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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon
With his now trademark dark sunglasses and shaggy hairdo, former three time welterweight champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27KOs) made his first public appearance in his hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, to lend his support to former champ Jackie Nava as she opened up a gym to serve the Tijuana community. Three weeks after his much anticipated rematch with Miguel Cotto, light bruising was visible under the Louis Vuitton shades that have become a staple on the face of the “Tijuana Tornado” after the surgery to repair his right eye following his bout with Manny Pacquiao in which his orbital bone was broken as well as his eye severely damaged.
The effects of that injury reared their ugly heads in his rematch with Cotto since the fight was stopped in the tenth round due to swelling in his right eye.
“The doctor went to my corner, he asked me to tell him how many fingers he was holding up and I told him,” Margarito stated of the events that transpired after the ninth round. “I could see perfectly fine. He said he was going to stop it and I asked him why. He said my eye was too swollen and I told him my eye had been swollen worse before.”
“I asked for one more round but they didn’t want to give it to me. I don’t feel that Cotto beat me. It was a copy of the first fight. I knew that I was losing the fight but in all honesty, I felt my conditioning was great and I felt that I hurt him in that round more than any other.” (more…)
Thai challenger Kompayak Porpramook (44-3, 30 KOs) scored a spectacular tenth round KO over defending WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) to claim the WBC 108lb world title on Friday at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bang Khen, Thailand. Kompayak pressured Hernandez for the first two rounds, but Hernandez got the challenger’s respect in round three as he stood his ground got the better of Kompayak. The rest of the fight was a two-way war as both fighters traded shots. The end came when Kompayak laid out Hernandez for the count in round ten with a right hand.
The title fight between WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-3-1, 44 KOs) and challenger Hirofumi Mukai (5-1) ended before it ever really started after Mukai was cut by an unintentional head clash in round one and the bout was declared a no contest.
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBA feather champ Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs), Panama, arrived on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan, where he is slated to defend his belt against WBA#8 ex-Japanese national titlist Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) in Yokohama on the last day of this year. The 35-year-old lanky champ was accompanied by his trainers Jeff Mayweather and Miguel Callist. Pelenchin, a 5’11” champ, has been training strenuously at the Teiken Gym since his arrival here. Caballero says, “I am in good shape, and has no weight problem.” Panama has produced such boxers exceptionally tall in the category as Panama Al Brown, Eusebio Pedroza, Hilario Zapata, etc. Caballero is one of those who may utilize his gifted physique and long reach against “Bazooka” Hosono who will have a puncher’s chance.
Jr middleweight Michael Medina (25-3, 19 KOs) pounded out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision to seize the NABF title from reigning champion Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-14, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Score were 98-92 twice and 99-92. “It’s a disappointing loss,” said Brewer, the winner of 2006 The Contender reality series. “I will be back in 2012.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based German super flyweight Alesia “The Tigress” Graf (25-2, 10 KOs) stopped Jubjang Lookmakarmwan (3-4) in round five at the Fraternity Bowling Club in Fairy Meadow, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Graf was in control of the bout in all of the rounds and referee Mick Heafey saved the Thai boxer from further punishment at 0:53 of round five. The WBU and WBF super bantamweight titles were up for grabs. This is Graf’s second contest in Australia. She was born Alesia Klimovich in Gomel, Belarus in 1980 and held the Global Boxing Union super flyweight title from 2006 to 2008. (more…)
On a conference call with the press this week to discuss the recent Khan-Peterson fight, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer laid out a story of scorecard irregularities from both the WBA and IBF, combined with “shitty” refereeing that added up to “one of the worst cases of home cooking I have ever seen.”
“…the purpose of this call is in no way or shape to attack or question the performance of Lamont Peterson and his team,” stated Schaefer in his opening remarks. “I think Lamont fought a very good fight, it was an exciting fight. In fact, many people feel it was another fight of the year candidate, so this is absolutely nothing about taking anything away from Lamont Peterson. It is simply to look at the facts, present the facts, and give the people involved an opportunity to correct their mistakes. It’s basically about doing the right thing. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) is a great talent and the new power in the light heavyweight division. He’s ranked as #2 light heavyweight in the world by the WBC and should fight Jean Pascal. There’s no question about it,” says John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring, who represents 26-year old Ukrainian living in California.
