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WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced today that due to the problems of WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero getting a United States visa, the WBC Board of Governors has approved an interim title fight between #1 Antonio Demarco and #2 Jose Alfaro. The WBC is basing its decision rule 1.27 which states that the organization has the authority to approve an interim championship in the event of medical or legal cases that prevent a champion defending his title for over six months, which is the case of Valero.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-1, 31 KOs) is contemplating a defense against former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday (38-6-1, 22 KOs) after having talks recently. Ndou has been based in Sydney, Australia for several years and Holiday is a permanent resident in Brisbane Australia. Ndou said, “I am very interested in giving Philip Holiday a shot at my IBO title. He was interviewed recently (by yours truly) and said he wanted to fight me. We were regular sparring partners when Philip was the IBF lightweight champion. He was an outstanding world champion defeating Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech by knockout in two rounds and lost the title in a very close fight to boxing great Shane Mosley. Philip said he is in good shape now as he trains daily in Brisbane gym where he trains boxers. There has been bad blood between us so it will be good to complete unfinished business with him.” Holiday last boxed in 2003 when he was stopped by former 2000 Gold Medalist Mohamed Abdulaev in four rounds. Ndou will next defend the IBO welterweight title against Mathew Hatton (37-4-1, 14 KOs) on November 13 in Staffordshire, England.
By Alexey Potapov
IBF heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) is currently in training camp together with trainer Teddy Atlas in the USA. Povetkin is preparing to return to the ring to fight for the world championship next year.
Unbeaten WBC #1 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (22-11, 15 KOs) will face Yogli Herrera (22-0, 15 KOs) on Friday in a battle for Burgos’ WBC CABOFE title on October 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also in action will be junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (12-0, 6 KOs) against Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (9-1-2, 3 KOs). Tickets are $75, $45, and $30. Call 714-935-0900.
By Lee Bates
Promoter Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions (GSP) turned 65 today though his busy activity is not of someone at retirement age. Shaw is constantly traveling or working on boxing business nearly year round. GSP world champions include Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Vic Darchinyan and Chad Dawson, whom all have scheduled title defenses before year’s end. Shaw celebrated his birthday by doing one of his favorite pastimes. Work! It was business as usual as he spent his birthday putting in a full days work at his headquarters in Totowa, New Jersey. (more…)
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 9th as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions and Team Taylor Made present “Fright Night Fights” an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 31st at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena . . . . Click here for more
Heavy hitting Dominican junior welterweight prospect Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras is headed to Houston, Texas for his battle against Washington D.C.’s Ron “Teflon” Boyd in a special attraction six round bout at “High Stakes”, an evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater . . . . Click here for more
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrives in New York City with Team Juanma on Monday to prepare for his upcoming title fight against challenger Rogers Mtagwa on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Former Mexican Olympian Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) and unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) will square off November 7 in a ten round super welterweight co-feature bout that will precede Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson II at Hartford’s XL Center.
The opponent for top-rated superbantamweight Antonio Escalante (21-2, 13 KOs) has been named for his Oct. 30 fight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. Escalante will be taking on Dominican Carlos Fulgencio (11-3-1, 7 KOs).
Things got a little testy at the final press conference five days before the big “Universum Champions Night” on Saturday at the Stadthalle in Rostock as the combatants faced off for the first time today in the Hanseatic city. With two double female world championships, three heavyweight fights and four other high-profile fights, this card is will be an October boxing highlight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Top East London trainer Welsh Mnguni died in his sleep at his home in Duncan Village near East London on Friday night. He was 40. Welsh is the nephew of the well known boxing promoter Mzimasi Mnguni. Mnguni who had not been sick was discovered by his daughter in his bedroom when she noticed that he was not breathing, but it was too late. The exact cause of his death is not known at this stage. As a young man he worked at the Eyethu Boxing Club as a fitness trainer. He assisted in the corner with top fighters like world champions Vuyani Bungu, Mbulelo Botile and Hawk Makepula. Before his death he operated the Gompo Boxing Club in Duncan Village and was in the corner of South African featherweight champion Luthando Vukuza when he won the title in July this year.
By Alexey Potapov
A fight between WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (36-3-2, 28 KOs) and official challenger Valery Brudov (38-2, 27 KOs) on October 24th will not take place. “We couldn’t to it for the money they offered my client. Valery Brudov should instead fight for an interim world championship,” Wladimir Kushnir, the manager of the Russian boxer, informed Fightnews.com.
