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Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
Undefeated super middleweight J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) scored devastating a sixth round KO over former world title challenger LaJuan Simon (23-5-2, 12 KOs) at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Love knocked Simon out cold with a right uppercut to culminate a night of knockouts promoted by Mayweather Promotions. Time was 2:48.
Unbeaten super middleweight Badou Jack “The Ripper” (16-0-1, 11 KOs) dropped Rogelio “Porky” Moreno (31-5, 25 KOs) three times in round six to get a nice KO win. Medina did well early, but Jack turned the tables. Time was 2:30.
Rebounding from his KO loss to John Molina, lightweight Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a third round KO over Carlos Cardenas (20-7-1, 13 KOs). A left hook finished Cardenas at :2:22.
Jr middleweight Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Asacio Ferreira (14-1-1, 12 KOs). Pearson dropped Ferreira with a barrage of punches at 1:44.
Welterweight Ashley Theophane (34-6-1, 10 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Robert Osiobe (14-8-4, 6 KOs) in a non-televised bout.
Also welterweight Cortez Bey (9-1-1, 4 KOs), brother of Mickey, won a controversial six round split decision over John Ryan Grimaldo (9-3, 6 KOs). Grimaldo dropped Bey in round one, and another seeming knockdown in round four was ruled a slip.
Bruno Escalante 114 vs. Michael Ruiz Jr. 115
(IBA jr bantamweight title)
Jonathan Chicas 142 vs. Rodolfo Armenta 143 1/2
Ricardo Pinell 157 vs. Arturo Brambila 156 1/2
Tony Johnson 177 vs. Alfredo Contreras 176 1/2
Andy Vences 131 1/2 vs. Victor Capaceta 130
Darwin Price 143 vs. Vicente Guzman 143 1/2
Chris Batista 136 1/2 vs. Benito Salazar N/A
Promoter: Don Chargin of Don Chargin Productions and Paco Damian of Paco Presents
Venue: Sports House, Redwood City, CA
Tickets are available at the Sports House box office (650-362-4100)
In a year of classic fights, heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva delivered one of their own in the main event of UFC Fight Night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, giving fans 25 minutes of blood, guts, skill, and will before the judges rendered a majority draw verdict that was probably the only decision that no one is likely to complain about . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 9 is live on FOX Saturday, December 14 from Sacramento, Calif., at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT Click here for more
Photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
In their third and final encounter, WBC cruiserweight Krzysztof “Diabolo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) won when mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4-2, 12 KOs) could not continue after six rounds on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. The 32-year-old Wlodarczyk dropped Fragomeni, twelve years his senior, with a left hook on a break at the end of round four. Fragomeni barely beat the count. The fight was stopped between rounds six and seven due to a cut under Fragomeni’s left eye. Time :01 of round seven. Wlodarczyk is now 2-0-1 against Fragomeni.
IBF #1 light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Samuel Miller (26-8, 23 KOs). Fonfara dropped Miller at the end of round one, then floored him for the count with a left hook in round two. Time was :58. Fonfara’s left hook was an immediate response to a rabbit punch from Miller. (more…)
In his first fight in 18 months and now fighting as a heavyweight, Lateef Kayode (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over journeyman Travis Fulton (21-34, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Kayode dropped Fulton in round one and got a referee’s stoppage in round two.
In the main event, local fan favorite Francisco Santana (18-3-1, 8 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world champion Joachim Alcine (33-7-1, 19 KOs). Santana dominated the bout from the opening round, throwing hard punches to the head and body that kept Alcine on the retreat. Scorecards read 99-90 twice and 100-89. Five straight losses for the 37-year-old Alcine.
WBC #6 lightweight contender Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) destroyed late sub Mario Hermosillo (12-13-3, 2 KOs), getting a first round knockout with a vicious body blow at the 2:02 mark. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The busiest promoter in Tijuana, Guillermo Mayen of Mayen Promotions closed out his 2013 season with a modestly attended fight card this past Wednesday night at the home of Tijuana club fights, Las Pulgas night club. The night began with a couple of quick knockout of clearly over matched opponents but it soon got better as the last three fights turned out to be a bit more competitive. In the main event, Tijuana super featherweight Erick Martinez (9-0-1, 6KOs) remained undefeated by earning a razor thin unanimous decision over Julio Paz (5-6), also of Tijuana, in a six rounder.
