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By Butch Gottlieb & Mary Ann Owen/BoxingInLasVegas.com
Las Vegas cutman and longtime boxing aficionado Charles “Hank” Henry passed away yesterday. Hank had been fighting cancer for much of 2009, and had been out of action. Fightnews sends condolences to Hank’s many friends and family.
Since stepping into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 10 against Chad Reiner back in 2007, Anthony Johnson has set himself apart from the rest of his fellow prospects. It was his debut in the big game, a swift rise to the majors after only three professional bouts in other organizations, all of which resulted in a soon-to-be known Johnson trademark: winning . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
World ranked welterweight prospect Marvin Cordova Jr. has certainly made some waves since turning pro back in August of 2004 when he stopped undefeated Luciano Silva in four rounds. Following that impressive debut, he continued to impress with a trio of victories against lesser known opponents. Cordova then fought on the undercard of an ESPN televised show in Denver Colorado, stopping the normally durable club fighter Marlon Leslie in the second round the following August to improve his record to 5-0. It was enough to cause promoters and boxing insiders to take note, and by the end of the year he began working with promoter Zeferino Ramirez, who has kept the young prospect active and helped him garner several regional championships over the next several years. That December, Cordova won the GBU Youth light welterweight champion when he destroyed journeyman Corey Alarcon in the opening round . . . . 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.
By Graham Houston
So near to victory yet so far away against Carl Froch in April, Jermain Taylor faces another strong European fighter on Saturday when he meets Germany’s Arthur Abraham in the first of the eagerly awaited “Super Six” contests in Berlin. The 12-rounder will be shown on tape-delay on the Showtime network, followed by live coverage of Carl Froch’s fight with Andre Dirrell. These 12-rounders are what boxing should be all about: the best fighters fighting the best, and fans debating the outcome. For those unfamiliar with the format, six of the world’s top fighters in the super middleweight division are meeting in a round-robin tournament, each boxer guaranteed three fights. Mikkel Kessler will meet Andre Ward in the third of the opening bouts in the tournament. First up, though, is Abraham against Taylor, which is expected to get the tournament off to a thrilling and dramatic start. (More)
Antonio Pitalua 147 vs. Wilfredo “Papin” Negron 147
(Vacant WBO Latin welterweight title)
Joel Julio 160 vs Clarence ‘Sonny Bono’ Taylor 159
Rocky Alvarez 140 vs Luis Ortiz 144
Christopher De La Paz 167.5 vs. Dennis Valentin 167.5
Genier Pit 134 vs. Josinelson Santos 133.5
Jose Torres 142 vs. Robert Dortch 140
Elvis Martinez 137 vs William “Baby Face” Silva 134
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:30PM
Time: Doors Open at 7PM/First Fight 8:30PM
Jackie Nava, the “La Princesa Azteca”, gave her word that it will be a great fight on Saturday when she faces Lina Ramirez in the Auditorio Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana headlining “Golpes de Ayuda” card to benefit the international campaign to prevent breast cancer. At a press conference presented by co-promoters Zanfer Boxing and Brigam, Nava (19-3-2, 10 KOs) welcomed the opportunity to return to the people of Tijuana and assured that her preparation has been intense, knowing that Ramirez (8-12-1, 2 KOs) took her to a tight decision two years ago. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Former world title contender Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista makes his ring return after almost a year of inactivity when he takes on Marangin Marbun of Indonesia Friday at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, City, Philippines. The 23-year-old Bautista underwent surgery February of this year after pain on his left wrist which has been bugging him for nearly two years already became unbearable. “I’ve been tolerating the pain for almost two years but the doctors finally said an operation is needed to stop the pain. Luckily there was nothing serious with the my wrist,” said Bautista moments after the official weigh-in Thursday morning at the SM Entertainment Plaza. (more…)
Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz returned home today to right a wrong, making a donation to replace boxing equipment recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club (SBBC). (more…)
Undefeated Mexican knockout artist Rogelio “Porky” Medina (19-0, 15 KOs) will back into action this weekend in a rematch bout against experienced Roy Sánchez (17-21-4, 11 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in Guaymas, Sonora. The Latin Sports co-promoted card will also include rising superflyweight star Juan “Gallo “ Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs), who is scheduled for six rounds against Carlos Jacobo (2-3, 2 KOs).
