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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Evans Mbamba faces the toughest fight of his career when he challenges the vastly more experienced Tomas Rojas of Mexico for the WBC interim super flyweight title in an all southpaw clash at the World Trade Centre in Veracruz, Mexico on Saturday night. Even though the 28-year-old Mbamba has been a professional for six years and remained unbeaten he has only had 16 fights with 8 wins inside the distance. He has not fought at the same the level as the battle-hardened Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) who made his professional debut in December 1996. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
The Italian boxing organisation of promoter Mario Loreni and local stable Bergamo Boxe will stage an interesting Italian title clash at the lightweight limit on Friday night at the Palasport Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy, matching defending titlist and local hero Luca Marasco (13-0, 5KOs) against vicious contender and former national champ Simone ‘Chico’ Califano (13-2, 7KOs). Both fighters are strong warriors and rising prospects of Italian boxing and an exciting and brutal fight is expected. All in all, definitely a compelling matchup for an Italian belt. (more…)
Antonio Escalante, the border’s biggest hope for a world champion, is playing the waiting game.
Ranked No. 1 by the WBA, No. 2 by the WBO and No. 9 by the IBF, the Golden Boy-promoted super bantamweight is on the verge of big things. If all goes as planned, he just may become the first world champion El Paso has ever had. . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Story by David L. Hudson
One of the more exciting, up-and-coming mixed martial artists in the UFC is Anthony Johnson, a fighter who possesses devastating striking, superior strength and exceptional athleticism. In addition, Johnson has a strong wrestling background and has improved his cardio and conditioning. However, his career has been marked by stops and starts, by momentum building and a couple career deflations . . . . Click here for more
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
See Arthur Abraham’s spectacular knockout of Jermain Taylor and action from the disputed Carl Froch vs. Andre Dirrell clash in Stage One of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balszay (21-1, 15 KOs) will fight for the first time since losing his world title in August when he takes on unbeaten Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (17-0, 7 KOs) on December 4 at the Austrian wintersport mecca of Sölden. The bout will be for Gutknecht’s WBO Intercontinental belt with the winner expected to challenge WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz. Both Balszay and Gutknecht know each other well because they both train in Hamburg’s famous Universum Gym. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhalchuk
Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) proved both his superior power and technical assets over Czech Tomas Adamek (14-2-1, 6 KOs) with a dominant fifth round TKO yesterday at Palace of Sports on Kiev, Ukraine. The WBA light heavyweight mandatory started the bout aggressively by flooring his foe with a powerful combo, punctuated with a hard left hook to the jaw. Adamek survived the round and showed some grit and toughness in the second, standing his ground against local aggressor. The third stanza proved to be the key one as Uzelkov found a room for his right cross and landed it times and again over the course of the round. The end came in round five, when the WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC/IBF #14 175lber decked his opponent with a picture-perfect left-left-right combo. Adamek got up but was immediately overwhelmed with a series of body punches, forcing referee to step in at 2:55 to register a technical knockout for Uzelkov, who has also retained his WBA I/C title in process. Next for the Ukrainian should be a winner of Gabriel Campillo vs. Beibut Shumenov rematch. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Team Pacquiao is not concerned one bit that a former comrade is now working for the enemy. In an interview with Fightnews, Filipino trainer Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez said they are aware a long time ago that their former cutman Joe Chavez is already working for Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. Fernandez said at first they were surprised to see Chavez working in the corner of Cotto when the Puerto Rican fought and won over Joshua Clottey last June in New York. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles from his training camp in The Philippines on Saturday at 8:05pm at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4 Arrivals. Fight fans will have a chance to see Team Pacquiao after they have cleared Customs after arriving on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 from Manila.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao sparred 10 full rounds with Shawn Porter, Danny Escobar and Jose Luis Castillo on Thursday afternoon as the Filipino’s training for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto went up another notch. Pacquiao trains at a gym owned by his buddy, former world champion Gerry Penalosa. Presiding over Pacquiao’s training are Freddie Roach, strength coach Alex Ariza and Filipino assistants Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri, Roger Fernandez and two-time world titlist Dodie Boy Penalosa. Team Pacquiao leaves for the US this Saturday to resume training at the Wild Card in Hollywood. “I am feeling great,” said Pacquiao after the sparring session that was held behind closed doors. “I can’t wait for Nov. 14.” More photos…
Today in Rome at EBU Headquarters, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) won the purse bid to stage the vacant EBU welterweight championship fight between former European super lightweight champion Gianluca Branco and former WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko. OPI 2000 won the bid with an offer of €73,717, easily outpacing K2 East which offered €21,000.
