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Abdusalamov suffers stroke; Family facing staggering medical bills; Team Abdusalamov establishing trust fund
Sampson Boxing VP Nathan Lewkowicz has confirmed via Twitter that fallen heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov has suffered a stroke while fighting for his life in a medically induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Abdusalamov had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling.
In addition, the family of the 32-year-old Russian boxer who earned $40,000 for his HBO-televised fight against Mike Perez Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater, are facing staggering medical bills for Magomed’s treatment.
Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of Abdusalamov, along with promoters Leon Margules and Lou DiBella, and with help and support of others in the industry, are establishing a fund and to donate and raise funds to help alleviate the financial burden the unfortunate brain injury Abdusalamov suffered Saturday night has placed on him and his family. (more…)
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Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez work out during their media day for their upcoming world championship tripleheader fight against each other on Saturday, November 9.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, PR Best Boxing, Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Tecate, this world championship tripleheader will also feature 2012 Fighter of the Year and former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan , undefeated former U.S. Olympians — Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade. All three fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
By Karl Freitag
Featherweights Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) and professional nemesis Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) host an international media conference call Tuesday to discuss their eagerly-awaited HBO-televised grudge rematch on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Nonito Donaire: For me, I don’t really care who it is who goes inside that ring. I fight anybody that they put in front of me…Vic is a dangerous opponent and not one you can overlook…I’m not really the type to talk about anything. I’m just ‘you know what? let’s make it happen in the ring.’
Vic Darchinyan: After his loss to Rigo he was exposed…it’s not about him it’s about me. I have more skills, I have more power…I’m just going to come and demolish him…I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time and I’m very motivated.
In a pair of pick ‘em 10 rounders on the December 14th edition of NBC Sports Network’s FIGHT NIGHT, heavyweights Amir Mansour (19-0, 14 KOs) and Kelvin Price (14-1, 6 KOs), and light heavyweights Ryan Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) and Lionell Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) will seek redemption from recent setbacks and the opportunity to prove that they have what it takes to compete at the elite levels of the sport. The telecast will go head-to-head against the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana clash on Showtime. (more…)
Undefeated Russian light heavyweight boxer, Ilshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (11-0, 6 KOs) signed a promotional contract with Main Events on Friday. The 23 year old who stands nearly six feet four inches tall, is co-promoted by PUSHKA, Kirill Pchelnikov, managaed by Egis Klimas, and being trained by John David Jackson.
“These are exciting times in the light heavyweight division and for fighters from Eastern Europe,” said promoter Kathy Duva. “Ilshat makes another great addition to our light heavyweight line-up at Main Events. At 23, he is the youngest fighter at Main Events and we look forward to watching him develop.”
There were 2 Purse Bids held in the IBF Office today.
Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean – IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship – Mandatory Defense: There were 2 bidders, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger. Golden Boy won with a bid of $ 156,000.00. Eye of the Tiger bid $ 111,121.00. Golden Boy has 90 days to put the fight on.
Katy Wilson Castillo vs. Chanttall Martinez – IBF Female Jr. Featherweight Championship – Mandatory Defense: There was only one bidder, Sampson Boxing, LLC won with a bid of $ 11,000.00. Sampson has 90 days to put the fight on.
History has been made in the Central Valley with the Solo Boxeo Tecate “Fight for Water” nationally televised fight this Saturday, November 9 featuring U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez. The 11-time National Champion, London 2012 Olympian and all-time USA Boxing light weight record holder will be featured in the main event on the UniMas broadcast. Further adding to this historic boxing night, the event was sold out three weeks ago along with VIP tables and major sponsors.
“Jose Ramirez is one of the brightest stars in boxing and he certainly represents a great deal in the future of boxing. It is wonderful to see Fresno area fans rally to see this young athlete. They will have plenty to cheer about not only on November 9 but in the months and years ahead,” said Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter.
Ramírez (6-0, 4 KOs), of Avenal, Calif, returns to the ring in the area he grew up in, at Golden Eagle Arena on the West Hills College campus in Lemoore, Ca. (more…)
Z Entertainment promoter Zef Ramirez announced that the November 8th fight card in Kingman, Arizona has been postponed after main event fighter Carlos DeLeon Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) fell ill last week. “I am deeply disappointed for the boxing fans here in Kingman,” Ramirez said, “there is such a buzz right now in the local community over this fight that I was disappointed that we were forced to postpone the card. But I knew that, for as tough as it was for me, it’s ten times worse for Carlos. He is absolutely devastated over this delay.”
