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Dee Lee Promotions announced today “Super Brawl I” featuring Dorin Spivey (39-6, 29 KOs) and Victor Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) who will square-off in a 10-rounder for the vacant NABA lightweight championship on February 4 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. The co-main event features heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KOs). Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $75 and $100. Call 856-692-1206.
By Ray Wheatley / World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (32-1, 19KOs) will make first defense of the title when he will clash with Italy’s Alberto Servidei (31-0-2, 7KOs) at the Homebush Sports Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Dib, 26 years old, won the title in July when he outscored the highly regarded Mexican Jorge Lacierva. The only loss on Dib’s record came in 2008 when Steve Luevano outscored him over twelve in Atlantic City for the WBO featherweight crown. One of Dib’s best wins came in Madision Square Garden in 2007 when he scored a shutout over classy Rogers Mtagwa. Servidei is ten years Dib’s senior at 36 years old and boxes from the southpaw stance. He resides in Ravenna, Emillia, Romaga, Italy. In 2007 Servidei captured the European featherweight crown outscoring Yuriy Voronin. In 2011 Servidei captured the Italian featherweight title by outscoring Massimo Morra over ten rounds in Livorno, Toscana, Italy. The referee is respected Pete Podgorski of the USA. The judges are Ignatius Missalaidis and Ben Kielty of Australia also Francesca Rega of Italy. The supervisor is Ray Wheatley. The promoter is Michael Karagiannis. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network.
The day Matt Brown nearly died was the beginning of an awakening.
Well before he competed in the UFC, Brown had nothing to his name except a backpack full of clothes. He was living with friends on a salary no higher than $20,000 a year. And there were the drugs and the drinking. One of those drugs was heroin, an overdose of which nearly sent Brown spiraling down to the point of no return. . . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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Photo and report by Jeff Julian
Thousands of family, friends and fans filled the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia on Monday to honor former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who died last Monday after a brief fight with liver cancer. Among those in attendance was Frazier’s greatest rival, Muhammad Ali, who came to pay his respects. Among the speakers was the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who spoke to the congregation of Frazier’s contributions both in and out of the ring. Frazier will be buried during a private ceremony in his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina.
The first installment of “Tommy Gallagher Boxing: Winners Have Scars,” presented by Rich Komissar Promotions in association with Thomas Gallagher Productions, which was scheduled for this Thursday at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ, has been postponed due to an injury to a featured fighter on the show. A makeup date will be announced shortly. “We are very disappointed by this turn of events as the venue had been sold out heading into the weekend, but we look forward to quickly rescheduling the show,” said Rich Komissar. Tickets can be returned to the original point of purchase for a refund.
No one remains undefeated forever. That goes double in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, which features a litany of 225-pound athletic, super freaks cutting down to 205 to throw their high-speed knuckle bombs with only a strip of leather to cushion the blow. The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Ryan Bader learned that the hard way by racking up back-to-back losses by guillotine choke this year. While that was a difficult lesson to digest, Bader believes he has made the necessary changes to bring him not only back to his usual winning ways, but push him further as one of top fist-missile throwers inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Showtime names Stephen Espinoza as new Executive Vice President, General Manager, Showtime Sports and Event Programming
Showtime Networks Inc. has named Stephen Espinoza as its new Executive Vice President, General Manager, Showtime Sports and Event Programming. The announcement was made today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., to whom he will report. “Stephen has had a great career that spans sports, entertainment, television and film,” said Blank. “His deep experience in a variety of fields and incredible knowledge and contacts within the boxing and mixed martial arts communities will be an asset to SHOWTIME® as we continue to expand our offerings. I am confident that he will be a great leader to our already all-star sports group.”
As head of SHOWTIME Sports, Espinoza will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the sports and event group, including developing and executing the overall strategy of the group and its pay-per-view unit, managing the network’s relationships with distributors, talent and suppliers, and the acquisition and licensing of SHOWTIME and pay-per-view sports and event programming. The network’s current hard-hitting sports programming includes SHOWTIME Championship Boxing®, the Super Six World Boxing Classic, INSIDE NASCAR, ShoBox: The New Generation, the Emmy® Award-winning INSIDE THE NFL and Strikeforce mixed martial arts. (more…)
OPI 2000 Italian-Senegal Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (21-1, 12 KOs) won the vacant European Union super middleweight title against Andrea Di Luisa (12-1, 11 KOs) last Friday night in Pontedera, Italy. In most probably the “Italian Fight of the Year” Ndiaye stop a brave Andrea Di Luisa in the twelfth and final round. It was a heated fight with the two warriors exchanging blows for the entire fight with four knockdowns (all suffered by Di Luisa).
On the undercard, former European champion and world title challenger Gianluca Branco (45-3-1, 23 KOs) won by TKO in the six and final round against journeyman Janos Petrovics. Next for Branco is a shot at the European welterweight crown against the champion Leonard Bundu. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live.
New interim WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns is eyeing big fights both domestically and internationally in the 135lb division following his win over Michael Katsidis to become Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in nearly twenty years.
“The lightweight division is a really hot here and abroad at the moment,” said Burns. “Kevin Mitchell beat John Murray in a great fight back in July, while Murray has got a tough fight against WBA world champion Brandon Rios coming up. If Murray wins – and I’m hoping he does the job – then that opens up a unification fight between us. If he doesn’t then I’d love a shot at Rios. On the world scene Juan Manuel Marquez is there and so is Robert Guerrero plus Miguel Vazquez so I’m looking at some big fights ahead.”
