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Unbeaten featherweight prospect Luis “La Estrella” Franco as been added to the show of this Friday, December 9 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL as part of the popular and successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford”. Franco (10-0, 6 KOs), a former Olympian from Cuba now living in Miami, will put his undefeated record and world rankings on the line when he faces Leopoldo “Feroz” Gonzalez (11-4-1, 7 KOs) of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the main event, former WBO world champion Alex “El Nene” Sanchez (31-7-1, 21 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico faces former world title challenger Glenn “Boyet” Donaire (17-4-1, 9 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin flyweight title at stake. (more…)
The Filipino Wrecking Machine, Mark Munoz, had a great year in 2011 with victories over C.B. Dollaway, Demian Maia, and Chris Leben. The 2001 NCAA Division 1 National Champion has showcased his wrestling acumen prominently, but he is in no way a one-dimensional fighter. Munoz has fused his wrestling pedigree and aggressive striking to develop one of the most feared ground and pound offensives in the UFC. He looks to continue his success into the new year with a high profile fight against Chael Sonnen in the co-main event of January 28th’s UFC on Fox 2 card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® invades the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 28 for its second network television event on FOX with an ultimate tripleheader. In the night’s main event, former light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans takes on undefeated former national champion wrestler Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis to determine the next challenger to the 205-pound title. (more…)
Due to a hand injury suffered by Zsolt Erdei, the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 31, has been cancelled.
Erdei was slated to challenge IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud in the main event at Anaheim, Calif. Rico Ramos was scheduled to defend his WBA super bantamweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux in the co-feature.
The network is currently in discussions with the event promoters to find a new date for Ramos vs. Rigondeaux and for Tavoris Cloud to defend title on SHOWTIME in 2012.
“Unfortunately, we had to cancel this telecast,” said Chris DeBlasio, Vice President, Sports Communications for the network. “But the good news is we are actively looking for a new night to showcase these talented fighters on SHOWTIME. Ramos vs. Rigondeaux is an important fight in the deep Super Bantamweight division. And Tavoris Cloud is a force at light heavyweight. We anticipate his SHOWTIME debut.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Pawel Wolak, always exciting and always entertaining fighter, who just couple of days ago lost his last fight with Delvin Rodriguez in Madison Square Garden, has decided to call it quits.
This is Polish Raging Bull official statement: “I am at peace with my decision to retire from boxing. I left it all in the ring and I have absolutely no regrets. I got to do what most people will never be able to and I couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the best sport in the world. I will stay active, busy and in boxing shape as I have done since 17 years old but I hope to help other fighters in the NY area in their careers. The list of people to thank is too long but you all know you are. Thank you to my core team, my family, my friends and the fans who have made me a better husband, man, father, son and fighter. I am forever grateful. Thank you to Top Rank for always having my back and to the boxing media who have always been fair and treated me with respect. I am not going to do any interviews at this time. While I am retiring I am staying under contract for the duration of my contract terms with both Top Rank and my manager Cameron Dunkin” – said Wolak
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Tri Nguyen
Key participants in the “Capital Showdown” card participated in an open workout in the heart of Washington, DC at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The boxers involved received warm welcomes from the media as well as boxing fans, including many who came in support of Unified Super Welterweight champion Amir Khan. Khan was the last of the boxers to work out and he received a rousing ovation as he and his trainer, Freddie Roach, came into the ring. Unlike the rest of the boxers participating who walked in the ring and started working out, Khan and Roach took their time and started their workout from scratch as Roach wrapped Khan’s hands, giving casual fans an idea of how a boxer prepares for a workout. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Team Cotto
Miguel Cotto is back in Puerto Rico and was welcomed like a hero. The Caguas City Mayor and Miguel’s good friend, Hon. William Miranda Torres, had a special reception ceremony to welcome the favorite son of Caguas. “We are very happy to receive Miguel in his home town. He is our pride. His is Caguas and he is Puerto Rico. His courage and determination of his last performance against Margarito epitomizes the joy and hope to all Puerto Ricans around the world,” stated the Mayor. For more details and photos click here…
Tito Ortiz can see the finish line. After nearly 15 years as a professional, the man once dubbed “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has dropped that moniker, took on a new one, “The People’s Champ,” and he’s preparing for a final run – not for a title, not for accolades, but for himself . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two of the members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2012 learned about their inductions while in Washington, DC. One is a native who many people say is the greatest boxer to come out of the Washington area since Sugar Ray Leonard. The other is in DC on business preparing one of his top boxers for a championship title defense Three-time world champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson and legendary trainer Freddie Roach exchanged congratulations during the open workout for the Capital Showdown card. Both men talked with Fightnews about their inductions.
