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Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor received the keys to the city of his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania from Mayor Thomas Trigona today at a press conference held at the War Memorial Arena . . . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 47th annual WBC convention will commence this weekend in Jeju Island, South Korea, running from November 1 -7, 2009. Top stars such as Andre Dirrell, welterweight champion Andre Berto, super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa, former straw weight champion Hideyuka Ohashi from Japan, super Flyweight champion Ana Marie Torres will attend. Also, all former WBC champions from Korea are expected to be on hand such as legends Jung Koo Chang and Sun Kil Moon. Promoters committed to attend include, but are not limited to: Gary Shaw, Dan Goosen, Akihiko Honda, Universum, OPI 2001, Thompson Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, Fernando Beltran, K2 Promotions, Philippe Fondu, Andrew Wasileski and others from Japan, Korea and Thailand. All in all, over 500 delegates from 90 countries are committed to attend.
Don King took over the famous Pirate Ship at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday for the final press conference before Saturday’s “Halloween Thrilla” world championship doubleheader at the TI and live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Assembled media and several hundred curious onlookers watched in amazement and were entertained as “Captain” King took over the iconic ship with the friendly help of TI’s performing Pirates and Sirens. (more…)
By John Cannon
“The King” has returned and is ready to reign supreme once again. Harlingen‘s “King” James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) is returning to the ring after a six month lay-off and will face Lenin Arroyo (20-10, 4 KOs) of Miami on the under card of the Joseph Agbeko and Yhonny Perez fight on Showtime this Saturday at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
“Miguel Cotto is a bigger guy and a hard puncher…strong…he’s a good fighter and he’s the champion for this fight and I’m the challenger so I’m not underestimating Cotto’s capabilities in boxing,” said Manny Pacquiao on a conference call with reporters today. Regarding trainer Freddie Roach’s prediction of a KO, Pacman stated, “That’s my coach’s prediction, but for me, I want to focus on the fight and if the knockout comes, it comes.”
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) recently visited a hockey match and flew a helicopter while in Switzerland. After that, Vitali and challenger Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) went for a photo shoot in a boxing ring erected high in the Swiss Alps. Before departure back to Kiev, Klitschko met with the mayor of Bern, Alexander Chapet, who accompanied the champion on an excursion through the city. Klitschko and Johnson have both given interviews to Fightnews.com, which will be soon published.
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will move his training camp to California at the end of this week to continue his preparation for his Super Six World Boxing Classic opener against Andre Ward. The November 21 clash will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Kessler today caught up with his fans, sending out a special newsletter via his website, www.mikkelkessler.com. Feel free to have a look at his Facebook page – it has close to 125,000 fans. (more…)
Three-time world cruiserweight champion David “The Haymaker” Haye is excited that his “David vs. Goliath” title fight Nov. 7 against World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev is being broadcast in North America live on Pay-Per-View from Nuremberg, Germany. “This is very important for me,” Haye spoke about the fight airing in North America. “I’m looking to increase my fan base all the time. I hope a lot of American and Canadian fans know of me from what I achieved at cruiserweight, but I’m sure this will be the first time they’ve been able to watch me live since my cruiserweight unification clash with Enzo Maccarinelli.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
There was a time not too long ago when junior middleweight Sechew Powell was one of the brightest prospects coming out of New York City. 20 wins, no losses and 11 wins coming by way of knockout. A fixture on Lou DiBella’s monthly Broadway Boxing series, the well spoken Powell was starting to become a force to be reckoned with at 154 pounds. But then the results started to fluctuate: a decision loss to Kassim Ouma was followed by a less than scintillating win over Ishe Smith. Powell bounced back to win two in a row by knockout but then, shockingly, was stopped by Deandre Latimore in a seventh round technical knockout loss in the summer of 2008. He has only fought twice since and only one of those fights took place this year. But on December 12, Powell (now 25-2, 15 KO’s) returns to box Antonio Mesquita at the Paris in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the Brooklyn born and raised boxer, it marks a chance to get back to where he once was. (more…)
By Graham Houston
In an oddity of a fight on Friday, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. meets Luis “Yory Boy” Campas in what is being billed as “Revenge of the Son”. I don’t know about “revenge” because Campas fought a draw with Camacho’s famous dad, Hector — he didn’t beat the 48-year-old “Macho”. Anyway, now it is the turn of the “little male puppy” — I believe that is how “Machito” translates — to try to go one better than the old man . . . More
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It would be hard to find a style that would surprise a fighter with a career spanning over 20 years and with more than 100 professional bout, but on Friday, October 30th, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27KO) plans to do just that when he faces former champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (92-14-1, 74KO) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, as the main event of “Latin Invasion 2″ presented by Zeferino Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions . . . . Click here for more
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By Ron Jackson
Cassius Baloyi returns to action for the first time since April this year when he faces Roberto Arrieta of Argentina on Friday night at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on a Branco Sports Productions bill. Baloyi ranked at number five and Arrieta at number thirteen will be fighting in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator to meet the winner between Mzonke Fana and the champion Robert Guerrero. Baloyi (36-4-1, 19 KOs) who will be 35-years-old on November 5 will be hoping to get his career back on track after losing his IBF belt on a seventh round stoppage against Malcolm Klassen, who was subsequently dethroned by Guerrero. (more…)
Louisiana promoter Les Bonano has announced the signing of Big Fred Kassi (13-1, 7 KOs) to a promotional agreement. Kassi, who is originally from Douala, Cameroon, is a six-foot 240-pounder whose only loss came by a split decision to experienced Lionel Butler in September. “I believe that Big Fred has the natural ability and is willing and eager to learn the things to become a champion,” said Bonano, who plans to develop Kassi into a draw in the South before challenging rated fighters in 2010.