Macklin targets stablemate Martinez; “He’ll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me”
WBA #4 middleweight Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) says he would have knocked out stablemate and current middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez had he been in the ring with Martinez during his most recent defense against Darren Barker. “I have a lot of respect for Martinez. What he’s done after taking up boxing so late is remarkable, but he’s really a natural light middleweight and I’m a big, strong middleweight,” said Macklin. I believe that my size, strength and power will be too much for him. I think Darren Barker did better than people expected but I also think that Sergio underperformed that night. Maybe subconsciously he thought he was in for an easy night against Barker and wasn’t at his best because of that. On that performance, he was lucky he wasn’t in the ring with me because I would have knocked him out. He’ll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me…” (more…)
WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) is taking aim at the winner of the December 3 clash between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito after successfully defending his belt against Frank LoPorto on Friday night at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. “Miguel Cotto is the super champion of the WBA jr middleweight division,” said promoter Greg Cohen. “He won his title in June 2010 against Yuri Foreman. When you’re the super champion of the WBA, the rules state you need to defend against your mandatory every 18 months, so the winner of the upcoming fight between Cotto and Antonio Margarito must make their mandatory title defense against Austin Trout. We want to make that fight against either guy as soon as possible.” (more…)
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and actor Danny Aiello will be among the bevy of sports and entertainment stars joining boxing trainer and ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas to lend their support to the 15th Annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Dinner on Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. More than 800 local community members and supporters are expected to attend the gala which remembers Teddy’s late, humanitarian father, a Staten Island physician, and continues his good works. (more…)
A purse bid was scheduled for tomorrow for the IBF lightweight championship mandatory defense fight between champion Miguel Vazquez and challenger Ameth Diaz, but that purse bid has been canceled. Both sides reached a deal to do the fight on Jan. 28, 2011. The site has not been finalized.
The first ever IBF Caribbean welterweight championship will take place on Friday between Joan Guzman (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Florencio Castellano (17-4, 13 KOs) at the Jaragua Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The card titled “The Return of the Champion” marks the highly anticipated return to the ring of two-time world champion Joan Guzman. IBF President Daryl Peoples, who is slated to attend the show, noted, “It is exciting that Joan Guzman agreed to fight the inaugural bout for our new Caribbean Title.” IBF female super featherweight champion Amanda Serrano will also be fighting on the card. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
If this past Saturday night was a test of Austin “No Doubt” Trout ‘s (24-0, 14 KO’s) TV marketability, he passed it with flying colors. In fact, most at ringside would agree that he was the frigid night’s valedictorian.
Making his debut on Showtime’s ShoBox, Trout completely dismantled his Australian opponent Frank “The Italian Stallion” LoPorto (15-5-2, 7 KOs), taking home a TKO win at 2:32 of the sixth round . . . Click here for more
It almost seemed like new UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos couldn’t quite grasp the true meaning in the moment.
As a Brazilian, it’s quite likely that “Cigano” knew that the UFC’s debut on Fox was big, but as a non-American, who could imagine the potential draw of a big fight on free TV if you’ve spent the majority of your life outside the country? (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Highly regarded unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will take on Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the EBU heavyweight championship at the Hartwall Arena on December 3. Helenius has knocked out ten of his last eleven, with three former heavyweight champions among his list of KO victims. Chisora tuned up for the match last Friday with a six round points decision over Remigijus Ziausys (19-44-3, 9 KOs) in Halifax, England. Previously he dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Tyson Fury.
Already 7,000 tickets have been sold at the venue, before Helenius’ opponent was even announced. Apparently it came down to either Chisora or Johnathon Banks. In the co-main event, WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin faces Cedric Boswell.
By Graham Houston
One felt a sense of disappointment over Manny Pacquiao’s performance against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night, a feeling that the Filipino superstar should have done better. In a fight where finality was expected, a sense of closure, Pacquiao once again had to settle for a decision that divided the judges and was open to debate. It could be that Marquez has the sort of style that will always trouble Pacquiao, the way that Ken Norton pushed Muhammad Ali to the limit in three fights.
Yet, frankly, much more was expected from Pacquiao. After all, his archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed Marquez when they met two years ago. Pacquiao’s camp was talking about an overwhelming victory before the halfway mark. Instead, the welterweight title fight ended on a majority verdict, one round on one card from being a draw. (more…)
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs) makes his return to the ring as a light heavyweight on Friday night against unbeaten Gyorgy Marosi (12-0, 8 KOs), the reigning Hungarian super middleweight champion. The bout will take place at the famed York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. It will be Maccarinelli’s first fight since a bad KO loss to Alexander Frenkel 14 months ago.
The card will be the third event promoted by Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George.
On Thursday, November 17th, Promotions Quiñones of Tijuana, Mexico, keeps the ball rolling in this their first year on the scene with another interesting fight card to be held at the now legendary Tijuana night club Las Pulgas located on Avenida Revolucion in the heart of the border city. The night will mark the second time that Gabriel Quiñones, the lead promoter, has presented an event in the cavernous hall primarily held for music although it has hosted boxing in the past.
In the main event, local undefeated super bantamweight Edivaldo “Sobre Ruedas” Ortega (11-0-1, 5KOs) takes on Loreto “KO” Medina (5-2, 5KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in a ten round main event. In the last card held at Las Pulgas in late September, Ortega made quick work of Pedro Lopez, stopping him in the first round, after being out of the gym almost a year. Now in Medina, Ortega will face a fighter who is coming off a TKO loss in his last bout back in 2007. Despite of that, Medina is still a dangerous fighter since he packs a punch with all his win coming in the way of knock out. (more…)
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