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Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Friday night at the South Philly Arena in Philadelphia PA, hot welterweight prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) took a huge step toward his title aspirations with a convincing fourth round stoppage of “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-7-2, 10 KOs). (More)
By Bob Ryder
Don Thibodeaux, who helped Emanuel Steward in training and guiding the early careers of Kronk stars Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Mickey Goodwin and others, passed away Friday night here in Detroit. Thibodeaux had been in ill health for much of the last 20 years, suffering a variety of aliments including heart trouble and diabetes. He was 69 years old.
An amateur boxer himself, Thibodeaux boxed on the same Detroit Golden Gloves team as Emanuel Steward in the early 60′s. As Steward began to build the foundation in the mid 1970′s that would evolve into the Kronk dynasty, Don was right there as an assistant trainer, traveling the country with the gym’s growing stable of talented amateurs. Thibodeaux worked the corners of Kenty and Hearns as pros as well, helping Steward to propel them to world titles. After working Hearns’ corner in the first Leonard fight, Thibodeaux left Kronk. Some speculated it was over money but Don always claimed it was about lack of appreciation on Hearns’ part for his contribution to the young fighters development. (more…)
By Brian Grammer at ringside
WBC USNBC Champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) successfully defended his title, destroying challenger Shane Steele (7-3, 5 KOs) by way of a crushing, 2nd round knockout. Coyne, who concentrated on both his defense and power in training for this fight, displayed the new focus, picking off shots with his gloves, sitting down on his punches and firing his ripping right hooks.
A beautiful night underneath the stars at St. Louis, Missouri’s Forest Park set the backdrop for an exciting night of action for Fight Night Promotions, Boxing in the Park. (more…)
Photos and report by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (16-0-1) stopped Jonathan Reid (34-12) on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. After a cautious start by both fighters, Truax began to open up in the third round and never looked back, beating a game Reid to the punch with powerful uppercuts and straight rights. Truax dropped Reid with a right-left-right to the head midway through the 9th round. Reid, whose right eye was badly swollen, made it to his feet but was dropped moments later with a right to the body followed by a flurry of head shots before the referee stopped the fight at 2:29 of the ninth round. “I really worked on sitting down on my shots before the fight” said Truax. For more details and photos click here…
Video: Pepe Rodruigez/WBC
By: Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former Australian junior middleweight champion Frank La Porto (13-4-2, 5 KOs) scored a major upset when he outpointed former world title challenger Daniel Dawson (34-3, 24 KOs) over twelve action rounds with PABA title up for grabs on Saturday at the Joondalup Arena, in Western Australia. Scores 116-112, 116-112, 117-111. La Porto was in the best shape of his career under trainer Kevin Hargreaves and boxed aggressively and outworked his opponent in most of the rounds. Dawson did show some ring rust but made La Porto fight hard for his win. Dawson had Bobby Mayne in his corner.
Rigoberto Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs), brother of hot welterweight prospect Saul Alverez, claimed the vacant WBA super welterweight championship by twelve round split decision over current interim beltholder Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. It was a very close fight with a seventh round knockdown supplying the margin of victory for Rigo. Scores were 114-113, 115-112 for Alvarez and 114-113 for Ishida.
It was Alvarez’ first bout in the 154lb division after campaigning most his career at super middleweight. The fight was for the WBA “vacant” title after the organization moved reigning world champion Miguel Cotto to “super champion” status.
Results and photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Super bantamweight Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-6-2, 22 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over former world champion Isidro “Chino” Garcia (26-8-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Boxing Tour stop in Monterrey, NL, México. A left hook to the body finished Garcia at the 2:52 mark of the fourth. With the win, Arce claimed the vacant NABF belt.
