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#WBO Championship Committee has voted to designate Alex Leapai Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory challenger. Parties have 30 days to negotiate.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) December 4, 2013
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA/WBO 122-pound world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, returning to the ring fresh from his career-best victory over 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire, and his opponent, former two-time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko hosted their final press conference Wednesday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City for their HBO-televised clash on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City.
Joining Rigondeaux and Agbeko were local favorite and undefeated junior middleweight contender Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, knockout artist James Kirkland, three-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin, undefeated contender Lamar Russ and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: I’m not a person who likes to be in front of cameras and talk. Training camp was great and the fight’s Saturday and I’m ready to go.
Joseph Agbeko: This is not amateur boxing where you punch one punch and you can get away with it for the whole round. This is professional boxing. You come into the ring to give the crowd what they want to see. So you go in, take a punch and punch and at the end of the day the crowd enjoys the fight. I want Rigondeaux to prove to me and to the whole boxing world that he’s just not a boxer but he can come in and fight, as well. I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let’s kill each other. Let’s punch and at the end of the day everybody’s gonna know that Rigondeaux has got the heart to come forward, not just to run in the ring…I know I’m gonna beat him! (more…)
The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in the Modern category; promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston (a regular Fightnews.com contributor) and photographer Neil Leifer.
By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Tony Tolj
Current undefeated World WBA super featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) faced off with IBO world featherweight champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (25-2, 14 KO’s) in their final press conference ahead of Dragon Fire Promotions’ world championship boxing event this Friday Night at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. The press conference was originally scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body cancelled the planned press conference following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments. The presser was instead held today at Metro City, the venue for this twin world title fight this Friday night.
Chris John will defend his WBA World Featherweight Title for the 19th time in a battle of Featherweight Champions. If Chris John is successful on Friday night, he will create history and equal Eseubio Pedroza’s long standing record of 19 WBA world featherweight title defenses. And the “The Dragon” is confident he will once again retain his title. “We’ve have seen Veteka fight, I can handle him once we are in the ring,” John said. (more…)
By James Slater
Sauerland, the new promoters of British heavyweight David Price, have announced how the twice-beaten giant has officially vacated his British and Commonwealth titles. Therefore Price will not be meeting Dereck Chisora, the mandatory challenger for British heavyweight honours. A Price-Chisora clash had been mooted for some time next year, but Price’s promotional team have announced how their charge will instead “concentrate on rebuilding.”
The Sauerland Tweet reads as follows:
Via a series of tweets…
The Wednesday, December 18th card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will now feature Glen Johnson vs. Bobby Gunn for the fringe WBU cruiserweight belt. The late change of opponent for Gunn, who was originally scheduled to face Roy Jones Jr., came about after Jones Jr. announced yesterday that he was going to fight in Russia on December 21 instead. In announcing the revised main event, WBU President Don “Moose” Lewis called Johnson-Gunn “a sure candidate for worldwide ‘Fight of the Year.'”
Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.
From Nielsen Media Research:
HBO’s telecast from Quebec City featured Adonis Stevenson scoring a 6th round TKO over Tony Bellew and attracted 1,305,000 viewers. That surpasses both of Stevenson’s prior HBO bouts (11% above Stevenson vs. Cloud 1,177,000 viewers on September 28 and 27% above Stevenson vs. Dawson 1,024,000 viewers on June 8). Stevenson vs. Bellew ranks as HBO and cable TV’s 5th most watched bout in 2013. Stevenson vs. Bellew peaked at 1,358,000 viewers. In the TV opener, Sergey Kovalev registered a 2nd round KO over Ismayl Sillakh to retain his light heavyweight crown. The fight attracted 1,254,000 viewers. That’s 242% above Kovalev’s first-ever appearance on HBO last August 17 vs. Nathan Cleverly (367,000 viewers). Kovalev vs. Sillahk ranks as cable’s 8th most watched bout in 2013. Kovalev vs. Sillakh peaked at 1,327,000 viewers.
