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Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

By Gary "Digital" Williams Photos: Delane Rouse - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout at the Headbangers Gym ...

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Rios-Chaves Presser Quick Quotes

Rios-Chaves Presser Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night's expected welterweight war between ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day

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Danny Garcia holds open media

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Twitter Watch

‘Triple Crown’ billed for Chihuahua

Border promoter Promociones del Pueblo have a three-title bill set for Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, on March 21. Three WBC Fecombox belts will be on the line. In the main event, Yory Boy Campas (92-13, 74 KOs) will test rising Chihuahuan star Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (10-0, 10 KOs) in a 12-rounder at middleweight. Fighting for the 140-pound Fecombox belt, Juarez’s Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-1, 17 KOs) will take on Antonio Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KOs) of Chihuahua, who seeks to end a four-bout losing streak. At 115 pounds, Victor Zaleta (7-1, 4 KOs) goes 12 with highly ranked Luis “Titi” Maldonado (37-3-1, 28 KOs). Televisa will televise the bouts in Mexico. –Chris Cozzone



February 23rd, 2009



Boxing News

Full Report: Yanez wins debut!

Other Dallas veterans Beltran and Lara shine

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside / Photos: Robert Hughes

2008 U.S. Olympian, Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez (1-0) made is long awaited pro debut on Friday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, with a majority decision over San Antonio’s Julio Valdez (3-3), 40-36, 39-37, 38-38. In what became a one punch and hold affair, neither fighter could establish a flow to the fight. Valdez tried to turn the fight into a brawl to overcome the speed and quickness of Yanez, but in the end Yanez did just enough to escape with his first professional win. (more…)



February 23rd, 2009

Photo Gallery

Full Report: Mitchell-Walters!

By Bob Caico at ringside / Photos Boxing Bob Newman

Former two time super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell scored an impressive win Friday night in Buffalo, NY on a card promoted by X-Cel Worldwide. Mitchell (27-4-1, 20 KOs), now campaigning at light heavyweight, stopped Zach Walters (23-4) of Duluth, MN at the end of the sixth round of a scheduled 12. (more…)



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Rigondeaux defects, in Miami!

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (2000, 2004) has escaped from Cuba and resurfaced in Miami. No details of his escape are available. The 27-year-old southpaw bantamweight will rejoin former Cuban Olympic teammates Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara under the Arena Box-Promotion banner. Rigondeaux and Lara had previously tried to defect in 2007 in Brazil, but were returned to Cuba where they were not permitted to box. Lara later escaped successfully. Both Gamboa and Lara scored spectacular KOs in nationally televised bouts on Friday night.
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Arena CEO Ahmet Öner has confirmed Rigondeaux’s defection and announced that Rigondeaux has signed with Arena Box-Promotion. “It’s true,” said Öner. “Our director of boxing operations in the USA, Luis DeCubas, has met Rigondeaux in Miami. Obviously, we are excited that this extraordinarily gifted athlete joins our team of Cuban world class boxers like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandy Lara and Odlanier Solis. They will train together at our gym in Miami. We will announce everything else and answer questions on a press conference in Miami next week.”



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Grigorian set for return!

Photos: Universum Box-Promotion

Photos: Universum Box-Promotion

Former WBO lightweight champion Artur Grigorian weighed in at 144.6lbs for his comeback fight against Kirkor Kirkorov, who scaled in at 138.9. Looking on is promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. Grigorian-Kirkorov will take place Tuesday night at the famous Universum Gym in Hamburg, headlining a gala celebration for Universum Box-Promotion’s 25th anniversary. Ringcard girls will include female world champions Ina Menzer and Alesia Graf.



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

O’Connor fighting on FNF!

Friday night in Hollywood, Florida

In only his fourth professional fight, 2008 U.S. Olympic first alternate Danny O’Connor makes his national television debut Friday night in the opening bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights against light welterweight Jamar Saunders (2-1-1, 1 KO) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The 23-year-old O’Connor (3-0, 1 KO) is coming off of his best performance as a pro, winning a unanimous 4-round decision (40-46, 40-36, 40-34) January 30 against Greg Jimenez. (more…)



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Minto Plans Spring Return!

