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Under his trainer Michael Timm, 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chakhkiev is now into the intensive training phase of his preparations for his professional debut in a cruiserweight bout on the big October 10th Universum Box-Promotion card in Rostock, Germany.
“Rachim has all the requirements,” says Timm. “He moves very well, is strong as an ox and has had no difficulties with our program. I am very excited about his debut in Rostock and optimistic about his entrance into the professional scene because he has great potential!” (more…)
On Saturday, October 10, the much anticipated return of Mexican superstar and former world junior feathereweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, will finally occur as he takes on Angel Priolo in a ten-rounder at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. Tickets $25-$200 go on sale Friday. The fight will be televised in Latin America, but no U.S. TV is scheduled. Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been sidelined since March of 2008 due to surgery for a detached retina. He will now campaign as a featherweight.
By Bob Hough
WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler and undefeated and #1 WBA contender Andre Ward met Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, site of their Nov. 21 fight, to discuss the match-up—part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward and Kessler were impeccably dressed and impeccably professional in relating confidence in themselves and respect for each other. After the cameras were turned off and Kessler was heading out, he made point of walking over to Ward, shaking his hand and wishing him good fortune in training camp.
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Francisco Salazar at ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
The gracious Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Bunnies hosted the “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA this past Friday as featherweight Eloy Perez won a hard-fought decision over Dannie Williams to capture the WBC USNBC super featherweight title. Click here to read the full report and see the Playboy Bunnies.
By Mark Vaz at Ringside, Photos by Emily Harney
It was “A Night to Remember” this past Friday as former IBO junior featherweight champion “Machine” Mike Oliver scored a hard-fought decision over former Guatemalan amateur star Castulo Gonzalez to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles. Several more bouts featuring top New England talent were also showcased in the third installment of the fan-favorite “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the full report and photogallery
By Dmitry Mikhalchuk (ringside), Anton Gorunov and Alexey Sukachev
In a huge upset, world-ranked Ukrainian and previously unbeaten light welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (now 23-1, 11 KOs), who was ranked #7 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF lost both his perfect record and IBF Intercontinental title with a twelve-round majority decision to South African import Kaizer Mabuza (who moved up to 22-6-3, with 13 KOs) moments ago at Meteor sports arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. (more…)
The six fighters who will be fighting the three PPV-televised bouts underneath the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez main event Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas proclaimed their readiness at today’s press conference. In the co-main event, WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt in a rematch with challenger Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs). In the second co-feature title bout, for the WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) takes on Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs). In the opener, ten rounds at featherweight, unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-0, 7 KOs) will fight Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 11 KOs). Stay tuned for a full report later today on the press conference. Pictured in photo, from left to right: Lock, Katsidis, John, Oscar De La Hoya, Juarez, Escobedo, Cruz.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
As the sport mixed martial arts gets bigger, thousands of men (and women) will enter gyms across the world in search of recognition and financial security. Of those thousands, the UFC keeps a couple hundred under contract at one time. Many men have had a shot in the Octagon. Some have gone on to become champions and others have blown the opportunity of a lifetime . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
A press conference was held Wednesday at the XL Center in Hartford, CT to announce the highly anticipated November 7th rematch between undefeated two time world title holder “Bad” Chad Dawson of nearby New Haven CT, and former light heavyweight champion “The Road Warrior” Glen Johnson of Miami, FL. HBO will broadcast the event. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Orlando Lora, who recently signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions, will make his GSP debut tomorrow at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Lora will take on veteran Hicklet Lau, in an eight-round welterweight rumble, on the non-televised undercard headlined by the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated contender Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs), and hard-punching Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs), and the eight-round bantamweight bout between Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs), against Giovanni Caro (13-7-4, 11 KOs). Both main event fights will be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME’S “ShoBox: The New Generation,” beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) Lora (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, and a member of Mexico’s 2000 Olympic squad, has knocked out 12 of his last 14 opponents.
WBC Youth and USNBC champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard fights fellow unbeaten prospect Rafael “The Dominican Man” Lora for the vacant NABF featherweight title Saturday night in South Winsor, Connecticut. Remillard (18-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of neighboring Manchester, faces Lora (11-0, 5 KOs), WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title-holder, in the 10-round main event. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of the Ultimate Fight Night, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz survived an early striking onslaught to submit Melvin Guillard in the second round with a tight guillotine choke.
