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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Russian businessman Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of MIC Group of Companies and the man behind upcoming heavyweight clash between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) and WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) talks about his plans after October 5 – including launching his own promotional company. Should Top Rank, Golden Boy, K2 Promotions, Sauerland Event, Frank Warren, Matchroom and Main Events, just to name a few, be taking a long, hard look at what’s going on in Moscow? “Many boxers have expressed desire to work with me as a promoter. I always speak and write frankly what I think. And at the same time, I realize that I’m not a 100-dollar bill to please absolutely everyone” – said Ryabinsky, instantly proving his words in an interview with ‘The Championnat.’
“I’ve already registered my own promotional company. It’ already here and it’s called “World Boxing,” said Ryabinsky. “Nobody will be signed before October 5. Klitschko-Povetkin is something very big I have to take care of, to finish strong. As a fan, I’m a Sasha (short for Alexander) supporter, but as a promoter, I’m first and foremost interested that everything will be done perfectly on October 5. Of course, we’re also talking about fighters I want to sign. It doesn’t matter if Povetkin wins or loses, I will start my promotional activities immediately after October 5. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
Louisiana promoters Chad Broussard and Justin Verdin are teaming up to produce a huge 12 bout professional boxing event entitled “Smoking Hot”. The event will take place this coming Saturday night, October 5, 2013 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana. Top billing for this exciting card goes to former Raceland, Louisiana native Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch (10-0). Fitch now hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has won all 10 of his bouts as a professional, including 4 via knockout. Standing in the way of this “homecoming” will be tough Texas native Tyrone Selders (8-6). This will mark the 7th straight undefeated opponent for the 30 year old Selders. This bout is scheduled for 6 rounds in the super middleweight division. (more…)
A special edition of Broadway Boxing takes place on November 9 at the Aviator Sports & Events Center featuring an all-Brooklyn battle in the main event between once-beaten welterweight contenders Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (22-1, 4KO’s) and Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita (34-1-1, 18KO’s). The bout is being promoted in association with Salita’s Star of David Promotions and is scheduled for 10 rounds in the welterweight division.
Two of New York’s most popular fighters, the bout between Bracero and Salita has been in the works for some time now, and has been talked about throughout the local NY boxing scene for a few years. The two recently took to social media to further drum up interest in the bout, with each laying their claim as the man who will come out victorious and move another step closer toward challenging for a world title in the near future.
The card will also feature a number of DBE’s most promising prospects including Brooklyn’s own Heather Hardy, Shemuel Pagan, and the much anticipated pro-debut of National Junior Olympic Champion and nine-time Junior Olympic Champion Junior Younan, as well as additional bouts to be announced shortly.
By Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at ringside
Former 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali picked himself up off the canvas to defeat Jay Krupp in the main event of a Golden Boy-promoted card on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ali (17-0, 10 KO’s) won a unanimous eight-round decision via scores of 79-72, 78-71 and 77-72, in front of a hometown crowd of 3,059. After exchanging knockdowns (Ali was down in the first, Krupp in the third), the fight settled into a pace of Ali boxing from the outside while Krupp looked for one shot to repeat his success from earlier in the bout. Krupp went down again toward the very end of the fight after taking a hard right. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican WBC President Jose Sulaiman is in the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel. He will shortly undergo heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center. The 82-year-old Sulaiman is accompanied by two of his six children, Lucy and Mauricio, and several grandchildren but expects all his grandchildren, fourteen in all, and six children, to be with him.
“The best medicine for these kind of things is family and of course, always trust in God,” says Sulaiman. “Two of my arteries are 80% clogged. This surgery must be done so I can feel better. There will be heart bypass. I know that everything will be fine. I have my loved ones close and that helps me a lot.”
Fightnews.com sends best wishes to Jose Sulaiman for successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Report and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“Yes, I can confirm that Krzysztof Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KO) will defend his World Boxing Council cruiserweight title on December 6, in downtown Chicago’s UIC Pavilion against WBC mandatory contender, Italy’s Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KO). We are finalizing US TV right as we speak,” said Andrzej Wasilewski, “Diablo’s” promoter from Ulrich KnockOut Promotions.
