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At UFC 108, former light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans got one step closer to either another title shot or a fight with the returning Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as he outlasted a furious rally from Thiago Silva to earn a unanimous decision victory in front of thousands at the MGM Grand Garden – his first victory since being stopped by Lyoto Machida . . . Click here for more
It has been reported throughout the media in Puerto Rico that Miguel Cotto’s father passed away this morning. Miguel Cotto Sr. is believed to have died from a heart attack. According to police, the senior Cotto, who carried an oxygen machine due to asthma, felt ill, stopped the car and asked for help before collapsing. He was 57. Fightnews.com sends our deepest sympathies to the Cotto family.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Nicolai Firtha 247 vs Joseph Rabotte 350
Michael Moore 160 ½ vs Anthony Watson ?*
Eric Stevens 168 vs John Stallings 167
Omari Braxton 206 vs Jon Fields 195 ½
Jason Freeman 221 vs Alexis Cruz Medina 259 ½
Randy Campbell 181 ½ vs Daniel Shull 180
*Anthony Watson will weigh in when he arrives.
Promoter: Popular Promotions
Venue: Lutheran High School East, Cleveland, Ohio
If you’ve followed the UFC for several years, you know that the world’s biggest MMA promotion typically has a stacked card. UFC 108 was initially slated to be among those when all was said and done in the history books . . . Click here for more
37-year-old former two-time world title challenger Justin Juuko (45-10-1, 30 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over late sub Ibrahim Amadeus (6-6) on Friday night in a lightweight bout at the Patel Shamji Hall in Masaka, Uganda. Hometown favorite Juuko dropped Amadeus in rounds two and four and the bout was waved off in the fourth. Juuko was originally slated to face Malick Kinyogoli.
NABF featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard has taken aim at the top featherweights in the world as he prepares for a breakout 2010. The 23-year-old Remillard (20-0, 11KOs), fighting out of Manchester (CT), fought four times last year, winning three by knockout. He captured the vacant NABF title September 19, stopping previously unbeaten Rafael “The Dominican Man” Lora (11-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant crown in the fourth round. Remillard is slated to defend his NABF strap January 29 in a rematch against Lora at Mohegan Sun. (more…)
It was supposed to be a night full of disappointment – according to the naysayers in the blogosphere and internet message boards. UFC 108, with all of its injuries and mishaps leading up to the UFC’s first event of 2010, was thought to be “cursed” and quite possibly one of the “worst” cards in recent memory . . . Click here for more
In addition to a lightweight title unification bout between Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson, as well as Urijah Faber’s return against top featherweight Raphael Assuncao, World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms eight bouts that will be included on a tremendous card headed to ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. on Jan. 10. What’s more, WEC General Manager Reed Harris confirmed that former 145-pound champion Mike Brown will return to take on newcomer Anthony Morrison in what should be an explosive fight. (more…)
Exciting WBC # 1 ranked featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (23-0, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico will make his national television debut when he faces WBA #15 ranked Carlos Oliveira (25-1, 19 KOs) of Brazil. The bout will take place January 15th in Laredo, Texas. It will also be Oliveira’s first fight on U.S. TV as well as U.S. debut. The 10 round featherweight main event will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (18-0, 14 KOs) of Thailand will return to ring action when he will clash with Jong-Yoon Chai (6-0, 2 KOs) of Korea on January 16 at the Sun Tec Conventional Hall in Singapore, Singapore. Thailand-based Australian promoter Daniel Potter said, “Saddam has been out of action for several months because of injury but we expect him to be back at his best when he fights in Singapore. He has the skills and power to win a world title in my opinion.”
