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Unbeaten heavyweight contender David Price has revealed that Audley Harrison was part of his Olympic success story. Price (13-0, 11 KOs) makes the first defense of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against ‘A Force’ at Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday October 13 – the first ever professional clash between two British Olympians. Harrison (28-5, 21 KOs) won a gold medal at Sydney 2000 and Price captured a bronze eight years later in Beijing. The bout can be seen on WealthTV.com.
Price, 29, said: “I will never forget Audley calling me before the Beijing Olympics and giving me a boost which was a nice thing to do. I was 16 years-old when he won the Olympics, but I was never on the squad with him and the first time I met him was two years ago in Los Angeles and we got on well.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC middleweight world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez did not undergo surgery on his right knee Thursday as originally planned, confirming from Madrid, Spain through his official Twitter account that he is still investigating the extent of the injury and recovery time if there were to be an operation.
There are plans for Martinez to return in May 2013, possibly in a rematch against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Their first fight was hugely successful, producing 475,000 PPV buys, and the rematch could land at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. One of the stipulations mentioned for that bout would be for Chavez Jr. to undergo Olympic-style blood testing at various intervals before the fight.
Tickets to Pacquiao-Márquez 4 will go on sale Friday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Act 4 of the fistoric rivalry between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez takes place December 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Light heavyweight contender, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) has hired famed trainer, Buddy McGrirt, to work his corner for his upcoming fight against Rayco Saunders (22-16-2, 9 KOs) set to take place this Saturday at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In his last fight, Chilemba defeated power puncher, Edison Miranda (35-7, 30 KOs), by way of unanimous decision. He’s looking to gain more knowledge in the ring working with McGirt
With Chilemba, McGirt’s goal is to keep it simple and make some minor adjustments to his style. “Chilemba is a fantastic fighter and you can see that the talent is here,” stated McGirt. “I don’t really need to change much with Isaac’s style, just need to brush up on a couple of things. He’s working hard and everything is coming together nicely.” (more…)
Thanks to a tip, police have found and arrested the suspected gunmen who murdered former world heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders during an armed robbery at a restaurant in Brits, South Africa (located 30 miles west of Pretoria). A purse, cell phone and other items taken during the robbery were recovered. The suspects, aged 19, 20 and 20, are all Zimbabwean citizens and will face charges of murder and armed robbery.
The Klitschko brothers talk about their upcoming challenges in sports and politics.
Photos: Eroll Popova
With a media day in his hometown Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic, WBO interim super welterweight titleholder Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) had his “goodbye” to the media and his supporters before leaving for Kiev, Ukraine to take on reigning WBO Champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) on October 6. The Ukrainian was injured in April forcing a postponement. “I’ve waited so long for this chance. I’ve trained hard for so long. Twice, I had fights fall through against world champions and Dzinziruk and Baysangurov. My hour for action has now sounded,” said Lukas Konecny before the fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Photo Herby Whyne
The year 2012 thus far has not been the one that welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) had been anticipating after his convincing victory last December versus 19-1-2 Victor Lupo. Hoping to build on the momentum of dominating his opponent and capturing the WBC International belt in the process, this was supposed to have been a breakout year for the 30-year-old welterweight, but injuries and fights falling through have been the rule and not the exception for the fighter up until this point; something that changes Saturday night as Decarie makes his HBO debut versus undefeated Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Trainer Mark Ramsay sums it up best when he tells FightNews, “Antonin was frustrated but never discouraged,” adding “He’s always in good shape and working hard in the gym. We only received three weeks notice on our side, but we know we’ll be in shape, we’re not sure if they can say the same on the other side.”
Decarie agreed, “I was disappointed, but never enough to stop training. Click here to read more
WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin is a prohibitive favorite to retain his belt against mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman on Saturday at the famed Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. Bet365.com has Povetkin listed at -1400 with Rahman at +650. Intertops.com has Povetkin at -1250 and Rahman at +600.
If you could find one word to describe the fighting style of UFC bantamweight contender Yves Jabouin, “disciplined” usually comes to mind immediately. There are no wild swings, very little wasted motion, and an intense focus on getting the job done in the most efficient way possible . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Next up: UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic airs Saturday, Sept. 29 from Nottingham, England, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Visit UFC.com for more info.
