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Demetrius Hopkins has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by its President, Chet Koerner. The 29 year old Hopkins, who has amassed a record of 28-1-1 (11KO’s) in his nine year professional career, will move up to the welterweight division in his next bout. “I know I’ll feel a multiple stronger by being able to fight at welterweight and I’m truly looking forward to starting this phase in my career with my new team at TKO Boxing Promotions” said Hopkins . “I won’t have to struggle to make weight and I’ll be much more comfortable at 147.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Cassius Baloyi returned to action after losing his IBF junior lightweight belt in April to score a one-sided 12 round points decision over Roberto Arrieta from Argentina in an IBF eliminator at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Judges David Parris (England), Wally Snowball (South Africa) and Isaac Tshabalala (South Africa) all scored it 120-107. Baloyi is now in line to meet the winner of a fight between South Africa’s Mzonke Fana, and the champion, Robert Guerrero. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After his impressive, upset win over Vic Darchinyan in July, Joseph Agbeko is back on Showtime on Saturday night to defend his IBF bantamweight title against mandatory contender Yonnhy Perez, and the fight should be a good one. I’m glad to see these talented and well-matched fighters getting the opportunity to top the bill on the first boxing event at the Treasure Island casino hotel, with Don King promoting. Agbeko, from Ghana in West Africa but now living in New York, was once one of boxing’s well-kept secrets. Now the secret’s out. The Ghanaian is a durable, crowd-pleasing boxer-fighter who seemed to handle Darchinyan much more easily than the scores suggested. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions is working tirelessly in the coming six days, promoting three world class events across the United States. Tonight TKO Boxing presents “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown , Pennsylvania , headlined by the cruiserweight rematch between local fan favorite Andres “TAYLORMADE” Taylor and Leo Bercier of Great Falls , Montana. Tuesday night, November 3rd, TKO Boxing presents the “Kardashian Charity Knock Out” at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles , California , featuring celebrity boxing matches between members of the Kardashian family in addition to five professional bouts including world class prospects Leo Santa Cruz, David Garcia, Hastings Bwalya, Fidel Maldonado and Ivan Redkach in separate bouts. Finally, on Thursday night, November 5th, TKO heads to the Baltimore , Maryland suburb of Cockneysville to present the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion . This year’s five bout card is headlined by a super middleweight bout between former world title challenger Peter Manfredo Jr. taking on New Orleans veteran Ronald Weaver.
Don King and Mike Tyson stroll through the Treasure Island Resort & Casino after having reunited. King has signed Tyson as part of his donkingtv.com broadcast team to add color comentary to Don King’s Saturday, October 31 “Halloween Thrilla” from the T.I. in Las Vegas.
Tyson has joined the broadcast team to add color commentary to King’s “Halloween Thrilla” fight card Saturday (Oct. 31) from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The exciting five-fight undercard will be offered globally on pay per view for $5.99 at www.DonKingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/10 p.m. GMT. The legendary former undisputed heavyweight champion, whose greatest years were spent with King, was the youngest man to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles. Tyson went on to become one of best heavyweight boxers in history. “Oh what a glorious day,” said King. “My prodigal son has returned. It may be Halloween, but this is no trick. This will be a treat for boxing fans around the world. Mike is more than one of the greatest heavyweight champions in boxing history. He is a boxing historian, and nobody can break a fight down like Iron Mike.” Tyson will join blow-by-blow announcer James “Smitty” Smith and analyst Ken Miller at ringside. For more details and photos click here…
Middleweight Hector Camacho Jr. (50-3-1, 27 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former world champion Yory Boy Campas (92-15-1, 74 KOs) on Friday night at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. The bout featured a lot of clinching as the speedy 31-year-old Camacho looked to hit and grab the slower 38-year-old Campas, who mostly seemed unable to pull the trigger. Camacho was deducted three points by referee Laurence Cole during the contest. A point for a low blow in round three, a point for a punch after the bell in round four and a point for holding in round ten. Campas was cut over the left eye from an unintentional headbutt in round five, but neither fighter was down or hurt. In the end, scores were 95-92, 96-91 Camacho, 95-92 Campas. After the bout, former world champion Fernando Vargas announced he was interested in a comeback fight against Camacho. Where Campas goes from here remains to be seen as he is now 1-5-1 in his last seven fights.
