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With two UFC fights already under his belt, Alexander Gustafsson will look to deliver a career-defining performance in London on Saturday when he takes on veteran striker Cyrille Diabate. UFC.com’s Darragh Creamer recently had the opportunity to talk to “The Mauler”. . . Click here for more by Darragh Creamer, UFC
Photo: Herby Whyne / Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley, former WBC light heavy champ Adrian Diaconu and Omar Sheika worked out for the Montreal press today in advance of Friday’s card at the Bell Centre. Click here for more photos.
Photo: All Star Boxing
Former world champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (27), ranked #10 by the WBC and WBO, had an open workout today in Orlando in preparation for his WBO Jr. Featherweight title challenge this Saturday night against defending champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1-16 KO’s), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed, “The Rising Son Returns,” promoted All Star Boxing. Click here for more photos.
Wednesday’s boxing event at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia has been canceled. No make-up date has been decided as of yet.
The super featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on November 20. The biggest name so far is 39-year-old Choi “The Mongolian Warrior” Tseveenpurev (29-4, 21 KOs) heading the initial line-up for the 15th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports. Other names are Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs), Kevin O’Hara (17-6, 5 KOs) and Scott Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KOs. The rest of the lineup will be announced shortly.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based South African heavyweight Pieter Cronjie ( 9-4, 2 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday of a nationally televised promotion when he will clash with former Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Cronjie came to Australia in 2007 and defeated Colin Wilson via split six round decision and since then was in the best Australian bout for 2008 losing a close decision to Alex Leapai. (more…)
Atlanta police officer, Jaidon Codrington (20-2, 16 KOs) who was a star on “The Contender” boxing reality series and formerly a world top 15 light heavyweight, scored a second round TKO over journeyman Jessie Davis (11-20-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Metro Fitness in Altanta, Georgia. It was Codrington’s first fight in nearly two years. His 2007 war with Sakio Bika is widely considered the best bout the Contender series ever produced.
In other action, former Olympian and Atlanta police officer Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KOs), weighing in at a career high 271 pounds, destroyed journeyman heavyweight Darryl Holley (6-8, 1 KO) at 1:50 into round one. It was Blocus’ first fight in three-and-a-half years. Holley, who has now dropped 8 of his last 9, was placed on an indefinite suspension pending a Commission review.
In the main event, highly regarded light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (10-0, 9 KOs) was knocked down in round seven, but escaped with a narrow eight round split decision win over veteran upset specialist Darnell Boone (17-16-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 76-75, 76-75 for Kolalev, 76-75 for Boone.
This card was presented by Golden Girl Promotions in association with Chris Webb Promotions presents Protect & Serve Live Boxing.
Boxing trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas continues to fight the good fight. In his undying efforts to improve the quality of life for those in need in memory of his Good Samaritan father, every year he enlists the support of sports and entertainment celebrities to attend the annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner.
The “Teddy Dinner” has become one of the most anticipated galas on the Autumn New York banquet circuit and this year’s 14th annual benefit is set for Thursday, November 18th, once again at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has issued his statement on the December 11 fight with British and Commonwealth heavyweight beltholder Dereck Chisora at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
“I know that Dereck Chisora is a very dangerous opponent,” said Wlad. “He’s young, he’s fast and he’s a very hard puncher. My coach, Emanuel Steward, has warned me about Chisora and reminded me about the great Muhammad Ali, who lost his championship in 1978 to Leon Spinks in his eighth professional fight. I definitely will not underestimate Chisora and will prepare myself as intensely as I always do and try to give Chisora no chance. The atmosphere for all of my fights in Mannheim has been great and I will always remember the SAP Arena where I won my second world championship against Chris Byrd. That is one of the highlights of my career.” (more…)
Fresh off a big win in his last bout, Michael Bisping will attempt to take one more giant step toward returning to middleweight title contention on Saturday night when he faces Asian superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama at the O2 Arena in London, England. The Brit knows that a win over Yoshihiro likely puts him back near the top of the division—a position he held two years ago before dropping two out of three fights . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora has commented on his IBF/WBO/IBF world title challenge against heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 11 in Mannheim, Germany. “Haye will not fight the Klitschkos as long as they are champions, but I’m up for the fight and will take them on,” said Chisora. “The Klitschkos have ruled for too long and I can’t wait to get into the ring in Germany and smash the living daylights out of Wladimir first. Vitali is waiting in the background and I’ll deal with him once I’ve dealt with Wladimir.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Vusi Malinga will fight Michael Domingo of the Philippines in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator in Mafikeng on October 30. It will be the main bout of a tournament to be presented by Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions (pictured at right). Phillip Ndou, Silence Mabuza, Evans Mbamba, Jeffrey Mathebula and Isaac Hlatshwayo will also be in action. Domingo has a record of (40-14-2, 18 KOs).
