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By Robert Hough
There was no Thanksgiving dinner with the family for Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), who’s away from his wife and three children while training for his December 17th fight against Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), but he was like a kid on Christmas morning earlier this month when he opened a box with the shoes he’ll wear in the ring against the Englishman.
Ward, who has enough footwear to fill a small shoe store, was thrilled when he first saw the Everlast red-white-and-blue footwear he’ll wear in Atlantic City, NJ.
“I came in representing my country strong against Kessler and we’re going to go out there the same way,” he said about three weeks before the Super Six final, which will be shown live on Showtime. “I’m an American and I’m proud of my country. Wearing the red, white and blue is not for show; it’s an honor to do it. I’m sure Carl Froch feels the same way about England and I respect him for that. We’ll be representing our countries with a lot of pride and determination.” (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth Mitchell will join fellow MSU fans and alumni this Saturday at the Capitol Lounge (231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) in Washington, D. C. to watch the Spartans face the Wisconsin Badgers in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Mitchell will be available to sign autographs and meet fans prior to the game from 7p to 8p ET. Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) fights hard-hitting Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs) on the December 10th “Capital Showdown” card in the co-featured bout to the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson super lightweight championship contest.
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The stage is set for tomorrow night’s showdown between Bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-1, 22 KOs). Both fighters tipped the scales earlier today at the weigh- in held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. First to step on the scale was the challenger Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko as he weighed in at 117.25 lbs. The champ Abner Mares would follow and he registered 117 lbs.
“I feel great making weight just expect a great fight from me I am going to win,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “The weight is good expect a very impressive fight from me tomorrow” Abeko told Fightnews. (more…)
Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s TUF Finale card on SPIKE TV:
Michael Bisping 186.25* vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller 185.5
* Bisping has two hours to make 186.
Dennis Bermudez 146 vs. Diego Brandao 145
John Dodson 134 vs. T.J. Dillashaw 135.5
Yves Edwards 155 vs. Tony Ferguson 155.5
Johnny Bedford 136 vs. Louis Gaudinot 136
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Marcus Brimage 143 vs. Stephan Bass 145
John Albert 136 vs. Dustin Pague 136
Roland Delorme 136 vs. Josh Ferguson 134
Josh Clopton 144 vs. Steven Siler 146
Bryan Caraway 145 vs. Dustin Neace 145.5
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By Rocco Morales
During Friday’s kickoff press conference for the New Year’s Eve double title card featuring Tavoris Cloud vs. Zsolt Erdei and Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, promoter Don King dropped a bombshell by revealing that Erdei is apparently off the card. “I understand that the Hungarian (Erdei) has decided that he is not going to fight. Whether that is true or not, we are going to find out. Fighters sometimes come up with a ploy or scheme to extract themselves from a devastating beating.”
“Showtime (television) is not a quitter and we’re looking forward to finding someone to step into the ring in the next 30 days against Tavoris Cloud in the event that Erdei continues in the charade of claiming he is hurt. We’re going to find someone to replace Erdei in the event that he doesn’t make it and we’re going to have a great card from the little men (Ramos vs. Rigondeaux) to the big men (Cloud)” concluded King.
Tavoris Cloud was not on hand for the press conference but Ramos and Rigondeaux were on hand, as were promoters Don King and Dan Goossen. Also absent from the press conference was Rigondeaux promoter, Bob Arum, who is in New York City for Cotto-Margarito.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron and Pepe Rodriguez
WBC featherweight world title:
Jhonny Gonzalez 126 vs. Roinet Caballero 126
WBC Silver Lightweight title:
Alejandro Sanabria 135 vs. Vinvin Rufino 133.5
Marcos Reyes 160 vs. Mauro Lucero 158.75
Juan Hernandez 108 vs. Gonzalo Garcia 107.5
Irma Garcia 126 vs. Nazly Maldonado 126
Jose Lopez 147 vs. Johnny Navarrete 147
Mauricio Pintor 135 vs. Abdiel Ramiez 134
Sergio Torres 126 vs. Christopher Perez 126
Edgar Monarrez 118 vs. Martin Casilla 118
Martin Tecuapetla 112 vs. Jorge Amador 111.5
Venue: Centro Banamex-Mexico City
Promoter: Proociones del Pueblo. Grupo Modelo, Comex and WBC
TV: Televisa and ESPN
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By Karl Freitag
Longtime WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round draw against unbeaten Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Sturm again demonstrated his boxing skills in defending his title for the eleventh time in his third title reign. Murray had his best round in round eight when he rocked Sturm, but the champion recovered by the end of the round. Sturm closed the fight with a strong final round. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 Murray and 114-114.
On the undercard, middleweight Florian Wildenhof (12-1, 3 KOs) upset KO artist Mike Keta (10-2, 9 KOs), taking a close six round unanimous decision.
