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By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBC Diamond beltholder and the boxer generally recognized as the true middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez held a press conference today at the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Association of Dairy Industry Workers of Argentina to set the record straight on the current situation with the WBC and also to sound off on his displeasure with WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s recent comments regarding abuse against women.
Martinez stated that he never agreed to step aside and allow Chavez-Rubio to take place before he faces Chavez and from now on will no longer represent the WBC as their diamond beltholder until they honor their order for a bout between him and Julio Cesar Chavez, whom he called a coward.
He added that Jose Sulaiman owes the world an apology for his comments about violence against women, which Sulaiman later amended and announced that his next fight will be March 17 against Matthew Macklin in New York City. He also said he was mistreated by HBO and is leaving the network.
The successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series returns in 2012 with 12 shows, with the season opener on January 20 at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO #6 contender Luis “El Chino” De La Rosa of Arboletes, Colombia (18-1-1, 10 KOs) faces former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-9-2, 9 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino minimumweight title at stake. The winner of this bout will be in line to challenge WBO world champion Moises Fuentes of Mexico.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America . Tickets are already on sale at Auditorio Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4, Esq. Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Colonia Condesa) and also at ticketmaster.com.mx, prices are: $200 and $100 (MP). The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Yesterday ticket information has been released for a February 4 clash in San Antonio between WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio.
Today the WBC announced that the governing WBC Rules and Regulations require a written formal petition for the sanctioning of any official WBC bout before a formal announcement takes place and ticket sales start and as of this date, the WBC has not received any communication from any promoter concerning a Chavez versus Rubio fight, although it was OK’d by the WBC that Chavez be allowed to make a voluntary defense.
According to the WBC statement, “The WBC therefore does not endorse and disapproves any public announcement or ticket sales suggesting that the WBC has sanctioned the fight, or using the WBC name or trademarks until there is full compliance with the WBC Rules and Regulations.”
It’s hard to believe that Alistair Overeem has never set foot in the UFC’s octagon. The man who has held the Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight titles along with a K-1 2010 World Grand Prix championship is perhaps the most decorated fighter that has never fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.
That will all change Friday when Overeem is welcomed to the UFC by wrestling behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Edgar Sosa is getting ready to fight Rolio Golez on January 7 in Mexico, City. Both fighters will duke it out for the WBC International Flyweight title belt. Golez is a tough Filipino fighter who is currently the Asian champion, Rolio captured that title by going to the champion´s Thongthailek Sor Tanapiny home turf in Thailand and defeated him. Golez defeated Dodoy Alapormina on December 23 and is expecting a tough fight againts Sosa who is coming from a UD loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bid for the Thai’s Flyweight champioship. Edgar Sosa will finish his sparring sessions this Saturday going hard for ten rounds with three different sparring partners.
The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM on Saturday, January 7, 2012 during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.
Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez
On February 3rd, Hylon Williams (15-0, 3 KOs) will face Rances Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KOs) in Las Vegas. Hylon is currently preparing for the bout at The Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Fla. Williams-Barthelemy is contracted at 132lbs. Williams fought almost all of his short career in the lightweight division, nevertheless in the last fight he moved up to super lightweight and defeated Andre Baker on December 3rd. “Hylon can fight up to 140 pounds; nevertheless, we believe that the best at this stage is to go down to 130 pounds. In the future we can go up to 135 or 140, by that time we believe that his best weight is lightweight,” his manager Alex Bornote said. Williams is trained by Ramon Garvey.
After Nick Diaz took center stage and stole the show at UFC 137, it was only fitting that his brother, Nate would have his day in the sun during the run up to UFC 141.
The younger Diaz came as close to the line of pre-fight decency as possible—and some would argue, hopped over it—during the stare down with fellow co-main event competitor Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the MGM Grand lobby in Las Vegas. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs) has announced his retirement as an active boxer at the age of 40. His last fight was a 2008 KO loss to Alexander Dimitrenko and several comeback attempts were derailed due to injuries. The biggest moment is Krasniqi’s career was on September 28, 2005 when he challenged WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster for the world title on the 100th birthday of German boxing icon Max Schmeling in what was a huge fight in Hamburg, Germany. Krasniqi was ahead on all cards before being brutally stopped by Brewster. He plans to stay involved in boxing outside the ring.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos courtesy Werner Kalin, Peter McDermont, Tim Barry and Ray Wheatley
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (26-1,15 KOs) was Australia’s most impressive boxer for 2011 with a decisive decision victory over Sebastian Sylvseter in Germany in May to capture the IBF 160 pound title. Geale followed that victory with a one sided points decision over Eromosele Albert in August. The Australian, who is guided by top USA promoter Gary Shaw, would be excellent match for the leading rated middleweight Sergio Martinez with many thinking he has the skills to cause an upset over the Argentine southpaw IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (33-1, 20 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson is preparing another milestone bout in his young pro career. Johnson (12-0, five KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated boxer Luis Garcia of Cork, Ireland by way of Cuba in an eight-round contest that will open the ShoBox telecast on December 30th at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, CA.
Johnson made a name for himself with his 10-round majority decision win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City. The win opened opportunities for the 30-year-old southpaw and after his fourth-round knockout win over Keon Johnson in July, Johnson was deemed ready for his first national TV appearance. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MetroPCS is now the exclusive wireless partner of the UFC® in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The multi-year sponsorship agreement includes MetroPCS signage at all domestic UFC events, a presence in UFC Pay-Per-View event broadcasts, fighter endorsements and appearances, retail promotions and UFC branded MetroPCS products. MetroPCS will also deliver exclusive video and other mobile content to fans, such as highlights of the week, UFC personality profiles, special segments and more. The first event featuring MetroPCS is UFC® 141: LESNAR vs. OVEREEM from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 30. (more…)
When he opens the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series on January 21 at Asylum Arena in his hometown of Philadelphia, top Heavyweight Contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers has promised to impress Philly’s discerning boxing fans and make lots of new ones. According to Chambers, taking on former WBO heavyweight titleholder Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich in a high profile, nationally televised fight is a great way to showcase the sport and bring new fans for the Sweet Science.
“I want people outside of boxing and new fans coming in to know just how hard I work, and how much work all fighters put in,” Chambers said. “I believe that the Heavyweight Championship is the most coveted title in sports. Everyone loves a Gladiator and that is what boxing is about. NBC Sports Network stepping up to the table will hopefully get fans to take a look at the sport once again and jump on the band wagon. This is exactly what we need. I know when the fans tune in January 21st they will not be disappointed.” (more…)
Two Super Six World Boxing Classic fighters, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and consensus top-five super middleweight Andre Dirrell, took part in a media teleconference call on Wednesday to discuss their return to the ring on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
The ShoBox main event will spotlight Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. He will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.
Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature. Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007. (more…)
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