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World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today the signing of undefeated lightweight fighter Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang of Beijing, China. Zhang, who will take on The Ultimate Fighter® alum Alex Karalexis in his debut on Sept. 30 in Broomfield, Colo., becomes the first fighter from mainland China to fight in the WEC. (more…)
Publicist Monica Sears at Golden Boy Promotions has been promoted to the newly created position of Director Of Communications & Events. “Monica will continue in her role as a driving force behind the maintenance, growth and improvement of Golden Boy’s PR Department and will continue her efforts to improve the quality and capabilities of general operations of Golden Boy events,” said David Itskowitch, Chief Operating Officer of GBP. Formerly with public relations giant Brener Zwikel & Associates, Monica joined GBP four years ago as a Public Relations Coordinator. Today she is one of the most well respected and appreciated pr people in boxing. FightNews congratulates Monica Sears on a job well done!
By Mark Vaz
In Colon, Germany, three-time world champ Felix Sturm returns to the ring today after a 14-month layoff to defend his WBA World Middleweight Title for the 8th time against tough Dominican Giovani Lorenzo, 29-2 (21). After a long career under the promotional banner of Universum, Sturm will now endeavor to follow in the footsteps of the Klitschko’s by working as his own promoter, joining forces with Arena-Box, Ahmet Ohner’s highly respected promotional company based in Hamburg. Sturm plans to conclude his career as captain of his own destiny, after a drawn-out lawsuit with his former promoters. (more…)
Report and photo by David Greene
The wait is over for Bronx, NY, resident Giovanni Lorenzo, 29, who has waited his whole life for a chance, that chance comes tonight, when the heavy-hitting fighter challenges for the middleweight championship. Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KOs) has been busy training at the new World Wide Boxing Gym on Jerome Avenue in the Bedford Park section of the New York borough, sparring 34-rounds with one-time, “Contender’s,” star Ishe Smith, in preparation for his challenge of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (33-2, 14 KOs), in Cologne, Germany on Saturday, September 4. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
The polished Betuel Tyson Ushona from Namibia was most impressive in scoring a seventh round stoppage win over Pius Dipheko of South Africa in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout at the Turfontein Racecourse near Johannesburg on Friday night. Through the first three rounds neither fighter dominated as they both used their slick defensive skills, but in the fourth round Ushona (66.30kg) after dropping the South African with an unintentional low blow began to score with fast left-right combinations. Showing all his experience Ushona began to dominate in the sixth round with some slick moves and midway through the seventh he moved in with a flurry of blows to the head that sent Dipheko (66.40kg) staggering across the ring before falling down on his knees, as referee Phillip du Randt waved the fight off at 1 minute 45 seconds into the round. Ushona takes his record to 22-0; 4 and Dipheko drops to 19-7-2; 3. (more…)
Sad news from the state of Washington. After a long search, the body of John Arum, the 49-year-old son of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, was found in a rugged part of the Cascade Mountains 85 miles northeast of Seattle. An experienced mountaineer and environmentalist, Arum fell during a solo climb of the 8,515-foot Storm King peak. He had been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington and had previously scaled 82 of them. Everyone at Fightnews.com sends our thoughts and prayers to the Arum family during this difficult time.
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) reappeared on Friday night in a Nicaraguan ring after almost two years without fighting in his home country. “Chocolatito” annihilated 19-year-old Jesus Limones (9-2-1, 4 KOs) in two brutal rounds at the Centro de Convenciones Hotel Camino Real in Managua. Gonzalez floored Limones at the end of round one and finished him seconds into round two. The bout was fought in the jr flyweight division.
Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (24-6, 21 KOs), coming off his bout with Erik Morales in March, destroyed Joel Juarez (25-11-1) in a scheduled ten round super lightweight clash. Alfaro dropped Juarez once in round one and twice in round two before one-sided beatdown was waved off near the end of round two.
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The stars of the “Gala Boxistica De La Ciudad De Mexico”, Erik “Terrible” Morales, Ana María Torres, Daniel Estrada, Edgar Sosa, Reyes Sanchez and Carlos Zarate Jr, accompanied by the WBC president, Jose Sulaiman, and promoter of the night on Sept. 11, Jose Luis Villuendas, came to the Museum of Grupo Modelo, which once again highlighted the importance of the evening to ratify the safe peacefulness of Mexico City. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney
Former University of Rhode Island Football Player, Vladine Biosse (8-0, 4 KOs) made the most of his first opportunity in the main event of the evening at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night as he defeated Ibahiem “The Almighty” King (7-5, 2 KOs) in an all action eight round bout. Biosse got the better of King early in the bout. He continued to control the pace up until King landed a surprise counter sent Biosse down on one knee in the fourth. Biosse recovered and dropped King twice in round six however King was able to hang on. In the end, Biosse walked away with the unanimous decision by scores of 77-73 twice and 77-72.
