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Walter Johnson Promotions and Brian Hairston have a boxing card slated for October 20 at the Marriott Downtown Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina. This marks the third installment of the “Ballroom Brawl” series and will feature undefeated heavyweight Josh Tufte (8-0, 5 KOs) taking on his toughest opponent yet in journeyman Dennis McKinney (28-54-1, 14 KOs). The bout is an eight-rounder and Tufte’s manager Chris Cosper feels this will be a real test for Tufte because of McKinney experience. The card will also feature a women’s IBF title fight as Lisa Garland takes on Kerri Woods in a ten-round bout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
American light heavyweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-6, 11 KOs) will be the acid test for Australia’s Blake Capparello (13-0, 6 KOs) when they clash over ten rounds at the Croatian Club at Ardeer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Pryor is coming off losses to Will Rosinsky, Adonis Stevenson and Thomas Oosthuizen but holds a 2011 win over former world title challenger Librado Andrade.
On the undercard recent WBO super middleweight challenger Nader Hamdan (43-10-1, 18 KOs) will clash with Serge Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the national 168 pound title. Hamdan is coming off a hard fought points loss to Robert Stieglitz in a WBO title bout in May. Yannick lost in six rounds to IBO champion Thomas Oosthuizen in March. Promoter Charlie Liparota. Televised nationally on Foxtel Cable Television Network.
Blake Capparello 173.3 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr 173.5
Serge Yannick 166.7 vs. Nader Hamdan 166.4
(Photo courtesy of UFC) Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will enjoy a 20 lbs weight advantage when he collides with 6ft 7inch heavyweight Travis Browne tomorrow night on the stacked UFC on FX card from the Target Center, Minneapolis.
The 6ft 4inch “Bigfoot” used every available pound, hitting the uppermost heavyweight limit of 266 lbs for tomorrow’s five round main event against the undefeated Browne, who scaled 246 lbs. The two goliaths then locked eyes for several intense moments before vowing to win inside the distance tomorrow. (more…)
On Thursday, reigning WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) and interim champion Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) participated in a press/media work-out in the “Box-Gym Spartak Stadium” in Kiev in advance of Saturday’s clash at the Palace of Sports for the WBO absolute 154lb title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
On Thursday in Toluca, Mexico State, WBC flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook of Thailand and Mexican challenger and former WBC world champion Adrian Hernandez showed their skills in a public workout, then both champion and challenger signed autographs and posed for photos with fans in attendance. On Friday will be the official weigh-in, before Saturday’s clash when Hernandez hopes to avenge his KO loss to Porpramook and reclaim the WBC crown on home soil.
By Reynaldo Sanchez
Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to fight for the vacant WBA super lightweight crown against IBO titleholder Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs). The belt was formerly held by Marcos Maidana who moved up in weight. A few weeks ago, Guzman’s promoter Henry Rivalta began talks with Allakhverdiev promoter Vladimir Hrunov and the fight is now 100% for November 30 at a WBA “KO Drugs” promoted by Acquinity Sports at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rivalta stated, “This fight will be the main event of the night we present the first KO Drugs event in the United States. We’re excited to present this world title fight. We’re the most active promoter in Florida and we are committed to presenting the best in our fight cards.”
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and #1 rated “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) hosted an international media conference call Thursday to discuss their highly anticipated October 13 junior welterweight battle at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
Mike Alvarado: I’m excited. I know it’s going to be a very entertaining fight of the people. It’s going to be a very good fight for me and Brandon. I’m ready to do whet we planned to do and that’s fight to the finish, fight to the end, fight until victory. I know it’s going to be a great, thrilling non-stop action fight and I’m ready for it. Can’t wait.
Brandon Rios: It’s going to be a bloody, massacre fight. It’s going to be one of those fights when people are on their feet the whole time….I’m still waiting for my Gatti and Ward fight. I’ve been telling Robert [trainer Robert Garcia] since I started as a professional I’ve been waiting for that type of fight and hopefully this is that fight.
I’m going out there to make a statement. I’m going for the knockout. I’m making a statement big time.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman discusses the WBC’s commitment and responsibility in the pursuit of improving the life of former boxers who are now in poverty.
Team Carwin and Team Nelson are now even heading into the fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays. Watch this week to see who will move one step closer to being the next Ultimate Fighter and winning a lucrative contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship®? Tune in Friday night on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Golden Gloves have announced that South Africa’s Tommy Oosthuizen will be making the sixth defense of his IBO super middleweight belt against Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on November 10. This was will be on the same bill as the final of the Super 8 cruiserweight competition between Danie Venter and Thabiso Mchunu.
