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Laurence Cole will be the referee between WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana. This will be the main fight on Saturday night program at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The judges will be the Levi Martínez (USA), Nelson Vázquez (Puerto Rico) and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa).
Photos: Cotto Promotions
In addition to the main event starring Gamalier Rodriguez who will defend his NABO featherweight championship for the World Boxing Organization against Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a 10 round fight; theres a 6 round battle in the flyweight division between Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera (9-6, 4 KOs) and Erickson Martell (11-4-1 8 KOs) in another great show presented by Top Rank in association with Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment this Saturday, December 14th from the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas which could be seen live on Unimas as part of the successful series “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”
“I am ready for Martell I know him very well, everybody knows the way I fight and I am willing to have a great win,” Juan Herrera said. Erickson Martell confessed that he is in excellent condition and ready for a great fight. “I trained really hard for this fight, I know Juan Herrera very well. But he hasn’t felt my power.” (more…)
NABA-US Heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (21-10, 14 KOs) returns to action on Friday December 13 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. Bergman will face former IBF title challenger Rubin Williams (29-21) over 8 rounds in the main event. A winner of 11 of his last 12 fights, Bergman captured the NABA-US title in October by 1st round KO over previously undefeated John L. Smith (13-1-1). Also on the card, undefeated prospects Travis Clark (3-0) and Cian Dalton (2-0) will appear in separate bouts, Clark in a six rounder and Dalton in a four. The Pro-Am card is being presented by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions, and tickets can be purchased by calling (304) 670-9406.
This Saturday night at Pacplex in Brooklyn, NY, heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will take on Jonta Willis (9-7-1, 3 KOs) in the eight round main event of a boxing card promoted by Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing.
In an eight round heavyweight co-feature, Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) of Lakewood, CA battles Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs) of New York, NY. (more…)
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea on an OVI (operating vehicle under the influence) charge on Wednesday in Austintown, Ohio. According to local newspaper, The Vindicator, Pavlik was pulled over by a state trooper on Monday and according to the trooper showed signs of impairment. Pavlik refused to take a breath test, but rather than being arrested Pavlik was given a traffic citation.
Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
On December 21 in the Dynamo Palace in Moscow, former P4P king, legendary Roy Jones Jr (54-8, 40 KOs) will fight Frenchman Zinedine Benmakhlouf (17-3, 8 KOs). But for RJJ there’s a bigger picture – 2014 should be the year when he faces another current legend from another sport – Anderson “The Spider” Silva, considered one of the best – if not the best – MMA fighter in the world.
Fightnews.com asked Jones jr. about fighting in Moscow and of course fighting Silva, possibly in the first part of 2014. (more…)
Former WBA interim middleweight beltholder Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) returns against against former sparring partner Sergey Khomitsky (28-9-2, 11 KOs) at the ExCeL London on Saturday night, but WBA champ Gennady Golovkin is on his mind.
“I’d definitely be up for a fight with Golovkin,” says Murray, who according to the Golovkin camp has previously turned down a shot at Golovkin. “I want that fight but when it comes round I want to be a big as it can be to generate the most money. If the money is right the fights are there. Golovkin is definitely someone I’m looking at as a future opponent. I think I can beat anyone on my day, including Golovkin, I truly believe that. He is bound to say he can’t be beaten because of the way he dealt with Matthew Macklin and there’s a lot of hype around him and rightly so. But I think that he looked better than he really is against Macklin.” (more…)
Update: Sad to report that Chatito passed away at 3PM Wednesday.
Former IBF lightweight champion Javier “Chatito” Jauregui (54-17-2, 37 KOs) has suffered a stroke and been declared brain dead in Jalisco, Mexico. As of now Jauregui remains connected to life support apparatus. He is just 40 years of age.
My prayers go out to ex champ Javier Jauregui and family after suffering a stroke and declared brain dead pic.twitter.com/11vi5Ehqwx
— Eric Gomez (@makeawar) December 11, 2013
Stuart Hall has revealed how big a part the crowd will play in helping him to lift the vacant IBF world bantamweight crown. Hall bids to become the UK’s next world champion after Carl Froch, Scott Quiqq and Ricky Burns, and only the second man from the North East ever to win boxing’s top prize, when he takes on Vusi Malinga at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on December 21. The Darlington fighter knows he is in deep against the South African visitor. With just four defeats in 26 outings, Malinga enters the contest as the far more experienced man. And, with two failed world title attempts already behind him, the Gauteng man will be determined to get it right this time.
