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Donovan George has reportedly pulled out of his December 6 fight with Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The popular Chicago fighter will instead stay home with his wife who recently gave premature birth to twins. The same card took a hit earlier in the week when Lucian Bute pulled out of his fight against Roberto Bolonti. Interbox will now looking to match Pascal against Bolonti.
By David Finger
Layla McCarter 133 vs Melissa Hernandez 135
Eric Johson 156 lb vs Kenton Sippo Cook 160
Rocco Espinoza 134 lb vs Ryan Michael Picou 134
Charvis Holifield 147.5 vs David Thomas 145.5
Azamat Umarzoda 164 lb vs Fahde Berkaoui 162
Venue: Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Platinum Entertainment
By Matt Thompson
Photo: James Wyatt
Ana Arrazola 112 vs Kenia Enriquez 109.5
Vacant WBO Female Flyweight Title
Leon Spinks III 138 vs Ivan Zavala 138
Mulapi Enjani 118 vs Don Jose Jr 121
Alberto Fundora 167.5 vs Fernando Najera 165
Prince Smalls TBA vs Jose Iñiguez TBA
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents in association with Zanfer
62-year-old actor/former boxer Mickey Rourke resumes his boxing career. More
Nathan Cleverly expects to “hit the repeat button” against Tony Bellew. More
Undefeated Pennsylvanian Terrance Williams looking for the next step. More
Chris Algieri is sharp in dress but will he be sharp in the ring against Manny Pacquiao? More
Nathan Cleverly 199 vs. Tony Bellew 199
(WBO cruiserweight eliminator)
Anthony Joshua 240 vs. Michael Sprott 243
Scott Quigg 121 vs. Hidenori Otake 121
(WBA super bantamweight title)
Jamie McDonnell 117 vs. Javier Chacon 117
(WBA bantamweight title)
James DeGale 167 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 169.6
George Groves 167 vs. Denis Douglin 168.4
Anthony Joshua 240 vs. Michael Sprott 243
Callum Smith 167 vs. Nikola Sjekloca 167
Bradley Saunders 147 vs. Ivans Levickis 143
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19 KOs) has proclaimed that he is ready to face and dethrone WBC super featherweight world champ Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Yokohama, Japan.
Puerta, who has won his last 12 fights in a row, stated “I’ve been ready a long time ago for this title chance. I’m sure I have the right strategy to beat Miura. This fight will be a war!”
Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) has announced the signing of a co-promotional agreement with Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions to promote unbeaten heavyweight KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (10-0-1, 9 KOs). The 26-year-old Miller, who stands 6’4 and weighs in at 260 lbs., is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He trains at Gleason’s and GYMU Gyms with trainers Harry Keitt and Kelly Richardson. He has worked as chief sparring partner for both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
Comebacking former world title challenger and son of a legend, Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (26-5, 20 KOs) will appear in a featured six- to eight-round middleweight bout of Warrior’s Boxing’s mammoth 14-fight “Holiday Boxing Bash” event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, December 12.
Also appearing in 10-round showcase bouts that night will be undefeated Hudsonville, Michigan, cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (17-0, 14 KOs), Fort Washington, Maryland, light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (17-1, 12 KOs), and unbeaten Toledo, Ohio, lightweight Robert “E Bunny” Easter (11-0, 9 KOs). (more…)
The UFC Fight Night card headed for Austin, Texas this Saturday features a preliminary card filled with prospects, including two serious knockout artists from the heavyweight division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Nick Giongco
Fernando Beltran, Mexico’s premier promoter, is in Macau to attend the Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri title fight at The Venetian on Sunday. Asked about Juan Manuel Marquez, Beltran told Fightnews that a fifth fight between the two bitter rivals could be made in 2015.
“We’ll see what happens after this fight,” said Beltran when asked about a fifth meeting.
Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in their fourth fight in Dec. 2012 and Beltran said that while Marquez has declared that he is not interested in a fifth clash with the Filipino, “anything is possible.”
