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By Karl Freitag
“I’m very disappointed,” promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com today regarding Andre Dirrell’s withdrawal from SHOWTIME’s Super Six Tournament. “Andre has some neurological problems and we’ve been advised by a neurological specialist that for the present time Andre cannot spar, nor can he fight until he is symptom-free. We’re going to be going for further testing. I just pray and hope that everything is alright for Andre Dirrell and his family.”
When asked when Dirrell’s symptoms appeared, Shaw responded, “During that Abraham fight he took a pretty good shot and he was kind of scattered that night. I don’t know for sure, and I’m sure not the doctor, so I don’t want to say when this appeared or reappeared. All I know is right now he’s not right.”
Photos by All Star Boxing
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. had media day at All Star Boxing’s Miami Fight Gym in the City of Doral, FL a Miami suburb in preparation for his title defense of this coming Saturday, October 16 against former WBO champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez of Mexico at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. The tickets are already on sale starting at only $25 at all Ticketmaster location and at the Arena. The fight will be available on PPV. Indemand, Dish, Direct TV and your local cable operator for $34.95. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
Andre Ward will have a new opponent on November 27 after Andre Dirrell pulled out with an alleged undisclosed injury. Ward and Dirrell (former Olympic teammates) were originally scheduled to meet September 25, but no agreement could be reached between the respective camps and the bout was rescheduled for November 27. Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, said today that Ward’s fight will go on as scheduled against an opponent to be named and a decision wil be made whether that fight will be a part of the tournament or not. Win or lose, Ward will advance to the semifinal win or lose based on tournament points he has already earned. Dirrell’s departure makes the November 6 Super Six bout between Allan Green and newcomer Glen Johnson even more significant as the winner will likely advance to the semifinal.
Robert Helenius will make a first defence of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin in Helsinki on November 27. The Nordic Nightmare (13-0, 8 KOs) will take on his experienced Swedish opponent (34-3, 27 KO) at the famous Hartwall Areena, which on the same night hosts the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch. While Abraham and Froch determine the new WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, Helenius is set to defend his title for the first time. “We have big plans for Robert,” Sauerland Event sports director Hagen Doering said at today´s press conference in Helsinki. “He has already proven his talents and this will be another big test for him. Levin is very experienced and strong, but if Robert listens to coach Ulli Wegner, he will definitely beat him. He will continue his impressive development with a big victory over Levin.” (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
This Saturday night in Atlanta GA, Golden Girl Promotions in association with Chris Webb Promotions presents Protect & Serve Live Boxing. Atlanta police officer, Jaidon Codrington (19-2) who was the star of NBC’s TV show “The Contender” season three and is a former world top 15 light heavyweight will start off the event followed by Olympian and Atlanta police officer Josue Blocus (15-2), who has scored 13 of his 15 wins by knockout and is the former NABO Heavyweight champion.
The main event will feature Randy Griffin (24-2) former #1 rated middleweight in the world, and Olympic alternate, and who fought in a disputed draw in Germany to current world champion Felix Sturm.
All three competitors will be seeking to re-establish themselves at the top of the boxing world as they fight to raise money for the Atlanta Police Athletic League and the newly established youth program at Metro Fitness. In the heart of Atlanta. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is back in the gym after missing his workout Wednesday due to a cold. Pacquiao did four rounds of sparring with super welterweight prospect Michael Medina and another two rounds with the undefeated Glen Tapia. A contented Freddie Roach said there was no cause for him to be concerned after seeing Pacquiao do his usual routine which lasted for nearly three hours. And based on the testament of one of his sparring partners, Pacquiao will be a tough opponent for the physically bigger Antonio Margarito of Mexico once they meet on November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
Medina said the Filipino sensation possesses not only the speed but also the power that will lead him to success in his first-ever stint as a 154-lb fighter. Pacquiao has dominated the sport of boxing by being a skinny world champion at 112lbs to a dynamic 147-lb kingpin. According to Medina, he was awed with Pacquiao’s tremendous timing in throwing punches that is made more potent by the Filipino’s ability to combine it with blinding speed.
Meantime World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion Amir Khan arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning and immediately went to Baguio City to be at the Pacquiao training camp. Khan said he will be in Baguio primarily to train under Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Khan is preparing for his title defense against the once-beaten Marcos Maidana of Argentina on December 11 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old British sensation however would be willing to spar with Pacquiao if Roach asks him to do so.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Japanese WBA interim super welterweight world champion Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs) and Mexican WBA challenger Rigoberto “Espaoñol” Alvarez (25-2 19 KOs) will meet at Mesón de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The three judges are Ruben Garcia (USA), Glen Felmand (USA) and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KOs) says there is plenty of life left in his career – starting with victory in the Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall on Saturday October 9. The Irishman, who lives in Boston in the United States, disappointingly lost his comeback fight against journeyman Zack Page (21-30-2, 7 KOs) in New York in July, fighting for the first time since October 2007, but says he believes he still has what it takes to win the one night tournament.