By Brady Crytzer

WBO #10 and WBA #15 ranked heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (32-2, 21 KO’s) is planning a return to action in the spring of 2009. Sitting ringside at Saturday’s middleweight title bout between Kelly Pavlik and Marco Antonio Rubio, Minto mentioned early April as a target date. Although an opponent remains TBA, the bout will most likely take place in Minto’s hometown of Butler, PA. Minto’s last in-ring appearance was in November of 2008 when he scored a fourth round TKO over heavyweight journeyman Galen Brown (31-10-1, 19 KO’s.)



February 23rd, 2009

Announcement

Young star set to shine!

On March 6th at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT, Star Boxing’s young phenom Ray “Tito” Serrano (8-0, 5KO) takes a big step up in his career when he takes on once beaten “Smokin” Jay Krupp (12-1, 5KO) in an eight round welterweight contest. The card, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights”, will be headlined by Star Boxing’s welterweights Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) taking on Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1, 11KO). At stake will be Rodriguez USBA welterweight championship and also the number two ranking in the IBF world ratings . . . . Click here for more



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Ennis-Arvin in AC on 4/11!

By Rick Scharmberg

Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will take on Ishmail “The Arsenal” Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs), of Baltimore, MD on Saturday, April 11 at the Boardwalk Hall Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds, with the USBA regional junior middleweight title at stake. The “Brawl at the Hall” will also feature the following fighters in separate bouts: welterweight Luis “Kid Duran” Burgos (10-0-1, 4 KOs), 2008 Olympic alternate, bantamweight Qa’id “Kidd Dynamite” Muhammad (4-0, 4 KOs), light heavyweight Lavarn Harvell (2-0), and super middleweight Joel De La Paz (2-0, 1 KO). In addition, Atlantic City fighters Jacolyn Nichols, Eugene Soto, Art Parker, and William Porter will be making their pro debuts against opponents to be determined. Dee Lee Promotions and GNP Boxing are promoting the card. Tickets, priced at $55, $45, $35, and $20, are available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420.



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto bounces back!

GIANT Photo Report

February 21, 2008 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland/FightWireImages.com

Miguel Cotto made a triumphant return to the ring in his home away from home at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night when he stopped Michael Jennings in the fifth round of a scheduled twelve to win the vacant WBO welterweight title. In front of 11,120 mostly partisan Cotto fans, the Puerto Rican dominated Jennings, knocking him down twice in the fourth and another time in the fifth before referee Benji Esteves mercifully called a halt. The time of the stoppage was 2:36. (More)



February 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik TKOs Rubio in 10!

Ringside by Brady Crytzer & Antonio Castro, photos by Gary Sarti

In front of a supportive home crowd, WBC and WBO World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik successfully defended his titles Saturday night when challenger Marco Antonio Rubio failed to answer the bell signaling the tenth round . . . . Click here for more



February 22nd, 2009

Twitter Watch

Stan Gallup passes away

We are sorry to report that Stan Gallup, 86, passed away last night at his home in Kentucky where he had recently retired. Known as “The Godfather of the Golden Gloves,” Gallup was, for half a century, an official, representative and supporter for boxing, both, in New Mexico, and worldwide. In 1964, after the Chicago Tribune pulled their sponsorship of the long-running Golden Gloves tournament, Stan started the “Golden Gloves of America Tournament,” which continues to this day. For more info on Stan, and memorial service updates, visit www.newmexicoboxing.com. – Chris Cozzone



February 22nd, 2009

UFC

Sanchez makes statement at lightweight!

Report & photos from UFC 95

Report by Anthony Springer

The UFC’s stacked lightweight division officially has a new contender.

After making his debut at middleweight an achieving success as a welterweight, Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez decided to make another drop to the 155 pound division.

His first official test—aside from the weight cut and a new diet—came in the form of Ultimate Fighter two winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson . . . . Click here for more



February 22nd, 2009

Photo Gallery

Cotto speaks after win!

