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IBF junior flyweight champion “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (26-2, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the famed La Colonia Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will be making his second title defense on January 23rd at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Philippines against Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) of Columbia. The “Hawaiian Punch” was originally scheduled to face Omar Nino Romero in December but after negotiations fell through the IBF mandated he face the next highest available contender. Viloria’s last title defense was against Jesus Iribe (16-6, 10 KOs) back in August, which he won via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (25-1-3, 14 KOs) defends his title against Ivan Meneses (14-5-1, 8 KOs), which will be shown live on PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) scored yet another poster stoppage moments ago at Gladiator fight club in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The highly ranked (WBO #3, IBF #8, WBC #14 and WBA #15) cruiserweight banger overcame a savage resistance of recent world title challenger Ali Ismailov (16-3-1, 12 KOs) from St. Petersburg by way of Azerbaijan and forced him to retire after the sixth round. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Roy Englebrecht of Roy Englebrecht Promotions will close out the 2009 season of the always popular “Battle In The Ballroom” with two nights of boxing (tonight and Friday night) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Tonight’s main event features rising female lightweight contender Chika Nakamura (9-0, 3 KOs) battling tough local veteran Gloria Ramirez (10-16-7, 1 KO). Friday night’s 2009 finale features undefeated heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks (10-0, 6 KOs) battling Bernard “Bad Ass” Brown (6-5-2, 3 KOs).
Here are the weights for tonight’s show:
Chika Nakamura 134 vs Gloria Ramirez 133.4
Robert Vargas 126.4 vs Carlos Luque 125.4
Aaron Miller 146.6 vs Brian Abram 146.8
Danny Perez 176.6 vs Billy Bailey 174
Ramon Franco 180 vs Carlos Fuentes 179.8
Jessie Roman 131 vs Benjamin Rivera 133.2
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Tim Bradley and Jim Jeffries biographer James Carney. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line for the tenth time against Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs) tomorrow (Friday) in Kobe, Japan. At the weigh-in ceremony, Hasegawa scaled in at 117.75, while Perez 117. It will be an encounter of southpaws. (more…)
By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
With all 18 boxers present and members of the international press on hand, Haitian promoter Jacques Deschamps gave the last press conference before his upcoming boxing card on Friday, one in which two regional titles will be disputed. The one fight that has the local fans buzzing involves French-Haitian jr. middleweight Jimmy “Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs) who will clash with Dominican Junior Ramos (10-4, 6 KOs), a winner in eight of his last ten, for the WBC Latino (interim) belt.
The other title bout involves two unbeaten boxers: Nicholas” Axman” Walters (12-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica and Dominican Carlos Reyes(13-0, 7 KOs)for the WBA Fedelatin featherweight crown.
Also on the card, WBA #3 and former jr featherweight champion Ricardo Cordoba pitted against Luis Felipe Murillo of Colombia. (more…)
At the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., for Thursday night’s TKO Boxing Promotions card:
Leo Santa Cruz 121 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 122
Edner Cherry 134 vs. Jovann Jones 133.5
Sharif Bogere 136.25 vs. Christian Favela 135
Fidel Maldonado 135.25 vs. Nicholaus Brannie, 137.25
Ivan Redkac, 131 vs. Napoleon Mathews 132
Joseph Elegele 144 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 148
Fedor Chudinov 159 vs. Cesar Ibarra 160.5
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Flavio Cardoza 161
Hastings Bwayla 147 vs. Anthony McDavitt 148
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After three well-rated telecasts in 2009, Spike TV has announced it will telecast 10 live “UFC Prelim” to precede some of the UFC’S biggest pay-per-view fight cards. The first two scheduled events will be on Saturday, January 2 at 9:00pm and Saturday, February 6 at 9:00pm. The remaining eight shows will be announced at a later date.
Drawing an impressive average of 1.4 million viewers in 2009, the “UFC Prelims” on Spike TV feature between two and four live undercard bouts prior to the UFC pay-per-view telecast. Among those featured on previous “UFC Prelims” include former “The Ultimate Fighter” champions Efrain Escudero (Season 8), Kendall Grove (Season 3), and Ryan Bader (Season 8).
