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Scottish ace Paul Appleby will get the chance to break into the world rankings when he fights on December 4 at the Braehead Arena. The former British featherweight champion will box for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title at super featherweight, joining Ricky Burns as chief support on the card, live on Sky Sports 1HD. If Appleby wins his 12 round fight, he is likely to break into the WBO’s top 15. “I thought I was having a non-title fight on December 4, so this is a nice surprise,” said the 23-year-old. “It will do my ranking with the WBO some good and we will see where we go from there. My dream has always been to be a world champion, and if I had the opportunity to fight for a world title, I would definitely take it. I’m just concentrating on my fight on December 4, and making sure I am in the best possible shape. But I’ve felt great these last few months, and things just keep better and better.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange is preparing to headline his 11th boxing card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The preparation for his 10-round bout against Joe Wyatt of Richmond, VA has featured a “back to basics” approach with trainer Jimmy Glenn, who has been Lange’s cutman in recent bouts but is training Lange for the first time.
Lange, who has been trained by Angelo Dundee, Buddy McGirt and Don Turner, says he feels a special kinship with Glenn and is working on fundamentals in his training camp. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
In Newark, New Jersey, on November 6th, two young lightweight warriors Robert “the Ghost Guerrero and Vincent “Chente” Escobedo square off with the winner expecting a world title shot. Escobedo, who sports a record of 22-2, finds his first opportunity for an HBO-televised fight against Guerrero, who is 27-1. Between the two pugilists, they have lost a total of three fights – all by split decision. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Brian Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii and Liempetch Sor Veerapol made the weight limit with ease as the Hawaiian tallied a fit 112lbs while the Thai came in at 111lbs.
EX-world champion Brian Viloria has been guaranteed a shot at a world title should he win his upcoming non-title fight Friday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. No less than Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn has said he has already sealed a deal that will make Viloria the mandatory challenger of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown currently being held by Julio Cesar Miranda of Mexico. “It’s obviously predicated on a win here. The venue and economics will depend on Brian’s performance,” said Gittelsohn who arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning. “It’s a fight Brian has to look great in against an opponent who’s solid but not in Brian’s class. Given a good performance Brian will be fighting for a world title.” (more…)
This week’s TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” main event features top welterweight Jose Miguel Cotto (31-2, 23 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico against Christopher Henry (22-20, 17 KO’s) of Bridgetown, Barbados who replaced Cotto’s original opponent Oscar Leon after he was forced to withdraw from the fight because of visa issues.
Jose Miguel Cotto 145 vs Christopher Henry TBA
Jesus Rojas 123.7 vs Reynaldo Lopez 123.5
Jonathan Vidal 118 vs Christian Fernandez 117
Miguel Robles 121 vs Luis Ortiz 123
Angel Fret 121 vs Sigfredo Medina 122.7
Victor Reyes 125 vs Eliezer Agosto 124
Manuel Ramos 110 vs Christian Soto 109
Edgar Lopez 136 vs Gerardo Adorno 135
Eddie Gomez 152 vs Pascasio Adorno 147
Venue: Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Warning, contains strong language: Canadian heavyweight champion Neven Pajkic wasn’t holding back anything when contacted by Fightnews following a week of press releases from fellow undefeated fighter Tyson Fury of England. The 12-0 Fury was hand at ringside last Saturday night at Casino Rama to watch the Canadian champ win every round of an eight round fight but not able to finish 47 year-old Andreas Sidon of Germany. Fury who called the effort “pathetic” earlier this week via press release made his ringside to personally offer up the challenge in an exchange of words that was brief as Pajkic made his way back to his dressing room. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Super Six World Boxing Classic participant Glen Johnson stopped by Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas for an intense, last minute training session on Thursday. The veteran contender and former light heavyweight world champion was greeted by former opponent Merqui Sosa.
Johnson will take on world-ranked contender Allan Green in a must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The winner of the 12-rounder will earn a coveted spot in the tournament Semi-Finals.
Johnson, who has appeared in seven world title fights and has defeated some of the best prizefighters of this era, including boxing legends Roy Jones, Jr., and Antonio Tarver, has an opportunity to reestablish himself as one of the world’s elite prizefighters.
By Marc Lichtenfeld
It was Prospect Night on Through the Ropes this week. Listeners were introduced to welterweight Brad “King” Solomon (14-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
It looks like former WBC champion Adrian Diaconu will fight a rematch with former victim Chris Henry on March 12, 2011 in Montreal. The last time out, April 19, 2008, Diaconu just narrowly won a unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Interim title in Bucharest, Romania. This time, the vacant WBC Silver belt will be up for grabs. Henry was to have faced Roberto Bolonti of Argentina, but Bolonti came up injured, so the WBC, at it’s 48th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico, decided to sanction Diaconu-Henry for the Silver belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Naoufel Ben Rabah (31-3, 16 KOs) returned to ring action on Thursday and stopped Indonesian Ramadan Weiru (14-4-1, 13 KOs) in round one at the Wyong Leagues club, NSW, Australia. Weiru was in trouble early and the referee gave as standing eight count and shortly after called it off when the import was in no condition to continue. (more…)
Video: Boxing Bob Newman
The legendary boxing commentator Col. Bob Sheridan speaks to Fightnews.com while attending the 48th WBC convention in Cancun Mexico. The Colonel dishes on his 5 decades covering the sport, as well as his views on the sanctioning bodies and why his colleagues at ringside would do well to stop criticizing the various sanctioning bodies and attend the conventions…to learn a thing or two!
