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Photo: UFC living legend Randy “The Natural” Couture is interviewed today following media workouts for UFC 118 fighters. Couture told the press that he expects his wrestling skills and clinching ability to give him the advantage in his MMA vs. Boxing showdown with former world champ James “Lights Out” Toney.
“I want to thank the state of Texas for granting me a boxing license which enables me to continue my passion for the sport of boxing in the United States. I have dedicated my life to giving the fans of the sport entertainment and excitement. On November 13, this great opportunity will ultimately be fulfilled when I battle Manny Pacquiao.”
By Karl Freitag
No hearings necessary. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has granted former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito a boxing license ensuring that Margarito vs Manny Pacquiao is a go for November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Margarito was rejected by the California Commission after a six-hour hearing last week and the Nevada Commission wouldn’t make a decision at their hearing. But, in Texas Margarito submitted his application and $20 fee and was approved several days later. The Lone Star State has a history of being lenient toward fighters, for example licensing Evander Holyfield and Edwin Valero when other commissions wouldn’t. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Though the co-feature of the night is garnering most of the attention, the main event of UFC 118 is an epic rematch between former titlist BJ Penn and new champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. Edgar was a heavy underdog in their first contest at UFC 112, and many pundits wrote him off…they’re doing it again. Can BJ Penn fight up to his believed potential and regain his world lightweight title? Or will former Clarion University wrestling star Frankie Edgar steal the show and stake his claim yet again? . . . Click here for more
Photo by Vmc-Medienberatung
Unbeaten middleweight Hamid Rahimi (16-0, 6 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Armen Azizian (9-11, 1 KO) to claim the vacant WBA PABA title on Thursday night on a private boxing show in Rostock, Germany. Rahimi took over the fight in the second round and floored Azizian in round four with body shots. The bout was waved off during Rahimi’s follow up barrage. Time was 1:33.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Steve Smoger will be the third man in the ring when Ukranian WBA welterweight world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) and Venezuelan challenger Charlie Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs) meet at Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine on August 30. The three judges are Levi Martinez (USA), John Coyle (ENG) and Juan Manuel Garcia (SPA). The fight supervisor is Guy Jutras (USA).
Five-time world champion in three different weight classes, Erik “Terrible” Morales, continues his heralded comeback September 11 headlining the “Mexican Fiesta” pay-per-view show live from Mexico City. Morales (49-6, 34 KOs), rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council, will also continue a tradition by fighting outdoors in the famous Plaza de Toros bull ring against WBU champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Championship. It will be the first fight in the historical bullring since 2004 when ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez fought there . . . click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo by FC “Shakhtar”
Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine to prepare WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) for his August 30 defense against Charlie Jose Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs) in the big boxing show at Lenin Square, Donetsk. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer
After several starts and stops, the GYM promoted show has a main event for this Saturday night in Montreal. Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia will step in for Edner Cherry and face-off against Toronto based Omri Lowther (14-1, 10 KOs).
Lundy is coming off his only career loss on a recent edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this past July where he was comfortably ahead on the scorecards before being stopped by John Molina in the 11th round. Saturday’s bout that will be held at Club Metropolis will also broadcast by the network and wraps up the season for the network. The task for Lowther, an Atlanta Ga. native, doesn’t get any easier as he squares off versus the #7 WBO ranked lightweight. Like Lundy, Lowther also fought in July stopping Isaac Bejarano in the fifth round on July 30th in Cancun, Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The highly anticipated SHOWTIME-televised clash between WBO featherweight world champion Juan Manuel López and Rafael Márquez could be rescheduled for October 23 or 30. The original date was September 18 in Las Vegas, but Márquez had to pull out with a thumb injury on his right hand. Both boxers continue training in their countries as they wait for the new date.
Golden Boy Promotions has announced the signing of their first Canadian-born boxer, unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Mikael Zewski (4-0, 3 KOs).
Noted worldwide boxing manager Gary Hyde today announced the signing of British amateur standout Mark Heffron to an exclusive contract. Hyde also manages 2-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux and European super middleweight champion Lolenga Mock. Heffron is trained by Joe Gallagher and makes his pro debut on Sept. 5.
