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By Anthony Springer
Carlos Condit hit the jackpot.
Citing Nick Diaz not fulfilling his commitments, UFC president Dana White removed the Caesar Gracie protege from the title bout against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137. Condit will now step in and fulfill the challengers slot.
“The Natural Born Killer” is riding a four fight win streak with wins over the previous undefeated Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Hardy.
Details to come.
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By Bill Green
Undefeated lightweight and highly touted prospect, Terence “Bud” Crawford (14-0, 11 KOs) returns this Saturday against Angel Rios (9-6, 6 KOs) on the undercard of HBO’s televised Yuriokis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off a crushing 2nd round knockout win over journeyman Derrick Campos back in July on the undercard of Mike Alvarado vs. Gabriel Martinez bout. (more…)
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m here for only one reason – to fulfill my destiny and become a heavyweight world champion” – said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), greeted by more than 1000 fans during open training session in Wroclaw’s “Magnolia” mall. “Don’t miss this fight. It will be a great one” – added titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), whose short training session (shadow boxing, pads with trainer Fritz Sdunek and rope jumping) followed Adamek display of quick punches and fast legs. This was the last chance to see both great fighters live until Saturday heavyweight WBC title fight in “Stadion Miejski” for all who were not able to buy their tickets for sold out, 42,000 seats soccer stadium. Vitali and Tomek will meet one more time during Friday’s weigh-in but this always exciting ceremony will be closed to the public. Click here for more photos…
Video by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
Story by Andreas Hale
Victor Ortiz is most certainly a changed man. Despite all that he’s been through in his personal life, it wasn’t until his loss to Marcos Maidana back in 2009, where the “Vicious” one was criticized for quitting, that forced Ortiz to look at the world through a different lens . . . Click here for more
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By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and the WBA’s #14-ranked middleweight contender Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) landed another shot at a piece of the world crown when he challenges defending WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (21-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday, October 15 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In his previous title shot on March 14, 2009, Simon gave a gritty effort in dropping a unanimous decision against then-champion Arthur Abraham. “Gennedy Golovkin stopped Kassim Ouma in the tenth round, but Ouma is essentially a junior middleweight. We have to make the most of the opportunity, because it could be our last,” said manager Dave Escalet. Golovkin will be making the third defense of his title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that WBC mandatory middleweight challenger Marco Antonio Rubio may face WBC middleweight champion emeritus and diamond champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, WBC president Jose Sulaiman on Tuesday. “Martinez and Rubio are both strong fighters, throw many punches and would be a great fight for the Hispanic fans and the World Boxing Council will recommend that the winner face Chávez Jr.,” said Sulaiman. Chavez Jr. will take on Peter Manfredo on November 19 while Martinez will face England’s Darren Barker on October 1.
Manny Pacquiao and Dan Hill sing “Sometimes When we Touch” for the media and fans at the New York Press Conference.
Three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten WBO #2 super featherweight Luis Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday undercard former of former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa’s matchup with Daniel Ponce De Leon. “Luis has a lot of potential and is an exciting prospect, no doubt about it,” he said. “However, as a former [IBA] world champion, I know what it takes to win big fights, and can draw from those valuable lessons. Luis doesn’t have that advantage…I expect nothing but a tough fight in Atlantic City, but I will be prepared and, mark my words, will prevail.”
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Slideshow of shots from today’s media workout at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Jessie Vargas . . Click here to view
By Chris Cozzone
David “Nino” Rodriguez has been replaced with Hector Camacho, Jr. on the Oct. 15 “Battle at the Ballpark” card at Cohen Stadium in El Paso. After the WBC refused to sanction Rodriguez,35-0, 33 KOs, in a Fecombox heavyweight title defense against Byron “The Bear” Polley (24-12, 11 KOs), who’d lost four of his last five bouts, all by knockout, a replacement opponent could not be agreed upon, forcing promoter Zeferino Entertainment to move in a different direction. The main event will now be Hector Camacho, Jr., 53-4-1, 28 KOs, who will most likely face Juarez veteran Saul Duran, 38-18-2, 31 KOs. (more…)
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St-Pierre and Diaz Battle For 170lb. Gold In Las Vegas: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defends the title against former STRIKEFORCE welterweight king and UFC veteran Nick Diaz – UFC 137 Presented by UFC Undisputed 3 – Saturday, October 29 – Live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday at 10am PT
Lesnar vs Overeem Set For Dec. 30th in Vegas: Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year to face Alistair Overeem – stay tuned to UFC.com for more details!