Rhode Island’s Joe Gardner (6-1-1, 1 KO) scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over New Bedford, MA’s Eric Pinarreta (2-5, 2 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Scores of the bout were 59-55 twice and 60-54. Gardner controlled the tempo of the contest throughout with his jab and reach advantage. As the fight wore on Gardner continued to throw punches and move around the ring, while Pinarreta could only hold on as he seemed out of gas later in the fight.
Heavyweight Eric Estrada (2-0, 2 KOs) dominated Washington D.C.’s Tauheed Wheeler (0-2) in less than one round after landing a barrage of unanswered punches. With Wheeler cowering in the corner, unable to defend himself, referee Joey Luppino stopped the bout at 2:40 of the opening round. (more…)
A week’s worth of waiting in Germany for his middleweight title bout against WBA champion Felix Sturm has put challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in a fierce mood and Thursday’s rules meeting was the last straw.
“Sturm said last week in an interview posted on Fightnews.com that we could wear any gloves we wanted. At the rules meeting yesterday, Sturm tried to insist that we use only the gloves of his choice, Grant. As we use Everlast, it is unacceptable to make this change” said Lorenzo. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The U.S. Media Tour for the November 13 super clash between Manny Pacquiao and Antoniuo Margarito wrapped up today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao: I’m going to hide this stadium from that Tornado…I’m just doing my job in the ring to make the fans happy.
Margarito: It’s not a little rain, it’s a big Tornado approaching….This one is for Mexico. I’m bringing back the title.
Trainer Freddie Roach: The Tornado will be downsized to a tropical storm by Manny Pacquiao.
Trainer Robert Garcia: I’m going to train him to put a beating on Manny Pacquiao.
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo by K2 Ukraine
Maksym Bursak 159.6 vs. Bryan Vera 160.1
(WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title)
Andriy Rudenko 250.1 vs. Jason Barnett 230.9
Serhiy Fedchenko 142.6 vs. Ferenc Zold 144.9
Vitaliy Rusal 177.2 vs. George Tevdorashvili 181.7
Valeriy Brazhnyk 147.7 vs. Fayzullo Ahmedov TBA
Dmytro Semernin 149.9 vs. Denys Tupylenko 148.7
Vitaliy Neveselyy 199.2 vs. Kim Jenssen 202.2
Oleksandr Spyrko 147.7 vs. Mamasoli Kimsanbayev TBA
Oleksiy Bondarenko 136.6 vs. Dmytro Bohachuk 134.8
Agali Alyshev 131.6 vs. Serhiy Korzhnyy 131.6
Venue: Sportpalace Meteor, Dnipropetrovs.k, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Ukraine
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By Robert Coster
Up and coming featherweight Jenifel Vicente (17-0-2, 11 KOs), popular for his non-stop punching style, will be crossing swords with grizzled, dynamite-fisted veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-4, 42 KOs) on September 18 at the Carlos Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A classic matchup of youth vs. experience. Both men have predicted victories and Dominican fans are also split in antagonistic camps as to who will emerge the victor. The card will also showcase some of the best talents the island has to offer, namely middleweight Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (18-0), welterweight Melvin Betancourt (18-0) and former amateur stars, featherweight Juan Carlos Payano, super middleweight Gilbert Castillo and lightweight Claudio Marrero.
