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By Karl Freitag
Upon the announcement of his induction to the International boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, Fightnews.com checked in with legendary boxing writer Graham Houston. Graham has been covering boxing for 50 years, working with newspapers, magazines and leading online publications. From writer to editor to publisher, he has done it all. He is well liked and highly respected by his peers for his extensive knowledge of the fight game and his website Fightwriter.com is widely considered to be the go-to authority on boxing wagering. Graham’s comments are insightful and a must read for anyone who loves boxing.
Were you surprised by your induction?
Yes, I was surprised, to get inducted into the IBHOF on the first ballot came, to me, right out of the blue.
What are some of the highlights of your career as a boxing writer?
It’s been like a train that just keeps rolling … (more…)
Judah: They built this arena for me / Malignaggi: Even if my mother’s in the ring I’ll punch her right in the mouth
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah continued to show mutual respect during Thursday’s final press conference for their all-Brooklyn showdown on Saturday night in the Barclays Center. The press conference was presided over by Bernard Hopkins.
Paulie Malignaggi: I’m gonna be one of the guys that thanks Al Haymon, as well…it’s not personal. It’s me or him. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose on Saturday night…at the end of the day when the bell rings, even if my mother’s in the ring I’ll punch her right in the mouth.
Zab Judah: I’m probably the only fighter up here that didn’t thank Al Haymon…welcome to my office. This is my office. They built this arena for me. On Saturday night I’m gonna show the world why…this is nothing about my man Paulie, it’s about crowning yourself the king of your city.
Devon Alexander: Son, I already beat you. So it ain’t gonna be no different Saturday night.
Shawn Porter: He’s bringing that belt for me, a little bit of speed, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, we’re gonna handle that and I’m gonna go home with that belt.
Erislandy Lara: The talk is over now. On Saturday we’re going to find out who has the bigger heart.
Austin Trout: Y’all are going to see the reinvention of Austin Trout!
Sakio Bika: On Saturday, Anthony Dirrell will be by himself in that ring and he will feel the power.
Anthony Dirrell: I overcame cancer and a motorcycle accident. Nothing can hold me back, especially Sakio Bika.
Francesco Pianeta 250 vs. Robert Teuber 222
(German International heavyweight title)
Ramona Kühne 128.75 vs. Renata Dömsödi 126.9
(WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight title)
Michael Wallisch 236 vs. Lars Buchholz TBA
(German heavyweight title)
Christina Hammer 159.8 vs. Carmen Garcia 159.8
(WBO/WBF female middleweight title)
Kai Kurzawa 198.4 vs. Marcel Gottschalk TBA
(German International cruiserweight title)
Tom Schwarz 237 vs. Edgars Kalnars 220
Felix Lamm 139.7 vs. Javegenijs Fjodorovs 136.6
Venue: Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
A lesion on the left hand of unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo will prevent “El Diamante” from seeing action on the December 14 at the Coliseum Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I very much regret not being able to fight on December 14,” said Verdejo. “I was very excited to fight in front of my people, but can’t run the risk of aggravating the injury on my left hand. We made this difficult decision to ensure that the injury will heal completely and I’ll be able to continue my career 100% healthy.”
Verdejo, (9-0, 6 KOs) suffered the injury during his victory on November 23 against Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard in Macau, China. He is expected to return to the ring on January 25 on a Top Rank card taking place in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions
Lucas “big Daddy” Browne (18-0, 16 KOs) says he’s far from shocked with David Price’s decision to vacate the Commonwealth heavyweight title. The hammer-fisted Aussie won the right to contest the crown when he halted Sheffield giant Richard Towers last month. He was hoping to square off with Price in early 2014, but the Liverpudlian’s new promoters, Sauerland, yesterday confirmed that he’ll be relinquishing the championship along with his British belt. Browne keeps busy against old foe Clarence Tillman on December 13 and will be ready for his title opportunity in the New Year.
“I can’t say I’m surprised that Price has vacated to be honest. If Tony Thompson can stop Price, I know I can too,” Lucas said. “I have a fight in a weeks’ time that I’m focusing on and I can’t wait to close 2013 with a bang before beginning 2014 with that title fight. I’ll leave all the negotiations for the Commonwealth title up to my management and Ricky Hatton. I know I’m in good hands and I’m on the right path.” (more…)
By Kish Nundloll at ringside
New York native Boyd Melson won a clear points decision against Gundrick King in their scheduled 8 round middleweight encounter.
The main event at the packed BB King Blues Club on Broadway was a scrappy affair with Melson using his right jab to good effect nullifying the limited threat from King. His best work coming at the end of rounds, where he started to catch King with solid combinations to both head and body, visibly hurting his opponent. (more…)
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By Karl Freitag
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum cleared the air on his relationship with the Mayweather clan during Wednesday’s Rigondeaux-Agbeko press conference in New York City. “Some people say ‘Well you have problems with the Mayweathers’ but that, of course, is not true,” said Arum. “It really isn’t. It REALLY isn’t.
“Floyd Sr., we consider a big friend. He was always up in our offices, we’re very friendly with him. Floyd Jr., on a personal basis, we have great relationships with. Todd has. I have. There’s no animosity between us certainly on a personal level. Whatever business disputes there are, are usually started by other people. And Roger we love. I particularly love Roger, because Roger is as crazy as I am. In other words, I have no filter. I say whatever the hell I want to say without filtering it, and so does Roger!”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten Japanese speedster Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBO bantamweight title as he positively outjabbed and outpunched previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 11 KOs), 118, from Namibia, winning a unanimous verdict over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. It was the second of a world title tripleheader.
