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As a well-traveled veteran who has seen action everywhere from the United States to England, Japan, and his native Brazil, Vitor Belfort is truly an international mixed martial arts star. But when you talk to fans about “The Phenom”, it’s clear that despite his travels, he is synonymous with the UFC, the organization he returns to for the first time in over four years on September 19th, the night he takes on Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 103 in Dallas . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Graham Houston
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is topping the bill on another Latin Fury card on Saturday, and while this isn’t anything to get excited about there are two interesting title fights to back up the 10-round main event, with Filipino Donnie Nietes taking on Mexico’s Manuel Vargas in what to me is the true main event while Fernando Montiel faces Alejandro Valdez in an all-Mexico contest . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Zolani Marali faces one of the toughest challenges of his career when he defends his IBO junior lightweight belt against Ji Hoon Kim from South Korea at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night. (more…)
Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Ulises “Archie” Solis and former WBC world heavyweight champion Samuel Peter all arrived Thursday at the International Airport in Cancun. They will all see action Tuesday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun on a card billed as “Que Viva Mexico III” headlined by Humberto “Zorrita” Soto’s defense of his WBC super featherweight belt against Colombian Aristides Perez. “Travieso” Arce will exchange dynamite with South African Simphiwe Nongqayi in an IBF super flyweight title bout. “Archie” Solis will face the Gilberto “Baby Louis IV” Keb. “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will make his second appearance on the same Cancun stage where he won the world title against Oleg Maskaev in March 2008. Peter will face Ronald Bellamy (14-9, 9 KOs). The event is presented by Pepe Gomez/Cancun Boxing and Fernando Beltran/Zanfer Promotions.
Former IBF super featherweight champion and Contender season 2 finalist Steve “2 pound” Forbes, has inked a promotional deal with hall of fame promoter Don King. “I’m looking forward to what comes my way, I’m gonna campaign at 140lbs where I should be,” Forbes told Fightnews.com. “I know Don King can open doors all he has to do with me is get me to the door I’ll get it opened. Believe me.”
As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by TEQUILA CAZADORES, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19. (more…)
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions will host a public media workout for “A Warriors Homecoming” this Monday, September 14th at 3pm at The Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut . . . Click here for more
Former two-time world boxing champion Paulie Ayala of Fort Worth will realize a dream on October 10 when he promotes his first boxing event at LaGrave Field. Paulie Ayala Productions will promote a scheduled six– bout card featuring mostly Texas fighters and plans to do so on a regular basis. “I retired in 2004, but have always stayed close to the sport and have always wanted to do this. I’m real excited about it,” said Ayala, now 39. “I’d like to give Texas boxers the same opportunity that was given to me, to reach their goals.” (more…)
Ruben Carrion from the state of Texas will be the referee for Saturday’s PPV clash between Julio César Chávez Jr. (39-0-1, 29 KOs) and Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs) for the WBC Latino super welterweight championship in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The appointed judges are Jose Cobian from San Diego, California, along with Mexicans Miguel Moran from Tepic, and Jorge Flores from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Omar Minto, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas is the supervisor of the contest.
For the WBO strawweight championship between Mexican Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) and Filipino Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs), the referee is the Puerto Rican José Rivera, the judges will be Americans Bryan Thomas and Nardone Carry from Florida, along with Puerto Rico’s Jose Torres.
For the non-title meeting between triple world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) and Alex Valdez (21-3-2, 15 KOs) the referee in charge is José Rivera from Puerto Rico, with local judges assigned by the Commission de Box y Wrestle of State of Nayarit.