This will be the third confrontation between these fighters. In May of 2009 in Rome, Fragomeni was awarded a highly controversial draw, but almost exactly a year later in Łódź, Poland, Włodarczyk knocked him out in the eighth round of their rematch. Since draw against Fragomeni, Włodarczyk has won seven straight fights, most recently a spectacular KO win over Russia’s Beijing Olympic champion, previously undefeated Rakhim Chakhiev (16-1, 12 KO)
The successful series Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will have the third installment of the fall series this Friday, October 4, 2013 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The event is being billed “Undefeated Showdown”. In the main event WBO Latin super flyweight champion Mathew “Mighty” Villanueva (10-0-1, 8 KOs) of Burbank, California via Puerto Rico who will be making his second appearance on the series when defends against fellow undefeated Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (11-0, 8 KOs) of Tampa, Florida via Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with Villanueva’s title at stake. Lozano considered a hometown favorite will be making his 6 fight at A La Carte Pavilion and his second fight of the series. (more…)
Fandemonium has broken out in Orlando as former three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto has arrived in Orlando to begin his Fight Week activities leading up to his Florida debut as a professional fighter. With all the higher-priced tickets having sold out in advance and fan demand still not sated, the promoters of the event opened up more sections of $25 seats by rearranging television camera set ups. Cotto will be going mano a mano with two-time world title challenger and Top-Five contender Delvin Rodriguez in a 12-round super welterweight battle on Saturday at the home of the Orlando Magic — Amway Center. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“We are thrilled with the support Miguel’s fans have shown for this event and we want to do everything we can to make it accessible to them,” said Héctor Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. “A big thank you from Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank goes to HBO and Amway Center for working with us in opening more sections. The atmosphere on Saturday night will be electric.”
By Ron Jackson
Paulus “Hitman” Moses makes the second defence of his WBO International lightweight title when he meets Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez at the Ramatex Hall in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Gonzalez from Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios in Argentina has a respectable record of 24-4-1; 14 since joining the professional ranks in September 2006 and only one of his four losses have been inside the distance. He is at present on a three bout winning streak. Moses, 35, a former WBA regular lightweight champion has been in with some quality fighters in the division and his two losses have been in world title fights against Miguel Costa (ko 6), when he lost his WBA belt and Ricky Burns (pts 12) of Scotland when challenging for the WBO lightweight belt. Moses with a record of 31-2, 20 KOs has fought at a higher level than his challenger and should have the edge in a fight that could go the distance. (more…)
Warning: Interview contains strong language
By Przemek Garczarczyk
There’s is a truly “us against the world” mentality among Russian fans standing behind their boxing hero “Russian Knight” Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) in his fight against Ukrainian WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir “Dr Steelhammer” Klitschko (60-3, 52 KO) on Saturday in Moscow. The latest promotional video shows competing soccer fans who will never cheer for the enemy’s team, but have no problem to be friends when supporting Alexander Povetkin…
Undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (16-0, 10 KOs) will headline Monday’s Golden Boy Live! at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against the nine-year pro “Smokin” Jay Krupp (17-5, 8 KOs). Krupp, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana but now making his home in Catskill, New York, is trained by Kevin Rooney, the renowned one-time trainer of Mike Tyson.
· “World Kid” – who is of Yemen descent – is the first Arab American to ever represent the United States in the Olympics (in any sport), which is very important to him. He said, “It doesn’t matter what skin color you are, at the end of the day, anyone can do it anything. Work hard for what you want and it can happen. I believe it.” (more…)
Groundfighting wizard Demian Maia will headline in his home country of Brazil on October 9 when he battles fellow submission ace Jake Shields on the UFC Fight Night card in Barueri. Read on for seven of his defining moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Promoter Frank Warren has announced a November 30 card at London’s Copper Box Arena headlined by heavyweight Dereck Chisora and middleweight Billy Joe Saunders. The Hall of Fame Promoter’s hugely successful debut event at the stunning, state-of-the-art, venue earlier this month saw Chisora smashing his way to the European Heavyweight title and Saunders defending his British and Commonwealth belts. Chisora, who also holds the WBO International title, returns to action and makes the first defense of his European title against a challenger to be announced.
