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Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) is back. Rated in the top five of all world organizations, the unbeaten Boytsovhas returned from hand surgery and for first time is in the clutches of trainer Artur Grigorian. Following several weeks of rehab and a vacation in Russia, Boytsov’s first workout went very well. “It’s amazing what power he already has,” marveled Boytsov’s trainer Artur Grigorian. “And most importantly, no more pain! We’re very happy. But we have to start gently and calmly build up until we are at 100 percent load. It’ll still take some time.” more + photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Don King’s WBA #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs) weighed in at 238.9 lbs and Miami-based Evans Quinn (18-4-1, 16 KOs) weighed 224lbs for Thursday’s twelve round bout for the IBF Pan Pacific title at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (more…)
The Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito press tour rolls into the Big Apple today. Boxing fans are invited to today’s 11:30AM press conference taking place at Chelsea Piers – Pier 60 located ay 23rd St. & The Hudson River in New York City.
Jason Booth reckons he knows what it is like to be whacked by Steve Molitor even though he has never faced him. Booth (35-5) faces the toughest test of his career when he challenges for Molitor’s (32-1) IBF world super-bantamweight title at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday September 11. The Nottingham boxer got a close up of the slick Canadian, when Molitor outpointed his younger brother, Nicky in a Commonwealth bantamweight title fight almost eight years go. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm isn’t mincing any words before his title world defense against Giovanni Lorenzo on Saturday in Cologne, Germany. “Whoever wants to beat me, must kill me,” Sturm told Sport Bild matter of factly. “This may sound brutal to some, but that is my mental attitude. Anyone concerned about defeat has already lost a little bit.”
Former WBA featherweight titleholder Derrick “Smoke” Gainer (41-6-1, 24 KOs) won a controversial six round split decision over Angel Hernandez 14-6, 11 KOs) of Gary, Indiana, in a welterweight bout on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hernandez dropped Gainer in round one and seemingly did enough to win, only to have two judges favor the ex-world champion. Scores were 57-56, 58-55 Gainer, 57-56 Hernandez. Fans booed the decision and cheered loudly when underdog Hernandez raised his gloves. Co-promoter Roy Jones Jr. grabbed the mic and promised the full house at Rivers Casino a rematch. The bout took place on the card headlined by lightweight Monty Meza-Clay vs Allan Litzau, which Meza-Clay won by TKO3.
Tickets to Pacquiao-Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas will be priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, and go on sale September 18. They can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium ticket office in Arlington, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cowboys Stadium will be configured for over 50,000 fans with elevated floor seating similar to NBA games. 51,000 fans witnessed Pacquiao’s fight against Emanuel Clottey at Cowboys Stadium last March. The pay-per-view telecast of the Pacquiao-Margarito card will have a suggested retail price of $54.95.
Former WBO #1 super middleweight contender Freeman Barr (29-4, 15 KOs) returned after a four-year retirement to win a six round majority decision over Dion Stanley (10-4, 7 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, 57-57. Barr, now 36, is now campaigning as a light heavyweight.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“I believe he knew,” WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said today at the kickoff presser in Los Angeles for his November 13 bout with Antonio Margarito. “He’s the one who wraps his hands and he doesn’t know what’s in there?” Pacman called the “Tijuana Tornado’s” problem with illegal handwraps “a mistake.” Pacquiao said he took the fight because “I am a fighter and I am just doing my job.”
Margarito, making a triumphant return to California just two weeks after the State rejected him for a boxing license at a highly publicized hearing, made a point of thanking the State of Texas for granting him a boxing license. “Everything that happened in the past is over and now we are in the present,” he stated. “Forget about the past!” Complete presser quotes and more photos…
Four-time challenger for the world heavyweight championship Andrew Golota will participate in the 12th season of the Polish edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Above Golota is pictured with his dance partner Magdalena Soszynska-Michnio.
Shortly before today’s Pacquiao-Margarito press conference in Los Angeles, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum learned that that his 49-year-old son John Arum has been reported missing after hiking in the mountains near Seattle, Washington. Arum is headed to Seattle to aid in the search, while the press tour will continue Wednesday in New York City. We’re praying John is found safe.
WBC Statement: It gives great pleasure to the World Boxing Council to see the honest, respectful and positive attitude of the Texas Boxing Commission as they issued Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, a boxer´s license, and he will be able to fight Manny Pacquiao this coming November 13th, at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, in Texas.
The World Boxing Council and the Mexican boxing commissions respect the punishment given by the California State Athletic Commission of one year of suspension for Antonio Margarito, when we think that Margarito was not guilty of the bandages placed by his trainer, action that we do consider one of the biggest violations of boxing rules, reason for which the trainer was suspended for life. (more…)
The Hitz Boxing event scheduled for October 2 at the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, will feature several prominent Chicago-based fighters in addition to Irish middleweight prospect Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs).
