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Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (USA) and featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez (Mexico) visited WBC President Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City at his usual Tuesday with the press. “To me it’s a great pleasure and joy to fight Mexico. My dream is to give this country and Latin America a world champion. I have this great goal and I’ll do everything do it. I’m like overcome by Latinos and others that I meet here. Please know that Chris Arreola is all heart for Mexico and and Latinos,” said Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs), who faces Raphael Butler Saturday in a ten-rounder at the Domo De La Feria, in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Also on hand was Salvador Sanchez II, coming off an impressive win over compatriot Jiovanny Soto last Saturday in Mexico City. “Each time I feel better and closer to a world title fight. I made many adjustments in my career to get that opportunity to fight for a world title. I hope to return to fight the next November 25,” said Sanchez.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman stated “Having a heavyweight fight in Mexico is very important and most know Arreola. Latinos need to have a heavyweight champion and Arreola is a strong candidate.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
Dania Beach Florida holds the distinction of being Broward County’s oldest incorporated city. “Beach” was added to the name in 1999 as part of an effort to attract younger families; but the town remains an old-fashioned reminder of different and better times. Another reminder of glory days past and possibly future presented itself this afternoon inside Bonnie Canino’s gym. Canino–the former female boxing legend and current trainer opened her doors to a large group of fighters and media promoting this Saturday night’s “Viva Don King!” card at The Seminole Hard Rock.
In the main event, Panamanian Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) defends his WBA cruiserweight title against WBA No. 14-ranked former heavyweight Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) of Vero Beach, Fla. Jones quipped: “I’m actually very relaxed during this fight week as I’ve done all my work and now I know what I am going to do,” Jones said before his workout. “My message to Mike Marrone is simple: Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Don’t make me hurt you more than I have to. Don’t be too brave.” (more…)
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov andGoossen Tutor Promotions have settled their lawsuit and the disputes between them. They have agreed that their Promotional Contract is terminated and have amicably parted ways.
Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, is promoted by Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions, which is owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis.
“I want to fight the best to be considered the best 175 pounder in the world,” Shumenov said. “I’ve heard that (Nathan) Cleverly, who won the WBO title after (Juergen) Braehmer was stripped, and (IBF champion Tavoris) Cloud have mentioned my name, but, truth be told, we have never been contacted by either one of their promoters to unify. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns for the final “New Blood” edition of 2011 this Friday, November 4th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Super Bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring to face what promises to be his toughest fight to date.
Esquivias, who hails out of Carson, California, looks to impress fight fans as he returns with an added zest to take on the veteran Fernando Beltran, Jr. (35-6-1, 19 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico. The always-tough Beltran has taken the majority of his fights the distance against class ‘A’ opposition as well as contending for the IBF title in the featherweight division. (more…)
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones, (37-3, 29 KOs) and WBC #1 contender and mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios, (20-1, 13 KOs) will not fight each other during “Viva Don King” event in Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on November 5, but they were happy to pose for a face-to-face photo during today’s media workout in “Canino’s Karate and Boxing Studio” in Dania Beach, Florida. “El Felino” Jones will defend his title against WBA #14 ranked Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) from and Puerto Rico “The Wizard” Palacios will fight Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KOs) from East St. Louis, Illinois.
Here is a 26-minute special preview show for the “Viva Don King” card on November 5th at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.
The relentless Glen Johnson shows his toughness fight in and fight out. As he prepares for his world title matchup against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, relive a quintessential example of The Road Warrior’s resilience in a potential round of the year candidate: Round eight against WBC super middleweight titlist Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs), who will have a crack at the WBC super-feather belt against Takahiro Aoh of Japan on this coming Sunday, made a record of a shortest public workout shown to Japanese press people on Monday. After he eloquently responded to their curious questions, Bosquiero started his training and hit his trainer’s mitt for a while. Then he abruptly finished working. This workout lasted less than ten minutes. Some people say Bosquiero already had a morning training and just cooperated with the schedule of public training for press people to do interviews and for cameramen to take pictures. Grazie (thank you), Boschiero. He says he’s called “Boom Boom” due to his aggressiveness in Italy.
Promoter Greg Cohen, of Greg Cohen Promotions, is safe after being aboard the Boeing 767 from New Jersey that had to make an emergency landing at Warsaw, Poland’s Frederic Chopin International airport today. On his way to his fighter, James Toney’s fight against Russia’s Dennis Ledbedev this Friday, Cohen was among the 230 people on board who survived unscathed after trouble with landing gear forced the plane to land on its belly. Live television covered the entire landing, as sparks flew when the plane hit the runway, which was already covered with flame retardant foam. The LOT airlines jet had previously circled and dumped most of its fuel before the perfect emergency procedure.
