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Today in Caguas Puerto Rico Juan Manuel Lopez had his last media day in route to his October 10 world title defense in New York. “I had a real good training camp for this fight and I’m ready to go,” said Lopez. They also had the last pre weigh-in and Lopez came in at 126 3/4 pounds where as the limit was 128.1 according to the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission. “I had no doubt that my weight was good, it’s getting more difficult to make 122, but I know I can do it for a one or two more fights,” said Lopez. (more…)
An opponent has been named for 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medal winner Rachim Chakhkiev, who makes his pro debut on October 10th on the big “Universum Champions Night” card in Rostock, Germany. Chakhkiev, who was signed by Universum Box-Promotion in the summer and is trained by Michael Timm, will face Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed in a cruiserweight clash.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Antonin Decarie 153.2 vs. Terrance Cauthen 154
David Lemieux 161.6 vs. Donnie McCrary 161.7
Eleider Alvarez 180.12 vs. Willard Lewis 179.10
Oscar Rivas 234.14 vs. Stephane Tessier 235.6
Logan McGuinness 132.6 vs. Jorge Banos 134.15
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
First Bell: 12pm
Ran Nakash 209 1/2 vs Gary Gomez 203
Jeremaih Graziano 196 1/2 vs Andre Hemphill 184
Gerardo Robles 133 1/2 vs Mondre Pope 134
Oz Goldenburg 133 1/2 – Willie Davis 127 1/2
Paul Fernandez 126 vs Quincy Johnson 125 1/2
Ryan Carson 133 vs Jonathan Ocassio 130
Joe Alsonso 154 vs Vaugnn Anderson 152
Achmad Tuba 153 vs Darrell Jones 150
Alphonso Alexander ?? vs Ardrick Butler 148
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
First bell: 7:30 eastern
Tickets: 1 215 763 0500
With undefeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida defending his Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) light heavyweight belt against the always dangerous Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and a showdown of heavyweight contenders Cain Velasquez and “Big” Ben Rothwell already signed, the UFC is bringing even more star power to Hollywood on Saturday, October 24th. Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau, Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher, Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry, Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen, Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons, Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer, Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan and Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley round out a great night of fights forUFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun, presented by TapouT and live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 24th. (more…)
Promoter Leslie Bonano and the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi will host the second installment of the “Return of the Rings” series this Saturday. The “Return of the Rings” features top local talent plus brings back some local favorites to the ring. In the main event, Jarred “The Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc from Breaux Bridge, LA, will fight Darien “The Holy Angel” Ford out of New Orleans, LA in a jr middleweight six-rounder. Ford is the most experienced fighter that prospect Leblanc (10-0, 7 KOs) has faced in his two-year career. Ford (11-17, 4 KOs) holds victories over former world champion Charles “The Natural” Murray and former NABF champion Ivan Robinson plus he went the distance with former world champion Freddie Norwood. “Don’t let his record fool you,” said Bonano. “Ford will push Leblanc to the limit and find out if he is the real deal or not!” In the heavyweight division, Bobby O’Bannon (6-2, 6 KOs) from Mobile, AL faces off with Joseph Rabotte (7-5, 2 KOs) of Myrtle Beach, SC in a six-round contest. Another six-round heavyweight bout features “Big” Fred Kassi (12-1, 6 KOs). In a four-round special attraction, a pair of junior lightweights will make their pro debut as Rheno Nieto from Gulfport, MS steps into the ring against Randolph Cole of Biloxi, MS. Several more bouts are scheduled. Tickets are $20, $50 or $100 and are available at the Hollywood Casino Tokens Gift Shop or 1- 800-229-2683.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Three excellent matchups on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT). In the main event, WBC #6 super middleweight contender Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on unbeaten southpaw Tarvis Simms (25-0-1 11 KOs) at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Green has previously fought lefthanders three times in his career, all victories. “And they were all on short notice too,” he said. Simms, who has long sought a major fight, got the opportunity when Green’s original foe Victor Oganov was injured less then two weeks before the fight. “I know people aren’t picking me to win,” said Simms, “but that’s why I’m going to go out there and shock the world.”