Scheduled to see action at the latest installment of “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” are comebacking middleweight “Macho” Miguel Hernandez (20-11, 10 KO’s), blood-and-guts junior middleweight Henry “Western Warrior” Coyle (11-2, 10 KOs), talented welterweight Achour Esho (8-0, 5 KOs), middleweight knockout artist Josh Crouch (6-1, 6 KOs) and up-and-coming light welterweight Russell Fiore (4-0-1, 4 KOs).
Tickets are on sale, starting at $10 and are available at the “Venue” box office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito pose during the press conference to kick off their national press tour with stops in New York and Dallas. Pacquiao and Margarito will do battle 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.
The September 17 edition of Showtime’s “Showbox: The Next Generation” in the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada will feature welterweights Freddy Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) and former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs), who meet in a ten-rounder. In the co-feature, unbeaten junior lightweight Luis Franco (6-0, 5 KOs) collides with Wilton Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs).
Off TV bouts scheduled include Chris Avalos, (16-1, 13 KOs) vs Felipe Almanza (17-17-4, 8 KOs) and Anthony Dirrell (18-0, 15 KOs) vs TBA. Tickets are $10 and $50. Call 888.386.7867.
Bad, somewhat good and worse news for anyone interested in, someday, seeing the rubber match between Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta. The bad news? They will NOT be fighting each other on September 25. Nor will they be fighting Sept. 24, which is the new date for the soon-to-be-announced card for Isleta’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, south of Albuquerque, N.M. (more…)
Twice beaten by the Klitschko brethren, former world heavyweight champion Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will get a double shot at redemption when he steps into the ring on Sept. 11, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dethroned for his portion of the heavyweight pie two years ago by one Klistchko, Peter, 34-3, 27 KOs, will get the chance to grab another slice of the championship by fighting another Klitschko, being Wladimir, 54-3, 48 KOs, whom also defeated Peter, back in ’05 . . . Click here for more
Photos: Stefan Hoyer/Public Address
WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) faced off with former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) today at a press conference at o2 World Hamburg, Germany, where they will meet in the ring on Saturday, October 16th. The ticket sale starts today at www.eventim.de where tickets are available from 50 euro. more photos
Former world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira returns to the ring October 2nd for the first time in more than five years against world rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina, headlining the “Last Man Standing” card, in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (more…)
Here’s what the boxing landscape is looking like for the fourth quarter of 2010. Not all of these fights are finalized, dates can change, more big fights will be added, but it’s looking like an exciting October-December.
October 2: Arthur Abraham vs Carl Froch
October 2: Zab Judah vs Michael Clark
October 15: Antonio Tarver vs Nagy Aguilera
October 15: Lucian Bute vs Jesse Brinkley
October 16: Vitali Klitschko vs Shannon Briggs
October 16: Wilfredo Vazquez vs TBA
October 24: Toshiaki Nishioka vs Rendall Munroe
October 24: Jorge Linares vs Jesus Chavez
October 30: Sebastian Sylvester vs Mahir Oral
October 30: Alexander Povetkin vs TBA
November 5: Evander Holyfield vs Sherman Williams
November 6: Juan Manuel Lopez vs Rafael Marquez
November 6: Robert Guerrero vs TBA
November 6: James Kirkland vs TBA
November 13: Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito
November 13: Guillermo Rigondeaux vs TBA
November 13: Mike Jones vs TBA
November 13: Kelly Pavlik vs TBA
November 13: David Haye vs TBA (Audley Harrison?)
November 27: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Michael Katsidis
December 4: Miguel Cotto vs Julio Cesar Chavez
December 4: Vic Darchinyan vs Abner Mares
December 4: Yohnny Perez vs Joseph Agbeko
December 11: Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana
December 11: Alexander Povetkin vs TBA
December 18: Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian featherweight champion Joel Brunker (15-0, 9 KOs) will clash with Indonesian Carlos Lopez (20-6, 7 KOs) over ten rounds with the vacant WBO Youth title up for grabs at the La Montage Reception Center, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Thursday. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Bad night for official scorers last Saturday in Mexico. Not only did ringside officials blow the decision in the WBC Youth bantamweight title fight between Tomoki Kameda and Stephane Jamoye Saturday night in Mazatlan (originally announced as a draw, then amended an hour later to a win for Kameda) as previously reported, officials also botched the result of Saturday’s IBF featherweight eliminator between Franky Leal and Miguel “Ranita” Gonzzlez in Mexicali. Despite suffering two knockdowns in the first round, hometown favorite Leal was announced as controversial a split decision winner. That result was later changed to a draw.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Congressman and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has just arrived at LAX on Philippine Airlines – Flight 102 where a large throng of adoring Pacman fans were waiting. Pacquaio is heading to his home away from home in Los Angeles for a night’s rest before Tuesday’s big Pacquiao-Margarito kickoff presser. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo by Ray Bailey
Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentlemen” Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) rebounded from his tough loss to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, dropping journeyman, Livin “La Maquina” Castillo (16-9,10 KOs) once, en-route to a come from behind seventh round stoppage. (16-9, 10 KOs) in the schedule ten round main event at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City New Jersey. Undefeated light heavyweight sensation Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) continued his meteoric rise up the ranks with a sharp and dominant third round knockout of Reggie Pena in the eight round co-feature of the six bout card promoted by Spartan Fight Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
The World Boxing Council received a request from Top Rank Inc. to approve the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, for the WBC Superwelterweight world title, to be held at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium this coming November 13th. The voting in favor of the fight was unanimous by the Board of Governors. The title was vacated when former world champion, Sergio Martinez, decided to do so, after winning the WBC Middleweight world title when he defeated Kelly Pavlik last April 17th. Pacquiao-Margarito will take place exactly one week after the 48th WBC Annual World Convention to be held in Cancun is closed.
