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WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has resumed training in California. “The Viking Warrior” departed Copenhagen on Saturday morning after holding a brief press conference at the airport. “We had a good flight and got here safely,” Kessler said. “We have perfect conditions here in Sacramento. I am adjusting well to the time difference – the great weather certainly helps!” Kessler will take on up-and-coming Andre Ward in their opening Super Six World Boxing Classic clash in Oakland on November 21.
Fightnews is sad to announce the passing of Hall of Fame referee Lou Filippo, who died Monday in Los Angeles. After a career as a pro boxer in the 40s and 50s, Filippo became a world class referee, working many world title fights. He also appeared many Hollywood films and TV shows (including the Rocky movies), almost always as a referee. He was inducted into both the World and California Boxing Hall of Fame. He retired from refereeing in 2005. Filippo was 83.
Chicago fan favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George will battle “Notorious” Jason Naugler of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the ten round main event on Friday, November 6th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The George/Naugler bout headlines “Windy City Fight Night 7” an outstanding evening of action packed professional boxing. Advance tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that the long-awaited lightweight title unification bout between reigning champion Jamie Varner and interim champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson will take place on Sunday, Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to this explosive championship clash, WEC also confirmed the return of former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber, who will be facing top-ranked contender Raphael Assuncao in his hometown of Sacramento. (more…)
Russian boxing stars invade the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday with WBO #4 featherweight Andrey Isaev (21-1, 7 KO’s) against Derrick Campos (20-6, 11 KOs) as the headliner. “I am very excited about this fight. Both fighters are on winning streaks. It will be a great main event,” said promoter Brian Halquist. Also on the card are up and coming featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (16-2, 3 KOs) and lightweight Alishir Rahimov (19-0, 11 KOs). “This is a great opportunity for both the Russian and U.S. fighters,” said Halquist. “Gusev and Rahimov have built their record in Russia and haven’t fought western fighters. This will be a true test for all of these fighters. Ultimately, the fight fans are going to witness world class fighters competing.” Gusev is facing Thomas Snow (11-1, 8 KOs), while Rahimov takes on Aaron Dominguez (10-3, 6 KOs). Tickets are $75, $40 and $25. Call 253-594-7777.
Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto is attended to by trainer Joe Santiago and camp coordinator Bryan Perez in Las Vegas during final preparations for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Two-time and reigning World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev isn’t letting constant trash- talking by 3-time world cruiserweight champion David “The Haymaker” Haye get into his head as he makes final preparations for Saturday’s “David vs. Goliath” world title fight being broadcast in North America live on Pay-Per-View from Nuremberg, Germany. (more…)
Report & photos by Emily Harney
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) concluded their annual Medical Seminar on Ringside Safety on October 17th at the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Leading ringside physicians, fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, commissioners and media from around the world were in attendance. The meeting, which began on Thursday, October 15th, included lectures and presentations by the most experienced and respected ringside officials in boxing and mixed martial arts. Click here to read the full report, including the the recipients of the 2009 AAPRP Awards . . . click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs) from Whittier, CA, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, will face Jesus Soto Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs) on November 14th for the WBC Continental Americas welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on the Pacquiao vs Cotto “Firepower” undercard which will be shown live on HBO PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. “We’re preparing for Karass to be 100% in shape, coming forward and not stopping so we’ll go 10 rounds if necessary. I’m ready to be in the spot light again like I was before and I’m slowly climbing my way up. Karass is definitely a tough challenge and beating him would let people know that I’m here to stay.” Click here for more photos…
Another boxing highlight on the November 28 “Universum Champions Night” card at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. WBA #2 rated super middleweight Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) will face #3 Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) will meet for the vacant WBA super middleweight championship as Mikkel Kessler has been elevated to super champion. “With the experience from my first world championship fight, and my three victories since, I am prepared very well for this big title shot,” said Sartison. “With my coach Magomed Schaburow, whom I’ve been with for 13 years, we will approach this difficult task against Bozic calmly and with the usual precision. I will get this belt for Germany. I owe it to my loyal fans here!” The card is headlined by the heavyweight rematch between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) and Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs). Also featured is a huge cruiserweight collision between WBA #1 Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs).
