Recent Results
05/27
Levis, PQ
Eric Martel Bahoeli
KO3
Andriy Ivanov
Sebastien Bouchard
TKO1
Kevin Neverson
Rosie Thomas
W4
Nathalie Forget
Michael Gadbois
KO1
Dave McQuaker
Francis Charbonneau
W4
Ray Kovinic
Nicholas Valcourt
D4
Gerald Audate
Sebastien Gauthier
W8
Robert DaLuz

05/21
Montreal, PQ
Bernard Hopkins
W12
Jean Pascal
Chad Dawson
W10
Adrian Diaconu
Nicholson Poulard
W10
Frankie Santos
Kevin Bizier
KO5
Mauro Lucero
Eleider Alvarez
W4
David Whittom
Oscar Rivas
TKO1
Zsolt Zathureczky
Didier Bence
TKO2
Dwayne Storey
Mikael Zewski
KO3
Ruben Galvan

05/20
Chicago, IL
Andrzej Fonfara
KO7
Anthony Russell

05/14
Shediac, NB
Julien Collette
KO1
Andres Frees
Chris Norrad
TKO4
Guy Desforges
Emile Arsenault
TKO2
Jeff Lundberg
Mark Sock
TKO2
Danny Savoie
Sylvain Roy
W5
Adam Kennedy
Eric Roy
KO1
Robbie Cameron

05/14
Red Deer, AB
Arash Usmanee
KO5
Alejandro Barrera
Rory Coveney
TKO5
Todd Furler
Ibrahim Kamal
KO3
Carlos Martinez
Amy Johnson
W4
Peggy Maerz
Jarred Kilkenny
D4
Taffo Asongwed

05/12
Calgary, AB
Brad Soanes
W4
Darren Fletcher
Kevin Frank
TKO2
John Mercante
Dustin Sutley
TKO1
Matt Ogle

05/07
Las Vegas, NV
Pier Olivier Cote
TKO4
Aris Ambriz

05/07
London, UK
Mike Perez
TKO1
Tye Fields
Tye Fields
TKO1
Konstantin Airich
Tye Fields
W3
Michael Sprott

04/29
Las Vegas, NV
Glendy Hernandez
W4
Ken Frank

04/09
Las Vegas, NV
Mikael Zewski
W6
Clint Coronel

04/08
Edmonton, AB
Ryan Henney
W10
Jason Douglas
Jonathan Andre
W4
Jorge Ravanal Jr.
Nick Dragich
TKO1
Kevin Frank
Steve Rolls
W4
Paul Bzdel
Venessa Bradford
D4
Natasha Spence
Rory Coveney
W4
Kye Sabo

04/08
Montreal, PQ
Marco Antonio Rubio
TKO7
David Lemieux
Adonis Stevenson
KO3
Derek Edwards
Arash Usmanee
W8
Aldo Valtierra
Ahmad Cheikho
TKO2
Attila Molnar
Oscar Rivas
KO6
Wilfrido Leal
Tyler Asselstine
KO2
Mohammad Nouari
Eleider Alvarez
TKO3
Ernesto Zamora
Didier Bence
TKO1
Leonard Collier

04/02
Panama City, Panama
Chanttall Martinez
W10
Lisa Brown

04/01
Chalmette, LA
Anthony Russell
TKO2
Dominique Azeez

04/01
Las Vegas, NV
Mandy LaPointe
D4
Annette Agredano

03/29
Toronto, ON
Adam Trupish
KO2
Rogerio Pereira
Andres Gorges
W8
DeMarcus Corley
Taffo Asongwed
D4
Chukwunonso Okafor

03/26
Johannesburg, South Africa
Steve Molitor
vs
Takalani Ndlovu

03/19
Montreal, PQ
LUcian Bute
TKO10
Brian Mcgee
Viorel Simion
W8
Pedro Navarrete
Vanes Martirosyan
KO2
Baldimir Hernandez
Benoit Gaudet
WTD6
Adrian Verdugo
Pier Olivier Cote
TKO1
Michael Lozada
Sebastien Gauthier
KO2
Jovanny Soto
Schillet Hillolite
W4
Patrick Tessier

03/19
Moncton, NB
Travis Connors
TKO5
Jesse Francis
Tyson Cave
TKO3
Hassan Wasswa
Amanda Beaudin
TKO3
Jani Babineau
Mike Stauffer
TKO2
Jeff Black
Jeff McKay
W4
Norman Peters

03/19
Cebu, Philipines
Romeo Jakosalem
TKO8
Steve Claggett

03/12
Richmond, BC
Junior Moar
W10
Michael Walchuk
Andy Mavros
TKO5
Kareem Chartrand
Ryan Steward
TKO3
Jeremy Phillips
Dave Petryk
W4
Antonio Dos Santos
Mike Dowsett
W4
Paul Tryl
Steve Franjic
KO1
Wayne Taylor
Jamie Walton
W4
Clayton Gladu

03/11
Las Vegas, NV
Michael Grant
KO3
Tye Fields

03/10
Calgary, AB
Roberto McLellan
TKO6
Anthony Lessard
Jarred Kilkenny
D4
Taffo Asongwed
Jamie Taylor
W4
Todd Furler
John Mercante
TKO1
Chad Neilson

03/04
Montreal, PQ
Arash Usmanee
TKO5
Isaac Bejarano
Pierre-Paul Roody
TKO4
Mathias Tchikaya

03/04
Indio, CA
Mikael Zewski
TKO3
Gerardo Cesar Prieto

02/25
Montreal, PQ
Eric Barrak
TKO1
Matt Weishaar
Andriy Ivanov
w6
Stephane Tessier
Sylvera Louis
KO4
Wayne John
Stephane Landry
TKO4
Francois Miville
Michael Gadbois
W4
James Carpio

02/19
Mississauga, ON
Logan McGuinness
KO4
Hector Julio Avila
Victor Lupo
W10
Junior Witter
Tebor Brosch
D10
Samuel Vargas
Julius Bunda
TKO1
Phil Rose
Ibrahim Kamal
TKO2
Matthew Robinson
Brandon Cook
W4
Francis Lafreniere

02/11
Montreal, PQ
Ionut Dan Ion
WTD6
Steve Forbes
Antonin Decarie
W10
Shamone Alvarez
Kevin Bizier
KO1
Edgar Ruiz
Nicholson Poulard
TKO1
Patrick Tessier
Tyler Asselstine
TKO4
Carlos Martinez
Oscar Rivas
W4
David Whittom
Ghislain Maduma
W4
Isaac Berjarano

02/04
Puerto Rico
Mikael Zewski
W6
Joseph De los Santos

02/04
Barrie, ON
Neven Pajkic
W10
Johnnie White
Lindsay Garbatt
W10
Jelena Mrdjenovich
Tye Fields
TKO3
Ray Olubowale
Denton Daley
TKO2
Taylor Bull
Milos Pantelic
D4
Taffo Asongwed
Jason Douglas
W4
Frank White
Steve Franjic
TKO3
Ty McDougall

02/03
Albany, NY
Zachary Smith
W4
Scott Paul

01/29
Pontiac, MI
Bermane Stiverne
TKO2
Kertson Manswell

01/29
Halifax, NS
Tyson Cave
W10
Nestor Bolum
Steve Cannell
W6
Hassan Wasswa

01/22
Chester, PA
Joey Dawejko
W4
Taffo Asongwed

01/22
Saint-Hyacinthe, PQ
Jean Francois Leduc
D4
Patrick Tessier
Alexandre Hamel
TKO2
Guy Desforges
Francis Charbonneau
TKO3
Dwayne Storey
Kahraman Akyol
KO1
Norman Peters

01/14
Calgary, AB
Steve Claggett
TKO3
Jose Mendoza
Adam Trupish
KO2
Matt Palmer
Ken Frank
W7
Sheldon Hinton
Brad Soanes
TKO1
Max Gagne
Jarred Kilkenny
TKO1
Chad Thrun

01/08
Tacoma, WA
Lafarrell Bunting
W10
Matt O'Brien

12/17
Quebec City, PQ
Jean Pascal
D12
Bernard Hopkins
Paul Malignaggi
TKO6
Michael Lozada
Daniel Jacobs
TKO5
Jesse Orta
Mikael Zewski
TKO2
Leonardo Rojas
Tyson Fury
W8
Zack Page
Kevin Bizier
TKO3
Ronnie Warrior Jr
Pier Olivier Cote
TKO1
Cesar Soriano
Eric Martel Bahoeli
W6
Ruben Rivera
Peter Quillin
KO1
Martin Desjardins

12/04
Anaheim, CA
Miguel Angel Garcia
KO5
Olivier Lontchi

12/03
Montreal, PQ
Renan St-Juste
KO2
Sebastien Demers
David Lemieux
TKO2
Purnell Gates
Arash Usmanee
W10
Pedro Navarrete
Tony Luis
W8
Aldo Veltierra
Ghislain Maduma
W4
Sezer Erunsal
Kevin Lavallee
D4
Isaac Bejarano
Tyler Asselstine
KO1
Dave McQuaker
Ahmad Cheikho
TKO1
Justin Fountain

FIGHTNEWS CANADA: ARCHIVES
Stiverne stops Austin in 10th
By Brian Grammer, Clint Rosser and Brian Lewis, FightNews.com

WBC #7 heavyweight Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne scored a spectacular TKO victory over WBC #4 Ray ‘The Rain Man’ Austin on Saturday night at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Stiverne (21-1-1, 20KOs) landed a powerful right hand to the top of the head, dropping the American. Austin (28-6-4, 18KOs) jumped up at the count of nine, then complained loudly to referee Mike England after the stoppage. Stiverne, who captured the WBC Silver heavyweight title, continually walked down the former title contender Austin, and caught his opponent at :43 seconds into the 10th round. Stiverne is also now the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. Austin was ahead 86-84 on two cards and third card was 85-85 draw. Fightnews had it 88-82 Stiverne.

June 26, 2011

Weights from St. Charles, MO

Venue: The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri
Promoter: Don King Productions

Bermane Stiverne 238.5lbs vs. Ray Austin 328lbs

June 25, 2011

Reittie wins in Columbia

Toronto Middleweight Richard Reittie collected his 2nd win in the past 16 days, travelling to Barranquilla, Colombia and stopping hapless Johnny De Hurta in the opening round of their scheduled 6 round contest. Two weeks ago Reittie needed less than 2 rounds to get rid of journeyman Christopher Henry in Montreal, in Columbia, he required less than 3 minutes to prevent De Horta from collecting his first pro victory, now an embarrasing 0-11 to start his career. Reittie, the #2 ranked Middleweight, according to the National Championship Committee, improves to 7-1-1 with 6 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

June 25, 2011

Hernandez edges Mrdjenovich

Interim IBA Lightweight champion Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez edged out an 8 round split decision over Edmonton's Jelena Mrdjenovich in a non title affair last night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Scores of the bout read 77-75, 77-75 for the Puerto Rican native while Mrdjenovich prevailed by the identical score on the other card. The victory moves Hernandez to 15-2-3 with 5 KOs while the hard luck Mrdjenovich drops her 3rd fight in a row, slipping to 24-8-1 with 12 stoppage victories.

On the undercard, Tye "Big Sky" Fields, the #2 ranked heavyweight in the country, stopped one time Canadian Cruiserweight prospect David Whittom (11-16-1, 7KOs) in the third round of their 8 round contest. Fields improves to 48-4, 43 KOs. Edmonton heavyweight Nick Dragich (2-0, 1KO) captured a 4 round split decision over Vancouver's Alston "Tiny" Brown (3-7-1, 1KO), Cloverdale, BC light welterweight Dave Petryk (3-1-1) kept Kye Sabo winless (now 0-2) by taking a unanimous (39-37 thrice) decision, and Tampa Bay, Florida welterweight Reynaldo Cepeda (5-2, 4KOs) stopped winless Dia Grant (0-2), fighting out of Kelowna, BC, at 1:12 of round 2.

June 25, 2011

McGuinness gets by Ruiz
By Blair Diamond, FightNews Canada

Friday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, NABA Lightweight champion Logan McGuinness was able to weather a late rally from Daniel Ruiz to capture a 10 round majority decision, retaining his title and remaining undefeated. McGuinness (15-0-1, 7KOs) controlled the action early, working behind a strong jab, often doubling and tripling it, keeping Ruiz (22-4-1, 16KOs) honest and respectful. Ruiz finally broke through in the 8th, catching McGuinness and hurting the Orangeville, Ontario fighter. McGuinness survived the remainder of the 8th and fought on event terms through the entire 9th round but was again in dire trouble in round 10. With the crowd screaming to "clinch" or "take a knee", McGuinees smiled and weathered the storm, finishing the contest upright. Scores of the bout read 96-94, 96-94 for the NABA titlist while the third judge saw it an even affair, 95-95. .....Read more

June 25, 2011

Cave dominates Nava

Saturday night in Halifax, Tyson Cave, the reigning Canadian and WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight champion, scored a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision over Mexico's Saturnino Nava at the Palooka’s Gym in the Nova Scotian captial. Cave had little trouble with his lesser skilled but determined adversary, dominating the early rounds, landing plenty of leather and receiving little in return. Throughout the contest, all Nava could do was to eat punches that came from all angles and offer a "smile" in return. While Nava, fighting for the first time out of his native homeland, earned his money, he never threatened the self proclaimed "Prince of Hali" at any point in the non title affair. Cave tried for the knockout late, planting his feet and throwing punching with authority, but Nava was more determined on hearing the final bell than anything else. Scores of the bout reflected the one-sided contest, 100-90 by each of the 3 ringside judges. The WBC titlist improves his ledger to 15-1, 5KOs and looks towards a high profile fight later on this year. Nava drops to 8-10......Read more

June 20, 2011

Frank decisions Pembroke

Canadian heavyweight contender Ken Frank collected his 5th victory as a professional with a 4 round unanimous decision over lesser experienced Sandy Pembroke Saturday night at the Century Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Scores of the bout read 40-36, 40-38, and 39-37, all in favor of the Lethbridge, Alberta heavyweight. With the victory, Frank improves is mark to 5-2-1 with 2 of those victories coming by knockout. Pembroke dips to 1-3. On the undercard, Chestermere Lake, Alberta welterweight Keenan Feeney won his pro debut with a 2nd round stoppage of Vancouver's Arash Ghorbani. Time of the stoppage was 2:31.

June 20, 2011

Brinson gets by Walchuk
By Boxing Bob Newman, FightNews.com

DIAAB Entertainment put on an eight-bout pro-am card dubbed “Fight Night At The Flickinger” in downtown Buffalo, New York Saturday night. Headlining the the show was a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight title between Geneva, NY and Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Brinson bounced back from his lone loss in his last fight to pick up his first belt in an absolute war with Walchuk over eight rounds. In a tactical dog fight where each fighter gave no quarter, Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson and Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Walchuk waged war for eight rounds to contest the New York State Middleweight title. Brinson was coming off a TKO7 loss back in November for the state Super Middle belt and was looking for redemption....Read more

June 19, 2011

Charles stops Ruiz
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

After weathering a solid body attack in the early going Ali Nestor Charles (11-5-2) scored a knockout victory at the very end of round five, capturing the WBC middleweight Latino title over Mexico's Edgar Ruiz (22-10-1) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Charles changed the course of the fight in the fourth round where he landed a left uppercut that put Ruiz down to his knees for a count of eight. Ruiz was clearly tiring in the fifth and Charles looked like he was about to score his second knockdown in the dying seconds when a flurry of punches with Ruiz against the ropes and about to go down Charles accidently pushed him down to the canvas. It looked like the mishap would save the Mexican fighter but with the ten second warning sounding Charles jumped right back in and let loose with a flurry that put Ruiz down to his knees for a full count of ten.

Usmanee decisions Escobar
At first glance, it looked like undefeated Arash Usmanee’s (14-0 7KO) opponent Sergio Escobar (14-11-2) was going to fold up and lay down like other Argentine opponent’s had done earlier in the evening of mixed martial arts and boxing. Escobar had the mitts up high and the track shoes on as the fight began as Usmanee was forced to go out and chase his prey. But Escobar proved to be a worthy opponent and forced Usmanee to the scorecards where he scored a convincing but not entirely easy 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 decision

Luis punishes Lombardo
Lightweight fighter Miguel Lombardo (15-11-1) spent more time on the canvas than Van Gogh Saturday night as undefeated Tony Luis (12-0 4KO) put the Argentine fighter down 5 times officially and twice non-officially on his way to a 4th round TKO victory. The official time came at 1:28 of the 4th round with Lombardo’s corner tired of seeing their fighter suffering canvas burns to his knees and throwing a towel into the centre of the ring. Luis from Cornwall Ontario scored a pair knockdowns in the first and again in the second and following up with single take down in the third. Luis couldn’t miss his wild swinging opponent, landing a potent left hook to the body and following up with a right upstairs that more often than not had the over-matched Lombardo going down to his knees. Luis peppered his opponent with combinations throughout the contest that were fast and accurate was well served by his left hook that did most of the damage on the evening.

Pierre Paul stops Zampatti
Super-lightweight Roody Pierre-Paul (3-0 3KO) survived a first round scare and came roaring back to destroy Argentine fighter Ceferino Zampatti (5-18-2 4KO) at 1:19 of the 2nd round marking his 3rd knockout in as many tries. Pierre-Paul who was coming up short on many his punches for much of the first round went toe-to-toe with his opponent to end the stanza of a scheduled six and ate a right hand that had him stumbling backwards. The setback was only temporary for the Montreal southpaw who ended the round with a solid left of his own. When the two got in close again in the second, Pierre-Paul made no mistake and took down his opponent with a lightening fast left-right combination to the head that deposited Zampatti on his back well beyond a ten count.

June 18, 2011

CPBC strips Charles and Sow

The Canadian Professional Boxing Council stripped two of its champions yesterday, notifying Ali Nestor Charles and Abou Sow that they are champions no more.

"Charles and Sow are no longer recognized as CPBC champions." reported Don Collette, president of the CPBC sanctioning body. "Charles (10-5-2, 3KOs) who won his title 15 months ago when he decisioned Martin Desjardins for the Super Middleweight title has made no effort to defend his crown over his reign. Sow (5-1, 4KOs) stopped Jorge Banos to win the Lightweight title back in September, refused to face off against a legitimate contender and therefore was stripped of his championship strap."

The CPBC has only one remaining title holder, that being Roberto McLellan, the sanctioning bodies Light Middleweight titlist.

