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- Soliman, Sherrington make weight
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- Don King hits Berlin, Brähmer-Oliveira ready to collide for WBA light heavyweight belt
If there has been an overwhelming theme this season on The Ultimate Fighter, it’s that the ladies shine when given the spotlight to perform.
For the first time in the 18 seasons of the show, women finally got a chance to perform on the biggest stage in the UFC and they have not disappointed one bit. From slick submissions to stellar knockouts, the women have been the real stars of this latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, and those stars include coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Sauerland Event just announced that heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) will return in an eight-rounder on December 14 in Germany against Evgeny “The Molecule from Hell” Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs). Price, rebounding from consecutive losses to Tony Thompson, was recently signed by Sauerland and will feature on the world championship card at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany, headlined by the WBA light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Marcus Oliveira. The 6’10 Orlov is a journeyman who has been in with a number of notables in losing efforts.
Also on the card, unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) will apparently face Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs). Pulev defeated Price-conqueror Thompson by unanimous decision in August. Williams is coming off a four round win last Friday in North Carolina.
By Ron Jackson
In a night of action littered with stoppages at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title with a stunning second round stoppage win over number one contender Vhonani Netshidamboni. Muller (79.05kg) came out fast at the opening bell and a stiff left right combination staggered the well muscled Netshidamboni (77.25kg) early in the round. However, the southpaw Netshidamboni did well to come back at the champion to score with some good combinations before the bell.
Early in round two Muller whipped a sudden right over and knocked Netshidamboni out cold flat on his face. Referee Simon Xamlashe started to count but then waved the fight off at 47 seconds into the round. Muller is now 15-3-2, 12 KOs and Netshidamboni drops to 5-2-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
George Groves talks about Carl Froch’s “words that I can’t repeat,” following the “unjust” decision last weekend. More
Speaking of Froch, Amir Khan is suggesting a retirement following his most recent win, claiming that “he’s past his best, past his selling date.” More
A boxing program in Holland, Michigan, is making local news by offering an escape to gang life. More
Anthony Mundine talks about “do or die” fight on the scales and predicts a win over Shane Mosley. More
Report/photos by Bob Ryder
Tony Harrison 154 vs. Donald Ward 151
Bronco McKart 164 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 165
Ronnie Austion 146 vs. David Harris 148.5
Demetrius Banks 197 vs. Covan Graham 200
Edward Williams 145 vs. Greg Coverson Jr. 149
Dewayne Ziegler 136 vs. Jeremy Abram TBD
Nick Givhan TBD vs. Michael Pickett TBD
Fighter Statements: (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) made veteran opponent Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) of West Virginia disappear with a fourth-round TKO in their scheduled ten-round main event on Tuesday night’s Golden Boy Promotions card at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Tarver, who just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday this month, picked up an interim NABA title with the win in his first sanctioned bout at heavyweight since 2010.
It was slow going for the first couple of rounds as both big men tried to establish consistency early. Tarver found it first in the second with solid left hands in the form of left crosses and uppercuts. Tarver continued to shake off his seventeen-month long retirement and ring rust into the third round as he worked to Sheppard’s midsection.
In the fourth, Tarver gained purchase with a thudding left hand that caught Sheppard high on his forehead coming forward and plopping him on his butt. He beat the count from referee Sam Burgos but walked right into his second knockdown when Tarver flurried more combinations. The game veteran beat the count once more and pushed on and into a straight left and another chopping left that stunned him and put him on the floor for the third and final time.
Burgos jumped in and waved off the assault at the bell to end round four–with an official time of 2:59. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum issued the following statement regarding reports that Philippine authorities have questioned Manny Pacquiao’s payment of taxes:
“Filipino authorities confirmed that Manny is not required to pay double tax. If Manny paid U.S. taxes for fights and endorsements that occurred on U.S. soil, he is not required to pay double taxes in the Philippines.
“For each of Manny’s fights that occurred in the United States, including those in 2008 and 2009, Top Rank withheld 30% of Manny’s purses and paid those monies directly to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Top Rank has deposit confirmations for each payment. Top Rank has done the same for all U.S. endorsements it has facilitated on Manny’s behalf.
“Top Rank submitted copies of the EFT deposit acknowledgements to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as proof of payment. The BIR received the documents but directed Manny to obtain “certified” documents directly from the IRS itself.
“As I am sure people appreciate, obtaining certified copies of documents from the IRS takes time. Manny made the formal request to the IRS and we have every expectation that the necessary documents will be furnished to the BIR very soon.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russel Mora will be the third man in the ring when Japanese interim WBA flyweight champion Koki Eto (14-2-1, 10 KOs) defends against Thai challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (32-2, 19KOs) on Friday at Chonburi, Thailand. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama), Michael Lee (Korea) and Francisco Martínez (New Zealand). The fight supervisor is Yang Sup Shim.
