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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Jeff Fenech has been named as Australia’s greatest ever boxer, just ahead of Kostya Tszyu and Lionel Rose. A new glossy magazine entitled “The Greatest” hits Australian news stands this week naming the top 50 Australian fighters of all time going back to 19th century greats such as Peter Jackson and Young Griffo. Fenech won the IBF bantamweight, WBC super-bantamweight and WBC featherweight titles and was considered desperately unlucky not to take the WBC super-featherweight title from Azumah Nelson when their 12-round war in Las Vegas in 1991 was declared a draw to almost universal condemnation. During his career Fenech beat such fighters as Nelson, Daniel Zaragoza, Carlos Zarate, Greg Richardson, Samart Payakarun, Marcos Villasana, Victor Callejas, Steve McCrory, Jerome Coffee, Mario Martinez and Satoshi Shingaki. He made a comeback aged 44 last year after a 12-year absence to outpoint Nelson over 10 rounds in Melbourne and retired with a record of 29-3-1 (21 KOs). He was undefeated on the march to his three world titles. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (left) and Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, discuss strategy and share a laugh before a game against the San Francisco Giants this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. This Saturday, September 26th, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will be all business when he defends his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked WBC world contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside by way of East L.A., in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center. One of the most recognizable and popular fighters in the world, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. The power-punching Arreola, who has had only one fight go the distance (24 by KO, two by DQ), will attempt to make history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to capture a world heavyweight championship. Doors open at 4p and the first bout is at 5p. Tickets are available at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Klitschko-Torre showdown is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and will be telecast live by HBO at 10p ET/7p PT.
By Edgar Gonzalez
On a scorching day in Los Angeles, the final press conference for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title defense by champion Vitali Klitschko against unbeaten Chris Arreola took place outddors at the Nokia Plaza on “Chick Hearn Court” across From Staples Center.
Arreola: Klitschko believes I’m just another walk in the park, but come Saturday I’m going to win regardless and I guarantee it’s not going twelve rounds!
Klitschko: Arreola might be a hard puncher but he doesn’t have the skills I have and that’s what’s going to make the difference.
By Lee Bates
Looks like former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) will take on former world title challenger David Telesco (30-6-1, 25 KOs) on October 21st at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. Each fighter is on the comeback trail. Mitchell’s comeback was derailed this past May when on just a few days notice he flew to Kazakhstan and was stopped in four rounds by then unbeaten future world title challenger Beibut Shumenov. Telesco after a four year layoff is coming off of a tuneup victory this past July.
Unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, faces what could be the toughest test of his four-year career when he defends his NABA welterweight title against Richard Gutierrez, of Miami, FL, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City. (more…)
Chicago heavyweight Fres Oquendo has signed to take on unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis of Cuba on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12” at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 10. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Oquendo has a record of 31-5 with 20 knockouts. He has fought in 12 title bouts for world and minor titles. Oquendo, born in Puerto Rico, last fought in July and stopped Bruce Seldon. Solis, with two amateur wins over the legendary three-time Olympic gold medal winner Felix Savon, won a World Junior Championship in 1998, three World Championships in 2001, 2003 and 2005 as well as an Olympic gold medal in 2004. Solis, promoted by Top Rank and Arena Box, has a pro record of 14-0 with 10 knockouts. Solis and Oquendo will box 10 rounds.
In the main event, world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will take on Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia. Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend against Whyber Garcia of Panama.
Super welterweight Pawel Wolak of New Jersey has also been added to the PPV card. He replaces USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan who asked to be moved to Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13 title card on Dec. 19. Martirosyan said he wants to be with his chief trainer Freddie Roach who is heading to the Philippines to work with Manny Pacquiao. Wolak will be in the opening televised bout, taking on Carlos Nascimento of Brazil.
John Duddy, who is eying a future fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is also on the ‘Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12’ card at Madison Square Garden. Chavez Jr will be there, as his younger brother Omar is on the card in a six round bout.