June 17, 2011

Weights from Buffalo, NY

Venue: Burt Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: Diaab Entertainment

Michael Walchuk 154.5lbs vs. Nick Brinson 155.5lbs
Steve Franjic 179lbs vs. Rayshawn Myers 179lbs
Scott Paul 134.5lbs vs. Jamell Tyson 134lbs
Julius Bunda 154.5lbs vs. Tony Brinson 157lbs
Taffo Asongwed TBD vs. Lorenzo Davis 274lbs

June 17, 2011

Cote, St-Juste added to Bute card

Canadian Super Featherweight champion Pier-Olivier Cote and WBO #2 ranked Super Middleweight Renan St-Juste will accompany IBF Super Middleweight king Lucian Bute to Romania where Bute is scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger Jean Paul Mendy on July 9th. Both InterBox protégés will lace up the gloves in Bucharest, Romania on the undercard

Côté (16-0-0, 11KOs) will be looking to continue his climb up the division ladder as he'll face Pedro Navarette (25-11-3, 14 KO), a rugged and durable Mexican veteran. St-Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs), who has been busy helping Bute prepare for Mendy, will take on Jaudiel Zepeda (12-4-1, 9 KO).

June 17, 2011

Ross off June 24th card

Cruiserweight contender Troy Ross is experiencing abdominal pains and has been hospitalized in Toronto, where he is undergoing precautionary tests. He has been forced to withdraw from fighting June 24 on the “Friday Night At The Fights” show at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a two-time Canadian Olympian, is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated). He is expected to return to the ring in late August.

NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated #11 by the WBA, defends his title for the first time June 24 in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel.

June 17, 2011

NABF eliminator policy

Per Joe Dwyer NABF President: Effective immediately, any two (2) rated NABF boxers who engage in an elimination bout will see the winner elevated to # 1 rated in their division. The current NABF champion will then be obligated to defend against that boxer in their upcoming mandatory title defense. Failure to do so will result in the title being vacated. The NABF Executive Committee implemented this rule at their Atlantic City Convention, last week.

June 15, 2011

McGuinness to face Ruiz

NABA lightweight titleholder Logan Cotton McGuinness defends his belt for the first time June 24th in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, headlining “Friday Night At The Fights,” at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The unbeaten McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated #11 by the WBA, will be fighting at home where he won the NABA belt this past February, stopping veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5) in the fourth round. Ruiz (22-3-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting outside of his native Mexico for the first time. He is undefeated in his last five fights with four wins and a draw....Read more

June 15, 2011

Troy Ross returns June 24

World cruiserweight contender Troy Ross has been added to the “Friday Night At The Fights” professional boxing card, June 24 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel. Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), #14 by the WBA, and #15 by the WBC. The two-time Canadian Olympian will face an opponent to be determined June 24 in a eight-round bout.

June 14, 2011

Canadian Legends: Jackie Callura
(Source: Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)

Jackie Callura started in life by defending himself as a scrappy kid in the rough Hamilton neighbourhood of his youth to defending his boxing titles around the world. One of Canada's smallest fighters at 5'6", he weighed in at only 126 pounds. At the age of 14, though, he started training for and fighting in Steeltown's "Friday Night Smokers" and from there moved to Winnipeg to prepare for more prestigious competition...Read more

June 12, 2011

Cheikho stopped by Melis
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Hometown fighter Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2) was knocked out at 2:15 of the 7th round as “Eye of the Tiger” Management presented an evening of boxing at the Corona Theatre in Montreal Saturday night. Sergei Melis (18-5) scored impressively with the right hand in what would be the final round of what was scheduled for eight. Cheikho who had only been six rounds once looked exhausted coming back to the corner at the end of the sixth and expended a huge amount of energy in the fateful round, coming up short on huge shots. Melis who has been in with a number of world class opponents including world champion Dimitry Pirog and given them rounds took full advantage of the opportunity. After stunning Cheikho at the end of the fourth where the local fighter stumbled back to his corner on wobbly legs and was glassy eyed, it seemed that the Estonian fighter may have let his prey off the hook as Melis seemed to be looking for the perfect punch but wasn’t delivering any. But the ‘Baltic King’ was able to touch Cheikho with a few lefts in the 6th and took full advantage of the fading fighter in the 7th....Read more

June 11, 2011

Ross want Kayode-Godfrey winner

Two-time Canadian Olympian Troy Ross has issued a challenge to the winner of tonight’s (Friday, June 10) featured fight on ShoBox between undefeated, highly-touted Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) and former world title contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs). Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), in addition to being rated #14 by the WBA and #15 by the WBC. “I think Kayode-Godfrey is a 50-50 fight and I want a shot at the winner,” Ross said. “Cunningham seems unwilling to fight me again for whatever reasons, but Kayode and Godfrey are legitimate, throwback-type fighters who both only want to fight the best. I really admire their fighting spirits and I think they’re going to have a great fight. The winner has an open invitation to fight me later this summer. All he needs to do is have his promoter contact mine.”

Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a native of Guyana who lives in Toronto, was a member of the 1996 and 2000 Canadian Olympic Teams. The powerful southpaw was the winner of The Contender, Season Four reality television series and he portrayed light heavyweight contender John Henry Lewis in the movie, “Cinderella Man.”

June 10, 2011

Ntetu decisions Ramadan

Francy Ntetu (6-0) swept all six rounds on his way to a unanimous 60-54 (X3) decision over Abdullah Ramadan as boxing returned to Jonquiere Quebec for the first time in 15 years and the heyday of native son Stephane Ouellet. Ramadan who is now 44 years years-old made a successful comeback in 2007 after a nine year absence and won a pair of bouts but now has dropped his last three fights. Ramadan was coming off another lengthy break of two years.

Heavyweight Erik Barrack (5-0 4KO) picked up where he left off with another KO victory in the 1st round over American Richard Bryant (1-4). Barrack came back from a three year layoff in February and survived the entire Tommy Morrison saga and continued his powerful assault with another early night. Barrack scored his 4th first stoppage while Bryant is going in the opposite direction having not made it to the second round in the last three.

Road warrior Richard Reittle (6-1-1 5KO) rebounded from his only career loss and made quick work of Chris Henry with a 2nd round TKO victory in a battle of Caribbean born middleweights. Reittle stopped the journeyman for the seventh time in his last nine fights and drops Henry's record to an even 24-24.

In a battle of winless light heavyweights, it was Horace Hunter who prevailed 39-36 (x3) over Ahmad Selemani. Both entered the ring with identical 0-3 records. Cruiserweight David Golden made his pro debut a successful one with a third round TKO victory over local resident Stephane Landry (1-1).

June 7, 2011

Andressen stops Willis
by Shamus Young, FightNews.com

Shane Andressen returned to the winning side of boxing with an impressive 5th round TKO victory over Jonte Willis last night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

Andressen was more traditionally skilled. Willis came from odd angles and hit harder. Willis won each of the first four close, entertaining rounds by outworking his man and was just two rounds from a victory. Near the start of the fifth, Andressen hit Willis on the temple. Willis was stunned, but bought time being tangled in the ropes. When the fight resumed, Andressen became wild looking for the KO. Willis had no legs, and his corner was screaming for him to hold. Willis did not hold and he got caught with a few good shots, but mostly avoided Andressen’s windmill. Just when it looked like Andressen had punched himself out and was sucking wind– and when Willis might make it out of the round– Andressen connected with a huge left hook on the cheek. Willis fell through the ropes. Ref Louis Jackvony started to count, then waved it off. Time of TKO was 2:04 of the fifth. Willis is now 7-1-1 (3 KOs), and Andressen 11-3 (6 KOs).

June 4, 2011

No contest for Trotter

Calgary Light Middleweight prospect Janks Trotter travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take on Josh Torres on the undercard of the Johnny Tapia - Mauricio Pastrana fight card. A clash of heads 29 seconds into the contest ended matters between the two with Torres receiving a large gash between the eyes. The decision is an automatic no contest ruling. Trotter, a former Canadian Olympian, sees his ledger move to 4-0-1 (4 KOs) with 1 no contest while Torres moves to 5-1-1 (3 KOs) also with 1 no contest.

June 5, 2011

Weights from Tacoma, WA

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions

Shane Andreesen 226lbs vs. Jonte Willis 215.5lbs

June 4, 2011

Bute wins IBF award

The IBF awards banquet took place Friday night as the end of the organization’s 28th annual convention neared. The Champagne Room at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas played host to the event, which according to many IBF members was the largest in years. After the opening cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, the annual awards were presented. IBF Super Middleweight king Lucian Bute was presented the Jersey Joe Walcott "Good Guy" award.

June 4, 2011

Johnson breaks hand

Edmonton Lightweight Amy Johnson was in the final days of preparation for her WBO Lightweight title bout with defending champion Erin McGowan when bad luck interviened. Johnson broke her hand in a sparring session just days before the bout removing her from competing in the championship contest which was to take place in Australia. McGowan will now take on Ploysuay Sakrungruang from Thailand in a 6 round exhibition bout.

June 4, 2011

Gauthier decisions DaLuz
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Super-bantamweight Sebastien Gauthier (21-2 13KO) made in a clean 80-72 sweep of an eight round contest of Robert DaLuz (13-36-3) Friday night at the Levis arena in Levis, Quebec.

“He was awkward and hard to hit,” said Gauthier who while dominating his opponent, looked as if he had been in a fight afterwards as he cut open in the sixth round. “It was hard motivation for a fight like this sometimes,” said the St Jerome fighter. “He was definitely a good boxer and could have a lot better record if he was a little protected.” DaLuz would load up with his right hand but Gauthier continued to stay in the pocket and fire of combinations, often stunning, but never in any true danger of taking him down. Despite the 36 losses, DaLuz has only been stopped four times....Read more

May 28, 2011

Hopkins does it!!
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) schooled WBC light heavyweight Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) winning a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal staggered Hopkins in rounds four and twelve, but Hopkins used all his veteran tricks to keep Pascal off-balance and out of his rhythm for a majority of the fight. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 115-114.

With the win, Hopkins becomes the oldest man to win a world title, breaking the record of George Foreman.

May 21, 2011

Dawson decisions Diaconu
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

In a clash of former light heavyweight champions, Chad Dawson (30-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu (27-3, 15 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 118-110, 116-112. It was a workmanlike twelve rounds for Dawson in his first fight under Emanuel Steward.

May 21, 2011

Early results from Montreal, PQ
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Heavyweight Oscar Rivas (6-0 3KO) scored a knockdown off a right-left combination forty seconds in and didn’t waste any time in scoring two more to score a TKO victory at 2:05 of the first round over an over-matched Zsolt Zathureczky (3-1) of Hungary.

A left hook to the body scored a knockout victory for welterweight Kevin Bizier (15-0 11KO) at the end of the 5th round against Mauro Lucero(46-14-1), stopping the Mexican for the 12th time in his career. A clash of heads earlier in the round opened a bad gash over the eye of Lucero and looked bad enough to stop the fight, but Bizier quickly took matters into his own hands by scoring his 11th stoppage.

Columbian born Eleider Alvarez (5-0 3KO) started strong and finished strong in a 40-36 (x3) decision over David Whittom (11-15-1) of Quebec City . In between there was a little frustration as Alvarez was crowded as he couldn’t get off as cleanly as he had to start the fight. Trainer Marc Ramsay demanded more of his fighter for the final round and got it as Alvarez went all out for the final stanza and finished strongly as the light-heavyweight notched his fifth victory in as many tries.

After an all assault of hooks to the body and head of opponent Ruben Galvan (17-10-4); Golden Boy Promoted local product Michael Zewski (10-6KO) threw a perfect left uppercut that brought down the Indiana fighter immediately and ended the fight at 1:44 of the 3rd round. Zewski was picture perfect in the 2nd as he punished the body of his opponent at every opportunity and was equally ferocious in going upstairs. It looked more of the same in the third until the 22 year-old brought something new out of the toolbox and scored big with the uppercut to end the fight. Galvan who is now winless in ten fights dating back to 2007 got up immediately but then went down again with as the count approached five.

Jean Pascal’s half-brother Nicholson Poulard (17-3) managed to dominate throughout a ten round light-heavyweight contest against Frankie Santos (17-10-4), scoring a clean 100-90 sweep on all three scorecards. The fight was back and forth at close quarters in the opening two rounds before Poulard started dominating against an opponent who has moved up 5 weight categories in the last four years. Santos looked ready to go at the end of the 9th and Poulard upped the tempo for the final round, looking for the perfect punch that never came.

After going down a total of three times, an outmatched Dwayne Storey (4-7) called it a day at 1:38 of the second round against a younger, stronger, faster Didier Bence (2-0 2KO) in a heavyweight bout that kicked off action at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The 41 year-old Storey who had called it quits for the past ten years before returning this past January proved awkward for about the first two minutes but that was about it. Bence scored his first knockdown at the end of the first round and didn’t waste any time in the second scoring his second stoppage in as many fights with two more knockdowns.

May 21, 2011

Fonfara KOs Russell
By Jacob Chavez, FightNews.com

WBC Youth light heavyweight titleholder Andrzej Fonfara (18-2-0, 9KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout against a game, but outmatched Anthony Russell (16-3-1-5KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The fight was for the vacant WBO/NABO title.

Fonfara started off with a very stiff jab and good pressure. He appeared much bigger and stronger than Russell, but Russell showed some grit, as midway into the opening stanza he began connecting with a quick right uppercut to the head. Russell also demonstrated good footwork as Fonfara countered. Fonfara came out more aggressive in the second and quickly tagged Russell with a counter left hook to the head. Russell dropped hard but quickly got up and appeared more surprised than hurt. Fonfara then jumped on Russell and looked to make it a quick night, but Russell’s good footwork allowed for him to survive the round. Russell was still on survival mode in round three. During round four Fonfara pressed the action and focused heavily to the body, while Russell continued to be on the defensive. Russell appeared to be getting a second wind in round five, connecting repeatedly with the right uppercut, but his success was short lived, as Fonfara came out throwing bombs in the sixth. Russell tried standing his ground, but a huge left hook midway in, sent him staggering towards the ropes. A flurry followed by another left hook dropped Russell, but as he was going down, another hard combination to the head knocked him out cold. He lay flat on his back for several minutes before he was assisted on to the stool by the ring doctor. Fortunately, he was able to walk out of the ring under his own power. The official time was 2:46 of round six.

May 21, 2011

Weights from Montreal, PQ

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Promoter: GYM

Jean Pascal 174.14lbs vs. Bernard Hopkins 174.14lbs
*** WBC, WBC Diamond, Ring Magazine Light heavyweight titles ***

Adrian Diaconu 174.4lbs vs. Chad Dawson 173.10lbs
Kevin Bizier 149.7lbs vs. Mauro Lucero 151.13lbs
Mikael Zewski 148.2lbs vs.Ruben Galvan 149.7lbs
Oscar Rivas 238.12lbs vs. Zolt Zathureczky 232.12lbs
Elieder Alvarez 184.5lbs vs. David Whittom 189.2lbs
Nicholson Poulard 173.6lbs vs. Frankie Santos 172.13lbs
Didier Bence 230lbs vs. Dean Storey 204.15lbs

(Photos provided by Herby Whyne, Sportzframe)

May 20, 2011

Bernard Hopkins speaks

With American and Canadian media in attendance, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins hosted a media workout today at a local boxing gym in Montreal, Canada where the 46-year-old Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of Famer discussed his championship rematch against WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal which takes place this Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In a rare fight week occurrence, Hopkins even stopped to pose and speak with several amateur fighters and fans stating “I promise you this will be the only time you see me on my knee.”...Read more
May 20, 2011

Canadian Legends: Sammy Luftspring
(Source: Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)

For all he did to fight his way out of the Jewish ghetto, Sammy Luftspring's Judaism was a defining feature of his boxing career. Born and raised in The Ward, the impoverished section of downtown Toronto that was home to the city's central and eastern-European Jewish community, Luftspring began his boxing career in 1932 close to home, at the gymnasium of Toronto's Brunswick Talmud Torah. Over the next four years he fought 105 times, losing only five bouts and capturing Golden Glove tournaments in weight classes ranging from bantamweight to welterweight.

By 1933, he was the Ontario amateur lightweight champion and a fixture at boxing cards at Toronto's Mutual Street Arena, representing the Elm Grove boxing club. In the spring of 1935, Luftspring was the runner-up for the Canadian 135-pound amateur championship, though before the end of that year had become embroiled in a battle with the Canadian Amateur Athletic Union over his amateur status...Read more

May 19, 2011

Poll results: Dorin over Irwin

It would have been a battle for the ages. Billy "The Kid" Irwin the Canadian king of the Lightweights and two time world champion challenger against Leonard "The Lion" Dorin, the undefeated WBA Lightweight champ. FightNews Canada asked you to pick a winner if these two met in their primes. Here is the results of our survey:

52% predicted a Dorin victory
45% predicted an Irwin victory

31% predicted Irwin would KO Dorin
29% predicted Dorin would win a decision over Irwin
23% predicted Dorin would KO Irwin
14% predicted an Irwin KO

May 19, 2011

Diaconu finally gets Dawson
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

In a match-up between two former WBC world champions, Adrian Diaconu (27-2 15KO) knows that he has everything to gain as he meets up against Chad Dawson (29-1 17KO) Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “We’re not starring on the show that night,” said Diaconu’s trainer Pierre Bouchard of the HBO telecast that features the rematch between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins, “But we’re certainly in a position to steal the show. We’re very confident, but we know the challenge we have. This will be our chance to show that we belong at that high level amongst the elite level of competition.”...Read more

May 19, 2011

Pascal-Hopkins: Few words
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

They both threw the same punch, but it was Bernard Hopkins who got off first at today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s rematch between The Executioner and WBC Champion Jean Pascal set for the Bell Centre in Montreal.

For all the talk leading into the fight, each combatant uttered just three words each after taking the microphone, “Enjoy the Fight.” The usually talkative Hopkins took to the stage first and after uttering death threats in previous outings, kept it short and sweet with the, “Enjoy the fight,” greeting.

Pascal who had demanded drug testing of Hopkins in their initial press conference to announce the fight was also a man of few words matched the 46 year-old fighter word for word when called upon to speak.

When fielding questions from the media, Hopkins when asked about his legacy, again stuck to the same three-word combination, “Enjoy the fight,” at which point both fighters beat a hasty retreat to the exits.

May 18, 2011

Stiverne to face Austin in eliminator

Emerging Canadian heavyweight Bermane Stiverne and title-tested veteran Ray Austin will meet in an important WBC elimination bout June 25th at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

Stiverne (21-1-1, 19KOs) has a staggering 86-percent knockout ratio with an equally stunning 14 first-round knockouts. Only two of his fights have gone the distance. Most of his victims have fallen prey to his powerful right hand.