In the meantime, Chisora will be a ringside observer in Moscow this Saturday night for the most important heavyweight fight in recent years that sees WBO/IBF/WBA/IBO heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko against undefeated Russian challenger Alexander Povetikin.
Chisora said, “I said that I would be destroying these guys from now and that’s what I’ve done in my last two fights. The fans and media know what I can do, this is the new Del Boy and this time I’m on the road to win the world heavyweight title. I love fighting at the Copper Box Arena and this is my new home. Whoever I have in front of me on November 30th is getting destroyed.”
By Nick Giongco
Justin Fortune, who served as Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning coach from 2003 until 2007, will be back as the Filipino star’s fitness guru. Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz told fightnews that Fortune will arrive from the US on Oct. 6 and will immediately fly to General Santos City. Fortune left Team Pacquiao after Pacquiao’s win over Jorge Solis in April 2007 after a falling out with lead trainer Freddie Roach. Koncz said Roach and Fortune have patched things up. Fortune came into the scene after the departure of Alex Ariza, who is now working with Brandon Rios. Pacquiao and Rios are set to face off on Nov. 24 in Macau.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Herby Whyne
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (22-1, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round TKO over former IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud (24-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson was in control from the beginning, outboxing and breaking down Cloud. The fight was stopped by Cloud’s trainer Al Bonanni between rounds seven and eight due to cuts over both Cloud’s eyes. It was the first time Cloud has been stopped.
“In four months I have beaten two great champions at this weight,” said Stevenson, who previously campaigned at super middleweight. Next up for “Superman” will be a defense against mandatory challenger Tony Bellew, possibly as soon as November 30 in Quebec City. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. got the decision but Bryan Vera was the moral winner in Saturday night’s main event on HBO. The lopsided scores of two of the judges understandably provoked outrage from Vera’s camp and beyond. This looked to me like a close, tough fight and one in which, as Jim Lampley pointed out, the judges had the conundrum of whether to go for the busier fighter — which, by far, was Vera — or the one landing the heavier punches.
We’ve had disputed decisions in this type of fight before, such as James Toney vs Dave Tiberi, when the judges liked Toney’s sharper punching over Tiberi’s workrate. However, when Erik Morales got the decision over Marco Antonio Barrera in their first fight the judges went with Morales’s quantity over Barrera’s quality. I remember a junior middleweight title fight in Las Vegas when Guillermo Jones was much the more active boxer but the judges went with Laurent Boudouani’s cleaner shots. So, when a fight goes to the scorecards you never know what the judges have been seeing. (more…)
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By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Less than two months away from returning off the longest layoff of his professional career, 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and current WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward held court with reporters Saturday afternoon a few miles from the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Brian Vera card in Carson, California, scheduled for later that evening. Ward, (26-0, 14 KOs), and Goossen Tutor Promotions were promoting his fight on November 16, 2013, to be held in nearby Ontario, California, against undefeated contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, (24-0, 16 KOs), on a card dubbed, “The Return,” to be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Ward’s opponent was also in attendance to help promote the fight, and the young upstart was not at a loss for words when it came to describing his opportunity. (more…)