A new-look Team Ruiz has arrived in Germany to make final preparations for Saturday night’s 10-round fight between 2-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, the current WBA No. 1 rated contender, against former IBU champion Adnan “Aachen Assassin” Serin on the Nicolai Valuev-David Haye pay-per-view card live from Nuremberg, Germany. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) agreed with the promoters for Valuev and Haye to “step aside” as the WBA “Official Challenger.” By defeating Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs), he is guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010. (more…)
Postfight report by David Finger
Photos by Chris Cozzone
It may not have been the most dazzling victory of his career, but after scoring a decisive decision over Mexican former champion Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas in El Paso, Texas this past Friday, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr looks poised to make a serious run at another world title fight . . . Click here for more
The boxing community will gather en masse to support fight trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights commentator Teddy Atlas to assist those in need at the 13th annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner on Thursday night, November 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York. The boxing “Who’s Who” list set to attend the gala includes former giants of the ring Emile Griffith, Iran Barkley, Gerry Cooney, Chuck Wepner, and Renaldo Snipes, not to mention Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva, ESPN broadcaster Brian Kenny and historian Bert Sugar. (more…)
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By Rick Scharmberg
This Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, world-rated “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania will face fellow contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, and now Coachella, California. They will box twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title. The winner will also establish himself as a top title contender in the wide-open junior middleweight division. Yorgey is coming off an impressive ninth-round knockout of Ronald Hearns, while Angulo most recently stopped Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado in two rounds. FightNews caught up with Harry at his training camp in Youngstown, Ohio. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The opening ceremonies of the World Boxing Council 47th world convention were held this morning at the elegant Ramada Hotel in Jeju Island, South Korea this Monday morning, 10 a.m. local time.
On hand were the presidents of the ten continental confederation members of the WBC, board of directors, Korean government officials, several past world champions from Korea and nearly 500 delegates and media from around the world. (more…)
WBA world heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev arrived at the Nuremburg Airport late Sunday afternoon. “I’m looking forward to the fight on November 7th,” said Valuev. “My preparation was very intense and focused, and I want to defend the world title.” Normally airline flights aren’t so comfortable for the seven-foot heavyweight. “But this time was different,” he reported. “I got a place in the plane with plenty of extra legroom.” With that, the 36-year-old world champion and his trainer Alexander Zimin caught a VIP shuttle to the hotel where a visit to the sauna was quickly on the agenda.
Valuev’s challenger David Haye is expected in Nuremburg on Monday morning. On Tuesday, the two fighters and their trainers are scheduled to participate in a public workout at 1PM at the Mercado Mall (Carl-von-Linde-Strasse 5). Things could get interesting if they meet face to face, as Haye has rarely missed an opportunity to belittle the “Russian Giant.”
The Valuev-Haye fight is being distributed by Integrated Sports in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 3PM ET/12PM PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV for a suggested retail price of $24.95, A replay will be shown that same night at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
By Johnny B’
Professional boxing returns to the State of Kansas on Friday as undefeated lightweight Brandon Rios (22-0-1, 16 KOs) takes on Lorenzo Estrada (3-15-1) in what looks like a mismatch on paper. However, if you look closely at the record of Estrada, it tells a different story. In Estrada’s last bout, he went the distance with Frankie Archuleta 25-7-1 and as the underdog in a 2008 bout Estrada upset Willie Villanueva who was 9-0 at the time. In addition, one of Estrada’s three wins was a hard fought 12 round decision over tough Texan Jacobo Gomez. In the co-main event, light-middleweight Bernardo Guereca (15-8-1) of El Paso, Texas, takes on New Mexico’s Joseph Gomez (16-2-1). The show takes place at the Garden City Convention Center and is promoted by Robert Gonzalez & Bad Boyz Boxing.
Fans welcome three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto as he arrives in Las Vegas to prepare for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Akio Shibata (13-5-1, 7 KOs), 154, surprisingly captured the OPBF and Japanese super-welter belt as he pounded out a close but well-received unanimous decision (116-114, 16-113 and 117-113) over defending titlist, southpaw veteran Yuki Nonaka (18-8-2, 7 KOs), 154, over twelve upset rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Nonaka had both his regional and national titles at stake, and Shibata took all with a single victory. Shibata was aggressive from the start, effectively throwing direct rights without leading lefts to the southpaw champ. Inexplicably the champ remained less aggressive only to yield the initiative to the willing mixer all the way. Promoter: Amagasaki Promotions.
