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WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida will defend her belt against Lyndsey Scragg on December 5 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Also featured on the six bout card will be lightweight contender Armando Santa Cruz, along with top prospects Oscar Venegas and Ricky Duenas, and undefeated Peruvian boxers 9-0 Carlos Zambrano and 3-0 Juan Zegarra. (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik returns home, to Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend his titles against top-rated contender Miguel Espino. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline an all-action two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Tickets, priced at $208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. ET, online at www.Tickets.com. They can also be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office, beginning Monday, November 30. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev is based in West Sacramento, Calif., and will be fighting virtually in his backyard on Dec. 11, but chose Reno, Nev., and its 4,400-foot altitude, 130 miles away, as the site of his training camp. “It’s something I like to do for added conditioning,” explained Maskaev. A onetime New Yorker after relocating from the former Soviet Union, he was accustomed to training for fights in higher elevations on the East Coast as well.
Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) is 40 and will be taking on a 25-year-old foe in Nagy Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs) of New York in their scheduled 10-rounder next month at downtown Sacramento’s historic Memorial Auditorium. But, according to Maskaev’s promoter, Dennis Rappaport, who left the Big Apple to be encamped with his fighter, the ex-champ is sparring with the zeal of someone much younger in pursuit of regaining the title he lost last year to Samuel Peter. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) will face an opponent to be named on January 9th at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. It will be the first defense for Stieglitz, who dethroned Karoly Balzsay in August. Also on the card will be WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer defending her belts against WIBF super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne. The card will be officially announced on Thursday.
It is with the deepest sympathies that the International Boxing Federation/ United States Boxing Association extends its condolences to the wife and family of Francisco Rodriguez, who passed away after valiantly fighting a tough battle against Teon Kennedy for the USBA Junior Featherweight title on Friday, November 20, in Philadelphia, PA. “Our concerns for Mr. Rodriguez’s health began when we new he passed out in the corner and was rushed to the hospital,” noted IBF President, Marian Muhammad. Tragedies such as this one are unpleasant reminders of how dangerous this sport can be. The IBF president added, “We were deeply saddened to learn that Francisco Rodriguez passed away two days after such a hard fought battle in the square ring.”
A fund has been started for Francisco’s family. Please make donations to:
The Francisco Rodriguez Fund
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1201 W. Harrison St,
Chicago, IL 60607
Former two-time WBA super welterweight champion Travis Simms was sworn in as Councilmen at City Hall in Norwalk, CT on Tuesday. As a lifelong Norwalk resident, Simms is eager to get into his new position and fight for the citizens of Norwalk who have supported him throughout his boxing career. The 38-year-old Simms last fought in June and has indicated he intends to remain active as a boxer.
Don King Productions issued a press release yesterday stating the company had a valid promotional contract with heavyweight boxer John Ruiz. Upon further review, Don King has learned that Ruiz’s contract with DKP has expired. “My boxing department had advised me my contract was still active, which turned out to be incorrect,” King said. “I apologize to John, his representatives, boxing fans and members of the media for making this mistake.” King explained that he was told that Ruiz had signed a three-year contract extension when in fact it had only been for two years. “When I was told this morning of this error, I immediately wanted to get the correct information out,” King said. “John had been with me since 1998, and I would prefer to see him stay with me, but he is free to do as he sees fit. I wish him well.”
On Friday, Dec. 4, at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, unbeaten junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KO) will be opposed by Carson Jones (23-7-1 14 KOs) in the ShoBox 10-round main event. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated Mauricio Herrera (13-0, 6 KOs) faces Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) in a super lightweight bout.
By Robert Coster
The next big fight in the welterweight division is the WBC-WBA title unification bout between champions Andre Berto and Shane Mosley on January 30th, 2010 — a clash of two generations. The possible outcome of this battle has the fans and pundits divided. Those who favor Mosley, a majority, point out that the future Hall of Famer has the edge in experience, skills, versatility and has fought high caliber opponents. Those who back the undefeated Berto speak of his strength, youth, speed and the possibility that Father Time may very well catch up withthe 38-year-old Shane. This is certainly the opinion of Lou DiBella, Berto’s promoter, who predicts that “on January 30th, the era of Shane Mosley ends and that of Andre Berto starts.” And what does Andre Berto himself think? The personable Andre answers a few pointed questions from Fightnews. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican lightweight Giovanni Díaz (11-3, 3 KOs) remains in critical, but stable condition in a local hospital according to information from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Diaz suffered a subdural hematoma in a fourth round KO loss to Ramón “Niño de Oro” Ayala on Saturday’s Sosa-Mayol card.
WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) is ready to leave no doubt to who the WBO cruiserweight champion is when he takes on WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5th in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Fightnews spoke with Afolabi upon his recent arrival to Germany and he spoke about his upcoming fight with Huck. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will be out of action for action for at least 6 months with a fractured cheekbone. Doctors are presently trying to evaluate the damage to Sosa’s left eye. Sosa was the victim an intentional headbutt by challenger Rodel Mayol in their fight Saturday. Mayol was deducted a point for his action but scored a TKO later in the round.
Below is the updated scoreboard following the conclusion of Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBO Bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico will return on December 16th against Nicaraguan Marlon Aguilar at the Auditorio La Condosaa in Mexico City. Previously we knew Gonzalez was considering opponents from Mexico, Japan or The Philippines. We also know Gonzalez is seeking a quick world title shot against one of the featherweight beltholders. Gonzalez is currently training daily at the La Romanza in Mexico City with standout trainer Nacho Beristain. Other fights on December 16th include Oscar Ibarra vs Erick Ortiz in rematch, plus the Zaleta brothers Victor and Odilon.