Thompson Boxing Promotions is back tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the eight round main event, hot junior welterweight prospect Josesito Lopez will return to action against always tough Anthony Mora. The co-feature is lightweight Dominic Salcido against veteran Ilido Julio in another eight rounder. (more…)
By David Finger
In a move that is sure to add some excitement to the heavyweight division, Belarusian heavyweight contender Siarhei Liakhovich (23-3, 14 KOs) just announced that he has just signed a promotional deal with Don King Promotions yesterday. The move is sure to revitalize the career of Liakhovich and add some much needed excitement to the heavyweight division. “I think many people are underestimating Don King,” commented Liakhovich after the signing, “Don is an old school promoter and he will always be Don King. He opens many doors and give many opportunities.” (more…)
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez 114 vs Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab 112
Juan Carlos “Toluco” Castillo 136 vs Israel Ramirez 140
Armando “Cobra” Santos 119 vs Francisco “Gallito” Barrera 119
Mauricio Pintor 135 vs Edgar Bolanos 135
Roberto Pucheta 113 vs Randy Castro 113
Eduardo Adrian Sanchez 140 vs Ignacio Miranda 140
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, Mr. Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez
Venue: Marbet Plus Hall, Colonia Benito Juarez, Ciudad Neza, Mexico
Mike “Machine” Oliver 120 vs Castulo Gonzalez 121
Mical Weisberg 164 vs Frankie Reed 162
Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp 116.6 vs Elton Dharry 116.8
Paul Gonsalves 175 vs Robert Graves 171
Jesse Barboza 231 vs Lewis Cotuna 238
Alexis Santos 209 vs Dino Weingarten 257
Arturo Lopes 141 vs Chris “The Killer” Cook 150
Ryan Kielczewski 131.8 vs Norman Allen 134
Venue: Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Josesito Lopez 141.5 vs. Anthony Mora 141.5
Dominic Salcido 133 vs. Ilido Julio 131.5
Patrick Lopez 139 vs. Tyler Ziolowski 140
Daniel Hernandez 132 vs. Jose Alfredo Lugo 132
Aaron Garcia 125 vs. Jesus Hernandez 126
Raul Franco 140.5 vs. Sergio Macias 143.5
Scott Alexander 226.5 vs. Dusty Callender 217.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Tickets: $30, $45, $75, available at the Doubletree Events Center starting at 5:30 pm
Crafty former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will join the SHOWTIME® announce team again this Saturday in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Tarver will join Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood as a guest commentator for the split-site doubleheader. (more…)
Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto faced off today at Yankee Stadium in New York City on the first stop of their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIRE POWER” — their November 14 world welterweight championship super fight. “I will train harder than I have ever trained before because Miguel Cotto will be my toughest test as a professional fighter,” said Pacquiao. “I know Miguel Cotto is an excellent fighter and a great world champion. He is strong and smart and that is a dangerous combination for anyone who challenges him. But like every fight, I will not enter the ring alone. My countrymen don’t just give me their support. They also give me their strength, their pride and their love. That is why I must give my all. I fight to win and to give honor to the Philippines.”
“He has fought a lot of tough fighters but never one like me,” said Cotto. “The world will know who the best is when we meet in the ring”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added, “This fight will be the most exciting and memorable event that Top Rank has promoted in 40 years. I am certain it will take its place as an exciting and action-packed classic such as Hagler vs. Hearns and Ali vs. Frazier III. On November 14, Pacquiao vs. Cotto will join that list of boxing classics.” (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov and his promoter, KZ Event Productions, Inc., have filed a lawsuit in Kazakhstan against WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo, Sampson Boxing, LLC and Sampson Lewkowicz seeking a judicial declaration that, as a result of Campillo’s alleged violation of the drug testing rules of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing) and the WBA, Campillo, Sampson and Lewkowicz have, under their contracts with KZ, forfeited any monies otherwise due to them from the August 15 Campillo-Shumenov fight. Team Shumenov claims that Campillo breached his contract with KZ by not going to the drug testing room as required both by Kazakhstan law and the WBA Rules, instead going into locked shower room with one of his trainers for approximately ten minutes. Shumenov, though his American lawyer, Judd Burstein, has also filed a formal challenge to the bout results with the WBA.
