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Mike Guymon clutched his green beads tight. There weren’t many people wearing them on October 9th. Most participants in the Out of The Darkness Suicide Walk fundraising event in Irvine wore white beads because they lost a child, blue for supporting the cause, orange for losing a brother or sister, or purple if they lost a relative or friend to suicide. Guymon’s green beads represented a different struggle . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
At today’s NYC press conference for his December 18 SHOWTIME-televised championship tilt with Jean Pascal, Bernard Hopkins made an age joke to big laughs from the press, “I was in my rocking chair when he said he wanted to fight me next. I rocked faster, grabbed my cane and put me teeth in!” Later, an impassioned Hopkins said, “He makes one mistake & it’s over. I’m not just coming out for a payday. I’d NEVER disrespect my legacy.”
Current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal countered by saying, “Bernard Hopkins came to my country & disrespected me, but I won’t do that to him because my mom taught me to respect my elders.” He later pulls out his college diploma, looks Hopkins in the eye and says, “I’m gonna take you to school.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
New York State’s capital district is rich in up and coming boxing talent with fighter’s like Nagy Aguilera, Mike Faragon, Brian Miller and former contenders Shannon Miller and Tony Marshall. While there have been several shows in the region over the last few years, it seems a steady schedule of cards to whet the appetite of fight fans in the upstate region is on the horizon. Adam Neary of the newest boxing promotional outfit in the game- the aptly named Ares Promotions (after the Greek God of war), is looking to make that a reality. Neary took time to talk with Fightnews about his entry into the fight game, and plans for the future of boxing in Upstate, New York… (more…)
On December 3, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host a middleweight clash between Lajuan Simon (23-2-2, 12 KOs) and Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-6-2, 18 KOs). Simon-Miranda will be for the WBC Continental Americas belt. The undercard features middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (14-1), heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (10-0), light heavyweight Anthony “Caputo” Smith, welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart, light welterweight “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, cruiserweight Dan “Bada-Bing” Biddle, and super middleweight Gabriel “GPHAM” Pham. A female bout is also planned. Nick Tiberi is the matchmaker for this event. Tickets are $35 – $125. Call 800-711-5882.
Hatton Promotions continue to expand their company by staging their first ever show in Belarus on Thursday 21st October. The promotion at Club Reaktor, Minsk will be headlined by Hatton’s Belarusian hopeful Siarhei Rabchanka who faces former amateur star Roman Dzhuman. Rabchanka faces a tough test against the Ukrainian who is coming off a career best win against French star Christophe Canclaux. The show is a co-promotion with MAK Promotions Group and World Sports Promotions. Rabchanka, 24 has won all 14 fights and is looking to fight in Britain next year and to challenge European champion Lukas Konecny. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The boxing hotbed of Tijuana, Mex, with their vast array of current fighters, former champions and up and coming prospects hosts yet another fight night when Zanfer Promotions presents “Cannon Shot of New Talent” this Friday, October 22nd, at the Municipal Auditorium in the heart of the border town. In the eight round lightweight main event, local favorite Fernando “Cuervito” Garcia (12-3, 8KOs) takes on Byron Gonzalez (4-0-2, 3KOs) of Riverside, CA, in a rematch of their six round war last August. The fight card will be broadcast internationally by Azteca America, check your local listings. (more…)
Red-hot, unbeaten super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez has been in Sydney, Australia since last Saturday to work as a sparring partner for contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs), as the dangerous Dominican prepares for his November 5th main event fight against James McGirt on ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Fargo, North Dakota. The DiBella Entertainment-promoted show will air on SHOWTIME starting at 11 ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
Even though he is facing his sternest test on paper this Friday, October 22, unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9 KOs) has another thing on his mind besides the rugged Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24 KOs), whom he meets in the eight-round main event of spanish language network Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” . . . . Click here for more
Photo above: Gesta trains for Valle; former champ Antonio DeMarco shadowboxes in background.
