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UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as light heavyweight champ

LOS ANGELES — The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier

LOS ANGELES –  The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

UFC champ fails drug test anew

LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second pot.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

Jones stops Cormier, reclaims UFC crown

NAHEIM, California – Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece suit for a final news conference before the second defense of his WBO belt. The New Zealander certainly looks the part outside the ring going into Saturday's fight against Hughie Fury in Manchester. What is still unknown is how he shapes up inside it. In a bid to strengthen his 'brand' and gain exposure in the boxing world, the 25-year-old Parker is hitting the road after fighting in his native country for 12 of his last 13 bouts. Britain is his first stop. The plan is to beat Fury, the 23-year-old cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, to improve his record to 24-0 and potentially set up a showdown with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. 'I feel like the UK is where the heavyweight scene is at, at the moment,' Parker said on Thursday at Old Trafford, home of storied soccer team Manchester United. 'We want to be a part of it. We feel it's important to come here and make a statement.' Question marks remain over New Zealand's first heavyweight champion, though. His trainer, Kevin Barry, acknowledged that Parker was not at his best in his last two fights — the victory on points over Andy Ruiz Jr. that earned him the WBO strap and then an underwhelming first successful defense of the belt against Razvan Cojanu, also on points, in May. He dreams of becoming as well-known as the All Blacks rugby team but he still has a low profile outside New Zealand and the WBO belt is still regarded as the flimsiest of the heavyweight titles. The fight against Fury is even going under the radar in Britain, with only 5,000 tickets sold for the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. YouTube — rather than a TV broadcaster — is showing it. It's time for Parker to send a message to the rest of the heavyweight division. 'We know the size of this challenge,' Barry said. 'We have an opportunity, here in our first fight in the UK, to look spectacular.' Given Fury has a reputation for being as unpredictable and awkward to fight as his more illustrious cousin, that won't be easy. Not only that, Fury hasn't fought in around 18 months while he battled to overcome an energy-sapping skin condition that has affected him throughout his professional career. Fury, who is unbeaten in 20 fights, says he is feeling '100 percent' for the first time as a boxer, so neither fighter really knows what to expect. The fight is also being staged in Fury's home city, after the original fight — scheduled to take place in Auckland in May — was canceled owing to a back injury sustained by Fury. 'He is a very difficult opponent,' Barry said. 'He is an opponent a lot of people don't want to fight. We sat down as a team and said to Joe, 'Do you want to fight Hughie Fury?' And he said, 'I want to fight the best fight there is for me in the UK at the moment.' 'We have planned on coming here for the past 12-to-18 months. We think Hughie brings the biggest challenge to us.' The build-up has been light on trash talk, with Parker living up to his image of being clean-cut and courteous. 'I know it's the wrong sport for a good guy, but everyone is his friend,' Parker's mother, Sala, told The Associated Press. 'Joe has no enemy in the entire world. His opponents are his best friends.' Still, Parker said there were doubts over Fury's power and his chin, and he felt he saw 'fear in his eyes' as they went face to face for the cameras. 'He took a big gulp,' Parker said. 'I thought, 'He's scared.'' br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

em>By Josh Dubow, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top. Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship. Ward released a statement on his website titled 'Mission Accomplished ' thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement. 'I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,' he wrote. 'If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.' Ward is currently rated the best 'pound for pound' boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN's First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts. 'People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don't see the toil, they don't see the grind, they don't see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,' he said. 'I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it's time and I know it's time.' Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends. Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final. Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen. Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round. Kovalev said Ward's retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow 'good and strong' fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn't concern himself with the possibility that Ward's retirement won't stick. 'I don't think about him at all because I'm looking forward (to reaching) my goals,' he said, adding that his last two fights are 'history' and 'I forgot it already.' He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games. 'They did before second rematch,' he said. 'I don't know. I don't care at all.' HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts. 'Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,' HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. 'To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test, says UFC

LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday (Wednesday Manila.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

World Sports: Jones, Woodley rule UFC 214 in Anaheim

LIGHT heavyweight fighter Jon "Bones" Jones reclaimed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title in his division just as welterweight champion Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley retained his at "UFC 214" in Anaheim, California, yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

From Russia with love, light heavyweight champ Kovalev finds his place in US

LAS VEGAS — Sergey Kovalev was knocking out everyone put in front of him when his handlers went to HBO a few years back asking for a coveted spot on one of t.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2016

Former UFC champ Lyoto Machida slapped with ban

LAS VEGAS — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has received an 18-month suspension for failing a doping test......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2016

Two banned substances found in Jon Jones system

MANILA, Philippines The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) handed down a temporary suspension to Jon Jones as two banned substances have been found in the system of the former UFC light heavyweight titleholder. NSAC attorney Caroline Bateman re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

IBF champion Milan Melindo meets WBA champ Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan

The road to becoming light flyweight king begins.  After winning the IBF world light flyweight championship back in May, ALA Promotions standout Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo said that his goal was to become 'king' of the light flyweights by capturing all four major world titles.  After successfully defending his IBF strap against South Africa's Hekkie Budler at Pinoy Pride 42 in Cebu back in September, 'El Metodico' shifts his focus to world title number two.  On their official Facebook page, ALA Promotions announced that Melindo will be taking on reigning WBA world light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan in a unification bout at the end of the year.  A long time member of the ALA Boxing stable in Cebu City, the 29-year old Melindo (37-2, 13 KO) rose to prominence while showcasing his talents in the Pinoy Pride series.  After three tries, the Cagayan de Oro-native finally captured the big one, shocking Akira Yaegashi, also in Japan, to finally become a world champion.  Taguchi (26-2-2, 12 KO) on the other hand, has been the reigning WBA world light flyweight champion since 2014, and has defended the title six times since.  The 30-year old native of Tokyo is currently riding a nine-fight unbeaten streak.  Melindo and Taguchi are set to unify the titles on December 31st, 2017. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Ex-champ Mike Tyson barred from entering Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile – Former boxing great Mike Tyson was barred from entering Chile on Thursday because of his criminal record, airport police said. Immigration police at Santiago international airport tweeted a photo of the 51-year-old former heavyweight champion being escorted by officers "re-embarking" him. It said he was being deported for "not ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Donnie Nietes: A Decade of Championship Greatness

The Philippines has produced many boxing legends, from the likes of Pancho Villa and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde to Luisito Espinosa and Gerry Peñalosa, and Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. However, none of those mentioned above can measure to the longevity of the reign of one Filipino boxing champion, who up to this day remains on top of his game and has never been beaten in a world title fight. His name is Donnie Nietes. For Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes, the journey to greatness started on September 30, 2007, when he defeated Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight title. The victory gave Nietes his first world boxing championship, but nobody knew back then that it was the start of what would end up as the longest reign in Philippine boxing history. Believe it or not, ten years after he became a world champ for the first time, Nietes remains a world champion, only in a heavier weight class that is the flyweight division. Previously, Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde held the record for holding the world junior lightweight title from 1960 to 1967, a period of seven years. Nietes held the WBO minimumweight title from 2007 until 2011, when he was forced to relinquish it after winning the WBO light flyweight crown on October 8, 2011. Nietes held the WBO light flyweight crown until 2016, when he gave it up to move up in weight and challenge for the world flyweight title. From September 2007 until May 2016, Nietes reigned uninterrupted as world champion in two weight categories -- a period of almost nine years, thus making him the longest reigning champion in Philippine boxing history. In April 2017, Nietes added another feather on his cap by winning the IBF flyweight title and becoming the country's third three-division world champ after Manny Pacquiao and, Nonito Donaire Jr. Overall, Pacquiao won an unprecedented eight division titles while Donaire captured four regular world crowns. But here's what sets Nietes apart from Pacquiao and Donaire Jr.: Neither Pacquiao nor Donaire Jr. enjoyed a title reign as long as Nietes.' Also, unlike Pacquiao and Donaire, Jr., Nietes has never been knocked out in a world title fight. Nietes has actually never lost when a world title is at stake as the only loss in his career happened in a non-title bout in September 2009 against Angky Ankota. Nietes is unbeaten in his last 32 fights, with only three fights ending in draws. He answered, “After I lost that fight against Ankota, I trained hard to improve my skills and movement. I stay focused during practice. I give my best and I work really hard. For me, it is very important to always have self-discipline” the humble champion added. Nietes is also the true “Mexecutioner,” as he has never lost to a Mexican challenger. Ahas is 16-0 with one draw against Mexican opponents. Whenever he fights in Mexico, he always gets the rock star treatment that he truly deserves as boxing fans there know very well of his greatness. While he does not get the same adulation here, the good thing is that Filipinos still have a chance to appreciate and cheer for Nietes as he seems to get even better and stronger through the years.  Nietes is a tireless workhorse in the ring, which explains why he remains a world champion to this day despite being already 35 years old. He has no trouble making the weight for his fights which speaks well of his conditioning. When he is asked about his motivation, he answered, “I always get prepared whenever I have a scheduled fight. I want to remain a World Champion and give honour to my family and my team ALA boxing stable”. Nietes also offers an unconventional fighting style that allowed him to stay this long as world champion. On offense, Nietes can box and brawl and owns an overhand right that carries above-average power. On defense, Nietes' penchant to crouch low has made him a hard target to find. Nietes always keeps himself ready for the next fight. On regular days, the Filipino Champion loves to do biking. Sometimes he travels with groups.  span style="font-size: 13px;">Sometimes by himself. But what makes it really special is that his biking group conducts a feeding program for children on those provinces that they visit. “For me its dual purpose, I could stay fit through biking and at the same time I could share my blessings with other people and meet new friends.” /span> Giving back has always been part of Nietes’ goals, as someone who grew up in poverty. He was working as a janitor in the ALA Boxing Gym before taking up boxing. From his modest earnings as boxing champion, Nietes has built two homes, one in Mandaue and the other in his native Bacolod, and financed his siblings' education. He describes himself as a kind, simple and an ordinary person. “I am a boxer who is trusts in God. Before my fight, I always pray because on the ring, there is no one to help me but God.” When asked about his humble beginnings, he says, “In order to succeed, you must listen to the advice of your parents. For me, the number one rule is to honour them and avoid disobedience. They always tell me to do good deeds. We must follow. We may not agree with their decisions but your parents is always thinking on what is good for you” he added. In his most recent interview, an overjoyed Nietes expressed his appreciation for all his supporters and the people behind the success of his career, saying, “I would not have been celebrating my 10th year as a world champion if I weren’t given the chance to box in the first place, so I want to thank my manager, sir ALA,” talking of the ALA Boxing Group’s top honcho, Tony Aldeguer. “I’m very grateful to my promoter, ALA Promotions, our partner TV network ABS-CBN, the local and international media, my family, friends, fans, and of course, God Almighty who made all this happen. It has been a long journey, but nothing beats the happiness I feel being identified as Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion” he added. Unbeaten in the last 13 years and a world champion in three weight divisions, Nietes has indeed earned his place in the pantheon of great Filipino world champions. Thankfully, Filipinos can still witness his greatness because the country's longest reigning boxing champion is not done winning yet.  br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