“I lost on my comeback but I’ve still got the desire and hunger to achieve something big in boxing – they said the curtains would come down after the last fight (against Andrew Golota in 2007) but I still have that dream I had as a kid to be the first Irish-born Heavyweight Champion of the World and winning Prizefighter would be a great stepping stone to that goal,” said the Clones Colossus. (more…)
Looks like U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada and Nathan Bedwell are almost ready to fight at the weigh-in for their bout tonight at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
Looking to capture his 40th career win in front of his hometown fans, former three-time, middleweight world champion William Joppy (39-6-1, 30 KOs) of Washington, DC will step back into the ring at the Patriot Center on Saturday, Nov. 6 to face Baltimore bruiser Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-4, 13 KOs). The 10-round bout will serve as the co-main event on the Jimmy Lange Boxing card promoted by Ice Promotions. (more…)
Manager Frank Espinoza finds himself extremely busy as usual. He has Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares involved in Showtime’s highly regarded Bantamweight tournament scheduled for December 11th. He also manages the careers of undefeated prospects like Carlos Molina, Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, Abraham Lopez, Ronny Rios and Luis Ramos. These hot up and comers require a lot of time and attention. We caught up with Espinoza and he answered a few questions for us: (more…)
Promoters Pepe Gomez from “Cancun Boxing” and Hector Garcia from “HG Boxing” will officially announce a world championship fight card for November 6 at Poliforum “Zamna” in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. It is anticipated that one of the main fights will be between WBC flyweight champion Omar Nino Romero and challenger Gilberto “Baby Luis V” Keb. WBC female super flyweight champion Ana María “La Guerrera” Torres will also participate on the card against an opponent to be named.
By Rocco Morales
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
The Conga Room at L.A. Live played host on Tuesday afternoon to the debut U.S. press conference for Thunder & Lightning, the apt nickname for the December 11th showdown between WBA light welterweight champion, Amir “King” Khan and WBA interim light welterweight champion, Marcos Maidana. Amir Khan, coming off a one sided beatdown last May of Paulie Malignaggi, faces a much stiffer test this time around with the once beaten Argentinian fighter, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, who is considered by many to be the hardest puncher in the light welterweight division. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Michael Dallas, Jr. 142.2 vs. Lenin Arroyo 143
Shawn Estrada 164.8 vs. Nathan Bedwell 165.2
Michael Ruiz, Jr. 115.8 vs. Frank Gutierrez 114.8
Javier Molina 154.8 vs. Marco Arauz 149.2
Matt Villanueva 114.8 vs. Christian Salgado 114.4
Jonathan Arellano 118.2 vs. Abel Gomez 117.4
Kevin Hoskins 129.8 vs. Rene Torres 128.6
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor Promotions
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By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/Ringside Photos
Unbeaten welterweight Gabriel Bracero (12-0, 1 KO) outhustled Terry Buterbaugh (6-4-1, 3 KOs) over eight rounds to take a one-sided unanimous decision at BB Kings in New York City. Scores were 79-71, 79-72, 79-72.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (12-1, 9 KOs) returned with a vengeance, destroying Terrel Nelson (8-11, 5 KOs). Nelson was down three times before the carnage ended at 2:11 of the first round.
By Peter Lim
A lineup of undefeated fighters will do battle on Oct. 7 at the Humble Civic Center just outside of Houston. In the main event Justin Jones, (9-0-1 6 KOs), takes on Billy Willis, (11-22-1 5 KOs), in a crosstown heavyweight matchup. Ivan Otero, (3-0 1 KOs) squares off against Gerardo Dominguez in a featherweight bout. Welterweight Rogelio De La Torre, (3-0 2 KOs), faces Vincent Releford (1-1 1 KO). KC Martinez, (1-0 1 KO) and Breuntre Miller, (3-5 3 KOs), meet in a junior welterweight matchup. And super bantamweight Eric Manriquez, (2-0 1 KO), fights Rufus Shurne, (0-1). The card will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.
Photos: Jose Perez/Zanfer
Today in Caguas, Puerto Rico, two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, looked fit and ready for his upcoming fight against Rafael Marquez that will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and that will promoted by Top Rank and televised by Showtime. Lopez (29-0, 26 KO’s) had a media day today at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte gym in Caguas, where the boxing commission of Puerto Rico had its traditional 30 day pre-weigh-in, and where Lopez was required not to exceed 20% of the weight limit (126) for his fight against Marquez. The limit 30 days out is 144.9 and Lopez stop the scale at 136. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico began phase two of his training camp last week, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, and continues his training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA for his upcoming bout against seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, which takes place on Saturday November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship.
