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By Francisco Salazar
After lesson planning, Back-to-School Night, and grading, another edition of Southern California Boxing Scene is back, filled with updated news on fighters and fight cards with a Southern California connection…
Bantamweight contender Abner Mares, who hails from Hawaiian Gardens, is thrilled to be a part of the single-elimination Bantamweight tournament, which will begin on Saturday, December 11th in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Mares faces hard-hitting, two-time world title holder Vic Darchinyan in a 12 round bout.
“I’m just anxious and excited to be fighting in December,” said Mares to Fightnews.com, who will be fighting in his native Mexico for the first time in his professional career. Mares represented Mexico in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Mares, who is coming off a 12 round majority decision draw against Yonnhy Perez in May, knows he will in tough against the awkward, yet hard-hitting Darchinyan.
“I know that he likes to talk a lot before a fight,” said Mares recently. “I just have to do what I need to do and do my talking with my fists.” (more…)
Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Unbeaten welterweight Michael Dallas Jr. (16-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Lenin Arroyo of Miami (20-14-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Arroyo was down three times in round two before it was waved off at the 1:30 mark.
Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (9-0, 9 KOs) needed just 28 seconds to beat Nathan Bedwell (3-5, 2 KOs) after Bedwell’s heavily taped right knee collapsed.
Olympian jr middleweight Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs) needed just 39 seconds to finish Marco Arauz (3-7-2, 1 KO). (more…)
By Peter Lim at ringside
In a heavyweight mismatch, Justin Jones, 10-0 (7 KOs), stopped Billy Willis, 11-23-1 (9 KOs), in the third round at the Humble Civic Center on the outskirts of Houston. Jones dropped Willis with a one-two in the first round and effortlessly unloaded every punch in his arsenal before Willis quit on his stool at the end of the second round. (more…)
The new issue of Boxeo La Revista is out in digital form and the print issue will be available this weekend at the “Tecate Box Tour” in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico where this Saturday, Francisco “Pachito” Arce takes on former world champion Isidro “Chino” Garcia in the main event of a boxing card presented by Zanfer Promotions. In the magazine you’ll find a full report on the great win by Tomas “Gusano” Rojas in Japan, and an in depth look at the promotional tour of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, who visited three cities to promote their upcoming fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium. There is also a very interesting on three dynamic women of Tijuana Boxing. Here is the link to the digital magazine.
Photos by All Star Boxing
As part of the South Florida Media Tour, WBO Jr Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr was a special guest Thursday night on the popular Telemundo Network program Titulares y Mas and spend time and did interviews with Edgar Lopez, Karim Mendibur and the beautiful Mirella Grisales. The last time he was on the program live was before he won his world title last February 27, 2010 when he defeated Marvin Sonsona via 4th round stoppage, he promised them then that he will come back to the show with the belt and he delivered the promise today. Telemundo televised almost all of his fights before he became champion. Vazquez Jr will face Former WBO Champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. The tickets are already on sale starting at only $25 at all Ticketmaster location and at the Arena. The fight will be available on PPV. Indemand, Dish, Direct TV and your local cable operator at only $34.95. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy of Peruboxing
Peruvian challenger Alberto Rossel hopes to become his country’s first world champion when he meets Mexico’s Hugo Cazares for the WBA super flyweight title in Mexico City on Saturday. The tough, rugged little WBA #11 Rossel (24-7, 11 KOs) will be a definite long shot against the bigger, harder punching Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KOs) but his Peruvian countrymen believe in “El Chiquito” (as he is known) for his great heart and ability to make the upcoming bout; ”This will be the fight of his life,” says Christian Barton, editor of the Peruboxing website, “El Chiquito will be at a disadvantage in terms of height and size, but he is a real warrior. Records can be misleading. Alberto is skilled, very hardy and is able to rise up to the occasion, I firmly believe that an upset victory against Cazares is not a dream.” (more…)
By Christopher Cook
Carlos Manuel Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs) and Charlie Serrano (9-2-0, 2 KOs) headline an exciting night of boxing this October 15 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Both local fighters, Rivera from Port Richey looks to reverse his misfortune of three straight losses as he squares off with Tampa’s Serrano. Serrano, a local favorite, is stepping up in competition in facing Rivera, and will have to use his speed to try and overcome his more experienced opponent. Rivera, who recently fought for the NABO and NABF belts in May, has lost two of his last three by TKO. Rivera will find Serrano’s soft punching much easier to handle as he looks to take out the crowd as well as Serrano in this bout. This bout will be for the vacant Florida State Featherweight title. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal receives his green belt today in Mexico City from WBC president Jose Sulaiman.