Austin (28-5-4, 18KOs) has hovered at the top of the heavyweight division for the last five years, having faced Wladimir Klitschko, Andrew Golota, Sultan Ibragimov, Odlanier Solis and DaVarryl Williamson, among others.

This will clearly be the toughest opponent yet for Stiverne. A win here would set up bigger fights in the future. Austin will be trying to prove that he is still a force in the heavyweight division.

May 18, 2011

Pascal, Hopkins transcript

Last week WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins held international media conference calls to discuss their world championship rematch on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Their first fight, which took place December 18, 2010, ended in a controversial majority draw. Here’s the official transcript for both calls....Read more

May 17, 2011


WBC Womens May 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their May 2011 rankings which ranks female boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Super Lightweight - Jaime Clampitt WBC #6 (last month: #6)
Lightweights - Ayana Pelletier WBC #8 (last month: #8)
Lightweights - Sarah Pucek WBC #14 (last month: #14)
Lightweights - Amy Johnson WBC #26 (last month: unranked)
Super Featherweight - Lindsay Garbatt WBC #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Olivia Gerula WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Featherweight - Jelena Mrdjenovich WBC #4 (last month: #4)
WBC Featherweight champion - JEANNINE GARSIDE
Featherweight - Sandy Tsagouris WBC #8 (last month: #6)
Super Bantamweight - Lisa Brown WBC #5 (last month: #5)
Super Bantamweight - Nathalie Forget WBC #21(last month: #23)
Super Flyweight - Mandy Lapointe WBC #11 (last month: #13)
May 16, 2011

Collette destroys Frees

Julien Collette successfully defended his Maritime heavyweight title with an impressive opening round stoppage of Andres Frees Saturday night in from on a capacity crowd of 1,200 spectators at the Shediac Festival Arena in Shediac, New Brunswick. Frees (0-2) came out strong looking to take the fight right to Collette. While the Eel River Crossing, New Brunswick fighter did manage to land a few shot early, he proved to be little trouble for the more experienced champ. Collette landed a hard three punch combination which dropped Frees, ending matters at the 1:41 mark of the first round. The victory moves the Bouctouche, New Brunswick fighter to 6-1 with 4 of those victories coming by knockout. More importantly, it will surely move him up the national heavyweight rankings where he currently occupies the #10 position.....Read more

May 16, 2011

Usmanee stops Barrera
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada

Arash Usmanee made his homecoming a successful one as the undefeated Canadian super featherweight prospect stopped Mexico's Alejandro Barrera in the 5th round Saturday night at the Capri Centre in Red Deer, Alberta.

Trainer Daniel Trepanier’s game plan for Usmanee was to move forward against the very aggressive Barrera. The planned worked to perfection as the Canadian systematically broke down the Mexican fighter enroute to a KO victory..... Read more

May 15, 2011

Mendy to challenge Bute

Long-time super middleweight contender, Jean-Paul Mendy will finally get his crack at a world championship when he takes on defending IBF super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute on July 9th at the Romexpo Dome in Bute’s home country of Romania. Bute-Mendy is promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L., and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

May 14, 2011


New IBA Mens March 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The International Boxing Organization Association or IBA has released their March 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the IBO sanctioning body.

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Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - IBA #5
Light Heavyweight - Jean Pascal - IBA #1
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - IBA #6
Super Middleweight - Lucian Bute - IBA #2
Jr. Featherweight - Steve Molitor - IBA #5
May 14, 2011


New IBO Mens May 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The International Boxing Organization or IBO has released their May 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the IBO sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic - IBO #40
Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne - IBO #54
Heavyweight - Tye Fields - IBO #64
Heavyweight - Ray Olubuwale - IBO #99
Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - IBO #6
Cruiserweight - Ryan Henney - IBO #49
IBO Light Heavyweight champion - JEAN PASCAL
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - IBO #4
Light Heavyweight - Nicholson Poulard - IBO #70
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - IBO #18
Super Middleweight - Sebastien Demers - IBO #37
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - IBO #79
Middleweight - David Lemieux - IBO #14
Jr. Middleweight - Joachim Alcine - IBO #12
Jr. Middleweight - Adam Trupish - IBO #81
Welterweight - Antonin Decaire - IBO #23
Welterweight - Andre Gorges - IBO #28
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - IBO #35
Welterweight - Kevin Bizier - IBO #56
Light Welterweight - Herman Ngoudjo - IBO #16
Light Welterweight - Victor Puiu (Lupo) - IBO #17
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean - IBO #48
Lightweight - Pier Olivier Cote - IBO #65
Lightweight - Tony Luis - IBO #76
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet - IBO #35
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - IBO #79
Featherweight - Olivier Lontchi - IBO #29
Super Bantamweight - Steve Molitor - IBO #4
Super Bantamweight - Tyson Cave - IBO #69
Bantamweight - Sebastien Gauthier - IBO #27
May 14, 2011

New IBF Mens April 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The International Boxing Federation or IBF has released their April 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the IBF sanctioning body.

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Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - IBF #3
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - IBF #11
IBF Super Middleweight champion - LUCIAN BUTE
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - IBF #14
Jr. Featherweight - Steve Molitor - IBF #7
May 14, 2011


New WBO Mens April 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Organization or WBO has released their April 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBO sanctioning body.

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Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - WBO #2
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - WBO #14
May 14, 2011


New WBC Mens May 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their May 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne - WBC #7 (last month: #9)
Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic - WBC #23 (last month: #25)
Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - WBC #13 (last month: #9)
Cruiserweight - Ryan Henney - WBC #26 (last month: #27)
WBC Light Heavyweight champion - JEAN PASCAL
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - WBC #5 (last month: #5)
Light Heavyweight - Nicholson Poulard - WBC #33 (last month: unranked)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar - WBC #39 (last month: unranked)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - WBC #8 (last month: #12)
Super Middleweight - Sebastien Demers - WBC #33 (last month: #25)
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - WBC #36 (last month: #38)
Middleweight - David Lemieux - WBC #5 (last month: #2)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish - WBC #37 (last month: #39)
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - WBC #4 (last month: #4)
Welterweight - Phil Lo Greco - WBC #13 (last month: #16)
Welterweight - Victor Puiu (Lupo) - WBC #22 (last month: #22)
Welterweight - Antonin Decaire - WBC #23 (last month: #23)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean - WBC #30 (last month: #28)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - WBC #36 (last month: #39)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett - WBC #40 (last month: #40)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness - WBC #35 (last month: unranked)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - WBC #34 (last month: #36)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet - WBC #36 (last month: #33)
Super Bantamweight - Tyson Cave - WBC #30 (last month: #30)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastien Gauthier - WBC #28 (last month: #31)
May 14, 2011

Sutley stops Ogle
By AJ Bellegarde, FightNews Canada

Calgary Light heavyweight Dustin Sutley moved to a perfect 4-0 last night with an impressive opening round stoppage of Matt Onge at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Both Sutley and Ogle are former MMA fighters with little amateur boxing experience. Both fighters started the bout in almost identical kickboxing stances. Sutley (under the guidance of one Dale Brown) landed five punches in rapid succession not allowing Ogle (0-1) to settle into the match. Sutley’s began to pick his shots patiently, landing calculated body shots almost at will. Although Ogle did manage to mount a good offense outburst temporarily, a vicious combination by Sutley dropped Ogle awkwardly on the mat. Ogle quickly jumped up however referee Ken Koivisto had seen enough to signalled the end to the match at the 1:24 mark of the first.

Other professional bouts on the PRO/AM card had Lethbridge Alberta cruiserweight Kevin Frank collected his first pro victory by stopping John Mercante at 2:14 of the second frame. Frank moves to 1-1 while Mercante evens out at 2-2. In a middleweight affair, Brad Soanes remained undefeated with a 4 round unanimous decision over Darren Fletcher. Scores of the bout read 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) in favor of the now 2-0 Soanes. Fletcher, fighting out of Brantford, Ontario, suffers the loss in his pro debut.

The card was promoted by Teofista Boxing Promotions.

May 13, 2011

Foreman calls for Hopkins KO

Former heavyweight champion “Big” George Foreman has advised 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins to do something he hasn’t done since 2004 if B-Hop is going to break his record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. “You must get a knockout, stated Foremen. “This fight and the record will not be broken on a unanimous decision. There must be a knockout!” Hopkins has been been involved in ten consecutive twelve-round decisions since his last knockout, ironically against his business partner Oscar de la Hoya.... Read more

May 12, 2011

FNC feature: NABA champ Arash Usmanee
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada

For the average person stepping into the ring against an opponent is a terrifying thought. For Red Deer boxer Arash Usmanee that fear simply does not exist.

Usmanee was raised in war torn Afghanistan; his father killed by a Russian a rocket. Facing an opponent with padded gauntlets cannot even begin to compare.

“We would hear random rockets over our head, and you would hear the loud noise afterwards and lot of times when it was close enough, we would run and see the hole big enough for semi-trucks to drive into.” said Usmanee. “Now when I think of it, it was like fireworks, there was no fear for me personally, you were scared a little bit, you didn’t want to die. I get more scared when I think of it now, how I lived as a kid.”.... Read more

May 11, 2011

Bernard Hopkins quotes

Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins impressed the sports world last December when he challenged Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal in an attempt to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. After Hopkins’ December 18, 2010 fight with Pascal ended in a controversial draw decision, Hopkins is looking to make history again in a rematch with Pascal, but this time he will be 192 days older than Foreman was when he beat Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World Championship on November 5, 1994. “This [surpassing of George Foreman's record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career. I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.”...Read more

May 10, 2011

Shot of the day!

Pier Olivier Cote gets some serious hang time in celebration of his TKO victory over Ariz Ambriz on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Mosley championship affair in Vegas. Cote dominated his foe from the openning bell, dropping Ambriz in round 3 and finishing the job a round later. The Canadian Super Featherweight champ improves to 16-0 with 11 wins by KO.
(Photo: Chris Cozzone)

March 28, 2011

Pascal-Hopkins 2 officials

Two Asians and two Europeans have been assigned by the WBC to work for the May 21 rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Anek Hontongkam (Thailand) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). The third man in the ring will be 48-year old Ian John-Lewis (UK). The 46-year-old Hopkins aims to become the oldest man to ever win a championship in boxing while Pascal is looking to retain his belt plus win the vacant WBC Diamond belt.

May 9, 2011

Special drug test for B-Hop/Pascal?

Sources close to the situation are stating that the Quebec boxing commission is strongly considering the possibility of requiring a special drug test for the May 21st rematch between WBC/IBO light heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) and former world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs). The bout will take place at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Their first fight ended in a draw this past December at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Tempers erupted between the two this past March at a press conference in Montreal when Pascal stated that he wanted Hopkins to take a special test to prove he was clean.

May 9, 2011


New NABF Mens April 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The North American Boxing Federation or NABF has released their April 2011 rankings which ranks boxers in North America. Here is how our talent rankings within the NABF sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic NABF #3 (last month: #4)
Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne NABF #4(last month: #5)
Cruiserweights - Troy Ross NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Cruiserweights - Ryan Henney NABF #6 (last month: #6)
Cruiserweights - Jason Douglas NABF #14 (last month: #13)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar NABF #7 (last month: #8)
Light Heavyweight - Nicholson Poulard NABF #13 (last month:unranked)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - NABF #3 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - NABF #13 (last month: unranked)
Super Welterweight - Adam Trupish NABF #12 (last month: #12)
Welterweights - Jo Jo Dan NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Welterweights - Victor Lupo NABF #6 (last month: #6)
Welterweights - Antonin Decarie NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Welterweights - Andre Gorges NABF #10 (last month: #12)
Welterweights - Kevin Bizier NABF #14 (last month: #15)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean NABF #2 (last month: #2)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness NABF #11 (last month: #11)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - NABF #12 (last month: #14)
Super Bantamweight - Tyson Cave NABF #9 (last month: #8)
Bantamweight - Sebastian Gauthier NABF #3 (last month: #3)
May 9, 2011

Cote stops Ambriz
by Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar, FightNews.com

Canadian super lightweight Pier Oliver Cote stopped Aris Ambriz in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cote (16-0, 11 KO’s) hurt Ambriz in the second and dropped him in the third with a left-right combination. In the fourth, Cote landed two hard right hands to the head of Ambriz (15-2-1, 8 KO’s), prompting referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 46 seconds.

May 8, 2011

Prizefighter: Perez stops Fields in 32 sec

Mike Perez (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Tye Fields (47-4, 42 KOs) to win the Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament on Saturday night at the Alexandra Palace, London. Perez swarmed over Fields and staggered him and the bout was waved off. Seemed to be a quick stoppage. The bout lasted 32 seconds.

May 7, 2011

Prizefighter: Fields stops Airich in 74 sec

Tye Fields (47-3, 42 KOs) scored a 74-second first round KO over Konstantin Airich (16-4-2, 13 KOs) with a powerful left to the ribs.

May 7, 2011

Prizefighter: Fields gets by Sprott

6’9 Tye Fields (46-3, 41 KOs) outworked former Prizefighter champion Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs) to win a three round split decision in a good action fight. Scores were 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

May 7, 2011

Weights from Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Mandalay Bay
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions

Pier Olivier Cote 139lbs vs. Arizona Ambriz 140lbs

May 7, 2011

Weights from London, UK

Venue: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Promoter: Matchroom

Tye Fields 271lbs vs. Michael Sprott 238lbs

May 6, 2011

Prizefighter Draw

Welsh legend Joe Calzaghe performed the draw for Prizefighter 0International Heavyweights as eight men with over 160 knockouts between them fight to become the first ever International Prizefighter Champion on May 7 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Quarter-final matchups
Mike Perez vs Fres Oquendo
Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson vs Gregory Tony
Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Juan Carlos Gomez vs Konstantin Airich

April 29, 2011

Frank drops decision to Hernandez

Lethbridge, Alberta heavyweight Ken Frank dropped a 4 round unanimous decision to Cuba's Glendy Hernandez moments ago at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The 287lb Frank’s nearly 50lb weight advantage didn’t help as Hernandez won 39-37, 39-37, 40-36. Hernandez improves to 7-0 while Frank dips to 4-2-1.

April 29, 2011

Weights from Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
Promoter: Warriors Boxing

Ken Frank 287lbs vs. Glendy Hernandez 238.5lbs

April 28, 2011

Weights from Hamburg, NY

Venue: Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Promoter: Don Juan Fighting Promotions

Taffo Asongwed 234.2lbs vs. Excell Holmes 229.8 lbs

April 22, 2011

Cave, Nava off!

Saturday's proposed bout featuring "The Prince of Hali" Tyson Cave and Saturnino Nava which was to take place in Halifax is off! Nava was unable to get his bloodwork done in time, forcing the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority to scratch the bout. It is doubtful that a suitable replacement can be found in time for tomorrow's card. The Pro-Am card will continue as planned without the Cave-Nava clash which was the only pro bout of the evening.

April 22, 2011

Lo Greco wins!

WBC International Welterweight titlist Phil "The Italian Sensation" Lo Greco saw action last weekend, looking to shake off a little ring rust that had accumulated over the past 10 months of inactivity. The undefeated St-Leonard, Quebec fighter who now fights out of Italy, had an easy assignment last Friday night, stopping journeyman Semjons Moroseks of Riga, Latvia in 4 rounds in Sardegna, Italy. Lo Greco, who is ranked among the world's top 15 welterweights according to the WBC sanctioning body, improves to 21-0 with 12 of those victories coming early. Moroseks falls to 8-17-1.

April 20, 2011

Mrdjenovich to continue

One time WBC Super Featherweight queen Jelena Mrdjenovich has certainly fallen upon hard time inside the boxing ring. The pride of both Edmonton, Alberta and Hay River, Northwest Territories, has dropped 4 of her last 5 bouts but despite her recent setbacks, she remains focused and clear about her future.

"I am most definately NOT retiring!" Mrdjenovich responded to the rumours of her pending retirement "I've just started training camp for my next fight which will take place on June 24th here in Edmonton. My opponent for the card is yet to be named but the show will be a great one for Edmonton and Canadian boxing!"

Mrdjenovich captured the WBC title back on November 2005 and kept it until April 2009, making 5 successful title defences along the way. After dropping the title to another Canadian, Olivia Gerula by the slimmest of margins (96-94, 96-94, and 96-95), the 28 yr old fighter lost close decisions to Ann Saccurato (L10) and Lindsay Garbatt (L10, L10) to move her pro ledger to a still impressive 24-7-1 with 12 KO victories.

Over her 8 year pro career, she holds impressive victories over the likes of Gerula (KO4), Layla McCarter (W8), Donna Biggers (TKO2), Franchesca Alcanter (TKO6, TKO5), Mia St. John (W10), and Fujin Raika (W10).

April 20, 2011

Russell lands NABO title shot

Anthony "The Rowdy One" Russell, who recently made his return to the ring after almost 4 years away from boxing, has recently signed to face off against Andrejz Fonfara (17-2, 8KOS) May 20th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

"The opportunity came up and it was a choice of a easy win next month or a shot at a title. One thing my father always taught me was 'to be the best, got to beat the best..and be afraid of no one!'so I picked the title shot! Now I'm training very hard for this fight and I am not coming home without that belt."

Russell (16-2-1, 5 KOs) climbed though the ropes for the first time in 42 months a mere 17 days ago when he stopped a very bad Dominique Azeez in two quick rounds. The Kitchener, Ontario fighter knows that Polish born Fonfara will provide a much tougher challenge, fighting in front of what is expected to be a pro Fanfara crowd.

"Now I know it's really soon for this as I've only had a really easy fight back after 4 years but I have everything to gain and nothing to lose on this fight. I know I'm fighting a Chicago fighter in his own backyard but I have never had any hometown advantage so it's not going to be a factor in this fight. Trust me, I'm very use to being in the opponents backyard. This is the biggest fight of my career and I plan on fighting hard and leaving it all in the ring."

April 20, 2011

Commonwealth 154 title vacant

The Commonwealth Light middleweight championship has been declared vacant by the Directors of the Commonwealth Boxing Council during the course of their Spring Board meeting held at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall last week. Invoking recently introduced regulations , title holder Craig Watson was informed personally of the decision of the CBC. Following his defeat to Lee Purdy last week in a big to capture the British Welterweight title, Watson's title would have been declare vacant anyway as per exisitng Commonwealth regulations.

Simon Black of the Commonwealth Boxing Council added "It is disappointing that Craig, who was given his Championship opportunity last April by special permission of the CBC, failed either to defend the title or relinquish it voluntarily when he chose to remain in the lower weight class, thereby denying the same Championship opportunity to other boxers."

