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By Joe Koizumi
It was a final show at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, this year, featuring five ex-world challengers’ appearance. Astoundingly ex-WBC 122-pound challenger who lost to Oscar Larios in 2002, Manabu Fukushima (35-10-4, 19 KOs), 126, was badly knocked out by a single devastating left hook of JBC#8 feather Noriyuki Ueno (11-9-4, 4 KOs), 125.75, at 1:52 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. Fukushima, former national and OPBF ruler, made a good start, but took the haymaker and hit the deck with a thud to be unable to beat the count.
Former two-time world challenger, 34-year-old southpaw veteran Hidenobu Honda (32-7, 14 KOs), 118, floored also ex-WBA 115-pound challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (19-3, 6 KOs), 117.75, with a Pacquiao right hook in the second, winning an upset decision (59-55 twice and 58-56) over six. Honda displayed Pernell Whitaker tactics and kept countering the much younger willing mixer with precision.
The main event was the very last at the Hall this year, but it must be the dullest and dirtiest fight of the year. Ex-national flyweight ruler Kenji Yoshida (16-9, 5 KOs), 114.75, and ex-WBC 115-pound challenger losing to Cristian Mijares, Teppei Kikui (23-8, 4 KOs), 115, repeated clinching, holding, headbutting and hitting with open blows with the former awarded a close but unanimous nod (77-76, 77-75 and 78-75) over eight. It was an intolerable burden to endure watching such a lousy bout until the end.
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
There are only a few things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Evans-Silva ending inside the distance.
That’s right. I said it. There is no possible way that the main event at UFC 108 will last the full three rounds. No chance. None whatsoever. Why? Styles make fights, and Evans’ counter punching mixed with Silva’s go-for-broke mentality means that this one is going to end early . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Middleweight Title on January 30 when he takes on Pablo Navascues (24-1, 16 KOs). The Hurricane returns to the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg where he edged Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19 to win King Arthur Abraham´s vacated title in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 enthusiastic fans. “I am looking forward to making my first defence,” Sylvester said. “I expect a tough bout. Navascues is a strong fighter but I will do my best to keep him at bay.” (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) will resume his career in the USA. Sergiy says he is a free agent will sign with an American promoter. “I’ve solved all problems with my former German promoters and have broken off the contract. Now in America I’ll also work with a known promoter. Two days ago I met the CEO of Top Rank Bob Arum. I have carried out negotiations and will make a decision. But I can say for sure you can see me in the USA. I promise that I’ll show everyone what I’m capable of.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
In the Sunday Times in Australia over the weekend Justin Manolikos of Green Machine Promotions responded to accusations of illegal handwraps in the letter issues by Square Ring Promotions last week. Whilst IBO Champion Danny Green was involved in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race to raise money for charity, his long time friend and manager stated, “Coming from a steroids cheat this is a cheap shot. Danny has had his hands wrapped in this way for many years, including in the USA under their jurisdiction. He boxed there in August and there wasn’t any complaints there in August.” The Green camp are incensed with the allegations, especially after the handwraps were approved by the governing News South Wales Sports Combat Authority prior to the fight in which the Australian stopped Roy Jones Jr in 122 seconds. Meanwhile it appears that a proposed fight between Bernard Hopkins and Danny Green is running aground after it has been reported in Australia that after agreeing in principle a 50-50 revenue split for the proposed bout in 2010 that Hopkins camp have now asked for this to be re-negotiated 60-40 in favour of the American.
It appears the Floyd Mayweather Camp is open to a compromise on their demand of random blood testing. “As long as there’s a blood test, as long as there’s a urine test and as long as it’s random, a cutoff date is agreeable to us,” Mayweather’s representative Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times Saturday. Meanwhile, Pacquiao wrote on his blog “I am still willing to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. I never said the fight was off or I do not want to fight him. I will fight anyone at anytime and my record and past fights prove that. I have never and will never dodge anyone. These are my specifications for this fight regarding blood testing. I have offered to give a blood sample the day of the announcement of the fight at the press [conference]. I have offered to give a blood sample 30 days before the fight. I am willing to give blood immediately after the fight is over inside my dressing room . I am also willing to give urine tests at anytime any where everyday leading up to the fight. The truth is taking blood out of my body does not seem natural to me and mentally I feel it will weaken me if blood is taken from me just days before the fight. That does not make sense to me why anyone would do that.”
