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Ringside by Andreas Hale
In an IBF super flyweight elimination bout, Alberto Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) took a twelve round unanimous decision over Federico Catubay (25-16-3, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
Bantamweight contender Z Gorres (30-2-2, 15 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Melendez (26-4-1, 21 KOs) by scores of 98-90, 98-90, 97-91. Gorres, however, was dropped in the tenth round by a big left hand. He survived the round, but after the bout he collapsed and was wheeled out of the ring on a stretcher.
Welterweight Michel Rosales (25-3, 21 KOs) won a hard fought ten round split decision over Mark Melligen (16-2, 12 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Rosales, 98-92 Melligen.
From the MEN Arena in Manchester, England:
Randy Couture 204 vs. Brandon Vera 204
Dan Hardy 171 vs. Mike Swick 170
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Denis Kang 185
Matt Brown 170 vs. James Wilks 169
Ross Pearson 156 vs. Aaron Riley 155
John Hathaway 170 vs. Paul Taylor 170
Terry Etim 155 vs. Shannon Gugerty 155
Nick Osipczak 170 vs. Matthew Riddle 171
Paul Kelly 156 vs. Dennis Siver 155
Alexander Gustafsson 203 vs. Jared Hamman 204
Roli Delgado 156 vs. Andre Winner 155
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) barely retained title against Matthew Hatton (37-4-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England. With older brother Ricky Hatton looking on from ringside, judges scored the bout 115-114 for Ndou, 115-114 for Hatton and 114-114.
All the shots from today’s “Firepower!” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto weigh in for their showdown Saturday night. Plus: Daniel Santos vs. Yuri Foreman; Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Troy Rowland; Jesus Soto-Karass vs. Alfonso Gomez! Click here to view
By Francisco Salazar
Manny Pacquiao 144 vs Miguel Cotto 145
(WBO welterweight championship/WBC Diamond belt)
Daniel Santos 154 vs Yuri Foreman 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Julio Cesar Chavez 160 vs Troy Rowland 159
Alfonso Gomez 145.5 vs Jesus Soto-Karass 148**
Matt Korobov 160.5 vs James Winchester 158
Eden Sonsona 121 vs Eilon Kedem 119.5
Abner Cotto 133 vs Lupe Guzman 134.5
Ernie Marquez 112 vs Richie Mepranum 113.5
Rodrigo Garcia 150 vs Martin Guerra 152
**Soto-Karass stripped down naked and reweighed at 147.5. Has to lose 1/2 pound.
New England and EBA super middleweight champion, “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs), fights his first real “name” opponent, “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the main event Nov. 20 on the Irish-themed “Autumn Classic” pro boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. (more…)
During the past three weeks, two cruiserweight Champions have made news with impressive wins in the heavyweight division. Last Saturday in Germany, David Haye of England won the WBA Heavyweight title by defeating Russian giant Nikolai Valuev. Two weeks earlier, Ring Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek dethroned Polish Legend Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland with a crushing 5th round TKO in a heavyweight fight that was billed as the “Polish Fight of the Century.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Jarrod Fletcher (3-0, 3 KOs) captured the PABA 160 pound title when he stopped Dion McNabney (5-11) in round two at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Friday. Referee Brad Vocale crowned Fletcher at 1.13 of round two when McNabney was counted out after being dropped by body shot. In main supporting bout Australian junior lightweight champion Greg Eadie (9-0-1, 4 KOs) boxed a technical draw in his bout with Dianver Orcales (3-2-2). Eadie suffered a cut eye due to accidental head clash and doctor ruled it to severe to continue in round two. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO #3/WBC #11 super featherweight Terdsak Jandaeng (36-3-1, 23 KOs) impressively captured the interim WBC Asian 130 lb title as he stopped ABCO #6 Jack Asis (20-13-4, 10 KOs) on Friday at Sathukarn Square in Hua Hin, Thailand. Experienced Terdsak who ever challenged the WBO title twice, excitingly exchanged punches with Filipino Asis and little by little weakened his opponent with his effective left shots. In round four, the Thai fighter successfully dropped his foe with a sharp left hook and finally in round five, he floored the Filipino again with a left body-shot and then he displayed one-side attack to destroy his contender for a full ten-count in this round. For more details and photos click here…
Jürgen Brähmer is now the full WBO light heavyweight world champion. Long-standing WBO 175lb world champion Zsolt Erdei has relinquished the belt to move up to cruiserweight to challenge WBC world champion Giaccobe Fragomeni on November 21st in Kiel, Germany. Brähmer is Universum Box-Promotion’s 33rd pro world champion.
