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Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
With only a few days until his U.S. return, three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico finished his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. Margarito faces seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, this Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and which will be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View. For more details and photos click here…
Story by Andreas Hale
Urijah Faber has been the face of World Extreme Cagefighting since he first entered the cage back on March 17, 2006 when he defeated Cole Escovedo for the WEC featherweight title at WEC 19. Since then, “The California Kid” has been the fighter that has brought the company into the spotlight. So it is only right that Faber headlines one of the final WEC shows before the company merges with the UFC and Faber is granted the opportunity to further enhance his image and career. (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger Audley Harrison faced off at the final press conference today in advance of Saturday’s showdown in Manchester, England.
“All of England has had enough of Harrison. For ten years he has bored the sports fans to death, “said Haye. “I will do everyone a favor when I shut him up once and for all. I will destroy him. This will be a public execution.”
Harrison stated, “David Haye is not going to break my spirit. He’s not going to knock me out. He couldn’t take me out when we sparred together years back and I’ve sparred with David too many times to know that…Everyone knows that Haye has a glass chin. On Saturday there will be a crushing defeat for him.”
By Dennis Principe
Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia have started to provide the verbal fireworks that is sure to prop up whatever is left of the opportunities to promote this weekend’s much-anticipated bout between their respective wards Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. During separate interviews with this writer, both Roach and Garcia sounded livid when told about a brewing duel between the prominent trainers.
It all started when Garcia, in a previous internet report made a claim of having a 2-0 edge in his head-to-head clash with Roach. (more…)
IBF #5 super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) and former light heavyweight title challenger Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) will headline a November 20 show at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn that is promoted by Robert Diaz and Havoc Boxing Promotions. The undercard features a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights Will Rosinsky (12-0, 7 KOs) and Yasin Rashid (7-0, 2 KOs). Featherweight Joselito Collodo (11-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.
British and Commonwealth boxing champion Dereck Chisora’s December 11 heavyweight title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko will go on as scheduled. Today in a London courtroom, Chisora was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs and must complete 150 hours of community work for assaulting his girlfriend. Chisora pleaded guilty to throwing his then-girlfriend on the bed and spanking her after he found text messages from another man on her cell phone.
KEA Boxing’s welterweight sensation, Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (4-0, 2KO’s) is ready to put his undefeated record on the line Friday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. The hard hitting prospect from Union City, New Jersey will look to show the fans in North Bergen the explosive nature of “The Beast” when he tangles with Salim Al Quaadir (1-2) in what is scheduled to be the last four rounder of his career. (more…)
Throughout life, you have to deal with the consequences of your decisions and how they will affect your life. Of course when everything runs fine, smiles and kudos for a job well done may follow, but it’s not always like this, and eventually, regrets may creep in .. . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Fight fans are invited to see Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, along with their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, make their final pre-fight comments at today’s final news conference for their pay-per-view showdown Saturday night. The news conference, which is open to the public, will be held at Cowboys Stadium – East End Zone Platform (900 East Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76011). Media Report Time is 1:00 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Photo and report by Felipe Leon
In an unfortunate turn of events, fast rising jr. welterweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) has pulled out of his six round semi-main event match up proposed for Thursday, November 18th’s “Fight Night Club” presented by Golden Boy Promotions at the Nokia Live in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Orozco, who hails from San Diego, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, did not have an opponent as of yet but had been preparing for the impending contest for the last two months. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek/Maple Avenue Boxing Gym
A raucous crowd was on hand Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas, to catch the last public workout of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito leading up to their showdown this Saturday, November 13th at Cowboy Stadium. Both men displayed their skills in the ring with their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, by hitting the mitts, jump roping and genuinely showing their gratitude to the fans with smiles and laughter.
And although Manny mania is alive and well, Margarito mania may not be far behind as he showed he’s pretty popular even with all the controversy surrounding him, especially in a state like Texas with a large Hispanic fan base. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Laura De la Torre
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward met with members of the local Bay Area press on Tuesday to discuss defending his WBA super middleweight championship a second time against tough world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon, on Saturday, Nov. 27, live on SHOWTIME. “Mentally, I was preparing to fight Andre Dirrell,” said Ward who also met with his fans, mingling and signing autographs from Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill. “It was never our intention to not partake in the fight with Dirrell. But when it came down to the training we didn’t have to make a lot of adjustments because we hadn’t begun camp yet.”