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round junior middleweight bout between former three-division champion Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) and Australia’s Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KOs) early Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Wednesday’s card will begin at 3:30 a.m. ET, with Mosley vs. Mundine expected to begin between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 23.
Mayweather Promotions has announced the near completion of the “The Little Creek Brawl” fight card headlined by middleweight contender J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) against Philadelphia’s LaJuan Simon (23-4-2, 12 KOs) on Friday, Dec. 6 from Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash., live on ShoBox: The New Generation. The night will feature Mayweather Promotions’ rising stars from top to bottom.
Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs), Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Chris Pearson (9-0, 8 KOs) will face Barinas, Venezuela’s Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs), Hermosillo Mexico’s Rogelio Medina (31-4, 25 KOs) and Santa Catarina, Brazil’s Acacio Ferreira (14-0-1, 12 KOs) respectively in the televised portion of the event. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions Zab “Super” Judah and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi hosted a media conference call on Tuesday in advance of their battle for Brooklyn bragging rights on December 7 at Barclays Center. The atmosphere was a complete 180 compared to the wild and entertaining build-ups for their previous fights (Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner and Judah vs. Danny Garcia). This time there was no conflict, no cursing, no trash talk, just mutual respect and a mutual desire to be “King of BK.”
Zab Judah: It’s nothing personal against Paulie. It’s like something we gotta go in there and do. This is how we feed our family. This is the game that we chose.
Paulie Malignaggi: Like Zab said, it’s nothing personal as far as a competitive aspect is concerned. That’s the guy in front of me and that’s who I intend to be successful against in two weeks. The game plan is to focus on that and nothing else.
This Saturday, DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) world-rated welterweight contender (WBC #6 & IBF #10) Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (31-2, 17KO’s) will look to take a major step toward once again challenging for a piece of the welterweight world crown when he faces fellow top-rated (IBF #3 & WBA #11) and undefeated welterweight contender Kevin Bizier (21-0, 14KO’s). The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds with the NABA and IBF Inter-Continental titles at stake, is also an official IBF eliminator for the #2 spot. The contest is the main supporting bout on the loaded and highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark championship double-header featuring defending WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson facing top-rated challenger Tony Bellew and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defending against Ismayl Sillakh. The card will be taking place at the Colisee de Quebec in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (more…)
This Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, WBA #10 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (26-1, 19 KOs) will now fight Jason Barnett (14-14, 7 KOs) in the 10 round main event for the WBU intercontinental heavyweight championship. Kauffman was originally due to fight Manuel Quezada but Quezada failed to supply the proper paperwork and Barnett was summoned for this title opportunity. “After it was apparent that Quezada would not be able to make the fight, we looked for good suitable replacements. We put calls into Derrick Rossy, Epifanio Mendoza and Bowie Topou but Barnett was the only guy willing to take the fight,” said Kings Promotions Marshall Kauffman.
Former WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has had to withdraw from his comeback fight at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday due to a back injury. The Welsh star was making his long awaited return to the ring against Australian Daniel Ammann for his first fight in the cruiserweight division with the Vacant Commonwealth title on the line. Cleverly’s preparations were hit last week when he injured his back in training and after seeking expert medical advice he has been advised to withdraw from his fight against Ammann.
He said, “It’s a bitter blow as training had been going so well and I was looking forward to making my debut at cruiserweight. For it to only happen a week before the fight is even more devastating. I just want to get this year out of the way and enter 2014 with a clean slate and get my career back on track.” (more…)
Three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returned to the ring last Saturday night in Tampa for his first fight in 13 months, defeating Ecuador welterweight Humberto “Bam Bam” Toledo (41-11-2, 25 KOs) by way of an eighth-round disqualification for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International belt.
Bailey battered Toledo from the opening bell right up to the bizarre ending, in which Toledo suddenly and surprisingly took a knee in the middle of the ring, only to get back up and get disqualified for pushing referee Frank Santore, Jr. into the ropes. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Six years ago, when they were both top world cruiserweights, Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham fought an epic bout in the Prudential Center for the IBF title. Since then fans in the United States haven’t had a chance to see a major cruiserweight title fight live. This will all change on December 6 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago when former IBF champion and current WBC beltholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 28 KOs) will defend his title against Italian mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs). The very hard hitting “Diablo” will arrive to the Windy City just in time for Thanksgiving, having already finished his training camp in Poland.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 30, in the world title defenses of champions Sergey Kovalev, Merlito Sabillo and Donnie Nietes, to be held in Canada and Philippines, respectively.
