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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Boxing returned to Tinseltown on Thursday night as the Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing Promotions presented Hollywood Fight Night VI from the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. In the main event, unbeaten Russian welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round KO over Rogelio Castaneda (26-19-3, 8KOs) of Sacramento, California.
Unbeaten local heavyweight Charles Martin (12-0, 10 KOs) of nearby Carson, California stayed unbeaten by halting Joey Dawejko (8-4-2, 3 KOs) in four rounds in the co-main event. (more…)
Photos: James Dayap
Today in Macau, a reporter asked Brandon Rios about “…all of the pressure going into a fight against Manny Pacquiao.”
“No pressure on me,” Rios said at his daily workout. “I’ll be the one putting all of the pressure on him November 23. I’m retiring Pacqiuao. I said it before and I’ll say it again – Pacquiao’s time is over. Marquez took the last bit of life out of him. I’m going to get all of that Manny Money when I win and get ready for my next fight.”
Rios worked the mitts with chief trainer Robert Garcia, then worked on a heavy bag, then the speed bag at the gym inside of the Venetian Macau.
On Friday, Rios will have his last day of sparring against lefthander Erick DeLeon of Detroit. “I’ve been training five months, the longest camp of my life,” Rios said. “But this work is what it takes to win a fight like this.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Legendary American broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan was the master of ceremonies at the weigh in on Friday for Saturday’s David Tua vs. Alexander Ustinov twelve round showdown for a WBA Regional title at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. The bout will be televised on a Main Event Pay-Per-View Television Network.
Tua weighed in at a svelte 236.9 while the 6’7 Ustinov was 292.9.
The officials for Saturday night’s big heavyweight clash are Referee Brad Vocale and judges Carl Zappia, Charlie Lucas and Carrick Belton. Supervisor is Brad Vocale.
Unbeaten Yuiorkis Gamboa was arrested Wednesday afternoon for two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. He is expected to be released on bond Friday.
Heavyweight great Evander Holyfield hast teamed up with philanthropist Yank Barry in an effort to help Syrian refugees move out of camps and into permanent homes in Bulgaria.
Sparring with Sugar Shane Mosley has amped up Sam Soliman for his fight against Les Sherrington on Dec. 11. More
A fear of dying is what motivated former contender David Tua to get into optimum shape against Alexander Ustinov. More
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
This reporter is tired with many world title bouts this week in Japan—four title goes in five days since last Sunday. Should you be a fight scribe here in Japan where there are nearly three hundred shows a year (five promotions a week on an average), you would need physical power, mental power, perseverance and diligence to cover numerous events, many press conferences, public workouts, weigh-ins, etc.
Today we saw another new world champ, if female, totaling sixteen world champions—eleven male and five female ones. Japan’s Naoko Shibata (11-3, 3 KOs), 107.5, acquired the vacant IBF female light-flyweight (108-pound) belt as she defeated previously unbeaten Mexican Alondra Garcia (11-1, only one KO), 107.75, in a ten-round elimination bout on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist and Brazilian Superstar Esquiva Falcäo signs exclusive pact with Top Rank
Top Rank announced today it signed yet another blue chip 2012 Olympian — 2012 Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcäo of Brazil. He will make his professional debut in early 2014. Falcäo, 23, advanced to the Olympic finals as a middleweight, mowing down top international competition before losing to gold medalist Ryota Murata (also a Top Rank fighter) of Japan. It was the first time a Brazilian boxer ever reached an Olympic final.
“We are thrilled that Esquiva has joined Top Rank. He has so much talent and we look forward to letting that talent shine on an international stage,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “Brazil boasts a robust media market and a rabid fan base. There is a reason why Brazil is hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. We look forward to using those platforms in promoting Esquiva.”
The southpaw Falcäo joins a sterling list of Olympians already on Top Rank’s roster, including gold medalists Zou Shiming of China, Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, Murata, and Egor Mekhhontcev of Russia, and three other exciting prospects — American Jose Ramírez, Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo and Mexican Óscar Valdez — all of whom aspire to become Top Rank’s next generation of world champions.
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
On November 14, at 8:45 a.m., Chicago middleweight Michael Walker was found shot and lying in a gangway on Chicago’s South Side. The officers who responded to the 8200 block of South Drexel Boulevard reported finding Walker unresponsive. Walker was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. As of 4:50 p.m. on November 14, no further information was available.
Walker turned pro in 2004 and remained undefeated until 2008. Throughout his career, Walker maintained a reputation as a fighter willing and capable of challenging some of the division’s toughest and more promising fighters including Ricardo Mayorga, Antwun Echols, Andy Lee, Derrick Findley, Fernando Guerrero, David Lopez and Caleb Truax. Walker’s last fight was a TKO loss to Willie Monroe, Jr. on July 27, 2013; he finished with a record of 19-19-3, 12 KOs.
Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker will be missed.
