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Maybe it’s because he’s not a flamboyant fighter who reverts to smack talk to earn himself press or maybe it’s because he hasn’t been christened with a sinister sounding nickname like Pitbull or The Axe Murderer; whatever the reason might be, Jake Ellenberger is sick of being a mixed martial artist on the cusp of being a household name. If everything goes according to his plans, all of that will soon change and the 24-year-old Nebraska native will go from fighter on the fringe to fighter in the title contention fray of the UFC’s welterweight class in 2010 . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com
Very little has been heard about a proposed January 16 fight in Kampala, Uganda between WBF heavyweight beltholder Frans Botha and former world champion Evander Holyfield since the initial announcement of the fight on November 23. Numerous news sources are reporting today that the fight is on, although today’s published quotes are all old news from the original press release. The Kampala Daily Monitor does have some new information today, however. Promoter Eddie Bazira is quoted as saying that he was “positive that a big fight is in the offing,” while admitting that it’s not a done deal. “We have a big company coming on board and shall only start marketing the fight after the finalizing negotiations with them next Tuesday,” he said. According to Bazira, both Botha and Holyfield have signed contracts and can’t wait to come to Kampala.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that a possibility exists that WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto will fight former lightweight world champion David Díaz on the big March card headlined by Manny Pacquiao against TBA in Las Vegas. Soto would again be campaigning at lightweight after beating Jesus Chavez in his most recent fight, but he doesn’t plan to give up his WBC 130lb belt.
WBC interim super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert has been charged with assault by Stuttgart police for allegedly punching a man after being provoked outside a Stuttgart disco on Sunday night. The victim was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with a cerebral hemorrhage but is now improving. Tajbert’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion has issued the following statement:
“Universum will not comment on the ongoing proceedings out of respect for the work of the investigating authorities. For those who have injured Vitali Tajbert, the presumption of innocence also applies. Universum has full confidence in the work of the investigators and hopes that any injuries, no matter who suffered it or what role the person played in the incident, will heal without consequences. For reasons stated above, it is asked to momentarily refrain from further inquiries.”
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Fresh from a two minute, five second victory over Ryan Roberts on December 4th in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, Duane Ludwig was settling in for the holidays and winding down with his family in a local shopping mall a few weeks ago, and like many of us, he was getting his 2010 to do list together . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
A big year for Universum’s hot jr middleweight prospect Jack Culcay is over. “There were three highlights”, he said. “I won the world [amateur] championship, then signed my professional contract with Universum and had my first professional fight in December…that was certainly the most exciting year of my life.” Culcay is the first German to win an amateur boxing championship in 14 years. Five or six fights are planned for 2010, with the first set to take place on January 9 in Magdeburg. Therefore, there will only be a small celebration with friends for New Year. In Hamburg, where he works with trainer Michael Timm, Culcay will take a brief break from sparring. “At the beginning of next week we’re ready to go to Magdeburg,” he added. In 2010 the media interest will remain high. The first TV dates are being planned.
By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight and IBO middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) is having a sparse Xmas in Australia this year as he prepares to drop to Jr-middleweight and take on Rob Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBO 154 pound title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on January 11th. In boxing history it is well recognised that fighters tend to move up in weight as they get older, mainly as a consequence of a slowing metabolism but the 34 year old from Sydney is attempting to do the opposite by moving down in weight having won versions of the world title at 168, 160 and now 154 pounds. Very few fighters in history have achieved this feat and the fight with Medley is seen by many boxing experts in Australia as a potential hazard to open the year for the most controversial of Aussie boxers. Already a non-smoker and a non-drinker Mundine, known as “Choc” for his daily intake of chocolate bars has cut out his favourite vice for his final two weeks of training. He stated, “I had my last bar this morning before training but that has gone now. It’s now strictly water and food like lettuce and chicken.” (more…)
Promoter Bob Arum is preparing to open negotiations for Manny Pacquiao to move up to 154 to face WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Ex-IBF 140lb champ Paulie Malignaggi is also in the mix. Arum told the LA Times, “…I don’t see [Pacquiao-Mayweather] happening now. Positions are hardening. I talked to [Pacquiao’s advisor], and Manny’s fit to be tied. He’s very angry.”
