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Fightnews.com visited the Tampa training headquarters of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on Tuesday. The champ looked sharp during his workout. Cotto faces Manny Pacquiao on November 14th in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unofficially lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) is being mentioned as a possible challenger in the first defense of WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero. It is expected that a decision on that fight will be made during the week. Valero is planning to defend his WBC crown during December in Caracas, Venezuela.
After April’s memorable UFC Fight Night™ in Nashville, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is headed back to the great state of Tennessee to give the fans another night of world class mixed martial arts action as UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn faces possibly his toughest test at 155 pounds in the relentless Diego Sanchez at UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez, live from FedExForum in Memphis on Saturday, December 12th. (more…)
Unbeaten Brandon Rios of Oxnard, Ca. and rugged Manny Perez of Denver will fight on a big ring raised on the infield at the Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday. It’s a rematch. The two fought to a draw last Dec. 19 in Denver. Rios outworked Perez in the early rounds, then Perez rallied. The judges scored it 96-94 for Perez. The other cards were 95-95, 95-95. (more…)
InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) are proud to announce that all parties have officially come to terms on the staging of the highly anticipated world title rematch bout between WBC world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16 KOs) from Laval, and former WBC champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KOs) from Montreal. This bout is scheduled to take place Friday, December 11th 2009 at the Montreal Bell Centre. (more…)
Carl Froch participated in an open media workout Tuesday in Nottingham, England, as he winds down preparation for Saturday’s second half of the Super Six World Boxing Classic doubleheader against Andre Dirrell. In the first fight, American Jermain Taylor will face “King” Arthur Abraham in front of a sell-out crowd at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. It all happens on SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed). Here’s what Carl had to say…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (21-1, 13 KOs) is in excellent shape for the October 21 showdown for the IBF Pan Pacific title bout against Brazil’s Samir Barbosa (22-5-3, 13 KOs) at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Geale was confident of victory when he said: “Training has gone very well with my trainer Graham Shaw at the Grange gym. We have seen Barbosa on tape and he looks good but I am confident of victory. Graham and myself are certain we can lift my performance by 30% from my fight with Anthony Mundine.” (Geale dropped a disputed twelve round split decision to Mundine in May when most fans in attendance and nearly all boxing writers had Geale a clear winner.) (more…)
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) held a press conference today in Milan, Italy to announce the next title defense of WBC world cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni. Fragomeni will defend his title against the WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei. The fight will take place on November 21 at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Universum Box Promotion will promote the fight.
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talks to reporters after his workout on Wednesday at the Fight Factory in Tampa, Florida. Cotto looked sharp as he prepared for his November 14th showdown with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
By Dennis Principe
Proving that last week’s bad weather was never an issue in training camp, Manny Pacquiao dominated his sparring partners Tuesday at the Shape-Up Gym in Cooyesan Hotel in Baguio City. Pacquiao sparred with highly touted former two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico for three rounds. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming world welterweight with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto set for 12-rounds at a catch weight of 145lbs scheduled on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. In his anticipated sparring with Castillo, Pacquiao used his vastly improved lateral movements in trying to avoid the Mexican’s uppercuts and body shots. Pacquiao stalled Castillo’s aggressive attacks with three to five punch combos and counter left straights. (more…)
Dozens of reporters and camera teams attended today’s public workout in the heart of Berlin as “King” Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor gave a taste of their class. The two former champions will open the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic in front of what will be a sell-out crowd at the o2 World Arena here on Saturday night (SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed). Not just the German capital, but the international press and fans around the world are buzzing with anticipation. Camera teams from Russia, Denmark, Italy, Germany and America, amongst other nations, were deployed to cover today’s training session. King Arthur believes his opponent will be in for “an unpleasant surprise”. He said: “Taylor is good, he is a proven champion, but he has never been in the ring with someone that punches as hard as I do. He will find out on Saturday. I have a lot of respect for him, but he will not beat me in my hometown. The Super Six is the biggest challenge of my life and I want to be a star in America once the tournament is over.” For more details and photos click here…
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Junior welterweight sensation Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras stunned the huge crowd at Houston’s Arena Theater on Saturday night with a crunching first round knockout of Washington D.C.’s Ron “Teflon” Boyd . . . . . Click here for more
Photographer Daniel Hiller has taken shots of Arthur Abraham’s and Jermain Taylor’s SUPER SIX press training in Berlin, as well as Abraham at his training camp on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom. Click for more photos…
