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Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO against WBA #8 rated Ryan Walters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) in a WBA eliminator at super welterweight on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Mundine, currently rated at #2 by the WBA, earned an eventual fight against WBA champion Miguel Cotto, but first he will take on the winner of the Australian Contender reality series Gareth Wood.
With less than two weeks to go, WBC world rated middleweight David Medina (21-2, 10 KO’s) promises a career defining performance against James Shuler (20-7-1, 14 KO’s) on September 24 in El Paso Texas. Medina’s fight, which is the main event of the eagerly anticipated “El Paso Super Fight 2”, is already the most important of his career. With a #16 world ranking in the WBC, Medina recognizes that the top ten is now in his reach, but promises not to let that distract him. “My job is to win,” Medina stated, “numbers don’t matter to me. I just have to do what I have to do: win.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) is confirmed to be facing Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-3-2, 14 KOs) at a catch weight of 164 on the undercard of the November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito mega-card in Dallas. It will Pavlik’s first fight since losing his WBC and WBO belts to Sergio Martinez in April.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Brian Roberts sadly passed away during September form a heart attack at the age of 57 years. Brian began his professional career in 1972 and had one of his greatest nights on September 12, 1974 when he defeated Australian Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Ferreri at the Blacktown RSL club in Sydney. Ferreri defeated Roberts several times in rematch bouts. Big Jim West was outscored by Roberts several times and Aussie Hall of Famer Jeff Malcolm boxed two draws and dropped a four round decision to Roberts. World class flyweight Henry Nissen outscored Roberts and Lester Ellis won eight round technical decision. All time boxing great Azumah Nelson stopped Brian in five rounds at the Accra Sport Stadium, Ghana in 1981 Commonwealth title bout with Mickey Fernandez in his corner who said, “Brian boxed liked a true champion but Azumah Nelson will be a great world champion one day.” That prediction proved correct. In his final bout – Brian forced future world title challenger Renato Cornett to go the full ten round route for a decision win in August of 1987. Brian Roberts record was 37 win 29 losses and 7 draws with 7 KO victories. The Australian boxing fraternity will sadly miss Brian Roberts.
Legendary warrior “Irish” Micky Ward will to receive a career achievement award this Friday at the Thompson Boxing “Locked N’ Loaded III” event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. “I appreciate it a lot,” Ward said. “I think it’s a great thing especially with me being from a different state and across the country. It’s a tremendous honor.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO), the #4 ranked heavyweight, who in a couple of weeks will start training camp in preparations for his upcoming (end of November, beginning of December) fight with Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO) likes law enforcement and big guns. This is what happened during his recent visit to Essex County Police Academy in New Jersey. Click here for more photos…
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Listening to two fighters exchange pleasantries one day before squaring off as opposing coaches and months before doing battle in the Octagon can be awkward.
On yesterday’s conference call for the twelfth season of Spike TV’s hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, welterweightchampion Georges St-Pierre (20-2) defended the number one contender and rival coach Josh Koscheck (15-4) from criticism that the blonde haired TUF alum was the season’s “bad guy.” . . . Click here for more
Detroit will be infused with adrenaline on Saturday, November 20, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Motor City for the first time since UFC IX in 1996. In the main event, two former UFC® light heavyweight champions collide as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, presented by Bud Light and live from the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. (more…)
Weigh-in results for tonight’s UFC Fight Night. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas:
Rousimar Palhares 186 vs. Nate Marquardt 186
Charles Oliveira 154 vs.Efrain Escudero 159
Gleison Tibau 154 vs.Jim Miller 155.5
Cole Miller 156 vs.Ross Pearson 156
John Gunderson 156 vs.Yves Edwards 155
Kyle Kingsbury 206 vs.Jared Hamman 205
David Branch 186 vs.Tomasz Drwal 185.5
Rafael Natal 186 vs.Rich Attonito 185
David Mitchell 170.5 vs.TJ Waldburger 171
Forrest Petz 170 vs.Brian Foster 170.5
By Karl Freitag
The Team of Wladimir Klitschko wants to put the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion back in the ring in December. However, with David Haye fighting in November, Nikolay Valuev recovering from surgery and Alexander Povetkin’s handlers wanting to give him more time, who is available to challenge the champion?