Daniel M. Petrocelli, the lawyer representing Manny Pacquiao in his lawsuit against the Mayweathers and Golden Boy execs, is best known for representing Fred Goldman in the famous wrongful death civil suit against O.J. Simpson. The Goldman family won a judgment of $8.5 million dollars.
Looks like negotiations between representatives of Bernard Hopkins and Danny Green have collapsed due to a disagreement over the purse split.
On Wednesday Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar de la Hoya, and Richard Schaefer for allegedly making false and defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The lawsuit claims the Mayweathers, de la Hoya, and Schaefer knew that Pacquiao has never taken performance-enhancing drugs, knew their statements were false, but made them anyway out of “ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy.” Pacquiao has retained Daniel Petrocelli of the Los Angeles-based law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. About the filing of the complaint, Petrocelli stated: “Manny Pacquiao’s achievements come from God-given talent and an indefatigable work ethic — not steroids. He cannot and will not allow others to deliberately misrepresent his years of hard work and tarnish his reputation.” The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Las Vegas, Nevada, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages for defendants’ wrongful conduct. Click here to see a PDF file of the actual complaint.
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk and former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko recently visited Las Vegas. In addition to meeting Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at Top Rank headquarters, the pair hooked up with former world champions Sam Peter and Fernando Vargas. Click here for more photos…
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Despite being plagued with injuries, UFC 108 remains firm in its offering of a world class showdown in the sport’s most glamorous division. Two of the best light heavyweights in the sport will finally meet in Las Vegas as former world champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans trades barbs with KO puncher Thiago Silva in Saturday night’s main event. Both men have emerged from their respective grappling backgrounds to become some of the most dangerous strikers in the sport, and though the tale of the tape is even across the board, speed will be the determining factor on January 2nd. Who will be victorious Saturday night and move one step closer to the world light heavyweight title? Let’s look further into the main event of UFC 108 . . . Click here for more
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm has signed a ten fight deal with Ufa Sports according to BILD. The pact will cover ten fights over the next three to four years and be worth $20 million Euros. The first fight is scheduled for Spring 2010. Univerum Box-Promotion, however, maintains that it has options on Sturm until 2012 so a legal battle will likely occur before Sturm can return to the ring.
Everlast and Promociones Miguel Cotto will host four Meet & Greet events on Saturday, January 2nd featuring several of Puerto Rico’s best boxers at select Sears and Kmart locations across the island. The boxers will include featherweight Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1, 23 KOs), lightweight Juan Gonzalez (5-0, 5 KOs), lightweight Abner Cotto (6-0, 4 KOs) and featherweight Jayson Velez (11-0, 9 KOs). All of the fighters will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with their fans. The Meet & Greet will also be a festivity for The Three Kings Day, a traditional holiday of gift-giving celebrated in Puerto Rico. The Meet & Greet will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the following Sears and Kmart locations:
* Juan Gonzalez will appear at Sears in Mayaguez, PR
* Jose Miguel Cotto will appear at Sears in San Juan, PR
* Abner Cotto will appear at Sears in Bayamon, PR
* Jayson Velez will appear at Kmart in San Juan, PR
Believe it or not, the transition from computer wiz to MMA fighter isn’t that much of a stretch. Listen to Joe Lauzon elaborate on his former role, and he may as well be talking about the latter . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC
Jimenez Communications and Comunicaciones Soto have put on a year-end review book of Promociones Zanfer’s great year in boxing. Fernando Beltran, President of Promociones Zanfer commission the two editorial companies to put together a coffee table book to chronicle the great year his boxing company had in 2009. Partnered with Top Rank Inc., Zanfer was once again the premier boxing company in Mexico and the 180 page book illustrates their success. Click here.