WBA #1 super bantamweight Antonio Escalante (22-2, 14 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over Carlos Fulgencio (11-4-1, 7 KOs). After a very exciting round one where both boxers landed big shots, Escalante dropped Fulgencio with a big right hand. Fulgencio tried to get up but fell back to the canvas and the fight was stopped. Time was 1:17.
Welterweight Abel Perry (12-3, 4 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Bobby Joe Valdez (9-7-2, 4 KOs). Referee Rafael Ramos waved it off at :32 just as Valdez was headed to the canvas.
Middleweight prospect David Medina (21-2, 10 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over “Macho” Miguel Hernandez (20-10, 10 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World bantamweight contender Tantong Kiattaweesuk (13-0) was impressive in scoring a four round stoppage of Wan Jun Hui (5-9-1) to retain IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight title at Tambon Dantabtako, Ratchaburi, Thailand on Thursday. Southpaw Kiattaweesuk attacked the tall Chinese boxer from first bell cutting off the ring continually to score with effective head and body punches. The importation scored with accurate long range punches on the back move but they did not have the power to gain Kiattaweesuk’s respect. In round four IBF#14 Kiattaweesuk dropped Hui three times at which point the referee Sanong Au-Im crowned the Thai boxer at 2.40 of the round. For more details and photos click here…
Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale
Ibeth Zamora 104.7 vs Marisol Molina TBA
(interim WBA female minimumweight championship)
Carina Moreno 104.7 vs Anabel Ortiz. 104.7
(WBC female super flyweight championship)
Gerson Guerrero 114.8 vs Antonio Garibay 114.6
Jorge de Alba 123.2 vs Vicente Mejía 124.3
Javier Gallo 116.6 vs Rene Trujillo 114.4
Gilberto Ramírez 158.4 vs Felipe Mota 154
Jorge Ibarra 132 vs Jorge Hernández Morelia 132
Iván García Estado 156.2 vs Adrián Hernández Morelia 154
Adrián Luna 177.1 vs Miguel Falcón 176
Venue: Gimnasio Del Imcufide, Toluca, México, Mexico
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Joseph Agbeko 118 vs Yonnhy Perez 118
(IBF bantamweight championship)
Antonio DeMarco 134.5 vs Jose Alfaro 134.5
(WBC interim lightweight championship)
Ray Austin 242 vs DaVarryl Williamson 219.5
James De La Rosa 150 vs Lenin Arroyo 147.5
Bermane Stiverne 236 vs Jerry Butler 276.5
Nelson Linares 159 vs Archak Termeliksetian 157
Angelo Santana 137 vs Miguel Gonzalez 138
Marvin Quintero 134 vs Walter Estrada 131
Venue: Treasure Island Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
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By Alexey Sukachev
In a grueling clinchfest, Paul Smith (28-1, 15 KOs) wrestled the British national super middleweight title with a split decision over previous titlist Scott Quigley (13-2, 6 KOs) at Echo Arena in Liverpool. Both fighters turned the contest into an ugly and uneventful stinker with a lot of grappling and wreslting. Quigley was a better man throughout the first half of the fight but the challenger proved to be stronger down the stretch. Neither fighter was ever rocked except for a badly tired champion during the last round. Smith was cut over his right eye in the tenth. At the end two judges saw it in favour of the local hero: 116-113 and 116-112, while the third one scored the contest for Scott Quigley: 114-116. This reporter saw it 115-114 – for Quigley, and SKY Sports’ analyst and former world champion Jim Watt made it a draw – 114-114.
James DeGale (4-0, 3 KOs), 2008 Beijing middleweight gold medalist for the United Kingdom, stopped an unbeaten but hugely overmatched Ally Morrison (2-1-1) at the beginning of the third. DeGale used his fascinating speed and reflexes to frustrate his foe in the first couple of rounds. In round three, former amateur star went in for kill and got the job done with a series of powerful left hooks. Morrison wasn’t been down but looked dazed enough for the referee to stop the contest.
