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The last time Cain Velasquez fought, back at UFC 99 in Germany this past June, it was under somewhat extraordinary circumstances. For starters, he was fighting nine time zones away from his California home. That wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t just welcomed his baby daughter, Coral Love, into the world only a few weeks before that bout. Transatlantic flights and newborn babies made for a very tired heavyweight when he stepped in against Cheick Kongo—who originally was supposed to be Heath Herring—in Cologne that night . . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
After his tremendous victory against Chris Arreola, WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko steps into the ring again in 2009. His opponent will be Kevin Johnson at PostFinance-Arena in Bern, Switzerland, on December 12th. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group: “Vitali`s performance against Chris Arreola in Los Angeles showed his extra class. With Kevin Johnson, Vitali will again face a very strong contender. Johnson is undefeated, self-conscious and knows what a great chance this will be for him. The PostFinance-Arena in Bern is a fantastic venue and the right arena for a huge title fight.” (more…)
By Bob Caico
Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) takes on former world light heavyweight title challenger David Telesco (30-6-1, 26 KOs) Wednesday in what should be an entertaining eight-round contest at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Mitchell is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to Beibut Shumenov in May that put a dent on his comeback attempt. The soon to be 36-year old Mitchell wants to get his career back on track and looks forward to competing for a world title again. Fightnews caught up with Mitchell this weekend and spoke to him about the Telesco fight and future plans. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is now in Manila ready to resume his training for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Team Pacquiao left Baguio City early Monday morning amid the threat of a storm. As of this writing, Pacquiao is being driven to Gerry Penalosa’s gym in Mandaluyong City. Pacquiao had camped out in the City of Pines since Sept. 20. It expected that Pacquiao will report to the gym until Saturday, the day he leaves for the US for the final push of his preparation at the Wild Card in Hollywood.
Perfect. The Merriam Webster Dictionary has multiple definitions for that adjective. Maybe the simplest way to define it is with two words: Lyoto Machida. 15-0 as a professional. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Tomasz Adamek has formally vacated his IBF cruiserweight title. In a letter written to Marian Muhammad, President of the International Boxing Federation, Adamek expressed his regret in having to vacate the title and thanked the IBF for the opportunities he was given. He stated, “I am not leaving the IBF family. I will be fighting October 24 against Andrew Golota for the IBF International heavyweight title in Lodz, Poland. Further, when possible I hope to return to reclaim my IBF title.”
By Tom Hebert, FightNews Canada
After having his boxing license revoked by the German Boxing Federation (BDB) for medical reasons, 46-year-old heavyweight Andreas Sidon (33-9, 27 KOs) won a court case for reinstatement and started his comeback at Northlands Agricom in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday evening. Sidon however unexpectedly lost to local fighter Sheldon “Prime Time” Hinton (11-6-1, 4 KOs) by third round TKO. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #5 ranked featherweight Jonathan Barros of Argentina (26-0-1, 15 KOs) defeated journeyman and countryman Guillermo de Jesus Paz (15-19-3, 1 KO) by unanimous decision. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Municipal, in Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting. While Paz entered the bout with a sub .500 record he upset former world champion Raul Balbi by unanimous decision last month and had only been stopped once in his previous 37 bouts. Though Barros clearly won the bout, there was good two way action throughout highlighted by Barros dropping Paz with a looping over hand right in round two.