“But I will not force him,” said Beltran. “He (Marquez) wants a fifth title and Manny has it,” he said.
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” Algieri sit down for a live ESPN spot Friday of “Fight Week” for their upcoming championship fight.
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. photos
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a featured 10 round junior welterweight contest, Haskell Rhodes (23-0, 11KO) won a clear cut workmanlike unanimous decision victory over veteran Miguel Angel Huerta (28-13-1, 18KO) on Thursday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Rhodes used his superior hand speed and foot speed to make it look easy against the one dimensional Mexico City native, Huerta. Huerta chased Haskell all night long but was simply too slow and too wide with his punches to ever make it anything closely resembling a competitive fight. Meanwhile, Haskell seemed content with a decision victory nod never put himself in harms way by pressing the issue against Huerta. There were no knock downs in the fight and neither fighter ever appeared hurt. Judges scored it 100-90, 99-91 and, very generously 96-94, all in favor of Haskell.
In a special eight round super welterweight contest, Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (25-1, 21KO) looked impressive in knocking out Abraham Alvarez (17-7-1, 8KO). The two exchanged well in the opening round but Alvarez went down from what appeared to be an accidental rabbit punch and he’d stay down long enough to make one wonder if he was looking for an easy way out. After what Omotoso did next, Alvarez probably wishes he did not continue as in the second round he was knocked down by a left hook and after getting up, he was knocked out, courtesy of another Omotoso left hook to the chin. Time of the knockout was 2:18 of the second round. (more…)
Report/photos: Tony Mayger
British heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte makes his eagerly anticipated return to the ring tonightat the Camden Centre in London when he steps over the ropes to do battle with 24-year old Croatian, Ante Verunica. Whyte is back and chomping at the bit having now served a 2-year ban for unknowingly consuming a stimulant contained in an energy drink before his last fight with Sandor Balogh in October 2012.
Up until that career derailment Whyte was steaming along nicely and had notched up a 9-0 record with 6 KOs. An English title fight with John McDermott was in the pipeline and having knocked out former British Champion John Holden a month earlier, becoming English champion looked like a formality. (more…)
Bryant Cruz 134 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 141
(8rds for vacant UBF All-Americas lightweight title)
*Valenzuela didn’t make contracted weight of 135lbs so can’t win title if victorious
Jonathan Maicelo 138 vs. Hector Velazquez 142
Allan Phelan 128 vs. Angel Albelo 128
TreySean Wiggins 148 vs. Jason Thompson 143
DeVaun Lee 160 vs. Obafemi Bakari 160
Noel Murphy 146 vs. Anthony Smith 147
Chris Galeano 155 vs. Villi Bello 154
Renan Ruiz 151 vs. Ismael Aulet 150
Jose De La Rosa 148 vs. Mack Babb 148
Promoters: New Legend Boxing
Venue: Resorts World Casino New York City
1st Bell: 7PM
Artemio Reyes 148 vs. Christopher Degollado 147.5
Jose Roman 136 vs. Jose Luis Ramirez 135.5
Carlos Carlson, 119.8 vs. Miguel Tamayo, 120
Erick Ituarte 130 vs. Jesus Angulo 129
Rodney Hernandez vs. Siala Siligia (heavyweights weighing in tomorrow)
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Felix Diaz 138 vs Adrian Granados 139.8
WBC FECARBOX Jr Welterweight title
Moises Flores 122 vs Marco Antonio Macias
WBC FECARBOX Jr Featherweight title
Claudio Marrero 129 vs Ira Terry 124.6
Ievgen Khytrov 161 vs Louis Rose 161
Samuel Figueroa 151.2 vs Malcolm Terry 151.4
Ronald Akeem Ellis 171.4 vs Julio Garcia 173.4
Ramon Luis Nicolas 179.4 vs Jason Howard TBD
John Wesley Nofire 243 vs Ty Cobbs TBA
Bo Gibbs Jr 168.8 vs Jermaine Rankin 176.2
TV: beIN Sports
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, trainers for undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri and defending WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hosted an international media conference call Thursday to discuss Saturday’s PPV clash at the Venetian Macao.