Former IBF junior middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs) found the perfect sparring partner for his January 8th IBF title eliminator against Columbian Dionicio “Mr. Knockout” Miranda (20-4-2, 18 KOs) by sparring with none other than former world title challenger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs). Karmazin and the ‘other’ Miranda went six hard rounds a few days before Christmas and had planned to continue sparring but Miranda called in sick for the next sparring session. Karmazin discovered Tuesday that (Edison) Miranda had withdrawn from his January 9th title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz due to illness. “It was great sparring with Edison,” commented Karmazin. “It is too bad he got sick but those couple of rounds will help me for my fight against the other Miranda.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
A urine sample of Manny Pacquiao is on its way to Manila, World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accredited doctor Alex Pineda told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Wednesday afternoon. Pineda, who also works for the Philippine Olympic Committee, personally witnessed the initial phase of testing at Pacquiao’s residence in General Santos City. Pineda arrived in General Santos City at around lunchtime, headed to Pacquiao’s palatial home where he got the sample, then was driven back to the airport so he could catch the plane bound for Manila. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the La Colonia Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will be on taking on current WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) of Puerto Rico on January 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, which will be shown live on HBO and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Boxing U.S. and PR Best Boxing. Luevano’s last title defense was against Bernabe Concepcion back in August in a bout which Luevano was dominating when Concepcion hit Luevano after the bell to end round 7 and resulted in a win by disqualification for Luevano. In the co-main event, unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KOs) defends his title against Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KOs). Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Madison Square Garden box office, at www.thegarden.com and are priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50 For more details and photos click here…
It has been erroneously reported that Manny Pacquiao had his blood test, required for a Nevada boxing license, taken two weeks before his fight against Ricky Hatton. The truth is “24/7 Pacquiao-Hatton” TAPED Manny’s blood test 24 days before the fight and aired it closer to the fight. To see a copy of Pacquiao’s blood test dated April 8 (the fight was May 2), click here…
By Craig Watt
After ten weeks on the Fox 8 channel every Monday evening The Australian Contender series now enters the final stages of the tournament with the semi-final line up now complete for a double-header feature episode on the 4th January. In an interesting variation on the series here in Australia the winner of the tournament will face off with former two time WBA super-middleweight and former IBO middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine in 2010 for a guaranteed purse of $250,000. The final of the tournament will be held as the chief supporting bout at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on January 11th when Mundine challenges for the IBO junior-middleweight title against fellow Australian Rob Medley. It will be a PPV event on Main Events throughout Australia. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Whilst most boxers have been enjoying the Xmas festivities Australian IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green has been raising money for charity by being involved in the prestigious Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race which set sail from Sydney on December 26th and landed in Hobart, Sydney yesterday. The 36 year old Aussie was no spectator in the race being involved in all aspects of the experience and was nearly thrown overboard in the early stages of the 650 mile race. (more…)
Every time his phone rings, Jim Miller gets a new opponent. Well, maybe not every time, but to the UFC lightweight, who has had his scheduled UFC 108 opponent change twice in the past three weeks, it’s beginning to feel like it.. . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
By Felipe Leon
A month after the proposed championship bout between WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO) and WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) was first mentioned, it seems that a host city has been found although it has not been officially announced. “It is 95% a sure thing that the fight will take place in Monterrey, MX,” DeMarco of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, revealed. “We have been training for the last two weeks.” An inside source at Zanfer Promotions, who more than likely will be the lead promoter in association with Top Rank and Gary Shaw Promotions, also confirmed that the proper permits were requested today in Monterrey. The twelve round main event bout will be for Valero’s full fledged lightweight title and is scheduled or February 6th. It is suspected that it would be broadcast by Showtime but no announcement has been made. Monterrey is the capital city of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. It is the third largest Mexican city behind Mexico City and Guadalajara. It is known as the “Sultan of the North.”
