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By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten South African welterweight champion Chris van Heerden meets Venance Mponji from Tanzania in a ten round international welterweight fight tonight in Meyerton, South Africa. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 1973 Chicago Golden Gloves 112 pound champion Leo Podgorski passed away Thursday morning from a heart attack. He was rushed to the Resurrection hospital in Chicago but was deceased on arrival. Leo was Chicago Park District 126 pound champion in 1975. His best wins were over Luis Aguilar and Brian Doherty. Leo trained amateurs and professional boxers during the 1980s and 1990s at the Portage Park gym in Chicago. Leo’s brother’s are Stan and the well known referee Pete Podgorski. Leo was uncle to former Chicago amateur champions Mathew and Mike Podgorski. There will be a Memorial Service to held at 5:30pm – 7:30pm on Saturday at the Theis-Gorski Funeral Home, 3517 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago. Visitors welcome from boxing fraternity. Leo is survived by his wife Edith and son Leo jr. Leo was only 52 years and will be sadly missed by all his family and his many friends.
IBF super flyweight elimination fight:
Federico Catubay 114 vs. Alberto Rosas 115
Mark Melligen 147 vs Michel Rosales 146 1/2
Z Gorres 118 1/2 vs Luis Melendez 118 1/2
Roberto Marroquin 123 vs Anthony Napunyi 125
Josenilson Dos Santos 132 vs Diego Magdaleno 131
Jose Reynoso 146.5 vs. Fernando Montilla 141.5
Angel Magdaleno 115 vs Nafael Miguel Tapia 116
Corey Washington 153 vs Steven Martinez 154
Rodolfo Armenta 143 vs Danny Escobar 141.5
Venue: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like world rated Mexican welterweight prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (29-0-1, 22 KOs) will fight American Lanardo Tyner (21-2, 13 KOs) on December 5 at a site to be named in Mexico. The Alvarez-Tyner bout will be for the NABF title.
Taking advantage of all the boxing-related press in Las Vegas for Pacquiao-Cotto, Golden Boy Promotions has scheduled an open-to-the-public press conference on Saturday with current WBA welterweight champ Sugar Shane Mosley and current WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to officially announce their upcoming bout set for January 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The press conference will take place at 11AM in the Mizuya Lounge (formerly J-Pop) at Mandalay Bay. The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya will also be on hand. Fight fans should also keep an eye out for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, who also has a press event scheduled for that day at Mandalay Bay.
Saturday night’s symphony of violence between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao has had a stranglehold on the world of boxing since the megafight was announced months ago. It’s a sure bet that many fans of the sport will be willing to dump their hard-earned cash to watch what takes place when the two fighters clash at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, NV.
However, Bob Arum isn’t satisfied with just delivering a quality main event . . . click here for more
Photo: “I want everyone to know this will be a big battle and will probably steal the show,” said Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, about his PPV-telecast fight against Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard Saturday night. Soto-Karass and Gomez will fight for the WBC Continental Americas welter title.
On November 14, at Sports Centre of Malacaragonis (Sardinia Island, Italy), Salvatore and Christian Cherchi’s OPI 2000 company will stage a boxing show. In the main event, Andrea Sarritzu will fight Christophe Rodrigues for the vacant European flyweight title. The two boxers already fought three times: the first battle was ruled a draw, while the following two were won by Sarritzu. In boxing, styles make fights and that’s why the Frenchman will be a tough opponent for the Italian even if Sarritzu is more talented, has a bigger heart and a better record. (more…)
Fighters on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card, today at a press conference held at the MGM in Las Vegas, promised to steal the show in their respective PPV-telecast bouts. In the co-main event, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, will square off with Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., in a ten-round middleweight bout. In a 12-rounder, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs), of Puerto Rico, will defend against undefeated Brooklynite Yori Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs); and, for the WBC Continental Americas welter belt, Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, takes on Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), of Tustin, Calif. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
A month removed from the eagerly anticipated rematch bout between WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16KO) and former champion and #4 rated WBC contender Adrian Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KO), both boxers underwent the required WBC 30-day safety weigh-in yesterday. The weight limit for such requirement was set at 192.5 lbs. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has announced three-time world champion and current WBO welterweight world champion Miquel Cotto will be wearing custom Everlast Hydrolast Lockdown Lo Professional Boxing Boots on Saturday in his title defense against the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto has worn Everlast footwear for all of his professional fights. “As the number one fight sports brand in the world, it is imperative that we continue to create the highest level of performance enhancing products for our consumers” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. “Fighters like Miguel Cotto chose our footwear because of their trust in our products ability to unleash their speed and power.” This will be the sixth custom shoe that Everlast has developed with Cotto. The design incorporates tread and traction elements from the Michelin® HydroEdge tire, and a candy apple red patent leather trim featuring the team Cotto logo, Puerto Rican flag and Miguel Cotto’s signature.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A world championship for undefeated junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson would obviously be huge for the native of Washington, DC. However, as Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) prepares for his nationally televised (SHOWTIME) Saturday, December 12th title challenge against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, Peterson says there is added incentive. (more…)
Prizefighter champion Audley Harrison believes David Haye will inspire him to win boxing titles in 2010. Haye claimed the WBA Heavyweight Championship on Saturday and Harrison believes the victory acts as an incentive for the rest of the British heavyweights. “I was motivated to achieve my goals already, but David’s win and publicity has given me more fuel to get back to the top,” said 38-year-old Harrison. “I’m ticking over in Los Angeles and can’t wait to get going again. 2010 will be a beautiful thing as I shock the world.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Matthew Hatton from Manchester has the chance to step out of the shadow of his more famous older brother Ricky when he challenges Lovemore Ndou for the IBO welterweight belt in Stoke, England on Friday night. The clash at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex between the far more experienced Ndou, 38, and the 28-year-old Hatton is an intriguing match-up in what really is a second-tier world championship fight. (more…)
Another major fight has been added to Universum Box-Promotion’s November 21 world title tripleheader at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Spotlight Boxing’s unbeaten middleweight shooting star Gennady Golovkin (17-0, 14 KOs), rated #1 in the WBC and WBO and #2 by the WBA, will defend his WBO Intercontinental belt against veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs). Also on the undercard will be 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chachkiev in his second pro fight against 30-fight veteran Denis Solomko, spectacular flyweight Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (5-0, 3 KOs) against Lahcene Zemmouri (17-12-1, 10 KOs), plus popular heavyweight Christian Hammer.
