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How far can Inoue go with his size

How far can Inoue go with his size

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The ...

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Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions The final press conference for Saturday's clash between WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) ...

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Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive ...

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Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but ...

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Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir ...

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Boxing News

The Blueprint: Lesnar vs. Overeem

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

This Friday’s heavyweight showdown between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem is the quintessential battle of styles.

Lesnar is the single most dominant wrestler in the UFC heavyweight division. The former collegiate standout was a two-time Division I All-American and a national champion in his senior year. His overall collegiate record was 106-5. Daniel Cormier, a Strikeforce heavyweight standout, is the only heavyweight in the world who boasts better wrestling chops . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez and WBO President Francisco Valcarcel help children in Mexico

As part of their “Kids Drug Free” Program, WBO Super Champion Juan Manuel Marquez, President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the World Boxing Organization made a donation today in Mexico City to the children of Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma in Coyoacan.

“We are very happy to be in Mexico with our great Super Champion helping the future of this country” expressed WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. “We have been helping the children with our WBO “Kids Drug Free” program in over 25 countries. (more…)



December 27th, 2011


Feature Story

Darryl Cunningham: It’s Time To Go To War!

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder

Fightnews.com spoke with Darryl “The People’s Choice” Cunningham as he wrapped up a training session in preparation for his fight with Andre Dirrell. The Cunningham-Dirrell bout will be telecast live on Showtime, this Friday, December 30th, 11PM EST as part of the ShoBox presentation featuring Jermain Taylor vs. Jesse Nicklow.

Darryl, how is your training going?

Excellent, I’m ready. I have been getting real good sparring. My trainers Anthony Henry, Josh Canty and Tony Hloros have me totally prepared. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Lundy: Talk is cheap

Tired of being earmarked by the contenders in the 135-pound division, reigning NABF lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy has a direct response to the challengers questioning his credentials, specifically #2-ranked Dannie Williams, who threatened Tuesday to “hurt” Lundy if the two should face one another in 2012.

“Everyone knows ‘Hammerin’’ Hank will fight anyone, anywhere at anytime. This has to stop,” Lundy said. “I’ve proven myself time and time again on the road. Now y’all have to come to me. I went out to Chicago and knocked out the former world champ [David Diaz on Aug. 9]. What more do I have to do to get respect? So, if y’all aren’t coming to Philadelphia, Rhode Island, or Connecticut to fight ‘Hammerin’’ Hank, then we don’t have a fight. I’m tired of going into people’s backyards. It is what it is.” (more…)



December 27th, 2011


Boxing News

Luis Ramos – Fulfilling a promise

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

If we play with numbers, when the issue is a knockout or a technical knockout, we could say that 95% of mixed martial arts viewers love nothing more than seeing a fight end in that fashion. That highlight reel moment which marks the meeting of a fist, knee, or kick with an opponent’s jaw or head is usually unforgettable whether it comes by a “lucky” punch, a beautiful combination or that sometimes unfair trade of bullets on the feet when you say, “Someone is gonna drop.” . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
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December 27th, 2011

Boxing Result

Allotey wins WBC International Silver belt

Report and photo by Prince Dornu-Leiku / www.sportsinghana.com

Ghana’s Patrick Allotey is the new WBC International silver welterweight champion after claiming a unanimous points victory over Patrick Sou Toke on Monday night in Accra, Ghana. All three ringside judges scored the fight in favour of the unbeaten Ghanaian who enforced the first career loss on his Burkinabe namesake. WBC Vice-President Houcine Houichi who is also President of ABU was on hand to decorate Allotey (now an impressive 20-0, 15 KOs) with his new belt. Afterwards, Allotey praised Sou Toke (14-1, 7 KOs) for being a good opponent but is quickly looking beyond this fight. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Perez-Figueroa meet in Jan 6 ShoBox opener

The Friday, Jan. 6 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME promises to kickoff 2012 with yet another night of competitive prospect action as Golden Boy Promotions announced today that the co-featured fight will be another intriguing matchup in the 135-pound weight class pitting unbeaten prospects Michael Perez and Omar Figueroa Jr. against each other in a 10 round battle for the WBO Inter-Continental Youth Lightweight Title. The night of boxing is headlined by the NABA USA Lightweight Title fight between Luis Ramos Jr. and Raymundo Beltran at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Williams vows to ‘hurt’ Lundy; NABF to hold purse bid

