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By Alex Dombroff
A significant heavyweight contest will take place tonight in Sacramento, California when WBC #2 ranked contender Oleg Maskaev does battle with the rugged Nagy Aguilera. Maskaev (36-6, 26 KOs) has his sights on staying busy as he readies for a shot at a piece of the heavyweight crown. The bout against Aguilera will be his first since March, and first since losing a court battle which overturned the WBC’s order that he be the mandatory challenger for Vitali Klitschko. (More)
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Boxing trainer Dickie Wood wasn’t going to stand by and watch a purse snatching. While shopping at the Arden Fair Mall, the 52-year-old Wood witnessed a man grab a women’s purse and take off. Wood chased down the robber (getting in a big punch in the process) and held him until police arrived. Dickie is in Sacramento training Oleg along with Chuck McGregor.
6’7 WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (246.9 lbs) weighed in just 4.4 pounds heavier than Kevin 6’3 Johnson (242.5 lbs) for their heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Interestingly, Johnson’s wingspan is two inches longer than Klitschko’s.
Former three-time lightweight world champion Juan Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi pose on December 10, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois at the final press conference for their December 12, 2009 fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago which will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBO flyweight champion and recent WBA super flyweight challenger Hugo Cazares is looking forward to a rematch with WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro, whom he fought to a draw with in September in Osaka, Japan. The WBA has ordered a direct rematch. “I want to fight him again,” says Cazares. “I want the rematch. I already beat him and I want to do again. I know that my promoter has planned the rematch in the month of February. Maybe it can be in Mexico!”
The Baltimore Raven’s Tommy Zbikowski first turned professional not as a football player, but as a boxer. Zbikowski fought two professional boxing matches while starring for the University of Notre Dame football team. Today, Tommy Zbikowski, who has made a name for himself as a Special Teamer, has been nominated for the NFL Pro Bowl. With fan voting helping decide who is selected for the game, we are encouraging the boxing community to support Tommy by voting for him and voting often. To vote for Tommy, go to www.NFL.com/probowl/ballot Click on Pro Bowl Ballot, then click on Special Teams, then click on Special Teamer. Tommy is listed under AFC. Tommy made his boxing debut in 2006 at Madison Square Garden , knocking out his opponent by TKO in 49 seconds. Tommy fought a second match before putting his boxing career on hold to focus on professional football. Fans can vote as often as they wish between now and Dec. 21.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The co-main event of UFC 107 is a classic striker vs. grappler match up, but it may be the most competitive seen in a long time. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir meets KO artist Cheick Kongo on Saturday, December 12th in Memphis to determine who’s title hopes will stay alive in the UFC’s vaunted heavyweight division. While Mir has proven to have the best submission skillset in the heavyweight division, Kongo has left a trail of bodies in his wake thanks to his world class kickboxing background. Normally the striker is written out of such bouts, but with over fifteen professional bouts apiece, both men have balanced out their games enough to make this the most intriguing “classic match up” of 2009 . . . Click here for more
2010 will be the 10th year as a professional for WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1,6 KOs) . After nearly a decade of remaining unbeaten Calderon is now hoping he can land that long awaited mega fight he has been seeking. In Calderon’s last fight he decisioned Rodel Mayol to retain his title. The bout was halted early due to a cut suffered by Calderon as a result of a headbutt. Fightnews spoke with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Calderon on what he is doing presently and a proposed showdown with IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria in 2010. (more…)
By Mike Moriarty
Heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) believes it was a big mistake for IBF International heavyweight titlist Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) to choose him as his next opponent. “My defense is too good. I am too fast for him,” Estrada said at Thursday’s press conference to announce his February 6th showdown with Adamek. “At light heavy, he wasn’t that fast let alone at heavyweight putting on a couple more pounds. You’re born with speed. You can’t make yourself faster. He was never that fast. Adamek has ok speed but not against me.”
Adamek, who held world titles at both light heavyweight and cruiserweight, has won eight straight bouts and is coming off of a fifth round knockout victory in October over fellow Polish countryman and former heavyweight star Andrew Golota. He believes it will be the same result against Estrada. “Once I catch him, I will put him down,” said Adamek. “You know everyone can talk, but when you get in the ring you have to do your job. This is what I get paid to do.” (more…)
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By Ron Jackson
At a luncheon held in Rosebank near Johannesburg on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced a bumper bill which is to take place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on February 27 next year. In the main event, South Africa’s Hekkie Budler (13-0, 5 KOs) meets Juanito Rubillar (48-13-7, 23 KOs) from the Philippines for the vacant IBO junior flyweight belt. The veteran Rubillar, 32, has been a pro since July 1994 and is ranked at number 7 by the WBC and at 13 by the WBA. The southpaw Rubillar has been fighting at championship level for the last ten years since losing on points to South Africa’s Zolani Petelo for the IBF minimumweight belt and it appears as if the 21-year-old Budler has been overmatched. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
He’ll go down as the beloved boxer ever to come out of Quebec, someone who transcended the sport and found his way into a population’s heart. An ordinary boxer with an extraordinary work-ethic, Eric Lucas turned that work into gold when beyond all odds he came back and not only won the WBC super-middleweight championship, but did so against Glenn Catley, the man who had stopped him one year previous, exactly ten years ago today.
