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Whisper it quietly, but Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping is, in fact, a pleasant and likeable kind of guy. Those around the Manchester middleweight contender know this to be true. Last opponent Dan Miller also discovered the extent of Bisping’s warmth when the pair met in May. Despite this, the proud Brit chatterbox gets a bad rap from the many who pin their hopes on seeing him defeated . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
Cleveland cruiserweights Aaron Williams (20-2-1, 13 KOs) and Mike Alexander (12-4, 8 KOs) clash on November 5 in the Main Hall at Executive Caterers in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The eight-rounder tops a boxing card dubbed “Fight for Education” is for the benefit of Cleveland-area high school students and is being held in association with the national non-profit group “Put Down the Guns, Pick Up the Gloves.”
The six-round semi-main event features welterweight Cortez Bey (8-1-1, 4 KOs) against Brandon Baue (12-4, 10 KOs). Tickets are $20 for general admission and $35 for ringside reserved. The first fight starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7. The card is presented by American Dream Presents in association with Wild Bill’s Boxing.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Alexander Povetkin 227 vs Teke Oruh 264.5
Venue: Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
Promoter: Vladimir Hryunov
TV: Fighter (Boets)
On Thursday evening, WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and his wife Jackie went to the Orlando Magic game. They met up with the mascot and Dwight “Superman” Howard. When Wilfredo spotted him across the court, he yelled out, “That’s Superman!”
After the game, Wilfredo went to the gym and warmed up against 12-year-old Justin Roman, son of JJ at JJ’s Boxing Gym.
On Thursday morning, Wilfredo visited and spoke to the kids at the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center in Orlando. More photos…
Open to the public: Friday’s world championship weigh-in will take place at 5PM at the Silver Spurs Arena. Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. has promised that a special surprise will take place at the weigh-in ceremony.
On Saturday, Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past ten years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. Vazquez Jr. will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez are priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Vazquez, Jr. vs. Hernandez will be broadcast live on-pay-per-view, distributed by Integrated Sports in the US and in Puerto Rico by Pay Per View Connection beginning at 9 PM ET/6PM PT at a suggested retail price of $34.95.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based South African heavyweight Pieter Cronjie (10-4-1, 6 KOs) stopped Colin Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Wilson suffered a knee injury and the referee called it off at 1:29 of round four. Cronjie previously defeated Wilson via six round points decision in 2007. Cronjie is now scheduled to meet Alex Leapai (20-3-3, 16 KOs) in a rematch on December 4 at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will make his debut at heavyweight when he faces Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 15, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Buffalo Run Casino, unbeaten Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will make his fourth appearance on ShoBox in 10 months when he drops down a notch in weight to take on Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Tarver, 41, is making the move from the SHOWTIME broadcast booth back to the ring, where he hasn’t fought since May 2009. He is attempting to become only the third light heavyweight to win a world heavyweight title. The others were Michael Spinks, in 1985, and Roy Jones Jr., in 2003.
Aguilera, 24, owns a career-best first-round knockout over former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in 2009. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Undefeated middleweight prospect Willie Monroe, Jr. looks to improve on his 9-0 record in his hometown on Friday night. The Rochester, NY native takes on Mickey Scarborough (6-2) of Kansas City in the eight-round main event on a card co-promoted by Resnick Productions and DiBella Entertainment. Monroe, Jr. is the nephew of former contender Willie “The Worm” Monroe and son of a tough fighter in the 1990’s Willie Monroe. Those relationships have not gone unnoticed. “Willie has some great blood lines,” says his promoter Lou DiBella. “Not only is he a great boxer but a good kid too. I think he is the most talented young fighter who is under the radar right now.”
In the co-main event, welterweight Kenny Abril (10-3-1) also of Rochester will do battle with Javier Perez (7-3) of Ponce, PR.
A total of seven bouts are scheduled to take place at the Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticket Master locations or by calling 585-576-9699.