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#3/JBC#1 middleweight Norifumi Suzuki (16-2-1, 11 KOs), 160, looked impressive as he dropped Petchnameek Sithsaithong (11-7, 2 KOs), 160, three times and halted him at 0:23 of the third round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The hard-punching Suzuki caught the shorter Thailander with a well-timed left hook, and sent him sprawling to the deck twice in the second session. A single countering short right just to the button was a haymaker that pulverized him so effectively that the third man stopped counting and halted the proceedings. Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 OPBF lightweight champ Kengo Nagashima (38-3-2, 18 KOs), 138, needed only 55 seconds of the opening session, as he blasted out Thailander Jonlasit Muangsurin (7-6, 3 KOs), 134.5, with a single southpaw left on Sunday in Shimizu, Japan. It was a surprisingly short affair as Nagashima had been regarded as a soft-punching speedster and no one had expected his so quick demolition. Promoter: Mitsuyama Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sampson Lewkowicz is one of the most respected and influential boxing agents in the world and is responsible for guiding the careers of many world champions including the world’s best featherweight Chris John. Fightnews spoke to Sampson about the boxers he looks after, his connection with Australian based boxers Paul Briggs, Hussein Hussein and Noufell Ben Rabah, as well as how he regards Daniel Geale as a future major body world middleweight champion. (more…)
A knockout is almost always thrilling, right up until the point when the victim stays on the canvas, motionless and unconscious despite the best efforts of trained medical professionals to revive him. Then the spectacular instantly transforms into the scary. And fighters like Damacio Page stop pumping their fists in the air, cease yelling in jubilation at the top of their lungs, and become as sober as if it were a relative or friend lying there . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Promo for the Oct. 30 “Latin Invasion 2: Camacho Jr. vs. Campas” PPV-televised card in El Paso, promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions.
By Craig Watt
Roy Jones Jr touched down in Australia last week for a two week promotional tour ahead of his challenge to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green inked for the 18,000 capacity Acer Arena in Sydney on December 2nd. He has already visited Sydney and on Friday came to Green’s hometown of Perth, Western Australia to meet both fans and assembled media. Both fighters were involved in the Telethon in Perth which is a 24 hour charity event for needy children in Western Australia and which raised $3m over the weekend. Both auctioned boxing memorabilia and hosted a charity lunch on Friday and discussed their upcoming fight, the biggest in Australian boxing history on Saturday at a packed Perth Convention Centre. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was also an interested guest in attendance and donated $1.5m to the appeal on behalf of the Australian government. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBA Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion Vyacheslav Uzelkov (21-0, 13 KOs) will fight on October 21th in the Kiev Sports Palace Arena. The next defense of his title will be the main event of a card promoted by the Klitschko brothers’ K2 East Promotions. Also in the ring that night will be middleweight prospect Maksim Bursak (18-0, 7 KOs). Opponents for Uzelkov and Bursak will be announced soon.
Muhammad Ali™ returns to the ring! To introduce their new line of Muhammad Ali™ replica products, Everlast Worldwide has launched an interactive website dedicated to The Greatest Of All Time™. Explore the interactive Everlast canvas to discover rare photos of ALI, classic ALI audio clips, replica products used by Muhammad Ali™ throughout his career, as well as printable cards featuring his training methods. The collection kicks off the Everlast’s 100th Anniversary celebration and features replica products Ali used throughout his career, updated with modern brand technologies. He Believed. Do You? Greatness Is Within. Visit www.everlast.com/ali and explore for yourself.
By: Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao trains at the Shape Up Gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City over the weekend. He is assisted in the plyometrics program by conditioning coach Alex Ariza. Pacquiao is revving up for the November 14th fight with Miguel Cotto.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) will defend his title this Saturday against challenger Rogers Mtagwa. The bout is being promoted by Top Rank and is billed as “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12.” The site will be the famed Madison Square Garden. The Puerto Rico native Lopez, who is promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing has fought on two undercards earlier in his career at the Garden but this will be his first time headlining in a main event there. Lopez spoke with Fightnews on his upcoming fight as he closed out his training camp. He will depart from Puerto Rico to New York today. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield, Memphisboxing.com
Fall was brought in with a literal bang Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino, with PrizeFight Boxing’s “Fights at the Fitz” series. With five fights on the card, and an opening bout that set a high standard, the night promised a bright display of entertainment. As the evening wore on however, a few of the bouts didn’t feature that expected burst of color. The six-round main event, 187-pound cruiserweight Daniel Sackey (12-1-1, 6 KOs) and the 195-pound Ross Thompson (27-13, 17 KOs), in which Sackey won by unanimous decision, would underwhelm the crowd. Each round in their fight looked very similar to the next as Sackey diligently pressed the action while Thompson was compelled to counter and hold. There were no knock downs in the fight. (More)
By Johnny B’
A professional boxing show was held on Saturday night in Milwaukee Wisconsin for the first time in several years. In the eight round main event, Bazooka Joe Linenfelser of Illinois upped his record to 8-0-1 getting a points victory over fellow 165 pounder Ivan Ledon from Las Vegas Nevada who’s record fell to 12-9-1.
