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The whirlwind three-day, four-city, two-country press tour officially announcing “Dynasty: Pascal vs. Hopkins” came to a close today with a press conference at Planet Hollywood in New York City. WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal and former Two-Division World Champion Bernard Hopkins had choice words for one another as they have since their first stop in Quebec City, Canada on Monday. Below please find what they had to say to each opther and about the fight over the course of the last three days. (more…)
Photo: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez at the UFC 121 pre-fight press conference at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday in Los Angeles, California.
Glendale Glory 3 will host its weigh-in, which is open to the public, at 5:00 P.M. this Thursday October 21, 2010 at the “Tavern on Brand” Bar & Grill. Fans are encouraged to be there as a 40% discount off General Admission tickets will be granted to anyone who purchases them at the weigh-in. (more…)
Members of the Baltimore Ravens will descend on Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland this Thursday night, October 21st as TKO Boxing Promotions and The Jonathan Ogden Foundation team up for the third year in a row to present “An Evening Ringside.”
“An Evening Ringside” is a star studded, action packed evening of professional boxing which raises funds to work with high school athletes in the Baltimore area towards improving their academics and participating in community service. (more…)
Just hours before the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and DUB Magazine have teamed up to throw an official UFC 121 Pre-Fight Party this Saturday from 1pm-5pm PT at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (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, former Nevada State Athletic Commission Chief Ringside Physician Dr. Margaret Goodman will talk about Andre Dirrell, Shannon Briggs and other topics. Also, 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis Jr. 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.
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that Nkosinathi Joyi from Mdantsane will be defending his IBF minimumweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama at the Jan Smuts Stadium, East London on November 27.
The southpaw Joyi 21-0; 15 won the IBF minimumweight belt in March this year when he outpointed Raul Garcia of Mexico in East London and will be making his first defence against Takayama 24-4; 10 who is a former WBC minimumweight champion.
Takayama earned the right to challenge Joyi when he stopped Tshepo Lefele from South Africa in the sixth round on September 1 this year at Carnival City in Brakpan, in an IBF title eliminator.
On the same card Macbute Sinyabi makes the fifth defence of his South African junior featherweight title against Pfariso Neluvhelani. (more…)
A fighting landmark is fast approaching for Gilbert Yvel. It is a blessing and also a curse to be a fighter, as the constant menagerie of ups, downs and in-betweens can haunt you, and to have milestones come across your lap in this game is rare indeed . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
Interview by Jeremy Roseman
Mexican bantamweight Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) will attempt to win his first title when he challenges undefeated Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Sulleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBO NABO bantamweight belt. The fight will headline the “GLENDALE GLORY 3” card scheduled for Friday, October 22nd at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
FightNews had a chance earlier this week to sit down with Gallo during his training camp in Buena Park, California to interview him about this Friday’s fight . . . Click here for more
Photos by Eroll Popova
SES heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (39-7-1, 23 KOs) returns Saturday night to face Alexander Petkovic (39-4-3, 20 KOs) at the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. The bout will be for the vacant WBO European championship crown, an important step toward the top WBO ranking and an opportunity to fight heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The fighters engaged in a public work-out Wednesday in Coswig (Saxiona). (more…)
By Felipe Leon
For much of the 80’s and 90’s, Tijuana, Mex, was known for their regular Monday night fight cards. Now after over ten years since those explosive fight nights, the memories are full of nostalgia. Thanks to Tijuana staple Antonio “Cañas” Lozada those nights will make a comeback when on Monday, October 25th, his Baja Boxing Promotions presents “Monday Night Fights” at Tijuana’s El Foro Theatre.
Many Tijuana fight fans consider those Monday night fights cards of old as the “golden age” of local boxing where a large number of Tijuana fighters began their careers and ended then on the world stage such as Raul “Jibaro” Perez, Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada and Manuel “Mantecas” Medina as well as numerous local heroes. (more…)
Seregy Rabchanko and Roman Dzhuman both looked in top shape when they weighed in for their light-middleweight showdown at Club Reaktor, Minsk tonight. Undefeated Belarussian Rabchanko who hopes to challenge European champion Lucas Konecny weighed 154.3 for what could be his final fight at home before launching his career in Britain with Hatton Promotions. Dzhuman hot off his win over French star Christophe Canclaux weighed 154.5.
By Phil Doherty
All Star Boxing promoter, Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr. led Wednesday afternoon’s press conference for Friday’s scheduled boxing event at the Miccosukee Resort. The action-packed card marks the return of professional boxing to the casino after a five month hiatus. Boxeo Telemundo will broadcast the main event live beginning at 11:30 PM EST.
The conference was held in an intimate setting for roughly 40 assembled guests consisting of fighters, their families and media at El Tropico Cuban restaurant in Doral.
The main event features world-class welterweight action between WBO Latino welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (15-1, 9 KO’s) of Puerto Rico and Mexican Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44KO’s) for the WBO Latino welterweight belt.
