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- Canelo, Lara post fight presser quick quotes
- Canelo wins split decision over Lara
- Mares wins snoozer; Vargas TKOs Juanma in 3; Herrera wins WBA interim 140lb belt
- Kameda retains WBO bantam title with brutal KO
- Abril to defend belt against Tatli in Finland
- Canelo-Lara off-TV results from Las Vegas
- Bellew, Cleverly KO foes to set up grudge rematch
- Lacy claims opponent switch on televised fight
- Explosive wins for Jantony and Freddy Ortiz
- Holly Holm, the Preacher's Daughter is here
- Spadafora victorious in comeback fight
After learning of the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier on Monday, fellow Philadelphia native and two-time middleweight and current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins shared his thoughts on the famed champion’s passing. “My reaction was I expected it to come, but the denial of it coming is something that people that know Joe and have been around him tried to block out. It was not shocking, because I knew he had been sick for a while, but now it is real and he is really not here with us anymore.
“Ali and Joe Frazier’s rivalry is the king of all rivalries. You cannot mention Ali’s name without Frazier, and you cannot mention Frazier without Ali. Their three fights were the three most exciting fights of the century. Joe is a person who will never be imitated or emulated. His legacy in boxing will never be duplicated, especially during his era. There will be only one Smokin’ Joe Frazier. (more…)
Report and photo by Jeff Pamungkas
Indonesian promoter Raja Sapta Oktohari (middle) cooperating with Green Machine Promotions will feature Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KOs) vs. Stanislav Merdov (Ukraine, 32-7, 24 KOs) for John’s 15th WBA featherweight title defense at Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia on November 30. John’s countryman and former foe Daud Yordan (27-2, 21 KOs) will also be on the undercard, fighting veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBO Asia Pacific featherweight title. Both Indonesian stars will be the co-features of the classy WBC cruiserweight title fight of Danny Green vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and the vacant IBO superfeatherweight title match between Will Tomlinson vs. Alan Herrera.
“These bouts are important for both John and Yordan,” Oktohari the the press who asked the reason for selecting these opponents. “Especially for Yordan, he has talent and skills, but he needs a good victory to return his confidence after being defeated by Chris John in April this year. Next year, I will promote Yordan for another world title fight,” Oktohari stated.
During the press conference, Chris John spoke to the press via a long distance call from his training camp in Perth, Australia. “I’ve prepared for 2.5 months here,” said John, “and I will make the best result in this fight.”
Top Rank announced today that the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasting interactive features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. (more…)
“My brother Wladimir and I are very sad to hear that Joe Frazier has passed away. He was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all times. I am very proud to have the same title that Joe once had. His three fights against Muhammad Ali are classics in sports history. Joe has done a lot for the sport of boxing – as a champion as well as through his social involvement. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Champion
Undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist. 88.9% of his wins are by knockout. And he is the holder of the sport’s most prized possession – the UFC heavyweight championship. Cain Velasquez is, without question, the baddest man on the planet. He holds that distinction for now, at least. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Kameda dynasty, comprising Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, are being trained in the Philippines as part of their preparation got a card on December 7 in Osaka, Japan. The plan is for ten days of sparring in Elorde Family Gym. Mexicans Mario “Hurricane” Macias and Eduardo “Bambino” Garcia are known to be in the camp. The brothers will remain in Manila until November 12 before returning to Japan to complete their respective preparations for “Kameda Party 2011″ in the Prefectural Gymnasium. More photos…
Yesterday it was Juan Manuel Márquez’ grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Today it’s the turn of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. The event will be open to the public. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrive today at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacman will be transported by a luxury bus custom-designed with his image.
By Socrates Seamanduras
Dr. Jose Manuel Enriquez, an internationally recognized retinologist, successfully performed a three-hour operation to repair the right retina of Francisco “Panchito” Arce in Durango, Mexico. Arce was injured when the air bag in a car inflated during an auto accident. Although it will require complete rest for his rehabilitation, the operation does not jeopardize his boxing career, which may resume within the first half of 2012.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super welterweight world champion Nobuhiro Ishida is training in Guadalajara, Mexico for a November 26 against an opponent to be determined in Mexico City on the undercard of the WBC super welterweight world title clash between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former champ Kermit Cintron. Ishida, who in less than two minutes crushed James Kirkland in April in Las Vegas, joins the list of fighters who will see action at the Expo Bancomer Santa Fe on the Canelo Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions event. Prospects on the bill include Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Alejandro Barrera, Andres Gutierrez, Willy Velázquez and Saul “Baby” Juárez.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor will face possibly his toughest opponent of his young career on Thursday, November 10 when he battles Prenice Brewer of Cleveland, OH at the Fight Night “Fight For Children” event at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in Washington, DC. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
Taylor (14-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO win over Lenwood Dozier on August 19 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Brewer (15-1-1, six KO’s) has not fought since suffering his first pro loss — a third-round TKO to Patrick Lopez on August 6, 2010 in Chicago. (more…)
This Friday night at the Mandalay Bay, two young undefeated prospects will be put to the test in what figures to be a great night of action leading to the big showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday Night.
Hometown hero Diego Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas will defend his NABF Super Featherweightt title when he takes on Emmnauel Lucero (28-7-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes from the Islander Ballroom in the Mandalay Bay. In the co-main event hard hitting Mercisto Gesta (23-0, 12 KO’s) will put his perfect record on the line against this toughest foe to date, Ricardo Dominguez (34-6-2, 21 KO’s) of Culiacan, Mexico. (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
We have been informed that former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67. “Smokin’ Joe was only diagnosed last month with the disease and spent his last days in a hospice in Philadelphia. He is best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971′s “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden and compiled a career mark of 32-4-1 with 27 KOs. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Fightnews staff sends sympathies to the Frazier family. More details to come.
If Manny Pacquiao is annoyed that Juan Manuel Marquez has constantly stated that he beat him in their first two meetings, imagine how Marquez feels knowing that he was a round away in both fights of being 2-0 rather than 0-1-1 . . . Click here for more
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Marquez bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Monday for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
Take a first look at Staredown: Ward vs. Froch before it premieres on Saturday, December 3rd on SHOWTIME. The intense face-to-face between Andre Ward and Carl Froch is hosted by Jim Gray. Watch Ward vs. Froch: The Super Six Final on December 17th.
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