At the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada, the WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time when he faces de #15 ranked Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs), from Ukraine. For this bout the referee will be Michael Griffin, from Canada. The judges for the Kovalev-Sillakh bout will be the Canadians Pasquale Procopio, Jean Gauthier and Benoit Roussel. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
While, the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines will host two world title fights. First, the WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his 105 pounds belt against the #1 ranked Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs), from Nicaragua. The referee for this bout will be Jack Reiss, from United States. The judges for the Sabillo-Buitrago bout are Takeshi Shimakawa, from Japan, Levi Martínez, from United States, and Joerg Milke, From Germany. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
Also in this card, the WBO junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (31-1, 17 KOs) will make his third defense against the #14 ranked Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23 KOs). For this bout the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from United States. The judges for the fight between Nietes and Gutierrez will be Danrex Tapdasan, from Philipinnes, and Jack Reiss and Levi Martínez, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
In the telecast that has been dubbed “Heavyweights Collide” on Golden Boy Live, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (7-0, 7 KOs) will be returning to the ring tonight in a six round bout which was scheduled to be featured live on Fox Sports 1. Breazeale’s return to the ring was anticipated by many boxing insiders and fans of the heavyweight division as he was scheduled to face his toughest opponent to date in journeyman Nagy Aguilera. Unfortunately, Aguilera pulled out of the fight unexpectedly due to a back injury on Sunday and Breazeale will now be facing Keith Barr (11-4, 3 KOs) of West Virginia. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Manny Pacquaio’s comfortable points win over Brandon Rios was, globally, the big international event of the weekend, but the all-British 168-pound title fight between Carl Froch and George Groves contained the drama, the excitement and, of course, the controversy. Referee Howard Foster’s decision to stop the Froch-Groves fight in the ninth round, with Groves hurt but showing the presence of mind to hang on, will go down as one of the most unsatisfactory endings in recent boxing history. (more…)
Walt Harris knew what he was going to do with his life. He had known for almost his entire life.
Young Walt grew up as a basketball prodigy in Birmingham, Alabama within a family full of high level ball players. Walt would one day play in the NBA, he just knew it . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Fresh off his win over Brandon Rios in Macau, China, and a hero’s welcome at GenSan airport upon his arrival back in the Philippines on Monday, it was revealed that boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has had his bank accounts frozen by the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
At a press briefing, Pacquiao said “I’ve always wanted to help the victims of the typhoon and earthquake but I was slammed by the BIR with a P2.2 billion ($50 million US) tax case which has no basis. I can’t withdraw a single cent from my own money. I can’t use it to help. BIR has garnished my money. This money did not come from PDAF or DAP, it came from every punch, sweat, and blood that I’ve earned from boxing. The BIR claims I earned more than what I actually did, without any evidence to back it up. They ignored information given by Top Rank and HBO and insisted I have earned more. My lawyers have given them all the info that they want and they still refuse to believe. I really don’t know why I am being singled out.”
Pacquiao, who earned $18 million for his fight with Rios, has suggested that the situation is politically motivated.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
After speculation that Anthony Mundine was struggling to make weight, the former two-time super middleweight champion made the 154 pound super welterweight limit with room to spare for Wednesday night’s fight with 42-year-old American ring legend Sugar Shane Mosley at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Mundine came in at 153.5 pounds while Mosley weighed 152.3.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
As we reported last Saturday, quoting Mariusz Wach’s promoter Mariusz Kołodziej from Global Boxing Promotions, there’s a very real possibility of Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) against Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) on January 18 in Montreal. “As far as I know, all we need is some signatures, but both parties already accepted the date, venue and they’re OK with the financials,” said Kołodziej in a Fightnews.com interview. “Wach accepted this fight and we should have all the signatures in place not later than at the end of the week.”
Bryant Jennings, in a quick word exchange with Fightnews.com said, “It’s made. I didn’t sign but it’s made.” (more…)
Post-Pacquiao victory: Trainer Freddie Roach talking about Paquiao overwhelming Floyd Mayweather, should the two ever meet (more) . . . Manny Pacquiao plans visit to Philippines disaster area over next few days (more) . . . .
Possibility of Danny Garcia being next up for Mayweather not likely (more)
By Robert Coster
WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa arrived in Tokyo from Mexico this Monday where he is scheduled to clash with WBC Champion Akira Yaegashi on December 6th in the Japanese capital. Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), 34-years-old, a former WBC jr flyweight champion, will be mounting his second attempt to become a two-division monarch. For his part, the 30 year-old Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs) is defending his title for the second time since winning the crown on April of this year against favored countryman Toshiyuki Igarashi. Sosa declared on his arrival, “I am in tip top shape. Yaegashi is an excellent boxer but I am completely confident that I am bringing the crown back to Mexico.”
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