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Unbeaten WBO #1 lightweight Kevin Mitchell (30-0, 22 KOs), who returns against TBA on Frank Warren’s February 13 show in London, claims he is ready to KO WBO interim lightweight champ Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs), who may have the full WBO belt before long if current champion Juan Manuel Marquez decides to vacate. “I’m ready for Katsidis right now,” stormed 25-year-old Mitchell. He’s a great fighter and he’s well known in the UK after his war against Graham Earl a few years ago. He is a dangerous opponent, but when my bombs start landing I’m going to be even more dangerous for him. He can crack a bit but I can take a better shot than Earl and I can hit harder as well. If I stand in front of Katsidis and have a war I’ll beat him, but I can out box him as well and do a proper job on him just like I did against [Breidis] Prescott. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (21-5-2, 7 KOs) will make his initial defense against WBA#15 Colombian Oney Valdez (19-9-1, 14 KOs) today (Tuesday) in Osaka, Japan. The elongated 6’2” Japanese jabber Ishida acquired the vacant interim belt by outjabbing and outlegging Venezuelan Marco Antonio Avendano here last August, while Daniel Santos had been inactive for more than a year prior to his unsuccessful defense with Yuri Foreman. The Ishida-Valdez title bout has been least publicized despite being a world title go, and isn’t a main event but a supporting bout to a good competitive encounter of unbeaten ex-amateur champ Kazuto Ioka and world-rated veteran 108-pounder Takashi Kunishige, which has been much more talked about than Ishida’s. Usually before world title bouts, we know through media about foreign champs or challengers. But, this time, there have been no information from Osaka on how good Valdez is. This reporter is on his way to Osaka from Tokyo. Christmas is to western countries, what New Year Day is to Japan. We, in Japan, work until the last day of this year to take three holidays from January 1. But today’s show is the very last card to be held in Japan with our boxing people taking a short vacation hereafter.
The Philippines vs Mexico boxing rivarly will be alive and well come January 14th at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. In the main event, highly world ranked Milan Melindo (19-0, 5 KOs) will move up two weight classes to challenge Mexican-American Anthony Villareal (9-2, 4 KOs) for his WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 110 pounds. Melindo is ranked no lower than #5 in all four major sanctioning bodies in the 105 pound weight division. Villareal is coming off of an upset win of then unbeaten Manuel Roman to win his title. In the co-feature world ranked AJ Banal (20-1-1, 16 KOs) will continue his world title quest as he takes on four-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (24-11-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico. Well renoun ALA Promotions will promote the event.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese middleweight champ Yoshiaki Akasaka, 66, passed away because of kidney disease on Monday afternoon in Sapporo city, Japan. Formerly a professional sumo wrester for three years, Akasaka made a debut in 1963 and went on to win the national 160-pound belt by upsetting formidable veteran Fumio Kaizu in May 1967, though he was dethroned by Kaizu just 49 days later. It was only once that the stout-built aggressive puncher could defeat Kaizu in their four encounters. After Kaizu’s relinquishment, in November that year, Akasaka regained the Japanese belt by finishing Akimine Takeda in three rounds. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), now campaigning as a heavyweight, hosted a “Meet and Greet” at Jersey Gardens Mall, Elizabeth, NJ. In anticipation of his upcoming fight against Providence Rhode Island’s, Jason Estrada, (16-2, 4 KOs) on February 6, 2010 at Prudential Center in Newark, Adamek signed autographs and posed for photos with excited fight fans. Three of the 2/6 undercard fighters also participated in the event. Fighters from left to right, Patrick Farrell, Jersey City, NJ (4-0, 3 KO’s), Tomasz Adamek, Denis Douglin, Morganville, NJ (6-0, 3 KO’s), and Sadam Ali, Brooklyn, NY (4-0, 2 KO’s). Two lovely NJ Devil’s Dancers were on hand to greet fans also. Tickets are $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside). Call 800-745-3000.
After a Christmas weekend filled with comments and reports related to the potential mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have issued the following joint statement:
Let the record be clear: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum are threatening to walk away from the largest fight in history. The fact is that random blood and urine testing was one of the many deal points and was listed along with the others, such as the financial split, the weight, financial penalty for being overweight, the appointment of the foreign sales agent, the production of the marketing assets, the gloves and many more. Team Mayweather made major concessions in many of these areas and we were optimistic that Team Pacquiao would do the same as it related to the request for random blood and urine testing, which Floyd Mayweather agreed to immediately. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Positive news is coming from the team of fallen 21-year old Uzbek warrior Nosirjon Ruzimatov, who collapsed during the break between the ninth and the tenth round of his fight against highly regarded Russian bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin this past Friday. Ruzimatov, though still being in very serious condition, is now conscious and shows some positive dynamics. The Uzbek pugilist is being fully surrounded and supported by his relatives and representatives. It’s too early to speak about the full recovery of the fighter, hence Team Ruzimatov kindly asks everybody to keep praying for the health of the brave warrior.
