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By Ray Wheatley/World of Boxing
Photo: Elmer Anuran
IBF#5 lightweight Al Sabaupan (16-0-1, 11KOs) will return to ring action on November 12 in Metro Manila, Philippines when he meets an opponent to be announced over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs. Sabaupan’s manager Elmer Anuran said “Al Sabaupan has outstanding skills and power and is ready to challenge for the IBF 135 pound title in 2012. I have seen the champion Miguel Vasquez of Mexico box and he is a very good champion. In 2009 Sabaupan defeated the Mexican lightweight champion and former world title challenger Josafat Perez clearly by ten round decision in one of his best wins.” Elmer Anuran also guided Drian Francisco to the WBA 115 pound world title.
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
With the hopes of bringing professional boxing back to the forefront of Tijuana sports, enthusiastic new promoter Gabriel Quiñones offers an interesting fight card this Thursday night full of Tijuana talent at the popular Las Pulgas night club on the legendary Avenida Revolucion in the historic center of Tijuana, Mexico. Known as a night club and concert hall that specializes in Mexican regional music, Las Pulgas has served as a successful fight venue in the past and Quiñones Promotions stressed that they wished to duplicate that success at a press conference held Monday afternoon at a nearby hotel.
Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Mexican WBC world champion, Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez, will defend for the third time, her flyweight title in a rematch against Gabriela Bouvier, from Uruguay, who defeated last May 21 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, by TKO at the end of the seventh round.
After the great performance she had last August 27 in Huamantla, Mexico, where she defeated by unanimous decision Asami Shikasho, from Japan, Mariana is now training at the gym for what will be her third defense of the title, to be held next October 15 in place and venue to be determined in the following days by the promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia, chief of “Boxeo de Gala promotions.”
The Italian company OPI 2000 has open a boxing gym in the center of Milan, Italy. Many former World champions were present at the inauguration.
It seems that the verbal war between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan that lasted almost one year is about to end as the British fighter has finally admitted publicly that he does not want to give Maidana a rematch. “A lot of you want to see the Maidana rematch (and) yes it was a cracking fight. I enjoyed watching it too. It could happen. Let’s see him fight Bradley,” Khan said today. After Maidana asked Khan for the rematch of the 2010 fight of the year Khan, looked the other way citing different excuses. Now, Khan finally admits that he wants no part of Maidana again and is telling Maidana whom he should fight next. Therefore, Maidana is offering the British a position as his new advisor.
“Well, finally Khan has admitted that he doesn’t wanna see me around him inside the ring so as he’s been lately suggesting that I should face Jessie Vargas, Erik Morales and now Tim Bradley we thought that we could end the bad blood and offered him to be my new advisor,” Maidana said. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Up and coming WBA #11 junior middleweight Jean Carlos Prada (26-0-1, 18 KOs), Dominican-based Venezuelan, has issued a public challenge to former (WBO) welterweight champion WBO #6 Carlos” El Indio” Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs). Prada has been invited to fight in Puerto Rico next October 29th on occasion of the annual WBO Convention. Says the outspoken Prada, “I am willing to go to Puerto Rico and fight el Indio in his backyard. I would be the underdog in this fight because he is a former world champion and the local favorite, so I say, Carlos, let’s get it on.” Concurs Prada’s Puerto Rican manager/promoter Wilfredo Rivera “We are not looking for a pay day. We just want to fight Carlos Quintana and are asking him to be a man and answer our challenge.” If the fight does come through, both southpaw boxers would be battling for the vacant WBO 154 lbs Latino title.
Photo and story by Ray Wheatley/World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18KOs) has challenged IBF#3, WBA#3 and WBC#11 Robert Helenius (16-0, 11KOs) to a contest and will fight him on his home turf of Germany or Finland. “I have seen him in action several times and I think i have the perfect style to defeat him,” said Leapai. “His win over Samuel Peter inside the distance means nothing in my opinion because he is a washed up fighter having been defeated by both Klitschkos and Eddie Chambers.” Leapai’s manager Noel Thornberry said “I have contacted the management of Helenius about a fight with Alex but they are just not interested.” Thornberry continued “I am sure they have seen his wins on tape over Darnell Wilson, Travis Walker, Owen Beck and recent KO of former heavyweight challenger Peter Okhello and have decided he is to dangerous.” Thornberry concluded “I am sure they will take the easy option now and fight Darnell Wilson who defeated Juan Carlos Gomez last Saturday.” Leapai is based in Australia but was born in Samoa. Noel Thronberry guided another Samoan, Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown.