Hall’s story reads like a fairy-tale. After a hedonistic spell in Ibiza, the 33-year-old returned to his native North East and dedicated himself to boxing. Now with just 18 fights under his belt, including a spell as British champion, ‘Stuey’ gets the chance to make history after a career-best win in May against Sergio Perales for the IBF Inter-continental belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #1 Sam Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over WBO #8 Les Sherrington (33-7, 19 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman dropped Sherrington in rounds eight and nine at which point Sherrington’s corner pulled their man out. After the fight Soliman called out newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Michoacan, Mexico is ready for Saturday’s fight against Puerto Rico’s Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
“I feel good. I am in good condition. We are ready for December 14,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com when we caught up with him after an intense workout with his trainer and father Jose Santa Cruz at his training headquarters at the Who’s Next Boxing Academy in Industry, California. His brother Jose Armando Santa Cruz, a former lightweight world champion has also been instrumental in his development as a world champion but the inspiration comes from his brother Roberto Santa Cruz, a former boxer who won his biggest fight as he was diagnosed with Lupus and overcame his illness. (more…)
For the second time in just over a year, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will face off with the UFC flyweight title on the line, this time as the headliners of the UFC on FOX 9 card Saturday night in Sacramento . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
On Saturday night from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Marcos “Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) challenges undefeated rising star Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) in a twelve round bout for the Broner’s WBA welterweight title. The 30-year-old power puncher from Argentina spoke to fightnews only days before one of the biggest fight of his career about his training, Broner’s personality, and what a win against Broner could mean for his career.
How is training camp going for your bout against Adrien Broner?
Everything is good; I’m just waiting for the fight on Saturday. We trained well, with good sparring. I’m in the best shape possible. I’m working on a few things: my jab, straight punching, and not standing in front of Broner so that he doesn’t get off. (more…)
Guess who Amir Khan is picking as a future champ? Brother Haroon Khan, of course. More
“I’ll beat Tony Bellew again,” says Nathan Cleverly about an upcoming rematch. More
British hopeful Paul Smith looks forward to a dynamite year in 2014. More
Billy Joe Saunders is hoping for a shot at fellow Beijing 2008 Olympian James DeGale. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
The Press Conference was held for the vacant WBO Oriental Heavyweight championship contest between Shane” Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-3, 22 KOs) of New Zealand and Brian “The Beast” Minto (38-7, 24 KO’s) of Butler, Pennsylvania, USA, to be staged at The Trust Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday promoted by Dean Lonergan (Duco Events). Matchmaker Stuart Duncan. In attendance were Ken Reinsfeld who trains Shane Cameron and Kevin Barry who trains Brian Minto.
Cameron is coming off a twelve round points loss to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and Minto coming off a semi-final loss to Michael Sprott in the Prizefighter tournament in London.
WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner talks about his fight on Saturday against former WBA jr. welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Irish middleweight star Andy Lee, (31-2, 22 KOs) is targeting a showdown with fellow Irishman Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) in 2014. Lee, presently ranked WBC #7, WBA #12 and WBO #14 believes that an all Irish barnstormer with Macklin is what boxing fans want to see. “Matthew and I have both fought recently, we’re both from Ireland, we’re both middleweights, we’re similarly rated, we’re both in a similar position in our careers. So let’s give the boxing public the fight they crave for and let the best man win. This is a massive fight in Ireland, Boston, Chicago or New York and will pack any venue. I am ready for the fight, we both have the same promoter, Lou DiBella therefore the fight can easily be put together.”
Manny Pacquiao has 18 MILLION new tax problems … in addition to his $50 million tax fight in the Philippines … and this time, it’s Uncle Sam that’s trying to force Manny to pay up. TMZ Sports has obtained official documents which show the IRS claims Manny owes federal income taxes from 2006 to 2010 totaling $18,313,668.79.
Here’s the yearly breakdown:
2006 — $1,160,324.30
2007 — $2,035,992.50
2008 — $2,862,437.11
2009 — $8,022,915.87
2010 — $4,231,999.01
Interesting note — Manny had 3 big fights in 2008, including a match against Oscar De La Hoya in which MP reportedly banked $15-$30 million in guaranteed cash. In 2009, Manny famously fought Ricky Hatton and earned a $12 million purse. Manny’s U.S. tax problems come on the heels of a nasty tax war in his home country, The Philippines … where the govt. claims he evaded paying $50 million in taxes in 2008 and 2009 stemming from fights that took place in the United States. Philippines officials have frozen the bank accounts Manny has in the country … and even placed a lien on one of his most expensive properties, located in Manila.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KOs) needed three tries to make weight for his bout Wednesday night against WBO #8 Les Sherrington (33-6, 19 KOs).
