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On Sunday, April 5, World Extreme Cagefighting® takes its maiden voyage to the Windy City of Chicago, and it’s bringing the best bantamweights in the world to the UIC Pavilion for WEC: Torres vs Bowles. In the main event, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres returns to fight in the Midwest for the first time in two years to face the biggest challenge to his crown yet in unbeaten Brian Bowles, and Island Lake, Illinois’ Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. . . Click here for more
On February 13, Featherweight prospect Carlos Rivera 14-3-2 (5 KO’s) will take a step up in competition as he will battle Johnnie “Lumberjack” Edwards 14-3-1 (8 KO’s) in the main event of Starfight Productions’ “Fight Night” at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. Edwards, who has two wins over former world champion Freddie Norwood, is coming off a disputed majority decision loss to hot prospect Ty Barnett in November. Rivera is riding a wave of momentum as he is unbeaten in his last six trips to the squared circle. The Rivera-Edwards contest is scheduled for eight rounds.
Here is Miguel Cotto’s reaction regarding the California’s State Athletic Commission revoking Antonio Margarito’s boxing license: “California’s Boxing Commission evaluated the case and made a decision. They have necessary evidence to judge [Margarito and his trainer] according to their rules. I think that my future won’t be affected by this decision. I will continue with my training for February 21 and I’m focused on winning the title against Michel Jennings and bringing another championship to Puerto Rico.”
In a show of unconditional support, Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Ramos extended an invitation to former world champion Antonio Margarito to fight in his native city at anytime. The public invitation came shortly after the California Athletic Commission revoked Margarito’s boxing license. After a lengthy hearing in which no evidence was presented to demonstrate that Margarito incurred in any wrongdoing, the Commission revoked his license to fight in California for one year. Upon hearing of the news and to show his support, Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos said, “We welcome Antonio Margarito with open arms, and want him to know that when he is ready to fight again we want him to come to his hometown. He has been an exemplary athlete and has for many years represented the city of Tijuana with great pride and honor so it is a natural for us to continue to support him in his career that should not be blemished by a Commission that was not presented with evidence of any wrongdoing by our native son,” added Mayor Ramos.
By Craig Watt
At the weigh-in on Tuesday for WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine’s fight against fellow Australian and WBA#10 ranked Shannan Taylor, the two time WBA super-middleweight champion Mundine responded to the press conference in Perth from arch rival Danny Green. He stated, “If they pay me what I want I will whip that arse again.” Both fighters scaled just under the middleweight limit of 160 pounds for their WBA International Title fight on Wednesday in Wollongong, New South Wales with the winner due to take on WBA champion Felix Sturm. Mundine is expected to target the middleweight title before taking on Green and confirmed, “I’m a middleweight now and my intention is to become the undisputed middleweight champion. If Green wants to come and have his fight, he would want me to jump from middleweight to light-heavyweight, which is fifteen pounds. I am not saying I wouldn’t do it but the money has got to be right.” It is expected that with Mundine’s links with Golden Boy Promotions that he could take on Kelly Pavlik or Jermain Taylor in the remainder of 2009 before inking to fight Green at the Subiaco Oval in the Australian summer of 2010, when the weather would be suited to a 40,000 outdoor capacity event.
Former Two-Time World Champion Robert Guerrero (left) and NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz (right) pose on February 10, 2009 in San Jose, California at the press conference to announce their respective bouts March 7, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Ortiz will face Mike Arnaoutis of Greece and Guerrero will face undefeated contender Daud Yordan of Indonesia as part of an HBO Boxing After Dark televised triple-header which will also feature a fight between undefeated junior middleweight contenders James Kirkland and Joel Julio.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican flyweight Julio Cesar Miranda will face former WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (71-3-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand for the WBC interim flyweight world title on April 14th in Bangkok, Thailand. The bout was confirmed today by WBC President José Sulaimán. Initially the fight was to take place in Mexico but it finally landed on Pongsaklek’s home turf in Thailand.