By Alex Dombroff
Photos: Ed Mulholland

Click the photo above for more photos…
Miguel Cotto didn’t use his post fight forum to call out other fighters, or blast Antonio Margarito for using loaded hand wraps. Instead, he simply expressed happiness. Happiness for a win, happiness for a chance to call himself a world titlist again, and most of all, happiness to be one step removed from his loss to Margarito. Cotto took that step by knocking out British challenger Michael Jennings in five rounds Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. With the win Cotto claimed the WBO welterweight title; a distinction in a division that also hails Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, and Andre Berto as world champions. Despite the confusion at the top of the division, a win and moving forward were the most important things for Cotto. “I took eight weeks off,” said Cotto. “Until I felt good mentally and physically. A fight like this will give me more confidence to get back to where I was.” (more…)



February 22nd, 2009

Feature Story

No rest for Pavlik!

Arum wants champ to return in June

By Antonio Castro

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

It was business as usual at last night’s post fight press conference in the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. After Kelly Pavlik’s stoppage of Marco Antonio Rubio in the tenth round in the first championship fight in nearly 25 years in the area, Bob Arum was quick to point out his future plans for the middleweight champion of the world. “We’re planning a fight as soon as possible,” Arum noted. “In Cleveland if we can.” Arum is planning to have another of his fighters, Miguel Cotto, fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican day parade on June 13th. If everything goes right, Arum would like to put Pavlik in the ring a week later. The one question mark that remains would be the playoff schedule of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The good news regarding that is the NBA doesn’t schedule it’s Finals participants on Saturdays.

After discussing the future for Pavlik, Arum noted the success that a promotion using a local fighter can be a tremendous success. “The gate receipts here in Youngstown exceeded those in New York at Madison Square Garden,” Arum pointed out. (more…)



February 22nd, 2009

Boxing Result

Pavlik makes Rubio quit!

Photo: Zanfer Boxing

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

By Brady Crytzer at ringside

In front of a sold-out hometown crowd, WBC/WBO middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) dominated WBC mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (43-5-1, 37 KOs) over nine rounds on Saturday night at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik had a strong start, landing some big shots in the first few rounds. Rubio continued to be on the receiving end as Pavlik initiated all the offense. Rubio became more competitive in round six, but Pavlik had a big round eight landing some big right hands and continued to punish Rubio in the ninth. Rubio quit on his stool before round ten began.



February 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Cotto wins WBO welter title!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

By Matt Richardson, Mariano A. Agmi & Alex Dombroff

Welterweight superstar Miguel Cotto is a world champion again. Rebounding from his loss to Antonio Margarito last year, Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Michael Jennings (34-2, 16 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto stalked Jennings from the opening bell, dropping him twice with body shots in round four and finished him in the fifth. Time was 2:36.



February 21st, 2009

UFC

Sanchez defeats Stevenson!

Koscheck upset; Maia still unbeaten at UFC 95!

From the O2 Arena in London, TUF Season One middleweight winner Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez won a hard-fought unanimous decision over TUF 3 welterweight winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in a lightweight battle. Fighting for the first time at 155 pounds, Sanchez entered on a two fight win streak, and capitalized on a strong first round to make it three with a nod via 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 scores.

In other action Nottingham’s Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy pleased the home crowd with a knockout victory over Rory Markham at 1:02 of the first round. In a battle of middleweight contenders Nate “The Great” Marquardt finished a worn and beaten Wilson Gouveia by TKO at 3:10 of the final stanza. Undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom Demian Maia easily submitted former WEC title challenger Chael Sonnen via first round triangle choke. With the victory Maia has won all five of his UFC bouts by submission; three of those in the first round. Also welterweight hopefully Josh Koscheck was upset by undefeated Paolo Thiago who made his UFC debut by first round stoppage, a stoppage disputed by Koscheck.

In off-TV bouts, it was Paul Kelly over Troy Mandaloniz by unanimous decision; Mike Ciesnolevics won via first round heel hook over Neil Grove; Evan Dunham TKO’d Per Eklund in round one; Junior dos Santos TKO’d Stefan Struve in :54; and Terry Etim won by Tko over Brian Cobb at :10 of round two. Check back for full report tomorrow!



February 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Early Results from Youngstown!