“Camp is going great; Margarito is looking really good, really strong. His conditioning is great, very impressive. It’s a real pleasure working with Margarito, we’re very happy to have him here with us and I’m confident we’ll win November 13th,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. For more details and photos click here…
Roy Englebrecht Promotions will present a fight card at the Silverton Casino & Lodge in Las Vegas on October 16. “I am excited to bring a solid club boxing show to the Silverton,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. “They have a great 950 seat pavilion that will put each and every fan right on top of the action, and action is what we will bring on October 16th.”
In one of the three featured bouts of the Silverton’s long-awaited first boxing event, unbeaten prospect Artur Bernetsyan puts his perfect 4-0 record on the line facing Las Vegas prospect Rennell Griffin. Bernetsyan is one of the top amateurs to come out of Armenia and now trains in Glendale, CA. Griffin sports a solid 6-3 record with 2 knockouts (KOs) and has been trained by Vegas legend Richard Steele. (more…)
Canadian cruiserweight contender Troy “The Boss” Ross will find himself in an unusual position at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada on October 30 – he will be fighting at home. Fresh off of a controversial technical decision loss in Germany against IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, Ross will be in the main event at when he faces Montreal tough guy Carl ‘Kojak’ Handy. Also on the card, Hagar Finer of Israel will be defending her WIBF female world title against Julia Sahin, who beat her earlier in her career in Germany. Canadian Lisa “Bad News” Brown is in action against Jeri Sitzes in a rematch. Tickets $25, $50, $75 & $125 and are available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations.
Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis held an international media conference call today to discuss preparations for their November 27 bout for the unified WBA/WBO lightweight world title.
Juan Manuel Marquez: This is going to be a very difficult fight. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to have to be at my best for this fight, but it’s going to be a fight the fans are going to love.
Michael Katsidis: It’s a great fight. I love fighting, and even better I love winning and that’s exactly what I’m coming to do.
Donofrio Boxing, in association with Jackie Kallen, will present a boxing at The Palace of Auburn Hills, featuring a cross-border war pitting Detroit’s Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (24-3-1, 15 KOs) vs. Windsor, Ontario, Canada’s Andre “Gorgeous” Gorges (9-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle. Featured on the undercard will be light welterweight Michael “The Silent Assassin” Dallas (15-0, 5 KOs) will face TBA. Tickets are priced at $15, $25 and $35.
Once again the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to Montreal and it’s bringing its brightest star to illuminate the always raucous Bell Centre. Two-time UFC® welterweight champion and Montreal native Georges St-Pierre goes home to once again face his most heated rival and No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 124: ST-PIERRE VS. KOSCHECK, presented by Affliction and live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, December 11, 2010. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
For the first time in his latest Philippine training camp Filipino pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao skipped his workout and decided to take a day’s rest. According to famed trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao woke up Tuesday morning bothered by colds that also forced the multi-division world champion to miss out his morning road work.
Roach learned about Pacquiao’s health status only after the famed trainer arrived at the Shape-Up Fitness Center in Baguio City just before lunchtime. The typically buoyant gym was unusually quiet the whole afternoon with only a handful of Pacquiao’s retinue inside the gym. Roach meantime ended up doing the mitts with Michael Medina, one of Pacquiao’s sparring partners then left the area after about two hours.
Though Roach sounded less concerned about the situation, the hall-of-fame trainer said he will take it as a cue to prevent more people from entering the gym and watch Pacquiao while in training. Roach believes Pacquiao would be vulnerable to viruses if more and more people are allowed inside the gym.
“We’ve had it before and the hardest part is keeping him in bed so he can recover a little quicker because he wants to work. He’ll make up for it. It’s really not a problem,” said Roach.
On Wednesday Roach is expecting Pacquiao to return to the gym but the American trainer would like to gauge the Filipino’s readiness to go back to hard training. Roach has set Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as Pacquiao’s sparring dates.
Meantime Roach revealed that British prospect Amir Khan is on his way to the Philippines primarily to train under him and serve as a part-time sparring partner of Pacquiao.
As part of the WBO Kids Drug Free program, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel along with WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr donated scholarships to five students last night at the Osceola County School Board. The students had to write an essay about the sport of boxing and hundreds of essays where received. The winners, Albert Prevost, Javier Grisales, Maria Arroyo, Roberta Valladares and Rachel Smith received $1,000 towards their college education.
