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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
While he has never found a microphone he doesn’t like, WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal has done an about face in the way he prepares for a fight, settling for seclusion instead of the bright lights. Pascal who defends his world WBC belt this Friday against mandatory challenger Silvio Branco once again fled all the conveniences of home and attended a training camp where boxing and only boxing were served up 24-7. “It was really tough because it was really boring over there,” said Pascal who spent time in upstate New York in preparation for his first title defense. “But I was able to stay focused, train really hard, eat, watch TV and sleep, that’s all, that’s all.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
NABF super bantamweight champion Al Seeger (28-4,22 KOs) will defend his title against Victor Fonseca (16-0,8 KOs) Oct 23rd. The bout will be a 10 round co-feature for Seeger’s title and air on Showtime’s ground-breaking ShoBox: The New Generation series. The main event will feature Cuba born Damian Frias (16-1, 7KOs) defending his WBC Latino welterweight title against Freddy Hernandez of Mexico (25-1, 18 KOs). Frias enters the bout on a twelve fight win streak while Hernandez is unbeaten in his last nine bouts. Site will be Laredo, Texas. Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event.
By Lee Bates
Former U.S.A. 2000 Olympian and 4-time world title challenger Jose Navarro (26-4, 12 KOs) will take on veteran Michael Domingo (38-14-2, 16 KOs) of the Philippines on October 3rd at the Cuneta Astrodome, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It will be Navarro’s first fight since February of 2008 when he lost by split decision to then WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares. It was Navarro’s fourth unsuccessful attempt to win a world title. Navarro will have his hands full with Domingo who is riding a 7 bout win streak and is well known for pulling off upsets. In 2007 he upset then 22-0 highly touted prospect Miguel Roman by unanimous decision and about a year ago he upset former world champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand by 9th round TKO.
Also on the card will be world ranked minimumweight Milan Melindo of the Philippines (18-0, 5 KOs) who will look to keep his unbeaten win streak alive as he takes on hard punching Guadalupe Martinez (7-1, 7 KOs ) of Mexico who has a 100% KO percentage in his victories. Milan is world ranked no lower than number 5 by all four major sanctioning bodies. He impressively unanimously decisioned former world champion Muhammad Rachman in his last bout this past March and looks to continue on his world title quest with a victory over Martinez. Both Domingo and Melindo fight out of the well known ALA Boxing stable.
Art Hovanessian 134.8 vs Baudel Cardenas 137
Luis Ramos Jr. 136.2 vs Cristian Favela 137.4
Karl Dargan 135.4 vs Rynell Griffin 135.4
Juan Sandoval 131.2 vs Victor Martinez 131.4
Charles Huerta 125.8 vs Rodrigo Aranda 125.4
Ronny Rios 126 vs Manuel Sarabia 126
Eric Godoy 133.8 vs Javier Solis 134
Venue: Club Nokia, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Jim Jeffries biographer Jim Carney. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
There’s no better person to ask about the similarities in the fighting styles of former Mexican world champion Salvador Sanchez and his nephew of the same name than legendary trainer Jimmy Montoya. Montoya worked with the featherweight world champion Sanchez in the early 1980s before he was tragically killed in a 1982 car accident at the age of 23. Three years later Sanchez’s brother had a son and named him after the great champion. On Saturday night, boxing fans will get to see a glimpse of what made the champion so special when Salvador Sanchez II (15-3-2, 8 KOs) takes on dangerous veteran Trinidad Mendoza in a featherweight bout on the undercard of the main event world title showdown between World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko and WBC No. 1 contender Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (more…)
Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika won an entertaining slugfest tonight against a game Theo Kruger in the main event on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sheika (28-9, 19 KOs) wore-down Kruger (9-9-2, 3 KOs) and took a knee in the seventh round after Sheika unloaded a barrage of punches. The onslaught continued in the eighth as Kruger was decked again. He beat the 10-count on shaky legs, but the fight was wisely halted by the referee at that point. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Rod Nazario, the former business manager of Manny Pacquiao, and widely recognized as the man who gave the current pound-for-pound king his break on US soil, passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday morning at the Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Pinas, Metro Manila. Nazario, who became involved in the fight game during the time of Tanny Campo in the 1950s, had been diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Nazario even celebrated his birthday last Sept. 12 and over the weekend, Pacquiao dropped by the hospital and wished him well. Pacquiao was under the tutelage of Nazario from 1995 until 2005 and it was in June 2001 when Pacquiao made his American debut after Nazario negotiated that he be given the chance to fight underneath an Oscar De La Hoya headliner at the MGM Grand. Nazario was at ringside when Pacquiao knocked out Ricky Hatton last May in Las Vegas. Fightnews would like to express its condolences to the family of Nazario.