Eloy Perez 129.4 vs. Dominic Salcido 129.8
Frankie Gomez 141 vs. Ramon Montano 141
Deontay Wilder 216.9 vs. Harold Sconiers 222
Seth Mitchell 243.2 vs. Derrick Brown 230.8
Charles Huerta 124 vs. Felipe Cordova 123.8
Randy Caballero 119 vs. Missael Nunez 123.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Note: Oscar de la Hoya, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Antonio Diaz and Vicente Escobedo will be in attendance tomorrow night’s fight.
Photo: Middleweight opponents Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama face off at the UFC 120 pre-fight press conference at Earl’s Court Arena held today in London, England.
On October 22, lightweight prospect Jorge “The Truth” Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring, when he takes on James Hope (6-5-1, 4 KOs) in the feature bout of the evening on Star Boxing and The Empire Sports and Entertainment’s rescheduled “Capitale Punishment II” card at Capitale NY. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. There are five undercard bouts scheduled highlighted by the return of popular New York light heavyweight and former NY Golden Gloves champion “Irish” Sean Monaghan (3-0, 2 KOs) taking on Nick Whiting. That bout is scheduled for four rounds in the light heavyweight division. Tickets start at $50.
Showtime Boxing’s first appearance in North Dakota will take place on November 5, at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. The televised portion of the card will be headlined by Edwin Rodriguez (16-0) taking on James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (23-2-1), and Marcus Johnson taking on an opponent to be named. Light middleweight Ishe Smith (21-5) will stay active on the non-televised portion of the DiBella Entertainment-promoted event. Shobox alumni Mickey Bey and Antwone Smith, as well as upper Midwest boxing stars Andy “Kaos” Kolle and Javontae Starks are also scheduled. Tickets went on sale today and range in price from $20-$65.
Showtime Networks Inc. has announced the World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and young upstart WBC World Champion Jean Pascal will be televised live on SHOWTIME. The 12-round world championship bout, originally proposed as a pay-per-view event in the United States, will be held in Pascal’s home of Quebec, Canada—at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City—on Saturday, Dec. 18, and be televised live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET. The event is co-promoted by Group Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Casino Montreal and Quebec Tourism.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this important championship fight directly to our loyal subscribers and fight fans,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “This is a milestone fight for each man’s respective career and thus this matchup fits perfectly into our programming strategy—to televise the most competitive and meaningful bouts in the sport. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel flanked by Former World Champions Juan Laporte and Carlos “Sugar” De Leon of Puerto Rico who are in town as special guests for the Saturday October 16th show “The Rising Son Returns” at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Pre-show for “The Rising Son Returns” Pay Per View Event on Live on Pay Per View – October 16th, 2010 at 9 PM ET
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute 167.4 vs. Jesse Brinkley 167.6
(IBF super-middleweight world championship)
Adrian Diaconu 176.1 vs. Omar Sheika 175
Ceferino Labarda 131.7 vs. Benoit Gaudet 131.6
Jo Jo Dan 146.8 vs. Andres Pablo Villafane 146.5
Sebastien Gauthier 117.6 vs. Julio David Roque Ler 117.4
Pier Olivier Cote 139.8 vs. Walter Sergio Gomez 138.9
Francy Ntetu 170.4 vs. Martin Desjardins 171.5
Promoter: Interbox/Let’s Get It On Promotions
Venue: Bell Centre
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
At the “Global Boxing Gym” in North Bergen, New Jersey, both of the main actors at the Prudential Center main event on December 9 – top world heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) and the always tough Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO) were all smiles. “It will be the fight every fan of boxing has to see, because Tomasz Adamek and Vinny Maddalone are guys like from a different era – they want to fight, give fans their money worth. It will be like Mickey Ward versus Arturo Gatti – punch for punch” – said Joe DeGuardia, who represents Maddalone. Adamek, as usual, did not want to play with predictions. ”I hope after my five years of fighting in US and two world titles in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, fans of boxing already know that I’m always well prepared to fight for them. Full speed ahead. The ‘no fear’ motto will apply to my fight with Vinny,” said Adamek.
