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Promoter Frank Warren discusses the all-British middleweight match up between WBO #2 Billy Joe Saunders and WBO #9 Chris Eubank Jr., plus confirms that WBO #1 middleweight Matt Korobov will face WBO #4 Andy Lee in December in the UK, with the winners to collide next year.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Dominic Pesoli, one of #5 WBC ranked Andrzej Fonfara’s promoters, talks about Al Haymon’s plans with the Polish light heavyweight, his future and what convinced him many years ago that the “Polish Prince” will be a world champion. Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) will be back on the ring in Chicago on November 1 in a special edition of Showtime Boxing against Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs), with the very much discussed bout on the horizon with former WBC champion Chad Dawson, who fights today against former Fonfara opponent Tommy Karpency. Talking about facing Ngumbu, Fonfara said: “It’s about me, it’s about what I will do in the ring. I know what I’m capable of.” Fonfara, along with trainer Sam Colonna and sparring partners are starting training camp at Abel Sanchez’ gym. “Again, with Gennady Golovkin in the camp. Last time it worked well for him, almost well for me,” said the Polish fighter who worked with GGG before his fight with Daniel Geale and Fonfara in preparation for his battle with Adonis Stevenson.
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
In front of a standing room only crowd at the beautiful A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano flattened Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal for the WBO Latin Super Flyweight title. All Star Boxing, in association with Shea Bailey Promotions, presented another night of exciting boxing in central Florida, and televised live on the popular Boxeo Telemundo series. On the undercard, Radivoje Kalajdzic kept his record unblemished, making easy work of Rayco Saunders, and exciting amateur star Sammy Valentin did not disappoint, crushing his opponent inside of two rounds.
In the opening round of the main event, both crafty fighters took their time in establishing themselves. Lozano (13-1-0, 10 KOs), 114.8 lbs., took the initiative first, landing more consistently than fellow WBO titlist Vidal (18-3-0, 10 KOs), 114.6 lbs. Lozano’s power was on full display in the second, as he caught Vidal with a pair of punishing blows nearing the end of the round. The crisp combinations forced Vidal to fall back against the ropes. The referee ruled a knockdown against Vidal, with only the ropes keeping him upright. A slower third round followed, with neither fighter landing an effective blow. Regardless, Lozano continued to outwork the more experienced fighter, and utilized his strength advantage to keep Vidal at bay.
Lozano worked the body repeatedly throughout the contest and it paid huge dividends in the fourth round. Lozano landed a brutal left hook to the side of Vidal, just underneath the rib cage, causing him to step back, turn around, and drop to the canvas, withering in pain. The referee immediately called a half to the bout at the 2:29 mark of the fourth round. With the victory, Lozano dropped the interim tag he won back in August, and steps up to the full WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion. A once-promising undefeated Vidal now appears in a freefall, dropping three of his last four matches. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
21-year-old Felix Verdejo, whom they nickname “Diamante” (diamond), has a record of 14-0 with 10 KOs and has monopolized the local and international news media thanks to the effective marketing and public relations of Top Rank, whose founder Bob Arum is an expert in the above mentioned matter since time immemorial. On Saturday in Orlando, Florida, he’ll face Mexican Sergio ‘El Cuate’ Villanueva (26-4-2, 13 KO’s), who by his record seems to be the ‘litmus test’ for the fighter who is traind and managed by Ricky Márquez.
I like Verdejo. He has my respect. The press loves him and without being champion he’s already a star, a media phenomenon. He has an attractive and captivating smile for television as well as being a good-natured young man with strong Christian convictions. His character and way of behaving reminds me of another Felix, the great Tito Trinidad, the former fighter from Cupey Alto and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (more…)
Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) will be stepping into the ring tonight with a heavy heart just five days after the death of his promoter Dan Goossen, brother of his trainer Joe Goossen. Martirosyan faces Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round collision of once-beaten junior middleweights at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.
