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By Gabriel F.Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Sal Sanchez II (25-4-3, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC Cabofe belt for the first time against former Mexican national champ Yovanny “El Bambino” Soto (32-11-1, 27 KOs) on Friday at the Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City. “It’s a new challenge and I hope it’ll be a great fight,” said the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez. “It’s time to go looking for more experienced opponents in pursuit of my world title opportunity. I’m fully dedicated to my goal and training harder every time.” Sanchez has shown great improvement is recent fights. Prospects Ganigan Lopez, Edgar Riovalle and Javier Prieto will also see action on the Boxeo de Gala event.
Frank Mir tops all heavyweights with 18 UFC appearances over the past decade. The big man with the second-most Octagon performances? Believe it or not, the distinction belongs to Mr. Cheick Kongo. The striking specialist has been under the Zuffa umbrella longer than world champ Cain Velasquez, longer than No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos, and longer than Shane Carwin, Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Noguiera, among others . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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By Dave Spencer
They know each other inside and outside of the ring. They refer to each other as friends. They have sparred upwards of 96 rounds inside the ring helping each other prepare for battle against other opponents. But on November 5th in Quebec City the friendship gets put on hold as IBF Champion Lucian Bute (29-0 24KO) makes his ninth title defense against Glen Johnson (51-15-2 35KO).
Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche jokes that he believes it was actually 97 rounds that the two went against each other and that Johnson might have forgotten one, presumably put to sleep by the undefeated fighter. Joking aside, both are appreciative to be meeting up with each other with Johnson getting his third title shot in his last four fights and Bute finally getting his foot in the door of the ‘Super Six’ tournament. (more…)
2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev has commented on WBO cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck’s desire to move to heavyweight to challenge the Klitschkos. “I don’t understand these considerations,” said Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs). “First of all, there are still people in this weight class whom he has to beat. I hope he stays at cruiserweight until next summer and fights with me next year. I will knock him out!”
Story and photos by David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention kicked off Tuesday morning with exciting developments in the form of a new title, new developments with the regional titles, and major developments in what is proving to be one of the most exciting additions to the WBO in recent years in its female champions.
The event kicked off with roll call, followed by an invocation from second Vice President Jacinth Bryan Labega. After approving the prior minutes from the 2010 Convention in Cartagena, Colombia, the WBO adknowledged several of the notable fighters who came out to support the WBO. Female champions Yesica Bopp from Argentina (the reigning 108 pound champion) and 115 pound champion Carolina Duer (also from Argentina) received warm ovations, as did WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight champion and #10 ranked WBO contender Chauncy Welliver. From there the president suggested a slight change in the agenda and moved President’s Luis Batista Salas Championship Committee Report to be done first. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Baja Boxing
Former featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto began his training camp in Tijuana, Mexico, earlier this for his upcoming bout slated for Saturday, December 3rd. The fight will be presented by Baja Boxing and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa. The location is still in the air as two cities are vying to host the three time world champion, his native city of Los Mochis and a city where he is considered an “adopted son”, Cozumel. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Long serving South African ring official Aubrey “Rassie” Ersamus from Cape Town gets his biggest assignment ever after 40 years when he will be one of the judges for the fight between former IBF and WBF heavyweight champion, 43–year-old Francois Botha and 39-year-old Michael Grant from the the USA, for the vacant World Boxing Federation belt at the Monte Casino gambling resort near Johannesburg on November 19. The other officials are referee Ingo Barrabas from Germany, and judges Desmond Bloyd (Australia) and Glenn Feldman (USA). Botha has a record of 48 wins, 5 losses, 1 no contest, with 29 wins inside the distance and Grant has scored 47 wins with 4 losses and 35 wins inside the distance.
Former three-time world champion in two different divisions and Worcester, MA’s own “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) is ready to step up into some big fights in 2012. This announced in a press release on Wednesday by Ten Count Media, Rivera’s publicist. The former IBO welterweight, WBA welterweight and WBA junior middleweight world champion, Rivera is a promotional free agent and is also acting as his own manager. He is looking for a major fight in 2012 that will get him back into the world title picture, and is looking to align himself with a promoter that can make it happen. Rivera is hoping to get one more fight under his belt before stepping up to challenge anybody in the top ten in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
Canelo said on Mexican TV a few minutes ago that he was present but it was his brother who hit Solis. The Solis camp insists it was Canelo himself who hit Archie. Stay tuned… More photos
With a shot at the biggest fight in Super Middleweight history on the line, undefeated superstar and IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute will make the ninth defense of his 168-pound title against ageless former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson on November 5 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The largest box office draw in Canadian boxing, the undefeated, Romanian-born Bute will enter the ring at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec with an unblemished record of 29-0 with 24 KOs. Bute has registered knockouts in seven of his eight title defenses. The 42-year-old Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) will make his 10th appearance in a world title fight, once again traveling to enemy territory for a shot at a championship.
