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37-year-old former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods has announced his retirement after losing against Tavoris Cloud on August 28. “Cloud was a really good fighter and he’s young, while maybe I’m too old for that level,” Woods told the Sheffield Star. “In my hey-day I would have beaten him, but I have no excuses and I think my love affair with boxing is over. I wouldn’t have chosen to have gone out with a defeat, but I never took a beating….it was good while it lasted and I am happy with what I achieved.”
Mikkel Kessler received a rocking reception from his home crowd in Denmark today when he conducted an open training session in the city centre of Herning. The Viking Warrior (41-1, 31 KOs) puts his WBA super middleweight Title on the line against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo on Saturday. SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). “It is great to be here and I look forward to fighting in front of my fans,” Kessler said. “There is a lot of pressure on me, especially with the Super Six tournament coming up, but I love pressure. This fight is of tremendous importance for me. Perdomo has worked very hard to get his chance and he is challenging me for the title. But I will defeat him. I am in great shape.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA featherweight champion Chris John will defend his title against Rocky Juarez on September 19 on the undercard of Mayweather vs Marquez. John talks to Fightnews and predicts a KO win over Juarez, talks of his relationship with trainer Craig Christian, his close win over Juan Marquez, and how he would like to unify the world featherweight title.
How has your preparation been for your WBA 126 title bout with Rocky Juarez on Sept 19? Who are your sparring partners? When did you start training for this fight?
I have had perfect preparation. We are in camp at Big Bear and we have been here six weeks now.It’s really good. I have had great sparring with Orlando Salido, Elio Perez and Jackson Asiku. I am ready to fight! (more…)
WBA #1 rated super middleweight contender and mandatory title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo of Spotlight Boxing has wrapped up his training camp in Hamburg and his team are headed to Denmark to face Danish world champion Mikkel Kessler in Kessler’s homeland. Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs), who hails from Venezuela, celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday. He will take on the champion Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday at the MCH Messecenter in Herning. Before his departure to Denmark, mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo spoke to www.boxing.de. (more…)
Fight Night returns to the Playboy Mansion this Saturday. Boxers from Mexico, Russia, Canada and the USA will converge on the Mansion with five pro fights including title fights. Headlining the fight card are two undefeated prospects. Eloy Perez (13-0-2, 3 KOs) will face Dannie Williams (12-0, 10 KOs) for the WBC’s USNBC super featherweight title. Also making his return to the ring is Canadian prospect Donnie Orr (14-0, 6 KOs) who will face Danny Stanislavjevis (8-16, 2 KOs). Orr was on the 2000 Canadian Olympic team. On the undercard Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev. (3-0, 3 KOs) will get his toughest challenge to date as he faces Denver’s Ayodeji Fadeyi (10-7, 7 KOs). Invited guests will be treated to hours of delicious gourmet food and buffets, sushi, an open bar and of course the beautiful Playboy Playmates and Playboy Bunnies. “This is where pro-boxing meets a classic Hollywood party. With all the food and drinks a person can handle. It’s just like the movies but it’s real,” said promoter Brian Halquist.
Ring legend Oscar de la Hoya won a five round decision over hoops legend Shaquille O’ Neal in a five-round boxing exhibition before a star-studded crowd at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The bout took place on the latest installment of “Shaq VS,” the new ABC series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal. Shaq, who coined himself “Manny Shaqquiao” for the exhibition, got boxing tips from Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach while “The Golden Boy” was trained by Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.
