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Juan Manuel Marquez, Marcos René Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Juan Diaz have been mentioned as possible targets for Amir Khan in his expected American invasion.
Following his KO loss to David Tua in the “New Zealand Fight of the Century,” heavyweight Shane Cameron is looking revive his career with a schedule of five fights in 2010.
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s injured left hand is said to currently be at 95%. The staph infection is healed, however he hasn’t regained full flexibility in his left index finger.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum celebrates his 78th birthday today. Arum started Top Rank in 1966 and hasn’t looked back since. Happy birthday to Bob from everyone at Fightnews!
Unbeaten #1 rated middleweight Gennady Golovkin (18-0, 15 KOs) has issued a statement after being named mandatory challenger for WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. “When I found out that I’ve been named by the WBA as the official mandatory challenger of Felix Sturm, I immediately and full of pride told everyone “I’m ready!” I absolutely want to get this world title. Felix has said that I’m not ready yet, but I’ll show him who the true champion is. With amateur world champion Matvey Korobov, “Super Six” boxer Andre Dirrell and current IBF world champion Lucian Bute, I’ve already defeated very good people and I’ll also beat Sturm. Therefore, I believe that Felix will chicken out and give up his world championship belt!“
The proposed March 13 Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather superfight could end up in an NFL football stadium instead of Las Vegas, the normal home of megafights. The new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta are in the running. It has been agreed that the fight will be for Pacman’s WBO welterweight title and both fighters will wear 8-ounce gloves from the manufacturer of their choice.
Diego Sanchez has been telling the world that he is a future champion in wait since the days of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. Actually, he has also proclaimed on several occasions that he would go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history when it is all said and done, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
Diary entry Monday, Dec. 7
“Today was a big day here in Berne for me. Started it with my last day of sparring. I was sharp, crisp, focused and in a good place, my body is reacting exactly the way that I need it to so I am good to go.
“I am in the best shape of my life. I had my press conference with Vitali today and got a chance to see him face to face one more time before the weigh-in on Friday.
“He seemed to be in a good mood but all of that is going to change on Saturday when I take the WBC title from him. Its all business from here on out. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and unbeaten challenger Kevin Johnson faced off at Monday’s press conference in advance of their showdown on Saturday night at the Postfinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland.
Johnson stated no one can outbox him. “The whole world will be shocked when I’ve finished Vitali Klitschko in nine rounds. There are only two people in this world who could defeat me. This would have been former world heavyweight champions Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali.” Johnson dedicated the fight to his former trainer Dave Horn who passed away a few months ago.
Klitschko, a heavy betting favorite, advised Johnson, “You should give me ten percent of your purse, so that I can pay the doctor’s bills for you after the fight.” His trainer Fritz Sdunek said there would be no surprises. “Vitali has gone more than 100 sparring rounds in preparation,” he stated. “He’s physically and mentally in top form. If Kevin Johnson does what he promises, at least the fight will go the full twelve rounds.” Click here for more photos…
Reigning WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch will return in April for his next Super Six outing against Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler in April. “We’ve confirmed a date of April 17th for the Kessler fight,” revealed Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy. “It will take place in Denmark and will be on at around 10pm in the evening U.K. time which is great news for British fight fans. It’s going to be an absolutely massive event and it should attract a huge audience. It’s an incredible fight between two of the World’s best and most exciting fighters. Carl proved with that sensational KO over Jermain Taylor that he can go into the lions den and beat the very best in the World and I’ve no doubt he’ll prove that again against Kessler.”
By Joe Koizumi
Two months have passed since the WBA 115-pound champ Nobuo Nashiro, Japan, narrowly kept his belt on a split draw with official challenger Hugo Casares, Mexico, in Japan on September 30. This reporter has been still considering rapid weight gain of Cazares from 114 pounds at the weigh-in to 128 just before the title bout. Cazares had predicted at the press conference that he would climb up to the squared circle at 130 to overpower the defending champ Nashiro, and we then laughed at his big mouth. Big wasn’t only his mouth but his stomach. The Mexican, nicknamed “Increible”, was so incredible that he actually scaled at 128, only two pounds short of his prediction. He gained no less than fourteen pounds in one night. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero & Jhonny Gonzalez
The possibility exists that WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero could try to patch up their differences. Sources near to both parties have indicated there is hope that they will resolve their differences and begin a new history. “I want to meet with Valero. I believe that we should speak about our differences,” said Mendoza Jr., who guided his Venezuelan compatriot to his first world title before a their relationship broke down. “It was truly a friendship. He’s now a stellar WBC champion, but the WBA doors are open. If it Valero believes his future is in the WBA, he will be welcome.”
