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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…)
By Brett Bonetti
Triple World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green held a press conference in Perth Australia to urge young men to end senseless one punch violence. Green was today featured on the front page of The West, the chief newspaper in Western Australia as he hopes the government will use a TV commercial he has made in a campaign against violence and to help educate young men.
Green has made the commercial because of the number of lives ruined by one punch attacks and he feels he is in a position to influence young men who look up to him.
“I’m not trying to preach or tell them what to do, I’m just trying to ask them to take a step back every now and then and think before they act,” Green said. “Hopefully I can get into their ear and they can get into their mates’ heads.” (more…)
On Saturday October 20th, one of the biggest nights in New York Boxing will take place as the brand new, state of the art Barclays Center will play host to four world championship fights. One of the proposed undercard bout was to have it former world title challenger Dmitry Salita (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) of Brooklyn and Edgar Santana (26-4, 17 KO’s) of Harlem, but after the fight was allegedly agreed upon, Salita apparently pulled out of the bout and Santana believes that Salita never had any intention of fighting him. “We found out that Salita did not want the fight. Regardless of what he says, he is scared to fight me. I read on the internet he said he did not want to fight me because I am coming off a loss. I fought that fight with a broken hand, but let’s face the facts, I have knocked out three guys that he not only went the distance with but he had trouble with.”
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Bob Caico Jr.
Professional Boxing returned to the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, NY Saturday night with an eight-bout card promoted by AASHA Record Breakers, Inc.
The New York State Middleweight title was put on the line by belt holder Nick Brinson (10-1-2, 5 KOs) of Rochester against Markus Williams (10-3, 1 KO) of Schenectady in the main event. The two paired off three years ago with Brinson taking a close six round decision. This bout was scheduled for eight rounds and the title on the line. Brinson started quickly in the fight and had the better of the going over the first two rounds with crisp combinations. Williams came back in the third round and outscored Brinson to the body and head. The fight turned in the fourth as Williams landed a wicked low blow that dropped Brinson in a heap. It looked like the fight may be over but Brinson took almost three minutes of allotted time to gather himself and continue. A point was taken from Williams because of the blow and that made the round essentially a 10-8 round because Brinson was busier for the better part. Fightnews scored the next three of four rounds for Brinson and agreed with the three judges who each scored the bout 78-73 for the reigning champion. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has denied reports that he announced his retirement Monday at a press conference in Donetsk, Ukraine. “I am in the pre-election tour of Ukraine, so coming to the Donetsk region is not exactly in order to complete my career,” said Vitali on the Klitschkos’ Facebook page. “I’m a little bit tired of the question ‘when will it happen?’ I’ve repeatedly stated that when such a decision is made I’ll be sure to announce it at a separate press conference. And for now there is no talk about the end of my career. I’m sorry if I didn’t put enough emphasis on this at the news conference in Donetsk, which is quoted in the media.”
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Hector Santos/Miguel Cotto Promotions
At the El Museo del Barrio Museum in East Harlem NYC, media and the general public were in attendance for the announcement of Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto’s next fight. The fight is titled “Showdown” and will be on Saturday, December 1st. The fight will take place inside the newly renovated Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan. Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) will be facing a relatively unknown, undefeated southpaw world champion by the name of Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) in a twelve round WBA junior middleweight title fight. The event is promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, sponsored by Corona and will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Former Olympians McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo, and female WBO junior flyweight champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp will headline this Thursday’s show to be held at El San Juan Resort & Casino in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP). Puerto Rican prospects McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo will face veteran foes in Ronald Ramos and Jose “Carita” Lopez, while Bopp will defend her title for the eight time. Five mores fights will complete the show. (more…)
Miquel Cotto: “I am really excited to come back to my second home. Fighting at The Garden is always special for me and a true pleasure. There is something unique in the atmosphere and it means a lot to me every time I fight there because the energy of the fans gives me extra motivation. Austin Trout will be a challenge for me, but I will win my fifth world championship on December 1.”