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, who was scheduled to fight for the WBO belt against Robert Stieglitz, on Jan 9th in Germany has unfortunately been struck with the flu and had to cancel the bout. “For the past two weeks Edison has been fighting this thing but he just couldn’t shake it” says renowned trainer Joe Goossen. “We have been monitoring his health very closely and trying to get him through this. We had to pull the trigger and do what was right.” This fight would have been Miranda’s second title fight, losing his first encounter to Arthur Abraham in a very controversial war in what has become known as the Battle of Wetzlar. Edison was very much looking forward to returning to Germany and fighting in front of his many European fans.
“I want to apologize to everyone, Robert Stieglitz, Universum, the WBO, my team, and all boxing fans for not being able to make this fight happen. I am very upset with having to cancel. This was a great opportunity for me. Hopefully we can try to reschedule sometime in the next 4-6 weeks.” According to Team Pantera there are other opportunities that have been mentioned if the Stieglitz camp decides not to reschedule this bout. One name that has been mention is IBF belt holder Lucian Bute who is looking for an opponent to fight this April. “My first priority is to make the fight with Robert Stiegltiz happen as soon as possible. If this cannot happen I will look for the next best opponent who is willing to fight me.”
By Joe Koizumi
Why is a non-title bout the main event with a supporting card of a world title bout? It is simply because 20-year-old simon-pure Kazuto Ioka is much more popular among fight fans here than the WBA interim 154-pound ruler Nobuhiro Ishida. Some 8,300 spectators were in attendance to watch his third pro bout against a world contender. Unbeaten former eight-time national amateur champ Kazuto Ioka (3-0, 2 KOs), 109.75, a nephew of ex-two-time world champ Hiroki Ioka, defeated WBC#9/WBA#12 light-fly Takashi Kunishige (20-4-2, only 2 KOs), 107.25, by a unanimous decision (99-92, 97-93 and 97-94) on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), 154, successfully kept his belt as he displayed his career-best performance, dropped Colombian challenger Oney Valdez (19-10-1, 14 KOs), 152.75, with a countering right to the temple in the tenth and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were: Sergio Caiz (US) 119-108, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 117-110 and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 118-109, all for the 34-year-old Japanese speedster. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand). (more…)
Seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao became even more incensed at Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Sr. and executives of Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) for what he alleges are twisting facts and coming up with false statements that intended to cover up the mess that they created even as they put the blame on the Manny and his team for the snag of talks to make the projected biggest fight in history from happening. “I can’t believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don’t want it to happen,” said Pacquiao in Tagalog, as he released part of the information that he has been keeping—proof that Mayweather Jr. directly accused him of performance enhancement drugs (PED) use.
“Liars go to hell. They should be man enough and own up to their words,” said Pacquiao, as he recalled information that pointed out to Mayweather Jr. categorically stating that “the Philippines has the best (performance) enhancement drugs,” supporting what his father, Mayweather Sr. and his uncle Jeff Mayweather, have openly claimed in past interviews. They all claimed that Pacquiao was into some kind of “roids” (steroids) or has used other banned substances. (more…)
After all the friendship and sports comradeship that existed between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao for their 2009 mega fight this past November 14th in Las Vegas, Cotto was dismayed with Manny Pacquiao’s position towards the proposal for Olympic type drug testing requested by Floyd Mayweather. “I am in complete awe with Manny’s reaction to this matter. He has always been a great athlete and a gentleman. Why in the world would he require restrictions or conditions for the tests? It is a golden opportunity for him to dissipate all worldwide rumors surrounding his figure and the use of enhancement drugs. His refusal to commit to the tests without conditions raises questions. Olympic type drug testing is the most efficient tool for the sport to secure fair play. My recommendation to all boxing authorities in the world is to implement it across the board. I would agree to it without hesitation or reservations. It is the only way to ensure that the outcome of a bout is the strict result of conditioning and ability. To magnify your talent with drugs is repulsive,” Miguel Cotto stated.
