The Luis Jimenez Show”, the #1 top-rated Spanish radio show in New York. Cotto is in town for his upcoming championship fight against highly-rated contender Michael Jennings of England on Saturday. Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will fight on Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights/One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities all on the same night and on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio and Cotto will take on Jennings for the vacant WBO welterweight championship at Madison Square Garden.



February 16th, 2009



Boxing News

Cotto, Jennings in NYC!

Peterson injured, off card

Miguel Cotto and Michael Jennings have arrived into New York City to get set for their showdown at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.. Both will be at a Top Rank media workout on Tuesday at the Bronxchester Boxing Club, 225 Randall Ave., the Bronx, on Tuesday. Jennings will be there at 11:30 am, Cotto at 1 pm local time. Top Rank today moved the Matt Korobov vs. Cory Jones middleweight fight onto the live PPV telecast. Anthony Peterson, an undefeated lightweight from Washington, DC., was injured while training last week in Washington, D.C. Peterson heard a clicking noise in his left knee area, did an eight-mile run and aggravated an area behind the kneecap. A MRI test was taken on Saturday. “Anthony is very, very upset as he really wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden,” said Barry Hunter, manager and chief trainer. “He is physically unable to compete at this time.” Peterson has a record of 28-0. He was scheduled to take on contender Edner Cherry, 24-6-2. Korobov, managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Dan Birmingham, is a tremendous puncher in the middleweight division. He is a Russian Olympian who strikes with power and is taking on Cory Jones of New York City in a four-round bout. Korobov has a record of 3-0 with three knockouts. He has been training in Florida and will be at the media workout with Cotto and Jennings on Tuesday.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Mosley: I’m like Pacquiao but…

By Dennis Principe

Whatever weight Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in you can bet he will always be instantly considered as the top fighter of that division. A champion in four weight classes and a recent conqueror of one of the best fighters of all time in the welterweight class, Pacquiao is again getting serious challenge and this time, current 147 kingpin Sugar Shane Mosley is the one waiting for the Filipino boxing sensation to again tinker with the possibility of moving up in weight. Thursday last week Mosley was the main guest of the daily morning Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” where the newly-crowned welterweight king reiterated his readiness to brawl with the world’s top pound-for-pound kingpin sometime in the near future. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye Update!

Former world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has offered to box in Germany on a K2 Promotions show in order to revive negotiations for a summer showdown with WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Originally scheduled to take place on June 20 at Stamford Bridge in London, Haye’s eagerly anticipated duel with Klitschko has hit a series of snags in recent weeks, and now appears on the brink of collapse. Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth says the Klitschko camp has distorted some of the facts. “David will fight Wladimir anywhere they choose, and give them the two rematch options they have requested….what they’re also demanding is that if David were to win against Wladimir and then have a mandatory challenger obligation (non-Klitschko) he would have to immediately vacate the title he won from Wladimir. This would mean David could win three fights against the Klitschko brothers and still not be in a position to officially call himself heavyweight champion of the world at the end of it. They (the Klitschkos) would make exactly the same money in Germany as they would in England because we have dropped our figure to go to Germany. If they take a proposed fight with Chris Arreola, they will make substantially less. So people can now work this out for themselves.”



February 16th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Brinkley-Gilbert: full report!

By Frank Coleman
Photos: Fielding Cathright

In front of a near capacity crowd of 6,626 at the Reno Events Center on Saturday night, longtime Northern Nevada rivals Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert finally settled their score in the ring. Presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions in association with Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions. the appropriately named “CIVIL WAR” lived up to its billing.


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February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez-Posuwan undercard!

By Lee Bates

As previously announced on Fightnews, Puerto Rico’s Jose “Carita” Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) will now meet Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) for the WBO interim super flyweight title March 28th in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The event will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and be promoted by PR Best Boxing ( Ivan & Peter Rivera). Two ex-world champions have now been added to the card in former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca (21-6, 18 KOs) and former WBA super flyweight champion Eric Morel (40-2, 21 KOs). (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Column

Eastern Europe update!