The winner of Bute-Johnson could likely meet the winner of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, which concludes on December 17 on SHOWTIME. See what the fighters had to say on Tuesday’s conference call:
Hatsu Hioki knows what it means to the world of Japanese mixed martial arts for him to be successful in a UFC career that begins this Saturday night in Las Vegas against George Roop . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Eddy Reynoso, manager and trainer of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, claims the ongoing rumors of a street fight between Alvarez and Archie Solis are completely false. “Those rumors of a fist fight between Saul and Archie are nothing but lies, Saul’s mind is 100% on Kermit Cintron,” said Reynoso. “His focus is on his training camp and I don’t know where this rumor came from, he is into what he is doing and that is preparing himself very hard to face a tough opponent in Cintron.” Alvarez will make the third defense of his WBC super welterweight championship against Cintron, a former welterweight champion, in Mexico City.
IBF light flyweight world champion Ulises “Archie” Solis says he was beaten up by WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez. Solis suffered a fractured jaw and lost a tooth after claiming to be hit by Alvarez with a left hook and a straight right during an altercation at workout area called Barranca de Oblates in Jalisco, Guadalajara where both were training. Canelo allegedly accused Solis of getting too cozy with his girlfriend. Solis, who will undergo surgery tonight, plans to press charges.
Tickets for the November 5 card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., which is headlined by the WBC International heavyweight title match between undefeated champion Mariusz Wach against former world champ Oliver McCall, are nearly sold out. Previously closed sections are being opened up to accomodate more fans to the event as the need persists in hopes of ensuring that each fan that wants to attend the event live can do so. “We are very pleased with the support we are receiving from the public,” said Mariusz Kolodziej, CEO of the show’s promoter Global Boxing Promotions. “We had a great turnout last time and we’re glad that more people are coming out this time around. We want to give the best shows to the fans, not just the Polish fans but the boxing supporters as well.” (more…)
Santa Anita Park and Top Rank Boxing have announced that Juan Manuel Marquez, who is readying for a title fight with world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will stage a sparring exhibition at Santa Anita Park on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5. Marquez will be joined at Santa Anita by undefeated WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, who will be defending his title on Nov. 12 versus Cuban native Joel Casamayor. Marquez and Bradley will each spar (separately) in a track-side ring between races on Saturday afternoon. Admission to the boxing exhibition will be free, with paid admission. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early on Nov. 5 at 8 a.m. First live race post time is 10:20 a.m., and the first televised Breeders’ Cup race from Churchill Downs is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. A boxing ring will be transported from the trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and will be erected on Santa Anita’s apron adjoining the winner’s circle, earlier in the week. Top Rank will provide 10,000 Pacquiao-Marquez III posters, free of charge at Santa Anita on a first-come, first-served basis, and Santa Anita will conduct a drawing for two tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III in Las Vegas.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Son of the legend and undefeated WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. announce their upcoming world title fight, Saturday, Nov. 19 at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, Chavez Jr. vs Manfredo Jr. will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…
By Mike Bernier
Undefeated Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) is ready to defend his super middleweight IBF belt for the ninth time against former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2 35KOs). The fight will take place in Bute’s hometown of Quebec City, Canada live at the Pepsi Coliseum on Saturday, November 5th on Showtime Championship Boxing, 9PM EST.
Lucian Bute: “I’ve been in camps for the past seven weeks and it feels like I’m training in preparation for the Super Six Tournament against the creditable Glen Johnson. I’m working hard in camp and I’m very confident that on November 5th I’ll put on a great performance.”
Glen Johnson: “I have huge plans moving forward, I feel great. I plan on putting on a tremendous performance and I expect to come out victorious. I have no problem making 168, it’s not an issue, we will make weight, and it gets easier each time.”
Johnson will turn 43 two months after the fight.
Both boxers, while training in 2009 for their rematches against Librado Andrade and Chad Dawson, sparred almost 100 rounds against one another. They didn’t spar with anyone else.
