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World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik hits the mitts with trainer Jack Loew during training Tuesday in Youngstown, Ohio for his upcoming world middleweight championship against the WBC No. 3 rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, December 19 at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more Pavlik/Espino workout photos…
Comfortable with this new opportunity and excited about the intensive work that he’s done since his last fight on October 31st (when he defeated Martín Ramírez), José Miguel Cotto is feeling eager to step again into the ring. “Now I feel much more comfortable and in better condition, not only physically but also in spirit,” explained JM Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs), who also emphasized he’s feeling great at junior welterweight and expects next year will bring him a championship in this division. Promoter and former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto said his brother’s comeback has been a huge one. “I have no doubts that great things will come to him in 2010,” he assured. JM Cotto will face Colombian Ilido Julio (39-15-1, 35 KOs) on Saturday in the event Boxeo Boricua en Caguas. Also hot lightweight prospect Abner Cotto (5-0, 3 KOs) and junior featherweight Jayson Vélez (10-0, 9 KOs) will be part of this exciting show. Tickets available in Ticketcenter.com; (787) 792-5000, prices: $12, $25, $35.
On Tuesday of last week, US Olympian and current undefeated super middleweight boxer Shawn Estrada underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The surgery, headed up by Dr. Roy Meals at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, involved repairing a ruptured extensor tendon in the sagittal band of Estrada’s right ring finger which was injured in sparring while the hot East L.A. prospect was preparing for a scheduled November 28 bout. “The doctors basically told us by doing surgery the injury should never re-occur or be a problem again. He should be ready to return to the ring in three months,” Estrada’s co-manager Eric Scholnick said.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC female middleweight champion Wang “China Girl” Ya Nan (7-0, 3 KOs) of China will clash with Charity “Scary” Mukami (4-2) of Kenya over ten rounds Sunday at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Wang Ya Nan captured the WBC title in November 2008 when she outpointed over ten rounds Akondaye Fountain (7-1-1) of the USA. Wang Ya Nan is five inches taller than the 5’4 Mukambi. The WBC champion is managed by Yang Ze Ming and is promoted by Peter Maniatis and Michael Yang. Maniatis said: “I am very lucky to be ‘China Girls’ promoter.”
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jesse Nicklow in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event of the final ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of the year on Friday, Dec. 18 LIVE on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Two exciting co-features will showcase four undefeated prospects in their toughest challenges to date. Knockout artist Lanard Lane (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Said El Harrack (8-0, 3 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. Hard-hitting Shawn Porter (11-0, 9 KOs) will face the dangerous Jamar Patterson (8-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight bout. The fights will originate from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. (more…)
On Saturday in Schwerin, the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, will host an special “Universum Champions Night” with two world championship fights and a much-anticipated debut. The event at the Sport and Kongresshalle will feature local boys and world champions Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik. Today all boxers met for the first time in a frosty atmosphere at a press conference held at the Alpine Centre Hamburg-Wittenburg. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham crowned a sensational year by winning the prestigious German Boxer of the Year Award for the fourth straight time. The 29-year-old, who is leading the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament following his spectacular KO victory over Jermain Taylor, received the most votes from the readers of Germany’s BoxSport Magazine, edging out both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko yet again.
Manny Pacquiao stars in “WapakMan,” a new action/comedy movie scheduled to come out in the Philippines on December 25th. In the movie, Pacquiao develops super powers, which he must use to fight bad guy Batista, the wrestler from the WWE. Click here to see the movie poster
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded, unexpected and awkward Masaaki Serie (15-3, 6 KOs), 121.5, very amazingly wrested the Japanese national 122-pound belt as he kept landing a roundhouse left uppercut to the belly at a time to WBC#9/WBA#9 super-bantam Shoji Kimura (23-3-2, 9 KOs), 122, winning a split but popular decision (98-95, 97-95 and 95-96) over ten lousy rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kimura looked so terrible, lacking usual speed, aggressiveness and zip that he repeated grabbing the unorthodox underdog especially in the second half. Serie, six years his junior at 26, displayed his fighting spirit, neither skills nor speed, to be in command down the stretch. With his awkwardly wide stance, Serie didn’t look to have properly learnt how to box, but was fortunate enough to seize the belt from the sluggish champ.
In a companion national title go, Japanese 140-pound champ, WBA#15 Yosukezan Onodera (21-1-1, 8 KOs), 139.75, easily kept his belt when he swarmed over southpaw footworker Akihito Nishio (13-6-2, 8 KOs), 139.75, and finally brought him to a standstill with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:36 of the sixth session. Onodera fought like Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, throwing too many open blows to the lanky challenger without heart. Promoter: Hanagata Promotions.