Also, an opponent has been named for Brähmer’s first defense on December 19 in his hometown of Schwerin. The “Hundred Year Talent” will face unbeaten Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs), the WBO-Europa titleholder and #10 in the WBO ratings. (more…)
Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions showcased an array of upcoming local talent in their latest fight card entitled “The Defense-The Battle of the Undefeated” last night at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. From heavyweights to welterweights to super bantamweights, an assortment of weight classes were represented in the five bout fight card with the local favorites taking on a mixture of mostly over matched opponents. In the main event, an exciting bloody brawl broke out as San Diego, CA’s Christopher Martin (16-0-2, 4 KOs) remained undefeated and defended his California State super bantamweight title as he battered the previously unbeaten Eduardo Arcos (15-1, 12 KOs) into submission in the seventh round of their scheduled eight. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded underdog Yuichi Yamaki (7-8, 5 KOs), 112, decked an unexpected victory over previously unbeaten prospect, JBC#8 flyweight Masato Anzai (10-1, 4 KOs), 112, by a quick stoppage at 2:48 of the opening round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. A time-keeper mistakenly had the gong sound at about 2:30, but the referee Uratani, without any reaction to the erroneous gong, admirably had it go on, as if he had a correct biological clock. He coolly allowed them to continue swapping punches for eighteen-seconds more and then declared a well-received halt. Had Uratani been the third man in the historically problematic Greg Page-Gerrie Coetzee heavyweight title bout in South Africa in 1984, he would have avoided a bizarre KO at 3:50 of the eighth round (though recorded as a knockout at 3:03 in the record books). Uratani’s interior clock might be more correct than the electronic time-keeper then used in Sun City (not made in Japan, hopefully).
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#12 feather Retsuri Lee (14-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, absorbed good rights of Thailander Big M Or Boonchuay (10-11, 4 KOs), 123.5, in the first round, but decked him with a well-timed countering right in the closing seconds of the second, and finally floored him again with a left hook following a fusillade of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 1:20 of the third session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
WBA interim flyweight beltholder Luis Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) of Panama will now make the first defense of his title against former IBF strawweight champion Roberto Carlos Leyva of Mexico (26-9-1, 21 KOs) on November 27 at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. The bout originally was scheduled for November 19th but instead will be pushed back 8 days.
Today’s Official Weigh-in will be hosted by Emmy Award winning actor Jeremy Piven, star of HBO’s hit series “Entourage.” Open to the public, doors open at 1:00 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The Asian edition of TIME magazine, featuring Manny Pacquiao on the cover, has been such a big seller that an extra 50,000 issues had to be printed to meet the demand. Click here.
PacMan’s U.S. Network TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live has generated over 424,000 hits on youtube.com already! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk6fZiXpYoQ&NR=1)
Firepower has unleashed an incredible website featuring exclusive videos and information on the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Cotto welterweight championship fight. www.pacmancotto.com
Among the many commemorative souvenirs being offered at FIREPOWER, the most novel may be the limited edition bobble head set. The set, which sells for $45, includes a bobblehead of Pacquiao and Cotto standing in separate rings. Only 2000 were made and they are available at the MGM Grand or at www.fightnightstuff.com
After Pacman’s fight with Cotto on Saturday night, he will head over to the Mandalay Bay Events Center to perform a live post-fight concert with his MP Band. Pacquiao has already had two albums go Platinum in the Philippines. PacMan and the MP Band played a similar gig at the Beach at Mandalay Bay following his two-round knockout victory of defending junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton last May. Remaining tickets, priced at $40, to Manny Pacquiao and the MP Band Concert, can be purchased at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet. Doors open at 10 p.m. PT with the concert ending at 1:00 a.m.