On Monday, the WBA authorized an optional defense between WBA featherweight super champion Chris John and #5 Fernando Saucedo. The fight would take place on December 1 in Jakarta, with the condition that if John defeats Saucedo, he must begin immediate negotiations with the Yurioskis Gamboa who hold the regular WBA and IBF belts in the weight category. Under the proposal, this fight could be scheduled for April 19.
By Bob Ryder
Lanardo Tyner and Andre Gorges are primed and ready for their October 30 showdown in the eight round main event on promoter Joseph Donofrio’s show at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. Both had plenty to say to Fightnews. “Pain Server” Tyner was blunt, “to be honest I’m offended he wants to fight me. I mean, it’s like with your limited experience do you think you can beat me? It’s created a fire in me. I’m going to pressure him on out of there!” Gorges acknowledged that he has heard Tyner loud and clear and he is prepared. “I know he is going to come at me but I am going to fight him. I can’t win it by running. I can punch too. This is my big breakout fight. People forget that even though I’ve only had 10 pro fights I had 150 bouts as an amateur. Back when I was just a 19 year old kid I sparred with Tyner and I more than held my own.” (more…)
Tito Ortiz assumed that the worst part was over. Following spinal fusion surgery in October of 2008, the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history was finally given a clean bill of health and cleared to make another run at the title he so coveted . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Francisco Salazar
Middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez usually allows his fists to do the talking for him. However, the mild-mannered Martinez could not help himself by making a bold prediction about his 12 round fight against Paul Williams. “I’m going to stop him in seven rounds,” said Martinez to Fightnews.com at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard on Sunday afternoon. He was in attendance to take part in a fundraiser to raise money for travel and lodgings for amateur fighters in the gym. (more…)
Nathan Cleverly and Matthew Macklin will face former world title challengers on December 11 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Cleverly will challenge for the Interim WBO World light-heavyweight title against the number two ranked Alejandro Lakatos. And Macklin will defend his European middleweight belt against Ruben Varon. (more…)
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised his Finnish fans a spectacular KO victory over Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs) when they clash for Scandinavian heavyweight supremacy at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena on November 27. Seven of Helenius´ last eight opponents did not last until the final bell, including former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster and EU Heavyweight Title Challenger Gregory Tony. Next in line to taste Helenius´ feared punching power is Levin. “I will make sure the first defence of my EU Heavyweight Title will be one to remember,” Helenius said. “Levin is a tough guy with a lot of experience, but my goal is to be the best – the best heavyweight in Finland, in Scandinavia and ultimately the best heavyweight in the world. A KO victory over an accomplished fighter like Levin will not only make me the number one in Scandinavia but also further raise my international profile.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Richard “El Tigre” Abril (13-2, 6 KOs) captured the WBC Latino lightweight belt with tonight’s unanimous decision victory over game Jose “El Gallo” Reyes at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. Reyes falls to 23-9 with 8 KOs. The taller Abril controlled the action with solid right hands catching Reyes as he vainly charged to close the distance. Referee Frank Gentile issued the first of many warnings to Abril for holding behind the head to begin the first round. Despite Gentile’s warnings to both fighters in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth rounds, “El Tigre” showed good speed and accuracy considering his recent 10 month layoff away from the ring. Reyes fought back valiantly in the middle rounds, landing a flush right hand which snapped Abril’s head back to close the ninth.. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Abril regrouped to win the final round. The three judges scored it 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92 for Abril. (more…)
Edgar and Maynard Meet Again With The Lightweight Title On The Line: Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar looks to avenge the lone loss of his career when he faces number one contender Gray Maynard in Las Vegas! Plus, two heavyweight powers collide when Shane Carwin returns to take on TUF winner Roy Nelson – live Saturday, January 1 at the MGM Grand – tickets available this week!
Too Big For The Small Screen – See UFC 121 Live In Theaters: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez collide on October 23rd in a huge heavyweight battle – experience this larger than life event LIVE on the big screen at select theaters!
Fight manager/advisor/promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who represents WBA featherweight super champion Chris John, paid a visit today to WBA headquarters in Panama City, Panama. Sampson met with WBA Executive Vice-President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza to officially request Chris John’s next optional title defense.
