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Alejandro Lopez 122 vs. Jose Palma 122
Felipe Orucuta 117 vs. Roberto Castaneda 118
Rodolfo Quintanilla 144.5 vs. Jose Ramos 143.2
Jose Uzcategui 161 vs. Francisco Villanueva 161
Gregorio Ronquillo 117.3 vs. Reynaldo Russell 115.7
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: TV Azteca
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers suffered displaced fractures of his left anterior ninth and tenth ribs in training and, therefore, has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled 10-round bout with Sergei Liakhovich on the inaugural NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night card from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA on January 21st.
Promoters Main Events and Peltz Boxing have reached out for a replacement for Chambers and will make an announcement as soon as possible.
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has denied any involvement in an alleged incident in Puerta Vallarta where a loud New Year’s party led to an altercation with neighbors that left two men injured, including a Canadian diplomat. It has also been alleged that Canelo hasn’t paid a 45,000 peso tab opened in November at a local bar and that he and his companions stole a van.
“I can say that I was in Puerto Vallarta to ring in the New Year, but everything was quiet. I returned this Monday to start training,” Alvarez told La Copa. “I don’t give any importance to such things. I’ll be responsible for the things I do, but not rumors or things people say about me. My mind right now is on the possible fight with Mayweather, which would be a dream come true.”
If you’ve been following mixed martial arts long enough to remember the “old” Vitor Belfort, the 19-year old teenager with the blazing hand and foot speed who captivated everyone back in 1997, you could almost feel like a proud parent watching him during the kickoff press conference for this Saturday’s UFC 142 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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At the scales for UFC 142, which is headlined by the UFC featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and the middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FX for four televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout between Antonio Carvalho and Felipe Arantes at 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC Featherweight Championship
Chad Mendes (144) VS Jose Aldo (145)
Anthony Johnson (197*) VS Vitor Belfort (186)
Mike Massenzio (184) VS Rousimar Palhares (186)
Carlo Prater (170) VS Erick Silva (169)
Terry Etim (155) VS Edson Barboza (154)
FX PRELIMS (Sportsnet in Canada, ONE HD in Aus, Sky TV in NZ, Combate in Brazil and on UFC.TV in other countries)
Sam Stout (155) VS Thiago Tavares (155)
Mike Pyle (171) VS Ricardo Funch (170)
Michihiro Omigawa (146) vs Yuri Alcantara (145)
Ednaldo Oliveira (229) VS Gabriel Gonzaga (250)
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Antonio Carvalho (144) vs Felipe Arantes (145)
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Photos: Photo Wende
WBO Europe Super-Middleweight Title:
Arthur Abraham 167.5 vs. Pablo Farias 166
WBO Super-Middleweight Title:
Robert Stieglitz 167.5 vs. Henry Weber 166.6
Kubrat Pulev 250.8 vs. Michael Sprott 254.6
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WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will celebrate his 47th birthday on January 17th at Joe Hand’s Boxing Gym with the official Philadelphia unveiling of a Bernard Hopkins wax figure which was created by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! for Hopkins’ personal collection. Hopkins was selected as a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! after becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title in May 2011.
A look back at the time UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spent in the WEC will make you realize that after a few of his knockouts in the blue cage, he started dancing to celebrate his victories . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
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Tony Harrison 153.4 vs Cheven Ishe 153.6
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs Jose Miguel Cota 123
Susanna Mellone 116 vs Elizabeth Cervantes 114.2
Ulises Soriano 137.2 vs Alonso Loeza 140
Kevin Hoskins 129.6 vs Angel Torres 127.8
Nicholas Balestra 149.4 vs Eduardo Hernandez 150
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Emanuel Stewart in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors at 7pm, first bout at 8pm
The WBA has ordered that an immediate rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson take place within 180 days. After a Golden Boy protest, the WBA concluded that the bout’s outcome was impacted by referee Joseph Cooper’s questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12. As further cause to order the rematch, the WBA also pointed to the ringside appearance of an unauthorized individual in Mustafa Ameen, who apparently handled official scoring slips and seemingly communicated with fight officials throughout the fight, as well as possible discrepancies between the scoresheets of the two sanctioning organizations and the local athletic commission. In its resolution mandating the rematch, the WBA went out of its way to note that under normal circumstances it would not disturb the discretionary function of a referee, however, in this case, because of the multiple irregularities, it was necessary for it to order the rematch.