“We have a good game plan put together with Joe [Goossen]. We’re ready to box or brawl if we need to. We’ll just take it from there. We’re ready for whatever he brings and we’re just going to be on top of him the whole fight, stated Martirosyan. “We’ve been heartbroken since we’ve heard the news [that Dan passed]. Especially because they kept it away from me the whole training camp. It was a big surprise to us. The second we heard it we all, my wife, my mother, we all started crying. But, in a way, we’re happy that we get to fight Saturday night and dedicate this victory to Dan Goossen. It gives me more motivation to fight and make him proud because I know he’s going to be looking down on us. On Saturday we get to thank him. I think this will make me stronger. The last thing, boxing-wise, that Dan said to Joe was, ‘make sure Vanes wins.’ I’m taking that in the ring with me. He’s going to be watching me from above so we’re going to put on a good performance for him. I’m going to win by knockout. I have too much happiness and too much strength going into the ring that I will win by knockout.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
“Donaire is going to realize from round one that he is in the wrong division fighting the wrong guy. Come October 18th, Christmas is coming early for me: I’m knocking out Donaire in round five or six,” so says WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) about his upcoming showdown against WBA super champion Nonito Donaire, a fight that seems to be gathering more enthusiasm than the main event match between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. The Jamaican-born Walters has won 10 0f his last 11 fights by knockout and is counting on his size, youth and power to overwhelm the multi-division Filipino champion.
Photo: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME
“I beat the scale and tomorrow night we’ll go out and win the fight,” stated former world champion ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson after weighing in at 173 for his clash with Tommy Karpency tonight on Showtime. “I know that I have to go out and perform. I have to let the world know that I’m the same fighter, that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world. If anything, I think I’m wiser and that makes me a better fighter. I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, use my jab, use my hand speed. People underestimate my jab, but I have one of the best jabs out there. I just need to use my size and win the fight. Hopefully within the next two fights I’ll get a world title shot. We want to get another fight after this, hopefully in December, and then sometime early next year I’ll be fighting for another world title. (more…)
Local super flyweight favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KO’s) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Lozano dropped Vidal in round two and finished him in round four with a body shot to claim the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.
Frank De Alba 129.6 vs. Jesse Carradine 129.4
Naim Nelson 138.4 vs. Ryan Belasco 138.8
(UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title)
Christian Molina vs. Josue Rivera 140.2
Shawn Sutton 146 vs. Anthony Prescott 148
Travis Thompson 132.4 vs. Benjamin Burgos 127
Venue: Valley Forge Casino Resort
Promoters: King’s Boxing & Peltz Boxing
1st Bell 7:30 PM
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Argentina’s Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) works out during training at the Wild Card Boxing Club ,Friday for his upcoming co-feature against Brooklyn’s Sadam “World Kid” Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8.
In the other co-feature is the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Ali vs. Abregu is a 10-round welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank and will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. photos
Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime
Rances Barthelemy 130 vs. David Saucedo 130
(IBF junior lightweight title)
Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Willie Nelson 153
Chad Dawson 173 vs. Tommy Karpency 173
Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
Unbeaten welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez, the pride of East Los Angeles and exciting future prospect, renewed his promotional contract today with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, the leading boxing promoter based in Los Angeles, California. “Frankie Gomez is a natural talent and that’s why I have no doubt that he’ll be the next super star and next world champion from East Los Angeles”, said Oscar de la Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “The truth is that we are very happy to continue promoting Frankie and help him to continue on his quest for a world title,” he added. (more…)
OPI 2000’s European super lightweight champion WBC and IBF #7 Michele Di Rocco (38-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his title by unanimous decision moments ago in Madrid, Spain against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Ruben Nieto (15-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 114-113 twice and 114-112.
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank
Glen Tapia 156 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 155
Mikael Zewski 150 vs. Roberto Ventura 150
Jesse Hart 168 vs. Roberto Jose Acevedo 168
Mike Reed 140 vs. Osnel Charles 138
Toka Kahn Clary 128 vs. Jose Del Valle 129
Julian Rodriguez 140 vs. Christian Steele 138
George Arias 221 vs. Edwin Ranquillo 238
Venue: Bally’s Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
Johhny González 126 vs. Jorge Arce 126
(WBC world featherweight title)
Celestino Caballero 130 vs. Adrian Estrella 130
Juan Carlos Sánchez 123 vs. Gregorio Torres 124
Adrian Young 130 vs. Edgar Monarrez 130
Venue: CUM, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Promociones del Pueblo
TV: beIN Sports Espanol, Televisa
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
As current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev prepares for the fight of his life against Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins next month, he is on the precipice of a life-altering event as his wife, Natalya, is moments away from giving birth to their first child. The Kovalevs are expecting their son any day now, with the official due date scheduled for October 17. Despite the stress and distractions that come with expectant-parenthood, the 31-year-old Kovalev assured everyone at his media day at Wolf Total Fitness in Big Bear City, Calif. yesterday that his focus is still fixated 100 percent on Hopkins, “I’m living for this fight. Only for this fight. I’m leaving for Florida when my [first] baby is due. I’ll be in training camp in Florida because this is the most important thing in my life right now.”