By Bob Hough
Kelly Pavlik says he’s hungry for a big win. He thinks he needs one. Pavlik (35 31 KOs) returns to the ring December 19th in his hometown, Youngstown, Ohio, against Miguel Espino (20 2 9KOs), after a tumultuous stretch of rescheduling a fight with Paul Williams, battling serious health problems—which his promoter said were life-threatening—related to a left-hand injury, canceling a fight with Williams and making the Espino fight shortly afterward. “If there are critics now, there are going to be a lot more if I don’t dominate,” Pavlik said during a recent conference call to talk about the fight, which will be shown on pay-per-view. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) looked sharp in a public workout in advance of Saturday’s title defense against Hector Velázquez (51-13-2, 35 KOs) at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. “We’re in the prior days to the fight and for that reason we should wind down. Already we are practically ready, we just need to comply with the weight.” Valero prepared to this bout for three months and sparred some 90 rounds. He’s looking forward to fighting for the Venezuelan public, “I ask the fans to come and accompany me, and if in case they can’t do it, then see it on television at 7:30 pm.” If Valero wins as expected, he is slated to face interim champion Antonio DeMarco in a highly attractive clash televised by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on February 6. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific welterweight champion Heath “The Heat” Ellis officially challenged two-time WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine. Mundine challenged Australia’s Rob Medley for the vacant IBO light middleweight title on January 11, 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ellis said: “Mundine is fond of fighting Australian’s. If he’s just fought Australia’s best middleweight and now Australia’s best light middleweight, then why doesn’t he step down another division and fight Australia’s best welterweight!” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Australian lightweight WBO interim champion Michael Katsidis has re-affirmed his desire to take on the full WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez in his next bout after he rests in Las Vegas following the birth of his new daughter Kalia Rose who was born last week. Negotiations are continuing for a bout with WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who must fight Katsidis or relinquish his title. Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith met with Oscar De La Hoya, who heads Golden Boy Promotions, in the United States last week with the aim of making the fight a reality. (more…)
Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the ninth edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday, December 19th, as the official program of “Gala of Champions” a world championship card to be held in Ciudad Obregon. The magazine includes stories on world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, his opponent two-time world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez, as well as features on local idol Alejandro Valdez and Nehomar Cermeno who will be fighting for the WBA Interim bantamweight world championship. The 12-page glossy souvenir magazine also has a feature on former world champion Jose Luis Castillo and top contender Hernan “Tyson” Marquez. “We are very excited about our final official program for 2009 that has so much to offer via our digital issue to boxing fans all over the world. We hope that everyone will enjoy it,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. (more…)
Duco Events has called a press conference on Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, to announce that heavyweight David Tua will face of against Friday “the 13th” Ahunanya in March with a date and venue to be named. The public appetite to see David Tua in action is at an all time high in New Zealand after his destruction job on Shane Cameron in October’s Fight of the Century. Ahunanya inflicted the first career defeat on Cameron in 2007 and has ‘called out’ Tua numerous times since they sparred together in 2001. “I want to destroy Friday,” said Tua. “I want it to be destructive. It has to be because I need people in the States to hear some noise from Down Under.” Ahunanya stated, “I’m coming to New Zealand to win. I’m going to knock David Tua out. And if I can’t do that I’ll win the fight on points. Anyone who understands how to box – understands the science of boxing – can beat David Tua. And I’ll prove it.”
Fight fans in Southern California will be treated to world class professional boxing at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles this Thursday night, December 17th as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce.”
Advance tickets for “Fight Night at the Commerce,” starting at $25 can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000). The Commerce Casino is located at 6131 Telegraph Rd. Doors on the evening of event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm . . . Click here for more
Competing in his third fight in 2009, JM Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs) returns this Saturday against Colombian veteran Ilido Julio (39-15-1, 35 KOs) in a show promoted by his brother, former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. “I’m ready to have a big win over Ilido Julio this Saturday, and after that I’m ready to fight anyone out there in the junior welterweight division,” said JM Cotto. “Bring me Urango, Malignaggi, Bradley, Khan, anyone. I’m hungrier than ever and 2010 will be my year.” Miguel Cotto added, “He looks determined and ready for action. We’ll make big fights with him in 2010.” Boxeo Boricua in Caguas will take place at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas Saturday December 19.
