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By Bill Hillmann at the scale
Photos: Armando Angulo
The weigh-in for the Donovan George Librado Andrade Super Middleweight IBF title-eliminator took place this afternoon at Dolphin Discovery just outside of town in Cozumel, Mexico.
12 rounds Super Middleweight
Librado Andrade(30-4-0 23Kos) Guanajuanto MX 167.2 Lbs
Donovan George(22-1-1 19Kos) Chicago IL 167.4 Lbs
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch weighed in at 167.5, while WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward scaled in at 168 for their SHOWTIME Super Six Final showdown on Saturday night in Atlantic City.
Kell Brook 148 vs. Luis Galarza 147.5
Bowie Tupou 242 vs. Donnell Holmes 226
Edison Miranda 175 vs. Kariz Kariuki 174.5
Yordanis Despaigne 174.5 vs. Cornelius White 173
Boyd Melson 155 vs. Danny Lugo 152.5
John Lennox 224.5 vs. Jeramiah Witherspoon TBA
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
After months of negotiation, the “will they?” or “won’t they?” concerning the future of Strikeforce is decided.
Showtime and Zuffa executives announced a new programming agreement that will keep Strikeforce programming on the network for the forseeable future. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The Montreal Gazette is reporting that the wife of the late, great former boxing champion Arturo Gatti will inherit his $3.4 million fortune. The judge ruled that Amanda Rodrigues did not manipulate Gatti to change his will shortly before his sudden 2009 death in Brazil under uncertain circumstances. The Gatti family had sought to have an older will enforced, charging that Rodrigues manipulated the boxer into changing his will.
Carl Froch is on the precipice of his greatest hour and premier men’s magazine GQ has released a video with The Cobra ahead of fight night. GQ met with the Nottingham star before he left for America and the Super Six final with Andre Ward on Saturday.
German boxing fans are looking forward to a possible all-German middleweight affair after the IBF officially named Benjamin Simon mandatory challenger for IBF intercontinental champion Dominik Britsch. Simon had won the i/c title in May 2010 and successfully defended it in November 2010 before being forced out of the ring to a 10 month lay-off because of a hand injury. “It was too bad that Benny lost the last year because we were already on our way to a world title fight”, says manager and trainer Robert Rolle. “But now he’s back and we are very happy that we will finally get a big fight against a strong contender. We know that Dominik Britsch is a technically skilled boxer. But I’m sure that Benny will overwhelm him with his superior physique and pure power.” (more…)
Undefeated top 10 world rated contender Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne (19-0, 8 KOs) will do battle with former world title challenger George ‘Honey Boy’ Blades (22-4, 15 KOs) on “Super Brawl Saturday” Jan. 14 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. Coyne, from St. Louis, Mo., held the World Boxing Council U.S. National cruiserweight championship in addition to the World Boxing Association’s Fedelatin cruiserweight championship before he made the move to light heavyweight division where he is currently ranked #4 by the WBA and #13 by the WBC.
Popular Romanian boxer Victor Lupo has fully prepared for the toughest fight of his pro career, tomorrow (Saturday) night in the 12-round main event against former world title challenger Antonin Decarie for the vacant WBC International Welterweight Championship, at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Toronto, earned his title shot having defeated former world champion Junior Witter (37-3-2) last February by a 10-round decision for the vacant WBC International Silver title. Presently rated #19 by the WBC, Lupo is a former Canadian welterweight and WBC Fedecentro middleweight champion, who is unbeaten the past four years ago. WBC #26-rated Decarie, of Quebec, is a former Canadian light welterweight and NABO welterweight champion, who lost a 12-round unanimous decision in 2010 to Souleymane M’baye for the interim World Boxing Association (“WBA”) welterweight title. (more…)
Promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment (in association with Palace Sports and Jackie Kallen), will put on a boxing show entitled “Winter Warfare” at the Palace of Auburn Hills on January 6. In the welterweight main event, hard-punching Palace favorite Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (25-5-2, 15 KOs) will go 10 rounds or less against an opponent that is TBA. (more…)
Despite rumors speculating that a unification between WBA Featherweight Super Champion Chris John and IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib being in the works a source has stated that no such fight is being planned at the moment. Talks between the two sides broke down a few weeks back and both fighters are actually moving on. Dib is close to finalizing a deal to face his mandaory challenger Eduardo Escobedo of Mexico in either February or March while John is said to be seeking out an opponent in the top 15 of the WBA rankings to fight in Singapore in March.