The most dangerous puncher in the lightweight division, WBC Continental Americas champion Dannie Williams, sooner rather than later, plans to add the NABF belt to his growing collection. The NABF title is presently held by flashy Philadelphia boxer “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs). The NABF ruled that Lundy make his mandatory title defense against the top contender, #2 rated Williams (#1 is unrated), but Williams’ co-promoters, Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, were unable to successfully negotiate a deal with Lundy’s promoter, Classic Entertainment and Sports. The NABF has ordered a purse bid to be held January 4 with a 60-40 split in favor of the reigning champion (Lundy). Lundy vs. Williams has been tentatively scheduled for March, pending the outcome of the purse bid and, of course, Lundy accepting the challenge. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

UFC updates

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Lesnar and Overeem Collide Live This Friday Night: It doesn’t get any bigger than this – UFC 141 live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT this Friday night on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV! In Vegas for New Year’s? Tickets still available!

Fighter’s Guide Issue Of UFC Magazine On Newsstands Now: Look for The Fighter’s Guide issue of UFC Magazine on newsstands now! Also, for the first time ever, home delivery subscriptions are available at UFC.com/magazine

Limited Time Only! Take 20% Off Storewide at UFCStore.com: Use promo code SAVE20 – exclusions apply. Visit ufcstore.com for details
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December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Danny Castillo – a proud WEC vet meets another

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Make liars of your detractors. Turn public perception on its head. Few feats are more gratifying to an athlete, with Danny Castillo being the latest example.

The Sacramento fighter won’t try to hide the humongous chip on his shoulder, the one that has firmly resided there since last December, when World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) merged with the UFC. Castillo and company suddenly felt like second-class citizens among the UFC’s much more heralded lightweight division, like chum being served up to sharks. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Ward beat Froch with broken left hand

Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) is making the rounds with the press this week to discuss his Super Six victory, what can be expected in 2012, and the recent news he entered the Carl Froch bout with a double fracture on his left hand. Ward is just weeks removed from a dominant Super Six Tournament Final victory over the gritty and brash-talking Brit, retaining his WBA super middleweight belt, while also capturing the WBC belt and the inaugural SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup (pure silver).



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Morales pulls out of Garcia clash; Jan 28 Houston card in question

WBC super lightweight champion Erik Morales will be unable to defend against Danny Garcia on January 28 in Houston. Morales hoped to go through with the fight despite gallbladder surgery last week, but his doctor recommended against it. Junior middleweights James Kirkland and Carlos Molina were to meet in the HBO-televised opener. Golden Boy Promotions has not made an announcement yet as to whether the card will go as scheduled without Morales, rescheduled or cancelled.



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Arce could defend against Parra in February

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBO bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce could defend his belt against former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra on February 18 at the Palenque de Durango, Mexico in a event broadcast on Azteca 7. Arce and Parra previously battled to a draw in September 2010.

Mexican female star Jackie Nava could also land a spot on the card against Chantall Martinez for the WBA super bantamweight title. Nava previously outpointed Martinez over ten in January 2010.



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Acquinity Sports makes Hollywood Debut

By Phil Doherty

There are those in the sport of boxing who believe good things happen to those who do the right thing. Well-traveled and well-respected 41-year old Enrique “Henry” Rivalta is one of those “good guys.” In the tight-knit, tight-fisted South Florida promotional scene, Rivalta continues to land on his feet. Joining up with Florida-based online marketing powerhouse, Acquinity Interactive, Rivalta is set to ring in the New Year with a bang on Saturday, January 7th at Hollywood’s Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa.

Bringing South Florida boxing back to the beach and out of the local Indian casino shows Acquinity’s commitment to do things differently. The five-star venue will see some five-star firepower as Dominican welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs) defends his WBO Latino belt in front of hometown fans and a nationwide TV audience.