Adamek vs. Maddalone will take place on December 9 in Prudential Center in Newark, and will be televised live on PPV by Integrated Sports Media
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Super Welter Champion and Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto landed today in London to be part of the first ever International UFC Fan Expo to be held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England from Friday October 15 to Saturday October 16. Miguel will receive fans and visitors both days at the Ecko Unlimited stand. “I feel very happy to be in London and be a part of this great UFC Fan Expo together with my friends at Ecko Unlimited. We’ll share time with the fans and have fun in this great country,” Cotto said. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) is set to defend his title in a 10-round super featherweight bout this Friday, October 15 against Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) in the main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. “Eloy is in the great shape, we had a great training camp, tough sparring and I know he’s definitely put the work in the gym to come out with the win in this fight,” said chief trainer Max Garcia. “Eloy definitely has what it takes to become a world champion and this fight will bring us one step closer to achieving that goal,” continued Garcia. For more details and photos click here…
Top Rank announced today that international television sports reporter Ines Sainz has been signed to provide daily fight week reports and features on www.toprank.com and be part of the international broadcast team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship. Pacquiao vs. Margarito will take place, Saturday, November 13 at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view in the U.S.
Sainz, a sports reporter for TV Azteca in México and Azteca America in the U.S., will utilize her vast experience interviewing sports personalities from around the globe in producing fresh and insightful reports from the fighters’ camps throughout fight week, as well as live reports from the official press conferences, media workouts, the official weigh-in, all of which will be available to online portals as well as television stations and networks via satellite feeds. Sainz will also be reporting on the pre-fight festivities during fight night at Cowboys Stadium as well as part of the fight’s international broadcasting team. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham’s first face-to-face meeting with Carl “The Cobra” Froch on neutral territory was certainly one to remember as they wasted no time to exchange pleasantries during today´s kick-off press conference in Helsinki, Finland. In Group Stage 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the two superstars will lock horns at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27, with the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title on the line. Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) said he found it odd that Abraham calls himself “The King” and also dresses like one. “Abraham has a picture of himself posing as a king at his house,” Froch stated. “He wears a plastic crown and a feather coat. I find that very strange and it tells you something about him. He will certainly not be the king after we have met inside the ring. I am going to stuff him like a chicken.” (more…)
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will head to Las Vegas next weekend and train at the Top Rank Gym beginning Monday, Oct. 25. Lopez is wiring in for his big fight against Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, November 6.
Unbeaten featherweight Roberto Marroquin of Dallas is off to Mexico today. He will box on a Top Rank Live! fight card in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday, October 16. Marroquin, 15-0, will box in a six-round bout. Fox Deportes is televising.
Matt Korobov, a hard-hitting unbeaten Russian middleweight, will box on a Top Rank Live! event at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 20. Korobov, who is handled by Cameron Dunkin, will take on Derrick Findlay in an eight round bout. Headlining will be Texas star Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio vs. Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico. FSN will televise. This event will launch of series of Top Rank boxing cards at the WinStar.
By Jason Ford
Promoter Louis de Vries of Jackson Boxing Club announced that the 6th “Night of the Fight” at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium will take place on December 10th. In association with Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment the main event will present the IBF final eliminator for mandatory challenger between welterweight contenders Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) and Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs). (more…)
Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) has explained the reason he is unable to participate in the IBF’s four fighter box-off which would culminate with a new mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Wladimir Klitschko. “I’m very honored and my heart bleeds that I can’t take this challenge,” said the unbeaten heavyweight, who is rated in the top five of all sanctioning bodies. “I’m totally disappointed, since I’m a fighter. However, the reason isn’t that I have no desire to compete in such a tournament, but that the doctors still haven’t given me the green light for a 12-round fight. Coming off a hand operation, a tune-up fight will likely take place later this year as a test. If all goes positively, I’ll be ready for everything. My promoter is preparing the suitable medical documents for the IBF so that they can 100% understand the reason I can’t participate.” (more…)
IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots November 12, headlining in a 10-round, non-title fight at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs), who will fight Colombian Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs), hasn’t fought in his native Rhode Island in two years. The star of The Contender, Season I reality television series has a 16-1 (10 KOs) pro record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) at Twin River. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch faced off today at the kick-off press conference ahead of their Super Six clash. The two superstars will fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title at Hartwall Areena, Finland on November 27. Click here for more photos and video.