“The statement made by Yvon Michel, Pascal’s promoter, that Ismayl cannot fight Pascal yet because ‘he never fought anybody from the top 20’ is simply not true. When Sillakh convincingly beat then undefeated Yordanis Despaigne, a great Cuban talent, Yordanis was ranked #9 by WBC. There’s more. Ismail ‘beat the guy who beat the guy,’ because the same Yordanis Despaigne had no problems in defeating Jean Pascal during 2004 Olympic boxing tournament in Athens.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is facing charges of OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence), failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. According to the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik was arrested at his home Wednesday night after he and a friend allegedly damaged neighboring property and a lamppost while riding ATVs. Full article.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBC Light Heavyweight champ Donny LaLonde talks about his T.K.O.O.O. initiative to help boxers suffering the effects of their career in the ring.
On New Year’s Day of this year at UFC 125, several fighters truly captivated fight fans with their memorable Octagon performances. Dustin Poirier introduced himself to the featherweight division with authority in his lopsided victory over Josh Grispi, Clay Guida surprised all with his second round guillotine choke over former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi, Brian Stann legitimized his presence as a dangerous 185er with his TKO of Chris Leben, and, least of all, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard battled to a draw in one of the most unforgettable title fights in UFC history. Oddly enough, what gained national attention and headlines wasn’t what transpired in the cage, but an offhand comment said backstage . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like March 31 is the preferred date for the much anticipated rematch between current WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) of Mexico and former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), with the bout taking place again in Juanma’s native Puerto Rico.
Mexican WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants to step up the level of his opponents. Names like James Kirkland and Shane Mosley have been mentioned for Canelo when he returns on April 21.
WBO featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez looks to be the frontrunner for the “Fist of Gold” award is given each year by the WBC to the fighter of the year. Gonzalez won the title against Hosumi Hasegawa and defended it three times by knockout.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Officials for the two WBA world title fights in Yokohama, Japan on December 31 are as follows:
Celestino Caballero vs Satoshi Hosono for the WBA featherweight title
Judges: Levi Martinez (USA), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico), Wan Soo Yuh (Korea)
Referee: Rafael Ramos (USA)
Supervisor: Alan Kim
Takashi Uchiyama vs Jorge Solis for the WBA super featherweight title
Judges: Levi Martinez (USA), Wan Soo Yuh (Korea), Rafael Ramos (USA)
Referee: Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico)
Supervisor: Alan Kim
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez
Just a few hours before he has to risk his crown for the second time, the WBC flyweight world champion, Adrian El “Confesor” Hernandez (22-1-1, 14 KOs), is quiet and motivated to meet his Thai rival Kompayak Porpramook (43-3-0. 29 KOs) in a bout that is scheduled at 4 pm (Bangkok time) on Friday 23 in the 11th Infantry Regiment of Bangkok. (more…)
Report and photos by Reynaldo Sanchez
WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux and his team are training in The Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Florida. Today “The Jackal” told us that he is confident in beating the full WBA champion at that weight Rico Ramos. The Cuban had a sparring session today, going six rounds with his countryman, young super bantamweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarrás. The Cuban star Rigondeaux told us that at the present his main target is to be ready to face Rico Ramos on January 20th. “We are focused in the fight against Ramos and don’t even think about Bakhtin,” Rigondeaux said. (more…)
Washington DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray will officially congratulate WBA/IBF super lightweight boxing champion Lamont Peterson and present him with a key to the city on Thursday for his December 10 upset win over Amir Khan. The ceremony will take place at 1PM in the 1st Floor Grand Lobby of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Other Participants will include DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Events DC President/CEO Greg O’Dell, DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chairman Bryan Scottie Irving, trainer Barry Hunter and pro boxer brother Anthony Peterson. Lamont is a native Washingtonian who resides in Ward 7.
By Pepe Rodriguez
Photo by Diego Morales/BOX LATINO
Current WBC Ssuper lightweight world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales underwent emergency surgery today after a gallbladder pain and it is not known if this will affect his next fight. El “Terrible” was operated for a small stone in the gallbladder just this morning (December 21). Fernando Fernandez, part of the coaching staff accompanying Morales, said “We are awaiting the medical report of the doctor to decide whether he can fight and how long it can take to recover.” Erik is scheduled to make his first defense of the WBC 140lb title on January 28. On the same card, super welterweight star James Kirkland will face Carlos Molina in the co-feature bout.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Moments ago Clark County judge Melissa Saragosa sentenced boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather to 90 days in jail on misdemeanor domestic violence charges. He is to report on January 6 at 10:45AM to begin serving his sentence. Floyd must also attend a 12-month domestic violence program, pay $2500 in fines and perform 100 hours of community service. The full sentence is for six months, of which three months are suspended and he was given credit for three days served. Floyd’s attorney asked if the court would consider a home detention program. “Not in lieu of the 90 days,” Judge Saragosa responded. “I have considered it, yes, absolutely, and I have decided that the time he will spend in custody is appropriate….I will see you on January 6 at 10:45.”