Paredes takes on Mexican slugger Michael Lozado (39-9-1, 31 KOs) for the main event of the televised Telefutura Solo Boxeo season-opener. The sturdy Lozado brings a wealth of experience to bear against the young “lion” Paredes—including battles with Michael Katsidis and Paulie Malignaggi. (more…)



December 26th, 2011

Announcement

Sympathies for the Kalin family

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Elizabeth Kalin, the wife of Fightnews Australian photographer Werner Kalin, sadly passed away on Christmas day after a long illness. Werner and daughters Melissa and Tanya were at her bedside until the end. Fightnews staff sends its condolences to the Kalin family.



December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Ways to watch UFC 141

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

This Friday, see big guys on the big stage on a gigantic night. Here are ways to watch UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem, which goes down on a new night – Friday, December 30 – at a new time – 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

Live in Vegas! Lesnar and Overeem – are you kidding?! This is one main event that should be seen in person to be believed. Bonus: Hotel prices are lower than they’ve been for NYE weekends past and there are tons of free fan events going on, so score your tickets, book your travel and come see us in person. . . . . Click here for more
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December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

BJ Flores plus Cory Spinks-Sechew Powell eliminator on January 28th in Springfield, MO

Tom Morris and FM promotions will team up with Danger Boy events/BJ Flores and Don King Productions for two important fights on January 28th at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri as WBO #3 cruiserweight BJ Flores will headline in the main event and Cory Spinks meets Sechew Powell in an important IBF jr. middleweight eliminator. Flores is starting to put Springfield, Missouri on the map as far as boxing goes, having sold out the last event at the O’Reily Events Center and he looks to do the same thing again at the Shrine Mosque on January 28th. (more…)



December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Adrian Hernandez: I promise to get my crown back in 2012

By Adrian ‘Confesor’ Hernandez

I tell my family, friends and boxing fans, I’m still here in Thailand and I’m fine, I will return on December 26. I feel very sad about losing my WBC belt, I promise to be world champion again. It was a very hard fight, the hardest of my life, I was well prepared and felt sure to defend my title. I recognize the new champion. Porpramok is very strong, enduring and hard-hitting. Fighting there was a great feat, heat and humidity ended my ability, after the ninth round I was very tired, I did not like the gloves, that made me lose power, but there is no excuse, that day he was better. This defeat motivates me to be better, I am very sad to have disappointed my country and all who trusted me. I´ll get my title back. I will ask my promoter, Salvador Briman, to seek that revenge and I’ll beat Porpramok, I promise.



December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Johny Hendricks – to be the man

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

There are two great prizes in the UFC’s welterweight division and Georges St-Pierre has both of them. The first is the championship belt and the second is a win over Jon Fitch. In his 15 Octagon appearances, Fitch’s sole defeat was in his only title shot against St-Pierre in the “Fight of the Night” winning main event of UFC 87 in August 2008. Actually, the nearly unparalleled career of St-Pierre has one more loss inside the Octagon than Fitch. . . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschkos in Florida for the Holidays

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, and WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko are spending the holidays with family at their place in Hollywood, Florida, where they plan to get some surfing in before beginning training camp for their upcoming fights. Vitali takes on Dereck Chisora on February 18 in Munich, and Vladimir defends against Jean-Marc Mormeck two weeks later in Düsseldorf.



December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

ShoBox: Special Edition – Jermain Taylor & Andre Dirrell on separate bouts on Friday

Last boxing telecast of the year! Tune in to a year-end special edition of ShoBox featuring the return of Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell. Live on SHOWTIME, Friday at 11PM ET. Watch Jermain Taylor vs. Jessie Nicklow, Andre Dirrell vs. Darryl Cunningham, and Luis Garcia vs. Alexander Johnson.



December 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Salcido, West headline January 13 at Pechanga

Legendary Boxing Figure Emanuel Steward and his famed Kronk Boxing will present a boxing card on January 13 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CAlifornia. Super featherweight Dominic Salcido (18-3 9 KOs) will be in the ten-round main event against TBA. The co-feature will have WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha West (14-1 4 KO’s) against TBA. Kronk jr middleweight Tony Harrison, who is 4-0 with 4 first round knockouts will also see action. Tickets available at Pechanga Resort & Casino Box Office, by telephone at 1-877-711-2946, and at www.pechanga.com.



