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All the shots from today’s PPV undercard press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s co-feature bouts: Katsidis vs. Escobedo, John vs. Juarez and Cruz vs. Lock. Click here for photos by Chris Cozzone
Friday’s weigh-in for Mayweather-Marquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is open to the public. Fighters will step on the scale beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. Doors to the arena open at 1 p.m. PPV undercard fighters weigh-in at 2:30 with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez weighing in at 3:10. Remaining undercard fighters will be weighed following the main event. Comedian D. L. Hughley and radio personality Piolin will emcee the weigh-in.
By Graham Houston
After a retirement lasting 21 months, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring on Saturday when he meets Juan Manuel Marquez in a catchweight PPV 12-rounder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. No title is at stake in a bout made at 144 pounds, but the prize for the winner could be a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao — always assuming Pacquiao can defeat Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 . . . Click here for more
Boxing fans in the Hartford, Connecticut, area are invited to the public weigh-in on Friday afternoon, September 18th at 4pm for Saturday night’s “A Warriors Homecoming” professional boxing event presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Due to the high demand for tickets to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega-fight this Saturday, closed circuit viewing will now be available in MGM Grand Premier Ballroom in Las Vegas. (more…)
While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.* (more…)
By Craig Watt
Australian lightweight contender Michael “The Great” Katsidis (25-1, 21 KOs) has a chance to secure the WBO interim lightweight title on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against American Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs) in what many people believe could be the fight of the night on a packed card of high class boxing, headed by the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez. The 29 year old Katsidis from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia always comes to fight and never takes a backward step and many predict this battle with Escobedo could be an all action fight of the highest quality. (more…)
Travis Kauffman 221 vs Tony Grano 218
Chris Avalos 118 vs Giovanni Caro 118
Venue: Chumash Resort & Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Story by Andreas Hale
Efrain Escudero is used to the term “underdog.” He wasn’t the favorite to win The Ultimate Fighter, Season 8, but he did it in convincing fashion when he dominated Phillipe Nover in the finale. His underdog status has served him well as he has amassed an undefeated MMA record going into his first fight in nearly a year against TUF 5 competitor and UFC veteran Cole Miller. . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
Under his trainer Michael Timm, 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chakhkiev is now into the intensive training phase of his preparations for his professional debut in a cruiserweight bout on the big October 10th Universum Box-Promotion card in Rostock, Germany.
“Rachim has all the requirements,” says Timm. “He moves very well, is strong as an ox and has had no difficulties with our program. I am very excited about his debut in Rostock and optimistic about his entrance into the professional scene because he has great potential!” (more…)
On Saturday, October 10, the much anticipated return of Mexican superstar and former world junior feathereweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, will finally occur as he takes on Angel Priolo in a ten-rounder at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. Tickets $25-$200 go on sale Friday. The fight will be televised in Latin America, but no U.S. TV is scheduled. Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been sidelined since March of 2008 due to surgery for a detached retina. He will now campaign as a featherweight.
By Bob Hough
WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler and undefeated and #1 WBA contender Andre Ward met Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, site of their Nov. 21 fight, to discuss the match-up—part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward and Kessler were impeccably dressed and impeccably professional in relating confidence in themselves and respect for each other. After the cameras were turned off and Kessler was heading out, he made point of walking over to Ward, shaking his hand and wishing him good fortune in training camp.
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Francisco Salazar at ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
The gracious Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Bunnies hosted the “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA this past Friday as featherweight Eloy Perez won a hard-fought decision over Dannie Williams to capture the WBC USNBC super featherweight title. Click here to read the full report and see the Playboy Bunnies.