The co-main event is also a title bout between light heavyweights Sullivan Barrera (5-0, 5 KO’s) of Cuba versus Puerto Rican Francisco Alvarez (12-1, 10 KO’s). This fight is for the WBC Latino Light Heavyweight belt. (more…)
Leo Santa Cruz 119 vs. James Owens 121
Emmanuel Taylor 145.5 vs. Laureano Larracuente 148.5
Alantez Fox 153.5 vs. Dustin Parrish 152
Jennifer Wood 134.5 vs. Carla Torres 129.5
Maxell Taylor 174 vs. Ariel Espinal 176.5
Dale Roberson-El 179.5 vs. Franklin Armstrong 176
“An Evening Ringside”
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Martins Vally Mansion, Cockeysville, MD
Report & photos by Chris Cozzone
Thank God for fighters like Jason Douglas.
While, on Friday the 22nd, the “Friday the 13th- nicknamed Canadian will seek to topple local favorite Henry Namauu, at today’s press conference, he was the only one preventing the gathering from snoozing in their chairs . . . Click here for more
On Saturday night, Cain Velasquez will attempt to become the first fighter of Mexican descent in the history of combat sports to win a heavyweight championship. He must defeat reigning champion Brock Lesnar in order to accomplish that feat . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Three months after meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel in training camp, King Arthur Abraham today was a featured guest at the famous Federal Chancellery in Berlin. The immensely popular 30-year-old is one of the testimonials for the far-reaching integration campaign, which was presented at “Germany´s White House” in front of high-ranking members of the national and international press. Stressing the importance of German language skills, the campaign aims to encourage young foreigners to properly learn German as part of a successful integration into society.
“I know from my own experience how important it is to speak the language of the country you live in,” King Arthur said at the press conference, which was hosted by Professor Dr. Maria Böhmer, the government’s integration expert. “I came from Armenia to Germany when I was 15 years old and I immediately started to learn German. The communication with the people around you is crucial for a successful integration, for a successful and happy life. That is why I am proud to support this campaign.” (more…)
BROCKtober Continues With A Huge Night of UFC Premieres On SPIKE: Relive the battle between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at UFC 116 – followed immediately by the final chapter of UFC Primetime Lesnar vs Velasquez! Plus, the premiere of an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter, featuring two more preliminary bouts! Starting at 7pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Too Big For The Small Screen – See UFC 121 Live In Theaters: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez collide on October 23rd in a huge heavyweight battle – experience this larger than life event LIVE on the big screen at select theaters!
Legendary former light heavyweight and middleweight champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will fight for the WBC 175-pound championship against current linear champion Jean Pascal as the main event of “Dynasty: Pascal vs. Hopkins” on Saturday, December 18 from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. The event will air live in the United States on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Mike Guymon clutched his green beads tight. There weren’t many people wearing them on October 9th. Most participants in the Out of The Darkness Suicide Walk fundraising event in Irvine wore white beads because they lost a child, blue for supporting the cause, orange for losing a brother or sister, or purple if they lost a relative or friend to suicide. Guymon’s green beads represented a different struggle . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
At today’s NYC press conference for his December 18 SHOWTIME-televised championship tilt with Jean Pascal, Bernard Hopkins made an age joke to big laughs from the press, “I was in my rocking chair when he said he wanted to fight me next. I rocked faster, grabbed my cane and put me teeth in!” Later, an impassioned Hopkins said, “He makes one mistake & it’s over. I’m not just coming out for a payday. I’d NEVER disrespect my legacy.”
Current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal countered by saying, “Bernard Hopkins came to my country & disrespected me, but I won’t do that to him because my mom taught me to respect my elders.” He later pulls out his college diploma, looks Hopkins in the eye and says, “I’m gonna take you to school.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
New York State’s capital district is rich in up and coming boxing talent with fighter’s like Nagy Aguilera, Mike Faragon, Brian Miller and former contenders Shannon Miller and Tony Marshall. While there have been several shows in the region over the last few years, it seems a steady schedule of cards to whet the appetite of fight fans in the upstate region is on the horizon. Adam Neary of the newest boxing promotional outfit in the game- the aptly named Ares Promotions (after the Greek God of war), is looking to make that a reality. Neary took time to talk with Fightnews about his entry into the fight game, and plans for the future of boxing in Upstate, New York… (more…)
On December 3, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host a middleweight clash between Lajuan Simon (23-2-2, 12 KOs) and Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-6-2, 18 KOs). Simon-Miranda will be for the WBC Continental Americas belt. The undercard features middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (14-1), heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (10-0), light heavyweight Anthony “Caputo” Smith, welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart, light welterweight “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, cruiserweight Dan “Bada-Bing” Biddle, and super middleweight Gabriel “GPHAM” Pham. A female bout is also planned. Nick Tiberi is the matchmaker for this event. Tickets are $35 – $125. Call 800-711-5882.
