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By Lee Bates
The press conference for the upcoming October 24th edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series was held today in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. In attendance were PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera,Ricardo Figueroa (representing Lou DiBella), former world welterweight champions Kermit “Killer” Cintron and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2, 20 KOs). Also in attendance was Puerto Rican natives and unbeaten prospects José “Chelo” González (7-0, 4 KOs) of PR Best Boxing and Joel “Joelo” Torres (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of DiBella Entertainment who will both fight in seperate bouts on the card. (more…)
By Robert Hough
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) said Wednesday that he’d finish Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) by the 8th round of their fight on October 17. Dirrell, who joined the English fighter in a teleconference, laughed and told Froch it won’t happen, “unless you can hit the air so hard that the wind knocks me down.” The match, part of the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be shown live from Nottingham, England, as part of a doubleheader with taped, same-day coverage of Jermain Taylor’s fight with Arthur Abraham, to be held in Berlin, Germany. Dirrell, who is training in Big Bear, Calif., said early and often that Froch has never faced someone with his speed and skill—and that the Englishman can’t handle it. Froch, who played up his experience and battles with Jean Pascal and Taylor, said talking’s easy. “We’re going to find out if Andre Dirrell has the heart to match his mouth,”
Who would have thought that a six-foot-seven, 252 pound heavyweight champ would outwork and be more aggressive than boxing’s pound-for-pound king? That’s what happened on Saturday night at STAPLES Center, when WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko threw more punches in 10 rounds in his dominating title defense over Cris Arreola than pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. threw in 12 rounds in his defeat of Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, from Mexico, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies read: Wontak Yoon (Korea) 116-112 for Nashiro, Albert Wilenski (US) 112-116 for Cazares and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 114-114. The referee was Hubert Earle (Canada) who handled the non-stop scrappy contest very well. (more…)
Harold Moore, former professional middleweight from Philadelphia, who also served as matchmaker for Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away today after a long illness. Mr. Moore was 77. As a pro, Moore compiled a modest 3-5-2 record, but was better known as a top-notch matchmaker. Mr. Moore stayed in shape his entire life, working out at the gyms through the 1970s. In addition to working with Peltz, Moore also worked closely with Ron Katz in the 1980s when Katz was East Coast matchmaker for Top Rank. He also worked with several promoters in the Baltimore-area in the 1990s.
By Lee Bates
Former super bantamweight world ranked contender Mike Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) makes a quick return to the ring October 31st against Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Oliver is coming off of a victory September 11th and looks to get back into title contention with a win over Wilson. Wilson will look to upset Oliver in his back yard. A feat he has done before. In 2008 Wilson shocked prospect Francisco Rodriguez in his resident city of Chicago, Illinois by way of 2nd round TKO. The bout was televised on the now defunct weekly Telefutura fight series.
In a ruling yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien, on behalf of Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis vacated an arbitration decision by a California State Athletic Commmission arbitrator that voided boxer Robert Guerrero’s promotional agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions, finding “The award was procured by corruption, fraud or other undue means.” California Code of Civil Procedure § 1286.2(a)(1). Goossen’s counsel, Nomi Castle, of Castle and Associates in Century City, CA, stated “As a practical matter, Goossen Tutor Promotions is still the promoter of Mr. Guerrero and I’ll leave it to my client to discuss his future promotional plans.”
