firstname.lastname@example.org Continuously updated all day, every day!
- Verdejo and Wonder Boy headline Aug 16 in Caguas
- Weidman to defend title against Belfort Dec. 6 in Las Vegas
- Video: Golovkin, Geale, Perez and Jennings together at MSG final press conference
- Mayweather Promotions gets smooth approval for Nevada promoters license
- Tickets on sale this week for "Jacare" vs. Mousasi at Foxwoods
- Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes
- Fight Night San Jose Main Card Fantasy Preview
- Fury to face Ustinov -- The man who broke Chisora’s hand
- Boxing Buzz
- G4 NYC Media Workouts
- UFC 178 heads to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
71-year-old iconic German trainer Ulli Wegner today signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland which binds him until early 2016. Wegner has trained fighters like Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Cecilia Braekhus to world title honors after joining the professional ranks in 1996. Wegner is currently preparing IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez for his mandatory title defense against Alexander Alekseev as well as light heavyweight contender Eduard Gutknecht, who has an IBF semi-eliminator lined up against Dmitry Sukhotsky. Both fights take place at the Brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany on November 23.
Usually when you see large crowds of people in Wisconsin, you would assume they are heading into Lambeau Field which serves as the home to the World Champion Green Bay Packers on game day, and touted as the most legendary stadium in the National Football League, yet surprising as it may be Wisconsin proved it is also a fighting state.
This past Friday, IBOM Stars Promotions presented “Casino Battle Royale” at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, in the beautiful city of Milwaukee. “The Contender” series reality star and former IBF #1 ranked Rico Hoye (24-3, 16 KO’s), returned to the ring after a four year layoff quickly dismantling the clearly overmatched Brandon Winner who drops to (3-9), in a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 51st annual WBC convention in Bangkok, Thailand commenced with simultaneous day long ratings session and referees seminar.
Presiding over the ratings session, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman opened with a few impromptu recognitions.
-After current WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez recently presented Pope Francis with a commemorative WBC belt at The Vatican, the WBC decided to declare His Holiness as “WBC Man of the Year.”
-Upon shattering all existing PPV records and the highest purse record for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was given the honorary title of “WBC Supreme Champion.”
-William Boodhoo was honored as WBC Committee chairman of the year.
-WBC legal staff of Robert Lenhardt and Alberto Leon were presented with the “Mister WBC” honor. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Tony Tolj
IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KO’s) has arrived in Perth, Australia to join Dragon Fire stable mate & WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KO’s) at Harry’s Gym.
Yordan made history in July when he became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at Featherweight & Lightweight respectively following his unanimous decision victory over Argentinian Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KO’s) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions “Thuderdome II” at Metro City Perth, Australia.
Chris John will face IBO World Featherweight Champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KO’s) in the Main Event Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing event on Friday December 6 at Metro City.
Yordan’s upcoming title IBO World Lightweight title defense is expected to be announced shortly.
By Brett Bonetti
Rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-0, 2 KOs) will face John Ford (5-2, 4 KOs) in the main event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV on Friday November 15 at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie’s trainer Peter “Foxy” Wilkenson says his fighter has been training the house down and will be more than ready to take on Ford.
“I can’t wait till fight night, I been training hard, moving and hitting hard too” Ogilvie said. “Ford is good, big and hard and also moves well around the ring, but he will be no match for me. I can’t wait til show time at Thunderdome on November 15.” (more…)
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is likely to replace rapper Enimem in an upcoming boxing movie entitled “Southpaw.”
Want to save money? Get tips from heavyweight contender Tyson Fury on Twitter: More
Terrance Williams talks about his boxing career with The Patriot-News. More
According to trainer Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao has but one option in Macau – and that’s to score a knockout over Brandon Rios. More
Heavyweight Mike Perez was deeply saddened to hear of the injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov during their 10-round battle on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Abdusalamov is being treated at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. “Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,” said Perez. “He fought like a true warrior, I’m happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.”
Added Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “Our entire team was very saddened to hear of the injuries that Magomed sustained during his bout on Saturday night. He is in our thoughts and prayers and we thank his team for keeping us updated on his condition.”
