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By Boxing Bob Newman
The countdown to Cancun has begun! There are less than two weeks to go before the 48th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico kicks off. “This will be the highlight of the year in world boxing, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence,” said President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. Already the list of former and current champions expected to attend has begun to grow with commitments from Roberto Duran, Jeff Fenech, Miguel Cotto, Hector “Macho” Camacho, current WBC Silver belt Super Welterweight champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez, local Cancun hero and former WBC Featherweight champion Rodolfo “Rudy” Lopez and current WBC Female Light Flyweight champion Namoi Toguchi, to name a few. (more…)
Sensational super bantamweight prospect Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz has been added to the star studded “An Evening Ringside” Jonathan Ogden Foundation Benefit card this Thursday night, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland.
Fighting out of Lincoln Heights, California, Santa Cruz has continued to impress West Coast boxing fans since turning professional four years ago. Known for his outstanding boxing skills and fast hands, the former amateur standout brings a record of 13-0-1 with five knockouts into the scheduled six rounder against Milwaukee’s James Owens, 4-1-0 (2KO’s). (more…)
In a tiny Colorado apartment without a phone, Chris Camozzi would have watched as his future seemingly passed him by, but as luck would have it, he didn’t have cable television either. Instead, he could just imagine what was going on in Las Vegas as a bunch of middleweight prospects fought for the right to make it into the competition for The Ultimate Fighter season seven title. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, opened up his training camp at the 10th Round Gym in Fairless Hills, PA, last week in preparation for his Nov. 13 fight with Jesus Soto-Karass at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Jones vs. Soto-Karass fight opens up the pay-per-view telecast that night on a card which features Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title in the main event.
Among Jones’ sparring partners are fellow-Philadelphians Gabriel Rosado and Raymond Serrano. Rosado (14-5, 8 K0s) is on the verge of his own world ranking at junior middleweight while Serrano (13-0, 6 K0s) is quietly moving up through the welterweight division. (more…)
Undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora returns to the ring in a 10-round junior welterweight bout against TBA on November 20 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs), will headline a card promoted by Michael Acri Boxing Promotions. “Spadafora is in great shape and looking forward to making his Mohegan Sun debut,” said Acri. “It’s going to be an exciting night at the fights for the fans.” The undercard will feature exciting prospects from the New England area. Tickets start at $30.
By Phil Doherty
Richard Abril 137.25 vs. Jose Reyes 135.75
Luis Ortiz 233 vs. Zach Page 207.75
Joey Hernandez 161.75 vs. Saul Duran-158.25
James Bryant 247.5 vs. Deuily Aristilde 222.5
Innocent Fiz 150 vs. Jose Angel Roman 149.75
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199 vs. Jose Luis Herrera 198
Khabib Allekhverdiev 138.75 vs. Juan Nazario 140.5**
Yordenis Ugas 147* vs. Anthony Woods 146
Azea Augustama 184.5 vs. Reggie Pena 189.5
Albert Jimenez 243.25 vs. Glendy Hernandez 243
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: The Heavyweight Factory
*Ugas came in ¼ lb over but shed the excess weight for second weighing.
**Nazario could not shed the ½ lb and Allekhverdiev agreed to continue as scheduled.
By Sam DiTusa
On October 28th, welterweights Enrique Gutierrez (10-4, 8 KOs) and Dashon Johnson (11-2-3, 3 KOs) will square off at the San Manual Casino in San Bernadino. The 8 round main event is for the EBU championship and will be promoted by Patrick Ortiz and Ringside Ticket. The fight show cases the hard punching Gutierrez against the speed and athleticism of Johnson and will be an entertaining contest between two very determined California fighters. Tickets can be purchased at the casino box office or through ticketmaster.com.
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
The Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington was the setting Saturday night for an entertaining evening of boxing featuring mostly lightweight fighters. The main event saw Francisco Reyes improve to (7-1) with what could only be termed as a sparring session victory over Mark Herrera (6-2). The two looked like they were fighting a choreographed six rounder which saw no serious action, but did display good defense and movement.
The fight of the night was the middleweight rematch between Eddie Hunter and Aubrey Morrow. (more…)
Recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (34-4, 21 KOs) will take on Cory Phelps (13-6-1, 7 KOs) on October 29th at the Ghost Riders’ Entertainment Complex in Butler, Pennsylvania. In his most recent fight, Minto put up a brave effort while losing to WBO world champion Marco Huck in his cruiserweight debut last May. Prior to that fight, Minto campaigned exclusively as a heavyweight earning noteworthy wins over former title challenger Axel Schulz and Vinnie Maddalone. Minto-Phelps will be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title and available as a PPV webstream at www.Mintofight.com.