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 104 on Saturday, October 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The fights on Spike TV will include “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Ryan Bader, a rising star in the light heavyweight division, taking on “Red” Schafer. The one-hour telecast will run commercial-free. UFC 104 will run on pay-per-view event at 10:00pm ET. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao finally engaged ex-world champion Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico in a sparring session on Tuesday in his training camp in Baguio City and two key figures inside the Filipino’s camp were both satisfied with the showing of the 35-year-old warhorse from Sonora state. “Castillo proved to be a worthy sparmate,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, who personally picked Castillo to spend some quality minutes with his boss. Conditioning coach Alex Ariza was also all praises for Castillo, who will likely fill in the void that will be left by Urbano Antillon. Antillon is due to return to the US this weekend so he could get used to the local weather there as he prepares for a fight next month. Freddie Roach wanted to know if Castillo was indeed in shape as he ordered the Mexican to start off the seven-round session by going three rounds with Pacquiao. After Castillo, Pacquiao worked with unbeaten super-welterweight Shawn Porter. So far, Pacquiao has logged a total of 38 rounds of sparring. Pacquiao, who faces Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, spars thrice a week.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (19-1, 14 KOs) announced details of his next fight today at a press conference overlooking the hallowed turf of Thomond Park in Limerick, Ireland. The U.S. based southpaw will be back at the University Sports Arena in his native city on November 14th when he takes on Frenchman Affif Belghecham (19-3-1, 4 KOs). Today’s press conference at the legendary home of twice European club rugby champions Munster gave Lee the perfect opportunity to talk about his clash with Belghecham, the reigning European Union and French middleweight champ. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated featherweight Billy Dib talks to Fightnews and explains how he is chasing a return world title bout with WBO champion Steve Luevano, how his win in the USA over Rogers Mtagwa helped him achieve a goal to box in Madison Square Garden, how he would be keen to fight the WBA champion Chris John and a shot at IBF champion Cristobel Cruz is also on his radar. (more…)
The professional debut of Peking Olympic champion Rachim Chakhkiev ended in success on Saturday night in Rostock when the Russian cruiserweight scored an impressive second round KO over Tayar Mehmed. A hard left hook ended the night for the overtaxed Mehmed. Chakhkiev was very happy about his debut as a pro. “This was all very thrilling for me,” he said. “It’s a big difference from the amateurs. Everything is a few dimensions larger. It especially hit me when I made my first walk into the atmosphere of the arena. This makes me hunger for more.“ (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Prince Badi Ajamu (27-3-1, 15 KOs), of Camden, NJ will defend his NBA light heavyweight title when he take on Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), of Sacramento, CA in a twelve round bout on Friday, November 20 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Ajamu, or “The Boxing Prince”, won the title in his last bout against DeAndrey Abron last July, also in Atlantic City. The card, promoted by Dee Lee Promotions, promises to be a light heavyweight bonanza, as Patrick Perez (25-7, 14 KOs) and Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio (13-1-2, 5 KOs) are also penciled in to appear in separate bouts. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
It was one of those nights when nobody seemed ready to leave. 15, 20 even 30 minutes after WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez beat Rogers Mtagwa by unanimous decision in the theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night, there was still a significant contingent of fans and media on hand, almost standing in disbelief at what they had just witnessed. For 12 brutal and sensational rounds, Lopez and Mtagwa traded wild shots in what has to be considered one of the best fights of 2009, if not the best. (more…)
On Saturday night, Walter Johnson Promotions and Worldboxe hosted a fight card at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Event Center in Greensboro, NC. The best known fighter on the card, light heavywight Elivir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) was impressive with his workman like effort in his bout scoring a third round TKO over veteran Tiwon Taylor (27-16, 20 KOs). For his efforts Elvir picked up the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) America’s belt. In the main event, crusierweights Paul Jennette (12-2, 9 KOs) and Zach Mwekassa fought a slugfest that will not soon be forgotten by any in attendance. (more…)
Former world champion Jorge Rodrigo “La Hiena” Barrios (48-4-1, 34 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten streak within his native Argentina to 31 when he takes on Mexico City banger Michael Lozada (32-5-1, 25 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on November 21 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the co-featured bout, unbeaten junior welterweight knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (24-0, 22 KOs) will take on an opponent to be determined in a WBO Latino title bout. HBO Plus will televise in Latin America.
WBA #1 ranked welterweight Joshua Clottey of Accri, Ghana will take on former world champion Carlos Quintana of Moca, Puerto Rico on the Pavlik vs. Williams world title card Dec. 5 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Clottey and Quintana will box 10 rounds. The fight will be televised by HBO before world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and challenger Paul Williams get into the ring. Clottey has a record of 35-3, 21 KOs. Quintana’s record is 26-2, 20 KOs. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Clottey is promoted by Top Rank. Quintana is handled by DiBella Entertainment. The Dec. 5 title card is hosted by Caesars Atlantic City. “This is the most important fight in the careers of Clottey and Quintana. Both need to win to get to the next level — a championship fight,” said Brad Goodman, Top Rank matchmaker. “It’s a tough fight against a tough fighter in Quintana,” added Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. “Joshua has to work hard and do his business in the ring on December 5.”
