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Photo gallery from today’s WEC fighter workouts at the Palms in Las Vegas: Dominick Cruz, Joseph Benavidez, Shane Roller, Anthony Pettis, Cub Swanson, Chad Mendes and more! Click here for gallery by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed Pay-Per-View distribution leader of major boxing events, will showcase Mexican great Erik “Terrible” Morales to American boxing fans once again September 11, headlining the “Mexican Fiesta” pay-per-view event live from Mexico City. “We’re excited to bring U.S. boxing fans the second comeback fight for living legend Erik Morales, who is the last man to defeat Manny Pacquaio,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s a privilege for Integrated Sports Media to air this living legend’s continued comeback. The rest of the card is loaded with interesting fights that insure an entertaining night of boxing.”
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $29.95. For more details and photos click here…
TeleFutura’s Sólo Boxeo sets down at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona on Friday with a tough test for featherweight Michael Franco (16-0, 10 KOs) as he puts his “0” on the line against Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-rounder. In the co-feature, another unbeaten star on the rise unbeaten 22-year-old lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) risks his perfect record against Mexican veteran Genaro Trazancos (24-11, 14 KO’s) in another eight round bout.
In other notable undercard action, hot Ghanaian welterweight prospect Abdullai Amidu (14-0, 12 KOs) and power punching heavyweight Eric Woods (5-1, 4 KOs) feature in a six rounders against opponents to be named.
Photo: WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (15-1) puts the finishing touches on his training, today at the Palms in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Cruz will take on No. 1 Contender Joseph Benavidez (12-1) at the Palms, televised on VERSUS. Stay tuned for a full photo feature on today’s workouts.
The baddest man on the planet, UFC® heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, is back in the main event for UFC 121, and unbeaten Cain Velasquez is looking to take his belt and become the first man to knock him out. Lesnar proved he had beaten the severe illness that kept him sidelined for a year by withstanding the onslaught by Shane Carwin at UFC 116 and defending his heavyweight title with a slick submission in the second round. His opponent at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on October 23, 2010, Cain Velasquez, has already made short work out of the heavyweight division and he promises to make the most of his first shot at the title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamwweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno wants in on the proposed SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament. The final format still hasn’t been worked out, but names like Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Yhonny Perez, Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel have been mentioned. Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) retained his belt on Saturday night with a hard fought split decision over Nehomar Cermeno.
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Promoter Chris Jones fight card was a big hit Saturday night at the Elks Club in Tacoma, Washington. The card featured bouts for Washington State titles in the welterweight and jr welterweight divisions. Dashon Johnson (11-2-3, 3 KOs) defeated tough veteran Paul Mpendo,(7-6-4, 3 KOs) for the Washington State 147 lb title, and Willie Williams topped Jason Saunders for the State 140lb belt. (more…)
Former world title challenger and New York-based Dmitriy Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) will meet Dominican Franklin Gonzalez (13-5, 9 KOs) September 1st at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Salita will test out the welterweight waters as the bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 147 pounds maximum. The bout will also mark the reunion of Salita and trainer Nirmal Lorick. Lorick is best known for training former world champions Luis Collazo and Travis Simms. Lorick worked with Salita back in his amateur days and in the earlier part of Salita’s professional career. Salita is training out of the Universal Boxing Club in Ozone Park in Queens, New York. The bout will be broadcast exclusively on The Jewish Channel. Tickets are $60, $100, $150 available at dsalita.com or the Oceana Box Office. Dmitriy will be playing dual roles as both fighter and promoter.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo “Felino” Jones of Panama could soon be stripped of his crown. Jones won the title in September 2008 and has yet to defend. The WBA World Championships Committee is expected to vacate the belt shortly, thereby opening the door to challengers in the division that desire to fight. “We have been flexible with Jones,” said WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. “It’s sad, but the moment to decide has arrived. He couldn’t have expected more.”
Middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo is spending the scorching hot summer days training in New York City with one goal in mind, crushing WBA champion Felix Sturm on Saturday, September 4th in Cologne, Germany.
Said Lorenzo: “My preparation has been going great; I am in the best shape of my career, physically and mentally. I am so hungry to prove that I am the best middleweight in the world.” (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
It may be billed as a showdown of two sports – boxing vs. mixed martial arts – but at least one of the principals involved doesn’t see it that way.
“There’s nothing riding on this with the sport,” says UFC legend Randy Couture, who is matched up against former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney in the co-main of UFC 118, August 28 on Pay-Per-View . . . Click here for more
The full card has been released for the August 21 “The Big Challenge” PPV card, headlining Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) vs. Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) for the IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship. In the co-main, ten rounds at junior middleweight, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) takes on Jamaal Davis (12-6, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia. Two more bouts will be shown on the PPV telecast: In an eight-round welterweight bout, Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs); and in a sixer at junior welterweight, Jeremy Ryan (13-1, 6 KOs), of Paterson, N.J., takes on Pittsburgh’s Daniel Mitchell (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Three more bouts will round off the card: In a four-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn’s Shemuel Pagan will make his pro debut against Philadelphia’s Raul Rivera (0-2); Atlantic City’s Osnel Charles (3-2) takes on Hector Collado (0-1-1), of Union City, N.J., in a four-round junior lightweight bout; and, in the opener, junior lightweight debuters Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, N.J. goes up against Larry Yanez of Ft. Lauderdale.
A few months back Scott Jorgensen and Joseph Benavidez, two buddies who compete in the same division, made a pact: “We knew we were neck-and-neck for the next title shot and we said, “It doesn’t matter who gets it. One of us will fight Dominick (Cruz) and then we’ll fight each other for the belt.’” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
It’s an evening of hard-hitting boxing action — primarily showcasing the junior welterweight division — on Friday night, August 20 when Thompson Boxing Promotions presents a five-bout card billed as “Path to Glory” at Omega Products International in Corona, California.
Three of the five bouts will be contested at 140 pounds headlined by the scheduled eight-round main event of California fighters, as Riverside’s Mauricio Herrera (14-1, 6 KOs) looks to take another step up the junior welterweight ladder when he battles rugged veteran Hector Alatorre (16-10, 5 KOs), of Tulare. The co-feature, slated for six rounds, will pit undefeated Los Angeles junior welter Chris Rizo (4-0-1, 2 KOs) against always-tough Jose Alfredo Lugo (11-13-1, 5 KOs).
The WBC has officially asked promoters Ahmet Öner and Lou DiBella to take up negotiations for a welterweight championship fight between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) and WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin (20-0, 15 KOs). Öner and DiBella have until September 17th to reach an agreement or the fight will go purse bid at WBC headquarters in Mexico City.
Part of WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s preparations for Saturday’s highly anticipated title defense against Matt Godfrey in Erfurt, Germany has included time in an extreme cold -110° celsius cryochamber which helps regeneration after a draining workout. “It feels like an ice cube you suck with your tongue,” he described. “Only both you and your tongue feel like ice cubes at the same time. The icy cold hurts a little at first. But after you’ve left the cryochamber, you feel good. I had a funny experience once because I had just taken a shower before entering the chamber, my hair wasn’t completely dry yet. The cold froze my hair and broke parts off!”
By Graham Houston
Photo by Mike Greenhill
You could put Saturday’s light-heavyweight title bout between Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson into the “What if” category of contest, as in “What would have happened if Dawson had fought with more fire?” or “What would have happened if the head clash hadn’t ended matters in the 11th round?”