New Hampshire native Richard Gingras (9-2, 5 KOs) from The Contender IV television reality television series, will be fighting in New Hampshire for only the third time as a pro when he enters the ring September 23rd against journeyman Robert Davis (5-18-3, 0 KOs) in the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” charity event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The 8th annual “Fight To Educate,” presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, will benefit the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club. Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) takes on unbeaten Czech Republic light heavyweight sensation Adam Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Also seeing action is unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (11-0, 8 KOs) against Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), plus 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (8-0. 2 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight Faruq “The Dream” Saleem (38-0, 32 KOs) against TBAs. Tickets are $25 and $50.
By Alexey Sukachev
The legendary “Blue Horizon” fight arena in Philadelphia will be entitled to a specific boxing debut this Friday night, when former ice hockey player Nathan Perrot from Owen Sound, Ontario, faces Makidi Ku Ntima (1-0, 1 KO) in a scheduled heavyweight four-rounder. One can wonder why this reporter, basically located in Russia, pays so much intention to a casual match-up overseas. The reason is that it was a new Russian boxing centre in Chekhov, Moscow Region, which played a decisive role in turning Perrot back into his once-beloved fistic hobby. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga makes the second defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Vusumzi Tyatyeka in Lenasia on Friday night. The 32-year-old Malinga won the SA title in August 2008 when he scored a twelfth round technical knockout over Amon Baloyi. (more…)
Tapia imprisoned: Former world champion Johnny Tapia has been deemed a habitual offender by an Albuquerque judge, for violating probation on a drug conviction. He is looking to serve a mandatory one-year prison sentence.
Holm returns: Holly Holm will return to action on December 4 in Albuquerque. The six-time world champion in three weight divisions is seeking a top name to take on, anywhere from 140 to 154.
Villa a free agent: Former contender Tomas Villa, of Midland, Texas, who last fought against Rogers Mtagwa last December, in a fight many considered the best of 2008, is looking to return to the ring. Villa informs Fightnews that he has been a free agent since July and not only looks to make a ring return, but is negotiating with promoters. –– Chris Cozzone
The stage is set for a historic night of boxing: “We are thrilled to stage the first of many big fight nights in Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia,” Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference at MCH Herning. Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA Super-Middleweight Title against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night before participating in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Right afterwards, SHOWTIME will be airing the clash between Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant Andre Ward and Shelby Pudwill live. (more…)
Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, Manny Pacquiao and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will kickoff their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIRE POWER” — their world welterweight championship fight — at a free public news conference on the field by first base (facing the stands) at Yankee Stadium TODAY. Doors will open at 11 a.m. ET with the News Conference beginning at Noon. Food and fight merchandise concession stands will be open for fans. Public and Media entrances are at GATE 4 (161st St and Jerome Ave.)
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 trainer Freddie Roach and Harry Greb biographer Bill Paxton. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
From left to right, WBA interim super lightweight champ Marcos Maidana poses with his manager Mario Margossian, WBA VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Oscar De La Hoya last Saturday in Panama. Maidana was a special guest in attendance to the “KO to Drugs Festival” held in Panama City and had the chance to meet with WBA officials and the Golden Boy, who told the Argentinean: “We are working hard to get you back on an HBO date in November. HBO is eager to see you on their screen again.” Both Universum and Golden Boy Promotions are working to put Maidana on November 28 in Quebec, Canada, and there are good chances that his rival would be former champ Kendall Holt. “After I beat Victor Ortiz last June I cannot wait to fight again on HBO with Oscar promoting,” Maidana said.