Former IBF #1-ranked welterweight Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-11-2, 23 KOs) has agreed to step in on five days notice to face undefeated WBC #3-ranked super welterweight Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) on Don King’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” boxing card on Saturday at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, from Nicaragua, was to have faced Angulo, but pulled out 10 days before the match. Danny Perez was mentioned as a possible opponent, but that bout was not finalized. The main event showcases unified IBF/WBO/WBA lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) opposing IBF mandatory challenger Ali Funeka. Also WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs)meets former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs). Tickets priced at $200, $75, $40 and $25 (with all seats 2-for-1 excepting a limited number of “golden circle” seats) are on sale now. Call 800-745-3000.
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo had their licenses revoked for a minimum of one year at today’s California State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing in Van Nuys, California. The ban will be enforced throughout the United States, but Margarito could possibly still fight in another country, such as Mexico. If he wishes to fight in the U.S again, Margarito must apply to have his CSAC license reinstated after one year. Capetillo testified that he accidentally put illegal pads into Margarito’s hand wraps prior to his bout with Shane Mosley. “I committed a big mistake,” Capetillo said according to the LA Times. “I don’t want this young man to have problems. I’m here to cover any responsibility. I take full responsibility. I committed this innocent mistake.” (more…)
When Terry Etim returns to the locker room following a gruelling contest under the UFC lights, there is only one definitive opinion he wants to hear. It’s not that of any trainer, friend or family member. It’s not that of a training partner or a fighting peer. It’s not even that of Dana White or Joe Silva . . . Click here for more
UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com
On Friday February 13th, Star Boxing’s jr. welterweight prospect “The New” Ray Robinson (9-0, 3KO) will look to start the new year with a bang when he takes on fellow unbeaten prospect Darnell Jiles Jr. (8-0-1, 3KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. welterweight division, and will be the co-feature bout for that evening’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast. In the main event of the evening, Star Boxing’s welterweight knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to close the show in exciting fashion when he meets the tough as nails Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) in a ten round wetlerweight contest. For Robinson, who was named as one of the “Five Best Prospects to Watch in 2008″ and as one of the “Sweet 16, Philly Boxing Prospects on the Rise”, it will mark the first time the young prospect will fight as a co-feature bout on national TV . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in 2009. The bout will take place March 14th in a 12 round main event at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title. The long time well renown and respected ALA Promotions will promote the event. Instead of facing a local journeyman he will instead take on experienced veteran and former world champion Roberto Leyva. The underrated Gorres lost a disputed split decision to current WBO Flyweight champion Fernando Montiel back in 2007. What looks even more impressive now is his twelve round draw with Vic Darchinyan nearly a year ago in a fight where Gorres knocked Darchinyan down. Since that fight no one has gone the distance or even been competitive on the scorecards in Darchinyan’s subsequent three world title fights.
By Dennis Principe
Promoter Gary Shaw believes there is no need for Vic Darchinyan to chase conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr and that the undisputed super flyweight champion should instead look forward to having bigger fights in the coming months. Shaw was the main guest of Tuesday morning’s “Sports Chat” aired live over Philippine radio station DZSR Sports Radio 918. Darchinyan is coming off a resounding 11th round stoppage of Mexican superstar Jorge Arce over the weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California. Listen to the interview.