Austin Trout: “Miguel Cotto needs no introduction. He’s a true champion and one of the best fighters of the last 10 years, but I’m the present and future of the sport and this is just the showcase I need to prove to the world that I’m one of the best, pound-for-pound. I can’t wait to fight in such a legendary place like Madison Square Garden; it’s every fighter’s dream.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
An important source told fightnews.com that something may be happening with the fight between WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones and Russian WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev, scheduled for October 27 at the CSKA in Moscow, Russia. Apparently, but not officially, the fight could not be made and there is talk that Jones wants to fight in the near future and even mentions a country in South America. On his Twitter account, Jones wrote “I hope that Lebedev isn’t chickening out as I was told today! And I hope the sanctioning bodies are serious and do their job!”
— Guillermo Jones (@FelinoJones) September 24, 2012
WBC interim world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has been invited to WBC Headquarters in Mexico City to receive his WBC championship belt. The Ghost will meet with WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman on Tuesday. “It’s a great honor to be present in Mexico City with the Sulaiman family and receive my hard earned WBC championship belt,” said Guerrero. “I’ve always envisioned myself becoming the WBC champion and I plan to represent the WBC and Golden Boy Promotions with pride.” Last month, Guerrero moved up two weight classes and defeated previously undefeated #1 contender Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs), making him the WBC’s mandatory challenger to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
STRIKEFORCE® announced this evening that its event planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. has been cancelled. STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained an injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) is looking to defy the oddsmakers once again. More than 11 years since he shocked the world by knocking out Lennox Lewis, “The Rock,” about a month shy of his 40th birthday, will challenge current WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. It will be the most significant boxing match of the upcoming week.
However, the fight against Povetkin will be Rahman’s first fight since June 2011 and his first fight against a world rated opponent since a 2008 TKO loss to Wladimir Klitschko, prompting many to question his readiness, as well as his WBA mandatory challenger status. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Sixty years is a lifetime for many. It’s longer than Rocco Francis Marchegiano lived- in the mortal sense anyway. Sixty years ago today, Marchegiano, better known as the legendary Rocky Marciano, made headlines by famously stopping Jersey Joe Walcott in the thirteenth round in Philadelphia to bring the heavyweight title back to Brockton, MA. Today, Brockton brought it’s favorite son home for good, in the form of a colossal statue at the aptly named Rocky Marciano Stadium.
In the aptly named Champion’s Park, section of the stadium, Marciano’s likeness, created by Mexican sculptors Mario Rendon and Victor Gutierrez, was unveiled for several thousand fans to see. It seemed as if all of Brockton was there to be a part o the occasion. This city, nearly 100,000 strong, has become known as “The City of Champions,” largely due to it’s hometown Hero Marciano, as well as transplanted Newark, NJ native Marvelous Marvin Hagler, former middleweight champion of the world and multiple sporting championships won by Brockton High School teams over the years. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Tony Jeter officially weighed in for Saturday Night’s fight at 158.5 lbs. 1 lb lighter than his opponent, Tyrel Brown, but in the ring, it looked like a welterweight fighting a super middleweight. Jeter however, showed that size made no difference as he chopped down the bigger Brown over the course of 4 1/2 rounds, knocking out the Oklahoma native at 1:50 of the 5th round of their scheduled 8 round fight. The bout was the main event of Jeter’s self-promoted card at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Richard Anber
Super-featherweight Kevin Lavallee(11-0-1 9KO) avenged the only blemish on his otherwise stellar record in style Saturday night as a howitzer left hook to the body put Isaac Bejarano (9-13-1) down and out for a count of ten and beyond at 2:10 of the 5th round. Bjarno who got of to good start in the opening round working the body collapsed instantly to his knees and spat out his mouthpiece at eight. In obvious pain he rolled onto his back and remained motionless for four minutes and then eventually climbed to feet. The victory helps erase the memories of their first fight two years ago where the Montreal fighter was forced to the scorecards and settled for a draw. (more…)
By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos by Sierra Dawn
The Standing 8 Promotions Friday night boxing event outdoors on the minor league baseball field at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas was anything but a quick trip to the fights. Which, on this night, was not a bad thing as the more than 3,000 loyal Dallas-Fort Worth area boxing fans saw a from a new and active promoter as all seven fights went the distance. (more…)
On Saturday night, history was made as the first ever professional boxing event in any of the five boroughs that make up New York City inside a casino as the Resorts World Casino hosted the event promoted by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing and W.O.N Promotions in front of near sold out crowd.