December 26th, 2011

Feature Story

Jorge Solis arrives in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Who planned a promotion on the very last day of the year? It will happen here in Japan in the form of a world title twinbill. We, on December 31, make it a rule to enjoy a party, drinking to sit up late until we welcome the new year coming. But we, boxing people, have to cover the unusual event by sacrificing year-end celebrations this year. WBA interim super-feather champ Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs) arrived in Tokyo early on the morning of Christmas eve prior to a unification bout with full titlist Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), Japan, in Yokohama city (some forty minutes by car from Tokyo). Solis accompanied his wife Faviola and a couple of children (Jorge Jr. and Alexa) along with his trainers Willy Arroyo, Victor Manuel Martinez, plus his brother Eder Solis. (more…)



December 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Gustafsson ready for veteran challenge at UFC 141

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

With the UFC light heavyweight division spending a great deal of time in the spotlight this year, it’s surprising that Alexander Gustafsson hasn’t garnered more attention.

Not that the 24-year-old from Stockholm is complaining . . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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December 25th, 2011

Boxing Result

Stankovic & Arik win in Serbia

On Christmas eve in Belgrade, Serbia two new WBF regional titleholders were crowned as local hero Nenad Stankovic took home the International Cruiserweight title and Uensal Arik from Germany lifted the International Super Middleweight title. Stankovic beat Germany’s Jonathan Pasi by third round technical knockout and won his tenth consecutive bout to improve his record to 14-12-1 (10), while Pasi dropped to 22-24-2 (8). German International titlist Uensal Arik stopped veteran countryman Turgay Uzun in two rounds, and is now 8-1 (8) in the professional ranks. Uzun fell to 37-19-2 (24). The show was promoted by Zoran Andjic, and is the last WBF event of 2011. Next up will be January 7 in Magdeburg, Germany where International light heavyweight beltholder Denis Simcic defends against Tomas Adamek from the Czech Republic.



December 25th, 2011

Feature Story

New Faces: Tony Luis

By Robert Coster

Photo: Team Luis

While Montreal and the province of Quebec are presently the hotspot of Canadian boxing, other provinces can also claim talented up and coming boxers. One such case is jr Welterweight Tony Luis (13-0, 5 KOs) fighting out of Cornwall, Ontario. Articulate and congenial, Luis will tell you that being a boxer was always his ambition since his early childhood. “When I was 7 or 8, I used to stand in front of mirrors and mimic the boxers I would see on TV,” he remembers. In his last fight, the 23-year-old Cornwall native took a big step forward by winning the WBC 140lb Continental Americas title with a stoppage of Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera (21-8). Having crashed into the top 30 of the WBC rankings, young Tony is now looking forward to further his progress in 2012. (more…)



December 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Ziggy Rozalski denies Adamek rumor

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Its hard not to use words like complete fabrication or bulls…t when comes to this so called news,” said advisor Ziggy Rozalski about rumors that Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) is expressing interest in fighting on the possible March 27 undercard of Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin. “First, this card is not even confirmed, second it will happen in the Madison Square Garden Theater, a smaller venue which will have no chance of accommodating all the Martinez, Macklin and Adamek supporters. It’s obvious that it makes no sense at all,” said Rozalski, manager of the former WBC light heavyweight champion, former IBF cruiserweight champion and current top-five ranked heavyweight. Rozalski also denied that he’s negotiating with Maravilla’s promoter Lou DiBella. “I’ve known Lou for more than a decade but we didn’t talk about boxing for many, many months,” added Rozalski. “Tomek Adamek is enjoying his holidays and will have another of his working sessions with his trainer Roger Bloodworth in January and only then we will make decision about his next fight.”



December 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Rahman camp demands that Povetkin makes mandatory defense, not fight Huck

Responding to news of a showdown between WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck scheduled for February 25, Greg Cohen, promoter of former unified heavyweight champion and current WBA #1 contender and mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman, wishes to remind representatives of Povetkin and Huck that Hasim Rahman will be Povetkin’s next opponent.