Paz began well enough establishing his jab early and catching Martinez with a good uppercut. Paz was scoring well to the body and head with the jab until Martinez was able to catch him against the ropes and land a telling over hand right that dropped Paz to the ground. Paz got up but on shaky legs but was still able to finish the round. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A very interesting all-Beltway youth vs. experience bout will be one of the featured bouts on the Friday, December 6 Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd will face his most experienced foe to date when he takes on “El Gallo” George Armenta of Silver Spring, MD in a scheduled six-round encounter. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cázares 121.7 vs. Julio César Miranda 121
(WBC super bantamweight silver title)
Irma Sánchez 110.20 vs Yesenia Martínez 111
Jorge Cota 159.50 René Fernández 159.50
Venue: Centro de Convenciones hotel Ixtapa Azul
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa & TDN
Photos: P. Gercke/Team SES
Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) successfully returned on Friday night from his world title challenge loss to world champion Wladimir Klitschko last May. Pianeta scored an explosive second round TKO over previously unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the German International belt at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianeta mercilessly teed off on Teuber in round two and Teuber’s corner, seeing their fighter was completely outclassed, threw in the towel! Time was 1:43.
WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (21-1, 7 KOs) punished Renata Dömsödi (11-4, 5 KOs) until the bout wass waved off in round six. It was Kühne’s second win over Dömsödi.
WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (16-0, 7 KOs) annihilated Carmen Garcia (10-3, 5 KOs) in the first round. Referee Ingo Barabbas jumped into to save Garcia from further punishment. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.con has received official information that Japanase WBA “regular” bantamweight champion Koki Kameda has vacated his title. This is apparently in response to the WBA calling for a purse bid for a fight between Kameda against Panamanian bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno next week in Panama City. Kameda has officially asked the WBA to reclassified as a super flyweight.
Kameda and his brothers Daiki and Tomoki became the first three brothers to hold world titles. Two now remain champions. Daiki is IBF super flyweight champion and Tomoki is WBO bantamweight champion.
More to come…
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121 vs. Joseph Agbeko 121.6
(WBA/WBO junior featherweight title)
Glen Tapia 156 vs. James Kirkland 155.1
Matthew Macklin 159 vs. Lamar Russ 159
Matt Korobov 162.2 vs. Derek Edwards 161.8
Toka Kahn Clary 130.2 vs. Ramsey Luna 131.2
Jesse Hart 168.2 vs. Tyrell Hendrix 168.4
Tramaine Williams 122.6 vs. Jovany Fuentes 121.8
Egor Mekhontsev 177.2 vs. Peter Cajigas 179.8
Julian Rodriguez 140.6 vs. Ryan Picou 140
Venue: Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Paulie Malignaggi 147 vs. Zab Judah 146
Devon Alexander 146.4 vs. Shawn Porter 146.8
(IBF welterweight title)
Erislandy Lara 153.2 vs. Austin Trout 153.8
(WBA interim super welterweight title)
Sakio Bika 166.6 vs. Anthony Dirrell 167.4
(WBC super middleweight title)
Sadam Ali 147 vs. Jesus Selig 147
Marcus Browne 176.8 vs. Kevin Engel 176.8
Juan Dominguez 122.6 vs. Camilo Perez 123
Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Golden Boy
The “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing card originally scheduled to air at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas and featuring Roberto Marroquin (23-3, 16 KOs), of Dallas, in a rematch against Daniel Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua has been canceled due to a huge snow and ice storm that has shut down the Dallas Airport. Top Rank will reschedule the fight.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 6, 2013
The long unbeaten streak of WBA featherweight champion Chris John (48-1-3, 22 KOs) ended on Friday night as IBO featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (27-2, 15 KOs) stopped “The Dragon” at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. Vetyeka hurt John in round five and John barely survived to the bell. Vetyeka then dropped John at the end of round six and the bout was stopped between rounds. The South African retained his IBO belt and claimed John’s WBA title. John was making his 19th defense of the WBA strap. Vetyeka dedicated the win to Nelson Mandela, who passed yesterday.