On October 16, the popular Boxeo TELEMUNDO series returns to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL with the event being billed “The Homecoming III.” In the main event former WBA world and current WBO Latin welterweight champion Diosbelys “Black Money” Hurtado faces WBC Latin jr. welter champion Antonio Pitalua in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Hurtado’s title at stake. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw (116-112, 112-116 and 114-114) with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It was a see-saw affair in the first eight sessions, but Nashiro went forward and scored with solid straight rights to the fading Mexican down the stretch. The audience believed in Nashiro’s victory, but the officials might have evaluated Cazares’ better volumes of punches, if not accurate, in earlier rounds. The last round saw Nashiro explode a very strong right to the face to have Cazares staggering to the ropes. (More to come)
Heavyweight favorite Karl Mildenberger was honored by the WBC in his hometown of Kaiserslautern, Germany on Sunday. A long time before Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko thought about filling sports stadiums in Germany, Mildenberger fought the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali, in front of 40,000 people in Frankfurt’s soccer stadium in 1966. As well as Ali, Karl also shared the ring with famous heavyweight names such as Oscar Bonavena, Henry Cooper, Zora Folley and Billy Walker. Karl “The Great,” pictured here with his friend Roman Kolaczek, won the European heavyweight championship in 1965, a year before he gave Ali the toughest fight of his career up to that point. He was delighted to accept the WBC mini belt on Sunday. “It’s amazing that people like Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC haven’t forgotten champions like me,” he said. “I’m very honoured to receive this belt today. Mr. Sulaiman is a man with a big heart and I send him my warmest regards. This is another fabulous day in my life”
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Story by Mariano A. Agmi
On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Fightnews caught-up with Luis Collazo’s trainer and manager, Nirmal Lorick, to find out when the former WBA welterweight champion was returning to the ring.
“We have a purse bid set for the Berto rematch on Wednesday,” stated Lorick . . . Click here for more
Two-Time Junior Featherweight World Champion Israel Vazquez will take on perennial contender Angel Priolo in a ten round featherweight fight on October 10 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. “I’m coming back because I love the sport,” said Vazquez Tuesday during a press workout. “I feel really good physically and mentally. The best way I can prove to the media and my fans that I’ve recovered from my injury, is to go out and win on October 10th and that’s what I intend to do. I’m in great shape, I’ve trained really hard and I’m confident that I will beat Priolo. I’ve practiced a lot more defense and movement using angles and I’m ready for the 10th.”
Trainer Rudy Perez added, “He’s really hungry and confident for this fight and that makes his whole team confident in him. I’ve been with him for five weeks and we are ready to fight. We have been working on his defense and you will see the new Vazquez on October 10th.” For more photos click here…
More than twenty-five members of the Panamanian sports media attended the America Boxing Academy to watch a training session of twenty fighters scheduled to participate in the “Orgullo Nacional” card, on October 9th at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. WBA bantamweight champion, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno sparred 3 rounds against teammate Irving Berry. Moreno will face veteran Colombian Jorge Otero in a non title fight on the main event. (more…)
Devin Vargas 223.25 vs Terrell Nelson 246
Roberto Benitez 121 vs Angel Paneto 119.25
Marcus Bianconi 158.5 vs Lamar Harris 161
Gabriel Bracero 146 vs Ashanti Hendrickson 149.25
Jonathon Cuba 138 vs Melchor Guillen 140
Eusebio Flores 152 vs Kamel Al-Olabi 156.25
Venue: Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
By John Cannon
Brownsville native Sergio Perales was determined that he was going to fight and was not about to let anything get in the way of that; even if it was a weight issue. Perales was scheduled to defend his Texas State Bantamweight title against Columbia’s Pedro Rincon-Miranda (34-16, 27 KO’s) in the main event of the Oscar Diaz fight night benefit event held at Randy’s Ballroom last Saturday night. (more…)
Fightnews.com Feature Writer Gary “Digital” Williams will be inducted into the District of Columbia Boxing Hall of Fame on November 20th. Williams has covered the boxing scene in DC, Maryland and Virginia for 23 years, including the last 10 years with Fightnews. Williams is being honored for his contributions to the Beltway Boxing scene. Among the boxers joining Williams in the 2009 Induction Class will be former middleweight contender Andrew Council and former six-time women’s world champion “Raging Beauty” Isra Girgrah Wynn.