WBC #11 bantamweight Leon Moore (25-2, 22 KOs) of Guyana will punch it out with Marangin Marbun (19-6-1, 7 KOs) with the PABA 122lb title up for grabs. Moore outscored former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in September 2009 and has been signed by Potter’s promotional company Asia Box. Welterweight Ariel Barotillo (3-0-2, 3 KOs) will meet Xu Cong Liang (7-0, 3 KOs) on an undercard bout. Promoter Asia Box.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
In a light heavyweight showdown “Sugar” Rashad Evans utilized effective wrestling and well timed punches to defeat Thiago Silva via unanimous decision. Evans rushed Silva immediately in round one and slammed his opponent to the mat multiple times. Round two saw Silva become frustrated by the tenacious wrestling attack of the former light heavyweight champion. In the third and final round Silva flagrantly taunted his gun shy opponent and badly hurt Evans with a ripping right cross. The Brazilian failed to capitalize on the opportunity and time expired. All three scores read the same, 29-28. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Ending a prolific and breakthrough year of 2009, the Baltic Boxing Union (BBU) board (via its pre-scheduled meeting) has finally announced its annual awards. Finnish forty-two year old grizzled veteran Kai Kauramaki was named the “BBU Fighter of the year”, while Pole Lukasz Maciec rightfully got the “BBU Prospect of the year” award. Bloody and non-stop eight-round action between Vasily Lepikhin and Roman Simakov was nominated as the “BBU Fight of the year”. Tomasz Babilonski was named the “BBU Promoter of the year”, while light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski and famed Russian promoter German Titov captured special nominees for their fruitful results in 2009. All in all, there have been seven (7) BBU title and six (6) BBU International title fights during this past year. (more…)
Moments ago Julio David Roque Ler of Argentina (28-6, 17 KOs) stopped countryman Sebastian Eladio Ferreyra by way of 9th round TKO. The offical time of the stoppage was 2:54. The main event bout took place at the club Santa María de Punilla in Cordoba, Argentina. The underdog Ferreyra was the aggressor from beginning to end leading to moderate success for him. Ler repeatedly countered effectively occasionally snapping Ferreyra’s head back. The bout followed this pattern until the end of round 9 when Ler exploded with a series of 1-2 power counters that had Ferreyra wobbly and for the first time holding on. Ler rocked Ferreyra a few more times leading the referee to step in and stop the bout. Ler once dropped a decision to Jorge Arce in a super flyweight world title eliminator in 2007.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA light heavyweight champion and current IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green is doing his best to make a fight with Bernard Hopkins happen by taking a smaller purse than the future Hall of Famer. Green originally offered a 50-50 split of a multi million dollar purse with Hopkins and this offer was accepted but later the American had requested a 60-40 split in his favour after it was revealed HBO would televise the fight on prime time USA television. Green said, “When I left the States two weeks ago we had an agreement that whatever goes into the pot we were 50-50 which is what we did with Roy Jones. And after the momentum of the Roy Jones fight, I could fight SpongeBob SquarePants and still make good money. But it’s not about the money for me. It’s about continuing to try to build a legacy and knocking out two future hall-of-fame fighters. Knocking out two legends, bringing two legends to my backyard and helping the sport of boxing. I spoke to Bernard again on Christmas Eve and then I had the Sydney to Hobart, so I haven’t spoken to him for the past week. I’ve got one more phone call to make to him to try to make this happen. I’m confident that he’s going to take this deal. He’s squabbling over making millions. Let’s just make it happen and get it on!”
NABA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack, (28-2-2, 17 KOs), is ready to go for his January 30th showdown against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, 49-13-2 (33). This fight will be a IBF title elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, (20-0, 18 KOs), for his belt. Speaking of his upcoming bout, Mack states “This will be a strong boxing match. I want to prove to everybody that I am the best. I am in the best shape of my life. I have new people behind me, I’m getting stronger and better.” Mack is looking forward to the showdown with Johnson and sees bigger things if he is victorious. “Hopefully it will bring me a world title shot against Cloud, (Chad) Dawson, or however steps up first. I want to fight the best opponent!” The Yusaf Mack and Glen Johnson showdown will take place as the co-main event to the Shane Mosley-Andre Berto clash in the Mandalay Bay Casino Las Vegas Nevada. Tickets for the event range from $50 to $300, and are available Ticketmaster.
