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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“This revenge fight against Delvin Rodriguez is my last door to fights for number one rankings, world titles. The last one. No excuses, I’m playing all chips in again after our boxing war in July. What can I say? This is how I like it: all or nothing,” said Paweł Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) in his first interview after the signing for a highly anticipated rematch against Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) on December 3 in the Mecca of Boxing, New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The bout will be a great addition to an already great evening with WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios’ first visit to East Coast and, of course, the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito PPV main event. (more…)
Report/photo by Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Mercedes Manriquez scored the most picturesque knockout of the evening at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Timing his punch perfectly, Manriquez, 2-0 (2 KOs), caught Joe Anthony Nerro, 0-4, moving into a chopping right that dropped him against the ropes toward the end of the first round. Nerro beat the count but staggered sideways on spaghetti legs, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun weighed in at 139 pounds and #6 ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Ajose (29-0, 14 KOs), of Nigeria, and Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs), of France, will square off in the most important fight of their career, a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the #1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.
The WBA #5-ranked and WBO 12th-ranked lightweight Darley Perez weighed in at 133 ½ pounds and hard-hitting Oscar Meza measured 136 pounds. Perez (22-0, 17 KOs), of Colombia, who has never been knocked down as a professional or amateur, will make his ShoBox debut against the battle-tested Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.
The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment. What the fighters had to say on Thursday…
Luis Ramos Jr 135 vs. David Rodela 134.6
Ronny Rios 127.4 vs. Roger Gonzalez 128
Tyree Ortiz 254.4 vs. Andrae Carthon 215.8
Brandon Adams 154.6 vs. John Worthy 155
Bobby Chavez 151.8 vs. Nicolas Balestra 151.4
Jose Sanchez 127.8 vs. Christian Gonzalez 128
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated contenders Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of the Philippines will co-headline a Top Rank Live! boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, November 11 — the eve of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight.
Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 will go on sale this Saturday, October 1, 10 am.
Magdaleno, 20-0 with seven knockouts, will box 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. Gesta, 23-0-1 with 12 knockouts, will open the telecast in a 10 round lightweight bout.
The Top Rank fight card will be in the South Pacific Ballroom.
Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, and Ritmo Latino. Ticket sales are limited to 8 per person. To charge with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at 877-632-7400 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com
Ray Robinson 146 vs. Manuel Guzman 149
Julian Williams 153.5 vs. Eberto Medina 155
George Armenta 168.5 vs. Charles Hayward 170
Grayson Blake 151 vs. DeCarlo Perez
Troy (Chase) Corbin 147.5 vs. Mario (Alexander) Blanco
Chris Plebani 144.5 vs. David Navarro 146
Korey Sloane 137.5 vs. Korey Pritchett 137.5
Todd Unthank-May 175 vs. Ronnie Lawrence 178.5
Venue: National Guard Armory in Philadelphia
Promoter: Bam Boxing Promotions Inc.
Tickets $65, $50, & $40/First fight 7:30PM
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan will defend his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson on Saturday, December 10 in Washington, DC. No word yet on where the bout will be held in the Nation’s Capitol. Khan, a native of Bolton, Lancashire, UK, (26-1, 18 KO’s) will be making the first defense of his IBF title that he captured from Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas. Khan became fond of DC after a recent visit to the city for a celebration of Muslim athletes. That visit helped put DC ahead of Detroit, MI and Montreal, CA to get this contest. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Marvelous Chris Martin, an unbeaten future star from San Diego, makes his Top Rank debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Martin, 22-0-2, takes on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-21-2, of Mexico on a Top Rank Live! Championship card in the Marquee Ballroom. Toshiaki Nishioka takes on Rafael Marquez in the main event. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken and Zanfer Promotions, Nishioka vs Marquez will be televised live on FOX Deportes in the US and Mexico and shown on WOWOW in Japan.
World Boxing Council President Dr. Jose Sulaiman was appointed “Tourism Ambassador of Mexico” by the Mexican government on September 27 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The President of the Mexican Republic, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, presented the honor. The presentation was part of the celebration of the International Day of Tourism (Year of Tourism in Mexico 2011) at the port of Mazatlan, and was also attended by several other high-ranking government officials.
