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The lineup for the Dec. 3 “Championship Thunder” card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M. has been set. In the main, unbeaten heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs) takes on journeyman Byron Polley (24-12-1, 11 KOs) of St. Joseph, Mo. for something called the “NABU” belt. Former contender Antonio Escalante (25-4, 16 KOs), also of El Paso, is up against Johnny Frazier in an eight-rounder. Frazier is known in New Mexico – last summer he nearly scored a KO over Archie Ray Marquez at Santa Ana. Despite the near-upset, he has lost five straight bouts while Escalante is one win into a comeback after back-to-back losses. (more…)
From his training camp in Orlando, Florida, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talks about his upcoming December 3 grudge showdown with Antonio Margarito.
L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia, Golden Boy Promotions and AEG’s “Fight Night Club” will close out its 2011 campaign on Thursday, December 1 with unbeaten welterweight Hugo Centeno Jr. (10-0, 6 KOs) in the main event bout against David Lopez (3-6-3). Also in action will be junior welterweight Luis Mora (1-0, 1 KO) and debuting welterweight Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman of Los Angeles, Montebello junior lightweight Santiago Guevara and debuting Florida middleweight Daquan Arnett.
By Pepe Rodriguez
Saul Alvarez works out during media day in Mexico City for his upcoming WBC super welterweight world championship fight against Kermit Cintron, next Saturday scheduled for “La Monumental Plaza de Toros Mexico.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum updates Fightnews.com readers on Cotto-Margarito, plus next moves for Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and much more…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto works out during media day in Orlando, Florida for his upcoming highly-anticipated World Championship rematch against Antonio Margarito, Saturday, December 3, scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos…
Beginning with the return of Fight Camp 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 pm ET/PT, Showtime will air a bevy of programming in support of The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. The network will introduce a new boxing program titled Staredown: Ward vs. Froch, premiere the three final installments of Fight Camp 360° and replay the storied tournament’s Semifinal bouts on Showtime Extreme.
Episode 10 of Fight Camp 360° brings viewers back to the tournament’s kickoff photo shoot in 2009 where the six original participants speak to the magnitude of the Super Six and offer some early predictions. Fast forwarding to 2011, the Fight Camp 360° crews reveal the inner workings of fight week for both Semifinal bouts. Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson share their disappointment as their respective Super Six hopes fall short. Ward and Froch, however, relish the opportunity to move forward and discuss the road ahead.
By Jose Santiago
Heavyweight contender Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com about his upcoming title fight against Alexander Povetkin.
WBC International super welterweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (28-1, 8 KOs) defended his title for the second time with a 12 round decision against tough Jozsef Matolcsi (30-16-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night in Vado, Italy.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti (15-0, 8 KOs) won the WBC International Silver title by TKO in round six against Laszlo Hubert (30-9, 20 KOs).
On the undercard, WBC #8 middleweight Domenico Spada (34-4, 18 KOs) won in the first round against overmatched and late replacement Jozsef Molnar and welterweight Alessandro Caccia (3-0, 2 KOs) decisioned Jozsef Gerebecz in six rounds.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show and Sportitalia televised it live.
Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX when newly-minted undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin makes his first world title defense, against Cedric “The Boz” Boswell on December 3. Presented by Sauerland Event, the live broadcast will emanate from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Following the Povetkin-Boswell heavyweight title fight, the broadcast and live stream will continue with undefeated heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius taking on Dereck Chisora for the vacant European heavyweight title. As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of both fights on a jumbotron in Times Square (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.), beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (26-4-3, 15 KOs) returns Saturday against Colombian Alexander Monterrosa (17-7-3, 10 KOs) to defend his WBC Cabofe featherweight title at the Plaza Mexico on the undercard of the WBC super welterweight world title fight between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former world champion Kermit Cintron. “We’re continuing on our way. This is a great opportunity to fight in the Plaza Mexico on an important event like this. The opponent is strong and has faced well-known fighters but I’m making my own history and looking to be among the best featherweights in the world. Every fight is a new challenge for me. That last fight established that I learned a lot,” says Sanchez II.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Wilson stops Mussachio in 12
Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (11-5-1, 5 KOs) successfully defended his USBA cruiserweight title for the first time with a come-from-behind final round KO over an inspired Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio (17-2-2, 5 KOs) last night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Mussachio, who moved up from light heavyweight for this title shot, out-boxed the champion over the first nine rounds, before Wilson poured it on in rounds ten and eleven and finished Mussachio with an overhand right 54 seconds into the final round. Wilson was behind on two cards at the time of the stoppage. In the co-feature, highly-touted Ronald Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) used a crippling body attack to wear down and stop Anges Adjaho (25-7, 14 KOs) at 2:54 of the fifth round in a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions presented the seven bout card. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Ring legend and boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and IBF & WBC silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares pose on Saturday at the Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, California during the 15th Annual Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Turkey Giveaway. more photos
If Las Vegas fight fans left Texas Station disappointed last evening, it wasn’t due to lack of action, but because the hometown girl did not measure up.
