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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Looks like undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina isn’t having any weight issues as he sits down for healthy lunch as he prepares to take on WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in his title defense, on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark.
Narvaez and his team are at the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhatthan in front of Madison Square Garden. His team consists of trainer Ruperto Ruiz, his brothers Jorge and Daniel, Dr. Franco De Turris, manager Osvaldo Rivero and Esteban Livera, owner of Luna Park.
Narvaez’s team reports that he trains twice a day. Aerobics in the morning and boxing in the afternoon. He is close to the weight and in good physical condition.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine defeated former WBA interim 154lb champion Rigoberto Alvarez by unanimous decision to win the WBA interim super welterweight world title. Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) took the initiative at all times to Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) in twelve rounds and won 114-113, 117-111, 117-111. Mundine, 36, must now fight for the title against undefeated WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Austin Trout. Alvarez is the brother of WBC super welterweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
After being in training camp for almost six months so far this year WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is having his deserved vacation in his native Argentina. El Chino beat Erik Morales in April and made the first defense of his title last Sept. 23 in Buenos Aires, where he stopped Russian Petr Petrov in four rounds. Now the KO artist is waiting for news about his next fight.
“I am anxious to know who my next opponent would be. The sudden cancellation of the fight against (Robert) Guerrero last Aug. 27 changed our plans a lot. But things like those happen in boxing. The good thing is I was able to fight in front of my people. That was great but now I’m ready to go back to the big leagues,” Maidana said. (more…)
This Friday, October 21st, Queens, New York-native Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) will step into the national spotlight and look to put his name amongst boxing’s most promising up-and-coming prospects when he takes on highly regarded and top-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s). Rodriguez-Rosinsky is the main event bout of the evening on DiBella Entertainment’s “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The show, which will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation, will also feature rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Photos: Sauerland Event
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Captain Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) could not believe his eyes when he met challenger Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) at today’s press conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Listed at 6’6, the “Argentinian Giant” turned out to be much smaller than that. “Maybe he shrunk of fear,” Captain Huck said. “Doesn’t matter anyway. I don’t care what size he is. I have knocked out taller and smaller opponents. I will clinch a spectacular victory on Saturday night. He will not get my title.” Huck then measured his opponent. The result: 6’3 and a half!
Rossi seemed to enjoy the confusion regarding his height. “It’s true, I’m not two meters tall,” he stated. “But I will still defeat Huck. If you’re scared, your opponent looks much bigger than he actually is. I guess this has happened to Huck. I will take his title on Saturday night. I have trained hard and I will win.” (more…)
Matchroom Sport has announced that European Middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa has extended his promotional deal with the company. The unbeaten Polish fighter claimed the vacant European strap after forcing the retirement of Sebastian Sylvester and his dominant display in Germany at the start of the month has seen the 26 year-old become hot property. Proksa imposed himself on the former World champion and hometown favorite Sylvester from the first bell, silencing the partisan crowd with his commanding performance and winning new fans in the process. He signed terms with Barry Hearn at Matchroom’s Essex headquarters with his manager Krzysztof Zbarski, and said he’d always wanted to join up with the legendary sports promoter. “Ever since watching Chris Eubank fight Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany in 1994 I’ve dreamed of joining up with Matchroom,” said Proksa. “I believe with Matchroom behind me I can go on to win a World title next year.”
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig
Mateo Handig (reportedly 6-4, 3 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council 105 lb title as he stopped GAB #10 Bimbo Nacionales (11-4-1, 2 KOs) on Sunday at Municipal Gym of La Trinidad in Benguet, Philippines. Although Handig was knocked down by an uppercut in round two, but he could the controlled the show from round three, weakening Nacionales with his vicious combinations. The action was terminated in round seven when the new champion floored his foe with a good long cross, then he displayed hard combinations which dropped his opponent again, forcing referee to stop the bout at 2:55. For more details and photos click here…
Financial security is a necessity, Nonito Donaire said, but what’s inspiring is the prospect of being inspirational.
Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) faces Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs) Saturday at Madison Square Garden in his first fight since he obliterated Fernando Montiel in February . . . Click here for more
Nonito Donaire talks to media about the relationship between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Nonito goes over when the two fighters first met and sparring sessions between the two of them…
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Unconfirmed rumors say that former WBO 105lb champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) will not be able to face former champion Ivan Calderon (30-2-1, 6 KOs) on October 29 because he allegedly suffered a hand injury while training. Garcia lost his championship on August 27 against Moses Fuentes by split decision in an optional defense before facing Calderon. However, Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) suffered a serious nose injury so the WBO lined up Garcia to face Calderon for the interim minimumweight title with the winner to face Fuentes.
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will now defend his belt against Mexican Francisco Sierra on a five fight bill at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 23.
Osthuizen was originally scheduled to meet the Russian Maxim Vlasov who has possibly pulled out because he has been fighting at light heavyweight and boiling down to super middleweight will not be that easy. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Adam Neary’s Ares Promotions continues their highly successful “Fight Night” series on Friday, October 28, 2011 at Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza. Dubbed “Trick Or Beat” in keeping with the Halloween atmosphere, the show promises beatings galore. Headlined by Cleveland, Ohio’s undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick, 14-0, 5 KOs, taking on Jose “Stinger” Medina of Tilton, New Hampshire, the eight bout card features loads of local flavor as well. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Luzuko Siyo makes the first defence of his South African junior flyweight title when he meets Sebelomzi Zimela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday October 23 This is a voluntary defence for Siyo 9-0; 7 from Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape who made his pro debut Sep 29, 2008 with a third round stoppage win over Sinethemda Magibesela. He then racked up seven victories with only two going the distance against Lwazi Nduneni and Motswaki Moselsele On June 3 this year he knocked out Monwabisi Ngundwana in the eighth round in Port Alfred to win the vacant SA title. The title became vacant when Sizwe Sinyabi was stripped after he failed a medical prior to his contest with Monwabisi Gundwana. Zimela from Mthatha is ranked at number ten in the most recent Boxing South Africa ratings and was most impressive in June this year when he stopped Prince Msane in the fourth round. On the same card former South African junior-bantamweight champion Unathi Gqokoma returns to action when he faces Thabo Sishwana in a clash for the vacant Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title. The tournament is presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.
On October 28th, former heavyweight contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles will return against Joseph Rabotte in a six round clash at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania, that will be promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Nobles of Philadelphia has a record of 26-1 with 21 KOs and will be making his first start in four years. Rabotte is 11-18-1 with 3 KOs. In the main event, Tony Ferrante will take on Tommy Karpency in a ten round battle for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship,
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