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa’s change of mind might be a sour and bitter Christmas cake for highly ranked WBC 118-pound contenders who are expecting their participation in eliminators. People here took it for granted that Hasegawa would renounce his belt because of his weight problem and move up to the super-bantam or feather category after his impressive tenth defense over Alvaro Perez on December 18. Hasegawa, however, said, “My mind is wavering between staying as the champ and moving up to the heavier division. The possibility is now on fifty-fifty. I’d like to consider for some two months and then hope to make a decision.” The most consecutive defenses in Japan were registered by ex-WBA 108-pound champ Yoko Gushiken, who kept his belt thirteen times in 1981 when the newly established “junior flyweight” class had been considerably still less mature and short of real competition. After Hasegawa’s successful defense about a week ago, our aficionados strongly ask him to break Gushiken’s mark and then move up to another division. Hasegawa who so quickly scored his last five defenses all by stoppages needed only less than ten rounds in total (TKO1 and TKO2 each twice, and TKO4 once), but his decision-making may be slow.
Saying that his character and person has been questioned, maligned, damaged and tarnished by baseless and false accusations, pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao and promoter Top Rank Inc. announced today the filing of a lawsuit within the next few days against the Mayweathers, Floyd Sr. and Jr., et al, and Golden Boy Promotions. “Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard,” said Pacquiao in Tagalog while celebrating Christmas with his family here in Sarangani, Philippines. (more…)
By Robert Coster
His nose still bandaged, former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa is recuperating, spending a quiet Christmas at his home in Mexico City with his wife and two children. The Christmas tree is shining bright and there is an atmosphere of peace. And Edgar Sosa seems to, indeed, have found peace after the traumatic loss of his title. A violent headbutt of Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol not only led to Sosa losing his crown last November 29th but wounded his spirit as well. “Mentally, it was difficult to overcome the realization that I was no longer a world champion and the way it happened,” confides Edgar, “I lost the title without actually losing the fight.” But, the always gracious Sosa assures that the worst moments have been overcome. “God knows why things happen. I’m recovering and will be back in the ring in 2010–like a champion.” As to his specific plans, the former monarch explains, “I will be going for a vacation to Haiti to discuss our plans with my manager Jacques Deschamps. There is a distinct possibility that I will move up to the flyweight division and challenge for the crown.” As for Rodel Mayol, the man who inflicted such physical and mental pain to him, Sosa commented, “Me and Mayol will meet in the ring again. Right now, I just wish a Merry Christmas to all my fans.”
By Alexey Sukachev (ringside)
Boxing can sometimes be shockingly wonderful only to hit you on the break a single moment later. It’s a cruel sport; one that is borderline legal in terms of humaneness. This axiom has once again been proved – by mischance – tonight at “Krilya Sovetov” sports arena in Moscow, Russia, leaving everybody in fear and illogical disbelief. For more details and photos click here…
By David Greene
The Morris Park Boxing Club, a community fixture in the Bronx, NY for over 40-years was gutted after an early morning fire on Tuesday. The fire reportedly started in the gym and quickly spread to a pair of apartments above the gym, leaving two families and dozens of fighters preparing for the New York Golden Gloves, without a home for the holidays. FightNews was at the gym on Wednesday morning as trainer and co-owner Aaron “Superman” Davis surveyed the damage and removed anything salvageable. The gym was home to over a 100 professional and amateur fighters, including two-time world title challenger Lou Del Valle and Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui. Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and owner of the building has estimated the damage at $1 million. DeGuardia has vowed to rebuild the gym and he is working on establishing a trust fund for the victims of fire and for the gym. More photos…
As of now, the proposed March 13 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is off due to the much publicized impasse over random prefight blood testing. Top Rank has now made an offer to former world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who confirmed the offer with Marc Lichtenfeld of the popular “Through The Ropes” radio show.
Pictured above are 2-0 junior welterweight prospect Christian Martinez, newly crowned NABO champion Paulie Malignaggi, and advisor to the two fighters, Anthony Catanzaro. They spent Wednesday afternoon at the Drew Hamilton Learning Center in Harlem passing out toys to children who might not get to otherwise experience Christmas.