Oscar was also seen in the ring last Saturday night in Panama, participating in an exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The two boxed three two-minute rounds, raising $25,000 for the fight against cancer during the WBA’s KO Drugs Festival XXI.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 11 pro bouts, undefeated 21-year-old light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker of Eldersburg, MD will challenge for his first regional title when he faces Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas for the vacant USBO light heavyweight title on Friday, September 25 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. In his last few bouts, Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) has faced veteran opposition, some who have more wins than Tucker has bouts. That trend will continue with Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs). In Tucker’s last outing, he won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title contender Rubin Williams at the last Westminster card on July 17. Strohl has lost his last four bouts by stoppage to quality boxers Joe Spina, Zach Walters, Tavoris Cloud and Rob Calloway. (more…)
Team Sauerland has announced a new Twitter account to bring boxing fans all over the world the latest news from inside the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. There will be exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from each of the upcoming events, which include Mikkel Kessler´s WBA Super-Middleweight Title Fight against Gusmyr Perdomo in Herning on September 12, Sebastian Sylvester´s IBF Middleweight Title Fight against Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19, King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Jermain Taylor on October 17 and Nikolai Valuev´s WBA Heavyweight Title Fight against David Haye on November 7. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russel Mora will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10KOs) and German WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) from Denmark meet at the MCH Messecenter Herning, Herning, on September 12. The three judges are Stanley Christodolu (South Africa), John Poturaj (Canada), and Mikael Hook (Swedish). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican challenger and former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KOs) will be fight at Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on September 12. The three judges are Hernando Steidel (Puerto Rico), Ted Gimza (USA) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
WBC President Jose Sulaiman presented the original WBC Diamond Belt in front of a full house at the Corona auditorium in Mexico City. There was high expectation to finally see the WBC Diamond Belt and it was a special moment when it was finally unveiled during a press conference. The belt is manufactured with 18 karat gold and fusion, 861 diamonds, 6 rubies, 221 emeralds and 180 Swarovzky glass stones all mounted on a beautiful Italian Ferrari leather and displays the picture and the flag of the 2 boxing heroes that will battle on November 14 with the winner winning the most special belt ever made in the history of boxing. The belt will be flown to New York, to later go on with its first tour, which will include New York, Puerto Rico, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The WBC will present Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto with special clothing. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Champion Ivan Calderon and his next challenger Rodel Mayol squared off today in Puerto Rico at their final press conference. The two will go at it for real this Saturday at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. This past June the two fought at Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Both fighters spoke confidently at the press conference today. Champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez was in attendance as well as he will be making his first title defense in the semi-main event. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
As it was previously announced by Fightnews, WBO #7 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko will headline a huge K2 East card, which is penciled to take place the next Thursday at Meteor palace of sports in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Tonight a specifically arranged presser has taken its place in the host for the future battles, informing media about the whole card.
Fedchenko, 28, a sound technician with a sneaky but hard right hand will put his IBF Intercontinental title at stake for the third time against South African Kaizer Mabuza (21-6-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Saturday nights show at the Lansing Center was to feature the pro debut of 2008 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Craig Lewis. Unfortunately both Lewis’ original and standby opponents where dropped off the card, causing promoter Ron De Leon to soldier on without his feature attraction. Fortunately for the fans in attendance the bouts (all four rounders) that did take place were well matched and entertaining. (more…)
Bob Arum is writing a weekly boxing column in the Las Vegas Sun. His first column outlines big fights at the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Pacquiao vs. Cotto national press tour launches from the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 10. Here is a link to Arum’s column.
On September 18th ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner will present two shows on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day. At Gran Casino de Castellon (Spain) German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann, rising middleweight star Mahir Oral and Konstantin Airich will try to get back from their respective losses in June (Kretschmann and Oral) and March (Airich). Hours later, Öner’s US partner Luis und Ricardo Decubas in association with Caribe Promotions Inc. and JAOLI Fight Promotions will present the “Caribbean Invasion” at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux. (more…)
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has changed his training camp from Miami, Florida, to prepare for his explosive October 17th fight with Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany at o2 World. Taylor is going through a grueling 10-week training camp at former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s gym in Houston, Texas, the George Foreman Youth Center. (more…)
Francesco Pianeta (18-0, 11 KOs) will defend his EU Heavyweight Title against former European Champion Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on September 19. The duo will clash on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight Title fight between Sebastian Sylvester and Giovanni Lorenzo. Pianata is full of respect for his experienced opponent. “Skelton is a tough fighter,” he said. “He was the European Champion and also fought for the WBA Heavyweight Title. It is not easy to box him. He is a strong puncher but I am faster and I will beat him.” (more…)
Ringside by Chad Edward
Photos by Drew Riedman
Promoter Andrew Williams of R & R Promotions kicked off the Labor Day weekend beneath a clear sky Saturday night at the Hamilton County Fair Grounds in Cincinnati with a five-bout card titled “The Undefeated” headlined by local lightweight talent “The Problem” Adrien Broner (12-0, 9 KOs). The card also featured undefeated Cincinnati fighters Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett (7-0, 3 KOs) and William “Action” Jackson (4-0, 2 KOs). Click here to read the full report and to view the action-packed photogallery!