Jr middleweight contender James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) was sentenced today in Austin, Texas to 24 months in prison for purchasing a gun at a gun show while under probation for a previous robbery conviction. Kirkland was given credit for six months already served and he could be back in the ring in about a year.
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Fightnews is sad to report that well-known Russian middleweight and Perm beloved son Alexey “Ferocious” Chirkov has tragically died this Monday in his hometown. An unexpected cardiac seizure is called to be a cause of this shocking death. Chirkov was five months short of his 30th birthday. (more…)
Charles E. Lomax, the first African American to become a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Sidley & Austin and later general counsel for legendary promoter Don King where he helped negotiate some of the biggest contracts in boxing, televised-sports and entertainment history, died on Sunday at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. Mr. Lomax had battled pancreatic cancer for over two years. He was 85. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger and newly crowned NABF lightweight champion Jason Litzau (25-2, 21 KOs) will take on veteran Johnnie Edwards (15-4-1, 8 KOs) in a special edition of ESPN2’s Wednesday Night fights November 4th. The bout will which will take place at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina is part of a salute to veterans week. Roy Jones’ Square Ring Inc. will promote.
Bob Arum is writing a weekly boxing column in the Las Vegas Sun. His latest talks about the November 14 Welterweight Championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is a link to Arum’s column.
By Lee Bates
Unbeaten 6’6″ giant cruiserweight prospect and former 2008 Olympian Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (5-0, 5 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten KO streak as he takes on Larry Pryor of Texas. The bout will take place on the undercard of Top Rank’s Latin Fury 12 October 10th event. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Negron has knocked-out all five of his opponents with four KOs coming in the first round. This will also mark the first time Negron has fought at the famed Madison Square Garden. “This will be Negron’s sixth fight this year and what an excellent opportunity for him to fight in such a historic venue as Madison Square Garden,” stated PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera. (more…)
Former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez each held an open workout for the Chicago media and fight fans on Tuesday afternoon. While a large crowd watched at JABB Boxing Gym, Diaz and Chavez went through a vigorous workout routine as they made final preparations for their showdown on Saturday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Both Diaz and Chavez looked in outstanding shape as they completed their training.The Diaz/Chavez ten round main event headlines “Warriors Collide/Windy City Fight Night 6” a seven bout card of world class professional boxing, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. Tickets for “Warriors Collide/Windy City Fight Night 6” are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Boxing’s busiest champion, WBC light-flyweight monarch Edgar Sosa (37-5, 21 KOs) is set for yet another title defense on November 21st in Tuxla Gutierrez, Chappas, Mexico, the eleventh defense of his two year tenure as champion. The opponent being mentioned is touted Filipino contender Rodel Mayol (25-4-1, 19 KOs) who just gave WBO champion Ivan Calderon two tough back-to-back battles, one a draw and the other, a recent close point loss. It is very probable that with this fight Sosa would be closing out his reign in the 108lb division and stepping up to the flyweight division next year. For his part Mayol would be making his fourth attempt at winning the mini-flyweight title, after unsuccessful attempts against Ulises Solis and Calderon. Rodel is reputed for his lightening speed and excellent power. Declared champion Sosa, “I think Mayol proved how worthy a fighter he is against a great champion like Calderon, giving Ivan the hardest fights of his career. If the fight is confirmed, I expect a very difficult challenge from Mayol.”
By Rick Scharmberg
Teon Kennedy and Lante Addy put on a terrific main event on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City, a toe-to-toe slugfest from start to finish, making it a fitting end to an event honoring one of the most exciting fighters of our generation, the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. The card, “Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti,” was promoted by Main Events-Arturo’s longtime promoter. You could tell it was going to be a special evening when you saw the billboard with Arturo’s name in bold letters on the Atlantic City Expressway before reaching the resort city. Upon reaching the sixth floor ballroom at Bally’s, there were facades surrounding the lobby with the warrior’s image. For more details and photos click here…
In front of a large crowd of traders and boxing fans at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez rang the opening bell on Tuesday morning to start off the trading day. After opening the trading day, Diaz and Chavez were swarmed by hundreds of traders and CBOE employees as they walked the trading floor for over 90 minutes where they posed for pictures and signed autographs. Diaz and Chavez square off in the main event this Saturday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
The quarter-final draw is set for the October 2 “Prizefighter Heavyweights III” tournament at the ExCel in London. The field includes reigning British champion and Mike Tyson conqueror Danny Williams (41-7, 31 KOs) and Olympic Games gold medalist Audley Harrison (23-4, 17 KOs). Michael Sprott has withdrawn from the eight-man, one-night boxing tournament after the recent death of his sister. Stepping in for Sprott will be Neil Perkins.
Scott Gammer vs Coleman Barrett
Danny Williams vs Carl Baker
Audley Harrison vs Scott Belshaw
Neil Perkins vs Danny Hughes
Each bout is scheduled for three rounds or less with winners advancing to the next round. The winner will pocket $52,000. This will be the eighth edition of the popular Prizefighter competition on Sky Sports promoted by Matchroom Sport.