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
Gennady Golovkin continued to run roughshod over the middleweight division on Saturday night. In yet another in a string of exciting, yet dominant stoppage victories, the WBA/IBO middleweight titleholder knocked down and battered Curtis Stevens for eight rounds before the corner of Stevens elected to not let their fighter continue into the ninth. The fight was the main event of an HBO-televised card from an almost sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden. (More…)
Andrade: My job is to go in and stop Martirosyan, you never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges
As he prepares to break his Atlanta training camp and depart for this Saturday night’s fight against 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight title, undefeated Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) is set to make a major statement in Corpus Christi, Texas. Andrade vs. Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman Martinez’ title defense against Mikey Garcia, plus a rematch between former world champions Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
Martirosyan has a powerful team comprised of promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank), manager Cameron Duncan and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (although he is overseas training Manny Pacquiao). Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, managed by New Hampshire businessman Ed Farris, and trained by his father, Paul Andrade.
“I saw what happened in the (Julio Cesar, Jr.) Chavez-(Brian) Vera fight,” Andrade explained. “We’ve all seen what can happen when a name boxer is fighting on a show promoted by his promoter. My job is to go in and stop him (Martirosyan). You never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges. I learned that lesson the hard way in The Olympics.” (more…)
UFC GYM® is pleased to announce the opening of a second 24-hour gym in Corona, Calif. continuing to impact the way people approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT®. UFC GYM South Corona will be located at 265 E. Ontario Ave., at the corner of Main St. and Ontario Ave., and is scheduled to open in January 2014. An enrollment center is now open at the gym, where memberships are available at special pre-opening discounts. To find out more about UFC GYM South Corona call (951) 547-0166 or visit ufcgym.com/southcorona. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Mike-Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams (44-18, 33 KOs) on Monday night in Krasnodar, Russia. The bout often resembled a slow-paced sparring session and there were few memorable moments as the 44-year-old Maskaev won his third straight in his comeback. The 40-year-old Williams dropped his ninth straight fight.
Fedor Papazov W10 Sergio Escobar (lightweight)
David Avanesyan KO2 Carlos Herrera (welterweight)
Aik Shakhnazaryan W10 Behzod Nabiev (super lightweight)
Iron Boy Promotions returns with its tenth show, to take place at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, November 16th. In a special featured bout, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-6, 16KO) makes his Arizona debut against an opponent to be named. The 37-year-old Belorussian is trying to rebound from a one round KO loss to Deontay Wilder in August, his third straight defeat. In the main event local jr welterweight Juan Garcia (18-3, 7 KOs) will fight for the WBC USNBC belt. Also seeing action is lightweight Victor “El Nino” Castro (10-0, 5 KOs) looks to remain undefeated. (more…)
Report video and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
“My fists will do all the talking in Canada,” WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (22-0, 20 KOs) told Fightnews.com during a special WBO ring presentation ceremony organized by Main Events in New York City.
Kovalev made very clear that at least for now, his only priority is to beat Ukrainian challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) on November 30 in Quebec City, Canada. The Kovalev-Sillakh WBO title fight will be a part of an HBO doubleheader paired with the Adonis Stevenson-Tony Bellew WBC light heavyweight championship bout.
Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas laid out further plans for the Russian KO artist. “There’s a big possibility for Sergey to be in Russia for the fight on the end of February in Moscow,” stated Klimas. “We’ve already spoke about this option with Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinski and of course with HBO – we’re very friendly with them. If it happens, we will have a good opponent and make sure this fight will be broadcast on HBO here in the United States. After Kovalev beats Sillakh on November 30, Sergey will go to Russia and be even more popular there. (more…)
Report & Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 51st annual WBC convention officially opened on Monday morning in Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand Hotel. With over a thousand delegates, current and former champions, and world press on hand, Thailand’s General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, a Thai Senator and WBC board member, welcomed the attendees. Kovid invited the board and ring officials to commence with their important work and then to reward themselves with the enjoyment that can be found in the “Land of Smiles.”
WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman greeted the attendees, “With a heavy heart, not to replace my father, but to carry out his orders for the success of this convention.” Sulaiman explained that Don Jose has suffered several complications throughout his nearly five weeks of post-operative care, but will definitely recover to run the Council once again.
Record setting former WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam addressed the audience next and welcomed all to Thailand. “I am happy to have been a WBC champion and just as happy to have you all here in my country. Enjoy!”
