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There was high drama at the historic Old Market Square in Nottingham today when Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell failed to make the weight at the first time of asking ahead of his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch at the Trent FM Arena tomorrow night. Earlier in the week WBC World Champion Froch intimated that his undefeated American challenger may be struggling to make the 168 pound Super Middleweight limit and he turned out to be correct as Dirrell’s first attempt at making the weight saw him tip the scales at 168.4 pounds. The Champion meanwhile had no issues and was all smiles as he was cheered on by thousands of “Cobra” fans in an open air weigh in the centre of Nottingham. Froch registered 167.4 pounds on the scales, a full pound lighter than the challenger’s first attempt. Dirrell quickly returned to the gym at his hotel to lose the excess poundage. He returned one hour later to finally make the weight on the second attempt registering 167.5 pounds on the scales. (more…)
The boxing capital of the world will experience a first as Treasure Island Hotel & Casino hosts its first boxing event on October 31. Partnering with Don King Productions, the event has two world championship bouts slated to begin at 6 p.m. PT and several more exciting undercard attractions will precede these matches. Tickets are $200 available through the Treasure Island box office or by calling 1-866-9308 or (702) 894-7723. This is promoter Don King’s first event as lead promoter in Las Vegas since May 14, 2005, when Felix “Tito” Trinidad faced Winky Wright.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko will face undefeated, No. 1 ranked challenger Yohnny “El Colombiano” Perez in the Treasure Island Ballroom. A second title will be on the line when WBC #1 ranked lightweight Antonio “Tony” DeMarco squares off against former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro for the WBC lightweight interim championship. 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). (more…)
In front of an excitable crowd and a throng of cameras, hometown hero “King” Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, weighed in at the division limit 168 pounds (76.2 kg). His opponent, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., who had more than 20 American fans on hand, weighed in at 166 ¼ pounds (75.4 kg). Abraham and Taylor are ready to fight before what is expected to be a sellout crowd of 14,000+ at the famed o2 World Arena in Berlin. The clash of former middleweight world champions will kick-off the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Saturday, Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/PT). Abraham vs. Taylor will air on a delay and be followed immediately by the live telecast of Carl “The Cobra” Froch vs. Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell.
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Eromosele Albert 153* vs Derek Ennis 151 1/2*
(USBA junior middleweight title)
John Mercurio 262 1/2 vs James Pratt 233
Victor Vasquez 137 1/2 vs Tyric Robinson 141 1/2
Tommie Speller 167 vs Mario Mina 163 1/2
Carlos Diaz 128 1/2 vs Coy Evans 126 1/2
Natoya Iriving 144 vs Rachel Clark 144
Derrick Webster 166 vs John Colvin 165
* Albert was 164 and Ennis 160 1/2 at the 2nd day weigh-in
Promoter: Greg Robinson Power Productions
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
1st bell : 7:30 PM ET
By Gary “Digital” Williams
James Stevenson 150 1/2 vs. Martinus Clay 149
Andrew Farmer 140 vs. Ryan Belasco 140
Mike Dietrich 221 1/2 vs. Octavius Davis 224
Elias Bouloubassis 162 1/2 vs. Joey Montgomery 168
Maurice Byarm 253 1/2 vs. Tyyab Beale 244 1/2
Steve Wheeler 184 vs. Maurice Amaro 184 1/2
Devin Butcher 158 vs. John Terry 160
Joe DeLawder 204 vs. Billy Greenwalt 203 1/2
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Tensions mounted in Nottingham on Wednesday during the final press conference for Super Six World Boxing Classic participants Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell. Froch turned up approximately 15 minutes late for the midday press conference. Dirrell and his promoter Gary Shaw took that as a sign of great disrespect. The stage was set for a verbal explosion once the conference finally got underway. During the tradition post-conference faceoff photo opportunity, Dirrell taunted and laughed in the face of Froch. The two have traded verbal jabs for weeks as the intensity builds toward this Saturday’s showdown at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, live on SHOWTIME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The live Froch vs. Dirrell fight will air immediately following the Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor bout, shown on tape-delay from the o2 World Arena in Berlin Germany. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista successfully returned from an 11-month hiatus as he stopped Marangin Marbun of Indonesia in the seventh round Friday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. After some rusty moments in the first two rounds Bautista found his mark and floored Marabun with a stiff left jab in the third canto. Marabun recovered and gave Bautista tense moments in the succeeding rounds by hitting the Bohol native with good uppercuts and right straights. Bautista however came back strong and ended the bout as he hit Marabun with three succeeding jabs that sent the Indon reeling towards the canvass. In seeing Marabun badly hurt referee Bruce McTavish decided not to complete his count and waived of the match at 1:25 of the 7th round. The win improves Bautista’s record to 27 wins with 20 knockouts with only two losses while Marabun falls to 19 wins six losses and one draw. With the victory Bautista crowns himself the interim WBC International featherweight champion. (more…)
Juarez’s Javier “Zorro” Castro (21-2, 18 KOs) not only predicted a thrilling victory, when he stages his return to Juarez, Mexico Saturday night against former contender Edgar Barcenas (21-8-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, but that he will be targeting bigger names like Joel Casamayor and Michael Katsidis, after his win.