“I went out to pressure Chino from the first round and it worked,” said an elated Arce afterward. “I did a lot of preparation and now I’m ready to go for a title at either super flyweight bantamweight or super bantamweight.” (more…)
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares (33-6-2, 23 KOs) retained his title by ninth round TKO over Alberto Rossel (24-8, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones de Tlalnepantla in Mexico City. Cazares dropped Rossel in round four and was in command all the way. Behind on the cards, Rossel came out with everything in the ninth, but was dropped again prompting the referee to stop the fight and declare Cazares the winner. Click here for more photos…
It was a huge night for the Reading fighter as he put two previous defeats to Skelton and a European title defeat to Audley Harrison behind him to move his name up towards the top of the queue of British heavyweight fighters. “There’s no feeling like it – my career has been like a roller coaster but after the Audley fight I knew there was something else out there for me, something big,” said Sprott. “All the hard work I’ve put in has paid off tonight so let’s see what comes next. It could be a European title shot or maybe the World title, perhaps something with David Haye or the Klitschko’s, I don’t know. Harrison and Martin Rogan have gone on to do big things after winning Prizefighter so let’s see.” (more…)
Former world title challenger Jonathan Barros (30-1-1, 17 KOs) of Argentina stopped countryman Gustavo David Bermudez (10-5, 4 KOs) by way of first round KO. The official time was 2:44. The super featherweight clash took place Saturday night at the Polideportivo San Pedro, San Martin, in Mendoza, Argentina. The first half of the round was some what of a feeling out process but the few meaningful punches that did land were by Barros. Barros turned it up as the round was closing unloading a barrage of punches. The final punch was the telling one which was a left to the body that put Bermudez down. He did get to his feet but didn’t beat the count and was in no condition to continue had he done so. Barros unsuccessfully challenged WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa this past March dropping a unanimous decision. During the post fight interview in the ring a surprised Barros was informed that he would fight Irving Berry of Panama for the WBA interim featherweight title December 4th in Argentina. The event was televised by Argentina’s cable sports giant TyC Sports with Osvaldo Rivero promoting.
By Brian Grammar
Kevin Cunningham, trainer of WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander, confirmed Saturday evening to Fightnews.com that Alexander has signed to fight WBO champion Timothy Bradley on January 29th. Cunningham referenced that the host city will be either Miami or Vegas. Cunningham and Alexander were attending Saturday night’s “Boxing in the Park” card in St. Louis, Missouri featuring WBC USNBC cruiserweight champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne defending his title against Shane Steele.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (20-4-1 4 KOs) clearly outscored Oscar Siale (12-7 4 KOs) of New Zealand over ten rounds at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium, New South Wales, Australia on Friday. The Aussie champ at 6.2″ was the taller boxer by 2′ and used accurate left jabs to keep the aggressive importation off balance. Siale connected with solid head and body shots but was outworked by the national cruiserweight champion. “Amman boxed a good fightand had his left jab working well.” Said aid promoter Peter Hallett. “Siale came to fight and did hurt Amman a few times.” (more…)
The “Caribbean Fury 2″ card slated for November 6 at the Princess Hotel and Casino, in Providence, Guyana, is expected to be the biggest boxing and entertainment event in Guyana. Super bantamweight contender Leon Moore returns to action in the main event against hard hitting Breilor Teran of Venezuela. Also featured are WIBA bantamweight champion and local star Shondell “Mystery Lady” Alfred, who will defend against TBA, and former world title challenger Raul Frank tackles rising star Kwesi Jones who is fresh of an upset victory over the well decorated Howard Eastman. The fights are expected to be televised internationally by ESPN Caribbean or CMC Caribvision and promoted by Holland’s Entertainment Promotions, Lion Love Promotions of New York, Hurry Up Promotions. Tickets are $50, $25 and $15.
Photos by All Star Boxing
Both WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and his legendary father Wilfredo Vazquez Sr were at the Latin Festival “Viva Osceola” on Saturday in Kissimmee, FL. The two boxing heros were there for hours taking photos and signing autographs with the fans. Above Wilfredo Jr. and Sr. flank one of Kissimmee’s finest, officer Camille Alicea. (more…)
Former three-time European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich (32-5, 22 KOs) began his comeback with a third round KO over late sub Gyula Gaspar (12-9-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sporthalle Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany. The popular 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist had been out of action for 19 months regrouping following two devastating KO losses.
By Karl Freitag
Michael Sprott won “Prizefighter Heavyweights IV” and the £32,000 ($51,000) winner’s check in the latest edition of promoter Barry Hearn’s one night elimination tournament on Saturday night at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sprott (35-15, 17 KOs) took a sloppy split decision over Matt Skelton (24-7, 20 KOs) in the final. He did more the first two rounds, but Skelton came on late. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for Sprott and 29-28 for Skelton. It was sweet revenge for Sprott, who had previously lost twice against Skelton.
