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By Joe Koizumi
Formidable WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), Japan, today welcomed his twenty-ninth birthday two days before his title defense against Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs), who expressed his sportsmanlike congratulations at a press conference on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. The champ is making his tenth defense since dethroning Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion more than four years ago. (more…)
By Bob Hough
Chris John will stay at 126 pounds and not fight Robert Guerrero, according to John’s U.S. adviser Samson Lewkowicz—contrary to Guerrero’s comments to Fightnews that the two would meet early in 2010. The Indonesian fighter is enjoying a vacation and is likely to fight again in April, Lewkowicz added. There were brief discussions with Golden Boy Promotions about John moving up to 130 pounds and fighting Guerrero, but the talks never reached a substantive level because John wants to stay at 126, Lewkowicz said.
Story by Igor Frank
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Who is Danny “The Green Machine” Green?
Not many American fight fans knew who he was until he knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the first round two weeks ago in his native Australia . . . Click here for full story
By Ron Jackson
Luthando Vukuza makes the first defence of his South African featherweight title against Sabelo Jubatha at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The tournament is promoted by Koko Godlo’s KK Productions in conjunction with Siphatho Handi’s Mamali Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) has told Fightnews.com that he’s looking to fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) in 2010. “I wish to fight against Vitali Klitschko,” said the Russian Giant. “It’ll be an entertaining fight. It’ll be more interesting than when I fought David Haye. The whole fight he just ran from me. Vitali is a great champion. I guarantee it’ll be a big fight. Vitali, I’m ready to fight. Are you?” Valuev lost his WBA world title against David Haye by majority decision in November, while Klitschko won a unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson in Berne, Switzerland last weekend. “For me it’s important to meet with David Haye so the Klitschko brothers can get all the world champion belts, but a fight against Nikolay Valuev would be interesting to millions of boxing fans,” Klitschko told Fightnews.com. “But if Haye continues to duck me, my team will begin negotiations for a fight against Valuev in 2010.”
T-minus four days and counting until world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, defends his title against the WBC’s No. 3-rated contender Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline a two-country world championship doubleheader produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT this Saturday. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Today, both fighters hosted media workouts at Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club in Youngstown. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Two-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto arrived yesterday in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, but today he worked-out at the Gold Gym as he put the final touches in on his preparation for his Saturday night fight against former world champion Jesús “Matador” Chávez that will be televised in the United States by Top Rank pay-per-view as part of a big doubleheader championship card. Soto will take on Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout, and Alex Valdez will challenge Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA interim bantamweight championship in the main event in Ciudad Obregon, while Kelly Pavlik will defend his WBC and WBO middleweight belts against Miguel Espino in the main event of the televised card from Youngstown, Ohio. In another televised bout, undefeated Vanes Martiroysan will take on Willie Lee in a battle for the NABF super welterweight crown. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian amateur star Michael Bolling (9-0, 8 KOs) will be the favorite in his bout against Serge Yannick (4-0, 3 KOs) on Friday over ten rounds with the Australian 168 belt up for grabs at the Cronulla Leagues club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Yannick, 26 years, is originally from the Cameroon but has been based in Australia for several months. Former IBO 130 pound champion and current IBF #10 featherweight Billy Dib will be boxing on the undercard. The promoter is Left Hook Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World bantamweight contender Tantong Kiattaweesuk (15-0, 11 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific 118 pound title against Filipino Janrey Verano (16-12-1) in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Verano has boxed several world class boxers in Thailand including current WBC #6 and IBF #13 David Lookmahanak. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said: “Kiattaweesuk should have a good test against Verano who gave world class Thai boxers Chatchai Sasakul and David Lookmahanak tough fights. He was unlucky not to get the decision against Lookmahanak only losing by majority decision after twelve rounds. Kiattaweesuk is an excellent boxer who has represented Thailand as an amateur and was also national Muay Tai champion.” IBF #12 Kiattaweesuk is chasing a shot at the IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez.
The city of Columbus, Ohio has a tradition of showcasing some of the best in the worlds of fitness, bodybuilding, martial arts, and wrestling during the first weekend of March. The recent trend of premier mixed martial arts competition invading Ohio continues this year, as World Extreme Cagefighting® brings the greatest lighter weight fighters in the sport to Nationwide Arena. (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik hits the mitts with trainer Jack Loew during training Tuesday in Youngstown, Ohio for his upcoming world middleweight championship against the WBC No. 3 rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, December 19 at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more Pavlik/Espino workout photos…
Comfortable with this new opportunity and excited about the intensive work that he’s done since his last fight on October 31st (when he defeated Martín Ramírez), José Miguel Cotto is feeling eager to step again into the ring. “Now I feel much more comfortable and in better condition, not only physically but also in spirit,” explained JM Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs), who also emphasized he’s feeling great at junior welterweight and expects next year will bring him a championship in this division. Promoter and former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto said his brother’s comeback has been a huge one. “I have no doubts that great things will come to him in 2010,” he assured. JM Cotto will face Colombian Ilido Julio (39-15-1, 35 KOs) on Saturday in the event Boxeo Boricua en Caguas. Also hot lightweight prospect Abner Cotto (5-0, 3 KOs) and junior featherweight Jayson Vélez (10-0, 9 KOs) will be part of this exciting show. Tickets available in Ticketcenter.com; (787) 792-5000, prices: $12, $25, $35.
