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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana and American challenger DeMarcus Corley made weight without problems at today’s weigh-in at the famous Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maidana registered 138.82, while Corley scaled in at 137.94. Corley got a lot of attention when he reported to the weigh-in wearing the shirt of the Argentina National Soccer Team with the number 10 and his surname in the back. This will be the third defense of Maidana and his second in Argentina.
He made a huge splash this summer by announcing that he had signed with the Boston Celtics, one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Now, 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal will meet the loyal Boston sports fans for the first time at tomorrow’s UFC® FAN EXPO™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center. The 7’1” superstar will appear on the main stage at 12pm ET alongside UFC commentator Mike Goldberg for a Q&A Session with fans. (more…)
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Chazz Witherspoon 231 vs. Livin Castillo 212
Farah Ennis 173 vs. Reggie Pena 178
Jose Reyes 138 vs. Walter Estrada 134
Lavarn Harvell 170.5 vs. Nathan Bedwell 169
Isaiah Seldon 160.5 vs. Jason Johns 164.5
Eugene Soto 163.5 vs. Maurice Williams 164
Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Spartan Fight Promotions (Mike Brestle)
Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs) not only hopes to get a shot at the winner of October’s Juan Manuel Lopez-Rafael Marquez fight, but vows to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Marco Antonio Barrera when he takes on Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs) Sept. 15 at the Hilton in Las Vegas. Gonzalez and Asiku will fight for the IBO featherweight title – the same belt that was at stake when Barrera fought, and defeated, Prince Naseem Hamed in 2001. “All the Mexicans will be supporting me when I fight in Las Vegas during Mexican Independence Week,” says Gonzalez. The card is promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo. The card’s co-main features Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), who will fight for the IBO 122-pound belt against Daniel Jimenez (19-3-1, 11 KOs), of Puerto Rico.
Robert Kravantka at the scales
Photos by Ed Mulholland
From the TD Garden Arena in Boston:
For the UFC Lightweight Championship:
Frankie Edgar 154 vs. BJ Penn 154
James Toney 237 vs. Randy Couture 220
Kenny Florian 156 vs. Gray Maynard 156
Nate Diaz 171 vs. Marcus Davis 170
Mario Miranda 185 vs. Demian Maia 184
Gabe Ruediger 155 vs. Joe Lauzon 156
Nik Lentz 155 vs. Andre Winner 154
John Salter 185 vs. Dan Miller 185
Greg Soto 170 vs. Nick Osipczak 171
Amilcar Alves 171 vs. Mike Pierce 171
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Photo by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Ivan Calderon 107.8 vs. Giovanni Segura 107.9
Jovanne Fuentes 112.3 vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 113.3
Héctor Marengo 135 vs. José González 135
Sigfredo Medina 120.5 vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 118.4
José Ángel Román 145.6 vs. Alexander De Jesús 138
Samuel Santana 137.1 vs. Felix Stkitts 137
Christopher Vélez 140.4 vs. José Carlos Lozada 141
Rey Díaz 136.4 vs. Jeffrey Fontánez 132
Edwin Galarza 136 vs. Alexander Vega 134.7
Venue: Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: PPV 9PM ET/6PM PT
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Photos and report by Chris Perry
The following weights were recorded at the official weigh-in for the Aug. 28 “War At The Shore” event promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The weigh-in was held at Max and Erma’s Restaurant inside the Doubletree Hotel in Virginia Beach.
“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey 134 vs. Leo Martinez 135
Meacher Major 134 vs. Jamar Saunders 135
Maurice Byarm 256 vs. Earl Ramone Hayes 267
Antwain Britt 220 vs. Antonio King 228
Frankie Filipone 170 vs. Willie Williams 174
Kenny Moody Jr. 157 vs. Omar Sims 158
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA
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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Featherweight Ronny Rios won by fourth round knockout over Leivi Brea in a scheduled six round bout at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Rios (12-0, 6 KO’s) was getting the better of the exchanges early in the fight, but was deducted a point after he landed a low blow in the second round. Brea came on late in the second and third, but Rios began to get to Brea (17-9-3, 9 KO’s) with hard shots to the body. In the fourth round, Rios landed a right hand to the body that dropped Brea to one knee. Brea got up, but was dropped again to one knee by another right hand to the beltline. Brea remained on one knee, complaining that the punch was low as referee Jose Cobian counted him out at 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Elite Boxing
Wladimir Sidorenko 114 Mbwana Matumla 115
(vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title)
Timur Akhundov 127 vs. Mamed Yadgarov 123
Dmytro Kucher 196.2 vs. Joey Vegas 191.2
Viktor Postol 141.7 vs. Jay Morris 141.3
Nikolay Israelyan 216.9 vs. Paata Berikashvili 201.5
Vitaliy Kosak 229.8 vs. Hor Badalian 231.9
Maksym Ponomariov 153.7 vs. Mykola Korenev 155.8
Venue: Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: Elite Boxing Promotion
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO #4 bantamweight Pungluang Sor Singyu (29-1,19 KOs) impressively captured the vacant WBO youth bantam title as he landed a right straight to destroyed Filipino Joel Rafols (11-8-2,2 KOs) at 2:14 of the opening round on Wednesday at Western University in Pathumthani, Thailand.