Two-time world super bantamweight champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor has picked out the perfect Christmas present for provincial rival Sebastian Gauthier, wrapped with a bow on top and even delivered it to Quebec City. Unfortunately, at least for now, the gift remains unopened. Last month in Gauthier’s backyard, after Molitor (34-2, 12 KOs) won a 10-round split decision on the Lucian Bute-Glenn Johnson card at Pepsi Center in Quebec City, Team Gauthier loudly complained about an unfair outcome and requested an immediate rematch. Team Molitor has officially offered a rematch February 11 to Gauthier (21-3, 13 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, which is where Steve lives and trains. (more…)
SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final contestants, WBA world champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will hit the scales live from Caesars Atlantic City today at 4 p.m. ET. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Circus Max Theater and also stream LIVE at sports.sho.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxing company Promociones del Pueblo won the Purse Bid today for the fight between WBC featherweight world champion in recess Elio Rojas and current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Promociones del Pueblo offered $171,400 while Don King Productions offered $166.000. Site and date for Rojas-Gonzalez is TBA.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is information that WBA interim lightweight titleholder Richard Abril could be declared WBA regular lightweight world champion as Brandon Rios lost the title on the scale and its not uncommon for an interim champion to step into a vacant title. The source indicates that Abril may make the first defense of the inherited title against Golden Boy-promoted names such as Robert Guerrero, Sharif Bogere and Vicente Escobedo.
IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) meets ex-champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) in a rematch on February 4 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Hernandez won a split technical decision over Cunningham after the ring doctor incorrectly called for a stoppage due to a cut suffered by Hernandez and the IBF ordered a rematch after a Cunningham protest.
Also on the card Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) meets former amateur world champion Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) in a clash for the vacate Euro cruiserweight belt
In the third title fight of the evening, Euro light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) makes his mandatory defense against Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs).
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Local junior welterweight sensation Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (9-3-1,4KO’s) sent his local fans home happy with a scintillating fourth round stoppage of Brian “The Brick” Abraham (5-10-2, 5KO’s) in the six round main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen New Jersey on Thursday night. The five bout card promoted by Rich Komissar Promotions and RKO Boxing, provided fans with a little of everything, including upsets, and knockouts and even a split draw. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Pete Podgorski
Former Chicago Golden Gloves champion Matthew Podgorski, who at 31-years of age is one of the youngest boxing officials in the world. Matthew talks to Fightnews about his boxing career and also officiating in amateur and professional boxing.
You are one of the younger world championship officials in boxing at 31-years of age. What age did you begin working as a judge and referee
I got started in boxing very young, the last year that I fought I was a 17-year-old senior in High School, competing as an Open division boxer. I got started out as an official when I helped out as a judge and referee for some Chicago Park District amateur shows. These shows had junior division bouts for boxers ages 8-15. Soon after I turned 18 and had my last amateur bout as a boxer, I immediately worked some USA amateur boxing shows officiating as a timekeeper, judge and, referee.
When I was in college I had the opportunity to work as a timekeeper for a few Indiana professional shows that my father Pete Podgorski was officiating as a referee. I was told I did a good job and was later assigned to a couple of shows as a professional judge at the end of 1998 and early 1999. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Former undisputed heavyweight champ Mike Tyson took time to talk with Fightnews.com this week at the 49th WBC convention at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Luke Buras
Light heavyweight Andrew “Polish Prince” Fonfara (19-2, 10 KOs) was 172.5 pounds and his rival, Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4, 10 KOs) was 172 pounds on the scales before their Friday main event, The Windy City Friday showdown in UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Since switching to the light heavyweight division in January of 2010, Fonfara won all of his seven fights by KO.