DeLeon contacted Ramirez last week after checking into a hospital in Las Vegas . Although initially believed to be pneumonia, Ramirez indicated that the fighter may have an infection which has caused a leg injury. “Carlos is a warrior,” Ramirez added, “and he didn’t want to jeopardize the entire card over this. But there really is no other alternative; he is just not in any condition to step into the ring next week.” Ramirez indicated that the card would be tentatively rescheduled in January, and that Rollin Williams and Jonathan Jackson Hearns would still be on the card.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 9, in the title bouts between Roman “Rocky” Martinez versus Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and Vanes Martirosyan against Demetrius Andrade, to be held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas in a Top Rank presentation.
For the WBO junior lightweight title, the champion Rocky Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) will make his third defense against the #1 ranked and former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs). The referee for this fight will be Laurence Cole. The judges for the Martinez-Garcia fight will be Oren Shellemberger and David LaCobucci, both from Texas, and Levi Martinez from New Mexico. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Richard De Cuir.
Meanwhile, Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs), the #1 WBO ranked at 154 pounds will face the #2 ranked Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. For this bout the referee will be John Schorle. The judges for the clash between Martirosyan and Andrade will be Don Griffin, Jesse Reyes and Javier Alvarez. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Rolando Marcos Hermoso.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In the north sphere of the world it is usually cold in winter, but Japan is ready to welcome a hot winter—in a fistic fashion. It’s not due to global warming. This country, holding eleven male champions and four female titlists, will watch many world title bouts with our great interests in the end of this year.
On December 31, the last day of the year, a couple of world title bouts will take place in Tokyo, where our WBA and WBC 130-pound champs will put their belts on the line against up-and-coming prospects to assure hot competition. WBA super-feather ruler, unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face fast-rising national titlist, #8 compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), while WBC kingpin in the same category Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting southpaw fresh from his impressive initial defense over Sergio Thompson in Mexico, will risk his belt against another Mexican hard-puncher, #2 Dante Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs). If both champs are victorious, they are supposed to face again for unification next summer since Uchiyama had once halted Miura to retain his WBA throne despite hitting the deck in 2011. (more…)
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71-year-old iconic German trainer Ulli Wegner today signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland which binds him until early 2016. Wegner has trained fighters like Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Cecilia Braekhus to world title honors after joining the professional ranks in 1996. Wegner is currently preparing IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez for his mandatory title defense against Alexander Alekseev as well as light heavyweight contender Eduard Gutknecht, who has an IBF semi-eliminator lined up against Dmitry Sukhotsky. Both fights take place at the Brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany on November 23.
Usually when you see large crowds of people in Wisconsin, you would assume they are heading into Lambeau Field which serves as the home to the World Champion Green Bay Packers on game day, and touted as the most legendary stadium in the National Football League, yet surprising as it may be Wisconsin proved it is also a fighting state.
This past Friday, IBOM Stars Promotions presented “Casino Battle Royale” at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, in the beautiful city of Milwaukee. “The Contender” series reality star and former IBF #1 ranked Rico Hoye (24-3, 16 KO’s), returned to the ring after a four year layoff quickly dismantling the clearly overmatched Brandon Winner who drops to (3-9), in a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 51st annual WBC convention in Bangkok, Thailand commenced with simultaneous day long ratings session and referees seminar.
Presiding over the ratings session, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman opened with a few impromptu recognitions.
-After current WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez recently presented Pope Francis with a commemorative WBC belt at The Vatican, the WBC decided to declare His Holiness as “WBC Man of the Year.”
-Upon shattering all existing PPV records and the highest purse record for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was given the honorary title of “WBC Supreme Champion.”
-William Boodhoo was honored as WBC Committee chairman of the year.
-WBC legal staff of Robert Lenhardt and Alberto Leon were presented with the “Mister WBC” honor. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Tony Tolj
IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KO’s) has arrived in Perth, Australia to join Dragon Fire stable mate & WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KO’s) at Harry’s Gym.
Yordan made history in July when he became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at Featherweight & Lightweight respectively following his unanimous decision victory over Argentinian Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KO’s) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions “Thuderdome II” at Metro City Perth, Australia.
Chris John will face IBO World Featherweight Champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KO’s) in the Main Event Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing event on Friday December 6 at Metro City.
Yordan’s upcoming title IBO World Lightweight title defense is expected to be announced shortly.
By Brett Bonetti
Rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-0, 2 KOs) will face John Ford (5-2, 4 KOs) in the main event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV on Friday November 15 at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie’s trainer Peter “Foxy” Wilkenson says his fighter has been training the house down and will be more than ready to take on Ford.
“I can’t wait till fight night, I been training hard, moving and hitting hard too” Ogilvie said. “Ford is good, big and hard and also moves well around the ring, but he will be no match for me. I can’t wait til show time at Thunderdome on November 15.” (more…)
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Heavyweight Mike Perez was deeply saddened to hear of the injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov during their 10-round battle on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Abdusalamov is being treated at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. “Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,” said Perez. “He fought like a true warrior, I’m happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.”