“That was crazy,” laughed the virtually unflappable Cohen afterward. Cohen, who made a living in the private jet industry previously, is now a, thankfully, living commercial for his own former industry. He will continue on to Moscow, Russia, for Toney’s Friday showdown with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4/WBA#5 Japanese super-fly champ Yota Sato (23-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his national belt as he swarmed over previously unbeaten challenger Kenji Ohba (21-1-2, 16 KOs), 115, and flattened him with a double right hand at 2:19 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Ohba fought well, but Sato displayed faster punches to halt his dream to become a champ.
OPBF and national welter ruler Akinori Watanabe (24-4, 22 KOs), 147, dispatched Kyoichirou Shoji (9-3-4, 3 KOs), 146.75, with a single southpaw right hook en route to a TKO triumph at 1:32 of the fourth session of a scheduled twelve.
Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
Ruiz, who is the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World, wanted to tell his story; detailing the overwhelming odds he conquered to become world champion, in order to inspire children, particularly Hispanics, at an early age. (more…)
Mark Munoz is another in a long line of decorated collegiate wrestlers to find success in the UFC. And he just so happens to be part of a growing number of those former collegiate wrestlers who has fallen in love with the standup part of mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“I don’t like to watch myself boxing,” says unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs). “I would like to fight like Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson – be on the constant attack, squash heads like pumpkins, but I’ve also come to realization that you can be successful with my style. Maybe even become a champion.” Wach, the #9 WBC ranked heavyweight is set to take on former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO) on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on a Global Boxing and CES event. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
A familiar last name will be featured on Golden Boy Promotions’ fight card set for Saturday, November 5th in Cancun, Mexico, where Alfredo Angulo (20-1, 17KOs) faces James Kirkland (29-1, 26KOs) in a twelve round WBC light middleweight title eliminator. Showcased in a super flyweight six rounder will be undefeated southpaw Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (13-0, 8KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, the younger brother of four divisional champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales. Ivan is scheduled to take on the much more experienced Rene Trujillo (7-21-2, 4KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association hold its 90th annual convention in Donetsk, Ukraine from November 6-12. Fightnews.com have an exclusive interview performed with the WBA president Gilberto Mendoza who is already at the venue. Mendoza has been the president of the WBA since 1982. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
If not the cycle of life, it is certainly the cycle of boxing. One star shines increasingly brighter while another fades further and further into the background, flickering and showing glimpses of hope, but becoming increasingly harder to see. New stars are given rise off the names that came before them. Sometimes the neophytes bite off more than can chew, but if the cards are dealt correctly, hunger will win out over experience. That’s what David Lemieux (25-1 24KO) and his GYM promoters are hoping as the young middleweight hopeful hopes to bounce back from his only career loss as he takes on former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1 19KO) and fellow Laval, Quebec resident Joachim Alcine December 10th at the Bell Centre. (more…)
WealthTV’s live broadcast on Saturday of the “Viva Don King” event from Hollywood, Florida, will be offered free of charge to all subscribers of its over one hundred cable affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse and Verizon Fios. Non-subscribers can experience the excitement of “fight night” with a 48-hour free preview from participating cable distributors. For those who don’t receive WealthTV through their cable providers, WealthTV is offering the fight free of charge on its website www.wealthtv.com. “This is going to be a game changer for TV and the sport of boxing,” explained Robert Herring Sr., CEO of WealthTV. “We’re bringing boxing back to the masses like it used to be, without the need for boxing fans to pay the exorbitant fees associated with a pay-per-view event.”
“This Don King Production is guaranteed to be an exciting not-to-miss event,” stated Cameron Westfall, vice president of WealthTV. “The best way to watch this championship fight is via your existing cable provider. Yet for boxing fans that can’t receive WealthTV via their video provider, we offer a solution, namely the ability to watch via a live streaming feed to your computer or connected device. Fans simply need to go to wealthtv.com to see how.”
