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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2 (vacant WBA "super" featherweight title) Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5 Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25 Venue: ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo "El Terremoto" Santa ...

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Scale Watch

Weights from St. Charles, Missouri

Photos: Bob Barton

Dannie Williams 135 vs. John Willoughby 137
Billy Cunningham 174.5 vs. Shawn Hammack 175
Chris Rudd 140 vs. Lawerence Hughes 140
Zachariah Kelly 170.2 vs. Michael Williams 170
Todd Brown 211 vs. Lance Gauch (weight unavailable)
Troy White 150 vs. Jeff Combs 153

Venue: Ameristar Resort Spa and Casino, St Charles, MO
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions
Tickets available at Ameristar



November 17th, 2011


StrikeForce

Strikeforce at the scales

STRIKEFORCE is live on SHOWTIME Nov. 18!

From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow’s Strikeforce card, televised on Showtime at 11 pm ET/PT. The event is headlined by a middleweight battle between Antwain Britt and Lumumba Sayers, and the featherweight bout between unbeaten Ronda Rousey and Julia Budd.

Lumumba Sayers – 185 vs. Antwain Britt – 184
Julia Budd – 146 vs. Ronda Rousey – 146
Anthony Smith – 188 vs. Adlan Amagov – 184
Trevor Smith – 205 vs. TJ Cook – 205
Nate James – 184 vs. Derek Brunson – 186
Bill Cooper – 154 vs. Matt Ricehouse – 155
JP Reese – 155 vs. Bobby Green – 155
David Hulett – 170 vs. Quinn Mulhern – 169
Andreas Spang – 185 vs. Willie Parks – 184

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For more on Strikeforce, visit www.strikeforce.com



November 17th, 2011

UFC

Shogun and Hendo face off

UFC 139 is LIVE on PPV Nov. 19!

(L-R) Light Heavyweight opponents Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson face off at the UFC 139 pre-fight press conference at the Fort Mason Center on November 17, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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For more on UFC 139 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Erik Morales’ Box Latino Finishes Off Year in Mexicali

Erik Morales’ Box Latino is ready to close out the year on Saturday, December 10th, in Mexicali, Mexico, when they present “Noche de Luces en Calafia (Night of Lights in Calafia)” at the world renown bull ring Plaza Calafia. The night of professional boxing will be part of the re-inauguration celebration of the venue known through out the world for world-class bull fighting and other events. The fight card will be televised in Mexico by the mega channel Televisa. In the main event, Ramon “Niño de Oro” Ayala (21-2-1, 14KOs) of Tlaxcala, Mexico, will face the tough Manuel “Zurdo” Aguilar (17-4, 12KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Sergio Martinez aims for March 17 return; several possible opponents are in the mix

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Ricardo Conde

It looks like linear middleweight champion Sergio Martinez could return to the ring as soon as March 17th of next year, advisor Sampson Lewkowicz told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. No word on an opponent yet, but names that have been mentioned or that are assumed in the running to face Martinez are Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, or even Marco Antonio Rubio. Fighters that are likely on the outside looking in to fight Martinez are unbeaten unbeaten middleweight world title holders Dimtry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin. The March 17th bout will tentatively take place in New York City. (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Peter Manfredo Jr Presser

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and WBC #4 contender “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs), of Providence, RI, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum host the final news conference on Thursday at Dave & Buster’s in Houston, Texas. Chávez Jr., the newly-minted world champion, will be making his first title defense, against Manfredo Jr. on Saturday at Reliant Arena.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: I hope on Saturday to give you a great, great fight. I expect a very tough fight. Manfredo has a lot of experience and is a real tough guy. I’m taking this fight real seriously. I’m working real hard, I’m not leaving anything in the ring. I’m giving it all and I want to show every one what I’m capable of.

Peter Manfredo Jr: My father was a tough fighter, but he was no Chavez Sr, that’s for sure. I had to work my way up through the ranks. I couldn’t get to where I am with my name or anything like that. I had to work up to this level. But I’m ready. Like I said, I trained very hard out of respect for you (shakes Chavez’s hand). I know it’s going to be a tough fight and I’m ready….he doesn’t stop coming forward and if you look at my nose and my face you know I don’t miss many shots. You’re gonna see a great fight. You’re going to see someone that wants to win a title and someone that doesn’t want to lose his title and that’s just gonna make for a great fight. Hopefully you’ll get a fight of the year. Hopefully you’ll get something like a Ward-Gatti where we can make millions of dollars doing a trilogy. Click here for more photos…



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Andre Ward: I am a Fighter

From growing up under the wing of a boxing father to winning gold at the Olympics, Andre Ward is ready for the fight of his career in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Watch the inspirational backstory of this world-class boxer.