By Phil Doherty
Some of the nicest guys you meet in boxing get paid to render other guys unconscious. It’s just a simple fact. The punishment two boxers deal each other during a bout would be criminal vice outside the ring in the eyes of the law. Indeed, if you’ve ever seen a brawl break out in the stands during a professional boxing event, you know those guys go to jail. This strange duality rears its head frequently the more boxers you get to know. However, once you accept the contradiction and really get to understand the motivations of these men, you start to appreciate their virtues much more. Recently Fightnews sat down with such a fighter. He is Haitian-American light heavyweight Azea Augustama (9-0, 6 KOs). Augustama represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympics and won the 2008 Golden Gloves championships at 178 lbs. Augustama and manager Victor Wainstein graciously answered the following questions… (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez gets a surprise visit from former world champion Felix Trinidad Thursday night as he prepares for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
The six fighters taking part in Friday night’s exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation telecast LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, weighed in and gave their final thoughts Thursday at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. The stacked ShoBox lineup will feature three fighters whose fathers had distinguished professional careers.
Exciting power-puncher Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) from Worcester, Mass., by way of the Dominican Republic, will face gritty young veteran James McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 11 KOs) from Vero Beach, Fla., in a 10-round super middleweight main event. In the co-feature, Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs) of Boca Raton, Fla., meets Aaron Pryor Jr., (14-2, 11 KOs) of Cincinnati, in an eight-round battle while Houston’s Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) is looking to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (18-3, 15 KOs) of St. Louis, in an eight-round affair.
Edwin Rodriguez 166.2 vs. James McGirt Jr. 167.8
Dyah Davis 168.6 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr. 167.25
Marcus Johnson 172 vs. Kevin Engel 171.2
For more details and photos click here…
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni will be back in the ring Friday night in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) will fight Mexican Eduardo Ayala (17-33-4, 8 KOs). The fight is promoted by Salvador Briman in association with OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi). The bout will be available on a free live international webcast (outside Mexico) on wbcboxing.tv at 18:30 Mexico time.
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman officially closed the meetings session of the 48th annual WBC convention, inviting everyone to attend the closing banquet tonight at Isla Mujeres (Woman’s Island) where a dolphin show will take place along with the dinner. Here’s a rundown of the the last day’s activity. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Lopez
“I read that the team of Rafael Marquez said I have no chin. But the one that’s undefeated is me and I know he lost a few fights by knockout. On Saturday you will see who can take a punch and who can’t. Gary Shaw said “If I’m so good why don’t I fight (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. I said, “I’m so good I’m going to beat Marquez on Saturday and Gamboa next June.”
“I’m a man of few words. I know it’ll be special on Saturday night. l I’m here to win the fight for me and Mexico.”
“I feel great. I’m ready to fight. Glen is a very good friend of mine. I learned a lot from him. But as he said on Saturday its all business. I know I’m ready and I hope he is. I’ll do the rest of my talking sat night.”
“I feel appreciated for all the years I put in boxing and to be part of such a prestigious event. I just want to say Green is a friend of mine. He’s not somebody I’m looking forward to fighting, but this is business and I’m sure he’ll feel the same way on Saturday. We’ll go out and do our job and I’m sure our relationship will remain the same.”
Video: Kurt Freitag
Rafael Marquez is playing it close to the vest in advance of Saturday’s WBO featherweight title showdown against champion Juan Manual Lopez on SHOWTIME. All he would show reporters was a few minutes of shadowboxing at a media day earlier this week.
Looks like unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion will join the 168lb party at SHOWTIME. Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Ken Hershman, Bute and Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox have scheduled a press conference Friday to make an official announcement. Word is Bute is looking at a three-fight deal with the network.
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Crooning a tune with Will Farrell on late night TV, jet-setting out of fight camp to plug fellow politician Harry Reid and reports of less-than-perfect training have more than one sports scribe asking the question, “Could this be the fight it all catches up to Manny Pacquiao?”
Could Antonio Margarito be the one who shuts down the decade’s greatest fighter?
For those who thought booking a concert after a scheduled 12-rounder with Miguel Cotto was crazy; the master of multitasking, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, seven-division world champion, singer, actor and humanitarian, has little to say but, “Don’t worry ‘bout it.” . . . Click here for more
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“All I can tell you is, he’s a better boxer than a singer,” is Antonio Margarito’s take on Manny Pacquiao, the singer.