Also, WBO#7 and WBO Oriental 135lb title holder Thai Tor Silachai (17-2,11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin in a six round non-title bout.
And Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express outpointed Petchmongkol Muangsima in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
ABCO#10 lightfly Yodmongkol Wor Saengthep (8-1, 7 KO) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC youth 108 lb title as he stopped Heri Punomo on Friday at E-sarn University in Khonkaen, Thailand. The Thai boy dominated most of the action, weakening the Indonesian with effective bodyshots. Finally, the show was ended when the new champion landed two consecutive right hooks which anihilated his foe at 1:27 of round seven. Scoring after round six was 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.
In other action, WBC#10 fly Panomroonglek Kiatmookao (29-1, 16 KOs) excitingly exchanged toe-to-toe with Ego Yohan before he destroyed the Indonesian with a tough left hook at the belly, scoring a KO at 0:34 of round three of six round non-title bout.
ABCO#3 and Thai lightweight champion Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (17-6,11 KOs) easily destroyed Chingchai Kiatpracha with his vicious bodyshots at 1:18 of the opening round.
ABCO#11 and Thai lightfly title holder Liempetch Sor Veerapol (18-7-1,11 KOs) drew with Fahpikhat Twingym in a six round non-title bout. This event was pormoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
By Dave Spencer
Omri Lowther 138.1 vs. Henry Lundy 140**
**Contract weight was 139 pounds and Lundy who was a last minute replacement for Edner Cherry forfeits 20% of his purse.
Nicholson Poulard 172 vs. Alfredo Contreras 170.2
Kevin Bizier 156.6 vs. Leonardo Rojas 158.7
Arash Usmanee 134.15 vs. Carlos Martinez 134
Samuel Vargas 148.10 vs. Michael Springer 147.7
Patrick Tessier 161.9 vs. Francis Lafreniere 163.4
Ahmad Cheikho 152.14 vs. Jonaton Leveille 156.10
Venue: Club Metropolis
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel
First Bell: 7pm
Television: ESPN2 (9pm)
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Luis Cruz 130 vs. Hevinson Herrera 130
(Vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title)
Jayson Vélez 122 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 123
Jesús Rojas 123.7. vs. Angel Paneto 120.a
Jonuel Tapia 155 vs. Giovannie Rodríguez 155
Luis Braña Jr. 119 vs. Eduardo Meléndez 120
Juan Herrera 114 vs. Emanuel Rivera 114
Irvin Hernández 125 vs. Juan G. Cruz 122.5
Alberto Mercado 130 vs. Hipólito Rivera 129.
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Viera, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment
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By Chris Cozzone
Former world champ Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) says he’ll be bringing his own judge and referee to Germany on Sept. 11 when he rematches IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs).
“I got my own judge and referee – my right hand and hook,” Peter said today during an international teleconference. “I don’t think Wladimir will be able to stand past four rounds.”
After an extensive training camp in Big Bear, under Abel Sanchez, Peter departs for Germany on the 2nd.
“This has been the best,” said Peter. “Everything is kind of the best. I have the best promoter in the world, the best manager, the best coach. The world will see a different Sam Peter on Sept. 11.”
Stay tuned for a full report.
Next week Congressman Manny Pacquiao and the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will embark on a coast-to-coast media tour to launch the promotion of the Pacquiao vs. Margarito, World Super Welterweight Championship, clash on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a media only stop in the Los Angeles area, the tour will be open to the public on Wednesday (9/1) in New York City and on Friday (9/3) in Dallas.