Despite an issued statement from Don King Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, the United States promoter of WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye, announced that they have received assurances directly from the WBA that there will be no sanctioning of an interim WBA heavyweight championship fight and that Haye will remain the only heavyweight world champion recognized by the sanctioning body. “We have complete confidence that the WBA will keep their word and not sanction an interim heavyweight world title bout,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya. “They have assured us that David will remain the ONLY WBA heavyweight world champion, a title which he looks forward to proudly defending for the first time in the early part of 2010.”
Newly-crowned World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Jose Aldo had dreamed of winning a world title since he was a young boy. Growing up poor in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo didn’t have many material possessions, nor did he always know when his next meal would come. (more…)
Team Ruiz has responded to claims by promoter Don King, who stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,” as well as that the WBA has sanctioned an “Interim” title fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev. According to Team Ruiz, “The Quietman’s” contract with DKP expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent. (more…)
On Saturday night December 5th, heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles WBO #5 Brian Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) in a ten rounder at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In the main event, three-time world champion Paul Williams meets WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout.
The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since. “I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said. “I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.” (more…)
Promoter Don King claims he has a valid contract to promote heavyweight boxer John Ruiz, and Ruiz’s claims that he is a promotional free agent are false. “John Ruiz is my fighter,” King said. “I have a valid promotional agreement that designates me as his promoter. I do not understand why he and his manager are representing that he is a free agent when that is clearly not the case.” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs) is a two time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion and is currently the WBA No. 1-ranked contender and mandatory challenger to new champion David Haye. (more…)
Promoter Eddie Bazira and Baltic Pro Box Promotions, in association with Real Deal Events LLC, SES Boxing, Fight Production and Risum Boxing, are proud to announce that contracts has been signed for legendary former four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield to challenge Francois Botha for the South Africans World Boxing Federation World title on January 16 at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. A sell-out crowd of 80,000 spectators is expected, and details are being finalized for worldwide pay-per-view distribution. Sweden-based Baltic Pro Box Promotions will host several press conferences in the coming days in Kampala to kick off the promotion of what will be the biggest fight ever in Uganda. (more…)
The team from Golden Boy Promotions passed out hundreds of turkeys, fixings and products to the East Los Angeles community yesterday. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion had three new world champions crowned on Saturday night in Kiel Germany. Former light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei successfully moved up in weight to seize the WBC cruiserweight title from Giacobbe Fragomeni, Olympian medalist Vitali Tajbert dethroned WBC interim super featherweight king Humberto Gutierrez, and super middleweight claimed the vacant WBA belt with a fifth round TKO over Stjepan Bozic. Here’s what they had to say at the post-fight press conference, plus a giant photo gallery of the night’s action. (more…)
David Robinett and Robert Hough at Ringside;
Photographs by Laura De La Torre
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) dominated Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 31 KOs) in a stunningly one-sided affair to capture the WBA super middleweight belt and position himself as the favorite for the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic this past Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward won by technical decision after the fight was stopped in the eleventh round due to cuts over Kessler’s eyes which were caused by accidental head butts, by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92. Click here for the full report and action packed photogallery.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Danny Green says his respect for Roy Jones has gone and he is looking forward to their December 2 clash at Acer Arena where Jones will challenge for his IBO cruiserweight belt. Jones is looking to make history as the first boxer to claim world titles in all five weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. Green said “I can see it, I have this recurring vision that I’ve got and haven’t had this feeling for a long time,” Green said. “I can envisage an earlier than 12th round stoppage by myself against Roy Jones Jr.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Roy Jones Junior landed at Sydney airport on Sunday and was greeted by an army of fans and media ahead of his December 2nd challenge at the Acer Arena against Australian Danny Green for the IBO Cruiserweight Title. As soon as he arrived he was ready to talk boxing and showed great confidence in his upcoming fight. He stated, “There is no way this fight is going the distance – no way. I have too much to bring to the table for this fight to go to the scorecards. I will win by knockout and that is for sure. I am glad to be in this great country of Australia and I know how proud they are of Danny Green but I am in the fight zone now and the fight will not go the distance. Speed, power, boxing ability – I just have too much.” (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Three years ago at UFC 59, former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin locked horns for the first time. The back-and-forth fight left the crowd electrified, and the judges undecided on who the winner was. When the final bell rang, the judges awarded the bout to the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” via a razor thin – and much debated – split decision . . . Click here for full report
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) who is preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) on December, 12th at the Post Finance Arena in Berne, Switzerland sat down with Fightnews for an exclusive interview. (more…)
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Stepping up the competition. That’s what it’s all about for a young, developing fighter. Learning, improving and fighting better competition as you yourself progress to be prepared for the day when, hopefully, you’ll get a shot at the big time. For “Irish” Joe McCreedy (11-4-1, 6 KOs), a gutsy 24-year old from Lowell, Massachusetts, that step up was this past Friday night at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented CES Boxing’s “Autumn Classic,” which featured several rising stars on the New England Boxing horizon. Unfortunately for McCreedy, he dropped a unanimous decision victory to “The Next Great Champ” reality show winner Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a hard fought battle. 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (10-0, 3 KOs) took the fight to a game challenge from his opponent James Hope (4-3, 4 KOs) however in the end it was O’Connor walking away with the shutout six round unanimous decision win. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou recently held onto his crown with a draw against Mathew Hatton in England. Ndou talks to Fightnews about the Hatton fight, why it was not his best performance, his dislike of Mathew Hatton and his respect for Ricky Hatton and also that IBF 147 pound champion Isaac Hlatswayo and former IBF 135 pound champion Phillip Holiday is on his radar. (more…)
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