IBO lightweight champion Daud Cino Yordan (32-3, 23 KOs) retained his title with an entertaining twelve round split decision Sipho Taliwe (21-4-1, 14 KOs). Yordan survived an intense attack by Taliwe in round six, but generally took the fight to Taliwe. Scores were 116-111, 117-110 for Yordan, 114-113 for Taliwe, who was deducted a point for holding in round ten.
Featherweight Rasmanudin (18-4-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Lerio (16-18-1, 6 KOs) by scores of 59-54, 57-56 and 58-55.
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese footworker Akira Yaegashi successfully kept his WBC flyweight belt as he kept outlegging and outspeeding top contender and ex-WBC 108-pound champ Edgar Sosa, Mexico, winning a unanimous decision (117-111 twice and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
On the undercard, former Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata had a tough time with a durable US journeyman Dave Peterson, but finally stopped him at 1:20 of the eighth and final session.
Unbeaten 108-pound sensation Naoya Inoue, in his fifth pro bout, acquired the vacant OPBF light-fly belt by halting Filipino Jerson Mancio at 2:51 of the fifth session in a scheduled twelve.
More to come…
Golden Boy has announced the off-TV fights that lead up to the SHOWTIME televised quadrupleheader at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Featured on this stacked card will be a 10-round super welterweight clash between unbeaten Philadelphian Julian “J-Rock” Williams (13-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mexico’s Orlando “Latigo” Lora (29-4-2, 19 KOs), a 10-round welterweight bout pitting 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (17-0, 10 KOs) of Brooklyn against Arizona prospect Jesus “Chino” Selig (12-1-1, 6 KOs), an eight-round light heavyweight matchup between 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (7-0, 6 KOs) of Staten Island and St. Louis veteran Kevin “Hitman” Engel (20-8, 16 KOs), and an eight-round battle of featherweight up and comers when Brooklyn’s Juan Dominguez (15-0, 11 KOs) takes on Puerto Rico’s Camilo Perez (9-1, 4 KOs).
Encore presentation of 2013’s most controversial fight: Froch-Groves airs tonight on AWE & AWETV.COM
AWE & www.awetv.com have announced the encore presentation of the most controversial bout of the year that saw Carl Froch retain his IBF/WBA super middleweight title with a 9th round stoppage over George Groves. The fight will be replayed in entirety on the special hour-long broadcast tonight at 11pm est / 8 pm Pac.
The fight that took place on November 23rd in Manchester, England saw Groves brutally knock down Froch in the 1st round and continue to dominate the fight until the 9th round when Froch had Groves slightly hurt when referee Howard Foster jumped in and dubiously stopped the fight. At the time, the sold out crowd in Manchester plus the worldwide audience was shocked to see the great fight stopped so quick. The boxing world has not stopped talking about the ending of the bout and now fans can judge for themselves debate if the stoppage was just or not.
“People are still talking about this bout almost two weeks later,”said AWE President Charles Herring. “The match was a terrific fight before the all the controversy and we are excited to bringing the boxing fans the encore presentation of this highly controversial world title bout.”
AWE is currently available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country and worldwide. The new website for AWE is www.AWEtv.com.
Darren Barker 158.9 vs. Felix Sturm 159.3
(IBF middleweight championship)
Susi Kentikian 111.55 vs. Simona Galassi 110.89
Konni Konrad 174.17 vs. Leo Tchoula 175.48
Adnan Redzovic 229.72 vs. Igor Pylypenko 212.96
Maurice Weber 153.88 vs. Volodymyr Borovskyy ??
Arman Torosyan 156.52 vs. Dzianis Makar 152.12
Alex Born 172.18 vs. Vladimir Fecko ??