In the main event, light heavyweight knockout artist, Joe Smith Jr. kept his 100% win/knockout ratio as he dropped Yasin Rashid four times en route to a third round stoppage. Smith of Long Island, Island knocked Rashid down in round two and three times in round three which thrilled his throngs of fans who made the trek from Long Island. Smith is now 11-1 with all wins coming via knockout. Rashid of Brooklyn is now 7-3. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Saturday’s complete WBC cruiserweight world title fight in Wroclaw, Poland between champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk and mandatory challenger Francisco Palacios as seen live on Polsat Sport.
By John DiSanto with Philly Boxing History (.com)
Photos by Ray Bailey
Gabriel Rosado became the #1 IBF junior middleweight contender with a gritty 10th round TKO of hard-nosed veteran Charles Whittaker Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The scheduled 12-rounder was a title eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. The win boosted Rosado to a 21-5 (13 KOs) record. Whittaker lost for the first time since 2004, and hinted that he may hang up his gloves for good with a 36-12-2 (21 KOs) record. Click here for the full report and an action-packed photogallery!
Photo: Hector Santos/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Four-time world champion and boxing superstar Miguel Cotto hits New York City to announce his super welterweight championship clash against the undefeated WBA champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) at a Monday press conference. Their showdown will be on December 1 at Madison Square Garden and will be live on Showtime. The official press conference is open to the public and will be held at El Museo del Barrio located at 1230 5th avenue. Doors open at 11:00am. More photos…
The Los Angeles Times reported that Manny Pacquiao has stated he is willing to accept the short end of a 45-55% split in a fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. Pacman is quoted as saying “Win or lose, I’ll take 45%. Floyd can have top billing, he can be introduced in the ring first or last. He can wear my trunks. I don’t care. I just want to get him in the ring and make the fight.” Manny’s comments were allegedly made to his publicist Fred Sternburg during a press event in Mexico City on Friday.
By Joe Koizumi
A couple of OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champs kept their belts on Sunday.
In Kanazawa, WBC#7 OPBF bantam titlist Rolly Matsushita (AKA Rolly Lunas), 117.5, a Japan-based Filipino hard-puncher, successfully retained his regional throne as he lopsidedly battered game but limited Japanese Ryuichi Funai (17-6, 11 KOs), 117.75, and finally halted him at 0:36 of the ninth round. Rolly (33-8-1, 20 KOs) had Funai on the verge of a first round demolition when he had the nervous challenger staggering from pillar to post. Whipping him from all angles, Rolly hurt him so badly as the judges one-sidedly tallied after the eighth: 80-72 and 79-72 twice for him. Referee Fukuchi called a well-timed halt as the champ swarmed over the bloodied victim in the fatal session. Rolly, who once failed to win the WBA belt from Ansermo Moreno in Panama in 2008, finely registered his third defense since recapturing the regional belt.
