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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.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia have arrived fit and ready for their battle on Friday at the popular Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. WBO Latin champion Vazquez Jr. will defend his title for the third time against hard punching veteran Garcia in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds and being billed “Youth Vs. Experience.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
At a press conference held in Johannesburg on Tuesday Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions presented his final bill for the bumper tournament to be held at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. In the main event, South African flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (23-2, 16 KOs) meets the experienced Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda (30-4-1, 23 KOs) in a fight for the vacant IBF flyweight belt. (more…)
See the “Tale of the Tape” for Saturday’s SUPER SIX showdown between WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and unbeaten 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward. Click here…
As the debris of Manny Pacquiao’s destruction of Miguel Cotto still lingers, fight fans can already begin preparing for what could be another barn burner. On January 30, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, “Sugar” Shane Mosley will return from his year layoff to take on Andre Berto in a fight that will have major implications on the welterweight division . . . Click here for more
While the combat sports community is focused on the likes of Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Dan Hardy, and Mike Swick this weekend, there is a fiery Brazilian who believes that he’ll soon captivate the world’s attention.
Jose Aldo, a 23-year-old explosive striker in the World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight division, is riding a five-fight win streak in the organization, including an eight-second TKO over Cub Swanson in his last fight in June. Just days away from his first world title shot against champion Mike Brown at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 18, the native of Rio de Janeiro feels that his time to rule the featherweight division has come. (more…)
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By Robert Hough
In preparing for his November 21 fight against Mikkel Kessler (42-1-0, 32 KOs) for the Dane’s WBA super-middleweight belt, Andre Ward (20-0-0, 13 KOs), faces a familiar scenario: international field, American boxers losing and a formidable fight in his future . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 88th Annual World Boxing Association Convention got underway today at the luxurious Dann Carlton Hotel in beautiful Medellin, Colombia. Some 256 delegates from over 20 countries are in attendance. The opening commenced with introductions of the WBA Board of Directors by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. Following the national anthem of the host country Colombia, a ten count was then given to several boxing luminaries who have passed in the last year- Promoter Luis Spada, past WBA president Dr. Elias Cordoba, legendary champions Alexis Arguello, Jose Torres, Ingemar Johansson, Raul Macias, Alfredo Marcano, Greg Page, and more recent fighters of note, female unified champion Jisselle Salandy and WBA Fedelatin champion Jose Arboleda. (more…)
It’s a mega-fight, so why is Mike Brown calling No. 1 challenger Jose Aldo, an explosive knockout artist and past world champ in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, “just another top, well-rounded fighter?” It’s a mega-fight, so why is Aldo trying to mentally ignore that the WEC featherweight title will be on the line? . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Robert Coster
It was billed as a Dominican “Civil War” and it turned out to be exactly that. A war. Former Jr lightweight contender Francisco Lorenzo, 130, and prospect Jenifel Vicente, 127, battered each other for 10 rounds, bringing the crowd at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo to its feet. The early part of the incredibly violent slugfest belonged to the veteran Lorenzo (34-7, 15 KOs), much more pedigreed than his young opponent. Vicente (15-0-2, 9 KOs) however turned things around in the second portion of the bout as the older fighter began to tire. The fight was up for grabs until the last round and Vicente just did a little more in the last minutes to escape with a razor thin split decision. It was a memorable battle that will have Dominican fans talking for a while. Also on the seven-bout card offered by Manguita Promotions, jr welterweight prospect Julio Reyes (13-0) won a rather controversial 8th round TKO over unlucky Franklin Gonzalez (12-2).
By Ron Jackson
Ali Funeka will have his second crack at the IBF lightweight belt when he meets Joan Guzman from the Dominican Republic for the vacant belt in Quebec, Canada on November 28. In February this year, the 31-year-old Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) was outpointed by Nate Campbell when challenging for the IBF and WBO belts. Funeka who is now managed by Butityi Konki and trained by Vuyani and Dudu Bungu faces possibly the toughest fight of his career against Guzman, 33, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York and is unbeaten in 20 fights with 17 wins inside the distance. (more…)
On November 12, 2009, Lindsey Tucker, IBF Championships Chairman, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame during its 40th annual dinner and induction ceremony held at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey. Like many in the sport of Boxing, Lindsey Tucker started out as a young fan. In 1981 came his opportunity to be professionally involved in the sport when he was hired by former world heavyweight champion and New Jersey Boxing Commissioner “Jersey” Joe Walcott to work as an inspector for the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. He progressed with the commission and later went on to work as chief inspector, judge and timekeeper. Tucker has been involved with the IBF since its inception in 1983, when he became an associate member of what was then the USBA-I. In June of 2002 he was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. (more…)
More good news was reported on former world title challenger Z Gorres as he made more improvement today. While team members were talking words of encouragement to him he opened his left eye and managed to give uthe thumbs up sign with his right thumb. The nurse caring for Gorres stated he had done the same thing for her earlier which is a good sign. Fightnews will continue to give updates on the continued progress of Gorres. Gorres won a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
“Manny Pacquiao is the fighter and every time someone asks him if he wants to fight me, he says it is up to his promoter, he’s going to take a vacation, whatever the answer is,” said Mayweather today. “I have yet to hear him actually say, ‘yes I want to fight Mayweather.’ We are the fighters and if one fighter is talking about fighting another fighter, then they should just come out and say it. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t say anything directly about fighting me because he might just know it’s not a fight he can win. He said during an interview he did leading up to his fight that he didn’t think I wanted to fight him and that boxing for me was just a business and I wasn’t interested in a good fight. But again, he never said during that interview that he would fight me. Why is he talking about what I won’t do instead of what he wants to do? Plain and simple, it’s because he knows he can’t beat me under any circumstances.” (more…)
By Robert Hough
WBA super-middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler said Monday at a public workout that his preparation is perfect for the November 21 fight against Andre Ward. “I see Ward is hungry and I know he has good speed, but I’m ready for him.”
