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Ben Rothwell. The name may not ring any bells for most UFC fans. Fair enough. Rothwell is making his debut inside the Octagon against heavyweight prospect-turned-contender Cain Velazquez at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on October 24, so his lack of mainstream recognition isn’t surprising. Keep in mind, however, . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
By Graham Houston
“There are fight analysts who wait until the last minute before making up their minds as to who will win. … They compare styles and pore over records. … They weigh tangibles and intangibles. They reach an opinion after being gnawed by doubts and nagged by uncertainties.” Those words were written by a New York Times sports columnist named Arthur Daley in 1954, and they reached out to me across the years because I have been weighed down by doubts and uncertainties while trying to formulate an opinion on Saturday’s “Super Six” fight between Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell, which will be televised live on Showtime from Nottingham in the English midlands (starting time is around 2 a.m. on Sunday in the U.K.). (More)
Jr welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will be participating in a special event in downtown Los Angeles today. Ortiz will be sparring, doing a boxing demonstration and signing autographs at a special Expo Center Open House and Dedication of Soboroff Sports Field in Exposition Park next to the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the site of the 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium. The event will run from 10AM to 1PM.
From Juarez, Mexico for tomorrow night’s card at the Poliforo:
Javier Castro 138 vs. Edgar Barcenas 137
* For the WBC Fecarbox superlightweight title
Victor Zaleta 114 vs. Ricardo Armenta 112
Eduardo Lazcano 124 vs. Lizandro de los Santos 126
Angel Reyna 135 vs. Cesar Soto 133
Ivette Mendez 147 vs. Pilar Fierro 145
Juan Carlos Chavira 126 vs. Arturo Murillo 128
Victor Pasillas 112 vs. Alejandro Moreno 113
Mauro Lucero 154 vs. Erik Lopez 153
Former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua (48-4, 42 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round TKO over veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-12-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Latin welterweight title on Saturday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Pitalua dominated from the get-go and got a referee’s stoppage at the 2:09 mark of the fifth. In the co-feature, former world title challenger Joel “Love Child” Julio (35-3, 31 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (14-23-4, 7 KOs) in a middleweight clash. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. More photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
At 31 years of age, long-time European top contender and former IBO super flyweight world champion Jason “2 Smooth” Booth (34-5, 14 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career so far with a premature stoppage of fellow veteran Michael Hunter (29-2-1, 13 KOs) after five brutal rounds of beating. Ex-flyweight Booth, who was risking his BBBofC British super bantamweight title in this fight, took a beating from a much bigger former IBF title challenger in the first round. He, however, rebounded well in the second, and from that stanza on it was all Booth’s. He had been gradually breaking Hunter’s will till the fifth stanza. Middle into round five, Booth delivered a monstrous blow to the liver, which had Hunter reeling across the ring. He was never down but took severe punishment; severe enough to convince himself to retire on his stool just right after the end of the round. That can be an end of a long road for 31-year old Hartlepool native and a revival for the equally aged Jason Booth. (more…)
Lajuan Simon 159 1/2 vs Elvin Ayala 160
(Note: Simon had to lose 1/2 lb original weight 160 1/2)
Lonnie Smith 132 1/2 vs Khadaphi Proctor 134
Clarence Tillman 285 vs Kourtney Boden 228
Said El Harrak 157 vs Juan Pablo Montes de Oca 168
(Weight agreed too by both parties, late replacement)
Hastings Bwalya 147 vs Ivan Ibarra 147
David Springer 122 vs Rodrigo Romero 126
Venue: The Palms Las Vegas
By Alexey Sukachev and Basya/allboxing.ru
Fightnews has learned that two of the best Russian cruiserweight contenders Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs), who is promoted by the Universum Box-Promotion, and German Titov’s Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) will collide in an explosive all-action crossroader on November 28 in Oberhausen, Germany. The fight will be scheduled for twelve rounds. Drozd’s WBO Asia Pacific and the vacant WBO European 200lb belts are going to be put at stake. The collision was confirmed to Fightnews personally by Alekseev, who is ranked WBC/WBA/WBO #4. WBO #1, WBA #2, IBF #4 and WBC #6 Drozd also possesses PABA and WBC ABCO cruiserweight belts. Both fighters are regarded to be the elite of this weight class, which will set the fight for some fireworks.