With a berth in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic already secured, Ward will return home to the Oracle Arena in Oakland where he has fought and won three of his last four fights. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tomorrow night’s Pay Day Promotions card at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC:
Thomas Snow 126 vs. Jason Rorie 123
Tony Jeter 160 vs. Adrian Redmond 162
Dwayne McRae 251 vs. Octavius Davis 237
Mario Flores 208 vs. Richard McCombs 199
Scott Sigmon 166 vs. John Michael Terry 160
Alantez Fox 154 vs. Charles White 153
Ron Gamble 252 vs. Vashawn Tomlin 292
Walter Tyler (weighs in tomorrow) vs. Andre Ward 195
With November now underway, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) plans to kick off a UFC-filled month with a week full of fights absolutely free, leading up to UFC 122: MARQUARDT vs. OKAMI in Oberhausen, Germany, free on Spike this Saturday. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
A standing-room-only crowd of media and fans showed up to see workouts boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito during media day Tuesday in Dallas. They collide on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium live on pay-per-view. (more…)
Glen Johnson’s stunning eighth-round knockout victory over Allan Green Saturday night on SHOWTIME® not only earned him three points and the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals but the respect from the other entrants in the Super Six. Although the scoring was close, the 41-year-old Jamaican-born Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), of Miami, Fla., pushed the pace and consistently delivered the heavier shots throughout. Making his first start at 168 pounds in 10 years, Johnson finished Green (29-3, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., with a combination culminated by a vicious right hand 36 seconds into the round.
The final Group Stage 3 fight will transpire Saturday, Nov. 27, when former world champions Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) of Germany and England’s Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) clash for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on SHOWTIME (same-day delay) in the opener of a televised doubleheader.
Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound belt-holder Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., will defend against dangerous Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by way of Cameroon, Africa, live on SHOWTIME in the second half of the eagerly awaited Nov. 27 twinbill. Ward enters the non-tournament bout as the Super Six tournament leader with six points. (more…)
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
A month before his fight against Vinny Maddalone (December 9), trainer Roger Bloodworth explains Tomasz Adamek’s development as a heavyweight title contender.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented lightweight prospect Carlos Molina (13-0, 7 KOs) of Norwalk, CA returns Thursday, November 18th and will headline the latest edition of “Fight Night Club” at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA as he takes on “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-3-3, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA in an 8-round lightweight bout which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. “I know this isn’t going to be an easy fight, David is coming to win and so am I but I know I have what it takes to come out with the win,” said Molina. “It’s going to be a great fight and I’m expecting a war on the 18th,” continued Molina. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is a heavy -700 favorite over former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison +550 this weekend at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Both fighters have been waging a war of words leading up to the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since 1993’s Lewis vs Bruno clash.
“I think it’s now time for me to go out there and close the Audley Harrison show once and for all and end his soap opera of a professional career,” said Haye during the pre-fight build-up. “Audley’s a big name, but he’s known as a boxer that people want to watch get destroyed. There is nobody better at destroying hype-jobs than I am. I don’t think he deserves to fight me – as I don’t think he’s done enough in his career – but I’m happy to do my duty for the British people. The public want to see one final high-profile destruction of Audley Harrison, and I can assure them this will be the last time they ever see him in a boxing ring!”
Harrison insists that he cannot be broken by Haye and that the champion is already starting to wilt. “Don’t be surprised if I knock David Haye out in a couple of rounds, the way it’s going,” Harrison told Sky Sports News.
The final press conference is set for Wednesday. On Thursday both fighters will work out at the Ricky Hatton Gym and Friday’s weigh-in will take place at the The Lowry Art and Entertainment Centre at 2PM.
Someday Yves Jabouin hopes to be a 3D animator on blockbuster action films (citing “The Matrix” and “Terminator” as examples of the kind of spectacular projects he covets). In the meantime, with Hollywood on the backburner, the occasional training partner of Georges St-Pierre is gearing up for his Nov. 11 scrap against Hawaiian standout Brandon Visher . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Manny Pacquiao runs early in the morning Tuesday after arriving in Dallas late last night. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on pay-per-view.
Former world title challenger Alejandro Lakatos has vowed to expose unbeaten Nathan Cleverly on December 11 at the Echo Arena where the Interim WBO World light-heavyweight title will be at stake. “He’s an overhyped jumped-up kid who will be exposed for what he is on December 11, and I’ll give him a one, two that will knock him out. I’ve seen Cleverly’s fight against Karo Murat, and if he stands in front of me like that he’ll be in big trouble. I’ll punish him.” Born in Romania but now fighting out of Madrid, Lakatos has 31 and has twice fought for the WBO world light-heavyweight title. “It will definitely be a case of third time lucky against Cleverly,” said Lakatos. “I’ve been close to glory before, but this time my dream of winning a world title is about to come true. I’m sure that I will get booed into the Echo Arena, but by the time I’ve finished with Cleverly the crowd will be on their feet and cheering me.”