Report and photos by Pasi Taavitsainen
Amin Asikainen 170.1 vs. Jaudiel Zepeda 163.1
Denis Shafikov 143.7 kg vs. Peter Semo 142.4
Edis Tatli 136.6 vs. Rudy Encarnacion 137.1
Jussi Koivula 149 vs. Vatche Wartanian 149.9
Eva Wahlstrom 130 vs. Nadezhda Manakova 123.4
Niko Jokinen 169.7 vs. Ivan Maslov 165.7
Venue: Toolon Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: P3 Boxing
Thousands of Arthur Abraham fans are expected to flock into Monaco on October 2. That is when King Arthur faces Carl Froch in Showtime´s Super Six World Boxing Classic third-round match in the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille. Abraham can count on two huge fan groups: His gigantic German fan-base plus his Armenian home support. “There will be a lot of fans travelling to Monaco – from Germany, from Armenia, from France, from everywhere,” King Arthur said. “I have chartered plans to fly them all in from Armenia and Berlin. Even in training camp here at the Baltic Sea (Zinnowitz) my fans have been asking me about tickets. They will drive down all the way from this coast to the other coast to watch the clash.” (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto Zanfer/Top Rank
Omar Niño 108 vs Ronald Barrera 108
(WBC junior flyweight championship)
Jorge Solis 130 vs Francisco Cordero 130
(WBA Interim super featherweight championship)
Rafael Guzman 124 vs Sergio Lopez 126
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. 116 vs TBA
Venue: Coliseo De La U De G
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank, HG Boxing
TV: Fox Sports and TV Azteca Mexico
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Britain’s John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking. Consensus from boxing experts across the pond is that both boxers possess the ability to one day win a world championship. O’Donnell and Fury take what they hope will be the next step to becoming global superstars when they showcase their skills to a U.S. audience for the first time in the co-featured bouts on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) from York Hall in London, England. (more…)
Some changes in promoter Frank Warren’s big September 18 show in Birmingham, England. Following the recent withdrawals of Darren Barker and Ryan Rhodes from their fights against Matthew Macklin and Lukas Konecny, respectively, Warren has been working hard to keep one of the biggest shows of his career together. The Hall of Fame promoter can now confirm that Macklin will face Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili for the vacant European middleweight title, while Manchester’s Matthew Hall gets a golden opportunity against Konecny for the vacant European light middleweight title. (more…)
Photo: Joel A. Colón / PR Best Boxing
Undefeated super featherweight champion Roman Martinez and challenger Ricky Burns both made weight for their showdown on Saturday at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The unbeaten Martinez weighed 128.8 lbs., while Burns scaled in at 129.8. (more…)
On October 16, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years. Its regular popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO has filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions, only this time it will come back with a world title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history that will be hosted at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed: “The Rising Son Returns.”
In the main event WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Vazquez’ WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm weighed in at 72.1 kgs/158.95 lbs and Giovanni Lorenzo tipped the scale at 71.8 kgs/158.29 lbs. Both looked to be in tremendous shape and had to be seperated after an intense stare down. The weigh-in took place at the BMW Procar car dealership in Cologne.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Sroi Mungmee
WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (34-0-1,12 KOs) barely kept his WBC crown as he scored a majority draw with four-time world challenger Pornsawan Por Pramook (22-3-1,16 KOs) on Friday at Kadchoengdoi Shopping Center in Chiengmai, Thailand. Oleydong dominated in the first four rounds with his counter attack tactic, however the show little by little turned to the challenger who tirelessly stalked the champion. The climax occurred in round six when Pornsawan successfully floored Oleydong with vicious body attacks, then he dropped the champion again but it was considered by the referee as a slippery. The action was a close affair from round nine as aggressor Pornsawan looked weakened, which allowed Oleydong to display his effective counterpunches until the final round. Scored: Franz Marti (Switzerland) 114-114, Benjamin Rendon (Mexico) 114-114 and Thawut Plumsamran (Thailand) 114-113 for the champion. Oleydong retained his WBC belt for the sixth time.
Longtime Florida promoter One Punch Productions has announced that negotiations are complete for it’s expansion into the Charlotte, NC market. “This is a great move for us, and I’m very happy to be going into Charlotte” said One Punch Productions President Terry Trekas. “I have been looking at additional markets for almost a year, and ultimately it came down to Charlotte and Savannah, GA. In the end, I chose Charlotte.” (more…)
Erik Morales and Edgar Sosa recently visited the Raul “Raton” Macîas gymnasium as invited guests of former champion Isaac “Tortas” Bustos. Sosa entertained the public with an open workout as he prepared to face Pilipino fighter Ryan Bito for the WBC International Flyweight title on September 11th at the Monumental Bullring of Mexico City. Morales goes for his 50th career win vs. Willie Limond in the main event.
Eric Morales: “I’m very happy to interact with the people once again, something I have not done since 2002 when I was promoting fights in the United States. I thought it was beautiful that they played “Las Mañanitas” for me. Winning a world title in my fourth division is my objective. I work hard to be able to do it, but everything is little by little to get to the fourth world title. There have been talks with the people from Golden Boy Promotions about a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.”
