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By David Robinett
On a clear, brisk afternoon in downtown Oakland, California, WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward held court before an international press corp and a smattering of fans to announce their Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout this Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. But all was not well as the participants took their turns at the dais. Prior to the press conference, word had broken that Kessler’s promoter Sauerland Event was objecting to the selection of the referee and judges for Saturday’s championship fight. Promoter Wilfried Sauerland used his opportunity to speak to address the issue. “The one thick cloud hanging over us in this beautiful blue sky is the referee and judges,” said Sauerland. “Andre has the home advantage and Dan Goossen has done a great job of securing home advantage for all three fights while all the other guys have to travel around the world. But one thing we do not accept is that the referee and all the judges come from California.” (more…)
When boxing fans last saw WBA super featherweight champion Vicente ‘El Loco’ Mosquera (24-2-1, 12 KOs) he was defending his title in an exciting shoot out with then contender and now world champion Edwin Valero in August 2006. The bout was a thriller that saw both fighters knocking the other down. In the end it was Valero winning and taking Mosquera’s title. However, Mosquera’s effort left many fans wanting to see more of him and his exciting fight style. Sadly the Valero fight would be Mosquera’s last fight as not too long after that he was implicated in an unclear situation that resulted in the death of a person (which Mosquera to this date stands by his innoncence) and was sent to prison. Fast forward three years and Mosquera recently released from prison still has aspirations in the ring. (more…)
Prize Fight Boxing showcases a slew of young talent on “Boxing’s Future Champions III” Saturday Night at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS. The main event of the evening features highly touted junior middleweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (10-0, 8 KOs) against Jerome “Boomer” Ellis. A 2008 United States Olympic Alternate, Porter served as Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner leading up to his fight with Miguel Cotto. The Akron, OH native also appeared on HBO’s famed 24-7 series and received kudos from three time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach for pushing the pound for pound king to the max. (more…)
Three days before his big world championship challenge against the Italian WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, long-standing WBO light heavyweight world championZsolt Erdei had time for a short interview. “The Firebird” spoke about the fight, revealed the reason he presented Fragomeni with packages of noodles at the press conference, and explained why he is sporting a black eye. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five round contest. Brown had difficulty dealing with the trademark speed of Aldo in the first round as he attempted to close the distance and take his opponent down. In the second round the more confident Aldo began to unload with hard punches until he stunned Brown and took him to the mat. Once on top Aldo delivered a barrage of punches until the fight was stopped at the 1:20 mark. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KOs), from Oxnard, CA by way of Garden City, Kansas will return to the ring on December 12th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. This will be Ortiz’s first fight after his devastating loss to Marcos Maidana for the interim WBA light welterweight title back in June. Ortiz will face Antonio “Tono” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KOs), which will be the co-feature on Diaz-Malignaggi II and will be shown live on HBO B.A.D. Click here for more photos…
By Peter Lim
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez looks to extend his undefeated record of 17-0 (14 KOs) when he takes on Tiwon Taylor, 26-17-1 (19 KOs) on Nov. 19 at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. A former two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion, Lopez, 27, has fought predominantly in the Houston area, where he has gained a modest fan base, since turnng pro in 2007. A self-described “boxer-brawler,” Lopez’ primamry weapon is the left jab which he uses to set up combinations and power punches. Alao undefeated at light heavyweight, Terrence Woods, 6-0 (4 KOs), takes on Brandon Singleton, 2-3 (1 KO), in a four-round bout. Fernando Casteneda, 4-4 (1 KO), faces Josh Burns, 3-7-5 (1 KO) in a junior middleweight bout. And Ivan Casteneda, 1-1 (1 KO), will take on Deshaun Williams (debut) in a bantamweight bout. Billed Evening of Boxing, the fights will be staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.
Day two of the 88th annual WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia kicked off this morning with a motivational talk and video hilights by former WBA flyweight champion from Colombia, Fidel Bassa. After lunch, the ratings committee heard requests from several assembled promoters and fighter representatives to consider ranking requests for their respective fighters. The following is a compilation of the representatives followed by the fighters for whom they lobbied for higher rankings or a top fifteen consideration… (more…)
By David Robinett
Andre Ward: “I don’t have much to say about the fight, I feel like a quiet storm right now….I’ve been doing everything I need to do, not just for the last 6 to 8 weeks, but I’ve been preparing for this night since I was 9 years old. I want that [WBA] belt really, really, really bad….I’m in tremendous condition. You know I always seem to be the underdog but I embrace that.”
Mikkel Kessler: “I’ve come all the way over here to Oakland and I’m 150 percent ready for the fight. I’ve had good preparation and I am in unbelievable shape….This is the best preparation I’ve had. I had a loss against Joe Calzaghe and it still tears me up today, so I’m not thinking about losing anymore.”