By John Cannon
Once the announcer rendered the decision in the Brandon Rios and Manny Perez fight, Rios yelled out a “Grito” that had Corpus Christi rocking. Rios (22-0, 15 KO’s) defeated Perez (14-5-1, 2 KO’s )via TKO as the referee stopped the fight at the 1:16 mark in the seventh round in the main event of Top Rank’s Hall of Fame Fight Night at Whataburger Field. More plus photos…
Former cruiserweight world champion Vassiliy Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) returned with a second round TKO over late sub Jonathan Williams (7-6-1) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Jirov was actually knocked down in round one, but came back to floor Williams three times in round two before the bout was waved off. It was the the 35-year-old Jirov’s first fight in 27 months. Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs was also scheduled to appear on the card, but that bout fell through after Briggs suffered a reported training injury. A bout featuring Erick Vega from “The Contender” also fell through when his foe former cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis failed a pre-fight physical.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Boxing returned to war-torn Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last night with a classic thriller between returning favorite Javier “Zorro” Castro (22-2, 18 KOs) and former contender Edgar Barcenas (21-9-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City. The fight went back and forth for 12 non-stop rounds, Castro’s big punches occasionally staggering the much busier, body-punching veteran. Judges saw it 115-113 twice and 115-114 for Castro, who won the WBC Fecombox superlightweight title, while Fightnews had it 116-112 for Barcenas. The Promociones del Pueblo card co-featured another title fight that saw Juarez’s Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano (15-1, 8 KOs) destroying Lizandro De Los Santos (8-3, 3 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, with body shots, with a fifth round (1:45) knockout. The WBC Fecombox superbantamweight title was at stake. Other results: In an eight-rounder at superflyweight, Chihuahua near-contender Victor “Nene” Zaleta (11-1, 6 KOs) stopped Ricardo “Rocky” Armento (9-2-1, 4 KOs), of Sonora, Mex., in the opening minute of round three; Former world champion Cesar “Cobrita” Soto (60-18-3, 41 KOs), was on his way to losing a decision when he kayoed Angel “Acertijo” Reyna (9-3-1, 4 KOs), also of Juarez, at 1:17 of round six. Stay tuned for a full report and photo gallery later today.
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and challenger Andre Dirrell have weighed in on their Super Six World Boxing Classic encounter on Saturday night. “It was close but I had no doubt in my mind that I had won the fight,” stated Froch. “He’s a slick, fast, counter puncher and when you combine that with the negativity he showed in there it made it a very difficult night. I don’t know how he expected to come to the Champions hometown and take the WBC belt fighting like that. Nobody likes to see someone running and being negative and I think people recognized that I was trying to make a fight of it but it takes two to tango. I like to stand there and have a fight and give the fans and the TV viewers a real show but Dirrell wasn’t interested in that kind of fight.” (more…)
King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) opened the Super Six World Boxing Classic in style on Saturday night when he knocked out Jermain Taylor (28-4, 17 KOs) with six seconds to go in the 12th round. Fighting in front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 14,200 fans at the famed o2 World in Berlin, Abraham connected with a huge right to the head to send the former undisputed middleweight champion down and out. “He was good, but I was better,” Abraham said. “It was a great fight in front of a great audience. Now I look forward to returning to America.” (more…)
The Super Six World Boxing Classic got off to a scintillating start in Europe on Saturday night. At the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, hometown hero Carl “The Cobra” Froch defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) title against Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell of Flint, Michigan by split-decision. In Berlin, at the famed o2 World Arena, “King” Arthur Abraham treated his hometown fans to a spectacular final-round knockout victory of Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb/Boxinginlasvegas.com
Friday night at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, USBA champion Lajuan Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision win over game challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9 KOs). The fight started out like the title was going to change hands as Ayala won the first two rounds on all scorecards. But in the third round Simon took over and proceeded to win the remaining ten rounds on one card and nine of the remaining ten on the other two scorecards. The final scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 The card was promoted by Guilty Boxing….full report and photo gallery coming.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
The former two time female world champion Jackie Nava (20-3-2, 10KO) did not disappoint her hometown fans as she steadily attacked Lina Ramirez (10-13-1, 4KO) en route to a unanimous eight round decision in the main event on Saturday night at El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, MX. Nava boxed and brawled as she counter punched the game Ramirez for the majority of the fight.
Featherweight Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (17-1, 10KO) earned an easy TKO over Jorge Cardenas (14-8-4, 9KO) controlling the majority of the contest with an aggressive and consistent attack. Official time was 2:29 of the ninth round.
Undefeated featherweight Alex Lopez (14-0, 3KO) kept his record perfect as he bloodied the nose of Guasave, MX’s Genaro “Duro” Camargo (26-8, 19KO) in the third and dropped him in the fifth on his way to an eight round unanimous decision.
In a shocker, unheralded journeyman super bantamweight Sergio Gomez (14-5, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of former two-time IBF world champion Luis Perez (25-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Espana in Managua, Nicaragua. Gomez took the fight to Perez and the bout was stopped due to a cut suffered by Perez over his left eye. Perez was coming back after a one year layoff.
IBF#15 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (21-7, 4 KOs) successfully defended his NABC Inter-Continental middleweight title via an eight round unanimous decision over durable veteran Chris Gray (12-11, 1 KO) on Saturday night before a packed house at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio. Displaying a workmanlike performance, Lyell landed several more punches enroute to winning unamimously by scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75.
