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Vage Suruhan 129.5 vs. Juan Ramon Reyes 130.5
Jesse Villanueva 118.5 vs. Santiago Alonso 118.5
Aalan Martinez 133 vs. Ronald Rodriguez 133.5
Octavio Franco 140.5 vs. Alonzo Loeza 142
Roberto Rios 130.5 vs. Cesar Garcia 130.5
Main Event: Armen Ovsepyan vs. Jorge Pimentel is pacted for 154lbs. (Both fighters will be weighed the day of the fight, as Pimentel, a late replacement was not present for Thursday’s official weigh-in.)
Venue: El Faro Plaza Center (4433 South Alameda St), Vernon, California
Doors open at 7PM, with the first bell at 8PM.
Tickets $30 and $50 dollars, for further information call (323) 233-2261
Welterweight Carson Jones (33-8-2, 23 KOs) KOed Ricardo Williams (19-3, 10 KOs) in the fourth round to defend his USBA title on Thursday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This was the seventh consecutive KO win for Carson and the first KO loss for Williams who was a 2000 Silver Medalist. Carson is rated #3 by the IBF. Williams was on the deck three times in the fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Erica Farias (Argentina) 132 vs Melissa Hernandez (Puerto Rico) 132.50
(WBC female lightweight title)
Fernando Angulo (Ecuador) 137.50 vs Patricio Pedreiro ?? (Argentina)
(Interim WBC light welterweight Latino title)
Venue: Arena Maipú Casino Resort, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Promoter: Osvaldo Rivero
TV: TyC Sports
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that two of the sport’s top welterweight contenders will vie for the interim 170-pound title. Nick Diaz, a fiery and unpredictable southpaw riding an 11-fight win streak, will battle the division’s most fearsome knockout artist, Carlos Condit, when the UFC returns to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 4. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 49th WBC convention ended up being the final day, one day ahead of schedule, as all aspects of the agenda were covered by this afternoon. After a tempestuous morning of screaming, microphone slamming, threats, and eventually the prevailing of cooler heads, President Sulaiman closed the convention as far as business matter are concerned. Tonight will see the awards dinner, followed by the WBC Fight Night boxing show tomorrow headlined by WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio vs, Matt “Predator” Vanda at the convention center at Mandalay Bay.
At every boxing convention, the mandatory defenses portion of the agenda tends to be the most argumentative, sometimes explosive portion of the agenda. Promoters of the mandatory challengers are looking to ensure their charge’s mandated shot at the title, while often times promoters of the champions leverage for a little wiggle room to make an optional defense. In most cases it’s not a case of the champion being scared of the challenger, but rather, a mandatory challenger not being marketable due to the television network’s or public’s lack of knowledge of said challenger. Hence, nobody will buy the fight and money won’t be made. Here then is a rundown of the mandatory defense status of each champion in each weight class, and some of the carrying on that occurred today…
Heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko: In a voluntary defense status, will meet Dereck Chisora February 15, 2012 in a voluntary defense.
Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk: Was voted unanimously to make his mandatory defense in a rematch against Francisco Palacios. The two fought to a controversial split decision for Wlodarczyk this past April. Don King stated his case for the mandated rematch in favor of Palacios while Wlodarczyk co-promoter Leon Margulis angled in vain for an optional defense. Former champ Giacobbe Fragomeni will face fellow Italian and former Light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco to determine the new mandatory challenger.
Light Heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins: After very strong words between Hopkins promoter representative Eric Gomez (Golden Boy) and mandatory challenger Chad Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw, resolve was reached. Shaw argued that since Hopkins was given an immediate rematch (per the WBC order) after his challenge of former champ Jean Pascal ended in a controversial draw, Dawson should be given the same opportunity after suffering similarly unsatisfactory ending to his challenge of Hopkins on October 15, in which Hopkins was injured after an unintentional foul. Golden Boy’s Gomez was seeking an optional defense first, but the board voted in favor of the rematch, allowing for other possibilities if both promotional parties opt for that first. One possibility is a fight between Dawson and rising star Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs).
Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch: Froch will meet WBA counterpart Andre Ward in the finals of the two year old Super Six tournament this Saturday. The WBC mandates that the winner must face Anthony Dirrell, it’s mandatory challenger in their first defense.
Middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr.: This one was good! Threats and accusations flew in every direction with this situation. Sergio Martinez was scheduled to meet his mandatory challenger and WBC interim champion Sebastian Zbik earlier this year. HBO’s Ross Greenberg was reported to have said, according to Martinez’ promoter Lou DiBella, “Zbik will never fight in HBO!” End of story, right? Wrong! Martinez was then somehow title-less, or elevated to “Champion Emeteritus,” it’s not exactly clear (unless you ask Martinez’ advisor Sampson Lewkowicz), and Zbik was elevated to regular WBC champion. When a match was made with Zbik defending against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., suddenly Zbik found himself fight on, you guessed it, HBO! Chavez won a very tough majority decision, and the WBC middleweight title. Martinez went on to win the WBC’s Diamond belt at middleweight after destroying WBO Super Welterweight champion, undefeated Serhiy Dzinziruk in eight one sided rounds and has since defended that belt against tough Brit Darren Barker. Chavez Jr. defended against Peter Manfredo Jr. via TKO5 on November 19th. Chavez’ promoter Top Rank was looking t make an optional defense in February on HBO, while that network was also holding a date in March for Martinez to defend his diamond belt. Both Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz and promoter Lou DiBella lobbied vehemently for their case of Martinez to “challenge” Chavez as the mandatory. DiBella even went so far as to bring a cloth restaurant napkin on which details of a deal had been scrawled at some point, to Sulaiman up on the dais. Things got hot, tempers flared, and a near breakdown almost occurred. Eventually, the board voted unanimously in favor of Martinez to be the next opponent of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. regardless of the HBO dates being held, regardless of Chavez promoter Top Rank’s plans, and regardless of the outcomes of tomorrow’s Rubio-Vanda fight, where Rubio is currently the mandatory challenger of Chavez Jr. End of story.
Super Welterweight champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez: Is in an optional phase at this time. James Kirkland will meet Carlos Molina, with that winner to face Vanes Martirosyan to determine the final mandatory challenger.
Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather: “The WBC fully supports the potential super fight between it’s champion Floyd Mayweather and WBO champion Manny Pacquiao,” stated Sulaiman. At this time Selcuk Aydin is the WBC Silver champion and long time mandatory challenger. There is a proposed elimination series with Devon Alexander facing Marcos Maidana at welterweight. That winner is looking to face Aydin, but Aydin’s co-promoters Ahmet Oner and Don King want no part of any further delays in fighting for the WBC belt. “We have stepped aside three times,” snapped Oner. “We support Mayweather-Pacquiao, the whole world wants to see it. But if it doesn’t happen, or even after it happens, we want the winner. We’ve been #1 for two years! I need to go back to tell my fighter something concrete!” snapped Oner, the microphone crashing to the floor. Don King also chimed in supporting Aydin, while Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez was in support of the aforementioned Alexander-Maidana-Aydin scenario, in an effort to get Aydin seen by American eyes. In the end, the board voted to have Aydin receive the next shot at the WBC belt by September, the mandatory deadline. A special amendment allowing each fighter’s promoters to agree to another scenario would be allowed.
Super Lightweight champion Erik Morales: Is slated to defend against #2 rated Danny Garcia on January 28th. #1 ranked mandatory challenger Ajose Olusegun took to the microphone to make his own case. “Mr. President, I want to say that I fought a final eliminator against Ali Chebah and won a unanimous decision. Two weeks later, Erik Morales, who is a legend, won the vacant title against a guy who wasn’t even ranked in the top 15. Morales got that title shot after losing a title fight for another organization. I have paid my sanctioning fees, I have been waiting for my shot. Morales is a rich man, I am not! I need to feed my kids!” The room erupted into applause in support of Olusegun’s well versed plea. A motion was made, seconded and passed that Ajose Olusegun will met the winner of the January 28th fight.
Lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco: May make a voluntary defense than must face Jorge Linares in rematch.
Super Featherweight champion Takahiro Aoh: Will make a voluntary defense, then face Devis Boschiero in a mandated rematch of Aoh’s controversial split decision win in November, followed by his mandatory challenger Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand.
Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez: Will face champion in recess Elio Rojas who is coming back after an eye injury.
Super Bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka: Will make a voluntary defense then face mandatory challenger Simpiwe Vetyeka.
Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka: Is facing two mandatories in a row. First up will be current WBC Silver champion Abner Mares (who also holds the IBF title) followed by the winner of Hugo Cazares and James McDonnell.
Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai: May make a voluntary defense first then must face Silvester Lopez. #4 ranked former straw weight champion Oleydong Sith Samerchai, looks to make an eliminator against #2 Carlos Cuadres or #3 Yota Sato.
Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam: will make a voluntary defense on December 23 then his mandatory on March 23 against Toshuyuki Igarashi.
Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez: Will make a voluntary defense on December 23 then his mandatory against former champion Gilberto Keb Baas by April.
Straw Weight champion Kazuto Ioka: is in voluntary mode until August when he’ll face the winner of Ganigan Lopez and Denver Cuello (Singwancha) eliminator. (more…)
From the Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo/Sampson Boxing card at the WBC Convention:
Marco Antonio Rubio 161.5 vs. Matt Vanda 157.5*
* For the WBC Latino middleweight title: Rubio was 1.5 lbs. over weight and has elected not to lose the weight, forfeiting rights to title and $1,500 to Vanda.
Ela Nunez 126 vs. Laura Serrano 122.5
Miguel Roman 129.5 vs. Javier Fortuna 128
Keandrae Leatherwood 153 vs. John Jackson 153
Jamar Freeman 151.5 vs. Samuel Rogers 153.5
Ronnie Warrior Jr. 146 vs. Azael Cosio 146.5
Adam Collins 173 vs. Badou Jack 171
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Sons of Legends Omar Chavez and Jorge Paez Jr. faced off today in advance of their clash Saturday at the “Jorge Serrano Cuesy” Metropolitan Arena in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The “Businessman” Chavez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and “Maromerito” Paez (29-4-1, 18 KOs) will collide in a ten rounder in the welterweight division.
Omar Chavez: “I’ve done a lot of preparation at the Wild Card Gym with trainer Freedy Roach and Alex Ariza and that will be reflected in the ring on Saturday. I bring great condition, speed, and endurance. I will face an opponent with experience and name and it will be a great fight which the fans will enjoy.”
Jorge Paez Jr.: “Two are sons of famous fathers makes this a more interesting fight and whoever leave as the winner will teally have their career take off. This is a key fight so we’re prepared for a tough fight. The fans will be the real winner.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Thursday, the World Boxing Council ruled that unbeaten current middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs) will have to expose his belt against champion in recess/WBC diamond beltholder Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs). Chavez Jr wanted to fight the official challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio but the representatives of ‘Maravilla’ Martinez urged the WBC to stop overprotecting the Mexican fighter and order this Chavez-Martinez.
“Chavez Jr. still has not faced any good fighter to this day I do not see any chance for him to win,” said Martinez.
One source indicated the possibility that Chavez Jr could vacate his WBC middleweight crown in the search for a match against WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto.
By Bill Hillmann
There was a lot of respect and admiration tossed back and forth at the Donovan George(22-1-1,19KOs)—Librado Andrade(30-4,23Kos) press conference this afternoon in Cozumel Mexico. So much so, that a witty, veteran Mexican journalist—Don Beto proposed this question (or statement really) to Andrade. “I hope that you don’t respect George too much and that you came here to win.”
Even that didn’t goad the serene Andrade. He replied: “It is not a natural thing to enter a ring and punch each other. I want you all to respect us both.”
George followed-suit with: “I respect Andrade. I looked up to him when I was a young-prospect. He is very determined but I came here to win. I plan to show the world my merit with this fight.” (more…)
Officials announced today that Jimmy Lange Boxing, presented by Valcourt Building Services, will return to the Patriot Center on Saturday, February 11, 2012 for another fight card featuring top area boxers. Considered one of the mid-Atlantic region’s premier boxing showcases, the event is scheduled to host three world championship title fights, headlined by junior middleweight Jimmy Lange’s first title defense of his World Boxing Union (WBU) 154-pound championship belt (opponent TBD).