Photos: Ed Diller, DBE/Star Boxing
On Wednesday at the brand new Mendez Boxing Club located at 23 East 26th Street in Manhattan, Puerto Rican knockout artist Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs) and his trainer/manager Joe Botti, hosted an open media workout in preparation of Escalera’s upcoming bout this Saturday night against fellow undefeated contender and current USBA super middleweight champion Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) . Rodriguez-Escalera is scheduled for 10 rounds, and will be the main event bout of the evening on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Jason Escalera: “I have been hearing things out of Edwin and his camp that he is going to put on a show, he is going to stop me and that Donovan George hits harder than I do. If he truthfully believes that, then he is going to be in for a big surprise on Saturday night. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video and Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
In an interesting female world title clash, IBF flyweight world champion Ava Knight and WBC flyweight world champion Mariana Juarez meet on October 13 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City with one goal: to show the world who is the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the flyweight division.
Knight was unconcerned by the altitude of Mexico City, since she is trained in the mountains of Big Bear, California, in the gym owned by multiple world champion Shane “Sugar” Mosley. “I don’t care if we’re fighting in Mexico City because I do my homework in the mountains,” said Knight.
On the same night is the highly anticipated rematch between Miguel “Mickey” Roman and Dante “Crazy” Jardon plus “Dinamita” Alvarez against Mauricio Pintor in a ten-rounds lightweight matchup. (more…)
Exciting junior middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 JKOs) will return to the ring on November 10 against Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) in a twelve round junior middleweight battle at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The bout will be on a card headlined by WBC super bantamweight world champion Abner Mares against WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno. Also on the card is IBF bantamweight world champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, who will defend against TBA.
It will be Angulo’s first fight in the USA in over two years. Earlier this year he spent eight months locked away in an El Centro immigration detention facility during which time his attorneys resolved immigration issues that kept him from fighting. In his last outing in November of 2011 in Cancun, Angulo battled fellow contender James Kirkland in an all out war that was a 2011 Fight of the Year candidate.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to England this Saturday for an all-action card at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. In the heavyweight main event, the biggest man in the UFC® – 6ft 11inch Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve – collides with unbeaten uber-athlete Stipe Miocic in a fight which will catapult the winner towards the top of the division. (more…)
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Former three division world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) hopes to end a two-fight losing streak when he takes on undefeated Puerto Rican sensation Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title on Saturday in a fight to be televised by HBO. Darchinyan is looking to get back in the win column after losing to Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs) and Panama’s Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) in back to back world title fights.
“I’m the ultimate road warrior” said Darchinyan. “I’ve traveled all over the world to scrap with the best fighters in my division. This Saturday will be no different when I step in the ring with Del Valle. I’m looking forward to giving him his first loss while I get myself back into title contention.” (more…)
Up and coming light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1, 17 KOs) has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Main Events. Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager explained, “We are finally in the right place. I knocked on many doors: Golden Boy, Top Rank, and more; However no one took it seriously that Sergey Kovalev will be the next big champion in his weight division. But Main Events has the same beliefs. They did take us seriously. We signed with them and we are very happy with our decision.”
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Yesica Bopp 106 vs. Marisol Miranda 108
(WBO Female 108lb Championship)
McWilliams Arroyo 111.7 vs. Ronald Ramos 111.8
(WBO Latino title)
McJoe Arroyo 115 vs. José López 116
Hipólito Rivera 131 vs. Pedro Vicente 129
Efraín Cruz 134 vs. Jesús Pastrana 135
Harold Cartagena 150 vs. Pablo De Jesús 150
Alejandro González 140 vs. Anthony Mercado 139
Venue: El San Juan Resort & Casino, Carolina, PR
Promoter: PR Best
TV: DirecTV (Puerto Rico only)
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham 169.6 vs. Ray Darden 174.4
Jordan Shimmell 211 vs. Joe Stofle 277.2
Willie Fortune TBD vs. Mustafa Johnson 160.6
Zach Shamoun 122.6 vs. Hoy Mack 117.8
Nick Given 143 vs. Eric Ricker 140.2
Jeff Kugal 271.6 vs. CJ Clover TBD
Jafar Kirtley 122.6 vs. Delano Kealohapauole 124.6
Gabriel Garza 155.8 vs. Anthony Kelly 154.6
Venue: MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Thursday, September 27, 7:30PM
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Video: Leif Magnusson
Highlights from the final press conference for Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title fight in Hamburg, Germany, between titleholder Alexander Povetkin and WBA mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman.
Hasim Rahman: My focus is on doing what I know how to do best. I think that’s enough to beat any man.
Alexander Povetkin: The preparation went well. I have great respect for Hasim Rahman and his experience.
