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On December 11th, former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) returns to the ring at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lacy will be taking on Philly vet Dhafir Smith (24-19-7, 4 KOs) for the vacant UBO super middleweight belt. In the co-feature, Florida heavyweight, Lenroy Thomas (16-1, 8 KOs) meets Arron Lyons (11-9-1, 7 KOs) in a six rounder. Another featured bout matches local favorite and reigning NABA female super bantamweight champion Jenna “Cowgirl” Shiver (13-4-1, 2 KOs) against Nydia Feliciano (2-1-3). (more…)
Resilience is a trait celebrated throughout the fight world, and rightfully so. Who can resist seeing someone lift himself up off the canvas to win a fight or to come back against impossible odds to pull out a victory? But what about simply being stubborn? Well, Kendall Grove wants to get some love for that underappreciated trait, especially considering that after more than a few steps to the edge of the proverbial cliff in his career, he still refuses to be pushed off . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian lightweight champion Brett William Smith (8-0-1, 5 KOs) will defend the title against Brendan Batty (16-21, 11 KOs) over ten rounds at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Smith, 29 years, captured the national title in September when he scored a shutout decision over Jason Crowe in a action ten round bout. Batty won his most recent bout by four round decision over debutant Beu Callaghan in October but lost to Casey Gilmour in 2010 and 2009 by points decisions over for and six rounds. Greg Eadie stopped Batty in three rounds of Australian 130 pound title bout in 2009. On undercard bout cruiserweight Danny Price (6-2-2, 4 KOs) will punch it out with Michael O’Donnell (5-11, 2 KOs). The matchmaker is Pat Kennedy and the promoter Left Hook Promotions.
The Official Weigh-in for “In Harm’s Way” will take place on Friday at the Honda Center (2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92806). Open to the public, the Honda Center doors will open at 1:30 p.m. PT with the pay-per-view fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Saturday’s live pay-per-view broadcast includes two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) and his opponent former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs); WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) and his title challenger, consensus Top-10 contender Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs); undefeated lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) and his opponent Olivier Lontchi (18-1-2, 8 KOs); and top-ten middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) and his opponent Jose Pinzon (19-1-1, 13 KOs) making his U.S. debut.
A solid undercard is on tap when IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), former IBF bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko (27-2-0, 22 KOs) and undefeated Olympian Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) battle it out in semi-final bouts in SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Bantamweight Tournament on December 11 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Highlighting the off-TV fights will be a bout for the vacant WBO NABO super flyweight title between top 10-ranked Cesar Seda (19-0-0, 14 KOs) and an opponent to be determined, plus hot super bantamweight Chris Avalos (17-1-0, 14 KOs) meets veteran Cecilio Santos (25-15-3, 15 KOs). (more…)
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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Polish junior middleweight sensation Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) must once again rebound from the fallout of a career defining fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was announced Tuesday morning that Chavez Jr. had a 102.8 degree temperature and was forced to pull out of the contracted main event of Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing pay per view extravaganza.
“We are extremely disappointed in the pullout,” said Wolak’s manager Ivan Edwards. “We took this fight on late notice and were prepared to give Chavez Jr. the hardest fight of his career. (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory’s Brad Solomon, fresh off a second-round TKO victory in Nicaragua on Thanksgiving Day, has been added to the Dec. 7 star-studded boxing lineup at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Solomon (15-0, 7 KOs), ranked fourth in the WBA, scored a second round TKO over Mexican Javier Gallegos during the WBA Convention in Managua. Solomon will fight highly-regarded Anges Adjaho (25-3, 14 KOs) who lives in Geneva, N.Y. and is from the Republic of Benin in West Africa. It will be Solomon’s second appearance at Hard Rock Live. In his first appearance in August, the quick-fisted welterweight scored a six-round TKO over Wilfredo Negron.
Featured in the main event is former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall fighting Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title. McCall, 45, (54-10, 37 KOs) of Plantation will face a formidable opponent in Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs) in the twelve-rounder. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Wladimiro Sidorenko, Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for the double main event fights on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday and broadcast live on Pay Per View. Donaire takes on Sidorenko and Soto battles Antillon in their double main event blockbuster. Click here for more photos…
By Doug Gibson
Ogden, Utah, cruiserweight Valente Tinajero lost his first big fight earlier this year when he was beaten by former champ King Arthur Williams in Las Vegas. On Saturday night Tinajero, 8-2, gets another shot at a crossroads fight when he takes on durable veteran Gary Gomez in the headline bout at Ogden’s Golden Spike Arena. The eight-round bout is for the Utah cruiserweight championship.