Lucas despite achieving everything there is to in the sport and leaving the sport in good health, like so many others, just couldn’t keep away and will be returning to the ring tonight on the undercard of the Jean Pascal versus Adrian Diaconu rematch.
Fightnews had one question for local Quebec icon. Pourquoi? (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here wre the weights for Friday’s TNT Promotions/Maryland Boxing Club card at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD:
Mark Tucker 174 vs. George Armenta 172 1/2
(USBO Light Heavyweight title bout)
Emmanuel Taylor 145 1/2 vs. Dwayne Shelton 148 1/2
Allen Perkins 159 vs. Vincent Batteast 159 1/2
Omar Sims 161 1/2 vs. Jamar Freeman 159 1/2
Adam Willet 189 1/2 vs. Garrett Wilson 190
Sims and Freeman will meet for the third time this year in Westmnister. The two fought to a four-round draw on April 24. Freeman, from Wilson, NC, won a six-round unanimous decision on June 5. This will also be a six-round encounter.
The bouts for undefeated Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson (12-0, 10 KO’s) and rookie “The American Child” Nick Kisner of Ferndale, MD fell through.
Adam Willet is a cruiserweight from Bellport, NY (1-0) while Garrett Wilson (6-2, two KO’s) is from Philadelphia, PA and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Otgonbayer Daivii on November 25 in Erie, PA.
By Matt Richardson
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will return to the ring for just the second time this year when he boxes Nagy Aguilera at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California on Friday night. It will be the third fight for Maskaev (36-6, 27 KO’s) since losing his title to Samuel Peter last year in Cancun, Mexico. Maskaev, a Kazakhstan native who moved to New York, now lives and trains in Sacramento, California. Although he has primarily trained on the East Coast for most of his fights, this time around Maskaev trained on the West Coast. “I’ve been training for this fight for two months,” Maskaev said. “Approximately one month and 10 days I was training in Reno, Nevada. Now I’m back in Sacramento, California.” (More)
Ten months after undergoing knee surgery to repair his ACL, UFC lightweight contender Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 [T]KOs, 13 submissions) returns to The Octagon against veteran Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (14-5-1, 8 [T]KOs, 1 submission) on the January 2nd UFC 108 pay-per-view show, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Exclusive photo gallery of this weekend’s main eventers work out in Chicago: Paulie Malignaggi, Juan Diaz, Antonio Diaz and Victor Ortiz put in finishing touches at the gym . . . Click here for full gallery by John Booz
By Alexey Sukachev
Thierry Karl (25-4, 17 KOs) stopped Belgian Djamel Selini (21-9-1, 14 KOs) in the very first round of scheduled ten, winning Le Grand Tournoi at the Cirque d’hiver in Paris, France. Former middleweight Karl, now competing at 175 lb, is 5-0 this year with five stoppages, including the first-round TKO over previously unbeaten Najib Mohammedi.
WBA #4, WBO #6 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (22-0, 15 KOs) got his next victory, after the sixth round when the corner of his foe Sergio Jose Sanders (17-3-1, 11 KOs) had stopped the contest. Sanders was down twice in the sixth.
Light middleweight Husseyn Bayram (32-3, 17 KOs) outpointed Brazilian veteran Jefferson Luis Gonsalo (19-7-3, 10 KOs) unanimously over eight.
Middleweight Rachid Jkitou (11-0, 8 KOs) stopped Mounir Sahli (9-16, 6 KOs) in four rounds.
By Robert Hough
Kelly Pavlik said the silver lining to serious problems with a staph infection is that he’s hungrier than ever. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) faces Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) on December 19 in Youngston, Ohio, his first fight in 10 months. The WBO and WBC middleweight champion was scheduled to face Paul Williams on October 3, and December 5, but the first date was postponed to the infection, which led to the fight being cancelled. “I definitely feel hungry,” Pavlik said in a teleconference. “I miss it. When you take the time off that I have had off, you get the hunger back.”