Looks like the clash between 47-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and 41-year-old Francois Botha for the WBF title in Uganda will be pushed back to February 20th.
Good news for former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have decided not to file any charges against him after a November arrest for an incident with a paparazzi at LAX. Had prosecutors moved ahead, Tyson could have had his probation revoked for a 2007 drug bust in Arizona.
If Manny Pacquiao ends up going a title in an eighth division against WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman, Pacman would be giving away at least five inches. The size differential, however, doesn’t phase Pacquiao. “Once I hit him in the body we’d be of the same height,” Pacquiao said according to his business manager Eric Pineda in an article published by The Philippine Star.
Rashad Evans was in Colorado, just another fan checking out the fights as UFC 107 aired from Memphis, Tennessee. But with each passing bout, the realization hit home that this was one night that should have belonged to the former light heavyweight champion. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-feather champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-0-1, 16 KOs) arrived in Tokyo, Japan today (Saturday) prior to his initial defense with also unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (13-0, 10 KOs) on January 11 (our national holiday of Coming-of-Age Day; the second Monday of January). Having astoundingly upset and dethroned previously unbeaten Jorge Linares, a Japan-based Venezuelan, via first-round TKO on October 10, the 25-year-old tall and lanky Mexican came back to defend his newly acquired belt at the Tokyo Big Site. This reporter served as interpreter on behalf of our press people who sacrificed the New Year holidays, and the interview to Salgado, the modest-speaking young man, was as follows: (more…)
The mother of Jack Loew – the lifelong trainer of middleweight champion of Kelly Pavlik – passed away Thursday. FightNews extends our sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Loew family for their loss.
FightNews wishes to belatedly congratulate 8 Count promoter Dominic Pesoli and his wife Tina on the birth of their first child, Dominic Vito. Little Dominic entered the ring on December 20th weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and with a height of 22 inches *(reach not available).
Also, another overdue congratulations to FightNews photographer Laura De la Torre and FightNews feature writer Andreas Hale for walking down the aisle of matrimony. Laura was married December 5th to boxing writer Ramon Aranda and Andreas tied the knot December 12th with Chenelle Jackson.
The father of Mauro Betti, chairman of the WBC International Championships committee and Italian Olympic officer, passed away on New Years Day in Italy. Condolences to Mauro and his family.
By Robert Coster
4 World Champions: Guillermo Jones (WBA cruiserweight), Celestino Caballero (WBA/IBF jr featherweight), Anselmo Moreno (WBA bantamweight), Luis Concepcion( WBA interim flyweight)
High Points: Anselmo Moreno makes four title defenses, Luis Concepcion becomes Panama’s 29th world champion. Inauguration of the Roberto Duran Arena.
Low Points: Ricardo Cordoba loses WBA jr featherweight title in Ireland, four Panamanian boxers lose in title bids
Shows by Promoters: 24, Premium Boxing Promotions (9), Promociones y Eventos del Istmo (8), Promotora Aristides Arauz (3), Conejo-Mena Producciones (3), Panama Productions (1)
Prospects: Ricardo Nunez 17-1, Luis Rios 11-0, Antonio Fernandez 10-1, Alberto Mosquera 10-0, Mercedes Concepcion 10-0, Azael Casio 8-0-2NC from Panama while foreigners are Pablo Vasquez (Venezuela) 18-0, Nicholas Walters (Jamaica) 13-0, Evens Pierre 12-0 (Haiti), Luca Giacon (Spain) 8-0.
What to look for in 2010: Anselmo Moreno ( full champion) vs Nehomar Cermeno (interim champion) in a super-showdown for the WBA bantamweight title; Ricardo Cordoba challenging for the WBA jr featherweight title; a possible title challenge by super flyweight Ricardo Nunez. Also keep a watch for 19-year-old strawweight Luis Rios, already ranked 6th in the WBA.