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is ready to step in against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao should their fight against each other fall through. “Timothy is happy to defend his world title or move up to welterweight to challenge Pacquiao or Mayweather should their fight fall through,” stated Gary Shaw, Bradley’s co-promoter with Thompson Boxing Promotions. “There isn’t an active world champion who has been seen more on premium TV than Timothy. Since the day he won his first world title he has proven he is the goods. The shellacking he gave undefeated interim champion Lamont Peterson earlier this month proved Timothy is one of boxing’s elite fighters and a Top-10 pound for pounder. He’s ready, willing and able to fill the breach.” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) said he’s willing to take any random drug tests and is ready to fight in March, April or May next year.
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the letter sent by Square Ring on behalf of Roy Jones Jr. to the NSW Combat Sports Authority in Sydney, Australia, outlining alleged violations involving IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s handwraps and formally requesting an independent investigation and a hearing so that the fight result can be changed to a Jones victory by disqualification. (more…)
Former world champon Ricky Hatton has resumed training. “The Hitman” has been out of the ring since being demolished by Manny Pacquiao in May. After taking a cruise over Christmas, Hatton is expected to make an official comeback announcement in February. Accoreding to the Manchester Evening News, talks have begun for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the City of Manchester Stadium.
By Ron Jackson
In a year that produced a number of highs and a good many lows for SA boxers, Simphiwe Nongqayi and Mlungisi Dlamini were the leading lights. They will be at the front of the queue when votes are counted for the SA boxer of the year 2009. SA boxers won no fewer than ten “world titles” in 2009 but not many of them can be considered for a top-ten rating in the world. The exceptions are IBF champions Nongqayi and Moruti Mthalane, who could be ranked in the top ten of any of the organisations that run boxing. Some of the SA “world champions” did not hold on to their belts for long during a year in which there were fewer SA title and “world title” fights than in 2008. Only 24 national title fights were presented in 2009 after the 29 in the previous year. South Africans were involved in 22 “world title” fights in 2009 after appearing in 27 in 2008. There were no SA title fights in the heavyweight, light-heavyweight and middleweight divisions. (more…)
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Roy Jones Jr. is seeking to have his first round TKO loss to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green reversed. The Jones Camp is asking the NSW Combat Sports Authority to disqualify Green, alleging that Green’s handwraps contained “an adhesive (polyamide substrate with latex coating) that allows the wrapping to be stretched and secured tightly with a hardening effect.” An appeal will also be made to the IBO. The Green Camp has already dismissed these allegations in a December 18 interview with Fightnews.com’s Craig Watt. “I have heard these allegations and to be honest its just sour grapes,” said Justin Manolikos the CEO of Green Machine Promotions. “Danny stopped him fair and square.” Green added, “I must have hit Roy harder than I had thought.”
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) easily made the 30 day weight limit today at el Gimnasio José ‘Cheo’ Aponte in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Lopez weighed in at 139 pounds. The maximum weight limit allowed was 146.9. Lopez will challenge WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) January 23rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez is thrilled about moving up 4 pounds north to the featherweight division and is feeling stronger than ever. ” My weight is very good. I haven’t had to diet or anything. I had breakfast and lunch today and look at what I weighed in at today. I don’t have to sacrifice anywhere near as much to make 126 as I did 122 pounds. I’m feeling as strong as I’ve ever felt.”