November 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Cancer survivor Anthony Dirrell meets Renan St-Juste in super middleweight showdown Friday, Dec. 2, on Shobox: The New Generation

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Cancer survivor and unbeaten, top-ranked super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs), of Flint, Mich., will face fellow world-ranked southpaw Renan St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs), of Canada, in the 12-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 2, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The telecast will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just one night before the highly anticipated rematch between IBF bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

In the 10-round co-feature on Dec. 2, the ShoBox proficient Chris Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., and Colombia’s Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (19-0, 12 KOs) will clash in a battle of up-and-coming super bantamweights.

Dirrell is ranked #1 in the WBC and #3 in the WBA. St-Juste, the WBC’s #3-rated contender, represents the first top-10 fighter Dirrell has faced. The bout will serve as a title eliminator for the super middleweight title, currently held by Super Six World Boxing Classic finalist Carl Froch. (more…)



November 17th, 2011

UFC

Blueprint: Shogun vs. Hendo

UFC 139 is LIVE on PPV Nov. 19!

In July 2009, I wrote the following words:

“He might not admit it publicly, but Dan Henderson knows that he is in the twilight of his illustrious fighting career. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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For more on UFC 139 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Unbeaten jr welter Chris Algieri ready for Bayan Jargal test

This Saturday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York undefeated jr welterweight Chris Algieri will step up in class to face his toughest foe to date in Bayan Jargal in a ten round bout that will be broadcast on Azteca America. The show is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

Algieri, 11-0 with 6 KOs has been working hard in preparation for this bout and knows that Jargal will be a tough nut to crack. “I feel great and I am very excited for this bout”, said Algieri. “Training has gone well and I feel sharp”

Jargal (15-2-3, 10 KOs) hopes his experience will help him end a two-fight losing streak. “[Algieri] is a tough guy who will bring it the whole fight. He is unorthodox with a great chin but I feel that my boxing fundamentals will nullify his awkward style.” (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

HBO Freddie Roach series to debut January 20

HBO’s new primetime series ON FREDDIE ROAC will debut on January 20. Episodes will be 30 minutes in length and run for six consecutive Friday nights at 9:30PM ET/PT. The series focuses on Freddie Roach, the world-famous boxing trainer who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions. This intensely personal look at Roach chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Salgado-Saucedo IBF super featherweight clash off; Saucedo irate

The recently announced IBF super featherweight bout between world champion Juan Carlos Salgado and world ranked challenger Fernando David Saucedo is now off. No official word on why but Saucedo certainly didnt take kindly to hearing the news and made the following statement:

“I totally feel disrespected. I believed in the word of the promoter of Salgado and had began training in preparation for this fight. Then I receive the news that they are looking for another opponent. I want to thank the IBF for this opportunity but because of Salgado and his team I’m missing out on this world title fight. It’s obvious that Salgado is scared to fight me. He must have seen videos of me fighting and new I would take his world title from him in his country of Mexico.”

It’s also been reported that Salgado’s team never sent over contracts to Saucedo and are not answering their phone calls. Stay tuned…



November 17th, 2011

Scale Watch

Soliman, Albert make weight for IBF eliminator

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

IBF #5 middleweight Sam Soliman weighed 159.2 lbs and IBF #13 Eromosele Albert scaled in at 159.lbs on Thursday at the Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia for their nationally televised IBF middleweight elimination bout on Friday. For more details and photos click here…



November 17th, 2011

Photo

Harold Lederman at Ring 8 meeting

Renown boxing judge and HBO analyst Harold Lederman was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s monthly RING 8. Pictured are: (L-R) Bob Duffy (Ring 8 President), trainer Jimmy Glenn, living legend Vito Antuofermo, Harold Lederman and Tony Mazzarella (NYSBHOF President). Lederman, Glenn and Antuofermo will be inducted in March 2012 into New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural class. RING 8 is a non-profit organization dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Visit www.Ring8ny.com for more information. Photo: Stan Janousek



November 17th, 2011

StrikeForce

Strikeforce returns to Vegas

STRIKEFORCE is live on SHOWTIME Nov. 18!

Talented striker Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt (11-5) goes head-to-head with grappling ace Lumumba “Heavy Hands” Sayers (4-2) in a middleweight bout as STRIKEFORCE® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 18. STRIKEFORCE® will air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



November 17th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC 139 presser today

UFC 139 is LIVE on PPV Nov. 19!


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For more on UFC 139 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: WBA president Gilberto Mendoza and WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza

Fightnews.com’s Boxing Bob Newman interviews WBA president Gilberto Mendoza and WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza at the WBA convention in Donetsk, Ukraine on November 10, 2011.