Today in Schwerin District Court, newly crowned WBO interim light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) denied assault allegations involving two incidents that took place last year. The case is expected to last at least three sessions. The alleged incidents happened while Brähmer was still serving probation stemming from an earlier misdeed that kept him out of the ring for three years between 2002 and 2005.
By Daniel Cann
This Friday (11th September) sees a fascinating 10×3 contest at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood Essex, when English Heavyweight Champion ‘Big Bad’ John McDermott (25-5 16 KOs) defends his title against unbeaten prospect Tyson Fury (7-0 7 KOs). The ‘Big’ nickname will seem ironic in light of the fact that McDermott will be looking up at his challenger, who, at six feet seven inches is the taller man by four inches. McDermott will also be conceding youth to his challenger, but not experience and here – in lies the fascination and draw of this match. (more…)
WBO minimunweight champion Donnie Nietes and world ranked Z Gorres arrive today in Tepic, Nayarit for Satuday’s “Latin Fury 11″ boxing card at the Palenque de la Feria. The championship card is promoted by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer in association with the Nayarit State Goberment en will telecast on Pay-per-view in the United States. Nietes the WBO’s regular 105-pound champion will take on Manuel “Chango” Vargas of Mexico, who is the interim WBO champion in the same weight class. (more…)
By Lee Bates reporting from Puerto Rico
3-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (pictured hitting the speedbag) is just days away from his rematch and 4th world title challenge against champion Ivan’Iron Boy’ Calderon. Mayol has arrived in Puerto Rico and stated he is ready to win the crown. “I feel really good and well prepared. I’m ready to win the world title,” said Mayol. The “Unbeaten Champions” PPV card is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. (Ivan & Peter Rivera) headlined by WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs)rematching No. 1 contender Rodel ‘Kid Rapido’ Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event. (more…)
Ringside by Felipe Leon
With a festive crowd numbering over 1,000, Loyes Promotions presented “Casta de Campeones (Champion’s Fury)”, their second fight night in as many months, at Tijuana, Mexico’s Municipal Auditorium. After the assembled audience enjoyed the triumphant victory of the Mexican National soccer team over Costa Rica by a score of 3-0 on a large screen, they settled down and enjoyed nine bouts which featured up-and-coming local talent . . . Click here for more
WBA super bantamweight champ Bernard Dunne is leaving no stone unturned as he enters the final stages of preparations for his first World title defence at The O2, Dublin later this month. Dunne will put his WBA title on the line against number one challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand when he headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on September 26th. Dunne began training for the bout in July and as each week goes by he’s cranking up the intensity of his work as he bids to see off the challenge of his Thai opponent. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA light flyweight champion in recess Brahim Asloum announced his retirement from the ring Sunday on the French national television (France 2). Due the end of his partnership with Canal +, the French boxer, gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said “The desire is there, but I’m obliged to stop. It is not possible to hold a big boxing event in France. I’m hurt because it takes away five or six years of my life. I am extremely angry with Canal + (The network which televised all his professional fights).” Asloum is the only French Olympic champion who then managed to become a world champion (WBA). He compiled a record of 24-2 with 10 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Troy Waters talks to Fightnews and tells of his three shots at the world title against Gianfranco Rossi, Terry Norris and Simon Brown. Waters had Norris on the canvas in a fight that got Ring Magazine’s round of the year award. Waters said Brown deserved to retain the title against him when one judge scored it a draw. Troy also mentions how hard Felix Trinidad can punch and how proud he is to be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2009. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (31-0,17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asia (or ABCO) 126 lb title as he stopped Edgar Gabijan (reportedly 14-19-2) on Friday at Mairiengprachasan school in Nakornsrithammarat, Thailand. The Thai fighter dominated in every round except round one, wildly attacking the Filipino with his right hooks punctuated by his tough body-shots. From round five to seven, he sped his assault which mostly destroyed his foe several times and finally, the champion scored a TKO as his contender refused to continue at the beginning of round eight. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao shielded his Canadian adviser Michael Koncz from criticisms from various sectors of the fight game over the weekend, telling an assembled media in a luxurious hotel that he (Koncz) doesn’t act without his go signal. “Mike doesn’t act alone. Whenever he does something for me, you can be rest assured that it is with my permission,” said Pacquiao. “I like him because he does what I tell him to do. He has my confidence.” (more…)