By Dennis Principe
If Manny Pacquiao were to fight Miguel Cotto this weekend, there is no doubt in the mind of Freddie Roach the Filipino boxing sensation could still win the highly-anticipated bout. This was how Roach described Pacquiao’s conditioning as soon as the two linked up for the first time since their 2nd round demolition of Ricky Hatton last May in Las Vegas: “He was very sharp. If I didn’t know better I would think he was in the gym for a month. His combinations are fast and his power is already there. His mindset, we’re on the same page that we know how to fight Cotto,” said Roach moments after their training. (more…)
Last month two-time former lightweight world title challenger José Miguel Cotto (29-1, 21 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 27 months. Since then he hasn’t stopped, and with the clear purpose of regaining his well earned place in boxing, he’s facing his role as the headliner in the “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas” event that will take place in the Héctor Solá Bezares Coliseum on Saturday. “The first phase was the hardest” explained José Miguel, regarding the process of regaining his condition and fighting weight. He assured that he feels “focused and ready to win,” against whatever rival he’ll face. On Saturday, José Miguel will fight Martín Ramírez (7-11-1, 4 KOs), from Phoenix, Arizona. If Cotto comes out with a victory, probably he’d fight next in Las Vegas on the day before the “Firepower” mega event, where his younger brother (world champion Miguel Cotto) will face Manny Pacquiao.
Unbeaten heavyweight KO artist Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) will face Jason Gavern (18-5-3, 8 KOs) on the October 10 “Universum Champions Night” in Rostock. Boytsov (WBA #5, IBF #8, WBC #10, WBO #10) will be risking his world ranking and WBA Intercontinental championship.
In another just announced heavyweight bout on the card, unbeaten Manuel Charr (12-0, 6 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-10-2, 19 KOs), who has won nine straight.
In a third notable heavyweight clash, Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs) meets Markus Tomala (6-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens for the interim German heavyweight championship. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao finally hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach, who arrived in Baguio, Philippines, on Tuesday to start training camp with the pound-for-pound king in preparation for the Miguel Cotto showdown on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas. oach arrived at 3:45 am via Philippine Airlines and he was joined in the trip from Los Angeles by conditioning coach Alex Ariza and Wild Card enforcer Rob Peters. They were immediately brought by land to Baguio and Roach and company went to work. Pacquiao welcomed the arrival of Roach, who fell in love with the Shape Up Gym that will host Pacquiao’s daily training sessions until mid-October or beyond. A media day is being scheduled on Oct. 1 in Baguio when Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives in the country to check on his fighter. Arum is arriving via Philippine Airlines and he will be fetched at the airport by Pacquiao friend and ex-Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, who has a private plane that will bring the Top Rank chief and select members of the media to the City of Pines. More photos…
By Edgar Gonzalez
On one of this summer’s hottest days in Southern California, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola hosted their final press conference at the Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles CA. Both fighters are scheduled to collide for the heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 26th, at the Staple Center. Click for more details and photos galore
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Formers world champions Cesar Canchila (28-2, 22 KOs) of Colombia and Juan Landaeta (25-6-1, 19 KOs) of Venezuela could meet in an IBF eliminator with the winner to challenge IBF jr. flyweight champion Brian Viloria. Canchila is rated IBF #6 and Landaeta is #9. The fight would be held in November at the Elías Chegwin Gym in Barranquilla or in Monteria, the hometown of Canchila. The negotiations for this fight are ongoing and are expected to be finalized shortly.
Opponents appearing in the featured bouts have been announced for the return of “Fight Night Club” on Thursday at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (12-0, 7 KOs) faces Cristian Favela (16-20-6, 9 KOs) in a six rounder. The co-feature is featherweight Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) against Rodrigo Aranda (8-10-2, 2 KOs) in another six rounder. In other bouts, featherweight Ronny Rios (6-0, 2 KOs) takes on Manuel Sarabia (16-29-9, 10 KOs) in four round action. Lightweight Karl Dargan (4-0, 2 KOs) is scheduled for six against Rynell Griffin (5-1-1, 1 KO). Also seeing action is lightweight Art Hovanessian (8-0-1, 3 KOs) vs TBA. Televised bouts will air live on VERSUS.