In the second televised fight of the night, welterweight Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) takes on unbeaten Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder battle between two of the division’s brightest prospects. The TV opener features unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (17-0, 14 KOs) against Victor Villereal (8-3-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight affair.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams has promised to end Audley Harrison’s boxing career in tonight’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. British Champion Williams, 36, and former Olympic gold medalist Harrison, 37, are both in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one-night tournament at London’s ExCel. The pair have met twice before with one victory each and could meet in a mouth-watering Prizefighter final. “If Audley doesn’t win Prizefighter then it will be the end of his career – he has to retire,” said Williams. “I want to finish his career and rightly so as he has been a professional for eight years and hasn’t achieved anything or won any titles.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The scene is set for an upcoming WBA welterweight championship in Donetsk, Ukraine. The stir is already being felt around Druzhba Palace of Sports and in the city, as both boxing fans and casual citizens are in a clear anticipation of the first home defense for the local hero Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs), which takes place this Saturday night. Senchenko, 31, who is virtually unknown worldwide, enjoys a fascinating following in the heart of Donets Basin. The former 2000 Olympian for Ukraine started his pro career in June 2002 and fought just five times outside of his hometown and only once outside the Eastern Europe. That, however, hasn’t prevented him from winning a major belt, while fighting exclusively in Donetsk for the last three years. (more…)
The weigh-in for the biggest boxing match in New Zealand history is in the books as former heavyweight title challenger David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) scaled in at 237.7 and Shane Cameron weighed 228.2 toda. The fight will take place Saturday night at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be the first fight in more than two years for the 37-year-old Tua, who according to some reports shed nearly 60 pounds to get into fighting shape. The WBO #7 Cameron, 31, had been seeking a showdown with Tua for years.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Undefeated Antonin Decarie (22-0 6KO) headlines the action this Saturday at the Casino de Montreal as the #3 (WBO) ranked welterweight prospect meets Terrence Cauthen (33-5 9KO) of Trenton New Jersey. The Montreal prospect will be defending his NABO North American championship and trying to remain perfect against the thirteen year pro Cauthen who should pose the biggest threat yet to Decarie’s perfect mark. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at Ringside; photos by Marty Rosengarten
In front of a sold out crowd of approximately 450, former 2004 United States Olympic team captain Devin Vargas returned to his winning ways with a solid, if unspectacular, eight round unanimous decision over trialhorse Terrell Nelson in the heavyweight main event of Wednesday’s “VIP Boxing” show. The six-bout “VIP Boxing” card was hosted at the restaurant Russo’s On The Bay in Queens, New York and promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. (More)
With one of the most talked about main events to hit the city of El Paso in years in Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas, coupled with a popular local boy rounding off the undercard in Antonio Escalante, the October 30th “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son” has just added two more exciting fights that will round off the PPV card . . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title versus WBA #14 William Gonzalez (22-5-1, 7 KOs) of Panama. The bout will take place November 21 at the Club Libertad in Sunchales, Margarita, Argentina.
All action featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (28-3, 19 KOs) is now a free agent. “He’s healthy and determined to utilize his no nonsense Mexican style in either the featherweight or super featherweight divisions,” said advisor Mark Yankello.
Both Goossen Tutor Promotions and Team Guerrero have continued their war of words over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s promotional status. Team Guerrero says they are “prepared to take all legal action necessary to prevent GTP or any other person from interfering with his Commission-approved promotional agreement with Golden Boy.” Goossen Tutor has accused Golden Boy and Guerrero of flaunting the Court’s decision, which they say is binding on all parties, including Guerrero, CSAC, and Golden Boy. “Goossen Tutor will take all appropriate steps to make sure ALL parties comply with the Court’s decision.”
Former junior welterweight prospect Freddie Cadena (15-1, 10 KOs) has been sentenced to 13 years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to an aggravated manslaughter charge.
