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Amateur boxers from the Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the UMass/Westover Air Force and a Connecticut high school student are set to take the ring at the Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular on November 8th at Foxwoods Resort Casino honoring United States’ servicemen and women. (more…)
“We’re dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we’ll see,” said Bernard Hopkins’ trainer Naazim Richardson on Tuesday. “Bernard can watch Kovalev’s tapes, but until you feel the punches you don’t know what it is. We don’t know how hard he can punch, but we’ve fought some guys who could punch. We saw with Pavlik, Tarver and Trinidad, those guys had power. The only thing Bernard hasn’t done in this sport is lose badly, so I told him to get out of this sport before he does everything. But he proved me wrong because then he beat Pavlik and Pascal and all of the other guys.”
Sergey Kovalev and Bernard Hopkins collide November 8 in Atlantic City in a 12-round unification bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight world titles.
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer promotions has announced that former world champion Fernando “Ko-chulito” Montiel (52-4-1, 39 KOs) will face unbeaten Sergio “Dandy” Puente (16-0, 6 KOs) in a ten round featherweight clash at the Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido in Monterrey, Mexico.
“We want to make an impression here in Monterrey,” said Montiel. “This boy is hungry and definitely will go for it. We’re prepared for whatever comes.”
Puente stated, “Montiel is an elite fighter, but I feel this is my time. I must go for victory. It won’t be easy because he has three world championships, but I want to achieve what he has done.”
Aisling Daly and Angela Magana face off on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter, as two of the most experienced veterans in the history of women’s MMA finally get a chance to shine this week . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Female boxer Phindile Mwelase who fell into a coma after being knocked out in the sixth round by Liz Butler at a tournament in Pretoria on October 10 died on Saturday at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. It was reported that Mwelase who turned 31 on Monday was holding her own against Butler until she was caught with a right hand that sent her down and out in the sixth round. She was admitted to the Kalafong Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the Steve Biko Hospital where she underwent surgery for bleeding on the brain.
Mwelase from Ladysmith and trained by Stanley Ndlovu in Johannesburg was the first woman boxer in South Africa to die from injuries in the ring and had never won a fight according to available records. Prior to the fight with Butler she had lost two and drawn one. The last recorded death in South Africa was of Anelo Makhelo who died four days after his fight with Doctor Ntsele for the South African flyweight title on October 7, 2011.
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UniMas will be returning to the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California on December 6th with a card featuring lightweight contender Jose Felix (27-1-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round bout, plus former world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (34-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round super flyweight bout.
Former super lightweight title challenger Anton Novikov (29-1, 10 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight Saul Rodriguez (14-0-1, 11 KOs) are slated to appear on the undercard.
All opponents will be announced soon.
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Bernard Hopkins held court with the media today at an open workout at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. The event was in advance of Hopkins’ highly anticipated light heavyweight title bout with Sergey Kovalev, scheduled for November 8th. At the workout to help publicize the fight was promoter Oscar De La Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions. Hopkins and De La Hoya answered questions and Hopkins conducted a light workout.
Oscar de la Hoya: “Kovalev has never fought an athlete like Hopkins. So the question is, ‘How is he going to react when they hit the 4th, 5th, 6th round?’ It will be very interesting, but obviously we’re with Hopkins 100%. Hopkins is fighting with no pressure. He is already in the Hall of Fame when he retires. He’s already going to be talked about as one of the greats in any generation. So he doesn’t have that added pressure to prove himself at this point in his career.”
Bernard Hopkins: “He a dangerous puncher. He has over 90% knockouts. And anybody who fights this guy has the opportunity to not be the same. But I don’t get caught up in what the other guy might or can do. I train. I study. I know me. There’s no fighter in the world that would not put my record up to beat on any given day in this era, in any class. And that’s how I feel. That’s not being cocky. That’s being confident. To be confident you have to have a track record and put that work in to be taken seriously. You can talk about it, but to be about it, is whole different concept.”
By James Slater
Heavyweight contender David Price, who recently underwent hand surgery, has told BBC Sport he will fight in December, with his main goal being a big domestic fight – against either Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisorsa or Anthony Joshua – next year. Beaten only by cagey southpaw Tony Thompson, Price says he will soon return to the big fights and then “prove every doubter wrong.”
“I’m hoping for a big domestic fight against Tyson Fury,” Price told BBC. “I’ll be fighting again in December. The Tony Thompson saga seems like another lifetime to me now and I’m in a great place. The fight between me and Tyson Fury is the biggest domestic heavyweight fight out there and hopefully we can get something done next year. The fact is, whoever wins that fight [between Fury and Chisora in their November rematch] is going to have to wait a while for a shot at Klitschko. But would they take a chance of fighting someone like me in between?” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight title challenger Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he clashes with American Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds at the Logan Metro Sports Centre, Crestmead, Queensland, Australia. Leapai is coming off a fifth round stoppage loss in his world heavyweight title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko on April 26 in Germany. Leapai’s best win came against Denis Boytsov who he outpointed over twelve rounds in November 2013 to set up the challenge against Klitschko.