It might’ve been Halloween, but the only thing scary was the action between a Colombian cazadores in search of a title, and a bantamweight monster, who entered the ring in a gorilla suit, chained and led by a hot blonde, and left without his belt, a dozen whirlwind rounds later.
Yielding up this year’s gem, Treasure Island, in the first-ever fight card held there, saw one king toppled, one King return and another former king turn color commentator . . . Click here for more
According to Ernesto Castellanos of Esto.com.mx, former world champion Israel Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) and his manager Frank Espinoza have accepted terms by Vazquez’ promoter Golden Boy Promotions for a fourth bout with former world champion Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs). However, Golden Boy must now come to terms with Vazquez’ promoter Gary Shaw for the fight to happen. The bout is being proposed for February or March of 2010 with the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and MGM Grand of Las Vegas, Nevada as possible sites for the fight. Marquez/Vazquez have had three epic bouts with Vazquez leading the series 2-1.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Thailand-based Australian promoter Daniel Potter has opened a world class gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand that will be the training venue for his boxers which include former WBA 130 pound champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) and former world rated 140 pounder Saddam Kietyongyuth (18-0, 14 KOs) also recently signed world rated bantamweight Leon Moore (25-2, 22 KOs) of Georgetown, Guyana. The gymnasium features two full size boxing rings and the latest boxing equipment on the four floor venue. Boxers will have their own accommodation on the third floor of the four floor gym.
Potter said, “We are confident that Leon Moore who has signed with our promotional company, can win a world title and we will give him that opportunity as soon as possible. He defeated former IBF 108 pound champion Mauricio Pastrana in September which was a very good win.
“Our 140 pound boxer Saddam Kietyongyuth, 26 years, is a outstanding talent. He has been out of action for several months due to injury but he will be back in action soon. He also looks to be a future world champion.
“Former world WBA super featherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nantachai is back training and will fight soon. He has had a great career defeating such outstanding boxers as Steve Forbes, Lamont Pearson and Lakva Sim in WBA title bouts. We will welcome boxers from around the world to train out our gym.”
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto breaks his Tampa training camp and heads to Las Vegas today (Nov 1). Cotto fans are invited to greet the champ at McCarran International Airport when he arrives at 3:55 p.m. PST on America Airlines #2249.
At the opening cocktail party of the 47th annual WBC Convention in Jeju Island, South Korea, WBC president Jose Sulaiman is greeted by some of Korea’s legendary former champions. From left to right are Jung Koo Chang (WBC Light Fly), Chan Hee Park (WBC Fly), Sung Kil Moon (WBC Super Fly & WBA Bantam), Chul Ho Kim (WBC Super Fly) and Myung Woo Yuh (WBA Light Fly). The official opening ceremony will get underway Monday morning at 10 a.m. local time.
This morning the World Boxing Council President, Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, gathered with all WBC Board of Governors in a meeting that took longer than expected. The leader addressed several topics that will also be discussed throughout the Convention which will be opened tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. (more…)
Hernán “Tyson” Márquez scored a sixth round KO over Darwín “Finito” Zamora in Saturday night at the Deportivo Inalámbrica in Mérida, Yucatán. Referee Jesús Manuel Erosa waved it off after “Tyson” rocked Zamora with a huge left hook. Time was :56. Marquez improved his record to 26-0, 19 KOs, leaving Zamora at 16-3 with 11 KOs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
After three rounds of holding and mauling Mlungisi Dlamini landed the first decent punch of the fight to score a fourth round knockout over Zolani Marali to win the vacant IBO lightweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. One punch, a short straight right to the jaw was all that Dlamini 61.18 kg needed to add the IBO belt to the WBF belt that he already holds. (more…)
Cruiserweight Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor won the highly anticipated eight round rematch against Leo Bercier before a huge hometown crowd at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday night. Controlling the action from the opening bell, Taylor weathered a late rush from Bercier to take a unanimous decision by scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74 and retain his WBF Cruiserweight Title. In the first bout, Bercier won a six round unanimous decision over Taylor in an outstanding six round war on June 27, 2009 in Youngstown, Ohio. With the win, Taylor moves to 11-1-1 (6KO’s), while Bercier of Great Falls, Montana, falls to 8-11-1 (4KO’s). (more…)
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Light heavyweight contender Joey Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs), rated in the top 15 by all four sanctioning organizations, was held to a majority draw by former world champion “Honey Boy” Lou Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Spina had problems with the 41-year-old Del Valle’s southpaw style. Scores were 95-95, 95-95 and 97-93 for Del Valle. Fightnews scored it for Spina 97-95.
