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By Pasi Taavitsainen
Highly regarded unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will take on Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the EBU heavyweight championship at the Hartwall Arena on December 3. Helenius has knocked out ten of his last eleven, with three former heavyweight champions among his list of KO victims. Chisora tuned up for the match last Friday with a six round points decision over Remigijus Ziausys (19-44-3, 9 KOs) in Halifax, England. Previously he dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Tyson Fury.
Already 7,000 tickets have been sold at the venue, before Helenius’ opponent was even announced. Apparently it came down to either Chisora or Johnathon Banks. In the co-main event, WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin faces Cedric Boswell.
By Graham Houston
One felt a sense of disappointment over Manny Pacquiao’s performance against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night, a feeling that the Filipino superstar should have done better. In a fight where finality was expected, a sense of closure, Pacquiao once again had to settle for a decision that divided the judges and was open to debate. It could be that Marquez has the sort of style that will always trouble Pacquiao, the way that Ken Norton pushed Muhammad Ali to the limit in three fights.
Yet, frankly, much more was expected from Pacquiao. After all, his archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed Marquez when they met two years ago. Pacquiao’s camp was talking about an overwhelming victory before the halfway mark. Instead, the welterweight title fight ended on a majority verdict, one round on one card from being a draw. (more…)
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs) makes his return to the ring as a light heavyweight on Friday night against unbeaten Gyorgy Marosi (12-0, 8 KOs), the reigning Hungarian super middleweight champion. The bout will take place at the famed York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. It will be Maccarinelli’s first fight since a bad KO loss to Alexander Frenkel 14 months ago.
The card will be the third event promoted by Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George.
On Thursday, November 17th, Promotions Quiñones of Tijuana, Mexico, keeps the ball rolling in this their first year on the scene with another interesting fight card to be held at the now legendary Tijuana night club Las Pulgas located on Avenida Revolucion in the heart of the border city. The night will mark the second time that Gabriel Quiñones, the lead promoter, has presented an event in the cavernous hall primarily held for music although it has hosted boxing in the past.
In the main event, local undefeated super bantamweight Edivaldo “Sobre Ruedas” Ortega (11-0-1, 5KOs) takes on Loreto “KO” Medina (5-2, 5KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in a ten round main event. In the last card held at Las Pulgas in late September, Ortega made quick work of Pedro Lopez, stopping him in the first round, after being out of the gym almost a year. Now in Medina, Ortega will face a fighter who is coming off a TKO loss in his last bout back in 2007. Despite of that, Medina is still a dangerous fighter since he packs a punch with all his win coming in the way of knock out. (more…)
Renown boxing judge and HBO analyst Harold Lederman will be the special guest speaker Tuesday evening (Nov. 15) for RING 8’s monthly meeting (7 PM/ET start) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Lederman, who hails from the Bronx, was an International judge (1967-1989) who worked more than 100 world title fights. Today, he plays a key role as HBO’s World Championship Boxing judge analyst.
A graduate of Columbia University, the popular and recognizable Lederman was the 2006 “Good Guys Award” winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is a World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and this March, it was recently announced, he will also be inducted into New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural class. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
After eight rounds, Saturday’s clash between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez was tied 76-76 on the cards of judges Robert Hoyle and Dave Moretti, with Glenn Trowbridge having Pacman ahead 77-75. Down the stretch, Hoyle (114-114) awarded both fighters two rounds, while Moretti (115-113) and Trowbridge (116-112) scored three of the last four rounds for Pacquiao. Marquez may have eased up slightly toward the finish after being assured by his corner that he was ahead in the bout. Click here to see the official Nevada State Athletic Commission master scorecard.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Three epic fights and you would think we would have a clear winner in one of the most closely contested trilogies in the history of boxing.
