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By John DiSanto at ringside
Super middleweight Derrick Webster, 18-0, 9 KOs, blasted out Obodai Sai, 23-2, 17 KOs, in just 22 seconds in the scheduled 6-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly on Tuesday night. Webster caught his opponent with a right hook and Sai took the full 10-count from referee Shawn Clark.
Fres Oquendo’s team responded today with explosive allegations against Timur Dugazaev, promoter of WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Yesterday Dugazaev issued a press release announcing that Oquendo failed a drug test administered by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) following his July 6 majority decision loss to Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia.
“People in the sport need to know that this guy, Timur Dugazaev, he can’t speak a word of English yet he has his co-hort Malte make up all these quotes and lies,” stated Tom Tsatas, Oquendo’s long-time advisor. “They are both wannabes in boxing and Timur is only a servant to President Kadyrov from whom he pilfered Oquendo’s purse money. I suspect that once all of this comes to light, both he and Malte will be called to task. Their story is nothing but a ploy to try and justify their keeping Fres’ money and lying to the President.”
“The stuff that happened to us over there is really unbelievable,” continued Tsatas. “Timur orchestrated the kidnapping of Oquendo to forcibly take him back to the arena from the hospital to make him take the RUSADA drug test against his will. Fres’ trainer was threatened in an elevator that if Fres knocked out Chagaev none of us would leave Grozny (which by the way, is a worry that also concerned Gilberto Mendoza regarding the WBA judges). Timur then tried to extort money from us after our passports supposedly went ‘missing’ at the airport while the aircraft was on the runway about to take off. No, this is not a scene from the movie Argo or some cold war spy novel, but what our team actually experienced during our 3 days there. These facts are backed up by not just me, but also Oquendo himself, John Wirt, long time CEO of Square Ring Promotions, George Hernandez who is a well-respected boxing trainer and Vietnam Veteran, Dino Spencer, who co-owns the 5th St Gym with me and was a student of Angelo Dundee and Nate Jones who is a US Olympic Bronze medalist and Floyd Mayweather’s co-trainer.” (more…)
Derrick Webster 163.5 vs. Obodai Sai 162
Antonio Dubose 131 vs. Arturo Santiago 129.5
Avery Sparrow 131.5 vs. Jesus Lule 127
Blair Cobbs 143 vs. Julian Sanchez 142.5
Jerome Conquest 135 vs. Piotr Apostle 133.5
PLUS 8 AMATEUR BOUTS
1ST BOUT: 7:00 PM
Promoters: Joe Hand Promotions & D and D Management
Venue: 2300 Arena
With the holiday season fast approaching, boxing fans will have plenty to celebrate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 13, as the star-studded “Royal Battle: Khan vs. Alexander” has grown to a quadrupleheader. Added to the previously announced Showtime telecast will be a 10-round featherweight bout featuring former three-division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) against Mexico’s Jose Ramirez (24-3-2, 15 KOs), and opening the telecast will be a 12-round IBF title elimination bout between unbeaten Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) and Italy’s Lenny Bottai (22-2, 9 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford, “the Pride of Omaha” gives away free Thanksgiving turkeys with the help of Omaha mayor Jean Stothert to hundreds of Omaha residents on Tuesday. Crawford is ready for his upcoming world title defense against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran of Mexico.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Crawford vs. Beltran will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s title defense of lightweight champion Terence Crawford against Mexican Raymundo Beltran, that will take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The referee will be Mark Nelson, from United States. The judges will be Adalaide Byrd and William Lerch, both from United States, and Cesar Ramos, from Puerto Rico. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) returned to Bulgaria after his fifth round KO loss from Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) in Hamburg on November 15. Few days after the defeat, the former title challenger spoke in front of national media. The briefing was broadcast live by two television networks and gathered more than 50 journalists. Here is what Pulev said on the most important topics:
On the loss:
The reason is probably the lack of experience. Now I earned much, which will be needed in the future. There were some speculations about my injuries and fractures. As you may see, there aren’t such on my face. Otherwise I must be Batman or Superman to recover so fast.