In Osaka, OPBF feather ruler Hiroshige Osawa (22-3-4, 11 KOs), 126, barely kept his title again as he was held to a split draw (116-114 for him, 114-115 against him and 115-115) by Noriyuki Ueno (14-11-5, 5 KOs), 126, an unheralded challenger, over twelve close rounds. The game challenger Ueno mixed it up, stalking the faster champ with a solid shot at a time. Osawa, making his third defense, was behind on points after the eighth due to the open scoring system. The champ was all out to overcome his deficits by desperately showing his last surge in the final four sessions. He experienced a very tough defense again. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Former WBA/WBO light flyweight world champion Giovani Segura has reached an agreement on a promotional contract with Promociones del Pueblo. “The truth is that I am very happy, I am eager to return to try to regain the championship. I’m very excited about signing this contract. I think I can go far and I hope that together we can succeed. Very soon, God willing, we’ll have a world title belt and will be on the way to reciprocate the trust they have given me. I’m sure I’m not going to fail,” said Segura, who will return in November on a Televisa telecast.
What do you get when you throw together the world’s most reluctant promoter (a first-timer at that), a card plagued by postponement and a near capsizing, a mediocre line-up and a main event that pits a hopeless underdog coming out of six-year retirement against a heavier, fast-punching, faster-talking opponent?
Most of the time, you get disaster. But in last night’s case, you get, both, fight card and fight of the year in New Mexico . . . Click here for more
Nine fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC® 152 post-fight press conference – Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort, Demetrious Johnson, Michael Bisping, Cub Swanson, Joseph Benavidez, Brian Stann, Matt Hamill, and TJ Grant.
Jones took home Submission of the Night for his title-retaining performance against former champ Belfort. After surviving an early armbar attempt from the game Belfort, Jones locked in an Americana in the fourth round that forced Belfort to tap out. (more…)
Two exciting fights took place on Saturday in Cortázar, Guanajuato, Mexico, as Juan Jose Montes claimed the vacant WBF super flyweight title, and women’s WBC female flyweight champion Irma Sanchez successfully defended her crown for the fourth time. Montes, who was forced to give up the WBF World title this past June when he failed to make weight before a defense, won a unanimous decision over Oscar Ibarra, the man he also defeated when he first won the title in February. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will challenge Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) for the WBA Super-Middleweight World Championship at Jyske Bank BOXEN in Herning, Denmark on December 8. Tickets will go on sale at BILLETnet/Ticketmaster on Monday, October 1, at 10 am. “I look forward to fighting in Herning again,” the Viking Warrior said. “The atmosphere was fantastic last time when I fought Carl Froch. The fans made the difference that night, their support really lifted me to one of my greatest victories. With their help, I will become world champion again on December 8.”
By Dennis Principe
Undefeated flyweight Milan Melindo of the Philippines kept his rights as mandatory world title challenger but not after being exposed as a young fighter lacking the needed experience. The 24-year-old Melindo struggled mightily in trying to tag a veteran Jean Piero Perez of Venezuela in the second half of their 12-round bout for the WBO International flyweight crown held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South African heavyweight Corrie Sanders has died after a shooting incident in an apparent robbery at a restaurant in Britz near Pretoria on Saturday night. He was 46. It has been reported that Sanders was shot in the stomach and died in hospital after an operation. He was at the restaurant celebrating the birthday of a family member when police say three gunmen entered the establishment. (more…)
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has commented on the post fight urine test which came back positive for marijuana (both A and B samples). Junior posted the message on his Twitter account Saturday.
To the public:
Any explanation or justification I try to give for the recent events will likely have little or no convincing, so I want to say to everyone that I fully assume responsibility for my actions, as well as the consequences of them.
I want to apologize to all who are disappointed or hurt by my behavior. Only I know the causes and it’s my responsibility to confront them. In contrast, I can say that I’ll emerge stronger from these events and I will put forth all my effort to vindicate my image in society.
What happened creates an environment conducive to making a stop along the road and thinking about the future. Today is born the new Julio Cesar Chavez beginning a new stage in my career that is reshaped. I’m preparing myself physically and mentally to achieve new goals, among which definitely in the short term is a rematch with Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the solidarity and support that I have received and also recognize all those people who have taken their time to send me messages of any kind.
Julio Cesar Chavez C.
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