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With the world heavyweight championship fight set to air live on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Honda Center in Anaheim, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® held a conference call with the stars of the card. Here are flash quotes: (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
When 2011 began, Timothy Bradley was primed to take his craft to the next level. The undefeated WBO light welterweight champion was set to face Devon Alexander for his WBC title with a plush HBO deal in place and the opportunity to prove his supremacy at 140 . . . Click here for more
Brad Pickett, professional mixed martial artist, sees the fight game the same way we see him fight. There’s no nonsense, just a desire to get down to business as soon as possible. So the response you get when you ask him about his UFC 138 co-main event against Renan Barao and what a win would do for his career is no shocker . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Wednesday afternoon in front of hundreds of boxing fans in the Central Plaza of Leon, Guanajuato, heavyweights Cristobal “Nightmare” Arreola and Ralph “Silencer” Butler presented a public workout in advance of this Saturday’s clash at the Domo de la Feria. Arreola at the end of his presentation took the flag of Mexico and to thank the hundreds of fans gathered. “Thank you all, I’m really excited to see so many people supporting me. The truth is, I never imagined seeing so many people supporting me I have no more words rather than say thank you very much and viva Mexico!” Arreola was touched by the public support. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA #14 cruiserweight Mike Marrone talks about Saturday’s world championship showdown with WBA champion Guillermo Jones, plus presser comments from Jones and WBC #1 cruiser Francisco Palacios who will also see action.
Video by Josafat Aguilar / BOX-MAGAZINE
Sparring session between super WBA; WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and the WBC Youth lightweight champion Gilberto “Flaco” González.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Rene Perez / CANELO PROMOTIONS
Although for most Mexicans this Wednesday is a holiday, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez did not stop training because the next three weeks will hold the most difficult hurdle of his successful career. Alvarez (38-0-1, 28KOs), is thoroughly prepared to face the Puerto Rican puncher Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) next November 26th at the Expo Bancomer of Santa Fe, located in Mexico City. (more…)
Two top boxing promoters in the Chicagoland area say they are fed up with Illinois commission’s recent spate of rules changes that, they say, make it much more difficult to promote an event in the state. Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing and Domenic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, say they will meet together with state representatives this week with a list of grievances about the state’s latest round of rule changes.
Already having recently increased their basic fees (some as high as 1000% or more), yesterday (November 1) Rafael Caro II, Public Service Administrator for the Illinois State Athletic Commission notified all licensed promoters of the changes, including the following (paraphrased):
There will be absolutely no deductions done for the Boxers/Contestants at any weigh-in and/or event.
Ringside physicians will not be doing physicals for any contestants… They must get physicals done by a MD or DO only, prior to the weigh-in.
ALL Boxers/Contestants must be licensed prior to the weigh-in.
(Boxers) are to pay all fees by check or money order only whenever they submit their application. Any seconds (cornermen) can get licensed no later than the weigh-in (no one will be allowed to license the day of event).
It is imperative and your sole responsibility to inform all professional boxers/contestants of these new changes. No exceptions will be given.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has approved a tribute to Don King honoring the octogenarian on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the Viva Don King World Championship Boxing Show Nov. 5, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fl. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is offering to all fans attending the show a $10.00 discount, with either a ticket stub or valid credential, on a weekend ticket package or gala dinner ticket, when attending the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame annual Induction Dinner and ceremonies the weekend of June 22-24, 2012 at the Wyndam Hotel, 700 No. Westshore Blvd., Tampa Fl. The class of 2012, will be officially announced on Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 at FLBHOF Vice Pres. Steve Canton’s SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Fl. With much appreciation to Don and the DKP staff for all they have done for boxing worldwide.
USBA welterweight champion Carson Jones will look to take another step towards his dream of fighting for a world title when he battles 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo “Slicky Ricky” Williams in the main event of “The Corona Rumble at Remington, Presented by Monster Energy” Thursday, December 15 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK.
Jones, 32-8-2 (22 KO’s), hasn’t had any soft touches in the paid ranks, battling a plethora of prospects, contenders and undefeated fighters. Although he’s had his fair share of frustrations, the 25 year old has been on a tear during the last two and a half years, compiling an outstanding 15-1-1 record against solid opposition. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A sea of media turned out at the popular Quebec sports bar La Cage Aux Sports for a chance to hear from undefeated superstar Lucian Bute and former world champ Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson on Wednesday, just three days before Bute makes the ninth defense of his IBF Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 5, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event, which will originate from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, also features a 12-round junior welterweight bout between rising Canadian 140-pound star Pier-Olivier Côté (17-0, 11 KOs), of Quebec City and Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs), of the Bronx, New York.
One of the largest box office draws in boxing, the undefeated, Romanian-born Bute will enter the ring with an unblemished record of 29-0 with 24 KOs. Bute has registered knockouts in seven of his eight title defenses and has only gone the distance five times in his professional career. (more…)
Photos: David Martin Warr
Don King hosted the final press conference today for his world championship fight card on Saturday in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (WealthTV 8 p.m. ET/PT) in Hollywood, Fla. The main event will feature Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) defending his WBA cruiserweight title against WBA #14-ranked Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs), from Vero Beach, Fla. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Marquez: “We prepared ourselves to win this fight again. We feel we won the first two fights and that’s how you should go into a fight. We knew the first two fights were close. The 3rd fight will shed any doubt of who the better fighter is. We’re not the only ones that say we won the first fight. The fans and media have said that as well.”
