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Top Rank announced today that the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasting interactive features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. (more…)
“My brother Wladimir and I are very sad to hear that Joe Frazier has passed away. He was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all times. I am very proud to have the same title that Joe once had. His three fights against Muhammad Ali are classics in sports history. Joe has done a lot for the sport of boxing – as a champion as well as through his social involvement. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Champion
Undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist. 88.9% of his wins are by knockout. And he is the holder of the sport’s most prized possession – the UFC heavyweight championship. Cain Velasquez is, without question, the baddest man on the planet. He holds that distinction for now, at least. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Kameda dynasty, comprising Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, are being trained in the Philippines as part of their preparation got a card on December 7 in Osaka, Japan. The plan is for ten days of sparring in Elorde Family Gym. Mexicans Mario “Hurricane” Macias and Eduardo “Bambino” Garcia are known to be in the camp. The brothers will remain in Manila until November 12 before returning to Japan to complete their respective preparations for “Kameda Party 2011” in the Prefectural Gymnasium. More photos…
Yesterday it was Juan Manuel Márquez’ grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Today it’s the turn of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. The event will be open to the public. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrive today at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacman will be transported by a luxury bus custom-designed with his image.
By Socrates Seamanduras
Dr. Jose Manuel Enriquez, an internationally recognized retinologist, successfully performed a three-hour operation to repair the right retina of Francisco “Panchito” Arce in Durango, Mexico. Arce was injured when the air bag in a car inflated during an auto accident. Although it will require complete rest for his rehabilitation, the operation does not jeopardize his boxing career, which may resume within the first half of 2012.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super welterweight world champion Nobuhiro Ishida is training in Guadalajara, Mexico for a November 26 against an opponent to be determined in Mexico City on the undercard of the WBC super welterweight world title clash between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former champ Kermit Cintron. Ishida, who in less than two minutes crushed James Kirkland in April in Las Vegas, joins the list of fighters who will see action at the Expo Bancomer Santa Fe on the Canelo Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions event. Prospects on the bill include Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Alejandro Barrera, Andres Gutierrez, Willy Velázquez and Saul “Baby” Juárez.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor will face possibly his toughest opponent of his young career on Thursday, November 10 when he battles Prenice Brewer of Cleveland, OH at the Fight Night “Fight For Children” event at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in Washington, DC. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
Taylor (14-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO win over Lenwood Dozier on August 19 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Brewer (15-1-1, six KO’s) has not fought since suffering his first pro loss — a third-round TKO to Patrick Lopez on August 6, 2010 in Chicago. (more…)
This Friday night at the Mandalay Bay, two young undefeated prospects will be put to the test in what figures to be a great night of action leading to the big showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday Night.
Hometown hero Diego Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas will defend his NABF Super Featherweightt title when he takes on Emmnauel Lucero (28-7-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes from the Islander Ballroom in the Mandalay Bay. In the co-main event hard hitting Mercisto Gesta (23-0, 12 KO’s) will put his perfect record on the line against this toughest foe to date, Ricardo Dominguez (34-6-2, 21 KO’s) of Culiacan, Mexico. (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
We have been informed that former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67. “Smokin’ Joe was only diagnosed last month with the disease and spent his last days in a hospice in Philadelphia. He is best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971’s “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden and compiled a career mark of 32-4-1 with 27 KOs. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Fightnews staff sends sympathies to the Frazier family. More details to come.
If Manny Pacquiao is annoyed that Juan Manuel Marquez has constantly stated that he beat him in their first two meetings, imagine how Marquez feels knowing that he was a round away in both fights of being 2-0 rather than 0-1-1 . . . Click here for more
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Marquez bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Monday for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
Take a first look at Staredown: Ward vs. Froch before it premieres on Saturday, December 3rd on SHOWTIME. The intense face-to-face between Andre Ward and Carl Froch is hosted by Jim Gray. Watch Ward vs. Froch: The Super Six Final on December 17th.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The IBF light heavyweight champion speaks.
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The first full day of meetings got underway in Donetsk, Ukraine at the 90th annual WBA Convention earlier today. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza opened with a moment of silence to pay homage to legendary trainer Amilcar Brusa of Argentina who passed on October 27, 2011. The business of the day was then quickly outlined.
Order needed to be restored by President Mendoza as the topic of anti doping, and how testing varies amongst jurisdictions, got heated. Various WBA supervisors reported the variations in when the testing is administered (before or after a fight), what is tested for and the forehand knowledge of fighters and their camps, and the difficulties these inconsistencies pose to the supervisors as well as the lack of fairness to the non-doping fighter. One recent case that prompted discussion was the October 14th rematch between then WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros of Argentina and Panama’s Celestino Caballero in Buenos Aires. Apparently, the FAB, (Argentine Boxing Federation) doesn’t routinely conduct drug testing, which prompted protests by team Caballero. The WBA’s hands were tied, the fight went on, and Caballero took matters into his own hands, winning a unanimous decision and snatching the WBA’s regular title away from Barros on his second try. Caballero previously lost a disputed split decision to Barros, also in Argentina on July 2, 2011. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
It’s a throwback to the glory days of boxing. A blockbuster fight on network TV for one of the most recognizable titles in sports: The heavyweight championship.