The conclusions of the fight will be made for a long time ahead. The first feeling is the most true one. I made a mistake because my defense wasn’t on the required level. I didn’t show what we trained for. A super fighter was against me. He is the number one in the division. I was well trained and it was tough for him.
My biggest fault was letting his left hook connect. It’s a hole in my game for many years. Wladimir strikes perfectly with the left hook. I knew he didn’t attack with many punches. He’s got three weapons – left jab, left-right and left hook. My left jab is better than his. I proved it in the first round when I stunned him. The clinches were trained for by me as you saw. (more…)
IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez has pulled out of his December 6 clash with mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi due to cartilage splintering in his right elbow. “After sparring on Thursday I had minor complaints. But when it got worse on Friday and I couldn’t stretch my right arm properly, I went to the doctor immediately,” stated Hernandez. It was decided on Tuesday that Hernandez can’t fight on December 6. Sauerland Event is looking to reschedule the fight in early 2015.
The December 6 show in Oldenburg, Germany, will go on as scheduled, headlined by WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer defending against Pawel Glazewski.
NABF Champ & Olympian Jose Ramirez and team to distribute 500+ Thanksgiving Dinners to residents in his home town
Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle, (District 2) Jose Ramirez and his team get together to knock out hunger TODAY (Tuesday, Nov 25) with “Operation Gobble,” a program to provide Thanksgiving turkeys and dinners to Avenal, California families in need.
Location: Avenal Veterans Hall, 108 W. King St.
Event starts 2:00 PM
Cars will start lining up at 1:15 PM
In what has become an annual tradition for District 2, Valle, Ramirez and his team plan to give away approximately 520 turkeys and dinners to families throughout the district at events in Corcoran, Home Garden, Avenal, and Kettleman City. The CrisCom Company, Western States Petroleum Association, and Waste Management, contributed to the effort. (more…)
By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
With the Holidays right around the corner, Top Rank and HBO are providing a full course meal featuring Omaha Nebraska’s own WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) versus WBO #1 ranked contender Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs). The card will take place at the Century Link Center in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska, this Saturday.
Hello champ, it seems like it all comes down to a way familiar question. The critics always say he fought and beat Burns, but Beltran broke Burns’ jaw and was cheated on the scorecards. Critics go on to say that the belt belongs to Beltran. This is a tough fight against a strong veteran of the sport, you are fighting again at home with all the distractions and pressure. Do you have to justify your title win by fighting this man?
It’s the right thing to do. I felt like he won. I went out and captured the title. It’s only fitting to give him a shot at it. It’s simple…it’s the right thing to do, he earned it. (more…)
Ah, time to breathe. Well, not really, because there are plenty of events to fill our weekends in December. But for the moment, there are no fights this Saturday, so instead of looking forward, let’s take a look back at UFC 180 and Fight Night Austin for a little Monday Morning Musing . . . click here for more
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Jean Bédard, the president of InterBox, has officially announced that the NABF light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) will combat Argentina’s Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) instead of Donovan George on December 6 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. This decision was taken after careful consideration following long negotiations with Donovan’s team. “There comes a time when negotiations have to stop and you’ve got to move forward. Pascal vs. Bolonti was a scenario we’d already considered, and we think it’s the right one. Plus, it’s important for Jean Pascal to fight so he can direct his career,” explained Bédard.
It was also announced that the undercard will feature locals Shiller Hyppolite (13-1, 9 KOs), Steven Butler (8-0, 7 KOs) and Ulysse Jr (4-0, 3 KOs), among others.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford “the Pride of Omaha” and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran of Mexico worked out on Monday during “media day” in advance of their upcoming world title clash in Omaha, Nebraska.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, Crawford vs. Beltran will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha,NE. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
By Bill Green
Photos: Telo Williford (B & B Boxing Academy)
As training camp finishes up and the big Nov 29th HBO-televised Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran WBO lightweight title defense remains just a few days away. Fightnews sat down with Crawford’s co-manager and lead trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre.
Hello BoMac. Let’s first get the obvious question out of the way… How was training camp and how excited is Team Crawford for Nov 29th especially with the fight landing right back where it all started, Omaha, Nebraska.