Sam Soliman 159.75 vs. Les Sherrington 160
(PABA interim middleweight title)
Adrian Campbell 147.2 vs. Samuel Colomban 147.2
Patrick Murphy 146.1 vs. Alex Ah Tong 145.5
Cameron Hammond 153.3 vs. Dennapan Bigshotcamp 147.7
Braydon Smith 126.3 vs. Erick Diaz Siregar 123.9
Damian Hooper 174.3 vs. Dechapon Suwunnalird 175.2
Venue: Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: David Stanley
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
In a clash between former multi-division champs from Brooklyn, Paulie Malignaggi rose from a second round knockdown to win a dominant twelve-round unanimous decision against Zab Judah Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn , New York . Judges’ scorecards read 117-110 (twice) and 116-111 all for the rejuvenated Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs ). More…
By Graham Houston
It’s easy to forget what a good boxer Paulie Malignaggi can be when he’s really focused and ready to fight. Paulie was practically run out of the ring by Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan — although very game — but on his good nights he is always going to be difficult to beat. Malignaggi had one of his good nights on Saturday when he outboxed and almost outclassed Zab Judah in the main event on Showtime.
I edged towards Judah in this welterweight Battle of Brooklyn, and Judah was the betting favourite, but apart from suffering that somewhat dubious knockdown in the second round it was Malignaggi all the way. (more…)
While former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker hasn’t made any official announcement, he reportedly told promoter Eddie Hearn that his career is over following his second round TKO loss to Felix Sturm in Germany last Saturday. “He told me he was done, that’s my lot, in the changing room but if it’s something that heals after six weeks he may go again,” Hearn told the Mirror. “My gut feeling is that could be it for him. He’s not going to go into a rematch half-heartedly, he would rather just quit. He’s had two orthoscopies, with his hips shaved down, and told he has the hips of a 95-year-old.”
Barker’s trainer Tony Sims stated after the fight, “I don’t really think you’ll see him in a ring again now. He’s had all these problems with his hips before, he’s had them operated on and they’re just not right. He’s completely gone.”
Hearn stated that a rematch clause with Sturm expires in May 2014.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Here are statements from today’s press conference at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol in Berlin ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Jahnsportforum Neubrandenburg, Germany for the vacant WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship between leading contenders Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) and Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs).
Juergen Braehmer: “I’m well prepared, in perfect shape and ready to go for Saturday’s world championship fight. It won’t be Don King fighting me with his words on Saturday but Marcus Oliveira, who will feel the power of my fists. I never make a prediction ahead of a fight but I can tell you that it’s going to be massive at the Jahnsportforum!”
Marcus Oliveira: “Like Braehmer said, this will be a fight to remember this Saturday. I believe in my strengths to guide me to victory here in Germany. I know I have the tools to beat him and become a world champion.”
Kalle Sauerland: “The first words coming to my mind when talking Juergen Braehmer is ‘What a great comeback!’. Now he has the chance to really make those words count and crown himself a world champion in Neubrandenburg. It’s going to be tough but believe me when I say that Juergen Braehmer will become the WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion this Saturday! ”
Don King: “Christmas comes early this year in Germany. All of you watching the fight between Oliveira and Braehmer will be presented with a great fight. Juergen Braehmer is a tremendous fighter but when Marcus Oliveira steps inside the ring of the so-called Four-Gate-City, all portals will be closed and he has nowhere to go. It’s going to be packed, it’s going to be weird – you have never seen before such a spectacle in here!”
Boxing promoter/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson intends to parlay the excitement from James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland’s awesome performance this past weekend into a memorable evening of boxing on Friday night, December 20 as his company, SMS Promotions, presents “Big Apple Boxing” at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), who is the most recent boxer signed by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, destroyed previously unbeaten and world-rated Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia on HBO last Saturday night from Atlantic City. Fighting for the first time since March 24, 2012, when he defeated current IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina, Kirkland’s SMS Promotions debut stole the entire show in an thrilling, all-out war that mercifully ended in the sixth round as referee Steve Smoger halted the action with Kirkland unloaded powerful shots on an overmatched Tapia. (more…)
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora headlines promoter Frank Warren’s first event of 2014 when he makes the first defense of his European title on another title-packed extravaganza at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 8th February. Chisora, who has turned his career around this year, is on course for a second world title shot and needs another crucial win to keep in prime position and awaits news of who will be in the opposite corner.
“I’m excited to be entering 2014 with a potential world title shot on the horizon. I’ve shown this year that I mean business and when I’m fit and in shape, nobody in the division can beat me. The hunger and desire is there burning away and I won’t stop until the world title is strapped around my waist. I’m disappointed that David Price vacated, that was a great domestic showdown for the fans, but he’s gone another route, and Fury is looking at other options, and Wilder doesn’t want to know about me. Either way I’m on course for the world title and I’ve just got keep doing what I’m doing and win.”