At its very finest, sport transcends winning or losing. It is about feeding and molding the human spirit, testing your limits, and charging forward when adversity is dumping on you like a hail storm. Sport can be shelter and sanctuary, as illustrated by Scott Jorgensen’s story. Wrestling didn’t cure Jorgensen’s chronic skin disorder, vitiligo, but his extraordinary success on the mat – including two high school state titles and three PAC-10 championships in college — elevated his confidence and helped him tune out the whispers of others who didn’t understand why his skin turned colors. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
There’s no other way to induce some inspirations and hopes for the future than to end a considerable span of time with something really electrifying. That’s exactly what Jab Promotions is going to do tonight at Gladiator Fight Club in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. The banner of the event speaks for itself: Denis Lebedev-Ali Ismailov collision is a nice add-on to every boxing card one can possibly imagine. Closing this year strongly, the local promotional company, controlled by Vitaly Supichenko and ex-European bantamweight titleholder Alexander Yagupov, will stage its hugest tournament in 2009 before leading their protégé Dmitry Sukhotsky into the ring on Saturday night against Juergen Braehmer for the WBO light heavyweight title. (more…)
Before making his professional debut, amateur world champion “Golden Boy” Jack Culcay has grabbed another title. With the best result in history, the 24-year-old was chosen by respected magazine “Boxsport” as “amateur boxer of 2009,” beating heavyweight Stefan Köber by nearly 2000 votes. “I didn’t think I’d get the title since I’ve turned pro,” said Culcay, who became the first German amateur world champion in 14 years in Milan three months ago. “To me, the honor is a special incentive to also have a good professional career.” (more…)
Former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (42-7, 36 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Marlo “Rata” Aguilar (21-9-1, 16 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Wednesday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Referee Guadalupe Garcia broke off Gonzalez’ vicious assault at 2:52.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It is with a heavy heart and extreme sadness that Fightnews reports the death of welterweight boxer Sebastien Hamel of Montreal. Hamel who had just turned thirty passed away Tuesday night. Not blessed with a promoter, Hamel was the prototypical “have gloves, will travel” fighter who fought across North America against some of the best fighters on both sides of the border. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Super middleweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (4-0, 3 KOs), one of the most decorated fighters in the history of amateur boxing, went the distance for the first time in his pro career on Wednesday night at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Rigondeaux dropped Lante Addy (6-5-1, 4 KOs) in round one with a bodyshot, but was forced to go the full eight rounds. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 79-72.
Heavyweight Tor Hammer moved to 10-0 with eight KOs after a 98 second annihilation of Mazur Ali (6-5, 3 KOs).
Super featherweightLuis Del Valle (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Noe Lopez (5-5).
Junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (8-0) outpointed Carl McNickols (6-3, 6 KOs) over six by scores of 59-54, 60-53, 58-55.
Junior welterweightChristian Martinez (2-0, 2 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to finish Gabriel Morris (1-5-1).
Promoter Cedric Kushner, president of Gotham Boxing, Inc., has announced that WBO #3 rated heavyweight contender David Tua had advised him that, due to family matters, he had to withdraw from his proposed February 6th fight in Atlantic City. “I was really looking forward to coming to America after the holidays but, due to this significant family matter,” Tua explained, “I simply have to remain in New Zealand and continue my preparation for my March 27th event here.” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) has defeated four world champions – Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman, John Ruiz and Oleg Maskaev — during his 17-year pro career. “I really feel sorry for Dave,” Kushner said. “I know how much he was looking forward to the first defense of his WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles, but Dave has always considered his family above and beyond everything else.”