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight champion brothers Vitali and Vladimir Klitchko’s K2 Promotions took advantage of the nearby Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Brian Vera card in Carson, California, to promote some of its fighters appearing on an HBO-televised card on November 2, 2013. Featured at this press event was WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez, and Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, sat down with reporters Saturday afternoon in Manhattan Beach, California, a few hours before the scheduled Chavez Jr., vs. Vera bout that evening. Golovkin, (27-0, 24 KOs), relaxed and soft-spoken as usual, had few words about his upcoming title defense against Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens, (25-3, 18 KOs), November 2nd in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“Right now I’m relaxed, my focus is on my training” said Golovkin. “My big day is November 2nd. Right now, I don’t have a lot of emotion. Curtis is very strong, he’s heavy, he’s a good puncher. I think it’s a great fight for us, for TV, for people, for everybody. It’s a very good fight.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
The second fight card in a two days in Tijuana turned out to be an entertaining night as Latin America’s biggest promoter, Zanfer, presented Friday night a short (for Tijuana standards) nine bout fight card at the Tecate tent installed at the parking lot of the historic Caliente racetrack five minutes away from Tijuana’s downtown. The free event was well attended and recorded for a later broadcast on Azteca America. In the main event, popular Tijuana super bantamweight Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (17-0-1, 9KOs) remained undefeated as he looked impressive in stopping his toughest opponent to date in Carlos “Relampago” Jacobo (20-7-1, 16KOs) from Guamuchil, Mexico, in the sixth round of a scheduled ten. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
There is a lot of happenings in the Washington, DC/Maryland/VA area of the boxing universe including a very busy local schedule, boxers making big moves outside the area and changes in the local boxing structure.
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will take the biggest step of his young career as he faces Josh “Pitbull” Torres of Albuquerque, NM for the WBC Youth Welterweight title on Saturday, November 2 on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens bout at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 19-year-old Harrison (17-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Guillermo Valdes on August 23 in Dover, DE. This will be the second time Harrison has fought on a Golovkin undercard as he won a six-round unanimous decision on June 29 at the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT against Ben Ankrah. (more…)
On October 26th, Manchester’s own Michael “The Count” Bisping was set to return to British soil to battle Mark Munoz in the middleweight main event of UFC Manchester 2013 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Moments ago, three-division and four-time world champion Miguel Cotto from Caguas, Puerto Rico, arrived at Orlando, Florida, together with his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to put the final touches to his training camp for his upcoming clash on Saturday, October 5th against top contender Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center Arena, live on HBO.
Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury moved to 10-0, 6 KOs after a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Dorian Darch (7-2, 1 KO) on Sunday afternoon at York Hall in East London. Fury, the highly regarded 6’6, 19-year-old cousin of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, prevailed by a score of 60-54. Hughie now has ten fights since turning pro seven months ago.
By Nick Giongco
Fredrick Lawson, the Ghana banger who is unbeaten in 21 fights with 19 knockouts, arrived in Manila on Sunday afternoon to help Manny Pacquiao rev up for his comeback fight against Brandon Rios on November 24 in Macau. Lawson was delighted to be in the Philippines as he hopes to help the Filipino get ready for Rios and learn something as well. “I am happy to be here,” said Lawson, who started his journey from the Ghana capital of Accra followed by a layover in Lagos and onwards to the UAE for the flight to Manila.
Lawson was recruited by Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, who also plans to sign him up under the MP Promotions banner. Pacquiao actually started sparring late last week in General Santos City but will resume his sparring sessions hopefully against Lawson on Tuesday.