“I am thrilled about the decision and hope that we can start negotiations and get the rematch done,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Both Amir and Lamont are terrific young men and athletes who fought their hearts out in Washington last December. I am sure that fight fans from around the world applaud the WBA’s decision since this will be one of the most anticipated fights of 2012.”
Promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that George Groves’ British Super-Middleweight title defense against Kenny Anderson will headline the Wembley Arena on March 16th. Warren this week won the purse bids to stage the fight which will be a rematch of their November 2010 war that saw Groves heavily floored in the third round, only to come back and stop the Anderson in the sixth. “Anderson complained that he didn’t get enough notice to prepare the first time, but he’s got plenty of notice this time,” said Warren. “The first fight was exciting and I’m sure that the rematch will live up to all expectations.”
Claiming he is not “mentally ready” to fight, Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne has withdrawn from his scheduled rematch against charismatic light heavyweight slugger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), scheduled for February 3 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Instead, Miranda will now face South Africa’s WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast. A controversial call brought a premature end to Despaigne and Miranda’s exciting back-and-forth fight last July 29 (also shown live on Friday Night Fights) when Referee Vic Drakulich disqualified Miranda at :45 of the fifth round due to low blows and what many said was some quality acting by Despaigne.
“I have said all along he is an actress pretending to be a fighter,” said a disgusted Miranda of Despaigne’s falling out. “He knew he was going to get knocked out the first time we fought, so he flopped around on the canvas pretending to be hurt. His fear this time around just proves that.” (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is on the lookout for his next fight, but insists on his desire to seek a fourth world title and a new rematch with Manny Pacquiao. One source indicates the possibility of seeking a world title fight with newly crowned WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson. Marquez has also expressed a possibility of facing WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Marquez also wants to fight in Mexico City before retiring and there is a possibility of a fight on March 17, during the inauguration of the new Mexico City Arena against an opponent yet to be determined, although the name of ex-champ David Diaz has been mentioned. Should the Pacquiao fight not materialize, this could be a good alternative.
In other Marquez news, the Marquez camp is continuing the process of requesting the WBA to reinstate him as lightweight super champion. A reliable source indicates that there are strong possibilities that WBA will return his world crown.
By Francisco Salazar
It has been known for the past few weeks in Southern California that a fight card will take place at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles on Friday, February 24th. However, Thompson Boxing Promotions matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Wednesday that a Thompson Boxing card will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on the same night. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs), WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs) and their teams spent Thursday with a lengthy stroll around the beautiful southern German city of Offenburg. On Saturday Stieglitz defends against WBO #14 Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs) and Kuehne faces late sub Renata Dömsödi (7-1, 3 KOs)
Robert Stieglitz: “Because of the cancellation of the Kessler fight, I had a long break. The Magdeburg SES fighter Robert Stieglitz confident: “Due to the cancellation of the Kessler fight I had a long break. All the more why I’m happy to be back in the ring in a packed house. I want to show good boxing! I am the champion and must win. I don’t underestimate Henry Weber but I want to further validate my position as a world champion. What comes after this? We’ll see, proceed step-by-step – but the fight against Mikkel Kessler or the other champions is my big goal in 2012.”
Ramona Kuehne: “The new opponent Renata Dömsödi comes from the same training group as the now injured Agota Ilko. Both are equally strong, have the same preparation, and even exactly the same record. It’s fortunately no big change. I’m just happy to be boxing again!”
Less than three days into the sale of Kell Brook’s fight with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 and the ticket sales have smashed through the 5,000 barrier. Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the huge all-British Welterweight clash between Brook and Hatton on Wednesday afternoon and the phone lines at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and at Matchroom Sport have been buzzing ever since with fans snapping up tickets for the event. The Arena was set up for 9,000 fans but after the huge demand for tickets, it is likely that Hearn will open up the full capacity at some point next week.