Tickets, starting at $35, are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, December 7, 2011 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office.
Lange (37-4-2, 25 KOs), who has headlined all 13 previous Patriot Center boxing shows since returning from his participation on The Contender TV series, captured the WBU title last September by knocking Raul Munez down three times en route to his 25th victory by knockout. The Great Falls, VA fighter continues to draw large, enthusiastic crowds from across the region while advancing the ranks in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
Showtime Networks Inc. and world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE® have entered into a new broadcast agreement to continue producing live MMA events on the premium television network, SHOWTIME. The agreement was announced jointly today by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, Dana White, UFC® President, and Scott Coker, STRIKEFORCE CEO. (more…)
Saturday’s blockbuster super middleweight showdown between Super Six World Boxing Classic finalists Andre Ward and Carl Froch has captivated the attention of the boxing world – especially those in the 168-pound division. Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson and Lucian Bute are predicting World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will be the last man standing and proudly lifting the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup in victory come Saturday, Dec. 17, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Of the recently polled crop of 168-pounders, only Mikkel Kessler feels Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) has what it takes to hand Ward his first career loss. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looking to rebound from his eight round split-decision loss to Ricardo Williams in his last fight in June, welterweight Arman Ovsepyan (11-2, 9 KOs) will take on Augusto Gamez in an eight round bout at El Faro Discount Center in Vernon, CA on Friday night. Both will by vying for the California State Welterweight title. The hard-hitting Armenian-born fighter had won 11 in a row prior to his loss to Williams. Gamez (13-12-1, 10 KO’s) snapped a five-bout losing streak in his last bout by defeating Roberto Valenzuela over six rounds in May. In other action, lightweights Roberto Rios (2-0) and Tyshaun Sherman (0-1) battle it out over four rounds, while Octavio Franco from nearby Maywood makes his professional debut against Alonso Loeza (0-2-1) over four rounds. Three more fights round out the card. Tickets are prices at $30 and $50 and could be purchased by calling (323) 233-2261. Doors open at 7PM, with first bell scheduled for 8PM. El Faro Discount Center is located at 4433 South Alameda street in Vernon.
The SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final contestants, WBA world champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will hit the scales live from Caesars Atlantic City tomorrow, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. ET. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Circus Max Theater and also stream LIVE at sports.sho.com.
Photos: Public Address
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and his challenger Dereck Chisora stepped in front of the media today to talk about their fight which will happen on February 18 at the Olympiapark in Munich, Germany.
Vitali Klitschko: “Chisora is a young, highly motivated and hungry fighter who will give me a very, very tough fight. Once again, I want to prove to my fans world wide that I am the true champion and the best way to do so is a knockout victory!”
Dereck Chisora: “I will be a real plague for Dr. Steelhammer and I don’t think that the doctor knows how to cure it. I will shock the boxing world and get Vitali’s WBC belt.”
Tickets are available on www.eventim.de, prices starting at 30 euro only.
Dereck Chisora is fired up for his WBC World Heavyweight title shot and has promised to bring down Vitali Klitschko. The Londoner, who controversially lost his European Heavyweight title fight last month in Finland, takes on Klitschko at the Olympiahalle Munich in Germany on February 18.
“The Klitschko brothers have ruled for too long and it’s now time to start smashing down the Iron Curtain of heavyweight boxing, starting with Vitali,” said Chisora. “Wladimir’s pulled out of fighting me twice complaining of injuries so now his big brother is going to pay for all the messing around he’s caused me. Everything happens for a reason and I know that it’s my destiny to beat Klitschko in Germany on February 18. After my experience in Finland and being robbed of the European title, I know that when I go to Germany I’ve got to knock him out to win and that’s what I’m going to do. It’s my dream to win the title that my idol Muhammad Ali once held along with the other greats like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, and I will do it.”
Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren said, “It’s going to be tough for Dereck, but we’ve now seen what he can do when he’s trained right, his weight is good, and he’s up for the challenge as he did against Helenius who is the third best heavyweight in the world.”
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
This Saturday, Zanfer Promotions will present a unique event billed as “Guerra mundial en el Yaqui” at the Palenque de la Expo in Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. The show will be televised by both TV Azteca and Televisa, but with different main fights.