Veteran boxing commentator Bob Sheridan addressed the gathering on his affinity for sanctioning bodies and their work at the annual conventions. “Many of my colleagues are quick to criticize the sanctioning bodies, but yet they never attend the conventions. They never see the work that is getting done here. I’d like to see them show up and then see what they have to say.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Ex-OPBF super-fly champ, WBC#6 Ryo Akaho (21-1-2, 14 KOs), 117, decked his second comeback go after his failure to win the WBC belt from compatriot Yota Sato last December as he fought a rough-and-tumble battle and finally dropped durable Filipino Jecker Buhawe (14-10-1, 9 KOs), 116.75, en route to a fine stoppage at 1:30 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Akaho, 27, greatly disappointed his adherents by showing nothing out of his highly touted weapon in losing a unanimous nod to Sato in a bid for the WBC belt. Sato forfeited his world throne in his next defense via upset TKO defeat by current titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Thailand, and abruptly called it quits by hanging gloves on the wall. Sato’s bad shellacking relatively Akaho’s stock again. Akaho, a very aggressive swinger, scored a fine fourth-round halt of Elmer Francisco this June, and faced another Filipino at the Hall. (more…)
Anthony Joshua, Kevin Mitchell, Lee Purdy, Jamie McDonnell and John Ryder are all in action on a packed end of year Matchroom Sport show at the ExCeL London on December 14. London Olympic gold medallist Joshua will return to the scene of his triumph when he meets Wales’ “Dangerous” Dorian Darch in his fourth professional fight. Kevin Mitchell will defend his IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title against Brunet Zamora, as he hunts down a second shot at a world title. Victory over the Italian, who is ranked one place higher than him with the IBF at number eight, would move the popular Londoner into striking distance of landing that chance in 2014 with current champ Miguel Vasquez.
Lee Purdy challenges unbeaten Leonard Bundu for the European welterweight title and former unbeaten world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell is set to be in action after his spot on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves bill. Middleweight star John Ryder is back in action and there are outings on the bill for Erick Ochieng, Martin J. Ward, Ben Ileyemi and Wadi Camacho. Tony Owen defends his Southern Area Light Welterweight title against Ricky Boylan, while Danny Connor faces Tyler Goodjohn.
By Brett Bonetti
Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-3, 22 KOs) will return to the Heavyweight division in the main event of the “Fight for Life” card at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday December 14 as he looks to once again make an impact in the heavyweight division. Cameron has turned down an opportunity to fight Australian Brad Pitt (14-0, 11 KO’s) in a title eliminator for the IBO Cruiserweight title vacated by Danny “The Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KO’s).
Cameron was last in the ring against Danny Green in November 2012. Green defeated the tough Cameron over 12 rounds to claim the vacant IBO World Cruiserweight title in Melbourne, Australia. Green revealed after the fight that Cameron had broken his ribs from a body shot in the first round. Cameron said after the fight that he was unsure if his future remained at Cruiserweight, but did say the hunger was still there. (more…)
Super middleweight Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs) is out to “win” the crowd over and show James DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs) what it’s like to challenge a “world class” fighter. Davis meets the 2008 Olympic champion for the WBC Silver super middleweight title at Glow, Bluewater, UK, on November 16th and feels his performance and “domination” will have the British fans cheering his name. “I most definitely want to show James what it’s like to be in the ring with a world class opponent,” Davis said. “I love the British fight fans – I’m a nice gentleman outside of the ring, I carry myself well and I’m respectable and I think with my performance and domination I plan on winning the fans over.” (more…)
A long list of local favorites will highlight the massive undercard for the Friday, December 6, “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ event, featuring WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, making the sixth defense of his title against Milan, Italy’s former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs) and the return of Chicago’s Polish Prince, Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs).
In support of the two main events will be an eight-round light welterweight match-up with all-action blood-and-guts warrior Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) Cicero, Illinois via Mexico; and eight-round light middleweight bout featuring the return of promising Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico; a six-round middleweight battle involving Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle (18-2, 12 KOs) of Chicago, via Geesala, Ireland; a six-round middleweight bout for popular scrapper Paul “The Punisher” Littleton (8-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago; a six-round cruiserweight bout for powerful and athletic fan favorite “Hurricane” Junior Wright(8-0, 7 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois; a five-round middleweight contest for “KO Autism” proponent Trinidad Garcia (5-3-3) of Chicago; and a four-round return for lightweight Jose Romero (1-0) of Whiting, Indiana.
By James Slater
Two aging heavyweights, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev and Mike-Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams, meet tonight in a scheduled ten round bout in Krasnodar, Russia. The 44-year-old Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) was to have faced Corey “T-Rex” Sanders in a rematch of a 2002 meeting which was won by Sanders via 8th-round TKO, but Sanders was unable to get a visa to travel to Russia. 40-year-old Williams, who has a 44-18, 33 KOs record (having lost his last eight outings, half by stoppage) was available and has been brought in at short notice. Maskaev, known as “The Big O,” launched his latest comeback in December of 2012, and since then he has picked up two wins (a 3rd-round TKO over Owen Beck and, last time out in May of this year, a ten-round UD over Jason Gavern).