Photos: Eroll Popova
The world championship picture cleared up somewhat after Saturday night’s “Universum Champion’s Night” in Rostock, Germany. Hard luck WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev is now set for a summer date with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. Previously untested Carl Davis Drumond showed he can compete against top level opposition. WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik summoned everything he had to narrowly defend his crown against his mandatory challenger and now eyes a unification clash in the USA. And Marcos Rene Maidana showed the kind of talent and exciting style that could propel him to superstardom. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a message for Manny Pacquiao. “Tic-Tac-Toe,” Mayweather recited over the phone to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. “Pacman hits the floor….you better stay down, if you want to be around,” said Mayweather, whose prized ward, British Ricky Hatton, is angling for Pacquiao’s mythical pound-for-pound title, on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “If there’s one guy who’ll fall down, it’s not going to be Ricky, but the Pacman,” said Mayweather. Because of Hatton’s daredevil style and relentless pressure, Mayweather said the fight is likely not to go 12 full rounds. “It could be short and it could be a long fight but it doesn’t matter (because Ricky will win),” said Mayweather, who was once a world-rated welterweight in the 1970s until he got beaten by Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Mayweather was born in Bronx, New York, became a two-time Michigan Golden Gloves titleholder and he eventually racked up a 29-6-1 win-loss-draw card as a pro from 1974 to 1990. In 1993, Mayweather began serving a five-year prison sentence at a Michigan federal penitentiary for interstate cocaine trafficking from 1987-1992. Before hooking up with Hatton for the Nov. 22, 2008 fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Mayweather used to train Oscar De La Hoya and his now-retired son Floyd Mayweather Jr.
By Craig Watt/Photos: Craig Watt
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Former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green held a press conference at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, Australia today to announce his much expected ring return. In dramatic style he landed in the centre circle of the impressive oval shaped AFL football ground in a helicopter to meet Australia’s waiting media. The 36 year old who retired in March 2008 will have two or three fights in 2008 with the aim to take on fellow Australian rival Anthony Mundine in a re-match of their 2006 fight for the WBA super-middleweight title which Mundine won on a clear and unanimous decision over twelve rounds. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) takes on fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KO’s) in Wollongong, New South Wales on Wednesday. The 33 year old from Sydney who is ranked #1 by the WBA at Middleweight received an impressive rap from Bernard Hopkins today, in his role as a member of Golden Boy Promotions. The former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion told Fox Sports News in Australia, “Now that we have an opportunity to promote him, he is going to be a champion and well known all around the boxing world. He will be a champion, very, very soon. We are going to bring him on slow and then showcase his to he boxing public and I believe given his talent and dedication he will blow up into a major boxing star. Many people have tried to sign Anthony Mundine and I am glad we will be working with him at Golden Boy.” (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Looks like Danny Perez has pulled out of Saturday’s match with Alfredo Angulo in Sunrise, Florida. Promoter Gary Shaw was unsure why Perez pulled out and is concerned that if a replacement isn’t found quickly, Angulo’s appearance might get scrapped from the HBO-televised card. This will be the second opponent for Angulo to fall out. He was originally slated to face former two division champion Ricardo Mayorga. Still scheduled to fight Valentine’s Day, Nate Campbell vs. Ali Funeka and Sergio Martinez vs. Kermit Cintron.
By Bill Luppert and Scott Ploof at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
A fighter will take a win no matter how they get it. Some victories however can be less than satisfying. Such was the case at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night as light heavyweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs) knocked out journeyman Matt Gokel (12-10, 7 KOs) at 1:55 of the first round. The sold out nine bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. In what may be considered the fight of the night by many in the audience, “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KOs) won a very hard fought and closely contested majority decision over Bobo “The Bull” Starnino (9-5-2, 2 KOs) in a rematch of their previous encounter. (More)
By David Robinett, Photos: Jan Sanders/SHOWTIME