One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (7-0, 5 KOs) from Vega Baja, will face former world title contender David Quijano (15-3-1, 9 KOs) from Caguas in the duel scheduled for eight rounds in the super flyweight division on December 21 at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez trains in Guaynabo, under the tutelage of former world champion Iván Calderón and Félix Pagán Pintor. Quijano last fought in December 2012 against WBO world champion Omar Narváez, who dominated the Puerto Rican for 12 rounds in a fight held in Argentina .
Manny Rodriguez: “I recognize the experience and dedication of Quijano, but I know I have the talent to dominate him and prove my caliber on fight night.”
David Quijano: “I have in my favor the experience and desire to win. The people of ‘Manny’ will realize the mistake they made by facing me. I’m nobody’s steppingstone, I’m the one who’s gonna defeat in a wide margin Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez.” (more…)
By James Slater
U.K fight fans who were looking forward to meeting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson this week in London will be disappointed by the news that Tyson has been banned from entering the UK due to a change in UK immigration law. According to a news story in today’s Independent newspaper, Tyson has had to scrap his planned book signing at Waterstones book store and will instead appear in Paris, France to fulfil his UK media obligations.
Tyson was to have appeared in London this week to meet with the press and then with the public for the book signing. But now plans to promote his book “Undisputed Truth” have had to be changed. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will reappear in February or March of 2014 and likely fight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. According to Rouss Laguna, Moreno’s wife and manager, they will meet this week in Panama City with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to discuss next Moreno’s fight. Word is Moreno is targeting WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) and hopes to entice Golden Boy Promotions to do a Moreno-Santa Cruz showdown in Panama. Moreno is without an opponent after WBA “regular”bantamweight champion Koki Kameda gave up his title and moved down a division rather than face Moreno in a WBA-mandated fight.
2013 Ring 8 Award Winners
- Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia
- Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega
- Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando
- Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant
- Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli
- Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie
- Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan
- Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson
- Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins
- Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente
- Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan
- Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane
- (honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden) (more…)
Prone on the canvas in the center of the Octagon, Mac Danzig started crying. Moments earlier, a blistering short left hand from Melvin Guillard rocked the former Ultimate Fighter winner. His survival instincts kicked in, but Guillard was unrelenting. More punches followed as Danzig shelled up on all fours. As he tried to roll onto his back, a series of powerful hammerfists brought the fight to a close, with Danzig laid out on the mat, his face spotted with blood . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By David Finger
Photo provided by Noel Thornberry
Boxing has no shortages of underdogs, and no shortages of inspirational stories about the underdog bucking the odds. whether it be James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo or Hasim Rahman in South Africa, it seems like there is always some guy who refuses to accept the conventional wisdom that he is outmatched. Sure, most of these guys fall short. But ever once in awhile there is that fighter who has that perfect balance of grit, determination, and everyman likeability and who finds lightning in the bottle against the heavily favored champion. Needless to say, boxing is long overdue for a Cinderella story in the heavyweight division, but for boxing fans down under, the next James Douglas is already here. Samoan-Australian puncher Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) has just been named the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and has all the tools in place to give boxing one more “Rocky” moment.
“For me it’s all new,” Leapai said in an interview with Fightnews, “with the media…its just gone crazy over here. It’s been a while since an Australian heavyweight has had the chance to fight for a world title. It means a lot to Australia and Samoa.” (more…)
WBO #6 featherweight Gamalier Rodríguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) returns to action Saturday at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Rodríguez will take on Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder to be televised on UniMas.
“He’s a fighter who knows what he’s doing,” says Gamalier on his opponent. “I mean, he’s not a madman in there throwing punches. I do not know if he’ll be the toughest fight of my career based on what he did in the fight with Juanma, because sometimes fighters are preparing different for another fight, but it’s a good fight for me to measure myself.”
Just spoke with Mago's Neurosurgeon he's out of the coma and will be moved to a regular room tomorrow. He's awake but not fully aware yet
— Nathan Lewkowicz (@Nlewkow1) December 9, 2013
UFC’s Dana White is telling the media that he’ll consider a bout between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. should Silva defeat Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168. Stay tuned.
The latest controversy from the Philippines involving Manny Pacquiao is the question whether the former pound-for-pound great has a green card from the U.S., and if not, should he have been allowed to run for political office. More
Joe Frazier’s former manager recalls Nelson Mandela’s gift. More
Recently KO’d Glen Tapia vows a comeback. More
Sugar Shane Mosley has reportedly decided to retire again after his loss to Anthony Mundine.
Manny Pacquiao has been installed as the #1 contender for Floyd Mayweather in the new WBC welterweight ratings.
Happy Birthday J Russell Peltz.
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