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The Illinois State Athletic Commission has assigned the officials who will oversee the December 12 junior welterweight battle between Houston, Texas’ Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Brooklyn, New York’s Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and televised live on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”. Refereeing the highly-anticipated 12 round rematch will be Illinois’ Genaro “Geno” Rodriguez. The three judges scoring the bout will be Illinois’ Mauro DiFiore, Ohio’s Tom Miller and Florida’s Michael Pernick.
After a valiant performance Saturday on HBO against Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs), WBO#5 Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3) says he prefers to fight boxers his size in the future. “It’s extremely difficult giving up 45 pounds in a fight,” stated Minto. “Arreola was too big for me, and it showed. I’ll pick on guys my own size in 2010.” Arreola, 6’4, weighed 263, while Minto, 5’11, tipped the scales at 218 pounds. Although at a significant size disadvantage, Minto displayed immense heart and could be very dangerous in a smaller weight class. “As far as a move to cruiserweight, I can definitely make the 200 pound weight limit,” he said. “However, there are only a few cruisers who I’d be interested in boxing – Marco Huck (27-1), B.J. Flores (24-0-1), Zsolt Erdei (31-0), Danny Green (28-3) or Firat Arslan (29-4).” His manager, Pat Nelson added “Unless Minto lands a major cruiserweight fight or a heavyweight bout under 225 pounds against Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1), Tomasz Adamek (39-1) or Denis Boytsov (26-0), he plans on defending his WBO NABO heavyweight title sometime in April, possibly against Tony Grano (16-1-1) who is also around 220 pounds.”
After demolishing Andrew Golota, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz ‘Adamek (37-1, 27 KO) will stay in the heavyweight ranks against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) on February 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark. “Jason Estrada is a completely different fighter than Andrew Golota,” stated Adamek, “obviously younger, much faster, he can throw 60 punches a round. Against Estrada you have to be on your guard all the time, in every round. I did see his fight against world-class fighter Alexander Povetkin, Jason was busy, he wanted to fight – exactly what I like to do in the ring….the difference between me and Povetkin will be very evident – I will do everything required to do what nobody has done to Jason before – knock him down. He’s never fought anybody as quick and accurate – I will not be intimidated by the number of punches he throws in every round – I welcome it!”
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Kevin Johnson face off at today’s press conference in Berne, Switzerland.
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#6 Hero Bando (20-10-7, 9 KOs), 130, a former Edwin Valero victim in the Venezuelan dynamite’s first appearance here in Japan in 2005, barely fought to a split draw (78-76, 76-77 and 77-77) with slick-punching counterpuncher Daiki Kaneko (10-2-1, 4 KOs), 129.25, over sizzling eight rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko was in command, outjabbing and outpunching the game but slow starter with flat foot in the first three rounds. Bando woke up in round four, when he bloodied the footworker’s nose and started furiously stalking him with roundhouse and less accurate combinations. Kaneko kept retreating and countering the willing mixer, but his negative style didn’t impress the judges to waste his early lead on points. (more…)
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On Saturday, WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon celebrated his 34th year as head of the World Boxing Council. Sulaiman was unanimously elected December 5th, 1975 at the WBC Convention in Tunesia. During his term, the WBC has sanctioned 1506 world title fights on five continents, the first being the day after his election when John Stracey dethroned Jose Napoles to become WBC welterweight champion. At 78 years young, the WBC chief is looking forward to another good year in 2010.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing arrived Sunday in Bern, Switzerland to join heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. Johnson (22-0-1, 29 KOs) is challenging WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) this Saturday at the Post Finance Arena in Bern. Johnson, who arrived last week, took some time off from training camp to show DeGuardia the beautiful city of Bern. The Klitschko vs. Johnson bout will be televised by HBO and is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman has punched it out with the best super middleweights and middleweights in the world including Winky Wright, Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine, Robert Joval and Enrique Ornelas. Sam talks to Fightnews and says he was disappointed that the bout against Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau has fallen through, how he beat Mundine twice at 168 pounds and would beat him easy at 160 pounds, and how he now focuses on an IBF middleweight challenge against Sebastian Sylvester. (more…)
Story by Victor Perea
With new mixed martial arts organizations popping up, what seems like every other week, there are plenty of rosters looking for professional fighters hungry to make a name for themselves. Make your way through the minor leagues and you might just get a call to the invite only apex of the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It’s the only place where top talent can jump into deep waters and find out if they really are able to compete against the best in their division . . . Click here for more