2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward continued his march towards fighting for a major title with a unanimous decision over Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan through 12 one-sided rounds in the main event Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Ward, defending his NABO/NABF Super Middleweight title a few hours south of his hometown of Oakland, California, controlled the bout throughout, landing nearly at will against fellow prospect Buchanan, while Buchanan could only muster a defensive jab and little else in return. In past fights Ward has been criticized for a lack of aggression, particularly against overmatched opponents, however in this fight it was Buchanan’s defensive posture and unwillingness to engage that prevented Ward from getting a stoppage. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar / Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass did not have one important person in his corner throughout his bout Friday night against Carson Jones. Still, he did enough to win an entertaining and competitive bout against his opponent. Soto-Karass, a welterweight contender and Antonio Margarito stablemate, dropped Jones twice en route to a 10 round unanimous decision victory before a packed Activity Center crowd in Maywood, CA on Friday night. The bout headlined a “Champions of Tomorrow” card, presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions. It was the first show on a new series of fights to be aired by Azteca America. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams & “Priceless” Steve Price at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Chris Henry (23-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Mack started strongly, but the naturally bigger Henry was stronger down the stretch until a twelfth round rally by Mack. Scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Mack, 115-113 for Henry. (more…)
With the addition of top-rated junior flyweight contender Giovani Segura, it will now be five of Mexico’s biggest names in boxing converge for the first time, headlining the same boxing card when Top Rank presents “Latin Fury 8 — Tijuana Thunder,” broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from Tijuana, Mexico on March 28. The five-bout pay-per-view extravaganza will feature undefeated super welterweight sensation Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto, WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, and Segura in separate bouts. “From top to bottom, this is the greatest Mexican boxing event ever and I’m proud to be promoting it. Four title fights plus Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Luciano Cuello in a battle of undefeated contenders in the main event,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico and son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, will be making his 2009 debut. Now world-rated a career high No. 4 by the WBC, he’ll be risking everything when he rumbles with former WBO Latino junior middleweight champion and undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 9 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Latin Fury 8 pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his revival of pro boxing in Buffalo on February 20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) against 6′ 4″ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event, local heavyweight Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will face veteran Ryan Thompson. Also super lightweight Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) goes against Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has informed Fightnews.com thay he will return to the ring in April. “I talked to the promoters concerning the next fight,” he said. “They’ve informed me that the fight will take place in April in Germany. The challenger is still unknown.” There were discussions for a fight between Dzinziruk and interim titleholder Paul Williams, but they did not come to fruition. Dzinziruk he’s ready to fight, but the Williams camp made unrealistic demands. Williams will instead fight Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright on April 11th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “Who will win this fight? Very much a question at issue. I expect good and entertaining fight, but nevertheless I will pick Ronald Wright. He has more experience,” predicted the champion.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Daisuke Nakagawa (13-2-1, 9 KOs), 146.75, astoundingly captured the Japanese national welter belt as he outpunched hard-hitting defending champ, OPBF top ranked Koji Numata (15-3-1, 10 KOs), 145.75, winning an unexpectedly lopsided decision (99-92, 98-92 and 100-92) over ten upset rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Numata had broke the jaw bone of highly regarded national titlist Tadashi Yuba and wrested the belt via knockout route last year, and his hard-hitting ability and tremendous durability have been highly evaluated by hardcore fans. But the lanky speedster kept throwing pit-a-pat punches to the champ’s face – which was badly swollen in the end – to cause a stunning upset. Promoter: Shinto Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-IBF minium and former PABA fly champ Ratanapol Sor Voraphin (58-7-1, 47 KOs), 113.75, surprisingly stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of ex-OPBF fly champ Noriyuki Komatsu (24-6-6, 10 KOs), 113.75, at 2:16 into the opening session in a scheduled ten on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. The Thai veteran southpaw caught the local favorite with a smashing left, dropping Komatsu to the deck. The Japanese gamely resumed fighting, but Ratanapol pinned him with a flurry of punches to have him so defenseless and helpless that the referee saved the loser from further punishment. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
