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Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Two Bernard Hopkins showed up at the final press conference today for Saturday night’s “Believe It or Not!: Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson” WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Both turned out to be stars in their own right, however, as the “real” Hopkins helped unveil an exact replica of himself – a wax figure created by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! F/X department – to the amazement of the large media contingent gathered at the event.
The “real” Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the oldest fighter to ever win a major world championship and a long-time Ripley’s fan, spent two days in July having a full body wax casting made as the first step in the creation of his likeness. The one unveiled today will be a part of a future Believe It or Not! exhibit of Hopkins at one of the worldwide Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. For more details and photos click here…
Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward’s who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J. “I’ve known him since his amateur days and think he has what it takes to be a champion,” said Ward, the undefeated WBA super middleweight champion and finalist in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. “He’s definitely got skills and a lot of raw talent. He’s strong, tough, has speed and a great work ethic, and anytime you have that kind of combination, where a fighter wants to be good and has a family he wants to provide for, that makes him dangerous.” (more…)
Boxing returns to Harrahs in Chester, PA on October 28 when Tony Ferrante battles Tommy Karpency for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship. Also, in a just added special heavyweight attraction, former contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) will compete in an eight round bout. The opponent for Nobles will be announced shortly. He will be making his first start in four years. His only loss to date is by DQ against seven-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. The event is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets start at $45, call 267-304-9399.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced the officials who will work the light heavyweight title bout between champion Nathan Cleverly against challenger Tony Bellew on this Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The referee will be Richie Davies (UK). Judges are Dave Parris (UK), Terry O’Connor (UK) and Phil Edwards (UK). WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light heavyweight contender Kevin Hargreaves (22-6-5, 8 KOs) passed away at the age of 55 years after a long illness in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Kevin made his professional debut in 1972 as a welterweight outpointing Mike Stocky over three rounds at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Kevin lost to Australian super middleweight champion Graham Murray but later outscored and then stopped future Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi in 1986. “Kevin was nature’s gentleman,” said former WBO welterweight challenger Jeff Malcolm. “He loved boxing and was respected by everyone.” Kevin will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super lightweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he hopes to defend his title on December 10 in Tijuana. Morales will meet with Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday in Los Angeles to decide his next opponent (Anthony Crolla has been mentioned). “It was a great year for me,” said Morales. “With Maidana I won the respect and admiration of the people and with Pablo Cesar Cano I won the WBC championship and became the first Mexican to win a world title in four different divisions. In 2012, I will try to win my fifth title against the winner between Jorge Linares and Tony DeMarco for the WBC lightweight title.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) defends his belt against compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on Saturday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Ted Gimzan (US). The bout is a rematch of their war back in May in which both fighters were down twice and Ruiz took a unanimous decision.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Robert Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Argentinian WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (33-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA/IBF super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-4, 23 KOs) of Panama on Friday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three judges are Stanley Christodoulus (South Africa), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Tom Miller (U.S.). The fight Supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua). Caballero-Barros II was ordered by the WBA after Barros won a controversial split decision despite being knocked down twice in their first match in July.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former interim WBC and WBA minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) of Nicaragua returns in the light flyweight division on Saturday against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-12-1, 2 KOs) this Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua on a boxing card organized by the company Prodesa. On August 13 in Acapulco, Mexico, Palacios won by ninth round TKO against Mexican challenger Armando Torres in what would have been his first title defense, however was unable to make the 105lb limit on the scales and the title was vacated. (more…)
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic, put their perfect records on the line on November 12 in a twelve-rounder at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England. It will mark Fury’s first pro fight in his birthplace of Manchester. Pajkic, the Canadian titleholder, will be challenging for Fury’s Commonwealth title. Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who called out the Pajkic from ringside at a fight last year, has been the subject of some derogatory remarks made by Pajkic (16-0, 5 KOs) on numerous occasions.
By Ron Jackson
South African flyweight contender Anele Makhwelo has died after a title fight against Doctor Ntsele at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre near Bloemfontein on Friday night. Makhwelo, a former winner in the Baby Champs series, was taken to hospital after complaining of a pain in one of his legs at the interval between rounds nine and ten. The fighter is believed to have died on Tuesday night as a result of a clot in an artery in the brain. The fight was stopped after the ninth round when a ringside doctor examined the challenger and ordered him to be rushed to hospital. Brain surgery was performed and Makhwelo remained in a coma during the weekend. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Former WBO super-fly king Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines will make his much-awaited return this Saturday night as he collides with Mexican Carlos Jacobo at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. Sonsona, who last fought 20 months ago when he was stopped by Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, is raring to prove his detractors wrong by pulling off a rousing victory. Promoter Sammy Gello-ani said Cajobo, who comes in with a 16-3-1 win-loss-draw card with 14 knockouts, has what it takes to spoil Sonsona’s return. “I am not importing an ordinary foreign foe for Sonsona,” said Gello-ani, who is holding the card in coordination with AKTV, which will telecast the fights live on Philippine television starting at 9pm. Sonsona has a 14-1-1 slate with 12 knockouts and is promised bigger things by Gello-ani if he survives Jacobo. Jacobo arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday and has vowed to return home with Sonsona’s head.
Photos: HG Boxing
In the presence of dozens of local and national media outlets in the state capital of Colima, HG Boxing announced their mega promotion set for Saturday, October 29th, at the city Palenque. The fight card which will take place during the city’s 74th Annual All Saints Fair will feature three world title fights and will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa.
“It is an honor to be in this city for such an important celebration as this fair,” Hector Garcia, Executive Director of HG Boxing, stated. “We are going to offer a great promotion with three title fights.”
In the main event, Giovanni “Russian” Caro (22-9-4, 17KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will challenge South African Takalani “Panther” Ndlovu (32-6, 18KOs) for the IBF super bantamweight title over twelve championship rounds. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“I want the best Chad Dawson on Saturday night,” said WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, the oldest man to win a world boxing title. “He has to come out in character and not be the Dawson that he has been for many of his fights. The name doesn’t match the last three or four outcomes. When you have the name ‘Bad’ and you’re not Michael Jackson, you have to be able to own that. They call me ‘The Executioner’ for a reason.” For more details and photos click here…
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