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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer: “It’s really a shame, it’s a shame for Canada, it’s a shame for boxing to have a decision like that. We had Canadian people, Canadian fans come up to us and tell us he (Hopkins) won. That is what is wrong with boxing. He sure didn’t lose, I think if you think that, you don’t know what boxing means. Look at the scorecards; it happens all the time up here, that is what is wrong with boxing. It’s a disgrace. We are going to file a protest. The WBC will order an immediate rematch and we will see what other legal remedies we have because this is wrong. This is wrong. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Bernard Hopkins: “I’m going to stand up because my legs are fresh. I’m a fifteen round fighter, but they don’t have that no more, it was abandoned 15-20 years ago. People asked before I came up to Canada, ‘Bernard, are you worried about the judges?’ I said no because I believe when you put on a show, no matter what I think, the world and the fans will see what they see. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada, but there comes a time, no matter who you are, where you have to say that Bernard fought a hell of a fight and he believe’s he won. It’s alright to say that. It’s no crime speaking your mind. Your counterparts might not like it, but it’s okay. There’s one thing about TV. People from around the world, when they see what they see, it is what it is. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
45-year-old two-division champ Bernard Hopkins dominated the scorecards over the second half of his fight against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Quebec City, but two early knockdowns proved to be too much to overcome on the scorecards of judges Claude Paquette (113-113) and Daniel Van de Wiele (114-114). Steve Morrow scored the contest 114-112 for Hopkins. Click here to see the sctual master scoresheet close up…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
In a much closer fight than it should have been, hometown legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) won a unanimous decision to defend his WBC Silver light welterweight title over late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Lorenzo pressured the taller Morales throughout the fight despite Morales landing the harder punches. Morales dropped Lorenzo in the fifth round with a grazing right hand but the Dominican was never hurt. The contest had its bursts of fireworks as both veterans were not afraid to exchange heavy leather, especially towards the later rounds when the fight seemed up for grabs. Scores were Raul Caiz Sr. 116-111, Raul Caiz Jr. 114-113, Zach Young 115-112.
With the win, Morales eyes an early 2011 match up against WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in search for his fourth world title in as many divisions. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photo: Tim Snow – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round majority draw against Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 16,500 at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada. After hitting the canvas in three of the first four rounds, one of which was ruled a slip, seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins came storming back, able to capture a 114-112, 113-113, 114-114 majority draw by dominating the second half of the fight.
“He looked like he was tired from the 5th round to the 12th,” said Hopkins in a highly charged press conference afterwards. (more…)
Thirty-nine year old IBF light flyweight champion Luis Alberto Lazarte (48-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against former IBF light flyweight champion Ulises Solis (32-2-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico with bout being scored a majority draw. The official judges scorecards read 113-113 twice and 117-109 for Solis. The bout took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Lazarte was born and raised. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event. The bout was a very sloppy affair where many of the rounds were very hard to score. Lazarte was deducted points in rounds four and ten for hitting Solis behind the head.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Adolfo Ramos (16-11-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, Mexico. Arce floored Ramos early with a right to the head and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:06. Arce is now looking for a shot at WBO super bantamweight champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2011.
WBO light flyweight interim champion Ramon Garcia (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Soto (15-7-1, 6 KOs). Garcia scored knockdowns in rounds four and ten en route to a 120-106, 119-107, 118-108. Click here for more, plus photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao Zhong (15-3-1, 10 KOs) scored impressive fourth round knockout over Pongpan Patanakan Gym (8-5-1, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jr flyweight title at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China on Saturday. Zhong attacked his opponent from round one and in round two a left hook dropped the Thai boxer who gamely lasted until the bell sounded. In round four, a perfectly delivered right hand to the jaw dropped Patanakan Gym and referee Bruce McTavish crowned Zhong as the Thai was out cold. Time :23. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten super featherweight prospect Luis Valero (3-0, 3 KOs) won by knockout at 39 seconds of the first round against Roger Samudio in a fight held Saturday night at the Hotel Melia Panama Canal in Colon City, Panama. Valero now has three straight first round KOs since launching his career in September. His brother, former world champion Edwin Valero, opened his career with 18 consecutive first round KOs.