By Alexey Sukachev

Up-and-coming Russian junior welterweight prospect Denis Shafikov (18-0, 10 KOs) showed his stellar potential one more time yesterday at Pyynikin Palloiluhalli in Tampere, Finland. Shafikov, 23, who has recently defeated former WBA lightweight champion Raul Horacio Balbi, was as quick as punishing in a brutal two-round annihilation of an overmatched Thai Decho Bankluaygym (30-12-2, 19 KOs). Miass, Russia, native was in total control from round one scoring with numerous combinations. In round two, his spirited assault resulted in two hard knockdowns of the Asian fighter. The bout was stopped on 1:00 of the second round after the latter flooring. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Sanchez drops to lightweight

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Chris Cozzone

Dropping 30 pounds since the holidays and training on a meager 1,100 calories a day, Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez will take on former title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the headlined bout of UFC 95, Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 15th, 2009

Boxing Result

Brinkley defeats Gilbert!

In a bloodfilled, highly competitive one-sided super middleweight brawl before 6,626 loud fans, Jesse Brinkley (33-5, 22 KOs) defeated Joey Gilbert (17-2, 13 KOs) by scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108 at the Reno Events Center. Gilbert down in the fifth round, in which he also suffered a broken nose on the same punch, a devastating overhand right from Brinkley. Both fighters had participated in season one of the boxing reality TV series ‘The Contender.’



February 15th, 2009

UFC

Koscheck: Steeler Pride

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

When Santonio Holmes pulled a bullet into the corner of the end zone, cementing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legacy as the NFL team with the most Super Bowl wins in history, what was exhibited was true blue determination. This win at-all-costs attitude is infectious for the dwellers of western Pennsylvania, and with sports competition as the ultimate measuring stick, it’s not hard to understand how a Josh Koscheck came to be. . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 15th, 2009

Boxing News

“Massacre” Post-Fight Quotes!

Nate Campbell: “I had two knockdowns, of course I thought I won the fight. This guy was tough. He could punch, take a shot. He tried to keep me away with his jab, but body shots is how I win fights. His day will come….I felt fatigue from trying to make weight in rounds five, six and seven. I’m moving up to 140 pounds” (On lingering disappointment from failing to make weight) “I worked my whole life to be world champion, to be the best at what I do. Of course it hurts but the win feels good.”

Sergio Martinez: “The fight was over when I knocked him down the first time so I won twice. I didn’t think he made it up at the end of the seventh round.”
Kermit Cintron: “Hell yeah I did enough to win. I clearly won it. I thought he hit me with a headbutt in round seven. Nobody hits that hard.”
Referee Frank Santore: “I didn’t hear the bell, that’s why there was some confusion. Cintron got up at the count of nine so the fight was not over.”

Alfredo Angulo: “I felt a little slow but I was good. I felt better as the rounds went on. I’m ready for anyone. I’m not afraid of anyone in boxing.”



February 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Vargas still WBO minimum king!

Photo: Carlos Armando Torres Bujanda

Photo: Carlos Armando Torres Bujanda

Manuel “Chango” Vargas won by twelve round unanimous decision over Walter Tello from Panamá and retained the WBO minimumweight title on Saturday night in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. (More to come)



February 15th, 2009

Boxing Result

Campbell chops down Funeka!

Martinez-Cintron ends in majority draw
Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Karl Freitag & Jason Kotar at ringside