Adelaide Byrd, Don Trella and Carlos Ortiz Jr., all from the US, saw the unanimous affair 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 respectively in Tomoki’s favor. The third man was Robert Byrd, US.
Tomoki, 22, proved faster and busier throughout the contest in his first defense since he dethroned Namibian Paulus Ambunda by a unanimous nod in Cebu, Philippines, this August. (more…)
Bob Arum finally gives props to the UFC, and tells the media how much he admires the organization’s success. More
Is Matty Garlett Australia’s best kept secret? More
Speaking of Australia, the country’s last world champ, Sakia Bika, is ready to defend his title. More
The Philadelphia Art Commission has okayed a statue to honor former heavyweight great Joe Frazier. Philly sculptor Stephen Layne will create it.
Retro piece on former champ Troy Dorsey. More
Maxim Vlasov 173 vs. Maxell Taylor 176.6
Alexander Flores 234.6 vs. Arron Lyons 234.6
Lissetter Medel 128.6 vs. Melisenda Perez 132
Dwain Victorian 139 vs. Danny Ramirez 138.4
Daniel Kim 135.2 vs. Devonte Donaldson 134.6
Curtis Millender 170 vs. Alex Suhonosov 171.4
Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets at www.fightcluboc.com
In an upset, one-time super middleweight contender Craig McEwan (22-4-1, 11 KOs) surprisingly lost a six round unanimous decision to journeyman Dashon Johnson (15-13-3, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night on Broadway Boxing’s “Seasons Beatings” card at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grille in New York City. McEwan looked to use his distance against the much smaller Johnson, but Johnson was able to effectively get inside McEwan’s reach and score with looping shots with both hands. Scores were 58-55, 58-55, and 57-56. The loss was a major blow to the career of McEwan, who fought twice on HBO in 2011. Johnson had lost nine of his last ten coming in.
In the main event, middleweight Boyd Melson (12-1-1, 3 KOs) scored a dominant eight-round unanimous decision victory over Gundrick King (18-11, 11 KOs). All three judges tallied 80-72 for Melson.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, Katsunari Takayama (26-6-1, 10 KOs), 105, kept his IBF mini-flyweight (105-pound) belt as he kept circling all night to frustrate a Filipino southpaw Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs), 102.5, whipped him from all angles and pounded out a very unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Valerie Dorsett and Joseph Pasquale both 118-110, Joe Garcia 120-108, all from the US in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Sparkle Lee, also from the US. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“It’s just a question of time when Andrzej Fonfara will be a world champion,” said WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KO) after tonight press conference in Chicago. #1 IBF rated light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO) stated, “I’m proud to fight with Diablo on one card.”
Włodarczyk will defend his title against Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KO), and Fonfara will be tested by hard hitting Colombian Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KO) on Friday night at the UIC Center in Chicago.
Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk: I’m here to show the world and the fans in Chicago how good I am. I’m here to prove I’m the best, like I did in Moscow in my last fight. Thanks everyone for coming. This is a great city and I’ll see you all on Friday night.
Giacobbe Fragomeni: I respect Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. He is a great champion. I am honored to fight in this great city and hope it will be an exciting fight for the fans.
Andrzej Fonfara: I had a great training camp. I spent part of the time in Big Bear, California and part of the time here. I am ready for my fight with Miller. He is a good fighter and a strong puncher and a tough guy, but I’m going to win. I will be world champion one day.
Samuel Miller: I know what my job is. I am here to one thing and that is to take away Andrzej Fonfara’s #1 ranking and take his place. That’s the only thing I’m here to do.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes
Dallas, Texas’ own featherweight Roberto Marroquin (23-3, 16KO) returns to the ring Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma in a rematch against Daniel Diaz (20-5-1, 14KO) from Managua, Nicaragua. It is the same Diaz who squeaked out a split decision victory in their fight in June and dropped Marroquin twice in the 1st round.
Marroquin was visibly injured during one of the knockdowns, but showed a lot of grit to fight back and make the fight close. Some people ringside thought he may have pulled out the decision after such a horrific start.
Fightnews caught up with Marroquin and his esteemed trainer Paul Reyes at the Vivero Boxing Gym at their Media Day in Dallas as Marroquin prepares to make 128lbs for the fight. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Robert Hughes
The wait is over for legendary referee Richard Steele as he has been elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for their 25th anniversary induction ceremony that will take place June 5-8, 2014. A boxing career that spans 50 years and started in the Marines as a teammate with former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton, Steele is the 3rd Nevada referee to be elected in the last 4 years, following the path of Joe Cortez in 2011 and Mills Lane in 2013.
Steele called his last major fight when Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Zab Judah in 2006 and continues to run the Richard Steele Foundation & Boxing Club (www.richardsteelefoundation.org), a non-profit, where he utilizes boxing as a tool for at risk youth to learn self-discipline and positive thinking as well as take advantage of educational opportunities and develop healthy lifestyles. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF officials selected to work IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker’s defense of the title against Felix Sturm on Saturday at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany are:
Supervisor: Lindsey Tucker
Referee: Mark Nelson (USA)
Judges: John Madfis (USA), Michael Fitzgerald (USA), Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain)
#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.’”
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