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While the combat sports community is focused on the likes of Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Dan Hardy, and Mike Swick this weekend, there is a fiery Brazilian who believes that he’ll soon captivate the world’s attention.
Jose Aldo, a 23-year-old explosive striker in the World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight division, is riding a five-fight win streak in the organization, including an eight-second TKO over Cub Swanson in his last fight in June. Just days away from his first world title shot against champion Mike Brown at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 18, the native of Rio de Janeiro feels that his time to rule the featherweight division has come. (more…)
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By Robert Hough
In preparing for his November 21 fight against Mikkel Kessler (42-1-0, 32 KOs) for the Dane’s WBA super-middleweight belt, Andre Ward (20-0-0, 13 KOs), faces a familiar scenario: international field, American boxers losing and a formidable fight in his future . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 88th Annual World Boxing Association Convention got underway today at the luxurious Dann Carlton Hotel in beautiful Medellin, Colombia. Some 256 delegates from over 20 countries are in attendance. The opening commenced with introductions of the WBA Board of Directors by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. Following the national anthem of the host country Colombia, a ten count was then given to several boxing luminaries who have passed in the last year- Promoter Luis Spada, past WBA president Dr. Elias Cordoba, legendary champions Alexis Arguello, Jose Torres, Ingemar Johansson, Raul Macias, Alfredo Marcano, Greg Page, and more recent fighters of note, female unified champion Jisselle Salandy and WBA Fedelatin champion Jose Arboleda. (more…)
It’s a mega-fight, so why is Mike Brown calling No. 1 challenger Jose Aldo, an explosive knockout artist and past world champ in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, “just another top, well-rounded fighter?” It’s a mega-fight, so why is Aldo trying to mentally ignore that the WEC featherweight title will be on the line? . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Robert Coster
It was billed as a Dominican “Civil War” and it turned out to be exactly that. A war. Former Jr lightweight contender Francisco Lorenzo, 130, and prospect Jenifel Vicente, 127, battered each other for 10 rounds, bringing the crowd at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo to its feet. The early part of the incredibly violent slugfest belonged to the veteran Lorenzo (34-7, 15 KOs), much more pedigreed than his young opponent. Vicente (15-0-2, 9 KOs) however turned things around in the second portion of the bout as the older fighter began to tire. The fight was up for grabs until the last round and Vicente just did a little more in the last minutes to escape with a razor thin split decision. It was a memorable battle that will have Dominican fans talking for a while. Also on the seven-bout card offered by Manguita Promotions, jr welterweight prospect Julio Reyes (13-0) won a rather controversial 8th round TKO over unlucky Franklin Gonzalez (12-2).
By Ron Jackson
Ali Funeka will have his second crack at the IBF lightweight belt when he meets Joan Guzman from the Dominican Republic for the vacant belt in Quebec, Canada on November 28. In February this year, the 31-year-old Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) was outpointed by Nate Campbell when challenging for the IBF and WBO belts. Funeka who is now managed by Butityi Konki and trained by Vuyani and Dudu Bungu faces possibly the toughest fight of his career against Guzman, 33, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York and is unbeaten in 20 fights with 17 wins inside the distance. (more…)
On November 12, 2009, Lindsey Tucker, IBF Championships Chairman, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame during its 40th annual dinner and induction ceremony held at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey. Like many in the sport of Boxing, Lindsey Tucker started out as a young fan. In 1981 came his opportunity to be professionally involved in the sport when he was hired by former world heavyweight champion and New Jersey Boxing Commissioner “Jersey” Joe Walcott to work as an inspector for the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. He progressed with the commission and later went on to work as chief inspector, judge and timekeeper. Tucker has been involved with the IBF since its inception in 1983, when he became an associate member of what was then the USBA-I. In June of 2002 he was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. (more…)
More good news was reported on former world title challenger Z Gorres as he made more improvement today. While team members were talking words of encouragement to him he opened his left eye and managed to give uthe thumbs up sign with his right thumb. The nurse caring for Gorres stated he had done the same thing for her earlier which is a good sign. Fightnews will continue to give updates on the continued progress of Gorres. Gorres won a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
“Manny Pacquiao is the fighter and every time someone asks him if he wants to fight me, he says it is up to his promoter, he’s going to take a vacation, whatever the answer is,” said Mayweather today. “I have yet to hear him actually say, ‘yes I want to fight Mayweather.’ We are the fighters and if one fighter is talking about fighting another fighter, then they should just come out and say it. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t say anything directly about fighting me because he might just know it’s not a fight he can win. He said during an interview he did leading up to his fight that he didn’t think I wanted to fight him and that boxing for me was just a business and I wasn’t interested in a good fight. But again, he never said during that interview that he would fight me. Why is he talking about what I won’t do instead of what he wants to do? Plain and simple, it’s because he knows he can’t beat me under any circumstances.” (more…)
By Robert Hough
WBA super-middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler said Monday at a public workout that his preparation is perfect for the November 21 fight against Andre Ward. “I see Ward is hungry and I know he has good speed, but I’m ready for him.”