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Previous Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott (40-21, 17 KOs) reclaimed the Prizefighter Cup and won the £32,000 winner’s check with a three round unanimous decision over Jason Gavern (24-17-4, 11 KOs) in Thursday’s one-night, eight-man, three-stage knock-out tournament at the famed York Hall in London. Sprott who had lost six of his last seven fights coming in, cruised past Gavern, who appeared to suffer an injury to his left elbow. Scores were 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
In a bout between the final and the semi-finals, Olympic super heavyweight Gold medal star Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Hrvoje Kisicek (5-7-1, 1 KO). The bout was stopped shortly after Joshua dropped Kisicek, who lasted the full six against fellow British prospect Hughie Fury last month, so Joshua has one-upped Hughie.
James Toney (76-9-3, 45 KOs) and Jason Gavern (24-16-4, 11 KOs) brawled for three rounds with Gavern taking a 29-29, 29-28, 29-28 majority decision. Toney was totally gassed at the end. Gavern stated he was a former sparring partner of Toney and learned a few things.
Michael Sprott (39-21, 17 KOs) won a tight unanimous decision over Brian Minto (38-7, 24 KOs). Sprott had the edge in a slow round one, Minto had a big round two punishing Sprott on the ropes. Round three was close with Sprott doing a lot of holding. 29-28 across the board for Sprott. (more…)
Alex “El Principe” Theran 159 vs Javier Carrerra 153
(WBC/WBA Latino middleweight titles)
Venue: Coliseo Elias Chegwin in Barranquilla, Colombia
Promoter: Juan Carlos Devia / Pro Box del Caribe
Television: Win Sports
By Felipe Leon
Alvaro Aguilar 145.5 vs Armando Robles 145.5
Jorge DeAlba 123.5 vs Rosalio Rios 123.5
Daniel Ramirez 134.5 vs Ramon Vidales 134.5
Cristian Gonzalez 127.75 vs Leobardo Laguna 127.75
Victor Sandoval 112.5 vs Luis Armendariz 112.5
Miguel Perez 126.75 vs Jorge Zapoteco 129.25
Ricardo Romero 166.5 vs Angel Zamora 162
Rafael Rivera 123.5 vs Carlos Mendoza 124.5
When: Friday, November 15th, 8:00PM
Promoter: Tornado Promotions and Maya Batel
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
TV: Canal Azteca 7
By David Robinett
Quick quotes from this morning’s press conference in Ontario for the upcoming Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez fight.
Edwin Rodriguez: I respect Andre Ward, he’s a good fighter, he’s accomplished a lot in the sport of boxing, winning the Super Six Tournament. But at the same time, I don’t respect him either. I’m ready to get in there. I know I have to wait until Saturday night, but I can’t wait to get inside that ring and punch this guy [Ward] in the face.
Lou DiBella, Rodriguez’s Promoter: Edwin’s not here just to appear, just to be tough, he’s here to win. He’s the strongest, youngest, hungriest fighter Andre Ward has fought, and that includes the Super Six Tournament.
Andre Ward: Everybody keeps on talking about how hungry he [Rodriguez] is, how he’s a hungry challenger. Well I’m a hungry champion. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk from him and his coach, but while they’ve been talking, I’ve been working, I’ve been grinding. Come Saturday night, then we’ll talk. I’m locked in.
Virgil Hunter, Ward’s Trainer: It’s been 17 years since Andre’s lost. He’s not going to give you gimmicks, he’s not going to give you one-liners, he’s just plain and simple the man. They say style makes fights, but we don’t have one style. We have five or six styles and Edwin’s going to have to adapt.
WBA interim lightweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested on Wednesday on two counts of domestic violence in Miami, Florida. Miami TV station WPLG displayed a mugshot of Gamboa on their website and a check of the Miami-Dade Court Clerk’s website showed two misdemeanor battery charges.
Monday mornings after a fight were always interesting for Sergio Pettis, teenage high school student and budding mixed martial artist. Just 15 when he had his first amateur fight, the Milwaukee native was fighting grown men on weekends while his peers had house parties and played video games . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“I can be defeated by better man, in the ring. There’s nothing wrong with that. But I will not be beaten by my own recklessness, fighting when sick like a dog,” said Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KO) in a Fightnews.com interview. This is the first time in his career he’s had to cancel a bout because of illness. The NBC afternoon boxing card will go on this Saturday (broadcast starts at 2.30 PM EST) with former cruiserweight contender Garrett Wilson (13-6, 7 KO) stepping in for the sick Adamek to fight Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0, 11 KO) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
How long were you battling the flu?
Tomasz Adamek: For the last 4-5 days. I had respiratory problems, couldn’t breathe properly but I was thinking that it would be better, because I never cancelled a fight. Never. On Tuesday, when I did some pads with Roger, we had to cancel after a couple of minutes because I got tired so quickly. Wednesday morning I could not get out of bed, but I gave another try, went to the doctor, who just said I have a nasty flu virus. Thursday morning was even worse. (more…)
Last Monday Hedi Slimani, now 14-2-0(8), stopped Hadi Melloul inside 7 rounds on the undercard of Persoon – Halasi in Zwevezele, Belgium.
Slimani secured with the win a possible fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title to be held early next year.
His manager Filiep Tampere went to the last WBC Convention held in Bangkok, Thailand to negotiate title fights for both his protégés Delfine Persoon and Hedi Slimani.
