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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 HBO’s Harold Lederman, Angelo Dundee and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Butch Flansberg. Call or email your questions 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.
By Jesse Kelley
Justin Seurer of the Midwest Sports Council, RDS Company and the Grand Casino Hinckley are proud to bring boxing back Hinckley Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on Friday the 13th! In the main event, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (41-9, 22 KOs) is stepping into the ring against Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout. Vanda – who has gone the distant in toe-to-toe with contenders Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (twice), John Duddy and Sebastien Demers – is ready drill “The Drill!” Williams is coming off of a huge win stopping former three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in June. Vanda is one of the most popular fighters in the State of Minnesota but Williams is a fan favorite at the Hinckley Casino having 4 of his last 5 fights at venue. (more…)
There’s something in the air about November 14th’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto that says fight fans are in for a historic fight with tremendous implications. The signs were all apparent as the final press conference took place at the Hollywood Theater inside the MGM Grand Garden on Wednesday . . . Click here for more
Legendary promoter Don Chargin has signed hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Michael ‘Lil Warrior’ Franco (15-0, 10 KOs). Franco, who has been sought out by multiple promoters over the past year will take on veteran Nicky Bentz (32-7-2, 29 KOs) November 28th at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Being a professional fighter beyond the age of 40 would strike most rational minded people as insane. Even the thought of fighting beyond the age of 40 would earn most individuals a white coat with no sleeves. . . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly been arrested at LAX for allegedly roughing up a paparazzi. Iron Mike has been detained by airport police on suspicion of battery. The paparazzi was also arrested before being taken to the hospital.
The World Boxing Organization President, Francisco Valcárcel has stated that the WBO Executive Committee has resolved to bestow on the winner of the Miguel Cotto–Manny Pacquiao bout to be held on Saturday at the MGM Grand the WBO Super Champion belt, together with all the privileges and rights that accompany such a title; such as extension of mandatory title defense; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in higher or lower division; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in the same division; and, an honorary member of the WBO for life. For more information regarding the Super Champion designation, Section 14 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Title is the place to go.
Photo: Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto posed off today at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas, during the final press conference for Saturday’s “Firepower” showdown.
Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward train for their November 21st Super Six World Boxing Classic match.
During the biggest boxing week of the year in Las Vegas, TKO Boxing Promotions has announced the signing of Las Vegas based amateur star Bradley Blankenship to an exclusive promotional contract. The 20 year old Blankenship is a former standout running back for Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. After graduating in 2007, he enrolled at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he joined the boxing team and quickly lost forty pounds of his ready made football build of 5’11”, 200 pounds. . . . Click here for more
Photo: At the start of the final presser, held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, both, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, received official keys to the City of Las Vegas by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.
After controversy, heated conversations and negotiations were settled, former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi met face-to-face yesterday to announce the December 12 rematch of their exciting August 22 bout. Diaz and Malignaggi will square off on neutral ground at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in 12 round junior welterweight bout that will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
German amateur standout, Jack Culcay-Keth, signed a professional contract with Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion today. Keth and his manager Moritz Klatten alongside Universum president Klaus-Peter Kohl and Dietmar Poszwa announced the deal earlier today at Hamburg’s famous East Hotel. Culcay-Keth is well known for winning a gold medal at the 2009 amateur world championships in Milano, Italy, being the first German boxer to capture a world title since 14 years. The 24-year-old will be trained by Michael Timm and former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian. His father, Roberto, will be in his corner, too. As an amateur, he won 95 out of 126 fights, with three bouts even. For more details and photos click here…
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Questions will finally be answered when Michael Bisping steps into the cage against Denis Kang on November 14 in the co-main event of UFC 105 in Manchester. After being knocked out by Dan Henderson in July, fans are anxious to see if The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner can bounce back. In his way is international superstar and 45 fight veteran Denis Kang.. . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
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Here’s the latest in the ongoing Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV saga. “I’m a fighter, not a negotiator,” said two-time world champion Rafael Marquez. “I read all this talk about money and promoters and networks, but none of that concerns me. I’m ready to fight, and my promoter Gary Shaw is ready to begin negotiations with Israel’s people. Gary has been my promoter for a long time, and he has full authority from me to make an offer to the Vazquez people. Bottom line, and Israel knows this as well, we can make more money fighting each other than anyone else. I called Top Rank last month to see about fighting Juanma Lopez, and they said his schedule is filled for 2010. Enough talk. I’m ready to fight, and Gary is ready to make a deal. Israel needs to know the truth, which is that he and I are made for each other. We’re going down in history together.”
