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No one remains undefeated forever. That goes double in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, which features a litany of 225-pound athletic, super freaks cutting down to 205 to throw their high-speed knuckle bombs with only a strip of leather to cushion the blow. The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Ryan Bader learned that the hard way by racking up back-to-back losses by guillotine choke this year. While that was a difficult lesson to digest, Bader believes he has made the necessary changes to bring him not only back to his usual winning ways, but push him further as one of top fist-missile throwers inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Showtime names Stephen Espinoza as new Executive Vice President, General Manager, Showtime Sports and Event Programming
Showtime Networks Inc. has named Stephen Espinoza as its new Executive Vice President, General Manager, Showtime Sports and Event Programming. The announcement was made today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., to whom he will report. “Stephen has had a great career that spans sports, entertainment, television and film,” said Blank. “His deep experience in a variety of fields and incredible knowledge and contacts within the boxing and mixed martial arts communities will be an asset to SHOWTIME® as we continue to expand our offerings. I am confident that he will be a great leader to our already all-star sports group.”
As head of SHOWTIME Sports, Espinoza will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the sports and event group, including developing and executing the overall strategy of the group and its pay-per-view unit, managing the network’s relationships with distributors, talent and suppliers, and the acquisition and licensing of SHOWTIME and pay-per-view sports and event programming. The network’s current hard-hitting sports programming includes SHOWTIME Championship Boxing®, the Super Six World Boxing Classic, INSIDE NASCAR, ShoBox: The New Generation, the Emmy® Award-winning INSIDE THE NFL and Strikeforce mixed martial arts. (more…)
OPI 2000 Italian-Senegal Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (21-1, 12 KOs) won the vacant European Union super middleweight title against Andrea Di Luisa (12-1, 11 KOs) last Friday night in Pontedera, Italy. In most probably the “Italian Fight of the Year” Ndiaye stop a brave Andrea Di Luisa in the twelfth and final round. It was a heated fight with the two warriors exchanging blows for the entire fight with four knockdowns (all suffered by Di Luisa).
On the undercard, former European champion and world title challenger Gianluca Branco (45-3-1, 23 KOs) won by TKO in the six and final round against journeyman Janos Petrovics. Next for Branco is a shot at the European welterweight crown against the champion Leonard Bundu. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live.
New interim WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns is eyeing big fights both domestically and internationally in the 135lb division following his win over Michael Katsidis to become Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in nearly twenty years.
“The lightweight division is a really hot here and abroad at the moment,” said Burns. “Kevin Mitchell beat John Murray in a great fight back in July, while Murray has got a tough fight against WBA world champion Brandon Rios coming up. If Murray wins – and I’m hoping he does the job – then that opens up a unification fight between us. If he doesn’t then I’d love a shot at Rios. On the world scene Juan Manuel Marquez is there and so is Robert Guerrero plus Miguel Vazquez so I’m looking at some big fights ahead.”
Macklin targets stablemate Martinez; “He’ll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me”
WBA #4 middleweight Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) says he would have knocked out stablemate and current middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez had he been in the ring with Martinez during his most recent defense against Darren Barker. “I have a lot of respect for Martinez. What he’s done after taking up boxing so late is remarkable, but he’s really a natural light middleweight and I’m a big, strong middleweight,” said Macklin. I believe that my size, strength and power will be too much for him. I think Darren Barker did better than people expected but I also think that Sergio underperformed that night. Maybe subconsciously he thought he was in for an easy night against Barker and wasn’t at his best because of that. On that performance, he was lucky he wasn’t in the ring with me because I would have knocked him out. He’ll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me…” (more…)
WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) is taking aim at the winner of the December 3 clash between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito after successfully defending his belt against Frank LoPorto on Friday night at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. “Miguel Cotto is the super champion of the WBA jr middleweight division,” said promoter Greg Cohen. “He won his title in June 2010 against Yuri Foreman. When you’re the super champion of the WBA, the rules state you need to defend against your mandatory every 18 months, so the winner of the upcoming fight between Cotto and Antonio Margarito must make their mandatory title defense against Austin Trout. We want to make that fight against either guy as soon as possible.” (more…)
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and actor Danny Aiello will be among the bevy of sports and entertainment stars joining boxing trainer and ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas to lend their support to the 15th Annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Dinner on Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. More than 800 local community members and supporters are expected to attend the gala which remembers Teddy’s late, humanitarian father, a Staten Island physician, and continues his good works. (more…)
A purse bid was scheduled for tomorrow for the IBF lightweight championship mandatory defense fight between champion Miguel Vazquez and challenger Ameth Diaz, but that purse bid has been canceled. Both sides reached a deal to do the fight on Jan. 28, 2011. The site has not been finalized.