A rematch between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi has fallen apart. Over the course of the past two weeks Malignaggi’s promoter, Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, and Diaz’s promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, began hammering out the details of Malignaggi vs. Diaz 2, with both sides agreeing that everything would be split and distributed evenly, from the fighter’s purses to the percentage of profits off the event that both companies would keep. The two sides had begun reaching out to venues in Chicago due to its neutral location between Malignaggi’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and Diaz’s hometown of Houston, Texas (where the first fight took place). Even HBO was onboard, agreeing to pay a hefty license fee for the rights to air the bout on December 12. However Diaz and manager Willie Savannah rejected the offer Schaefer had struck on his behalf. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler scored a hard-earned 12 round unanimous points decision over Doctor Ntsele to retain his IBO Africa junior flyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Isaac Tshabalala and Ace Makalauza scored it 119-110 and 117-114 whilst judge Lulama Mtya had it 117-112. However, the judge’s scorecards were not a true reflection of the fast paced fight in which Ntsele possibly won at least four or five rounds. (more…)
Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Ed Mulholland/Fightwireimages.com
Although many boxing fans will be focused on the upcoming showdown between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, there is another fight that is shaping up to possibly nab the “Fight of the Year” honors.
On December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Kelly Pavlik will return to the ring after a year layoff to put his middleweight title on the line against the man who is considered the most feared fighter in boxing today – Paul Williams. Originally scheduled for October 8th, Pavlik vs Williams had to be postponed after a nagging staph infection on Pavlik’s left hand became a concern. But now the stars are aligned and boxing fans will get an early Christmas gift when these two clash in Atlantic City . . . click here for more
This week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter features the biggest showdown in the ten seasons of the show. Former IFL champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson will square off against YouTube sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson . . . Click here for more
Sensational heavyweight prospect Eugene “Mean Gene” Hill will return to the ring in Houston, Texas as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes”, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing on Saturday, October 10th at the Arena Theatre. . . Click here for more
All the shots from the Hector Camacho, Jr. vs. Yory Boy Campas press conference: Click here for more
Allan Green, coming off a dominating performance over Carlos De Leon, Jr., will face unbeaten “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms in a 10-round super middleweight affair this Friday, Oct. 2, 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. Simms was a late replacement for the inured Victor Oganov, who was forced out less then two weeks before the fight. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A ripped WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) pictured is seriously fit and ready for his upcoming challenge against Roger Mtagwa October 10th. The bout is being promoted by Top Rank and is titled Island Warriors — Latin Fury 12 and will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden. The Puerto Rico native Lopez, who is promoted by Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan&Peter Rivera) is already near the 122 pound title fight weight limit with less than two weeks to go before fight night. Mtagwa who is a Philadelphia resident is known for being tough and very durable, but Lopez is still confident he can get the KO stoppage. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The opponents for former welterweight world champions Kermit “Killer” Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2, 20 KOs) have been officially been named for the October 24th edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. Cintron will take on Juliano Ramos (15-2, 12 KOs) of Brazil in a 10 round main event. Quintana will take on former world title challenger and fellow Puerto Rican Jesse Feliciano (15-7-3, 9 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super flyweight champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against official challenger and ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), from Mexico, tomorrow (Wednesday) in Osaka, Japan. There was a weigh-in ceremony, where Nashiro, 27, scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while Cazares, 31, a pound lighter at 114. The WBA officials are as follows: referee Hubert Earle (Canada); judges Albert Wilenski (US), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Wontak Yoon (Korea); supervisor Alan Kim (Korea). (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams pose with New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs during the press conference announcing their December 5, 2009 world middleweight championship fight. The two will meet at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
By Robert Coster
Former two-time lightweight champion and Hall of Fame legend Ismael Laguna, 66, is in a critical state in a Panama city hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. Laguna, “the Tiger from Colon”, is considered one of the greatest Latin boxers of all time and is vividly remembered for his trilogy (1-2) with Carlos Ortiz. Panama boxing fans are closely following the development of Ismael Laguna’ s state and Fightnews calls on all to pray for the great champion’s health in this dramatic moment.
Prize Fight Promotions is heading back to the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday, October 3rd with a five bout fight card. Historically, this boxing series “Fights at the Fitz” has been immensely popular with local fans, and every event is a sell out. (more…)
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