There might’ve been a lack of crowd, at Sampson Boxing’s first show, but the three girl fights on the six-bout show provided more than enough proof that women’s boxing is not dead and buried. In two ten-round title bouts and a prelim, six females showed the guys how to fight with a pair of cohones, figuratively speaking, of course . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Thomas Oosthuizen makes the third defence of his IBO super-middleweight belt when he faces Francisco Sierra of Mexico on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old South African southpaw won the IBO belt in March this year when he stopped Evert Bravo in the ninth round and has made successful defences against William Gare (pts 12) and Aaron Pryor Jr (pts 12). (more…)
On Friday, January 6th, DiBella Entertainment will kick off the 2012 season of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” outdoors at Mallory Square, in beautiful Key West, Florida. Headlining the card will be WBC and WBA #9 rated Super Middleweight, Dyah Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs), taking on hard-hitting Alfonso Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs), in a 10-round match-up. Opening up the show will be what seems like a can’t-miss junior middleweight showdown between highly regarded up-and-coming prospects, Steve Martinez (11-0, 9 KOs) and Jonathan Cepeda (11-0, 10 KOs). Martinez-Cepeda is scheduled for eight rounds. The event will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hard Work” July scored a first-round knockout over Jason “The Mason” Pauley of Chesapeake, WVA in the main event of the Keystone Boxing “In Yo Face at Showplace” card at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. The knockout came at 2:29 of the round. July, who is a corporate attorney by day, is now 9-0-2, three KO’s. Pauley falls to 5-6, one KO. (more…)
UFC 138’s Chris Leben and Mark Munoz made history as the first five round non title fight main event. UFC 139’s Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua showed us why the extra ten minutes are a necessity.
In front of a capacity crowd at San Jose’s HP Pavillion Center, “Hendo” won a unanimous decision victory many are calling one of the best fights in UFC—and even MMA—history.
It looked like it was going to be an early night for the 41-year-old former champion. Henderson blasted Rua with a pair of big straight rights in the opening round and went for a guillotine choke that looked all but certain to end the night early. Rua stormed back in the opening round with a big uppercut, but it wasn’t enough to slow Henderson’s momentum. (more…)
By Peter Czymbor
In a rematch fifteen years in the making, Louisville, KY based heavyweight Curt Allan (7-1-1, 3 KOs) will look to avenge his only career defeat as he takes on the infamous Butterbean a.k.a. Eric Esch (77-8-4, 58 KOs) of Jasper, AL in a four round heavyweight fight on January 13th at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana. This will be Butterbean’s return to the ring after a two-year layoff! The show is a benefit for local boxing trainer Larry Alvey, who is suffering from cancer. Also featured on the show is cruiserweight Alexis Santos (4-0, 3 KOs) of Lawrence, MA, former female boxing champion Terri Blair (11-15-3, 6 KOs) of Louisville, KY and an evenly matched welterweight fight between “Iron” Dan Crabtree (1-3, 1 KO) of Hilliard, OH and Aaron Lucky (0-2) of Anderson, IN. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster or at the Horseshoe Casino box office. More fights to be announced soon.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Antonio Margarito is ready to be examined in New York City this afternoon by a NYSAC-appointed eye doctor to get clearance to fight Miguel Cotto in the sold out Madison Square Garden on December 3. A final decision is now expected on Tuesday. Margarito was forced to abruptly close his training camp in Temoaya, Mexico to deal with the licensing issue. If the license is not approved, Top Rank is prepared to move the fight to another state. More pics
Report/photos by Robert Hughes
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Spanish and through an interpreter spoke to about 100 reporters, photographers and others after the fight. “Thank you for coming,” he said. “I am very happy about my performance here in Houston, I really feel good and feel that I’ve been improving and I think you all saw that tonight.”