This Saturday, the UFC makes its network TV debut on Fox as Cain Velasquez looks to make his first title defense against the equally explosive and hard hitting Junior dos Santos.
If you’ve been a long time watcher of the UFC, you know that several bouts have radically altered the direction of the promotion and taken it to new heights. UFC president Dana White credits Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar’s three round war at the inaugural Ultimate Fighter finale for saving the company. The scraps between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz took the promotion to unrivaled heights on the pay-per-view market. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) says his time is now. “I am ready for the Klitschkos,” proclaims the 6’6 star of the Sauerland stable. Helenius returns December 3 against an opponent to be named in Helsinki, Finland. According to his promoter, negotiations are ongoing with “two top people” and ‘Mister X’ will be announced in the coming days. “For me, it’s no problem,” says Helinius. “I just need a couple of weeks to adjust myself for each opponent.” Helinius has KO’d three former heavyweight champions and has stopped ten of his last eleven opponents.
Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira has put next year’s potential blockbuster fight in Brazil on hold against legendary Acelino “Popo” Freitas. The Brazilian-born, Miami-raised Oliveira makes his nationally televised debut Friday night (Nov. 11) on a World Championship edition of Shobox: The Next Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® AT 11:05 PM/ET (delayed on the West Coast) from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
The power-punching Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) faces cagey veteran Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (23-7, 15 KOs) in an eight-round bout on a card headlined by World Boxing Association (“WBA”) super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) defending his title against Frank LoPorto (15-4-2, 7 KOs).
Hometown junior featherweight Randy Caballero (12-0, 7 KOs) will defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental belt against Arturo Santiago (7-3-1, 4 KOs) on December 2 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The bout will headline TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo” telecast and be Caballero’s first televised main event.
By Ray Wheatley
Photo: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight contender Manny Vlamis (10-2, 7KOs) will have the acid test on Friday night when he will collide with WBA#11 Joel “Two Gunz” Casey (14-8-3, 9KOs) over twelve rounds at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Vlamis brings excellent power to the ring having knocked out his last four opponents including a six round stoppage of classy Mark Flanagan in April. Casey caused a major upset in 2010 when he defeated the former WBA rated 175 pounder Tim Bell.
Leading Victorian Promoter Peter Maniatis said “Joel will be rated in the top ten of the WBA light heavyweights if he can defeat Manny Vlamis. Vlamis can punch but I am confident Casey has the skills to win this fight. Casey proved he can mix it with the best light heavyweights in the world the night he defeated Tim Belll and is in great shape for this fight having had excellent sparring with WBA#14 light middleweight Frank Loporto who will challenge WBA champion Austin Trout on Saturday for the world crown in El Paso, Texas.” (more…)
Fightnews International Editor Ray Wheatley was awarded the prestigious “Snowy Robbins” Trophy for 48 years of service to boxing at the Ashfield Catholic Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. “Ray Wheatley has worked with the IBF since 1992 being voted in as IBF Vice President in 2000 and is currently on the IBF Board of Directors,” said Mel Crook. “Ray also has published the World of Boxing newspaper for nineteen years which is regarded as the Bible of Boxing in Australia.” In 2009 Wheatley was awarded the Order of Australia Medal by Queen Elizabeth for services to boxing.”
Prizefighter International Heavyweight king Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez has been added to the undercard of Lee Purdy’s British Welterweight title defense against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night. The unbeaten Irish-based Cuban replaces Ashley Sexton as the chief support on the night after the English Flyweight champion withdrew due to weight issues ahead of his defense against Luke Wilton. Perez can underline his credentials as a title challenger when he aims for his 17th pro win and a 13th knockout triumph against an opponent to be named tomorrow.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) barely captured the WBA interim minimumweight title as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBA#2 Jesus Silvestre (23-3,17 KOs) on Monday at the Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. This was a significant fight of a Thai prospect who grabbed the PABA Flyweight title in October 2009, then moved down to Lightflyweight which he won both PABA/WBO Asia-Pacific 108lb titles, and finally surprisingly moved down again to Minimumweight which he is now the PABA title holder. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the two world title bouts, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley vs Joel Casamayor this Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Top Rank Inc. presentation. Valcarcel reported that the referee for the WBO Welterweight Championship between the champion Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and the WBO lighweight titlist Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), the referee will be Tony Weeks and judges will be Dave Moretti, Robert Hoyle and Glenn Trowbridge, all from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Valcarcel himself.