Weights by Andreas Hale
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas:
Thiago Silva 205 vs. Rashad Evans 205
Paul Daley 172 vs. Dustin Hazelett 168
Sam Stout 155 vs. Joe Lauzon 155
Jim Miller 155 vs Duane Ludwig 156
Gilbert Yvel 239 vs Junior Dos Santos 237
Jacob Volkmann 171 vs Martin Kampmann 171
Dan Lauzon 155 vs Cole Miller 155
Ryan Jensen 186 vs Mark Munoz 185
Jake Ellenberger 170 vs Mike Pyle 171
Rafaello Oliveira 156 VS John Gunderson 155
By Joe Koizumi
In accordance with statistics of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), there happened 260 promotions here in Japan in the previous year. The number decreased in comparison with 276 in 2008, but we still saw some five shows a week on average somewhere (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, etc.) in Japan. The total bouts of last year amounted to 2,082, which also decreased from 2,245 in 2008. But it may be a good number in a single country. Out of the 260 promotions, we saw 149 shows in Tokyo district, 129 of which took place at the Korakuen Hall, the Mecca of boxing here. Strange enough, despite the general decrease, the promotions at the Hall were three more than 126 in 2008. We witnessed 1,215 games at the Hall, including preliminary bouts, throughout the year, 148 bouts more than 1,067 there in 2008. Licensed by the JBC were 2,670 professional boxers, which were almost same as 2,669 in 2008. Out of them, 2,503 fighters belonged to Japanese boxing gyms, while 167 were foreign visitors fighting here.
Why can Japan present so many promotions still under recession? It may be chiefly because our promoters pay purses in the form of tickets to domestic boxers (not to foreigners) with boxers and their managers having to endeavor to distribute tickets in order to exchange them into money. This reporter once criticized this traditional way of ticket-distribution under the club system where the managers can be the promoters of their own star boxers. Under the worldwide recession, however, it might be a way for the boxing world to survive. (more…)
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has announced that it’s finding it increasingly difficult to comply with its mandate to ensure all professional boxers are cleared (not suspended in California or other states) before being allowed to compete. The CSAC believes that a major factor in suspended boxers fighting is the practice of allowing bouts to move forward anticipating promoters will provide the necessary clearance for the athletes before or at the scheduled weigh in. In order to address this problem, the CSAC is instituting a number of measures including discontinuing this accommodation. Therefore, effective January 1, 2010 the CSAC will not allow a proposed bout to move forward if the promoter has not provided Athletic Commission staff clearance for a boxer from FightFax at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled weigh in time. The clearance required includes, but is not limited to, medical restrictions, suspensions, etc. No exceptions will be allowed as the law requires that all fighters be properly licensed and cleared prior to competing.
Exciting UFC lightweight contender Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 [T]KOs, 13 submissions), only 10 months after undergoing knee surgery to repair his ACL, enters the Octagon once again Saturday night to fight Canadian veteran Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (14-5-1, 8 [T]KOs, 1 submission) on the UFC 108 pay-per-view show, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Story by Socrates Bustamante
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/Ringside Photos.com
At the end of the holiday season and on the first day of the New Year, it’s nice to reflect on the good guys in sports who go out of their way to help those in need. One of them is boxing trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas.
Always fighting the good fight in his undying efforts to improve the quality of life for those in need, he remembers his Good Samaritan father, and each year he enlists the support of sports and entertainment celebrities to attend the annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner (affectionately nicknamed the “Teddy Dinner” by boxing scribes) . . . click here for more
Watch the UFC 108 weigh-in live today, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Doors open at 3 p.m. and fighters hit the scale at 4 p.m. A Fight Club Q&A session hosted by Wanderlai Silva will precede the weigh-in at 2 p.m.
Online, the weigh-in can be viewed on UFC.com at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.
BoxingInLasVegas.com is reporting that Jim Martin – husband, trainer and manager of female boxing legend Christy Martin – underwent open heart surgery after being rushed earlier this week to the hospital due to chest pains. You can send your well-wishes to Jim and Christy at the Florida Hospital located at South 601 East Rollins Street in Orlando, FL 32803. FightNews extends our thoughts and prayers to Jim.