Michael Sprott (34-15, 17 KOs) cruised past far less experienced upstart Shane McPhilbin (3-2, 2 KOs), perhaps saving his energy for Matt Skelton in the final. Scores were 30-27 on all cards.
Skelton (25-6, 20 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs). The Clones Colossus scored a clear knockdown in round two (that was botched by the referee) and seemed to do more, but Skelton prevailed 29-28 on all cards.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (35-7-1, 29 KOs) won a three round split-decision over Franklin Egobi (15-4, 10 KOs) in a slow, sloppy fight. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for McBride, and 29-28 Egobi.
43-year-old former WBA heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (24-5, 20 KOs) walked right through Ali Adams (9-3-1, 3 KOs) winning an easy three round unanimous decision. Scores were 30-37, 30-37, 29-28.
Shane McPhilbin (3-1, 2 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Declan Timlin (7-1, 4 KOs) in round two. Timlin was down in round two and the bout was waved off moments later. Time :51.
Former British and Commonwealth titleholder Michael Sprott (33-15, 17 KOs) outclassed former Prizefighter finalist Danny Hughes (7-2-2, 2 KOs) over three by scores of 30-27 on all cards.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA/WBO#15 lightfly Paipharob Kokietgym (10-0,8 KOs) easily kept his PABA 108lb title when he scored a first round TKO over Chinese Jiang Tao (2-7-1) on Friday at Klong Luang Huawang in Chumporn, Thailand. This was not a good fight as the Chinese fighter rapidly gave up at 2:18 of the opening round after he was one-sided attacked by a hot Thai prospect who is also the WBO Asia-Pacific 108lb title holder.
In the co-feature, former WBA title challenger Nethra Sasiprapa (22-1,10 KOs) stopped PABA#13 lightly Ricky Manufoe (reportedly 16-8-4) to capture the PABA interim 108lb title. Nethra mostly controlled the show and impressively proved his good performance to challenge the world title again. After attacking the Indonesian with his vicious combinations in the first three rounds, he successfully destroyed his foe with a right bodyshot and impressively scored a KO at the middle of round four.
Also, PABA#10 fly Fonluang Sor Tanapinyo (12-1-1,4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Chinese Wan Jun Hui. And Kritkanok Islandmuaythai outpointed Petchnammoon Kwanjaisrikord of Lao in a six round close-affair bout. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.
By Graham Houston
On Saturday we have the fourth installment of Prizefighter: The Heavyweights, with Sky Sports televising from east London’s atmospheric York Hall. Veterans Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott are the joint favourites but anything can happen in this event, with its three-round format. Here’s a look at the quarterfinals. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled six round welterweight contest, once beaten Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman was convincing in victory over previously undefeated hometown favorite Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera. Chatman’s speed and southpaw stance had Herrera flustered from the onset and halfway through the opening round, a lead left cross deposited Herrera on the seat of his pants in the middle of the ring. Not seriously hurt, but further flustered, Herrera arose only to be floored even harder and seriously hurt this time around. Herrera got up at the count of three only to think better of it and then assumed a knee while referee Ray Corona resumed a dreadfully slow count. Herrera would rise to beat the count and survive the round but this would set the stage for the remainder of the bout. There was good action in the second and third rounds but Chatman remained in control of the bout. Round four saw Chatman land some hard counters as Herrera rushed in desperately, sensing he needed a knockout. It came as little surprise when Chatman stopped Herrera in his tracks with a solid left cross lead that the referee called an end to the bout without a count despite no crackdown occurring. By way of TKO at 2:47 of round number four, Chatman earns his biggest victory to date in improving to 8-1 (4 KO) while handing Herrera his first defeat and dropping him to 7-1 (5 KO). more + photos
Unbeaten welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-7-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena in South Philadelphia. Garcia dropped Arnaoutis at the end of round three and spectacularly finished him at 1:05 of round four. Garcia won the biggest fight of his career to date while the once promising Arnaoutis dropped his fourth straight.
In the co-feature, a first round knockdown gave lightweight Victor Vasquez (12-4-1, 6 KOs) the margin he needed to take a six round split deciusion over Bryne Green (5-4, 3 KOs). Scores were 57-56, 57-56 for Vasquez and 57-56 for Green.
Also super middleweight Bastie Samir moved to 5-0 with 5 KOs after a second round stoppage of Joseph Dunn (0-2).