18 of the top 19 performing fights on cable TV this year have aired on HBO. HBO Boxing’s fall season concludes with a tripleheader from Atlantic City on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California worked out Tuesday afternoon for the media at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California for his upcoming bout against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queen’s New York by way of Athens, Greece. Lopez vs. Arnaoutis will take place Friday December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center in Indio, California headlining the Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
“My preparation has been great I am anxious to get back in the ring,”Josesito Lopez told Fightnews.com. “Mighty Mike is a tough fighter he has been in with world champions so I am expecting a tough fight.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Brooklyn favorite Paulie Malignaggi plus IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika, WBA interim super welterweight beltholder Erislandy Lara, welterweight contender Shawn Porter, super middleweight contender Anthony Dirrell, rising light heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, and undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali participated in a Brooklyn media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in advance of their fights on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Paulie Malignaggi, Two-Time and Two-Division World Champion: “I expect the best Zab Judah. [I expect] a Zab Judah who is going to be fighting for his boxing career. I feel the same way. If we saw each other in the gym, we would try to knock each other out. There’s no love taps. With this much on the line you can bet we’re both going to have it out on Saturday. You have to be stubborn to have longevity. One or two losses can quickly demote you to a second level fighter, but you have to have the stubbornness to keep going. There’s a lot of emotion, but at the end of the day we gotta do what we gotta do to win. I want that Broner vs. Maidana winner, first things first. I have to get through Saturday night. A win over Zab Judah is what I want for Christmas. That suffices. (more…)
Chisora rips Wilder: “You are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies…when are you going to step up and fight a real contender?”
British heavyweight star Dereck Chisora has sent an open letter challenging undefeated American hope Deontay Wilder to a showdown next year:
I’m asking you man-to-man and hope that you have the honour and courage to accept my challenge and fight me.
I’m in this business to prove that I’m the best and to become a world champion which I’m sure you are too, so take me up on my challenge and let’s do this and get it on early next year.
I’ll be honest, I don’t rate you. You’ve put together a record of 30 knockouts from 30 fights, but I believe that you are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies – which is understandable for the first two years as a pro when you’re learning – but after 30 fights you’re still knocking over nobodies. As a guide I fought Vitali Klitschko for the world title in only my 18th fight. When are you going to step up and fight a real contender? (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited return to the ring on April 12, 2014 will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told Fightnews and the Manila Bulletin. Arum said the identity of Pacquiao’s foe will be known before Christmas. Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and even Ruslan Provodnikov, who is also being trained by Freddie Roach, are being considered. But Bradley, who won an unpopular split decision over the Filipino in June last year, and Marquez, who stopped Pacquiao in their fourth fight in November of the same year, are the leading candidates. Pacquiao is fresh from a convincing win over Brandon Rios in Macau.
Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) is set to return from his world title challenge loss to world champion Wladimir Klitschko last May. Pianeta will take on unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-0, 7 KOs) for the German International belt this Friday at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianeta and Teuber faced off during Tuesday’s press conference at the famed ESV Boxing Gym, the former training facility of Axel Schulz and Henry Maske.
Francesco Pianeta: I’ve already spent nine months training in Frankfurt/Oder. That was a good time with beautiful memories. About the Klitschko fight, everything has been said. That was for me a super experience. Now I am hot on Frankfurt and look forward to the international German championship.
SES-Trainer Dirk Dzemski: We can draw many conclusions from the Klitschko fight. Francesco has made a great leap. In sparring he was particularly strong. We now want take on the best!
Robert Teuber: As an unbeaten fighter, I must use this big chance to win against such a well known guy like Francesco. He’s a southpaw and I’m well prepared for him.
Trainer Hartmut Schröder: We’ll let our actions speak in the ring. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa
His career has been marked by strange twists of fate and trials and now Edgar Sosa is ready for yet another daunting challenge. This Friday in Tokyo, the former Mexico City cab driver will try to become a two-division world champion at the expense of WBC titlist Akira Yaegashi. “I know it’s quite a task fighting the champion in his backyard,” says Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), “but I have overcome challenges and difficulties before.”