Chavez Jr also said he hears the criticism of his work ethic, and that he has fought nothing but nobodies. But he said he’s worked hard to get to this point in his career and he takes satisfaction in that work. He gives full credit to Freddy Roach and Alex Ariza for engineering his transformation into a tough fighter with a sense of urgency and purpose in the ring, and with the legs to take him there. He thanked them for “changing me from a spoiled child into a real fighter.” (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Dean Kennedy
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (17-1-2, 15 KO’s) finally stepped back in the ring tonight at the Cockburn Basketball Centre in Perth Australia where he impressively stopped American Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (20-13-1, 9 KO’s) in the 4th round. The Dominator was in control of the fight right from the start as he took Round 1. De Mori caught Alexander with a vicious body shot in Round 2 that sent him to the canvas for the first time. After beating the count de Mori attacked the body again and sent Alexander down for the second time, Alexander survived the round. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KO’s) arrived in Perth Australia today ahead of his much anticipated clash with three time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KOs) at Challenge Stadium on Wednesday November 30. Speaking through interpreter and manager Andrzej Wasilewski, Wlodarczyk said he will be able to stop Green and is predicting an early night. “Green is a quick, brave guy who is not afraid of a real fight, but I came here to win.” Wlodarczyk said. For more details and photos click here…
Repeating her win earlier this year and retaining the IBF female super bantamweight title, Ada Velez (20-3-3, 6 KOs), of Hollywood, Fla., outfoxed and outpunched Las Vegas’ Melinda Cooper (21-2, 11 KOs) through ten high-action rounds in the main event of a Sampson Boxing card held at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. Cooper had no answer for Velez during most of the fight, taking numerous head shots from the champion. Scorecards read 98-92, 97-93 and, surprisingly, 95-95, Velez winning by majority decision. In the co-main, the IBF female featherweight belt changed hands, Dominican Dahiana Santana (28-6, 12 KOs) able to turn the tables on champion Stacey Reile (10-4, 4 KOs), who suffered everything from a knockdown to a foul deduction for headbutting. Scores were 98-90, 97-90 and 97-91. In other action: Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (12-0, 12 KOs) kept his record clean with a third round TKO (2:21) of Michigan’s Rich Power (15-2, 11 KOs); Vegas female lightweight Tatina Anderson (5-1-1, 4 KOs) stopped Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-13-2, 1 KO) at 1:02 of round three; Panama welter Azael Cosio (12-1-2, 9 KOs) knocked out Jersey City’s Michael Torres (14-3, 7 KOs) at :43 of round five; and, in the opener, light heavyweight Alexander Brand (15-0, 14 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Texan Terrance Woods (9-3, 6 KOs), scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. Look for a full report and gallery tomorrow morning.
WBA jr welterweight champion Amir Khan is often on the receiving end of taunts and callouts from other fighters, but the British boxer was on the verbal offensive in an interview with the London Daily Telegraph, taking aim at Wild Card training partner Manny Pacquiao and fellow 140lb titleholder Timothy Bradley.
“I’m going to tell Manny to consider retirement and not go on too long. He has some serious thinking to do – he was lucky and he got away with it against [Juan Manuel] Márquez,” Khan told the Telegraph. He also stated that he thought Marquez had won the fight and suggested he could beat Pacquiao now himself. “In our sparring lately, he’s not the one getting the better of it,” Khan stated. The Daily Telegraph also reported that Pacquiao’s Filipino advisers had allegedly told him to stop sparring with Khan.
Khan also stated Timothy Bradley had no response when he told Bradley to “grow some balls” at the weigh-in before Bradley’s fight with Joel Casamayor. “He’s been avoiding me, and it’s time for us to fight.”
Next up for Khan is a December 10 date against Lamont Peterson in Washington DC.
Former world jr middleweight champion Luis Ramón “Yori Boy” Campas (99-16-1, 78 KOs) was unsuccessful in his attempt at a milestone 100th victory on Saturday night in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The 40-year-old Campas was stopped in round eight by 23-year-old hot prospect Jorge “Demonio” Cota (13-0, 13 KOs). It was a bad night for former champions all around at the Estadio Centenario as local favorite and three division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, who was the promoter of the event and fighting in his hometown, was shockingly upset by Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas.
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) mowed down another opponent Saturday night, recording a second round knockout victory against John Willoughby (3-11, 2 KOs) at the Ameristar Casino Spa Resort in St. Charles, Mo.
Williams, who recorded a spectacular knockout to garner an ESPN “Plays of the Week” mention In August of this year, used a right cross, left hook, right cross combination to turn out the lights on the journeyman Willoughby at 1:59 in the 2nd.