Malik Scott is coming off a 1st round KO loss to Deontay Wilder in a WBC elimination bout in March 2014. Scott stopped Bowie Tupou in eight rounds in 2012 and boxed a draw against IBF #2 Vyacheslav Glazkov in 2013. Derek Chisora stopped Scott in six rounds in July 2013. Betting agencies have made Leapai a favorite in the wagering.
Sensational lightweight Felix Verdejo, the latest in a long line of outstanding Puerto Rican boxers, makes his Philadelphia debut Saturday evening, Dec. 13, when he takes on Karim El Ouazghari, of Barcelona, Spain, in the scheduled eight-round main event at the 2300 Arena. The Verdejo-Ouazghari fight, along with an eight-round super middleweight contest featuring Jesse Hart, of Philadelphia, will be televised as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas. The delayed telecast will begin at 11pm (EST). First of seven prelims begins at 6.45pm.
The 21-year-old Verdejo (left), an outstanding amateur, represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics. He lost a 14-9 decision in the quarter-finals to eventual Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, of the Ukraine, who currently is the WBO featherweight champion. Verdejo’s overall amateur record was 106-17. (more…)
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba native Sullivan Barrera (13-0, 8 KOs) defected to the United States to become a world champion boxer and now, in his second straight training camp with world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez (trainer to WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin), the undefeated light heavyweight feels he is getting closer to realizing that dream. On Nov. 8 Barrera will face Rowland Bryant (18-4, 12 KOs) of Altamonte Springs, Florida, who is coming off an eight round unanimous decision loss to Pawel Glazewski in Poland. The two will meet for eight rounds of action on the stacked undercard of the Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
SES heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (18-2-0 (16 KOs) will defend his German International belt against David Gegeshidze (13-6-1, 3 KOs) on the undercard of the big November 8 Robert Stieglitz vs. Felix Sturm (card at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. After nearly two years out of the ring, Kretschmann returned in 2014 with two successful comeback fights under trainer Stephan Kühne. The fight against Gegeshidze will be a ten-rounder.
In the sports world when they talk about the signing of a blue chip athlete it usually means someone who has all the necessary tools to be a success. Well in the signing of pro boxer Luis “The Mayor” Mora, Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht feels he has a blue chip athlete to showcase to his fans, and build into a solid contender. Mora, is a 2013 graduate of Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in criminal justice, is 4-0 as a pro and his return to the ring on December 4th could see a major celebrity in the crowd. (more…)
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (15-0, 9 KOs) will defend his IBF International title on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. The 22 year-old will face Croatian veteran Stjepan Bozic (29-8, 19 KOs) in a fight coach Karsten Roewer has described as the first real test of Zeuge’s pro career. Zeuge is the latest addition to a show featuring World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer defending his title against Pawel Glazewski, while International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez faces mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi.
Manny Pacquiao is reportedly punishing his sparring partners as he prepares for his November 22 PPV clash with Chris Algieri in Macao, China. Pacman broke the nose of #1 contender Victor Postol last Friday and also “hurt” Mike Jones according to the South China Morning Post. “Manny broke Postol’s nose three days ago. But Postol’s okay. I train him. He’s a fighter, he’s a tough kid and he’s not going home,” Pacman’s trainer Freddie Roach told the paper. “We still have three hard weeks of work in front of us. With three good sparring partners, it’s working out well. I have one more sparring partner coming over as a reserve, but I will use him as well.”
If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.
Those are wise words to live by for all the competitors that join The Ultimate Fighter. For nearly a decade, every season has featured some unfortunate circumstances where a fighter gets injured or is forced to leave the show, and in their place steps a teammate or potentially someone from the opposite side to replace them . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Last Saturday, at the Prize Fight Promotions “Fights at the Fitz” event in Tunica, Mississippi, fans were treated to a special guest appearance by former undisputed heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, the man known for knocking out then-undefeated Mike Tyson in 1990, despite entering the ring as a 42-1 underdog.
Though Tyson has made a slew of well-publicized comebacks in the years since that first defeat, his one-time opponent, Douglas, is more quietly blazing his own comeback trail in the form of passing along his wisdom to the next generation—and, like many, hoping to find the next big American heavyweight to bring the belts back home. (more…)
By Héctor Villarreal
Photo: Héctor Villarreal
After only one week of vacation, WBA featherweight champion, Jamaican Nicholas ‘The Axe Man’ Walters attended the Pedro Alcazar training gym in Panama City, Panama on Monday morning for a light workout. “I just want to take care of my weight even when I don’t have a date for my next defense,” said Walters who stopped Nonito Donaire in Carson, California on October 18. “I arrived on October 19 and spent only 3 busy days in Panama attending TV and radio stations for interview appointments,” added the champion who spent 3 days in Barranquilla, Colombia, invited by WBA to the KO Drugs Festival. “I still have to go to Haiti to attend a boxing show promoted by my manager Jacques Deschamps on November 8. We will celebrate my victory there before going to Jamaica to spend some time with my family and country people so I try to workout as often as I can to keep close to my weight division,” said the ‘Axe Man.’