The undercard was full of four round contests, with the night’s co-main attraction match-up between Harry ‘The Ho Chunk Hammer’ Funmaker of Fon du Loc Wisconsin and the man known to the world as “Butterbean,” Eric Esch the nearly 400 lb. heavyweight who is also known as the ‘King of the Four-Rounders.’ The bout was a combination of hay-makers, holding and some trash talking. At the end it was Funmaker who was awarded a split decision victory by a narrow margin. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Troy Rowland will be the next opponent of Julio Cesar Chávez jr. on Top Rank’s November 14 “Firepower” super card headlined by Manny Pacquiao against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Chávez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) and Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs) will meet in a ten round super welterweight fight. Chavez Jr. has said thathe’s hoping to land a world title shot in May or July of next year in the Plaza Mexico. Besides Chávez, Jesus Soto-Karass and Alfonso Gómez will likely meet in a welterweight clash.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman (37-11, 15 KOs) was impressive in stopping Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-3-3, 2 KOs) in seven rounds on Sunday at the Penisula, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman controlled the action over his aggressive opponent by outworking him most of the rounds. In round seven Piper was dropped twice by hard body shots at which point referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned the Melbourne boxer. IBF #14 Soliman targeted the best middleweights in the world. “I am after the IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester who I regard as a good champion but he does not have the skills or the experience against the top level middleweights to defeat me. I am prepared to go fight him in Germany and I will beat him easy.”
In the main supporting bout. WBO #14 140-pounder Lance Gostelow (20-2, 14 KOs) outscored Fatai Onikeke (23-4, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 120-108. Onikeke was the aggressor but he was outworked by Gostelow who connected with effective combinations boxing on the backmove. Former IBF jr lightweight champion Barry Michael said. “Lance Gostelow is the best boxer in Australia in my opinion.”
In a super middleweight six-rounder, formerly world rated Daniel “Porky” Lovett (18-4, 10 KOs) scored a split decision over Kashif Mumtaz (5-11-1, 4 KOs) in a crowd pleaser.
WBO #15 welterweight Samuel Colomban (14-3, 6 KOs) outworked Rey Anton Olarte (8-12-2, 0 KOs) of the Philippines in an action fight over six. Promoter: Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael
Boxing will return to Juarez on Oct. 17 when Promociones del Pueblo will stage the first big card to hit the bordertown since December 2007. In the main event, Javier “Zorro” Castro (21-2, 18 KOs) will take on former contender Edgar Barcenas (21-8-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, for the WBC Fecombox lightweight title. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) will now be trained by Jeff Mayweather. Mayweather moments ago told Fightnews that an official contract was sent to him by Team Cabellero and he has accepted the terms of the contract. Mayweather, uncle to boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather, previously led Sultan Ibragimov to the WBO heavyweight title in 2007.
By Alexey Sukachev
Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) retained his WBA welterweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision over WBA #15 Japanese Motoki Sasaki (32-8-1, 20 KOs) three hours ago at Druzhba Palace of Sports in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko controlled the action till the sixth round, when Sasaki cut his right eyebrow with an intentional headbutt. The Japanese fighter was deducted two points and the cut hadn’t helped him much either, as Senchenko continued to dominate his shorter opponent till the final bell yet without an earlier ease. Scores were 119-107 (thrice) for the local hero. Shane Mosley is widely recognized as the only meaningful WBA champion in this weight class.
EBU featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovich (now 17-1, 11 KOs) continued his reign of terror in Europe by becoming only the second fighter to stop durable Brit Esham Pickering (34-9, 13 KOs) inside the distance. The former world title challenger was down twice after left hands in round two and was finally knocked out by highly ranked (WBO #7, IBF #9, WBC #10 and WBA #11) Yefimovich in the third after a powerful left hook. More to come…
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