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye today came face-to-face for the first time ahead of their title clash in Nuremberg on November 7. “I believe I can knock him out,” Haye told a packed press conference at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung. “I will take the title home with me.” Haye admitted that the preparation for the biggest fight of his life will be a difficult one. “It is hard to find sparring partners that are as tall as him,” he said. “But we will find some. This will be a true David-versus-Goliath battle. I am much faster than him and I will win.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There’s a chance that WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana could defend his WBA belt on November 28 in his native Margarita, Argentina against an opponent to be named according to sources close to the boxer. Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) is training now in Cordoba, Argentina with trainer Miguel Díaz. He has received proposals to face names like Kendall Holt, Victor Cayo, Ricky Hatton and Zab Judah among others. By WBA official resolution, within 90 days after an optional defense Maidana would have the possibility of meeting WBA regular champion Amir Kahn.
Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym is hopeful that a little divine inspiration will help him to rip the WBA world super bantamweight title from Bernard Dunne. Poonsawat arrived in Dublin at the weekend ahead of Saturday’s Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 and the number one challenger is confident that he will be packing Dunne’s world title belt in to his suitcase for the return leg of his journey. For more details and photos click here…
The “open house” at the Universum-Gym in Hamburg was a resounding success. Enjoying the high late summer temperatures, more than 2000 fans streamed into the “hallowed halls” of the famed Universum stable. There were plenty of stars on hand. As part of the 25 year jubilee of Universum, founder Klaus-Peter Kohl wanted to hold a celebration for the fans. A number of boxers, including Ruslan Chagaev, Luan Krasniqi, Denis Boytsov, Ina Menzer and Susi Kentikian were on hand had to meet and greet the fans and sign lots of autographs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete and former WBF junior flyweight champion Muvhuso Nedzanani were both injured in motor accidents recently. Tete who was schedule to meet Juma Fundi from Tanzania for the vacant WBO Africa flyweight title on the bumper Branco Sports Productions bill at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night was hit by a taxi while out on a training run on Saturday morning. He was forced to withdraw from the fight due a damaged shoulder. Promoter Branco Milenkovic has advised that Tete’s fight will be replaced with a six round junior lightweight bout between Warren Joubert and Sifiso Msibi. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
On Friday night boxing returned to the old school style of club fights with an entertaining professional card at the PAL Gym in Yonkers New York. The gym had the look and feel of what boxing was like in the early fifties and sixties and the atmosphere was electric. The fights did little to disappoint as fans were treated to a competitive card featuring some of the top local and regional prospects. The eight bout card promoted O’Shea Brothers Boxing Inc. featured the successful return of Carlos Zambrano (7-0, 2 KOs), who scored a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over a very durable Jason Rorie (5-4-2, 2 KOs). In the co-feature of the evening, highly touted light heavyweight “Big” Will Rosinsky (9-0, 6 KOs) captured an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Raynard Darden (10-20-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
Chicagoland fight fans will have free access to prefight activities involving with the lightweight showdown between ex-world champions Davis Diaz and Jesus Chavez on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion. The festivities kick-off today (Tuesday) with an open workout at the JABB Boxing Gym (410 N. Oakley) Chavez will work out at 2PM while Diaz will work out at 3PM. The final press conference takes place at 1PM Wednesday at Mariscos El Veneno (6835 S. Pulaski). The weigh-in will be at the same place on Friday at 6:30PM. Come and support these two Windy City favorites.
Los Angeles area fight fans will have access to all prefight activities involving with the WBC heavyweight championship defense of Vitali Klitschko against unbeaten challenger Chris Arreola onSaturday at the Staples Center. The festivities kick-off today (Tuesday) at 11:30AM with the final press conference taking place at the Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on Chick Hearn Court (across From Staples Center). At 11:30AM on Wednesday, Klitschko and Arreola will engage in a public workout at “Muscle Beach” in Venice, California (1800 Ocean Front Walk). The main event weigh-in will take place at 3PM on Thursday at the Star Plaza (directly in front of Staples Center). The undercard weigh-in takes place at 3PM Friday at the Wilshire Grand Hotel (930 Wilshire Boulevard). You’re invited to attend any or all of these functions free of charge. Be sure to bring your camera!