WBO #15 ranked light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi (23-1, 12 KOs) of France beat Djamel Selini (29-10-1, 14 KOs)of Belgium by way of third round TKO to retain his EBU-EU (European Union) light heavyweight title. The referee stopped the bout when Selini complained about an elbow pain.
On the undercard welterweight Frank Haroche Horta (24-8-4, 8 KOs) of France stopped countryman Loic Foure (15-5-2, 4 KOs) by way of 7th round TKO. Super middleweight Hassene Azouz Neffati(5-0, 4 KOs) of France stayed unbeaten with a 4th round TKO of countryman Youssouf Doumbia. The show took place at the Gymnase J.Roure, Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Robert Safrani promoted the event with Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
By Jesse Kelley
Caleb Truax 162 vs Jonathan Reid 162
Jon Schmidt 157.5 vs Ryan Soft 158
Jeremy McLaurin 133.5 vs Joel Flores136
Antwan Robertson 117.5 vs Philip Adyaka 114.5
Ismail Muwendo 131 vs Mike Malley 134
Shane Dezee 224 vs Zack Jensen 281
Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Japanese WBA interim super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida, and Mexican WBA #9 world ranked Rigoberto Alvarez, easily made weight for their scheduled 12 round title fight on Saturday night at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Ishida came in ripped and ready at the division limit of 154 pounds, and Alvarez, also in good shape, was 154 pounds. The fight will be at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico at this Saturday, October 9. The winner will fight with the mandatory challenger Austin Trout.
For the third year in a row, TKO Boxing Promotions has teamed up with The Jonathan Ogden Foundation to present “An Evening Ringside” charity boxing event on Thursday, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland. Said Chris Middendorf, CEO of TKO Boxing, “This is always a tremendous event. Our host, future Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden brings out a star studded crowd and the atmosphere is terrific. We have fans coming from Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas to support and enjoy the event.”
“The best part is that it is all for a good cause as Jonathan’s foundation uses the money raised to work with high school athletes in the Baltimore area in improving their academics, while at the same time those student/athletes are also spending hours each week doing community service. It is a very positive and uplifting cycle that has been created.”
Featured at the action packed evening of professional boxing will be several world class prospects and local fan favorites.
Headlining “An Evening Ringside” will be a welterweight clash between sensational undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland and Puerto Rico’s Javier Perez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cazares 114.7 vs. Alberto Rossel 114.4
Marco Lopez 128.7 vs. Abraham Gomez 128.7
Roberto Ortiz 14.8 vs. Salvador Carreon 14.8
Cesar Gandara 114.4 vs. Ramon Gonzalez 114.4
Octavio Montero 187 vs. Ruben Olivares 174.9
Gerardo Marin 117.7 vs. Fernando Arana 12.34
Fernando Villafranca 123.2 vs. Salvador Gonzalez 128.7
Gerardo Rojas 155.1 vs. Jose Ramirez 155.1
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla de Galeana, Estado de México, Mexico
Promoter: KO Entertainment
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Francisco Panchito Arce 122 vs. Isidrio Chino Garcia 122
Jorge Lacierva 130 vs. Edgar Riovalle 130
Sergio Torres 135 Ernesto Morales 135.5
Luis Rodriguez 154 vs. Armando PATIÑO 154
Venue: Tecate Box Tour, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports Live
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Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated junior middleweight prospect and former U.S. amateur standout Julian Williams (2-0, 2 KOs). “He is the goods. He is 100% the goods,” said Shaw. Added veteran matchmaker John Beninati, “Julian reminds me of a better version of Andre Berto. He has a more powerful punch. He’s got all the tools.” Williams, 20, is scheduled to fight two more times this year, November 9 in Oklahoma City and December 3 at Chumash Casino Resort. Williams’ corner includes mentor/head trainer Kenny Mason and advisor/assistant trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. He trains at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (WV2) will make an appearance at “VIVA OSCEOLA” Osceola County’s largest annual Latin Festival at 2PM on Saturday at the Valencia Community College Campus. Parking and admission are free.
On the following Saturday (October 16), All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. This time it will be a world title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed “The Rising Son Returns.”
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez are priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Bob Arum said today “…these are tough, hard economic times. But people still want entertainment and that is why the majority of our tickets at the Honda Center in Anaheim are $50 and $30 on December 4.”