By Brady Crytzer at ringside

Light heavyweight Dallas Vargas (22-4, 16 KOs) scored a third round KO over Kevin Engel (15-2, 12 KOs). Time was 2:14.
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Welterweight Brian Camechis (18-2, 8 KOs) outpointed Angel Hernandez (10-3, 8 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 58-55, 59-54, 59-54.
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Other Results:
Andres Taylor (5-0-1, 2 KOs) KO3 Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2 KOs), heavyweight; Mark Salser (9-0, 9 KOs) KO2 Leroy Newton (6-14, 3 KOs), lightweight; Jake Giuriceo (1-0, 1 KO) KO2 Michael Suarez (0-1), super welterweight; Willie Nelson (11-0, 7 KOs) KO1 Damon Antoine (9-26-2, 4 KOs), welterweight; Billy Greenawalt (2-4, 1 KO) W4 Brandon Winnder (1-6, 0 KOs), heavyweight



February 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Early Results from NYC!

By Matt Richardson, Mariano A. Agmi & Alex Dombroff

Unbeaten WBO #2 rated middleweight John Duddy (26-0, 17 KOs) outboxed Matt Vanda (39-9, 22 KOs) over nine one-sided rounds, then survived a late Vanda rally in the tenth to win 99-91, 99-91, 97-93.
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Unbeaten Olympian super middleweight Matt Korobov (4-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect KO streak alive when he knocked out Cory Jones (4-5, 1 KO) with a right hand with just :01 remaining in the bout.
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Jr middleweight Pawel Wolak (23-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round demolition of “The Contender’s” Norberto Bravo (27-17-3, 15 KOs). The bout was halted at 1:33 to save Bravo from further punishment.
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In a shocker, female super featherweight Kina Malpartida (9-3, 2 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten fan favorite Maureen Shea (13-1, 7 KOs). Malpartida recovered from a first round knockdown to floor Shea in the tenth round. The bout was stopped by referee Eddie Cotton during Malpartida’s follow up attack.



February 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Sakkreerin KOs Bone!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (24-1, 10 KO’s) had no touble in stopping Indonesian Irvan Bone (5-5-1) in four rounds at Ranot, Songkhla, Thailand on Friday. IBF#12 Sakkreerin delivered a steady stream of combinations to head and body of his taller opponent and in round four dropped him for the full ten count after connecting with perfectly timed left hook to the jaw. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Tucker Scores First-Round TKO!

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Before an estimated 2,000 fans, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker remained undefeated with a stunning first-round TKO over Richard Stewart of New Castle, DE at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster, MD. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Johnson-Judah II Fight Week!

Fight fans invited to prefight events

Light heavyweight standouts Glen Johnson and Daniel Judah have unfinished business with each other after their disputed draw in 2003. On Friday, February 27th, they finally get their chance to get it on again at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and tickets are now on sale for what promises to be an explosive rematch. The countdown begins this Wednesday with the final press conference, and on Thursday, the fighters weigh in for this most anticepated rematch. Each of these events is open to the public.

1 PM – Wednesday, February 25 :: Press Conference at Paradise Live Theater (Located next to Hard Rock Live in Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.)

5 PM – Thursday, February 26 :: Weigh In at Hard Rock Live – 4th Floor VIP Room

Priced at $152, $102, $52, and $22, tickets may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com for Johnson vs Judah II, a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing. For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Pittman defeats Clenshaw!

By Craig Watt

Former WBA middleweight title challenger Jamie Pittman returned to winning ways in Newcastle, New South Wales on February 20th with an impressive eight round points victory over game Josh Clenshaw. The 27 year old southpaw won by scores of 80-72 from all three judges. Pittman was stopped by Felix Sturm inside seven rounds in April 2008 in a challenge for the WBA title and boxed well on the outside, constantly circling Clenshaw and catching him with his effective southpaw jab. The 32 year old Clenshaw moved forward at every opportunity but was unable to land his power shots and Pittman won every round clearly. This was a confidence boosting win for Pittman who was dropped three times by Sturm in his title fight and now moves his professional record to 18 wins with just the one defeat and 8KO’s. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Bienias wins WBO I/C title!