Note: Kessler Promoter Wilfried Sauerland announced that his team was objecting to the referee and judges, stating that they were all based in California and that neutral judges are required by the terms of the Super Six tournament. Sauerland said if the WBA does not assign any neutral judges for Saturday, Kessler will not put his WBA super middleweight title on the line and that the fight would be a non-title bout. More details to come…
By Boxing Bob Newman
In the annals of boxing history, there are far more stories of boxer despair and heartbreak than those of success, especially after their ring career is over. The story of celebrated former WBA flyweight champion Fidel “El Pescador” Bassa is one of those rarities- a heartwarming tale of success and adulation for the diminutive boxer. Following the intriguing talk of Ricardo Lopez the day prior, Fidel Bassa entranced the audience with his life story, from the streets of El Reten, to the boxing rings around the world, to the top of the business world in Colombia. (more…)
44-year-old former world champion Bernard Hopkins said today he still has more history to make, starting with Enrique Ornelas on December 2 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. “I will win and I will be impressive,” vowed ‘The Executioner’ who is lined up to face Roy Jones Jr. in his next match. He also hinted at a possible heavyweight title shot later in the year. “December 2 starts a marathon of super greatness for me,” he stated.
7-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has commented on quotes attributed to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov implying Valuev may have been set up by his co-promoters, Sauerland Event and Don King Productions, into taking a fight against David Haye that was not in his best interests. It was also revealed that there was a rematch clause in the Valuev-Haye deal, so expect a rematch after Haye’s mandated bout with John Ruiz. (more…)
David Haye’s mouth and punching power may have been too much for the cruiserweight division. When he announced that he was moving up to the heavyweight, few took him serious about being a major playmaker in the division. Now that he has a portion of the heavyweight world title – the WBA belt – Haye can not help but call out top fighters in the division.
Are there any takers? Anyone? . . . Click here for more
Mikkel Kessler (42-1-0, 32 KOs) and Andre Ward (20-0-0, 13 KOs) are all but done preparing for their November 21 fight, but Ward knows too well, that sacrifices continue.
Ward’s close to his Oakland-area home in a training-camp environment, committed to the point that he missed a father-son activity days before the bout, for Kessler’s WBA super-middleweight title . . . Click here for more
Story by Brady Crytzer
It has been 18 months since Tito Ortiz has fought as a professional. Following a loss to future light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 84, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” prepares to make his return to the UFC Octagon in the main event of 106 on Saturday, November 21st in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.
By Craig Watt
Speculation is growing that former two weight world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton is contemplating a return to the ring in 2010 in a major outdoor event against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. In 2008, the popular fighter from Manchester broke the post war live crowd record in the UK with 56,000 at the City of Manchester Stadium when he outpointed Juan Lazcano over twelve rounds. The speculation was heightened today when Hatton Promotions chief executive, Gareth Williams told the Daily Express in the UK: “If Ricky does carry on it would be an ideal fight for him to take on Marquez. He is an elite fighter, just like Ricky, who will want to challenge the best. It makes far more sense to fight Marquez than some of the other names that have been bandied about.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
As the end of day one of the 88th annual WBA Convention drew a close on the meetings and presentations, the organization broke trends and held their awards dinner at the outdoor poolside restaurant. Legendary promoter Don King arrived just in time to join the festivities where he was greeted by some of his former charges, the press and fans alike. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese light-fly prospect, JBC#6 Masayuki Kuroda (15-3, 11 KOs), 108.75, defeated OPBF#2 ranked Filipino Nelson Llanos (19-19-2, 9 KOs), 108.25, by a unanimous decision (79-74 twice and 78-74) over eight hot rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The taller Japanese, handled by ex-OPBF champ Shosei Nitta, made a good start, sweeping the first four rounds. But Llanos, a much shorter infighter, recklessly mixed it up to be in command in the fifth and sixth, boring in with a two-fisted attack, plus his third punch (headbutt) against which referee Fukuchi often gave him warnings. Though Kuroda suffered gashes on both eyebrows, he showed a last surge down the stretch to score an important victory. Llanos complained of a slippery canvas, but showed a good fight. Promoter: Nitta Promotions.
Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, signals the start of a hot year end spurt of boxing action presented by Universum Box-Promotion. In Vitali Tajbert and Dimitri Sartison, two German hopefuls are seeking to claim world championships. Four weeks later on December 19 in Schwerin, two more Germans, WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and WBC interim world champion Sebastian Zbik will risk their belts. Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke about the upcoming “Festival of German Professional Boxing.” (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr and Boxeo Telemundo will close its 2009 season on December 4 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. In the main event, veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Mexico will make his 5th Miccosukee and Telemundo appearance when he faces hot prospect Euri “Million” Gonzalez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight vacant title at stake. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Former 4-belt undefeated world champion Ricardo “Finito” Lopez inspired the attendees at the 88th WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia this afternoon with his life story. A slide show of Finito’s life in pictures and music was first shown to the crowd, after which, the champion took the microphone… (more…)
From The Palms in Las Vegas:
Main Event – WEC Featherweight Title
Mike Brown 145 vs Jose Aldo 145
Manny Gamburyan 146 vs Leonard Garcia 146
Rob McCullough 155 vs Karen Darabedyan 156
Danny Castillo 156 vs Shane Roller 156
Kamal Shalorus 156 vs Will Kerr 155
Diego Nunes 146 vs LC Davis 146
Cub Swanson 146 vs John Franchi 145
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs Kenji Osawa 136
Ricardo Lamas 155 vs James Krause 156
Seth Dikun 136 vs Frank Gomez 136
Philadelphia hero Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins hosted an open media workout Tuesday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym where he is preparing for “The Broad Street Brawl”, his December 2 bout against Enrique Ornelas at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA which will be broadcast live on VERSUS. “Enrique Ornelas is a Mexican fighter. They fight with guts; it’s in their DNA and Enrique has a lot to gain and nothing to lose,” stated Hopkins. “He wants to come make a name off of me on December 2nd. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
“The Boxing Prince”, Prince Badi Ajamu (27-3-1, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey will defend his NBA light heavyweight title at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this Friday against Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York. Judah is stepping for Otis Griffin, who pulled out of the fight. “Griffin wanted more money. It seems he priced himself out after accepting the fight. I have no problem with changing opponents,” said Ajamu. “Daniel Judah has a good name, and he feels his chances are excellent. That makes for a good fight.” (more…)
Rey Colón of the ´El Vocero´ of Puerto Rico reported that the welterweight mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto generated approximately 2 million pay-per-view buys generating at least $120 million. No word on what Pacquiao´s cut will be but Cotto was mentioned to be making at least $10 million minimum.
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today a multi-year television agreement with Globosat in Brazil. Beginning with a live broadcast of the Nov. 18 card featuring a featherweight title fight between champion Mike Brown and challenger Jose Aldo, Globosat will now carry all WEC events on its Combate Brasil channel. The agreement gives thousands of viewers in Brazil access to the best light weight fighters in the world, including Brazilians Aldo, Wagnney Fabiano, and Diego Nunes. (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Mike Brown isn’t one to offer predictions. The quiet 34-year-old from Portland, Maine would rather let the fans and media banter about the outcomes of the sport’s top fights. However, as he prepares for his third title defense against feared striker Jose Aldo (15-1) on Nov. 18, Brown (22-4) offered a little insight on how he thinks the clash will play out. (more…)
Unbeaten world-ranked Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, one of the hottest prospects in the talent-laden welterweight division, has signed a new multi-year contract with Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. Jones, 26, who has been with Peltz since his pro debut in 2005, is the reigning NABA champion and he is ranked #7 by the WBA and well as ranked by the IBF and the WBC. (more…)
Hall of Fame Showtime Broadcaster Al Bernstein calls the November 21st Mikkel Kessler-Andre Ward Super Six World Boxing Classic match, “potentially one of the best of the tournament.” Bernstein, who will be at ringside with Gus Johnson and Antonio Tarver to call the action on Showtime, believes that this first round Super Six match-up features the two best ring technicians in the tourney. “Mikkel Kessler is close to a textbook boxer and he has power added into that mix. Andre Ward has a vast amateur background and has moved carefully through the pro ranks, so he has fully developed as a fighter. They both have a high skill level and I believe they will produce a terrific fight,” Bernstein said.
This match concludes the first stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. In round one Carl Froch won a decision over Andre Dirrell to gain two points in the standings and Arthur Abraham stopped Jermain Taylor in the 12th to put three points up on the scoreboard. The Ward-Kessler match can be seen on Saturday on Showtime.
New world champion Yuri Foreman will be honored at a Top Rank press function on Thursday in New York City. “It’s more of a celebration than a press conference,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. “All of us at Top Rank are excited for Yuri and what he accomplished in the ring on Saturday night.” Foreman, saying he fought ‘the best fight fight of my life,’ scored knockdowns in the second and 12th rounds to win a decision over Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico on Top Rank’s ‘Firepower’ PPV which featured Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. Foreman won by scores of 117-109, 117-109, 116-110 to win the WBA Super Welterweight Championship title belt. “I’m going see my rabbi,” Foreman said in the ring Saturday night. He is the first Orthodox Jew to win a world championship in nearly 70 years. Murray Wilson, co-manager of Foreman, said he was “awestruck” while watching Foreman put pressure and heat on Santos to capture the world title. “This is what we all dreamed about for such a long time,” Wilson said.
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