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Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (43-0-1) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jermaine White (17-4) on Wednesday night at Heinz Field’s VIP Tent in Pittsburgh, PA. Scores were 78-73, 78-73, 79-72. Spadafora was deducted a point for a head butt.
Out of the ring for two years, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) will return on Neworld Promotions’ “Phoenix Rising”, event on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, against an opponent that is TBA. The main event that night will feature former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vasiliy “The Tiger” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) making his return against Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs). Briggs, who is now managed by Ivaylo Gotzev, stated “I needed the time to recharge. When I lost the title in 07, I had walking pneumonia. I wasn’t prepared. It wasn’t a smart move for me to defend the title in that condition. If you look at the heavyweight champions of the last few years, other champions have been allowed postponement after postponement. I was forced to fight with pneumonia. This time off was to recharge and heal from the pneumonia. I’m ready to rock and roll now.” (more…)
Heavyweight Devin Vargas (18-1, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson (8-9, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. After the fight it was revealed that Vargas severely injured his right hand in the first round, causing him to abandon the right and work solely off his left.
The co-feature bout of the evening saw the return of super bantamweight prospect Roberto Benitez, as he improved his record to a perfect 6-0, 3KO as he completely outworked Angel Paneto (4-6-2, 2KO) over six entertaining rounds.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero carried out a public training session at the Boxing Zone Gym in Caracas and announced that he’s training hard to make a good showing in December when defending his WBC lightweight world crown for the first time. With his wife, children and his mother on hand, Valero hit the heavy bag and speed bag, jumped rope and shadow boxed. He has denied reports made by Venezuelan media that he was involved in a domestic dispute with his mother and sister. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that Mlungisi Dlamini the current WBF lightweight champion and Zolani Marali will meet for the vacant IBO lightweight belt at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on October 31. Marali (23-3, 13 KOs) who lost his IBO junior lightweight belt to Ji Hoon Kim in an upset on September 12 will be hoping to get his career back on rack against the unbeaten Dlamini (21-0-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
Preview by Gary “Digital” Williams
The Prize Fight Boxing Promotions “Title Time” event is coming together for Saturday, October 10th at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, MD.
The card features undefeated hometown middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero as he tries for his first regional title. Guerrero (15-0, 13 KOs) will challenge Ossie Duran (23-7-2, 9 KOs) of Paterson, NJ for the vacant NABO middleweight title. (more…)
Athough the California Superior Court vacated a December 15, 2008 arbitration award in the proceeding (the “Arbitration”) commenced last year by Robert Guerrero against Goossen Tutor Promotions, Team Guerrero maintains that since the commencement of the arbitration, the five-year promotional agreement between Guerrero and GTP has expired by its own terms. In December, Guerrero entered into a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions and according to Team Guerrero, the vacatur of the arbitration award by the Superior Court has no effect on the validity of the Guerrero-Golden Boy promotional agreement. Stay tuned…
Following statements from promoter Lou DiBella and his fighter Paulie Malignaggi regarding the decision of former lightweight world champion Juan Diaz to forego a rematch with Malignaggi this December, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer responded to their statements. “Let the facts be facts. Juan Diaz won the first fight. The only controversy was the wide margin on one of the judges score cards, so there is no reason for Juan Diaz to take short money to fight Paulie Malignaggi again. If Paulie wants to take short money and make it worth Juan’s while to come to New York and beat him again, then let us know and we are ready.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Shane Cameron stated he is very confident he will defeat former world heavyweight challenger on Saurday in Hamilton, New Zealand. Tua also said he is equally confident of victory in what is regarded as the biggest boxing event in New Zealand boxing history. Hall of Fame fight broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, who will call the fight globally, said he was excited and looking forward to the showdown. Cameron’s manager Ken Reinsfield and Sampson Lewkowitz also expressed confidence in victory for their charge. Tua’s promoter Cedric Kushner and trainer Roger Bloodworth were also full of confidence for a Tuaman victory. Promoter is Duco Events. Click for more photos…
By Lee Bates
The press conference for the upcoming October 24th edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series was held today in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. In attendance were PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera,Ricardo Figueroa (representing Lou DiBella), former world welterweight champions Kermit “Killer” Cintron and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2, 20 KOs). Also in attendance was Puerto Rican natives and unbeaten prospects José “Chelo” González (7-0, 4 KOs) of PR Best Boxing and Joel “Joelo” Torres (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of DiBella Entertainment who will both fight in seperate bouts on the card. (more…)