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 we have Showtime’s Steve Farhood. We’ll also be talking about whether Mike Tyson belongs in the Hall of Fame. Have an opinion? Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. 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.
Frank Warren celebrates 30 years in boxing in style on December 11 with another blockbuster show. Following the success of his “Magnificent Seven” card in September, Warren will again put on a multiple title show, this time at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Warren announced that Welsh hot-shot Nathan Cleverly will challenge for the Interim WBO light heavyweight title, Paul Smith defends his British super middleweight crown against James DeGale, Matt Macklin makes a defence of his European middleweight crown, Kell Brook defends his WBO Intercontinental strap, 2007 Amateur world champion Frankie Gavin challenges for the WBO Intercontinental light welterweight crown and Tony Bellew puts his Commonwealth light heavyweight title on the line. (more…)
After traveling north to the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, CA, for his two past training camps, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) decided to stay put and set up camp in his adoptive hometown of San Diego, CA. Gesta will be trading leather against his toughest test to date on his way to a title Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) of Los Mochis, Mex, in the eight round main event of Spanish language Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on Friday, October 22nd. (more…)
Interview by David Finger
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Usually when a 41-year-old former light heavyweight champion on the heels of back to back losses announces that he’s going to make a run for the heavyweight championship, boxing insiders are less than supportive. The conventional wisdom is that the comeback will end in a humiliating defeat, or worse. And more often than not, the comeback is ignored by the networks in hope that it will go away on its own.
Such is the power of Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KO’s) that he has already done something magical: create a major buzz in the sport despite his age and his losses in his last two fights. . . . Click here for more
James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return Saturday, October 23 when he battles once beaten Phillip “The Mongoose” McCants (8-1, 3 KOs) in the six-round junior middleweight headliner of Baltimore Pro Boxing’s “Who’s The Man II” event at the Pikesville Armory. (more…)
UFC stars who live in Londontown give their recommendations about where to go while you’re on their turf for the UFC Fan Expo. . . Click here for more
Photos by Herby Whyne
IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) faced off with mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-5-5, 22 KOs) at a news conference Wednesday in Montreal for their world title clash on Friday at the Bell Centre. “I’m ready,” vowed the unbeaten champion. “We spent six weeks in Florida to train. I’m prepared. I took it seriously and it will be quite a show.” Brinkley warned Bute not to count him out. “It doesn’t bother me that people think I’m the underdog,” said Brinkley. “Lucian has his hands full with me.” (more…)
If you went simply by the looks on the faces of John Hathaway and Thomas Egan as they sat together at the press conference before their UFC 93 bout in Dublin in January of 2009, it would have been Game, Set, and Match in favor of Ireland’s Egan, who appeared to be an old pro at 20 as he answered query after query from the assembled media. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
“The Rising Son Returns” PPV undercard for Saturday’s WBO junior featherweight title fight between world champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KOs) and former wbo super flyweight champion/WBO #10 Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-4-1, 17 KOs) is set.
The co-feature is a scheduled twelve-rounder for the WBO youth middleweight belt between Raul “Tigre” Casarez (15-2, 8 KOs) of Mexico and local hero Anthony “Ice” Greenridge (14-5-1, 5 KOs).
Also on tap are unbeaten Polish middleweight Patrick Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) against Joseph Gomez (17-2-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (5-0, 2 KOs) versus upset-minded Israel “Filipino” Rojas (3-1, 2 KOs) in a bantamweight clash scheduled for six.
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