Meanwhile, for the WBO junior welter clash between Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs), who is going to defend his title for the fourth time against former two time champion Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs), the referee will be Vic Drakulich. The judges will be Levi Martinez, from New Mexico, and Adelaide Byrd and Burt Clements, both from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this bout will be the Chairman of the Ratings Committee, Luis Perez.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
It is often said, that where there a will, there’s a way. According to super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, if you have the will, you better find a way if you want to make a mark against the undefeated fighter who made his 9th title defense Saturday night in Quebec City before over 15,000 passionate fans. “The will to win is not enough against Lucian Bute,” Larouche told Fightnews the morning after the night before. (more…)
The lasting image of Junior dos Santos’ first week in the UFC (well, in addition to the highlight reel knockout) may have been the clip from UFC President Dana White’s video blog where he showed off the Brazilian newcomer hitting pads before his debut bout against former PRIDE star and then-UFC contender Fabricio Werdum. White couldn’t be more impressed with “Cigano,” and then dos Santos delivered in the Octagon with a blistering right uppercut that put his countryman down on the canvas face first. The fight took only 80 seconds, and a star was born . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals, which will be open to the public. Márquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives TODAY. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrive Tuesday. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. They will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) scored a 116-112, 115-113, 115-114 unanimous decision over Jesus Silvestre (23-3, 17 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 105lb title today at Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. (More to come)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
It was the shot heard round the boxing world Saturday night; super-lightweight Pier-Olivier Cote, a virtual unknown to even the most ardent of fans, hit a homerun on Showtime Championship Boxing, the echoes that are still reverberating days later.
Cote was given a rare chance for a relative newcomer to showcase his talents on the specialty channel’s premiere vehicle and delivered by scoring with a scintilating left hook that obliterated Jorge Luis Teron at the :33 second mark of the second round and upstaging headliner Lucian Bute who was making the 9th defense of his IBF super-middleweight belt. Cote who moved to 18-0 with his 12th knockout actually made his pro debut back when Bute was making the very first defense of his title in 2008 and has seen a steady rise of his stock ever since. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Post-fight interviews with USBO junior middleweight beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1-1, 11 KOs) and WBC #1 ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs).
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, the WBC International heavyweight title holder from Krakow, Poland, kept his undefeated streak alive and well when he stopped Jason Gavern in round six this past Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. (More)
By Ron Jackson
Siviwe Ntsiko caused a major upset when he knocked out Tshepo Lefele in the second round to win the SA minimumweight title at the Raymond Mhlaba Hall in Motherwell near Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon. Going into the fight the Ntsiko (47.55kg) from Mdantsane was considered an easy match for the more experienced Lefele (47.50kg) who was making the third defence of his title. The 31-year-old Lefele won the SA title in September 2008 when he stopped Gideon Buthelezi in the sixth round and made successful defences against Sakhumzi Mqadaru, (tko 7) and Mawanda Sineko (ko 6). However, the challenger who holds the Eastern Cape minimumweight title showed no respect for the champion as he took command from the first bell and sent Lefele down and out in the second round. Ntsiko improves his reported record to 6-3; 5 and Lefele from Giyani in the Limpopo Province sees his record drops to 16-6; 10. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Daniel Alonso Jr/WBA
The first of an expected 400 delegates, directory board members, ring officials, promoters and champions began arriving today at the Shakhtar Plaza Hotel in Donetsk, Ukraine for the WBA’s 90th annual convention. Despite frosty temperatures, the feeling was warm as members of the boxing fraternity greeted each other with handshakes and hugs at the airport and hotel lobby. Former champions Roberto Duran, Victor Callejas, Donny LaLonde, and Souleymane M’Baye (who is also the current WBA interim welterweight champ) are already here, with more expected to come. The opening session of board meetings will commence tomorrow morning (Donetsk is some seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), capped off by the opening banquet Monday evening. Stay tuned for daily convention updates, including awards, ring officials seminar, ratings and more.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos: Todd Dearinger
At the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight Vincent Thompson scored a unanimous decision in a foul-shortened match over Jonte Willis. Thompson recognized his reach advantage and, for the first six rounds, used an unexpected southpaw jab to control the distance and completely stymie the frustrated but game Willis. In the seventh, Thompson listened to the boo birds in the audience and started to pick spots to mix it up, which let Willis back into the fight. In the eighth round out of a scheduled ten, Thompson and Willis were scrapping when Thompson landed a hard rabbit punch. Willis wobbled around the ring holding his head and doctors were called in to stop the bout. After much confusion, referee Paul Fields stopped the bout, took two points from Thompson for the foul, and sent it to the cards. Thompson had won all rounds, including the partially completed round, on all judges’ cards, for a score of 78-72. Fightnews had it 77-73. With the win, Thompson sits at 10-0. Willis is now 8-2-1. Given that both are local boys with huge cheering sections, the competitive nature of the late rounds, and the odd ending, a rematch is necessary and certain. (more…)
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