By Mark Vaz at Ringside, Photos by Emily Harney
It was “A Night to Remember” this past Friday as former IBO junior featherweight champion “Machine” Mike Oliver scored a hard-fought decision over former Guatemalan amateur star Castulo Gonzalez to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles. Several more bouts featuring top New England talent were also showcased in the third installment of the fan-favorite “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the full report and photogallery
By Dmitry Mikhalchuk (ringside), Anton Gorunov and Alexey Sukachev
In a huge upset, world-ranked Ukrainian and previously unbeaten light welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (now 23-1, 11 KOs), who was ranked #7 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF lost both his perfect record and IBF Intercontinental title with a twelve-round majority decision to South African import Kaizer Mabuza (who moved up to 22-6-3, with 13 KOs) moments ago at Meteor sports arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. (more…)
The six fighters who will be fighting the three PPV-televised bouts underneath the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez main event Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas proclaimed their readiness at today’s press conference. In the co-main event, WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt in a rematch with challenger Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs). In the second co-feature title bout, for the WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) takes on Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs). In the opener, ten rounds at featherweight, unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-0, 7 KOs) will fight Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 11 KOs). Stay tuned for a full report later today on the press conference. Pictured in photo, from left to right: Lock, Katsidis, John, Oscar De La Hoya, Juarez, Escobedo, Cruz.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
As the sport mixed martial arts gets bigger, thousands of men (and women) will enter gyms across the world in search of recognition and financial security. Of those thousands, the UFC keeps a couple hundred under contract at one time. Many men have had a shot in the Octagon. Some have gone on to become champions and others have blown the opportunity of a lifetime . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
A press conference was held Wednesday at the XL Center in Hartford, CT to announce the highly anticipated November 7th rematch between undefeated two time world title holder “Bad” Chad Dawson of nearby New Haven CT, and former light heavyweight champion “The Road Warrior” Glen Johnson of Miami, FL. HBO will broadcast the event. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Orlando Lora, who recently signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions, will make his GSP debut tomorrow at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Lora will take on veteran Hicklet Lau, in an eight-round welterweight rumble, on the non-televised undercard headlined by the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated contender Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs), and hard-punching Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs), and the eight-round bantamweight bout between Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs), against Giovanni Caro (13-7-4, 11 KOs). Both main event fights will be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME’S “ShoBox: The New Generation,” beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) Lora (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, and a member of Mexico’s 2000 Olympic squad, has knocked out 12 of his last 14 opponents.
WBC Youth and USNBC champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard fights fellow unbeaten prospect Rafael “The Dominican Man” Lora for the vacant NABF featherweight title Saturday night in South Winsor, Connecticut. Remillard (18-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of neighboring Manchester, faces Lora (11-0, 5 KOs), WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title-holder, in the 10-round main event. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of the Ultimate Fight Night, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz survived an early striking onslaught to submit Melvin Guillard in the second round with a tight guillotine choke.
In its first appearance in Oklahoma City, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a crossroads fight between two of the most promising young lightweights in the sport. After an intense staredown, the fighters refused to touch gloves as things got underway. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Xoilise Macbute Sinyabi (12-1, 12 KOs) from Mdantsane makes the third defense of his South African junior featherweight title against Tendani Munyai (9-4-2, 6 KOs) of Limpopo at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. (more…)
On November 2, a ceremony will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield, Michigan, to induct former State Boxing Commissioner Dr. Stuart E Kirschenbaum into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Also receiving an award that night will be legendary Kronk Gym Founder and HBO Analyst, Emanuel Steward, who will receive the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award for his tremendous work as an ambassador of Michigan boxing worldwide. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa proved again on Tuesday night why he one of the best of his division with a convincing sixth round TKO of fifth ranked challenger Omar Soto of Puerto Rico. In front of a packed house at the Siglo XXI auditorium in Puebla, Sosa (37-5, 21 KOs) scored his 25th consecutive victory with a sixth round TKO over an opponent who proved to be elusive and cagey. In fact, at the end of the fourth round, Soto was actually ahead on two scorecards 39-37. “It took me time to figure him out,” said Sosa after the bout, “but my body blows have been the recipe to victory in my last fights.” What’s next for Edgar Sosa after this convincing performance? Stated manager Jacques Deschamps, “Edgar might yet make another title defense at the end of November. A rematch with Brian Viloria [whom Sosa defeated to win the title] is a definite possibility. After that, we are definitely looking for Edgar to move up and go after the WBC flyweight belt in 2010.”
Only one week away from the first defense of his WBC World Light Heavyweight, Jean Pascal (23-1-0, 15 KO) has declared himself ready for mandatory challenger Silvio Branco (59-9-2 36KO) who arrives this Saturday. Pascal is extremely satisfied with his preparation for the Bell Centre matchup. “I’ve done everything that needed to be done to keep the Green belt around my waist next Friday night. I cut no corners, and training camp was excellent. I will be very surprised if my opponent stays standing for the full 12 rounds” stated the fighter who will be looking to make a statement and is more confident than ever. His trainer, Marc Ramsay, did not disagree! “Jean has gained an enormous amount confidence and maturity since winning the world title. In my opinion, his preparation is actually superior to that of the one where he beat Diaconu last June.” (more…)
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