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He knows about his rivals reputation but to Tomas Rojas, Vic Darchinyan represents the opportunity of a lifetime. “I’m very happy and motivated to be facing Vic Darchinyan, and believe me, he dose not intimidate me at all,” said Tomas Rojas, the WBC interim super flyweight champion about his championship bout against Darchiyan on Saturday, December 12 at the Casino Agua Caliente in Racho Mirage, California. The bout will be telecast by Showtime. (more…)
By Robert Coster
In a press conference at the plush Karibe Convention Center, Promoter Jacques Deschamps in partnership with Premium Boxing Promotions of Panama, announced an interesting international 8 bout card in Haiti on December 18th (at the same venue). Two regional titles will be at stake: 2 time former European union champion, French-Haitian boxer Jimmy “Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs) will be making his debut on the American continent against Colombian champion Jhon Berrio (15-6, 12 KOs) for the interim WBC Latino junior middleweight title. Then, there will be an intriguing clash of unbeaten prospects pitting hard punching, Panama-based Nicholas “Axman” Walters (12-0, 10 KOs) of Jamaica against sleek Dominican Carlos Manuel Reyes (13-0, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight crown. (more…)
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) is back in training as he prepares for his upcoming world title fight challenge of WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs). The bout will take place on January 23rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. It will be Lopez’ first fight since he unanimously decisioned challenger Rogers Mtagwa to retain his title in a thriller this past October. Fightnews spoke with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez prior to his departure for New York. Lopez is headed there for the upcoming initial press conference this Thursday to publicize his upcoming fight with Luevano. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Next up for WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is a SUPER SIX showdown with Jermain Taylor on March 3rd at a location to be determined. Promoter Dan Goossen is shooting for Las Vegas or Oakland as the site. Taylor is not being taken lightly by the Ward Camp, as they believe he was competitive for eleven rounds in both the Froch and Abraham fights, although they have noted (but will not divulge) a certain weakness in Taylor which Ward plans to exploit. “Taylor’s problem was that he stopped improving following winning the title,” said Ward. “I will not repeat this mistake and will fight to continue improving and to stay champion.”
By Brady Crytzer
Brian “The Beast” Minto has spent the last six weeks preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On Saturday, December 5th the WBO #5 and WBA #14 ranked Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) squares off with recent world title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. A consummate gym rat, Minto had spent the last two months preparing for a fight against an opponent to be determined that did not materialize, so he was ready and willing when he received the call to fight Arreola. (More)
Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Enrique Ornelas 173.5
All undercard fighters will be weigh in Wednesday
Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Golden Boy
On December 4, at Freizeit Arena in Solden, Austria WBC World female flyweight champion Simona “Romagna Queen” Galassi (11-0-1, 3 KOS) will defend her title for the third time against French Aziza Oubaita (9-1- 1, 4 KOs). Galassi is targeting a showdon with German WBA and WBO World champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian. On the undercard, welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (4-0, 3 KOs – nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni) will fight Hungarian Attila Molnar (15-14-6, 7 KOs). Both fights, which will take place on a Universum show, and are promoted by OPI 2000 headed by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi in collaboration with Dahlia TV.
By Graham Houston
Forward planning is nothing new in the fight game. Roy Jones Jr. has a plan. It is to give Danny Green a boxing lesson in Australia on Wednesday and then meet old rival Bernard Hopkins in a “rematch of the legends” fight in 2010. Hopkins is expected to coast home in his tune-up fight against Enrique Ornelas on the Versus Network on Wednesday, and same-day coverage of Jones-Green will be part of the show. It is a perfect way to lead into a Jones-Hopkins megafight. There’s just one small problem. Green might not be the pushover that I suspect Jones believes him to be . . . Click here for more
On Thursday, December 3rd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents its premiere installment of the new collaborative series “Hustler Boxing” with Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club – NYC at New York’s famous Manhattan Center on 34th street. The show, being televised live on the Versus Network, is headlined by “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10KO) taking on Baltimore’s Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1, 4KO) for the vacant USBA light welterweight Championship. “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) takes on former three-time National Golden Gloves Champion, Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO) in a must see welterweight affair, while “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) looks to capture her first world championship when she takes on Jenna Shiver (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA Female Super Bantamweight Championship. Also scheduled to appear on the card is the Bronx’s lightweight contender Jorge Teron (23-1-1, 15KO) as well as former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Brooklyn’s own, Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42KO) as he makes his much anticipated return to the ring after a two year hiatus, against tough Marcus McGee (22-17, 11KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Officials are set for the Danny Green vs Roy Jones jnr IBO cruiserweight title bout at Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia Wednesday. The referee is Howard Foster (United Kingdom). Judges are Andre Van Grootenbruel (Belgium), Andile Matika (South Africa) and Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico). IBO Supervisor is Phil Austin (Australia).