With Tomasz Adamek pulling out due to illness, Garrett Wilson has been tapped as the new opponent for up and coming Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs) for NBC’s Fight Night in the Afternoon event at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Wilson is a 31-year-old Philadelphia cruiserweight with a record of (13-6-1, 7 KOs).
From the Main Events press conference Adamek – Glazkow is officially off. Adamek sick, Glazkov will fight Garrett Wilson #boxing
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) November 14, 2013
Belgian Delfine Persoon, now 27-1-0(12) stopped Eva Halasi inside 3 rounds last Monday on a show promoted by Filiep Tampere in Zwevezele, Belgium.
The Belgian female star sends herewith a severe warning to WBC champion Erica Annabella Farias. The pair are scheduled to meet early next year as the fight has been ordered by the WBC.
Persoon meets Lucia Morelli in a rematch on Dec 13 in Aalst, Belgium.
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round Super Middleweight bout between 2008 Olympic gold medalist James DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs) of London, and the United States’ Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs), son of 1976 Olympic gold medalist and former professional fighter Howard Davis, Jr., on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. ET. The fight will take place at Glow, Bluewater in England. Following this fight, DeGale is slated to fight Mexico’s Miguel Antonio Peribán for the right to fight Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a title eliminator.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.com has learned that the WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez could face three-time world champion Abner Mares in a rematch in February with possible locations of San Antonio or Los Angeles. Apparently Golden Boy Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo are continuing negotiations over the purse. Also mentioned as a possibility for Gonzalez is a first defense against WBC silver champ Robinson Castellanos. In any event, there was a rematch clause in the contract for Gonzalez-Mares I and Golden Boy also has two options on Jhonny.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his win against former world champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday in Corpus Christi, three-division world champion Nonito Donaire called for a rematch with WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux responded on his Twitter account, saying “I’m the 122lb king @filipinoflash if you want it come get it in Miami in March 2014.” According to a source, if Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) successfully defends his titles against former champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) on December 7 in Atlantic City, his next defense is supposed to take place in the month of March in Miami at the American Airlines Arena during the famous “Carnaval de la Calle 8″ celebrated by the large Cuban community in that city.
Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke
Former heavyweight title challenger Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) will return on December 6 at Brandenburg Hall in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianetta will face unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-0, 7 KOs) for the German International heavyweight belt. Pianeta was previously slated to face Brian Minto on October 25, but that card was postponed and with Minto not available Teuber stepped in.
Also featured is WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (20-1, 6 KOs) vs. TBA and WBO/WBF middleweight champion Christina Hammer (15-0, 7 KOs) vs. Carmen Garcia (10-2, 5 KOs).
Photo: Rachel Charles/pitch INK!
Damian “Bolo” Wills and trainer Tommy Brooks ‘fueling’ up for tonight. Wills will face Michael Sprott tonight in the UK vs. USA Prizefighter International Heavyweights competition in London.
Former world champion James Toney has now emerged as a +350 favorite to win the event taking place in the famed York Hall. Brian Minto and Michael Sprott are both now at +400. Larry Olubamiwo is +550, Damian “Bolo” Wills is now +700. Jason Gavern is +900, Matt Legg is +1600 and Tom Little is +2500. The eight heavyweights will be competing in a one-night, three-stage knock-out tournament for a £32,000 winner’s check.
Charles Martin 238 vs. Joey Dawelko 237
Konstantin Ponomarev 146 vs. Rogelio Castaneda 146
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 178.5 vs. Rafael Valenzuela 180
John Quigley 131.5 vs. Dominic Coca 131.5
Zachary Wohlman 146.5 vs. Stephen Conkin 139.5
Thanasis Michaloudis 228 vs. Robert Dunton 239
Dimash Niyazov 140 vs. Joaquin Chavez 137.5
Erik Ruiz 120 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 120
Venue: Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California
Promoter: Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, Ural Boxing Promotions, Sheer Management, and Pitbull Boxing
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hollywoodfightnight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888 and start at $45 for General Admission and range from $55 to $125 for Reserved, Ringside, and Front Row seating. A limited number of VIP bottle service tables are also available.
Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm. Patrons must be18 years of age and over. All bouts are subject to change.
Promoter Ricky Hatton says Bradley Pryce will get a “shock” when he faces Sergey Rabchenko in Bulgaria on Saturday night. Pryce agreed to take the European and WBC silver light-middleweight title clash after French southpaw Cedric Vitu sustained an injury and Hatton says the Welshman doesn’t know what he’s let himself in for.
Rabchenko previously defeated the Pryce on points in 2011, but ‘The Hitman’ believes he’s a different animal now and will score a stunning stoppage this time around. “It might sound like I’m being arrogant, but I like to think I’ve added a bit more fluency to Sergey’s game,” said Hatton, who took charge of Rabchenko’s training early last year. “He was a little bit like a typical eastern European when he fought Bradley Pryce last time and went back in straight lines. Now he sets up his attacks, he’s a lot slicker with his defence, he feints and he’s less obvious than he used to be, so I think Pryce will get a shock. (more…)
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