The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion.
Under his family’s guidance, Andre Ward trained for years with a sustained focus on the 2004 Olympics. His discipline paid off with a gold medal.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Dropping down in weight, UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture looks to keep his career alive by taking on highly touted knockout artist Brandon “The Truth” Vera. While Randy brings the experience, will it be enough to get to the bottom of the younger Vera? Or will “The Truth” finally set Couture free and end his legendary career . . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are HBO’s Harold Lederman, Angelo Dundee and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Butch Flansberg. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Jesse Kelley
Justin Seurer of the Midwest Sports Council, RDS Company and the Grand Casino Hinckley are proud to bring boxing back Hinckley Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on Friday the 13th! In the main event, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (41-9, 22 KOs) is stepping into the ring against Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout. Vanda – who has gone the distant in toe-to-toe with contenders Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (twice), John Duddy and Sebastien Demers – is ready drill “The Drill!” Williams is coming off of a huge win stopping former three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in June. Vanda is one of the most popular fighters in the State of Minnesota but Williams is a fan favorite at the Hinckley Casino having 4 of his last 5 fights at venue. (more…)
There’s something in the air about November 14th’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto that says fight fans are in for a historic fight with tremendous implications. The signs were all apparent as the final press conference took place at the Hollywood Theater inside the MGM Grand Garden on Wednesday . . . Click here for more
Legendary promoter Don Chargin has signed hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Michael ‘Lil Warrior’ Franco (15-0, 10 KOs). Franco, who has been sought out by multiple promoters over the past year will take on veteran Nicky Bentz (32-7-2, 29 KOs) November 28th at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Being a professional fighter beyond the age of 40 would strike most rational minded people as insane. Even the thought of fighting beyond the age of 40 would earn most individuals a white coat with no sleeves. . . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly been arrested at LAX for allegedly roughing up a paparazzi. Iron Mike has been detained by airport police on suspicion of battery. The paparazzi was also arrested before being taken to the hospital.
The World Boxing Organization President, Francisco Valcárcel has stated that the WBO Executive Committee has resolved to bestow on the winner of the Miguel Cotto–Manny Pacquiao bout to be held on Saturday at the MGM Grand the WBO Super Champion belt, together with all the privileges and rights that accompany such a title; such as extension of mandatory title defense; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in higher or lower division; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in the same division; and, an honorary member of the WBO for life. For more information regarding the Super Champion designation, Section 14 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Title is the place to go.
Photo: Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto posed off today at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas, during the final press conference for Saturday’s “Firepower” showdown.
Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward train for their November 21st Super Six World Boxing Classic match.
During the biggest boxing week of the year in Las Vegas, TKO Boxing Promotions has announced the signing of Las Vegas based amateur star Bradley Blankenship to an exclusive promotional contract. The 20 year old Blankenship is a former standout running back for Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. After graduating in 2007, he enrolled at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he joined the boxing team and quickly lost forty pounds of his ready made football build of 5’11”, 200 pounds. . . . Click here for more
Photo: At the start of the final presser, held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, both, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, received official keys to the City of Las Vegas by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.
After controversy, heated conversations and negotiations were settled, former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi met face-to-face yesterday to announce the December 12 rematch of their exciting August 22 bout. Diaz and Malignaggi will square off on neutral ground at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in 12 round junior welterweight bout that will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
German amateur standout, Jack Culcay-Keth, signed a professional contract with Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion today. Keth and his manager Moritz Klatten alongside Universum president Klaus-Peter Kohl and Dietmar Poszwa announced the deal earlier today at Hamburg’s famous East Hotel. Culcay-Keth is well known for winning a gold medal at the 2009 amateur world championships in Milano, Italy, being the first German boxer to capture a world title since 14 years. The 24-year-old will be trained by Michael Timm and former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian. His father, Roberto, will be in his corner, too. As an amateur, he won 95 out of 126 fights, with three bouts even. For more details and photos click here…
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