World class professional boxing hits the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday, January 29th as TKO Boxing Promotions presents two world title bouts featuring longtime New England fan favorites, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard.
Tickets priced at $80.00, $50.00 and $35.00 are now on sale at the Mohegan Sun Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-745-3000). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. . . . Click here for more
The recent update we’ve received on fallen warrior Z Gorres is nothing less than amazing. Happily the brain surgery of Z has not affected his memory. He recognizes everyone who visits him in the hospital. He is no longer on the respirator, is now eating solid food and has started to talk albeit in whispers. Now it’s only his left side that still needs to recover fully. He can now move his left arm but very slowly so with his left leg. Among his visitors have been Wakee Salud, Boboy Fernandez, Gerry Penalosa, Rodel Mayol, cutman Miguel Diaz, Bruce Tampler, Brad Goodman, Sean Gibbons, Dan Pancher and Richie Sandoval, Cornelius “Boza” Edwards, Dr. Allan Recto and Sampson Lewkowicz. ALA Promotions President, Michael Aldeguer has been keeping in close contact with staff at University Medical Center in Las Vegas as Gorres comes closer to being discharged. Gorres suffered a subdural hematoma (blood clot in the brain) in a win over Luis Melendez on November 13 at Mandalay Bay.
Most fans that I’ve talked with over the past few months believe Rashad Evans had to be just a bit disappointed when he first learned the identity of his opponent for UFC 108 on January 2 . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) is looking for a new opponent in his first defense on January 9 at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg. Scheduled challenger Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs) has unforunately fallen ill and has pulled out. The search for a new opponent is now running at full speed. The result will be announced in the coming days.
In addition to Stieglitz’ defense, the card will feature a female super fight between unbeaten world champions: three-belt featherweight champion Ina Menzer (25-0, 9 KOs) will face challenger Ramona Kühne (15-0, 4 KOs), the reigning WIBF super featherweight champion. Also three attractive heavyweight bouts have bee anounced. Unbeaten Denis Boytsov (26-0, 21 KOs) meets Kevin Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs), “Diamond Boy“ Manuel Charr (13-0, 6 KOs) faces ex-world title challenger Owen Beck (29-3, 20 KOs), and Spotlight fighter Christian Hammer (4-1, 3 KOs) takes on Universum boxer Markus Tomala (6-1 3 KOs) in a clash of fighters who both train out of the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), 154, successfully kept his belt as he displayed his career-best performance, dropped Colombian challenger Oney Valdez (19-10-1, 14 KOs), 152.75, with a countering right to the temple in the tenth and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were: Sergio Caiz (US) 119-108, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 117-110 and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 118-109, all for the 34-year-old Japanese speedster. Valdez, also 34, took the initiative only in the fourth, and occasionally shifted to southpaw to frustrate the much taller champ in rounds four and five. But Ishida, with quick hands despite his lack of convincing power, accelerated his attack from the seventh onward and dominated the remainder with sharper combinations to confirm his initial defense. (More to come)
Universum Box-Promotion would like to put right the recent statements of WBO super welterweight world champion Sergei Dzinziruk and to put the facts into proper perspective.
Dietmar Poszwa, Universum Management: “There was a court case between Universum and Sergei Dzinziruk, which examined in the validity of his contract. The court ruled in favor of Universum. Contrary to reports, Sergei is not a free agent. According to a November 13, 2009 decision by the district court of Hamburg, he remains contractually bound exclusively to Universum. Universum rejects Dzinziruk’s assertion that Universum is reponsible for the non-realization of fights against Paul Williams and James Kirkland. Those fights failed due to lack of interest from U.S. TV and the high purse demands of Dzinziruk.
“We would like to point to the fact that in reaction to the court order, Sergei Dzinziruk has indicated a desire to buy out his contract with Universum once he has received an offer from a different promoter. We have agreed to this. If Sergei Dzinziruk pays this money, he is free. Obviously there is still no offer.”
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