On Tuesday of last week, US Olympian and current undefeated super middleweight boxer Shawn Estrada underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The surgery, headed up by Dr. Roy Meals at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, involved repairing a ruptured extensor tendon in the sagittal band of Estrada’s right ring finger which was injured in sparring while the hot East L.A. prospect was preparing for a scheduled November 28 bout. “The doctors basically told us by doing surgery the injury should never re-occur or be a problem again. He should be ready to return to the ring in three months,” Estrada’s co-manager Eric Scholnick said.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC female middleweight champion Wang “China Girl” Ya Nan (7-0, 3 KOs) of China will clash with Charity “Scary” Mukami (4-2) of Kenya over ten rounds Sunday at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Wang Ya Nan captured the WBC title in November 2008 when she outpointed over ten rounds Akondaye Fountain (7-1-1) of the USA. Wang Ya Nan is five inches taller than the 5’4 Mukambi. The WBC champion is managed by Yang Ze Ming and is promoted by Peter Maniatis and Michael Yang. Maniatis said: “I am very lucky to be ‘China Girls’ promoter.”
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jesse Nicklow in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event of the final ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of the year on Friday, Dec. 18 LIVE on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Two exciting co-features will showcase four undefeated prospects in their toughest challenges to date. Knockout artist Lanard Lane (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Said El Harrack (8-0, 3 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. Hard-hitting Shawn Porter (11-0, 9 KOs) will face the dangerous Jamar Patterson (8-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight bout. The fights will originate from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. (more…)
On Saturday in Schwerin, the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, will host an special “Universum Champions Night” with two world championship fights and a much-anticipated debut. The event at the Sport and Kongresshalle will feature local boys and world champions Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik. Today all boxers met for the first time in a frosty atmosphere at a press conference held at the Alpine Centre Hamburg-Wittenburg. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham crowned a sensational year by winning the prestigious German Boxer of the Year Award for the fourth straight time. The 29-year-old, who is leading the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament following his spectacular KO victory over Jermain Taylor, received the most votes from the readers of Germany’s BoxSport Magazine, edging out both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko yet again.
Manny Pacquiao stars in “WapakMan,” a new action/comedy movie scheduled to come out in the Philippines on December 25th. In the movie, Pacquiao develops super powers, which he must use to fight bad guy Batista, the wrestler from the WWE. Click here to see the movie poster
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded, unexpected and awkward Masaaki Serie (15-3, 6 KOs), 121.5, very amazingly wrested the Japanese national 122-pound belt as he kept landing a roundhouse left uppercut to the belly at a time to WBC#9/WBA#9 super-bantam Shoji Kimura (23-3-2, 9 KOs), 122, winning a split but popular decision (98-95, 97-95 and 95-96) over ten lousy rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kimura looked so terrible, lacking usual speed, aggressiveness and zip that he repeated grabbing the unorthodox underdog especially in the second half. Serie, six years his junior at 26, displayed his fighting spirit, neither skills nor speed, to be in command down the stretch. With his awkwardly wide stance, Serie didn’t look to have properly learnt how to box, but was fortunate enough to seize the belt from the sluggish champ.
In a companion national title go, Japanese 140-pound champ, WBA#15 Yosukezan Onodera (21-1-1, 8 KOs), 139.75, easily kept his belt when he swarmed over southpaw footworker Akihito Nishio (13-6-2, 8 KOs), 139.75, and finally brought him to a standstill with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:36 of the sixth session. Onodera fought like Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, throwing too many open blows to the lanky challenger without heart. Promoter: Hanagata Promotions.