Ward said that when he fights Mikkel Kessler on November 21, he’ll strike the right balance of focus and relaxation. “I’m going to fight a disciplined fight and have fun; that’s when I’m at my best.”
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
The UFC suffered a major blow when heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was forced out of his UFC 106 title bout with Shane Carwin due to a severe case of the flu. With time ticking away and no main event in sight, what did UFC president Dana White do?
He simply bumped the night’s slated co-main event—a rematch between Forrest Griffin (16-6) and Tito Ortiz (16-6-1)—to headlining status. .. . . click here for more
Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.
A press conference was held today for Universum Box-Promotion’s world title tripleheader on Saturday at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion. Here’s what the fighters had to say… (more…)
Star Boxing has announced that the premiere December 3rd installment of its new series, “Hustler Boxing”, will be shown live on the Versus Network. The card will take place at the Grand Ballroom at New York’s famous Manhattan Center, and will feature light welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10KO) taking on Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1, 4KO) for the vacant USBA light welterweight championship. The card will also feature a battle between undefeated, sensational welterweight prospects, Star Boxing’s “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) and three-time national golden gloves champion, Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO). Robinson vs. Solomon is scheduled for six rounds. In another featured bout, “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) meets Jenna “Cowgirl” Shivers (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA female super bantamweight belt. Tickets are $202, $152, $102, $52 with VIP tables of ten also available. Call 718-823-2000.
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and WBC cruiserweight champion Giaccobe Fragomeni pose at Monday’s press conference in advance of their world title showdown on Saturday’s big “Universum Champions Night” world title tripleheader in Kiel, Germany. (Full report to come)
UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV heads to the suburbs of Washington D.C. on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT for the first ever UFC fight in Virginia with a card featuring some of the best up-and-coming lightweight fighters. Emanating from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the campus of George Mason University, undefeated UFC lightweight Gray Maynard (9-0, 1 NC) takes on hard-hitting Nate Diaz (11-4) in the main event with Efrain Escudero and Evan Dunham in a duel of undefeated fighters in the co-feature. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) announced today that the bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva will headline UFC 108 as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira today was forced to pull out of his fight with Cain Velasquez due to a severe injury to his left elbow. UFC 108, which is presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2010. (more…)
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Like WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, Oakland native Andre Ward was also on hand for Sunday’s NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland Coliseum. As far as we know, the fighters didn’t run into each other at the game. Chances of a face-to face showdown are better for today (Monday), when both Ward and Kessler take part in a media workout open to the public at King’s Gym in Oakland in preparation for Saturday’s WBA world title fight and SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup. Kessler will work out at 11:30AM and Ward will work out an hour later at 12:30PM.
Bantamweight contender Z Gorres survived a late knockdown in route to a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Since the surgery, Gorres’ progress has been very good. The brain pressure has remained stable. Monitoring is not needed anymore. The plan for tomorrow is to decrease sedation and allow him to be more conscious. They will start weaning him from the ventilator in order to allow him to breathe on his own. Team Gorres ask for all who believe in prayer to continue to pray for him and his recovery.