All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Toshiaki Noshiaka, Rafael Marquez, Roman Gonzalez, Omar Soto, Johnny Tapia, Ricardo Mayorga and more . . . Click here to view
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has decided to call purse bids for mandatory matches between WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and #1 rated Brad Solomon and also WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos vs interim beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux. The bidding will take place on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., at the WBA’s Panama headquaters. The bidding will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
During the third round of his clash against top heavyeight contender Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. He was stopped later in the fight. After a brief recovery period, Sergei is now anxious to get back on track. “I am back in training. I feel great. I’m working on my overall physical and strength conditioning right now, in fact I just came back from hiking. I will be back in the boxing Gym this coming week….right now my focus is on getting back in the ring as soon as possible. I need to fight regularly and to stay active. I want to fight good fighters and I will do whatever it takes to get back to the top.”
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Rafael Marquez and WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Toshiaki Nishioka faced off for the first time today at a press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I have worked very hard for this fight and I’m prepared to win the world title,” said former champ Marquez. “It will be a tremendous fight on Oct 1 and we’re going to return the title to Mexico.”
“I’ve been able to create the best condition ever for me and I’ll have the best fight of my career,” Nishioka countered with. “I will be victorious.” Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
It’s been over a year since Roman “Rocky” Martinez last fought. And his last time in the ring was not that fun, as he lost his world championship to Ricky Burns in Scotland in a very close and competitive bout. “It has been a while since I fought, but I have stayed in the gym and have been training and I am really anxious to get back in the ring,” said Martinez, who recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Inc.
Martinez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico will take the always roughed Daniel Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) of Africa in the semi-main event of the “Triple Crown III” a pay-per-view card that will be headline by the return of two-time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday night in Puerto Rico. (more…)
The undercard for the October 15 Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) vs. Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) pay-per-view telecast is finalized. In the co-feature, Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) faces Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC lightweight title, Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) meets Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs) in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO junior welterweight belt and Paulie Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KOs) opens the telecast against Orlando Lora (28-1-1, 19 KOs) in a welterweight ten-rounder. The card takes place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) and “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) met at The Palm Restaurant in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon for the final press conference before “Noche de Maravilla: Martinez vs. Barker” on Saturday, October 1st at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Lou DiBella, Martinez’s promoter and president of DiBella Entertainment, hosted the press conference alongside Barker’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
The WBC Diamond and Ring middleweight champion had few final words before the packed house, exuding his usual quiet confidence.
“I want to thank everyone for being here and Darren Barker for accepting this challenge,” began the 36-year-old Martinez, an Argentine now fighting out of Oxnard, CA. “My preparation was as good and as hard as ever. This Saturday you will see another great fight and a spectacular show. I am as well prepared as I have ever been. There’s not much to say and there is a lot to do in the ring, so I’ll see you on Saturday, October 1st.” (more…)
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be Braekhus’ third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20,000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.” (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a media conference hosted by the Boxeo de Gala chief Fausto Daniel Garcia, WBC female world champion Mariana Juarez and world ranked prospects Reyes Sanchez, Daniel Hernandez and Anthony Olguin discussed their respective bouts to be held next October 15 at a site to be named. It was announced that San Luis Potosí and Mexico City are two possibilities to host the event. In the main event, “La Barbie” Juarez will rematch Uruguayan Gabriela Bouvier, whom she KO’d in seven rounds in May. (more…)
Junior middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday inside the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, in six-round bout against local journeyman William “Pete” Johnson. It’s been a long road back for Greene who battled with depression and a loss of focus after suffering his first loss in June of 2010, a close, but unanimous 10-round decision against fellow up-and-comer Vanes Martirosyan in his own home state of New York. Greene is currently training in Florida and promoter Greg Cohen says after one or two tune-up bouts, Greene should be ready for anyone.