By Alexey Sukachev
The coming month will be a chance to shine for 24-year old junior welterweight hope Denis “Genghis Khan” Shafikov (20-0, 11 KOs) of Miass, Russia. He will be obliged to work hard and intensively, however, to capture the top honors and put his name into contention. “We are planning it huge for Denis”, says his manager Oleg Bogdanov. “The next fight will be a non-title ten-rounder in September and then we are going for some highly regarded minor titles in October.” (more…)
Omar Sheika 181.4 vs Theo Kruger 184.2
Richard Gingras 177.6 vs Robert Davis 177.6
Danny O’Connor 140.2 vs Patrick Cape 141.4
Faruq Saleem 255 vs Shawn McLean 219.5
Hajro Sujak 170 vs Joel Lopez 172
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
Promoter: Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing
Note: Special guests are the legendary Spinks boxing family – Hall of Famer Michael Spinks, Leon Spinks, and Cory Spinks, the reigning IBF junior middleweight champion.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Jeff Fenech has been named as Australia’s greatest ever boxer, just ahead of Kostya Tszyu and Lionel Rose. A new glossy magazine entitled “The Greatest” hits Australian news stands this week naming the top 50 Australian fighters of all time going back to 19th century greats such as Peter Jackson and Young Griffo. Fenech won the IBF bantamweight, WBC super-bantamweight and WBC featherweight titles and was considered desperately unlucky not to take the WBC super-featherweight title from Azumah Nelson when their 12-round war in Las Vegas in 1991 was declared a draw to almost universal condemnation. During his career Fenech beat such fighters as Nelson, Daniel Zaragoza, Carlos Zarate, Greg Richardson, Samart Payakarun, Marcos Villasana, Victor Callejas, Steve McCrory, Jerome Coffee, Mario Martinez and Satoshi Shingaki. He made a comeback aged 44 last year after a 12-year absence to outpoint Nelson over 10 rounds in Melbourne and retired with a record of 29-3-1 (21 KOs). He was undefeated on the march to his three world titles. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (left) and Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, discuss strategy and share a laugh before a game against the San Francisco Giants this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. This Saturday, September 26th, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will be all business when he defends his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked WBC world contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside by way of East L.A., in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center. One of the most recognizable and popular fighters in the world, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. The power-punching Arreola, who has had only one fight go the distance (24 by KO, two by DQ), will attempt to make history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to capture a world heavyweight championship. Doors open at 4p and the first bout is at 5p. Tickets are available at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Klitschko-Torre showdown is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and will be telecast live by HBO at 10p ET/7p PT.
By Edgar Gonzalez
On a scorching day in Los Angeles, the final press conference for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title defense by champion Vitali Klitschko against unbeaten Chris Arreola took place outddors at the Nokia Plaza on “Chick Hearn Court” across From Staples Center.
Arreola: Klitschko believes I’m just another walk in the park, but come Saturday I’m going to win regardless and I guarantee it’s not going twelve rounds!
Klitschko: Arreola might be a hard puncher but he doesn’t have the skills I have and that’s what’s going to make the difference.
By Lee Bates
Looks like former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) will take on former world title challenger David Telesco (30-6-1, 25 KOs) on October 21st at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. Each fighter is on the comeback trail. Mitchell’s comeback was derailed this past May when on just a few days notice he flew to Kazakhstan and was stopped in four rounds by then unbeaten future world title challenger Beibut Shumenov. Telesco after a four year layoff is coming off of a tuneup victory this past July.
Unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, faces what could be the toughest test of his four-year career when he defends his NABA welterweight title against Richard Gutierrez, of Miami, FL, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City. (more…)
Chicago heavyweight Fres Oquendo has signed to take on unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis of Cuba on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12” at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 10. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Oquendo has a record of 31-5 with 20 knockouts. He has fought in 12 title bouts for world and minor titles. Oquendo, born in Puerto Rico, last fought in July and stopped Bruce Seldon. Solis, with two amateur wins over the legendary three-time Olympic gold medal winner Felix Savon, won a World Junior Championship in 1998, three World Championships in 2001, 2003 and 2005 as well as an Olympic gold medal in 2004. Solis, promoted by Top Rank and Arena Box, has a pro record of 14-0 with 10 knockouts. Solis and Oquendo will box 10 rounds.
In the main event, world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will take on Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia. Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend against Whyber Garcia of Panama.
Super welterweight Pawel Wolak of New Jersey has also been added to the PPV card. He replaces USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan who asked to be moved to Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13 title card on Dec. 19. Martirosyan said he wants to be with his chief trainer Freddie Roach who is heading to the Philippines to work with Manny Pacquiao. Wolak will be in the opening televised bout, taking on Carlos Nascimento of Brazil.
John Duddy, who is eying a future fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is also on the ‘Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12’ card at Madison Square Garden. Chavez Jr will be there, as his younger brother Omar is on the card in a six round bout.
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye today came face-to-face for the first time ahead of their title clash in Nuremberg on November 7. “I believe I can knock him out,” Haye told a packed press conference at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung. “I will take the title home with me.” Haye admitted that the preparation for the biggest fight of his life will be a difficult one. “It is hard to find sparring partners that are as tall as him,” he said. “But we will find some. This will be a true David-versus-Goliath battle. I am much faster than him and I will win.” (more…)
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