Another British Olympian Frankie Gavin (4-0, 4 KOs) easily notched his fourth consecutive knockout win with the second-round stoppage of shorter and hugely overmatched Steve Saville (19-7, 8 KOs). 24-year old Gavin was all over the veteran from the beginning, punishing him mercilessly at the ropes. At 0:27 of the second round, Saville was downafter a quick counter combo by Gavin. He got himself upright but was too shaky to be allowed to fight on by the referee.
Joey Spina 176.5 vs Lou Del Valle 185
Hank Lundy 136.7 vs Aldo “El Pato” Valtierra 133.7
David Bauza 157.5 vs Vaughn Anderson 157.2
Sadam Ali 145.5 vs Osvaldo Rivera 146
Ryan Kielczewski 131.5 vs Israel Suarez 132
Joe Smith, Jr. 176.2 vs David Brown 174.5
Edwin Soto 140.7 vs Deroy Beaton 140
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. in association with Mohegan Sun Casino
Fans and media packed the Pony Club Lounge in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Friday afternoon for the final press conference for “Fright Night Fights”, an action packed evening of world class professional presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. Cruiserweight contender and Johnstown fan favorite Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor and undefeated Pittsburgh based welterweight Jesse Lubash discussed their upcoming fights on Saturday night and took time to meet local fights fans in anticipation of the event. For more details and photos click here…
Former world champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (92-14-1, 74 KOs) has vowed to punish Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., when they collide tonight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. At age 38, the veteran of 107 professional fights came in at a ripped and ready 152 pounds, his lowest weight in nearly a decade (he weighed 151.5 for a March 2000 fight against Oba Carr). The bout is billed as “Revenge of the Son,” referring Campas’ controversial draw with Hector Camacho Sr. in May, but Yory Boy is looking for a little payback in this fight himself. “I think he’ll fight the same way his father did in Florida. He’ll run away or he’ll come in and hug. But I’ll cut off the ring and, sooner or later, I’ll end it!” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27 KOs), meanwhile, has also vowed to finish Campas early. “I’ll knock him out,” he proclaimed. “He’s done what he’s done, but now it’s Junior Time.” After weighing in 5.5 pounds over the 154lb super welterweight limit, Camacho gave up his WBC CABOFE belt, and will have a 7.5lb weight advantage over the heavy-handed Yory Boy when they meet in the ring later tonight. Bobby Czyz and Arnie Rosenthal will call the action from ringside on tonight’s pay-per-view telecast.
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Hernan “Tyson” Marquez 112.6 vs Darwin “Finito” Zamora 112
Jose “Barretas” Pinzon 152 vs Cristhian “Olimpico” Solano 154
Ramon “La Cobra” Maas 123 vs Tomas Sierra 123
Silverio Ortiz 135 vs Ariel Lopez 135
Venue: Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions/Mario Abraham
TV: TV Azteca
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, has been headlining his own boxing cards in Mexico and the United States over the last few years but on November 14 he will be the main supporting bout in “Firepower” the big championship card promoted by Top Rank to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “This is a big opportunity for me. To be part of such a big event will be very important for my career and I will try to give the fans a good and exciting fight as I can,” Chavez Jr from Culiacan where he training for this fight. Chavez Jr will take on Troy Rowland of Grand Rapids, Michigan on a 10 round middleweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
By Rocco Morales
Before a sellout crowd of 1,340 at the overwhelmingly popular Battle In The Ballroom series at the Irvine Marriott, heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks shutout the menacing John Clark in co-main event action in a scheduled six round contest. Hanks opened the fight very strongly and in the first round had Clark in trouble a couple times and by all appearances it seemed like Hanks was headed for a knockout victory. However, to his credit, Clark fought back gamely and was able to not only survive the round but prove himself dangerous for the entirety of the scheduled six round bout. For more details and photos click here…
Panamanian prospect Antonio Fernandez (10-1-1, 1 KO) impressively stopped previously unbeaten and fellow Panamanian Omar Anderson at 2:38 of round 4. The super bantamweight bout was the main event of an exciting fight night promoted by Premium Boxing Promotions Inc. based in Panamá. The site of the event was the Fantastic Casino La Dona in Tocumen, Panamá. The venue was packed with an enthusiastic Panamanian crowd as Fightnews witnessed from ringside. In round one Fernandez dropped Anderson with a straight right from which the southpaw Anderson easily beat the count. For more details and photos click here…
Promoter Nick Garone and his X-Cel Worldwide have announced most of the opponents for their November 6 event at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In the main event, hometown hero Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (19-4-1, 15 KOs) will face Christopher Fernandez (18-7-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight showdown. In the chief supporting bout, Meacher Major “Pain” (16-3-1, 14 KOs) will go against Dorin Spivey (35-6, 28 KOs) for the NABA lightweight championship. The undercard will be led by undefeated super bantamweight Guillermo Sanchez (10-0, 5 KOs), who will face Jose Guzman (8-5-1, 5 KOs) for the State Championship. Tickets are $30, $45 and $65. Call 631-878-1676.