It has also been confirmed that Osborne Machimana, 32, will defend his SA heavyweight title against Andre Nel, 40, in Johannesburg on December 4. This will be their third meeting. SA welterweight champion Chris van Heerden will defend his title against Boitshepo Mandawe on the same bill. The tournament will be presented by Andre Kerr of Seconds Out Promotions.
Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions has announced that he will present a development tournament at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on October 24. The show will include eight amateur bouts. Lehlohonolo Ramagole will fight Doctor Ntsele for the vacant Gauteng flyweight title over ten rounds and Thompson Mokwana and Samkelo Fani will meet over ten rounds for the vacant Gauteng lightweight title. The tournament will be televised on SuperSport.
Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions has announced that Themba Joyi will defend his SA junior bantamweight title against Unathi Gqokoma in East London on October 31.
WBC bantamweight champion Fernando “Ko-chulito” Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) got banged up during a fall on a motorcycle but luckily has no serious injuries. Montiel was hurt while attending a motorcycle event in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico last weekend. The plan was for “Ko-chulito” to ride around the track as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle as a special guest for the fans attending the event, however one of the curves had loose gravel and the driver of the motorcycle lost control and went into a skid. The 31-year-old Montiel suffered several scrapes on his body, the most serious on his right leg up to the shin, but fortunately no fractures. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
While IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko had to search long and hard to find an opponent for his planned December 11 defense at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany (eventually settling on England’s Dereck Chisora), wheels are already in motion to find the most deserving IBF mandatory title challenger for longtime champion.
In an innovative move that will produce some intriguing fights, IBF has ordered a four fighter box-off involving Alexander Dimitrenko, Johnathon Banks, Eddie Chambers and Jean Marc Mormeck (Dennis Boytsov was initially offered a spot in the group, but declined). Dimitrenko will face Banks and Chambers takes on Mormeck in the first round with the winners to collide in 2011. Negotiations are currently ongoing between the various camps.
Gary Shaw announced the recent signing of undefeated North America Boxing Organization (NABO) cruiserweight champion and Top-10 contender Lateef “Power” Kayode to Gary Shaw Productions. The 6’2 Kayode (13-0, 12 KOs), returns to the ring on Friday, October 15, seeking his 13th consecutive knockout victory, in a 10-round rumble against one-time world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza (30-9-1, 26 KOs) of Colombia. The fight will take place at Buffalo Run Casino & Hotel in Miami, OK, on the non-televised undercard of former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver’s heavyweight debut, which will be televised live on SHOWTIME, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.) (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) continues his preparations in Oxnard, CA for his upcoming bout against seven-time world champion and the best pound for pound fighter in the world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). Today Fightnews caught up with Antonio Margarito, training under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, for his morning road work and workout. His early morning workout consisted of running, abdominal work and chopping at a large piece of lumber. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Public Address and KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs), and Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs), participated today in a press conference. WBC Champion Klitschko and former WBO Champion Briggs will face off next Saturday at o2 World Hamburg, Germany.
“I see that Briggs is in a very good shape. He is a dangerous puncher and a very strong challenger who is a former heavyweight champion. I am ready and prepared for him and I will do everything to make sure to keep my WBC title.