Former WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), who lost his world titles Friday on the scale, won a twelve round majority decision over mandatory IBF contender Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Campbell stalked the much taller Funeka and dropped him in round two. Funeka, however, recovered and got back into the fight. Down the stretch, Funeka seemed to be getting stronger until Campbell decked him again in the eleventh to get the edge. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 114-112. Funeka would have claimed the title with a win, but with Campbell’s win the title remains vacant.
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WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw. Martinez seemed wary of Cintron’s punching power, as he tried to outbox Kermit from the outside while avoiding exchanges, much to the disgust of the crowd. Cintron was cut in round five by what was ruled a headbutt. Martinez finally dropped Cintron at the end of round seven with a big straight left and the bout seemed to be waved off by referee Frank Santore, however the bout continued with much more action. Cintron had some moments down the stretch and Martinez was deducted a point for a rabbit punch in round twelve which ultimately cost him the win. Scores were 116-110, 113-113, 113-113.
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Unbeaten WBC/WBO #1 rated super welterweight Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the 154lb division but it wasn’t easy as late sub and former IBF #1 rated welterweight Cosme Rivera (31-12-2, 23 KOs) caused some anxious moments. Angulo was cut over the right eye in round one and it was ruled that the cut was caused by a punch. Angulo, however, came on strong and punished Rivera thereafter. The bout was finally stopped by referee Telis Assimenios at 2:38 of round five, even though Rivera was still punching back.
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Undefeated WBA #4 rated cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (17-0, 10 KOs) impressively knocked out Lawrence Chapman (19-6-2, 13 KOs) at 2:58 of round one to retain his WBA Fedelatin belt.
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Olympian featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) won a four-rounder over John Wampash (1-0-1, 1 KO). Russell was credited with two knockdowns in round one and another in round four. No scores announced but it was later learned that Russell won 40-33 across the board.
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In a one-sided but entertaining bout, lightweight Angelo Santana (5-0, 4 KOs), a former amateur star from Cuba, scored a second round TKO over game Mario Garcia (7-9, 4 KOs). The fight was stopped after a knockdown in round two, although Garcia seemed OK to continue. Time was 1:36.
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Lightweight Anges Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a spirited eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs). No scores were announced, however we later learned scores were 78-73, 79-72, 78-73.
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Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) dropped Robert Hawkins (23-12, 7 KOs) in rounds one and six, but the durable veteran Hawkins battled gamely to the end. Scores were 77-73, 77-73, 78-72, but it was the Stiverne’s first time ever going the route.
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Former heavyweight title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (27-4-4, 17 KOs) scored a mostly lackluster eight round unanimous decision over seven-footer Julius Long (15-11, 13 KOs). Austin finally dropped Long in round eight but was deducted two points for hitting Long while he was on the deck. Scores were 76-73 on all cards.
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In only his second fight in five years, Russian super welterweight Ivan Kirpa (23-1, 15 KOs) busted up game Frankie Santos (16-7-4, 8 KOs) until the ring doctor stepped on the apron to halt the beating at 1:51 of round six.
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Unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (15-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Jose Medina (14-13, 10 KOs) over four. Medina was down in round four and ended up on the wrong end of a 40-35 count on all three cards. Dirrell is the brother of Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell.
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Junior lightweight John Jackson (14-1, 13 KOs) dropped journeyman Ricardo Medina (30-33-6, 17 KOs) in round three, but had to be content winning an eight round unanimous nod by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 80-71.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Wood defeats Muriqi!

Photo: Chris Royle

Photo: Chris Royle

Former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs) got back into the world title picture with a twelve round unanimous decision over ‘The Kosovo Kid’ Elvir Muriqi (35-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the famous Hotel De France in Jersey, Channel Islands, England. Scores were 117-111 119-110 117-111. The bout was an official IBF eliminator for the #2 ranking in the light heavyweight division. In his previous fight, Woods lost the IBF world title in a one-sided bout against Antonio Tarver 10 months ago.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Cruz retains IBF 126lb belt!

IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (38-11-1, 23 KOs) retained his title with a unanimous decision over Cyril Thomas (33-3-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palais des Sportsin Saint-Quentin, France. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. Cruz simply had too much firepower for hometown favorite Thomas. It was Cruz’ first defense since winning the vacant title last October.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell: I’ll fight like a champion!

By Flattop

Former lightweight champion Nate Campbell is disappointed that he lost his titles “on the scale” when he could not make the 135 pound weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in but he still wants to win his showdown with Ali Funeka like a champion. “I fought so hard (to lose the weight),” said Campbell to FightNews. “I rather lose my titles in the ring. Now I have to look really good tonight. I will fight like I am still defending my titles. I will fight like a champion!” Campbell originally weighed 138 pounds at yesterday’s weigh-in which is three pounds over the limit of the lightweight division. Campbell was allowed two hours to shed the excess poundage but he only dropped half a pound after sitting in the sauna. “I hit a wall and I couldn’t lose anymore weight,” said Campbell. “I feel fine and I am glad the fight is going forward.”