By Robert Coster
For many Lucian Bute is the missing piece in the 168 lbs division Super-Six Tournament. In fact, some boxing writers speak of the talented IBF champion as “the Super Seventh.” However the Romanian-born Bute, hugely popular in his home base of Quebec, would not have accepted to be part of the Showtime tournament for two reasons: he has been signed to be part of the HBO After Dark series and, most of all, he wanted to settle scores with challenger Librado Andrade. Bute showed the world (last November 28th in Montreal) how both skilled and lethal he can be by dispatching the tough Andrade in just four rounds. Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 KOs), one of today’s most exciting young champions, opens up to Fightnews. (more…)
Warner Promotions, a newly formed boxing promotional company based out of Cleveland, Ohio, announced that it has signed former USA Boxing Junior Olympic National Champion and current professional Junior Welterweight prospect Dante Moore to a promotional contract. Moore, currently 6-0, with 4 knockouts, will make his debut for Warner Promotions on Friday, January 29th at the Legendary Cleveland Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland. (more…)
A super fight between Puerto Rican ring legends Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Miguel Cotto could become a reality according to El Nuevo Dia. The paper claims “a source” informed them Cotto and Tito could meet in June at a catch weight between 158 and 164 pounds. Cotto has been considering moving up in weight to 154. Trinidad has weighed 160 and 170 for his last two fights. Almost plausible. Unfortunately the story is a “Día de Los Santos Inocentes” prank.
The casual boxing fan may not know the name Larry Hazzard, but if they watched the popular ESPN boxing series in the 1980’s or any televised fights from Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1987-2007 be rest assured they know his face. Hazzard was a constant figure on the highly popular ESPN boxing series in the 1980’s as the third man in the ring. The series featured many of boxing’s future world champions and well known names with Hazzard acting as referee in several of those bouts. Hazzard was a professional referee from 1978-1985. In 1987 Hazzard was sworn in as boxing commissioner of the the New Jersey athletic commission, a position he held until 2007. During his tenure Hazzard made his mark on the sport of boxing in a number of ways. For example, it was Hazzard who had the rule put in place for when a fighter loses his mouthpiece that time is called at the first break of action to have the mouthpiece put back in the fighter’s mouth. Hazzard currently acts as the personal assistant to IBF president Marian Muhammad and is chairman of officials for the IBF. Hazzard has been in boxing for more than 50 years and recently received boxing’s top honor as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the class of 2010. Fightnews recently spoke with Hazzard on his beginning in boxing to his induction into the boxing hall of fame. (more…)
O’Shea Bros. Boxing Promotions kicks-off its 2010 schedule on January 15 at the Yonkers PAL Gym. The eight-round main event pits Bronx welterweight Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (14-1-1, 2 KOs) against battled-tested veteran David Toribio (16-12, 10 KOs), who has proven to be an upset specialist having beaten previously unbeaten prospects (11-0) Juan Camilio Novoa (TKO1) and (14-0-2) Ishmail Arvin (DEC8). Toribio has also been in against the likes of James Kirkland, Oscar Diaz, Daniel Edouard and Marco Antonio Rubio, among the more notables. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
While the boxing shows dwindled in the Northwest, there were still a few very bright spots that shone through the gray clouds. There seemed to be an influx of new pro’s which have thrown their hats in the ring. In the lighter weight classes, Seattle’s Francisco Reyes,(3-0, 3 KOs) had some people taking note. The middleweight divisions also had its share of young lions led by Qualicum Beach native Aubrey Morrow, (3-0-1, 3 KOs) and the McClellan brothers from upper British Columbia. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing finished on a high note on December 2nd in Sydney when former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (27-3, 25 KOs) scored a major upset in stopping boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) in round one with a live gate of 18,000 fight fans with the IBO cruiserweight title on the line.The Jones camp has protested the win stating illegal bandages were used on Green. Green Machine Promotions are negotiating to bring Future Hall Of Famer Bernard Hopkins to Australia for a million dollar pay day in 2010. Green trained by Angelo Hyder (more…)
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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