Sadam Ali 146.6 vs. Jay Krupp 146.4
Michael Perez 139.2 vs. Miguel Zuniga 139.6
Marcus Browne 175.8 vs. Lamont Williams 175.2
Jamel Herring 135 vs. Justin Robbins 136.2
Emanuel Gonzalez 128.8 vs. Noel Echevarria 126.8
D’Mitrius Ballard 167 vs. Jess Noriega 163.8
Claude Staten Jr 123 vs. Derrick Bivins 121.6
Venue: Barclays Center
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Former Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) returned to the ring Saturday night in his native Colombia to win a ten round unanimous decision over countryman Edison Garcia (23-17, 12 KOs) in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Coliseo Cubierto in Puerto, Colombia Scores were 97-94, 98-93, 98-93. Prescott was coming off an HBO-televised loss to Terence Crawford in March. The event was promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/PROBOX DEL CARIBE.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
On his own Hardwork Promotions card Saturday night at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, promoter and Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July won a seventh-round technical decision over Joell Godfrey of East St. Louis, IL. The bout was marred by numerous fouls by the out-of town boxer. Godfrey hit July numerous times with low blows causing the bout to be momentarily halted twice. No points were taken away. The bout ended early in the seventh round with both boxers clashing heads and causing cuts on each other. The bout went to the scorecards and July won by scores of 57-56 and 59-54 twice. July is now 15-1-2, six KOs while Godfrey falls to 16-10-1, six KOs. (more…)
Following today’s official Golden Boy Live! (Monday Night Fights) weigh-in at the New York State Athletics Commission Office in Manhattan, fighters Sadam Ali, Michael Perez, Emmanuel Gonzalez and Claude Staten, Jr., plus Brooklyn’s own former world champion and boxing commentator Paulie Malignaggi and former world title contender Danny Jacobs will make an appearance at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Antic Festival.
The fighter appearances will take place at 2:30PM at the Barclays Center Mobile Unit on the corner of 625 Atlantic Avenue & 4th Avenue (the Barclays Center Mobile Unit will be located in front of Dunkin Donuts).
By Chris Morris
“The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former world champion Paul Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 KOs) will likely take on Johan “El Terrible” Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs) on November 30th for the WBA’s interim championship at welterweight. The fight will top a Golden Boy Promotions card at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia, site of Spadafora’s last three outings. No TV details announced yet.
There is speculation that fight could lead to Golden Boy Promotions bringing Spadafora into the fold as a possible undefeated opponent for Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Several years ago there was a sparring session between Spadafora and Mayweather in which Spadafora got the better of it. Also Spadafora’s undefeated streak is longer than Floyd’s, so there are multiple story lines.
By James Slater
According to various reports popping up all over the place, it seems Britain’s Amir Khan is the frontrunner to next challenge superstar Floyd Mayweather junior. Reportedly Khan has decided not to go ahead with his long planned December 7th fight with IBF welterweight champ Devon Alexander and instead go straight into a May 3rd date with Mayweather. Naturally Alexander is not pleased at this news and neither are some fans/critics who feel Khan has ducked Alexander and has not earned a shot at Mayweather.
The word is Alexander may now face Zab Judah in December instead, possibly with Paulie Malignaggi facing the unbeaten Shawn Porter as co-feature. This bill looks headed for the Barclays Centre in New York.
Khan’s challenge of Mayweather, if it does happen, will likey take place in the US due to tax reasons. So it sems Khan will not get his dream fight in England. Will a Mayweather-Khan clash appeal to the fans though, and would this match up sell out Floyd’s favourite arena The MGM Grand in Las Vegas?
In an huge upset, European champion and WBC #1 rated bantamweight Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) surprising lost a twelve round majority decision to unheralded Frenchman Karim Guerfi (20-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hall Omnisports de La Prealle in Herstal, Liege, Belgium. Guerfi entered the ring a loser in three of his last four, but shocked the Belgian hero Jamoye by scores of 116-112, 113-113, 115-113.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
(L-R) Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley attended the Chavez Jr-Vera fight Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Garcia takes on two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez as part of an HBO world championship tripleheader on Saturday, November 9 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rios battles superstar Manny Pacquiao at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and which will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Bradley goes up against four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez also on HBO Pay-Per-View, Oct 12 from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
By Felipe Leon
Carla Caiz (96-94) scored the first four rounds for Vera and the last six for Chavez. Marty Denkin (97-93) scored rounds one and two for Chavez, round three for Vera, rounds four to seven for Chavez, rounds eight and nine for Vera, round ten for Chavez. Gwen Adair (98-92) saw Vera losing the first seven rounds, winning rounds eight and nine, and losing round ten.
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