After achieving his fifth successful defense on December 4th against Frederic Patrac in France, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno (28-1-1, 10 KOs) was honored in a ceremony today by WBA executives. WBA interim bantamweight champion Antonio Cermeño (19-0, 11 KOs) , who himself s defended his title successfully last Saturday with a dramatic 11th round TKO over challenger Alejandro Valdez in Mexico was also in attendance. Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Executive Vice President of the World Boxing Association, stated it was only the second time the WBA gave the honor of bantamweight super champion, which is given to a champion who makes five successful defenses. Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko , whom Moreno took the title from was the other. (more…)
In response to the release sent out Tuesday by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions which stated that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was “in jeopardy,” Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank, the promoter of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, had the following to say: “Let’s be very clear on the real issues we differ on. It’s not about being tested. Manny is onboard with that since it’s such a major concern of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It’s about who does the testing and the scheduling of the procedures. Manny will submit to as many random urine tests requested. Regarding the blood tests, he will subject himself to three tests; one given in January during the week the fight is formally announced, one thirty days from the fight, no later than February 13, and the final one immediately following the fight, in Manny’s locker room. The major issue related to the testing rests with which independent agency will administer these tests. The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) cannot do it because they will not amend its procedures to accommodate the blood testing schedule we have outlined. USADA, under its guidelines, would have the right to administer random blood tests as many times as they want up to weigh-in day and that is ludicrous. (more…)
Four of boxing’s finest prospects closed the year with terrific performances this past Saturday night at Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fighting under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner, Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard, Mickey Bey Jr., Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras and Terance Crawford all posted huge wins as they stayed undefeated heading into the New Year. Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “These four young prospects are amongst the most highly regarded in boxing. For each of them, 2010 should be a terrific year with great opportunities as they continue their ascent in the sport.” (more…)
WBA #3 jr welterweight Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (25-0, 16 KOs) easily destroyed previously unbeaten countrymen Julio Reyes (14-1, 8 KOs) in the third round at the Coliseo Carlos Teo Cruz in Santo Domingo on Monday night. Cayo who should be the highest rated 140lb contender in the next WBA rankings, has targeted WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana. “Maidana can run but he can’t hide,” said Cayo. “Hopefully the WBA will force him to fight me so I can bring the title home to the Dominican Republic where it belongs and where it will stay.” Co-Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing added “Amir Khan will not fight Maidana, and will give up his title making this fight between Maidana and Cayo mandatory. Every time he fights I am more and more amazed at how good he is. I really believe he is something special and when he is champion, he will remain Champion for a very long time.”
By Przemyslaw Osiak (www.bokser.org)
HBO has apparently decided not to wait for the result of the fight between Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) and Jason Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) and has proposed to the Pole’s manager Ziggy Rozalski that the next opponent for his fighter be Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). The battle will probably take place at one of the Southern California casinos on April 24. The bout will select a serious candidate for a heavyweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #8 Billy Dib has held the IBO 130 pound title, but says he is now chasing IBF 126 pound champ Cristobel Cruz and also has IBO champ Jackson Asiku in his sight. He rates Rogers Mtagwa among his best wins and also treasures the relationship with Shane Mosley who was at ringside in Sydney, Australia to watch Billy fight in 2009. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Freddie Roach is as humble as any person in the sport of boxing. So even on a day that was supposed to honor his achievements in the sport, Roach decided to give out of his pocket to a worthy cause. Renowned trainer Freddie Roach received a certificate of recognition and a WBC belt for his accomplishments in the sport on Sunday at Rudy’s Baja Grill in Los Angeles. The presentation of awards to Roach and other boxing dignitaries coincided with a toy drive, which was sponsored by World Boxing Cares. (more…)
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today new medical recommendations for professional ringside referees. Given the unfortunate events surrounding referee Jimmy Villers recent collapse and possible heart attack immediately after a boxing contest, the AAPRP now recommends that all referees over the age of 50 obtain yearly physical examinations and cardiac stress tests (every five years) in order to prevent future possible catastrophes. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko wants his next title defense to again take place before a big crowd at a soccer stadium. “I want my next fight at the end of March against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers in a soccer stadium in Dusseldorf,” Klitschko told Bild. “My fight against Chagaev at Schalke was a great feeling.” A massive crowd of 61,000 fight fans attended Klitschko’s most recent fight against Ruslan Chagaev at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou has responded to comments that former world champion Ricky Hatton made when he visited Australia as a guest of the Grange Gym and stated on Australian television that Ndou is on his short list of possible opponents to fight in 2010. Ndou says that he is happy to not only fighting Ricky Hatton but would be happy to give his brother Mathew a rematch but not in England.
“I will be happy to take on Ricky Hatton at any given day,” said Ndou. “He was recently in Australia and told the Australian media that he does not rule out taking me on as an opponent should he decide to make a comeback next year. He also mentioned that he would also like to get a rematch for his brother, Matthew. Well I already said in the past and will say it again, I am open for a rematch with Matthew but I’m not going back to England to fight him. If he seriously needs a rematch he will have to come to me this time.” (more…)
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