“This is a dream come true for me. Even without getting the right fights, I made it in. I think being the first African-American to be a flyweight champion was big. It was a hard road, but all I can say is wow. After five years, to be inducted on the first ballot like Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard and to go in with Thomas Hearns, it’s a dream come true.” – Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
“To be inducted is a great thrill. My mentor, Eddie Futch is there and now I’m right there with him. To be in the same class with Thomas Hearns, a great fighter, Michael Buffer, a great announcer and with Mark, it is just a great thrill.” – Freddie Roach
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight champ Tepparith Kokietgym ‘(19-2, 12 KOs), 115, successfully kept his belt as he exchnaged hot rallies with Daiki Kameda (24-3, 14 KOs), 115, all the way, winning a unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 and 119-110) over twelve furious rounds in Osaka, Japan, on Wednesday.
WBA bantam ruler Koki Kameda (26-1, 17 KOs), 118, retained his throne by scoring a fine knockout over Mario Macias (23-8-1NC, 11 KOs), 118, at 2:04 of the fourth session. Koki floored the Mexian three times in the first, third and fatal fourth rounds.
Unbeaten youngest brother Tomoki Kameda chalked up a KO victory over Mexican Eduardo Garcia at 1:23 of the seventh session.
Promoter: Kameda Promotions. (More to come)
By Johnny B’
Chicago’s world ranked USBA super middleweight champion Donovan George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) aka Da Bomb, is ready for the big time. To prove he’s worthy of his world ranking, and to obtain a chance for the opportunity to challenge undefeated IBF world champion Lucien Bute, Donovan needs to be impressive and victorious in his next fight. In that match Don will face hard-punching perennial contender Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs). The bout is a twelve round IBF eliminator and will take place on December 17th in Cozumel, Mexico. The only blemish on Donovan’s record is a 7th round technical decision loss in July of 2010 to Francisco Sierra 24-5-1 in Oklahoma. Sierra recently challenged IBO champion Thomas Oosthuizen 17-0-1 November 23rd and was stopped in the 11th round.
UFC Comes To Chicago For A FOX Tripleheader: Three huge matchups headline the UFC’s return to Chicago – light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Phil Davis battle for a shot at the 205 lb. crown, Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz go head-to-head for a chance to try and topple middleweight king Anderson Silva, and Michael Bisping and Demian Maia collide in a middleweight showdown. UFC on FOX – Saturday, January 28 – live at the United Center in Chicago, IL – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, December 7 at 10am CT
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Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson, Seth Mitchell, Timur Ibragimov & Anthony Peterson Washington, DC Media Workout
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Unified super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, challenger Lamont Peterson, unbeaten heavyweight Seth Mitchell, heavyweight Timur Ibragimov and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson worked out at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Washington DC. Members of the media and youth members of the DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation Boxing Program saw the stars of “Capital Showdown” showcase their boxing prowess and talent in a high-energy atmosphere that only served to heighten the tension and excitement leading up to fight night.