Final presser report by Andreas Hale
Since 2006, the UFC has put on extraordinary shows to ring in the new year. Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz rang in 2007 with their rematch at UFC 66, 2008 was greeted with Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes having their rubber match while Chuck Liddell battled Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 and 2009 saw a dynamic card that was topped off with Rashad Evans taking on Forrest Griffin at UFC 92. . . . Click here for more
Today Dutch promoter Henk Ruhling passes away at the age of 89. Henk has been very important for Dutch boxing both as a promoter and boxing manager. Boxers like Rudy Koopmans, Rudi Lubbers, Alex Blanchard and Nordin Ben Salah boxed big matches under the inspiring leadership of Ruhling. In the seventies he brought Rudi Lubbers into the ring against Muhammad Ali.
Featherweight Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1, 23 KOs), lightweight Juan Gonzalez (5-0, 5 KOs), lightweight Abner Cotto (6-0, 4 KOs) and featherweight Jayson Velez (11-0, 9 KOs) will be available to sign autographs and take photos with their fans this Saturday (January 2nd) at select Sears and Kmart locations across the island. Everlast and Promociones Miguel Cotto will host the “Meet & Greet” events from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the following locations:
Juan Gonzalez will appear at Sears in Mayaguez, PR
Jose Miguel Cotto will appear at Sears in San Juan, PR
Abner Cotto will appear at Sears in Bayamon, PR
Jayson Velez will appear at Kmart in San Juan, PR
Maybe it’s because he’s not a flamboyant fighter who reverts to smack talk to earn himself press or maybe it’s because he hasn’t been christened with a sinister sounding nickname like Pitbull or The Axe Murderer; whatever the reason might be, Jake Ellenberger is sick of being a mixed martial artist on the cusp of being a household name. If everything goes according to his plans, all of that will soon change and the 24-year-old Nebraska native will go from fighter on the fringe to fighter in the title contention fray of the UFC’s welterweight class in 2010 . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com
Very little has been heard about a proposed January 16 fight in Kampala, Uganda between WBF heavyweight beltholder Frans Botha and former world champion Evander Holyfield since the initial announcement of the fight on November 23. Numerous news sources are reporting today that the fight is on, although today’s published quotes are all old news from the original press release. The Kampala Daily Monitor does have some new information today, however. Promoter Eddie Bazira is quoted as saying that he was “positive that a big fight is in the offing,” while admitting that it’s not a done deal. “We have a big company coming on board and shall only start marketing the fight after the finalizing negotiations with them next Tuesday,” he said. According to Bazira, both Botha and Holyfield have signed contracts and can’t wait to come to Kampala.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that a possibility exists that WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto will fight former lightweight world champion David Díaz on the big March card headlined by Manny Pacquiao against TBA in Las Vegas. Soto would again be campaigning at lightweight after beating Jesus Chavez in his most recent fight, but he doesn’t plan to give up his WBC 130lb belt.
WBC interim super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert has been charged with assault by Stuttgart police for allegedly punching a man after being provoked outside a Stuttgart disco on Sunday night. The victim was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with a cerebral hemorrhage but is now improving. Tajbert’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion has issued the following statement:
“Universum will not comment on the ongoing proceedings out of respect for the work of the investigating authorities. For those who have injured Vitali Tajbert, the presumption of innocence also applies. Universum has full confidence in the work of the investigators and hopes that any injuries, no matter who suffered it or what role the person played in the incident, will heal without consequences. For reasons stated above, it is asked to momentarily refrain from further inquiries.”
* Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva meet in a key light heavyweight matchup this Saturday night – UFC® 108 Presented by Bayonetta – Live On Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com
* Martin Kampmann and Jacob Volkmann go head-to-head, plus Cole Miller faces Dan Lauzon in the Octagon® – UFC® 108 The Prelims – Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on SPIKE
* Watch the UFC® 108 Weigh-In live this Friday at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on UFC.com
* UFC.com – Countdown to UFC® 108
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