World championship boxing returns to the Lone Star State this week with an exciting tripleheader featuring two world title fights and a grudge rematch between former world champions that’s been building for over six years. Two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will defend his title against undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia; 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will be looking to settle each other’s hash in a 10-round featherweight rumble and undefeated #1 and #2 contenders and one-time U.S. Olympians Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan And Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will battle it out for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title This boxing extravaganza will take place on Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. All three fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
By Brett Bonetti
WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KO’s) will take on the IBO World Featherweight Champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KO’s) in a battle of Featherweight Champions in the Main Event of the next Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing event on Friday December 6 at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia.
In April this year, Vetyeka stopped Indonesia’s “heir to the throne” Daud Cino Yordan in Jakarta, Indonesia and walked away with the IBO World Featherweight Championship. Chris John, The WBA Fighter of the Decade will be looking to restore Indonesian national pride and avenge the loss of his countryman.
John, a national treasure in his homeland was recently honoured by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo with the Bintang Jasa Star medal for outstanding contributions towards John’s native Indonesia, the homeland of 242 Million people. The Dragon will also attempt to create history and equal Eseubio Pedroza’s long standing record of 19 WBA World Featherweight title defenses. (more…)
Mark Coleman was 31 years old. He had just finished a stellar amateur wrestling career that saw him win a NCAA Championship in 1988 for The Ohio State University, earn All-American status twice, and also compete for the United States in the 1992 Olympics. But the competitive fires still burned, and he had no idea where his athletic career was going to lead him . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
. . . .
Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Kennedy vs Natal is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 PM ET/4 PM ET from Fort Campbell, Kentucky Click here for more
Edgar Torres (5-6-1, 4 KOs) has been confirmed as the next opponent for featherweight Dennis Ceylan (8-0, 5 KOs). The Danish Olympian will be looking to keep his unblemished record when he returns to action at the Nordic Fight Night on November 16 at Musikteatret Albertslund. In the main event of the evening, WBA/WBO Intercontinental middleweight beltholder Patrick Nielsen defends his titles against Jose Pinzon from Mexico.
Photos: Pete Susens
Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) and challenger Alberto Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs) squared off at Corpus Christi International Airport upon their arrival in Corpus Christi Sunday night for their battle on Saturday at The American Bank Center here. Walters, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, arrived with his team of trainer Celso Chavez, coordinator Patrick Buteau, and father Job Walters. Garza’s team consists of Victor Alfaro, Jesus Garza, and Hector Garcia. Garza hails from Mexico City. The Walters-Garza world title bout will be televised on Top Rank’s international telecast. (more…)
Unbeaten super lightweight and former USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (6-0, 4 KOs), of Avenal, California tho Saturday’s UniMas card at the Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore, California. Ramirez will face Erick Hernandez (4-4-1, 2 KOs) on a card billed as “The Fight for Water.” Ramirez wants his first local pro bout to bring attention to and help resolve the state’s water crisis and to promote economic growth in the area he grew up. In the co-feature, super featherweight Alejandro Perez (18-3-1, 12 KOs) meets Miguel Zamudio (25-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The UniMas telecast will air at midnight ET/11PM PT.
By Rick Scharmberg
Friday Night Fights returns to the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on Friday, November 22. In the main event, Edgar Santana (28-4, 19 KOs) will fight in a ten round junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be determined. In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC Youth Welterweight champion Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (18-0, 10 KOs) will also take on an opponent to be named. (more…)
An free event for amateur/professional fighters, trainers and managers titled “The Winning Edge in Combat Sports: How to Get It and Maximize Your Health” will take place on November 15th at the Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The two-hour program is presented by Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a leading authority on brain health in contact sports, and sponsored by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Subject matter covered includes
- Developing and maintaining a winning attitude
- Maintaining optimal nutrition amidst the challenges of rapid weight loss
- Understanding performance-enhancing drugs and the latest trends
- Recognizing concussion and the effects of repetitive head trauma
- Drawing for restaurant certificates and other great prizes. Winner must be present at the time of the drawing. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Myung-goo Yuh Promotion
ABCO #2 superfly Myung-goo Yuh (12-4-1, 7 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBC Asia 115lb title as he scored a third round TKO over ABCO #5 Khunkiri Wor Wisarut (10-7-1, 5KOs) on Sunday at Jangyoo Sports Center in Gimhae City, South Korea. Yuh impressively showed his powerful punches, dropping his foe once with a bodyshot in the opening round. The show in round two looked exciting when Thailander aggressively exchanged punches with the local hero in this close affair round. Finally, the show rapidly ended in round three when the Korean landed a big right straight which brutally dropped his contender, forcing the referee Young-il Ahn to stop the bout at 0:40. photos
George Groves gives Carl Froch a verbal beating, ahead of their title showdown. More
Yes, the media is still buying in to the possibilities of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather showdown. More
A man has been arrested for an alleged attacking of Stephen Burns, father of champion Ricky Burns. More
Local coverage from Pensacola, Fla., on Roy Jones Jr.’s latest return to the ring. More
By Johnny B’
The co-main event bouts at the Danceland Ballroom in downtown Davenport Iowa both went the distance Saturday evening.
