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Marco Huck 198.4 vs. Rogelio Rossi 197.5
(WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Dominik Britsch 159.4 vs. Billy Lyell 158.5
(IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title)
Kubrat Pulev 252.6 vs. Travis Walker 252
(IBF International Heavyweight Title)
Venue: Ludwigsburg Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night with what promises to be an action packed card featuring two young guns in WBO/WBC bantamweight world champion Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) of San Leandro, CA. by way of General Santos City, Philippines and undefeated featherweight prospect Mikey Garcia (26-0, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, CA. The venue of the fight has been closed for renovations since the end of April after the Knicks were swept by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. MSG is excited to open the Garden on Saturday for the first event since the renovations have been completed. Ticket sales for the card are going well. (more…)
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3 KOs) returns to ShoBox on Friday, October 21st to face Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4 KOs) in an all-Puerto Rican showdown at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket Connecticut, in a 10 round bout for the vacant NABF light welterweight title.
Bracero, 30, was a stellar amateur boxer whose professional career was almost derailed by a 6 year stint in prison. Since resuming his career in 2009, Tito won 12 straight bout and has knocked out his last two opponents. The Brooklyn-based fighter eagerly anticipates winning a regional title and being ranked in the top 10 by the world sanctioning bodies . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Inside the Octagon, UFC 137 headliner’s BJ Penn and Nick Diaz are almost mirror images. If you ignore the obvious differences—Diaz is taller, leaner and lighter—the pair have more similarities than differences. Both men love to fight, both are proficient boxers with excellent jiu-jitsu pedigrees.
Outside the Octagon, though, the differences mount. (more…)
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Jr. Bantamweight champion Omar Andres “El Huracan” Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) makes his US and HBO debut on Saturday, October 22nd when he steps up to a third weight class to challenge WBC/WBO Bantamweight champion “The Filipino Flash,” Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) at Madison Square Garden’s newly renovated WaMu Theater . . . Click here for more
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For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. (more…)
Former two-time world Champion Paulie Ayala will host a public workout this Saturday from 12:00-2:00 at the new home of his University of Hard Knocks gym in anticipation of his Saturday October 29th “Fright Night” card at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth. Fighters on the card in attendance will include former WBC Youth Champion Jose Hernandez, local favorite Miguel Buendia, former amateur sensation Manuel Rojas, Arthur Trevino and Angel Solarzano. Also scheduled to appear is Top Rank prospect Roberto Marroquin. Ayala’s new gym is located at 6913 W. Camp Bowie Blvd, Ste 141, Fort Worth, Texas.
Four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will meet the fans and sign autographs inside the Fantasy Springs Special Event Center at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA during the Friday, November 4th edition of TeleFutura that is headlined by a middleweight matchup between former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and longtime contender Jose Alfredo “Shibata” Flores. Mora vs. Flores is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Doors open at 6p PT and the first bell rings is at 7:30p PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30p. Tickets are $25, $35 or $45 and available at the Fantasy Springs box office (800.827.2946) or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-3-1,45 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Edgar Sosa (43-7,26 KOs) to retain his WBC crown today at 11st Royal Infantry Regiment in Bangkok, Thailand. Although Pongsaklek was mistakenly deducted a point from an accidental head clash in round nine but he comfortably won by scored 116-111, 117-110, 117-110. (More to come)
Junior middleweights Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) and Charles “Killa” Whittaker (37-12-2, 23 KOs) collide in an IBF elimination bout to determine the #2 contender on November 18 at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) in Miami, Florida. Heavyweight Erik “The Viking” Leander (11-1, 8 KOs), cruiserweight destroyer Yunier Dorticos (12-0, 12 KOs), heavyweight Glendy Hernandez (7-0, 3 KOs), cruiserweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (5-0, 3 KOs), lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. (14-0, 3 KOs) and welterweight Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) will all see action on the undercard against opponents to be named.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC has approved Panamanian challenger Roinet Caballero (31-10-1, 22 KOs) to challenge WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) in the third defense of his crown on December 3 or 10 at a location to be announced. The card will presented by Promociones del Pueblo. It will be the second time Caballero has challenged for a world title. His first attempt was against longtime WBA champion Chris John in January 2008.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) of Ozone Park, N.Y., both weighed in at 171 pounds while Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-4-1, 4 KOs) both tipped the scales at 140 and 138 pounds, respectively, one day before their ShoBox: The New Generation showdowns tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the MGM Theatre Foxwood Resorts Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Both main event fighters share similar backgrounds and styles both having won U.S. National Amateur Championships in 2005, Rodriguez at 165 pounds and Rosinsky at 178 pounds. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP
How many fighters can say that they started their career 53 pounds lighter — six weight classes below their current weight limit — before they became a world champion? WBA cruiserweight champ Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3, 29 KOs) began his remarkable career with fifteen fights at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. No matter which division “El Felino” decided to fight in, he has always been successful, fighting twice for the WBA junior middleweight title and for another world title at the then-cruiserweight limit of 190 pounds. When the sanctioning bodies moved the cruiser limit up another ten pounds to 200, Jones took it in stride like he always has done.
On November 5 he defends his title against WBA #14-ranked Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. (more…)
Thomas Pütz, head of the German Boxing Federation (BDB), told FIGOsport that referee Manfred Küchler is facing disciplinary action for his mishandling of the recent fight between heavyweights Alexander Petkovic and Cisse Salif, where Salif was disqualified for alleged low blows that video showed were not low. A BDB hearing is forthcoming and Küchler could be facing a one-year suspension.