“Rahman is Povetkin’s mandatory. Povetkin already had an optional defense against Cedric Boswell.” explained Cohen. “I have the letter from the WBA. Povetkin has until February 27 to fight against Rahman. The only way they could fight Marco Huck is if we stepped aside and we’re NOT stepping aside.” (more…)



December 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Ross Pearson, the real deal version 2.0

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Add Ross Pearson’s name to the growing list of competitors to change divisions after winning The Ultimate Fighter.

Two years and five fights after defeating countryman Andre Winner to claim the lightweight competition on Season nine of the UFC’s long-running reality series, the 27-year-old Briton is poised to make his featherweight debut at UFC 141. . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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December 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Povetkin against Huck is on; fight set for February 25 in Stuttgart

Reigning WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) will move up to heavyweight to take on WBA “regular” heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) on February 25 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Both opponents have now agreed on the bout. “This is without doubt the heavyweight blockbuster of the year,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “These are two true gladiators against each other, both of which have great power and speed. To the boxing fans who want to finally see interesting fights in the premier class, I can only say: The wait is over!” (more…)



December 24th, 2011

Feature Story

South African boxing roundup 2011

By Ron Jackson

Eight of the more than 550 registered SA boxers won “world” titles in 2011. And nearly 70 tournaments were held during the year. But the picture of professional boxing in South Africa is a little less rosy than it seems. Of the eight versions of world titles won by SA fighters, only Takalani Ndlovu’s IBF junior featherweight belt is recognised internationally as an important one. The others were awarded by less influential organisations. Ndlovu won the title when he outpointed the highly regarded Steve Molitor of Canada.

After last year’s 77, only 69 tournaments were presented around the country in 2011. Most were in Gauteng (24) and the Eastern Cape (18). A total of 26 SA title fights took place; one more than last year. (more…)



December 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Video: Kompayak Porpramook vs. Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez

Here is the complete WBC light flyweight world title fight between Kompayak Porpramook and Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez which took place Friday in Thailand. It was a war.



December 23rd, 2011

Boxing News

WBC and Martinez agree to allow Chavez Jr. voluntary defense on February 4

The WBC ordered by unanimous votes that the mandatory defense of WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has to be against the diamond champion Sergio Martinez but also allowed that if both parties reach an agreement, they can have voluntary defenses and then the winner of each bout fight between them for the WBC title. Chavez Jr called WBC President Jose Sulaiman to ask his approval for his voluntary defense on February 4, so the Sulaiman called Sergio Martinez who accepted that Chavez Jr. be allowed to fight because he will also fight in March, so both boxers agreed to a fight between them after their voluntary defenses.



December 23rd, 2011

Boxing News

UFC 141: This is gonna be BIG

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30!


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December 23rd, 2011

Feature Story

Margarito speaks: I don’t feel that Cotto beat me

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

With his now trademark dark sunglasses and shaggy hairdo, former three time welterweight champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27KOs) made his first public appearance in his hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, to lend his support to former champ Jackie Nava as she opened up a gym to serve the Tijuana community. Three weeks after his much anticipated rematch with Miguel Cotto, light bruising was visible under the Louis Vuitton shades that have become a staple on the face of the “Tijuana Tornado” after the surgery to repair his right eye following his bout with Manny Pacquiao in which his orbital bone was broken as well as his eye severely damaged.

The effects of that injury reared their ugly heads in his rematch with Cotto since the fight was stopped in the tenth round due to swelling in his right eye.

“The doctor went to my corner, he asked me to tell him how many fingers he was holding up and I told him,” Margarito stated of the events that transpired after the ninth round. “I could see perfectly fine. He said he was going to stop it and I asked him why. He said my eye was too swollen and I told him my eye had been swollen worse before.”

“I asked for one more round but they didn’t want to give it to me. I don’t feel that Cotto beat me. It was a copy of the first fight. I knew that I was losing the fight but in all honesty, I felt my conditioning was great and I felt that I hurt him in that round more than any other.” (more…)



December 23rd, 2011




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