Ward said that when he fights Mikkel Kessler on November 21, he’ll strike the right balance of focus and relaxation. “I’m going to fight a disciplined fight and have fun; that’s when I’m at my best.”
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
The UFC suffered a major blow when heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was forced out of his UFC 106 title bout with Shane Carwin due to a severe case of the flu. With time ticking away and no main event in sight, what did UFC president Dana White do?
He simply bumped the night’s slated co-main event—a rematch between Forrest Griffin (16-6) and Tito Ortiz (16-6-1)—to headlining status. .. . . 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.
A press conference was held today for Universum Box-Promotion’s world title tripleheader on Saturday at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion. Here’s what the fighters had to say… (more…)
Star Boxing has announced that the premiere December 3rd installment of its new series, “Hustler Boxing”, will be shown live on the Versus Network. The card will take place at the Grand Ballroom at New York’s famous Manhattan Center, and will feature light welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10KO) taking on Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1, 4KO) for the vacant USBA light welterweight championship. The card will also feature a battle between undefeated, sensational welterweight prospects, Star Boxing’s “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) and three-time national golden gloves champion, Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO). Robinson vs. Solomon is scheduled for six rounds. In another featured bout, “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) meets Jenna “Cowgirl” Shivers (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA female super bantamweight belt. Tickets are $202, $152, $102, $52 with VIP tables of ten also available. Call 718-823-2000.
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and WBC cruiserweight champion Giaccobe Fragomeni pose at Monday’s press conference in advance of their world title showdown on Saturday’s big “Universum Champions Night” world title tripleheader in Kiel, Germany. (Full report to come)
UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV heads to the suburbs of Washington D.C. on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT for the first ever UFC fight in Virginia with a card featuring some of the best up-and-coming lightweight fighters. Emanating from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the campus of George Mason University, undefeated UFC lightweight Gray Maynard (9-0, 1 NC) takes on hard-hitting Nate Diaz (11-4) in the main event with Efrain Escudero and Evan Dunham in a duel of undefeated fighters in the co-feature. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) announced today that the bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva will headline UFC 108 as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira today was forced to pull out of his fight with Cain Velasquez due to a severe injury to his left elbow. UFC 108, which is presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2010. (more…)
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Like WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, Oakland native Andre Ward was also on hand for Sunday’s NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland Coliseum. As far as we know, the fighters didn’t run into each other at the game. Chances of a face-to face showdown are better for today (Monday), when both Ward and Kessler take part in a media workout open to the public at King’s Gym in Oakland in preparation for Saturday’s WBA world title fight and SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup. Kessler will work out at 11:30AM and Ward will work out an hour later at 12:30PM.
Bantamweight contender Z Gorres survived a late knockdown in route to a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Since the surgery, Gorres’ progress has been very good. The brain pressure has remained stable. Monitoring is not needed anymore. The plan for tomorrow is to decrease sedation and allow him to be more conscious. They will start weaning him from the ventilator in order to allow him to breathe on his own. Team Gorres ask for all who believe in prayer to continue to pray for him and his recovery.
Report by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision . . . Click here for more
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler arrived in San Francisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. He left Sacramento after watching the Pacquiao-Cotto clash. “That was a great fight,” he said. “I have the utmost of respect for both fighters. They really put on a great show.” Kessler will take on Oakland hero Andre Ward in their hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic opening clash next Saturday. On Sunday afternoon he caught a first glimpse of the Oracle Arena when he and his team attended the NFL Game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Coliseum. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The welterweight mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto had all the makings of a classic war reminiscent of the 80’s era. When the first bell rang, thoughts of Hagler-Hearns and Leonard-Duran crossed the minds of those in attendance at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Those thoughts lasted all of three-and-a-half rounds – until the legend of Pacquiao imposed its will on Cotto . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
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