Espino, who fought in 2005 on the first series of The Contender, said his hunger’s been fueled by a long, tough road to a title shot. “Getting this opportunity, it brings out feeling humble,” he said. “I thought I was going to be in big fights after The Contender and be on TV—and I wasn’t. I had to fight on small cards so I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’ve worked hard for a long time to get it.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
As FightNews reported last week, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm will be working with world-class trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming bouts. After splitting with Universum Box-Promotion and longtime coach Michael Timm, Sturm wants to improve his game by hiring Roach, who turned Manny Pacquiao into the world’s best fighter. “We tried to save our working relationship with Michael Timm,” Sturm said. “But after certain things have been said, it was just not possible anymore. Besides, he is committed to Universum. After Michael was out of the picture, Freddie was my one and only choice.” (more…)
In a battle of unbeatens, Timothy Bradley (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., will defend his World Boxing Association (WBO) junior welterweight title against interim champ Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C., this Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The story of Peterson and his brother Anthony is one of the most compelling in a sport filled with rags-to-riches tales. It hasn’t been an easy road for the pair, who were left homeless after their father landed in jail for a drug conviction, leaving the pair fighting on the streets to survive. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal 173.9 vs. Adrian Diaconu 174.6
(WBC world light heavyweight championship)
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Delray Raines 160.1*
(WBC Youth intercontinental championship)
Eric Lucas 173.6 vs. Ramon Moyano 173.2
Benoit Gaudet 131.6 vs. Jorge Banos 131.7
Manolis Plaitis 146.5 vs. Tebor Brosch 145.2
Eric Martel 254.9 vs. Alston Brown 207.8
Francy Ntetu 169 vs. Ahmad Selemani 167.8
*Raines came in heavy by one ounce and was given up to two hours to lose it and reweigh
Venue: Bell Centre Montreal
Television: Pay-per-view (Canada)
Oleg Maskaev 243 vs. Nagy Aguilera 229
Ernesto Castaneda 169 vs. Denis Grachev 170
Geraldo Lopez 158 vs. Kyle Dundas 155
Maxmillio Becerra 134 vs. Thomas Herrera 135
Mike Guy (Pro Debut) 165 vs. Ayo Olorunsola 167 (Pro Debut)
Richard Hargrave (Pro Debut) 151 vs. John Dunham 155
Venue: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Promoter: Upper Cut Promotions in association with Rappaport Promotions.
Tickets still available purchase at Community Center Box Office or Tickets.com. Doors open at 6:30PM, First bout 7:30PM
By Robert Hough
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has told FightNews that the New Year will bring a serious challenge-fighting the undefeated Chris John (43-0-2, 22 KOs), the WBA Featherweight champion, who will step up to 130 pounds. Guerrero, who last month resolved a dispute between promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Goossen-Tutor Promotions and now fights for Golden Boy, said the fight will happen early in 2010.
“Chris John’s moving up and I’m giving him a title shot,” said Guerrero, the IBF Super Featherweight champion. “I’m ready to fight again and I’m ready for top competition. Chris John is a great fighter; he’s undefeated and he has a lot of experience so it will be tough, but I’m ready to take on the top guys.” (more…)
Former IBF light middleweight world champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25KOs) looks to continue his ascent in the Middleweight division when he takes on Columbian knockout specialist Dionisio “Mister Knockout” Miranda (20-4-2, 18KOs) for the right to challenge for the IBF Middleweight World Title. The 12 round main event will headline GLENDALE GLORY 2 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Friday, January 8, 2010 and will be broadcast LIVE on the 2010 season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” (more…)
World champion Manny Pacquiao has invited Miguel Cotto and his wife to General Santos, Philippines to attend Manny’s birthday festivities on December 17. When Bob Arum was recently in Manila, Pacquiao said he had great respect for Cotto and would be honored if he and his wife could attend. Arum added that Top Rank will be in contact with Team Cotto after the New Year to discuss fight plans for 2010 including a possible bout at Yankee Stadium.
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Following his loss to WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan, Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish boxing contender Dmitriy Salita flew EL AL Airlines from Heathrow Airport in London to Israel with his new wife Alona. While in Israel for the first time, the newlyweds are touring the country for six days in celebration of their honeymoon. Salita told the Jerusalem Post he would eat all the kosher food he could find. Pictured with Dmitriy and his wife Alona are outgoing EL AL Station Manager Rami Nieger (L) at Heathrow Airport in London and his successor Dalia Shamay (R).
Heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson is showing WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko no respect in advance of their clash Saturday night in Bern, Switzerland. “He’s a joke,” said Johnson, “he’s a dream opponent, he’s a big, ugly zombie….Klitschko can’t do half of what I can do – either physically or mentally. F— that guy. I’ll leave him behind me. This fight is easy!” Klitschko, who stopped Chris Arreola in ten rounds three months ago in Los Angeles, promised to do better against Johnson. “It’ll be a classic KO,” he said.
By Nick Giongco
Promoter Bob Arum feels something strange is about to happen in the negotiations to finally formalize the March 13, 2010 super showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I think Richard (Schaefer) has an agenda,” Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews early yesterday afternoon (late Wednesday night in the US), referring to the Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) Chief Executive Officer who represents Mayweather in dealing with Arum’s Top Rank Inc. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez will finally get a shot at a world title when he battles lightweight kingpin BJ Penn in the main of UFC 107 on Saturday, December 5th . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Former South African and WBC International flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela meets Nick Otieno of Kenya in an international bantamweight contest on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London. Otieno (19-3, 8 KOs) is known to East London fans as in August this year he lost a close decision to Lubabalo Msuthu when challenging for the World Boxing Foundation bantamweight belt. (more…)
In a battle of former world champions Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) will take on Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) February 13th in Las Vegas. The winner of the bout will earn the right to fight for the WBO bantamweight title in their next bout. The current champion is Fermando Montiel. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Morel was very direct in how he sees his bout with Penalosa playing out. “The winner gets the title fight and I will eliminate Penalosa,” said Morel.
World champions Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz engaged in a media workout at the Jabb Gym in Chicago today in Chicago in advance of their rematch on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion.
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