In its first appearance in Oklahoma City, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a crossroads fight between two of the most promising young lightweights in the sport. After an intense staredown, the fighters refused to touch gloves as things got underway. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Xoilise Macbute Sinyabi (12-1, 12 KOs) from Mdantsane makes the third defense of his South African junior featherweight title against Tendani Munyai (9-4-2, 6 KOs) of Limpopo at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. (more…)
On November 2, a ceremony will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield, Michigan, to induct former State Boxing Commissioner Dr. Stuart E Kirschenbaum into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Also receiving an award that night will be legendary Kronk Gym Founder and HBO Analyst, Emanuel Steward, who will receive the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award for his tremendous work as an ambassador of Michigan boxing worldwide. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa proved again on Tuesday night why he one of the best of his division with a convincing sixth round TKO of fifth ranked challenger Omar Soto of Puerto Rico. In front of a packed house at the Siglo XXI auditorium in Puebla, Sosa (37-5, 21 KOs) scored his 25th consecutive victory with a sixth round TKO over an opponent who proved to be elusive and cagey. In fact, at the end of the fourth round, Soto was actually ahead on two scorecards 39-37. “It took me time to figure him out,” said Sosa after the bout, “but my body blows have been the recipe to victory in my last fights.” What’s next for Edgar Sosa after this convincing performance? Stated manager Jacques Deschamps, “Edgar might yet make another title defense at the end of November. A rematch with Brian Viloria [whom Sosa defeated to win the title] is a definite possibility. After that, we are definitely looking for Edgar to move up and go after the WBC flyweight belt in 2010.”
Only one week away from the first defense of his WBC World Light Heavyweight, Jean Pascal (23-1-0, 15 KO) has declared himself ready for mandatory challenger Silvio Branco (59-9-2 36KO) who arrives this Saturday. Pascal is extremely satisfied with his preparation for the Bell Centre matchup. “I’ve done everything that needed to be done to keep the Green belt around my waist next Friday night. I cut no corners, and training camp was excellent. I will be very surprised if my opponent stays standing for the full 12 rounds” stated the fighter who will be looking to make a statement and is more confident than ever. His trainer, Marc Ramsay, did not disagree! “Jean has gained an enormous amount confidence and maturity since winning the world title. In my opinion, his preparation is actually superior to that of the one where he beat Diaconu last June.” (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
With a 13-2 record, it’s a foregone conclusion that a fight with Tyson Griffin will be far from an easy fight. There’s also a good chance that Griffin’s opponent will leave the arena with an extra check in hand . . . Click here for more
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC world lightweight champion Edwin “El Inca” Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) of Venezuela has been denied the renewal of his work visa to be able to fight in the United States. “I have been a victim of discrimination by a situation that is clearly political,” stated Valero, who has often showed his admiration and friendship toward Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He was hoping to defend his world title against WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto on Top Rank’s November 14 super card in Las Vegas featuring Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. Valero will now instead defend his WBC belt on December 12 at El Nuevo Circo in Caracas, Venezuela. “Nobody will stop the career of Edwin Valero,” he added. “Please allow me to fight in the U.S., as I do in Venezuela, Europe or Asia. I am the champion and I have enough sporting merit to fight anywhere in the world.”
By Craig Watt
It was announced at the Foxtel Television headquarters in Sydney, Australia today that seven time world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-5,40 KO’s) would be coming to Australia on December 2nd to take on IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (27-3, 24 KO’s). The fight will be held at the Acer Arena, formerly the Sydney Superdome which was created at the heart of the Olympic Village for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It has a capacity of 20,000 fans and represents one of the most impressive arenas in Australia. The 36 year old Green confirmed that his company Green Machine Boxing, in association with Square Ring Promotions and Events NSW will promote the event which is the biggest boxing match in Australian history. The contract for the fight was signed by both parties live at the press conference. (more…)
Report & photos by Chris Cozzone
If you were expecting trash talk and drama at today’s final press conference, you might’ve left MGM’s Hollywood Theatre, in Las Vegas, feeling a bit cheated.