Tickets are on sale today. Prices are $200, $100, $50 and $30 for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez title fight on Top Rank’s ‘In Harm’s Way’ Pay Per View at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Arum said “we purposely put thousands of tickets on sale in the $50 and $30 categories so fans can bring their families and enjoy an evening of boxing. I believe this is an event which will pack the Honda Center.”
Chavez Jr will defend his WBC Silver Middleweight Championship title against Gomez. The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire takes on Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine; WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto defends against Urbano Antillon and world ranked lightweight Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios takes on Noe Bolanos. Arum said he will soon announce additional fights for the December 4 card.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 800-745-3000. Seats will go on sale at the Honda Center Box Office on Saturday, October 9.
WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) issued the following statement upon hearing the news of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell pulling out of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament because of neurological issues.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear about Andre Dirrell’s situation. It’s never a good thing for a fight not to be able to work, especially for a neurological reason. I pray for his health and that he is able to return to the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 40 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBC#17 Suriyan Por Chokchai (14-5-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at Municipality of Nonghai in Srisaket, Thailand. Suriyan, the WBC Asian 112lb title holder, exceeded expectations of the crowds and others when he displayed his efficient counter-attack tactic to frustrate the champion’s aggression in a very close affair during the first seven rounds. An accidental headclash in round eight brought to a turning point as the uncut contender was deducted a point following WBC rules and the scores announcement after round eight were 76-75, 77-74 and 77-77 for Wonjongkam who suffered a 1.5-cm cut at his left eyebrow . The challenger tried to turn the tide, stalking and exchanging toe-to-toe with the experienced champion but it was Wonjongkam who did better with his more accurate counterpunches and almost dropped his foe in round ten. The action was a close affair again from round 11 as Suriyan tirelessly hunted the WBC king who had still displayed good counterpunches until the final round. Scored : Takeaki Kanaya (Japan) 115-114, Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 115-112, Belton Douglas (New Zealand) 114-113.
In others action, WBC#37/ABCO superfly title holder Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 6-1,5 KOs) stopped Sirichai Sithsaithong in round three. ABCO#2 superfly Sugar Rey Nakornluang (8-0,5K Os) mostly controlled the show before he scored a TKO over Kengkaj Or Ekachai who refused to continue at the beginning of round four. ABCO#8 fly Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stopped Indonesian Johan Wahyudi in round four. This event was promoted by Nakornluang Boxing Promotion.
Danny Garcia 143 vs Mike Arnaoutis 142.5
Bastie Samir 161.5 vs Joe Dunn 159
Kareem Cooley 134.5 vs Eilud Torres 134.5
Victor Vasquez 132.5 vs Bryne Green 131.5
Anthony Flores 131.5 vs Arash Usmanee 132
Wanzell Ellison 134 vs Aaron Anderson 135
Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions / Joe Hand Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is expected to return December 18 at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico to fight for the WBC Silver super lightweight title against an opponent to be determined. The fight would be added to the blockbuster SHOWTIME pay-per-view telecast that’s also featuring Bernard Hopkins against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. A win for Morales would pave the way for him to face his countryman Juan Manuel Marquez, the current WBA/WBO lightweight world champion, in a 2011 mega-fight. For the December 18 date, Morales will again prepare at the Otomi Ceremonial Center, located in Temoya, Estado de Mexico.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, unbeaten in 27 fights and rated in the top five of all boxing sanctioning organizations, has recovered to a hand surgery and resumed full training a few weeks back at the Universum Gym in Hamburg under ex-world champion Artur Grigorian. Despite his long injury lay-off, some in the media are clamoring for the unbeaten Universum star to be the next Klitschko opponent. “I’m honored,” said Boytsov. “Of course I want to box against the Klitschkos. But, first things first. This year I want to have one fight and that’s what my promoter is working on. If all goes well with my hand, I’ll be ready for the first Klitschko in 2011.”
Yesterday Boytsov was in Berlin for some publicity engagements. “I’ve been living a long time in Germany, but was never in the capital,” he said, “so I used this opportunity to do a little sightseeing. This is a great, vibrant city with a lot of culture. Unfortunately, in such a short time I only got to see some of the attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie. But this has left a hunger to see more. Maybe I’ll box someday in Berlin. I would like that.”
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