Sorry folks, 36 rounds and we still don’t know who the definitive winner between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is. What we do know is that Juan Manuel Marquez absolutely cannot catch a break from the judges . . . Click here for more
Official CompuBox PunchStats... PACQUIAO MARQUEZ 578 TOTAL PUNCHES THROWN 436 176 TOTAL PUNCHES CONNECTED 138 30% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 32% 304 JABS THROWN 182 59 JABS CONNECTED 38 19% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 21% 274 POWER PUNCHES THROWN 254 117 POWER PUNCHES CONNECTED 100 43% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 39% 14 AVG. LANDED PER ROUND 11 49 AVG. THROWN PER ROUND 36
A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez walked into the MGM conference room after a scene that was all too familiar to the proud Mexican champion. Another twelve rounds with Manny Pacquiao and another decision that didn’t go his way. For Marquez, this was the Mexican painting a beautiful portrait only to see it thrown in the trash yet again by the judges. This time, there was an overwhelming air in the MGM Grand Garden Arena that Marquez would finally even the score. But after being an overwhelming underdog who executed a brilliant game plan that featured effective counterpunching that gave Pacquiao fits, Marquez had to listen to the judges’ scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 to once again give Pacquiao the decision. Marquez is understandably sick of the same story being played out and uttered a statement to the media that was shocking but perhaps made perfect sense to a man who did all he could to see the rug pulled from under him again . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super middleweight Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) returned six months after a serious knee injury to win a majority decision over very mobile journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (7-11-2, 4 KOs) by surprising scores of 79-77, 78-77 and 77-77 at the Bulle de Gerardchamps in Verviers, Belgium. “The opponent was perfect for me as he knew that after the surgery I wasn’t so nimble on my feet,” said Sartison. “He tried to stay away from me.” In the last three rounds, the ex-champ was able to catch Kulikauskas on the ropes and land clean punches.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
It was as big of a big fight atomosphere as you could ask for. The challenger, Junior dos Santos played the heel for the night. “Cigano” was resoundly booed while walking out to the Rocky theme song.
The champion, Cain Velasquez was greeted to a heroes welcome by the pro-champion crowd.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over nemesis and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tactical early rounds, but things heated up in the fourth. Good round for Marquez in the fifth. Most rounds very close with both fighters having their moments, just like the first two fights. Pacman suffered a vertical cut over the right eye in the tenth from an unintentional headbutt. The last two rounds were close.
In the end scores were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. The Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy now stands at 2-0-1 for Pacman. more photos
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) scored a workmanlike eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KOs). Bradley was in command the whole way against the 40-year-old Casamayor, who was deducted a point for holding in round four by referee Vic Drakulich. Bradley dropped Casamayor with a body shot in the fifth. Casamayor was on the canvas again in the sixth and for a third time at the end of the eighth when cornerman Miguel Diaz said ‘no more.’ Time was 2:59. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
The Philippines’ Dennis Laurente (41-4-5, 22 KOs) ended seven rounds of a relatively dull fight and lowered the boom on Ayi Bruce (20-5, 12 KOs) with a devastating straight left that KOed Bruce in their scheduled eight round welterweight affair. Laurente was the aggressor throughout as Bruce couldn’t seem to muster up much offense. But a straight left ended all of that as Bruce crumbled to the canvas and remained there as referee Robert Byrd counted to 10. Time of stoppage was :57.
Rising prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. put some more rounds in the bank as he scored a one-sided unanimous decision against Samuel Santana. Benavidez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored two knockdowns in the first round, another in the second with a blistering body shot and dropped Santana (4-5) yet again in the fourth. All three judges saw the fight 60-50.
Victor Pasillas made his professional debut a successful one as he outpointed winless Jose Garcia (0-4) and cruised to a unanimous decision. All three scores were 40-36.
In the evening’s opening bout, Fernando Lumacad (25-3-3) earned a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Rios (10-6-2). It was closely contested battle but knockdowns in the 2nd and 5th round proved to be the difference as judges saw the fight 77-73, 77-74 and 78-72.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA International champion and #2 WBA-ranked cruiserweight Paweł Kołodziej (29-0, 17 KOs) didn’t even break a sweat when he knocked out Argentina’s Mauro Ordiales (26-9, 24 KOs) in round two of the main event of the “Wojak Boxing Night” event on Saturday in Gdynia, Poland. Kołodziej controlled the fight from the opening bell with his jab, finishing the fight just as he promised – by KO in the second round. Ordiales went down for the first time after precise left hook, and just seconds later he was down again after Kołodziej’s powerful right hand. Ordiales still wanted to fight, but his corner did not agree with his opinion, throwing in the towel and ending this one-sided battle.
City of Gdynia was not a very hospitable place for Argentinean fighters as in the co-main event heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (24-0, 13 KOs), also in the second round, delivered a series of heavy blows to the head of Nelson Dario Dominguez (11-1, 5 KOs), and just like his colleague from “12 Round KnockOut Promotions,” defended his WBA International and WBC Baltic title by KO.
By Dave Spencer
Unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a wild and exciting third round TKO over previously unbeaten Canadian champion Neven Pajkic (16-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Event City in Manchester, England. Pajkic had a big round two, flooring the 6’9 Fury with a big right hand and hammering him for the balance of the round. Fury turned the tables in the third, dropping Pajkic twice and the bout was waved off by referee Phil Edwards. Time was 2:44. Pajkic seemed to be clear-headed and complained bitterly about the stoppage. (more…)
Unbeaten Commonwealth welterweight titlist Denton Vassell (19-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Samuel Colomban (20-3, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Sports Centre in Oldham, England. Scores were 117-112, 116-112, 116-112. The card was promoted by Ricky Hatton’s Hatton Promotions.