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Winning the WBC light-heavyweight belt certainly hasn’t humbled flamboyant boxer Jean Pascal who was in rare form Monday as he faced off versus mandatory challenger Silvio Branco in advance of the fight that goes off this Friday at Montreal’s Bell Centre. “I’m going to score a knock him out, EARLY, so don’t be late,” said Pascal who promised to cook up a “blood sauce,” for his Italian opponent. Branco who has held the WBA belt twice and fights in North America for the first time says he’s been preparing for this fight for over a year, “I was supposed to fight Adrian Diaconu but that fight never happened because he didn’t want to fight me, I thank Pascal for the opportunity and we’ve come here to win this fight.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will defend his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title against former Contender teammate Jonathan “Reid Dawg” Reid in a 12-round main event Saturday, September 26 on an ICE Promotions card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) will fight at the Patriot Center for the eighth consecutive time. Lange’s last outing saw him win the USNBC title with a fifth-round stoppage of Frank Houghtaling on May 2. Five of Lange’s eight bouts at the Patriot Center have taken place with regional titles on the line. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has proudly signed heavy-handed Niagara Falls, New York, super lightweight prospect Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (19-4-1, 15 KOs) to a multi-year promotional deal.
“Nick Casal has all the natural talent you could hope for,” admits Garone. “But as he found out in his last few fights, that’s only part of the equation. Training and dedication have to be there as well. I’ve had a long talk with him and we’ve come to an agreement to get him back where he belongs in boxing: as one of the hottest and most exciting young prospects in the entire sport.” (more…)
Lightweight amateur standout Fidel Maldonado Jr. has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President . . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao began his training camp feeling upbeat about their stay here in Baguio City, the Philippines “Summer Capital” located approximately 250 kilometers north of Manila. Pacquiao did six rounds of punch mitts, three rounds of shadow boxing and some more time hitting the speed ball and skipping rope witnessed by a rather controlled observers composed mostly of local media and Manila-based networks. The training, held at the Shape-Up Gym located inside the Cooyeesan Hotel along Naguillan Road lasted for a little over two hours. (more…)
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (42-0-1, 17 KOs), who on September 30 returns to the ring for the second time in three months, will face Jermain “Too Sweet” White (17-3, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh. Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, the four-division world champion and Hall of Fame inductee, is once again running “The Pittsburgh Kid’s training camp in Indiana. The undercard will also feature undefeated local prospects, lightweight Rod Salka (8-0, 2 KOs), and heavyweight Paul Zalus (2-0, 2 KOs), against Ikem Orji (5-2, 1 KO) and Ryan St. Germain (2-4, 2 KOs), respectively, as well as heavyweight Tommy Poe (1-0) plus other bouts to be named soon.
By Alexey Sukachev
On Oct. 2 Moscow-based Tajik fighter Sahib Usarov (12-0, 6 KOs) will step into the squared circle at “Montreal” club, Moscow, to fight for the first international title in his pro career. Usarov, 25, an aggressive little (5’4’’) southpaw, who has been holding the Russian bantamweight title since May 2008, will take on Alexander Fedorov (19-6-1, 12 KOs) in a bid for a vacant WBO European belt in the very same weight class. Usarov has a huge amateur pedigree, including being a quarterfinalist of the 2003 Bangkok world championship for his native Tajikistan. Fedorov is best known for his losses to former WBA champion Johnny Bredahl and world-ranked contenders Mbwana Matumla and Yohnny Perez. He had one common opponent with Usarov in Zhanat Zhakiyanov. Fedorov lost an eight-round unanimous decision to the Kazakh fighter this April, while Usarov won an eight-round decision over Zhakiyanov last October. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
This Saturday, Sept. 26, Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana will be the scene for “The Caribbean Fury” presented by Carwyn Holland, CEO of Holland’s Entertainment Promotions and Stanford Solomon’s S&S Promotions. The co-featured bouts will pit Corinne “Sexy Panther” DeGroot against Shondell “Mystery Lady” Alfred for the WIBA bantamweight title and Leon “Hurry Up” Moore against former world champion Mauricio Pastrana for the NABA, WBA Fedelatin, WBA Fedecaribe, WBC Cabofe, WBC Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On September 26th Atlanta resident, Detroit native, Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (30-1, 24 KOs) will be featured on the undercard of the highly anticipated WBC heavyweight clash between Vitali Kitschko vs Chris Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Calif. Slated as Boswell’s opponent is the towering 6’7 Russian Alexander Ustinov (17-0, 14 KOs). As a professional heavyweight campaigning since 1994, Boswell is often overlooked as an opponent by current contenders and would-be-hopefuls. With only two exceptions to the aforementioned, Boswell is 1-1 when actually facing someone who posed a threat to his climb in the heavyweight ranks. (more…)
Unbeaten light heavyweight, “Terrible” Yathomas “The Punisher” Riley (7-0, 5KO) has been added to the September 30th installment of VIP Boxing at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Riley will be taking on Otgonbayer Daivii (3-2-1, 1KO). The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the light heavyweight division. Headlining the show will be heavyweight prospect, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, “Devastatin” Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) taking on Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson (8-8, 5KO).
