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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight title challenger Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he clashes with American Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds at the Logan Metro Sports Centre, Crestmead, Queensland, Australia. Leapai is coming off a fifth round stoppage loss in his world heavyweight title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko on April 26 in Germany. Leapai’s best win came against Denis Boytsov who he outpointed over twelve rounds in November 2013 to set up the challenge against Klitschko.
Malik Scott is coming off a 1st round KO loss to Deontay Wilder in a WBC elimination bout in March 2014. Scott stopped Bowie Tupou in eight rounds in 2012 and boxed a draw against IBF #2 Vyacheslav Glazkov in 2013. Derek Chisora stopped Scott in six rounds in July 2013. Betting agencies have made Leapai a favorite in the wagering.
Sensational lightweight Felix Verdejo, the latest in a long line of outstanding Puerto Rican boxers, makes his Philadelphia debut Saturday evening, Dec. 13, when he takes on Karim El Ouazghari, of Barcelona, Spain, in the scheduled eight-round main event at the 2300 Arena. The Verdejo-Ouazghari fight, along with an eight-round super middleweight contest featuring Jesse Hart, of Philadelphia, will be televised as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas. The delayed telecast will begin at 11pm (EST). First of seven prelims begins at 6.45pm.
The 21-year-old Verdejo (left), an outstanding amateur, represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics. He lost a 14-9 decision in the quarter-finals to eventual Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, of the Ukraine, who currently is the WBO featherweight champion. Verdejo’s overall amateur record was 106-17. (more…)
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba native Sullivan Barrera (13-0, 8 KOs) defected to the United States to become a world champion boxer and now, in his second straight training camp with world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez (trainer to WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin), the undefeated light heavyweight feels he is getting closer to realizing that dream. On Nov. 8 Barrera will face Rowland Bryant (18-4, 12 KOs) of Altamonte Springs, Florida, who is coming off an eight round unanimous decision loss to Pawel Glazewski in Poland. The two will meet for eight rounds of action on the stacked undercard of the Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
SES heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (18-2-0 (16 KOs) will defend his German International belt against David Gegeshidze (13-6-1, 3 KOs) on the undercard of the big November 8 Robert Stieglitz vs. Felix Sturm (card at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. After nearly two years out of the ring, Kretschmann returned in 2014 with two successful comeback fights under trainer Stephan Kühne. The fight against Gegeshidze will be a ten-rounder.
In the sports world when they talk about the signing of a blue chip athlete it usually means someone who has all the necessary tools to be a success. Well in the signing of pro boxer Luis “The Mayor” Mora, Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht feels he has a blue chip athlete to showcase to his fans, and build into a solid contender. Mora, is a 2013 graduate of Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in criminal justice, is 4-0 as a pro and his return to the ring on December 4th could see a major celebrity in the crowd. (more…)
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (15-0, 9 KOs) will defend his IBF International title on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. The 22 year-old will face Croatian veteran Stjepan Bozic (29-8, 19 KOs) in a fight coach Karsten Roewer has described as the first real test of Zeuge’s pro career. Zeuge is the latest addition to a show featuring World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer defending his title against Pawel Glazewski, while International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez faces mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi.
Manny Pacquiao is reportedly punishing his sparring partners as he prepares for his November 22 PPV clash with Chris Algieri in Macao, China. Pacman broke the nose of #1 contender Victor Postol last Friday and also “hurt” Mike Jones according to the South China Morning Post. “Manny broke Postol’s nose three days ago. But Postol’s okay. I train him. He’s a fighter, he’s a tough kid and he’s not going home,” Pacman’s trainer Freddie Roach told the paper. “We still have three hard weeks of work in front of us. With three good sparring partners, it’s working out well. I have one more sparring partner coming over as a reserve, but I will use him as well.”
If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.
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Last Saturday, at the Prize Fight Promotions “Fights at the Fitz” event in Tunica, Mississippi, fans were treated to a special guest appearance by former undisputed heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, the man known for knocking out then-undefeated Mike Tyson in 1990, despite entering the ring as a 42-1 underdog.