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares looks sharp in workout

Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

IBF & WBC silver bantamweight champion abner Mares hits the speed bag on November 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California during a media workout in preparation for his December 3, 2011 title defense rematch against former two-time IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko at Honda Center in Anaheim, California which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.



November 17th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Edivaldo Ortega 124 vs Loreto Medina 124
Emilio Bojorquez 151 vs Jorge Juarez 151
Luis Gomez 119 vs Jose Iniguez 119
Christian Bojorquez 121 vs Antonio Torres 119.5
Edgar Vazquez 140 vs Eduardo Iniguez 140
Oscar Godoy 148 vs Jose Luis Vazquez 145.5

Venue: Las Pulgas Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Quinones Promotions
Tickets still available at Las Pulgas Night Club Box Office.



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Sasiprapa arrives in Mexico for WBA light fly showdown

By Gabriel F. Cordero

World title challenger Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand arrived Wednesday night in Mexico for his fight against Mexican Jose “El Torito” Rodriguez for the vacant WBA interim light flyweight title on Saturday at the German Evers Arena in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico on a card presented by Zápari Boxing Promotions and Canelo Promotions. “I have come to Mexico full of hope and strong desire to be world champion,” said Sasaprapa. “I’ve done a good preparation to achieve this. Mexico is a great country and its fighters are great fighters and it will not be an easy fight.” Sasiprapa came along with vice president of Kokiet Group Company Nicolas Omathikul. Kokiet Group is the largest Thaipromoter and stages about 24 boxing shows a year in the country.



November 17th, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A with promoter Andrzej Wasilewski

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

How Poland became a cruiserweight world powerhouse nobody actually remembers, but 12 Round KnockOut Promotions CEO Andrzej Wasilewski is comfortable to know that current WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO) and #2 WBA ranked and still undefeated Paweł Kołodziej (29-0, 17 KO) are fighting for his stable. “Without a doubt cruiserweight is a Polish specialty right now,” Wasilewski told Fightnews. “Tomasz Adamek was undefeated as a cruiserweight, ‘Diablo’ will defend his WBC title in Australia against Danny Green on November 30, ‘Harnaś’ Kołodziej wants to fight for WBA belt – these are good, exhausting but also exciting times.” (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares, Darchinyan, Moreno speak out, Agbeko a no-show

IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares, WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo Moreno, Two-Division World Champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan and Hall of Fame Promoter Don King held a media conference call on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his titles against the boxer he dethroned, former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22KOs), of Accra, Ghana.

In the co-featured world championship bout, Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his WBA belt against Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia. (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Arum, Sulaiman trade barbs over Pacquiao-Marquez

Before Saturday’s welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, WBC President Jose Sulaiman said he saw little chance of Marquez winning the fight, which was for the belt of the rival WBO sanctioning body, and stated it would be “a miracle” if Marquez is victorious. After Marquez nearly pulled off the upset, Arum referred to Sulaiman as an “asshole” at the post-fight press conference.

In a press release issued today, Sulaiman issued the following statement:

Promoter Arum insulted me in the press with a swear that I wouldn’t dare to type out for respect specially to ladies. I think of Bob Arum is one of the greatest Promoters that my eyes have seen, but also that he has no class, has no idea of what a gentleman is, and if he would be subjected to an open heart surgery, the doctors would find no heart. I have tried all my life to be his friend, and have always supported him specially at his rough times, but unfortunately, he does not know either the meaning of that word. He just can’t help it. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Chavez Jr in Houston

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Son of the legend and undefeated WBC Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. signs autographs for 8-yr. old Ryan Perez and 9-yr. old Jonathan Juarez of Humble, Texas during a special appearance attended by over one thousand fans at the Fiesta Mart in Houston, Texas Wednesday. Chavez is in town preparing for his upcoming world title fight against “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., Saturday, Nov.19 at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, Chavez Jr. vs Manfredo Jr. will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

#1 Chonlatarn destroys Miyagi

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

WBC/WBO #1 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (40-0, 24 KOs) successfully retained his WBO Asia-Pacific 126 lb title as he scored a third round TKO over Ryuta Miyagi (21-7-4, 16 KOs) on Tuesday at Khunyuan Airfield in Maehongson, Thailand. Japanese Miyagi who ever defeated two former WBA 122 lb title holders as Ryol Li Lee and Yoddamrong Sithyodthong, started well as he aggressively hunted counterpuncher Chonlatarn, launching hard combinations and dominating all of the first two rounds. The turning point occurred in round three when the champion landed a well-time left hook which dropped his contender, then he viciously hunted his foe and floored the Japanese twice more, forcing referee to stop the bout at 2:57. In other action, ABCO female 126lb title holder Sainamdoi Pitaklo-ngen (11-1-1) scored an eighth round unanimous decision over Kaenpetch Manoprungroj. Thongtaeng Muangsima outpointed Keangsaklek Sakchaichok in a six round non-title bout. Also, Susu Sithjadaeng outpointed Tripetch Sor Poonsawat. This event was promoted by Pariyakorn Ratanasuban of Onesongchai Boxing Promotion. Click here for more photos…