The name of Tomasz Adamek stands out as the most marketable fight. Adamek may be available, but he may opt to take one more fight before challenging either Wlad or Vitali next year. Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis could make sense. Euro champ Alexander Dimitrenko might be interesting. Unbeaten Denis Boytsov has returned to the gym after hand surgery, although he might not be ready yet for a title shot.
The sleeper might be David Tua, whose name has been floated out there (and his spot at WBO #2 is intact despite a lackluster draw with Monte Barrett). Also Former Klitschko foe Tony Thompson has issued a press release clamoring for a rematch. Stay tuned.
Former world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis and lightweight contender Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Domínguez headline tonight at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico on a special Zanfer Promotions card celebrating 200 years of Mexican Independence. Solis (31-2-2, 21 KOs) meets late sub Luis Carlos Leon (12-2, 10 KOs) in a flyweight bout after original foe Alex “Nene” Sanchez fell out due to undisclosed problems. “The change has affected us a bit, but I’m a professional,” stated Solis. “I’ll give everything for the fans in Tepic so my Mexican people have another reason to cheer. WBC #7 rated Dominguez (31-6-2, 19 KOs) meets Adailton De Jesus (27-5, 22 KOs) in the co-feature. De Jesus recently went ten with Marco Antonio Barrera.
Continuing the proud tradition of supporting the educational welfare of children in need, TD Bank & Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing will present the Ninth Annual “Fight to Educate” charity auction and professional boxing event, this Wednesday, September 15th, at the Verizon Wireless Arena, in Manchester, NH. This outstanding card will feature rising undefeated super welterweight prospect Demetrius Andrade in the main event, plus fellow undefeated super lightweight sensation Danny O’Connor in the evening’s co-feature. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton has checked into a rehab clinic located just south of Manchester, England. “The Hitman” arrived Monday and he’ll undergo a 28-day treatment program to combat depression and drug/alchohol problems. Reports range from Hatton having a “good start” to “shouting at staff” at the Priory Hospital in Altrincham. People close to Hatton say his problems stemmed from his devastating KO loss to Manny Pacquaio last year.
On October 8th, undefeated jr welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (18-0, 12 KOs) will take on his toughest challenger to date when he battles former world title challenger, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-6-2, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder at The Arena (Formally The New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. The co-feature will showcase undefeated lightweight Michael Perez (9-0-1, 4 KOs) in a six round bout. Also, Anthony Flores (9-1-1, 6 KOs) will see action in an eight round super featherweight bout and lightweight Victor Vasquez (11-4-1, 6 KO’s) will take on Edward Valdez (3-8-2) in a six round bout. Tickets start at $45. Call 267-687-7560.
Demetrius Andrade 157 vs Dave Saunders 156.4
Danny O’Connor 143.6 vs Jose Angel Ramon 143.6
Rances Barthelemy 135 vs Angel Lopez ??
Jose Medina 154.4 vs Eduardo Adorno ??
Diego Pereira 140.5 vs Joey Ortega ??
Dan Powers 135 vs Alberto Velez ??
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
Promoter: Cederic Kushner with Gotham Boxing
Event: 9th Annual Fight To Educate
Tickets: Available at the box office
Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone
From the HIlton in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Viva Mexico en Las Vegas” card promoted by Roy Englebrecht & Promociones del Pueblo:
For the IBO featherweight title:
Jackson Asiku 125 vs. Jhonny Gonzalez 125.8*
* Gonzalez was 126.4 on first attempt.
Eliminator for the IBO super featherweight belt:
Tyrone Harris 130 vs. Miguel Roman 131.8*
* Roman 1.8 lbs. over; cannot become No. 1 contender if he wins.