Tomorrow night’s card in Juarez, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, will be the first big card in nearly two years in the bordertown now known for its violence (over 1,700 have already been murdered there this year.) (more…)
Rafael Valenzuela, TKO Boxing’s top junior featherweight prospect will battle Puerto Rican Luis Angel Paneto this Saturday night, October 17th, in the feature attraction bout at Phoenix Rising, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona . . . . . Click here for more
Al Bernstein and guest commentator Antonio Tarver cover the spectacle of Abraham and Taylor in Germany, and the fireworks between Dirrell and Froch in England.
By Butch Gottlieb & Mary Ann Owen/BoxingInLasVegas.com
Las Vegas cutman and longtime boxing aficionado Charles “Hank” Henry passed away yesterday. Hank had been fighting cancer for much of 2009, and had been out of action. Fightnews sends condolences to Hank’s many friends and family.
Since stepping into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 10 against Chad Reiner back in 2007, Anthony Johnson has set himself apart from the rest of his fellow prospects. It was his debut in the big game, a swift rise to the majors after only three professional bouts in other organizations, all of which resulted in a soon-to-be known Johnson trademark: winning . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
World ranked welterweight prospect Marvin Cordova Jr. has certainly made some waves since turning pro back in August of 2004 when he stopped undefeated Luciano Silva in four rounds. Following that impressive debut, he continued to impress with a trio of victories against lesser known opponents. Cordova then fought on the undercard of an ESPN televised show in Denver Colorado, stopping the normally durable club fighter Marlon Leslie in the second round the following August to improve his record to 5-0. It was enough to cause promoters and boxing insiders to take note, and by the end of the year he began working with promoter Zeferino Ramirez, who has kept the young prospect active and helped him garner several regional championships over the next several years. That December, Cordova won the GBU Youth light welterweight champion when he destroyed journeyman Corey Alarcon in the opening round . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2” will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
By Graham Houston
So near to victory yet so far away against Carl Froch in April, Jermain Taylor faces another strong European fighter on Saturday when he meets Germany’s Arthur Abraham in the first of the eagerly awaited “Super Six” contests in Berlin. The 12-rounder will be shown on tape-delay on the Showtime network, followed by live coverage of Carl Froch’s fight with Andre Dirrell. These 12-rounders are what boxing should be all about: the best fighters fighting the best, and fans debating the outcome. For those unfamiliar with the format, six of the world’s top fighters in the super middleweight division are meeting in a round-robin tournament, each boxer guaranteed three fights. Mikkel Kessler will meet Andre Ward in the third of the opening bouts in the tournament. First up, though, is Abraham against Taylor, which is expected to get the tournament off to a thrilling and dramatic start. (More)
Antonio Pitalua 147 vs. Wilfredo “Papin” Negron 147
(Vacant WBO Latin welterweight title)
Joel Julio 160 vs Clarence ‘Sonny Bono’ Taylor 159
Rocky Alvarez 140 vs Luis Ortiz 144
Christopher De La Paz 167.5 vs. Dennis Valentin 167.5
Genier Pit 134 vs. Josinelson Santos 133.5
Jose Torres 142 vs. Robert Dortch 140
Elvis Martinez 137 vs William “Baby Face” Silva 134
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:30PM
Time: Doors Open at 7PM/First Fight 8:30PM
Jackie Nava, the “La Princesa Azteca”, gave her word that it will be a great fight on Saturday when she faces Lina Ramirez in the Auditorio Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana headlining “Golpes de Ayuda” card to benefit the international campaign to prevent breast cancer. At a press conference presented by co-promoters Zanfer Boxing and Brigam, Nava (19-3-2, 10 KOs) welcomed the opportunity to return to the people of Tijuana and assured that her preparation has been intense, knowing that Ramirez (8-12-1, 2 KOs) took her to a tight decision two years ago. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Former world title contender Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista makes his ring return after almost a year of inactivity when he takes on Marangin Marbun of Indonesia Friday at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, City, Philippines. The 23-year-old Bautista underwent surgery February of this year after pain on his left wrist which has been bugging him for nearly two years already became unbearable. “I’ve been tolerating the pain for almost two years but the doctors finally said an operation is needed to stop the pain. Luckily there was nothing serious with the my wrist,” said Bautista moments after the official weigh-in Thursday morning at the SM Entertainment Plaza. (more…)
Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz returned home today to right a wrong, making a donation to replace boxing equipment recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club (SBBC). (more…)
Undefeated Mexican knockout artist Rogelio “Porky” Medina (19-0, 15 KOs) will back into action this weekend in a rematch bout against experienced Roy Sánchez (17-21-4, 11 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in Guaymas, Sonora. The Latin Sports co-promoted card will also include rising superflyweight star Juan “Gallo “ Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs), who is scheduled for six rounds against Carlos Jacobo (2-3, 2 KOs).
On October 21 Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, to present its second installment of Rumble at the Rye Town Hilton. Headlining the card once again will be heavy-handed, former world title challenger, David Telesco (30-6-1, 26 KOs) taking on fellow banger and former two-time world champion, Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
Undefeated super prospect Roberto Marroquin of Dallas signs autographs at the Time Warner Cable booth at the Texas State Fair in Dallas Thursday where he also talked to fight fans about the upcoming “Firepower” mega fight featuring Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 14. Marroquin meets Barbara and 6-month old Judah from Fort Worth, who plan on watching the mega fight. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
These photos were taken at 10:30 PM (Thurs.) UK time. Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell met with promoter Gary Shaw in the VIP lounge, then did a little stretching and 30 minutes on the treadmill in the health club at the host hotel in Nottingham, England. Click here for more photos…
By Lee Bates
The fact that 21-year-old Juan Carlos Burgos (23-0, 16 KOs) is the WBC #1 ranked featherweight is an accomplishment in itself, but the journey as to how he got there is what is the real story. Burgos began his professional boxing career at just 16 years of age in Tijuana, Mexico where he was born and raised. If you saw Burgos fight early in is career you could tell right away that he had championship qualities. He easily racked up win after win over more experienced fighters who in some cases were nearly twice his age with twice as many as fights. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Ten years ago, Philadelphia, PA promoter Greg Robinson put on his first boxing card, and the main event was for a title, so it is only fitting that his tenth anniversary show will feature a title fight, as well. “My first show took place on October 19, 1999, and Calvin Davis fought for the Pennsylvania State Title,” said Robinson at a press conference at the Fox and Hound sports bar in Philadelphia on Wednesday. On Friday, October 16, Robinson’s Power Productions will host a show at the legendary Blue Horizon that will feature a battle for the vacant USBA junior middleweight title between Philly’s Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) and Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (22-3-1, 10 KOs), of Miami, FL. (more…)
Undefeated, top-ranked International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight contender Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez received the news of his upcoming opponent, Joseph “King Kong” Abgeko, and his knockout prediction with a smirk. “I like the fact that Abgeko thinks he is coming to knock my block off,’’ said Perez (19-0, 17 KOs), who will challenge the defending IBF 118-pound titlist Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, by way of Bronx, N.Y., in the “Halloween Thrilla” at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 31., on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). (more…)
By Michał Koper/bokser.org
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek arrived in Poland today. Adamek will face Andrew Golota in Polish “Fight of the Century” on October 24 in Lodz.
The search for an Executive Officer to head the California State Athletic Commission goes on. The position has been again posted on the Athletic Commission website. The job has been open nearly a year since former CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia quit amid allegations of sexual harassment involving a co-worker, a complaint the state reportedly paid $75,000 to settle. California Consumer Affairs Director Brian Stiger has already shot down one candidate in respected boxing official Pat Russell, a move which prompted Commission Chairman Timothy Noonan to abruptly resign. More professional boxing cards take place in California, than any other state.