Andre Berto: “Freddy Hernandez is a strong fighter and this fight on November 27th will be a good test for me to close the year. I plan on putting on a good show and hope that my performance on November 27 will set up a big 2011 for me and the mega-fights that I’ve been wanting and that everyone wants to see me in.”
Freddy Hernandez: “I’ve worked nine long years to get a shot at a world title and I have every intention to make the most of it. I consider Andre Berto to be the true welterweight champion of the world and a top-10 pound for pound fighter. This is the fight I have wanted more than anything.”
Celestino Caballero: “This is a great opportunity for me. Nobody at featherweight wants to fight me, so I will face a great boxer like Litzau at super featherweight. I hope to give an excellent performance and to win.”
Jason Litzau: “Caballero’s been a great champion, but he’s moving up two weight classes. He’s as tall, or even taller than I am, but I’m used to fighting at this weight and even higher. He’ll find that someone his size, who can box and punch, could be quite a different game. I’ll be well prepared to meet any challenge that he comes with.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Pineda will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA Super Flyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez (33-6-2, 23 KOs) and Peruan WBA challenger Alberto Roseel (24-7 11 KOs) will meet at Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla de Galeana, Estado de México, Mexico. The three judges are Reina Urbaez (Venezuela ), Raul Caiz Jr. (USA) and Jesus Cova (Venezuela ). The fight supervisor is rodolfo Fortich (Colombia ).
Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday October 9 is a complete sell out. UK boxing fans that have missed out can catch the 14th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament on Sky Sports. Former European, Commonwealth, British and English champion Matt Skelton opens the action against Londoner Ali Adams. The victor in that fight faces the winner of the second bout of the night between Kevin McBride, the Irishman who was the last fighter to beat Mike Tyson and Franklin Egobi. The third quarter-final pits Michael Sprott against Danny Hughes for the right to face either unbeaten Declan Timlin or Shane McPhilbin.
After destroying his last opponent, former title challenger Daniel Attah inside of two rounds back in July, WBC #1 ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) is more than willing and able to get back in the ring and prove why he deserves another shot at the title. With his next date set for November 6th on the under card of Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez in Las Vegas, NV, the former interim WBC lightweight champ is hard at work in the gym waiting for the call when he will learn who his next rival will be. (more…)
Four of the world’s top bantamweights have been assembled for an electrifying two-round single-elimination tournament. On Saturday, December 11th at 9pm on SHOWTIME, watch IBF 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano Perez, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan.
King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch will not only be fighting for a spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semi-Finals when they clash in Helsinki on November 27. Following an appeal from Team Sauerland, the WBC ruled that the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be at stake. “That is fantastic news,” King Arthur said. “It is like a dream coming true for me. Ever since I vacated my IBF Middleweight Title to battle it out with the world´s best fighters at Super-Middleweight, it has been my goal to become champion again. The moment has finally arrived. I am very excited and I cannot wait to get into the ring with Froch.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
WBA world champions Amar Khan and Marcos Maidana met the pres today in advance of their WBA super lightweight world championship clash on December 11th:
Miguel Diaz, Co-trainer of Marcos Maidana
This is going to be a tremendous fight between two boxers in the prime of their careers. The winner of this fight will be a superstar. For this fight, I have brought in, from Puerto Rico, the conditioning coach of Felix Trinidad, Cruz Garcia Figueroa.
Sebastian Contursi, Advisor of Marcos Maidana
Maidana no longer wants to be called just the WBA interim champion but rather wants to take Khan’s title and be the one and only WBA super lightweight champion of the world.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
The thing that has impressed me the most about Marcos Maidana is not his tremendous punch but rather his tremendous heart. Maidana went down three times against Victor Ortiz but he got up and won the fight. He had an opportunity against Ortiz and he knew what to do once given an opportunity. This is not just an opponent for Amir Khan. Maidana is coming to win this fight. For more details and photos click here…
World amateur sensation Jesse Magdaleno signed a long-term exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank today. Magdaleno, who campaigned at 119 pounds through most of his career, leaves the amateur ranks with a 120-16 record and six major national titles, including the National Golden Gloves and the U.S. Nationals.
Magdaleno, 18, a graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nev., will make his professional debut on Saturday, November 6, as a featherweight, on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez – Rafael Marquez WBO featherweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He will be joining his older brother, super featherweight Diego (16-0, 4 KOs), who will be fighting Derrick Campos in an eight-round bout. Diego is also promoted by Top Rank. (more…)
With millions of Americans searching for a job, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s fastest growing sports organization, has teamed up with jobbi.com, a new free online job website, to promote jobbi to the UFC’s huge audience through the UFC website UFC.com and UFC Pay-Per-View events. (more…)
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