You can still get great seats to see Machida and Shogun go toe-to-toe for the UFC Light Heavyweight title!
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions and PR Entertainment, Inc. presents the “Kardashian Charity Knock Out”, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA. Kim, Khloe, and Rob Kardashian, along with Bruce Jenner and Scott Disick, will be auctioned off on CharityBuzz.com. The winning bidder gets to step into the ring and duke it out with their favorite “Keeping up With The Kardashians” cast member for their favorite charity, The Dream Foundation, as well as be taped for their popular reality show on the E! Network. This auction will close at 3:00pm EST, October 25 . . . Click here for more
Story by David Robinett
Through his first 15 fights, spanning just over four years, there was nothing remarkable about heavyweight Manuel “El Toro” Quezada.
Although an accomplished kickboxer, he had no amateur boxing experience and was well into a journeyman’s career, a few more wins than losses against mediocre opposition. A little bit of good fortune landed Quezada a regular-paying gig as one of the house fighters at the upstart Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, but there wasn’t anything to suggest that Quezada would make a name for himself beyond that dusty central California town . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
For the last few years the media attention has been centred on one particular boxing brother in the Hatton household – namely former WBA welterweight and IBF, WBA and IBO light-welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton. In the background however is another boxing brother- welterweight Matthew “Magic” Hatton (37-4-1, 14 KO’s) who has built up an impressive professional resume and challenges Lovemore N’dou (47-11-1, 31 KO’s) on the 13th November in Stoke, England for the South African’s IBO welterweight title. (more…)
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive two round destruction of former number one light heavyweight contender David Telesco (30-7-1, 25 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Rye Town Hilton Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Both fighters were looking for a knockout and Mitchell floored Telesco with a big counter right at the end of round one. In round two, during another heated exchange Mitchell connected with a left/right combination that dropped Telesco to the canvas face first. He was counted out at 2:01 of the second round.
In the co-feature, journeyman cruiserweight John Douglas (7-14, 4 KOs) won a controversial six round split decision over “the Contender’s” Jon Schneider (7-4-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 60-54 for Douglas. Schneider was up 58-56 on the third card.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman has named the officals handling Saturday’s clash between reigning WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) and unbeaten challenger South African Evans Mbamba (16-0, 8 KOs) taking place at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico. The referee will be Gerald Ritter (Oklahoma). Judges are William Boodhoo (Canada), David Sutherland (Oklahoma) and Burt Clemens (Nevada). Supervisor is Jaime Salas of Panama. The card is billed as “Al Rojo Vivo” and presented by Zanfer Promotions in conjunction with the state government of Veracruz. TV Azteca will televise in Mexico.
By Sam DiTusa
Local favorite Favio Medina (21-2-2, 8 KOs) will again headline this Thursday’s main event at the Coeur d’ Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho as he steps into the ring against the rugged Jason Papillon (38-14-1, 25 KOs) in the ten round main event. Medina, who has fought all his fights at his home casino is coming off of a devastating KO loss. Papillon is a well traveled veteran who has been in with the far better competition. It’s the age old question here, what do you like, experience or youth? (more…)
Edison Miranda 167.4 vs. Francisco Sierra 167.4
Manuel Quezada 227.8 vs. Nicolai Firtha 242.8
Mike Dallas Jr. 141.8 vs. Sergio De La Torre 141.4
Martin Honorio 133.6 vs. Ricardo Medina 132.6
Ephraim Martinez 121.8 vs. Rodrigo Romero 123
Aaron Alafa 122 vs. Danny Pontoja 123
Alan Sanchez 143 vs. Mikhail Lyubarsky 144.2
Venue: Tachi Palace Casino, Lemoore, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Tickets: Starting at $25
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a tremendous fight card headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Nov. 18. In addition to the outstanding main event pitting featherweight champion Mike Brown against top challenger Jose Aldo, WEC is pleased to announce nine other quality bouts. (more…)
“This morning we were advised that Kelly Pavlik’s recovery of his left hand has not progressed as projected by Dr. Peter J. Evans, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Upper Extremity Center,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Tank, Pavlik’s promoter. “As a result of this Kelly is unable to close his left hand which prohibits him from being prepared for a December 5 middleweight championship defense against Paul Williams. We at Top Rank are disappointed by this unexpected development in his recovery. Once Pavlik is cleared medically by Dr. Evans we will pursue all avenues with regards to a future bout. We appreciate the understanding of Paul Williams, Goossen Tutor Promotions, HBO and Caesars Atlantic City with regards to this unforeseen occurrence.”
