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Super Six World Boxing Classic participant Glen Johnson stopped by Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas for an intense, last minute training session on Thursday. The veteran contender and former light heavyweight world champion was greeted by former opponent Merqui Sosa.
Johnson will take on world-ranked contender Allan Green in a must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The winner of the 12-rounder will earn a coveted spot in the tournament Semi-Finals.
Johnson, who has appeared in seven world title fights and has defeated some of the best prizefighters of this era, including boxing legends Roy Jones, Jr., and Antonio Tarver, has an opportunity to reestablish himself as one of the world’s elite prizefighters.
By Marc Lichtenfeld
It was Prospect Night on Through the Ropes this week. Listeners were introduced to welterweight Brad “King” Solomon (14-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
It looks like former WBC champion Adrian Diaconu will fight a rematch with former victim Chris Henry on March 12, 2011 in Montreal. The last time out, April 19, 2008, Diaconu just narrowly won a unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Interim title in Bucharest, Romania. This time, the vacant WBC Silver belt will be up for grabs. Henry was to have faced Roberto Bolonti of Argentina, but Bolonti came up injured, so the WBC, at it’s 48th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico, decided to sanction Diaconu-Henry for the Silver belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Naoufel Ben Rabah (31-3, 16 KOs) returned to ring action on Thursday and stopped Indonesian Ramadan Weiru (14-4-1, 13 KOs) in round one at the Wyong Leagues club, NSW, Australia. Weiru was in trouble early and the referee gave as standing eight count and shortly after called it off when the import was in no condition to continue. (more…)
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The legendary boxing commentator Col. Bob Sheridan speaks to Fightnews.com while attending the 48th WBC convention in Cancun Mexico. The Colonel dishes on his 5 decades covering the sport, as well as his views on the sanctioning bodies and why his colleagues at ringside would do well to stop criticizing the various sanctioning bodies and attend the conventions…to learn a thing or two!
By Phil Doherty
Some of the nicest guys you meet in boxing get paid to render other guys unconscious. It’s just a simple fact. The punishment two boxers deal each other during a bout would be criminal vice outside the ring in the eyes of the law. Indeed, if you’ve ever seen a brawl break out in the stands during a professional boxing event, you know those guys go to jail. This strange duality rears its head frequently the more boxers you get to know. However, once you accept the contradiction and really get to understand the motivations of these men, you start to appreciate their virtues much more. Recently Fightnews sat down with such a fighter. He is Haitian-American light heavyweight Azea Augustama (9-0, 6 KOs). Augustama represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympics and won the 2008 Golden Gloves championships at 178 lbs. Augustama and manager Victor Wainstein graciously answered the following questions… (more…)
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Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez gets a surprise visit from former world champion Felix Trinidad Thursday night as he prepares for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
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The six fighters taking part in Friday night’s exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation telecast LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, weighed in and gave their final thoughts Thursday at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. The stacked ShoBox lineup will feature three fighters whose fathers had distinguished professional careers.
Exciting power-puncher Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) from Worcester, Mass., by way of the Dominican Republic, will face gritty young veteran James McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 11 KOs) from Vero Beach, Fla., in a 10-round super middleweight main event. In the co-feature, Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs) of Boca Raton, Fla., meets Aaron Pryor Jr., (14-2, 11 KOs) of Cincinnati, in an eight-round battle while Houston’s Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) is looking to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (18-3, 15 KOs) of St. Louis, in an eight-round affair.
Edwin Rodriguez 166.2 vs. James McGirt Jr. 167.8
Dyah Davis 168.6 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr. 167.25
Marcus Johnson 172 vs. Kevin Engel 171.2
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Former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni will be back in the ring Friday night in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) will fight Mexican Eduardo Ayala (17-33-4, 8 KOs). The fight is promoted by Salvador Briman in association with OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi). The bout will be available on a free live international webcast (outside Mexico) on wbcboxing.tv at 18:30 Mexico time.
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman officially closed the meetings session of the 48th annual WBC convention, inviting everyone to attend the closing banquet tonight at Isla Mujeres (Woman’s Island) where a dolphin show will take place along with the dinner. Here’s a rundown of the the last day’s activity. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Lopez
“I read that the team of Rafael Marquez said I have no chin. But the one that’s undefeated is me and I know he lost a few fights by knockout. On Saturday you will see who can take a punch and who can’t. Gary Shaw said “If I’m so good why don’t I fight (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. I said, “I’m so good I’m going to beat Marquez on Saturday and Gamboa next June.”