Report by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision . . . Click here for more
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler arrived in San Francisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. He left Sacramento after watching the Pacquiao-Cotto clash. “That was a great fight,” he said. “I have the utmost of respect for both fighters. They really put on a great show.” Kessler will take on Oakland hero Andre Ward in their hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic opening clash next Saturday. On Sunday afternoon he caught a first glimpse of the Oracle Arena when he and his team attended the NFL Game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Coliseum. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The welterweight mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto had all the makings of a classic war reminiscent of the 80’s era. When the first bell rang, thoughts of Hagler-Hearns and Leonard-Duran crossed the minds of those in attendance at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Those thoughts lasted all of three-and-a-half rounds – until the legend of Pacquiao imposed its will on Cotto . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
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After Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Miguel Cotto en route to claiming his 7th world title in as many weight classes, a chant of “We want Floyd” showered the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
The fans weren’t the only ones hoping that, somehow, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will step up to the plate to take on boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound champion . . . Click here for more
Manny Pacquiao likened himself to a tiger that stalked a wounded prey after his sensational stoppage victory over Miguel Cotto on Saturday night before more than 16,000 fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I was like a ferocious tiger,” said Pacquiao in Filipino as he was waiting for the cue to entertain an interview request with ESPN Deportes at the Pacquiao-Cotto Media Center. “Cotto kept on running,” said Pacquiao of his fallen Puerto Rican foe, who he later showered with praises. “Cotto is still very tough, though,” added Pacquiao.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
In an amazing, violent fight, Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) stopped WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) in round twelve to win another world title in an unprecedented seventh weight division on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters were on the attack from the opening bell. Pacman dropped Cotto with a right hook in round three. Cotto dominated round four, but was dropped by a left uppercut at the end of the round. Cotto fought courageously but was rocked again in the sixth by Pacman’s hurtful shots coming in from all angles. Cotto began to box from the outside in the seventh with some success. However, Pacquiao continued to stalk him and break him down. Cotto was in survival mode down the stretch. Referee Kenny Bayless finally waved in off in round twelve. Time was :55.
Unbeaten “Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Troy Rowland (25-3, 7 KOs) in a middleweight clash. Chavez’ harder punches earned him a 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 victory. John Duddy has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for Chavez, who was officially fighting as a full-fledged middleweight for the first time. It’s possible that Chavez could see action on Top Rank’s December 19 Latin Fury card in Cancun.
In a stunner, unbeaten but unheralded jr middleweight Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), outboxed and dethroned WBA super welterweight world champion Daniel Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) over twelve highly technical rounds. Foreman was credited with a knockdown in round two when an off-balance Santos’ glove touched the canvas, had the three-time world champion hurt in round four, and generally gave Santos fits withhis quickness and movement. There were many head clashes in the fight. Foreman punctuated his win with another knockdown of Santos in the twelfth. Scores were 116-110, 117-109, 117-109.
Former world title challenger and “Contender: Season One” star Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs) upset WBC #7 welterweight Jesus Soto Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), winning a six round technical decision. Gomez was right at the side of his right eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three and the cutbothered Gomez thereafter. The cards read 58-54, 57-55, 57-55, all for Gomez. Soto-Karass was deducted points for low blows in rounds three and four.
Results by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision. In round one Couture dominated the action by pressing Vera into the cage and controlling his body for the full five minutes. Round two saw Vera fend off the clinch of Couture and hurt him badly with a kick to the ribs. The final round witnessed Couture control the majority of the round with a strong clinch but Vera nearly finish the fight with two hard body kicks and a takedown. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 in favor of Randy “The Natural” Couture. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Samuel Malinga was just too big and strong for Pius Dipheko and stopped him the fifth round to win the WBO Africa interim junior welterweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Saturday night. The former WBF and SA champion systematically wore down the gutsy Dipheko (62.94 kg) who tried to slug it out with Malinga (62.76 kg) rather than to stick and run which is his normal boxing style. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Top Rank’s hot Olympian middleweight prospect Matt Korobov (8-0, 6 KOs) took a one-sided six round unanimous decision over James Winchester (10-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
Eden Sonsona def Elion Kedem via TKO at :17 in the second round. Sonsona dropped Kedem with a hard left hand in the first round and blitzed Kedem right as the bell sounded in the second as referee Joe Cortez was forced to wave off the bout.