On Saturday, August 28, WBC Youth bantamweight champion Stephane Jamoye, from Belgium, fought Tomoki Kameda, from Japan, in Mazatlan, Mexico. The fight was very close and exciting. The announcement given by the ring announcer was a draw. However, the WBC supervisor appointed for the fight found an error while making his report some time after the fight and held a meeting with ring officials Stephen Blea and Curtis Trasher from the U.S.A., where it was confirmed that the officials scorecards showed Tomoki Kameda winning by split decision. The WBC now confirms Tomoki Kameda as the new Youth world bantamweight champion. “I am hereby ordering a rematch between Tomoki Kameda and Stephane Jamoye, as this fight was very close and the former champion deserves to be given another opportunity just as he did last Saturday night,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight championship fight between undefeated titlist Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Rafael Marquez, of México City has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb two weeks ago.
“Fortunately, my thumb injury did not prevent me from continuing my conditioning, including running daily,” said Marquez, who proved his durability in an epic four fight series with Israel Vazquez. “I am extremely grateful that my fight with Juan Manuel Lopez was rescheduled so quickly. On November 6, JuanMa and I have a date with destiny. I can’t wait.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Union Boxing
WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) won a unanimous decision win over Charlie Jose Navarro (18-4, 13 KOs) on Monday night at Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine. Judges scored it 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. Fightnews.com scorecard 115-113 for Senchenko.
EBU (European) featherweight champion Oleh Yefimovych (18-2, 11 KOs) has sensationally lost to the Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht (20-1, 9 KOs). Judges scored it 116-112 and 117-112 115-114 for Sofiane. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Vlad Dudka
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) faced off with former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) today at press-conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Their fight will take place on October 16th in O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Photos: G. Uebe / ARENA
WBA Super Champion Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo were face to face for the first time at today’s press conference for their middleweight title fight this Saturday (Sept. 4) in Cologne, Germany.
“There’s no doubt about me winning the fight and becoming champion of the world”, said Lorenzo who showed up in a jersey of the local soccer team, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach had won a clash with their local rivals, Bayer Leverkusen with 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. “Gladbach has inspired me. They were the underdogs, they played in front of Leverkusen’s home crowd and they scored a very convincing and impressing win. That’s exactly what I will do next Saturday. Gladbach scored 6 goals; I will score 6 knockdowns. When I heard that Sturm is from Leverkusen like yesterday’s losers, things were very clear to me: I will be the new champion.” click here for more + photos
Photos: Joel A Colon/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior lightweight champion, Román “Rocky Martínez, arrived this morning in Glasgow, Scotland whereon September 4th he will defend his title against Scotland’s Ricky Burns at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his belt for the third time versus Burns (28-2, 7KOs) the first challenger. “Today, I’m resting, but I’m going to move later. I’m in good shape, 131 pounds, and I have to rest because of the long travel from Puerto Rico” Martínez said. Tomorrow, Martínez will attend a public workout in Glasgow. Wednesday is the press conference and Friday the weigh-in. more photos
Birthday greetings to Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who turns 89 years old today. Angelo, along with partners Tom Tsatas, Matt Baiamonte and Dino Spencer, will reopen the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami next month.
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews would like to congratulate lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and his new wife Vicky who got married in a beautiful ceremony this past weekend in Oxnard, CA. In attendance was Rios’ trainer and best man former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, USBA featherweight champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, former WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano, 2008 Venezuelan Olympian and junior middleweight prospect Alfonso Blanco and highly talented junior welterweight prospect Karim Martinez. Brandon Rios is scheduled to take on Anthony Peterson on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. more photos
Former UFC lightweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn had nothing but questions for still-champ Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in the headline bout of UFC 118, held Saturday night in Boston at the TD Bank Garden.
Repeating the success of his upset win earlier this year, Edgar started quick, with two takedowns that included a slam on the challenger. As Penn continued to try and stalk the champion, Edgar had an answer for everything. . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
The long unbeaten run of Ivan Calderon had to end sometime, and as often happens when a long-reigning champion loses, the finish was brutal and dramatic. Calderon gave his all, but he was a physically and mentally broken-down fighter when he sank to one knee to be counted out in the eighth round against Giovanni Segura in their 108-pound championship unification bout in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
After 19 consecutive title bouts in two weight classes without a defeat, Calderon’s skills and great experience just weren’t enough to overcome the relentless pressure and brutal body attack of the implacable aggressor from Mexico. (more…)
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