By Karl Freitag
In an intense and brutal fight between big hitters, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) retained his world title by twelve round split decision against dangerous and previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. The fight started at a brisk pace with both fighters landing big shots. Huck landed several huge right hands in round two against his southpaw challenger. Lebedev applied heavy pressure, but Huck continued to land the cleaner shots in the third. Further relentless attack from Lebedev as the bout progressed with Huck continuing to find a home for the right hand. Lebedev was cut over the left eye by a punch in round nine. Huck landed a series of clean rights in the tenth round. Lebedev came on strong in round eleven and round twelve was close. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 for Huck, 116-112 for Lebedev. It was Huck’s fifth successful defense.
Unbeaten heavyweight and Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Nicolai Firtha (19-8-1, 8 KOs). Povetkin pressed the action the entire fight and was a clear winner, but Firtha was competitive until the end. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 99-91. After the fight, Povetkin said he suffered a possible broken right hand in round one.
In a WBA cruiserweight eliminator, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over Ali Ismailov (18-4-1, 13 KOs). Hernandez hit Ismailov with a right to the chin and Ismailov retreated and fell though the ropes where he was counted out. Time was 2:23.
Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over former Euro champion Paolo Vidoz (26-10, 15 KOs). Scores 80-72 on all cards.
Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (21-1, 13 KOs) needed just 70 seconds to stop Mike Middleton (13-20-1, 5 KOs). A left hook to the body laid out Middleton. Nice comeback for Pianeta who returned to the ring after beating cancer.
Light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (18-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Alpay Kobal (7-10-2, 5 KOs) over eight. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 80-71.
Light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (4-0, 2 KOs) scored two first round knockdowns and got a TKO stoppage between rounds when Mile Nikolic (4-9, 2 KOs) could not continue due a cut.
Dolphil Promotions has announced that a deal has been struck between both Guillermo Rigondeux’s manager Gary Hyde, Top Rank Promotions and Dolphil Promotions for a proposed world title fight between EBU Champion Willie Casey and WBA interim super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The fight is scheduled for March 2011 and is likely to be held in Dublin, Ireland. “The deal is in place, Ireland can now prepare itself for one of the greatest fights ever held over here. You have a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WBA world champion against Ireland’s ‘Cinderella Man’- a man who has beaten all the odds to get to where he is now. We are delighted that it’s going ahead and also that it will be held here in Ireland,” said promoter Daniel Halpin.
Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
Golden Boy Promotions and Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returned to “America’s Finest City,” San Diego, in association with Don Chargin Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions, for the fourth time this year to present their weekly boxing series on Friday night from the Four Points Sheraton.
In the main event, unbeaten featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) remained as such when he earned a workman-like unanimous decision over the opponent du jour in San Diego, Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (20-17-1, 9 KOs) in eight rounds . . . Click here for more
Photos by John Booz
Middleweight Osumanu Adama (18-2, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over local favorite Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-9, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO International title on Friday night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Adama, a 2000 Ghana Olympian, won by near shutout scores of 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight “King” David Estrada (25-6, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Franklin Gonzalez (13-7, 9 KOs). Gonzalez was on the deck twice before the bout was waved off at the 1:05 mark.
In a special attraction USBO cruiserweight title bout, heavy handed Carl “Iron Fist” Davis (15-3, 11 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion “King” Arthur Williams (47-6-1, 30 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 96-93, 96-93. Davis had a 10-8 round in the fifth stanza when Williams was given a standing eight-count. (more…)
Matt Vanda 163.5 vs. Phil Williams 164.5
Anthony Bonsante 167 vs. Bobby Kliewer 165.5
Brad Patraw 117.5 vs. Antwan Robertson 116.5
Tony Lee 136.5 vs. David Laque 133
Donny Tierney 153.5 vs. Bobby Butters Jr. 154
Jonathan Perez 118.5 vs. Randy Ronchi 119
Jamal James 145 vs. Ryan Gronvold 147
John Jackson 131 vs. Willshaun Boxley 132
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Midwest Sports Council / RDS Company
By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight champion Xolise Macbute Sinyabi was in outstanding form when he retained his title with a seventh stoppage win over Pfariso Neluvhelani at the Gompo Hall in Duncan Village near East London on Friday night. Sinyabi (15-1, 15 KOs) who fights out of the Nick Durandt stable was more controlled than in recent fights as he dominated from the first round against the number six rated Neluvheleni (4-4-1, 1 KO) from the Limpopo province who never troubled the champion. Sinyabi who was making his fifth defence scored with punishing lefts and rights to the head and body throughout before the referee stepped in to call the fight off in the seventh round.