T-minus three days and counting until World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, defends his title against the WBC #3 Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline a two-country world championship doubleheader produced and distributed live on pay-per-view, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Saturday. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Today, both fighters and their trainers spoke to the media at the final news conference at the Beeghly Center. Here’s what they had to say: (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev at the scale
Denis Lebedev 197.8 vs Ali Ismailov 195
(WBO I/C cruiserweight championship)
Maxim Maslov 222 vs Artur Marabyan 270.4
(Vacant EBU-EE heavyweight title)
Venue: Gladiator Fight Club, Saint Petersburg, Russia
TV: Boets (“Fighter”) Channel
Promoter: Jab Promotions
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From Halle Carpentier in Paris, France:
Vinny Maddalone 232 vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck 216
Olivia Gerula 127 vs. Myrian Chomaz 129*
* For the WBC superfeatherweight title
Terry Trekas of One Punch Productions is pleased to announce that the first 2010 installment of the popular “Ballroom Brawl!” series is Friday, January 22nd at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The main event of the evening feature rising cruiserweight contender Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (13-1, 8 KOs) battling the undefeated Rommel Rene (11-0, 6 KOs). Iannuzzi is coming off a stunning second round knockout of former Contender star Michael Alexander (November 6th). The co-main event features light heavyweight Adam Jaco (7-3-1, 2 KOs) against Marcus “The Barber” Hall (11-3, 4 KOs). Also on the card are jr. middleweight Manny Woods (2-0, 1 KO), super bantamweight Dwayne Larry Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs), undefeated jr. middleweight brothers Quinton Willis (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Marcus Willis (3-0-2, 2 KOs), jr. lightweight Cordaro Simpkins (3-0), welterweight Reynaldo Cepeda (1-0. 1 KO) and several others bouts to be announced. Tickets are $20, $35 or $75, and are at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. The Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel is located at 4500 W. Cypress St. in Tampa. Doors open at 7:00p and the action starts at 7:30p.
World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight stars Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen will sign autographs at the No Fear Store at Meadows Mall on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5pm-6pm PST. Both fighters will be competing on WEC’s huge card on Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort . . . Click here for more
It’s a show like no other before in this town, and the fact that one of its own, Alejandro “Alex” Valdez will be fighting for a world championship has everyone excited as the card gets closer. Today during the final press conference at a restaurant in downtown Ciudad Obregon, Valdez assures his fans that he is more than ready for the challenge that he has Saturday night. “I have prepared myself the best that I can and will give it my all to win. I don’t expect to lose in front of my hometown fans. I’m well aware of the great champion that I will be facing Saturday, but by the same token I know that I have the ability to beat him,” said Valdez to a full room of media. For more details and photos click here…
The Association of Boxing Commissions wants answers from the Isleta Boxing Commission in New Mexico regarding the December 4 Holly Holm vs. Victoria Cisneros boxing match. Cisneros stepped in as a late, late replacement for Melissa Hernandez who abruptly pulled out shortly before stepping into the ring to fight Holm. Fightnews.com has obtained a letter sent by the ABC to the Governor of the Isleta Tribe asking for additional information. (more…)
Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde yesterday won a legal judgment in Miami to manage 2-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux (3-0, 3 KOs), fighting as a bantamweight, now lives in Los Angeles after defecting from Cuba, where he was a 7-time national champion. The 28-year-old southpaw also won multiple World Championships titles, as well as a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-Am Games, during his incredible 243-4 amateur career. “Rigo” is scheduled to fight tonight (Wed., Dec. 16) in New York City. “I hope this judgment will deter anybody from contemplating interference with any of my fighters,” Hyde said en route from Ireland to New York City. (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, Youngstown, Ohio and WBC no. 3-rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino, Los Angeles, Calif. pose during the final press conference Wednesday for their upcoming world middleweight championship Saturday, December 19 at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
Fight fans at the Schlosspark Center in Schwerin, Germany, were thrilled this week when local world champions Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik engaged in a spirited public workout in advance of their “Homecoming” title defenses on Saturday at the Schwerin Sport and Kongresshalle. Also on hand were world title challengers challengers Dmitry Sukhotsky and Emanuele Della Rosa, plus debuting amateur world champion Jack Culcay, Olympic gold medalist Rachim Chachkiev, unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks and hot flyweight Pal “Pimpa” Bedak. (more…)
Reports in the British press of a bout agreement reached between world heavyweight titleholders David Haye and Vitali Klitschko are wide of the mark, insist ‘The Hayemaker’s trainer and manager Adam Booth. It had been reported that WBC champion Klitschko claimed a ‘preliminary agreement’ was struck with Haye to meet at some stage in 2010. However, Booth has strongly disputed these comments, reiterating that no contact has been made with the Klitschko camp since Haye’s November title triumph over Nikolai Valuev. “There is absolutely no agreement in place for David Haye to face Vitali Klitschko next year,” said Booth. “We have had no contact with Vitali Klitschko or his team and were surprised to see him make those comments over the weekend. David’s next fight will be against American mandatory (number one) challenger John Ruiz, and that will go ahead in either April or May. It will take place in England and David will need to be at his best to come through that. The Klitschkos are very much on our agenda for 2010, but nothing is set in place and nothing has been agreed or arranged. We haven’t heard anything from the Klitschko camp since David won the WBA title and subsequently strengthened his bargaining position.”