Edgar Sosa: “I am bound step by step towards the flyweight title. I feel great physically and energetically. It is always great to interact up close with the fans that support us. Each day I feel like I am in better physical condition for the great Bicentennial Gala. I have not abandoned my dream of fighting for the WBC World Flyweight title, currently held by Pongsakiek Wonjongkam of Thailand, but what is important right now is to only think about his battle with Ryan Bito.”
One of the most ferocious strikers in mixed martial arts history, Mirko Cro Cop has rebounded from a rocky start in the UFC to reel off wins in three of his last four bouts, including a spectacular June win over Pat Barry. On September 25th, he’s back in action and back in the main event, as he takes on former two-time UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir. Will this bout be added to the list of Cro Cop’s most memorable moments? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Photo: Eroll Popova
Photos: Eroll Popova
Jan Zaveck 145.9 vs. Rafal Jackiewicz 146.8
(IBF welterweight title)
Christina Hammer 159.2 vs. Mihaela Dragan 158.5
Tjasa Kolar 110.7 vs. Anika Kurzer 113.5
Denis Simcic 174.8 vs. Istvan Varga 173.9
Goran Delic 208.6 vs. Attila Makula (TBA)
Predrag Radosevic 173.1 vs. Thomas Hengstberger (TBA)
Tommy Altmann 153.4 vs. Bronislav Kubin 150.8
Venue: Sportpark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: Sport1 (Germany)
Former multiple world champion and future hall of famer Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) will again return to the ring. Jones will meet former world title challenger Danny Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs) on October 7th in Jones’ hometown of Pensacola, Florida. An official announcement naming the site of the fight will take place next week.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At Thursday’s press conference, Mexican world champions Omar Niño and Jorge Solís declared themselves ready to defend their world crowns. Niño will defend his WBC jr flyweight crown against the Colombian Ronald “Indio” Barrera, while Solís will risk his WBA interim super featherweight title against Francisco “Volcano” Cordero.
The event HG Boxing/Zanfer Boxing event billed as “Regreso Glorioso” will take place in the Olympic Theater at Guadalajara University on Saturday. FOX Sports Espanol will televise in the USA. (more…)
Photo by Victor Strafford – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Mexican boxing phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stretches on Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico during a media workout in preparation for his September 18 fight against former world champion Carlos Baldomir which will take place on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. (more…)
A waist-style day pack was found this afternoon during an aerial search of Storm King Mountain in North Cascades National Park. The pack was found on the north side of the mountain in steep, cliffy terrain at an elevation of 8000 feet. National Park Rangers have confirmed that the day pack belongs to John Arum, the 49-year old mountaineer and son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, who was reported missing Monday, August 30. Arum was planning to solo climb Storm King Mountain on Saturday, August 28.
Public statement from the Arum Family: John’s family is deeply grateful for the efforts taken by the dedicated members of the National Park Service, King County Sheriff’s Office and the volunteers from Chelan Mountain Rescue and the Stehekin Community that are working tirelessly on the search and rescue operation. Their professionalism and commitment gives us continued hope. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and respect for our privacy at this time.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones welcomes superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito to Cowboy Stadium to watch the Dallas-Miami pre-season game Thursday night. Pacquiao and Margarito will hold a press conference Friday at the stadium for their upcoming mega fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
2008 Venezuelan Olympian and highly talented junior middleweight Alfonso Blanco, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, is expected to make his professional boxing debut on the Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora undercard on Saturday, September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA against an opponent yet to be determined. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
“It looks like quite a Christmas present for boxing fans,” said promoter Yvon Michel of the impending December 18 fight between undisputed light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and future Hall-of Famer Bernard Hopkins. “We have an agreement in principle and I’m just awaiting the paper work to finalize,” said Pascal’s promoter who saw his fighter rise to the top of the division with an impressive win over Chad Dawson on August 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The fight is penciled in for Quebec City but not yet finalized. “Jean could have sat back and waited for the spring and we would have been happy with his decision,” said Michel of his fighter who is wasting no time in getting back into the ring. He worked really really hard in preparing for Dawson and he certainly was entitled to some time off, but he was eager to get back in there and face a fighter like Hopkins. He wants to fight the best there is in the division and Hopkins and Dawson were the only name he was considering.”
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