Bute: “It built my confidence. It was hard competitive sparring, we wanted to win every day.”
Johnson: “It was great work, we both accomplished our goals, I believe we both got better.”
Both men will put their friendship behind them when they step into the ring and resume it at the conclusion of the fight. Ticket sales for the fight are going well according to a representative from Bute’s promoter, Interbox. 13,000 tickets have been sold with fewer than 3,000 still available.
By David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention returned home this week to San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Ritz Carlton. Monday kicked off with arguably the most popular event of the week, the 14th Annual Golf Tournament. That evening, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel briefly spoke during the Welcome cocktail reception, thanking the members from all over the world for once again coming out to join the WBO. Citing the recent economic downturn, he acknowledged the financial sacrifice may of the members made and thanked them for their dedication to the sport and to the WBO. Today’s events will include the General Assembly, the opening ceremony, and the regional vice presidents reports. Click here for more photos…
The newly-founded New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”), sponsored by Ring 8, held a press conference today at famed Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Manhattan to announce its inaugural class of inductees. The late, great “Sugar” Ray Robinson, arguably the greatest boxer of all-time, leads a star-studded list of 12 boxers and eight non-participants who will be inducted into the NYSBHOF at its inaugural induction dinner, which is tentatively scheduled for next March in New York City. Boxers joining Robinson are “Iron” Mike Tyson, Jake “Bronx Bull” LaMotta, Carmen “Upstate Onion Farmer” Basilio, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Mike “Bodysnatcher” McCallum and the late Gene “The Fighting Marine” Tunney, Benny “The Ghetto Wizard” Leonard and Tony Canzoneri.
Non-participant inductees include judge/HBO analyst Harold Lederman, coach/instructor Steve Acunto, trainer/cut-man Jimmy Glenn and, posthumously, trainers Gil Clancy and Ray Arcel, Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer, New York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo, and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.
Former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (35-4, 20 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since his March 2010 loss to Manny Pacquiao on Top Rank’s November 19 Chavez-Manfredo card in Houston, Texas. Clottey will face Calvin Green (21-6-1, 13 KOs). Featherweight phenom Roberto Marroquin (20-1, 14 KOs) will also fight on the card.
The recent flooding in Thailand has devasted the country leaving thousands homeless and without electricity. Amongst those are the fighters of boxing promoter OneSongchai, whose roster includes world ranked fighters such as Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express, and female world champion Teeraporn Pannimit to name a few. The promoter’s gym where the fighters train is no longer visible because of the flooding. (more…)
Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Today the WBC President Jose Suliaman announced in his weekly conference that Cristian “El “Italiano” Esquivel (24-2, 18 KOs), from Mexico, and Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0, 10 KOs), from Japan, will fight in an eliminator bantamweight bout, and if Nonito Donaire vacates the title the fight between Esquivel and Yamanaka is still an eliminator bout.
Esquivel and Yamanaka are lined up to meet November 6 at Yoyogi Gymnasium #2 in Tokyo, Japan. Esquivel said “This is the most important fight of my boxing career and I made the best preparation of my life, I will be traveling to Japan next October 31, with my trainer Rudy Perez, and my friend Alfredo Melo. And, if God wills, I will be back as the WBC bantamweight official challenger.”
By Ron Jackson
Two South African world champions will be in IBF title fights this coming weekend when Moruti Mthalane makes the third defense of his IBF flyweight belt when he meets Andrea Sarritzu from Italy at the PalaRockfeller in Cagliari, Italy on Friday night and Takalani Ndlovu defends his IBF junior featherweight belt against Giovanni Caro of Mexico at the Palenque de la Feria, Colima in Mexico on Saturday night. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC middleweight mandatory challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is in Orlando, Florida, training with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto is preparing for his December 3 rematch against Mexican Antonio Margarito, so looking for the best to get well this important fight. Sources says Rubio training for a possible fight on Saturday December 17 in Mexico against an opponent to be named, although the name of Matt Vanda has been mentioned. Rubio has been repeatedly calling out WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to make his mandatory defense.
Undefeated welterweight Ronald Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on Anges Adjaho (25-6, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round contest on November 19 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Cruz-Adjaho match will serve as the semifinal to the 12-round main event which features Garrett Wilson making the first defense of his USBA cruiserweight title against Chuck Mussachio. Cruz was previously scheduled to box Adjaho on September 9, but a wrist injury suffered in training forced Adjaho to withdraw.
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