In addition, Pütz plans to review the recent fight between cruiserweights Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Steve Cunningham, which the IBF has already ordered a rematch of due to an improper stoppage ordered by ring doctor Walter Wagner. Even though the fight did not take place under the auspices of the BDB, Pütz does not want to see German boxing further ridiculed on the international scene.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Undefeated light welterweight prospect Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean won a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision over former world contender Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic moments ago at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Scores of the bout were 100-88, 99-89, 98-90 all in favor of Jean. Jean was able to time the smaller Lorenzo (37-11, 17kos) with the uppercut perfectly as Lorenzo found himself on the canvas in rounds 1 and 9. The 39 yr old got up each time but was completely ineffective in trying to get inside the much bigger Jean (20-0, 13kos). Jean controlled the action for the middle rounds and as Lorenzo began to tire in round 8, Jean began to touch him more regularly with jab, right hand combinations. The 29 yr old Jean tried for the knockout in round 10, launching an all out assault but Lorenzo was determined to hear the final bell, as he has done in each of his 10 previous defeats. The bout was Jean’s first since fracturing his jaw in a victory over Wilfredo Negron last November. (more…)
Fidel Maldonado Jr 134.25 vs. Erick Cruz 132.75
Jorge Suarez 149 vs. Larry Smith 151.5
Raul Tovar 143.5 vs. Miguel Pizarro 145.75
Juan Reyna 140 vs. Juan Ovalle 139
Jose Garcia 116 vs. Javier Rodriguez 116
Gilbert Cancio 123 vs. Hector Gutierrez 123.5
Venue: Pharr Convention Center, Pharr, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy/Cavazos Boxing
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Edwin Rodriguez 171 vs. Will Rosinsky 171
Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. Daniel Sostre 138
Dyah Davis 172 vs. Darnell Boone 166
Ryan Kielczewski 130 vs. Willie Villanueva 129
Luis Rosa 122 vs. Harvey Murray 122
Badou Jack 169 vs. Eddie Caminero 168
Delen Parsley 154 vs. Jevon Boisseau 154
Danny O’Connor 142 vs. Bryan Abraham 140
Frank Galarza 153 vs. Daniel Lugo 153
Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos recently signed a new four-year contract with Espinoza Boxing, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. The southpaw Ramos is one of a handful of prospects that has been under a managerial contract with Espinoza since making his professional debut in October of 2007. Ramos (20-0, 9 KO’s), who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, is coming off a fifth round knockout victory over David Rodela on September 30th. (more…)
By Jose Sulaiman
In regards to the championship defense of the lightweight WBC world champion between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, held in Los Angeles, California, in which the referee declared a TKO2 against champion Hopkins, as he could not continue due to an injury after a push by challenger Dawson, the head offices of the WBC sent videos, medical reports, and the WBC corresponding rules to the Board of Governors, that unanimously declared a technical draw on the fight; therefore, Bernard Hopkins is still the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world.
The WBC Board of Governors, after reviewing the video of the fight, unanimously declared that the action reflects a Clear intentional lifting the body followed with a push by Dawson to Hopkins, that made him fall on his left side with part of his body out of the ropes. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the referee and judges who will work bantamweight clash of champions between Nonito Donaire and Omar Narvaez in New York City. The referee is Benjy Esteves and judges are Julie Lederman, Thomas Schreck and Steven Weisfield. Supervisor is Richard de Cuir.
Valcarcel also announced the officials for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s defense against Rogelio Rossi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The referee will be Paul Thomas from the United Kingdom. Judges are Carlos Colon from Puerto Rico, Denny Nelson from Uunited States and Matteo Montella D’Airola from Italy. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Edoardo Ceccoli.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina pose during the press conference for their upcoming world title fight, Saturday, October 22 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. more photos
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Featherweights Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KOs) and Eduardo Escobedo (32-3, 23 KOs) will face off in an IBF eliminator for the right to challenge IBF champion Billy Dib. The fight will be December 10 in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico at an event promoted by HG Boxing. Franco is training in Las Vegas with Miguel Diaz and Escobedo trains in Mexico City at the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristain.
Former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will face a new foe next October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, after a hand injury suffered by previous opponent Raul “Rayito” Garcia, for their fight in the WBO Tournament card presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention. Now, Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face Mexican Felipe Rivas (11-8-1, 5 KOs) for the 105lb WBO Latino title.
Meanwhile, it is confirmed that Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), former WBO welterweight champion and seventh ranked by the WBO, will not fight in the show because an injury in his nose after a sparring session. Quintana was supposed to face hard puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title. An opponent for Melendez will be announced soon.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 112 vs. Edgar Sosa 112
(WBC Flyweight championship bout)
Venue: 11st Royal Infantry Regiment, Bangkok, Thailand
Promoter: Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 7, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7)
Chad Dawson trainer Iceman John Scully sent out the following message regarding the shoulder separation of Bernard Hopkins that forced their bout to be scuttled in round two with Dawson winning by TKO:
I wonder if this is accurate…a friend of mine with some background in the field just messaged me this:
“I hope you guys have a doctor who’s ready to explain to the Commission that the AC Separation business is nonsense. Anyone can go to a doctor and get the diagnosis that Hopkins got. The diagnosis for low grade separations like Hopkins’ supposed injury is based on the patient telling the doctor what happened and where it hurts. It doesn’t show up on x-rays so the doctor just goes by what the patient says and by range of motion tests to make his diagnosis. Even though they haven’t come out and said the grade of the injury (there are 5 grades of AC separation) I am positive it was a low grade separation because if something had actually popped out they would have never left him in the ring for that long after the fight to do an interview and there would have been a visible bump where the bone would stick out. An MRI would give an idea of whether there was actually tissue damage but even that would have to be compared with an MRI from the past because some people have loose ligaments in the shoulder area to begin with. I’m sure you guys already know all this and have someone on it, I’m just annoyed with the possibility of this being ruled a NC. Anyways, take it easy and good luck.”
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