By David Finger
The opening day of the 27th Annual WBO convention kicked off Monday with a golf tournament and a “Welcome Cocktail Party” at the pool of Caesars Palace. The convention will get down to business this morning at 8 AM.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Commonwealth middleweight champion Tuna Scanlan has passed away in New Zealand at the age of 80 years. Scanlan was born in Apia, Samoa on July 12, 1935 and began his professional career on July 20, 1954 under the name of Tuna Frank scoring eight round decision win. In 1956 he made his debut in New Zealand defeating Ulf Christenson at the Muncipal Theatre in Napier. (more…)
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Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on former world champion Victor Ramirez (20-2- 15 KOs) this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the IBF Latino cruiserweight title on the line. Site of the fight will be the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina.
This is the third time this bout has been scheduled since this past June. Each fighter sustained injuries prior to the prior two bouts. Just a few days away and Elam’s management feels their guy is ready to pull off the upset. ”Were expecting the former world champion Ramirez to be a tough fight. Deon and his trainer Buddy McGirt have had an extended time to train together due to the previous postponements. Deon is 100% healthy and ready for his biggest challenge as pro,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions returns to the airwaves of Globosat in Brazil on November 15 with a card featuring several clashes between Brazil and Argentina, as well the latest bout of Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao. In an eight-round middleweight matchup, Falcao puts his unbeaten record on the line in a rematch against Argentina’s Martin Fidel Rios. In January, the two met for the first time, with a controversial no contest verdict being rendered. Next month, they get the chance to face off again at the Ginasio Municipal Falcao – Praia Grande in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (more…)
Promoter Yvon Michel has confirmed that WBC super middleweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against against Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs) at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City on Showtime. The bout will take place on December 19, a Friday night. Sukhotsky is rated WBC #7.
WBA #10 light heavyweight contender, two-time Russian Olympian sensation Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), as well as IBF #5 welterweight Kevin Bizier (26-1, 16 KOs) will also be in action.
Featherweight Jonathan Arellano is ready for former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and their showdown this Saturday at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I’ve been training really hard for the past 2 and half months for another fight, when this opportunity showed up” said Arellano. “Vázquez Jr. is a very strong and smart fighter. In my past 7 fights I have been more like a boxer countering and dancing around but in this fight against Wilfredo that style won’t work. I need to be the aggressor. At the end of the day we are here to entertain. I will push forward and I don’t believe Vazquez Jr. will be the aggressor that night. He will come out strong the first 2 rounds. I will be ready for whatever he brings this Saturday.”
The clash between Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. vs. Jonathan Arellano will be an eight round fight for the vacant USNBC featherweight title of the World Boxing Council. Vazquez Jr. vs. Arellano is presented by Cotto Promotions in association with Top Rank and H2 Entertainment and will be televised by the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series on UNIMAS at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Stan Skrzynski
“As usual, Tomek is very quiet, very confident. He meets Polish fighters at home, everything is in harmony with his training. You don’t see any pressure. He knows what he can do against Szpilka,” said Stan Skrzynski, a longtime Adamek friend and attorney after he visited former two-division world champion and his trainer Roger Bloodworth in Gilowice, Poland.
Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) clashes with 26-year old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs) on November 8 in Krakow, Poland. “He’s smiling but he’s not taking Szpilka lightly,” added Skrzynski. “It’s just who he is and always was.”
Photos: Mike Young/Team Pacquiao
Superstar Manny Pacquiao was surrounded by huge crowds in Hong Kong’s Statue Square as he traveled there to promote his upcoming fight with New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Iron Mike Productions has announced a card for November 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Headlining “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” is a ten-round welterweight clash between undefeated 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist for the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) against Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (13-2-2, 9 KOs), a member of the 2008 Mexican Olympic Team, for the World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX belt.
Co-featured is a ten round featherweight WBC FECARBOX title bout between former world title challenger Claudio Marrero (16-1, 12 KOs) and Juan Antonio “Zurdo” Rodriguez (26-5, 23 KOs). Also, 2012 Ukrainian Olympian middleweight Ievgen “The Lion” Khytrov (6-0, 6 KOs) will face off against Louis Rose (11-1-1, 3 KOs) and unbeaten heavyweight Wes “Cherokee Warrior” Nofire (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with Ty “the Tyger” Cobb (18-5, 10 KOs).
Advance tickets are now on sale priced at $75, $62 and $42.
IBF Statement: We were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of our former President Hiawatha Knight last week. Hiawatha was part of the fabric of the IBF/USBA. She was a founding member of the organization and held a position on the board of directors until recently. Hiawatha became a leader in the sport when it wasn’t common to see a woman in such a position. She was one of the pioneers creating a path for many more women to come. Her passion and enthusiasm for boxing, and her dedication to this organization will always be remembered.
Over the past few days we have received many condolence messages which we deeply appreciate. So many remember her with such fondness, but the common thread in all these messages is, “Hiawatha was a class act.” While our hearts are heavy with this loss, we join the Knight family in honoring and celebrating Hiawatha’s life.
IBF Ratings Committee Vice-Chairman Ray Wheatley added “Hiawatha Knight was a lovely lady who helped me several times. I had the pleasure of working with her in South Africa in 1997 and later when she was IBF President in 2000. A great lady who will be sadly missed.” (more…)
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