Unbeaten lightweight Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (16-0-1, 10 KOs) annihilated Aldo “El Pato” Valtierra (25-12, 13 KOs) via KO at 2:21 of round one.
Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali (4-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Osvaldo Rivera (2-2, 1 KO) over four by scores of 40-36, 39-37, 39-37. (more…)
In an all-action fight from the opening bell, Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF bantamweight Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) to claim the 118lb world title on Saturday night at the Treasure Island Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Both fighters traded punches throughout. Perez was credited with a knockdown in round eleven when Agbeko turned his back after a clash of heads and Perez battered him to the ground. Scores were 116-111, 117-110, 117-110.
In a clash for the WBC interim lightweight belt, #1 rated Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a ten round beatdown of #2 Jose Alfaro (23-5, 20 KOs). DeMarco was in command all the way, flooring Alfaro three times in round ten before referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight. Time was 2:07. DeMarco is now in line to challenge unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero.
Australian based Nigerian King Davidson (11-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored Virgil Kaiakoda (25-5-1,16KO’s) of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa over twelve rounds to capture WBA Africa 154 pound title at the University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. The skillful Davidson, 5’10” connected with accurate combinations consistently on his more experienced opponent to edge most of the rounds to win by scores of 119-111, 119-107, 119-107. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian middleweight slugger Gennady Martirosyan (19-2, 8 KOs) is expected to make a return to the world rankings following his all-action two-way knockout win over Spaniard Miguel Angel Pena (28-15-4, 9 KOs) several hours ago at the Gladiator Fight Club in St. Petersburg, Russia. Martirosyan vs. Pena for a vacant WBO European 160lb belt topped a huge local card, arranged by Jab Promotions. (more…)
In an important WBC heavyweight eliminator, WBC #1 Ray “Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of #9 DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (26-6, 22 KOs) on Saturday night on the non-televised undercard at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Williamson rocked Austin in round one with a series of right hands. Austin, however, turned the tide in round four with a big right uppercut on the chin to knock down Williamson. Williamson barely beat the count, but referee Russell Mora waved it off.
Unbeaten welterweight “King” James De La Rosa (20-0, 12 KOs) cruised to a ten round unanimous decision over Lenin “Volcano” Arroyo (20-11-1, 4 KOs). De La Rosa dropped Arroyo with a body shot in round six and was credited with a second knockdown in round eight by referee Jay Nady, although it was more of a trip. Arroyo showed a lot of heart to finish strong over the last two rounds. Scores were 100-88, 100-88, 99-94.
Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (18-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over 276lb Jerry Butler (8-7-1, 8 KOs). Referee Kenny Weeks stepped in to end it with Butler being battered on the ropes. Time was 1:34.
WBA #3 welterweight Nelson Linares (19-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Archak “Shark Attack” Termeliksetian (16-8, 13 KOs).
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By Rick Scharmberg
Former reality show star Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage notified FightNews that he has been released from his promotional contract with “The Contender”, and is now a promotional free agent. Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), of Detroit, Michigan is the top contender in the IBF junior middleweight rankings. He is rated number two, but the number one spot is vacant. The champion is Cory Spinks. “I am the mandatory to fight Cory Spinks. I fought three title eliminators already. What do I have to do to get the fight?” asked Bundrage. “Now that The Contender gave me my release, I am ready for the world of boxing. Junior middleweights, even welterweights, I’m ready for any of those guys,” he said. (more…)
Former junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas (left) entered the ring and challenged Hector Camacho Jr last night after Camacho’s win over Yory Boy Campas. “El Feroz,” who looked to be quite a bit over his fighting weight, would be returning to the ring for the first time in over two years.
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