A reliable source has informed that the IBF has ordered negotiations to begin for a bout between two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) and IBF world ranked Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Funeka is coming off of what many felt was a controversial draw he should have won with former two-divisional world champion Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs). Team Guzman afterward released a statement defending the draw. Guzman is currently on medical suspension due to a fractured nose and stitches suffered from his bout with Funeka. Team Guzman had complained of headbutts on the part of Funeka to Guzman throughout their bout. An letter was sent to all parties from the IBF informing them of Funeka vs. Reyes. Guzman is on a 30 day suspension and this is the reason why the IBF bypassed him at this time to contend for the world title. The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement.
Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño arrived last night at the International Airport in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico to make his second defense against Alejandro “Alex” Valdez on Saturday, December 19. Cermeno (18-0, 10 KOs) vs Valdez (22-3-3, 15 KOs) will be a stellar clash presented by Zanfer Promotions and Larsa Communications and will be televised throughout Mexico on TV Azteca and in the United States on pay-per-view. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion’s ‘Golden Jack’ Culcay-Keth will make his anticipated professional debut this Saturday on undercard of Universum’s world title twinbill at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. Culcay-Keth’s name has been all over the German media since winning the 2009 Gold Medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milano, Italy. This was a feat that hadn’t been done in 14 years by a German fighter. Culcay-Keth was born in Ambato, Ecuador to a German mother and an Ecuadorian father. He has been raised in Germany since the age of 6 and is a German citizen. He speaks both German and Spanish fluently. Culcay-Keth’s very exciting fight style is very different from many European-style fighters and appears to have the tools to become a star. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
While his opponent is no Apollo Creed, the boxing career of Baltimore middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will take a Rocky-like turn on Friday, December 18 when he battles outside his home area of Maryland-DC-Virginia for the first time in his pro career. Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) travels to the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN for a 10-round main event bout against, ironically, another Maryland boxer – highly-touted and undefeated Fernando Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs) of Salisbury. The bout will be carried live on Showtime as the lead bout on the network’s ShoBox telecast. The bout will also be Nicklow’s national television debut. (more…)
When heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-5, 23KO) takes on former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (33-4, 22KO) this Thursday, one thing is for sure, the fans in attendance will be treated to one very exciting fight. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds, will take place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Mormeck’s native Paris, France. “I can’t wait to get into the ring and go to war with Mormeck,” stated Maddalone. “Mormeck comes right at you and likes to bang, which is exactly the type of fight I dream about being in. There isn’t going to be any dancing around or pop shotting from the outside, this is going to be one of those old school fashion wars that boxing fans love to see. We are both going to be right in each other’s faces from the start of the fight, saying, ‘here I am, let me see what you got’. I’m really looking forward to putting on a fun and exciting show for all those in attendance come fight night.” (more…)
World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) and WBC #3-rated contender Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will kickoff fight week tomorrow in Youngstown, Ohio. Workouts, the press conference and the weigh-in will all be open to the public before Pavlik and Espino meet on Saturday in the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.
Tuesday, December 15 – Media Workouts
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club
(1714 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio)
11:30 AM – Miguel Espino & Vanes Martirosyan
1:00 PM – Kelly Pavlik & Jack Loew
Wednesday, December 16 – Final News Conference
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University
Noon – News Conference Begins
Public and Media Enter through Front Lobby
Friday, December 18 – Official Weigh-In
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University
1:00 PM – Pavlik & Espino on Scale First
Public and Media Enter through Front Lobby
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) says IBO/WBC interim champ “Bad” Chad Dawson is ducking him. “Chad Dawson won’t be able to run 12 rounds against me,” Cloud said. “My pressure will be unbelievable and I hit hard with both hands. He’ll have to stand and fight and that will be his ultimate demise. We’re totally different. If I went around saying I could beat the No. 1 contender, like Chad did when I was the No. 1, I’d fight him to prove it. I’m baffled, I guess, more than frustrated. All my life watching boxing, I thought the champion had to fight the next available, most deserving challenger, or unify the title. I was the No. 1 contender and he was the champ, but that’s when all the politics of boxing came in – extensions and exceptions – and his promoter lobbied to duck this hungry fighter. I understand the promoter building a fighter and arranging puff fights for more money. At some point, though, a real fighter has to fight the best. You can’t be great just fighting hand-picked, over-the-hill guys.” Cloud hopes to defend his IBF title in the first-quarter of 2010 against WBC champion Jean Pascal in a unification bout, or, there’s always the possibility of fighting one of the over 40 greats such as Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones, Jr., Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver.