“I’m a man of few words. I know it’ll be special on Saturday night. l I’m here to win the fight for me and Mexico.”
“I feel great. I’m ready to fight. Glen is a very good friend of mine. I learned a lot from him. But as he said on Saturday its all business. I know I’m ready and I hope he is. I’ll do the rest of my talking sat night.”
“I feel appreciated for all the years I put in boxing and to be part of such a prestigious event. I just want to say Green is a friend of mine. He’s not somebody I’m looking forward to fighting, but this is business and I’m sure he’ll feel the same way on Saturday. We’ll go out and do our job and I’m sure our relationship will remain the same.”
Video: Kurt Freitag
Rafael Marquez is playing it close to the vest in advance of Saturday’s WBO featherweight title showdown against champion Juan Manual Lopez on SHOWTIME. All he would show reporters was a few minutes of shadowboxing at a media day earlier this week.
Looks like unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion will join the 168lb party at SHOWTIME. Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Ken Hershman, Bute and Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox have scheduled a press conference Friday to make an official announcement. Word is Bute is looking at a three-fight deal with the network.
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Crooning a tune with Will Farrell on late night TV, jet-setting out of fight camp to plug fellow politician Harry Reid and reports of less-than-perfect training have more than one sports scribe asking the question, “Could this be the fight it all catches up to Manny Pacquiao?”
Could Antonio Margarito be the one who shuts down the decade’s greatest fighter?
For those who thought booking a concert after a scheduled 12-rounder with Miguel Cotto was crazy; the master of multitasking, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, seven-division world champion, singer, actor and humanitarian, has little to say but, “Don’t worry ‘bout it.” . . . Click here for more
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“All I can tell you is, he’s a better boxer than a singer,” is Antonio Margarito’s take on Manny Pacquiao, the singer.
“He should stick to boxing.”
On Nov. 13, however, Margarito won’t be facing Pacquiao the singer, or Pacquiao the politician, for that matter — he’ll be up against the man most consider the greatest boxer of this era . . . click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman clarifies the situation regarding the final eliminator on December 17th, 2010 in Miami between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. The winner will get an immediate shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko no later than 100 days following the December 17th fight. Should the winner of that fight be injured or the fight end in a draw, Klitschko will be free to engage in an optional defense, possibley against Tomasz Adamek in March at Madison Square Garden on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I.
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
One year ago, Raphael Assuncao was widely considered to be one of the featherweight division’s top fighters. His sterling 15-1 record and brutish style ensured that his name appeared frequently on Top 10 rankings. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt felt he was well on his way toward earning a world title shot . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is preparing for WAR this Friday night, November 5th as he battles undefeated prospect Marcus “Too Much” Johnson at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. The scheduled eight rounder is part of an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, the heavy handed Engel (18-3, 15 KOs), is looking to bounce back from his last ShoBox appearance, an outstanding back and forth battle with undefeated prospect Edwin Rodriguez on April 30th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what has turned out to be a grudge match, Isaac Chilemba from Malawi makes the first defense of his IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Thomas Oosthuizen over 12 rounds on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.
Chilemba, who is now based in South Africa, won the vacant belt in June this year when he outpointed Australian Michael Bolling. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! Tonight, it’s Prospect Night on Through the Ropes. Super middleweight Dyah Davis, who fights Aaron Pryor, Jr. on ShoBox tomorrow night and undefeated welterweight Brad Solomon will be on the show. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino bring pro boxing back to the Northwest on November 13th with Battle at the Boat 79. The main event will feature Othello Washington’s David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2, 13 KO’s) vs. Yakima Washington’s Santos Pakau (27-6-1, 10 KO’s). Torres who made his return to the ring last January at Battle at the Boat 75 will look to rebound from a tough loss from Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran. (more…)
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Jason Colon/Global Boxing
For the last time without the gloves on, Argentinean knockout superstar Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO) met former world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO) during the final press conference at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ). Judah-Matthysse, televised this Saturday on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series from Prudential Center in Newark, will be for NABO junior welterweight championship and IBF #2 position and will most likely produce new title contender in the 140-pound division. (more…)
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