Djamel Selini (29-9-1, 14 KOs) of Belgium and WBO #15 ranked light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi (22-1, 11 KOs) of France, and the event’s promoter Robert Safrani pose for picture at the official weigh-in today in France. Mohammedi and Selini will square off tomorrow at the Gymnase J.Roure, Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Mohammedi weighed in at 172.7 pounds and Selini at 174.9 pounds. The main event bout will be for the EBU-EU (European Union) light heavyweight title.
Tickets for “In Harm’s Way” — the four-fight championship pay-per-view extravaganza, go on sale tomorrow (Friday, October 8) at 10AM PT. Top Rank’s 2010 pay-per-view finale will take place Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and will be televised Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. “In Harm’s Way” will feature The Son of the Legend and undefeated No. 1 contender Julio César Chávez, Jr, (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight title against The Contender alumnus and Top-Five contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, México, in a 12-round fight of seismic proportions. (more…)
Alberto Herrera 149 vs. Chris Chatman 149
Christopher Rizzo 142.5 vs. Alex Viramontes 142
Oscar Andrade 138 vs. Federico Martinez 136.5
Donyil Livingston 161.5 vs. Steve Macomber 162
Sergio Nunez 135 vs. Mike Cross 132
Daniel Roman 119 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 116.5
Venue: Ontario Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
After reconfiguring the in-house production at the sold-out O2 Arena, London, England, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) organisation has been able to more seating capacity for next week’s UFC 120: BISPING v AKIYAMA event. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I’m very disappointed,” promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com today regarding Andre Dirrell’s withdrawal from SHOWTIME’s Super Six Tournament. “Andre has some neurological problems and we’ve been advised by a neurological specialist that for the present time Andre cannot spar, nor can he fight until he is symptom-free. We’re going to be going for further testing. I just pray and hope that everything is alright for Andre Dirrell and his family.”
When asked when Dirrell’s symptoms appeared, Shaw responded, “During that Abraham fight he took a pretty good shot and he was kind of scattered that night. I don’t know for sure, and I’m sure not the doctor, so I don’t want to say when this appeared or reappeared. All I know is right now he’s not right.”
Photos by All Star Boxing
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. had media day at All Star Boxing’s Miami Fight Gym in the City of Doral, FL a Miami suburb in preparation for his title defense of this coming Saturday, October 16 against former WBO champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez of Mexico at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. The tickets are already on sale starting at only $25 at all Ticketmaster location and at the Arena. The fight will be available on PPV. Indemand, Dish, Direct TV and your local cable operator for $34.95. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
Andre Ward will have a new opponent on November 27 after Andre Dirrell pulled out with an alleged undisclosed injury. Ward and Dirrell (former Olympic teammates) were originally scheduled to meet September 25, but no agreement could be reached between the respective camps and the bout was rescheduled for November 27. Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, said today that Ward’s fight will go on as scheduled against an opponent to be named and a decision wil be made whether that fight will be a part of the tournament or not. Win or lose, Ward will advance to the semifinal win or lose based on tournament points he has already earned. Dirrell’s departure makes the November 6 Super Six bout between Allan Green and newcomer Glen Johnson even more significant as the winner will likely advance to the semifinal.
Robert Helenius will make a first defence of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin in Helsinki on November 27. The Nordic Nightmare (13-0, 8 KOs) will take on his experienced Swedish opponent (34-3, 27 KO) at the famous Hartwall Areena, which on the same night hosts the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch. While Abraham and Froch determine the new WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, Helenius is set to defend his title for the first time. “We have big plans for Robert,” Sauerland Event sports director Hagen Doering said at today´s press conference in Helsinki. “He has already proven his talents and this will be another big test for him. Levin is very experienced and strong, but if Robert listens to coach Ulli Wegner, he will definitely beat him. He will continue his impressive development with a big victory over Levin.” (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
This Saturday night in Atlanta GA, Golden Girl Promotions in association with Chris Webb Promotions presents Protect & Serve Live Boxing. Atlanta police officer, Jaidon Codrington (19-2) who was the star of NBC’s TV show “The Contender” season three and is a former world top 15 light heavyweight will start off the event followed by Olympian and Atlanta police officer Josue Blocus (15-2), who has scored 13 of his 15 wins by knockout and is the former NABO Heavyweight champion.