CBA and Mid-American middleweight beltholder George Carter Jr. from Galesburg, Illinois retained his titles and raised his record to 11-0, 6 KOs by outboxing game challenger Skyler Thompson over six rounds. Thomson, a hard hitting veteran from Rockford Illinois, was competitive in every round, but fell just a bit short as Carter outscored him in the fast paced match. Judges Pete Henkels, Yale Loiacono and Adam Pollack all handed in identical scores of 60-54. Thompson’s record falls to 12-9, 10 KOs.
In the final bout of the evening, super middleweight Feliciano Correa continuing his comeback at the age of 43, elevating his career record to 18-6-1, 9 KOs, outworking 45-year-old Jason Medina in a grueling battle of elder statesmen. Correa’s efforts were rewarded with a split decision victory over Medina who’s record dropped to 3-13, 3 KOs. Iowa judges Pete Henkels and Adam Pollack both had Correa as the winner while Illinois judge, Yale Loiacono had Medina ahead on his scorecard. Referee Gilbert Richardson raised the hand of Correa as he celebrated his hard earned victory. Feliciano quickly left the ring with his new CBA Latino championship belt.
By Karl Freitag
Nathan Lewkowicz, Vice President of Sampson Promotions, has updated Fightnews.com on the condition of heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov. The brave Russian warrior who went ten brutal rounds against Mike Perez Saturday night in front of a packed house at Madison Square Garden and a worldwide TV audience on HBO, is still in ICU at Roosevelt Hospital and remains in stable condition. According to Lewkowicz, Abdusalamov had part of his skull removed to reduce swelling.
Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports, issued the following statement: “The thoughts and prayers of all of us at HBO Sports are with Magomed Abdusalamov. We are grateful for the medical care he is receiving here in New York City and out of respect for Magomed and his family, we will wait for any official updates on his condition before making any further statements.”
By Robert Coster
Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Nicholas” The Axeman” Walters is flying to Corpus Christi, Texas, Sunday from Panama where he will participate in the Top Rank Boxing / HBO televised mega-card this coming Saturday. The card will feature three world championship bouts plus the much anticipated rematch between Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
The Jamaican-born Walters (22-0, 18 KOs), recently signed up by Top Rank, will be making his first title defense and first appearance in a US ring against tough Mexican challenger Alberto “Kirchis” Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs). Walters is accompanied by veteran trainer Celso Chavez, father Job Walters and Patrick Buteau of Premium Boxing Promotion (of Panama). Manager Jacques Deschamps will be joining the group on Tuesday. Before leaving for Texas, Walters commented, “I am fired up at the prospect of being given the opportunity to show the US boxing fans who is Nicholas Walters. I not only want to win, I want to make a statement. ‘This is the Axeman, he’s for real and he is a major player in the featherweight division.’”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
According to Boris Grinberg, manager of heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov, Mago is doing better. “He is in the hospital, under steady observation but he’s definitively better with every passing hour,” Grinberg told Fightnews.com. “I want to say a big thanks for all the well wishes we received. We will know more Monday morning when our team will issue a special press release about Magomed’s health situation.”
By Ron Jackson
Siphosethu Mvula claimed the vacant SA junior bantamweight title when he beat Unathi Gqoma in East London on Sunday. The six-fight novice won by what seemed a rather fortunate unanimous decision. Judges Siya Vabaza-Booi and Lulama Mtya scored it 116-112 and 116-113 and Simphiwo Mbini handed in a card showing 116-111. (more…)
All contents copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 by Freitag Marketing Services, LLC. The information on this site cannot be reused without written permission.