Heavyweights Vinny Maddalone from NYC and Jean Marc Mormeck of France pose at today’s press conference in advance of their showdown on Thursday at the Halle Carpentier in Paris, France. More photos…
By Antonio Castro
WBC/WBO Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KO’s) held an open workout for the media and the public earlier this week at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio as he prepared for his third title defense against WBC #3/WBO # 12 ranked middleweight Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KO’s). The championship bout will take place on Saturday from the Beasley Center, located on the campus of Youngstown State University. Along with working out, Pavlik also was made available to talk about numerous topics, ranging from his upcoming opponent, to the fallout of his previous opponent, Paul Williams. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA 115 pound champion Vic Darchinyan is after rematch bouts with Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko after destroying Mexico’s Tomaz Rojas in two rounds at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, USA Saturday. Both Donaire and Agbeko scored upset victories over Darchinyan. ”I want rematches,” announced Darchinyan. ”Every night when I sleep I am thinking about when I’ll fight those guys (Donaire and Agbeko). It’s in my dreams.” Darchinyan’s American promoter, Gary Shaw, confirmed he was working on a fight with the Filipino Donaire.
By Alexey Sukachev
Cheboksary native Konstantin Piternov (8-0, 1 KO) proved once again that his amateur pedigree (over 300 wins at unpaid ranks) compiled with his technical finesse and ring wisdom was more than enough for the bitter rival Rudolf Asaturyan (8-4, 4 KOs). Defending his national super middleweight title for the first time, Piternov effectively kept Russian regalia with him and raised his stock after the ten-round unanimous decision over the same opponent, whom he wrestled his title from in June. The contest was held yesterday at the legendary “Krilya Sovetov” arena in Moscow and headlined a tiny show, staged by debuting promoter Roman Kim. Linking pairs and arranging match-ups was well-known Russian boxing personality, Alexander Kolesnikov. (more…)
Diego Sanchez had a nightmare and its name was B.J. Penn. The gifted fighter known as “The Prodigy” made the third successful defense of his UFC lightweight championship by destroying Sanchez in dominant fashion, finally ending the one-sided contest in the fifth round on cuts.
Penn moved forward early, stalking Sanchez who fired several punches, but landed none. Penn landed a straight right that dropped Sanchez. Penn then pounced, landing several more punches in the process. To his credit, Sanchez took the punishment and survived . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
The Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that “Floyd Mayweather simply has to go to church regularly to know where the Filipino’s vaunted strength and power come from.” Reacting to a statement made by Mayweather’s handlers that Pacquiao should undergo an Olympic-Style drug testing in the weeks leading to their March 13, 2010 fight, Mike Koncz said he welcomes Leonard Ellerbe’s demand that such tests be done to ensure that the two fighters are clean when they finally collide. “It’s amusing,” said Koncz from General Santos City, home of Pacquiao. “There’s no problem with that but if he wants to get an answer right away, he better visit the church so he’d know why.” Ellerbe is one of two key Mayweather advisers. The other is Al Haymon. Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are in the final stages of finalizing the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout that is expected to break box-office and PPV records.
Lamont Peterson thought he had the right game plan in his bid to dethrone world champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday night. The only problem was that Bradley was ready for that and made adjustments of his own.
With Bradley executing an almost flawless game plan, and then some, he solidified his standing as the top fighter amongst 140-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
The highly anticipated rematch between former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3-0, 17 KOs) and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-3-0, 5 KOs) were featured Saturday in Chicago at the UIC Pavilion. The fights were televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark . . . Click here for more
By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Shea Bailey Promotions along with KO Kings Productions presented a card which included would be hopefuls, road warriors, and local MMA fighters making their professional boxing debuts. The main event served its purpose as the most exciting boxing match Atlanta has seen in a while, pitting super bantamweights LeShaun “Lil Bossman” Blair (4-20) vs David Orosco (1-5) in a six round battle. Ignoring the records and pro fighting turmoil’s, both fighters came into the fight looking to score a victory at any cost. From the sound of the opening bell Blair and Orosco took turns controlling the action at a blistering pace. Orosco spent the round switching from southpaw to orthodox moving in and out as Blair was content to mix it up whenever his opponent would engage. Rounds one and two were identical; with little regard for punishment both fighter swung for the fences and connected vicious blows. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Despite being knocked down and being mostly out-boxed by Timothy Bradley on Saturday night, much praise was given to Lamont Peterson for his performance in taking the fight to Bradley. Even Timothy Bradley stated that Peterson should hold his head high and that one day he will win a world title. With the performance that Bradley showed in front of a world audience, Peterson’s time, as well as other 140-pound fighters, may have to wait a while longer than expected. The former amateurs’ teammates and roommates were cordial and expressed praise in one another after their 12 round world title bout, where Bradley remained champion before a sold-out crowd at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
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