In a shocker, junior middle Durrell Richardson (12-3) displayed excellent punching power as he demolished former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (18-9-1) in round one. (more…)
By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Brandon Rios (22-0-1, 14 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Manny Perez (14-5-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rios punished Perez from the get-go and the bout was finally waved off at 1:16 of round seven.
Super flyweight contender Raul Martinez (25-1, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO when Jonathan Perez (15-7, 12 KOs) didn’t come out for round five.
Former world title challenger Mario Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs) won a split decision over Morris Chule (7-7-1, 7 KOs) in a super featherweight bout. Scores were 78-74, 79-73 for Santiago, 77-75 for Chule. (more…)
In match two of SHOWTIME’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Dirrell was quick enough to negate much of Froch’s aggressions with speed, ring movement and holding. Both fighters landed punches, with most of Froch’s connects coming during clinches. Dirrell had a point deducted for holding in round ten. In the end, Froch prevailed 115-112 on two cards, while Dirrell was up 114-113 on the third card.
The matchups for Group Stages 2 and 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic were announced tonight by SHOWTIME Sports®. All Group Stage 2 and 3 matches for the groundbreaking tournament will be scheduled to take place in 2010 and will air on the premium television network SHOWTIME®. Dates and venues for the coming matchups will be announced.
GROUP STAGE 2
Andre Dirrell vs. Arthur Abraham
Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch
Jermain Taylor vs. Andre Ward
GROUP STAGE 3
Andre Dirrell vs. Andre Ward
Carl Froch vs. Arthur Abraham
Mikkel Kessler vs. Jermain Taylor
By Karl Freitag
In a clash of former middleweight world champions, unbeaten Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) scored a spectacular late knockout over Jermain Taylor (28-4, 17 KOs) before 14,000+ at the sold out O2 World in Berlin, Germany on Saturday night in the first round of SHOWTIME’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” super middleweight tournament. A huge right hand put Taylor down and out with just seconds left in the fight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Greg Robinson’s Power Productions Inc. put on an exciting night of boxing at the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night to celebrate his ten year anniversary into the boxing business. Headlining the card was a very entertaining USBA junior middleweight title bout, as Philly’s own Derek “Pooh” Ennis scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision victory over Miami, Florida’s Eromosele Albert. (more…)
By Chuck Giampa
Nevada Commissioner, Pat Lundvall, was elected unanimously as the first woman to the post of Chairwoman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The chairperson is elected each year by the commissioners to serve a one year term starting January 1. She will succeed Bill Brady, the current commissioner. Lundvall is an attorney with the law firm McDonald Carano Wilson with offices in Las Vegas and Reno.
Also, this week Governor Jim Gibbons appointed Francisco Aguilar to the Nevada state Athletic Commission. He will replace John Bailey. Aguilar’s appointment will be effective November 1. Aguilar works as corporate counsel for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Agassi Graf Holdings.
For the Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto WBO welterweight title fight on November 14th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has selected Kenny Bayless as the referee and the judges selected are: Adelaide Byrd, Duane Ford and Dave Moretti, all from Las Vegas.