By Peter Lim
Former heavyweight contender turned promoter Lou Savarese continues to provide a platform for upcoming pugilists to hone their skills as he stages his latest card at the Houston Club tonight. Heavyweight Justin Jones, 12-0 (8 KOs), puts his undefeated record on the line against late-substitute Glen Williams, 7-4-1 (5 KOs). Jones’ original opponent Dominic Jenkins pulled out at the last minute due to legal problems. Fighting his fourth bout in five months, lightweight southpaw Bahodir Mamajanov, 3-0 (3 KOs), takes on Christopher Russel, 2-6-1 (1 KO). Undefeated light heavyweight Cedric Agnew, 18-0 (10 KOs), faces Chuck Dillard, 4-9-1 (1 KO). Skip Scott, 13-1 (8 KOs), faces Shannon Ray Caudle, 9-4-1 (8 KOs), in a heavyweight bout. Featherweight Eric Manriquez, 4-0 (2 KOs), fights Joe Anthony Nerro, 0-3. And Joel Baglio makes his pro debut against Devenere Rose, 1-4 (1 KO) in a junior middleweight bout.
By Miguel Maravilla
Looks like a November 5 HBO card from Cancun, Mexico will be headlined by Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) against James Kirkland (29-1, 26KOs) in a super welterweight showdown. According to sources the deal is nearly done. This fight promises to be a war as both fighters are known to be brawlers and bring a fan friendly style to the ring. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Julio Cesar Felix 108 vs. Sergio Nuñez 108.5
Edibaldo Ortega 126.5 vs. Pedro Lopez 131
Emilio Bojorquez 151.8 vs. Alejandro Alonso 147.4
Christian Bojorquez 119.5 vs. Mario Lara 121.8
German Perez 144 vs. Eduardo Iniquez 142
Rey Russell 121 vs. Hector Figueroa 118.8
Adrian Vargas 138.6 vs. Hector Rivera 140
Cesar Sanchez 135.3 vs. Jose Luis Ramirez 134.2
Venue: Las Pulgas Night Club, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Quiñones Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA former world champion Sammy “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez and Roilo Golez took part in public training on Wednesday in front of hundreds of fans in preparation for Saturday’s bout for the WBC vacant silver light flyweight belt at the Exhibitor Center in Puebla, Mexico. The card also features a clash between Alejandro Sanabria and Pedro “Vaquero” Navarrete for WBC Fecarbox super featherweight championship. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“No reason to panic because I’ve lost one fight against best heavyweight in the world Vitali Klitschko,” says former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs). “To all who are saying that I should go back to the cruiserweight division, I have one message – it will not happen. I will end my career as a heavyweight. You still see my fighting the best. No matter how tall and big they are! (more…)
All the shots from today’s Top Rank media workout in Las Vegas: Rafael Marquez, Toshiaki Nishioka, Omar Soto, Roman Gonzalez, Jesse Magdaleno and Anthony Lenk and more … Click here to view
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Earlier this afternoon, Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, hosted the final press conference for “Noche De ‘Maravilla'” featuring WBC Diamond belt Middleweight Champion, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO’s), who will be taking on undefeated European Champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs), this Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. The show will air live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 10:00 P.M. ET/7:00 P.M. PT, opening with the much anticipated rematch between “Irish” Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO’s) and Bryan Vera (19-5, 12KO’s).
All four of the televised fighters were in attendance and took turns speaking to the large number of media who turned out to attend the presser which was held at The Palm Restaurant, on West 50th Street, in New York City. (more…)
Official WBC Statement: The World Boxing Council has not received any official request to sanction the fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the fighters currently have statutory commitments which they are obliged to comply with; the same WBC Rules and Regulations that have taken them to their respective world championships.
It is not very courteous and respectable either, that promoters announce some fight before receiving authorization from the organization that recognizes their fighters as world champions, even though the WBC does not object at all to such fight being carried out.
It is our opinion that Julio, as well as Saul, could make several defenses to have more experience and higher international renown, as that is when they could earn much more money than the money they can earn now. (more…)
Photos by Chris Cozzone
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs) and former champ Rafael Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs) met with the media today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, the two will clash at the MGM. Stay tuned for more photos.
Junior middleweights Pawel Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) will fight a rematch of their exciting draw from July on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Top Rank matchmaker Carl Moretti finalized the deal today. Their first fight was a “fight of the year” candidate.
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