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Matthew Macklin believes he could challenge WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto next if he can see off Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15. Macklin meets WBC International champion Heiland in an eliminator for Cotto’s crown as big time boxing returns to Ireland’s capital, with the winner gunning for Cotto who ripped the title from Sergio Martinez. The Irishman is focused on the dangerous Argentine he faces in Dublin, but admits that the carrot of challenging Cotto has him dreaming of a return to the Big Apple or even an outdoor spectacular in Dublin.
“Cotto is such a big draw in New York City at Madison Square Garden, but if you can do 60,000 people at Croke Park then the economics of the fight change,” said Macklin. “If the fight captures the imagination and sells out a stadium, you can bring anyone, anywhere. That’s the dream. Challenging Cotto in New York would be an incredible experience – to face someone of his stature there. But that’s a lot of wins to put together first.” (more…)
The reason for people in the boxing business to attend the big 52nd WBC Convention December 14-20 in Las Vegas just got a lot better as the WBC announced that two sessions from the highly acclaimed Fight Promoter University founded by fight promoter Roy Englebrecht have been added to the convention schedule.
“I had a chance to visit with Mauricio Sulaiman at the Golovkin fight on October 18th and I brought up the idea of the WBC adding some additional workshops for convention attendees, workshops that would really address the issues that boxing promoters face each and every day and areas that we teach at Fight Promoter University,” said Englebrecht. “He really liked the idea so I will be teaching two workshops, one on ‘Creating A Blueprint For Your Fight Promotions Company’ and one on ‘Pricing and Selling Fight Tickets.'” (more…)
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
Hometown favorite Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara, France’s Doudou Ngumbu, WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki Kameda and Interim WBO Bantamweight Champ Alejandro Hernandez worked out for the media on Wednesday at Oakley Fight Club in Chicago as they reach the apex of preparation for Saturday’s SHOWTIME Boxing: Special Edition from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) and Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs) will square off in the 10-round light heavyweight main event while Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature.
Kameda was joined in the gym by his two brothers, Koki and Daiki, who made history when all three recently held world titles at the same time. While Tomoki held the WBO Bantamweight Championship, Koki was the WBA Bantamweight Champion until he voluntarily relinquished the title in December in order to move down to flyweight. Daiki was the IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion until he lost by decision last December. Koki will fight on the non-televised undercard on Saturday. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Unbeaten WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (30-0-1, 24 KOs) will defend his title against Filipino Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27 KOs, on the 25th anniversary of the “Fight Night” charity card to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, on November 13.
Also scheduled that night is American female star Ava Knight (12-2-3, 5 KOs) against Cindy Amador (12-1-1, 1 KO) for the WBC International flyweight title.
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President, reported “the proceeds will go to education activities and health care to children who need it most in Washington. There will be events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, including visits to the Senate, to schools and children’s homes.”
Saturday’s card in Tijuana featuring former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas against Manuel Gonzalez was cancelled after Zanfer Promotions was informed on Wednesday that Gonzalez had to pull out due to an injury. With just three days before the fight, Zanfer found it impossible to line up a suitable substitute and it was decided to cancel the card. Director of Operations Guillermo Brito apologized to the fans for the cancellation of the card which was also to include a female mini-flyweight world title fight between Joselyn Arroyo and Maria Suarez. “We regret having this news, but unfortunately Manuel Gonzalez suffered an injury to his right hand and can not fight ‘Gusano’ Rojas,” said Brito.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman spoke to Fightnews.com and revealed that he has decided not to retire and will resume his career in February or March 2015 against a rated middleweight. Soliman injured his knee in round five of his IBF middleweight title defense against Jermain Taylor and has undergone rehabilitation. He now has a brace on his leg but is power walking and has been advised by his doctor he can degin sparring sessions in early December.
“The injury to my knee happened in round five and I was in control of the fight until that occurred, said Soliman. “Had I been losing the rounds before that injury I definitely would have contemplated retirement. I take nothing away from Jermaine Taylor. He has been an outstanding world champion and I respect what he has done in boxing. Jermain is five years younger than me but I still feel many years younger than what I am and I credit that to the clean life I have lived and my dedication to training. (more…)
Fight fans love a rivalry and the feud between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping is as real as it gets.