Between 2007 and 2009, Edgar Sosa was the WBC jr flyweight champion, defending his title 11 times in two years. On Friday, the 34-year-old Sosa will be competing in his 14th title fight and he knows it might be his last chance. (more…)
UFC Returns to Chicago with Former Champions Benson Henderson vs Josh Thomson – On-Sale Friday Dec 6th
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a battle of former champions looking to get back into the title hunt. Former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) takes on the former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight king and No. 4 Josh Thomson (20-5, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) with the winner moving closer to a date with reigning champion Anthony Pettis. (more…)
United States national amateur champion for 2012 Santos Vasquez of Reno, Nev., headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev. The 22-year-old Vasquez faces 23-year-old Yosigey Ramirez of Las Vegas in a four-round strawweight bout. Leon Spinks III had been scheduled to fight, but the bout is postponed after his original opponent withdrew and there was not adequate time to find a suitable opponent.
This is the second boxing card for burgeoning Pochiro Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas, and the first at a Boyd Gaming property. Pochiro Boxing Promotions held its inaugural card during August at a non-gaming facility. Its success paved the way for even bigger and better cards. “We were delighted and enthused by our first card, and Sam’s Town recognized what we achieved and what we will be doing,” said Pete Pochiro, CEO of Pochiro Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
Former 1967 commonwealth lightweight champion Manny Santos has passed away in New Zealand at the age of 72 years. Manny was born in Tonga but moved to New Zealand where he boxed in amateur and professional ranks. He turned professional in 1965 and in 1967 defeated world rated Bunny Grant to capture the Commonwealth lightweight title by 15 round split decision. In 1971 he outscored highly regarded Australian based Scotsman John O’Brien. In 1972, Manny held world rated Héctor Thompson to a 15 round draw. In 1974, former Australian champion Matt Ropis was stopped in eight rounds. In Santos’ final ring appearance he lost a Commonwealth title challenge over 15 rounds to Percy Hayles in Kingston Jamaica. Santos scored 32 wins, lost 9 with 3 draws and 14 KOs.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KOs), his mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs) and #1 IBF rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) were a big part of today’s open media training in Chicago. The only missing part was Fonfara rival, Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KO), who will arrive for Wednesday press conference.
Tickets for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.
A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)
Top 10 UFC® middleweights take center stage when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. In the night’s main event, former STRIKEFORCE® middleweight champ and current No. 6 contender Luke Rockhold (10-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) meets the ninth-ranked Costa Philippou (12-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) in a five-round bout. (more…)
Boyd Melson 158 vs Gundrick King 158
Luis Rosa 124 vs Andre Wilson 124
Craig McEwan 167 vs Dashon Johnson 166
Bryant Cruz 130 vs Joshua Arocho 129
Travis Peterkin 175.8 vs Tylon Burris 171.5
Antoine Douglas 159 vs Colby Courter 158.5
Junior Younan 166 vs Travis McClaren 166
Neuky Santelises 130 vs Joseliz Cepeda 129
Danny Gonzalez 145.5 vs Kamal Muhammad 147.5
Francy Ntetu 167.5 vs Julio Garcia 167
Jerry Odom 167 vs Eric Moon 168
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club & Grille
Square Ring Promotions and Hrunov Promotions announced today that Roy Jones Jr. (56-9, 40 KOs) would be back in the ring on December 21, 2013 in Moscow, Russia in a 12 round WBU Cruiserweight title fight against Frenchman Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs).
“Roy is excited to be coming back to Russia to fight, and we are very happy that we were able to put this together so quickly with our good friend and partner Vlad Hrunov,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “We are disappointed that the fight with Bobby Gunn didn’t happen, but there were just too many loose ends, and it was taking far too long. Vlad came forward and closed the deal on Monday. We have a longstanding relationship with him and his team and knew that he could make it happen.”
“I told Bobby that I would fight him. I meant it then and mean it now,” said Roy Jones. “On Saturday, John told me that they were still trying to make changes to the contract, but that he could make a deal with Vlad, so I told him that the first one to close a deal was where I was gonna go and Russia won. That’s why we’re calling this fight ‘Winner Take All.’” (more…)
WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and former WBA jr welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana hosted an international conference call Wednesday in advance of their December 14 grudge match at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Adrian Broner: “I really can’t trash talk with someone who doesn’t speak English. All I can say is that I hope he is at 100%…I don’t watch no tape. I know he’s gonna come to fight and isn’t gonna lay down until I make him lay down!”