Legendary fight judge Tommy Kaczmarek continues to recover from surgery for lung cancer. Tommy recently informed Fightnews that he feels great but it may be a few more months before he can get back to work. “I’m out there preaching to my friends and colleagues to get a chest x-ray and a physical every year. A good defense is a good offense when it comes to cancer,” he said.
Tarvis Simms skipped rope in the hallway just moments after weighing in slightly over the super middleweight limit on Thursday during the final weigh-in for Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation matchup against Allan Green. Simms was able to finally make weight later in the evening at a previously agreed 168.8 pounds while Green weighed in at 167.6 pounds during the afternoon weigh-in for their 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 2, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Middleweight contender John Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs) was at Gallagher’s Steak House in NYC today to talk about his off-TV ‘Island Warriors’ bout on October 10 and also about a showdown fight vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. which is being discussed at Top Rank. “I had a very big year but unfortunately I got slapped around in the ring a little bit,” said Duddy. “But I got married to my girlfriend of ten years. I didn’t have much of a honeymoon because work came calling pretty fast to get ready for October 10. By no means am I through – I’m 30 years old but there are many miles left in this engine.” Regarding Chavez Jr., Duddy’s old/new trainer Harry Keit stated, “Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. doesn’t even exist right now – that is just a name floating around.” (more…)
WBC #12, WBA #13, WBO and IBF #14 light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will take on former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-1, 22 KOs) ina ten rounder on Halloween night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Joey Spina, pound-for-pound, remains one of the hardest-hitting fighters in the world,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield claimed. “He’s very exciting to watch and fans never know when he’s going to put his opponent to sleep with one big shot. Del Valle has a great chin, though, and he’s held his own against future Hall of Famers like Jones and Hill. A solid performance by Joey against a former world champion like Del Valle should put Spina in line for a major fight. It’s going to be a haunting experience, for sure.” (more…)
This Friday, undefeated, welterweight, Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) intends to make a positive impression on the boxing world as he fights on ShoBox: The New Generation, in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He will be featured in what has been termed a meaningful 10 round fight against Miami’s highly touted, Antwone Smith (16-1. 8 KOs). Not one to typically blow his own horn, the modest Crawford considers this fight an important stepping stone, “It is time to show everyone what Henry Crawford is all about. I’m being given the opportunity to box in a significant fight on ShoBox. This is important to me. I am not going to waste this chance to gain exposure. It’s my dream to win a title; this will help me get there. I’m ready.” (more…)
Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” is the undisputed ratings champ on Wednesday nights. The most recent episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” drew 5.3 million viewers, peaking at a staggering 6.1 million viewers on Wednesday, September 30 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT). Featuring a fight between contestants Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, the telecast ranks as the most-watched episode of an original series in the six-year history of the channel* and the most-watched program of any kind in Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former world welterweight champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) worked out today for the media at Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez Arena de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Cintron was accompanied by his trainer Ronnie Shields. He is preparing for his upcoming 10 round welterweight main event against Juliano Ramos (15-2, 12 KOs) of Brazil. “I’m training very hard for this fight as I want to put on an excellent performance for my people of Puerto Rico. My goal is to win the world title title again. There is no time to waste and I must continue working hard to reach that goal,” said Cintron. (more…)
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko will face undefeated #1 ranked mandatory challenger Yohnny “El Colombiano” Perez on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, in the first boxing match ever at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Also, WBC #1 lightweight Antonio “Tony” DeMarco will face former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in the co-feature, which is a WBC final elimination bout. 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). This marks Don King Productions’ first Las Vegas event as the lead promoter since Felix “Tito” Trinidad vs. Winky Wright on May 14, 2005. King is delighted to be working with fellow pioneer, maverick and trailblazer Phil Ruffin, the new owner of the Las Vegas strip icon Treasure Island. (more…)
Story by Robert Hough
Andre Dirrell said Wednesday he’s been to the mountain top in a literal sense, and he’ll go to hell and back to get there professionally.
Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), who joined WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) for an at-times testy teleconference to discuss their 12-round fight on Saturday, Oct. 17, said a long run during training in Big Bear, Calif., took him to a breathtaking view . . . Click here for more
Former IBF lightweight champ, Paul Spadafora, improved his record to 43-0-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Jermaine White (17-4), of Las Vegas, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,200 at the Heinz Field VIP Tent last night . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
In any title bout, a draw means the champion’s successful defense and the challenger’s failure to wrest the belt. Mexican challenger in the WBA 115-pound title bout on Wednesday, Hugo Cazares still stays here in Japan as there’s no direct flight back to Mexico until Saturday. The crestfallen Mexican said, “My failure to raise my weight up to 130 pounds accounted for the result of draw.” The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) makes it a rule to have boxers scale in again just prior to their fights in order to check the actual difference between the contestants. Cazares tipped the beam at 128, two pounds short of his prediction as well as fourteen pounds more than that at the weigh-in. The flamboyant and eloquent ex-WBO champ Cazares explained, “I missed Big Mac.” Then, how many Big Macs did he need to eat for the additional two pounds?
“Allan Green is a good fighter, I know that, but he isn’t better than me,” says unbeaten Tarvis Simms (25-0-1, 11 KOs), the twin brother of former world champion Travis Simms. “This is an opportunity for me to show the fans and to show the world who Tarvis Simms really is.” Simms meets Green Friday night in a 10-round super middleweight affair LIVE on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. For the 38-year-old Simms the future is now. “At this stage of my career I can’t afford to start over, and I don’t plan to,” continued Simms. “I don’t know how to lose. Winning this fight will do miracles for my career, so for now I have one thing on my mind and that’s going to Oklahoma and beating Allan Green.” Simms’ promoter Joe DeGuardia added “This is a huge opportunity for Tarvis, who has been looking for his ‘break out’ fight. A win against Green, who is widely considered to be one of the top super middleweights in the world, opens a lot of doors.”
Unbeaten Spotlight Boxing featherweight talent Marcel Meyerdiercks (13-0, 5 KOs) will take the next step in his promising career against Zsolt Nagy (13-10, 5 KOs) on the October 10 “Universum Champions Night” show in Rostock, Germany. “The ‘moment of truth’ is slowly coming,” stated Meyerdiercks. “In Rostock I want to show the local critics and the boxing experts that I belong to the European elite. I want and am working hard so I can soon be in title fights.”
Trainer Michael Timm adds, “Of course, Marcel has the boxing qualifications for a European title fight. He is a gigantic talent, works hard and is self-disciplined, but at 22 years of age he is still very young. If he continues to develop so well, many doors are open to him. Now against the Hungarian Nagy he should show once more what he can do. We are moving him along one step at a time.” (more…)
“If anyone thinks I’m lacking in confidence or feeling any pressure, they’re dead wrong,” says former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is more than a 2:1 betting underdog against undefeated Arthur Abraham on October 17th, at the o2 World arena in Berlin, Germany. “Just because I’ve lost a few fights, I’m not ready to be written off. Sometimes a fighter can lose and get beat up with that loss. That has not happened to me. I beat myself in every fight I lost, but I have learned from my mistakes. I’m a better fighter because of the losses.” (more…)
Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (43-0-1) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jermaine White (17-4) on Wednesday night at Heinz Field’s VIP Tent in Pittsburgh, PA. Scores were 78-73, 78-73, 79-72. Spadafora was deducted a point for a head butt.
Out of the ring for two years, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) will return on Neworld Promotions’ “Phoenix Rising”, event on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, against an opponent that is TBA. The main event that night will feature former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vasiliy “The Tiger” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) making his return against Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs). Briggs, who is now managed by Ivaylo Gotzev, stated “I needed the time to recharge. When I lost the title in 07, I had walking pneumonia. I wasn’t prepared. It wasn’t a smart move for me to defend the title in that condition. If you look at the heavyweight champions of the last few years, other champions have been allowed postponement after postponement. I was forced to fight with pneumonia. This time off was to recharge and heal from the pneumonia. I’m ready to rock and roll now.” (more…)
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