For fight fans wanting to attend: Wednesday’s event begins at 11:30AM ET at Chelsea Piers – Pier 60 (23rd St. & The Hudson River, New York, NY 10011). Friday’s event begins at 11:30AM CT at Cowboys Stadium – East End Zone Platform (900 East Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76011).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Jose H Rivera will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Jr. Flyweight world champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) and Mexican WBA Jr. Flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (24-1-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 28. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico ) Lisa Giampa (USA) and Gustavo Padilla (Panamá). The WBA fight supervisor is Carlos Chavez (Venezuela).
UFC® 118 – The Biggest Event Of The Summer Is Live Tomorrow Night: Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn meet again with the lightweight championship on the line, plus former UFC champion Randy Couture faces off against pro boxing legend James Toney. 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
Watch The Live Weigh-In Today On UFCLive.com: Fighters hit the scale at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT
See The Prelims Live On SPIKE: Before the main card hits pay-per-view, see the exciting undercard fights from tomorrow night’s event live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on SPIKE.
Who Will Win At UFC® 118? Weigh In At 118.ufc.com: Make your picks for the winners at the official site for UFC 118. Plus, get an in-depth look at the main events and a breakdown of the whole fight card.
UFC® Fan Expo – Friday-Saturday in Boston: Featuring appearances by UFC & WEC fighters, keynote speeches, hands-on training & development sessions, grappling tournament and more – visit ufcfanexpo.com for more details.
You don’t know BJ Penn. And according to the former two division UFC champion, neither does the man who Penn is looking to regain his lightweight crown from this weekend in Boston, Frankie Edgar.
But he says we’re about to find out who he is. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3-1, 16 KOs) will make his next world title defense on October 30th in the Stadthalle Rostock in Rostock, Germany. The opponent of the “Hurricane” will be announced in the next few days. “We are already in negotiations with several potential opponents,” said Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer. “Although there is one with which the talks are already far advanced, we have to wait until the signing of the agreement before we can make an announcement.
Photos by Pete Susens
Undefeated lightweight phenom Jose Benavidez, Jr. Top Rank Boxing’s highly regarded 135lb prospect, goes toe to toe with Abel Ramos at the Central Gym in Phoenix, Arizona. He is preparing for his September 11th appearance at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Jo Jo Dan had just finished a heated sparring session this week when he was confronted with WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin’s words released earlier this week that, “Fighting him again would give me the chance to prove that I can knock him out to end all discussions.” Dan who is in preparation for an October 15th match-up on the undercard of the Lucian Bute- Jesse Brinkley fight was quick to respond. “Anytime anyplace. I don’t care what title is at stake. It’s personal with Aydin. We have unfinished business together. Let’s do it now! I would even go back to Turkey. This time I won’t leave it to the judges.”
Universum Box-Promotion has announced their next project. Boxing fans will for the first time be able to see 3D boxing over the Internet. On Saturday, a 3D highlight video will premiere with three fights from the July 31 world championship doubleheader in Hamburg. The fights feature ex-world champion Juan Carlos Gomez (heavyweight), German amateur world champion Jack Culcay and promising young talent Arthur Matern (both light middleweights). There will also be a training video of Culcay.
All the action was shot with special 3D cameras and will be available for viewing on BILD.de. To see the show in 3D, you’ll need some standard red/cyan 3D glasses. Buyers of Saturday’s print edition of BILD will get a pair free. The 3D video was not seen on the live ZDF telecast, but previously only beamed into a select group inside the 3D lounge of the o2-World. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Here is the official statement on Mikkel Kessler’s situation from the WBC as told to me by Mauricio Sulaiman:
“The WBC has received confirmation that current super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will forced to stop any boxing action for a long period of time. The WBC Board of Governors are currently in the process of ruling the status in which our dear champion will be considered by our organization.
“The WBC has received several communications from various promoters and managers regarding the WBC Super Middleweight championship and will process all the petitions and facts.
“The WBC has been a proud supporter of the Super Six Tournament and is aware of the specific rules and procedures of the tournament and will be in close communication with all parties involved. The WBC is very proud of Mikkel Kessler- a three time champion and wish him a successful recovery. The WBC is also very proud of all the boxers participating in this exemplary tournament.”
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Thursday was a special day for the World Boxing Council. Phone company TELMEX through the efforts of Carlos Slim has started a monthly pension for life and medical insurance to be given to 20 Mexican former world champions and two widows. Making the announcement and standing up just two months after having undergone a complicated surgery in his left knee, WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed the small crowd. (more…)
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