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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
At 5’11, Pat Barry—on paper—doesn’t seem to be an undersized heavyweight. After a look at his last few opponents, Barry’s weight class seems puzzling.
Mirko Cro Cop (6’1), Joey Beltran (6’1) and Cheick Kongo (6’4) all towered over the former kick boxer in the Octagon. It doesn’t help that Barry went 1-2 in those three bouts either.
This Saturday at UFC on Versus, the undersized heavyweight finds himself in a proverbial David vs. Goliath contest when he meets the division’s tallest fighter, Stefan Struve in the co-main event.
Earlier this week, British light welterweight champion Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (30-4-1, 8 KOs) signed a three-year promotional deal with Hatton Promotions. Theophane, 31, is due to make the second defense of his domestic crown against Nigel Wright later this year. “I believe with Ricky and his team backing me, absolutely anything is possible,” Theophane wrote in his blog. “I have been self-managed for the majority of my career and it is time to move to the next level and now with Europe’s number one promoter behind me, the timing could not be better. I am ready to fight the World’s best, just like Ricky did, and I know he can make that happen.”
US-based Cestus Management, however, issued a press release stating that Theophane is still under a valid management agreement with them, as well as a promotional options agreement with Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports, and announced that they plan to enforce their agreement.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton told BBC Radio 5 that after his devastating KO loss to Manny Pacquiao, he harbored thoughts of suicide. “I was so down, I was crying and breaking out and contemplating suicide,” Hatton said. “I was going deeper and deeper into depression. I was going out and having a few drinks. The worst thing you can do with depression is add alcohol to it…I was having blackouts, days on end whether I was drinking or not when I couldn’t remember what had happened in my life. I thank the News of the World because who knows where it could have ended up.”
The tabloid posted a video of Hatton using cocaine, which lead to “The Hitman” entering rehab.
Photo: Photo Wende
Steve Cunningham 199.1 vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez 200
(IBF cruiserweight championship)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs. Grzegorz Proksa 159.6
(European middleweight title)
Karo Murat 174.8 vs. Gabriel Campillo 173.9
(IBF intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
While a national TV audience will see middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) face undefeated European champion Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) and the rematch between middleweights Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) and Bryan Vera (19-5, 12 KOs), fans in attendance at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City can see an additional eight undercard bouts that feature a number of promising up-and-coming prospects including Isaac Chilemba, Steven Martinez, and J’Leon Love. (more…)
Toshiaki Nishioka is a huge boxing star in his native Japan. The current WBC super bantamweight champion currently sports a record of 38-4-3 with 24 knockouts, but has yet to have American audiences hop on the bandwagon. That may change as the 35-year-old returns to the States for the first time since 2006 when he faces future hall of famer and Mexican boxing living legend Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand on October 1st . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A very interesting and important super lightweight clash will take place on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The mandatory WBC super lightweight world title challenger for legendary four-division champion Erik Morales will be decided between unbeaten #1 contender Ajose Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) and #6 ranked Ali Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. It will be the U.S. debut for both fighters.
The opener features unbeaten WBA #5 lightweight Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) matched tough against KO artist Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs).
Last Saturday evening at the Dima Sports Center in Hamburg, former forld champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs) surprisingly dropped a ten round unanimous decision to the “Ding-A-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson, who entered the fight with six straight losses. It was a very flat performance by Gomez and after a medical exam it was determined that there was a torn tendon in his left shoulder. He will undergo surgery today.