Weights by Ricardo Trujillo
From the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces for tomorrow night’s “Championship Thunder” card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment:
David Rodriguez 253 vs. Byron Polley 251.8
Antonio Escalante 131.4 vs. Rynell Griffin 132
Jennifer Han 129.8 vs. Nohime Dennison 127.2
Joel Garcia 113.8 vs. Rafael Rivera 114.8
Carlos Villa 144.6 vs. Omar Quevado n/a
Bruno Escalante 114.6 vs. Aaron Fernandez 114.6
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By Mike Bernier at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto scaled in at 152.25 for Saturday’s grudge showdown against Antonio Margarito at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Margarito weighed 152.5.
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios weighed in 136.4 at for his defense against John Murray. Murray weighed 134.75. Rios stripped down and reweighed at 135.6. He had two hours to get to 135, but was unsuccessful.
Welterweights Mike Jones (146) and Sebastian Lujan (146) made weight for their IBF eliminator for #1 and mandatory challenger status.
Super welter contenders Pawel Wolak (153.5) and Delvin Rodriguez (153) made weight for their hotly anticipated rematch.
Mike Lee 177 vs. Allen Medina 174.25
Glen Tapia 153.25 vs. Mike Ruiz 153.5
Sean Monaghan 176 vs. Santos Martinez 175.5
Braulio Santos 126 vs. Tommy Garcia 125.25
Lawton Halsey 145.25 vs. Samuel Figueroa 145
Felipe Castaneda 115.25 vs. Hanzel Martinez 115.5
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Catherine Watkinson
Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KOs) faced the media for the first time following his TKO loss to WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia on Wednesday night. Green said he would not be rushing into a decision on his boxing future and that he was just going to relax, ‘chill out’ and be a normal person and a normal dad again. He was proud of the way he fought against Wlodarczyk. For more details and photos click here…
Former three-time world champion in two weight divisions, “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6, 24 KOs) is looking to get himself back into a world championship opportunity. The former WBA champion in two different weight classes is not impressed with the current group of young title holders in the junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. “I tell you sitting back watching some of these fights on TV with the commentators blowing up the reputation of some of these champions is not easy. I hope one of the champs in my weight class is willing to give me a chance. I am willing to put up my experience against their youth any day,” says Rivera. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at the scale
Alexander Povetkin 227.7 vs. Cedric Boswell 228.8
(WBA Heavyweight Title)
Robert Helenius 239.4 vs. Dereck Chisora 243.1
(EBU Heavyweight Title)
Jack Culcay 156.5 vs. Giammario Grassellini 155.6
Edis Tatli 136 vs. Pasquale Di Silvio 136
Cecilia Braekhus 146.4 vs. Kuulei Kupihea 145.9
Jussi Koivula 147.3 vs. Jose Del Rio 147.3
Jarno Rosberg 237.6 vs. Manuel Alberto Pucheta 234.8
Edmund Gerber 213.7 vs. Marcus Mcgee 230.4
Erik Skoglund 174.2 vs. Amine Belali 180.1
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Sauerland Event
By Jose Santiago
Paul Delgado 152 vs. Ruben Galvin 152
Tyrese Hendrix 143.5 vs. Chris Gray 144 (second attempt)
John Trigg 139 vs. Jared Robinson 141
Rommel Rene 209 vs. Harvey Jolly (weighs in later)
Clint Hester 199 vs. Tobias Rice 198
Larry Depeyster 163 vs. Clarence Joseph 163
D’quan Morgan 181 vs. Tracey Johnson 186
Jesus Tevara 152 vs. Henra Chenault 155
Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Promoter: Sports Fan Properties, Shea Bailey Promotions and Delgado Boxing Promotions
Story by Andreas Hale
As the number one pick for Michael Bisping on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Diego Brandao had a lot to live up to. But rather than wilt under the pressure, the Brazilian featherweight met the challenge with open arms and demolished every opponent put in front of him en route to the finale where he will face Dennis Bermudez at The Palms in Las Vegas on December 3rd. (more…)
Some people say that the world will end before unbeaten David Rodriguez gets to fight for a world title. Rodriguez just might agree, though for different reasons.
Instead of fielding questions about opponents, knockouts, the Klitchskos and the Arreolas of the world, the cerebral bruiser from El Paso would rather chat about things not of this world. Like aliens and YouTube videos showing strange lights over Southwest cities . . . Click here for more
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By Francisco Salazar
The word “character” means a lot to most people. It shows through spoken words and through the actions of people. Unbeaten bantamweight Abner Mares has shown character that few people in the boxing industry expected him to do. He won a close unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko in a fight almost five months ago that was marred by controversy and not the actual toe-to-toe combinations that both fighters landed. He did not have to give the former two-time world title holder a rematch from that night and could have sought other boxers to fight in the 118-pound weight class.