The grudge between the former Strikeforce middleweight champion and the brash Brit has been steadily growing over the past two years and they will finally set in to handle their business at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping on November 8. With post-fight callouts and interview sound bites, neither fighter has wasted an opportunity to speak their opinion of the other in the lead-up to their main event tilt in Sydney, Australia . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Doctor Themba Ntsele from Bloemfontein and Thembelani Nxoshe 12-5-1, 3 KOs from Mdantsane meet for the vacant South African flyweight title at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Friday night. The title was relinquished by Makazole Tete earlier this month. Ntsele 17-6-1, 11 KOs is former SA flyweight champion having won the title in July 2011 and after making three defenses he lost it to Lwandile Sityatha in December 2012. On the same card former South African junior welterweight champion Mzolisi Yoyo 21-6; 16 meets Mlamli Madikane who has a reported record of 5-4-2; 1 in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.
“I can still fight any boxer today,” says former great Azumah Nelson. More
More on South African female boxer Phindile Mwelase, who has passed away from a knockout blow. More
Billy Joe Saunders is preparing for Chris Eubank Jr. “like Nigel Benn.” More
Bernard Hopkins creates a “symphony” while training for Sergey Kovalev. More
Two more competitive fights with worldwide significance will take place on the un-televised undercard of Saturday’s bonong card at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
WBO #10-rated middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will take on Bedford, Virginia’s Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs) in a 10- rounder; and former three-time world champion Kōki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs) from Tokyo, Japan, will appear for the first time on US soil in a super flyweight 10-round fight against México City, Mexico’s Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15 KOs). (more…)
Avtandil Khurtsidze 161.5 vs. Eddie Hunter 162
Juan Roman 121 vs. Gabriel Braxton 122
Minju Shin 133.5 vs. Percy Peterson 133
Urmat Ryskeldiev 154 vs. Bernardo Guereca 152
Davon Smith 130 vs. Alim Jumakhonov 129.5
Stanyslav Skorokhod 156 vs. David Lopez 162
Venue: Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California
Promoter: Bash Boxing
Note: Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm. Patrons must be 18 years of age and over.
Danny O’Connor 146 vs. Andrew Farmer 146
Sharif Bogere 136 vs. Fernando Garcia 136
Jason Quigley 165.5 vs. Greg McCoy 165
Mark DeLuca 158.5 vs. Ryan Davis 159.5
Paul Gonsalves 168 vs. Sergio Cabrera 168
Michael McLaughlin 154 vs. Paulo DeSouza 154
Julian Pollard 256.5 vs. John Orr 302.5
D’Mitrius Ballard 173 vs. Thomas Gifford 171.5
Lamont Roach Jr 137.5 vs. Rafael Francis 138.8
Venue: Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Héctor Villarreal
Panamanian super flyweights Julio “Kikirikí” Escudero (15-4-1) and Israel “Ricky Hatton” Hidrogo will collide for the national title in the main event of the “Asalto Navideño” card presented by G&V Entertainment at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall on December 4.
In the co-main event of the nine-fight card, lightweight Rolando “El Tractor” Giono (16-5) will face a TBA.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Fonfara (25-3,15 KOs) and Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs) met for the first time in Chicago today. “I’ve fought many better fighters than Fonfara,” proclaimed the very confident Frenchman. “But he did not fight me…” responded Fonfara during today’s media training. The fighters will test their boxing kills, not verbal ones, this Saturday at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Opponents have been named for the three undefeated featherweights topping the November 13 Golden Boy Live! telecast from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs), Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) and Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) square off against Roberto Castaneda (21-7-1, 15 KOs), Pedro Melo (11-5-2, 2 KOs) and Ali Gonzalez (6-3, 1 KO) respectively. Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight Taishan (1-0, 1 KO) will open up the televised portion of the card against Michael Lane (0-3) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Plus, there’s more in store for fans in attendance on November 13, as newly crowned IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero will be in attendance to celebrate his world title victory over Stuart Hall on October 25.
Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC
Former super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is back and ready to take his career to another level. Wilfredo will clash on Saturday against Mexican warrior Jonathan Arellano for the WBC’s vacant USNBC featherweight title in the main event on UNIMAS from the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
“I have train really hard for this fight I know exactly where I am and where I am going. I will have a big win Saturday night against Arellano” said a confident Vazquez Jr. Accepting his youthful mistakes about leaving his dad for the last 3 years Vazquez Jr. is truly appreciative about how important hearing the voice of his dad was in a fight “I really have to admit that I wasn’t the same without my father, he means the world to me. Now I feel confident and motivated again, and with a captain in my corner. For the first time in my career I want this win by knockout.”