WBA Super Welterweight title: Daniel Santos vs Yuri Foreman, Referee will be Jay Nady; Judges will be: Robert Hoyle, Jerry Roth and Clark Sammartino.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Baltimore welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson remained undefeated with a solid eight-round unanimous decision victory over tough veteran “Magnificent” Martinus Clay of Wilson, NC at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Stevenson was able to keep Clay at bay with good boxing skill and power. The power shone through when Stevenson dropped Clay with a short left hook in the sixth round. Clay managed to beat referee Kenny Chevalier’s count but any hope of winning the contest evaporated for him. Judges Gary Camponeschi and Don Risher scored the bout at 79-72 while Malik Waleed saw the contest at 78-73. Stevenson is now 12-0, 10 KO’s while Clay is 13-22-4, five KO’s. (more…)
154-pound contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) has moved his training camp from Coachella, Calif. to the Wayne, NJ home of his promoter Gary Shaw. Angulo takes on unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) on the November 7th card at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The headliner is the light heavyweight rematch between Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson. “Angulo wanted to get acclimated to the climate and the time difference early so I invited his team to stay with me for this phase of training camp,” said Shaw. (more…)
Ben Rothwell. The name may not ring any bells for most UFC fans. Fair enough. Rothwell is making his debut inside the Octagon against heavyweight prospect-turned-contender Cain Velazquez at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on October 24, so his lack of mainstream recognition isn’t surprising. Keep in mind, however, . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
By Graham Houston
“There are fight analysts who wait until the last minute before making up their minds as to who will win. … They compare styles and pore over records. … They weigh tangibles and intangibles. They reach an opinion after being gnawed by doubts and nagged by uncertainties.” Those words were written by a New York Times sports columnist named Arthur Daley in 1954, and they reached out to me across the years because I have been weighed down by doubts and uncertainties while trying to formulate an opinion on Saturday’s “Super Six” fight between Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell, which will be televised live on Showtime from Nottingham in the English midlands (starting time is around 2 a.m. on Sunday in the U.K.). (More)
Jr welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will be participating in a special event in downtown Los Angeles today. Ortiz will be sparring, doing a boxing demonstration and signing autographs at a special Expo Center Open House and Dedication of Soboroff Sports Field in Exposition Park next to the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the site of the 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium. The event will run from 10AM to 1PM.
From Juarez, Mexico for tomorrow night’s card at the Poliforo:
Javier Castro 138 vs. Edgar Barcenas 137
* For the WBC Fecarbox superlightweight title
Victor Zaleta 114 vs. Ricardo Armenta 112
Eduardo Lazcano 124 vs. Lizandro de los Santos 126
Angel Reyna 135 vs. Cesar Soto 133
Ivette Mendez 147 vs. Pilar Fierro 145
Juan Carlos Chavira 126 vs. Arturo Murillo 128
Victor Pasillas 112 vs. Alejandro Moreno 113
Mauro Lucero 154 vs. Erik Lopez 153
Former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua (48-4, 42 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round TKO over veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-12-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Latin welterweight title on Saturday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Pitalua dominated from the get-go and got a referee’s stoppage at the 2:09 mark of the fifth. In the co-feature, former world title challenger Joel “Love Child” Julio (35-3, 31 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (14-23-4, 7 KOs) in a middleweight clash. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. More photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
At 31 years of age, long-time European top contender and former IBO super flyweight world champion Jason “2 Smooth” Booth (34-5, 14 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career so far with a premature stoppage of fellow veteran Michael Hunter (29-2-1, 13 KOs) after five brutal rounds of beating. Ex-flyweight Booth, who was risking his BBBofC British super bantamweight title in this fight, took a beating from a much bigger former IBF title challenger in the first round. He, however, rebounded well in the second, and from that stanza on it was all Booth’s. He had been gradually breaking Hunter’s will till the fifth stanza. Middle into round five, Booth delivered a monstrous blow to the liver, which had Hunter reeling across the ring. He was never down but took severe punishment; severe enough to convince himself to retire on his stool just right after the end of the round. That can be an end of a long road for 31-year old Hartlepool native and a revival for the equally aged Jason Booth. (more…)
Lajuan Simon 159 1/2 vs Elvin Ayala 160
(Note: Simon had to lose 1/2 lb original weight 160 1/2)
Lonnie Smith 132 1/2 vs Khadaphi Proctor 134
Clarence Tillman 285 vs Kourtney Boden 228
Said El Harrak 157 vs Juan Pablo Montes de Oca 168
(Weight agreed too by both parties, late replacement)
Hastings Bwalya 147 vs Ivan Ibarra 147
David Springer 122 vs Rodrigo Romero 126
Venue: The Palms Las Vegas
By Alexey Sukachev and Basya/allboxing.ru
Fightnews has learned that two of the best Russian cruiserweight contenders Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs), who is promoted by the Universum Box-Promotion, and German Titov’s Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) will collide in an explosive all-action crossroader on November 28 in Oberhausen, Germany. The fight will be scheduled for twelve rounds. Drozd’s WBO Asia Pacific and the vacant WBO European 200lb belts are going to be put at stake. The collision was confirmed to Fightnews personally by Alekseev, who is ranked WBC/WBA/WBO #4. WBO #1, WBA #2, IBF #4 and WBC #6 Drozd also possesses PABA and WBC ABCO cruiserweight belts. Both fighters are regarded to be the elite of this weight class, which will set the fight for some fireworks.
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