Hall-of-Fame boxing promoter J Russell Peltz feels the WBO should pressure its super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez to give Rogers Mtagwa an immediate rematch in the wake of Saturday night’s thriller in Madison Square Garden. Lopez, now 27-0, 24 K0s, was awarded a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 115-111 (Peltz: “Gimme a break.”) and 116-111 (Peltz: “Why even show up?”). “There should Lopez-Mtagwa II before Lopez fights anyone else,“ Peltz said. “The fans want it!” (more…)
Middleweight KO Artist Joel Julio (34-3, 31 KOs) is scheduled to face spoiler Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (14-22-4, 7 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Julio is looking to get back into the win column after a decision loss to WBO jr middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk and a shootout with James Kirkland.
After his workout today in Nottingham, England, unbeaten super middleweight Andre Dirrell spoke about Saturday’s showdown against WBC champion Carl Froch. “I want that belt, that’s my sole mission and I plan on taking it back to America,” he stated. “I can’t wait to get in that ring and shine and show the world what I can do.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
We witnessed a triple header with the OPBF and national belts on the line today (Monday; our national holiday named Athletic Day) in Tokyo, Japan. OPBF super-middle champ Seizo Kiyota (18-2-1, 16 KOs), 168, was awarded a TKO victory as he landed a very strong right cross to Indonesian challenger Yanto Siamora (13-4-4, 3 KOs), 168, to halt him at 2:52 of the third round in a scheduled twelve. Australian referee Frank Hadley didn’t bother to intervene, as he saw the much shorter Indonesian unfit to go on because of his absorption of punishment. Unbeaten prospect from Osaka, JBC#6 Ryo Miyazaki (10-0-2, 5 KOs), 108, upset WBA#9/WBC#9 ex-world challenger and national champ Munetsugu Kayo (17-3-3, 9 KOs), 107.5, by a unanimous technical decision (99-94, 98-94, 97-94) at 1:13 of the tenth and final stanza to capture the Japanese 108-pound belt in a surprising ten. Miyazaki’s direct big rights very frequently caught the southpaw champ to effectively hurt and bloody him, and a head-collision in the last session made the ref Uratani to terminate the affair and take a technical verdict. Game and gutsy Asami Shikasho (3-1, 1 KO), 112, acquired the vacant female OPBF flyweight belt by lopsidedly batter Thailander OA Kokietgym (6-4, 1 KO), 111, to stop her at 0:46 of the eighth round in a scheduled ten-round elimination bout. Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
A sorrowful tragedy happened as Thai top bantam contender Sakai Jockygym (11-6, 5 KOs), 121.5, passed away at hospital almost just after he was stopped by JBC#8 bantam Kazuyoshi Niki (25-3-1, 13 KOs), 122, at 1:02 of the tenth and final session on Monday in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. We sincerely mourn his passing. The ring victim Sakai was the Thailander who recently shattered a daydream of former three-time WBC bantam champ, ex-Japanese superstar Joichiro Tatsuyoshi’s severely criticized comeback by badly and miserably annihilating him into a TKO defeat in Bangkok, Thailand, this March.
Sakai tonight suffered a knockdown as he touched the canvas with Niki’s right counter in the opening session. The Thailander gamely fought back hard, while Niki aimed exclusively at the midsection to have him fading in later rounds. The ref declared a halt when Niki had him off balanced with a solid right without the Thailander hitting the deck midway in the final session. (more…)
WBC super middleweight champ Carl Froch says he’s happy to let Andre Dirrell’s mouth make all the running ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on SHOWTIME Saturday night. Froch though believes that the talk emanating from the challenger masks an underlying insecurity. “I think it’s a case of his mouth writing checks that his butt can‘t cash,” said Froch. “All this trash talk from him this close to the fight only confirms the first impressions I had of him when we all met up in New York to launch the Super Six. I think all the big talk is just to mask his own insecurities that maybe he’s not ready for this level. It sounds like he’d sooner take me on at baseball then step in to a ring with me. I think it’s dawned on him that now he has to step into the ring with the world’s best fighters and maybe he’s starting to doubt his own ability. If that’s the case then the last place he needs to be next Saturday night is in a boxing ring at the Trent FM Arena, in front of 10,000 Cobra fans and with me standing in the opposite corner. It’s going to be a very, very lonely place for him and all the talk in the world will count for nothing when that first bell rings.”
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