After back-to-back battles with marquee bantamweights Miguel Torres and Jeff Curran, Japan’s Takeya Mizugaki didn’t require any pep talks from his coaches to get stoked for his next challenge, Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen. With his 26th birthday coming on Wednesday, Mizugaki refuses to let overconfidence spoil his gift to himself at WEC 45 on Saturday night . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Joe Koizumi
Formidable WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), Japan, today welcomed his twenty-ninth birthday two days before his title defense against Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs), who expressed his sportsmanlike congratulations at a press conference on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. The champ is making his tenth defense since dethroning Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion more than four years ago. (more…)
By Bob Hough
Chris John will stay at 126 pounds and not fight Robert Guerrero, according to John’s U.S. adviser Samson Lewkowicz—contrary to Guerrero’s comments to Fightnews that the two would meet early in 2010. The Indonesian fighter is enjoying a vacation and is likely to fight again in April, Lewkowicz added. There were brief discussions with Golden Boy Promotions about John moving up to 130 pounds and fighting Guerrero, but the talks never reached a substantive level because John wants to stay at 126, Lewkowicz said.
Story by Igor Frank
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Who is Danny “The Green Machine” Green?
Not many American fight fans knew who he was until he knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the first round two weeks ago in his native Australia . . . Click here for full story
By Ron Jackson
Luthando Vukuza makes the first defence of his South African featherweight title against Sabelo Jubatha at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The tournament is promoted by Koko Godlo’s KK Productions in conjunction with Siphatho Handi’s Mamali Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) has told Fightnews.com that he’s looking to fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) in 2010. “I wish to fight against Vitali Klitschko,” said the Russian Giant. “It’ll be an entertaining fight. It’ll be more interesting than when I fought David Haye. The whole fight he just ran from me. Vitali is a great champion. I guarantee it’ll be a big fight. Vitali, I’m ready to fight. Are you?” Valuev lost his WBA world title against David Haye by majority decision in November, while Klitschko won a unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson in Berne, Switzerland last weekend. “For me it’s important to meet with David Haye so the Klitschko brothers can get all the world champion belts, but a fight against Nikolay Valuev would be interesting to millions of boxing fans,” Klitschko told Fightnews.com. “But if Haye continues to duck me, my team will begin negotiations for a fight against Valuev in 2010.”
T-minus four days and counting until world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, defends his title against the WBC’s No. 3-rated contender Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline a two-country world championship doubleheader produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT this Saturday. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Today, both fighters hosted media workouts at Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club in Youngstown. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Two-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto arrived yesterday in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, but today he worked-out at the Gold Gym as he put the final touches in on his preparation for his Saturday night fight against former world champion Jesús “Matador” Chávez that will be televised in the United States by Top Rank pay-per-view as part of a big doubleheader championship card. Soto will take on Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout, and Alex Valdez will challenge Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA interim bantamweight championship in the main event in Ciudad Obregon, while Kelly Pavlik will defend his WBC and WBO middleweight belts against Miguel Espino in the main event of the televised card from Youngstown, Ohio. In another televised bout, undefeated Vanes Martiroysan will take on Willie Lee in a battle for the NABF super welterweight crown. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian amateur star Michael Bolling (9-0, 8 KOs) will be the favorite in his bout against Serge Yannick (4-0, 3 KOs) on Friday over ten rounds with the Australian 168 belt up for grabs at the Cronulla Leagues club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Yannick, 26 years, is originally from the Cameroon but has been based in Australia for several months. Former IBO 130 pound champion and current IBF #10 featherweight Billy Dib will be boxing on the undercard. The promoter is Left Hook Promotions.
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