There would have never been a Karate Kid if Mr. Miyagi didn’t show Daniel Son how to “wax on, wax off.” It took the Zen Master, Phil Jackson, to understand and accelerate the undeniable talents of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and mold the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant en route to claiming nine NBA championships in 18 seasons as a coach.
And then there’s “Master” Freddie Roach . . . click here for more
* Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – tomorrow night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE
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Story by Brady Crytzer
Returning since his devastating KO loss to Dan Henderson in July, Michael Bisping is expected to receive a hero’s welcome in his hometown. Across the cage that night will be international middleweight superstar Denis Kang. In his third Octagon appearance Kang must showdown with a redemption-hungry opponent in his hometown, but is he fazed . . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
Manny Pacquiao worked out for the last time Thursday afternoon at the IBA Gym on Euclid Street, two days before his showdown with Miguel Cotto before an expected sellout crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The atmosphere was vibrant and top trainer Freddie Roach even allowed full media access to the training session. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former WBF and South African junior welterweight champion Samuel Malinga and Pius Dipheko meet for the WBO Africa interim junior welterweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Saturday night. The 30-year-old Malinga (21-6-2, 12 KOs) who is coming off two losses should have the beating of the light hitting Dipheko who has a reported record of 8-7-5, 2 KOs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten South African welterweight champion Chris van Heerden meets Venance Mponji from Tanzania in a ten round international welterweight fight tonight in Meyerton, South Africa. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 1973 Chicago Golden Gloves 112 pound champion Leo Podgorski passed away Thursday morning from a heart attack. He was rushed to the Resurrection hospital in Chicago but was deceased on arrival. Leo was Chicago Park District 126 pound champion in 1975. His best wins were over Luis Aguilar and Brian Doherty. Leo trained amateurs and professional boxers during the 1980s and 1990s at the Portage Park gym in Chicago. Leo’s brother’s are Stan and the well known referee Pete Podgorski. Leo was uncle to former Chicago amateur champions Mathew and Mike Podgorski. There will be a Memorial Service to held at 5:30pm – 7:30pm on Saturday at the Theis-Gorski Funeral Home, 3517 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago. Visitors welcome from boxing fraternity. Leo is survived by his wife Edith and son Leo jr. Leo was only 52 years and will be sadly missed by all his family and his many friends.
IBF super flyweight elimination fight:
Federico Catubay 114 vs. Alberto Rosas 115
Mark Melligen 147 vs Michel Rosales 146 1/2
Z Gorres 118 1/2 vs Luis Melendez 118 1/2
Roberto Marroquin 123 vs Anthony Napunyi 125
Josenilson Dos Santos 132 vs Diego Magdaleno 131
Jose Reynoso 146.5 vs. Fernando Montilla 141.5
Angel Magdaleno 115 vs Nafael Miguel Tapia 116
Corey Washington 153 vs Steven Martinez 154
Rodolfo Armenta 143 vs Danny Escobar 141.5
Venue: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like world rated Mexican welterweight prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (29-0-1, 22 KOs) will fight American Lanardo Tyner (21-2, 13 KOs) on December 5 at a site to be named in Mexico. The Alvarez-Tyner bout will be for the NABF title.
Taking advantage of all the boxing-related press in Las Vegas for Pacquiao-Cotto, Golden Boy Promotions has scheduled an open-to-the-public press conference on Saturday with current WBA welterweight champ Sugar Shane Mosley and current WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to officially announce their upcoming bout set for January 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The press conference will take place at 11AM in the Mizuya Lounge (formerly J-Pop) at Mandalay Bay. The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya will also be on hand. Fight fans should also keep an eye out for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, who also has a press event scheduled for that day at Mandalay Bay.