Khan defends against Lamont Peterson at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday night, while the undefeated Seth Mitchell meets Timur Ibragimov and Anthony Peterson faces Daniel Attah. (more…)
Former world champion Alex ‘El Nene’ Sanchez (31-7-1, 21 KOs) of Puerto Rico returns to the ring for the first time in nearly four years this Friday. Sanchez will take on former world title challenger Glen Donaire (17-4-1, 9 KOs) of the Philippines. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin flyweight title at stake and the winner likely finding himself elgible to challenge for a world title. No one could ever deny that Sanchez fought the best with names like Hall of Famer Ricardo Lopez and future hall of famer Ivan Calderon on the top of a long list of top opposition. His seven losses and one draw all were either former, current, or future world champions at the time he fought them, so the numbers speak for themselves. Now at 38 years of age, Sanchez still has the hunger to again position him to challenge and win a world title. Fightnews spoke with Sanchez as he is just days away from his big comeback. (more…)
Text and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“I hope that we are welcoming in the Polish Museum of America, with traditional bread and salt, a future boxing world champion, Andrzej Fonfara,” said Museum director, Jan. M. Lorys during a special press conference announcing Fonfara’s (19-2, 10 KOs) fight against Phil Williams (11-4, 10 KO) on December 16 in UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Fonfara, who won all of his last seven fights by KO and is ranked at #9 by WBO, wants to fight for the title in late 2012. “I’m ready to do it. I know that I have skills to compete with the best. But I’m not overlooking Phil Williams. Last time when we were supposed to fight, he said that he didn’t have enough time to prepare. This time he got two months to be ready, so no excuses this time,” said light heavyweight Fonfara, who spent the last 4 weeks in Australia as a primary sparring partner of cruiserweight Danny Green.
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi makes the seventh defense of his South African junior featherweight title when faces Thabo Sonjica in a return match at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night and on the same bill Sabelo Jubatha and Simphiwe Tom meet for the vacant SA featherweight title. Sinyabi (17-1, 17 KOs) stopped Sonjica (14-1, 10 KOs) in two minutes and 58 seconds in their first fight in April this year. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has indicated to us that the possibility exists for a showdown between Dominican boxers Joan Guzman and Victor Manuel Cayo, the two best super lightweights in the country. Guzman reappeared in October after one year of inactivity with a first round KO over Florencio Castellanos in Santo Domingo. The source indicates that it is very difficult to make this fight with the first serious obstacle being the financial demands of the former double world champion Guzman. Dominican IBF female featherweight champion Dahiana Santana could make her first title defense on the card, as well.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Knockout artist David Lemieux (25-1 24KO) said all the right things Wednesday afternoon as the middleweight put the final touches on his preparations at a public workout session in advance of this Saturday’s local match-up against former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1 19KO) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. There was the talk of how new trainer Marc Ramsay was just what the doctor ordered; how he had learned valuable lessons from his only defeat, a stunning knockout loss to the hands of Marco Antonio Rubio in April; how he is prepared for twelve tough rounds against a quality opponent in Alcine.
But scratch below the surface a little bit and it won’t take much to uncover the one man wrecking crew who scored 24 knockouts in his first 25 professional fights. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that The Ultimate Fighter®, the longest-running sports reality show on television, is moving to FX this March with an exciting, new live format.
The Ultimate Fighter® LIVE debuts on Friday, March 9 as part of a two-hour season premiere beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show will then air for one hour at 10 p.m. ET/PT every Friday for 13 weeks on FX. UFC® bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and “The California Kid” Urijah Faber will serve as coaches on the upcoming season, with lightweight and welterweight contestants competing for two, six-figure UFC contracts. (more…)
April 30, 2011 was a night like no other for Claude Patrick. For 14 years he had trained for this moment; for nine years he fought in everybody else’s backyard but his own. Now he was in his hometown of Toronto, in front of over 55,000 fans, and it’s probably safe to say that 54,995 were cheering for him when he faced Daniel Roberts at UFC 129 . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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In anticipation of one of the most significant fights in the history of the Super Middleweight Division, Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalists Andre Ward and Carl Froch held a media conference call to discuss the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
After a two-year, grueling journey, Ward, America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA champion, will face WBC champ and British superstar Froch in the tournament Final to determine the world’s best 168-pound fighter. The winner of the high stakes matchup will claim both world championship belts, the vacant The Ring magazine championship and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup. Here’s what the fighters and promoters had to say on Tuesday…
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the Saturday night “Island Assault 3,” featuring the WBO flyweight championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The card is presented by Zanfer Promotions and Saved by the Bell Promotions, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8:00 PM/ET – 11:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DISH Network , for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Availability via on-line PPV will be announced shortly.