By Ray Wheatley/World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
World middleweight contenders Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17KOs) and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (25-0, 19KOs) will clash in an IBF Box Off to find a mandatory challenger for the IBF 160 pound champion Daniel Geale in 2012. Golden Boy Promotions who manage IBF#10 Quillin and David Stanley who manages IBF#8 Soliman have agreed to take the fight and are in negotiation for that fight to happen. Also in the IBF Box Off is former IBF champion Roman Karmazin and Osumanu Adama who will clash on October 7th in Burbank, Illinois. Soliman said “I want to thank Quillin for taking the fight. There were a few other middleweights who pulled out of fights against me in the IBF Box Off including former champion Sebastian Sylvester.” Soliman continued, “I am in better shape now then when I boxed Winky Wright in the USA in 2005. I am sure Quillin will be a tough fight but I am confident I will be the winner and give him his first professional loss.”
Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) and Team Maravilla arrived in Atlantic City today for final fight week preparations before his Ring and WBC Diamond belt title defense against European middleweight champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs). Martinez will host an open workout tomorrow at 1pm in Modell’s Times Square (234 W. 42nd St) in New York City. The middleweight champion then returns to Atlantic City for the Friday weigh-in at 3pm at the Palladium Ballroom, also open to the public.
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Mike Oliver trained today in Puerto Rico for his bout this Saturday, October 1, in the show Triple Crown III, against former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López at the coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on Pay Per View. Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) made a light work today with floor exercises, some rounds of gloves and hit the punching bag, showing good stamina at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. Oliver will face Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino featherweight title. For more details and photos click here….
Bob Arum said today the MGM Grand box office report shows all of the tickets are sold – with the exception of four $900 tickets for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez world title fight on Saturday, November 12. Closed circuit tickets at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and other MGM properties are available at $50 per ticket, Arum said.
There will be a special three-hour live telecast on Fox Deportes for the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight at the MGM Grand on Saturday, October 1. The Fox Deportes telecast will begin 9 pm eastern, 6 pm pacific.
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (28-1, 19 KOs) weathered a strong challenge on Saturday from Brazilian champion Sidney Siqueira before emerging with a unanimous decision victory. The match took place in Moses’ hometown of Windhoek, Namibia, at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. Moses dominated the fight with his sharp jab, but Siqueira turned out to be as tough as he had been billed to be. The Brazilian champion responded with impressive combinations, but his efforts were only good enough to stay in contention, not win the match. The three scorers differed only on the degree of dominance by Moses. One judge saw the Namibian pitching a shutout, 100-90, while the remaining two judges thought Siqueira kept the fight closer at 98-92 and 96-94, respectively. (more…)
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Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, October 1st, to defend his Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight titles against undefeated European middleweight champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Maravilla put on the most impressive performances of his career at Boardwalk Hall last year, first winning the WBC, WBO and Ring middleweight titles against Kelly Pavlik in April and then defending the middleweight championship against Paul “The Punisher” Williams via a spectacular second round knockout in November . . . Click here for more
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC/WBO bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) is set to defend his belts against unbeaten two-division champion Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) on October 22 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. At a recent press conference, the Filipino American fighter approached the mic with an attempt at Robert DiNiro’s role in “Taxi Driver” saying, “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?” Donaire went on to say that to fight at Madison Square Garden is an honor. He’s looking forward to showcasing his boxing skills to the Filipino, Latino, and local community for his first appearance in NY. Donaire also announced that he’ll be outfitted in pink for the October 22nd fight in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Longtime boxing manager Rolando Arellano has always had a reputation of being an outspoken individual in the sport. From Fernando Vargas to Victor Ortiz, Arellano is never one to mince words and has always stuck up for his fighters. So when he contacted Fightnews.com late Thursday afternoon, Arellano vented his frustrations about last Saturday’s night outcome between Ortiz and now world title belt holder Floyd Mayweather.
The end of the fourth round between the two fighters at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been the subject of water cooler talk between diehard and casual boxing fans. The media has spun the actions of both fighters and referee Joe Cortez in every direction, even speculating on the future of Victor Ortiz and the assumption that the only fight for Mayweather will be against Manny Pacquiao.