Video: Wayne Smale
Roy Jones Jr. weighed in at 81.45 kilos (179.6 lbs.), while IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green scaled in at 81.30 kilos (179.2 lbs.), both more than twenty pounds below the cruiserweight limit.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck is brimming with confidence ahead of his first title defence. The 25-year-old (26-1, 20 KOs), who dethroned Victor Emilio Ramirez in August, locks horns with highly-regarded challenger Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) in Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Today the two fighters participated in an open work-out. “I am ready,” Huck said. “I have worked so hard to become world champion – I will not allow anyone to take the title away from me. Afolabi is a strong fighter. Many people do underestimate him – but not me. I have prepared for 12 hard rounds and I really look forward to defending my title for the first time. The belt will stay in Germany!” (more…)
Amid conflicting reports regarding reasons for the cancellation of the Winky Wright vs. Grady Brewer Pay-Per-View show scheduled for December 11, Winky Wright has issued the following statement. “I am really disappointed the show can’t happen as I was training very hard and really wanted to get back in the ring. I was so looking forward to fighting in Puerto Rico in front of all the Puerto Rican people who are boxing fanatics and really know and appreciate the sport. I still am a bit shocked the show was cancelled by the promoter in Puerto Rico, but I want to make it perfectly clear it was not because I asked for millions of dollars to fight. We had done everything possible to make this show come together and I knew the financial considerations I needed to make in order for it to happen. Unfortunately now this is not the case, and I will look to find another alternative so I can fight as soon as possible. I hope that we can work something out so that I will be fighting in the early part of 2010, as I am anxious to use all the hard work and training I have already put in for this show. I just hope everyone has a great holiday season, and look for me to fight again soon after the New Year.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and challenger Roy Jones Jr. both made weight Tuesday for their showdown at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Roy weighed in first and took questions from the media, mentioning that he has trained very hard for Danny Green and was confident of victory. He also said it was his job to put on a good show for the boxing fans. Danny Green weighed in and received a loud ovation from the boxing fans in attendance. Master of Ceremonies Andy Raymond stated that Roy Jones was one of the best boxers to ever visit Australia. The Pay Per View bout will be telecast live around Australia on Main Event. It will also be televised to the USA on a same day basis. Click for more photos…
There is a high demand for tickets for the December 19 boxing card at the new 5,500-seat Multipurpose Center in Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, featuring WBA bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (18-0, 10 KOs) defending against Alejandro Valdez (21-3-3, 15 KOs) and WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) facing former two-division champ Jesus “Matador” Chavez (44-6, 30 KOs). Both bouts will be televised in the United States on a split-site pay-per-view telecast headlined by the middleweight title fight between Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Espino from Youngstown, Ohio. Also seeing action in Obregón will be former lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (60-9-1, 52 KOs) facing Saul Corral (26-6, 8 KOs), plus flyweight contender Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (26-0, 19 KOs). Tickets start at 200 pesos and go up to 2000 pesos, available at www.eticket.com.mx.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Lightweight contender Aristides Pérez, who is scheduled challenge WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta on December 19 in Caracas, Venezuela, has been arrested by police in Barranquilla, Colombia, on a charge of extortion. According to our information, Pérez (16-1-1, 9 KOs) was captured in an ongoing police operation. The Colombian had recently lost a world title challenge in Mexico against WBC super featherweight champion Humberto ‘La Zorrita’ Soto in September of this year.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. admits he is expecting a much tougher fight on Wednesday against IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green than he got when he easily defeated former IBF 168 pound champion Jeff Lacy in August. ”It’s a bigger guy coming at me, a stronger guy, a much quicker guy,” Jones stated. “Jeff Lacy was just a kid who really didn’t have an idea what he got himself into, so that was more child abuse.”
Green, meanwhile, thinks that he has been given no chance of winning against Jones by many, but plans to prove them all wrong when he steps into the ring on Wednesday at the Acer arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia with a expected live gate of 20,000 and a global television audience. ”Do I think he’s underestimated me? Yes. I think everyone’s underestimated me,” commented Green.
Heavyweight prospect Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (26-1, 18 KOs) will battle former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (32-2, 20 KOs) in a crossroads bout for both fighters on Saturday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The non-televised bout will highlight the undercard of the event that features a middleweight clash between Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Sergio Martinez, plus heavyweiht Cristobal Arreola against Brian Minto.