“I had the best training camp of my career. I will fight different than all the other opponents Klitschko had before me. I am not afraid to fight him and I will take his WBC belt to the US.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Can a boxer with no amateur experience become a world champion?
WBO world jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KOs) has already proven it can be done. It took the son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez just 18 fights to win his first world title belt. “VW2” gives credit to his father and trainer Roberto Quesada, who supported him at the beginning of his career.
“My father saw my talent when no one else thought I had any talent to make it like I did,” he reveals. “I wasn’t even a boxer. But he showed me all this talent.”
He continued, “…and when nobody believed in me, [Quesada] gave me his hand not knowing that I could make it to this place without fighting an amateur fight!” (more…)
For a guy who is only coming into his prime, Carlos Condit has been around the block a few times. Everyone knows that the 27-year-old became the WEC’s welterweight champion and defended it three times successfully before that weight division was integrated into the UFC. That part has been spotlit by television and other media . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
Things heated up at today’s press press conference in Hamburg prior to Saturday’s showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Shannon Briggs.
Vitali Klitschko: “I’m in top shape before this big challenge. He’s one of the best in the world. Despite his illness, he has proven that he can get super performance.”
Shannon Briggs: “You’re a liar, you’re not a doctor, you have no idea of asthma…I will beat the ignorance out of you!”
Jesse Brinkley has a chance to make history in his home state of Nevada when he challenges IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute this Saturday (October 15th) at the at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Boxing fans across the world agree that Las Vegas, Nevada is the Mecca for big fights. Thousands of world-title fights have taken place in Las Vegas over the years but not one of the great champions who have fought in “Sin City” was born in the “Silver State” of Nevada. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Gerry Penalosa (55-8-2, 37 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Yodsaengkeng Kiatmungmee (12-3, 8 KOs) on Sunday at the Vitaliano Agan Stadium in Zamboanga City, Philippines. It was a bodyshot that brought down Kiatmungmee at the 1:49 mark. After the bout, the 38-year-old Penalosa announced that it was time for him to leave boxing.
In other action, lightweight Jimrex Jaca (32-6-3, 17 KOs) stopped Jong-Yoon Choi (6-2, 2 KOs) in round six and super featherweight KO artist Michael Farenas (29-3-3, 26 KOs) needed just 91 seconds to destroy Sangpetch Patanakangym, who at 0-3 was in way over his head.
By Joe Koizumi
Bright Japanese prospect, unbeaten 21-year-old WBC#7/WBA#9 light-flyweight Kazuto Ioka (6-0, 4 KOs), 108, impressively acquired the vacant Japanese national 108-pound belt as he displayed a scientific way of fighting in hitting without getting hit, floored OPBF/JBC#1 Masayoshi Segawa (19-3, 8 KOs), a durable southpaw, in the third and was finally awarded a TKO win because of the latter’s bad gash caused by a legal shot at 1:57 of the tenth and final round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
Undefeated WBC USNBC cruiserweight titleholder Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0 6 KOs) will next appear in the ring on the Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley undercard on January 29th. “I will fight anybody out there. This was a stay busy fight and I did what I had to do and I took care of business,” Coyne stated minutes after his second round KO over Shane Steele (7-3, 5KOs) on Saturday in his hometown of St. Louis , MO.
“I want to step up my level of competition on Devon’s (Alexander) undercard,” he added. “Let’s see who wants to step up and fight me on January 29th. Anybody who wants it, can get it.” Coyne is looking to face a top 20 challenger in his next fight. It is rumored that the Alexander-Bradley unification title bout will land in Miami, Florida.
British light-middleweight champion Sam Webb walked into the gym when he was 11-years-old to avoid going to school, but there is no skipping training. Webb (16-1) makes the first defence of his domestic title against Martin Concepcion (17-7) at The Troxy, London E1 on Saturday (16th Oct) having given his all in training. (more…)
Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Friday night at the South Philly Arena in Philadelphia PA, hot welterweight prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) took a huge step toward his title aspirations with a convincing fourth round stoppage of “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-7-2, 10 KOs). (More)
By Bob Ryder
Don Thibodeaux, who helped Emanuel Steward in training and guiding the early careers of Kronk stars Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Mickey Goodwin and others, passed away Friday night here in Detroit. Thibodeaux had been in ill health for much of the last 20 years, suffering a variety of aliments including heart trouble and diabetes. He was 69 years old.