Instead, Mares is giving a rematch to Agbeko, something other fighters may not have done if they were in the same shoes as the popular Mexican fighter. Then again, Mares is not just another fighter and the character that he has wants to show that he can beat Agbeko again without the controversy. “I just want to show that I don’t duck anyone, including Agbeko,” said Mares. (more…)
Cotto-Margarito Undercard: Rios-Murray gets intense; Wolak-Rodriguez ready for war; Jones in PPV spotlight against Lujan
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
At Thursday afternoon’s final press conference at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum informed the media that Saturday night’s card is completely sold out. A total of 10 bouts are scheduled. “There is talk so often that boxing is dying and boxing is dead. That talk is crazy. Boxing has never ever been stronger than it is now. Don’t tell me that boxing is dead, boxing is not dead. Boxing is very strong. What people want to see are good fights, they want excitement, they want entertainment and boxing is providing it. The future of the sport is very strong,” said Arum.
In a 12 round WBA lightweight title co-feature, undefeated Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) will put his title on the line against England’s John Murray (31-1, 18 KOs). This will be the first time both fighters have fought in NY. “We’ve had Brandon Rios on our radar for a few years. I’ve watch him a lot. I like his style, he’s fun to watch, he’s very aggressive, a come forward fighter; very similar to myself. I’m in tremendous shape. It’s going to be one hell of a fight,” said Murray.
Rios turned to Murray on stage and looked him right in the face and said, “If you don’t come prepared, it’s going to be an early night for you. If you do come prepared it’s still going to be an early night for you to. I’m going to show this guy why I’m the best at 135 and why I’m #1. There is nobody out there at 135 that can give me a challenge. This guy thinks I’m overlooking him, f*ck that! He doesn’t know what the f*ck is going on in my brain. He’s not in my head. So he doesn’t know what’s going on. So if he thinks I’m underestimating him, be ready Dec 3rd Saturday night, your ass is going down! The Puerto Rican fans and Mexican fans are going to be on my side. There is no way in hell I’m going to let you take my belt back home, that shit is staying here with me, I earned it and that’s mine baby.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten, WBC #1 super middleweight Anthony Dirrell and WBC #3 Renan St-Juste engaged in an intense confrontation during the weigh-in for their 12-round main event tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). “You ain’t in Canada anymore,” said Dirrell during the weigh-in for the bout that will serve as a title eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title currently held by Super Six World Boxing Classic finalist Carl Froch. (more…)
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Arturo Santiago 119
Andrew Cancio 137.6 vs. Fernando Carcamo 135.6
Angel Osuna 156 vs. John Worthy 156.8
Kenny Williams 138.8 vs. Joaquin Chavez 139.4
Oscar Vasquez 110.4 vs. Vincente Medellin 108.6
Osman Rivera 129.8 vs. Jose Garcia 130
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Mike Bernier
A short walk from the 2 and 5 trains in the South Bronx you’ll find John’s Gym. This is the gym former Bantamweight Champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-3, 22 KO’s) calls home. Two banners proudly adorn the walls of the gym, one for Joseph Agbeko and one for his countryman, former Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey. Agbeko was born in Accra, Ghana. His birth father gave his son the name King Kong after he said he received a message from God. Agbeko’s Godfather helped him get into boxing at a very young age. This was the future chosen for Agbeko. His Godfather and his trainer Adam Addy were in attendance at John’s Gym to support him for his fight on December 3rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime Championship Boxing in a 12 round affair for the IBF world and WBC silver bantamweight title. (more…)
Text and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), former IBF cruiseweight champion and WBC light heavyweight champion, celebrated his 35th birthday in style on December 1. “History teaches us that for heavyweights, the 35th birthday is the best birthday to fulfill your potential. I hope, that I will be no exception to this rule,” said Polish fighter, who celebrated with his manager Ziggy Rozalski, his wife Dorota and group of close friends close to his home at the Lassoni restaurant in North Arlington, New Jersey.
“I truly hope and will do everything what I can to prove to all that I can be a world champion in the heavyweight division,” said Adamek, currently ranked as a top-5 heavyweight. “This is why, besides enjoying glass of wine and a good meal with my friends, I spent my birthday working for almost two hours in the gym, working on my strength and flexibility. Boxing is the toughest sport of them all. I will never forget this – even on the day like this. I would like to say a great “thank you” all my fans who did send me birthday wishes. Thank you very much. It means a lot to me. I will never forget that you are standing in my corner,” said “Goral.”