If Floyd gets out after 45 days for good behavior, this would give him a little more than two months to train for his planned May 5 showdown with Manny Pacquiao or another opponent.
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs), the UK’s only world champion after the defeats of Amir Khan and Carl Froch in recent weeks, will defend his belt against an opponent to be named on February 25 at Moterpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. No opponent has been named, but #9 rated Andrzej Fonfara has been ruled out by the Cleverly camp according to walesonline.co.uk.
One of boxing’s hardest punchers Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), fresh off a sensational TKO win over WBO #7 light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki on Saturday night in Atlantic City, targeted Cleverly on Wednesday. “Sure, I would love to fight him in his backyard. I have never turned down a challenge. I have a huge fan base in England and all over Europe. I’m back in the gym and it would be no problem for me to get ready for a title fight in February. It would give me great pleasure to fight in front of all those great fans and give them a night they will never forget. Cleverly will feel stupid when I’m done with him.”
The World Boxing Federation is sanctioning two international title fights on a December 24 Christmas Eve show in Belgrade, Serbia. On a card promoted by Zoran Andjic, German International Champion Uensal Arik (7-1, 7 KOs) will face his biggest test so far when he takes on Turkish-born veteran Turgay Uzun (37-18-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBF International Super Middleweight title.
In the second WBF title fight on the card, and the main event, local hero Nenad Stankovic (13-12-1, 9 KOs) squares off with Germanys Jonathan Pasi (22-23-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant International Cruiserweight crown. (more…)
On January 28th, former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) returns for the first time in 18 months topping a loaded fight card at the 5-star luxury Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Brähmer was stripped of his world title after pulling out of three straight title defenses on short notice.
In the co-feature is former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (31-5-1, 20 KOs). World-rate heavyweight Denis Boytsov (29-0, 24 Kos), unbeaten cruiserweight and Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs), and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs) will also be featured.
This will be the second Universum Fight Night since the famed promotional company was reorganized. Opponents will be named.
Other people’s funny stories involve someone breaking wind in yoga class or fainting before a ‘will-you-marry-me’ proposal. Vladimir Matyushenko’s notion of funny is telling you about the time he got his nose broken in a professional fight . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban prospect Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) will face Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs), the son of legendary world champion Tommy Hearns, on the February 11 Ortiz-Berto card in Las Vegas.
A source indicated the possibility that on January 5 Super Six winner Andre Ward would be in Mexico City to receive his WBC belt from WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
We have information that the WBC has set a January 6th date for the purse bid for the fight between current WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former WBC champion and diamond belt holder Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
Top Rank has denied that unbeaten former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) will face former Olympian Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) on March 3. The bout hasn’t even been discussed, we were informed.
The postponed clash between WBA super bantamweight interim world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) and WBA regular champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs) could be rescheduled as soon as late January.
Photos: Felipe Leon
Iconic female fighter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (25-4-3, 11KOs) killed two birds with one stone when she announced her next bout and inaugurated the “Jackie Nava Gym” in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, at a press conference held Tuesday morning. Flanked by Zanfer Promotions’ Guillermo Brito as the master of ceremonies while her life long trainer Miguel Reyes and former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito took the roles of the gym’s godfathers, Nava shared her plans to challenge current WBA super bantamweight champion Chanttall Martinez (15-4, 6KOs) of Panama on Saturday, January 14th, at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The championship bout will be televised live in Mexico by the Azteca Channel and will mark the start of the 2012 boxing season for the channel as well as Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions. (more…)
Following three successful shows in 2011, the “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series returns to the Warner Center Marriott on January 20. The card is scheduled to feature 11 professional bouts including a light heavyweight title bout between Hollywood’s Anatoliy Dudchenko (13-2) and East Los Angeles’ Alex Armenta (8-2). Dudchenko is riding a 10 fight win streak and returning to the same division where he fought as a member of the Ukrainian Olympic team. Armenta returned to the ring after a year layoff and captured a split decision victory over Benjamin Diaz (11-4) in his last fight. (more…)
On the evening of December 19, 2011, the IBF/USBA received a request for a formal appeal procedure from Golden Boy Promotions for the bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. The grounds for such an appeal include miscalculation of the scoring, inappropriate conduct by officials which may affect the outcome of the bout and any alleged violation of the rules of the IBF/USBA that may have a detrimental effect on the rights of the complainant.