By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati

Welterweight warrior Krzysztof Bienias (37-3, 15 KOs) of Poland shocked the attendance and won the vacant WBO Intercontinental title on Friday night in Frosinone, Italy, when the corner of local hero Sven Paris (26-4, 2 KOs) stopped the fight at the end of round nine. Paris got off to a good start over the first round, but Bienias turned the tide in the second with a powerful body shot, but Paris was able to finish it and the middle round have been extremely intense and balanced. The moment of truth and the end of the fight was in the ninth round, Bienias with a a brutal barrage of punches dropped an exhausted Paris. The bout was then stopped by his corner. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

UFC

Maia: The best you never heard of

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV TONIGHT!

Story by Anthony Springer

Demian Maia is quite possibly the best middleweight you’ve never heard of. 

Boasting and impressive 10-0 record, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert has earned a reputation in the Octagon for turning his adversaries into human pretzels. Maia made his UFC debut at UFC 77: Hostile Territory, submitting Ryan Jensen via rear naked choke in the first round. Ed Herman and Jason MacDonald became Maia’s next victims, falling to a triangle choke and a rear naked choke respectively. The three submissions cemented Maia’s place in the UFC history books as he became the first fighter to garner three “Submission of the Night” honors in a row   . . . 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 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Full Weights from Youngstown!

By Antonio Castro

Kelly Pavlik 159 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 160
(WBC middleweight title)
Willie Nelson 145 vs. Damon Antoine 143
Kevin Engel 178 vs. Dallas Vargas 184
Angel Hernandez 146 vs. Brian Camechis 146
Andres Taylor 205.5 vs. Jim Emrick 215
Leroy Newton 137 vs. Mark Salser 139
Michael Suarez 150.5 vs. Jake Giuriceo 150
Billy Greenwalt 207.5 vs. Brandon Winter 221.5
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The referee for Pavlik-Rubio will be Frank Garza (Michigan), judges are Alejandro Rochin (Tijuana), Gary Merrit (Indiana) and John Stewart (New Jersey). WBC supervisor Joe Dwyer (New York).



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Ex-champ Mitchell victorious!

By Bob Caico at ringside

Former two time super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell scored an impressive win Friday night in Buffalo, NY on a card promoted by X-Cel Worldwide. Mitchell (27-4-1, 20 KOs), now campaigning at light heavyweight, stopped Zach Walters (23-4) of Duluth, MN at the end of the sixth round of a scheduled 12. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Baloyi SA Boxer of the Year!

By Ron Jackson

After several weeks of debate by the fans and the media the IBF junior lightweight champion Cassius Baloyi was named “Boxer of the Year” for 2008 at the Boxing SA Annual Awards at a banquet held at Carnival City in Brakpan on Friday night. Baloyi who has won six versions of a world title, known as the “Shy Guy” was filled with emotion when he went up to receive his award. Another popular winner was the Prospect of Year, Jarred Lovett who has taken the local scene by storm with a string of six knockout victories in his first year as a pro.
The William Gare vs. Jindrich Velecky fight for the World Boxing Organisation super middleweight title appeared rather fortunate to get the nod over the Daniel Bruwer vs. Anthony van Niekerk clash for the Fight of the Year. The decision on who receives an award is decided solely by Boxing SA and not by the more democratic method of votes by the media as was done in previous years. (more…)



February 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Yanez wins debut!

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In his pro debut, 2008 U.S. Oympian super flyweight Luis Yanez (1-0) won a four-round majority decision over Julio Valdez (3-3) in the main event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas,Texas. Scores were 40-36, 39-37, 38-38.
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Junior welterweight Hector Beltran (12-1-1) dropped Gilbert Salinas (12-11-4) in round seven and went on to an eight rounder by scores of 80-71 on all cards.
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In the fight of the night, welterweight Jesse Larra (16-1-1) won a slugfest against Bobby Joe Valdez (9-6-2). The end came with Larra producing a KO at 1:54 round six.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing Result

Prescott wins bite fight!