World Extreme Cagefighting® delivers another sensational night of mixed martial arts action on Thursday, Nov. 11, as General Manager Reed Harris has confirmed seven additional fights set to take place at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik, Przemek Garczarczyk
“It was one of the most terrifying fights I’ve seen in my lifetime as fan and a fighter. Shannon could have died right there in the ring fighting like this,” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOa) a top contender and top candidate to be the next challenger for Vitali. (more…)
Each year the Ultimate Fighting Championship® rings in the New Year with a stacked fight card that features instant classics to be enjoyed for years to come – This January 1 will be no different. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC® great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin faces seasoned veteran and The Ultimate Fighter® winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the co-main event and in the featured bouts, the always electric Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will look to impose his frenetic pace on former PRIDE® lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, the relentless Chris Leben faces decorated Marine turned mixed martial artist Brian Stann, submission specialist Nate Diaz takes on the undefeated judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim and the versatile Brandon Vera takes on the dangerous Thiago Silva at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011. (more…)
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) has signed with DiBella Entertainment. Erdei, a 2000 Olympian for Hungary, previously campaigned mostly in Germany under the Universum banner. He held the WBO light heavyweight title for nearly six years before moving to cruiserweight where he won the WBC belt, which he vacated just weeks later. Erdei will fight on the Martinez-Williams undercard.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photos by Sörli Binder
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) met Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) today at a press conference in Mannheim, Germany. This fight will take place on December 11th at SAP Arena in Mannheim. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Although Antonio Margarito is focused on his showdown against Manny Pacquiao, fight fans in Oxnard, CA focused on the fighter known as the “Texas Tornado” on Sunday afternoon. Despite overcast skies and a constant drizzle, fight fans stood in line to meet Margarito, who took time out of his busy training regimen to the first annual charity event. The event took place at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy in South Oxnard. All proceeds go to a fund for yearly travel and lodgings for amateur fighters at the Boxing Academy. (more…)
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vazquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
World super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany to visit the US Air Base in the little town of Ramstein, about 100 miles to the southwest. With a very busy schedule, Miguel visited today the Landstuhl Military Hospital to share time with and to support the Wounded Warriors. (more…)
Texas star Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio will take on Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico on a ‘Top Rank Live’ boxing championship card at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on November 20. “This is a very exciting, entertaining main event in our first boxing event at the WinStar World Casino,” said Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum.”I have had the opportunity to spend time at the WinStar World Casino. It is a first-class facility with all of the amentities that one would want at a casino resort hotel. We are very proud to stage our fight program at the WinStar World Casino on November 20.” (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Yesterday former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert ‘Grandpa’ Garcia hosted the first annual fundraiser at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA and it was a huge success. Hundreds of fan showed up to show their support, helping to raise thousands of dollars. Some of the guests in attendance included 3-time world champion the ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Antonio Margarito, current WBC middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, WBA #1 lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios, IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, as well as many other fighters. more + photos
WBO world super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, who makes the first defense of his title against Andreas Evensen on December 4 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, has vowed not to be “boring” like the Scottish national soccer team, which has drawn criticism for tactics employed during a recent Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic. (more…)
Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-2, 15 KOs), the IBF #1 world rated light middleweight contender, will return November 19 on a boxing card at Nevins Hall in Framingham, Massachusetts. Headlining that event is local super lightweight Danny O’Connor (13-0, 3 KOs). Opponents will be announced shortly.
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
“A Fight for the Cure” might’ve had an honorable mission – to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, by way of the Susan G. Komen Foundation – but a championship fight and three former Holly Holm opponents for New Mexico’s first all-female fight card could do no better than a meager crowd of 500. (more…)
By Shannon Briggs
Thank you all for your concern. I came to the hospital saturday night strictly as a precautionary measure, and after several tests the Dr.’s concluded that there were no severe head injuries. I am staying in the hospital to further examine an injury to my left bicep that I suffered in the first round. Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan. Not to take anything away from a brilliant performance by Vitali Klitchko Saturday night, had I had not injured my arm early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded. We are grateful to the fine doctors and people of Hamburg for the excellent care and support they’ve given me thus far, and as a life long asthmatic sufferer I’m truly grateful to Dr. Charles Hensley and his homeopathic formulation Zivair that helped make it possible to go 12 rounds and compete for the WBC title. As witnessed Saturday night and throughout my career, I never gave in even when my breathing was out of order or any injury kept me from being 100%. Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer Herman Caicedo wanted to stop the fight, but I made it clear that stopping the fight was not an option. Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a champion.