An amateur boxer himself, Thibodeaux boxed on the same Detroit Golden Gloves team as Emanuel Steward in the early 60’s. As Steward began to build the foundation in the mid 1970’s that would evolve into the Kronk dynasty, Don was right there as an assistant trainer, traveling the country with the gym’s growing stable of talented amateurs. Thibodeaux worked the corners of Kenty and Hearns as pros as well, helping Steward to propel them to world titles. After working Hearns’ corner in the first Leonard fight, Thibodeaux left Kronk. Some speculated it was over money but Don always claimed it was about lack of appreciation on Hearns’ part for his contribution to the young fighters development. (more…)
By Brian Grammer at ringside
WBC USNBC Champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) successfully defended his title, destroying challenger Shane Steele (7-3, 5 KOs) by way of a crushing, 2nd round knockout. Coyne, who concentrated on both his defense and power in training for this fight, displayed the new focus, picking off shots with his gloves, sitting down on his punches and firing his ripping right hooks.
A beautiful night underneath the stars at St. Louis, Missouri’s Forest Park set the backdrop for an exciting night of action for Fight Night Promotions, Boxing in the Park. (more…)
Photos and report by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (16-0-1) stopped Jonathan Reid (34-12) on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. After a cautious start by both fighters, Truax began to open up in the third round and never looked back, beating a game Reid to the punch with powerful uppercuts and straight rights. Truax dropped Reid with a right-left-right to the head midway through the 9th round. Reid, whose right eye was badly swollen, made it to his feet but was dropped moments later with a right to the body followed by a flurry of head shots before the referee stopped the fight at 2:29 of the ninth round. “I really worked on sitting down on my shots before the fight” said Truax. For more details and photos click here…
Video: Pepe Rodruigez/WBC
By: Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former Australian junior middleweight champion Frank La Porto (13-4-2, 5 KOs) scored a major upset when he outpointed former world title challenger Daniel Dawson (34-3, 24 KOs) over twelve action rounds with PABA title up for grabs on Saturday at the Joondalup Arena, in Western Australia. Scores 116-112, 116-112, 117-111. La Porto was in the best shape of his career under trainer Kevin Hargreaves and boxed aggressively and outworked his opponent in most of the rounds. Dawson did show some ring rust but made La Porto fight hard for his win. Dawson had Bobby Mayne in his corner.
Rigoberto Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs), brother of hot welterweight prospect Saul Alverez, claimed the vacant WBA super welterweight championship by twelve round split decision over current interim beltholder Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. It was a very close fight with a seventh round knockdown supplying the margin of victory for Rigo. Scores were 114-113, 115-112 for Alvarez and 114-113 for Ishida.
It was Alvarez’ first bout in the 154lb division after campaigning most his career at super middleweight. The fight was for the WBA “vacant” title after the organization moved reigning world champion Miguel Cotto to “super champion” status.
Results and photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Super bantamweight Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-6-2, 22 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over former world champion Isidro “Chino” Garcia (26-8-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Boxing Tour stop in Monterrey, NL, México. A left hook to the body finished Garcia at the 2:52 mark of the fourth. With the win, Arce claimed the vacant NABF belt.
“I went out to pressure Chino from the first round and it worked,” said an elated Arce afterward. “I did a lot of preparation and now I’m ready to go for a title at either super flyweight bantamweight or super bantamweight.” (more…)
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares (33-6-2, 23 KOs) retained his title by ninth round TKO over Alberto Rossel (24-8, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones de Tlalnepantla in Mexico City. Cazares dropped Rossel in round four and was in command all the way. Behind on the cards, Rossel came out with everything in the ninth, but was dropped again prompting the referee to stop the fight and declare Cazares the winner. Click here for more photos…
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