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former world champion Adrian ‘The Shark’ Diaconu is less than a week away from a chance to recapture the WBC light-heavyweight belt back from Jean Pascal, the man who took it from him, and he is already looking like he’s been in a fight. Diaconu was sporting quite the shiner under his right eye as he took a couple of minutes to talk to Fightnews in advance of this Friday’s highly anticipated rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus his hometown rival Jean Pascal. “It’s a good sign,” says the heavy-handed Romanian slugger who is more than eager for a second shot at the man who wrestled away his belt back in June. “I worked so hard at training camp, I’m very prepared.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) will challenge Robert Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBO 154 pound championship on January 11 at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine has only made the middleweight limit of 160 pounds twice against Shannan Taylor and Daniel Geale, whom he won a disputed twelve round split decision on May 27 this year. Mundine weighed in at 167 1/4 pounds for his most recent bout in outpointing Alejandro Falliga after he had agreed to fight at middleweight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Two-division champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), of Augusta, GA and reigning WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina and now Oxnard, CA met in a twelve round non-title bout Saturday night at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. When the dust cleared in the thrilling battle, it was Williams taking the majority decision. (More)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton will be ringside in Sydney, Australia on Friday to attend Grange Gym Christmas Charity boxing promotion featuring Peter Mitrevski Jr (20-6-1, 9 KOs) vs Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) with the IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight title up for grabs at the University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia and also have a discussion to feature Australian boxers in bouts in the United Kingdom and also Macau. Hatton said, “I’ve always wanted to travel down under and when I was given the opportunity to make the trip knowing it may benefit sick kids I could not say yes quick enough.” (more…)
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
As the most experienced fighter entering the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Las Vegas fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson was the odds on favorite to not only reach the finale, but win the entire competition. On the surface, Nelson looks like anything but a mixed martial artist. At 263 pounds, Nelson’s build is better suited for that of one who fights in bars for a living, not in a cage . . . Click here for more
In The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, no feud has been more inspired than the one featuring light heavyweight legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. The long-standing rivalry between “The Iceman” and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has featured two, historic clashes inside the famed Octagon®, each of which was filled with heated exchanges, intense bravado, and passionate displays of athleticism. What’s more, each Liddell-Ortiz encounter left fans choosing sides in this epic rivalry. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
The highly anticipated bout between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Houston “The Assassin” Alexander underwhelmed. What was thought to be a short, fireworks filled slugfest turned out to be a 15-minute bout with a couple of sparks. After the final bell sounded, Slice, 35, and Alexander, 37 were exhausted . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Matt Richardson
Photos by Marty Rosengarten
In a minor upset in New York City, junior welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis lost his second fight this year when he dropped a 12-round split decision to Tim Coleman in the main event of a card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female minimum champ Etsuko Tada (6-0-1, 2 KOs), 103.75, fought to a split draw with WBC light-fly titlist Naomi Togashi (6-0-1, 4 KOs), 104.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Both belts were at stake as they tipped the beam under the 105-pound minimum limit, but now that neither didn’t win nor lose, they will hold their own belts as previously. Scored: Takeo Harada (Japan) 97-94 for Tada, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 96-94 for Togashi and Rey Danseco (Philippines) 95-95. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan). (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
The first spectacular boxing event in the post-Gatti era took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, as Goossen-Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment collaborated to put on a quality fight card from top to bottom. In the main event, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) escaped with a narrow majority decision over WBC jr. middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) in a twelve round non-title middleweight war in which both fighters tasted the canvas in round one. In the HBO co-feature, heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) recovered from his one sided loss at the hands of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko only two months ago to score a fourth round technical knockout over Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) in another slugfest.