Added Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “Our entire team was very saddened to hear of the injuries that Magomed sustained during his bout on Saturday night. He is in our thoughts and prayers and we thank his team for keeping us updated on his condition.”
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
Gennady Golovkin continued to run roughshod over the middleweight division on Saturday night. In yet another in a string of exciting, yet dominant stoppage victories, the WBA/IBO middleweight titleholder knocked down and battered Curtis Stevens for eight rounds before the corner of Stevens elected to not let their fighter continue into the ninth. The fight was the main event of an HBO-televised card from an almost sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden. (More…)
Andrade: My job is to go in and stop Martirosyan, you never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges
As he prepares to break his Atlanta training camp and depart for this Saturday night’s fight against 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight title, undefeated Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) is set to make a major statement in Corpus Christi, Texas. Andrade vs. Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman Martinez’ title defense against Mikey Garcia, plus a rematch between former world champions Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
Martirosyan has a powerful team comprised of promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank), manager Cameron Duncan and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (although he is overseas training Manny Pacquiao). Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, managed by New Hampshire businessman Ed Farris, and trained by his father, Paul Andrade.
“I saw what happened in the (Julio Cesar, Jr.) Chavez-(Brian) Vera fight,” Andrade explained. “We’ve all seen what can happen when a name boxer is fighting on a show promoted by his promoter. My job is to go in and stop him (Martirosyan). You never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges. I learned that lesson the hard way in The Olympics.” (more…)
UFC GYM® is pleased to announce the opening of a second 24-hour gym in Corona, Calif. continuing to impact the way people approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT®. UFC GYM South Corona will be located at 265 E. Ontario Ave., at the corner of Main St. and Ontario Ave., and is scheduled to open in January 2014. An enrollment center is now open at the gym, where memberships are available at special pre-opening discounts. To find out more about UFC GYM South Corona call (951) 547-0166 or visit ufcgym.com/southcorona. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Mike-Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams (44-18, 33 KOs) on Monday night in Krasnodar, Russia. The bout often resembled a slow-paced sparring session and there were few memorable moments as the 44-year-old Maskaev won his third straight in his comeback. The 40-year-old Williams dropped his ninth straight fight.
Fedor Papazov W10 Sergio Escobar (lightweight)
David Avanesyan KO2 Carlos Herrera (welterweight)
Aik Shakhnazaryan W10 Behzod Nabiev (super lightweight)
Iron Boy Promotions returns with its tenth show, to take place at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, November 16th. In a special featured bout, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-6, 16KO) makes his Arizona debut against an opponent to be named. The 37-year-old Belorussian is trying to rebound from a one round KO loss to Deontay Wilder in August, his third straight defeat. In the main event local jr welterweight Juan Garcia (18-3, 7 KOs) will fight for the WBC USNBC belt. Also seeing action is lightweight Victor “El Nino” Castro (10-0, 5 KOs) looks to remain undefeated. (more…)
Report video and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
“My fists will do all the talking in Canada,” WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (22-0, 20 KOs) told Fightnews.com during a special WBO ring presentation ceremony organized by Main Events in New York City.
Kovalev made very clear that at least for now, his only priority is to beat Ukrainian challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) on November 30 in Quebec City, Canada. The Kovalev-Sillakh WBO title fight will be a part of an HBO doubleheader paired with the Adonis Stevenson-Tony Bellew WBC light heavyweight championship bout.
Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas laid out further plans for the Russian KO artist. “There’s a big possibility for Sergey to be in Russia for the fight on the end of February in Moscow,” stated Klimas. “We’ve already spoke about this option with Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinski and of course with HBO – we’re very friendly with them. If it happens, we will have a good opponent and make sure this fight will be broadcast on HBO here in the United States. After Kovalev beats Sillakh on November 30, Sergey will go to Russia and be even more popular there. (more…)
Report & Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 51st annual WBC convention officially opened on Monday morning in Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand Hotel. With over a thousand delegates, current and former champions, and world press on hand, Thailand’s General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, a Thai Senator and WBC board member, welcomed the attendees. Kovid invited the board and ring officials to commence with their important work and then to reward themselves with the enjoyment that can be found in the “Land of Smiles.”
WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman greeted the attendees, “With a heavy heart, not to replace my father, but to carry out his orders for the success of this convention.” Sulaiman explained that Don Jose has suffered several complications throughout his nearly five weeks of post-operative care, but will definitely recover to run the Council once again.
Record setting former WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam addressed the audience next and welcomed all to Thailand. “I am happy to have been a WBC champion and just as happy to have you all here in my country. Enjoy!”
Veteran boxing commentator Bob Sheridan addressed the gathering on his affinity for sanctioning bodies and their work at the annual conventions. “Many of my colleagues are quick to criticize the sanctioning bodies, but yet they never attend the conventions. They never see the work that is getting done here. I’d like to see them show up and then see what they have to say.” (more…)
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