The main event will feature Randy Griffin (24-2) former #1 rated middleweight in the world, and Olympic alternate, and who fought in a disputed draw in Germany to current world champion Felix Sturm.
All three competitors will be seeking to re-establish themselves at the top of the boxing world as they fight to raise money for the Atlanta Police Athletic League and the newly established youth program at Metro Fitness. In the heart of Atlanta. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is back in the gym after missing his workout Wednesday due to a cold. Pacquiao did four rounds of sparring with super welterweight prospect Michael Medina and another two rounds with the undefeated Glen Tapia. A contented Freddie Roach said there was no cause for him to be concerned after seeing Pacquiao do his usual routine which lasted for nearly three hours. And based on the testament of one of his sparring partners, Pacquiao will be a tough opponent for the physically bigger Antonio Margarito of Mexico once they meet on November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
Medina said the Filipino sensation possesses not only the speed but also the power that will lead him to success in his first-ever stint as a 154-lb fighter. Pacquiao has dominated the sport of boxing by being a skinny world champion at 112lbs to a dynamic 147-lb kingpin. According to Medina, he was awed with Pacquiao’s tremendous timing in throwing punches that is made more potent by the Filipino’s ability to combine it with blinding speed.
Meantime World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion Amir Khan arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning and immediately went to Baguio City to be at the Pacquiao training camp. Khan said he will be in Baguio primarily to train under Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Khan is preparing for his title defense against the once-beaten Marcos Maidana of Argentina on December 11 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old British sensation however would be willing to spar with Pacquiao if Roach asks him to do so.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Japanese WBA interim super welterweight world champion Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs) and Mexican WBA challenger Rigoberto “Espaoñol” Alvarez (25-2 19 KOs) will meet at Mesón de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The three judges are Ruben Garcia (USA), Glen Felmand (USA) and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KOs) says there is plenty of life left in his career – starting with victory in the Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall on Saturday October 9. The Irishman, who lives in Boston in the United States, disappointingly lost his comeback fight against journeyman Zack Page (21-30-2, 7 KOs) in New York in July, fighting for the first time since October 2007, but says he believes he still has what it takes to win the one night tournament.
“I lost on my comeback but I’ve still got the desire and hunger to achieve something big in boxing – they said the curtains would come down after the last fight (against Andrew Golota in 2007) but I still have that dream I had as a kid to be the first Irish-born Heavyweight Champion of the World and winning Prizefighter would be a great stepping stone to that goal,” said the Clones Colossus. (more…)
Looks like U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada and Nathan Bedwell are almost ready to fight at the weigh-in for their bout tonight at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
Looking to capture his 40th career win in front of his hometown fans, former three-time, middleweight world champion William Joppy (39-6-1, 30 KOs) of Washington, DC will step back into the ring at the Patriot Center on Saturday, Nov. 6 to face Baltimore bruiser Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-4, 13 KOs). The 10-round bout will serve as the co-main event on the Jimmy Lange Boxing card promoted by Ice Promotions. (more…)
Manager Frank Espinoza finds himself extremely busy as usual. He has Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares involved in Showtime’s highly regarded Bantamweight tournament scheduled for December 11th. He also manages the careers of undefeated prospects like Carlos Molina, Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, Abraham Lopez, Ronny Rios and Luis Ramos. These hot up and comers require a lot of time and attention. We caught up with Espinoza and he answered a few questions for us: (more…)
Promoters Pepe Gomez from “Cancun Boxing” and Hector Garcia from “HG Boxing” will officially announce a world championship fight card for November 6 at Poliforum “Zamna” in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. It is anticipated that one of the main fights will be between WBC flyweight champion Omar Nino Romero and challenger Gilberto “Baby Luis V” Keb. WBC female super flyweight champion Ana María “La Guerrera” Torres will also participate on the card against an opponent to be named.
By Rocco Morales
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
The Conga Room at L.A. Live played host on Tuesday afternoon to the debut U.S. press conference for Thunder & Lightning, the apt nickname for the December 11th showdown between WBA light welterweight champion, Amir “King” Khan and WBA interim light welterweight champion, Marcos Maidana. Amir Khan, coming off a one sided beatdown last May of Paulie Malignaggi, faces a much stiffer test this time around with the once beaten Argentinian fighter, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, who is considered by many to be the hardest puncher in the light welterweight division. For more details and photos click here…
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