By Alexey Sukachev
After a tedious November with the only notable show at the end of the month in Samara, Russian boxing will forge into the lead and close this year big with a variety of interesting competitions in December. Four relatively sound cards and two local events will be promoted in four cities, including three nights of boxing in Moscow; several well-known ex-Soviet fighters will take their parts part there, making it one of the most active stints on the Russian pugilistic scene in 2009. (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a loaded fight card headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Dec. 19. In addition to Cerrone vs. Ratcliff, Njokuani vs. Horodecki, and Benavidez vs. Yahya, WEC is pleased to announce seven other quality bouts. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone
After a weekend of endless commentary on the Web, talk of suspensions and frame-ups, handwraps, extortion and violations made by, both, fighters and commission, new information sheds light on Friday night’s fiasco at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 12 bouts, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker snared a regional title. In his 13th contest, Tucker will make the first defense of his USBO light heavyweight title when he faces veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta on Friday, December 11 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. The undefeated, 22-year-old Tucker (12-0, 7 KOs) won the USBO title with a 10 round unanimous decision over Jim Strohl in front of a packed house at the Shipley Arena on September 25. Tucker is facing the come-backing Armenta of Silver Spring, MD (13-4, 11 KOs) who returned to the ring after an almost five-year absence (due to promotional snafus) and scored a fourth-round TKO over William Johnson on August 27 in Hagerstown, MD. (more…)
Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will make another defense of his WBO Jr. Welterweight world title in his California desert hometown when he takes on undefeated Lamont Peterson, Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs. In a co-feature, devastating knockout artist Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will defend his WBC and WBA 115-pound crowns against the hard-hitting Tomas Rojas. (more…)
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) is training in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico for his fight on December 19 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Soto is the current WBC super featherweight champion and will take on two time world champion Jesús “Matador” Chávez in a 10 round lightweight bout on the big championship card that Top Rank will telecast on pay-per-view from two different locations. On the card middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik will take on Miguel Angel Espino in the main event. Pavlik will fight Espino in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Click here for more photos…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and trainer Jack Loew will host a media workout Tuesday at the new South Side Boxing Club (1714 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio. beginning at 1PM ET. The workout will be open to the public and will include sparring. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) will be making his third title defense against WBC #3 Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of “Contender” fame. They meet December 19 at Youngstown State University topping a two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Remaining seats are $158, $108 and $58. Call 330-941-1978.
The Illinois State Athletic Commission has assigned the officials who will oversee the December 12 junior welterweight battle between Houston, Texas’ Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Brooklyn, New York’s Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and televised live on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”. Refereeing the highly-anticipated 12 round rematch will be Illinois’ Genaro “Geno” Rodriguez. The three judges scoring the bout will be Illinois’ Mauro DiFiore, Ohio’s Tom Miller and Florida’s Michael Pernick.
After a valiant performance Saturday on HBO against Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs), WBO#5 Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3) says he prefers to fight boxers his size in the future. “It’s extremely difficult giving up 45 pounds in a fight,” stated Minto. “Arreola was too big for me, and it showed. I’ll pick on guys my own size in 2010.” Arreola, 6’4, weighed 263, while Minto, 5’11, tipped the scales at 218 pounds. Although at a significant size disadvantage, Minto displayed immense heart and could be very dangerous in a smaller weight class. “As far as a move to cruiserweight, I can definitely make the 200 pound weight limit,” he said. “However, there are only a few cruisers who I’d be interested in boxing – Marco Huck (27-1), B.J. Flores (24-0-1), Zsolt Erdei (31-0), Danny Green (28-3) or Firat Arslan (29-4).” His manager, Pat Nelson added “Unless Minto lands a major cruiserweight fight or a heavyweight bout under 225 pounds against Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1), Tomasz Adamek (39-1) or Denis Boytsov (26-0), he plans on defending his WBO NABO heavyweight title sometime in April, possibly against Tony Grano (16-1-1) who is also around 220 pounds.”