“I don’t believe age has anything to do with it. I prepare very well and I’ll be just as ready as I was a few years back.”
“I would rather fight Pacquiao three or four more times than to fight Mayweather again. Mayweather doesn’t fight. We know Pacquiao fights and we know that this will be a great war.”
Nacho Beristain: “Pacquiao has become a better technical fighter but Marquez has become better as well and is a more experienced fighter. He’s always going to be focused and ready. I think he’ll fight like he’s 24.”
Heading into his April 2010 bout with Rafael dos Anjos, Liverpool lightweight Terry Etim was on the verge of stardom. 19 months later, he’s looking to reintroduce himself to the world . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Andreas Hale
Manny Pacquiao: This third fight will be the answer to whether or not Marquez got robbed in the other two fights. I never underestimate Marquez. There’s a big difference in me today. I have changed and improved a lot of areas and I’m more dangerous now. I think I’m a lot better now. My power has made a big difference. It’s going to be different for him when he steps in the ring with me. We know his weaknesses but we won’t tell you what they are.
Freddy Roach: I’ve never seen Manny as motivated as I have in this fight.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef has recently spread the word that he would love to match Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) with hard-hitting WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs) sooner or later. “I have seen some tapes of Rios and all I can say is that Gamboa is ready for him anytime, anyplace”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Rios is an aggressive guy but I see nothing in his game to really shock Gamboa. It should be a good fight though so I say: Let’s get it on!” (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in one of the featured fights on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card, will be in line for a pair of much-coveted title shots with a win on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden. A Jones victory over Lujan in their scheduled 12-rounder will gain him the #1 position in the welterweight rankings of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), currently ruled by Andre Berto, which could lead to a fight for Berto’s title in 2012. He also might possibly be matched with #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Two-time world champion Israel ‘Magnifico’ Vazquez (44-5, 32 KOs) will be hosting the official grand opening of his new boxing gym, Magnifico Boxing Gym, this Saturday November 5th. The event will begin at 12:00 noon with the ceremonial ribbon cutting by long time friend and manager Frank Espinoza Sr. Boxing fans will get a tour of the facility and will also have an opportunity to take pictures and get autographs with some of the fighters expected to be in attendance like current bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KOs), former world champion Martin ‘El Gallo’ Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) and many others. Magnifico Boxing Gym is located at 3419 Tweedy Blvd. South Gate, California.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Lefele makes the third defence of his SA minimumweight title when he meets Siviwe Ntsiko at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre in Motherwell on Saturday afternoon. Lefele, whose professional record stands at 16-5, with 10 stoppage wins, has been the champion since September 2008. (more…)
Thiago Alves’ first trip to England for a UFC fight in 2008 may or may not earn a place on his personal highlight reel, depending on which part of the journey we’re talking about . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA#14 Frank LoPorto (15-4-2, 7KOs) is confident of capturing the WBA light middleweight title when he will challenge champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas on November 11. LoPorto has been getting excellent sparring against WBA#11 light heavyweight Joel Casey and has impressed with speed and power in training sessions. At 33 years of age LoPorto who is managed by Adam Wilcock, is seven years Trout’s senior but both boxers stand same height at 5.10″. Trout is a southpaw and LoPorto will box from the orthodox stance. LoPorto resides in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Trout is from Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. Trout won the WBA crown by outpointing Rigerberto Alvarez and defended successfully by defeating David Lopez over twelve rounds in 2011 fights. Australian Anthony Mundine holds the WBA interim title and Miguel Cotto is the WBA super champion at 154 pounds. The Trout vs LoPorto WBA title bout will be televised live to Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network. more photos
As training camp winds down for the undefeated WBC International heavyweight champion Mariusz Wach, the true scope of his growth as a fighter becomes clearer. Wach, (25-0 13KOs), of North Bergen, N.J., by way of Krakow, Poland, will face former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37KOs) this Saturday, November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the site of his Knockout of the Year performance against Kevin McBride in July. (more…)
Photos and story by William Wilczewski / Nogales International
Nogales, Arizona’s Adan Leal (left) and Nogales, Sonora’s Noe Lopez Jr. (right) will train Wednesday night at the Rage Boxing & Fitness Club in Nogales, Arizona, in preparation for their upcoming fights in Nogales, Sonora. Lopez is slated to fight Jesus Laguna on Friday at the Dr. Alberto Hoeffman Stadium, while Leal is set to face a yet-named opponent on Dec. 3 at the Micro Plaza.
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Press workouts before Saturday’s big “Viva Don King” card at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida featuring emerging super lightweight Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (11-0, 8 KOs), USBO jr middle beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1, 11 KOs), WBC #1 cruiser Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) and WBA cruiser king Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3, 29 KOs).
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO), trained with Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas recently. The two seemingly diverse personalities found some common threads. They both love boxing and they both like to win just as much. Sergei is thirsty to learn more of the mental aspects of the sports, more finesse and footwork. Mayweather thinks he is just the guy to teach Sergei the “slick-ness” as he puts it. Sergei was pleased with the time he spent with Mayweather and said he will return to Las Vegas in about 2 weeks to continue training with Floyd Sr.
Sergei commented about training with Mayweather, “I am not the type of person that can just sit around and wait. I have to keep busy. I needed to get in the ring and train. I feel I must always learn. I have what it takes and with the right teacher I can win the championship again. You have to use your mind as well as your body. Floyd can teach me the tricks to take my power and use it as a lighter, smaller fighter would. I feel he (Mayweather) can take me to a new level.” (more…)
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