After tonight, Campbell will compete in the junior welterweight division. “We knew this was coming but just not right now,” said Terry Trekas, the long time advisor and co-promoter of Campbell. “We were hoping to fight the winner of (Marco Antonio) Barrera-(Amir) Kahn or the (Juan Manuel) Marquez-(Juan) Diaz but now we are looking at 140 pound.” Trekas explained. “Nate rather go out on his shield but he is ready for tonight and he is ready to move up!” Campbell – the former IBF, WBA and WBO champion – is looking forward to the junior welterweight division. “I am ready to move up. I will win my titles back at 140!”



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Unlucky Friday the 13th for Camacho!

Ringside by Mariano A. Agmi, photos by Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com

In a jr. middleweight battle between Mexican nationals based in the U.S., Carlos Molina (15-4-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill., outworked and outclassed Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16 KOs) of Austin, Tex., over 10 rounds to win a clear unanimous decision at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights . . . click here for more



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Cleverly stops Onyango!

By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati

British boxing rising star, light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (15-0, 5 KOs) retained his Commonwealth title at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon on Friday night, stopping challenger Samson Onyango (18-4, 12 KOs) of Kenya in less than three minutes. Cleverly was simply too strong for the African fighter, he started match very strongly and with a perfectly timed body shot dropped Onyango for the full count of referee Mark Green. The end came at 2:15 of the first round. It was the second title defense for the 22-year-old Welsh warrior once again looked impressive, he has the looks, the charisma, the size, the ability and the physical and mental toughness required to go all the way and who might now be ready for a top British title fight. Sports Network promoted, with Sky Sports televising.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Valero: I’m ready for great fights!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Venezuelan KO artist Edwin Valero is satisfied to be with Top Rank and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, and is planning on big money matchups with Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Diaz among others. Valero, a former WBA super featherweight monarch, and now official lightweight challenger will next fight for the WBC interim belt. “The fight will be April 4 in the city of San Antonio, Texas,” said Valero. “I know that my rival Antonio Pitalúa is strong because I have seen him fight. But I assure him that he does not punch batter than me and he will not be able to handle my offense. Valero is currently in Venezuela resolving personal matters but sources indicate that he’s there to attend the political elections this weekend.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

“Massacre” weigh-in pics!

Photos: Javiel Centeno

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February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Malinga wins in four!

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Patrick Malinga had to come back from a second round knockdown before he knocked out Romeo Jako from the Philippines in the fourth round of a scheduled ten round lightweight contest at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Vargas, Tello make weight!

Vargas-Tello weigh-in

Vargas-Tello weigh-in

Mexican Manuel “Chango” Vargas and Walter “Ratón” Tello from Panamá have made weight for the Saturday night fight where the WBO minimumweight championship will be defended by Vargas at the EXPO FORUM in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. After the weight ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel.
Manuel Vargas 102.7 vs. Walter Tello 103.1
Rogelio Medina 156.5 vs. Joel Juárez 155.8
Alejandro Barrera 148.5 vs. Gonzalo Juzaino 144.7
Javier Gallo 116.4 vs. Marino Montiel 120.1
Miguel Beltrán 126.7 vs. Arturo Camargo 126.7
Carlos Maldonado 141.9 vs. Aaron Domínguez 139.9
Jose Carlos Vargas 117.9 vs. Quinke Tamayo 117.9
Omar Estrella 131.6 vs. Jorge Pimentel 137.5
David Sánchez 117.7 vs. Cesar Rodríguez 117.7



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Yodsanan stops Simamora!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #8 lightweight Yodsanan 3K Battery Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) was impressive in stopping Indonesian Jonathan Simamora (21-8-4, 8 KOs) in three rounds in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday. Nanthachai controlled the contest as he scored with accurate head and body shots in round one and two. In round three, Nanthachai connected with a barrage of punches that dropped the import for the full ten count. Nanthachldai is a former WBA jnr lightweight champion and now has his sights on the IBF 135 pound championship. (more…)



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Reyes-Hinojosa: No Contest!