For Tinajero, who trains at Foley’s gym in Ogden, the Williams and Gomez fights cap a busy year for the 31-year-old, who was absent from the ring for three years after winning his eighth professional fight in 2007. “It was very frustrating,” Tinajero says regarding the inactivity. “I had several fights scheduled that would be cancelled at the last minute.” The Ogden fighter was offered a chance to live and fight in California but wants to stay in Utah to be close to his two young daughters. (more…)
ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series kicks off 2011 on January 7 at the Cox Pavilion, which is connected to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds for the vacant IBF North American junior welterweight and the WBC International super lightweight titles, Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0, 11 KOs) will face Mauricio Herrera (15-1, 7 KOs). Provodnikov is rated at WBO #7 and IBF #14. In the co-feature, junior middleweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8 KOs) will fight undefeated (Sam Gonzalez, 7-0-1, 3 KOs). The undercard will include heavyweight Garret Simon (4-0, 3 KOs) light heavyweight Jackson Junior (8-0, 7 KOs) and super bantamweight Alex de Oliveira (16-1, 12 KOs).
The Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan will host the January 29th showdown between WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) and WBC Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs). The venue holds 80,000 but the seats can downsized to fit a particular event.
Unbeaten WBA/WBO #4 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (20-0, 15 KOs) returns on December 18. The former amateur world champion and Olympic champion will meet Nicolai Firtha (19-7-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder at Berlin’s Max Schmeling Halle. Povetkin is trained by Teddy Atlas, who believes his protege needs a little more seasoning before challenging Wladimir Klitschko, nevertheless, a world championship fight is still in sight for Povetkin. “Firtha’s fighting style and size similar to Wladimir Klitschko. In this respect, the fight in Berlin is a good test,” he said. Headlining the Sauerland Event card is WBO world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck against mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev.
By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s most flamboyant promoters Joe Gumede passed away on Tuesday morning at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital near Johannesburg. He was 80 years old. Johannes “Joe” Gumede who was born in Lydenburg on February 13, 1930 was not only a boxing promoter but also a successful business man, opening the first confectionary in Soweto and later he also built a supermarket in Diepkloof in 1983 which he ran until his retirement in 2003. (more…)
It was 3 o’clock in the back of the schoolyard type of stuff, and Dustin Hazelett didn’t have a chance. Taking the sporting aspect out of the equation, Rick Story showed up to the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on August 7th with the intention of fighting Hazelett, and after stopping the groundfighting ace in less than two rounds, mission accomplished . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Gabriel Bracero 141 vs. Hector Alatore 140
Javier Fortuna 128 vs. Victor Valenzuela 123.5
Tor Hamer 221 vs. Demetrice King 277
Sonya Lamonakis 221 vs. Tiffany Woodard 198.2
Alex Perez 147 vs. Doel Carasquillo 146.5
Steven Martinez 154.5 vs. David Lopez 158
Delen Parsley 153 vs. Eberto Medina 154.5
Borngod Washington 174 vs. Angel Gonzalez 175
Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Monday, the Venezuela national boxing commissioner conducted the official pre weigh-in for former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra’s December 26 clash for the vacant WBA bantamweight title against Koki Kameda in Saitama, Japan. Unfortunately for Parra, he weighed 129.82 pounds, which is over the maximum allowable weight. Now the WBA must make a decision on whether Parra can still take the fight or not. Sources say the name of Alexander “Explosivo” Munoz has been mentioned if Parra is ultimately rejected.
A STATEMENT FROM AUDLEY HARRISON
“After spending some time away reflecting on the fight and outcome, I have made the decision to continue my journey in boxing and carry on my career as a professional. The David Haye experience had many highs away from the ring and I’m happy I had a great training camp and worked with two of my brothers again in camp. I surrounded myself with a world class team and pushed myself to the limit in training and left my changing room knowing I had given my all to get to this point.