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This past Friday night, Middleweight Ossie Duran took on undefeated Brandon Gonzales in the nationally televised main event on Sho Box: The New Generation. It was a good fight with both combatants fighting hard Gonzales taking a split decision. Duran’s promoter, Gulfstream Promotions, has now decided to ask the New Jersey Boxing Commission to take a look at the tape to see what they thought of the decision. “We feel Ossie didn’t get a well deserved decision,” said advisor to Duran Vinny LaManna. “We just want the Commission to look at all things. Sitting ringside we thought Ossie won six rounds to two no question. Watching the tape of the SHOWTIME broadcast only confirmed what everyone at ringside saw. Ossie won the fight. A reputable guy like SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood had Ossie winning the fight so I am not alone in what we saw. I want to thank Tom Brown and Goossen Tutor for giving Ossie the opportunity. At the end of the day, Ossie trained so hard and we had been in discussions for some major things with Ossie had he won this bout. Because of what we feel is a bad decision, those are on hold and keeps Ossie from his dream of fighting for a world title.”
By Karl Freitag
Looks like Saturday night will be the busiest night of televised boxing in the United States since, well, ever! Not only are SHOWTIME and HBO going head-to-head, but no less than six live televised boxing shows could be on the air simultaneously.
SHOWTIME leads the charge with the world championship fight between IBF super middleweight king Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson at 9PM ET/PT, while HBO counters at 10:15PM with an junior middleweight clash between Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland at 10:15PM ET/PT.
Meanwhile FOX Deportes’ “Top Rank Live” series presents former super flyweight titleholder Tomas “Gusano” Rojas vs. Dario Azuaga at 10PM, while Don King presents a card on WealthTV headlined WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones vs. Michael Marrone, which goes live at 8PM with five live fights.
Add to that ESPN Deportes, which brings us heavyweights Chris Arreola vs. Raphael Butler, also at 10:15PM. According to the promoter, the erratic Azteca America will televise the heavyweight clash between Mariusz Wach and Oliver McCall. No confirmation yet from Azteca America on that one, although at times it seems like their scheduling is determined five minutes in advance. Either way, it will be an unprecedented smorgasbord of boxing action on November 5. Plus UFC 138!
Jr. middleweight KO artists James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) spoke to the media today about their attractive showdown on Saturday in Cancun. “My mind frame is seek and destroy,” said Kirkland, who is back with trainer Ann Wolfe. Angulo, who is now trained by Nacho Beristain, emphasized that he’s prepared to go all 12 twelve rounds. “Perro” also stated he’s not worried about ring rust despite not fighting a full round in 18 months.
Rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté will take on Jorge Luis Teron in a 12-round co-featured bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In the SHOWTIME main event, undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will make the ninth defense of his title against ageless former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux lands an uppercut to the chin of former world champion Joachim Alcine who was appearing via video at today’s press conference in Montreal. The pair hook up on Saturday December 10th at the Bell Centre.
By Ron Jackson
Thompson Mokwana retained his South African lightweight title when he scored a seventh round technical knockout win over Taklani Dangale at the Welkom Indoor Centre on Sunday afternoon. Mokwana (16-7, 10 KOs) who won the title in March this year when he stopped Patrick Malinga was making his first defense. The champion (60.50kg) dominated the fight from the first bell against the gutsy number three ranked Dangala (59.6kg) who has a reported record of 5-6, 2 KOs.
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Meanwhile former South African lightweight champion Irvin Buhlalu (63.10kg) who represented South Africa at the 1994 Commonwealth games and 1996 Olympics returned to action last Friday after a long absence to score a fifth round stoppage win over Lungisa Jikani (63.46kg) in Pinetown in a junior welterweight bout.
After reading yesterday’s comments made about WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has responded. “Before my promoter Mick Hennessy had finalized my fight against Neven Pajkic he received a call from Sauerland Events who asked would we be interested in making the Povetkin fight for December, they were told that we were very interested in the fight but they would need to come back with a sensible offer very quickly as we were close to finalizing my next fight. But to this day my promoter has not received any kind of offer so we had to proceed with my Commonwealth title defense. In my opinion the call was only made in the hope we would turn down the fight so they could go public with it, if they were serious, a proper and sensible offer would have been made. I think they were shocked when Mick said we were up for the fight,” said Tyson.
The 23-year-old from Manchester is defending his Commonwealth title against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic at EventCity, Manchester on November 12. “I stand by my comments, Povetkin isn’t in my league and I believe his team knows that I would take him a part. It would be an easier night’s work than I had against Chisora,” added Tyson.