An ordinary person reads at a pace between 200 and 250 words per minute. The extraordinary Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub has won 7 out of his 8 professional fights by TKO at roughly the same speed. Actually, in the time it takes for the average human being to read this article about this exciting young heavyweight, they could have re-watched every second of Schaub’s winning ventures. If one did re-watch Brendan Schaub’s fight career they would be dazzled by both his speed and power. In a word, Schaub is “explosive” . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
Gary Shaw announced today that undefeated Cuban super featherweight prospect Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs) has joined the roster of Gary Shaw Productions. Franco, 28, was a member of the 2004 Cuban Olympic boxing team and has over 400 amateur bouts under his belt, including two victories over WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. He was recognized as one of the best on the 2004 Cuban Olympic squad where Telemundo named him the most outstanding prospect of that team. Franco defected to the U.S. in June 2009 and made his professional debut the following month, knocking out Leroy Pedilla in the first round. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, Telefutura’s weekly boxing series “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returns to San Diego, CA, once again this year to broadcast local lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) as he takes on the KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) in the eight round main event. In the co-feature, Riverside, CA’s Michael Franco (16-0, 11KOs) faces veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-15-1, 9KOs) in a featherweight scheduled eight rounder. The night is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Bobby D. Presents. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World super middleweight contender Sakio Bika spoke to Fightnews and stated that he is confident of defeating WBA 168lb champion Andre Ward on November 27th in a bout televised by SHOWTIME. Bika will be fighting for the WBA championship in a bout outside SHOWTIME’s Super Six tournament where Ward has already secured a semi-final berth.
In addition, Bika takes aim at former WBA 168 champion Anthony Mundine (whom he says has been dodging him for years), and discusses his recent DQ loss to Jean Paul Mendy, as well sharing his thoughts on potential showdowns with other Aussie fighters. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HGboxing
He turned pro at the age of 15, and today at 17, super bantamweight Andres Gutierrez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Queretaro, Mexico, is the youngest pro boxer to be featured in the series. Andres’ nickname is “Jaguarcito” (little Jaguar) because of his feline speed and reflexes, along with the killer instinct that characterizes the four-legged predator. “I was born to be a boxer, says the fresh-faced teenager, and I fell in love with the game at age six.” (more…)
The “Magic Man” and former four-time light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) was the star attraction at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Friday night, where he won a fairly easy 10-round decision against Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs).
All judges scored it 98-92 . . . Click here for more
NABO Junior Featherweight Champion Eloy Perez (19-0-2, 5 KOs) successfully defended his belt with a 10-round majority decision Friday night in a largely lackluster fight against Dominic Salcido (19-2, 9 KOs), at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Perez, fighting for the fourth time this year and coming off an exciting and impressive victory just two months ago over the solid Derrick Campos, was unable to get the counterpunch-minded Salcido to engage in battle for the first five rounds of the fight . . . Click here for more
A smoker at the off-strip Silverton Casino last night saw a return to local boxing in Las Vegas with a half-dozen four-rounders and a sixer. The card, promoted by Roy Englebrecht and billed as “Battle in the Backyard” featured a handful of young prospects who kept their records clean against opponents ranging from lifeless to live.
Lightweight Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan, of Glendale, Calif., had to work the hardest for his win. In his six-round main event, the Armenian southpaw had to dig deep to pull out a win from Rynell Griffin, of New Orleans, who proved a leap up in class from the tomato cans he kicked around in his first four bouts . . . Click here for more
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
With an amazing crowd in the Earls Court Centre in London, England for the UFC Fan Expo, the world super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto had a closer look to all of his transatlantic fans. Like Craig “Smokey” Robinson from Manchester, England, who inked Miguel’s wings logo on his left arm. “I am a real fan of Miguel. I love the way he fights. He is my favorite boxer of all time,” Craig said.
“This is amazing , you don’t realize how much people love you until you feel it. My English fanbase is much bigger than I thought! They are great fans,” Miguel said. Yesterday, the Puerto Rican star shared the ECKO Unlimited stand with MMA Star Miguel Torres and walked around the expo with UFC Executive Bryan Berenstein. Miguel Cotto and his staff will travel today to Frankfurt, Germany to visit the Landstuhl Hospital, the Wounded Warriors and the USA Air Base in Ramstein Germany, to show his deep support for the troops.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Scott Foster
“This man here (legendary champion Wilfredo Vazquez) is the one who raised me. What I do is follow his instructions. The credit I have to give my Dad,” said an elated WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. after successfully defending his belt against former super flyweight king Ivan “Choko” Hernandez on Saturday night before a passionate crowd at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Returning as world champion for the first time to the city where he has fought the majority of his fights as a pro, Vazquez also deeply thanked the Kissimmee fans for supporting him, proclaiming “We’re all champions!” (more…)
The sold-out O-2 Arena in London, England watched its favorite son nab the twentieth victory of his career as Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC 120.
The fight began with Akiyama scoring with a stiff right hand despite the fact that Bisping is considered to be one of the fastest starters in the division. The British superstar momentarily stumbled, but he recovered quickly and assumed the center of the cage. The two fighters exchanged barbs with limited success and the striking stalemate was broken suddenly by a slamming takedown by Bisping. Akiyama, who was a standout in competitive judo before venturing into MMA, regained his footing quickly and looked to strike. As round one came to a close, Bisping’s trademark volume of striking, including a swift flying knee, was beginning to take its toll of the Japanese superstar . . . Click here for more
Photos: Dena duBoef, Top Rank
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao takes a break from training and practices singing with his band. Meanwhile Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum takes in some of the local sights during his current visit to the Philippines.
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