Bobby Hitz, Founder of Chicago-based Hitz Boxing, has announced the signing of well-respected welterweight “King” David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) to a promotional agreement, as well as the renewal of his agreement with his long-time fighter Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Julio Cesar Alvarado will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim junior welterweight world champion Marcos Maidana from Argentina (28-1, 27 KOs) and American former WBO junior welterweight world champion De Marcus Corley (37-13-1, 22 KOs) meet at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 28. The three judges are Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua ), Anibal Andrade (Uruguay) and Victor Simmons (Panama). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
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In response to Amir Khan’s comments stating that Marcos Maidana and his team are overpricing a possible fight between them next December 11, Maidana has this to say:
“I’m focused 100% in my fight next Saturday against Demarcus Corley at the moment. But I still have some time to take a look at the news, so yesterday I’ read yet another lie from Amir Khan on the news and here is my answer. Khan is saying that we are overpricing the fight which is completely false since we didn’t even start any negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions, whatsoever. I want the fight, that’s it. But we never discussed any money figures for that bout to happen December 11”, Maidana said.
“Khan, the king of liars, is at it once again when it comes to talk about fighting me. He is trying to make boxing fans believe that I’m overpricing myself when in reality that is an excuse from Khan not to face me,” Maidana added.
“Son, do you really want to do this?”
“Pops, I wanna do it.”
With that two sentence conversation, three division boxing champion James Toney added mixed martial artist to his combat sports resume, and his longtime adviser, John “Pops” Arthur signed on to help his charge realize his ambition to move from the ring to the Octagon.. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the sold out Rollins Center in the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, in Dover Delaware, Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriquez (15-2-1, 2KO’s) will challenge fellow southpaw Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (15-7, 10KO’s) in a twelve round main event for the IBF North American middleweight belt. Rodriquez, who is coming off coming off a hard fought loss to middleweight contender Lajuan Simon (23-2-1, 12KO’s) knows the importance of a victory over Jordan would be to his career. “I am in great shape” said Rodriquez “I think this a historical bout for me and will cement my family legacy and I must get by Jordan to keep me on my path toward a possible world title shot.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBO 130 pound champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (27-1,15KO’s) will be in action against Ceferino “El Pelado” Labarda (19-1,7KO’s) of Argentina over eight rounds at the La Montage Reception Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia on September 2nd. Labarda is 29 years and is a southpaw with only loss coming at the hands of IBF 122 pound champion Steve Molitor who scored a TKO win in ten rounds in 2008. Dib’s scored his most impressive win in 2007 when he scored a shutout eight round decision win over world rated Rogers Mtagwa in Madision Square Garden in New York. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
Former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter hits the pads with trainer Abel Sanchez at The Summitt Training Center in Big Bear Lake, California. Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) challenges IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) in a highly anticipated rematch on September 11 at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
In their first fight, Peter knocked down Klitschko three times but lost a unanimous decision. “This time when I catch him, he’s going to stay on the deck!” promised Peter. Click here for more photos…
After 14 months outside the ring, WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KOs) is ready to make his comeback, defending against dangerous puncher Giovanni Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KOs) on September 4th at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sturm is not only fighting, he will also be promoting the event under the Sturm Box-Promotion banner. FIGO-Sport spoke to the popular champion about his comeback, his new company and much more. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Panamanian boxing legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán has calmly dismissed a rumor of his supposed death from a stroke that first spread wildly through social networks and e-mails and was eventually reported on television in Panama. “I am happy that the people worry about me and my family,” said the 59-year-old ring legend. “I am fine but people shouldn’t be spreading that news.”