By Graham Houston
The boxing world hopes for a sense of finality, a definitive conclusion, when welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao meets his bitterest rival, Juan Manuel, Marquez, on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Twice these proud warriors of the ring have fought down to the wire in compelling 12-round fights. Pacquiao has scored four knockdowns over Marquez, but the durable and accomplished Mexican veteran scored with such efficiency that an argument can be made that he was twice unlucky against Pacquiao — a draw and a heart-breaking one-point defeat.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, tells me he expects Pacquiao to get Marquez out of the fight inside six rounds. This, to me, is highly unlikely, but I do think that the Filipino powerhouse can win before the final bell rings. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Three-time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KOs) says he’ll be taking on the best cruiserweight in the world when he challenges WBC cruiserweight king Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KOs) of Poland for the WBC world cruiserweight title at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia on November 30th.
“Wlodarczyk is probably the best cruiserweight in the world now that Steve Cunningham has lost his world title, so you have to say this guy is the best,” Green said. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (27-4-3, 18 KOs) was impressive in scoring a six round stoppage of Decho Kokietgym (33-15-2, 22 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round light welterweight bout at the Panthers club in Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Friday. Bennett started the contest in top gear and continually connected with accurate combinations from the opening round. In round two, the 5’7 Kokietgym was dropped by a perfectly executed left rip to the midsection but the import recovered well to finish the round swapping blows with the 5’9 Australian. Referee Brad Griffiths crowned Bennett the winner at 2:58 of round six after Kokietgym was on the canvas three times from power right hand shots to the head. (more…)
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
We’re less than 24-hours away from the biggest fight in UFC history. UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez will take on Junior dos Santos in the promotion’s big debut on network television. The implications go far beyond who the champ will be Sunday morning. A fight worthy of Monday morning water cooler conversation will send the UFC—and by extension, MMA—into the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (11-2, 8 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped WBA #11 Joel Casey (14-9-3, 9 KOs) in round ten at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Casey in control in the early rounds as he kept the shorter Vlamis off balance with accurate right jabs. The aggressive Vlamis found the range for his power shots in the later rounds and in round ten referee Malcolm Bulner crowned Vlamis the winner at 2:20 after Casey had been on the canvas from a solid combination. (more…)
Report and photo by Jesse Kelley at ringside
Super middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda knocked out Harley Kilfian in round three Friday night at the Armory in Saint Paul, MN. Vanda landed a hard right followed by a left hook to the head that dropped Kilfian for the count :29 seconds into the third round. Kilfian came to bang though as he went down guns blazing. After taking a few minutes to solve the height and reach disadvantage however, Vanda brought the fight to the inside and never took his foot of the gas until the stoppage. Vanda moves to (43-13, 24 KOs) while Kilfian drops to (9-8, 8 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After three years without national television exposure, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Austin Trout dominated Frank LoPorto for more than five rounds before referee Rafael Ramos stopped the fight at 2:32 of the sixth in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation. In the evening’s co-feature from minor league ballpark Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, the Brazilian-born prospect Michael Oliveira won by disqualification over Xavier Toliver when referee Robert Chapa ended the bout at 1:31 of round eight when Toliver punched Oliveira on the break. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the 90th annual WBA convention, we were informed that WBA super bantamweight world champion (in recess) Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno may have his world crown on the line on December 3 in Anaheim, California, when he faces former world champion and current IBO beltholder Vic Darchinyan. After a request by Robert Diaz of Golden Boy Promotions, which now promotes Moreno, the head of the WBA World Championships Committee, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, is checking with the WBA lawyers about the situation. Moreno was declared “champion in recess” due to an ongoing contractual dispute with his longtime manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, which has prevented him from defending. Although the situation between Moreno and Grimaldo continues in the Panama civilian justice system, the WBA could sanction the fight based on the fighter’s right to work.
