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The UFC Bantamweight Championship is up for grabs for the third time since the promotion added the division to the roster late last year. Dominick Cruz is the reigning champion. With wins over Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen, he is truly one of the elite fighters in the world, despite the fact that he is still a newcomer to UFC fans. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Phil Doherty
The South Florida boxing promotional landscape saw a spike in competition recently with new kids on the block like Miami-based Dream Team Boxing staking a claim to a seat at the table with the big boys. Hoping to establish themselves as fellow “Kings” of the sport, Dream Team promoters Carlos Rodriguez and Henry Rivalta announced a cross-promotion with legendary Don King scheduled for October 22nd.
Dream Team’s third-ranked WBA lightweight Cuban star Richard “El Tigre” Abril (16-2-1, 8 KOs) steps up against King’s WBA #4-ranked former lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (28-1, 19 KOs) of Namibia for the interim WBA lightweight title in Panama during the WBA’s annual KO to Drugs co-main event. The move is all part of the plan Dream Team put into place for Abril, who at 5’11’’ found it difficult to find willing opponents in the past. However, his future is quite clear as the winner of this bout becomes the mandatory challenger for undefeated WBA World lightweight champion Brandon “Boom Boom” Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion “in recess” Elio Rojas and current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez could face off on December 10 at the Palacio de los Deportes or Monterrey Arena or even the United States. Mexican company Promociones del Pueblo has indicated that they expect to Elio Rojas to resolve his contractual issues Don King giving the showdown a green light. “It’s a highly anticipated fight and Rojas only needs to resolve his end of the negotiations,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle. If the Rojas/DKP situation isn’t cleared up, Gonzalez may take on WBC #10 Roinet Caballero of Panama instead.
East meets West when Top Rank Live! returns to Las Vegas this week with a world championship summit featuring WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan defending his title against México’s two-division world champion Rafael Márquez. The Nishioka-Marquez world championship rumble will headline an exciting seven-bout card This Saturday! October 1 in the Marquee Ballroom at the MGM Grand and will be televised live in the U.S. and México on FOX Deportes, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. WOWOW, which is celebrating its 20th year of broadcasting, will televise it in Japan. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT with the first fight at 4:15 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has made a boxing equipment donation to units of GAS (Service Support Group) of Panama National Police, the unit that leads the fight against drugs and drug trafficking in the country. The GAS Boxing Team is led by Carlos “EL Puas” Murillo, a former WBA light flyweight world champion. (more…)
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Former featherweight champion Juanma Lopez shows his form in advance of Saturday’s clash with Mike Oliver at the coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, in a PR Best/Top Rank presentation to be televised on Pay Per View.
Oscar Tweet: It’s so sad Mayweather has to bash people and flaunt money he’s not going to [have] when he retires. Give Ortiz a rematch. Try beat him fair…and then maybe, just maybe, I will give you another chance at me.
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With little over two weeks to go for his WBC lightweight title bout versus former two-time champ Jorge Linares (31-1, 20KOs) on Saturday, October 15th, WBC Silver belt holder Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18KOs) has moved on to working with smaller, quicker guys to deal with Linares’ speed on Saturday, October 15th. DeMarco of Tijuana via Los Mochis, Mexico, is employing the services of featherweight Omar Estrella (14-3-2, 8KOs). Estrella, a top Tijuana prospect who is promoted by Erik Morales’ Box Latino, is an experienced sparring partner who has worked with his boss Morales, Antonio Margarito and Humberto “Zorrita” Soto among others. (more…)
I wonder if Pat Barry can punch Stefan Struve in the head without leaving his feet. I know it is physically possible, if the two are standing right next to each other. I’m talking about landing a jab, right hand or left hook when the two are fighting from a normal striking distance . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) was in attendance greeting fans and signing autographs last weekend at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA for Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “Locked and Loaded” card. Arreola is said to be fighting in late October or November in Leon, Mexico. An opponent has yet to be determined. “I am scheduled to fight in Mexico, no opponent has been picked but I just want to f*^n box,” Arreola told Fightnews.com.
Photos: Team Sauerland
Sebastian Sylvester, Steve Cunningham and Yoan Pablo Hernandez today gave the fans in Neubrandenburg, Germany a first-hand look at their skills during the public work-out ahead of Team Sauerland´s big show on Saturday night. Hometown hero Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) will make his first fight since losing the IBF Middleweight Title against Daniel Geale on May 7. Just like his Polish opponent Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs), he is eager to win the vacant European Middleweight Title. “I need that title to get back in line for a world title shot,” Sylvester said. “I know Proksa is a tough opponent. He has done a lot of talking in the last weeks. So I am happy for him to be the favorite going into the battle. But we will see what happens inside the ring. I am sure the fans´ support will be gigantic again, and I am very confident of success.” For more details and photos click here…
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Earlier today, WBC Diamond belt and The Ring Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO’s), held an open media workout at the Modell’s Sporting Goods store in Times Square, New York City. The Champion, Martinez, who will be defending against England’s undefeated European Champion, “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO’s), this Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ, looked to be in tremendous shape, as he worked out before a packed house of fans and media who turned out for the workout. Martinez jumped rope, shadow boxed, and worked the pads with trainer Pablo Sarmiento. After the workout, Martinez spoke with reporters and then took photos and signed autographs for hundreds of fans. Initially, fans were turned away as the store had become too crowded, but Martinez insisted to keep the line open and that he would sign autographs for every fan that wanted one. For more details and photos click here…
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Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez showed today in great shape for his bout versus Mike Oliver this Saturday, October 1 in the show Triple Crown III at the coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on Pay Per View. “I’m very good, I’m in 129 1/2 pounds and in great shape for this fight. We are going to fight round by round against Oliver, a boxer, but also an agressive fighter”, Lopez said. Lopez worked with his trainers Alex Caraballo and Orlando Piñero with gloves, the punching bag, the pears and junping the rope, showing good speed in his movements. For more details and photos click here…
Despite the postponement of the Super Six Final (moved from October 29 to December 17), the lead-in boxing show scheduled for the night before the original date will go on as scheduled with the IBF heavyweight eliminator between #1 rated Eddie Chambers and #2 Tony Thompson on Friday, October 28 at Bally’s Atlantic City with the winner placing himself in a mandatory bout against the reigning IBF, WBO and WBA Heavyweight World Champion Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimir’s brother, Vitali, holds the WBC portion of the World Heavyweight Championship. (more…)
According to co-manager Cameron Dunkin, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik regrets his “horrible decisions” and is willing to fight for $10,000. Speaking to ESPN, Dunkin said Pavlik seems like he really wants to fight again. As you might remember, in August Pavlik disappointed his promoter Top Rank, the SHOWTIME network and legions of hometown fans in Youngstown, Ohio, by pulling out of a scheduled SHOWTIME-televised fight on one week’s notice, complaining about his purse of $50,000 and also a $1.35 million offer to challenge IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in November. At the time Pavlik told WFMJ television that he wouldn’t fight “for peanuts.”
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