Marcos Reyes 159 vs. Victor Villareal 158
Renell Griffin 133 vs. Khadaphi Proctor 135.2
Quadtrine Hill 228 vs. Yohan Banks 272
Photos by Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez held his first public workout in the United States at the Placita Olvera Kiosko in downtown Los Angeles. He was joined by former world champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris as all four fighters shook out out for media and fans in preparation for their respective bouts on the pay-per-view televised portion of Saturday’s Mosley vs. Mora card. Alvarez, who will face Baldomir and Ortiz, who will face Harris, are looking to solidify their place among other great fighters of Mexican and Mexican American descent who have fought on the all-important Mexican Independence Day weekend. Click here for more photos…
Looks like unbeaten #1 rated WBC featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico will get his long awaited opportunity at a world title. Burgos will take on former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) of Japan November 26 in Tokyo, Japan for the WBC featherweight title. Burgos turned professional at the age of 16 in his native Tijuana under the guidance of manager Roberto Sandoval. Though only 22 years of age now he heads to Japan a very seasoned professional.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Ulises Archie Solos 110 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 110
Ricardo Dominguez 135.5 vs. Adailton De Jesus 135.5
Francisco Sierra 170 vs. Ricardo Campillo 172
Carlos Orozco 135 vs. Oscar Ventura 135
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic, Nayarit
Promoter: Zanfer/Adan Casas Promociones
TV: TV Azteca
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An opponent has been announced for Blake “Candyman” Prevost (14-1-1, 5 KOs) in his 10-round light heavyweight main-event battle on September 24 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Prevost will face Romero Johnson (10-2-1, 6 KOs). Also added to the show is power punching lightweight prospect Mason Menard (12-1, 10 KOs) in a six-round showcase for his hometown fans. Menard is matched up with John Willoughby. 6′ 8″ heavyweight Skip Scott (9-1, 5 KOs) and former Cuban National Team members Yordanis Ugas (3-0, 2 KOs) and Yunier Dorticos (7-0 7 KOs) are also scheduled. Tickets start at $20. Call 1.800.WIN.1.WIN.
Still upset over his recent loss to WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on September 4th in Cologne, Germany, Giovanni Lorenzo is making plans to return to the ring before the end of the year and is targeting the biggest names in the middleweight division.
“I felt like the judging in the Sturm fight was terrible. It was a close fight, but I felt that I won at least half of the rounds. I still can’t understand how the judges only scored two for me. There were ringside media who spoke to my managers after the fight and they thought the fight was a draw” said Lorenzo. (more…)
Everlast, the premier fight sports and fitness brand in the world, today announced Kim Brylow as the winner of their global ‘What Do You Fight For?’ philanthropic social movement and contest. For her brave story of twice fighting and overcoming triple negative breast cancer, Kim will receive $5,000, which she is donating to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, and a VIP trip for her and one guest to the Sergio Mora – Shane Mosley fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. on September 18th. (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Sebastian Andrzejczyk/Ringpolska
On September 25, in his hometown of Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (43-2, 32 KOs), the former cruiserweight IBF world champion and current WBC titleholder, will defend his title against the American fighter from Chicago – Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KOs). Włodarczyk, currently the only remaining Polish title holder (Tomasz Adamek gave up the IBF belt moving to the heavyweight division), talks about fighting in Poland, welcoming great expectations of defending the WBC title and looking forward to his upcoming cruiserweight tournament and possibly a third fight against Steve Cunningham. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Board of Directors has clarified the situation involving the WBA featherweight championship. Prior to the WBA featherweight unification fight between Yuriorkis Gamboa and IBF champion Orlando Salido, the WBA received notification and medical certification on July 14 that WBA featherweight “super” world champion Chris John has suffered a rib injury which would require a prolonged period of rest. Because this situation, the WBA decided to classify John as “champion in recess.” (more…)
Former Miami Hurricane star running back Quadrine Hill’s pro boxing career just went national, when fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that Hill’s four round bout with Yohan Banks will be part of the DirecTV & Dish Network Pay Per View portion of his Viva Mexico at Las Vegas championship boxing show, Wednesday, September 15th from the Hilton Theater in the Las Vegas Hilton. And not to miss a great promotional opportunity, Englebrecht has matched Hill up against another Division I football star, former defensive lineman for San Jose State Yohan Banks. (more…)
Super bantamweight contender Rendall Munroe is spending one week warm-weather and altitude training in Portugal preparing for his world title challenge. Munroe (21-1) will challenge for Toshiaki Nishioka’s (36-4-3) WBC 122lb title at Tokyo’s 10,000 capacity Sumo Hall on Sunday October 24. The Leicester binman is currently holed up in the Portuguese mountains with promoter Frank Maloney, manager Mike Shinfield and trainer Jason Shinfield. (more…)
Turner Boxing Productions have informed the Universal Boxing Organization that an injury sustained by Bronco McKart has forced them to postpone his fight for the UBO World Middleweight title originally scheduled for September 18. The new date will be October 30, and the venue will remain Monroe High School in McKart’s hometown of Monroe, Michigan. McKart, 52-9-1 (31), last fought in February where he won an Inter-Continental title beating Jose Miguel Rodriguez Berrio from Columbia, and is a former WBO and IBA world champion. His opponent for October 30 is still to be announced, but promoter Dennis Turner is working on confirming a name soon.