Ex-WBA bantam challenger and currently Japanese #2 118-pounder Nobuto Ikehara (29-3, 19 KOs), 122, barely earned a unanimous decision (98-94, 98-93 and 99-93) over Thai bantam champ Kaonah Khlongphajon (24-18-3, 19 KOs), 121.5, over ten heats on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. Ikehara, who previously failed to win the WBA belt from Wladimir Sidorenko because of his lack of convincing power, was bloodied by Kaonah’s legal shots in the second, and the Thai champ was seemingly controlling the action in the first half. Ikehara then turned loose and dominated the second half with his light but busy combinations, piling up points steadily to overcome his early deficit on points. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
The WBC final eliminator in the cruiserweight division between the “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey that was originally scheduled to take place on March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, has to be postponed for at least eight weeks because Godfrey suffered a hand injury while preparing for the fight. Nonetheless Hide (46-4, 42 KOs) will make his next appearance on March 6th in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Scott Foster
February 14th is usually a date reserved for romantics, but for newlywed Nate Campbell (32-5-2, KOs), this Valentines Day arrives laced with pain. It is the pain of a long distance runner, patiently laying them down, or the climber who scales the mountaintop only to be confronted by a larger, more ominous cliff dead ahead. Luckily, the lightweight champion will be sharing this Valentines Day with his mandatory challenger, and while Campbell is expected to begin the night by touching gloves with Ali Funeka (30-1, 24 KOs), most do not expect hugs & kisses to follow . . . . Click here for more
On Friday February 13th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will put on NYC’s first compelling night of fights for the new year. The card, which will take place at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom, and be broadcast live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, will feature some of boxing’s brightest Stars, and be headlined by a fantastic welterweight showdown between Star Boxing’s Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) and Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) . . . click here for more
UFC World Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva headlines UFC 97: REDEMPTION on Saturday, April 18 at the Centre Bell Arena in Montreal, Canada. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 11 at noon . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Super Welterweight Alfredo Angulo will indeed fight on Valentine’s Day, despite Ricardo Mayorga backing out of their proposed fight. Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) confirmed to FightNews on Saturday night that he will face Danny Perez in a 10 round bout at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Angulo, a 2004 Olympian for Mexico, is looking forward to facing a fighter in Perez, who fought Antonio Margarito twice in losing efforts. “I look forward to facing Perez in a good fight,” said Angulo, who is coming off a 10th round stoppage victory over Andrey Tsurkan in October. “He brings a lot of experience and I expect a good fight from him.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews on Monday morning (Sunday night in the US) that the April 25 super-bantamweight showdown between WBO 122-lb king Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico and ageless Filipino warrior Gerry Penalosa is green and go. “I have talked with Penalosa’s manager, Billy Keane, today and we’re doing the fight,” said Arum, whose company promotes the undefeated Lopez. Penalosa is under contract with Golden Boy Promotions but a deal has been made for the two to clash in a scheduled 12-rounder in Puerto Rico. Penalosa, 36, is currently training in Baguio City for a tuneup bout set Feb. 21 in Cebu against a crack Mexican rival. Penalosa is the current WBO bantam titleholder and the former WBC super-fly ruler.
By Felipe Leon
San Diego bantamweight Christopher Martin (12-0-2, 2KO) is all ready to make a run at his first title when he faces veteran Trinidad “Triny” Mendoza (24-18-2, 19KO) for the California State title this Thursday night from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. “I have had a great camp and I am ready for the challenge,” Martin stated. “Although we have met inside a ring before, Mendoza is a tough fighter and I know that I am in for a long night but I am ready for anything, I want to win the title in my hometown.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
According to a report in the renown Mexican newspaper Reforma, the camp of lightweight Johnny Nolasco is alleging that Jorge Barrera, brother and manager of former three divisional world champion Marco Antonio Barrera asked that Nolasco, the original opponent for Marco Antonio’s most recent bout on January 31st in Guadalajara, MX, take a dive in that bout. The Daily Reforma quotes Rosa Diaz, manager of Nolasco among other fighters, who states that Jorge Barrera called her and stated “we need for Nolasco not to go past the 4th round, at the very least.” Diaz told the paper that she refused the offer. She states that she reponded to Jorge Barrera, “How are you going to ask me that if we are speaking about Marco Antonio Barrera? Please… especially with a fighter that has less than half the fights that Marco Antonio does.” At the last minute, Cuban Freudis Rojas substituted for Nolasco as the official opponent. The result was a less than stellar contest which Barrera won by disqualification after the 1-8-1 Rojas initiated a headbutt that resulted in Barrera needing stitches. On Friday Barrera stated that he had discussed the issue with his brother and denied the accusation.
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