Povetkin’s trainer Kostya Tszyu: In the time we’ve worked together, Alexander has already improved by 40%
Note: Rahman’s trainer Eddie Mustapha Muhammad hasn’t arrived in Germany yet as he is delayed by visa problems.
Staten Island light heavyweight Marcus Browne, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, has signed with the most powerful advisor in boxing, Al Haymon. Browne was the first Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program product to compete in the Olympic Games. Browne is a two-time National PAL champion and 2012 USA Boxing National gold medalist who is trained by Gary Stark at the Park Hill Boxing Club,
Haymon has also signed Browne’s 2012 U.S. Boxing teammates Terrell Gausha, Dominic Breazeale, Rau’shee Warren and Errol Spence Jr. Haymon’s client list also includes Floyd Mayweather Jr., Andre Berto, Adrien Broner, Austin Trout, Peter Quillin, Gary Russell Jr., and Chris Arreola, among the more notables.
Manny Pacquiao has reportedly dropped his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team after a confidential settlement was reached. Pacman filed the lawsuit in 2009 alleging that Floyd, his father Floyd Sr. and trainer Roger Mayweather, falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The Mayweather camp has now released a statement saying they wish to make it clear that they “never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs” and “no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source informed Fightnews.com about the possibility of a fight between former world champions Cristian Mijares (46-6-2, 21 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) in an possible super bantamweight world championship fight, although this is unofficial. The card would take place October 27 at the Nueva Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City and also feature former world champion Edgar Sosa. Current super bantamweight world champions are Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA), Abner Mares (WBC), and Nonito Donaire (WBO and IBF) so it’s not clear from where the world title opportunity would come. Recently Marquez was scheduled to fight Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez Jr in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but pulled out and was replaced by local prospect Jonathan Oquendo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Canelo Promotions recently won a WBA purse bid held in Panama City for the right to promote the fight between current featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and his mandatory challenger Nicholas Walters. Canelo Promotions bid $120,000 with plans to hold the fight on December 1 in Kingston, Jamaica. Caballero, however, has stated that he won’t fight for $90,000 (the world champion’s 75% purse bid share) and insists that Mayweather Promotions will line him up for a big fight in the United States, possibly in November. As a result, it seems he would either have to give up the title or be stripped. One important source has indicated that Caballero-Walters is almost certain not to take place and that Walters could be fighting for the vacant belt against the highest WBA ranked contender available.
In boxing, some of the most heated battles England has seen over the last 25 years have taken place between domestic rivals: Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn vs. Chris Eubank, and most recently, David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora. But when two of the UK’s top rising stars in mixed martial arts – John Hathaway and John Maguire – meet this Saturday night in Nottingham, it’s all smiles and admiration before fight time . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Next up: UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic airs Saturday, Sept. 29 from Nottingham, England, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Visit UFC.com for more info.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Millennium Photo
“I don’t have much time left as an elite fighter. I have to try my best as soon as possible, be in the ring for the big fights, fights that matter. But first things first – Mundy, this Saturday in Atlantic City,” stated popular middleweight Przemek “The Machine” Majewski, (19-1, 13 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. On Saturday night, Majewski will stay busy, fighting a man who already tested him before – Latif Mundy (10-4, 4 KOs). It will be personal for Mundy because he was an undefeated prospect with 8-0 record when they met for the first time three years ago in the same Atlantic City. Since then, Majewski is 9-1 and Mundy 2-3 with three losses by KO, but the Philadelphia fighter hopes to turn back time and come out with a win at Resorts Hotel & Casino. There will be no belt on stake as previously reported. The WBO didn’t approve Mundy for the WBO Intercontinental belt – still even with just pride on the line this looks to be an interesting affair. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Hector Afu will be the third man in the ring when WBC light flyweight champion Kompayak Porpramook (46-2, 31 KOs) defends in a rematch fight against former champion Adrian Hernandez (24-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday October 6 at the Centro de Convenciones, Toluca, México State. The three judges are John Keane (England), Graig Metcalfe (Canada) and John MacKae (USA). The fight supervisor is Carlos Rodriguez from Argentina.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will headline his fourth straight card in his hometown when he faces veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH in a six-round contest on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The 18-year-old Harrison (8-0, four KOs) is making his sixth appearance at the Convention Center. The last time out on August 25, Harrison survived a sixth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Marqus Jackson. Gierke (5-26-2, four KOs) has lost his last four bouts including a four-round unanimous decision to Bruce Runkle on June 2 in Wheeling, WVA. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos and Video: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
On Tuesday in Mexico City, the World Boxing Council awarded the green and gold belts to newly crowned world champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Robert Guerrero. The presentation was made by WBC public relations director Victor Cota. “They were champions from WBO titles who now won the titles of the World Boxing Council, the most prestigious organization in the sport of fists,” said Cota.