Looks like former world heavweight title challengers David Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KOs) will headline in seperate bouts on December 4th in Aruba. No opponents have been named for either fighter. The idea should each win would be a rematch of their draw from this past July in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tua was knocked down for the first time in his career by Barrett in the 12th and final round of that fight.
Photos: Quebec City
Au revoir to Canada as Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins finished up a three-city tour of the country hosting press conferences in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto to promote their December 18 WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, live in Canada on pay-per-view and on SHOWTIME® in the United States. The current champion Pascal and the seasoned veteran Hopkins exchanged verbal blows at each stop. Accompanied by Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya and GYM President/GM Yvon Michel, the fighters will travel to New York City tonight to host their final press conference and only U.S. appearance tomorrow. (more…)
Former world title challenger Dimitry Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs) will face former world champion Mike Achondo (30-3, 19 KOs) December 16th at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the IBA welterweight title. Salita will start training camp next week at the Universal boxing in Ozone Park Queens, New York with his trainer Nirmal Lorick. Lorick is best known for training former world champions Luis Collazo and Travis Simms.
In a battle of former world champions Erik “El Terrible” Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico will take on Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Argentina December 18th in Tijuana, Mexico. Contracted weight for the fight will soon be announced.
By Karl Freitag
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) will defend his title on November 20 against TBA at the the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. WIBF/WBO/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (16-1, 5 KOs) will also defend her world titles.
The card will be televised in Germany by SAT.1, which is filling some of the void left after ZDF dropped boxing. SAT.1 also televised Felix Sturm’s title defense in September.
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) is set to face Samson Onyango (20-6, 13 KOs) on November 20 in Atlantic City in an off-TV bout on the undercard of Sergio Martinez’s middleweight title defense against Paul Williams.
Expect a jumpstart to the career of Puerto Rican welterweight Jonathan Gonzalez (9-0, 9 KOs) now that Gary Shaw Productions has signed on as a co-promoter. “I’ve had my eye on this kid since his amateur days. You could tell back then he was going to be a sensational pro,” said Shaw. Gonzalez is next scheduled to face Carlos Pena on a card at the Centro de Convenciones in Guayama, Puerto Rico, on October 29.
A severe blow to WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis who is training for a November 27 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Katsidis’ brother Stathi Katsidis, a well known jockey in Australia has tragically passed away at just 31 years of age. Fightnews staff sends its condolences to the Katsidis family.
Super middleweight Lennox Allen’s New York State title fight against Nick Brinson has been rescheduled for November 13 in Albany, NY. The sudden loss of his brother forced Allen (12-0-1, 7 KOs) to pull out of his scheduled September 24 headliner against Brinson in Franklin Park, NY.
To many in the boxing world, fans, writers, other fighters, the three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex., has a large cross to bear after an illegal material was found in his hand wraps prior to his championship bout versus “Sugar” Shane Mosley in January of last year.
Like Atlas, who according to greek mythology holds the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, many believe that Margarito has a similar weight to carry as he will always will have to address questions of whether he knew or didn’t know what was in those wraps that fateful night in Los Angeles. For the 32-year-old Margarito, as he trains for the biggest fight of his career, the idea of still having to clear his name is not a thought that crosses his mind . . . Click here for more
Sign for Pacquiao-Margarito in Times Square, NYC.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The countdown to Cancun has begun! There are less than two weeks to go before the 48th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico kicks off. “This will be the highlight of the year in world boxing, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence,” said President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. Already the list of former and current champions expected to attend has begun to grow with commitments from Roberto Duran, Jeff Fenech, Miguel Cotto, Hector “Macho” Camacho, current WBC Silver belt Super Welterweight champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez, local Cancun hero and former WBC Featherweight champion Rodolfo “Rudy” Lopez and current WBC Female Light Flyweight champion Namoi Toguchi, to name a few. (more…)
Sensational super bantamweight prospect Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz has been added to the star studded “An Evening Ringside” Jonathan Ogden Foundation Benefit card this Thursday night, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland.