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC #4 super featherweight Sergey Gulyakevich (27-2, 12 KOs) of Belarus has come back to the winning column this Tuesday night at Reactor nightclub in Minsk. Fighting at the lightweight limit, Gulyakevich, who was coming off a close loss to Humberto Mauro Gutierrez in the WBC title match-up, outpointed Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs (3-3-1, 3 KOs) 60-54 on all three judges’ scorecards. Also, talented Sergey Rabchenko (10-0, 6 KOs) acquired a vacant Belarus light middleweight title with the fourth round stoppage of Sergey Navarko (7-24, 2 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
Saint Petersburg based prizefighters’ company Jab Promotions, headed by Vitaly Supichenko and former bantamweight stalwart Alexander Yagupov, will stage its next boxing tournament on October 31 at Typhoon fight club in the Northern Palmira. Headlining the show is a comebacking local contender and middleweight crowd-pleaser Gennady Martirosyan (18-2, 7 KOs), 29, in a clash against Spaniard Miguel Angel Pena (28-14-4, 9 KOs) for a vacant WBO European belt in the very same weight class. (more…)
Jackie Nava 126 vs Lina Ramírez 127
Jocksan Hernández 126 vs Jorge Cárdenas 123.5
Alex lópez 124 vs Genaro Camargo 124
Misael Castillo 130 vs Daniel Valenzuela 130
Fernando Vargas 122.5 vs Arturo Camargo 124
Jovan Muñoz 160 vs Antonio Arraqs 158
Hanzel Martínez 118 vs Carlos Luzanilla 119
Rodrigo García 147 vs Jorge Juárez 147
Venue: El Foro de Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer Boxing
TV: Tv Azteca
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Carlos Aballe 154 vs Omar Henry 154
Jose Garcia Bernal 122.5 vs Roberto Marroquin 122.5
Morris Chule 127 vs Mario Santiago 129.5
Jhonatan Perez 117 vs Raul Martinez 116.5
Manny Perez 133 vs Brandon Rios 136
Aduato Gonzalez 132 vs Jerry Belmontes 129
James Johnson 180 vs Alfonso Lopez 179
Venue: Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Michał Koper/bokser.org
Polish heavyweight legend Andrew Golota arrived in Poland today. Golota will face countryman IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in the Polish “Fight of the Century” on October 24 in Lodz.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME in Nottingham, England and Howard Schatz in Berlin, Germany.
Billy Lyell 154.5 vs Chris Gray 157
(NABC Inter-Continental middleweight title)
Durrell Richardson 159.5 vs Dante Craig 163.5
Jake Giuriceo 143 vs James Hope 143.5
Randy Campbell 174.5 vs Travis Richards 175
Venue: Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, OH
Time: Saturday at 8PM
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There was high drama at the historic Old Market Square in Nottingham today when Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell failed to make the weight at the first time of asking ahead of his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch at the Trent FM Arena tomorrow night. Earlier in the week WBC World Champion Froch intimated that his undefeated American challenger may be struggling to make the 168 pound Super Middleweight limit and he turned out to be correct as Dirrell’s first attempt at making the weight saw him tip the scales at 168.4 pounds. The Champion meanwhile had no issues and was all smiles as he was cheered on by thousands of “Cobra” fans in an open air weigh in the centre of Nottingham. Froch registered 167.4 pounds on the scales, a full pound lighter than the challenger’s first attempt. Dirrell quickly returned to the gym at his hotel to lose the excess poundage. He returned one hour later to finally make the weight on the second attempt registering 167.5 pounds on the scales. (more…)
The boxing capital of the world will experience a first as Treasure Island Hotel & Casino hosts its first boxing event on October 31. Partnering with Don King Productions, the event has two world championship bouts slated to begin at 6 p.m. PT and several more exciting undercard attractions will precede these matches. Tickets are $200 available through the Treasure Island box office or by calling 1-866-9308 or (702) 894-7723. This is promoter Don King’s first event as lead promoter in Las Vegas since May 14, 2005, when Felix “Tito” Trinidad faced Winky Wright.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko will face undefeated, No. 1 ranked challenger Yohnny “El Colombiano” Perez in the Treasure Island Ballroom. A second title will be on the line when WBC #1 ranked lightweight Antonio “Tony” DeMarco squares off against former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro for the WBC lightweight interim championship. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
In front of an excitable crowd and a throng of cameras, hometown hero “King” Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, weighed in at the division limit 168 pounds (76.2 kg). His opponent, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., who had more than 20 American fans on hand, weighed in at 166 ¼ pounds (75.4 kg). Abraham and Taylor are ready to fight before what is expected to be a sellout crowd of 14,000+ at the famed o2 World Arena in Berlin. The clash of former middleweight world champions will kick-off the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Saturday, Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/PT). Abraham vs. Taylor will air on a delay and be followed immediately by the live telecast of Carl “The Cobra” Froch vs. Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell.