On October 21 Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, to present its second installment of Rumble at the Rye Town Hilton. Headlining the card once again will be heavy-handed, former world title challenger, David Telesco (30-6-1, 26 KOs) taking on fellow banger and former two-time world champion, Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
Undefeated super prospect Roberto Marroquin of Dallas signs autographs at the Time Warner Cable booth at the Texas State Fair in Dallas Thursday where he also talked to fight fans about the upcoming “Firepower” mega fight featuring Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 14. Marroquin meets Barbara and 6-month old Judah from Fort Worth, who plan on watching the mega fight. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
These photos were taken at 10:30 PM (Thurs.) UK time. Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell met with promoter Gary Shaw in the VIP lounge, then did a little stretching and 30 minutes on the treadmill in the health club at the host hotel in Nottingham, England. Click here for more photos…
By Lee Bates
The fact that 21-year-old Juan Carlos Burgos (23-0, 16 KOs) is the WBC #1 ranked featherweight is an accomplishment in itself, but the journey as to how he got there is what is the real story. Burgos began his professional boxing career at just 16 years of age in Tijuana, Mexico where he was born and raised. If you saw Burgos fight early in is career you could tell right away that he had championship qualities. He easily racked up win after win over more experienced fighters who in some cases were nearly twice his age with twice as many as fights. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Ten years ago, Philadelphia, PA promoter Greg Robinson put on his first boxing card, and the main event was for a title, so it is only fitting that his tenth anniversary show will feature a title fight, as well. “My first show took place on October 19, 1999, and Calvin Davis fought for the Pennsylvania State Title,” said Robinson at a press conference at the Fox and Hound sports bar in Philadelphia on Wednesday. On Friday, October 16, Robinson’s Power Productions will host a show at the legendary Blue Horizon that will feature a battle for the vacant USBA junior middleweight title between Philly’s Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) and Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (22-3-1, 10 KOs), of Miami, FL. (more…)
Undefeated, top-ranked International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight contender Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez received the news of his upcoming opponent, Joseph “King Kong” Abgeko, and his knockout prediction with a smirk. “I like the fact that Abgeko thinks he is coming to knock my block off,’’ said Perez (19-0, 17 KOs), who will challenge the defending IBF 118-pound titlist Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, by way of Bronx, N.Y., in the “Halloween Thrilla” at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 31., on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). (more…)
By Michał Koper/bokser.org
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek arrived in Poland today. Adamek will face Andrew Golota in Polish “Fight of the Century” on October 24 in Lodz.
The search for an Executive Officer to head the California State Athletic Commission goes on. The position has been again posted on the Athletic Commission website. The job has been open nearly a year since former CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia quit amid allegations of sexual harassment involving a co-worker, a complaint the state reportedly paid $75,000 to settle. California Consumer Affairs Director Brian Stiger has already shot down one candidate in respected boxing official Pat Russell, a move which prompted Commission Chairman Timothy Noonan to abruptly resign. More professional boxing cards take place in California, than any other state.