By Ron Jackson
South African boxing fans are in for a feast of boxing in the next two weeks with three tournaments coming up. Branco Milenkovic of Branco Productions puts on a bumper bill on November 20 and Andre Kerr of Seconds Out Promotions presents a nine-bout bill on November 27 and then on November 30 Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents his “Christmas Cracker” Box and Dine tournament. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Boxing returns to San Diego, California this Thursday as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions promote a well-matched card titled “The Defense” at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. In the scheduled eight round super bantamweight bout, Chula Vista’s own Christopher Martin (15-0-2, 3 KOs) takes on the tough Eduardo “Lalo” Arcos (15-0, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, MX. The slick boxing Martin is coming off a rare KO of the durable Torrence Daniels last May in Sacramento while the brawling Arcos is on a six fight win streak with four of them coming in within the distance. (more…)
After months of anticipation, six-time world boxing champion and Mexican icon Julio César Chávez has opened “Julio César Chávez Campeones,” a boxing-themed restaurant and entertainment venue in Mesa, Arizona. Campeones (Champions) is a 30,000-square-foot venue featuring authentic Mexican food, a full sports bar, arcade games and a WBC Legends of Boxing Museum. In addition, the venue features an 1,700-seat event center for concerts, boxing matches, quinceañeras and community events. “The grand opening of Julio César Chávez Campeones is a special moment for me,” said Chávez. “It’s very gratifying to have the opportunity to open a place that the Hispanic community can be proud of.” The $4.5 million facility will employ 80 and is projecting revenues of $7-$10 million for the first year of business. Click here for more photos…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will defend his belts on December 19 against WBC #3 rated Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik was forced to pull out of a bout two weeks earlier because of a staph infection in his left hand. Espino is best known as a participant on season one of “The Contender.” The Pavlik camp took the fight on short notice, rather than be stripped of the belts. “I talked with my dad, Jack (Loew) and my manager (Cameron Dunkin) and we decided it’s not worth losing the title,” Pavlik told the Youngstown Vindicator. “If I lose, I want to lose fighting.” The bout will be televised on Top Rank’s December 19 “Latin Fury” card.
By Robert Hough
Their fight is 11 days away, but super middleweights Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler are ready to get after it in 11 hours. Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), the last pairing in the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, were polite, respectful and full-go serious Tuesday in a teleconference to discuss their November 21 fight in Oakland, Calif., for Kessler’s WBA title. Kessler, who left his native Denmark for California in late October, told his challenger that he’s accustomed to the time difference, training goes well and he’s dialed in. “I’m enjoying myself over here,” said Kessler, who’s in Sacramento, about 80 miles from Oakland. “I’m having a good time and I feel comfortable. I’m ready to fight you, Ward, and I hope you’re ready.” Ward, who lives in the Oakland area, spoke with an edge in his voice throughout the teleconference. “I’m not having a good time and I’m not comfortable,” he responded. “I’m ready to fight.”