The first ever IBF Caribbean welterweight championship will take place on Friday between Joan Guzman (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Florencio Castellano (17-4, 13 KOs) at the Jaragua Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The card titled “The Return of the Champion” marks the highly anticipated return to the ring of two-time world champion Joan Guzman. IBF President Daryl Peoples, who is slated to attend the show, noted, “It is exciting that Joan Guzman agreed to fight the inaugural bout for our new Caribbean Title.” IBF female super featherweight champion Amanda Serrano will also be fighting on the card. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
If this past Saturday night was a test of Austin “No Doubt” Trout ‘s (24-0, 14 KO’s) TV marketability, he passed it with flying colors. In fact, most at ringside would agree that he was the frigid night’s valedictorian.
Making his debut on Showtime’s ShoBox, Trout completely dismantled his Australian opponent Frank “The Italian Stallion” LoPorto (15-5-2, 7 KOs), taking home a TKO win at 2:32 of the sixth round . . . Click here for more
It almost seemed like new UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos couldn’t quite grasp the true meaning in the moment.
As a Brazilian, it’s quite likely that “Cigano” knew that the UFC’s debut on Fox was big, but as a non-American, who could imagine the potential draw of a big fight on free TV if you’ve spent the majority of your life outside the country? (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Highly regarded unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will take on Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the EBU heavyweight championship at the Hartwall Arena on December 3. Helenius has knocked out ten of his last eleven, with three former heavyweight champions among his list of KO victims. Chisora tuned up for the match last Friday with a six round points decision over Remigijus Ziausys (19-44-3, 9 KOs) in Halifax, England. Previously he dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Tyson Fury.
Already 7,000 tickets have been sold at the venue, before Helenius’ opponent was even announced. Apparently it came down to either Chisora or Johnathon Banks. In the co-main event, WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin faces Cedric Boswell.
By Graham Houston
One felt a sense of disappointment over Manny Pacquiao’s performance against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night, a feeling that the Filipino superstar should have done better. In a fight where finality was expected, a sense of closure, Pacquiao once again had to settle for a decision that divided the judges and was open to debate. It could be that Marquez has the sort of style that will always trouble Pacquiao, the way that Ken Norton pushed Muhammad Ali to the limit in three fights.
Yet, frankly, much more was expected from Pacquiao. After all, his archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed Marquez when they met two years ago. Pacquiao’s camp was talking about an overwhelming victory before the halfway mark. Instead, the welterweight title fight ended on a majority verdict, one round on one card from being a draw. (more…)
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs) makes his return to the ring as a light heavyweight on Friday night against unbeaten Gyorgy Marosi (12-0, 8 KOs), the reigning Hungarian super middleweight champion. The bout will take place at the famed York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. It will be Maccarinelli’s first fight since a bad KO loss to Alexander Frenkel 14 months ago.
The card will be the third event promoted by Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George.
On Thursday, November 17th, Promotions Quiñones of Tijuana, Mexico, keeps the ball rolling in this their first year on the scene with another interesting fight card to be held at the now legendary Tijuana night club Las Pulgas located on Avenida Revolucion in the heart of the border city. The night will mark the second time that Gabriel Quiñones, the lead promoter, has presented an event in the cavernous hall primarily held for music although it has hosted boxing in the past.