Flyweight Richie Mepranum (15-2-1, 3 KOs) won a six round split decision over Ernie Marquez (9-6-2, 3 KOs). Scores were 58-55, 57-56 Mepranum, 57-56 Marquez.
Lightweight Abner Cotto (5-0, 3 KOs), Miguel’s second cousin, won a six round unanimous decision over Luis Guzman (3-5, 2 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
Super Welterweight Rodrigo Garcia remained unbeaten with a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Martin Vierra (5-3-1, 2 KO’s). Garcia (5-0 4 KO’s) landed the more effective and harder punches of the two. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Garcia.
WBA #13 middleweight Andy Lee (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round decision over reigning European Union and French champion Affif Belghecham (19-4-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before his hometown fans at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. The much taller Lee clinically outboxed Belghecham from the outside, refraining from engaging in exchanges for the first eight rounds. Belghecham, however, stormed back and dominated the last two rounds with Lee barely hanging on at the end. The referee was the sole scorer for the bout and he had it 99-92 for Lee.
WBO #2/IBF #5/WBC #5/WBA #14 flyweight Andrea Sarritzu (30-4-4, 12 KOs) regained the vacant European title with a seventh round TKO over Christophe Rodrigues (15-16-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palazzetto dello Sport in Cagliari, Italy. Rodrigues quit between rounds seven and eight citing a shoulder injury. Sarritzu previoualy held the title for nearly two years between 2006 and 2008. He is now 3-0 against Rodrigues.
By Francisco Salazar
Newly-crowned WBA heavyweight champion David Haye was all smiles on Saturday afternoon at a luncheon to honor his majority decision victory over Nicolay Valuev. Haye has a mandatory title defense over former world champion John Ruiz, who he stated will be his biggest challenge in his career because of his fighting style. However, he was not shy about who he would like to face down the road. “I was destined to be a world champion. My biggest fight and payday will be against the Klitschkos. I know that the money will be the deciding factor in bringing them to the table.”
By Andreas Hale
Golden Boy Promotions and Lou Dibella Entertainment officially announced the January 30 showdown between six-time world champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley and current WBC welter champ Andre Berto, today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The two will clash on HBO’s World Championship Boxing on Jan. 30, from the Mandalay Bay.
Lou Dibella: “You looked sensational against Margarito but you had a guy in front of you. He came right at you and had no speed. Right before the fight, he got caught for the cheater he is. As good as you looked, he let you look better than you are. Father time is not any of our friends and on January 30th in my heart I believe that the Shane Mosley era ends and the Berto era begins.”
Andre Berto: “This is a dream of mine to fight in Las Vegas in a megafight. This is going to be an epic fight.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “38 is now the 28 of today. (Mosley) is still young and fresh. That’s what sets him apart from all the fighters today.”
Shane Mosley: “I always thought Berto fought like me and I did say he made a lot of mistakes. He still makes those mistakes and its going to be a problem when we fight. I’m so excited to be able to fight on January 30th. I can’t wait.”
By Bob Ryder
Vernon “VIP” Paris and Brian “The Lion” Mihtar both successfully came back from extended absences from the ring on Friday night in Detroit. Promoters Carlos Llinas Productions (CLIP), Ron Remus Productions in conjunction with Olympia Entertainment were rewarded with a SRO house at the Masonic Temple. In one of two co-main events, junior welterweight Vernon Paris dominated Jesse Francisco of Crystal River, FL in scoring a second round TKO. Before the fight Paris had stated “I’m really excited about getting into action again and more importantly I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made in my personal life. I want to stay active.” The “Ice Man” also credited his young daughter as giving him the inspiration to do the right thing. For more details and photos click here…
Putting the victor in line for a shot at recently-crowned IBF Super Flyweight Champion Simphiwe Nongqayi, Mexico’s Alberto Rosas worked his way to a unanimous decision over awkward Federico Catubay, of the Philippines, last night at the House of Blues inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
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