The son of a legend will be in action for “November 2 Remember” a boxing and MMA event set to take place November 14, 2009 at the Youth Center in Cut Off, Louisiana. Heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman (3-0, 3 KOs) will be in a featured 4 round boxing match. The main event will feature local light heavyweight Justin “Ironman” Verdin (8-0, 6 KOs), the current Louisiana State Champion, taking on a stiff challenge in Gulfport, Mississippi native Gevonte Davis (4-4). Both boxers are coming off of career best wins, Verdin against Larry Pryor and Davis against unbeaten Anthony Doughty. (more…)
The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode #2, premiering Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode reality series takes viewers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic. From the conception of the tournament to the crowning of a new champion in the super middleweight division, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will profile the colorful and charismatic personalities of the fighters, their families and promoters. (more…)
Report and photos by Chris Cozzone
A mob scene-and-a-half greeted two world champions today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao got the mob scene, Miguel Cotto got the half, when the two made their grand arrivals at the venue where they will face one another Saturday night on HBO-PPV . . . Click here for more
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a heavyweight legend looking to climb to the top of the mountain one more time following his win over Hall of Famer Randy Couture in August. Unbeaten rising star Cain Velasquez has moved rapidly up the ranks, but he needs one more win to get a shot at the belt. On Saturday, January 2nd, the main event of UFC 108 will see these two heavyweight standouts meet to determine a future challenger for the title. Also, former UFC light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans begins on his road back to the title as he attempts to avenge his teammate Keith Jardine’s loss against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva at UFC 108: Nogueira vs Velasquez, presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Photo: Puerto Rican pride Miguel Cotto made his arrival today at the MGM, shortly after Pacquiao, at 12:45. Though the crowd that greeted Cotto lacked the numbers, it was no less enthusiastic. Stay tuned for more.
Photo: Manny Pacquiao, pride of the Philippines, made his arrival today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday’s showdown with Miguel Cotto. Stay tuned for a report and more photos later.
Three-time world champion and current WBA super welterweight champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated, WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs) as the featured PPV match on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card on Saturday from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas telecast live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs) will return to ring action on December 4 when he will clash with Michael Kirby (6-3-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Hopoate was stopped in two rounds by former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall earlier this year but is confident he can defeat the less experienced opponent. Kirby holds a nine round stoppage win over Nathan Briggs but was upset by Solomon Haumona to lose the OPBF crown in 2009. (more…)
Denis Kang has no clue which Michael Bisping is going to show up at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night. Will it be the aggressive young man who shot out to a 15-0 record in MMA, or one who may be questioning himself a little bit after suffering the first knockout loss of his career in July to Dan Henderson? . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Much has been written lately regarding Israel Vazquez’s future as rumors swirl around the internet and on print papers in Mexico. Vazquez’s manager Frank Espinoza sat down and answered a few questions regarding his fighter in order to set the record straight. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao is ready to rumble with Miguel Cotto, five days before their scheduled 12-round welterweight title match at the MGM Grand. This was the sentiment of top trainer Freddie Roach, who told a pack of Manila-based writers that the Filipino pound-for-pound king “knows the gameplan better than me at this point.” “He’s one step ahead of me at all times,” said Roach, who arrived in Las Vegas late Monday night from Los Angeles. “We had a good sparring (earlier), light and easy nice and loose. I’m really happy. We’re ready to go,” said Roach, who will still continue to preside over Pacquiao’s remaining workouts penciled at the IBA Gym. “We’ll slow down here in Las Vegas today but we’ll use the mitts and go to the game plan mentally. Just physically walk through it in the ring. Make sure everyone is in the same page and fight the perfect fight.” Even if the fight is very close, Roach admits he is still watching Cotto’s fights on video. “I watch Cotto f____n’ every day. Manny doesn’t want to watch tape that much, he gets bored after 30 seconds. I explain to him what he does, he sees it and he understands,” added the 49-year-old tactician.
Mick Croucher, President of the World Boxing Foundation, has responded to news of the formation of a restructured World Boxing Federation: “The WBF (Foundation), an Australian registered company, continues to operate as it always has and will continue to recognize champions who have fought for our titles. We also have a number of scheduled bouts that will take place before the end of the year and will recognize these fighters under the WBF (Foundation) banner. We recognize the potential for confusion here with sanctioning bodies commonly recognized by their acronym and will therefore be taking steps to protect our legitimate interests and prevent any unauthorized use of the WBF name.”
Former world champion Rafael Marquez declared himself ready to take on Israel Vazquez in a fourth fight and denied that he has made any unreasonable financial demands as the Vazquez camp has claimed. “They are lying to Israel. His manager had said that I’m asking for the moon and the stars to fight him again but that’s simply not true. I’m working with some people here in Mexico to get something clear with Gary Shaw, but I’m ready to fight him in February or March of 2010,” said Marquez. (more…)
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