Everybody always says training camp is going great. But everything is good on point, perfect sparring, timing is there, weight is solid. We are more than ready. It’s amazing what kind of student we have in Terence. He improves and desires to be one of the best every camp. He works hard day in day out. We all sacrifice but come Nov 29th, hard work will pay off. (more…)
Interbox has confirmed to Fightnews.com that Jean Pascal will now face Roberto Bolonti on December 6 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal was originally slated to face Donovan George, but that deal was never finalized. Bolonti was originally scheduled to fight Lucian Bute on the same card, but when that bout was scrapped due to a Bute injury, Bolonti became available to take on Pascal.
As a special treat for boxing fans, Golden Boy Promotions is offering the deal of the holiday season with a full night of fights on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Barclays Center with tickets starting at $15 dollars. In addition, Golden Boy Promotions will also offer a special Black Friday deal with two tickets for the price of one. This includes all tickets between $25 and $80. Black Friday tickets will be available at 12 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 28 with the deal open until 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Golden Boy Promotions has also offered a special ticket discount for fans of rising-star and Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa. By using the promo code “OCHOA” when purchasing at ticketmaster.com, fans will receive a $25 discounted ticket to sit in Ochoa’s cheering section and receive a visit from Ochoa after his fight.
The December 6 card is headlined by the NABF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) of Montreal taking on the Philadelphia-warrior “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle. (more…)
Did you know the oldest world-rated fighter ISN’T Bernard Hopkins? This past Saturday in Bolivia, WBC #18 heavyweight contender “Bronco” Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs), continued his amazing run of consecutive knockouts, while climbing up the WBC rankings. Bronco Billy scored with a first round knockout against Juan Carlos Flores-Choque (14-4, 13 KOs), extending his KO streak to 13. Wright who turns 50-years old on December 10, extended on another streak, winning his 17th consecutive fight in a row.
In the process, Bronco Billy defended his LATIN AMERICAN, FECARBOX, and United States (USNBC) Silver titles, all sanctioned by the WBC. Not wasting any time, Bronco Billy Wright is looking to get back in the ring on December 6. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Rise Fights Promotions returns to the Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Toledo on Friday, December 5 for a full card of boxing action featuring the area’s young talent. Promoter and matchmaker Fred Vallejo has lined up the undefeated Sonny Fredrickson vs Darryl Hayes of Houston in the six round main event. Other matches that have been made are: Angelo Snow vs Anthony Brooks, Denadre Ware vs Zeatou Lyons, Jeremy Caughorn vs Matt Montalvo, and Elias Moreno vs Andrew Morais. Tyler McCreary and Antonio Nievas are also penciled in against opponents TBD. The Grand Plaza ballroom is an excellent venue that provides an old time fight club feel. Tickets at $25-50 are available at www.risefights.net. Doors open at 6:30 PM, First fight is at 8:00 PM.
Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) will face Carson Jones (36-10-2, 26 KOs) for the WBC International light middleweight title at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Friday January 23. Rose unsuccessfully challenged for the WBO jr middleweight title earlier in the year and continues his charge to a second shot with a tough test against Jones, who is familiar in the UK after he gave Kell Brook the fight of his life in July 2012 and returning for a rematch last summer. Rose-Jones is on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight title challenge against Richar Abril.
Report/Photos by Tony Mayger
Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight world champion at the time. The Welshman put Krasniqi through a torrid 12 rounds and retained his belt by unanimous decision. 18 months on and Munich-based Krasniqi has worked his way back to the brink of another world title shot with not one but two sanctioning bodies.
On December 20th, Krasniqi will defend his WBO international and WBA continental titles against Poland’s Dariusz Sek (20-1-1) at the BallhausForum in Munich, Germany. Also appearing on the bill are WBO Youth champion Dominic Bösel (16-0-0) and former cruiserweight world title challenger, Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4).
It’s going to be an emotional occasion for Krasniqi who headlines the show in his home town for the first time. (more…)
Four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is suiting up and getting back in the ring – this time to champion better sounding music downloads. In a new promotional video for HDtracks, The Real Deal proves he’s still got what it takes, scoring a “knockout punch” for music fans. This video supports a print ad campaign launching this month.