On February 25 in Stuttgart, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck wants to become the first German world heavyweight champion since the great Max Schmeling when he takes on WBA regular champion Alexander Povetkin of Russia. “I’m very happy about the chance to fight the heavyweight world championship,” says Huck. “That to me is like winning the lottery. I really want to be the heir to Schmeling. But actually I see Povetkin only as a stopover on the way to the Klitschko brothers….I don’t understand why Povetkin has never taken the chance to climb into the ring against Wladimir. I think he’s afraid of the Klitschko brothers. I’m not.” (more…)
Story by Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Ricardo Conde
IBF Lightweight king Miguel Angel Vazquez, “El Titere” (The Puppet), makes the fourth defense of his crown on January 21 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His opponent, Panama’s hard hitting Ameth Diaz will bring a 30-10, 21 KOs record into the Coliseo Olimpico, matching his skills against Vazquez, with a 29-3, 13 KOs mark. Vazquez took time out of his training wrap-up before leaving for Mexico on Saturday morning to talk with Fightnews about his upcoming defense, his rocky start in the boxing game and where his future may lie… (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
On Thursday afternoon, Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions announced their first fight card of the new year at the La Corriente Restaurant situated in the heart of the border city. Guillermo Brito, chief operating officer for the company led by Fernando Beltran, mentioned that the event scheduled for this Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium and headlined by the ten round super bantamweight clash between Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7KOs) and Jose Palma (14-4, 9KOs) is one of “quality boxing compromised of a great cast. The Mexican boxing public deserve this kind of fight card, one that will bring great boxing action to the Azteca channel airwaves.” (more…)
Frank Warren has won the right to stage George Groves’ British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title defense against Kenny Anderson. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first fight in 2010, when rising star Groves recovered from the only knockdown in his career to stop the Scotsman. Anderson had managed to draw the heavily favoured Groves in to an out-and-out war, looking the stronger of the two for the first five rounds of the contest, which was part of a David Haye undercard. The resilient Groves however showed that he was made of stern stuff by coming back and landing a series of body blows in the sixth round to force a stoppage. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Nevada Athletic Commission has revoked the boxing license of former world champion Joel Casamayor after he tested positive for marijuana following his KO8 loss to Timothy Bradley last November. The 40-year-old Casamayor must pay a fine of $10,000 and may not request a new Nevada license for 12 months.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Teon Kennedy 121.5 vs. Chris Martin 121.5
Yordenis Ugas 141.5 vs. Esteban Almarez 142
Jesse Magdaleno 122 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Angel Flores 144 vs. Rohan Wilson 141.5
Gabino Saenz 125 vs. Gil Garcia 128
Anthony Lenk 145.5 vs. Wendel Henley 143
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
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UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and opponent Chad Mendes face off during the final UFC 142 pre-fight press conference at the Copacabana Palace Hotel on January 12, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS, UFC heavyweight champion
On being in Brazil this weekend and his break down of the main and co-main event: “It feels so great to be with the fans in Rio. I’ve only been champion for a short time, but this feeling (of support) will never get old. I love it. This is the first big UFC event of the year and it’s very important for us in Brazil, the fans in America and people everywhere.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
In a special Thursday afternoon boxing card at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the currently ongoing 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, unbeaten welterweight KO artist Javier “El Chino” Flores (8-0, 8 KOs) stopped Alex Viramontes (10-9, 3 KOs) in the third round. Southpaw Flores dropped Viramontes with a straight left hand in round one and got the stoppage from referee Kenny Bayless in round three. Time was 1:09. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
For the first time in two and half years, the infamous Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-8-4, 58 KOs) of Jasper, Alabama will step into the ring Friday night to take on Louisville native Curt Allan (7-1-1, 3 KOs) in a four round heavyweight rematch of their bout that took place 15 years ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the PPV undercard of Oscar De La Hoya’s junior welterweight title defense against Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Butterbean won that bout by 3rd round TKO and Allan hopes tomorrow to upset the popular rotund fighter.