Saturday night’s symphony of violence between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao has had a stranglehold on the world of boxing since the megafight was announced months ago. It’s a sure bet that many fans of the sport will be willing to dump their hard-earned cash to watch what takes place when the two fighters clash at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, NV.
However, Bob Arum isn’t satisfied with just delivering a quality main event . . . click here for more
Photo: “I want everyone to know this will be a big battle and will probably steal the show,” said Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, about his PPV-telecast fight against Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard Saturday night. Soto-Karass and Gomez will fight for the WBC Continental Americas welter title.
On November 14, at Sports Centre of Malacaragonis (Sardinia Island, Italy), Salvatore and Christian Cherchi’s OPI 2000 company will stage a boxing show. In the main event, Andrea Sarritzu will fight Christophe Rodrigues for the vacant European flyweight title. The two boxers already fought three times: the first battle was ruled a draw, while the following two were won by Sarritzu. In boxing, styles make fights and that’s why the Frenchman will be a tough opponent for the Italian even if Sarritzu is more talented, has a bigger heart and a better record. (more…)
Fighters on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card, today at a press conference held at the MGM in Las Vegas, promised to steal the show in their respective PPV-telecast bouts. In the co-main event, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, will square off with Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., in a ten-round middleweight bout. In a 12-rounder, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs), of Puerto Rico, will defend against undefeated Brooklynite Yori Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs); and, for the WBC Continental Americas welter belt, Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, takes on Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), of Tustin, Calif. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
A month removed from the eagerly anticipated rematch bout between WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16KO) and former champion and #4 rated WBC contender Adrian Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KO), both boxers underwent the required WBC 30-day safety weigh-in yesterday. The weight limit for such requirement was set at 192.5 lbs. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has announced three-time world champion and current WBO welterweight world champion Miquel Cotto will be wearing custom Everlast Hydrolast Lockdown Lo Professional Boxing Boots on Saturday in his title defense against the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto has worn Everlast footwear for all of his professional fights. “As the number one fight sports brand in the world, it is imperative that we continue to create the highest level of performance enhancing products for our consumers” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. “Fighters like Miguel Cotto chose our footwear because of their trust in our products ability to unleash their speed and power.” This will be the sixth custom shoe that Everlast has developed with Cotto. The design incorporates tread and traction elements from the Michelin® HydroEdge tire, and a candy apple red patent leather trim featuring the team Cotto logo, Puerto Rican flag and Miguel Cotto’s signature.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A world championship for undefeated junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson would obviously be huge for the native of Washington, DC. However, as Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) prepares for his nationally televised (SHOWTIME) Saturday, December 12th title challenge against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, Peterson says there is added incentive. (more…)
Prizefighter champion Audley Harrison believes David Haye will inspire him to win boxing titles in 2010. Haye claimed the WBA Heavyweight Championship on Saturday and Harrison believes the victory acts as an incentive for the rest of the British heavyweights. “I was motivated to achieve my goals already, but David’s win and publicity has given me more fuel to get back to the top,” said 38-year-old Harrison. “I’m ticking over in Los Angeles and can’t wait to get going again. 2010 will be a beautiful thing as I shock the world.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Matthew Hatton from Manchester has the chance to step out of the shadow of his more famous older brother Ricky when he challenges Lovemore Ndou for the IBO welterweight belt in Stoke, England on Friday night. The clash at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex between the far more experienced Ndou, 38, and the 28-year-old Hatton is an intriguing match-up in what really is a second-tier world championship fight. (more…)
Another major fight has been added to Universum Box-Promotion’s November 21 world title tripleheader at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Spotlight Boxing’s unbeaten middleweight shooting star Gennady Golovkin (17-0, 14 KOs), rated #1 in the WBC and WBO and #2 by the WBA, will defend his WBO Intercontinental belt against veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs). Also on the undercard will be 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chachkiev in his second pro fight against 30-fight veteran Denis Solomko, spectacular flyweight Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (5-0, 3 KOs) against Lahcene Zemmouri (17-12-1, 10 KOs), plus popular heavyweight Christian Hammer.
The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion.
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