By Team Maidana
Photo: Ramón Cairo
The fight between WBA Interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana and Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley that will take place next Saturday at the Luna Park stadium in Argentina was presented at a press conference held on Wednesday. Joined by his two trainers, Miguel Díaz and Cristian Rodríguez, Maidana said “I know I can punch, but I’m always prepared for 12 rounds. Corley said it will be a war, so I’m ready for a war.” (more…)
Ronny Rios 127.6 vs. Leivi Brea 127
Armando Dorantes 145.8 vs. Sergio De La Torre 144.2
Jonathan Bobadilla 135.2 vs. Juan Figueroa 139
Antonio Orozco 141.4 vs. Humberto Tapia 142
Salvador Rios 146.8 vs. Stephen Rubalcava 146.8
Bastie Samir 163.2 vs. Jacob Alvarez 156.8
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Net
Some of boxing’s top young talent will be featured on tonight’s edition of the hit series “Fight Night Club” when Golden Boy Promotions bring a night of explosive boxing action featuring jr lightweight Ronny Rios from L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. (more…)
Three of the most recognizable faces in Ultimate Fighting Championship® history will take part in Question and Answer sessions at the UFC® FAN EXPO™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Aug. 27 and 28th. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Alejandro Valdez (22-4-3, 16 KOs) has overcome the brutal KO loss that he had in December when he challenged WBA interim bantamweight champion Neomar Cermeño, scoring a fifth round KO over Victoriano Nuñez (9-15) last Saturday in Culiacán, during another successful stop of the Tecate Boxing Tour in the capital of Sinaloa. Now fighting at super bantamweight, Valdez sent Nuñez to the canvas in the second round and forced the referee to stop the beating in the fifth. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed that in Mexico City today WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and his manager/trainer Nacho Beristain spoke with Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions. Word is the topic was possible next opponents and dates for Marquez in his next bout. The names of Amir Khan and Michael Katsidis have been mentioned. Unofficially the leading candidate is Katisidis, probably be at the Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Márquez, of course, wants to face Manny Pacquiao. A possible Márquez vs. Erik Morales PPV clash next March at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is also in play.
On Monday, August 23, Marquez celebrated his 37th birthday.
By Chris Perry
Promoters Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions present an exciting night of pro boxing on August 28 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The “War At The Shore” features former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (37-6, 29 KOs) in a 10-round main event in front of his hometown fans against Chicago, Illinois based fighter Leo Martinez (15-13, 7 KOs). (more…)
Everlast Worldwide Inc., the global leader in fight sports and fitness, today announced the signing of an exclusive equipment contract with MMA standout Jon “Bones” Jones. Widely recognized as the best young talent in MMA today, the 23-year old Jones has a record of 11-1 and trains out of the renowned Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts Gym in Albuquerque, NM. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) and “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) held a media conference call today to discuss their preparations for their upcoming bout on the September 18 Mosley vs. Mora card in Los Angeles.
Oscar De La Hoya: “This fight has all the makings of a classic match up. It’s going to be a great fight between two warriors. It has the potential to steal the show because of their styles, how much each one wants it and what both have gone through to get here.”
Vivian Harris: “On September 18th I want the world to know that Vivian Harris comes to fight and that only one ‘Vicious’ will stand up and that will be me. I am very determined and nobody is going to stop me, especially no Victor Ortiz. He has a lot of talent but you have to believe in yourself and I don’t think he does.”
Victor Ortiz: “I am very prepared right now. I am listening to my coaches. I am going to win. Vivian Harris just said that he is going to beat me but I disagree. He’s a world champion for a reason and I am ranked #1 for a reason. On September 18th, I’ll be ready and we will have a nice little dance.”
NOTE*** Things got a little heated between Danny Garcia, Ortiz’s trainer, Rolando Arellano, Ortiz’s manager and Harris towards the end of the call.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA #3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA continues his preparations with his roadwork. The undefeated Rios will take on WBA #2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. “Battle of the Champions” is being presented by Top Rank in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Pearl Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Click here for more photos…
Photos by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Junior Flyweight Champions Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón and Giovanni Segura are set for their showdown on Saturday on the big “Unification” pay-per-view card at Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The event is a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions.
Calderón (34-0-1, 6 KOs) is the WBO 108lb champion, while Segura (24-1, 20 KOs) is the WBA champion. This bout is the first world title unification clash ever in in Puerto Rico.
“Finally I get my unification fight. After seven years as a champion I am going to fight an unification”, Calderón, a former 105 pounds champion, said. (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson and fellow-Philadelphian Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller meet in the scheduled eight-round semifinal on Saturday evening, Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round main event features Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, against Alex Becerra, of El Paso, TX, for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) super bantamweight title. First of seven bouts begins at 7.30 p.m. (more…)
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