In the first round, Williams showed the complete arsenal, firing lead right hands, left hooks and a powerful left uppercut, forcing Willoughby into a shell, only able to get off one punch at a time. In between rounds, trainer Jack Loew instructed his fighter to go the body to open him up, and Dangerous Dannie did so with enthusiasm, as he pounded his opponent to the ribs with both hands after the bell rang for round two. Willoughby obliged by dropping his guard, but also picked up the pace letting his hands go more in an effort to defend himself. “I have to be careful because every time I step through the ropes, these guys come here with nothing to lose,” Williams said after the fight. (more…)
UFC president Dana White announced the winners of the event’s bonuses of $70,000 each.
Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua earned Fight of the Night honors for their five-round instant classic. Additionally, Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their battle that ended in the second . . . Click here for more
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Francois Botha was 37 seconds away from winning the WBF heavyweight belt when Michael Grant from the USA knocked him out in the twelfth round at the Montecasino near Johannesburg on Saturday night. In a rather poor fight with pushing and wrestling throughout Botha (115.24kg) had built up a points lead against the slow and ponderous Grant (113.94kg). Though rounds one to six there was very little action and it was difficult to separate the fighters. The South African shaded rounds eight and nine and had a big round number eleven when he staggered Grant on occasions and it appeared if he was going to go down. However, he managed to make it to the bell by holding and mauling against the tiring Botha. In the final round Botha made the mistake of mixing it with Grant who had been trying to throw his big right hand without success throughout the fight, when he landed a overhand right to the jaw that sent the onrushing Botha crashing flat on his back to canvas where Ingo Barrabas from Germany counted him out. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican José “Torito” Rodriguez took a hard fought split decision over powerful Thai challenger Nethra Sasiprapa to win the vacant WBA interim light flyweight world title in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Judges scored it 114-112 and 113-111 for Rodriguez and 114-111 for Sasiprapa. Referee Russell Mora deducted points for low blows in rounds one and seven from Sasiprapa and one point for a low blow by Hernandez in round six. With the win, Rodriguez becomes the first boxer born in Mazatlan to win a world boxing title. The card was promoted by Zapari Boxing and Canelo Promotions. Click here for more photos…
In a major upset, super bantamweight Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (31-2-1, 18 KOs) battered former three division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (46-3-2, 36 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight crown on Saturday night at the Estadio de Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaola, Mexico. The naturally larger Terrazas pressured Montiel the whole fight and dropped him with a right hand in round five. The bout got even more one sided after that with Terrazas badly busing up Montiel’s face. Montiel showed his champion’s with a late rally, but it was Terrazas taking a twelve round unanimous decision in Montiel’s hometown. Scores were 115-112, 115-113 and 114-113.
By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In his first title defense, “Son of the Legend” and WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (44-0-1, 31 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former Contender winner Peter Manfredo Jr (37-7, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. In one of his best performances, Chavez was in command the whole way and got the stoppage from referee Laurence Cole in round five after rocking Manfredo and following up with a barrage of unanswered punches. Time was 1:52. After the fight, Chavez Jr. said he fears no one and will fight whoever his promoter says including Sergio Martinez and Canelo Alvarez. Click here for more photos…
Unbeaten jr welterweight Roberto Ortiz (22-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over veteran Carlos Urias (45-22-1, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Fairmont Princess in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The bout was stopped after the WBC #6 rated Ortiz put Urias on the deck. Ortiz retained his WBC Silver light welterweight title.
On the undercard, former two-division world champion Hugo “Increible” Cazares (36-7-2, 25 KOs), now fighting as a bantamweight, scored a seventh round knockout over Adan Garcia (17-6-1, 12 KOs). Cazares dropped Garcia in rounds four and seven. Time was 1:41.
Undefeated jr. welterweight Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over his toughest foe to date in Bayan Jargal (15-4-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Local hero Algieri showed good boxing skills in busting up Jargal and compiling a 97-93, 97-93, 98-92 verdict.
In what might go down as one of the best fights in mixed martial arts history, Dan “Hendo” Henderson won a narrow unanimous decision over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC 139, held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. All three judges scored it 48-47 for Henderson, who had Rua hurt numerous times in the first three rounds. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Rua, battered and bloody, came back strong, wobbling Henderson and scoring multiple takedowns.
In the co-main, Wanderlai Silva stopped former Strikeforce champ Chung Le at 4:49 of round two. Urijah Faber submitted Brian Bowles with a guillotine choke at 1:47 of round two; Martin Kampmann won a split decision over Ricky Story, scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29; and Stephan Bonnar outclassed Kyle Kingsbury for the shutout decision, scores of 30-27 twice and 30-25. For more prelim results, click here
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