Looks like former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10 KOs) will take on Tim Coleman (16-1-1, 4 KOs) on December 3rd. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the USBA Jr welterweight Title. The fight is somewhat of a crossroads for both fighters with alot riding on it. If Arnaoutis is going to seriously contend for a world title again he must get by Coleman. For Coleman this is a chance to move from prospect status to a possible world ranked contender. The venue will be the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York with Joe De Guardia’s Star Boxing promoting.
Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach (dressed as Batman) get into the Halloween spirit as they display their “six packs” at the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, CA.
By Ron Jackson
Not many books have been written about South African boxers, but a new one has reached the shops just in time to make a fine Christmas gift. The story of Dingaan Thobela is similar to that of many of fighters who rose against the odds and went on to achieve success. None, however, has had such an inspirational influence on people who followed his career as that of Dingaan Thobela. The tale of Thobela’s humble beginnings in Chiawelo, one of the poorest parts of Soweto, and his successes, including winning three world titles, is told in a recently released book. Rose of Soweto – The Dingaan Thobela Story was written by Deon Potgieter and is published by Penguin Books. It has 288 pages and comes in paperback format. (more…)
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto breaks his Tampa training camp and heads to Las Vegas this Sunday, November 1. Cotto fans are invited to greet the champ at McCarran International Airport when he arrives at 3:55PM PT on American Airlines flight #2249.
Heavyweight hopeful Robert Helenius (9-0, 5 KOs) will face the toughest test of his career on November 7 when he takes on Taras Bidenko (26-3, 12 KOs) on the Valuev-Haye undercard in Nuremberg. After impressively stopping Scott Gammer in Helsinki last May, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to prove his class against another top opponent in what will be just his ninth fight. “Bidenko is technically very strong,” Helenius said. “This is without a doubt the biggest challenge of my young career but I am ready for him. I want to keep improving. I am a strong puncher and also have size advantages so I am very confident of success. I want to be world champion one day, so I need to fight strong people, and this is another great test for me.” (more…)
“I am so excited to be fighting Antonio Escalante this Friday on pay per view,” says Carlos Fulgencio. “I have wanted to fight the really good fighters… the ones who are for real and are a threat to your future. That’s what Escalante is for me. Beating him will give me great satisfaction . . . ” Click here for more
The coincidences are uncanny.
As the WBC No. 1 ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco prepares himself for his first world title fight, when he faces Jose Alfaro on Saturday night at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, for the interim WBC lightweight belt, the circumstances are eerily similar to when another fighter trained by Romulo Quirarte was crowned, Raul “Jibaro” Perez . . . . Click here for more
In April of 2006, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin engaged in an unforgettable three round battle that left fans demanding a rematch between two of the best light heavyweights on the planet. On Saturday, November 21st, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Ortiz and Griffin will finally meet again, and this time it will be as the explosive main event of UFC 106.
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of “The Rumble in the Jungle” epic battle, Everlast is giving away one (1) pair of ALI Classic Boxing Gloves, replicas of the gloves that Ali wore in his legendary encounter against George Foreman on October 30, 1974. The “Rumble in the Jungle” is one of the most famous fights of all time and has inspired millions of people due to the heroic contest between two of biggest legends in boxing! To enter the Everlast “ALI Glove Friday” giveaway, log onto Facebook and find the Everlast Facebook, become a fan of Everlast, and post your favorite “Rumble in the Jungle” moment. Good luck!