April 20, 2011

Too Bad returns

Natalie Brown will look to make a return to the boxing ring after a year and a half hiatas with a new name, new look, and a change in her fitness workout routines. The ultra talented Mississauga, Ontario fighter, now known as "Ms. Too Bad" , will once again compete at the Super Lightweight division, looing to continue up her success, having won 5 of her first 7 professional bouts. Already fighting fit from traditional boxing training, she has added the popular Crossfit workouts to her regime and feels much stronger physically having done so. Look for Ms. Too Bad to make her 2011 ring return sometime this summer.

April 20, 2011


WBC Womens April 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their April 2011 rankings which ranks female boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Super Lightweight - Jaime Clampitt WBC #6 (last month: #6)
Lightweights - Ayana Pelletier WBC #8 (last month: #10)
Lightweights - Sarah Pucek WBC #14 (last month: #15)
Super Featherweight - Lindsay Garbatt WBC #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Olivia Gerula WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Featherweight - Jelena Mrdjenovich WBC #4 (last month: #4)
WBC Featherweight champion - JEANNINE GARSIDE
Featherweight - Sandy Tsagouris WBC #6 (last month: #7)
Super Bantamweight - Lisa Brown WBC #5 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweight - Nathalie Forget WBC #23(last month: #21)
Super Flyweight - Mandy Lapointe WBC #13 (last month: #15)
April 20, 2011

Lemieux, bruised but not broken
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Despite initial fears of a broken orbital bone, middleweight David Lemieux was given a clean bill of health over the weekend. The 22 year-old slugging sensation who suffered a stunning 7th round TKO defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio after winning and dominating the first five rounds had a severely swollen jaw following the fight and his team had feared the worst. “I’m glad to report that after careful and thorough examination, the only damage may be to his ego,” joked Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber to FightNews. ...Read more

April 11, 2011

Rubio: "My plan was nerve wracking"
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy , Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout....Read more

April 11, 2011

Zewski remains undefeated

In junior middleweight action, Clint Coronel gave Mikael Zewski all he could handle for six rounds but fell short as Zewski (9-0) out worked him to a badly scored six round split decision last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 for Zewski while the other judge saw Coronel (4-2-2) sweeping the fight 60-54. Very poorly scored for a fight that was much closer than any of the judges saw it.

April 10, 2011

Henney gets by Douglas

Canadian Cruiserweight champion Ryan "The Hitman" Henney overcame a spirited challenge from Kitchener, Ontario's Jason Douglas, successfully retaining his national title with a 10 round split decision victory last night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Henney (17-3, 9KO) prevailed on two scorecards by identical 95-93 scores while Douglas (9-4, 4KOs), in his first professional championship contest, took the 3rd scorecard 95-93. Douglas had two costly points deducted, one for an errant elbow and the other for a head butt, two points that could have placed him on the other side of the final decision.

Henney has gracious in victory, giving Douglas credit for his courage, power, and determination. The champ openly stated that he'd be open to a rematch. The victory marked Henney's first title defense of his second reign as Canadian champ.

On the undercard, Edmonton's Rory Coveney (5-0, 2KOs) spoiled the pro debut of Saskatchewan's Kye Sabo, winning a 4 round unanimous decision. Venessa Bradford (2-0-1) and Natasha Spence (1-0-1, 1KO) battled to a 4 round stalemate in a battle of undefeated Lightweights. Toronto middleweight Steve Rolls make his pro debut a successful one, winning a 4 round unanimous decision over Paul Bzdel (1-2-1). Jonathan Andre remained undefeated, now at 2-0 (1KO) with a 4 round unanimous decision over Jorge Ravanal Jr. (3-2, 1KO). Rounding out the card was a battle of heavyweights with Nick Dragich (1-0, 1KO) stopping Kevin Frank (0-1) in 59 seconds to collect his first professional victory.

April 9, 2011

Rubio stops Lemieux
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

A shocker at the Bell Centre in Montreal as previously undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux fell to the more experienced Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1 43KO) at 2:36 of 7th round. Lemieux looked as if he may have suffered a broken jaw at the heavy hands of Rubio who had the 22 year-old youngster down into the corner for an eight count and looked to be on his way to finishing things before Lemieux’s corner stepped up and stopped the fight. The Montreal fighter was devastating in his attack in the early going, unleashing bombs throughout the early going but was doing so at an incredible pace. So in control was Lemieux, or so he thought, that he mugged for the cameras in the 5th round by sticking out his tongue during one of his full frontal assaults in the early going. Things began to change in the next round though with Rubio rocking the local fighter with a right hand and continuing to following up and landing more before the round ended. Lemieux seemed content to work behind a powerful jab in the 7th and used good movement before Rubio caught up with him and sent him slumping down in the corner. Rubio wins the WBC eliminator and is mandated to fight the winner of Zbik-Chavez Jr.

Featherweight Tyler Asselstine (5-0 4KO) scored three knockdowns in his destrauction of Mohamed Nourai at 2:33 of the 2nd round in walkout bout at Bell Centre.

April 8, 2011

Alvarez storms Zamora
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Former 2008 Olympian Elieder "Storm" Alvarez (4-0 3KO) showed no ill effects of over a year layoff and adding 15 pounds to a solid frame by crushing Ernesto Zamora (18-22-1 12KO) a total of three times into the canvas and scoring a TKO victory at 1:38 of the third round. The Columbian who was having visa problems after an impressive pro debut didn’t miss a beat showing great footwork, a telephone jab and a vicious uppercut in the first two round before unleashing the toolbox and ending things convincingly in the third.

April 8, 2011

Stevenson captures NABA title
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (14-1 11KO) destroyed Derek Edwards (25-2 13KO), knocking out the North Carolina fighter at 1:48 of the third round who looked like a deer in the headlights before being crushed by devastating left hand that ended things instantly. It was the first fight in a year for Stevenson who shockingly lost to Darnell Boone in attempt to go south of the Canadian border in his pugilistic pursuits. Edwards who came in with respectable record and never had been stopped simply had no answer for the powerful southpaw and was knocked and in the second before being saved by the bell. “I’m back!” announced Stevenson to the enthusiastic Bell Centre crowd who were on their feet applauding the knockout. The Montreal fighter captures the vacant NABA super-middleweight championship with the impressive victory.

April 8, 2011

Rivas dominates Leal
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Oscar Rivas (5-0 2KO) worked Wilfrido Leal (7-5-2 6KO) up and down for six rounds before stopping the Mexican heavyweight with an uppercut to end things at 1:13 of the sixth and final round. Leal who despite coming in with an ample midsection showed he could fight a little bit along the way but was clearly no match for the crisp punching power of his Columbian born opponent who is now fighting out of Montreal . Rivas had a beleaguered Leal down moments before the final blow with a well-placed three punch combination that brought the fighter down to his knees for the first time on the evening.

April 8, 2011

Usmanee unanimously
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

In an often foul filled and ugly contest, undefeated NABA super-featherweight champion Arash Usmanee (12-0 6KO) pounded out a convincing 80-71, 79-72, 79-72 victory over a game 40-year-old Aldo Valtierra (25-14 13KO). No knockdowns but Valtierra did have to find his way up from the canvas a total of three times and was penalized a point in the 6th round for hitting behind the head; something both fighters took turns doing in a foul filled 30 second exchange in the 4th round. Valtierra would have his moments including a good fifth round in which he was the aggressor and an occasional good counter right hand like the one he ended the 7th round with. But Usmanee was up to the task and was willing to give back as good as he got and controlled the action for the majority of the contest.

April 8, 2011

Bence wins debut
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Heavyweight Didier Bence made his pro debut a short one, stopping the rather large 288 pound Leonard Collier at 1:49 of the first round. Bence landed a left-right combination that had the now 1-7 fighter stumbling down forward onto his knees. It was mysteriously ruled a slip but Collier had seen enough and was looking for soft spot to lie down and call it a night. He would find one moments later and after getting up at the count of eight, clearly showed no desire to go on.

April 8, 2011

Cheikho stops Molnar
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Junior-middleweight Ahmad Cheikho (6-2-2 5KO) made it four in row with a second round knockout of Attila Molnar (20-19-6 10KO) of Hungary . Going past the first round for the first time in over four-and-a half years, Cheikho was content to take his time but simply couldn’t miss his statutory European target, switching back and forth between orthodox for as long as it lasted. Three successive left hands brought Molnar to the canvas and while he managed to climb to feet and was allowed to continue, the bout was quickly called at the 3:00 mark of the second round with Cheikho continuing to fire and Molnar doing little in return.

April 8, 2011

Michel: Lemieux to 168 within a year
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Montreal promoter Yvon Michel is hopeful of a coming out party for undefeated slugger David Lemieux Friday night. Not only will a victory assure a crack at the WBC middleweight title, but hopefully a shot onto a bigger stage within North America. It will mark the fourth time Lemieux will appear on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, and like most of his appearances, they have been brief in duration.

"I know that the level of discussions I've already had with HBO and Showtime that they'll be watching," said Michel. "It's the first time I've had a boxer that I don't have to knock at their door, they know who he is, they've seen him on ESPN. Other promoters know him as the best prospect who has yet to fight on HBO or Showtime. He's getting known and everybody's watching."...Read more

April 8, 2011

Best since Lennox
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Four-time Canadian National Champion Didier Bence makes his pro debut on the undercard of the David Lemieux versus Marco Antonio Rubio card Friday night at The Bell Centre in Montreal. It's been a while since Canada has had a bona fide prospect at the heavyweight division.

How good?

According to promoter Yvon Michel, the best Canada has produced since 22 year-old Lennox Lewis brought home Olympic Gold in 1988. The same age Bence is now.

"He's that good," said Michel. "He's very very good. When you see him, he's a big guy who fights like a middleweight. He has hand speed, punching power, he's very good."

Bence who weighed in at 230.5 pounds Thursday takes off the head gear and sees his first professional action Friday against Leonard Collier (1-6) who weighed in at a rather large 288.2 pounds.

April 8, 2011

Rubio: "I will knock him out"
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Both sides are predicting a knockout at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night (ESPN2) in the headline bout featuring undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux (25-0 24KO) and two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1 42KO).

"The little French I do understand is knockout, knockout, knockout," said Rubio's co-manager Julio Gudino early this week. "I think fight night, there will be a knockout; hopefully it will be on our side."...Read more

April 8, 2011

Weights from Montreal, PQ

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Promoter: GYM
Television: ESPN2
First Bell 7pm

David Lemieux 159.6 lbs vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159.15**lbs
*** WBC middleweight title eliminator ***

Adonis Stevenson 166.6lbs vs. Derek Edwards 167.13lbs
Arash Usmanee 133.14lbs vs. Aldo Valtierra 133.15lbs
Ahmad Cheikho 153.10lbs vs.Attila Molnar 153.6lbs
Oscar Rivas 230.13lbs vs. Wilfrido Leal 260.15lbs
Tyler Asselstine 125.14lbs vs. Mohamed Nouari 125.2lbs
Eleider Alvarez 195.5lbs vs. Ernesto Zamora 195.2lbs
Didier Bence 230.5lbs vs. Leonard Collier 288.2lbs

**Rubio originally weighed in heavy at 160 pounds, 7 ounces and came back and made the middleweight limit

*The scheduled bout with Kevin Lavallee and James Carpio was scratched when Carpio didn't show up.

April 8, 2011

Top of the food chain
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

There’s no denying that 22 year-old David Lemieux has power. Twenty-four knockouts in twenty-five fights is proof enough, but Friday from the Bell Centre in Montreal and live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights should show exactly where the local fighter stands in terms of the middleweight division as he tackles his toughest challenge to date in Marco Antonio Rubio (48-5-1 42KO) in a WBC title elimination bout.

In terms of raw punching power, Lemieux firmly believes he stands at the top of the heap as far as the 160 pound division goes. “I believe I’m the hardest hitter out of anybody in the rankings,” Lemieux told Fightnews. “I think I hit harder than any of them, I pretty much see myself on top of the food chain for hitting.”...Read more

April 7, 2011


New NABF Mens March 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The North American Boxing Federation or NABF has released their March 2011 rankings which ranks boxers in North America. Here is how our talent rankings within the NABF sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne NABF #5(last month: #5)
Cruiserweights - Troy Ross NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Cruiserweights - Ryan Henney NABF #6 (last month: #7)
Cruiserweights - Jason Douglas NABF #13 (last month: #16)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar NABF #8 (last month: #14)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Nicholson Poulard NABF #13 (last month: #13)
Light Middleweight - Adam Trupish NABF #12 (last month: unranked)
Welterweights - Jo Jo Dan NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Welterweights - Victor Lupo NABF #6 (last month: #7)
Welterweights - Antonin Decarie NABF #7 (last month: #9)
Welterweights - Andre Gorges NABF #12 (last month: unranked)
Welterweights - Kevin Bizier NABF #15 (last month: #15)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean NABF #2 (last month: #4)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - NABF #7 (last month: #14)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness NABF #11 (last month: #12)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - NABF #14 (last month: #16)
Super Bantamweights - Tyson Cave NABF #8 (last month: #6)
Bantamweight - Sebastian Gauthier NABF #3 (last month: #3)
Bantamweight - Andrew Kooner NABF #14 (last month: #14)
April 6, 2011

Lemieux ready for Rubio

Undefeated Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) is prepared to make a serious statement when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator this Friday, April 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Lemieux vs. Rubio fight, which is the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s acclaimed “Fast and Furious” fight series, will be the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

“Rubio is the best opponent I have fought to date,” said Lemieux, whose list of conquests includes Hector Camacho Jr. whom he beat in a first round knockout. “It is going to be interesting to see what Rubio brings to the table. He is a big puncher and has a lot more experience than I do. I am ready to give it my all and I am preparing for war.”...Read more

April 6, 2011

Brown loses WBA strap

Lisa "Bad News" Brown's reign as WBA Super Bantamweight champion has come to a conclusion as the Scarborough, Ontario fighter lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Chanttall Martinez Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Brown managed to drop Martinez in round 8 but fell short on the scorecards 95-94, 95-94, and 97-93. The 40 yr old Canadian multi-divisional champion sees her record dip to 18-5-3 (5 KOs) while Martinez, 20 years younger than Brown, improves to 13-4.

April 5, 2011

Rubio ready for Lemieux
By Gabriel F. Cordero, FightNews.com

Mexican middelweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) has declared himself ready to take on unbeaten Canadian David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) in Friday’s WBC eliminator at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rubio has closed his training in the Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Coahuila (Inedec). and will travel to Canada on a direct flight from Mexico City with his trainer Jorge ‘ Mapimí’ Rodriguez and team. In preparation for Lemieux sparred with compatriots Francisco ‘Pantera’ Reza and Édgar Viramontes. “I have trained hard,” said Rubi. “I need this victory. It’s a difficult fight but I consider myself to be a good boxer with enough quality to get the victory.”

April 5, 2011

Russell stops Azeez

Anthony Russell made his long awaited return to the ring a successful one as the 26 yr old Light heavyweight from Kitchener, Ontario scored a 2nd round stoppage of journeyman Dominique Azeez last night at the Sigur Center Grand Ballroom in Chalmette, Louisiana. Russell collects his first professional victory in 4 years, improving to 16-2-1 with 5 of those victories coming by knockout. Azeez drops his 9th consecutive bout, falling to a dismal 3-27.

April 2, 2011

LaPointe gets draw in Vegas

Canadian super flyweight Mandy LaPointe continued upon her comeback, seeing action last night at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. LaPointe and undefeated prospect Annette Agredano battled to a 4 round stalemate with the judges unable to clearly decide upon a winner. Scores of the bout read 38-38, 38-38 while the third judge saw it 40-36 in favor of the Canuck. LaPointe saw her record move 3-1-3 (1KO) while Agredano gets the first blemish on her ledger, now sitting at 5-0-1.

April 2, 2011

Trupish destroys Pereira
by Blair Diamond

Canadian Middleweight champion Adam "A-Bomb" Trupish captured the NABA Light Middleweight title with a spectacular 2nd round blowout of reigning titlist Rogerio Pereira last night at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. Trupish dropped the Brazilian fighter early in the second and finished matter with a left hook that ended the night for Pereira. Time of the knockout was :45 seconds of the second frame. On the undercard, Windsor, Ontario's Andre Gorges (11-1, 6KOs) won an unpopular 8 round split decision over former WBO Light Welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley. The crowd voiced their displeasure when the scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 75-77 was announced giving the Canadian the decision victory in a bout where Corley landed the cleaner and heavier punches. Corley slips to 37-17-1. Opening the card had Chukwunoso Okafor (1-0-1, 1KO) battling Taffo Asongwed (0-6-6) to a majority draw after 4 rounds.

March 30, 2011

Russell returns Friday
by Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

One time Canadian Light heavyweight prospect Anthony Russell (15-2-1, 4KOs) will make his long awaited return to the boxing ring this Friday night at the Sigur Center Grand Ballroom in Chalmette, Louisiana. The 26 yr old Kitchener Ontario fighter will take on Carlos Adams (2-8) in a 6 round contest. Russell who now resides in Louisiana with this wife and two kids, last saw action close to 4 years ago when he battled the crafty veteran Rodney Toney to a no decision in an attempt to both avenge a previous defeat to Toney and capture the vacant IBA Americas title.

"I've had enough time to relax and rest. I think it is time to try and get myself back towards the top where I was and achieve my goal to win a belt." Russell wrote to FightNews.

The Rowdy One will climb through the ropes to take on one Carlos Adams from Memphis, Tennessee, a fighter who has failed to make it out of the opening round in 3 of his last 4 bouts.

March 29, 2011

Gunn to Nakash: "I can't blame you"
(Source: Team Gunn Press release)

When two-time former world title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn heard that his future foe Ran Nakash agreed to face Marco Huck next Saturday in Germany, he understood the unbeaten Israeli’s decision to back out of their long awaited contest.

Typically, when such a fight is built up over a long period of time and one man goes decides to move in another direction, some would think that he is “ducking” his opponent. However, Gunn understands why Nakash went with the more lucrative opportunity....Read more

March 29, 2011

Pascal-Hopkins PR Quotes
by Karl Freitag, FightNews.com

Jean Pascal: “I won in Quebec City last December 18 and I will decisively win the rematch. But this time when I send him to the canvas, I’ll make sure he doesn’t get up again. Hopkins isn’t getting any younger and he gave everything he had left in his body the last time. He can’t be any better. I’m ready to settle this once and for all here in Quebec in front of my fans.”