Though Tyson has made a slew of well-publicized comebacks in the years since that first defeat, his one-time opponent, Douglas, is more quietly blazing his own comeback trail in the form of passing along his wisdom to the next generation—and, like many, hoping to find the next big American heavyweight to bring the belts back home. (more…)
By Héctor Villarreal
Photo: Héctor Villarreal
After only one week of vacation, WBA featherweight champion, Jamaican Nicholas ‘The Axe Man’ Walters attended the Pedro Alcazar training gym in Panama City, Panama on Monday morning for a light workout. “I just want to take care of my weight even when I don’t have a date for my next defense,” said Walters who stopped Nonito Donaire in Carson, California on October 18. “I arrived on October 19 and spent only 3 busy days in Panama attending TV and radio stations for interview appointments,” added the champion who spent 3 days in Barranquilla, Colombia, invited by WBA to the KO Drugs Festival. “I still have to go to Haiti to attend a boxing show promoted by my manager Jacques Deschamps on November 8. We will celebrate my victory there before going to Jamaica to spend some time with my family and country people so I try to workout as often as I can to keep close to my weight division,” said the ‘Axe Man.’
By David Finger
The opening day of the 27th Annual WBO convention kicked off Monday with a golf tournament and a “Welcome Cocktail Party” at the pool of Caesars Palace. The convention will get down to business this morning at 8 AM.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Commonwealth middleweight champion Tuna Scanlan has passed away in New Zealand at the age of 80 years. Scanlan was born in Apia, Samoa on July 12, 1935 and began his professional career on July 20, 1954 under the name of Tuna Frank scoring eight round decision win. In 1956 he made his debut in New Zealand defeating Ulf Christenson at the Muncipal Theatre in Napier. (more…)
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Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on former world champion Victor Ramirez (20-2- 15 KOs) this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the IBF Latino cruiserweight title on the line. Site of the fight will be the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina.
This is the third time this bout has been scheduled since this past June. Each fighter sustained injuries prior to the prior two bouts. Just a few days away and Elam’s management feels their guy is ready to pull off the upset. ”Were expecting the former world champion Ramirez to be a tough fight. Deon and his trainer Buddy McGirt have had an extended time to train together due to the previous postponements. Deon is 100% healthy and ready for his biggest challenge as pro,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions returns to the airwaves of Globosat in Brazil on November 15 with a card featuring several clashes between Brazil and Argentina, as well the latest bout of Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao. In an eight-round middleweight matchup, Falcao puts his unbeaten record on the line in a rematch against Argentina’s Martin Fidel Rios. In January, the two met for the first time, with a controversial no contest verdict being rendered. Next month, they get the chance to face off again at the Ginasio Municipal Falcao – Praia Grande in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (more…)
Promoter Yvon Michel has confirmed that WBC super middleweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against against Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs) at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City on Showtime. The bout will take place on December 19, a Friday night. Sukhotsky is rated WBC #7.
WBA #10 light heavyweight contender, two-time Russian Olympian sensation Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), as well as IBF #5 welterweight Kevin Bizier (26-1, 16 KOs) will also be in action.
Featherweight Jonathan Arellano is ready for former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and their showdown this Saturday at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I’ve been training really hard for the past 2 and half months for another fight, when this opportunity showed up” said Arellano. “Vázquez Jr. is a very strong and smart fighter. In my past 7 fights I have been more like a boxer countering and dancing around but in this fight against Wilfredo that style won’t work. I need to be the aggressor. At the end of the day we are here to entertain. I will push forward and I don’t believe Vazquez Jr. will be the aggressor that night. He will come out strong the first 2 rounds. I will be ready for whatever he brings this Saturday.”
The clash between Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. vs. Jonathan Arellano will be an eight round fight for the vacant USNBC featherweight title of the World Boxing Council. Vazquez Jr. vs. Arellano is presented by Cotto Promotions in association with Top Rank and H2 Entertainment and will be televised by the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series on UNIMAS at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Stan Skrzynski
“As usual, Tomek is very quiet, very confident. He meets Polish fighters at home, everything is in harmony with his training. You don’t see any pressure. He knows what he can do against Szpilka,” said Stan Skrzynski, a longtime Adamek friend and attorney after he visited former two-division world champion and his trainer Roger Bloodworth in Gilowice, Poland.
Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) clashes with 26-year old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs) on November 8 in Krakow, Poland. “He’s smiling but he’s not taking Szpilka lightly,” added Skrzynski. “It’s just who he is and always was.”
Photos: Mike Young/Team Pacquiao
Superstar Manny Pacquiao was surrounded by huge crowds in Hong Kong’s Statue Square as he traveled there to promote his upcoming fight with New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Iron Mike Productions has announced a card for November 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Headlining “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” is a ten-round welterweight clash between undefeated 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist for the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) against Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (13-2-2, 9 KOs), a member of the 2008 Mexican Olympic Team, for the World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX belt.
Co-featured is a ten round featherweight WBC FECARBOX title bout between former world title challenger Claudio Marrero (16-1, 12 KOs) and Juan Antonio “Zurdo” Rodriguez (26-5, 23 KOs). Also, 2012 Ukrainian Olympian middleweight Ievgen “The Lion” Khytrov (6-0, 6 KOs) will face off against Louis Rose (11-1-1, 3 KOs) and unbeaten heavyweight Wes “Cherokee Warrior” Nofire (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with Ty “the Tyger” Cobb (18-5, 10 KOs).
Advance tickets are now on sale priced at $75, $62 and $42.
IBF Statement: We were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of our former President Hiawatha Knight last week. Hiawatha was part of the fabric of the IBF/USBA. She was a founding member of the organization and held a position on the board of directors until recently. Hiawatha became a leader in the sport when it wasn’t common to see a woman in such a position. She was one of the pioneers creating a path for many more women to come. Her passion and enthusiasm for boxing, and her dedication to this organization will always be remembered.
Over the past few days we have received many condolence messages which we deeply appreciate. So many remember her with such fondness, but the common thread in all these messages is, “Hiawatha was a class act.” While our hearts are heavy with this loss, we join the Knight family in honoring and celebrating Hiawatha’s life.
IBF Ratings Committee Vice-Chairman Ray Wheatley added “Hiawatha Knight was a lovely lady who helped me several times. I had the pleasure of working with her in South Africa in 1997 and later when she was IBF President in 2000. A great lady who will be sadly missed.” (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) will return in a ten rounder at lightweight against Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs) at La Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on 15 November on a night organized by Golden Boy Promotions, Cancun Boxing and Promociones del Pueblo. The event will also include boxing clinics, community work, autograph signings and motivational speaking in partnership with the World Boxing Council and the local government.
By David Finger
All eyes in boxing will soon shift back to Las Vegas this week, but not for a major fight. The 27th Annual WBO Convention is set to kick off TODAY at Caesars Palace, and with an exciting agenda many fans and insiders are eagerly anticipating the annual event.
The agenda for the event this week is as follows:
Registration will kick off today at 8:30 AM and continue until 4:30 PM. The popular 17th Annual Golf Tournament will also tee off today (starting at 6 AM) at the Royal Links Golf Club. Welcome Cocktails will start at 7PM and run to 10PM.
On Tuesday, the General Assembly of the Executive Committee will kick off at 8:30 AM with the Opening Ceremony. It will be followed by President’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report, the Championship Committee Report, and the Grievance Committee Report. After lunch the convention will continue with the Regional Vice Presidents’ Reports.
On Wednesday, the WBO will host the ABC “official seminar “in the morning followed by the ABC “Referee Seminar” in the afternoon. Thursday will feature the closure of the Executive Committee after the Supervisor Seminar and a “Chris Algieri Presentation” in the morning. From there the Championship and Rating Committees will discuss rankings, and closing the event will be the ever popular Gala Dinner at 8 PM. Registration is still open and additional tickets to the Gala Dinner are available at www.wboboxing.com
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane retained his IBO flyweight belt in a closely fought contest over 12 rounds against Mexico’s Odilon Zaleta at the Durban International Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon. The 32-year-old Mthalane who was making the first defense of his belt improves his record to (31-2, 20 KOs) was given a tougher encounter than expected by the rugged Zaleta, 29, whose record drops to (15-5, 8 KOs).
On the same card Christopher Buthelezi (23-12-3, 9 KOs) retained his South African middleweight title and claimed the vacant WBF middleweight belt with a split points decision over Christopher Dlamini (12-1, 6 KOs). (more…)
In his prime, Gary “Bring Da Pain” Bell was a noteworthy heavyweight. As an amateur, the Brooklyn native captured three New York Golden Gloves championships and had his sights set on a world title in the paid ranks.