“He should stick to boxing.”
On Nov. 13, however, Margarito won’t be facing Pacquiao the singer, or Pacquiao the politician, for that matter — he’ll be up against the man most consider the greatest boxer of this era . . . click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman clarifies the situation regarding the final eliminator on December 17th, 2010 in Miami between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. The winner will get an immediate shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko no later than 100 days following the December 17th fight. Should the winner of that fight be injured or the fight end in a draw, Klitschko will be free to engage in an optional defense, possibley against Tomasz Adamek in March at Madison Square Garden on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I.
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
One year ago, Raphael Assuncao was widely considered to be one of the featherweight division’s top fighters. His sterling 15-1 record and brutish style ensured that his name appeared frequently on Top 10 rankings. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt felt he was well on his way toward earning a world title shot . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is preparing for WAR this Friday night, November 5th as he battles undefeated prospect Marcus “Too Much” Johnson at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. The scheduled eight rounder is part of an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, the heavy handed Engel (18-3, 15 KOs), is looking to bounce back from his last ShoBox appearance, an outstanding back and forth battle with undefeated prospect Edwin Rodriguez on April 30th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what has turned out to be a grudge match, Isaac Chilemba from Malawi makes the first defense of his IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Thomas Oosthuizen over 12 rounds on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.
Chilemba, who is now based in South Africa, won the vacant belt in June this year when he outpointed Australian Michael Bolling. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! Tonight, it’s Prospect Night on Through the Ropes. Super middleweight Dyah Davis, who fights Aaron Pryor, Jr. on ShoBox tomorrow night and undefeated welterweight Brad Solomon will be on the show. Call in tonight or email your thoughts 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.
Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino bring pro boxing back to the Northwest on November 13th with Battle at the Boat 79. The main event will feature Othello Washington’s David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2, 13 KO’s) vs. Yakima Washington’s Santos Pakau (27-6-1, 10 KO’s). Torres who made his return to the ring last January at Battle at the Boat 75 will look to rebound from a tough loss from Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran. (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Jason Colon/Global Boxing
For the last time without the gloves on, Argentinean knockout superstar Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO) met former world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO) during the final press conference at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ). Judah-Matthysse, televised this Saturday on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series from Prudential Center in Newark, will be for NABO junior welterweight championship and IBF #2 position and will most likely produce new title contender in the 140-pound division. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s resignation apparently didn’t last very long. According to information from ARENA Box-Promotion, Sulaiman has apologized for his emotional reaction on Wednesday and a deal has been worked out between Don King (DKP), Ahmet Öner (ARENA) and Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) under the guidance of WBC General Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.
The WBC’s official position is that “the involved parties were still negotiating and the outcome is expected during the Thursday general assembly meeting.”
However, according to ARENA, the parties agreed that the winner of Solis vs. Austin will face Vitali Klitschko for the mandatory title defense within 100 days after December 17th. Both sides have only 11 days to come to a gentlemen’s agreement after the final elimination bout as the purse bid for Vitali Klitschko vs. the winner of Solis vs. Austin was scheduled for December 28th, 2010. (more…)
Story and photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day three of the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico, was started by giving an award to veteran Texas Commissioner Dickie Cole. Right after, Bobby Lee, of Hawaii, former WBA President was also awarded. During a break, former world champion Jeff Fenech was introduced to the audience. The activity of the day ended, and awards were given to Peter Abdool, Guyana Commissioner and CABOFE President, due to his exemplary work of having shaped the project of a shelter for children in Guyana, with the collaboration of William Boodhoo, of Canada. They have worked very hard on such project which is part of the WBCares program. For more details and photos click here…
Photo courtesy Team Salita
Dmitriy Salita is preparing for his upcoming fight against Mike “Mighty” Anchondo on December 16 at Roseland Ballroom, NYC with help from legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HG Boxing
WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino (30-3-2, 12 KOs) is getting ready to defend his title this Saturday against fellow Mexican Gilberto Keb Baas in Merida, Yucatan. This Mexican civil war not only promises blood but bad blood between two boxers who despise each other. Over twelve years ago, in the last century, Keb Baas kayoed Nino in six rounds. Now, they meet again to prove who is “mas macho”. This fight is yet another strange twist in the rocky career of Omar Nino, the Guadalajara-born warrior. In 2006, Omar, then an unknown, beat touted Brian Viloria to become the WBC champion. Then in a rematch, he was stripped of his title for failing a drug test, an accusation which was revealed to be false two years after. In 2010, he twice fought against Filipino Rodel Mayol for the WBC title. The first bout ended in a controversial no-contest. And then on June 19th, 2010, Omar Nino beat Mayol in a bloody slug fest to claim the the title at age 34. Fightnews talked to Nino about the ups and downs of his colorful career and the upcoming grudge match with Keb Baas. (more…)
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