By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten lightweight Jason Bedeman smashed Joseph Modise to defeat inside the first round in their eagerly awaited return match at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Monday night. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds. On July 31 this year they fought to an eight round draw in a fight that both camps claimed victory. (more…)
Everyone was all smiles at the inauguration of Gymnasium Jose “Chegui” Torres, in honor of the late former light heavyweight world champion from Puerto Rico. The event took place on Monday, November, 30th in the El Pueblo de Patillas in Puerto Rico. Torres passed away at the age of 72 on January 19th in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In attendance were WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez, and former world champions Juan La Porte, Alex ‘Nene’ Sanchez, Alfredo ‘El Salsero’ Escalera, Víctor ‘Luvi’ Callejas, Ángel ‘Cholo’ Espada, contenders Juan Mercedes and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., as well as Promoters Ivan & Peter Rivera of PR Best Boxing and Sampson Lewkowicz, managers and trainers Orlando Piñero, Margaro Cruz y César González, and the President of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, Dommys Delgado Berty. Golden Boy Promotions, PR Best Boxing Promotins, and Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala (All Star Boxing) donated equipment to the gymnasium. Click here for more photos…
Massachusetts has become the 42nd state in the country to bring regulated mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions, including Ultimate Fighting® Championship® (UFC®) events, to thousands of Bay State fans. The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a bill that would allow the Department of Public Safety to oversee regulation of the popular sport in the state. (more…)
Text and photo by Mary Ann Owen
WBC super featherweight champion Olivia “The Predator” Gerula (11-10-2, 3 KOs) encounters interim WBC champion Myriam Chomaz (12-1, 7 KOs) on December 17th at the Halle Carpentier in Paris, France. The Gerula-Chomaz title bout is the co-main feature of the Jean Marc Mormeck (33-4, 22 KOs) vs Vinny Maddelone (32-5, 23 KOs) heavyweight contest. Mormeck, a former cruiserweight champion, is now campaigning as a heavyweight.
Former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas pose on November 30, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the press conference for their December 2, 2009 bout at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia which will be televised live on VERSUS. Click here for quotes and more photos…
In the final three weeks leading up to his showdown with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs), televised on HBO Dec. 12, undefeated contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) will be posting his diary online, exclusive to Fightnews.com readers.
Diary entry Monday, Nov. 30
“Today is the big day. There is so much to do before traveling to Berne, Switzerland today. I had hoped to get in a little sparring this morning before getting on the plane, but my sparring partners looked like they need a break so I let them off the hook.
“But I did get in a 5K run on the treadmill (it was raining outside), did some calisthenics and shadowboxed for an hour. After that, I got in a 45 minute workout with my personal trainer, then sat down with my manager and trainers to map out the game plan for the next two weeks. (more…)
Unbeaten in 13 pro fights, junior welterweight prospect Mauricio Herrera will step up in class on December 4 when he faces former world champion Mike Anchondo – in the eight round co-main event of ShoBox: The New Generation at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California live on Showtime at 11pm ET / PT (delayed for the West Coast). In the main event, junior middleweight knockout artist Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KOs) takes on Carson Jones (23-7-1, 14 KOs) in a ten round bout presented by Gary Shaw Productions. The Herrera vs Anchondo bout is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) has been added to Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing upcoming, “Hustler Boxing” card at the Manhattan Center this Thursday. Briggs, who hails from nearby Brooklyn, will be returning from a two-year hiatus from the ring when he squares off against Marcus McGee (22-17, 11 KOs). Briggs, who turns 38 the following day, will be looking to get back into the heavyweight contender picture, and hopefully set himself up for another world title opportunity somewhere in the near future. Hustler Boxing is being presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in association with Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club and will be aired live on the nationally televised Versus Network. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with the first bout scheduled for 7:30. Versus will begin airing at 9PM. The Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center is located at 311 West 34th Street New York, NY (between 8th and 9th Ave.). Tickets are priced at $202, $152, $102, $52 with VIP tables of ten also available. Call 718-823-2000.
By Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham and Vernon Paris return to ring action at the Royal Oak Music Theatre for promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions on Friday, December 4th. Cunningham will be in the main event against an opponent TBD while Paris faces Damon Antoine. Cunningham, riding a nine bout win streak, told fightnews.com he was not concerned about his yet to be named foe. “I’m in great shape, real sharp, and can’t wait to fight on Friday”. Confident Cunningham further declared, “doesn’t matter who they find for me.” Undefeated Paris who fought just a little over two weeks ago after having been out of action for nearly twenty-one months, makes good on his desire to stay active as he makes his first ever appearance at this popular suburban Detroit venue. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#3 hard-punching flyweight prospect Shigetaka Ikehara (19-1, 15 KOs), 110.25, decked an upset victory when he started fireworks from the outset, floored WBC#13 formerly three-time world challenger Shingo Yamaguchi (24-7-2, 10 KOs), 110, with a vicious body shot and finally halted him at 2:06 of the third round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a sad swan song of Yamaguchi who had failed to win the world belt on three occasions—losing to WBC 108-pound champ Yosam Choi by a tenth round TKO in 2002, to WBA 112-pound ruler Takefumi Sakata by a unanimous nod and to WBC 112-pound kingpin Daisuke Naito by an eleventh round stoppage both in 2008. Miserably Yamaguchi, handled by ex-WBA champ Katsuo Tokashiki, was overpowered by the younger Ikehara all the way, though he attempted to fight back in the second. The third witnessed the underdog Ikehara dig a wicked shot to the midsection to have Yamaguchi kneel down and then furiously swarm over the fading veteran as the fight resumed. The ref mercifully declared a halt to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
Despite a noisy beginning at an October press conference from the always-outspoken Melissa Hernandez, the four weeks of preparation for Holly Holm has been pretty quiet. “It’s been business as usual,” says Holm . . . Click here for more
When Balimore, Maryland native Tim Coleman (16-1-1, 4 KOs) last fought in front of a nationally televised audience he nearly upset unbeaten James De La Rosa back in October of 2008. In fact the ring announcer initially announced Coleman as the winner in error but quickly corrected himself and announced De La Rosa as a close decision winner. Since the loss to De La Rosa, Coleman has strung together two victories including a rematch with veteran Martinus Clay. The two had a draw in 2007 but Coleman won the rematch by way of a wide margin unanimous decision. Coleman will once again get an opportunity in front of a live national audience to show that he’s ready for contender status when he takes on former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis (23-3-2, 10 KOs). The bout will take place this Thursday at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, in New York, New York and will be a scheduled for 12 round main event for the vacant USBA light welterweight title. The Versus network will televise. Fightnews spoke with Coleman as he closed out his training camp. Coleman spoke on his new trainer, dropping down to junior welterweight, and why this fight is a must win for him. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
A five-bout show has taken place on Saturday night in Samara, Russia, making it a huge present for local fans of boxing. The event was promoted by Kira Plotnikova, the widow of late promoter Alexey Plotnikov, who has tragically died two years ago, with the help of German Titov and Kirill Pchelnikov from German Titov Promotions and Pushka Promotions respectively. The tournament became a nice aftermath of the 2009 International Kostya Tszyu Cup. The most acclaimed Russian pro fighter visited Samara himself and gave six rounds of action to three local amateur standouts, schooling and teaching them priceless tricks and maneuvers. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Not since legendary heavyweight Jack Johnson came in 1908 has there been such a high profile fighter boxing in the country of Australia. Now in 2009 former eight times world champion Roy Jones Jr is poised to make boxing history when he takes on local Aussie hero Danny Green for the IBO cruiserweight title at the Acer Arena in Sydney on December 2nd. The significance of the match is not just the fact it will be the biggest revenue fight in Australian boxing history, but like Jack Johnson’s fight when he secured the world heavyweight title for the first time outpointing Tommy Burns and becoming the first black heavyweight champion there is also a historical context in this fight. (more…)
By Leonid Yuryev and Daniyar Karimzhan (ringside)
Former super flyweight contender Marat Mazimbaev, now working as a promoter, staged his last show this year on Saturday night at Circus, Almaty, Kazakhstan. In the main event, rising featherweight Mirzhan Zhaksylykov (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped usually durable Thai guest Peesaddaeng Kiatsakthanee (20-8, 5 KOs) in seven rounds to acquire his PABA Belt. Also victorious were lightweight Berik Kaliev (7-0, 3 KOs) and talented super featherweight Abzal Adambaev (2-0, 1 KOs), who has just come back home after helping newly crowned WBC Interim titlist Vitaly Tajbert to prepare for his last fight in Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green is confident that he will destroy challenger Roy Jones Jr. when they clash on Wednesday at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. With a capacity attendance of 20,000 fight fans Green has promised not only to defeat Jones but make Jones’ first professional fight outside the USA the biggest mistake he has made in his professional career. “I want to destroy him,” proclaimed Green. ”I picture his legs wobbling and me delivering the KO punch. I see him unconscious on the canvas. He’s slumped on the canvas. I picture him asleep on the canvas. His corner runs into the ring, mine run into the ring. I see them picking him up and mine lifting me onto their shoulders – after I make sure he’s all right. I don’t want to just defeat Roy Jones Jr. I want to destroy him!”
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