By Emily Harney
Fightnews.com sat down with middleweight prospect David “Gatti of the Rockies” Medina (20-2, 10 KOs), who takes on the toughest opponent of his career when he steps into the ring against former star of ESPN’s 2007 season of “The Contender” Miguel Hernandez (20-9, 10 KOs). The fight takes place Friday on the Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son! pay-per-view card, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The November 21 “Universum Champions Night” at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, will feature one of the year’s absolute boxing highlights when long-standing WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) moves up a division to challenge WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs). The 40-year-old OPI 2000 fighter Fragomeni will be making the second defense of his world title against the unbeaten Universum star Erdei, who is five years younger. In this Boxing.de interview, he speaks about the upcoming collision of champions and much more. (more…)
Growing up in Colombia, Yonnhy Perez would go as a chef on Halloween, “or maybe Dracula,” he said, “because where I’m from Halloween is called the Day of the Witch.” But, when the unbeaten, #1-ranked Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia, challenges IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Accra, Ghana, this Saturday in the main event at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), he says he’ll “come dressed as a world champion.” (more…)
Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr and Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas visited Fort Bliss, the home to the US Army Air Defense Artillery School and four combat ADA brigades in El Paso, Texas today. Camacho Jr. and Campas face off this Friday in the main event of the “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son!” pay-per-view, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
“LATIN INVASION 2″ is live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Unbeaten boxers and former junior national roommates Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Lamont Peterson met the media on Tuesday to discuss their World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title mega-matchup Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). “We’ve traveled together and are friends and know each other pretty well but it’s part of the business,” said Bradley from the ballroom at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where he grew up in North Palm Springs. “I had to take this fight. I didn’t really want to take this fight but I had to. Once we get in the ring our friendship is out the door.” (more…)
Hector “Machito” Camacho, current WBC Caribbean Light Middleweight champion and son of former 4-time world champion, Hector “Macho Man” Camacho, is very bothered as he moves into the final preparation for his upcoming first defense of his title, which will take place on Friday, October 30 live on pay-per-view from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2: REVENGE OF THE SON” is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and DISH Network, TVN Entertainment and Viewer’s Choice Canada beginning at 6pm PST/9pm EST at the affordable price of $24.95! Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster (including online) or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office (915-747-5234).
Former world light heavyweight champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle views his 10-round main event fight Saturday evening, headlining the “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing card against world rated Joey “KO Kid” Spina, as a golden opportunity to get back into the big picture.
“Fright Night At The Sun,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will be taped live at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and air on NESN at a date and time to be announced. (more…)
No Freddy Kruegers, Jasons or even Frankensteins are fighting on October 30th (Halloween Eve) pro boxing card at the Yonkers Armory, but “Halloween Havoc” will feature some of New York’s most promising and entertaining young boxers. O’Shea Brothers Boxing Promotion is bringing old-school boxing back to the fans, showcasing hungry fighters in action-packed, competitive bouts. (more…)
The Iron Heats Boxing Club has announced a special appearance of former world champion Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas in El Paso. Vargas will be holding a meet and greet at Pavo Real Rec Center located at 9301 Alemeda Ave, Wednesday October 28, at 6:00 p.m. The Iron Hearts Boxing Club will be presenting the former champ with an award for his continued service to amateur boxing and youth enrichment.
Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King will present a five-fight pay-per-view telecast of undercard fights from Saturday’s card at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The $5.99 webcast begins at 6PM ET/3PM PT at www.DonKingTV.com. The show will feature heavyweights Ray Austin against DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson, plus rising heavyweight knockout artist Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne and undefeated fighters ‘King’ James De La Rosa and Nelson Linares.
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