Tim Lane: When we were offered the Manny Pacquiao fight, I believe this isn’t as tough a fight as the Ruslan (Provodnikov) fight. Styles make fights and Pacquiao being a lefty, and what he brings to the table, I do not find that to be as challenging as it was Ruslan. So I believe that Chris will dominate Pacquiso more so than he did with Ruslan…with two eyes this time.
Freddie Roach: Manny is punching better than ever and him coming back down to a better weight for him, instead of 147 he’s fighting at 144, this fight. He’s a better puncher at that weight and we’re gonna have our first knockout in a while…he feels the press has downplayed him a little bit because he hasn’t knocked anyone out lately. He wants to get that fire back and he wants a knockout. This is the first time he ever told me that we will knock this guy out.
[on Floyd Mayweather] Sometimes we have to tell Manny not to beat Algieri up too bad because then Mayweather’s just going to run a little bit more. He’s scared of us now, and he’s going to be scared of us after we destroy this guy. So Mayweather, you know, show some balls and step up to the plate.
By Dave Spencer
David Theroux 141.5 vs. Noel Mejia Rincon 138.7
Michael Gadbois 138.8 vs. Michal Dufek 137
Guillaume Tremblay-Coude 173.9 vs. Ilies Aini 173.7
Steven Butler 151.8 vs. Vladimir Riha 147.8
Ayaz Hussain 142.7 vs. Hector Osornio 143.5
Will Madera 135.6 vs. Jesus Perez 135.3
Venue: Colisee Cardin, Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger
Undefeated heavyweight contender, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) is waiting patiently as he is next in line to face the winner of Bermane Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) vs. Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs). Stiverne, who is the current WBC champion, will battle Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 17, 2015. Jennings, who’s next in line, passed on a HBO date in November as he wanted to wait for the opportunity to fight for the title.
“I could have fought this month but my mind is set on fighting for the WBC world title,” said Jennings, “I worked my way to the top of the WBC rankings and now it’s time for me to make my mark in history. Stiverne or Wilder…I don’t care who it is, I’ll be ready to fight either one of them. My promoters, Gary Shaw, Antonio Leonard and I, are all on the same page. We want that WBC title!” (more…)
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew locked horns once again at today’s press conference – and both men predicted KO wins ahead of their rematch on Saturday at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and AWE in the USA. The bitter rivals addressed the media next door to the venue where they have met before and will meet again this weekend, and with the pair packing Cruiserweight power on Merseyside this time around, they are both in no doubt that the stakes couldn’t be higher for their long-awaited second clash.
“When you punch you are at your most vulnerable and I only need one punch to land, just one,” said Bellew. “I am technically better than him. He’s not that good, he’s actually pretty poor technically, and I can’t see how he can outbox me. The only thing he has got is that he could outwork me, but like I say, if you just want to work with me and fire shots at me, you’ll be going to sleep. I’m not going to die going down the stretch and if that’s what he is hoping for, he is very, very wrong.” (more…)
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been charged by Arkansas prosecutors with first-degree battery and making terroristic threats and is facing up to 26 years in prison if convicted. Taylor was arrested for shooting a cousin in an August dispute and won the world title against Sam Soliman in October while out on bail. In a damning 911 call, Taylor was overheard saying “Better come get him before I kill him.”
Oddsmakers have established WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as a -800 favorite to retain his belt against WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Macau. Algieri backers can get +550. The over/under is 9.5 rounds with “over” at -210 and “under” at +120.
Prior to his fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, Algieri was a +375 underdog.
Jack Culcay (18-1, 10 KOs) will now face Karim Merroudj (13-3-2, 1 KO) in the first defense of his European light middleweight title on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Merroudj replaces Ruben Varon who was forced to withdraw having contracted an eye infection. “These things happen in boxing,” said Culcay, who claimed the European title with a unanimous points win over Issac Real in August. “This will not derail my preparations for December 6. To reach the top I must beat whoever is put in front of me.” ‘Golden Jack’ is currently in Copenhagen training with former two-time world champion Joey Gamache.