In the main event, local undefeated super bantamweight Edivaldo “Sobre Ruedas” Ortega (11-0-1, 5KOs) takes on Loreto “KO” Medina (5-2, 5KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in a ten round main event. In the last card held at Las Pulgas in late September, Ortega made quick work of Pedro Lopez, stopping him in the first round, after being out of the gym almost a year. Now in Medina, Ortega will face a fighter who is coming off a TKO loss in his last bout back in 2007. Despite of that, Medina is still a dangerous fighter since he packs a punch with all his win coming in the way of knock out. (more…)
Renown boxing judge and HBO analyst Harold Lederman will be the special guest speaker Tuesday evening (Nov. 15) for RING 8’s monthly meeting (7 PM/ET start) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Lederman, who hails from the Bronx, was an International judge (1967-1989) who worked more than 100 world title fights. Today, he plays a key role as HBO’s World Championship Boxing judge analyst.
A graduate of Columbia University, the popular and recognizable Lederman was the 2006 “Good Guys Award” winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is a World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and this March, it was recently announced, he will also be inducted into New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural class. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
After eight rounds, Saturday’s clash between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez was tied 76-76 on the cards of judges Robert Hoyle and Dave Moretti, with Glenn Trowbridge having Pacman ahead 77-75. Down the stretch, Hoyle (114-114) awarded both fighters two rounds, while Moretti (115-113) and Trowbridge (116-112) scored three of the last four rounds for Pacquiao. Marquez may have eased up slightly toward the finish after being assured by his corner that he was ahead in the bout. Click here to see the official Nevada State Athletic Commission master scorecard.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Three epic fights and you would think we would have a clear winner in one of the most closely contested trilogies in the history of boxing.
Sorry folks, 36 rounds and we still don’t know who the definitive winner between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is. What we do know is that Juan Manuel Marquez absolutely cannot catch a break from the judges . . . Click here for more
Official CompuBox PunchStats... PACQUIAO MARQUEZ 578 TOTAL PUNCHES THROWN 436 176 TOTAL PUNCHES CONNECTED 138 30% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 32% 304 JABS THROWN 182 59 JABS CONNECTED 38 19% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 21% 274 POWER PUNCHES THROWN 254 117 POWER PUNCHES CONNECTED 100 43% PERCENTAGE CONNECTED 39% 14 AVG. LANDED PER ROUND 11 49 AVG. THROWN PER ROUND 36
A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez walked into the MGM conference room after a scene that was all too familiar to the proud Mexican champion. Another twelve rounds with Manny Pacquiao and another decision that didn’t go his way. For Marquez, this was the Mexican painting a beautiful portrait only to see it thrown in the trash yet again by the judges. This time, there was an overwhelming air in the MGM Grand Garden Arena that Marquez would finally even the score. But after being an overwhelming underdog who executed a brilliant game plan that featured effective counterpunching that gave Pacquiao fits, Marquez had to listen to the judges’ scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 to once again give Pacquiao the decision. Marquez is understandably sick of the same story being played out and uttered a statement to the media that was shocking but perhaps made perfect sense to a man who did all he could to see the rug pulled from under him again . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super middleweight Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) returned six months after a serious knee injury to win a majority decision over very mobile journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (7-11-2, 4 KOs) by surprising scores of 79-77, 78-77 and 77-77 at the Bulle de Gerardchamps in Verviers, Belgium. “The opponent was perfect for me as he knew that after the surgery I wasn’t so nimble on my feet,” said Sartison. “He tried to stay away from me.” In the last three rounds, the ex-champ was able to catch Kulikauskas on the ropes and land clean punches.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
It was as big of a big fight atomosphere as you could ask for. The challenger, Junior dos Santos played the heel for the night. “Cigano” was resoundly booed while walking out to the Rocky theme song.
The champion, Cain Velasquez was greeted to a heroes welcome by the pro-champion crowd.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over nemesis and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tactical early rounds, but things heated up in the fourth. Good round for Marquez in the fifth. Most rounds very close with both fighters having their moments, just like the first two fights. Pacman suffered a vertical cut over the right eye in the tenth from an unintentional headbutt. The last two rounds were close.
In the end scores were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. The Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy now stands at 2-0-1 for Pacman. more photos
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) scored a workmanlike eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KOs). Bradley was in command the whole way against the 40-year-old Casamayor, who was deducted a point for holding in round four by referee Vic Drakulich. Bradley dropped Casamayor with a body shot in the fifth. Casamayor was on the canvas again in the sixth and for a third time at the end of the eighth when cornerman Miguel Diaz said ‘no more.’ Time was 2:59. (more…)
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