The complaint by Golden Boy Promotions has been accepted by the IBF/USBA and a panel of three boxing officials will be assembled to hear the appeal and review the bout. After completion, the panel will present its findings to the President, who after consulting with the Championships Committee, shall take that action deemed appropriate based upon the panel’s findings.
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has struck a plea deal with authorities that will resolve multiple pending felony charges against him for domestic abuse, and as well as a misdemeanor battery charge for poking a security guard. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Floyd has agreed to plead guilty on Wednesday to one count of battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors. Reportedly prosecutors retain the right to seek jail time ranging from two days to 18 months. Sentencing could be as soon as tomorrow.
By Francisco Salazar
Rebounding from his eight round split decision loss to Ricardo Williams in July, Armen Ovsepyan knocked out Jorge Pimentel before about 300 at El Faro Plaza Center in Vernon, CA on Friday night. A barrage of punches dropped Pimentel in the second round, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 59 seconds. With the victory, Ovsepyan wins the California junior middleweight title. The Armenian-born Ovsepyan improves to 12-2, 10 KOs, while Pimentel, from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 24-15, 18 KOs. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Fightnews.com spoke with former 2-time Heavyweight champion George Foreman at last week’s 49th WBC convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Big” George talked about the WBC, President Sulaiman and the state of the heavyweight division.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm and his promotional outlet Sturm Box-Promotion surprisingly won today’s purse bid for the European middleweight championship between champion Grzegorz Proksa and challenger, former WBC world champ, Sebastian Zbik at the EBU’s head quarters in Rome, Italy. The winning bid was 232.076,95 US-Dollar (or 176.100 Euro).
With the bid Sturm Box-Promotion snatched the bout out of the hands of Sauerland Event (153.079 Euro, 201.738,26 US-Dollar) and Matchroom Sports (100.001 Euro, 131.788,25 US-Dollar). Zbik’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion sent their bid over per fax, which is against the EBU regulations and therefore did not count.
Sturm Box-Promotion is aiming a February or March date in Germany.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two of the three scheduled title bouts have been signed for the Saturday, February 11th card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
WBC Women’s Middleweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will compete for her second world title — the vacant WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association) Middleweight title — when she faces Vashon “Lady V” Living of Houston, TX in a 10-round contest. (more…)
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) has sent the letter below to its membership of state and tribal combative sports commissions from the United States and Canada.
At a recent sanctioning organization’s annual meeting, it was stated that open scoring would be used during championship boxing matches held, regardless of the location of the contest.
The purpose of this writing is to remind our ABC member commissions, that a committee headed by Jim Erickson (Mille Lacs) studied this issue for an entire year while gathering information from promoters, contestants, sanctioning organization and other interested parties. The committee members included Joe Mason (CO), Pat Pannella (MD) and Bernie Profato (OH). After the committee’s presentation of the information gathered, open scoring was overwhelmingly rejected by the ABC membership.
It should be noted that this vote marked the second time that the ABC debated and then rejected the concept of open scoring.
It had been suggested at the aforementioned sanctioning body meeting that the scores of each of the three judges were to be announced after the 4th and 8th rounds of the bout. Further, it was stated that if a commission refused to allow open scoring, the sanctioning body’s assigned supervisor would be instructed to signal each corner and indicate the scores of the judges.
The ABC has multiple and significant concerns with regard to open scoring. (more…)
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will total 30 dates in 2012. The schedule to date is listed below:
Fri, Jan 6: Dyah Davis vs. Alfonso Lopez
Mallory Square, Key West, Fla
Fri, Jan 13: Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Fri, Jan 27: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Julio “The Kidd” Diaz
Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Wash.
Fri, Feb 3: Edison Miranda vs. Yordanis Despaigne
(TBD), Las Vegas
Fri, Feb 10: Demetrius Andrade vs. Derek Ennis
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
Fri, Feb 17: John Molina vs. Alejandro Sanabria
UTA, College Park Center, Arlington Texas
Fri, Feb 24: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cristobal Cruz
USC, Galen Center, Los Angeles
By Karl Freitag
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer accused the Washington DC Boxing Commission of “home cooking” and has filed an appeal to the IBF and WBA over the controversial December 10 fight between current WBA/IBF 140lb champion Lamont Peterson and dethroned champion Amir Khan.
“We believe there is enough grounds to have the decision overturned,” said Schaefer who added that “at least an immediate rematch should be ordered.” He also stated that a neutral site, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, has been lined up for May 19 and a seven-figure offer has been made to Team Peterson.
According to Khan, Peterson is not responding to calls from Golden Boy regarding the rematch.
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