Quick KOs for Gamboa, Lara

By Jason Kotar at ringside

Undefeated WBO #7 lightweight contender Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs) won by DQ after being bit on the shoulder in round ten by Humberto Toledo (34-6-2, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the University Center Arena on the Nova Southeastern Campus in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Prescott was credited with a knockdown in round seven and appeared on his way to an easy decision until Toledo gnawed on his left shoulder at 1:58 of the tenth. Prescott is best known for knocking out highly touted Amir Kahn in 54 seconds last year.
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Heavyweight Ramon Garbey (19-4, 13 KOs), a former prospect returning from a two-year layoff, scored four-round unanimous decision over journeyman Mike Shepard (11-9-1, 6 KOs). Garbey dropped Shepard in rounds three and twice in four. Scores were 40-33 on all cards.
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2004 Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs) needed just 35 seconds to annihilate Walter Estrada (35-9, 24 KOs) in an featherweight fight. A right hand put southpaw Estrada on the deck for the count.
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In a junior middleweight bout, two-time world amateur champion Erislandy Lara (4-0, 3 KOs) needed just 69 seconds to destroy previously unbeaten Keith Gross (3-1, 1 KO). Gross was down twice.
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In an entertaining affair, welterweight Ed Parades improved to 21-2, 13 KOs by outworking a game Josh Onyongo, who fell to 14-17-1, 11 KOs, via unanimous decision. Parades, landing the cleaner blows throughout the fight, had Onyongo hurt in round three and knocked him down with a straight right hand in round six. The judges scores were 59-54, 58-55 and 58-55.
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Heavyweight Erick Leander improved to 6-0, 5 KOs with a TKO victory over Bobby O’Bannon 3-2, 3 KOs. Leander overwhelmed O’Bannon from the opening bell, knocking him down twice in round one, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 59 seconds of round one.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA sanctions Marquez-Diaz!

Turns out that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz will fight for the vacant WBA “super” lightweight championship as well as the vacant WBO lightweight belt in their highly anticipated showdown on February 28th at TOYOTA Center in Houston, Texas. “The more championship belts for me, the better,” said Marquez.  “I want to unify the lightweight division and I’m excited to have the opportunity to add two more titles to my collection on February 28th.” The WBA and WBO titles were rendered vacant when Nate Campbell failed to make weight for his February 14th title defense against Ali Funeka. The camp of WBA regular champion Paulus Moses unsuccessfully claimed they should be the sole WBA lightweight champion, arguing “There is no possibility to promote a WBA world title where Paulus Moses would not been involved.” Marquez-Diaz is believed to be the first-ever fight for a “vacant” WBA super title.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Lightweight PPV announced!

Golden Boy Promotions has officially announced their April 4th “Lightweight Lightning,” pay-per-view event that will feature eight 135-pounders in four pivotal 135lb match-ups in one night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. In the main event, undefeated knockout artist Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to face hard-hitting Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBC interim crown. The co-featured bouts will be former two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) against former world champion Julio Diaz (36-4, 26 KOs); former lightweight champion Jesus Chavez (44-4, 30 KOs) against former WBO interim titleist Michael Katsidis (24-2, 20 KOs) and former jr lightweight champs Jorge Barrios (47-4-1, 34 KOs) against and Carlos Hernandez (43-7-1, 24 KOs). Tickets $25-$200 go on sale on Friday (2/27).



February 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC 97 is sold out!

UFC is 2 for 2 in Montreal!

For the second time in a row, the UFC® has sold out the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Tickets for UFC 97: REDEMPTION are no longer available less than one week after they went on sale to the public. Now the only place to watch this star-studded event on Saturday, April 18 is on pay-per-view  . . . Click here for more



February 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

UFC 95 at the scales!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Saturday!

From the O2 Arena in London, England for tomorrow night’s UFC 95 card on Spike TV: 

Diego Sanchez (156) vs Joe Stevenson (155)
Rory Markham (170) vs Dan Hardy (170)
Wilson Gouveia (185) vs Nate Marquardt (185) 
Chael Sonnen (185) vs Demian Maia (184)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs Josh Koscheck (170)
Brian Cobb (155) vs Terry Etim (156)
Stefan Struve (240) vs Junior Dos Santos (237)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (235) vs Neil Grove (263)
Evan Dunham (154) vs Per Eklund (155)
Troy Mandaloniz (168) vs Paul Kelly (169)

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 20th, 2009




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