On the undercard former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete (14-1, 12 KOs) who fights from the southpaw stance destroyed Sipho Nkadimeng (4-8-3, 1 KO) from Mamelodi who was counted out at 2 minutes 20 seconds of the first round of a bantamweight contest.
Below are ring quotes from DKP’s big world championship card on Friday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Odlanier Solis: “I wanted to make Austin suffer for the things he said at the press conferences leading up to the fight. I didn’t like it when he said that when he was done with me, they were going to send me back to Cuba. Now I sent him back to Cleveland where all they have are cows…..I wasn’t tired at all. It was my strategy to fight the way I did tonight. What’s the worst thing that could have happened? I could have knocked him out or made him look ridiculous, which I did.”
At the post-fight press conference: “I don’t think I’m fat. What I would like to do is slap around some of the newspaper writers that say I’m fat.”
Ray Austin: “Solis will beat Vitali Klitschko. He’s accurate and has a good defense. He rests and recovers well, too. The only downside I see might be his chin…..He showed a lot. I see him being the next WBC heavyweight champion. He’s good.”
Tavoris Cloud: “I got hit with a headbutt in the second round that caused a cut over my left eye, but Zuniga was a tough guy. I knew I had better skills but he came into this fight in good shape…..I only give my performance a “B” tonight. I will tell you I took this man seriously because I knew he would come to fight…..I want the winner of Pascal-Hopkins tomorrow night, or Chad Dawson if he ever decides he wants to fight me.”
Fulgencio Zuniga: “Both times I went down were from headbutts. I thought I did enough to win…..Cloud was a strong guy, a champion and a hard puncher. But I was still proud of my performance.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I showed tonight that I can still fight. [Michael] Walker thought he had something for me, but the outcome was never in doubt. El Matador is back.”
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
In a bizarre finish to tonight’s WBC heavyweight eliminator, Ray “The Rainman “ Austin (28-5-4, 18 KO’s) suffered a disqualification loss to Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (17-0,12 KO’s). Solis dominated the action with superior handspeed, defense and combination punches. Although Austin held height and weight advantages, Solis had him moving backwards for most of the fight. Austin’s jab slowed down to a mere push in the later rounds as Solis’ energy seemed to increase. The tenth round saw Solis land a solid one-two that stunned Austin followed by a blistering 4 punch combination to put the “Rainman” on wobbly legs. Austin ate another right hand that caused him to clinch Solis into the ropes. That’s when things got weird. Austin pushed Solis into the ring ropes at the bell and the two men almost toppled over only to get pushed back up by promoter Ahmet Oner and referee Tellis Assimenios. When the two fighters finally righted themselves, Austin threw an ill-advised punch that connected. That was enough for referee Tommy Kimmons who he immediately disqualified Austin. The win means Solis will face WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko next year for the title.
Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (22-0, 18 KO’s) retained his IBF light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over rugged Colombian challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 21 KO’s). Cloud dictated the pace with double jabs followed by thunderous right crosses and left hooks to pile up the points from the opening round. However Zuniga would not go away as he scored with left uppercuts and displayed a decent jab of his own. Cloud knocked Zuniga to the canvas with a left hand as he appeared to lose his footing. Referee Tellis Assimenios administered a standing eight count to the Colombian slugger. Judges scores were 117-108, 118-108 and 116-109 for the undefeated light heavyweight from Tallahassee who now looks to find bigger fights against the other big names in the division.
Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KO’s) unleashed furious shots soaked with malicious intent to score a 9th round TKO victory over Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-6-2, 12 KO’s). Mayorga landed left hooks in the corner to start the ninth and force Walker to take a knee. He kept punching however and suffered a 2-point deduction from referee Tommy Kimmons. It wasn’t enough to deter “El Matador” as he obviously had a knockout on his mind and saw it to fruition at 1:09 of the same round. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
Photos by Gary Sarti
Welterweight prospect Jesse Lubash remained undefeated Friday night after defeating veteran journeyman Harrison Cuello via unanimous decision in front of a supportive hometown crowd in Monroeville, PA, only minutes outside of Pittsburgh. Lubash cut his opponent under the left eye with the first punch of the fight. Throughout the bout Lubash was the aggressor and dictated the pace of the exchanges with hard, thumping body shots. Though Cuello was cut and battered, the crafty veteran used slick head movement and well-timed counters to keep his younger opponent from pinning him against the ropes. Judges’ scorecards read 80-72, 78-74, and 79-73 all in favor of the still unbeaten Jesse Lubash who improves to a perfect 14-0, 8 KOs. Harrison Cuello falls to 20-14-3, 15 KOs.