Marcos Maidana: “I’m convinced Adrien Broner has never fought someone like me. It won’t be easy for him…the thing I really want in my career is the welterweight belt and it just so happens he has it.”
Heavyweight contender Alex Leapai will jump from #8 to #1 in the December WBO rankings, but does this mean he is mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko? We’ll find out tomorrow.
WBO Ratings Committee voted Leapai #1. Championship Committee has voted on mandatory status, will announce result of that vote tomorrow.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) December 3, 2013
WBC #6 heavyweight contender Manual Charr (25-1, 15 KOs) announced today on his Facebook page that he will be fighting ring legend James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KOs). He also added “Ich hoffe der zieht sich nicht zurück!” (I hope he doesn’t pull out!). The fight would headline a December 20 show at the Messehalle Schnelsen in Hamburg, Germany and be televised by Eurosport. The 45-year-old Toney competed in the Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament last Month in London, losing to Jason Gavern in the semi-final.
The Hamburg card is confirmed to feature cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (33-6, 20 KOs) against former world champion Steve Herelius (21-4-1, 12 KOs) and heavyweight Christian Hammer (14-3, 10 KOs) against Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs. (Big Thanks to Andrij)
Following his big win over WBO #1 rated Denis Boytsov, #8 rated heavyweight Alex Leapai will leap past seven fighters into the #1 position in the WBO’s December ratings.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) December 3, 2013
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Chris Morris
On a beautiful winter day in sunny Colorado, Manny Perez and coach Jake Ramos opened up their training camp to fellow fighters and fans who showed up in force. Fellow Colorado fighters Alfred Romero, Rob Frankel and JC Candelo showed up in support in addition to many ‘Manos’ fans.
First Perez warmed up with some shadow boxing. Next was focus mitt work under the watchful eye of his lead trainer Jacob Ramos.
Perez and top 10 MMA rising star, Justin Gaethje, sparred for the gathering crowd at the Grudge Training Center. Grudge is the home gym of Perez and is ran by world respected trainer, Trevor Wittman. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will defend against Osumanu Adama on February 1 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Adama has a record of 22-3 with 16 KOs and is currently ranked #14 in the WBA ratings. He previously challenged for the IBF middleweight belt in March 2012, losing a unanimous decision to then champion Daniel Geale in Tasmania, Australia. Adama is promoted by CFC Promotions of Chicago.
Gennady Golovkin: “I’m very happy to return to Monte Carlo and excited to face Adama. I know he’s a very tough opponent and I’m looking forward to putting on another great performance for the fans in Monte Carlo and those watching around the world.”
Osumanu Adama: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to challenge boxing’s best,” said Adama. “I’ve already begun training and I will bring the titles with me back to Chicago on FEBRUARY 1.”
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “Gennady is committed to staying active and fighting the toughest opponents willing to get in the ring with him. He’s anxious to make a quick return to the ring and looking forward to the challenge of defending his titles against Adama in Monte Carlo on February 1. Gennady has distinguished himself as among the most popular and most watched boxers in the world, far surpassing many other world champions in TV ratings this year.”
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves: “Gennady is one of the hottest sporting athletes in the world and we’re honored to promote his return to Monte Carlo. His debut here in March was attended by celebrities from all over Europe including Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco as well as boxing legend Marvin Hagler, who all watched from ringside. With his spectacular power and amazing knockout ratio, Golovkin represents the very best of boxing. I couldn’t think of a more exciting fighter to top the bill in Monte Carlo, particularly as he did so well last time. And credit to the challenger, who is one of the few fighters willing to step in against Golovkin.”
IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) returns December 14 in Neubrandenburg, Germany against 41-year-old Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs). Pulev is mandatory challenger to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Williams is coming off a four-rounder on November 18 in North Carolina after pulling out of the Prizefighter Heavyweight tourney.
Results from the world championship tripleheader at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan are as follows:
In what was supposed to be a WBA/IBF super flyweight unification bout, IBF super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 10 KOs) lost a twelve round split decision to Liborio Solis (16-3-1, 7 KOs), but retained his IBF title since Solis, who lost his WBA belt on the scale, couldn’t make weight. The WBA title remains vacant. Scores were 115-113 Kameda, 116-112, 116-112 for Solis.
WBO champion bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 117-111.
IBF minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108.
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