“The outcry from the fight is expected as I didn’t get the result I wanted and the critics have once again tried to bury me under the rubble and hope I disappear. All I can say is I had a game plan and went into the ring to win. The way the fight ended was frustrating to me as I didn’t get going and was just settling into my rhythm. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Cameroon born Australian based super middleweight Serge Yannick (10-1, 6 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Samoan Togasilimai Letoa (11-5, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Yannick scored the best win of his career in his last bout when he outpointed former IBF rated Joseph Kwadjo in a twelve rounder recently. Yannick is aiming to have the same success as his countryman Sakio Bika who originally is from the Cameroon but based in Sydney. Yannick’s only loss is to hard punching Aussie Michael Bolling and he is hoping to reverse that loss as soon as possible. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
In just couple of days, Roger Bloodworth will finish his training camp with Tomasz Adamek (42- 1, 27 KOs) before his elite heavyweight will step into ring at Newark’s Prudential Center (December 9) against Vinny Maddalone (33-6). Bloodworth talks about changes he expects in this fight from Adamek, about what to expect from always loving to brawl Maddalone and makes some comments about possible Roy Jones Jr fight. (more…)
Former amateur standout Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter gets his long awaited opportunity this Friday night on SHOBOX as he will battle Luis Franco for the NABO Featherweight Title. Hunter, 24, has been passed over in fights by many of the prominent featherweights. He has been viewed by many as a high risk – low reward foe. “I was shocked when we got the call that they were trying to make a Hunter versus Franco fight” said Hunter’s promoter Russ Young of Prize Fight. “We have called almost every camp of every high profile featherweight around trying to get Eric a big fight”, continued Young. “We were told by most that Hunter posed to much of a risk for their fighter. Nobody wanted to take a chance. I applaud Franco’s handlers for taking a risk and giving the fans a great fight.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Rising Australian-based Samoan heavyweight Alex Leapai (20-3-3, 16 KOs) hopes to keep his win streak going against American heavyweights when he clashes with Darnel Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs) over ten rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.
Also in action will be world rated super middleweight Les Sherrigton (26-5, 17 KOs) who will punch it out with veteran Nader Hamdan (42-8-1, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
The new slim-line Johnny Muller having his first fight at light heavyweight blasted out Ronnie Lategan at 1 minute 49 seconds of the first round to capture the vacant SA title at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old Muller (77.95kg) came out at the first bell throwing punches like a hurricane and never allowed Lategan (78.05kg) to get into the fight. With Lategan backing off and not landing any significant punches Muller continued throwing lefts and rights to the head as he battered him all over the ring before the corner threw in the towel for referee Wally Snowball to wave the fight off. Muller takes his record to 8-0-2, 6 KOs and Lategan’s reported record drops to 10-9, 4 KOs. (more…)
The 24th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, December 19th from 12:30 -5:30p at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. The Ring 8 honorees for 2010 are:
Father/Son Award: “Smokin’” Joe Frazier and Marvis Frazier
Uncrowned Champion Award: “Sonny Lou Volpe & Lenny Mangiapane
Trainer of the Year: Tommy Gallagher
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lou Raino
Integrity in Boxing Award: Joe Dwyer
Ringside Physician Award: Dr. Ralph Bohm
Amateur Official Award: John Holden
Outstanding Service Award: Paulette Balog
Dedicated Service Award: David Yatkowitz
Prospect of the Year Award: Gabriel Bracero
In addition to Joe Frazier, other invited former world champion quests include Emile Griffith, Vito Antuofermo, “Neon” Leon Spinks, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill, Iran “The Blade” Barkley and Junior “Poison” Jones, as well as past world heavyweight challenger Ken Norton. (more…)
Welterweight Paul Delgado (24-9-1, 4 KOs) has fought respectable opposition in his 12 year professional boxing career, but to date he has not been able to get that signature win that gets him to the next level. The 34-year-old meets veteran Chris Gray for the vacant IBF/USBA Southern Region welterweight title on Saturday at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia with Greg Barckhoff (Sports Fan Properties) promoting the event. By winning this title he could crack into the rankings of the IBF and get closer to becoming world title eligible. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Unbeaten WBO Female lightweight world champion Erin McGowan (14-0, 7 KOs) talks about becoming Australia’s first female world champion and much more. (more…)
By Johnny B’
IBO Chairman John Daddono, owner of the Jupiter Boxing Club, has opened a second facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida this past week. The club is a complete training facility for men, women and children interested in boxing and kickboxing. “Even during economic hardship, health and fitness remain a priority for individuals today,” said Daddono. From beginners to world champions, there are several programs to choose from. The Jupiter Boxing Club Deerfield is located at 3401 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd. Call 954-429-1111.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
The 5th St Gym maintains an open door policy during business hours, allowing curious pedestrians more access than any time in its storied past. Don King Productions and Arena Sports Promotion expanded that access today by hosting an open media workout with 3 fighters on the upcoming “Tribute to Freedom” card.