Friday night’s bout between Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-5, 8 KOs) and Efren “El Huracan” Hinojosa (29-5, 17 KOs) ended in a no contest at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Reyes hit Hinojosa in the back of the head at the end of round one and Hinojosa went to the canvas for several minutes. He was eventually taken from the ring on a stretcher. Despite the fight-ending foul, the bout was ruled a no contest.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Molina defeats Camacho!

Marty Rosengarten/Ringside Photos

Photo: Marty Rosengarten/Ringside Photos

Welterweight Carlos Molina (15-4-1, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over KO artist Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16 KOs) Friday night at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan. Molina outworked Camacho to take a 97-93, 98-92, 100-90 win.
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In a clash of unbeaten jr welterweights, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over Darnell Jiles (8-1-1, 3 KOs). Robinson punished Jiles in round three and Jiles remained on the stool at the end of the round. Jiles may have suffered a hand injury.
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Light heavyweight Yathomas Riley (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a four round unanimous decision over Julius Jackson (2-3). Jackson was dropped twice in round one but went the route. Scores were 40-34 on all cards.



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC: Margarito is innocent!

Official Statement

World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, announced today that the Mexican Federation of Boxing Commissions, the Boxing Commission of Tijuana, and the WBC Offices in Mexico, have agreed to face up together the situation of Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, who has had his boxing license revoked (suspended) for a year by the California State Athletic Commission, and defend him; such Commission was one of the Commissions that founded the WBC back in February 1963, and is a Commission with which the organization has had excellent relations and reached agreements of mutual cooperation. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Cayo ready for big names!

Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Victor Manuel Cayo was in top form on January 30th, as he scored a near-shutout nine round decision victory over his toughest foe to date in Noe Bolanos, thrilling a packed house at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. “The fans were great in St. Thomas and they really pushed me to one of my best performances ever,” said Cayo. “Bolanos was tough, but I knew he couldn’t beat me.” The 90-79, 89-81, and 88-82 victory lifted the 24-year old Cayo’s stellar professional record to 20-0 (14 KOs) and allowed him to retain his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title for the second time. Now the native of Santo Domingo, who is world ranked by the WBA, has his sights on bigger game at 140 pounds. “I’m ready for a world title shot,” said Cayo. “I’ve paid my dues, I’ve beaten everyone who has been placed in front of me, and now I believe it’s time to fight one of the champions. I know I’m young, but I will prove to all my fans that I have what it takes to become a world champion.”



February 13th, 2009

Scale Watch

Campbell loses titles on scale!

Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Jason Kotar

WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell initially weighed in at 138 lbs. for Saturday’s bout against Ali Funeka. He was given two hours to lose 3 lbs., but arrived back at the scale slightly after the two hours had expired. Campbell weighed 137.5 upon his return, and thus loses both titles. The bout will still take place, and if Funeka wins, he will claim the vacant title. Funeka weighed in 133.5 on the first try. Ironically, Campbell’s previous fight with Joan Guzman was cancelled when Guzman didn’t make weight.
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WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez weighed 153.25 while Kermit Cintron weighed 154.25. Cintron went back on the scales 15 minutes later and weighed exactly 154.
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Alfred Angulo 153.5 and Cosme Rivera 151.5 both made weight for their bout.
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Ray Austin 237.5 vs Julius Long 293.25
Bermane Stiverne 254.5 vs Robert Hawkins 250
Francisco Palacios 193.75 vs Lawrence Chapman 187.25
Ivan Kirpa 148.5 vs Frankie Santos 154.75
Anges Adjaho 142.5 vs Fernando Angulo 141.5
John Jackson 132 vs Ricardo Medina 129.5
Angelo Santana 134.5 vs Mario Garcia 136.5
Gary Russell Jr 126.5 vs John Wampash 126.5
Anthony Dirrell 166.5 vs Jose Medina 171.75
Venue: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: DKP
TV: HBO



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Barrera-Khan on PPV!