Russian star Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will fight for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Championship, the IBF has confirmed. “That is great news for Alexander,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “He has been waiting for his title shot for such a long time. We are very happy that the IBF grants Alexander this chance.” The 30-year-old Olympic gold medal winner has been waiting for his IBF title shot ever since beating Eddie Chambers, who is now the WBO mandatory challenger, in an elimination tournament in January 2008. A first showdown with Klitschko failed to materialise in December 2008 when Povetkin injured his ankle in practice. The IBF ordered Klitschko to defend his title against Povetkin before September 13, 2009. However, the Ukrainian champion opted to fight Ruslan Chagaev in June 2009 instead. He needed to undergo shoulder surgery afterwards and has been declared unfit to fight until the end of 2009. Since Klitschko´s latest injury significantly extends Povetkin´s waiting time yet again, the IBF ordered an interim title fight. “Finally, the waiting is over for Povetkin,” Meyer added. “He gets what he deserves – a world title fight in the near future. We are all tired of waiting for Klitschko.”
If Eddie Chambers does not want to fight Povetkin for the IBF Interim Title, Samuel Peter would be the next in line. “We are waiting to see who the opponent will be,” Meyer added. “We will then work out the date and the venue as soon as possible.” The title shot means that Povetkin will not take a tune-up fight in Baltimore on October 16.
By Matt Richardson
Lou DiBella laughs when his past criticism of boxing is brought up. As a former television executive instrumental in the production of classic fights on HBO and as a current promoter of some of the sport’s top talent, DiBella, 49, has never shied from being a vocal critic of the sport he advocates for. He does, however, take exception to being labeled as such. “I’m a critic but my criticism comes from love,” DiBella explained to Fightnews in an exclusive interview last weekend. “I think what I do is try to be realistic about the sport and I believe if we’re not self-critical and we’re not self-aware and trying to make changes to disrupt the status quo to try to return ourselves to some of our old glory, then we’re going to continue to be more marginalized. But I’ve also been one of boxing’s biggest fans and have dedicated 20 years of my life to it.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference yesterday at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia to announce the December 2 bout between former two-time world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas. The bout will take place at the same venue, which is located in North Philadelphia, the area where Bernard Hopkins grew up. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stated, “This fight will be a homecoming for the biggest fighter to ever come out of Philadelphia. Thank you, Bernard, for coming home. Ticket prices are reasonable. You can see this legendary fighter, possibly for the last time, for as little as twenty-five dollars.” The bout will be televised live on the Versys network. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who is active in the Ukrainian political scene when he’s not training, used a telling argument trying to sway Kiev politicians toward his point of view during a city council session this week. Vitali attended the meeting to protest government corruption.
Unbeaten Paul McCloskey (19-0, 9 KOs) will bid to win the European light weighterweight title on home soil when he faces current Euro beltholder and former world champ Souleymane M’baye (38-3-1, 21 KOs) at the state of the art Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, County Derry, Ireland on November 6th. “I’ve been inundated with people asking about tickets and it’s terrific to get such a big fight so close to home,” said McCloskey who vacated his British title in order to chase European and world honors. The silky skilled southpaw who lives about a 30-minute drive from the arena, had originally been scheduled to travel to Paris in July to tackle M’baye but a hand injury for McCloskey turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he secured home advantage for the rescheduled date. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and winning the European title would set me up nicely for a shot at a world title. I’m just focusing on M’baye and becoming European champion first. Once I win that then everything else will fall into place.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The promoter of IBF number one ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has blocked the proposed bout on Friday, October 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The bout is officially off. Fightnews.com has obatained a copy of a letter sent by the law firm representing Sauerland Event Promotions. The letter states that Sauerland is the exclusive promoter for Povetkin. The letter is directed primarily at well-known promoter and manager Don Elbaum, who, according to the document, told the IBF that he represented Povetkin, a claim Sauerland denies. Baltimore Boxing promoter Jake Smith is only mentioned in the letter as the promoter of record for the October 16 card. (more…)
Legendary Universum trainer Fritz Sdunek will significantly reduce his coaching activities at the Universum boxing stable over the next months due to personal health reasons. Follows the advice his doctors, the hard-working Sdunek and will take time off to relax. Universum trainers Michael Timm, Magomed Schaburow and Artur Grigorian will continue the daily training sessions on behalf of Sdunek. (more…)
Former world champions Zab Judah and Joel Casamayor headline a double main event on November 6 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) is scheduled to meet Ramon Montano (17-7-1, 2 KOs) in a welterweight bout while Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined in a ten-round super lightweight fight. Also light heavyweight Ron Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) faces Ray Smith (9-4, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Featherweight Salvador Sanchez (16-3-2, 8 KOs), nephew of the legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated welterweight Joseph Judah (4-0, 1 KO), brother of Zab will also see action.