The PPV co-feature pits Martin “El Brochos” Honorio (31-16-1, 16 KOs) and Fahsai “Mountain Boy” Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs), of Thailand, for the IBF Interim Super Featherweight Championship. Fighting on the undercard is undefeated Filipino favorite Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (17-0-1, 12 KOs) versus Roy “The Sniper” Muklis (23-3-2, 18 KOs) for the IBF Pan Pacific Lightweight Championship.
An intense one-on-one with two of the world’s best super middleweight boxers: Andre Ward and Carl Froch.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos will return to the ring against Ray Beltran on January 6th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com on Thursday night. No word yet on where the fight will take place, but according to Diaz, he would like to stage the card somewhere in Southern California. “Ideally, that is where we would like to have the fight,” said Diaz, who has also managed fighters before joining Golden Boy Promotions. It would make sense to have the fight in Southern California as Ramos resides in the Orange County city of Santa Ana, while Beltran lives in the Hollywood area. The bout will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast. (more…)
Former WBO Title Challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (35-4) will face Tony Grano (18-2-1) in an NABF Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday January 28th at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Both coming off wins, Minto and Grano will battle for the right to eventually face WBC#5, NABF Champ Johnathon Banks (27-1-1). A former WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion, Minto’s most notable victories have come via stoppage against former IBF Title Challenger Axel Schulz (26-5) and former heavyweight contender Donnell Holmes (33-1), while his notable heavyweight defeats have come versus former WBC Title Challenger Chris Arreola (34-2) and former WBO Title Challenger Luan Krasniqi (30-4). (more…)
The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include multi-division champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, two-division champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and former NY boxing writer Michael Katz. The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Cocoa Kid in the Modern Category; Newsboy Brown, Leo Houck and Jake Kilrain in the Old-Timer Category; promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti in the Non Participant Category; and James Wharton (Young Molineaux) in the Pioneer Category. The 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 7-10th in Canastota, NY.
A Purse Bid was held today for the IBF Mini Flyweight Championship mandatory defense between champion Nkosinathi Joyi and Katsunari Takayama. There was only one bidder. Branco Sports Production won with a bid of $ 26,000.00. The fight must be held within 90 days or by March 6, 2012.
Former WBO Mini-flyweight World champion Alex “El Nene” Sanchez has a new opponent for his comeback fight on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center, after his original opponent, former WBC world champion Eric Ortiz got injured during training. The charismatic little giant “El Nene” (31-7-1, 21 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico now faces former world title challenger Glenn “Boyet” Donaire (17-4-1-9 KO’s) of General Santos, Philippines, older brother of the “Filipino Flash” and boxing superstar Nonito Donaire. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin flyweight title at stake. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against Lajuan Simon on Friday night at the Intercontinental hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. Originally, the bout was scheduled on Saturday night’s fight night Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck in the 53,000 seat ESPRIT arena, which was cancelled on Monday.
Gennady Golovkin: “I had a great training camp and I am happy that the fight is going to take place. I am also excited to be working together with K2 Promotions. I am looking forward to follow in the footsteps of the Klitschko brothers and want to be as successful as they are.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “It is good that Golovkin’s fight will take place. He is a very talented fighter and I am sure that he will beat Felix Sturm next year if he dares fighting Golovkin.” (more…)
King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will make his hotly-anticipated comeback on January 14 when he takes on Argentina´s Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in Offenburg, Germany. “We are looking forward to seeing Arthur back in the ring,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We have found a tough opponent for him. The fight against Farias will be no walk in the park.”
It will be Abraham´s first fight since losing to WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I want to put on a good fight for my fans,” King Arthur said. “Of course I have learned from my defeats. But now is the time to look ahead and get ready to fight again. I want to win back the hearts of my fans, and in order to do so, I need a convincing victory. January 14 will be the start of something new for me. I want to begin the new year with an exciting victory and then set my sights on a world title again.” (more…)
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