Bernard Hopkins: “I’m a threat and my age doesn’t matter, Pascal knows it. He was credited with two knockdowns and is almost 20 years younger than me and he still wasn’t able to win the fight. The fans know who really won. I gave Pascal an old-fashioned beating and I’ll do it again. Believe me, Pascal knows exactly what’s waiting for him on May 21 – it will be ‘execution time’ again.”

March 28, 2011

Cook and Sharpe honored
by Jason Bone, FightNews Canada

On March 19th, GoJo Gym featured All Nations Boxing Showcase which was a tribute to the career achievements of former champions Larry Sharpe and Arthur Cook. This eight bout card featured eight action packed bouts with some of the provinces best amateur talent taking on challengers from Panther Boxing Club from Edmonton, Alberta.

Larry Sharpe fought his last match six months ago losing to Adam Trupish in an effort to win the Canadian Middleweight Championship. Sharpe, 25-9, has held the WBA Federcento light middleweight title, Canada middleweight title, and WBA North American Super Welterweight title. He has fought all over Canada, made several trips to the USA, and to the United Kingdom...Read more

March 28, 2011

Shaw packs quite a punch
by Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The sound of the boxing bell will once again draw crowds to the Canadian Room at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York when Shaw Festival Board of Governors Chair Gary M. Comerford and Shaw Festival Boxing Evening Chair Robert C. Olsen welcome the boxing-world elite to the Shaw Boxing Evening on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In an event that has featured the likes of Larry "Razor" Sharpe, Neven Pajkic, Stephen Molitor, “Bad” Chad Brisson, Donovan Boucher, Clyde Gray and Moses James, this years event promises to once again entertain those in attendance. In the main event, Canadian (NCC) Middleweight champion Adam Trupish takes on Brazilian Rogerio "Sapo" Pereira with Pereira's NABA Light Middleweight on the line...Read more

March 28, 2011

Pascal-Hopkins erupts

Tempers boiled over in Montreal this morning as Bernard Hopkins came face to face in advance of their May 21st return engagement at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I wanted the fight here so I could kick his ass in his own backyard,” said Hopkins as the champion Jean Pascal sat back and yawned.

Things totally erupted when Pascal took the microphone and gave Hopkins all his championship belts. “I know you’re a thief, so I’m giving them to you now, but after May 21st, they’re staying here.” Pascal then upped the ante and accused the 46 year-old of cheating. “Are you willing to take a blood test for the fans and the rest of the world to prove you’re clean? You’re from the same family as Shane Mosley. Are you willing to take the test?”

As Hopkins got up to leave saying he would submit to any test the Quebec Commission required, Pascal stayed the aggressor and got into a shoving match and had to be physically restrained. “You’re a f-ing cheater,” the Montreal fighter screamed as Hopkins left the room.
(Photo: Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada)

March 28, 2011

Shot of the day!

Champagne corks were popping as trainer/broadcaster Russ Anber celebrated his 50th birthday this weekend. Guests from across the country spent time in celebrating the event and wishing Russ all the best as he hit the half-century mark. Russ returns to the ring with middleweight protege David Lemieux on April 8th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
(Photo: Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada)

March 28, 2011

Ndlovu decisions Molitor in SA

Takalani Ndlovu is the new IBF Jr Featherweight champion as the South African defeated defending titlist Steve "The Canadian Kid" Molitor by way of unanimous decision moments ago at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South African. Molitor won the previous two encounters by way of 9th round stoppage back in 2007 and unanimous decision in 2010, this time the verdict when the other way as Ndlovu prevailed by scores of 116-112 and 118-110 twice. It is the 2nd world title for the 33 yr old Soweto born fighter (not counting the WBF) having owned the IBO Super Bantamweight title earlier on, he improves to 32-6 with 18 KO victories. Molitor sees his second reign as IBF come to an end, falling to 33-2 (10 KOs.)

March 26, 2011

SA world title twinbill Saturday
By Ron Jackson, FightNews.com

Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions presents two IBF title fights at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Saturday night with Steve Molitor defending his IBF junior featherweight belt against Takalani Ndlovu and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane defending his belt against Johnriel Casimero

Molitor –Ndlovu three was originally scheduled to take place on March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. However, the March 19 date fell beyond the IBF’s 90-day rule, and a new purse bid was scheduled which resulted in Milenkovic winning the bid and bringing the fight to South Africa. ...Read more

March 23, 2011

Bute-Magee video highlights!

Super middleweight champ, Lucian Bute hung on to his belt despite a tenacious opponent, Brian Magee, who kept fans on the edge of their seats by rebounding through multiple knockdowns by Bute to advance to the 10th round.

March 21, 2011

Cave stops Wasswa

Canadian Super Bantamweight champion Tyson Cave saw action in Moncton, New Brunswick at the Lions Club Saturday night taking on journeyman Hassan Wasswa of Minneapolis, Minnesota in an 8 round contest. Cave (14-1, 5 KOs) had little trouble with the Ugandan born Wasswa, dropping him in each of the first two rounds before the referee waved off the contest in round three with Wasswa downed for a third time. Cave, the current WBC Continental Americas title owner, improves to 14-1 (5 KOs) as a pro while Wasswa, who drops his 4th consecutive bout on Canadian soil, dips to 5-13-3 (2 KOs)...Read more

March 21, 2011

Kessler eyes return
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Former world champion and Super Six participant Mikkel Kessler hasn’t proclaimed himself to be one-hundred-percent healthy, still suffering double vision in his left eye, but the Viking Warrior who was ringside Saturday night likes what sees from IBF Champion and possible future opponent Lucian Bute. “He was very strong, very quick,” Kessler told Fightnews following Bute ’s successful title defense against Brian Magee. The former WBC and WBA champion did see things in Bute that he hopes he can exploit should the pair get together inside the ring. “He got hit a lot by the left hand,” said the Danish fighter. Asked whether he expects that to be something he can exploit, Kessler answered, “Yeah, I hope so.”

Before the fight Kessler met the media and talked about his health and his long and short term plans. While not completely healed, Kessler is back sparring and is hopeful of a tune-up fight in June. The short list of opponents includes Montreal ’s Renan St-Juste who was originally scheduled to have fought Saturday but pulled out due to illness.

March 20, 2011


Bute stops Magee in 10th
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) successfully made the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown, breaking down and knocking out Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) in round ten on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In the first few rounds, the two southpaws engaged in a technical battle. Things opened up in round three as both landed good punches and Bute started taking over in round four. Hometown favorite Bute dropped Magee with a body shots in both rounds six and seven. Magee was fortunate referee Pete Podgorski incorrectly ruled another clear knockdown in the seventh was a low blow. It all became academic in round ten, however, when Bute finished Magee with an uppercut to the jaw. Time was 2:04. Bute is eyeing an eventual showdown with the winner of the SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament....Read more

March 19, 2011


Cote annihilates Lozada
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Super-lightweight Pier Olivier Cote (15-0 10KO) destroyed Michael Lozada (37-8-1 30KO), knocking down the Mexican fighter a total of three times to quickly end things at 2:50 of the opening round. Cote had the former title challenger on wobbly legs almost from the start and a clean, flush right to the chin of Lozada put him down hard for the third and final time with the three knockdown rule in effect.

March 19, 2011

Jakosalem stops Claggett

In an upset, Romeo Jakosalem (12-4-1, 5 KOs) of the Philippines survived two knockdowns and was way behind on points when he stopped unbeaten Canadian Steve Claggett (11-1-1, 6 KOs) in the 8th and final round on Saturday night at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Claggett was bleeding from the nose in the 8th round but had built a commanding lead going into the final round.

March 19, 2011


Martirosyan destroys Hernandez
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

A crunching right hand from undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18KO) had opponent Bladimir Hernandez (18-5 16KO) going down hard like a blind roofer at :57 of round two of a scheduled eight. Martirosyan who already has impressive wins over Andrey Tsurkan, Kassim Ouma and Joe Greene wasted no time in bringing the fight to his over-matched opponent who has now been stopped in four straight fights. The Armenian born fighter landed a pair of solid body shots to start things off and didn’t let up in the four minutes that this one would last. A howitzer right to the chin in the opening round had Hernandez absorbing the punch well, but the Mexican could do little to stop the blitzkrieg coming his way. In the second, a thudding left to the body had Hernandez dropping his hands long enough so that Martirosyan could come over the top, plunging his opponent into the canvas for the count of ten.

March 19, 2011


Gaudet earns technical decision
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

A nasty gash over the left eye of former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet (24-2 10KO) by an accidental headbutt caused a premature ending to the super-featherweight contest against Adrian Verdugo (14-4-1 11KO). Forced to the scorecards at the end of six of a scheduled eight, Gaudet who survived a shaky fourth was victorious by a count of 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.

No go for Fish

The pro debut of Canadian born, Top Rank promoted, Colin Fish McFadden was cancelled when opponent Mike Buccanan failed his medical.

March 19, 2011


Simion gets past Navarrete
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Undefeated Viorel Simion (13-0 5KO) of Romania survived two 2nd round knockdowns and a point deduction for hitting behind the head in the 6th to go on to a 75-73, 76-72, 74-75 split decision against the always tough Pedro Navarrete (25-11-3 14KO) of Mexico. Featherweight Viorel had fought all but one of his fights in his native Romania and got a rude awakening to North America by having Navarrete who was fighting in Montreal for the third time putting him down twice with right hands in an eventful 2nd round. It was a rude awakening for Simion who bounced right up from both knockdowns and went to toe-to-toe with his Mexican opponent in an exciting 3rd round to get himself back into the fight. The Romanian scored a knockdown of his own in the 6th round but gave the point right back when referee Marlon Wright deducted the visitor for a punch behind the head of Navarrete.

March 19, 2011


Gauthier, Hyppolite victorious
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Sebastien Gauthier scored a devastating knockout with a right hand that had bantamweight opponent Jovanny Soto-Ramirez (29-14-1 23KO) out cold before he hit the canvas, the final coming at 1:18 of the 2nd round. Gauthier (20-2 13KO) had put down his Mexican opponent with a well placed right to end the first round after a good display of power and movement where he was able to land his power shots but not engage in an all out war as he often does. It was an impressive performance and more than impressive knockout for Gauthier who continues to impress since his upset loss to Mario Macias two years ago.

Debuting light-heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite scored a knockdown to end the first round and went on to a convincing 40-35 (x3) over a tough but over-matched Patrick Tessier who falls to 4-12-2.

March 19, 2011

Weights from Montreal, PQ

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Promoter: INTERBOX

Lucian Bute 167.6lbs vs. Brian Magee 167.7lbs
IBF Super Middleweight championship - 12 rounds.

Viorel Simion 127.2lbs vs. Pedro Navarrete 127.2lbs
Vanes Martirosyan 158.6lbs vs. Bladimir Hernandez 162.6lbs
Benoit Gaudet 131.6lbs vs. Adrian Verdugo 130.7lbs
Pier Olivier Cote 144.4lbs vs. Michael Lozada 154.2lbs
Sebastien Gauthier 117.3lbs vs. Jovanny Soto 118lbs
Colin Fish 182.1lbs vs. Mike Buccanan 174.1lbs
Schiller Hippolite 173.5lbs vs. Patrick Tessier 175.5lbs

March 18, 2011


Martirosyan foe is heavy
(Source: FightNews.com)

“I traveled all the way to Canada to fight. A lot of fans out here have been telling me they are coming to the fight. I don’t want to let them down. We were supposed to fight at 156 and now we aren’t sure if this guy can even make 160. The ‘Nightmare’ came to fight and now I’m going to do be making my middleweight debut.”

March 18, 2011


New NABF Mens March 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The North American Boxing Federation or NABF has released their March 2011 rankings which ranks boxers in North America. Here is how our talent rankings within the NABF sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne NABF #5(last month: #5)
Heavyweight - Tye Fields NABF #12 (last month: #12)
Cruiserweights - Troy Ross NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Cruiserweights - Ryan Henney NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Cruiserweights - James Cermak NABF #14 (last month: #14)
Cruiserweights - Jason Douglas NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar NABF #14 (last month: #14)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Nicholson Poulard NABF #13 (last month: #13)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish NABF #15 (last month: #14)
Welterweights - Jo Jo Dan NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Welterweights - Victor Lupo NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Welterweights - Antonin Decarie NABF #9 (last month: #9)
Welterweights - Kevin Bizier NABF #15 (last month: #15)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - NABF #14 (last month: #14)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness NABF #12 (last month: #12)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastian Gauthier NABF #3 (last month: #3)
Super Bantamweights - Tyson Cave NABF #6 (last month: #6)
Bantamweight - Andrew Kooner NABF #14 (last month: #14)
March 18, 2011


WBC Womens March 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their March 2011 rankings which ranks female boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Super Lightweight - Jaime Clampitt WBC #6 (last month: #4)
Lightweights - Ayana Pelletier WBC #10 (last month: #10)
Lightweights - Sarah Pucek WBC #15 (last month: #12)
Super Featherweight - Lindsay Garbatt WBC #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Olivia Gerula WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Featherweight - Jelena Mrdjenovich WBC #4 (last month: #3)
WBC Featherweight champion - JEANNINE GARSIDE
Featherweight - Sandy Tsagouris WBC #7 (last month: #7)
Super Bantamweight - Lisa Brown WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweight - Nathalie Forget WBC #21(last month: #22)
Super Flyweight - Mandy Lapointe WBC #15 (last month: #15)
March 18, 2011


New WBC Mens March 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their March 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne - WBC #9 (last month: #9)
Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic - WBC #25 (last month: #26)
Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - WBC #9 (last month: #10)
Cruiserweight - Ryan Henney - WBC #26 (last month: #27)
WBC Light Heavyweight champion - JEAN PASCAL
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - WBC #5 (last month: #5)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - WBC #12 (last month: #14)
Super Middleweight - Sebastien Demers - WBC #25 (last month: #29)
Super Middleweight - Kingsley Ikeke - WBC #31 (last month: #17)
Super Middleweight - Nicholson Poulard - WBC #32 (last month: unranked)
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - WBC #38 (last month: #34)
Middleweight - David Lemieux - WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish - WBC #39 (last month: #40)
Light Middleweight - Joachim Alcine - WBC #36 (last month: #38)
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - WBC #4 (last month: #3)
Welterweight - Phil Lo Greco - WBC #16 (last month: #15)
Welterweight - Victor Puiu (Lupo) - WBC #22 (last month: #40)
Welterweight - Antonin Decaire - WBC #23 (last month: #35)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean - WBC #28 (last month: #27)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - WBC #39 (last month: #39)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett - WBC #40 (last month: #40)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet - WBC #33 (last month: #27)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - WBC #36 (last month: #37)
Super Bantamweight - Tyson Cave - WBC #30 (last month: #30)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastien Gauthier - WBC #31 (last month: #31)
March 18, 2011


Top Rank's newest fighter
(Source: FightNews.com)

Top Rank’s newest fighter Colin Fish McFadden of Canada will turn pro Saturday night on the Lucian Bute vs Brian Magee title card at Montreal’s Bell Centre. McFadden, 20, will make his Top Rank debut at light heavyweight, taking on Mike Buccanan of Vancouver.

March 18, 2011

Shot of the day!

Rising Canadian star and reigning WBC Youth InterContinental Light Welterweight champ Steve 'The Dragon' Claggett is set to co-headline ALA Promotions' international broadcast of "Pinoy Pride 4: Philippines vs. The World" this Saturday night at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Claggett (11-0-1, 6 KOs) has been a hot topic among local media and his growing grudge match with Filipino opponent Romeo Jakosalem has quickly become a top storyline surrounding the event. The bout will take place this Saturday March 19 and will be available on tape delay in Canada on ABS-CBN's "TFC: The Filipino Channel" which is available by contacting your local cable provider.
(Photo: Team Claggett)

February 20, 2011


St-Juste-Berrio cancelled
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Saturday’s co-main event in Montreal has been scratched from the card at the Bell Centre. Super-middleweight Renan St-Juste (22-2-1) who is ranked as high as third (WBO) in the world was to have faced off against former world champion Alejandro Berrio (32-5) due to an illness on the part of St-Juste. Berrio was the third scheduled opponent for St-Juste who also had Fulgencio Zuniga and Edison Miranda previous to that as proposed dance partners.

March 18, 2011

Canadian connection to Solis
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

There is a definite Canadian-connection to Odlanier Solis (17-0 12KO) who battles Vitali Klitschko (41-2 38KO) Saturday in Germany and seen live in Canada on Super Channel at 5pm.

Both well known and respected trainers Russ Anber and Marc Ramsay will join forces with Solis trainer Pedro Diaz in hopes that the undefeated Cuban fighter will be the one to end the 7 year reign of Klitschko. Ramsay is best known as the man behind WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal while Russ Anber who will serve as cutman and wrap the hands of Solis has guided Otis Grant to a world middleweight championship and looks to be doing the same with young knockout artist David Lemieux.

“I think he has the speed agility to give Klitschko his toughest fight since Lennox Lewis,” Anber told Figtnews before boarding his flight to Germany . “In fact I’m not sure that Klitschko has ever come across anybody as quick and agile as Solis.”

The trio of Diaz, Anber and Ramsay are instrumental in a number of boxers along with Olympic Gold Medalist Solis. Each trainer has their own fighters but assist in the preparation of the other’s stable of boxers including Pascal, Lemieux, Felix Diaz and Antonin Decarie.

March 18, 2011


Bute: Party of One
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Undefeated IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0 22KO) is set for another party at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. But after mowing through the 168-pound division and patiently awaiting Showtime’s Super-Six tournament to eventually end, Bute stands alone as a party of one awaiting bigger challenges.

While the future holds promises of bigger fights including Mikkel Kessler who will be at ringside Saturday night along with the eventual winner of the tournament, Bute for the present time will have to be content with Brian Magee (34-3-1 24KO) of Ireland who at 35 years old makes his first attempt at a world title.....Read more

March 18, 2011

Moar gets by Walchuk
By Lev Jackson, FightNews Canada

The stage was set for a night of explosive action at the River Rock casino in Richmond, BC. The venue played host to the 8th instalment of the Rumble at the Rock series. The main-event of the evening was a highly competitive ten round bout featuring Junior “The Real Deal” Moar defending his Canadian light heavyweight title against Michael “Flash” Walchuk. The crowd erupted upon the champion’s ring entrance; a band of tribal drummers and dancers surrounded the champ on his way to the ring. Fans of Junior Moar have become accustomed to his unique ring walk.