In 1996, world champion and future hall of famer Evander Holyfield enlisted the ultra-aggressive Bell as a sparring partner leading up to his first bout against Mike Tyson. Throughout camp, Bell did his best to mimic Iron Mike and reportedly got the best of Holyfield during some of their sparring sessions. Impressed with Bell’s ability, Holyfield signed on to become his manager. The two sparred again for Holyfield’s rematch with Tyson. This time, Holyfield reportedly got the better of Bell. (more…)
By Robert Coster
When Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters stopped Nonito Donaire last week in Carson, California, there was one noticeable person absent in his corner, his manager Jacques Deschamps. Indeed, Deschamps is the man who discovered Walters and has guided him all through his pro career, at great personal financial expense. Fightnews sat down with Deschamps to talk about Nicholas Walters’ climb to the top and what lays ahead for the WBA featherweight champion.
Jacques, because of health reasons and a surgery, you could not be in Nicholas Walters’ corner in his showdown with Nonito Donaire. Did you guys talk before the fight?
I wanted so much to be in Carson but I couldn’t be with Nicholas and Team Walters in the biggest fight of his career. I spoke daily with Nicholas and he was so motivated. There was no doubt in his mind that he was going to win. He said ‘I’m knocking him out in five or six rounds,’ and he did just that, showing the world what the Axeman is about. (more…)
WBA #5 ranked Tyson Cave (24-2, 8 KOs) of Novia Scotia, Canada will meet WBA #2 ranked Oscar Escandon (23-1, 16 KOs) of Colombia on December 11. The bout is a WBA eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds and for the WBA interim 122 pound title and will be on an ESPN2 special Thursday Edition fightcard at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California.
The most recent known name in boxing out of Nova Scotia was former Olympian and world title challenger Kirk Johnson, a cousin of Cave. Personality wise they are two very much different people. Johnson is more quite and reserved where Cave is more brash and vocal. Some in boxing had pretty much written Cave off after his loss to former world title challenger AJ Banal in the Philippines in 2011. A major turning point in his career came when he teamed up with young fast rising manager and Toronto Business mogul Lee Baxter. It was Baxter who secured his bout with former world ranked and fellow Canadian Sebastian Gauthier this past April. Cave went on to unanimously decision Gauthier and win the NABA Super Bantamweight title landing him in his current position. Cave also stated that he has signed on with Sampson Lewkowicz and Al Haymon. (more…)
By David Finger
In what can only be called a knockout, School of Hard Knock Promotions put forth one of the most exciting boxing events to hit Southern New Mexico in recent memory as local boy Edgar Zubia took on his toughest opponent to date, fellow New Mexico prospect Jose Salinas Saturday night in Hobbs, New Mexico in front of a nearly sold out crowd of over 500 boxing fans.
Local boy Edgar Zubia, 140, took on cross state rival Jose Salinas, 139.8, in a six round war that left many fans calling for a rematch immediately afterwards. The quick Zubia was in a “do or die” situation after losing a heartbreaker to Colbert Lozoya in his last fight back in 2013. The talented Zubia was hoping to revitalize his career with a dominant win over the highly regarded Salinas, and for two rounds, it looked like the plan was working. (more…)
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By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Timothy Hernandez
A great night of boxing Friday night at the home for professional boxing in San Diego, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley where California Hall of Fame promoter Bobby D. Presents put on yet another fight card in 2014 with “San Diego Fights: Back in Business”. A star-studded audience including the great James Toney, former St. Louis Cardinal Vince Coleman and former champ Steve Forbes among the San Diego faithful to witness undefeated Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (12-0-1, 3KO) remain so against Carlos “Guerrero” Valenzuela (6-2, 3KO) in the main event junior welterweight four rounder.
The fight marked the first time Robles of San Diego fought in his hometown of San Diego since last February when he captured the interim WBC Latino junior welterweight title with a surprise win over Olympian Yordenis Ugas. In his last fight last summer Robles traveled north to San Francisco to upset local Jonathan Chicas with an eight round split decision live on Fox Sports 1. (more…)
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