The Muhammad Ali™ Collection kicks off Everlast’s 100th Anniversary celebration! The Muhammad Ali™ Collection features replica products Ali used throughout his career, updated with modern brand technologies. It is the perfect gift for the aspiring fighter, boxing fan, fitness enthusiast, or memorabilia collector. He Believed. Do You? Greatness Is Within. Visit www.everlast.com/ali and explore for yourself.
Former WBC and IBO Heavyweight champion of the world Pinklon Thomas will appear at Jupiter Boxing Club & Martial Arts Training Center in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, October 22 to raise awareness for Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids). (more…)
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in Tampa this week visiting the training camp of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who defends against P4P king Manny Pacquiao on November 14 in Las Vegas. Despite the loud music playing during Cotto’s workout, we got a few words from Arum about Cotto-Pacquiao and other upcoming Top Rank fights.
“Punch-out,” returns to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday night. In the featured bout, Guilty Boxing presents a twelve round USBA middleweight title bout between titleholder Lajuan Simon (21-2-2, 12 KOs) and “Mandatory Challenger” Elvin Ayala (20-3-1, 9 KOs). Undercard action will showcase the likes of two local Las Vegas talents, hard charging, non-stop puncher “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (8-2, 6 KOs) fighting in a six round bout at lightweight facing off against Khadaphi Proctor (4-4, 1 KOs), as well as Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak (7-0, 3 KOs) against Will “The Thrill” Walton (4-1, 4 KOs). Tickets start at $30. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the first bout begins at 7:00 P.M. Call 702-942-7777.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The new WBA super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado arrived on Wednesday at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City after his stunning first round annihilation of reigning champion Venezuelan Jorge Linares last Saturday night in Japan. After a lot of uncertainty and lack of comunication, Salgado was met by relatives, friends with a select group of journalists. A big reception was expected but a variety of factors scuttled those plans. Salgado gave thanks to the WBA for the opportunity and to all the Mexican fans for their support and faith.
Two-time WBA heavyweight champion and current WBA mandatory challenger John Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV by way of Chelsea, MA, is returning home today and donating boxing equipment to replace what was recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club, as well as do an open workout, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the public today (October 15) at 2-4 PM/ET at the South Boston Boxing Club (1667 Columbia Road, South Boston).
44-year-old future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins’ remarkable career will continue in his hometown on December 2, when “The Executioner,” who will be fighting in Philly for the first time since 2003, faces Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. The 12-round light heavyweight bout will be televised live on VERSUS. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to once again bring a fight to the city of Philadelphia,” said Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) , the former middleweight champion who owns a perfect 10-0 record in Philly. “A lot has changed in my career since I fought here six years ago and I want to give my fans the chance to see me fight again at home. To top it off, a portion of the proceeds from this fight will go to three charities that are extremely important to me. December 2 is going to be a great night for boxing and a great night for Philadelphia.”
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento super-middleweight Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs), once top-ranked as an U.S. amateur boxer, has signed a multi-year contract with Let’s Get It On Promotions of Reno to develop his professional career. The company, expanding its stable of fighters, was started by former Nevada-based referee Mills Lane and is operated by sons Terrance and Thomas. In making the announcement Wednesday, Gonzales said the deal will allow him to continue to continue to train locally with veteran cornerman Ray Woods and occasionally fight in Sacramento where, along with fellow former Olympic aspirant Stan Martyniouk, he is regarded as one of the area’s brightest prospects.
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