“I am native, it gives me strength” Moar told Fightnews of his ring walk. He explained that the drums were what were used before the tribe went to war. The dancers wore tribal paint on their face like their ancestors did before war.....Read more

March 13, 2011

Grant destroys Fields
By Chris Cozzone, FightNews.com

Turning Tye Field’s “Field of Dreams” into “The Killing Fields,” and having a field day doing so, “Big” Michael Grant plummeted “Big Sky” to earth last night at Planet Hollywood. The last time Las Vegas felt such a tremor was in 2008, when Monte Barrett chopped down Fields in less than a round. This time around, Field’s free-fall drop and splatter on the canvas happened in two-and-change rounds . . .....Read more

March 12, 2011

McLellan stops Lessard for title
By AJ Bellegarde, FightNews Canada

Roberto McLellan is the new Canadian Professional Boxing Council Light Middleweight champion as the Williams Lake, BC fighter scored a 6th round TKO victory over Anthony Lessard last night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

Both fighters started off trying to establish their jabs early on. In a feeling out opening round, McLellan and Lessard threw a couple of combinations, electing to go to the head and ignore the body. When the bell sounded ending the first 3 minutes of the contest, neither fighter was able to take control. The more experienced Lessard decided to start fighting inside which worked well for the hard hitting Albertan however this left him open and vulnerable to left uppercuts and body shots from the quicker McLellan. Switching from orthodox to southpaw allowed McLellan to use both quick jabs from both sides to his advantage setting up and landing many right uppercuts, left hook combinations.....Read more

March 11, 2011

Weights from Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Tye Fields 278lbs vs. Michael Grant 252lbs

March 11, 2011

Boxing returns to River Rock
By Lev Jackson, FightNews Canada

On Saturday March 12, the River Rock Casino will once again play host to professional boxing. West Coast Promotions will be putting together their first boxing card since April of last year. Fight fans will be joined by special guest “Irish” Micky Ward. Micky Ward has discovered a whole new fan base upon the release of his Hollywood film The Fighter. He will also be forever remembered for his trilogy with the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. He is loved by fight fans worldwide for his never-say-die attitude, his heart, courage, and a mean left hook to the liver. The card will be filled with competitive bouts featuring local talent from around the province, topped off with a Canadian title defence by Vancouver’s own, Light Heavyweight champ Junior Moar.....Read more

March 11, 2011

'Big' Trouble or Little China
by Chris Cozzone, FightNews.com

“Tye Fields is going to be the next heavyweight champion of the world.”

That was Bob Arum three years ago. Yesterday, we heard it again, only this time it was from Sterling McPherson and Ron Johnson, promoters of Friday night’s card at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Since Monte Barrett oh-so-cruelly, oh-so-easily chopped down Fields at the Mandalay Bay (I can still hear crowd’s “Tiiiimmmmbbbeeerrrrrr!”), the giant has regrouped in Canada. Fed on overmatched ham-and-eggers, Fields is ready for his Vegas return.....Read more

March 10, 2011

Battle of the Behemoths

Expected to tip the scales at a combined weight of 540 pounds Thursday, 6’8″ Tye “Big Sky” Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) and 6’7″ “Big” Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) face off at a press conference held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Fields and Grant fight a ten-rounder Friday night.
(Photo: Chris Cozzone)

March 9, 2011

Kamal would welcome tourny
(Source: Title Fight Promotions press release)

FightNews Canada recently posted an article suggesting that staging a Canadian lightweight tournament would be great for the promotion of Canadian boxing. Gary Freedman, the man behind Title Fight Promotions and the promoter of recently turned pro Ibrahim Kamal, issued this statement in response of staging such a tournament in Canada.

"As the promoter of Kamal, we welcome the idea of staging a tournament, like the Showtime Super Middleweight Super Six, between the best Canadian lightweights. There is no doubt that there are, apart from Ibrahim (1-0), at least 8 very exciting young fighters in or around this weight right now in Canada. You have Logan McGuinness (14-0-1), Steve Claggett (11-0), Arash Usmanee (11-0), Tony Luis (11-0), Ghislain Maduma (3-0), Kevin Lavallee (3-0-1), Abdou Sow (4-1), and Michael Gadbois (1-0)....Read more

March 8, 2011

Usmanee excited about future
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada

Red Deer Boxer Arash Usmanee has something to prove and he hopes to prove it Friday night in Montreal, when he takes on Mexico’s Issac Bejarano.

Arash Usmanee had a point to prove Friday night in Montreal and he did it in spectacular fashion dropping Mexico’s Issaac Bejarano three times enroute to a fifth round TKO.

Prior to the bout the Red Deer boxer had talked about wanting to look impressive against the durable Mexican, who had gone the distance against three other top Canadian lightweights, Ghislain Maduma, Tony Luis and Kevin Lavallee. After the fight Usmanee felt that he had achieved those goals.

“Not to take away from those guys, but they couldn’t drop him (Bejarano) once,” said the North American Boxing Association Super Featherweight Champion. “We wanted to prove our point, not to those guys, but to ourselves, that we could stop this guy. I have seen him fight and he is a tough, tough guy.”....Read more

March 8, 2011

Usmanee dominates
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

NABA super-featherweight champion Arash Usmanee (11-0 6KO) scored a pair of 5th round knockdowns causing a game but overmatched Isaac Bejarano’s (9-10-1 7KO) corner to throw in the towel at 1:40 mark at Club Metropolis in Montreal Friday night. The Usmanee fight was one of two boxing matches on UGC XXVI, an MMA dominated card featuring promoter and sometime boxer Ali Nestor putting on the small gloves in the main event of the evening.

Usmanee ended things with a right hand to the body which had Bejarano crippling down to his knees and his corner quickly ascending the steps and stopping the fight before proceedings could go any further....Read more

March 5, 2011

Weights from Indio, California

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions

Mikael Zewski 152.8lbs vs. Gerardo Cesar Prieto 158lbs

March 5, 2011

Magee ready for Bute

Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs, IBF #8) spoke to members of the North American media today via conference call from his training camp in Ireland, where he’s preparing for his March 19th showdown at Montreal’s Bell Centre with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs). Here’s what the mild-mannered, yet hard-hitting challenger had to say about Bute; a fighter who many, Magee included, consider to be the best Super Middleweight in the world....Read more

March 5, 2011

Bute-Magee officials

Referee Pete Podgorski, of Chicago, will be the third man in the ring when IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute defends his title against Brian Magee, March 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Quebec judges Pasquale Procopio and Benoit Roussel will be joined ringside by Englishman Mickey Vann to deliver a decision should the fight go to the scorecards, while the IBF supervisor at ringside will be Hiawatha Knight.

March 4, 2011

Usmanee set to make statement
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada

Red Deer Boxer Arash Usmanee has something to prove and he hopes to prove it Friday night in Montreal, when he takes on Mexico’s Issac Bejarano.

At 9-9-1, Bejarano is .500 fighter, someone that Usmanee 10-0 should have no problems with, but what Bejarano has done is give some of the best young lightweights and junior lightweights in Canada, all they can handle.

“What we want to accomplish is to win the fight decisively, by a stoppage, to make a point,” said Usmanee. “Every one (of the top young Canadian lightweights) that fought him before ran away from him and boxed, except Kevin Lavellee and he lost to Bejarano in a lot of people's minds.”....Read more

March 4, 2011

McGuinness returns April 16th
(Press release: United Promotions/ Hennessy Sports Canada)

On April 16th, the Sons Of Orangeville come home, headlined by NABA Lightweight champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KO’s) and his highly anticipated Orangeville debut against tough-as-nails Mexican Uriel Barrera (19-5, 10 KO’s) at the Tony Rose Arena.

Sons of Orangeville is presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with Hennessy Sports.

McGuinness, who impressively defended his NABA Lightweight title against Dominican knockout artist Hector Julio Avila with a 4th round KO on February 19th, is considered one of the hottest boxing prospects in the world, and is eager to show his stuff in front of his hometown fans. ....Read more

March 3, 2011

New titles in the Commonwealth
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The Commonwealth Boxing Council has created new regional titles called the Commonwealth Zonal Championships. The zones are Africa, Americas/Caribbean, and Pacific. Canada is grouped in with Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas in the Caribbean as well as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago in South America.

The CBC Zonal titles are aimed primarily at bringing into the Commonwealth ratings young prospects from countries outside of the UK, many of which are often under represented when it comes to our main titles. Canada certainly falls into that category, having had only Troy Ross and Steve Molitor as a Commonwealth Champions in recent memory.....Read more

February 27, 2011

BIO: Louis Patrick "Cobey" McCluskey
(Source: PEI Sports Hall of Fame)

Born in Charlottetown, December 19, 1930, Louis Patrick " Cobey" McCluskey, the youngest of the fighting McCluskey Family, is today best remembered as the only Eastern Canadian fighter to defeat the legendary Yvon Durelle twice. Of the first seven matches between the two men, the story goes that Cobey hitchhiked to Baie St. Anne, N.B., asked where the arena was, and was told that the fight was taking place in the churchyard, on grass, with four stakes hammered into the ground to mark the boxing area. Cobey received $36 and a bag of lobsters for the fight, and thumbed his way back to the Island. Another brawl between the two, before a packed crowd in the Charlottetown Forum, ended in both fighters being disqualified.....Read more

February 26, 2011

Barrak bombs, Morrison sits
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

In the end, all Tommy Morrison could do is sit and watch.

The former WBO heavyweight world champion was originally scheduled to have headlined SP Promotions inaugural event Friday night at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal versus Erik Barrak but in the end was forced to pull out due to his refusal to submit to a blood test as part of the Quebec Athletic Commission licensing regulations.

Stepping in for Rocky V star was Morrison’s last sanctioned opponent, Matt Weishaar from their fight in Mexico in 2008....Read more

February 26, 2011

Barrak stops Weishaar in 1
Undefeated Greenfield Park, Quebec heavyweight Eric Barrak improved his record to 4-0 with 3KOs with opening round stoppage of once beaten Matt Weishaar moments ago at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Barrak, taking part in his first bout in 33 months, had little trouble with his Atchison, Kansas opponent, ending matters just 1 minute and 51 seconds into the first round of their scheduled 6 round contest. Weishaar falls to 4-2-2 with 3 KO victories.

On the undercard Ukraine's Andriy Ivanov scored his second straight victory on Canadian soil, decisioning journeyman Stephane Tessier over 6 rounds. Scores of the bout were 58-56 across the board. Ivanov improves to 5-6 (1 KO) while the hard luck Tessier tumbles to 3-27-1, a loser of his last 9 bouts. Sylvera Louis rebounded well from his first pro defeat by stopping Wayne John in the 4th round of their scheduled 4 round heavyweight affair. Louis, scores his first Ko victory, moves to 3-1 (1KO) while John suffers his second consecutive defeat, falling to 4-2 (2KOs). Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec's Michael Gadbois won his pro debut by taking a 4 round split decision (40-36,40-36, and 36-40) over James Carpio (1-1) in a lightweight bout while Stephane Landry, fighting out of Jonquiere, Quebec, stopped Francois Miville at 2:40 of round 4 to win his pro debut.

February 25, 2011

BIO: Walter "Peanuts" Arsenault
The Miscouche Slugger
(Source: PEI Sports Hall of Fame)

Born in Miscouche, P.E.I., on July 10, 1935, Walter "Peanuts" Arsenault began his boxing career on September 22, 1945, boxing continuously for 27 years, and, remarkably for his sport, without the benefit of a manager. His professional career spans 114 ring battles, and his record stands at 67 wins, 38 losses and 9 draws. He would be called the "Champion near Champion," and weighing from 142 pounds to 152 pounds, he was often too heavy for the welterweight class, and too light for the middleweights. A shorty at five-foot-seven, Arsenault had the physique, in Wilf McCluskey's words, of "a sawed-off horse," and the technique of "a free-swinging, two fisted, slam-bang scrapper." ...Read more

February 24, 2011

A moment with Steve Claggett
By AJ Bellegarde, FightNews Canada

Undefeated Canadian Light Welterweight prospect Steve Claggett will fight on foreign soil for the first time as a professional as the Calgary fighter has an scheduled bout in the Philippines against Romeo Jakosalem in March. FightNews Canada caught up with the young titlist (WBC Youth Light Welterweight Intercontinental Champion) after an amateur fight card in Calgary at the Teofista Boxing Gym. Here is what Claggett had to say about his upcoming bout....Read more

February 23, 2011


New NABF Mens February 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The North American Boxing Federation or NABF has released their February 2011 rankings which ranks boxers in North America. Here is how our talent rankings within the NABF sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic NABF #4 (last month: #5)
Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne NABD #5(last month: unranked)
Heavyweight - Tye Fields NABF #12 (last month: #15)
Cruiserweights - Troy Ross NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Cruiserweights - Ryan Henney NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Cruiserweights - James Cermak NABF #14 (last month: #10)
Cruiserweights - Jason Douglas NABF #16 (last month: unranked)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar NABF #14 (last month: #16)
Super Middleweight - Renan StJuste - NABF #4 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Nicholson Poulard NABF #13 (last month: #13)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish NABF #14 (last month: #16)
Welterweights - Jo Jo Dan NABF #1 (last month: unranked)
Welterweights - Victor Lupo NABF #7 (last month: #9)
Welterweights - Antonin Decarie NABF #9 (last month: #13)
Welterweights - Kevin Bizier NABF #15 (last month: #16)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean NABF #4 (last month: #6)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - NABF #14 (last month: #11)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett NABF #16 (last month: unranked)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness NABF #12 (last month: #15)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastian Gauthier NABF #3 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweights - Tyson Cave NABF #6 (last month: #13)
Bantamweight - Andrew Kooner NABF #14 (last month: #14)
February 23, 2011

Full report: McGuinness stops Avila
By Tom Huynh, FightNews Canada

Saturday Night at the Hershey Center in Mississauga, Ontario, United Promotions presented their exciting "The Fighters" series in a co-promotion with Hennessy Sports Canada. For the first time ever, the building would host an international title fight, in addition to two other regional titles.

In the main event, undefeated prospect Logan McGuinness defended his NABA Lightweight title against Hector Julio Avila, fighting out of the Dominican republic. Avila appeared to have the experience edge heading into the battle with most of his fights taking place in the Caribbean, including a KO defeat to Joan Guzman back in 2001....Read more

February 21, 2011

Shot of the day!

When two fighters like Samuel Vargas and Tebor Brosch enter the ring, fans ringside can expect to be entertained. Guts, Heart, Granite chins, and skill were all showcased to the boxing fans at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario last night as Brosch and Vargas battled to a 10 round stalemate. This one certainly cries encore.
(Photo: New Evolution Photography)

February 20, 2009

McGuinness stops Avila
By Tom Huynh, FightNews Canada

Logan McGuinness successfully defended his NABA Lightweight title moments ago with a 4th round TKO victory over Hector Julio Avila at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. McGuinness dropped Avila in the 4th with a solid body shot from which the Dominican fighter could not recover. The bout was halted at the 2:46 mark of the round. With the win, McGuinness retains his NABA crown and improves to 14-0-1 (7 KOs) while the more experienced Avila falls to 47-6.

On the undercard, Canadian Welterweight champion Victor Lupo scored the biggest win of his career by taking a 10 round unanimous decision over former WBC Light Welterweight champion Junior Witter. Lupo (19-1-2, 9KOs) won on all three scorecards 95-95 97-92 and 96-94 and with the victory, collects the WBC International Silver welterweight title. Witter, who may have been looking past Lupo in talking up a fight with Amir Khan, falls to 37-4-2.

In a battle for the NABA Canadian welterweight title, "Mighty" Tebor Brosch (6-3-5, 2KOs) and Samuel Vargas (7-0-1, 1KO) battled to a 10 round draw. Scores of the bout read 96-94 and 95-95 twice. Other winners were Julius Bunda who won an openning round TKO victory over Phil Rose, Brandon Cook who won a 4 round split decision over Francis Lafreniere, and Ibrahim Kamal (debut) who stopped Matthew Robinson in the second stanza.

February 19, 2011

Decarie decisions Alvarez
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

WBA #8 welterweight Antonin Decarie (25-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Decarie dropped Alvarez in rounds five and eight.

Decarie (25-1 7KO) dominated most of the action against 34-year-old Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4 12KO), scoring a pair of knockdowns in the fifth and eighth rounds on his way to a convincing 97-91, 99-89, 98-90 unanimous decision in front of small but enthusiastic crowd from the Bell Centre in Montreal....Read more

February 11, 2011

Dan-Forbes ends early
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

An accidental clash of heads ended things early at the Bell Centre in Montreal as former world champion Steve “2-Pound” Forbes could not continue due to a cut over his left eye after 30 seconds of the 6th round, leaving the bout to the scorecards and Jo Jo Dan the winner by a 58-56 margin on three scorecards. Dan who is ranked #3 WBC goes to 28-1 with the shortened victory while Forbes drops to 35-9.

February 11, 2011

Early results from Montreal
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Montreal fans were fortunate enough to be treated to a third visit from Carlos Martinez of Mexico who now sports a less than spectacular 5-10 record after his bout was mercifully called at 2:21 of the fourth round with winner super-featherweight Tyler Asselstine (4-0 3KO) scoring five knockdowns along the way for the easy victory. Things are getting any better for Martinez who has now lost four in a row and been stopped inside of four a total of six times.

Three left hooks and three knockdowns made it an early night for undefeated welterweight Kevin Bizier (14-0 10KO) of Quebec City over veteran Edgar Ruiz (21-9-1 13KO) now boxing out of Los Angeles California . The end came quickly at 1:24 of the opening round with Ruiz’s legs flying out from under him and crashing flat on his back for the third and final time. It goes down as the sixth opponent Bizier has destroyed in the first round and the quickest loss for former NABO champion Ruiz who has faced off against the likes of Cory Spinks and the late Vernon Forrest.

Super-middleweight Nicholson Poulard destroyed last minute substitute Patrick Tessier (4-12-2 2KO) at 1:17 of the opening round. Poulard (16-3 8KO), brother of light-heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal landed a hard right that stunned the over-matched Tessier who thought it best to take a knee. Bouncing up at the canvas at the count of eight Tessier headed straight away from the action and into the far corner where referee wisely called an end to the mismatch.

Heavyweight Oscar Rivas (4-0 1KO) didn’t look his sharpest, but did dominate the majority of action against a rugged David Whittom (11-14-1 7KO). Rivas who was fighting for the first time in over a year due to visa troubles in his native Colombia had to settle for a surprising 38-38, 39-37, 40-36 majority decision.