Also Maccarinelli-Afolabi, Cook-Martinez

Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Three 12-round championship bouts are featured for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Wegner: Abraham to be undisputed!

Ulli Wegner is convinced that Arthur Abraham will be the undisputed middleweight king by the end of the year. The undefeated 28-year-old takes on Lajuan Simon on March 14 in what will be the ninth defense of the IBF title he won in December 2005. After WBA champion Felix Sturm allegedly avoided an all-German showdown with the hard-hitting crowd favourite, King Arthur has now set his sights on Kelly Pavlik´s belts. “Arthur has worked very hard in training. He has high goals for 2009,” Wegner lauded. “I am sure he will be the super-champion before the end of the year.” However, the coaching legend warned his fighter to take one step at a time. “We are not thinking too far ahead,” Wegner added. “Our full focus is on Simon now. He has not lost any of his 24 fights so we expect a hard battle. Arthur needs to be in top shape to defeat him.” (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Martin, Rios win in San Diego!

Ringside by Felipe Leon, photos by Paul Gallegos

Bobby D. Presents, with the help of Jorge Marron Promotions, showcased the first fight card of the year in San Diego, Calif., last night. Returning to their previous home, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D. and company welcomed a sold-out house of 980 fans to witness a five-bout fight card filled with young local talent . . . .  Click here for full report & photos



February 13th, 2009

Announcement

GG champ turned promoter!

In 1988 a young Morris Park boxer by the name of Joe DeGuardia won the New York State Golden Gloves open 147 lb. championship by defeating fellow New Yorker, Larry Barnes. While DeGuardia would hang up the gloves and choose to pursue a career in law before later forming the world renown boxing promotional company Star Boxing, Barnes turned pro, compiling an outstanding professional record of 44-3,17KO and in the process won the NABF and New York State welterweight championship, as well as challenging for the IBF world welterweight and light middleweight championships. While DeGuardia and Barnes never met again inside the ring as combatants the two did work together as companions with DeGuardia in the role of promoter and Barnes as boxer . . . . Click here for more



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Funeka has puncher’s chance

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Ali Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his boxing career when he takes on world champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) in a challenge for his IBF and WBO lightweight belts at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday night. Even though Funeka is the underdog going into the fight, with his height and reach advantages, and as Campbell has been inactive for nearly a year, he is definitely in with a puncher’s chance provided he does not freeze on the night. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan’s belts tempting Donaire!

By Dennis Principe

Notwithstanding the three straight victories against three world champions that revitalized the career of Vic Darchinyan, conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr. believes he is still the man capable of again snatching the Australian’s three belts if given the chance of a return encounter. Interviewed by the daily morning Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” hosted by this writer Wednesday morning, Donaire said Darchinyan has become a bit slower and cautious in scoring an emphatic 11th round TKO win over Mexican superstar Jorge Arce last weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California.
Before Arce, Darchinyan unified all three prestigious belts in the super flyweight division with spectacular wins over Russian Dimitri Kirilov and another Mexican superstar Cristian Mijares last year. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Emanuel Steward!

By Matt Richardson

Photo: Jim Everett

Photo: Jim Everett

Boxing will return to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden on Monday night, March 16th, the night before Saint Patrick’s Day to feature a bevy of Irish and Irish American boxers, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday in New York City. Former WBC bantamweight title-holder Wayne McCullough is scheduled to fight on the card against an opponent to be determined. McCullough (27-7, 18 KO’s) hasn’t won a fight since 2004 and is determined to get back on the winning track. A similar story line will take place in the main event as middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KO’s) will attempt to further distance himself from an upset loss last year to Brian Vera when he takes on multiple title challenger Antwun Echols. Echols, though, also hasn’t won a fight in five years and is just 0-4-3 in his last seven fights. Fightnews had a chance to catch up at the press conference with Lee’s trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, to discuss the fight, Echols’ presumably small chance of an upset, Steward’s other fighters and much more. Read on to see what Steward had to say. (more…)



February 13th, 2009




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