MANCHESTER, England — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2017

World champ Milan Melindo relishes cheers from hometown crowd

When Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo captured the IBF light-flyweight world championship in Japan, the ALA Boxing product was met with stunned silence.  He had just knocked out one of Japan's most popular champions in Akira Yaegashi, after all, so the reaction from the hometown crowd wasn't surprising.  Prior to the knockout however, all that the Pinoy could hear was the the fans, chanting Yaegashi's name.  Fast-forward five months later, Melindo was inside the ring once again, but this time, it was his name being chanted, as he defended his title for the first time. 'MELINDO! MELINDO!'  From the opening bell right up to the official decision, the packed Waterfront Hotel and Casino crowd in Cebu City made it clear who they were rooting for.  'Masayang-masaya po ako, dahil yung mga boxing fans, hindi nila ako pinabayaan, gustong-gusto talaga nila akong manalo dahil sinisigaw nila yung pangalan ko.' Melindo shared with ABS-CBN Sports after the grueling 12-round war against South African challenger Hekkie Budler. 'Yung pagkatapos ng laban, pagka-taas ko ng kamay, cheering pa din sila kahit hindi pa na-dedeclare yung panalo.' Overcoming two massive cuts above both eyebrows, Melindo eked out a Split Decision win to retain his IBF title, much to the delight of the Cebuano crowd.  'Pagka-panalo, ayun nagsisigawan na silang lahat, so napaka-happy ko, na-appreciate nila yung ginawa ko at yung resulta ng laban.' While Melindo is a native of Cagayan de Oro, the champ now resides in Cebu, where he trains in the famed ALA Boxing Gym. Over the year's 'El Metodico' has become a household name in the so-called Boxing Mecca of the Philippines, along with guys like Donnie Nietes and Mark Magsayo.  More than anything however, Melindo says that it's knowing that all his hard work paid off at the end. 'Napaka-happy ko dahil hindi nabale-wala yung lahat ng sakripisyo ko, na lumaban ako hanggang sa huli, kahit marami na akong sugat sa mata.' Saturday night, Melindo shared one of his career's biggest moments with the fans in Cebu.  They chanted his name and cheered for him every step of the way.  A far cry from the stunned silence he recieved in Japan.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

IBF title challenger Hekkie Budler ready for pro-Milan Melindo crowd in Cebu

South African IBF Light-Flyweight challenger Hekkie 'The Hexecutioner' Budler will be walking into hostile territory this Saturday at Pinoy Pride 42 when he challenges titleholder Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo in front of a partisan crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.  For ALA Boxing products such as Melindo, Donnie Nietes, Mark Magsayo, and the Pagara brothers, the Waterfront has somewhat served as home ground, and these Pinoy warriors have done an excellent job of defending their kingdom.  Many have tried and many have come out empty-handed, but Budler says that he's ready for whatever the Cebu crowd has in store for him.  After all, when the bell rings, it's just him and his opponent inside the ring.  'When you’re in that ring, it’s just you and him in that squared-circle, and you don’t even really hear the people.' Budler told ABS-CBN Sports. 'Whatever the crowd does, whether they boo me or they shout at me, I’m ready for whatever they want to bring and do.' The 29-year old Johannesburg native is no stranger to fighting on foreign soil, having thrown down in Canada, the United States, and Spain throughout his 33-fight career. Saturday however will mark Budler's Asian debut.  As for his gameplan against the champion, Budler says he plans to outwork Melindo inside the ring.  'If you’ve seen my fights, I go for it and throw a lot of punches, and that’s the plan, outwork him.' 'We’ll see in the fight, anything can change, we’ve got about three or four gameplans, but we’re ready for whatever he brings to us. God-willing, I’ll come out as the new champ.' Budler added.    em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Heavyweight champ Joshua to defend against Pulev

Heavyweight champ Joshua to defend against Pulev.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017

Jack pummels Cleverly on Mayweather-McGregor card

p class="p1"> span id="ext-gen454394" class="s1"> /span> p class="p1"> span class="s1">LAS VEGAS, USA - /span> span class="s2">Sweden's Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter's WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday, August 26 (Sunday Manila time). /span> p class="p2"> span class="s2">Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017