You would have, that is, if Roger Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya had not been in attendance to keep the media at attention . . . . Click here for more
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is known for his extra special ring walks and he’ll deliver another fan special Saturday night when Triple H®, one of the “BIGGEST” names in World Wrestling Entertainment, accompanies the six-time world champion to the ring for his fight against the five-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. (more…)
Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization and Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. today announced an extension of their closed circuit television/Pay-Per-View agreement. In a multi-year deal, UFC® will maintain Joe Hand Promotions as its exclusive commercial distributor in the United States. (more…)
Photo: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel “Dinomita” Marquez square off at the final press conference, held today in Las Vegas at MGM’s Hollywood Theatre. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Although he shared the ring with prospects like Odlanier Solis or Alexander Dimitrenko, German heavyweight champion Andreas Sidon won one of his hardest battles outside the ring. In April 2007, the BDB (German boxing federation) suspended Sidon after a devastating knockout loss to Solis after medical exams ruled the German unfit to fight. In addition, Sidon lost his national title. After a lengthy court-room battle, the District Court of Hamburg now reinstated Sidon’s license and ruled that Sidon should still be listed as Germany’s heavyweight champion. This decision was based on independent medical exams. Now, the court ruled that Sidon is not at any more harm during a boxing match than any other fighter. Therefore, Sidon is cleared to fight and can mount a comeback into the ring.
Tickets went on sale yesterday in Lodz, Poland, for the match between the best Polish heavyweight in history, Andrew Golota, and the best non-heavyweight Polish fighter, Tomasz Adamek, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Arena Lodz. “Tickets are now on sale and everything is on schedule for the Polish Fight of the Century,” promoter Zyggi Rozalski said. “Demand for this event in Poland is very high.” Tickets priced at $90, $55 and $27, with a limited number of premium seats available for $345, are available online at www.biletyna.pl, www.eventim.pl, www.ticketonline.pl and www.ebilet.pl. (more…)
Rafael Farrait believes Saturday’s IBF middleweight title fight between top-ranked challengers Giovanni Lorenzo and Sebastian Sylvester will not go the distance. The two fighters clash for King Arthur Abraham’s belt following his move to super middleweight to participate in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “It will be a very hard fight on Saturday,” Farrait said at today’s press conference in Neubrandenburg’s town hall. “Giovanni is very strong and throws great punches. He is also very fast. The fight will not go the distance.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior Welterweight Josesito Lopez’ fight plan against Anthony Mora was to go to the body and break him down. But, he did not expect it to happen that fast. Lopez earned a stoppage victory when Mora did not answer the bell to start the fourth round because of an injury in a scheduled eight round bout before a crowd of 1,400 last Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Click here for complete report
By Johnny B’
UPDATE: The main-event has been changed. Nick Cook now awaits an opponent T.B.A. as his previously scheduled match with Dave Placencia was altered. Placencia is now preparing to face Nick’s brother Jason Cook. Also on the card will be undefeated Michigan welterweight Marcus Thompkins who sports a 4-0 record.
Professional boxing returns to LaPorte, Indiana on Saturday at the Civic Auditorium as promoter Jeff Wilson showcases light heavyweight boxing brothers Nick and Jason Cook. Indiana’s top 175-pounder Nick Cook (15-1-2, 9 KOs) faces fellow Indiana pro Dave Placencia 5-5-1 in the evening’s main event. Ten four-rounders are scheduled on the undercard. One of those will feature Nick’s brother, who is also a light-heavyweight, Jason Cook. Jason is likewise is undefeated sporting an unblemished 3-0 record as he takes on journeyman Travis Richards 1-5.
Interview by David L. Hudson
In combat sports records can be quite deceiving. You can take a fighter with an undefeated record but it could be built on a row of tomato cans in boxing or mediocre opposition in low echelon promotions in MMA. Then, there are other fighters whose records are quite deceiving – they’ve consistently fought tough competition and have endured some losses . . . Click here for more
UFC Fight Night is live on SPIKE TV, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 PM ET/PT: Click here for more info
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET:Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
At a press conference held in Auckland Park near Johannesburg today, promoter Branco Milenkovic announced that Butityi Konki has joined forces with Branco Sports Productions. It was also announced that the company had signed contracts with former WBU lightweight champion Phillip Ndou and the current IBO bantamweight champion Simphiwe Vetyeka, and that Branco Sports Productions will promote their future fights. Former IBF junior featherweight champion Welcome Ncita and Vuyani Bungu the former IBF junior featherweight and IBO featherweight champion were also in attendance. Ncita will train Vetyeka and Bungu will look after Ndou. Milenkovic advised that Ndou will be fighting in the junior welterweight division and his first fight under their banner will be in November and that Vetyeka who will now move up to junior featherweight will possibly have his first fight in December.
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