By Nick Giongco
Photos: Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao showed up for training Tuesday afternoon for the second straight day at the Elorde Boxing Gym on Del Monte Ave. in Quezon City in preparation for his Nov. 13 duel with Antonio Margarito in Dallas.
Pacquiao hit the mitts with training assistant Buboy Fernandez guiding his every move in the absence of Freddie Roach, who is expected to arrive in Manila towards the end of the week. (more…)
Giving Mexican fighters a taste of Vegas, or a Vegas venue a taste of Mexico, Promociones del Pueblo, longtime promoter south of the border, has teamed up with lead promoter Roy Englebrecht for a Mexican Independence Day card this Wednesday at the Hilton.
“You know you have a good fight card when the guys from Top Rank are calling for tickets,” said promoter Englebrecht today at a press conference held at the Hilton . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos courtesy of Deborah Carbone and Pam Bowen
Saturday night at the Point Stadium in Johnstown PA, Squared Circle Promotions put together an interesting boxing card which featured two professional boxing bouts. In the eight round main event of the evening, Johnstown’s own up and coming cruiserweight sensation Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (16-1-2, 7 KOs) had to settle for a split decision draw against late replacement Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (8-5-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA in a weather plagued bout. Also on the card was a four round clash featuring a pair of debuting heavyweights, Jeramiah Witherspoon, the cousin of former world champion Tim Witherspoon, stopped of David Burns in the second round with a barrage of punches in the corner. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook
Carlos Manuel Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs) and Charlie Serrano (9-2-0, 2 KOs) headline the October 15 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Both local fighters, Rivera from Port Richey looks to reverse his misfortune of three straight losses as he squares off with Tampa’s Serrano. Serrano, a local favorite, is stepping up in competition in facing Rivera, and will have to use his speed to try and overcome his more experienced opponent. Rivera, who recently fought for the NABO and NABF belts in May, has lost two of his last three by TKO. Rivera will find Serrano’s soft punching much easier to handle as he looks to take out the crowd as well as Serrano in this bout. This bout will be for the vacant Florida State Featherweight title. (more…)
Continuing on its path to completely revolutionize the fitness industry, UFC® GYM™ is unveiling a second location in Rosemead, California, and is holding the official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Expo on Saturday, September 18 starting at 10:00am PT. (more…)
Bantamweight contenders Jose Navarro (27-5, 12 KOs) and Nestor Rocha (22-2, 8 KOs) will lace up their gloves in a unique outdoor boxing arena adjacent to L.A. LIVE’s STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles located near the corner of 11th Street and Figueroa Street on Friday, September 17, for an eight round bout that headlines Telefutura’s weekly boxing telecast. Also in action will be highly-touted lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (16-0, 8 KOs), who faces former world champion Eric Aiken (16-7-1, 12 KOs)in an eight round co-main event. A six round cruiserweight bout will see an all-Brooklyn turf war when unbeaten Rommel Rene (11-0, 6 KO’s) steps up to face perennial contender Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KO’s).
Fans attending the “Fiesta de la Independencia,” a two-day celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial will feature the official Mosley vs. Mora weigh-in, autograph sessions by boxing legends and live music can have free standing room to the live fights on the Telefutura card or purchase reserved seats for $30. Fiesta tickets are $10.
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