Heavyweight standout Travis Kaufmann (21-1, 16 KOs) was awarded a disqualification victory at 2:49 of round four after his opponent, Ross Thompson (27-15-3, 17 KOs), was removed from the ring by officials. Thompson, who had little to offer the larger and faster Kaufmann, was first deducted a point for attempting to attack referee Rick Steigerwald between rounds one and two. Following three non-competitive rounds of foul language and holding, Thompson was disqualified for excess grappling and blatant disregard of the referees instruction. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #13 super bantamweight Christopher Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an eight round unanimous decision over Yogli Herrera (22-14, 15 KOs) in a junior lightweight clash on Friday night at the Flour Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
In a good action fight, unbeaten junior lightweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over journeyman Adolfo Landeros (20-17-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
Former IBF super featherweight world champion and now campaigning as a welterweight Steve Forbes (35-8, 11 KOs) knocked out veteran Roberto Valenzuela (55-56-2, 45 KOs) with a body shot in round two on Friday night at the Hammond Cvic Center in Hammond, Indiana. Time was 2:08. The 33-year-old Forbes, best known for his role on “The Contender: Season 2,” gets back into the win column after dropping five of his last seven.
In an upset, unheralded welterweight Eric Draper (2-4, 0 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Ed Ochoa (10-2, 9 KOs). Score were 58-55, 57-56, 58-55.
“The Fighting Schoolteacher” Jimmy Holmes (19-1-2, 10 KOs) taught Joseph Harden (10-21-2, 1 KOs) a painful lesson, dropping him three times in round one in a super middleweight bout. Time was 2:27.
The January 14 edition of Telefutura’s weekly “Sólo Boxeo” will feature unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara (14-0, 9 KOs) and rising stars Frankie Gomez and Randy Caballero in separate bouts. The Golden Boy Promotions event will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
With only 24 hours remaining, Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins hit the scales before the last SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast of 2010. Catch Pascal vs. Hopkins live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, Dec 18th at 10pm ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Hector Villarreal
Nicolas Walters 126 vs. Gonzalo Munguia 125
Evens Pierre 138.7 vs. Dunis Liñan 134.5
Ogleidis Suarez 123 vs. Paola Herrera 119.5
Nando Bailarin 115.5 vs. Jose Luis Calvo 116
Franklin Manzanilla 122 vs. Victor Peralta 121
Luis Quintana 109.5 vs. Davis Reyes 109
Luis Valero 130.7 vs. Roger Samudio 137
Venue: Panama Al Brown Gym in Colon City
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions, Inc
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales weighed in at 139.7 for his WBC silver super lightweight clash against Francisco Lorenzo 138.38 on Saturday night at the Caliente Estadio in Tijuana, Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Executive vice president of the WBA Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA ratings chariman Jose Oliver Gómez and WBA flyweight interim world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion made the official presentation of the donation of USD $15,000 promised to the Children’s Hospital of Panama from ticket sales at the WBA’s XXII International “KO to Drugs” Festival held October 2. “It is a WBA commitment to make such donations. Boxing must be closer to the needs of society in this case the children of Panama,” said Mendoza.
Photos and report by Rocco Morales
Just as is the case today, in December 1984, the heavyweight championship was splintered and divided amongst three different champions. However, instead of two of the champions being Ukranian and the other being British, back in the day American boxers still ruled the heavyweight division and the titlists were Americans Larry Holmes, Pinklon Thomas and Greg Page. 1984 is significant because it was also when the wildly popular Battle In The Ballroom began an amazing 26 year run and helped to bring boxing to a new crowd of boxing who could enjoy an evening of boxing in a hotel ballroom rather than in a grungy old arena. For more details and photos click here…
Report by Brady Crytzer
In a fight of the year candidate on the night of the final WEC event, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis used every weapon in his arsenal to defeat champion Benson Henderson via unanimous decision.
