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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…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico in the main event of the Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Rivers was solid throughout as he used a crisp jab and precise body shots to eventually break Garcia-Rios down. Garcia-Rios looked like a man without a plan as punches came at him from all angles The bout was eventually stopped at 2:19 of the sixth round. Rivers is now 10-0, seven KO’s while Garcia-Rios drops to 4-3, one KO. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Brenden Nasianceno
On Saturday, Prize Fight Promotions hosted its latest installment of Fights at the Fitz in Tunica, Mississippi. With the crowd buzzing, amped up by the guest appearance of former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas at ringside, the evening offered a six-card bout that showcased young undefeateds, cagey veterans and a fair dose of drama.
The main event featured Tyler Howard (5-0, 3 KOs) and Steve Victor (1-5-1) in a middleweight bout scheduled for six. Victor, coming off a year-plus layoff, was overwhelmed from the opening bell by Howard’s volume, speed and aggression. A flash knockdown occurred in the first minute when Victor fell to a knee, then took another in what was ruled a slip by ref Randy Phillips. But it wasn’t long before Victor was back on the canvas thanks to a barrage of combinations from Howard. With blood streaming from his nose, Victor was clearly overmatched and appeared reluctant to continue, prompting Phillips to wave off the fight at 2:11 of Round 1. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Welterweight prospect Juan “the Beast” Rodriguez Jr (12-1, 5KOs) bounced back from the first loss of his career in crazy fashion, scoring a closesplit decision victory over Greg Jackson (3-1-1, 1KO) on Saturday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey that was shortened due to a melee that erupted in the crowd as the fourth round was about to begin. In the co-feature of the seven bout card, light heavyweight veteran Corey “Black Ice” Cummings (18-7-1, 13KOs) spoiled the comeback of former USBA light heavyweight title holder Yusaf Mack (31-8-2, 17KOs) by steamrolling his way to a hard fought six round unanimous victory. (more…)
Stuart Hall proved his world class credentials by giving Golden Boy star Randy Caballero the fight of his life in Monte Carlo last night (October 25). Hall was vying to become a two-time world champion against touted prospect Caballero, with the pair battling for the vacant IBF world bantamweight crown – the title previously held by Hall. In a fantastic contest, Hall and Caballero left it all in the ring, with the pair battling to a standstill before going to the judge’s scorecards. Hall was over for a flash knockdown in round two, but came back at the American with all guns blazing. With plenty of rounds close, and the action frenetic, many people ringside had the contest even and were left puzzled by the wide ledgers. Two judges scored it 116-111 for the pre-fight favorite Caballero, while British judge Steve Gray had it a baffling 118-110.
After the fight, we caught up with Hall: (more…)
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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBA female light-minimumweight (102-pound) champ, Ayaka Miyao (19-5-1, 4 KOs), 102, successfully decked her homecoming and kept her belt for the fifth time when she made good use of her fast footwork and quick combinations and finally finished a game challenger Satomi Nishimura (7-2, 1 KO), 101.75, at 1:58 of the tenth and final session on Saturday in Chikuma city, Japan. The champ’s KO victory with only two seconds remaining (in the ten two-minutes rounder) was reminiscent of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldric Taylor affair in 1990.
The taller Nishimura, a Japanese version of a Christy Martin with her husband as manager/trainer, dominated the opening session with good countering left hooks to the still nervous champ who was eager to show a good performance before her hometown crowd. Miyao, a cute-looking footworker, shifted the gear to the second level from the second round on, and swept almost all rounds thereafter, piling up points with her fine display of speed and power. Nishimura, a good left hooker, occasionally caught the elusive champ with left hooks, but Miyao was eventually a victor in every session from the second session.
The final stanza witnessed the determined champ go for a kill and connected with a solid right-left combo, dropping the challenger with a thud. The referee Biney Martin then mercilessly counted her out in the very closing seconds of the hard-fought contest. It was a hard-fought bout though Miyao had been apparently winning on points: Asao and Yoshida both 88-84 and Sugiyama 88-83, all in favor of the defending titlist.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Supervisor: Yangsup Shim (Korea).
By John DiSanto
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.
The best of the Philadelphia boxing scene was honored at the 7th annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 19th, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar in South Philly. The awards were created by the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com, and are presented every year in the name of Philadelphia middleweight legend Bennie Briscoe. The awards given away, the Briscoe Statuette and the Briscoe Medal, are casted in Briscoe’s likeness.
For the third consecutive year, junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year” (2013, 2012 & 2011). Garcia also won a Briscoe Medal for the “2013 Performance of the Year” for his 12-round victory over Lucas Matthysse. Garcia did not attend the event.
Gathered with the award winners and their families at this free public event were stars of the current local boxing scene, numerous retired ring celebrities, other boxing people, and boxing fans. (more…)
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