Arellano also feels confident about this fight and coming away a solid win over the former Puerto Rican Champion “I came here very confident of what I need to do to win. I will go after him and pressure him to the end. I am 100% physically ready for this fight and I can’t wait to get into the ring this Saturday!” (more…)
Former world heavyweight title challenger ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers likes what he has seen of fast-rising 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs), but fears his run of soft opposition may only serve to hurt him in the future. The 32-year-old former Philly fighter Chambers is now an honorary member of Team Fury in Bolton, England. “At the moment they’re doing a good job of making Joshua look unbeatable,” said Chambers. “The only problem with that is you get to a point where that’s all you’re used to. Then you get in there with somebody who can prove you’re very beatable. Then panic sets in. Then you realize you have no foundations or experience to fall back on.
“Unfortunately, there’s too much fanfare from TV right now. They’re trying to analyze the improvements when he’s fighting nobodies. They’re putting a guy who is 6’6 in with much smaller guys who aren’t really talented or athletic in the slightest. They have no talent beyond coming forward and blocking shots with their face. How do you asses someone’s development against these opponents? Joshua won’t even get hit by these guys. And, if he does, it’s just a lucky shot.” (more…)
Considering that the first thing you see when you walk into the UFC offices in Las Vegas is a larger than life statue of boxing great Joe Louis, Chris Algieri felt right at home when he visited the company last Thursday . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions returns to its East Coast home – Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 6 with a special HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader. In the 12-round main event, rising Canadian star David Lemieux will defend his NABF Middleweight Title against the no nonsense Philadelphian warrior “King” Gabriel Rosado. Plus, unbeaten Californian Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. takes on his toughest challenge yet in the form of Texas’ James “The King” De La Rosa. Rounding out the televised card is a pair of junior welterweight sluggers as Thomas “El Frances” Dulorme takes on “Hammerin” Hank Lundy in junior welterweight action.
In non-televised action, two hot prospects out of New York City, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez and Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa, will enter the ring in separate bouts to entertain the hometown fans and continue their rise to the top of the boxing world. (more…)
By James Slater
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect/contender Anthony Joshua is already looking towards his first fight of next year – at least the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner’s promoter Eddie Hearn is looking that far into the future. Consummate pro Joshua, currently 9-0 with 9 KOs will not be looking past veteran fellow Brit Michael Sprott, who he is set to face on November 22nd, but Hearn has already pencilled in a date, venue and a likely opponent for Joshua in 2015.
January 31st at The O2 in London is the date and talented and durable Kevin Johnson is the probable opponent.
“I hope to put him on a show at The O2 on January 31,” Hearn said of Joshua when speaking with The Daily Mail. “I’d like to see him fight Kevin Johnson of the U.S. He’s a good fighter who went the distance with Vitali Klitschko.” (more…)
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko updates us on the preparations for his fight against Kubrat Pulev on November 15th in Hamburg.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s third defense of the bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), the first WBO champion from Japan, against the interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernández (28-10-2, 15 KOs) that will take place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago on SHOWTIME. The referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodríguez, judges are William Lerch, Michael Pernick and Dennis Nelson. All are from the United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
With a commitment to showcase “boxing at its best,” the last fight card of their schedule is no exception for California Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bobby D. Presents. On Friday, November 21st, San Diego, CA, will be the host of a world title when Tijuana’s Kenia Enriquez (12-0, 6KO) faces the much more experienced Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (20-10-2, 13KO) for the vacant WBO flyweight world title. The Enriquez vs Arrazola world title fight is scheduled for ten explosive rounds and will headline a jam-packed six bout fight card billed as “Dangerous Divas II”. The event is co-promoted with Latin America’s most successful promoter, Zanfer.
The last championship fight waged in San Diego County was nearly ten years ago when multi-divisional champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez defended his newly acquired IBF bantamweight title on December 28th, 2004, at the Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon via 5th round technical knockout of Artyom Simonyan. The historic night of November 21st will be the first time a female world title is disputed in “America’s Finest City.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Filipino 130 pounder Jack “Assasin” Asis (31-18-5, 16 KOs) will clash with Brazilian Isaias Santos Sampaio (19-8, 19 KOs) over ten rounds with WBA regional title up for grabs at Rumours International, Toowoomba, Queensland, a Australia on Friday. Sampaio is coming off a KO win in round one over Eder Morais in May. In 2013 he suffered a KO loss to Fernando David Saucedo who recently lost IBF world title challenge. Asis is coming off a KO victory over Rivo Rengkung in round one in July. In 2011 Asis scored a KO over WBO #14 lightweight Josh King in round one.