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios is never one to shy away from a microphone or a video camera. His personality has come across as someone you would love to cheer for. Or cheer against. Regardless of his out-of-ring personality, Rios has gained the respect of fighters, promoters, managers, the media, and fight fans alike for what he has done inside of the ring so far. Maintaining an undefeated record. Winning and defending a world title belt. Even being mentioned in the top 10-20 pound for pound rankings by some boxing writers.
With John Murray stepping in to face Rios on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, most boxing experts and fans predict a blowout for Rios. Instead, there have been rumors of Rios facing former featherweight world title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa in early 2012 or moving up in weight to challenge one of the top fighters at 140 pounds. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
After establishing himself as a star in both his native Romania and his adopted homeland of Canada, IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute plans to take on New York for 2012 figuring if he can make it there, he can make it anywhere. “Lucian definitely wants to fight in the U.S. in 2012, and we will help him the best way we can to make it happen,” said Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox who will be in the Big Apple this weekend, not only to take in the Cotto-Margarito fight but also to plan out logistics for a possible fight there for his undefeated 168-pounder. “One of his goals in 2011 was to fight in Romania but like I told him before he left to go home, I don’t think we’ll have an offer to fight in the U.S. from another promoter, in the past seven years I’ve only received one offer to fight outside Canada.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In main event action at Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, California, a scheduled six round heavyweight bout, 21 year old, Alex Flores (7-0, 5KO) stayed perfect with a brutal first round knockout victory over the game Kelsey Arnold (4-9). Flores, recently signed by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, scored his most impressive victory to date with a crushing right hand that sent Arnold down in stages, as if in slow motion, to the delight of 1,471 fans in attendance. Time of the stoppage was 2:51 of the first round and the referee had no reason to bother with a count. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior middleweight Hugo Centeno won a six round unanimous decision over David Lopez at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Centeno, (11-0, 6 KO’s) from Oxnard, CA, was busier and landed the cleaner punches onto Lopez. In the third, Lopez, (3-7-3) from Parma, ID, came on aggressively, landing some left hands to the head. Centeno controlled the action in the fourth and fifth rounds, but had to hold off a rally by Lopez, who landed left crosses to the head of Centeno. Both fighters traded shots until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Centeno, but the scores did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Centeno. (more…)
Gary Shaw, promoter of one of the world’s top bantamweight boxers, Vic Darchinyan announced that Vic’s December 3rd match against Anselmo Moreno would be his final boxing match before pursuing a career in MMA.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten, top-ranked super middleweight Anthony Dirrell tipped the scales at 167 pounds and fellow world-ranked southpaw Renan St-Juste weighed in at 166.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs), of Canada, will square off in the 12-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 2, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The telecast will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just one night before the highly anticipated rematch between IBF bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Chris Perry
Amir Mansour 226 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 211
Anthony Smith 178 vs. Douglas Otieno 174 1/4
Dorin Spivey 140 vs. Angel Rios 140 3/4
Ryan Belasco 136 1/2 vs. Damon Antoine 139
Mike Tiberi 167 3/4 vs. Emil Gonzalez 170
Omar Douglas 132 vs. Miguel Antonio Rodriquez 133
Lamont Singletary 187 vs. Maurice Amaro 184
John Bowman 167 vs. Damion Reed 172
Venue: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Promoter: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
Holly Holm 145.6 vs. Anne Sophie Mathis 145.4
Joel Vargas 148.6 vs. Josh Torres 146.4
Edgar Zubia 134.8 vs. Antonio Martinez 133
Matthew Baca 137.4 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 144.6
Shaun Henson 147.6 vs. Cristian Cabral 147.8
Brandi Montoya 111.8 vs. Tonia Cravens 111
Leonardo Sanchez 119.4 vs. Devon Sermons 119.8
Yoel Gonzales 134.2 vs. Antonio Garcia 133.2
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A world championship doubleheader featuring the IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Championship rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko and the WBA Bantamweight Super World Championship bout between Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan is just the icing on the cake of what promises to be a night of boxing to remember on Saturday, December 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Featured on this weekend’s undercard will be former World Champion Eric Morel, top contender Sakio Bika and rising stars Frankie Gomez, Carlos Molina, Omar Henry and Richard Contreras. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Omari Kimweri 108.2 vs. Lookrak Kiatmungmee 111.7 8
Ranee Ganoy 141 vs. Roy Tua Manihuruk 140.8 8
Paul Fleming 129.8 vs. Petchthongchal Sirimongkolgym 130. 8
Jay Sims 174 vs. Moses Ioelu 176.3 6
Billel Dib 130. vs. Manopnoi Singmanasak 132.7 6
Promoter: Jake Ellis
Venue: Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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A season long battle has come down to this – two showdowns for two UFC contracts Saturday night at the Pearl at The Palms, as The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale hits Las Vegas. (more…)
Take a first look at Saturday, December 3rd broadcast of Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko II from SHOWTIME Sports.
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