Lightweight Ghilain Maduma moved to 3-0 with a 40-36, 40-36, 40-34 win over Isaac Bejarano (9-9-1 7KO) in a swing bout in advance of the main event from the Bell centre featuring Antonin Decarie and Shamone Alvarez featured on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

February 11, 2011

Q&A with Ionut "Jo Jo Dan" Ion
By Boxing Bob Newman, FightNews.com

This Friday on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, coming from Montreal’s Bell Centre, Romanian born, Montreal resident Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion opens the show against former world champion Steve “Two Pound” Forbes, gaining his first real U.S. T.V. Exposure. With a difficult name to pronounce, his handlers decided to take the first syllable “Io” and replace it with the easier “Jo.” Iounut Dan Ion became “Jo Jo” Dan. Already ranked #3 by the WBC at welterweight, Dan looks to solidify that ranking, and burn his name into the consciousness of fight fans world wide, who until now, may not know much about the former 6-time Romanian national champ and bronze medalist at the 1997 European Junior games. Dan took time to talk to Fightnews about his upcoming opportunity....Read more

February 10, 2011

Title Fight Promotions inks Kamal

Title Fight Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of Canadian amateur standout Ibrahim Kamal to a professional boxing promotional contract.

Kamal was born in Toronto and started boxing at the age of 11. He enjoyed a very successful amateur career fighting out of the Cabbagetown Boxing Club of Toronto. Among his many accomplishments, he was a 5 time 60 kg Canadian Senior National Amateur Champion, and he competed at both the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 Pan American Games....Read more

February 10, 2011

Pascal-Hopkins II in Quebec?

The rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins will take place on May 21 according to Pascal’s promoter Yvon Michel. Michel told the Montreal Gazette that he’s looking to hold the fight once again at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Chad Dawson, whose camp threatened a lawsuit against Pascal if a rematch clause was not honored, may now fight on the undercard with a guaranteed shot at the winner.

February 9, 2011

Rumble at the Rock returns!

Rumble at the Rock VIII is set to rock the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC on Saturday March 12th. Once again, West Coast Promotions has teamed up with the River Rock Casino Resort to present another amazing boxing event at the River Rock Show Theatre.

Special guest of honour at the Rumble at the Rock VIII will be the former World Light Welterweight Champion ‘Irish’ Micky Ward. Ward has recently been profiled in the award winning feature film ‘The Fighter’ starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The movie captures Mickey’s professional boxing career. Ward will be holding a special Q&A session followed by a public meet and greet (photo opportunity) for his fans.

In the ongoing pursuit of showcasing the very best boxers out of Western Canada, Rumble at the Rock VIII will present Canadian Light Heavyweight champion and Vancouver’s own Junior Moar who will defend his title against Michael "Flash" Walchuk.

The card will also feature up and coming local stars that will be fighting hard to take wins so that they themselves may contend for Canadian, and International, belts in the future.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or at the River Rock Show Theatre Box Office .

February 9, 2011


New WBC Mens February 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their February 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Bermane Stiverne - WBC #9 (last month: unranked)
Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic - WBC #26 (last month: #25)
Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - WBC #10 (last month: #11)
Cruiserweight - Ryan Henney - WBC #27 (last month: #26)
WBC Light Heavyweight champion - JEAN PASCAL
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - WBC #5 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - WBC #14 (last month: #15)
Super Middleweight - Kingsley Ikeke - WBC #17 (last month: #10)
Super Middleweight - Sebastien Demers - WBC #29 (last month: #29)
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - WBC #34 (last month: #34)
Middleweight - David Lemieux - WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish - WBC #40 (last month: #40)
Light Middleweight - Joachim Alcine - WBC #238 (last month: #23)
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - WBC #3 (last month: #3)
Welterweight - Phil Lo Greco - WBC #15 (last month: #12)
Welterweight - Antonin Decaire - WBC #35 (last month: unranked)
Welterweight - Victor Puiu (Lupo) - WBC #40 (last month: unranked)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean - WBC #27 (last month: #26)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - WBC #39 (last month: #40)
Light Welterweight - Steve Claggett - WBC #40 (last month: unranked)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet - WBC #27 (last month: #26)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - WBC #37 (last month: #38)
Super Bantamweight - Tyson Cave - WBC #30 (last month: unranked)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastien Gauthier - WBC #31 (last month: #31)
February 9, 2011


WBC Womens February 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their February 2011 rankings which ranks female boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Super Lightweight - Jaime Clampitt WBC #4 (last month: #4)
Super Lightweight - Natalie Brown WBC #19 (last month: #19)
Super Lightweight - Linda Tissot WBC #22 (last month: #22)
Lightweights - Ayana Pelletier WBC #10 (last month: #10)
Lightweights - Sarah Pucek WBC #12 (last month: #13)
Super Featherweight - Lindsay Garbatt WBC #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Olivia Gerula WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Featherweight - Jelena Mrdjenovich WBC #4 (last month: #3)
WBC Featherweight champion - JEANNINE GARSIDE
Featherweight - Sandy Tsagouris WBC #7 (last month: #6)
Super Bantamweight - Lisa Brown WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweight - Nathalie Forget WBC #22 (last month: #22)
Super Flyweight - Mandy Lapointe WBC #15 (last month: #16)
February 9, 2011

Full report: Pajkic gets by White
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada

Wild Card Promotions’ second Professional Boxing Card went off with-out a hitch Friday night in Barrie, Ontario. Even though WCP absorbed a hefty financial loss on their inaugural card, the event Friday was by no means thrifty. Appearances by Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo, Toronto based UFC fighters Sean Pierson and Claude Patrick, MMA Superstar Gary Goodridge, sprinter Ben Johnson, and a LIVE Half-Time performance by Canadian award winning recording artist Choclair; WCP spared no expense in pulling out all the stops for this show.

In the Main Event which was contested for the NABA Canadian Title, oddly enough pitting Canadian Heavyweight Champ Neven Pajkic versus Louisiana State Champ Johnnie White....Read more

February 5, 2011

Zewski decisions De los Santos

Canadian Light Middleweight prospect Mikael Zewski saw action in Puerto Rico tonight, winning a 6 round unanimous decision over Joseph De los Santos. Scores of the bout were unanimous as well, 60-54 across the board for the pride of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. With the victory. Zewski, a pro for a full year now, improves to 7-0 with 4 KO victories. The 33 yr old De los Santos, for his efforts, drops to 4-8-3.

February 4, 2011

Pajkic, Garbatt win in Barrie
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada

Canadian heavyweight champion Neven Pajkic added the NABA Canadian title to his collection with a more difficult than expected decision victory over Johnnie White moments ago at the Molson Centre in Barrie, Ontario. White, who failed miserably the first time he stepped up in opposition ( LKO1 Dominick Guinn), obviously came to Barrie with the intention to win, hanging in for the full 10 rounds. When the judges scorecards were collected and read, scores of 96-94 (twice) and 97-93 gave Pajkic both the victory and the vacant title. Pajkic, who fights as his nickname implies (No Surrender) improves to 16-0 with 5 KO victories while Louisiana's White drops his 3rd in a row, falls to 22-4 (18 KOs).

Lindsay Garbatt successfully defended her IBA Super Featherweight title with a 10 round majority decision over former longtime WBC Super Featherweight champ Jelena Mrdjenovich. Garbatt prevailed by scores of 96-94, 96-95, and 95-95. The victory marked Garbatt's second victory over Mrdjenovich, having defeated her Edmonton adversary last November for the vacant IBA title. With the victory, the consistantly improving 28 yr old Garbatt moves to 7-3-1 (3 KOs). Mrdjenovich, who has now dropped 4 of her last 5 bouts, slips to 24-7-1.

February 4, 2011

Early results from Barrie
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada

In the much anticipated battle of the big men, Tye Fields earned a shot at the Canadian heavyweight title with an impressive 3rd round TKO victory over "Big" Ray Olubowale in a Canadian heavyweight eliminator. Time of the stoppage was 2:06. Fields collects his 41st KO victory in mo ving his pro ledger to 45-2. Olubowale falls to 8-5-1 with 5 KO victories.

Heavyweights Milos Pantelic and Taffo Asongwed battled to a 4 round stalemat. While one card favored the undefeated Pantelic 39-37, the two remaining cards read 38-38. Pantelic moves to 1-0-1 (1KO) while Asongwed collects his 4th draw in 10 bouts, now 0-6-4 as a pro.

Cruiserweight Jason Douglas scored the biggest win of his career with an impressive 4 round unanimous decision over one time Canadian Cruiserweight champion Frank White. Each judge saw it the same way, 40-35 in favor of Douglas. Douglas, fighting out of Kitchener, Ontario moves to 9-3 (4 KOs) while White drops his second in a row, slipping to 7-4-2 (5 KOS)

Undefeated Cruiserweight prospect Denton Daley moved to 4-0 (2KOs) with an 2nd round TKO victory over Hobbema, Alberta's Taylor Bull (1-2, 1KO). Time of the stoppage was 1:55 of the second frame.

Orangeville, Ontario Light heavyweight Steve Franjic had little trouble with Ty "Bam Bam" McDougall, stopping the Kamloops, BC fighter at 1:55 of the third round. Franjic moves to 2-0 (2 KOs) since turning pro last September while McDougall falls to 1-2-1.

February 4, 2011

Smith decisions Paul
by Boxing Bob Newman, FightNews.com

Zach “Li’l Freak” Smith of Delmar, NY took on Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada’s Scott Paul in a scheduled four round lightweight tussle last night at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany, New York. Tussle, wrastle, tangle, clinch, oh, and the odd clean punching was practiced in this display. Be that as it may, Smith seemed to be the aggressor and more effective, as was evidenced by the scores of 40-36 unanimously from all three judges. Smith improves to 5-2, while Paul heads back to the great white North at 5-7, 2 KOs.

February 4, 2011

Witter looking past Lupo?

WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan’s management team made contact over the weekend with the handlers former WBC champion Junior Witter and sounded out if Witter would be interested in fighting Amir on April 16th. “My manager John Ingle spoke to me about the Khan offer. I’m up for this 100 percent,” said Witter. It would be an opportunity too good to turn down fighting for a world title again. I’m fighting on the 19th February against Canadian champion Victor Lupo in Canada at welterweight for the first time and I’m on the weight now at 147 lbs which is usually what I weigh 3 weeks before making the 140 lb limit, so I don’t see any problems doing it again. Training has been perfect and sparring the likes of Kell Brook has sharpened my skills. Khan, you have never boxed anyone with my experience, calibre and credentials so if you want to start playing with fire be careful you might get burnt.”

February 4, 2011

SP-lit!
By David Spencer, FightNews Canada

With three weeks left to their premiere show, there has been a split in SP Promotions, the upstart Montreal company that was banking on names from boxing's past to fill the roster of its shows. Director of Operations Jean Marc Emond announced his resignation Thursday via email stating that the current philosophy was not what was agreed on three months ago. Emond had been responsible for trying to bring in names such as former world champions Tommy Morrison and Ray Mercer along with former title challenger Joe Gatti. Morrison had spent a week in the city doing promotional work but in the end did not do the necessary blood work that was required to acquire a boxing license. No word as of yet as to if and how the February 25th show will go on.

February 4, 2011

Mrdjenovich ready for 2nd chance
By David Spencer, FightNews Canada

It always hard coming back from a loss. Doubly hard when that loss is a close split-decision in front of your hometown fans. But for Edmonton boxer Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-6-1 12KO), revenge will be all the more difficult as she travels outside of the cozy confines of her hometown for the first time since the beginning of her career and into the backyard of Lindsay Garbatt (6-3-1 3KO) in a rematch of their November battle in Edmonton. Mrdjenovich will be attempting to recapture the WIBA super-featherweight belt tonight at the Molson Center in Barrie Ontario as part of a seven bout card presented by WildCard Promotions. Mrdjenovich talked Fightnews in advance of tonight’s big match and wanted to thank her opponent Garbatt for agreeing to a rematch so quickly. “I want to thank them for being such a great team to work with. I want to thank Lindsay’s team for granting me a rematch so quickly. The most frustrating thing after the last fight was the thought that I’d have to wait in line and get another crack at it. I’m excited to fight outside of Edmonton , but I look forward to bringing the title back home to Edmonton .”...Read more

February 4, 2011

Fields ready for Olubowale
By David Baggs, FightNews Canada

Tye Fields will took to topple a mountain this Friday night in Barrie, Ontario as the one-time world ranked heavyweight climbs through the ropes to face former Canadian champion Raymond "Mount Kilimanjaro" Olubowale in a Canadian heavyweight elimination bout.

Fields (44-2, 40 KOs), now fighting out of Edmonton, Alberta, is 3-0 since relocating northward. The 6'8" Fields, who was to face off against Olubowale on two other occasions, knows that a victory over the former national champion means a title shot of his own against current Canadian kingpin, Neven Pajkic....Read more

February 3, 2011

Brosch to be stripped
By David Baggs, FightNews Canada

On February 19th, Tebor Brosch and Samuel Vargas will battle for the vacant NABA - Canadian Welterweight title in a battle that promises action from the opening bell. For Brosch, the fight may be a bitter sweet one. Originally, Brosch was to defend his Canadian (CPBC) title against the undefeated Vargas but when the Maritime based sanctioning body and the promoter failed to come to an agreement, United Promotions decided upon the WBA affiliated NABA sanctioning body which quickly sanctioned the Brosch-Vargas contest as a North American Boxing Association Canadian Welterweight title bout.....Read more

February 3, 2011

Paul battles "Little Freak"

Scott Paul (5-6, 1 KO) of Niagara Falls travels to Albany New York this Thursday February 3rd in hopes of ending a four fight losing streak as he takes on lightweight Zach "Little Freak" Smith (4-2), whose passionate following of purple-clad, "freak squad" fans are very vocal at every local show.

Raymond Velez, a Brooklyn native who has made the move to upstate New York and who has been receiving national attention makes his professional debut in the main event of the evening on Pugnacious Promotions' "Valentine's Day Crush(ers)" Pro-Am Boxing at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY.

February 2, 2011

Vargas-Brosch ready to collide
(Source: United Promotions Press release)

An all-Ontario match-up will be featured February 19th at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga as undefeated Sam Vargas (7-0 1KO) will be looking to defeat provincial rival Tebor Brosch (6-3-4 2KO).

The ten round fight with both boxers hailing from Mississauga will be featured on the undercard of United Promotions card featuring former world champion Junior Witter trying to get back on track after losing two of his last three to the very best the 140 pound division has to offer in Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander.....Read more

January 31, 2011

Full report: Cave-Bolum
By Cecil Wright, FightNews Canada

In a sport which so often tests an individual’s manhood, it appears that Tyson “The Prince of Hali” Cave has turned an important corner in his life.

At this moment, he may be showing the focus and dedication he’ll need to display if and when he receives the phone call he longs for. I have known Cave, 29, for his entire professional career, but I cannot recall him ever being so locked in mentally for an in-ring performance. He needed to be on his game too, because his transplanted Nigerian adversary was all business inside the ring. Cave weighed in at 121.8 while Bolum was 121.6 for this 122 pound tilt....Read more

January 31, 2011

Full report: Stiverne-Manswell
By Paul Salgado

Haitian born Bermane Stiverne, 238, earned a bevy of regional titles in Pontiac, Michigan after scoring an impressive second round kayo of Trinidad’s Kerston Manswell, 255, on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs Devon Alexander junior welterweight Superfight.

A former resident of Montreal, Stiverne who now resides in Miami, Florida showed impressive hand-speed in dispatching the formerly undefeated Manswell with a blazing three punch combination seconds after dropping him with a blistering right hand....Read more

January 30, 2011

Cave decisions Bolum
By Cecil Wright, FightNews Canada

Tyson Cave added the WBC Continental Americas title to his collection last night by pounding out a 10 round unanimous decision over Nigeria's Nestor Bolum last night at the Palooka's Boxing Club in Halifax. Cave (13-1, 4 KO's), the current Canadian and CAM Super Bantamweight champion, improves to 13-1 with 4 victories coming by knockout, Bolum suffers his first pro defeat, falling to 8-1. On the undercard, Steve Cannell won a lopsided 6 round unanimous decision over Hassan Wasswa in the only other pro bout on the card. Cannell (6-4-3) previously defeated Wasswa over 6 rounds last June in the same venue. The Jordan Clarke - John Hoffman bout was cancelled due to medical reasons and scrapped from the card. More to come.

January 30, 2011

Stiverne speaks

Bermane Stiverne: (Who burst into tears in his corner immediately after the fight) “It’s been a bad year for me and the emotion came out. I lost two cousins this year and we had the earthquake in Haiti. My win tonight means a lot. I have never won a championship belt before, amateur or professional, and now I have three. I had a new training regimen for this fight. I trained in Las Vegas with my strength and conditioning coach Dwight Yarde. I’ve never worked that hard or felt this good. I owe a big thanks to Hasim Rahman who came in and sparred with me for over three weeks just to help me. And thanks to Don King and my team. This is great.

January 29, 2011

Stiverne stops Manswell
By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell, FightNews.com

Detroit, MI: Heavyweight Bermaine Stiverne (20-1-1, 19 KOs) won by TKO in the second over previously unbeaten Kerston Manswell (20-1, 15 KOs). Stiverne decked Manswell with a hard right midway through the second. Referee Gerard White allowed Manswell to continue however he was quickly caught in his own corner where Stiverne unloaded power shots. Referee White was just stepping in to call a halt as Stiverne floored Manswell with a huge left hook. Time was 1:52. The bout was for the vacant WBC International, WBC/USNBC, and WBA Fedelatin championships.

January 29, 2011

"The Truth" in Montreal

On Friday, February 11th, Star Boxing's welterweight contender Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (21-3, 12KO's) will go north and cross over the border when he takes on Montreal's Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7KO's) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds, will headline that week's ESPN "Friday Night Fights". Alvarez-Decarie marks the return of Group Yvon Michel's highly regarded FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series....Read more

January 26, 2011

Dawejko decisions Asongwed
By Rick Scharmberg, FightNews.com

Former amateur sensation Joey Dawejko returned to the ring Saturday night after an eight month layoff and took a 4 round unanimous decision over Taffo Asongwed at Harrah's in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Dawejko (4-0, 1 KO), of Philadelphia went right to the body of Montreal, Canada�s Asongwed (0-6-3) with his jab, and continued to work the body with left hooks and left-right combinations. Dawejko showed nice head movement while slipping Asongwed�s shots.

Round two was a slow one, but things heated up in round three. Dawjeko landed his left hook, and Asongwed landed a double right-left combo to the head. Dawjeko poured it on the last half of the round with some big right hands and solid body punching.

The action continued in round four, as Dawejko pounded the body with lefts and the head with overhand rights. Asongwed had success of his own going to the body with his right. Dawejko's punch output was higher, and he won the round.

The scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37 for Joey Dawejko

January 24, 2011

Fight night in Saint-Hyancinthe
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Hard to believe that eight cruiserweight fighters exist in all of Canada , but the professional portion of a pro-am affair in Saint-Hyancinthe Quebec consisted exclusively of the big men in front of a full and enthusiastic crowd in the ballroom of the Hotel des Seigneurs, home of this year’s Canadian Amateur Championships.

With four fighters from Saint-Hyancinthe, three of them making their pro debuts, it was headliner Alexandre Hamel who garnered the loudest cheers of the night....Read more

January 22, 2011

Lemieux-Rubio set for April 8

It’s official. 22-year-old knockout artist David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs), currently ranked #2 in the world by the WBC will face his toughest test to date on April 8th under the shining lights of Montreal’s Bell Centre as he takes on against 30-year-old Mexican slugger and WBC #3 ranked contender Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) for a chance at becoming the mandatory challenger to the WBC world title. This WBC middleweight championship eliminator will act as the main event to the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series, and marks the first time Lemieux will face a true world title contender....Read more

January 21, 2011

More on Diaconu-Henry

A purse bid was held today at WBC Headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico for the right to promote a WBC light heavyweight silver championship title bout between former WBC 175 lb World champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (27-2-0, 15 KO) from Romania/Canada and Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry (25-2-0, 20 KO) from Houston, Texas. InterBox won with an offer of $70,000 USD. According to WBC rules, both Adrian Diaconu and Chris Henry will split the sum 50/50. InterBox was the only bidder present in Mexico.

Important to note is the fact that this bout is also a final eliminator, and the winner will automatically become the mandatory contender to current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. Adrian Diaconu has fought Pascal twice with the WBC Title at stake, losing both times by unanimous decision in very exciting and entertaining fights. ...Read more

January 21, 2011

More on Pascal-Hopkins

Although the clock is running on the free negotiation period for the WBC-mandated rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins, Pascal’s promoter Yvon Michel told the Montreal Gazette that he still believes Pascal’s next opponent will be Chad Dawson, provided that a network is willing to cough up a $2 million offer.

January 21, 2011

WBC purse bid results

The WBC has announced the results of the two purse bids scheduled for today:

Promoters GYM and Promociones del Pueblo reached an agreement for the final elimination bout between #2 rated David Lemieux, from Canada and #3 rated Marco Antonio Rubio, from Mexico, in the middleweight division.

Interbox won the purse bid for the final elimination bout between former champion Adrian Diaconu, from Romania/Canada, rated #4 and Chris Henry, from the USA, rated #3 in the light heavyweight division.

January 21, 2011

Witter to face Lupo

On February 19th at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, former WBC junior welterweight world champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter (37-3-2, 22 KOs) returns for the first time since losing to Devon Alexander in an August 2009 WBC 140lb title fight. Witter faces Victor Lupo (18-1-2, 9 KOs) in a ten round welterweight clash. “It got to the point where just making the weight took it all out of me,” said Witter. “Imagine getting into the ring with guys like Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander, and having nothing left? That’s what 140 was doing to me. Now, instead of battling weight during camp, then dragging myself into the ring, I’m strong, refreshed and able to concentrate more on domination, and less on starvation.”

January 21, 2011

Dicarie, Dan back in action
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

They are two boxers with similar stories. Montreal welterweights Antonin Decarie (24-1 7KO) and Jo Jo Dan (27-1 15KO) both are ranked top ten, both have managed to fly largely under the radar fighting almost exclusively in Montreal, and both traveled to Europe last year to fight for interim world titles last year and suffered questionable decisions.

Both will also be featured on the February 11th edition of “Fast and Furious” at the Bell Centre in Montreal and broadcast on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and promoted by Group Yvon Michel (GYM). Decarie ranked #8 (WBA) will be facing off against Shamone Alvarez (21-3 12KO) while Dan who carries a #3 (WBC) ranking will be put in with former Contender series star Steve Forbes (35-8 11KO)......Read more

January 21, 2011

Morrison says no to testing
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

The ending may have not officially come for former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and his licensing attempts with Quebec Boxing and Gaming Commission, but the Rocky V star looks to be in stand-off with the governing body in an attempt to fight in Montreal February 25th. “I’m not going to submit to a test that’s not going to tell me anything,” said Morrison in a press conference from Montreal on Tuesday

The Commission after receiving a medical file from Morrison on Friday, had requested on Monday that a blood test requiring HIV and Hepatitis be done at an approved Montreal institution and be administered to the boxer accompanied by a member of the Commission.

Morrison in a letter sent to all media outlets asked that the Commission provide him with proof of positive test results for HIV from 1996....Read more

January 19, 2011

More on Molitor-Ndlovu

Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) will not box at the Bell Centre on March 19th as previously expected, due to an IBF technicality. Top Rank had won a November 30th purse bid to present the Molitor vs. Takalani Ndlovu (31-6, 18 KOs) bout, and decided to work together with InterBox to place the fight on InterBox’s March 19th 2011 Showtime boxing card. However, according to IBF Rule 10.F.1, the winning bidder had the obligation to promote the bout within 90 days of the opening of the bids. The March 19th date surpassed this period by a little over 2 weeks. This opened the door for Ndlovu’s promoter to appeal to the IBF....Read more

January 19, 2011

Branco wins IBF purse bid

A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the IBF jr. featherweight championship mandatory defense between champion Steve Molitor and Takalani Ndlovu. Branco Sports Productions won the bid with $320,000. Top Rank bid $ 227,500. The winning bidder has up until 90 days to stage the fight.

January 19, 2011

"The Greatest" turns 69!
Birthday greetings to former three time heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, who turns 69 years old today. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY will celebrate its founder’s birthday on Monday, January 17 with greatly reduced admission prices (and the opportunity to tour for free), signings by special guests, and a host of other exceptional events. Adult and student admission will be $2, and children 12 years and under will be admitted for FREE. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Center’s award-winning exhibits for FREE if they bring in a cell phone that day for recycling. This incentive is part of the Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund announced last year, that was created to allow individuals an opportunity to give the gift of communication to others in third world countries where having a new phone is a luxury. Proceeds from the sale of the phones will go to the Fund which raises money to support a range of educational and humanitarian initiatives around the world.
January 17, 2011

Phil Lo Greco in Sicily
"An offer they couldn't refuse"

OPI 2000′s International welterweight champion and WBC #12 Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs), met with the mayor of world famous town of Corleone, best known for “The Godfather” movie to help promote the towns reputation, Lo Greco will present and promote boxing to the people of Corleone. Lo Greco originally grew up near Corleone, Sicily.
(Photo: OPI 2000)
January 17, 2011

YouTube: Trupish destroys Palmer
Canadian (NCC) Middleweight champion Adam "A-Bomb" Trupish had his way with Montana's Matt Palmer last Friday night, dropping the American Super Middleweight in both rounds 1 and 2 before the referee saw enough and waved off the mismatch at 2:37 of the second frame. The 31 yr old former Olympian runs his pro record to 8-0 with 5 of those wins coming early. The full Trupish-Palmer bout is available, thanks to FightFan.com, right here for your viewing pleasure.Enjoy.
January 17, 2011


New NABF Mens January 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The North American Boxing Federation or NABF has released their January 2011 rankings which ranks boxers in North America. Here is how our talent rankings within the NABF sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic NABF #5 (last month: #6)
Heavyweight - Tye Fields NABF #15 (last month: unranked)
Cruiserweights - Troy Ross NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Cruiserweights - Ryan Henney NABF #7 (last month: #7)
Cruiserweights - James Cermak NABF #10 (last month: #10)
Cruiserweights - Frank White NABF #14 (last month: #14)
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Light Heavyweight - Junior Moar NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Super Middleweight - Renan StJuste - NABF #4 (last month: unranked)
Super Middleweight - Kingsley Ikeke - NABF #5 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Nicolson Poulard NABF #13 (last month: #14)
Middleweight - David Lemieux NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish NABF #16 (last month: #16)
Welterweights - Victor Lupo NABF #9 (last month: #13)
Welterweights - Antonin Decarie NABF #13 (last month: #16)
Welterweights - Kevin Bizier NABF #16 (last month: unranked)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean NABF #6 (last month: #6)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - NABF #11 (last month: unranked)
Light Welterweight - Chad Brisson NABF #15 (last month: #14)
Lightweight - Logan McGuinness NABF #15 (last month: #16)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet NABF #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - NABF #16 (last month: unranked)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastian Gauthier NABF #2 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweights - Tyson Cave NABF #13 (last month: #14)
Bantamweight - Andrew Kooner NABF #14 (last month: #14)
January 17, 2011


New WBC Mens January 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their January 2011 rankings which ranks male boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Heavyweight - Neven Pajkic - WBC #25 (last month: #26)
Cruiserweight - Troy Ross - WBC #11 (last month: #11)
Cruiserweight - Ryan Henney - WBC #26 (last month: #30)
WBC Light Heavyweight champion - JEAN PASCAL
Light Heavyweight - Adrian Diaconu - WBC #4 (last month: #4)
Super Middleweight - Kingsley Ikeke - WBC #10 (last month: #11)
Super Middleweight - Renan St-Juste - WBC #15 (last month: #15)
Super Middleweight - Sebastien Demers - WBC #28 (last month: #29)
Super Middleweight - Adonis Stevenson - WBC #34 (last month: #32)
Middleweight - David Lemieux - WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Middleweight - Adam Trupish - WBC #40 (last month: #36)
Light Middleweight - Joachim Alcine - WBC #23 (last month: #20)
Welterweight - Ionut Ion Dan - WBC #3 (last month: #3)
Welterweight - Phil Lo Greco - WBC #12 (last month: #12)
Welterweight - Kevin Bizier - WBC #39 (last month: unranked)
Welterweight - Logan McGuinness - WBC #34 (last month: unranked)
Light Welterweight - Dierry Jean - WBC #26 (last month: unranked)
Light Welterweight - Pier Olivier Cote - WBC #40 (last month: unranked)
Super Featherweight - Benoit Gaudet - WBC #26 (last month: #24)
Super Featherweight - Arash Usmanee - WBC #38 (last month: unranked)
Featherweight - Tyson Cave - WBC #39 (last month: #38)
Super Bantamweight - Sebastien Gauthier - WBC #31 (last month: #33)
January 17, 2011

YouTube: Claggett stops Mendoza
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Steve Claggett had little trouble in disposing of Jose Mendoza Friday night in Calgary. Claggett moved his pro ledger to an impressive 11-0-1 with 5 KO victories and added the WBC Youth InterContinental Light Welterweight title belt to his growing collection. Thanks to FightFan.com for posting the entire bout on YouTube which FightNews Canada presents to you for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

January 17, 2011

Claggett stops Mendoza
By AJ Bellegarde, FightNews Canada

Steve Claggett improved his professional mark to 11-0-1 (5 KOs) with an impressive 3rd round TKO victory over Mexico's Jose Mendoza last night at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary Alberta. The two fighters wasted little time getting to know each other as each came out swinging to start the bout. Claggett took over a minute into the opening round, backing up his Mexican counterpart with jabs and solid left hooks. The faster and strong of the two, Claggett's punches landed with alarming regularity, Mendoza (7-1, 3 KOs) was forced to look for openings while defensively, covering up against the barrage of the Canadian.....Read more

January 15, 2011

Morrison to meet Commission
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Former heavyweight world champion Tommy Morrison meets with Quebec Boxing Commission (RACJ) Friday morning at 11:00am to discuss his potential licensing for a pending bout in Montreal scheduled for February 25th versus Eric Barrak (3-0).

According to Jean-Marc Emond of SP Promotions, Commission head Michel Hamelin has asked for a blood test but has agreed to sit down with the first time promoter and discuss the situation and look at the evidence of previous medicals.... ..Read more

January 14, 2011

Weights from Calgary, AB

Venue: Chinese Cultural Centre, Calgary, AB
Promoter: Teofista

Steve Claggett 139.5lbs vs. Jose Mendoza 138.5lbs
Adam Trupish 164.5lbs vs. Matt Palmer 167.5lbs

January 14, 2011


Fight night to KO hunger

Logan McGuinness, the NABA Lightweight champion, and Tebor Brosch, the Canadian (CPBC) Welterweight champ, will both see action February 19th at the Hershey Center in Mississauga, Ontario with each defending their titles. While McGuinness (13-0, 6KOs) does not have an opponent as of yet, Brosch (6-3-4, 2KOs) will take on undefeated prospect Samuel Vargas (7-0, 1KO) over 10 rounds or less. The event, being promoted by United Promotions, will celebrate a 10 year anniversary of professional boxing at the famed Hershey Center and the promotional company wants to do some good for both the community and fans. Starting today, boxing fans who want to attend the event, can go to www.ticketmaster.ca and enter a promo code "Hunger" and for a $10 dollar fee (plus the ticketmaster fee/tax) receive 2 tickets to an exciting night of boxing. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Mississauga Food Bank. This offer will run until the end of January (31st). ...Read more

January 12, 2011

Morrison ready to Duke it out
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

At 42 years old, former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison wants to show that he still has some fight left inside him. Whether the former Rocky V star has that fight is inside a Montreal boxing ring on February 25th as scheduled remains to be seen, but in a story that has more twists and turns than any Hollywood movie. Morrison is saying he is healthy, willing and able.

“I’ve as healthy as I’ve ever been and I’m going to shock the world,” said Morrison via telephone in an exclusive Fightnews interview. “I’m going to become heavyweight champion of the world, that’s if I can get one of them to fight me.”...Read more

January 12, 2011

Mercer, Morrison return Feb 25
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

Almost twenty years after they squared as a pair of undefeated fighters for the WBO heavyweight world championship in 1991, veterans Ray “Merciless” Mercer and Tommy “The Duke” Morrison will share the same ring in a pair of separate bouts scheduled for February 25th in Montreal. Newly formed SP Promotions is certainly stirring the pot and bringing back names long since forgotten as it travels back in time and is resurrecting names either recently or long since forgotten. Also joining the senior circuit will be two-time world title challenger Joe Gatti, brother of Arturo and over eight years removed from his last fight. Gatti who is 43 years-old is scheduled to meet Walid Smichet who at 31 and also recently retired qualifies as a young buck amongst most of the night’s combatants...Read more

January 11, 2011

Lessard-McLellan fight for CPBC title

The Canadian Professional Boxing Council hopes to crown its first Light Middleweight champion when Edmonton's Anthony "Hard Hittin'" Lessard takes on Williams Lake, BC's Roberto McLellan March 10th at the Hyatt Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. Lessard (8-6-2, 5 KOs) will try to capture his first national title having failed in two attempts against Kris Andrews. McLellan (5-1-1, 2 KOs) recently saw his 2 fight KO streak come to an end, will be fighting for his first pro title as a professional prizefighter. The pro/am card, put on by Impact Boxing Promotions in cooperation with Teofista Boxing, will be a fundraiser with the proceeds going to Big Brothers and Sisters.

January 10, 2011

Bunting gets by O'Brien

Lafarrell Bunting made it two in a row over Canadian fighters as the heavy handed Memphis, Tennessee knockout artist scored a 10 round majority decision over Quesnel, BC's Matt O'Brien last night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Scores of the contest read 97-93 and 96-94 in favor of Bunting while the 3rd card saw the bout even after 10 round, 95-95. With the victory Bunting moves to 18-3-1 with 17 KO victories while O'Brien, entering the ring following a 14 month hiatas, falls to 18-2 with 7 Ko victories. Bunting had stopped Canadian Light Heavyweight champion Junior Moar in 6 rounds just 2 months prior to last night's 10 round main event...Read more

January 9, 2011

Weights from Tacoma, WA

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions

Matt O'Brien 170lbs vs. Lafarrell Bunting 172.5lbs

January 7, 2011

WBC decision on Pascal

Below is the text of the January 6 letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed to WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, WBC emeritus champion Bernard Hopkins, WBC #1 contender Chad Dawson:

Dear champions:

The WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world, where the WBC Diamond Belt will be awarded to the winner.

The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest.

Serve this letter as the official initiation of the 30 day-free negotiation period for the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins and if there is no agreement a purse will be held in Mexico City on Friday, February 4, 2011.

Please accept my sincere regards.

Jose Sulaiman Ch.

Copies were sent to the WBC Board of Governors, Yvon Michel, Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw, Robert Lenhardt, Gaby Peñagaricano and Mauricio Sulaiman.

January 7, 2011

Tough decision for Pascal

Looks like WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” Pascal, who already has a contractual obligation to face Chad Dawson next, has been ordered by the WBC to grant an immediate rematch to Bernard Hopkins with the camps to commence negotiations immediately. So unless some arrangement is made, Pascal would likely be sued by the Dawson camp for fighting Hopkins, or stripped by the WBC for fighting Dawson.

January 7, 2011


WBC Womens January 2011 rankings
By Dave Baggs, FightNews Canada

The World Boxing Council or WBC has released their January 2011 rankings which ranks female boxers worldwide. Here is how our fighting Canucks rank within the WBC sanctioning body.

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Super Lightweight - Jaime Clampitt WBC #4 (last month: #5)
Super Lightweight - Natalie Brown WBC #19 (last month: #19)
Super Lightweight - Linda Tissot WBC #22 (last month: #21)
Lightweights - Ayana Pelletier WBC #10 (last month: #9)
Lightweights - Sarah Pucek WBC #13 (last month: #13)
Super Featherweight - Lindsay Garbatt WBC #1 (last month: #1)
Super Featherweight - Olivia Gerula WBC #2 (last month: WBC Champion)
Super Featherweight - Jelena Mrdjenovich WBC #3 (last month: #3)
WBC Featherweight champion - JEANNINE GARSIDE
Featherweight - Sandy Tsagouris WBC #6 (last month: #6)
Super Bantamweight - Lisa Brown WBC #2 (last month: #2)
Super Bantamweight - Nathalie Forget WBC #22 (last month: #21)
Super Flyweight - Mandy Lapointe WBC #16 (last month: #17)
January 1, 2011

Claggett, Trupish top Calgary card

Teofista Boxing will present a card at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Canada on January 14 with unbeaten jr welterweights Steve Claggett (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Jose Mendoza (7-0, 3 KOs) meeting for the WBC Youth Intercontinental title in the headlining bout. In the co-main, Canadian middleweight champion Adam ‘A-Bomb’ Trupish (7-0, 4 KOs) will return to action against Matt Palmer (2-2, 0 KOs). The card will also feature heavyweights Sheldon ‘Prime Time’ Hinton (11-6-1, 4 KOs) and Ken Frank (3-1-1, 2 KOs) colliding in a Canadian heavyweight title eliminator. Tickets are $25-$60. Call 403-607-2001.

January 1, 2011