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- Boxing returns to Arena Coliseo in Mexico City
- Erik Morales to work with WBC Committee
- Rodriguez brings nickname controversy to Telemundo telecast
- Budler, Liebenberg defending belts in Monte Carlo
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- Karpency Bros headline Nov 21 in WV
- WBA interim heavyweight champ Ortiz fails drug test
- The Ultimate Fighter Takes on Breast Cancer Awareness
- "Renegade" Robles Back in San Diego this Friday
- McDonnell: I am not scared to have a fight and I want to prove myself against the best
Top trainer Freddie Roach is featured in the October issue of Playboy (on newsstands now). The feature—The Unstompable Roach—talks about how Roach grew up among a family of fighters (including his mother, who was New England’s first female boxing judge) and went on to become a fighter. Says Roach of his childhood: “Tough household…She broke up one of our fights with an aluminum baseball bat. Hit my brother over the head with it twice—clang, clang!” Roach’s career as a boxer in Las Vegas is detailed in the article as well as his other thoughts/experiences as a trainer. Roach is currently best-known as a trainer to Manny Pacquiao. In the article, he talks about how Manny could defeat Floyd Mayweather.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Lo Mejor del Boxeo & Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the final press conference was held in Panama City for Saturday’s big WBA KO Drugs XXII boxing night festival at the Roberto Duran Arena featuring 14 fights. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Rogelio Espino of Promotions y Eventos del Istmo have combined efforts for this event, which will include boxers from Mexico, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, United States, Russia and Panama. Panama will be the world boxing Capital this weekend.
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs), currently world ranked #11 in the lightweight division, will now face Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3 , 17 KOs) on Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.
Former IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “It was officially announced today! From here on now, I’m with Golden Boy Promotions! New show, so get your popcorn ready!” Malignaggi said on Twitter.
Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, will lead a boxing clinic for local amateur teenage boxers from USA Boxing Metro at the famed Gleason’s Gym at 77 Front Street in Brooklyn today, Tuesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to De La Hoya, instructors to participate in the clinic will include: Brooklyn native and middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, Philadelphia’s undefeated junior welterweight Danny Garcia, and Newark’s undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Perez. Everlast, the premier fight sports and fitness brand in the world, will provide boxing gloves for each of the youngsters participating in the clinic. Golden Boy Promotions will promote a minimum of 12 boxing events a year at the nearby Barclays Center soon after it opens in 2012.
Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the final of Prizefighter Heavyweights IV after line-up alterations ahead of the October 9 fight night at York Hall, Bethnal Green. The pair have fought twice previously with Skelton coming out on top on both occasions, and now the withdrawal of three fighters has led to a change in the draw, meaning the old foes are on course for a third showdown in the final live on Sky Sports. (more…)
WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) returns just 15 days after his previous fight. Lee will face Troy Lowry (27-10, 16 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout on October 2, headlining the Hitz Boxing card at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
In the eight-round co-feature, super middleweight prospect Henry Coyle (11-2, 10 KOs) meets Mustafah Johnson (8-7-1, 2 KOs) while in a special attraction Chocagoland favorite Miguel Hernandez (20-11, 10 KOs) takes on former contender Antwun Echols (32-14-4, 28 KOs) in a super middleweight six-rounder. Also on tap is a heavyweights four-rounder between unbeaten Dave Latoria (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. Yevgeniy Shishporenok (7-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $10, and are available at the “Venue” box office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
It was just officially announced yesterday that undefeated top-rated welterweight contender Mike Jones will be defending his NABA and NABO belts against Jesus Soto-Karass in the TV opener on the November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito PPV telecast. However, promoter Frank Warren has approached promoter Bob Arum and the WBO about making a fight for the interim WBO welterweight title between the WBO #2 rated Jones and #1 rated Kell Brook in London this December instead. Brook is already talking about it. “If it’s going to be Mike Jones next, then bring him on. I’ve got no fear of anyone that Frank puts in front of me. I look at his record and his long list of knockouts and I know that it would be one hell of a fight, but I know I would come out on top.”
With IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir KLitschko is looking for a suitable challenger for his scheduled defense on December 11, Juan Carlos Gomez (48-2, 35 KOs) says he’s available. After losing in March 2009, “The Black Panther” is targeting a rematch against the younger of the two Klitschko brothers. “I don’t know why Wladimir is taking so long and acting like there is no real test. I’m in the shape of my life. I’ve never been so fit. Since my fight against Vitali, I’ve list more than 20lbs and have trained very hard. If Wladimir is really looking for a challenge, here I am!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fames boxing ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. will be in charge of introducing the two WBA world title fights on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, when Luis “El Nica” Concepcion defends his WBA interim flyweight crown against Denkaosan Kaovichit and Guillermo “El Felino” Jones defends his WBA cruiserweight crown against Valery Brudov. Among the personalities of world boxing expected to be in attendance will be WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, former WBA/IBF/WBO/WBC world champion Ricardo “Finito” Lopez and legendary promoter Don King among others. “We waiting for a great boxing fight night,” said WBA executive vice-president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “We know we can do it. This a big show to the word.”
WBO mandatory challenger Nathan Cleverly has fired a warning shot to WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer after Braehmer questioned Cleverly’s punching power following his win over Karo Murat in Birmingham. “I thought Murat was very weak, he had no chance,” Braehmer told the BBC. “Cleverly landed loads of punches, but without any real venom. It will not, I can assure you, be so easy against me.”