After demolishing Andrew Golota, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz ‘Adamek (37-1, 27 KO) will stay in the heavyweight ranks against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) on February 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark. “Jason Estrada is a completely different fighter than Andrew Golota,” stated Adamek, “obviously younger, much faster, he can throw 60 punches a round. Against Estrada you have to be on your guard all the time, in every round. I did see his fight against world-class fighter Alexander Povetkin, Jason was busy, he wanted to fight – exactly what I like to do in the ring….the difference between me and Povetkin will be very evident – I will do everything required to do what nobody has done to Jason before – knock him down. He’s never fought anybody as quick and accurate – I will not be intimidated by the number of punches he throws in every round – I welcome it!”
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Kevin Johnson face off at today’s press conference in Berne, Switzerland.
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#6 Hero Bando (20-10-7, 9 KOs), 130, a former Edwin Valero victim in the Venezuelan dynamite’s first appearance here in Japan in 2005, barely fought to a split draw (78-76, 76-77 and 77-77) with slick-punching counterpuncher Daiki Kaneko (10-2-1, 4 KOs), 129.25, over sizzling eight rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko was in command, outjabbing and outpunching the game but slow starter with flat foot in the first three rounds. Bando woke up in round four, when he bloodied the footworker’s nose and started furiously stalking him with roundhouse and less accurate combinations. Kaneko kept retreating and countering the willing mixer, but his negative style didn’t impress the judges to waste his early lead on points. (more…)
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On Saturday, WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon celebrated his 34th year as head of the World Boxing Council. Sulaiman was unanimously elected December 5th, 1975 at the WBC Convention in Tunesia. During his term, the WBC has sanctioned 1506 world title fights on five continents, the first being the day after his election when John Stracey dethroned Jose Napoles to become WBC welterweight champion. At 78 years young, the WBC chief is looking forward to another good year in 2010.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing arrived Sunday in Bern, Switzerland to join heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. Johnson (22-0-1, 29 KOs) is challenging WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) this Saturday at the Post Finance Arena in Bern. Johnson, who arrived last week, took some time off from training camp to show DeGuardia the beautiful city of Bern. The Klitschko vs. Johnson bout will be televised by HBO and is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman has punched it out with the best super middleweights and middleweights in the world including Winky Wright, Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine, Robert Joval and Enrique Ornelas. Sam talks to Fightnews and says he was disappointed that the bout against Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau has fallen through, how he beat Mundine twice at 168 pounds and would beat him easy at 160 pounds, and how he now focuses on an IBF middleweight challenge against Sebastian Sylvester. (more…)
Story by Victor Perea
With new mixed martial arts organizations popping up, what seems like every other week, there are plenty of rosters looking for professional fighters hungry to make a name for themselves. Make your way through the minor leagues and you might just get a call to the invite only apex of the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It’s the only place where top talent can jump into deep waters and find out if they really are able to compete against the best in their division . . . Click here for more
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former world champion Adrian ‘The Shark’ Diaconu is less than a week away from a chance to recapture the WBC light-heavyweight belt back from Jean Pascal, the man who took it from him, and he is already looking like he’s been in a fight. Diaconu was sporting quite the shiner under his right eye as he took a couple of minutes to talk to Fightnews in advance of this Friday’s highly anticipated rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus his hometown rival Jean Pascal. “It’s a good sign,” says the heavy-handed Romanian slugger who is more than eager for a second shot at the man who wrestled away his belt back in June. “I worked so hard at training camp, I’m very prepared.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) will challenge Robert Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBO 154 pound championship on January 11 at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine has only made the middleweight limit of 160 pounds twice against Shannan Taylor and Daniel Geale, whom he won a disputed twelve round split decision on May 27 this year. Mundine weighed in at 167 1/4 pounds for his most recent bout in outpointing Alejandro Falliga after he had agreed to fight at middleweight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Two-division champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), of Augusta, GA and reigning WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina and now Oxnard, CA met in a twelve round non-title bout Saturday night at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. When the dust cleared in the thrilling battle, it was Williams taking the majority decision. (More)
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