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Ivan Calderon denies involvement in 225-kilo cocaine haul

Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon has denied any involvement in a 225 kilo drug bust (street value $4.5 million) that took place at one of several rental properties he owns in Puerto Rico. “It was a surprise to him when they called,” said Calderon’s promoter Peter Rivera to El Nuevo Dia. “He’s a good clean guy.”



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Kermit Cintron workout video from Mexico City

Video: Pepe Rodriguez



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya Foundation 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway

The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation will host its 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, November 19, between 11AM and 1PM at Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School. Boxing fans can join Oscar and Abner Mares as they help distribute hundreds of turkeys, fixings and other products to the East Los Angeles community.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Super Six Finalist – Carl Froch: I am a Fighter

From the amateur gyms of Nottingham to the top of the international world of boxing, Carl Froch stands one month away from The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Get the backstory of the tenacious super middleweight.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Lupo-Decarie battle for vacant WBC International welterweight belt Dec 17 in Quebec City

Canadian welterweight Victor Lupo finally gets his well deserved title shot December 17 against former world title challenger Antonin Decarie for the vacant World Boxing Council (“WBC”) International Welterweight Championship at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Toronto, become the mandatory challenger last February by defeating former world champion Junior Witter (37-3-2) by a 10-round decision for the vacant WBC International Silver title. The reigning WBC International champion, Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco, was recently stripped of his title belt for refusing to fight Lupo. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Upper Marlboro, MD November 19

By Gary “Digital” Williams

There will be a boxing card coming to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD this Saturday, November 19. Keystone Boxing is promoting a pro-am card and bringing back the “In Yo’ Face at Showplace” series. Headlining the pro section will be undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hard Work” July who will face Jason “The Mason” Pauley of Cabin Creek, WVA in a six-round contest. July (8-0-2, two KO’s), who is a lawyer by profession, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Willie Chisolm on August 19 in Baltimore, MD. Pauley (5-5, one KO) has lost his last five after winning his first five. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares-Agbeko Video Preview

Saturday, December 3rd at 9PM on SHOWTIME … By popular demand … the rematch between two of the world’s top bantamweight boxer. Watch as Abner Mares defends his controversial win by returning to the ring to face Joseph King Kong Agbeko. Plus, Vic Darchinyan returns to take on Anselmo Moreno.



November 16th, 2011

Announcement

Cutman Joe Souza passes

Legendary cut man Joe Souza passed away early this week in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 77 after a long battle with prostrate cancer. Souza, one of the best cutmen in the business, saved many a fight for famous bleeders Arturo Gatti and “Jesse” James Leija, as well as working with former champions Pernell Whitaker, the Klitschko brothers, Fernando Vargas and Paulie Ayala. Fightnews staff sends deepest sympathies to his family and friends.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

DeGale/Groves twinbill moved from London to Liverpool

Frank Warren’s show planned for the ExCeL London on Friday 9th December – joint-headlined by James DeGale and George Groves in separate championship fights – has been switched to the Liverpool Echo Arena on the same date. Due to unforeseen circumstances, ExCeL were unable to stage the event due to their Olympic test event commitment and, with no other London venue available, Ian Congdon from the Liverpool Echo Arena jumped at the chance to stage another international boxing event at the city’s premier venue. Last month Liverpool star Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly fought a tremendous battle for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title at the venue in one of the best fights seen in recent years, and in July John Murray and Kevin Mitchell were also involved in a thrilling fight at the same venue. DeGale will take on tough Spaniard Jose Guerrero in the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight title, while his great rival Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against a challenger to be confirmed.



November 16th, 2011

UFC

UFC sues to overturn NY ban on MMA

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and a group of plaintiffs including fighters, fans, trainers and others involved with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against New York State officials challenging the constitutionality of the state law banning live professional MMA events and associated activities (the “Ban”). The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenges the Ban for violating numerous provisions of the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the Ban infringes upon the rights of the fighters who want to publicly exhibit their skills as professionals and express themselves before a live audience, the rights of fans who would like to experience live professional MMA events, and the rights of those who train, publicize or otherwise advance MMA in New York. Plaintiffs point to the following as evidence of the irrational, unconstitutional nature of the Ban: (more…)



November 16th, 2011




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