By Robert Hough
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) said Wednesday that he’d finish Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) by the 8th round of their fight on October 17. Dirrell, who joined the English fighter in a teleconference, laughed and told Froch it won’t happen, “unless you can hit the air so hard that the wind knocks me down.” The match, part of the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be shown live from Nottingham, England, as part of a doubleheader with taped, same-day coverage of Jermain Taylor’s fight with Arthur Abraham, to be held in Berlin, Germany. Dirrell, who is training in Big Bear, Calif., said early and often that Froch has never faced someone with his speed and skill—and that the Englishman can’t handle it. Froch, who played up his experience and battles with Jean Pascal and Taylor, said talking’s easy. “We’re going to find out if Andre Dirrell has the heart to match his mouth,”
Who would have thought that a six-foot-seven, 252 pound heavyweight champ would outwork and be more aggressive than boxing’s pound-for-pound king? That’s what happened on Saturday night at STAPLES Center, when WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko threw more punches in 10 rounds in his dominating title defense over Cris Arreola than pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. threw in 12 rounds in his defeat of Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, from Mexico, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies read: Wontak Yoon (Korea) 116-112 for Nashiro, Albert Wilenski (US) 112-116 for Cazares and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 114-114. The referee was Hubert Earle (Canada) who handled the non-stop scrappy contest very well. (more…)
Harold Moore, former professional middleweight from Philadelphia, who also served as matchmaker for Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away today after a long illness. Mr. Moore was 77. As a pro, Moore compiled a modest 3-5-2 record, but was better known as a top-notch matchmaker. Mr. Moore stayed in shape his entire life, working out at the gyms through the 1970s. In addition to working with Peltz, Moore also worked closely with Ron Katz in the 1980s when Katz was East Coast matchmaker for Top Rank. He also worked with several promoters in the Baltimore-area in the 1990s.
By Lee Bates
Former super bantamweight world ranked contender Mike Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) makes a quick return to the ring October 31st against Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Oliver is coming off of a victory September 11th and looks to get back into title contention with a win over Wilson. Wilson will look to upset Oliver in his back yard. A feat he has done before. In 2008 Wilson shocked prospect Francisco Rodriguez in his resident city of Chicago, Illinois by way of 2nd round TKO. The bout was televised on the now defunct weekly Telefutura fight series.
In a ruling yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien, on behalf of Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis vacated an arbitration decision by a California State Athletic Commmission arbitrator that voided boxer Robert Guerrero’s promotional agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions, finding “The award was procured by corruption, fraud or other undue means.” California Code of Civil Procedure § 1286.2(a)(1). Goossen’s counsel, Nomi Castle, of Castle and Associates in Century City, CA, stated “As a practical matter, Goossen Tutor Promotions is still the promoter of Mr. Guerrero and I’ll leave it to my client to discuss his future promotional plans.”
On October 16, the popular Boxeo TELEMUNDO series returns to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL with the event being billed “The Homecoming III.” In the main event former WBA world and current WBO Latin welterweight champion Diosbelys “Black Money” Hurtado faces WBC Latin jr. welter champion Antonio Pitalua in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Hurtado’s title at stake. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw (116-112, 112-116 and 114-114) with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It was a see-saw affair in the first eight sessions, but Nashiro went forward and scored with solid straight rights to the fading Mexican down the stretch. The audience believed in Nashiro’s victory, but the officials might have evaluated Cazares’ better volumes of punches, if not accurate, in earlier rounds. The last round saw Nashiro explode a very strong right to the face to have Cazares staggering to the ropes. (More to come)
Heavyweight favorite Karl Mildenberger was honored by the WBC in his hometown of Kaiserslautern, Germany on Sunday. A long time before Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko thought about filling sports stadiums in Germany, Mildenberger fought the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali, in front of 40,000 people in Frankfurt’s soccer stadium in 1966. As well as Ali, Karl also shared the ring with famous heavyweight names such as Oscar Bonavena, Henry Cooper, Zora Folley and Billy Walker. Karl “The Great,” pictured here with his friend Roman Kolaczek, won the European heavyweight championship in 1965, a year before he gave Ali the toughest fight of his career up to that point. He was delighted to accept the WBC mini belt on Sunday. “It’s amazing that people like Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC haven’t forgotten champions like me,” he said. “I’m very honoured to receive this belt today. Mr. Sulaiman is a man with a big heart and I send him my warmest regards. This is another fabulous day in my life”
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Story by Mariano A. Agmi
On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Fightnews caught-up with Luis Collazo’s trainer and manager, Nirmal Lorick, to find out when the former WBA welterweight champion was returning to the ring.