Although considered to be a not-so-classic matchup of striker versus grappler, the champion Henderson proved that he had no fear in trading blows with the 23 year old challenger. After both men missed with jumping roundhouse kicks, Henderson was able to slam his opponent to the mat. Though he was down, Pettis was certainly not out and he popped back to his feet after a brief stint on his back. Once standing again, Pettis was able to score with a quick strike that briefly wobbled the champion. Visibly hurt, Henderson shot in for a takedown and ended the round from the top position. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Bernard Hopkins 174.6 vs. Jean Pascal 174.10
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Paul Malignaggi 148.8 vs. Michael Lozada 148.6
Peter Quillin 164.14 vs. Martin Desjardins 164.5
Pier Olivier Cote 138.12 vs. Cesar Soriano 138.12
Tyson Fury 268.14 vs. Zack Page 212.3
Kevin Bizier 148.10 vs. Ronnie Warrior 149.2
Daniel Jacobs 164.12 vs. Jesse Orta 164.10
Eric Martel Bahoeli 239.4 vs. Ruben Rivera 261.5
Mikael Zewski 157.3 vs. Leonardo Rojas 159.9
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 121.5 vs. Adolfo Ramos 121.5
Campeonato Mundial Minimosca Omb 12 Rounds
Ramon Garcia 107 vs. Omar Pastor 107
(WBO interim light flyweight title)
Joksan Hernandez 129 vs. Jorge Lacierva 129
Omar Chavez 147.7 vs. Ignasi Caballero 147.7
Ramon Maas 122 vs. Leopoldo Arrocha 122
Venue: Estadio 20 de Noviembre
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank, Gobierno de Campeche
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports
Hundreds of fans were in hand for the official weigh-in of the big boxing card that will be held here this Saturday night with three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce taking on Adolfo Ramos in the main event. (more…)
The first Prizefighter tournament of 2011 sees the light heavyweights take over the Olympia in London on January 29. The 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man one-night tournament is so far lacking the usual big international name or two. The best known fighter is former British super middleweight beltholder Tony Dodson. The rest of the lineup includes Travis Dickinson, Llewellyn Davies, Menay Edwards, Billy Slate, Joe Smyth, Michael Banbula and a fighter who will be announced soon.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was arrested by Las Vegas police last night in a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an alleged November 15 assault on a security guard. He was picked up at a Las Vegas Casino last night and held until 10:53AM today. Mayweather, who is also currently facing a domestic violence charge from another incident, allegedly poked a security guard in the face with his finger after receiving a parking ticket on November 15.
Here are the weights from Berlin ahead of tomorrow’s WBO cruiserweight title clash:
Marco Huck 199.1 vs Denis Lebedev198.2
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.1 vs Ali Ismailov 197.5
WBA cruiserweight eliminator)
Alexander Povetkin 229.3 vs Nicolai Firtha 259
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Recently it has been known that highly regarded Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may land a fight with the WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslay Senchenko in March 2011. For many, it’s a big surprise that Canelo could fight for the WBA and not the WBC title. According to promoter Eddy Reynoso of Canelo Promotions, Alvarez could fight anyone who would provide a better future. European champion Matthew Hatton has also been mentioned as a possible foe. In addition, there is talk of a three fight plan with Golden Boy Promotions culminating in a world title fight in the U.S.
It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. After 26 years at the Irvine Marriott, where the name “Battle In The Ballroom” became synonymous with sold out shows and competitive fights in an intimate venue, renowned Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht has decided that it is time for a change.
So beginning on February 24, 2011, Englebrecht will launch “Fight Club OC,” a bi-monthly series that he promises will feature the kind of boxing action that has brought 38 current and former world champions to SoCal fans hungry for one thing and one thing only – competitive fights.
Englebrecht has teamed up with the OC Fair & Event Center to stage six Thursday night Fight Club OC shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Open less than a year the 23,000 square foot venue is the newest and most modern building on the OC Fair property. Designed with an aviation hangar look, its 50 foot high arched ceiling and unique 50 foot high hangar doors, that can be opened during spring and summer nights, give it a big time arena feel, better to now feature the explosive action that only Fight Club OC can deliver. (more…)
By Igor Frank
Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan talks about a rumored title shot against WBA world champion Miguel Cotto next March.
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