By Bob Hough
Kelly Pavlik says he’s hungry for a big win. He thinks he needs one. Pavlik (35 31 KOs) returns to the ring December 19th in his hometown, Youngstown, Ohio, against Miguel Espino (20 2 9KOs), after a tumultuous stretch of rescheduling a fight with Paul Williams, battling serious health problems—which his promoter said were life-threatening—related to a left-hand injury, canceling a fight with Williams and making the Espino fight shortly afterward. “If there are critics now, there are going to be a lot more if I don’t dominate,” Pavlik said during a recent conference call to talk about the fight, which will be shown on pay-per-view. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) looked sharp in a public workout in advance of Saturday’s title defense against Hector Velázquez (51-13-2, 35 KOs) at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. “We’re in the prior days to the fight and for that reason we should wind down. Already we are practically ready, we just need to comply with the weight.” Valero prepared to this bout for three months and sparred some 90 rounds. He’s looking forward to fighting for the Venezuelan public, “I ask the fans to come and accompany me, and if in case they can’t do it, then see it on television at 7:30 pm.” If Valero wins as expected, he is slated to face interim champion Antonio DeMarco in a highly attractive clash televised by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on February 6. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific welterweight champion Heath “The Heat” Ellis officially challenged two-time WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine. Mundine challenged Australia’s Rob Medley for the vacant IBO light middleweight title on January 11, 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ellis said: “Mundine is fond of fighting Australian’s. If he’s just fought Australia’s best middleweight and now Australia’s best light middleweight, then why doesn’t he step down another division and fight Australia’s best welterweight!” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Australian lightweight WBO interim champion Michael Katsidis has re-affirmed his desire to take on the full WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez in his next bout after he rests in Las Vegas following the birth of his new daughter Kalia Rose who was born last week. Negotiations are continuing for a bout with WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who must fight Katsidis or relinquish his title. Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith met with Oscar De La Hoya, who heads Golden Boy Promotions, in the United States last week with the aim of making the fight a reality. (more…)
Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the ninth edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday, December 19th, as the official program of “Gala of Champions” a world championship card to be held in Ciudad Obregon. The magazine includes stories on world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, his opponent two-time world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez, as well as features on local idol Alejandro Valdez and Nehomar Cermeno who will be fighting for the WBA Interim bantamweight world championship. The 12-page glossy souvenir magazine also has a feature on former world champion Jose Luis Castillo and top contender Hernan “Tyson” Marquez. “We are very excited about our final official program for 2009 that has so much to offer via our digital issue to boxing fans all over the world. We hope that everyone will enjoy it,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. (more…)
Duco Events has called a press conference on Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, to announce that heavyweight David Tua will face of against Friday “the 13th” Ahunanya in March with a date and venue to be named. The public appetite to see David Tua in action is at an all time high in New Zealand after his destruction job on Shane Cameron in October’s Fight of the Century. Ahunanya inflicted the first career defeat on Cameron in 2007 and has ‘called out’ Tua numerous times since they sparred together in 2001. “I want to destroy Friday,” said Tua. “I want it to be destructive. It has to be because I need people in the States to hear some noise from Down Under.” Ahunanya stated, “I’m coming to New Zealand to win. I’m going to knock David Tua out. And if I can’t do that I’ll win the fight on points. Anyone who understands how to box – understands the science of boxing – can beat David Tua. And I’ll prove it.”
Fight fans in Southern California will be treated to world class professional boxing at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles this Thursday night, December 17th as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce.”
Advance tickets for “Fight Night at the Commerce,” starting at $25 can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000). The Commerce Casino is located at 6131 Telegraph Rd. Doors on the evening of event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm . . . Click here for more
Competing in his third fight in 2009, JM Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs) returns this Saturday against Colombian veteran Ilido Julio (39-15-1, 35 KOs) in a show promoted by his brother, former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. “I’m ready to have a big win over Ilido Julio this Saturday, and after that I’m ready to fight anyone out there in the junior welterweight division,” said JM Cotto. “Bring me Urango, Malignaggi, Bradley, Khan, anyone. I’m hungrier than ever and 2010 will be my year.” Miguel Cotto added, “He looks determined and ready for action. We’ll make big fights with him in 2010.” Boxeo Boricua in Caguas will take place at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas Saturday December 19.
A reliable source has informed that the IBF has ordered negotiations to begin for a bout between two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) and IBF world ranked Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Funeka is coming off of what many felt was a controversial draw he should have won with former two-divisional world champion Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs). Team Guzman afterward released a statement defending the draw. Guzman is currently on medical suspension due to a fractured nose and stitches suffered from his bout with Funeka. Team Guzman had complained of headbutts on the part of Funeka to Guzman throughout their bout. An letter was sent to all parties from the IBF informing them of Funeka vs. Reyes. Guzman is on a 30 day suspension and this is the reason why the IBF bypassed him at this time to contend for the world title. The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement.
Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño arrived last night at the International Airport in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico to make his second defense against Alejandro “Alex” Valdez on Saturday, December 19. Cermeno (18-0, 10 KOs) vs Valdez (22-3-3, 15 KOs) will be a stellar clash presented by Zanfer Promotions and Larsa Communications and will be televised throughout Mexico on TV Azteca and in the United States on pay-per-view. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion’s ‘Golden Jack’ Culcay-Keth will make his anticipated professional debut this Saturday on undercard of Universum’s world title twinbill at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. Culcay-Keth’s name has been all over the German media since winning the 2009 Gold Medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milano, Italy. This was a feat that hadn’t been done in 14 years by a German fighter. Culcay-Keth was born in Ambato, Ecuador to a German mother and an Ecuadorian father. He has been raised in Germany since the age of 6 and is a German citizen. He speaks both German and Spanish fluently. Culcay-Keth’s very exciting fight style is very different from many European-style fighters and appears to have the tools to become a star. (more…)
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