Although the Punisher did not attend the post-fight press conference due to several nasty cuts he suffered around his eyes, Martinez, Arreola and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson were on hand to more than hold their own in an entertaining press conference. Click here for more photos…
Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) celebrated a successful first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Ola Afolabi (14-2, 6 KOs). The 25-year-old German used his explosiveness and punching power to keep his opponent at bay. He was ahead 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 on the judges´ scorecards. “I am happy about my performance,” Huck said. “It was a tough fight against a very awkward opponent who moved a lot and was difficult to hit. I am delighted to have defended my title and now look forward to a great and relaxing Christmas time.” (more…)
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the master scoresheet for Saturday night’s war between Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez. Judges Lynne Carter (115-113 Williams), Julie Lederman (114-114) and Pierre Benoist (119-110 Williams) had to choose between Williams’ volume punching and Martinez’ more accurate and cleaner (but less frequent) shots. Curiously, both Carter and Lederman scored round one 10-9 for Williams, despite both fighters being down. The knockdown scored by Williams was a flash knockdown from a glancing blow, while the knockdown scored by Martinez was clean and left Williams hurt. Benoist scored the first round 10-10, but only credited Martinez with winning one round the entire fight! Click here to see the actual New Jersey State Athletic Control Board master scoresheet
By Butch Gottlieb/Boxinginlasvegas.com
Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California WBA super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (11-3, 3 KOs) retained her title with a unanimous decision win over English challenger Lyndsey Scragg (10-2, 3 KOs). Malpartida made what seemed like it should be an easy fight hard by not utilizing her height and reach advantage. Scragg tried to get inside but continuously ate straight right hands from the champion. Scragg finally was able to land a counter left hook and dropped Malpartida in the sixth round but it was too little and the judges scored the fight 98-91, 98-91 ad 97-92 for Malpartida. (more…)
19-year-old sensation Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (30-0-1, 22 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico won a 12 round unanimous decision over tough Lanardo Tyner (21-3, 13 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan to retain his NABF welterweight title before a sold out crowd at el Meson de los Deportes in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Next for Alvarez will be to invade the US market and fight for a world title. The show was presented by Canelo’s promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr, of All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Ricardo Maldonado Jr. Producciones Deportivas and the Goverment of Tepic.
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter Finale Roy “Big Country” Nelson knocked out Brandon “The Hybrid” Schaub in the first round. After some sharp exchanges by Schaub, the dazed Nelson took his younger opponent to the mat. From the top position Nelson worked for an armlock but the more athletic Schaub escaped. Once on the feet Nelson ended the fight in a flash with one overhand right. The fight was waved off at 3:45 of round one. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former junior-middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-1 19KO’s) took another step towards a shot at a second world title with a hard fought victory over Christophe Canclaux (40-3 25KO’s) of France, winning a unanimous decision that read 117-110 on both Montreal judge’s scorecards while Charles Chenouf of France had it a lot closer at 115-113 Saturday night at the Montreal Casino.
This was the second fight back for Alcine since losing his WBA title to Daniel Santos in July 2008 by way of sixth round knockout. Alcine has clearly knocked off some of the ring rust that so prevalent in his first fight back in September versus Eric Mitchell.
“It was an intense bout,” said the victor afterwards, “I’m very pleased with the result, I was happy compared to my performance in my last bout, but I feel I can be better than that.”
By Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a war, two-division world champion Paul Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over WBC interim super middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) in a non-title middleweight bout on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Both fighters were down in round one. Martinez’ trip to the deck was of the flash variety, while Williams went down hard. Martinez dominated rounds two and three. Williams got back into the fight from round four and won the middle rounds. It was a battle of attrition down the stretch and both fighters were spent at the end of twelve great rounds. Scores were 115-113, 119-110 and 114-114. (The extremely questionable 119-110 score was turned in by ring judge Pierre Benoist.) Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over interim champ Ola Afolabi (14-2-3, 6 KOs) at the Ludwigsburg Arena, in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 116-112 for Huck who often hammered Afolabi on the ropes and was generally the aggressor.
In the co-feature, IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) ripped apart Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs) in an impressive three round demolition. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (22-1, 16 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Dmitiry Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Khan decked Salita immediately with a right hand, and Salita was sent down again shortly after from a barrage of punches. The fight was finally stopped by referee Luis Pabon after the third knockdown. The fight lasted 76 seconds. It was Khan’s first defense of the belt. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Chicago light middleweight Rudy Cisneros (12-2) battered, beat and bested journeyman Pat “The Cat” Coleman, (29-15) until enough was enough. Coleman looked to be in reasonable shape at the start of the contest, and did show some of his cat like moves in the first round but Cisneros went after him in a work-man-like fashion. Cisneros beat Coleman’s body down rocking him several times. In the fifth round, after Coleman was pummeled into the ropes and took a few more combinations, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the carnage. (more…)
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