The rematch is at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana on a show that is a benefit for Allan’s former trainer Larry Alvey, who is suffering from cancer. (more…)
Tom Brown, Goossen Tutor Promotions matchmaker, has added a special 8-round super featherweight attraction between two undefeated prospects Guy Robb (7-0, 3 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) after Brandon Gonzales pulled out of his January 20 fight against Caleb Truax due to a leg injury. The card, which will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME, is headlined by a world title bout between WBA super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs). Opening the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Matthew Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs) will fight Mike Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in an 8-round junior bantamweight bout.
In a non-televised undercard bout, Javier Molina (9-1, 4 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian will try to get back in the win column in a 6-round welterweight bout. There will also be two other 4-round bouts featuring heavyweights and jr. middleweights.
WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns will make his first defense of his belt against former WBA champion Paulus Moses on March 10 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns, who became Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in twenty years when he sensationally defeated Michael Katsidis last year, makes the first defence of the title on home soil after a year on the road.
Moses, from Windhoek in Namibia, has no problem in travelling to challenge Burns in his backyard after winning the WBA world title in Japan against Yusuke Kobori in 2009. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Of all the UFC champions, Jose Aldo is not like the rest. No he’s not the smallest champion, (the honor goes to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, though it should be noted that Cruz is taller than Aldo). The Brazilian terror is the only current champion to never headline a UFC event.
Yes, Aldo had top billing several times as the WEC featherweight champion, but he shared the top slot in his two previous UFC title defenses (one with Georges St-Pierre, the other with light weight kingpin Frankie Edgar). (more…)
InterBox has announced that its February 3rd event scheduled to take place in Quebec City must be postponed. Undefeated IBF 140 pound Intercontinental champion Pier-Olivier Cote has been informed by his doctor that he must immediately cease training for an undetermined period of time while doctors perform a battery of tests. Cote was preparing to fight IBF World #6 rated 140 lbs boxer Mauricio Herrera in the main event that was due to be broadcast live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation.
“We are less than a month out of the most important fight in Pier-Olivier’s career and he could not train adequately in the gym. He wasn’t feeling well. I really do not want to speculate what could be wrong with him until he undergoes the necessary medical tests. The first doctor he saw told him he has to stop training and rest. Until we know more we are following his recommendations” states Cote’s trainer Francois Duguay. (more…)
“Right now there’s no development,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Philippine Star in Manila. “Obviously we’re waiting to hear from the Mayweather people, but we’re prepared to do the fight in May. It will be late in May, but the problem remains the same in that no one from Mayweather’s side would guarantee his purse. I can only guarantee Manny’s purse, but if Floyd wants to make a deal with me then I’m open to that. I can guarantee his purse but I then I will have a share in his revenue.” Arum also told the paper that he needs to discuss an alternate opponent if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen.
Meanwhile Pacquiao has stated the fight is no problem “as long as it’s a 50/50 split,” and both Arum and chief adviser Mike Koncz have ruled out the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, insisting on a special 40,000-seat temporary arena.
On the Mayweather front, Golden Boy has reportedly eliminated Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero from consideration as a possible Floyd opponent, should the Pacman fight not happen.
Athletes competing on this weekend’s UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES card landed today in Brazil and the city is already buzzing about the action-packed event. Headlined by a UFC featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo of Rio and top contender Chad Mendes, the event also features an outstanding middleweight co-main event pitting former UFC champion Vitor Belfort against rising middleweight prospect Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. (more…)
The NBC Sports Network today announced that Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores team up with NBC’s veteran broadcaster Kenny Rice to provide commentary for the network’s new NBC Sports Network Fight Night Series. The first Fight Night broadcast will be on the new NBC Sports Network on Saturday, January 21st beginning at 9 p.m. ET when heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich face off live from Philadelphia’s historic Asylum Arena.
Crossroads, according to an online site, the official definition is: a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads. In the world of boxing, it is almost cliché to deem a bout a crossroads fight but in the case of Christopher Martin and Teon Kennedy, who meet Friday, January 13th, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, it is anything but that type of fight.
The ten round super bantamweight match up is scheduled as the main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. (more…)
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