Russian star Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will fight for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Championship, the IBF has confirmed. “That is great news for Alexander,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “He has been waiting for his title shot for such a long time. We are very happy that the IBF grants Alexander this chance.” The 30-year-old Olympic gold medal winner has been waiting for his IBF title shot ever since beating Eddie Chambers, who is now the WBO mandatory challenger, in an elimination tournament in January 2008. A first showdown with Klitschko failed to materialise in December 2008 when Povetkin injured his ankle in practice. The IBF ordered Klitschko to defend his title against Povetkin before September 13, 2009. However, the Ukrainian champion opted to fight Ruslan Chagaev in June 2009 instead. He needed to undergo shoulder surgery afterwards and has been declared unfit to fight until the end of 2009. Since Klitschko´s latest injury significantly extends Povetkin´s waiting time yet again, the IBF ordered an interim title fight. “Finally, the waiting is over for Povetkin,” Meyer added. “He gets what he deserves – a world title fight in the near future. We are all tired of waiting for Klitschko.”
If Eddie Chambers does not want to fight Povetkin for the IBF Interim Title, Samuel Peter would be the next in line. “We are waiting to see who the opponent will be,” Meyer added. “We will then work out the date and the venue as soon as possible.” The title shot means that Povetkin will not take a tune-up fight in Baltimore on October 16.
By Matt Richardson
Lou DiBella laughs when his past criticism of boxing is brought up. As a former television executive instrumental in the production of classic fights on HBO and as a current promoter of some of the sport’s top talent, DiBella, 49, has never shied from being a vocal critic of the sport he advocates for. He does, however, take exception to being labeled as such. “I’m a critic but my criticism comes from love,” DiBella explained to Fightnews in an exclusive interview last weekend. “I think what I do is try to be realistic about the sport and I believe if we’re not self-critical and we’re not self-aware and trying to make changes to disrupt the status quo to try to return ourselves to some of our old glory, then we’re going to continue to be more marginalized. But I’ve also been one of boxing’s biggest fans and have dedicated 20 years of my life to it.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference yesterday at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia to announce the December 2 bout between former two-time world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas. The bout will take place at the same venue, which is located in North Philadelphia, the area where Bernard Hopkins grew up. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stated, “This fight will be a homecoming for the biggest fighter to ever come out of Philadelphia. Thank you, Bernard, for coming home. Ticket prices are reasonable. You can see this legendary fighter, possibly for the last time, for as little as twenty-five dollars.” The bout will be televised live on the Versys network. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who is active in the Ukrainian political scene when he’s not training, used a telling argument trying to sway Kiev politicians toward his point of view during a city council session this week. Vitali attended the meeting to protest government corruption.
Unbeaten Paul McCloskey (19-0, 9 KOs) will bid to win the European light weighterweight title on home soil when he faces current Euro beltholder and former world champ Souleymane M’baye (38-3-1, 21 KOs) at the state of the art Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, County Derry, Ireland on November 6th. “I’ve been inundated with people asking about tickets and it’s terrific to get such a big fight so close to home,” said McCloskey who vacated his British title in order to chase European and world honors. The silky skilled southpaw who lives about a 30-minute drive from the arena, had originally been scheduled to travel to Paris in July to tackle M’baye but a hand injury for McCloskey turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he secured home advantage for the rescheduled date. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and winning the European title would set me up nicely for a shot at a world title. I’m just focusing on M’baye and becoming European champion first. Once I win that then everything else will fall into place.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The promoter of IBF number one ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has blocked the proposed bout on Friday, October 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The bout is officially off. Fightnews.com has obatained a copy of a letter sent by the law firm representing Sauerland Event Promotions. The letter states that Sauerland is the exclusive promoter for Povetkin. The letter is directed primarily at well-known promoter and manager Don Elbaum, who, according to the document, told the IBF that he represented Povetkin, a claim Sauerland denies. Baltimore Boxing promoter Jake Smith is only mentioned in the letter as the promoter of record for the October 16 card. (more…)
Legendary Universum trainer Fritz Sdunek will significantly reduce his coaching activities at the Universum boxing stable over the next months due to personal health reasons. Follows the advice his doctors, the hard-working Sdunek and will take time off to relax. Universum trainers Michael Timm, Magomed Schaburow and Artur Grigorian will continue the daily training sessions on behalf of Sdunek. (more…)
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