No two fighters get where they are looking to go by traveling the same path.
This especially rings true for German powerhouse Nick Hein, who has put together one of the most versatile portfolios of any fighter currently competing at the highest level. The 30-year-old has tested his skills in both the artistic and athletic realms as he appeared as an actor in a popular sitcom on television sets in his home country just before launching out into a successful international judo career where he won numerous tournaments around the globe . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F Cordero
Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight world champ Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) will defend his title against Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) on December 20 in Cancun, Mexico. Vasquez had been pencilled in to defend against Diego Magdaleno this weekend in Macau but the fight fell through. Vasquez had been training in Los Angeles with Joe Hernandez but has been in Costa Rica in recent weeks. Coincidentally Vasquez’s wife, former world champion Hanna Gabriel will fight on the same date in Puerto Rico against Mexican Paty “Elegante” Ramirez for the vacant WBO super welterweight world title.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao goes one on one with ESPN’s NBA Tonight about his upcoming championship fight against New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” 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 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT. photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr was in Australia recently as a guest of Newcastle businessman Richard Claut and to open the One World Boxing Gymnasium. Jones commented that former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine could upset boxing’s pound for pound best, Floyd Mayweather Jr., after the controversial Australian’s scored an upset split twelve round points decision over WBC #2 Sergey Rabchenko.
“Of course he would have a shot at him,” Jones said. “I mean, Mayweather would consider Mundine as old and out of his prime, so he would take that shot, but he’d be making a big mistake because Mundine is the kind of guy who could give him the fight of his life. Mundine is not a dumb fighter at all. Sometimes he takes more damage than he has to. With Mayweather, he would be the bigger fighter and he could afford to take Floyd’s power shots.”
WBA #13 Mundine has stated he would also welcome a chance to fight WBC #1 Saul Alvarez.
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Below are the weigh-in results for the Goossen Promotions’ “Live at the Lodge” professional boxing event at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California set for Thursday night in honor of Dan Goossen.
Haskell Rhodes 140.2 vs. Miguel Angel Huerta 140.6
Wale Omotoso 148.8 vs. Abraham Alvarez 149
Shawn Estrada 179.2 vs. Alfredo Contreras 180
Wilky Campfort 155 vs. Richard Gutierrez 155.4
Mario Barrios 127.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 126.4
Thomas Hill 153 vs. Taif Harris 153
Fabian Maidana 147.8 vs. Charon Spain 148.6
Tommy Logan 133.8 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 133.8
Earl Newman 181.8 vs. Keynoe Menes 175.2
Paul Koon 232 vs. Yohon Banks 272
Darwin Price 139.2 vs. Shawn Wate 135.4
Stephan Fulton 122.8 vs. Damen Wood 128.2
Leduan Barthelemey 123.4 vs. Raymond Chacon 125.8
Ryan Karl 148 vs. Julio Quintana 148.2
The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation will host its 18th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday. “The Golden Boy” will be joined by star fighters Randy Caballero, Hugo Centeno Jr., Gabriel Rosado, Joseph Diaz Jr., Julian Ramirez and Diego De La Hoya, as they help distribute hundreds of turkeys, fixings and other products to the East Los Angeles community at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School. Note: The families receiving the turkey dinner donations have already been pre-selected.
Also on Saturday, former world champion Abner Mares will host his 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway at the City of Hawaiian Gardens City Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California. Abner will distribute roughly $10,000 worth of food to less fortunate families in his hometown. He will be donating over 300 turkeys in addition to other festive Thanksgiving fare including tortillas, salsas, potatoes, beans, rice and pumpkin pie from 10AM-1PM.
Finally, on Saturday super middleweight contender Jesse Hart and Philly ring legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart will present their 1st Annual Turkey Giveaway at 2PM at Edward Gideon Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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