According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances tamoxifin and anastrozole at the mandatory test taken following his WBA world heavyweight championship fight against Ruslan Chagaev on July 6th in Grozny, Russia. Oquendo now faces a suspension and will have to pay back his purse according to the bout agreement.
“We will donate that money to a charitable foundation,” says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “The whole circumstances surrounding the fight were very strange. Oquendo refused to travel to Grozny and didn’t show up for the official press conference and public workout. He then asked us to postpone the fight when the ring was already set up. His positive doping test now explains this behavior. (more…)
A couple of interesting undercard fights have been added to the December 11 card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia, headlined by the WBA interim super middleweight title fight between Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) and Ben McCullough (14-0, 11 KOs).
In a heavyweight matchup, 6’7 Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) will take on none other than street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KOs). Ustinov, who was formerly promoted by the Klitschko Brothers’ K2 Promotions, is coming off a win over David Tua. “I think that one of the objectives of the contract with the Klitschko Brothers was to neutralize Ustinov, who is a serious challenge,” said promoter Vlad Hrunov. “All the activities of Vitali and Wladimir were aimed at avoiding a meeting with Alexander in the ring. That is now our goal and main task.”
Slice’s last fight was nearly two years ago when he went life and death with Australian journeyman Shane Tilyard in Sydney, Australia.
Also, former WBA super lightweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) meets WBA #11 rated Julio de Jesus (22-1, 21 KOs).
Photos: Team Golovkin
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero’s welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) addressed a massive crowd of supporters at Nazarbayev University in the capital city of Astana. On Saturday, GGG held a formal press conference in Astana to discuss with the local media his upcoming world title defense against Martin Murray slated for Saturday, February 21st in Monte Carlo.
“Martin is a worthy opponent and is the number one middleweight in Europe as of today,” stated Golovkin. “I think it will be a fierce fight. He proved to be a very strong boxer during his last fight with Spada.” (more…)
Home to some of the most memorable moments in recent UFC history, including Jon Jones’ title-winning stoppage of Shogun Rua in 2011 and February’s classic brawl between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will again host the UFC’s best, as the promotion travels east for a UFC on FOX card on Saturday, April 18. . . . click here for more
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By Matt Thompson
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Despite over forty years of showcasing live professional boxing in “America’s Finest City” of San Diego, Bobby D. Presents, led by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, still had a night of firsts last Friday night. In the main event of their last show of the year, billed as “Dangerous Divas II”, the popular Tijuana Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) put on a masterful display of power, speed and technique to capture the vacant WBO female flyweight title with a complete shutout of the much more experienced Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (21-11-2, 13KO) of Mexico City. The night marked the first world title fight in San Diego in nearly ten years as well as the first female world title fight in the history of the city. Enriquez also set her mark by becoming the second youngest active female champion in boxing as well as the first Mexican woman to capture a WBO title strap. The night was co-promoted in association with Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions. (more…)
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philly southpaw Ray Robinson continued his impressive climb up the welterweight rankings with a sharp and emphatic TKO victory over Daniel Sostre Friday night in the main event at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. Robinson used an aggressive body attack to set up the win that earned him the WBO-NABO regional welterweight crown after Sostre retired in his corner after round six.
Robinson won every round of the fight, mixing his pointed right jab, lashing left hands and that ever-constant body abuse to chip away at Sostre in a fight that was never in doubt. A hard right at the end of the second hurt Sostre. In the following round, Robinson dropped an off-balance Sostre to the floor.
This trip to the canvas seemed to invigorate Sostre, a Puerto Rican native fighting out of New York. He traded with Ray in the fourth round, and landed his share. However he never came close to gaining control. Everything Sostre threw, Robinson managed to better. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Hanover National Guard Armory in Hanover, PA., A&D Promotions put together a nice Pro-Am card before a packed house of raucous fans. The main event of the evening was a surprising eight round title contest. as Osenohan Vasquez (8-2-1, 3KOs) captured the interim UBF All Americas light welterweight title, when crowd favorite Sammy Omar Quinones (8-3, 3KOs) couldn’t come out for the seventh round due to heart palpitations. (more…)
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