Arellano candidly spoke on everything from Joe Cortez to the forearms that Mayweather used during the fight. Although he could not defend Ortiz’s intentional head butt on Mayweather before the bizarre ending of the fight, Arellano was clear about what actions Ortiz will take. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The Tijuana Boxing Commission will try to bring another Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36KOs) fight to Tijuana before the end of the year. The goal was made public by the executive director of the commission, Juan Carlos Pelayo, who is looking to bring life back to the sport in the border town. “We have an appointment to talk early next week,” Pelayo stated. “It would be a great honor for us to have Morales fight in Tijuana again. With his most recent win, he proved that he is still in the top echelons of the sport.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Howard Goldberg the president of the World Boxing Federation has announced that South Africa’s Francois Botha is scheduled to meet American Michael Grant for the vacant WBF heavyweight belt on November 19 at the Monte Casino near Johannesburg. The tournament will be co-promoted by ShowPony and the Southern Suns Group.
The title became vacant when Evander Holyfield relinquished the WBF belt as he will be challenging Alexander Povetkin for the WBA regular heavyweight belt in December. (more…)
Report/Photo by Bob Caico
Evander Holyfield was at the premiere for the boxing documentary film “Road to the Ring: A Boxing Journey” in North Tonawanda, NY on Saturday. The 46-minute documentary was produced by John Patus of Stone Canyon Films and directed by Jerry Zolner. The film chronicles the journey of three Canadian amateur boxers as they prepare for the Ontario (Canada) Boxing Championships. John Patus sees this documentary as an inspirational tool not only for boxers and athletes but also in life itself. The story not only deals with the physical demands of the sport but the mental part, which may be of more importance. Holyfield chose to be part of Road to the Ring for its inspirational message and for its charitable cause. Proceeds will go to amateur sports, underprivileged youth and the Holyfield Foundation. Holyfield fielded questions and the end of the documentary and was given a Star on the Walk of Fame at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival location. For more information about the documentary go to www.thebnff.com
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photo: Geovani Guerrero
Erik “Terrible” Morales received from WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman the green belt that accredits him as champion in four different divisions within the “Telmex Ring” tournament this Saturday. Morales, from Tijuana Mexico, was crowned WBC super lightweight king when he defeated Pablo Cesar Cano last September 17 in Las Vegas.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
The upstart science of complexity holds the premise that the most complex and beautiful systems arise from simple foundations. If the theory holds true then it would apply to all fields of human endeavor in the natural world–including sport. The upstart boxing promotional team Panther Promotions produced a beautiful and complex performance Friday night from The Seminole Hard Rock Live using their own simple yet unique formula. Panther welcomes “freelance” fighters to do battle in evenly-matched bouts. They don’t sign promotional contracts and they don’t manage the fighters, they offer no guarantees other than a fair opportunity. The fact Panther seems to be the only local promoter with this philosophy shows sometimes common sense really isn’t so common after all. For more details and photos click here…
You read the report and saw the photos. Here is the video.
Jon Jones dismantled every opponent he faced on his climb to the UFC heavyweight championship. His first title defense proved no different.
Facing a Quinton Jackson that looked like the “Rampage” of yesteryear, Jones not only successfully defended his crown, he made it look easy. In a surprising finish, “Bones” used a rear naked choke to become the first man to finish Jackson in the UFC . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBO #1 rated contender Gennady Martirosyan (22-2, 11 KOs) on Sunday night at the Olimp Sports Palace in Krasnodar, Russia. The 6’1 Pirog gave Martirosyan a steady diet of leather throughout the fight while the 5’7 challenger had difficulty getting into punching range. Pirog delivered a merciless series of unanswered punched at the end of round ten and the Martirosyan corner pulled their man out between rounds.
Earlier, jr welterweight Khabib Allakhverdiev (15-0, 6 KOs) won a six round technical decision over former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell (34-8-1, 9 KOs). The 39-year-old Campbell has now lost four of his last five.
By Joe Koizumi
Former executive secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Shigeru Kojima, at the age of eighty, passed away because of pneumonia on August 26. Even though Kojima already retired five years ago, it seems strange that his family only had a private funeral service without our knowledge about a month ago. We, boxing people here, are greatly startled at the sorrowful news and deeply appreciate his previous contribution to our boxing world. Having graduated from Meiji University, Kojima once served as secretary of a congressman and ex-prime minister Tetsu Katayama before entering the JBC in 1964. Kojima succeeded his predecessor Kotai Kikuchi as executive secretary in 1972. He served well in association with the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; the union of licensed managers) to improve the system to administrate our boxing fraternity. Kojima, for thirty-four years, attended all conventions of the WBA and the WBC, only which the JBC has affiliated with. Though he was a short person, he sometimes revealed his big heart in dealing with difficult matters. He was a man. May his soul rest in peace.
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