But unbeaten Clev now wants to give Braehmer a taste of his punches. “It really made me laugh when I read Braehmer’s quotes,” said the Welshman. “I’ve stopped my last seven opponents, and it will be eight if Braehmer plucks up the courage to get in the ring with me.” (more…)
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UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, WEC star Urijah Faber, UFC star Shane Carwin, Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and TAPOUT’s Skrap and Punkass will be available to sign autographs for WEC fans on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, in Broomfield, Colo.
Doors open at the arena at 3:30 for the Aldo-Gamburyan WEC card. First bout is at 4 p.m.
Photos: Henry Bedoy/MP Promotions
Baguio City, Philippines – Champion Boxer-Congressman Manny Pacquiao started his training in Baguio City Monday morning, his next phase of his build-up against Mexican Antonio Margarito.
By Alberto Salazar
Photo: Sixto Lopez/Quequi Newspaper
Neither the storm that preceded the entry of “Hurricane Wilberth” to this small and beautiful town of Espita Yucatan, decreased the enthusiasm with which people greeted their favorite son, who returned home triumphantly carrying the world champion silver belt. The appointment was last Saturday at 1:00pm in the Central Park, opposite the town hall, where they set a pavilion decorated with beautiful plants and a satin blanket that had printed the words “Welcome Champion” framed with a large Mexican flag in honor of Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab.
World Extreme Cagefighting® hits Arizona for the first time on Thursday, Dec. 16 with two explosive world title fights at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. This historic night features Glendale’s Ben Henderson defending the lightweight crown against 23-year-old superstar Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, while Tucson-born Dominick Cruz defends the bantamweight title against Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide and Crunch Gym will host a top squad of U.S. amateur boxers in a rare public workout on Thursday, September 30 at noon. The 13-person team will train at the Lafayette Crunch location in a pre-event workout before facing off with China on “Empires Collide”, an international boxing dual featuring two of the sport’s top nations on Friday, October 1. The dual will showcase top teams from both countries in a night of Olympic weight class action, with 10 men’s bout and three women’s contests. The full U.S. delegation will be on hand for the open workout on Thursday afternoon. (more…)
Bid Now On Front Row Seats At UFC 121: The highest bidder will receive a vist to a UFC fighter’s locker room at UFC 121 – auction ends Friday at 5pm PT
WEC Heads To Arizona For Two Title Fights: Tickets on sale this week for World Extreme Cagefighting’s first trip to Arizona; featuring a lightweight championship battle between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis, and the bantamweight gold is on the line when champion Dominick Cruz defends the belt against Scott Jorgensen! Thursday, December 16 live at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ – UFC Fight Club Presale starts Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Join today for first access to tickets
Report by David Nelmark
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir knocked out former Pride Open Weight Champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this past Saturday in the main event of UFC 119 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The first fourteen minutes of the bout featured mostly clinches and parries, but Mir ended the evening with an exclamation point, putting Cro Cop flat on his back with a vicious right knee at 4:02 in round three.
Mir was wary of Cro Cop’s famed head kicks and Cro Cop was wary of Mir’s jiu-jitsu. The resulting caution created a close, but uneventful fight. Indeed, the only knockdown prior to the finish came via an inadvertent knee to the groin by Cro Cop . . . Click here for more
Photos: German Villasenor/Team Margarito
Eight weeks away from hitting North Texas, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito is picking up steam as he heads to the coastal town of Oxnard, Calif. to continue his preparation for his rumble with the best pound for pound fighter in the world, The Honorable Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Congressman from the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. After two weeks in the City of South El Monte, Calif., where the emphasis was on mountain road work and preliminary gym work, Margarito and his team, lead by head trainer and former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, have relocated to Oxnard for the remainder of their training camp. For more details and photos click here…
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs), who will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, is outraged by Klitschko allegedly calling asthma a good excuse. “There are 300 million people in the world with asthma and not one of them would agree with Vitali Klitschko that it’s nothing serious,” said Briggs, a lifelong asthma sufferer. “Isn’t he supposed to be a doctor? A doctor of what???
“I have been in the trenches of this deadly disease and seen the heartbreak it causes,” he continued. “I spend every day trying to convince young people stricken with it that they can be anything they want in life, despite their challenges. What the world doesn’t need is someone who’s supposed to be a role model dismissing their condition as no big deal. These kids are not faking and neither am I. I am now personally dedicating my knockout punch to the sufferers of asthma worldwide that Vitali has offended. I plan on being a three-time world champion who respects people and their challenges.”
Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya laid out his vision of what would benefit the sport: one commission/sanctioning body and one major promoter. Golden Boy. “We need to sign all the talent and get all the TV dates,” said Oscar in an insightful interview with broadcastingcable.com. “Then you can have your own agenda and have a schedule for the fans and the sport. You can do a monthly PPV, a bi-weekly HBO fight, you can have the best fighters fight each other. When you have five or six promoters, it’s very difficult.” Read the entire interview…
After over a one year hiatus, Vista, CA’s featherweight Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) is ready to step back into the ring with a new found energy for the sport. In his last bout, Garcia fought to a hard earned six round draw against Jesus Hernandez back in September of last year which was a rematch of their first draw three months earlier. (more…)
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