Fighting out of Lincoln Heights, California, Santa Cruz has continued to impress West Coast boxing fans since turning professional four years ago. Known for his outstanding boxing skills and fast hands, the former amateur standout brings a record of 13-0-1 with five knockouts into the scheduled six rounder against Milwaukee’s James Owens, 4-1-0 (2KO’s). (more…)
In a tiny Colorado apartment without a phone, Chris Camozzi would have watched as his future seemingly passed him by, but as luck would have it, he didn’t have cable television either. Instead, he could just imagine what was going on in Las Vegas as a bunch of middleweight prospects fought for the right to make it into the competition for The Ultimate Fighter season seven title. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, opened up his training camp at the 10th Round Gym in Fairless Hills, PA, last week in preparation for his Nov. 13 fight with Jesus Soto-Karass at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Jones vs. Soto-Karass fight opens up the pay-per-view telecast that night on a card which features Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title in the main event.
Among Jones’ sparring partners are fellow-Philadelphians Gabriel Rosado and Raymond Serrano. Rosado (14-5, 8 K0s) is on the verge of his own world ranking at junior middleweight while Serrano (13-0, 6 K0s) is quietly moving up through the welterweight division. (more…)
Undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora returns to the ring in a 10-round junior welterweight bout against TBA on November 20 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs), will headline a card promoted by Michael Acri Boxing Promotions. “Spadafora is in great shape and looking forward to making his Mohegan Sun debut,” said Acri. “It’s going to be an exciting night at the fights for the fans.” The undercard will feature exciting prospects from the New England area. Tickets start at $30.
By Phil Doherty
Richard Abril 137.25 vs. Jose Reyes 135.75
Luis Ortiz 233 vs. Zach Page 207.75
Joey Hernandez 161.75 vs. Saul Duran-158.25
James Bryant 247.5 vs. Deuily Aristilde 222.5
Innocent Fiz 150 vs. Jose Angel Roman 149.75
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199 vs. Jose Luis Herrera 198
Khabib Allekhverdiev 138.75 vs. Juan Nazario 140.5**
Yordenis Ugas 147* vs. Anthony Woods 146
Azea Augustama 184.5 vs. Reggie Pena 189.5
Albert Jimenez 243.25 vs. Glendy Hernandez 243
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: The Heavyweight Factory
*Ugas came in ¼ lb over but shed the excess weight for second weighing.
**Nazario could not shed the ½ lb and Allekhverdiev agreed to continue as scheduled.
By Sam DiTusa
On October 28th, welterweights Enrique Gutierrez (10-4, 8 KOs) and Dashon Johnson (11-2-3, 3 KOs) will square off at the San Manual Casino in San Bernadino. The 8 round main event is for the EBU championship and will be promoted by Patrick Ortiz and Ringside Ticket. The fight show cases the hard punching Gutierrez against the speed and athleticism of Johnson and will be an entertaining contest between two very determined California fighters. Tickets can be purchased at the casino box office or through ticketmaster.com.
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
The Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington was the setting Saturday night for an entertaining evening of boxing featuring mostly lightweight fighters. The main event saw Francisco Reyes improve to (7-1) with what could only be termed as a sparring session victory over Mark Herrera (6-2). The two looked like they were fighting a choreographed six rounder which saw no serious action, but did display good defense and movement.
The fight of the night was the middleweight rematch between Eddie Hunter and Aubrey Morrow. (more…)
Recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (34-4, 21 KOs) will take on Cory Phelps (13-6-1, 7 KOs) on October 29th at the Ghost Riders’ Entertainment Complex in Butler, Pennsylvania. In his most recent fight, Minto put up a brave effort while losing to WBO world champion Marco Huck in his cruiserweight debut last May. Prior to that fight, Minto campaigned exclusively as a heavyweight earning noteworthy wins over former title challenger Axel Schulz and Vinnie Maddalone. Minto-Phelps will be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title and available as a PPV webstream at www.Mintofight.com.
World Extreme Cagefighting® delivers another sensational night of mixed martial arts action on Thursday, Nov. 11, as General Manager Reed Harris has confirmed seven additional fights set to take place at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. (more…)
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