The 35-year-old Zuniga, who has a record of 25-5-1, 22 KOs, has challenged for the IBF belt on two occasions. In March 2009 he was stopped in the fourth round by Lucien Bute for the super middleweight title and in December 2010 he lost on points against Tavoris Cloud for the light heavyweight title. He has only had one fight since the loss to Cloud and that was in July this year when he stopped Alejandro Berrio in seven. (more…)
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
For the second time in as many weeks, the UFC returns to cable television with a free show. UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot lacks big name pay-per-view draws (but Browne vs. Bigfoot is a pretty cool headlining name), but more than makes up for that with quality match ups. If your first reaction to Travis Browne vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is “Who the hell are Travis Browne and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva?” you’re probably not alone. I’ve used this boxing analogy before and it’s fitting again. If you really follow boxing (and many of you do since you follow FightNews) and you’ve gotten super excited about a card that didn’t feature a big name because you knew the fighters delivered, but all your friends looked at you like you had an extra forehead because it wasn’t Pacquiao or Mayweather – this is one of those mixed martial arts cards. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Hall Of Famer Mike Tyson’s tour of Australia is set to go ahead despite his New Zealand visa being revoked, his promoters claim. The controversial former heavyweight boxing champion is scheduled to visit five Australian cities in November. A decision about his Australian visa is still to be reached. It was announced yesterday that Tyson would no longer be allowed to visit New Zealand for a motivational speaking event after his special visitor’s visa was cancelled. Trish Maskaric of promoters Markson Sparks said a decision was being sought from the Australian government in the next fortnight to confirm the speaking tour could go ahead.
“We’re waiting patiently and are quietly confident that they will come to a positive decision,” she said. “The good news is we’ve not had a knockback as yet.” (more…)
Photos: SES Boxing/Y. Stolitniy
After a few light workouts in recent days, WBO interim jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny and the SES team went on a sightseeing tour through the historic city of Kiev. In sunny weather, a tour of the St. Sophia Cathedral with its imposing bell tower, the “Golden Gate” Chmelnyzkyi and the great views of the spectacular city at the Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitsky Monument were special highlights. Other SES-fighters appearing on the undercard at Kiev’s “Palace Of Sports” included light heavyweight Dominic Bösel and newcomer Moritz Stahl, along with trainer Dirk Dzemski. “Kiev reminds me much of my Czech capital Prague,” said Konecny. “The street life has caused almost native feelings, so a city tour is a nice change in the concentration for Saturday evening.” Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) takes on reigning WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) for the absolute title. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Mariusz Wach’s open work out before his November 10 clash with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Once-beaten David McNemar has stepped in for the injured Ahmed Samir and will take on world rated BJ Flores in a ten round Cruiserweight bout that will be contested for the NABA and NABO titles at the Shrine Mosque. McNemar of Parkersburg, West Virginia has a record of 13-1 with ten knockouts, is coming off his lone defeat which was a razor thin unanimous decision to undefeated and world ranked Ryan Coyne (16-0) on June 25, 2011. The decision was close to the point that the verdict was booed in Coyne’s hometown of St. Louis.
This will be the fourth fight in fifteen months for Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) as he has scored stoppages over Nick Iannuzzi (16-2) & in his last bout he stopped Hugo Pineda (39-5-1) on January 28th in Springfield. “I am looking forward to fighting in front of my hometown fans again,” said Flores. (more…)
(Photo courtesy of UFC.com) Undefeated UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne visited the Minnesota Vikings’ morning practice today, and took some inspiration ahead of his Friday UFC on FX night collision with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at the Target Center.
Browne addressed the team – including defensive end and UFC fanatic Jared Allen – after being introduced by head coach Leslie Frazier. (more…)
WBO #4 featherweight Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former Olympian has announced today that he “is a proud gay man.” Cruz is the first openly gay man in boxing history. “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” said Cruz. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.” (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors have made their final decision about the positive test for marijuana by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, surrounding his last fight on September 15th against Sergio Martinez.
Having accepted and expressed regret for what he did, including his hand written apology to fans, as posted below, Julio Jr shows his positive mentality on this matter, which makes it unnecessary for the WBC to examine the second urine sample. Chavez Jr will have an audience with the WBC, as indicated by our rules, if desired.
The WBC fines Chavez Jr $20,000 USD. This sum will be donated to a medical center that cares for children with cancer.
The WBC has also decided to suspend him for an undefined time, so he can enter a rehab center. And we want official confirmation that he’s so doing. The WBC will open its doors once again to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises. (more…)
Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions will promote what looks to be an interesting Tex-Mex junior lightweight crossroads clash between former Olympian Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs) and Antonio Escalante (28-4, 19 KOs) on October 27th at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Escalante is looking to put the biggest notch yet on his belt, while Rocky is looking to show that he’s more than a division gatekeeper.
The 27-year-old Antonio Escalante is in the midst of one of the best hot streaks of his career, having scored four consecutive knockout victories. In contrast, Juarez, 32, amazingly hasn’t won a fight in over four years, albeit against a higher level of competition. The bout will headline TeleFutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” telecast.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
A press conference was held today for Saturday’s PPV twinbill featuring former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) and WBO #3 contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) and WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) defending for the second time against former titlist Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
“You (Oquendo) are facing for the first time a fighter like me, a fighter of my level. Oquendo is not a fighter of (Rafael) Marquez’s level, but I’m going to fight him”, Vazquez Jr. said about Rafael Marquez, who was going to face him on August 4 and October 6. “My job is to train and facing the best fighters and I’m going to win this Saturday to go for another chance for the world title, and after that the 126lb division.”
Oquendo said “I’m very good, I’m in a good shape and condition for this fight. I’m very focused for Vazquez Jr. I want to become a world champion. I’m hungry for this fight.”
Calderon thanked Fuentes for the opportunity and said “everyone says that I’m old, but look at Maravilla Martinez against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’m very well trained and ready to win this title again.”
Fuentes stated, “I don’t underestimate Ivan Calderon because they say that he is old. I can’t think he is old, he is a former champion and a legend, so I train hard for this fight, to keep my title.” (more…)
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