Sergey is scheduled to conclude his strength and conditioning training in Big Bear on October 9, then he will return to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to begin the sparring portion of his training with his trainer two-division world champion John David Jackson. With this schedule, there is a very good chance he will not be with his wife in Los Angeles when she goes into labor. (more…)
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine and the bantamweight bout between Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Tarec Saffiedine (170) VS Rory MacDonald (170)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Bryan Caraway (135) VS Raphael Assuncao (135)
Yosdenis Cedeno (155) VS Chad Laprise (155)
Bruno Santos (185) VS Elias Theodorou (185)
Li Jingliang (170) VS Nordine Taleb (170)
Roman Salazar (135) VS Mitch Gagnon (135)
FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Daron Cruickshank (155) VS Anthony Njokuani (155)
Jake Lindsey (156) VS Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155)
Paul Felder (155) VS Jason Saggo (155)
Patrick Holohan (125) VS Chris Kelades (126)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Matt Dwyer (169) VS Albert Tumenov (170)
Jerrod Sanders (135) VS Pedro Munhoz (135)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Tickets to the Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Ray Beltran WBO lightweight championship fight have been flying out the window — literally — since going on sale today at 10AM CT. Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), Omaha’s favorite son, will be defending his world title against #1 contender Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, November 29 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “In just the four hours of being on sale, we are close to selling out the ringside seats and the next highest priced tier tickets sales are not too far behind that,” said Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. “Terence’s fans are taking no chances on missing the opportunity of seeing their world champion defend his title live. The atmosphere on fight night is going to be even more electric than his last fight!”
Promoted by Top Rank remaining tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event, priced at $127, $77 and $52 and $27, are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.
By James Slater
After days and days of doubt that seemed to turn to a definitive negative, the British middleweight grudge-match that is Billy Joe Saunders Vs. Chris Eubank Junior is finally a done deal, signed and sealed for its originally announced date and venue of November 29th at The ExCel in London. Rewind to a week ago, to September 25th, to when Eubank Jr had failed to show up to sign the fight contract on promoter Frank Warren’s deadline of 5PM U.K time, and many fans thought his no-show had killed the fight, and immediately the accusations of Eubank Jr having “bottled it” began. It may have looked like that, but today the unbeaten 25-year-old son of former WBO middle and super-middleweight ruler Chris Eubank Senior singed the contract – to the delight of European middleweight king Saunders. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank
Felix Verdejo 134.8 vs. Sergio Villanueva 133.2
Gamalier Rodríguez 129 vs. Martin González 128.4
Esquiva Falcao 158.2 vs. Austin Marcum 158
Jantony Ortiz 114.2 vs. Gilberto Mendoza 112.8
Christopher Diaz 125.8 vs. Francisco Camacho 126.6
Anthony Mercado 141.6 vs. Esteban Villalba 140.2
Nelsan Machado 125 vs. Stephon McIntyre 123.8
Jovan Perez 139.6 vs. Berthin Rousseau 138
Venue: Bahia Shrine in Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
The rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on November 22 has become the fastest selling sporting event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena after selling out in under 48 hours. The bitter rivals return to the venue of their first clash in 2011 to finally face each other once again, and fight fans have snapped up all of the tickets on sale inside 48 hours. Their explosive second encounter, this time at cruiserweight, is supported by an undercard featuring Scott Quigg defending his WBA World Super Bantamweight title and Jamie McDonnell defending his WBA Bantamweight strap against Walberto Ramos.
Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Michael Sprott in a final eliminator for the British Heavyweight title, unbeaten world-rated Liverpool Super Middleweight prospect Callum Smith facing Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC Super Middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature in crunch clashes. (more…)
On the non-televised undercard of Monday’s Jo Jo Diaz vs. Raul Hidalgo fight in Hidalgo, Texas, 26-year-old Antonio Tarver, Jr. won his pro debut, scoring a fourth-round technical knockout over Zachary Briones (1-2). His father, former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), was supposed to headline against Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs), however, a fracture of his hand forced Tarver to withdraw from the fight but he did work his son’s corner.
Father and son will be traveling this weekend from Tampa to Miami to start working Monday with trainer Orlando Cuellar at Brazilian Rocky Fight Club.
Former WBC middleweight champion and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believes his contract with Top Rank has ended and he says he’s now a free agent. However, Top Rank attorney Daniel Petrocelli tells ESPN Deportes that Junior is bound to the company until at least April 2016. Ultimately a federal court will likely decide the situation. Chavez Jr. has been out of the ring since March.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story and the featherweight bout between Akira Corassani and Max Holloway, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden beginning at 12:10pm ET / 9:10am PT.
UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Rick Story (170) VS Gunnar Nelson (170)
UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Akira Corassani (145) VS Max Holloway (145)
Jan Blachowicz (205)VS Ilir Latifi (204)
Mike Wilkinson (145) VS Niklas Backstrom (145)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Scott Askham (185) VS Magnus Cedenblad (185)
Alexander Yakovlev (170) VS Nico Musoke (170)
Charles Rosa (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Gasan Umalatov (170) VS Cathal Pendred (171)
Krzysztof Jotko (185) VS Tor Troeng (185)
Marcin Bandel (156) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Ernest Chavez (146) VS Zubaira Tukhugov (145)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Former IBO middleweight champion Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (28-2-2, 17 KOs) tops an October 30th card at the World Famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California. The 8th edition of Hollywood Fight Night presented by Bash Boxing will also feature Wildcard Boxing Club light middleweight Urmat Ryskeldiev (9-3-1, 5KOs), undefeated lightweight Luis Sedano (3-0, 1 KO), and two boxers making their professional debuts, lightweight Davon Smith and bantamweight Juan Roman. Opponents will be named. The event will be a special Halloween edition.
After his team secured him a fight against Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO middleweight title, WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has decided to remain in the 154lb division and defend his title at that weight. A new WBO-rated opponent for Korobov is being sought.
The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered a 30-day negotiation period between “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and “interim” champion Luis Ortiz. In the event an agreement is not reached, a purse bid will be called.
A lot of interesting fights in Russia lately. The next is former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin against Carlos Takam on October 24 in Moscow.
Also, it looks like on November 28 former jr welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov will fight in the same city.
The Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry continues. Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-4-1, 19 KOs) will try to link the past and present in boxing when he resumes his career on Saturday November 1. WV2 headlines ‘The Comeback’ against Jonathan Arellano (15-4, 3 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Hometown favorite Vazquez Jr. is back training with his father, the former triple world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. “I wanted to have my father for the last fight in my training camp together with my conditioning coach Angel Heredia. It couldn’t be possible, but now we are together” stated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “Arellano is tough fighter, but we will be ready for him.”
Wilfredo Sr. added, “This fight with Jonathan Arellano is a very important one for Papito. A win over him may take him to another world title opportunity.” (more…)
Chinese light heavyweight amateur star Fanlong Meng has signed with Dynasty Boxing to fight professionally, President Dino Duva announced today. “Fanlong is one of the best boxers in China,” said Duva. “I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing him for five years. He is a terrific boxer-puncher and will fight professionally in a very hot weight class. I believe he has as much pro potential as any boxer in China and I’m extremely excited about his signing.” In addition, Meng’s coach from Inner Mongolia, Ma Jingwei, has signed an exclusive training and recruiting contract with Dynasty Boxing. “Coach Ma is one of the best and most knowledgeable boxing coaches in China,” said Duva. “His signing strengthens our ability to sign the best boxers from China for years to come.”
Duva announced the launch of Dynasty Boxing on March 10. Brothers Tommy and Terry Lane – sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane – are partners in the enterprise. Details of Fanlong Meng’s professional debut will be announced shortly. 2012 Olympian Meng and Ma have arrived in New Jersey at the Dynasty training camp, and will be joining his teammate Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei to train and box as a professional.
A member of the 2008 United States Olympic team who is rapidly speeding up the welterweight ladder, Brooklyn’s Sadam “World Kid” Ali will look to announce his arrival on the international stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8, when he faces his biggest challenge to date in the form of veteran Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu. The bout will open the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast headlined by the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
“This is the big fight I’ve been asking for, and I’m ready to perform on November 8,” said the unbeaten Ali. “Abregu is a seasoned veteran. He hits hard and he comes to fight. It’s the type of win that will put me in the title picture, and I can’t wait to put on a great fight for the fans and bring the win back to Brooklyn.”
“I’ve been sitting back watching my fellow Argentinian brothers Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse and Diego Chaves all get their opportunities to fight in the U.S. and now it’s my time to show the boxing world the best fighter from Argentina is me,” said Abregu. “I have been avoided by Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios and Ruslan Provodnikov so I thank Sadam Ali for stepping up to fight me. November 8 I will show the fans why I am the best and most exciting fighter from Argentina! Viva!” (more…)
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