Remaining undefeated and adding the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight belt to his collection, Chihuahuan Marco “Dorado” Reyes (14-0, 12 KOs) pounded out a 12-round unanimous decision over Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-2, 6 KOs), last night at the Gimnasio Rodrigo Queveda in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the co-main of the Promociones del Pueblo card, bouncing back from a kayo loss in May, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (41-7, 34 KOs), of Mexico City, needed less than one round to dispose of Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-4-2, 17 KOs), of Columbia. A shot to the liver took Mendoza out. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian-based Azerbaijani Fariz Kazimov (10-1-1, 3 KOs) retained the national title of his adopted homeland in a final fight of the International Kostya Tszyu Cup on Friday night in Yugorsk, Russia. Kazimov, 22, looked much stronger and way tougher than his southpaw opponent Anatoly Sidorov (4-2-1), 21, of Simferopol, Ukraine, before finally stopping him in the fifth round. Kazimov missed the quarterfinal of the Cup but was taken into the mix after an overwhelming favorite Ruslan Provodnikov preferred to concentrate on his academic studies. Kazimov stopped Karen Tevosyan in the semifinal this May. (more…)
Hungarian lightweight prospect Gabor Veto (10-0, 9 KOs) delivered an excellent performance at the National Stadium in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegowina before 5,000 spectators on Friday night. Veto destroyed the Serbian-Hungarian Simon Imre (1-1) via TKO in round three. In the main event, WIBA featherweight champion Irma Balijagic-Adler (11-0, 5 KOs) of Bosnia handed 8-19 Galina Gumlianski her ninth straight loss by one-sided ten round unanimous decision.
WBA #2 flyweight Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) stopped WBA #4 Omar Salado (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in round twelve to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Referee Luis Pabon waved it off at the :39 mark of the final stanza, crowning Concepcion who dominated Salado for much of the fight. The bout highlighted the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival XXI. Former six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya was among the celebrities on hand for the event.
In a WBA featherweight eliminator, former world champion and currently #3 ranked Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) earned a title opportunity by pounding out a twelve round unanimous decision over #4 Roinet Caballero (27-8-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 119-108, 119-108 and 117-111.
Super flyweight Ricardo Nuñez (16-1, 14 KOs) dropped Timur Shailezov (16-4, 2 KOs) three times before their bout was halted at 2:34 of round four.
Unbeaten super welterweight Austin Trout (20-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBA Fedelatin belt with an eleven round majority decision over Nilson Tapia (11-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 106.5-102.5, 106-102, 105-105. Trout hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Heavyweights Luis Pineda (21-8-1, 18 KOs) and Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-74 Quinn, 78-74 Pineda and 76-76.
Female minimumweight Ibeth Zamora (6-2, 0 KOs) took the WBA interim 105lb belt from Ana “La Polla” Fernandez (10-5, 7 KOs) via nine round unanimous decision. Scores were 88-82, 86-84 and 87-83.
Unbeaten female flyweight Laura Ledezma (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 67 seconds to annihilate Vanessa Medrano (1-2).
By Daniel Cann
In a Hennessey Sports promotion, welterweight John O’Donnell (22-1, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Tom Glover (9-6-3, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum in Watford, England. O’Donnell, the Commonwealth welterweight champion, was to defend the title he won in April in a close fight with Craig Watson for the first time. Unfortunately due to O’Donnell failing to make the welterweight limit (he came in at ten stone seven and three quarter pounds) the fight became a non-title affair, although it remained a scheduled twelve rounder. Glover, the affable bricklayer and consummate professional from Maldon, Essex, had recently outpointed Jon Thaxton. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapia ( 17-3-3, 12 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Hiriwa Te Rangi (0-13) in round one at the Coolangatta Golf Club, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia on Friday. Leapai is trained by Noel Thornberry, who trained and managed former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe. Noel’s brother Ricky Thornberry dropped twelve decisions in world super middleweight title bouts to Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottke. On the undercard, American 140 pounder Casey Hannan (2-0, 2 KOs) was impressive in stopping Adam King (1-2) in round one. Promoter Noel Thornberry.
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