Gomez physician says he suffered the injury at least three weeks ago and must have been in severe pain. New Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch immediately fired Gomez’ trainer Leonid Kiselev upon hearing the news.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In front of a large crowd of boxng fans and members of local and international press, local idol and former world champion Sammy Gutierrez (29-6-2, 20 KOs) and Filipino foe Roil Golez (16-5, 6 KOs) faced off in advance of the latest chapter of Mexico vs. Philippines clashes on Saturday at the Exhibitor Center in Puebla, Mexico. The vacant WBC Silver light flyweight belt will be on the line. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm and WBA #3 ranked contender Martin Murray came face-to-face for the first time yesterday to officially announce their December 2nd bout at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. “Ever since I saw Wladimir Klitschko fighting at the SAP-Arena, it was a personal dream for me to step inside the ring here as well. That dream will come true on December 2nd,” Sturm told the assembled press. “I had a bad night in my last fight against Matthew Macklin and I was rightfully criticized but that won’t happen again. I will keep my championship and deliver a spectacular finish.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“This revenge fight against Delvin Rodriguez is my last door to fights for number one rankings, world titles. The last one. No excuses, I’m playing all chips in again after our boxing war in July. What can I say? This is how I like it: all or nothing,” said Paweł Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) in his first interview after the signing for a highly anticipated rematch against Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) on December 3 in the Mecca of Boxing, New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The bout will be a great addition to an already great evening with WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios’ first visit to East Coast and, of course, the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito PPV main event. (more…)
Report/photo by Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Mercedes Manriquez scored the most picturesque knockout of the evening at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Timing his punch perfectly, Manriquez, 2-0 (2 KOs), caught Joe Anthony Nerro, 0-4, moving into a chopping right that dropped him against the ropes toward the end of the first round. Nerro beat the count but staggered sideways on spaghetti legs, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun weighed in at 139 pounds and #6 ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Ajose (29-0, 14 KOs), of Nigeria, and Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs), of France, will square off in the most important fight of their career, a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the #1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.
The WBA #5-ranked and WBO 12th-ranked lightweight Darley Perez weighed in at 133 ½ pounds and hard-hitting Oscar Meza measured 136 pounds. Perez (22-0, 17 KOs), of Colombia, who has never been knocked down as a professional or amateur, will make his ShoBox debut against the battle-tested Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.
The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment. What the fighters had to say on Thursday…
Luis Ramos Jr 135 vs. David Rodela 134.6
Ronny Rios 127.4 vs. Roger Gonzalez 128
Tyree Ortiz 254.4 vs. Andrae Carthon 215.8
Brandon Adams 154.6 vs. John Worthy 155
Bobby Chavez 151.8 vs. Nicolas Balestra 151.4
Jose Sanchez 127.8 vs. Christian Gonzalez 128
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated contenders Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of the Philippines will co-headline a Top Rank Live! boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, November 11 — the eve of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight.
Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 will go on sale this Saturday, October 1, 10 am.
Magdaleno, 20-0 with seven knockouts, will box 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. Gesta, 23-0-1 with 12 knockouts, will open the telecast in a 10 round lightweight bout.
The Top Rank fight card will be in the South Pacific Ballroom.
Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, and Ritmo Latino. Ticket sales are limited to 8 per person. To charge with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at 877-632-7400 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com
Ray Robinson 146 vs. Manuel Guzman 149
Julian Williams 153.5 vs. Eberto Medina 155
George Armenta 168.5 vs. Charles Hayward 170
Grayson Blake 151 vs. DeCarlo Perez
Troy (Chase) Corbin 147.5 vs. Mario (Alexander) Blanco
Chris Plebani 144.5 vs. David Navarro 146
Korey Sloane 137.5 vs. Korey Pritchett 137.5
Todd Unthank-May 175 vs. Ronnie Lawrence 178.5
Venue: National Guard Armory in Philadelphia
Promoter: Bam Boxing Promotions Inc.
Tickets $65, $50, & $40/First fight 7:30PM
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan will defend his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson on Saturday, December 10 in Washington, DC. No word yet on where the bout will be held in the Nation’s Capitol. Khan, a native of Bolton, Lancashire, UK, (26-1, 18 KO’s) will be making the first defense of his IBF title that he captured from Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas. Khan became fond of DC after a recent visit to the city for a celebration of Muslim athletes. That visit helped put DC ahead of Detroit, MI and Montreal, CA to get this contest. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Marvelous Chris Martin, an unbeaten future star from San Diego, makes his Top Rank debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Martin, 22-0-2, takes on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-21-2, of Mexico on a Top Rank Live! Championship card in the Marquee Ballroom. Toshiaki Nishioka takes on Rafael Marquez in the main event. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken and Zanfer Promotions, Nishioka vs Marquez will be televised live on FOX Deportes in the US and Mexico and shown on WOWOW in Japan.
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