It’s Time – Velasquez vs dos Santos Tomorrow Night Live & Free On FOX: The heavyweight title is on the line, and it’s live and free this Saturday night! Champion Cain Velasquez battles fellow slugger Junior dos Santos – UFC on FOX – Saturday, Nov. 12 – Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
See The Prelims Live & Free On Facebook and FoxSports.com: Before the titans of the main event enter the Octagon, see all the prelim action, including the showdown between Clay Guida and Benson Henderson, live and free on Facebook (“LIKE” the UFC page to watch) and FoxSports.com starting at 4:45pm ET / 1:45pm PT
Tickets On Sale Now For Lesnar vs Overeem In Vegas: It doesn’t get any bigger than this! The UFC closes out 2011 with a battle of colossal proportions as former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to take on former Strikeforce heavyweight king Alistair Overeem – UFC 141 – Friday, December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
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Undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage against #14-rated contender Frank LoPorto (15-5, 7 KOs) on Friday night at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. It looked like it would be a short night for Trout when he dropped LoPorto early in round one. LoPorto showed a world class chin if not world class boxing skills, as Trout landed almost at will. The slaughter was finally stopped by referee Rafael Ramos. Time was 2:32.
Unbeaten Brazilian middleweight star Michael Oliveira (16-0, 13 KOs) dealt an eight round beating to Xavier “X-Man” Toliver (23-8, 15 KOs). Toliver came out aggressively, but Oliveira took command from round two. Toliver was deducted a point for a head butt in round five and disqualified for hitting on the break in round eight. The result was later announced as a TKO with a time of 1:31.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chria Farina/Top Rank
Hot prospect Diego Magdaleno (21-0) capped off an impressive 2011 with yet another mark in the win column as he soundly thumped Emmanuel Lucero (26-8-1) for ten rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision victory as he retained is NABF super featherweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Magdaleno’s increasingly improving boxing pedigree was simply too much for the game Lucero to handle as Magdaleno repeatedly popped the jab while ripping Lucero’s torso with body shots.
Figuring that trying to outbox Magdaleno was futile, Lucero instead launched haymakers in hope that something would land and slow down the Las Vegan. A straight left hand rattled Lucero in the 5th and Magdaleno turned up the heat and applied pressure. Clearly committed to score a knockout, Magdaleno sat on his punches and had little regard for what was coming back at him. A combination sent Lucero stumbling into the ropes and prompted a count from referee Robert Byrd. Lucero attempted to psyche himself out as he barked “Come on!” to Magdeleno. Magdaleno obliged and tore into Lucero with combinations and body punches. It was a great display of guts by Lucero but in the end he found himself on the wrong side of the scorecards as judges saw it 100-89, 100-87 and 100-88. (more…)
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
From the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. for UFC ON FOX, headlined by the heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, airing live and free on FOX beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
Beginning at 4:45pm ET / 1:45pm ET, viewers can watch nine prelim bouts for free on Foxsports.com or on Facebook.
MAIN EVENT – UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Dos Santos (239) VS Cain Velasquez (249)
Ben Henderson (156) VS Clay Guida (156)
Pablo Garza (145) VS Dustin Poirier (146)
Ricardo Lamas (145) VS Cub Swanson (145)
Clay Harvison (169) VS Damarques Johnson (171)
Darren Uyenoyama (135) VS Kid Yamamoto (135)
Robbie Peralta (145) VS Mackens Semerzier (146)
Cole Escovedo (134) VS Alex Caceres (136)
Paul Bradley (171) VS Mike Pierce (171)
Matt Lucas (203) VS Aaron Rosa (204)
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek, who lost his first chance to become heavyweight champion when he was defeated on September 10 by WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in Wroclaw, Poland, is training again. “I’m back training,” said Adamek in a Fightnews.com exclusive look into his training camp. “First step – working on some technical stuff with Roger Bloodworth, this time not in my US hometown Jersey City, but on Roger’s turf, near St. Louis. Next year, with Roger’s help, I’ll be back with a vengeance.” (more…)
Photos: Eva Asdou
Light middleweight “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu (37-5, 26 KOs) of Belgium by way of Ghana defeated Frenchmen Jimmy Colas (30-8, 12 KOs) 77-75, 78-75 and 76-75. The main event bout took place today at the Sporthal Arena in Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium.
By Phil Doherty
It takes a lot to rile soft-spoken #1-ranked WBA welterweight title challenger Brad “King” Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs). Perhaps this comes from his country upbringing in rural Louisiana. Maybe it comes from the hard-earned wisdom gained in a 4 ½-year prison stint when he was a younger, more careless man. It could be the fact he now lives his life for his two children, son Brylon and daughter Brylie. Yet when the 28-year-old world challenger read reports leaked to Fightnews.com earlier today by his former promoter, he spoke out in a clear, fiery voice. Brad’s friends and family, including his numerous boxing associates knew something rang false with the characterization. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Cleveland, OH welterweight Prenice Brewer captured an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor of Baltimore, MD during the main event of the Fight Night charity boxing card at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in Washington, DC. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 143 for Saturday’s PPV showdown against Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Marquez weighed in at 142. Contract weight was 144. 5,500 fans were on hand for the weigh-in, with more turned away. more photos
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