By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Thailander Denkaosen Kaowichit last December, ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata (35-5-2, 16 KOs), 114.25, decked his second comebacking bout and impressively demolished ex-Indonesian national champ Dicky Putra (5-4, 2 KOs), 113.25, a taller southpaw, with persistent body bombardments at 1:47 of the second round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was also Sakata’s second after moving up to the 115-pound category, and he looked sharp and speedy in his short work. Putra displayed solid southpaw lefts to the onrushing ex-champ in the opening session, but Sakata’s combinations to the belly sank him for the count in the neutral corner. Putra, eight years his junior at 21, was unable to beat the count because of his pain in agony. (more…)
WBA mandatory challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym arrived in Dublin over the weekend to a huge welcome from the Thai community in Ireland who flocked to the airport to welcome their hero and the man known as Thailand’s Manny Pacquiao. However WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne plans to give Poonsawat an entirely different welcome at The O2 on Saturday night when they clash for the Dubliner’s WBA belt.
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Josh Hodges, UFC
In the run up to UFC 103, former middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (26-5) nearly scoffed at the fact that his main event opponent Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (19-8) walks around with a pair of fast, dangerous hands . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Billy Luppert
Unbeaten Featherweight Prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard captured the NABF belt on Saturday night with an impressive 4th round TKO over previously undefeated Rafael Lora . . . Click here for more
Academy Award-winning actor and superstar Denzel Washington (left) squares off with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko after a recent workout at the LB 4 LB Boxing gym in Los Angeles. The man in the middle is Klitschko’s longtime trainer, the respected Fritz Sdunek. On Saturday, September 26th, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) defends his crown against #1 ranked WBC contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center. One of the most popular fighters in the world, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. The undefeated power-punching Arreola, who has twenty knockouts with only one fight going the distance, will attempt to make history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to capture a world heavyweight championship. Tickets can be purchased at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The twelve-round world championship is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and will air live on HBO at 10p ET/7p PT.
Ice Promotions officials announced today that DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will meet Harrison Cuello (18-11-3, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event at the live boxing card featuring Jimmy Lange scheduled for September 26, 2009 at the Patriot Center. The hard-hitting Dominican-born Cuello now fighting out of Albany, NY is stepping in as a solid replacement for Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller who suffered a broken rib in training camp last week and had to pull out of the anticipated fight. (more…)
Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De La Torre
Mikkel Kessler won’t talk specifics about is game-plan for defending his WBA super middleweight title against Andre Ward, but he suggested Thursday that he believes Ward is vulnerable to big shots . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs) impressively decisioned Giovanny Lorenzo (27-2, 19 KOs) Saturday night to win his crown. Immediately after the fight he was asked by Sports broadcaster Juan Larena of “Combate Space” of his thoughts on a rematch and unification with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Sturm unanimously decisioned Sylvester nearly a year ago. “I don’t need Sturm anymore. I’m a champion now. Right now all I’m thinking about right now is going on vacation with my daughter,” said Sylvester.
By Ron Jackson
African Ring in association with Golden Gloves Promotions have arranged a box-and-dine tournament to be held on September 29th at Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus near Kempton Park, South Africa to honor former three-time world champion, Thulane “Sugarboy” Malinga. (more…)
Returning to the ring after a two-year layoff to reclaim boxing’s disputed pound-for-pound crown many consider held by Manny Pacquiao, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. dominated Juan Manuel Marquez before a near-capacity, pro-Mexican crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The stacked card, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, was televised on HBO-PPV, going head to head with UFC 103 . . . CLICK HERE for full report and giant photo gallery
The words from Oscar De La Hoya regarding the successful return to the ring of Floyd Mayweather bounced off the walls of the MGM Grand Garden media room.
The man who calls himself “Money” had just finished dissecting Juan Manuel Marquez for 12 rounds in front of a decidedly pro-Marquez crowd to earn a lopsided unanimous decision and reestablish himself as the top dog in boxing . . . Click here for more
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