Where: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
When: Satuday, December 7, 2013
TV: SAT.1 (Germany) 10:55 pm/CET; Sky Sports 1 HD (UK) 9pm/GMT
Promoter: Sturm Box-Promotion GmbH
Weights and photos by Eric Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Ray Nichol 135 vs. Armando Rodriguez 135
John Nunez 128 vs. Chris Galvan 126.5
Chris Saucedo 195 vs. Reyes Diaz 195
Kristie Simmons 121 vs. Alma Garcia 118
Promoter:Airtight Boxing and American Dream
Venue: Sheraton Denver West Hotel Ballroom
Matchmaker: Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
There has been a great controversy on an outcome of a world title bout here in Japan. People’s question is: even if a champion should lose, can he retain his world belt? To make a long story short, he can keep his belt despite his loss only if his opponent is over the class limit, but people here cannot understand it, saying it seems contradictory that the loser is still the champion.
A unification title bout in the super-flyweight (115-pound) category was staged between the WBA and the IBF champions here in Tokyo on Tuesday. The WBA ruler Liborio Solis (16-3-1, 7 KOs) from Venezuela couldn’t make the contracted weight of 115 pounds, tipping the beam at 117.5 even at his second trip to the scale, while the IBF counterpart Daiki Kameda, Japan, tipped the beam at the 115-pound class limit. Solis refused to more reduce his weight, still two pounds and a half over the limit, and recklessly drank seven bottles of water and Coca Cola at the official weigh-in ceremony.
Despite such an unseen incident, Solis (116-3-1, 7 KOs) was awarded a split decision over Kameda (29-3, 18 KOs) at the Body Maker Coliseum in Osaka. Joe Garcia and Valerie Dorsette both scored 116-112 for Solis, while Robert Hoyle had it 115-113 for Kameda. (more…)
Coming this January, the spotlight will shine on a new class of hungry, talented and determined fighters as The Ultimate Fighter® Nations: Canada vs. Australia showcases the newest crop of fighters on the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization’s storied reality series. Series veterans Patrick Côté (20-8) and Kyle Noke (20-6-1) lead a cast of welterweight (170lbs) and middleweight (185lbs) fighters, as Canada and Australia go head-to-head in the fifth international edition of the show. (more…)
WBC #4/IBF #7/WBO #12 super middleweight Maxim Vlasov (28-1, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Maxell Taylor (18-6-1, 8 KOs) in The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California. A right hand ended Taylor’s night.
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Flores (14-0, 12 KOs) overcame a game effort by Arron Lyons (12-14-1, 9 KOs) to get an eighth round TKO. A barrage of unanswered punches prompted the stoppage.
In a five round clash between unbeaten jr welterweights, Danny Ramirez (4-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Dwain Victorian (3-1, 1 KO) by scores of 49-46, 48-47, 48-47.
Cruiserweight Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-5-1, 18 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2, 36 KOs) confirmed they’ll meet Wednesday, December 18 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. Gunn was slated to face ring legend Roy Jones Jr., however Team Gunn received word that Jones would not be going through with the fight, opening the door for Johnson.
Glen Johnson: I know he’s a former champion (IBA) with a great record and I respect him. He’s a natural cruiserweight and has fought some big names. This is my first fight at cruiserweight and there’s definitely some risk with doing that but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been working on some new stuff (in the gym) and I feel energized again. I needed a break from boxing and now I feel like a new fighter. I’m looking forward to the 18th and am excited about getting in the ring to show what I still have. (more…)
Victor Conte, infamous founder of BALCO, is back in the news, this time, preaching clean sports. More
The great Muhammad Ali pays tribute to the late (& great) Nelson Mandela. More
Undefeated Chris John, unbeaten in ten years as a pro, talks simple economics. More
Flint, Michigan’s Anthony “Dog” Dirrell gears up for a world title shot against Sakia Bika. More
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and the light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and James Te Huna, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.