Hatton Promotions continue to expand their company by staging their first ever show in Belarus on Thursday 21st October. The promotion at Club Reaktor, Minsk will be headlined by Hatton’s Belarusian hopeful Siarhei Rabchanka who faces former amateur star Roman Dzhuman. Rabchanka faces a tough test against the Ukrainian who is coming off a career best win against French star Christophe Canclaux. The show is a co-promotion with MAK Promotions Group and World Sports Promotions. Rabchanka, 24 has won all 14 fights and is looking to fight in Britain next year and to challenge European champion Lukas Konecny. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The boxing hotbed of Tijuana, Mex, with their vast array of current fighters, former champions and up and coming prospects hosts yet another fight night when Zanfer Promotions presents “Cannon Shot of New Talent” this Friday, October 22nd, at the Municipal Auditorium in the heart of the border town. In the eight round lightweight main event, local favorite Fernando “Cuervito” Garcia (12-3, 8KOs) takes on Byron Gonzalez (4-0-2, 3KOs) of Riverside, CA, in a rematch of their six round war last August. The fight card will be broadcast internationally by Azteca America, check your local listings. (more…)
Red-hot, unbeaten super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez has been in Sydney, Australia since last Saturday to work as a sparring partner for contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs), as the dangerous Dominican prepares for his November 5th main event fight against James McGirt on ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Fargo, North Dakota. The DiBella Entertainment-promoted show will air on SHOWTIME starting at 11 ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
Even though he is facing his sternest test on paper this Friday, October 22, unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9 KOs) has another thing on his mind besides the rugged Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24 KOs), whom he meets in the eight-round main event of spanish language network Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” . . . . Click here for more
Photo above: Gesta trains for Valle; former champ Antonio DeMarco shadowboxes in background.
On Monday, the WBA authorized an optional defense between WBA featherweight super champion Chris John and #5 Fernando Saucedo. The fight would take place on December 1 in Jakarta, with the condition that if John defeats Saucedo, he must begin immediate negotiations with the Yurioskis Gamboa who hold the regular WBA and IBF belts in the weight category. Under the proposal, this fight could be scheduled for April 19.
By Bob Ryder
Lanardo Tyner and Andre Gorges are primed and ready for their October 30 showdown in the eight round main event on promoter Joseph Donofrio’s show at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. Both had plenty to say to Fightnews. “Pain Server” Tyner was blunt, “to be honest I’m offended he wants to fight me. I mean, it’s like with your limited experience do you think you can beat me? It’s created a fire in me. I’m going to pressure him on out of there!” Gorges acknowledged that he has heard Tyner loud and clear and he is prepared. “I know he is going to come at me but I am going to fight him. I can’t win it by running. I can punch too. This is my big breakout fight. People forget that even though I’ve only had 10 pro fights I had 150 bouts as an amateur. Back when I was just a 19 year old kid I sparred with Tyner and I more than held my own.” (more…)
Tito Ortiz assumed that the worst part was over. Following spinal fusion surgery in October of 2008, the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history was finally given a clean bill of health and cleared to make another run at the title he so coveted . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Francisco Salazar
Middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez usually allows his fists to do the talking for him. However, the mild-mannered Martinez could not help himself by making a bold prediction about his 12 round fight against Paul Williams. “I’m going to stop him in seven rounds,” said Martinez to Fightnews.com at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard on Sunday afternoon. He was in attendance to take part in a fundraiser to raise money for travel and lodgings for amateur fighters in the gym. (more…)
Nathan Cleverly and Matthew Macklin will face former world title challengers on December 11 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Cleverly will challenge for the Interim WBO World light-heavyweight title against the number two ranked Alejandro Lakatos. And Macklin will defend his European middleweight belt against Ruben Varon. (more…)
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised his Finnish fans a spectacular KO victory over Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs) when they clash for Scandinavian heavyweight supremacy at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena on November 27. Seven of Helenius´ last eight opponents did not last until the final bell, including former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster and EU Heavyweight Title Challenger Gregory Tony. Next in line to taste Helenius´ feared punching power is Levin. “I will make sure the first defence of my EU Heavyweight Title will be one to remember,” Helenius said. “Levin is a tough guy with a lot of experience, but my goal is to be the best – the best heavyweight in Finland, in Scandinavia and ultimately the best heavyweight in the world. A KO victory over an accomplished fighter like Levin will not only make me the number one in Scandinavia but also further raise my international profile.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Richard “El Tigre” Abril (13-2, 6 KOs) captured the WBC Latino lightweight belt with tonight’s unanimous decision victory over game Jose “El Gallo” Reyes at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. Reyes falls to 23-9 with 8 KOs. The taller Abril controlled the action with solid right hands catching Reyes as he vainly charged to close the distance. Referee Frank Gentile issued the first of many warnings to Abril for holding behind the head to begin the first round. Despite Gentile’s warnings to both fighters in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth rounds, “El Tigre” showed good speed and accuracy considering his recent 10 month layoff away from the ring. Reyes fought back valiantly in the middle rounds, landing a flush right hand which snapped Abril’s head back to close the ninth.. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Abril regrouped to win the final round. The three judges scored it 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92 for Abril. (more…)
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