Something similar happened in March when Arthur Abraham lost by disqualification against Andre Dirrell, also in the 11th round and with Abraham making a late charge. People wondered if Dirrell could have held off Abraham in the closing few minutes and observers will no doubt be debating whether Pascal could have survived a Dawson onslaught in the final round. (more…)
Photo by Norma Nieves/WBO
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel paid tribute to Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalists, Ángel Acosta, Christian Peguero and Enrique Collazo in recognition of their achievements and as part of WBO program Kids Drug Free. Valcárcel praised the talents of the young boxers and presented them with a plate and a check for $500 for winning their gold medals and to motivate them to continue in sports and away from drugs and other vices. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of the most enduring boxing legends is the one of a famous fighter whose preserved right arm was still exhibited nearly two centuries after his death. It is part of the story of an Irishman, Dan Donnelly, whose exploits in the days of bare-knuckle fighting made him a folk hero in the early 19th century. Among the many legends surrounding Donnelly was that the Prince Regent awarded him a knighthood. The fascinating story of Dan Donnelly can now be read in Patrick Myler’s follow-up to his first book on Donnelly, Regency Rogue – Dan Donnelly, his Life and Legends, published in 1976. Titled Dan Donnelly 1788-1820 – Pugilist, Publican, Playboy the new book is a 200-page paperback, published by Lilliput Press, Dublin. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
After denying New Mexico boxing fans an opportunity to see two of the better female boxers in the world get it on by dashing out of Isleta Casino, now Hard Rock, last December, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez decided to stick around and fight this time around.
And fight, she did, against the taller hometown favorite Victoria “Reyna de Guerra” Cisneros . . . Click here for more
100 or more pro fights is what Bart Palaszewski is shooting for. As of today, “Bartimus” is almost halfway to the century mark. Opponent #47 is coming up on Wednesday in the form of Zack Micklewright, a scrappy U.S. Marine who trains under Pat Miletich in Iowa and who can’t believe his luck. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Bob Caico
Longtime matchmaker and promoter Don Elbaum was inducted into the Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on Friday night. In 1967 after a four-year drought of professional boxing in Buffalo, Elbaum decided to set up shop in the area. Don promoted local cards featuring hometown stars as Dick Wipperman, Jimmy Ralston, and Vic Brown as well as national fighters as Floyd Patterson. During a four-year period Elbaum promoted 18 shows until 1971 and he lived up to his promise of having a Buffalo boxing revival. Also in inducted into the Buffalo Hall of Fame were Rick Glaser, Lee Bohles, Luke Carr, Bill Hackmer and Dick Hall. Further information can be attained at www.ring44.com.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos by Herby Whyne
UPDATED: WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) scored an eleven round technical decision over previously unbeaten WBC interim light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal before a crowd of 8122 enthusiastic fans. Pascal also captures Dawson’s IBO belt along with the Ring Magazine vacant 175 pound championship.
A desperate Dawson went for the KO in round eleven and looked like he might do it before suffering a bad cut from an accidental headbutt that sent the bout to the scorecards.
Final scores read 106-103, 106-103 and an inexplicable tally of 108-101 from the lone Canadian judge, Jack Woodburn who somehow gave the 11th round to Pascal, despite the fact the reigning champion was hanging on weathering a fierce barrage from Dawson who was able to land a debilitating uppercut early in the round. (more…)
Mackens Semerzier has already submitted one Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in the WEC. But can “Mack Da Menace” repeat the feat against a cocksure fighter who regards himself as the 145-pound division’s “best grappler in the world?”. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a direct rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) again won a close split decision over former interim champ Nehomar Cermeño (19-2, 11 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Again it was a close, hotly contested affair riding on the perspective of the judges. Scores were 117-112, 115-113 Moreno, 115-113 Cermeño. Moreno won their first fight by split decision in Venezuala five months ago.
In a clash for the vacant WBA middleweight title, unbeaten WBA #1 ranked Gennady Golovkin (19-0, 16 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to annihilate #13 ranked Milton Nuñez (21-2-1, 19 KOs) in the first round. The WBA belt became vacant when Felix Sturm was elevated to WBA “super champion” status.
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