By David Spencer-Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade hit the ground running in advance of their rematch set for November 28th in Quebec City and broadcast on HBO. The boxers hit six cities across the province in a whistle-stop tour lasting two days and were in good spirits as they landed just outside of Montreal for the final stop. “I’ll be ready,” proclaimed Bute, “I made some mistakes last October, it’s going to be different this time. “Bute will be leaving Montreal and going away to training camp for the first time while Mexican-American Andrade will be once again setting up shop in the city under the tutelage of trainer Howard Grant. “I ran out of time the last time,” Andrade told Fightnews, “But I did what I had to do. Make no mistake, I got to him. It is the beginning of a rip, and we’re going in there to tear it apart.”
By Lee Bates
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon was honored on Wednesday with the unveiling of a statue of himself in Guynabo, Puerto Rico at the el Museo del Deporte. The venue honors legendary Puerto Rican athletes. Calderon is just one of two boxers who currently have statues in the venue joining former legendary world champion Wilfredo Gomez. Calderon was accompanied by his promoter PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera), family, and friends. For more details and photos click here…
The legend of the Ring, Oscar De La Hoya, visited hours before the mega event of the WBA XXI Latin-American Festival “KO to the Drugs” co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Plus last September 5 at the installations of the Panama Canal. The host of the visit was the Minister of the Panama Canal, Romulo Roux, who described the current system of the Miraflores Locks and the future plans of expansion. At the end, De La Hoya opened the floodgates of the locks.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australia’s Daniel Geale (21-1, 13 KOs) will return to ring action on October 21st when he will clash with Roberto Reuqeu (30-3, 19 KOs) of Argentina over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs at the Silverstone Complex, Launceston, Tasmania that will be televised on Fox Main Event Television. Geale lost a disputed decision to Anthony Mundine when the general opinion was that Geale had outscored the former WBA super middleweight champion. Geale’s opponent, Roberto Reuque, has been in the ring with several world class middleweights including Renan St Juste in 2009, Sebastain Lujan in 2006 and Walter Mathysse in 2005. He has a very good KO percentage with 19 KOs in 33 fights. (more…)
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35 go on sale Friday, September 18 at noon for the long awaited and eagerly anticipated rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and former world champion Glen Johnson on November 7at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. It will be the first world championship fight in Hartford in 20 years.
During a jam-packed Media Workout Wednesday at the Joe Goossen Gym, undefeated, hard-hitting Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of East Los Angeles, guaranteed he would defeat defending champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Germany, in their highly anticipated WBC heavyweight championship fight on Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center. Under the watchful eye of trainer Henry Ramirez, the confident Arreola shadow-boxed, hit the mitts, clubbed the heavy bag, ripped the speed bag and did a series of conditioning exercises during an energetic 80-minute workout. (more…)
George Foreman III, son of legendary heavyweight champion George Foreman, suffered an undisclosed injury during training last week and has been forced to withdraw from his third pro fight which was scheduled for this Thursday at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA. Foreman will still be at ringside to sign autographs and pose for photos with the fans attendance. The new main event features Rhonda Luna (15-1-1, 2 KOs) defending her San Manuel featherweight championship title against Gloria Ramirez (10-15-6, 1 KOs). (more…)
Fernando David Aceves, the brother of boxing publicist Marylyn Aceves, passed away August 23rd. FightNews offers our condolences to her family and loved ones.
Five-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao plays the grand piano in his hotel suite after arriving in New York Wednesday. Pacquiao is in town along with three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas to kickoff their cross-country, five-city national media tour to promote their upcoming “FIREPOWER” World Welterweight championship fight. The tour begins with a public press conference at Yankee Stadium Thursday. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, and will take place November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
A crowded press conference took place today in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, in advance of Saturday’s “Latin Fury 11” that will take place at El Palenque de la Feria in this beautiful city. The card is headlined by the “son of the legend” Julio César Chávez Jr (39-0-1, 29 KOs) against Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs) in a bout for the WBC Latin super welterweight belt. The card also features three time world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) against Alejandro Valdez (21-3, 15 KOs) in a bantamweight ten rounder, and an attractive WBO strawweight clash between Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) and Donnie Nietes (21-4-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
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