“We have a purse bid set for the Berto rematch on Wednesday,” stated Lorick . . . Click here for more
Two-Time Junior Featherweight World Champion Israel Vazquez will take on perennial contender Angel Priolo in a ten round featherweight fight on October 10 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. “I’m coming back because I love the sport,” said Vazquez Tuesday during a press workout. “I feel really good physically and mentally. The best way I can prove to the media and my fans that I’ve recovered from my injury, is to go out and win on October 10th and that’s what I intend to do. I’m in great shape, I’ve trained really hard and I’m confident that I will beat Priolo. I’ve practiced a lot more defense and movement using angles and I’m ready for the 10th.”
Trainer Rudy Perez added, “He’s really hungry and confident for this fight and that makes his whole team confident in him. I’ve been with him for five weeks and we are ready to fight. We have been working on his defense and you will see the new Vazquez on October 10th.” For more photos click here…
More than twenty-five members of the Panamanian sports media attended the America Boxing Academy to watch a training session of twenty fighters scheduled to participate in the “Orgullo Nacional” card, on October 9th at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. WBA bantamweight champion, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno sparred 3 rounds against teammate Irving Berry. Moreno will face veteran Colombian Jorge Otero in a non title fight on the main event. (more…)
Devin Vargas 223.25 vs Terrell Nelson 246
Roberto Benitez 121 vs Angel Paneto 119.25
Marcus Bianconi 158.5 vs Lamar Harris 161
Gabriel Bracero 146 vs Ashanti Hendrickson 149.25
Jonathon Cuba 138 vs Melchor Guillen 140
Eusebio Flores 152 vs Kamel Al-Olabi 156.25
Venue: Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
By John Cannon
Brownsville native Sergio Perales was determined that he was going to fight and was not about to let anything get in the way of that; even if it was a weight issue. Perales was scheduled to defend his Texas State Bantamweight title against Columbia’s Pedro Rincon-Miranda (34-16, 27 KO’s) in the main event of the Oscar Diaz fight night benefit event held at Randy’s Ballroom last Saturday night. (more…)
Fightnews.com Feature Writer Gary “Digital” Williams will be inducted into the District of Columbia Boxing Hall of Fame on November 20th. Williams has covered the boxing scene in DC, Maryland and Virginia for 23 years, including the last 10 years with Fightnews. Williams is being honored for his contributions to the Beltway Boxing scene. Among the boxers joining Williams in the 2009 Induction Class will be former middleweight contender Andrew Council and former six-time women’s world champion “Raging Beauty” Isra Girgrah Wynn.
A rematch between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi has fallen apart. Over the course of the past two weeks Malignaggi’s promoter, Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, and Diaz’s promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, began hammering out the details of Malignaggi vs. Diaz 2, with both sides agreeing that everything would be split and distributed evenly, from the fighter’s purses to the percentage of profits off the event that both companies would keep. The two sides had begun reaching out to venues in Chicago due to its neutral location between Malignaggi’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and Diaz’s hometown of Houston, Texas (where the first fight took place). Even HBO was onboard, agreeing to pay a hefty license fee for the rights to air the bout on December 12. However Diaz and manager Willie Savannah rejected the offer Schaefer had struck on his behalf. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler scored a hard-earned 12 round unanimous points decision over Doctor Ntsele to retain his IBO Africa junior flyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Isaac Tshabalala and Ace Makalauza scored it 119-110 and 117-114 whilst judge Lulama Mtya had it 117-112. However, the judge’s scorecards were not a true reflection of the fast paced fight in which Ntsele possibly won at least four or five rounds. (more…)
Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Ed Mulholland/Fightwireimages.com
Although many boxing fans will be focused on the upcoming showdown between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, there is another fight that is shaping up to possibly nab the “Fight of the Year” honors.
On December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Kelly Pavlik will return to the ring after a year layoff to put his middleweight title on the line against the man who is considered the most feared fighter in boxing today – Paul Williams. Originally scheduled for October 8th, Pavlik vs Williams had to be postponed after a nagging staph infection on Pavlik’s left hand became a concern. But now the stars are aligned and boxing fans will get an early Christmas gift when these two clash in Atlantic City . . . click here for more
This week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter features the biggest showdown in the ten seasons of the show. Former IFL champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson will square off against YouTube sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson . . . Click here for more
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