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to suburban Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre on Friday, November 12 with Darryl Cunningham and Rubin Williams squaring off in the 10 round main event for the WBF United States 175 pound title. The careers of the two Motor City combatants have been heading in opposite directions as Cunningham is sporting a nice win streak while Williams has been on the slide as of late, a trend he vows to halt in this bout. Williams has stated, “I will not lose in my hometown!” Cunningham has showed solid improvement in recent outings and is planning on continuing his march towards what he hopes is a world ranking and title shot with a victory over Williams. (more…)
Saturday’s main event features a middleweight title eliminator between two of the division’s longest standing contenders. Nate “The Great” Marquardt has been among the 185-lb elite since defeating Ivan Salaverry in his inaugural trip to the Octagon back in August 2005. He needs a win over Yushin Okami to secure his second attempt at capturing UFC gold. .. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
Unbeaten WBC interim world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) will soon have the opportunity to remove the word “interim” from his title. The Universum fighter was made the official mandatory challenger for the winner of the November 20 clash between champion Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams in Atlantic City. This was confirmed by WBC general secretary Mauricio Sulaiman at the WBC Convention in Cancun, where Zbik and Universum co-promoter Dietmar Poszwa were both present. “This decision was overdue for a long time since I have been interim world champion for more than one year,” said Zbik. “I’m very glad to now the definitive assurance that I’ll get to fight the winner by March.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
No Filipino fighter has won a world title at 154 lbs and Manny Pacquiao stands to become the first after he faces Mexican Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas with the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) belt at stake. The only time a Filipino figured in a world title fight at super-welterweight/junior-middle/light-middle class took place in March 1994 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arman Picar challenged Julio Cesar Vasquez of Argentina for the World Boxing Association junior-middle diadem and got knocked out in less than two rounds in the Don King-promoted show. Picar actually earned the title shot after nailing the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation title in Korea in December the previous year. If ever Pacquiao wins the WBC title, he will become the second heaviest Filipino to bag a world title after Ceferino Garcia, who reigned as world middleweight (160 lbs) king from 1939 to 1940.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao wrapped up his training sessions at the Wildcard Boxing Club on Monday and then flew to Dallas where he’ll take on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. For more details and photos click here…
7-Time World Champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao arrives at Dallas-Fort Worth airport on Monday, November 8 in his “private” chartered plane with over 200 guests including numerous Philippine dignitaries.
The team of Allan Green has formally notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission of their intent to file an appeal of referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call a halt to his Super Six bout this past Saturday evening against Glen Johnson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Johnson was awarded a knockout victory at the close of the eighth round. Green went to the canvas after being on the receiving end of what he and his team feel were rabbit punches. Boxing attorney Josh Dubin has been hired to handle the appeal. Dubin is known for successfully overturning Timothy Bradley’s knockout victory over Nate Campbell to a no contest. The appeal will be filed by the end of the week, and the rules of the NSAC entitle Green to a decision within sixty days of the filing of his petition.
Undefeated junior featherweight prospect Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over Heriberto Ruiz (44-10-2, 26 KOs) on Monday night at the USMC Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. A right hand to the jaw decked Ruiz to end it. Time was 1:03.
2008 U.S. Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs) went the distance for the fit time in his career in winning a six round unanimous decision over Tony Hirsch (12-4-1, 6 KOs). Estrada dropped Hirsch in round one with a left hook but Hirsch survived the round. Hirsch gained in confidence as the bout progressed. Estrada was cut at the side of the left eye in round four. Scores were 58-55, 59-54, 59-54.
Undefeated Polish heavyweight prospect Mariusz “Polski Olbrzym” Wach has been added to Friday night’s “Homecoming King” pro boxing card at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Wach (22-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Poland, was supposed to fight on last Saturday night’s show in New Jersey, but his opponent pulled out. The TWBA heavyweight champion Wach will be fighting veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (33-14-1, 20 KOs) in a 6-round bout.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Hard punching welterweight champion Steve Maxwell (8-4, 6 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Alex Ahtong (4-8-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Tattersalls Function Center in Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 2009 Maxwell stopped former Australian champion Mathew Paulley in two rounds and in 2010 he scored impressive fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis. Ahtong scored a second round knockout over Casey Hannan in 2009 and in 2010 extended Tui Leveni losing via a split eight round technical decision. Ahtong is trained by former Australian amateur champion Dave Birchell who also trains world rated super middleweight Sakio Bika and world rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters. Maxwell is guided by Adrian Lovell. Promoter is Adrian Lovell.
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Alex Dombroff at Ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah made a successful return to the 140-pound weight class on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he won a ten-round split decision against previously unbeaten Lucas Matthysse in the main event of the HBO “Boxing after Dark” series. (More)
With a berth in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic already secured, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will return home to the Oracle Arena where he defends his WBA super middleweight championship for the second time against tough world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs)on November 27 live on SHOWTIME.
The card will begin at 4PM featuring undefeated jr. middleweight and 2008 US Olympian Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs), undefeated lightweight Stan Martyniouk (10-0, 1KO), power-punching Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs), plus four other bouts with the main event starting at approximately 7PM.
Ward will appear at an open-to-the-public press conference Tuesday at 11:30AM at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill (15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro, 94578).
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