Sanchez Injured, Out Of UFC 135 Bout With Hughes: Broken hand forces Diego Sanchez out of Sept. 24 bout with Matt Hughes
Photo by Chris Cozzone: Floyd “Money” Mayweather pounds on the heavy bag before a packed house of media at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas today. Stay tuned for a full gallery.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Junior middleweight contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) continues his preparations, under the watchful eyes of his father Alfonso Gomez, Sr., and Mario ‘Yuca’ Morales, former trainer of the late world champion Edwin Valero, at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California. Gomez is scheduled to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, September 17th for the WBC junior middleweight title at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more details and photos click here…
Popular boxing personality Bernardo Osuna has been hired to serve as boxing commentator for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes as well as a correspondent for ESPN Deportes in Los Angeles. His first assignment will be ESPN Deportes’ September 15th boxing telecast headlined by the WBC featherweight title clash between Jhonny Gonzalez and Rogers Mtagwa in El Paso. He will join Ricardo Ortiz, Delvin Rodriguez and Leopoldo Gonzalez.
Meanwhile Brian Kenny, longtime host of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, has left the network to announce baseball for the MLB Network.
After working for over three-years as the full-time publicist and event coordinator for Star Boxing, Kevin Rooney Jr. has switched promotional outfits, and taken a full-time position with DiBella Entertainment as Lou DiBella’s Executive Assistant and Director of Public Relations. Rooney is the son of world renowned boxing trainer Kevin Rooney. In addition, to his work outside the ropes, the 26-year-old is 2-0 as a pro jr middleweight.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photo by Alma Montiel / WBC
Today at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, president Jose Sulaiman opened the doors to former WBA strawweight champion Samuel Gutierrez, better known as “Sammy Guty,” who is managed by “Promociones del Pueblo”, to fight for the WBC silver title on October 1 in Puebla, Mexico, where he is a real hero. Sammy is a natural strawweight fighter, who hoped to go again for the WBA strawweight crown, however, when he was asked to go for the WBC silver belt, he did not think twice. “Winning a WBC title is the dream of any fighter in the world, and I am not the exception,” said Sammy, who will fight against Royle Golez, in another Mexico vs Philippines showdown.
An opponent has been named for popular light heavyweight Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on September 23rd at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Fonfara, who is riding a six bout winning streak, will face Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4-1, 10 KOs), who is winless in his last four. In the co-feature, welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera (6-1, 4 KOs) stays busy against journeyman Robert “The Wolf” Jones (8-9-1, 3 KOs).
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will travel tomorrow to Mexico to participate in the press conference to be held Thursday in that country for the mega-fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez next November 12 at the MGM GRand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pacquiao-Marquez tour, that had stops in Phillipines and New York, will have a press conference in Mexico and Valcarcel will take part there, along with WBO Ratings Committee Chair Luis Perez. Pacquiao-Márquez is for the WBO welterweight title.
While in Mexico, Valcarcel said that he is going to meet with Promociones Zanfer president Fernando Beltran, to discuss some issues about the rematch between featherweight chamion Orlando Salido against Juanma Lopez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Also while in México, the WBO will present new 105lb champion Moises Fuentes with his belt, won last August 27 when he beat former champion Raúl “Rayito” García.
Colombian slugger Breidis “The Khanqueror” Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Ireland for his 12-round WBA light welterweight elimination bout this Saturday against Irishman Paul McCloskey at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The 28-year-old Prescott says he’s in terrific shape and ready to smash one of the final roadblocks keeping him from a mandated rematch against (now) WBA Super Champion Amir Khan. Prescott knocked out Khan in 54 seconds back in September 2008, but then went backwards losing two straight fights being getting back on the winning track. Prescott says he respects McCloskey, but hits too hard and is in too good of shape to be denied. “I’d like to apologize to all the Irish fans that will be out rooting for their man this Saturday at the Odyssey Arena. I’m sorry I’m going to ruin your party, but I’ve waited too long for what lies ahead to be denied a victory.”
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