The fighters joined DKP publicist Alan Hopper to showcase the fights scheduled at the American Airlines Arena for Friday, December 17th. Unfortunately, King was unable to attend due to his wife’s recent health concerns. Many fighters and journalists expressed their best wishes for Don and his family.
Two of the fighters on hand were headlining heavyweights Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) and Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KO’s). Austin is the WBC #1 ranked contender and Solis is #2. The victor goes on to challenge WBC champion Vitali Klitschko for his mandatory defense in March of next year. For more details and photos click here…
Former 2-time IBF super featherweight champion Cassius Baloyi (37-5-1, 19 KOs) of South Africa and USBA super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will meet January 29th in South Africa. The bout will be an IBF Super Featherweight title eliminator with the winner next in line to face the current champion Mzonke Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) of South Africa. It is speculated that Mendez will train for this fight in Texas with well known trainer Ronnie Shields.
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Former two-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins held a media workout today at Joe Hand’s Boxing Gym in Philadelphia as he continues to prepare for his December 18 bout on SHOWTIME against current WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal. With a victory over Pascal, Hopkins, who turns 46 in January, would become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title.
Here’s what he had to say… (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Even with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. off Top Rank’s Saturday night pay-per-view show at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the telecast will still present a solid lineup of important fights topped by two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-round bantamweight battle against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) and WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) defending against Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs)
“The fighters have a lot at stake here,” promoter Bob Arum said today. “Donaire has to get a win to keep his HBO date against Fernando Montiel on February 19th. Soto and Antillion are fighting for the WBC lightweight title and the winner is committed to fight Brandon Rios in March on SHOWTIME. So big things are happening for those fighters.” (more…)
WBC International cruiserweight champion and WBC #9 Silvio Branco (61-10-2, 37 KOs) defended his belt against Vincenzo Rossitto (39-7-2, 23 KOs) last Saturday in Civitavecchia, Italy. The amazing 44-year-old Branco won by unanimous decision against his ten years younger opponent.
On the undercard Emiliano Marsili (21-0-1, 8 KOs) retained his Italian lightweight title by unanimous decision against Pasquale Di Silvio (12-3, 5 KOs), former European champion and two-time world challenger Gianluca Branco (44-3-1, 22 KOs) decisioned in 6 rounds Semjons Moroseks, cruiserweight prospect Mirko Larghetti (10-0, 7 KOs) won by TKO in round six against Jevgenijs Andrejevs and super featherweight Nicola Cipolletta decisioned Sergei Tassimov in a six-rounder.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with RAI SPORT 1 televisived live in Italy.
The week-old manhunt for Jim Martin, husband/trainer/manager of female ring legend Christy Martin ended today in Apopka, Florida. Martin was apprehended by police after receiving a tip of his whereabouts. He was carried a knife when arrested. Martin is accused of stabbing and shooting his famous wife after an argument last week in their Apopka home.
The IBF Jr. Featherweight Championship mandatory defense purse bid between champion Steve Molitor and Takalani Ndlovu was held today. Top Rank won with a bid of $215,000. Branco Sports Production bid $154,240.
Pablo Cesar Cano has pulled out of Friday’s Telefutura main event and has been replaced with interim WBC Youth beltholder Gilberto Gonzalez (18-1, 13 KOs). Gonzalez will be looking for his eighth straigh win by KO against Noe Bolanos (21-5-1, 12 KOs). Cano is out due to the flu.
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