Antonio Silva (264) VS Mark Hunt (262)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
James Te Huna (205) VS Mauricio Rua (205)
Anthony Perosh (204) VS Ryan Bader (205)
Soa Palelei (264) VS Pat Barry (237)
Clint Hester (186) VS Dylan Andrews (185)
Bethe Correia (135) VS Julie Kedzie (135)
FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Nam Phan (135) VS Takeya Mizugaki (135)
Caio Magalhaes (186) VS Nick Ring (185)
Justin Scoggins (125) VS Richie Vaculik (126)
Krzysztof Jotko (185) VS Bruno Santos (185)
Alex Garcia (170) VS Ben Wall (168)
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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Friday, December 6 from Brisbane, Australia at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT Click here for more
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
J’Leon Love 167 vs. LaJuan Simon 168
Badou Jack 167.5 vs. Rogelio Moreno 167.75
Mickey Bey 135 vs. Carlos Cardenas 133.5
Chris Pearson 156 vs. Asacio Ferreira 152.5
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Tony Tolj
Chris John 125.8 vs Simpiwe Vetyeka 125.4
WBA World Featherweight Championship and IBO World Featherweight Championship
Daud Cino Yordan 133.9 vs Sipho Taliwe 134
IBO World Lightweight Championship
Matt Garlett 129.4 vs Ryan Sermona 128.1
Rasmanudin 121.2 vs Roberto Lerio 122.1
Glen Austin 185.1 vs Travis Barton 188
Naoufel Ben Rabah 146.1 vs Jeff Horn 145.7
Vinnie Caruana 173.5 vs Salar Odaj 170.6
Renato Oliviera 159.1 vs David Galvin 160.3
Jack Nikich 174.3 vs Toby Bermueller 175.9
Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing
Metro City in Perth, Western Australia.
Video and text by Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Luke Buras
There was a lot of noise, not enough space and a lot of adrenaline during Thursday night’s weigh-in in Chicago. All of the headlining fighters had no problems making the weight for Friday night’s event in UIC Pavilion. Defending WBC cruiserweight champion Diablo Włodarczyk was 199, mandatory challenger from Italy, Giacobbe Fragomeni was 198 at the scales in the Vintage Lounge in the Little Italy part of Chicago. Weight was also no problem for #1 IBF ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (176 pounds) and his rival, Colombian Samuel Miller (176 pounds)
By Felipe Leon
Former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3-1, 22 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, but living in Tijuana since the age of fourteen, has joined the stable of famed Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. Prior to Roach, DeMarco was trained for his amateur and pro career by Romulo Quirarte at the CREA gym in Tijuana. DeMarco posted photos on his twitter working the mitts with Roach and confirmed to Fightnews that he was now training in Los Angeles. No word about his next fight and if in fact he will remain in the junior welterweight division as he announced earlier this year.
The popular nationally televised live boxing series, Fight Night, begins the new year with a bang on Friday, January 24th with an explosive double header from Resorts International Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. Topping the card, which will be telecast on NBC Sports Network Fight Night beginning at 10PM ET, is a 10-round middleweight contest between hard-hitting contender Curtis Stevens, 25-4, 18 KOs, and the iron-jawed Patrick Majewski, 21-2, 13 KOs.
“Showtime” Stevens, Brooklyn, NY, is coming off a gallant challenge of 160-pound champ Gennady Golovkin, and is eager to battle his way back to another title try. Stevens is known for his devastating punching power, and has scored quickies against seasoned Saul Roman, warrior Elvin Ayala, then-undefeated Piotr Wilczewski and many others. This time out, Stevens will learn if his fists can crack the granite in Majewski’s chin. (more…)
After being away from the ring for two years, undefeated heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez, 36-0, 34 KOs, gets his chance to finally return to his promising boxing career, on December 14th at Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. His 6-round bout against Darnell Wilson, 24-17-3, 20 KOs, is one of the main supporting attractions on a packed fight card that features a doubleheader, with heavyweights Amir Mansour and Kelvin Price in the 10-round main event and Ryan Coyne vs. Lionell Thompson as the 10-round light heavyweight co-feature. The two feature bouts will be nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. The Rodriguez-Wilson bout takes place off-TV.
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.
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