Share in the wit and wisdom of legendary Hall of Fame boxing publicist Bill Caplan, whom we cornered in Pete Fernandez’ Fight Factory office in Tampa this week.
Eromosele Albert 153* vs Derek Ennis 151 1/2*
(USBA junior middleweight title)
John Mercurio 262 1/2 vs James Pratt 233
Victor Vasquez 137 1/2 vs Tyric Robinson 141 1/2
Tommie Speller 167 vs Mario Mina 163 1/2
Carlos Diaz 128 1/2 vs Coy Evans 126 1/2
Natoya Iriving 144 vs Rachel Clark 144
Derrick Webster 166 vs John Colvin 165
* Albert was 164 and Ennis 160 1/2 at the 2nd day weigh-in
Promoter: Greg Robinson Power Productions
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
1st bell : 7:30 PM ET
By Gary “Digital” Williams
James Stevenson 150 1/2 vs. Martinus Clay 149
Andrew Farmer 140 vs. Ryan Belasco 140
Mike Dietrich 221 1/2 vs. Octavius Davis 224
Elias Bouloubassis 162 1/2 vs. Joey Montgomery 168
Maurice Byarm 253 1/2 vs. Tyyab Beale 244 1/2
Steve Wheeler 184 vs. Maurice Amaro 184 1/2
Devin Butcher 158 vs. John Terry 160
Joe DeLawder 204 vs. Billy Greenwalt 203 1/2
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Tensions mounted in Nottingham on Wednesday during the final press conference for Super Six World Boxing Classic participants Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell. Froch turned up approximately 15 minutes late for the midday press conference. Dirrell and his promoter Gary Shaw took that as a sign of great disrespect. The stage was set for a verbal explosion once the conference finally got underway. During the tradition post-conference faceoff photo opportunity, Dirrell taunted and laughed in the face of Froch. The two have traded verbal jabs for weeks as the intensity builds toward this Saturday’s showdown at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, live on SHOWTIME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The live Froch vs. Dirrell fight will air immediately following the Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor bout, shown on tape-delay from the o2 World Arena in Berlin Germany. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista successfully returned from an 11-month hiatus as he stopped Marangin Marbun of Indonesia in the seventh round Friday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. After some rusty moments in the first two rounds Bautista found his mark and floored Marabun with a stiff left jab in the third canto. Marabun recovered and gave Bautista tense moments in the succeeding rounds by hitting the Bohol native with good uppercuts and right straights. Bautista however came back strong and ended the bout as he hit Marabun with three succeeding jabs that sent the Indon reeling towards the canvass. In seeing Marabun badly hurt referee Bruce McTavish decided not to complete his count and waived of the match at 1:25 of the 7th round. The win improves Bautista’s record to 27 wins with 20 knockouts with only two losses while Marabun falls to 19 wins six losses and one draw. With the victory Bautista crowns himself the interim WBC International featherweight champion. (more…)
Juarez’s Javier “Zorro” Castro (21-2, 18 KOs) not only predicted a thrilling victory, when he stages his return to Juarez, Mexico Saturday night against former contender Edgar Barcenas (21-8-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, but that he will be targeting bigger names like Joel Casamayor and Michael Katsidis, after his win.
Tomorrow night’s card in Juarez, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, will be the first big card in nearly two years in the bordertown now known for its violence (over 1,700 have already been murdered there this year.) (more…)
Rafael Valenzuela, TKO Boxing’s top junior featherweight prospect will battle Puerto Rican Luis Angel Paneto this Saturday night, October 17th, in the feature attraction bout at Phoenix Rising, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona . . . . . Click here for more
Al Bernstein and guest commentator Antonio Tarver cover the spectacle of Abraham and Taylor in Germany, and the fireworks between Dirrell and Froch in England.
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…)
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