Six division former world champion Oscar de la Hoya addresses the crowd assembled at the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School in Boyle Heights, California on Thursday. (Photo: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley and junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will appear at a “meet-and-greet” from 2-3:30PM on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the final day of qualifying at the Ninth Annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. A full-size boxing ring in the southeast corner of the pits, near the grandstand, with Golden Boy boxers Luis Ramos Jr., Charles Huerta, Ronny Rios and David Rodela participating in a sparring session will be “Fight Night Club” series fighters.
“This will be a grudge match,” guaranteed both Miguel Robles and David Quijano, while assuring their fans that they’ll leave everything on the ring. This asseverations were said today, in the official weigh-ins for the Boxeo Boricua event, which will take place tomorrow night at the Héctor Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Miguel “El Loco” Robles weighed 114 pounds, while David Quijano marked 115 pounds. They’ll fight for the USNBC super flyweight title. The other headliner, Albert “El Poderoso” Cruz (6-0, 5 KOs), made 134 ¼ ponds, while his opponent Alberto Amaro (4-5,1 KO) weighed 135 ½ pounds. Boxeo Boricua in Caguas is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc, in association with H2 Entertainment. Tickets are available in Ticketcenter Tel (787)792-5000 or www.ticketcenterpr.com. Prices $12, $25 and $35.
One more day of training here in Tampa on Friday, then world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and his team will gear up and head to Las Vegas. “We’ve had the perfect camp. Miguel is determined and focused,” said Joe Santiago, Cotto’s chief trainer. “We are about to head out for Las Vegas.” Cotto plans to arrive into Las Vegas at 4 pm on Sunday. He will train daily in Las Vegas, except for Tuesday, Nov. 3 when he will be in Los Angeles for a press workout. (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today a lightweight showdown that will have tremendous implications on the future of the 155-pound division. On Saturday, Dec. 19 from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, lightweight title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will take on striker extraordinaire Ed Ratcliff, while in the co-main event, Muay Thai sensation Anthony Njokuani battles former IFL star Chris Horodecki. When the smoke clears on Dec. 19, the world may know who is next in line for a crack at the WEC lightweight champion. (more…)
Weighing in 5.5 lbs. heavy on a scale deemed suspect by many fighter camps, Hector Camacho Jr. has given up his WBC Caribbean jr. middleweight belt for tomorrow’s showdown with Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas. Campas made weight, coming in at a trim 152 while Camacho, one of four fighters out of ten who were overweight, came in at 159.5. Rather than sweat off the excess, an agreement has been made between camps and Camacho will forfeit his belt. Agreements were also made between the camps of David Medina and Miguel Hernandez (who was 4.5 lbs. heavy); and Bobby Joe Valdez and Abel Perry (Valdez was 3 lbs. over). The only fighter who hit the gym was Antonio Escalante, who was reweighed at 128 (originally 130). While several fighters and camps protested the scale used by Texas Athletic Sports commission, officials were adamant about the scale’s accuracy. FOR MORE PHOTOS, CLICK HERE
“LATIN INVASION 2” will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Everlast Worldwide has teamed with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in the fight to KO breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Everlast has created the PINK products to help raise awareness plus contributions to the BCRF. Everlast will donate a portion from each sale of a PINK item to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to support the search for a cure for breast cancer. The Everlast PINK items include the Everlast Hook and Loop Training Glove, Pink 180′ Hand Wraps, and the Pink Mini-Glove Keychain. Please click here for more info and to order the Everlast PINK items. Go to www.bcrfcure.org to learn more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness
The near 90 degree Florida heat did not stop fans and media members from showing up in droves for Miguel Cotto’s Tampa training camp today for his final open workout before he heading to Las Vegas his November 14 fight against Manny Pacquiao. The Puerto Rican powerhouse celebrated his 29th birthday with the biggest media day of his professional boxing career reinforcing the magnitude of his pending date with Pacquiao. Cotto showed the crowd that he is ready to prove himself when he faces Pacquiao in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and live on pay-per-view. Click here for more photos + quotes from Cotto and his team.
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