Also in action over ten rounds will be 140 pound Kris George (6-0, 5 KOs) who will meet Brazilian Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-4-1, 24 KOs) who is coming off twelve round points loss to WBA #15, WBO #14 Jeff Horn in July. Promoters Brendon Smith and Mike Miranda.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA light flyweight champion Alberto Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs) is set to defend his title for the fifth time – and the first time outside of his native Peru. Rossel will be traveling to the backyard of his opponent, WBA #9 rated challenger Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8 KOs), on December 31 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
“It will be a very difficult and complicated fight,” Rossel commented. “Taguchi is strong, but I have the experience and ability to be successful in Japan.”
Taguchi has had six fights in the last 36 months and this is his first opportunity to fight for a world title.
Steve Bash of Bash Boxing and the fan favorite “Hollywood Fight Night” series returns to the City of Stars at the Florentine Gardens Nightclub with a special Halloween show this Thursday, October 30th. The main event features former IBO middleweight champion Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (28-2-2, 17 KOs) battling perennial spoiler Eddie Hunter (10-10-2). After nearly three years out of the ring, Khurtsidze returned to the ring in July in his quest for another world title. On the other side of the ring, Hunter has won four of six bouts including a career highlight six round knockout win over Ronald Hearns – the son of legendary Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns – and an upset of previously undefeated Mayweather Promotions prospect Lanell Bellows. (more…)
Heavyweight Tyson Fury is ready for war against rival Dereck Chisora on November 29th at the ExCeL London in a massive European, vacant British and eliminator for the WBO world title clash. “I’ll give Chisora the biggest war he’s ever had,” Fury said. “If he thought he was in a war with me the first time, he’s got no idea of what’s coming to him on November 29th. I totally outmaneuvered and outgunned him last time. Since bombing Chisora out, I’ve now added extra firepower to the arsenal and blasted out six of the last seven opponents inside seven rounds. Believe Chisora ain’t gonna last against me. You can’t bring a spud gun into a battle and that’s what Chisora is bringing into the ring against my bombs. My jab will pierce his defense and once I start detonating big right-hands on him he’ll quickly fall into a pile of rubble. I won the battle the first time, this time I’ll win the war.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) rang opening bell at Chicago Board of Options Exchange today. “I hope to the same to Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday in Chicago, but most important is to win this fight. There’s no other option. I know what’s expected of me and I know that Ngumbu is a tough fighter,” said the “Polish Prince.” The Showtime Special Edition night in the Windy City is promoted by Warriors Boxing.
By David Finger
Photos: Joel Colon/WBO
The World Boxing Organization 27th Annual Convention kicked off in full force this morning at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as members from around the world introduced themselves and we subsequently treated to a video presentation highlighting last year’s convention in Budapest. The first order of business for the executive committee was the Championship Committee report, which highlighted the strong position of the WBO in regards to participating in championship fights. In 2011-2012 the WBO made a strong statement to the boxing world as they had an impressive 38 championship fights. However, as that number dipped to 32 in 2012-2013, the WBO was keen on making a strong statement and to bounce back. The Championship Committee was happy to report that the WBO more than exceeded expectations here.
“This year we came back fierce and strong,” commented Luis Batista Salas, chairman of the Championship Committee. “We came back with 40 championship fights. We had more championship fights than the other organizations together.” Batista Salas also commented on the growth, and strength, of WBO Women’s boxing. “We have 25 champions in the female division, and we only began three years ago with female championship fights.”
Perhaps most noteworthy for the Championship Committee was the prominent role that mandatory defenses played in WBO championship fights. “Mandatory fights are something we take very seriously,” Batista Salas added, “(The WBO) had 32 mandatory fights! This is also a record. That is also something to be proud of.”
From there President Valcarcel announced that the President’s Report would be postponed until after lunch to allow him to speak at length about some issues, including his planned announcement for the second day of the convention, in which the WBO will petition Senator John McCain and the ABC to propose amendments to the Muhammad Ali Act, proposals that would strengthen the bill and impose harsher penalties for violations. He then took a jab at the other organizations, and in particular the recent summit of boxing organizations in Cancun, Mexico that was hosted by the WBC.
“I wasn’t there to waste time in Cancun for some public relations stunt where nothing gets done,” Valcarcel said to the Executive Committee, “there were two of them in the past and nothing got done. We didn’t intend to go and waste our time.” (more…)
Amateur boxers from the Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the UMass/Westover Air Force and a Connecticut high school student are set to take the ring at the Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular on November 8th at Foxwoods Resort Casino honoring United States’ servicemen and women. (more…)
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