Ponce de Leon won the WBC world featherweight crown by dethroning Jhonny Gonzalez on September 15 in Las Vegas and Roberto Guerrero won the the welterweight diadem against Selcuk Aydin on July 28 in San Jose, California. (more…)
Following Team Carwin’s win in the inaugural fight of the competition, Team Nelson looks to bounce back Friday and even things up on The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
The World Boxing has accepted the recent apology by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as an admission of guilt and repentance for the use of marijuana prior to his fight with Sergio Martinez.
“As president of the WBC, I have got in touch with the Board of Governors, and we have decided to fine him $10,000 USD. That money will be donated to an institution for children who suffer from cancer,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “We also are asking Julio to attend a rehabilitation center and want official confirmation that he’s so doing. THE WBC will open its doors once again to him, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The WBC won’t suspend Julio Cesar for an undefined time, because that is not going to help him. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has showed his humanitarian side, by having helped his father Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez to enter a rehabilitation center. After his treatment we want Julio Cesar Chavez to became an example for youth. (more…)
UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has scored nine consecutive victories en route to a five-year dominant reign atop the 170-pound division. On Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the champion returns to his hometown after a 17-month absence due to injury looking to unify the welterweight title against dangerous striker Carlos Condit.
“One of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, Georges St-Pierre, is coming home to Montreal to defend not only his pound-for-pound standing, but his welterweight world title,” UFC® President Dana White said. (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland
Since yesterday’s late arrival in Hamburg, Germany, it is no secret that Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) likes to take his time. But after today’s public workout at the Europa Passage in Hamburg, it also no secret, that Rahman possesses some serious pop in his fists. But as expected, he was fashionably late. After leaving the hotel behind schedule and an interview on site, he changed into his training gear and had his hands taped. The media and fans had to be patient before they were able to see the challenger in action.
But then, he got started – and he did so with a bang. Just a few weeks ago during the first official press conference ahead of the big fight on Saturday, Rahman drew attention due to his presumably overweight size. But on Tuesday all of that seemed to be a thing of the past. In much better condition, the 39-year-old started his session by hitting the pads. And one thing is for sure: Even Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) would have been impressed by those powerful jabs and hooks the challenger put on display. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Making the first defence of his South African mini flyweight title Simphiwe Khonco stopped number seven ranked challenger Lutho Nkonki in the third round at the O R Tambo Hall in Mthatha, Transkei on Sunday. The 26-year-old Khonco 10-4; 5 who was born in Mthatha and was making a voluntary defence, fought on even terms over the first two rounds against the challenger. However, in the third round the champion picked up the pace and put Nkonki down for a count with a big right to the head. Soon afterwards the challenger who never fully recovered from the knockdown was backed up by Khonco and battered around the ring before the referee waved the fight off. It was reported that the East London based Nkonki with a reported record of 6-8; 3 battled to make the weight.
K2 Promotions was very saddened to hear about the death of former heavyweight world champion Corrie Sanders over the weekend. The 46-year-old Sanders was shot in an apparent robbery in Britz, near Pretoria, while celebrating the birthday of a family member. “It was a shock to Vitali and Wladimir as well as myself when I heard the news” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions. “Corrie was a world champion boxer and a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with outside the ring.”
The Klitschko brothers released a statement calling him a “great person”.
“We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Corrie Sanders and we want to express our sincere condolences to his family,” read the statement. “We will remember Corrie as a great person both inside and outside the ring. He was a great fighter with a big heart who always positively represented the sport of boxing.” (more…)
Kell Brook has revealed he was close to taking a fight with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley but chose to take the mandatory route with the IBF. Brook takes on Hector Saldivia for the mandatory position for the IBF welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 20, a route the Sheffield star and his promoter Eddie Hearn decided was the right move for the 25-year-old’s career. Brook came through a gut check against Carson Jones in his last outing at the Motorpoint Arena in July, and he believes the mandatory route could lead to a mega fight in 2013 against the returning Ricky Hatton.
“The Bradley fight was put in front of me but I believe the mandatory position in the IBF is the right move,” said Brook, who is back in Sheffield after a two week training camp in Spain. “Eddie has worked hard to get me into this position and providing I beat Saldivia, I’ll be fighting for a world title at the start of 2013 and it will be on my terms. (more…)
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