By Alexey Sukachev
Former IBF light middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs), 36, is one step from clinching the title opportunity in a middleweight division. The Russian veteran, who is ranked #3 by the IBF and #4 by the WBC, is aiming at the IBF belt, recently acquired by German Sebastian Sylvester. To face the newly crowned champion Karmazin will have to overcome tough Columbian puncher and IBF #7 Dionisio Miranda (20-4-2, 18 KOs) in the IBF eliminator. The purse bid between all involved parties is set on Oct. 27. “Hopefully, we win the bid and get the fight done before the end of the year. I believe Roman will beat Miranda and Sylvester,” said Roman’s promoter Steven Bash.
If Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez’s gift of gab is as good as her gift of jab, Holly Holm may be in trouble.
But if the “Huracan” proves to be a bag of wind – like the last one who flew into Albuquerque, N.M. blowing smoke – Holm, the bigger, taller, heavier opponent by a couple of divisions, should breeze through another ten rounds when she defends her WIBA welterweight belt . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
There’ll be no chance of a decision, close fight or piracy at Treasure Island come Halloween. At least, that’s what Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko says, about his IBF bantamweight title defense against undefeated Colombian Yonnhy Perez.
“There is going to be a knockout,” vows Agbeko. “I’m going to be the first one to beat him – the first to knock him out.” . . . Click here for more
It’s possible that WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s December 5 defense against Paul Williams will be delayed again. According to Pavlik’s hometown newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik is still having problems with his left hand, which he twice had surgery on this year. The bout was originally slated for October 3, then pushed back to December 5. January 23 was mentioned as a possible new date. No official announcement at this time.
Former Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s dreams of regaining the IBF cruiserweight belt is a rematch with Tomasz Adamek, were shattered on Monday when Main Event’s boss Kathy Duva announced that Adamek had relinquished the crown. The IBF reacted quickly to Adamek’s resignation by announcing that Matt ‘Too Smooth’ Godfrey would be the next available for the vacant title and ordered negotiations to start for the fight with ‘USS’ Cunningham.
Although, Adamek is testing the heavyweight waters on Saturday against Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland, promoter Kathy Duva says Adamek doesn’t have to make any decisions right now. “Tomasz is very comfortable at both weights; it’s a win-win situation. We want to keep all our options open,” she stated.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s been impossible to miss the ascent of Cain Velasquez (6-0, 4-0 UFC) up the ranks of the UFC’s heavyweight division. The 6’1, 240-pound fighter made a big splash from the moment he entered the Octagon, stopping Brad Morris at UFC 84 via TKO. Victories over Jake O’Brien and Dennis Stojnic followed and suddenly, the relative unknown fighter from American Kickboxing Academy found his name mentioned among the elite heavyweights . . . . Click here for more
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
From their Tampa-based training camp, WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto’s head trainer Joe Santiago and Cotto’s strength & conditioning coach Phil Landman, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum spoke to reporters yesterday to discuss Cotto’s conditioning and training as he prepares for the biggest and most important fight of his career. Here’s a transcript of what they had to say. (more…)
WBO cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) today caught up with the German press ahead of his December 5 clash against interim champion Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs). The two fighters will lock horns at the Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, and Huck is eager to get back into the ring following his success over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I already look forward to December 5,” he said. “Afolabi is a tough fighter. He stopped Enzo Maccarinelli. But he will not defeat me. I have worked so hard to become world champion. My plan is to make a lot of successful title defences and I will start with the one against Afolabi.” (more…)
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