Alan Sanchez 149 vs. Alberto Herrera 146
lightweight Guy Robb 127 vs. Hugo Ramos 127
Jonathan Chicas 144 vs. Paul Cano 144
Nicolas Balestra 146 vs. Will Walters 146
Oscar Godoy 150 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 152
Demetry Chudinov 169 vs. Anthony Hirsch TBA
Venue: Woodland Community Senior Center, Woodland, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
The rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto is set for Saturday, February 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing at 10 p.m. EST/PST (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50 go on sale Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. PST. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Vage Suruhan 129.5 vs. Juan Ramon Reyes 130.5
Jesse Villanueva 118.5 vs. Santiago Alonso 118.5
Aalan Martinez 133 vs. Ronald Rodriguez 133.5
Octavio Franco 140.5 vs. Alonzo Loeza 142
Roberto Rios 130.5 vs. Cesar Garcia 130.5
Main Event: Armen Ovsepyan vs. Jorge Pimentel is pacted for 154lbs. (Both fighters will be weighed the day of the fight, as Pimentel, a late replacement was not present for Thursday’s official weigh-in.)
Venue: El Faro Plaza Center (4433 South Alameda St), Vernon, California
Doors open at 7PM, with the first bell at 8PM.
Tickets $30 and $50 dollars, for further information call (323) 233-2261
Welterweight Carson Jones (33-8-2, 23 KOs) KOed Ricardo Williams (19-3, 10 KOs) in the fourth round to defend his USBA title on Thursday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This was the seventh consecutive KO win for Carson and the first KO loss for Williams who was a 2000 Silver Medalist. Carson is rated #3 by the IBF. Williams was on the deck three times in the fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Erica Farias (Argentina) 132 vs Melissa Hernandez (Puerto Rico) 132.50
(WBC female lightweight title)
Fernando Angulo (Ecuador) 137.50 vs Patricio Pedreiro ?? (Argentina)
(Interim WBC light welterweight Latino title)
Venue: Arena Maipú Casino Resort, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Promoter: Osvaldo Rivero
TV: TyC Sports
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that two of the sport’s top welterweight contenders will vie for the interim 170-pound title. Nick Diaz, a fiery and unpredictable southpaw riding an 11-fight win streak, will battle the division’s most fearsome knockout artist, Carlos Condit, when the UFC returns to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 4. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 49th WBC convention ended up being the final day, one day ahead of schedule, as all aspects of the agenda were covered by this afternoon. After a tempestuous morning of screaming, microphone slamming, threats, and eventually the prevailing of cooler heads, President Sulaiman closed the convention as far as business matter are concerned. Tonight will see the awards dinner, followed by the WBC Fight Night boxing show tomorrow headlined by WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio vs, Matt “Predator” Vanda at the convention center at Mandalay Bay.
At every boxing convention, the mandatory defenses portion of the agenda tends to be the most argumentative, sometimes explosive portion of the agenda. Promoters of the mandatory challengers are looking to ensure their charge’s mandated shot at the title, while often times promoters of the champions leverage for a little wiggle room to make an optional defense. In most cases it’s not a case of the champion being scared of the challenger, but rather, a mandatory challenger not being marketable due to the television network’s or public’s lack of knowledge of said challenger. Hence, nobody will buy the fight and money won’t be made. Here then is a rundown of the mandatory defense status of each champion in each weight class, and some of the carrying on that occurred today…
Heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko: In a voluntary defense status, will meet Dereck Chisora February 15, 2012 in a voluntary defense.
Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk: Was voted unanimously to make his mandatory defense in a rematch against Francisco Palacios. The two fought to a controversial split decision for Wlodarczyk this past April. Don King stated his case for the mandated rematch in favor of Palacios while Wlodarczyk co-promoter Leon Margulis angled in vain for an optional defense. Former champ Giacobbe Fragomeni will face fellow Italian and former Light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco to determine the new mandatory challenger.
Light Heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins: After very strong words between Hopkins promoter representative Eric Gomez (Golden Boy) and mandatory challenger Chad Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw, resolve was reached. Shaw argued that since Hopkins was given an immediate rematch (per the WBC order) after his challenge of former champ Jean Pascal ended in a controversial draw, Dawson should be given the same opportunity after suffering similarly unsatisfactory ending to his challenge of Hopkins on October 15, in which Hopkins was injured after an unintentional foul. Golden Boy’s Gomez was seeking an optional defense first, but the board voted in favor of the rematch, allowing for other possibilities if both promotional parties opt for that first. One possibility is a fight between Dawson and rising star Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs).
Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch: Froch will meet WBA counterpart Andre Ward in the finals of the two year old Super Six tournament this Saturday. The WBC mandates that the winner must face Anthony Dirrell, it’s mandatory challenger in their first defense.
Middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr.: This one was good! Threats and accusations flew in every direction with this situation. Sergio Martinez was scheduled to meet his mandatory challenger and WBC interim champion Sebastian Zbik earlier this year. HBO’s Ross Greenberg was reported to have said, according to Martinez’ promoter Lou DiBella, “Zbik will never fight in HBO!” End of story, right? Wrong! Martinez was then somehow title-less, or elevated to “Champion Emeteritus,” it’s not exactly clear (unless you ask Martinez’ advisor Sampson Lewkowicz), and Zbik was elevated to regular WBC champion. When a match was made with Zbik defending against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., suddenly Zbik found himself fight on, you guessed it, HBO! Chavez won a very tough majority decision, and the WBC middleweight title. Martinez went on to win the WBC’s Diamond belt at middleweight after destroying WBO Super Welterweight champion, undefeated Serhiy Dzinziruk in eight one sided rounds and has since defended that belt against tough Brit Darren Barker. Chavez Jr. defended against Peter Manfredo Jr. via TKO5 on November 19th. Chavez’ promoter Top Rank was looking t make an optional defense in February on HBO, while that network was also holding a date in March for Martinez to defend his diamond belt. Both Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz and promoter Lou DiBella lobbied vehemently for their case of Martinez to “challenge” Chavez as the mandatory. DiBella even went so far as to bring a cloth restaurant napkin on which details of a deal had been scrawled at some point, to Sulaiman up on the dais. Things got hot, tempers flared, and a near breakdown almost occurred. Eventually, the board voted unanimously in favor of Martinez to be the next opponent of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. regardless of the HBO dates being held, regardless of Chavez promoter Top Rank’s plans, and regardless of the outcomes of tomorrow’s Rubio-Vanda fight, where Rubio is currently the mandatory challenger of Chavez Jr. End of story.
Super Welterweight champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez: Is in an optional phase at this time. James Kirkland will meet Carlos Molina, with that winner to face Vanes Martirosyan to determine the final mandatory challenger.
Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather: “The WBC fully supports the potential super fight between it’s champion Floyd Mayweather and WBO champion Manny Pacquiao,” stated Sulaiman. At this time Selcuk Aydin is the WBC Silver champion and long time mandatory challenger. There is a proposed elimination series with Devon Alexander facing Marcos Maidana at welterweight. That winner is looking to face Aydin, but Aydin’s co-promoters Ahmet Oner and Don King want no part of any further delays in fighting for the WBC belt. “We have stepped aside three times,” snapped Oner. “We support Mayweather-Pacquiao, the whole world wants to see it. But if it doesn’t happen, or even after it happens, we want the winner. We’ve been #1 for two years! I need to go back to tell my fighter something concrete!” snapped Oner, the microphone crashing to the floor. Don King also chimed in supporting Aydin, while Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez was in support of the aforementioned Alexander-Maidana-Aydin scenario, in an effort to get Aydin seen by American eyes. In the end, the board voted to have Aydin receive the next shot at the WBC belt by September, the mandatory deadline. A special amendment allowing each fighter’s promoters to agree to another scenario would be allowed.
Super Lightweight champion Erik Morales: Is slated to defend against #2 rated Danny Garcia on January 28th. #1 ranked mandatory challenger Ajose Olusegun took to the microphone to make his own case. “Mr. President, I want to say that I fought a final eliminator against Ali Chebah and won a unanimous decision. Two weeks later, Erik Morales, who is a legend, won the vacant title against a guy who wasn’t even ranked in the top 15. Morales got that title shot after losing a title fight for another organization. I have paid my sanctioning fees, I have been waiting for my shot. Morales is a rich man, I am not! I need to feed my kids!” The room erupted into applause in support of Olusegun’s well versed plea. A motion was made, seconded and passed that Ajose Olusegun will met the winner of the January 28th fight.
Lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco: May make a voluntary defense than must face Jorge Linares in rematch.
Super Featherweight champion Takahiro Aoh: Will make a voluntary defense, then face Devis Boschiero in a mandated rematch of Aoh’s controversial split decision win in November, followed by his mandatory challenger Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand.
Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez: Will face champion in recess Elio Rojas who is coming back after an eye injury.
Super Bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka: Will make a voluntary defense then face mandatory challenger Simpiwe Vetyeka.
Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka: Is facing two mandatories in a row. First up will be current WBC Silver champion Abner Mares (who also holds the IBF title) followed by the winner of Hugo Cazares and James McDonnell.
Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai: May make a voluntary defense first then must face Silvester Lopez. #4 ranked former straw weight champion Oleydong Sith Samerchai, looks to make an eliminator against #2 Carlos Cuadres or #3 Yota Sato.
Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam: will make a voluntary defense on December 23 then his mandatory on March 23 against Toshuyuki Igarashi.
Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez: Will make a voluntary defense on December 23 then his mandatory against former champion Gilberto Keb Baas by April.
Straw Weight champion Kazuto Ioka: is in voluntary mode until August when he’ll face the winner of Ganigan Lopez and Denver Cuello (Singwancha) eliminator. (more…)
From the Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo/Sampson Boxing card at the WBC Convention:
Marco Antonio Rubio 161.5 vs. Matt Vanda 157.5*
* For the WBC Latino middleweight title: Rubio was 1.5 lbs. over weight and has elected not to lose the weight, forfeiting rights to title and $1,500 to Vanda.
Ela Nunez 126 vs. Laura Serrano 122.5
Miguel Roman 129.5 vs. Javier Fortuna 128
Keandrae Leatherwood 153 vs. John Jackson 153
Jamar Freeman 151.5 vs. Samuel Rogers 153.5
Ronnie Warrior Jr. 146 vs. Azael Cosio 146.5
Adam Collins 173 vs. Badou Jack 171
For more photos: (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Sons of Legends Omar Chavez and Jorge Paez Jr. faced off today in advance of their clash Saturday at the “Jorge Serrano Cuesy” Metropolitan Arena in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The “Businessman” Chavez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and “Maromerito” Paez (29-4-1, 18 KOs) will collide in a ten rounder in the welterweight division.
Omar Chavez: “I’ve done a lot of preparation at the Wild Card Gym with trainer Freedy Roach and Alex Ariza and that will be reflected in the ring on Saturday. I bring great condition, speed, and endurance. I will face an opponent with experience and name and it will be a great fight which the fans will enjoy.”
Jorge Paez Jr.: “Two are sons of famous fathers makes this a more interesting fight and whoever leave as the winner will teally have their career take off. This is a key fight so we’re prepared for a tough fight. The fans will be the real winner.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Thursday, the World Boxing Council ruled that unbeaten current middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs) will have to expose his belt against champion in recess/WBC diamond beltholder Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs). Chavez Jr wanted to fight the official challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio but the representatives of ‘Maravilla’ Martinez urged the WBC to stop overprotecting the Mexican fighter and order this Chavez-Martinez.
“Chavez Jr. still has not faced any good fighter to this day I do not see any chance for him to win,” said Martinez.
One source indicated the possibility that Chavez Jr could vacate his WBC middleweight crown in the search for a match against WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto.
By Bill Hillmann
There was a lot of respect and admiration tossed back and forth at the Donovan George(22-1-1,19KOs)—Librado Andrade(30-4,23Kos) press conference this afternoon in Cozumel Mexico. So much so, that a witty, veteran Mexican journalist—Don Beto proposed this question (or statement really) to Andrade. “I hope that you don’t respect George too much and that you came here to win.”
Even that didn’t goad the serene Andrade. He replied: “It is not a natural thing to enter a ring and punch each other. I want you all to respect us both.”
George followed-suit with: “I respect Andrade. I looked up to him when I was a young-prospect. He is very determined but I came here to win. I plan to show the world my merit with this fight.” (more…)
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