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Ed Mulholland/edmulholland.com
Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (15-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC) barely kept his unbeaten record intact with an unpopular split decision over solid veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) in the eight round middleweight main event Friday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. (More)
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By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias will now face former world title challenger Fernando Beltran Jr. this Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Friday evening. This will be a major step up in class for Esquivias (14-0, 9 KO’s), who was originally scheduled to fight against Leopoldo Gonzalez. Esquivias, who resides in Carson and fights under the Thompson Boxing Promotions banner, was victorious in his last fight in August, a 10 round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz. Esquivias, who is trained by Freddie Roach, is currently sparring against bantamweight world title belt holder Abner Mares. Beltran (35-6-1, 19 KO’s) suffered his first defeat against Joan Guzman back in April of 2005. He has scored modest victories throughout his career, including a 12 round split decision over Takalani Ndlovu in August of 2008 and a 12 round split decision victory over Miguel Roman seven months later. Beltran has lost his last two bouts in a row, a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to Jorge Lacierva in April, followed by a disputed eight round split decision to Michael Farenas in July. The Esquivias-Beltran bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
By David Finger
As the World Boxing Organization closed out its 24th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, there are many boxing insiders who are admittedly surprised at the success of the WBO. Closing in on its 25th year in existence, there are few who don’t regard the WBO as one of the premiere sanctioning organizations in the world. Founded when a group of WBA members left that organization citing anger at how that group was run, the WBO seemed at first to face an insurmountable challenge in its quest to emerge as a major sanctioning body. In those early years the WBO had less credibility than the big three of the WBA, WBC, and IBF, and those three organizations, along with the boxing media and boxing pundits, appeared keen to see the WBO fail. But it became clear almost immediately that the WBO was not going to just fade away or be ignored. They remained steadfast in their adherence to putting on quality fights with legitimate champions. Before long the WBO belt was held in the highest regards, thanks in part to champions like Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. (more…)
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“I have something to prove in this fight,” says WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao about his November 12 PPV showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Marquez has the right to make alibis about not winning our two previous fights. It’s because of those alibis that I am so motivated for our upcoming fight. I want to end all the questions he has raised about who won our past fights and who the better fighter is.”
Regarding the three-and-a-half years between this fight and their previous at 130lbs, Pacman stated, “The years between each fight has made it more interesting. Which of us has improved more? I have improved a lot. I am a more complete fighter than when we fought previously. I am now a two-fisted fighter. My right is as potent, as powerful and as dangerous as my left. I have as much confidence in my right as I do in my left…another difference between Marquez and me is that since our second fight, I have challenged bigger opponents with a lot more success than he has.” (more…)
After arriving England with his team, Michael Katsidis “the Great” was straight back into training today determined to make his fight with Ricky Burns three from three on UK soil. Katsidis went through a small workout in his former opponent’s (Graham Earl) gym, ahead of his WBO interim lightweight world title showdown on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London. “It was just a light session today” Trainer/Manager Brendon Smith said “Everything is running smooth for us… There is a great feeling in the camp!” Following the training session Katsidis attended a charity fundraiser for “Keech for kids” a charity that is set up for terminally ill kids across the UK. While there, Katsidis and the team had the opportunity to meet Graham Earl’s family, which goes to show that you can be enemies in the ring and professionals out. Both fighters signed a pair of gloves to be auctioned on the night to help raise funds.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 2008 Beijing Olympian Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher 10-0, 7 KOs) scored a shutout ten round decision over William Hadlow (7-25-5, 2 KOs) at the Hervey Bay PCYC at Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores 100-88, 100-90, 100-90. Fletcher controlled the bout in all the rounds as he connected consistently with accurate combinations on the tough and agressive Hadlow. (more…)
Light welterweight phenom Levan ‘The Wolf’ Ghvamichava (6-0, 5 KOs), tore apart former European and Italian champion Giuseppe “The End” Lauri (52-9, 31 KOs) en route to a second-round victory by technical knockout last Friday night in front of an excited, packed crowd at Wishaw, Scotland. “The Wolf” dropped Lauri three times before the referee jumped between them in the second round to rescue the courageous Italian in the biggest upset loss of his 61-fight pro career. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
If you were listening, there were times you nodded your head. Others, you just mentally said, “Huh?”
Nick Diaz comments were all things baffling, on point and indecipherable. The Stockton fighter’s ability to not be all things to all people, but be something to all people have a lot to do with his rocket like rise in recent weeks.
After complaining about not having as high a profile as he liked due to a lack of visibility in Strikeforce, Diaz got exactly what he wanted yesterday. All eyes on him as the co-headliner of UFC 137. (more…)
See WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’ devastating first round demolition of Luis “El Nica” Concepcion last night in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
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