TV Azteca will present WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs) in a non-title ten rounder against super featherweight Weng Haya (15-4, 9 KOs) in the latest chapter of the boxing rivalry between Mexico vs Philippines.
Televisa will present two-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (43-6-2, 19 KOs), who will meet Alejandro “Alex” Valdez (25-6-2, 19 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 49th WBC convention got underway with introductions of the assembled promoters from around the world. Prior to diving into the haggling of rankings by promoters for their respective fighters, WBC president Jose Sulaiman addressed plans for a proposed WBC World Cup tournament, a new promotional relationship and a special pension plan for a stricken former WBC champion.
The morning started off with WBC president Jose Sulaiman recognizing the widow of hall of fame referee Arthur Mercante, Gloria Mercante, with a WBC championship medal. Also honored with plaques for their service to boxers and the sport itself were Dr. Faustino Daniel Garcia and Masao Suzuki. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (17-1-2, 15 KO’s) ended a two year absence from the ring with a convincing 4th round TKO victory over American Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (20-13-1, 9 KO’s) in Perth Australia last month. de Mori spoke today about how good it felt to finally step back in the ring, what he went through during the two year layoff, his plans for the future, his determination to claim a belt and who his next opponent may be.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa, Japan, has cancelled his comebacking bout with unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix to be scheduled in Kobe city on this coming Sunday as he suffered a fracture on the rib cage that happened during a workout last week. Hasegawa, a southpaw speedster, intended to participate in his first battle since he forfeited his 126-pound throne to Jhonny Gonzalez via a come-from-behind KO defeat this April, but the second examination diagnosed that he wouldn’t be available to fight because of the fracture. The crestfallen Hasegawa said, “Should I fight under this condition, I’ll have to confront not only my opponent but the injury. Should I lose due to this fracture, I won’t be able to make a loser’s excuse to my supporters. I’ll come back with my best physical condition.” His manager/promoter Masato Yamashita mentioned that Hasegawa would face the same opponent Felix upon his recovery probably next spring. The show itself will go on with a slated supporting bout of Yoshito Ishizaki against world-rated Mexican Johnny Garcia as a main event on Saturday. Garcia already arrived here and entered Kobe with his trainer Jose Luis Bueno Jr. yesterday.
Saturday’s IBF super middleweight title elimination fight Donovan George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) and Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs) at the Froilan Lopez Baseball Field in Cozumel, Mexico, will be televised on AT&T U-verse® in the United States. The telecast will also feature a 10 round junior lightweight fight between Mexico’s Sergio Thompson (19-2, 17 KOs) and Panamanian Julio Camano (8-6-1, 3 KOs).
The fights will also be available in the United States as AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across threes screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. The U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30p.m. ET /6:30 p.m. PT on AT&T U-verse TV Chl 3312, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeo and, for subscribers to U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.
By Robert Coster
Among the young boxers prospect-watchers should definitely keep an eye on is unbeaten 22-year-old junior middleweight phenom Glen Tapia hailing from Paissac, NJ. Tapia (12-0, 6 KOs) is signed by Top Rank and co-managed by Pat Lynch and Sal Alessi. Needless to say, young Glen’s rising career seems to be in good hands. He also has an excellent trainer in Buddy McGirt. Says Pat Lynch, who managed Arturo Gatti, “I see a lot of Arturo in Glen. Grit, a warrior’s heart, a style made for great TV fights.” The New Jersey’s native last bout was on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito and, indeed, he caught the eye of onlookers as he scored a spectacular second round knockout over Mike Ruiz. Glen was rattled by Ruiz before storming back and leaving his rival unconscious on the mat after a four punch combination. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA president called a special directorate meeting in Panama City last Saturday where it was decided that the new Ratings Committee Chairman will be Miguel Prado and the Vice-Chairman Gustavo Padilla, both from Panama.
WBA International Coordinator Renzo Bagnariol from Nicaragua will now also assume the role of Continental Director. Jesper Jensen will be his Assistant Director.
By Greg Sirb
Before anyone decides on the merits of Open Scoring in Boxing – please answer the following:
· What will happen when a Boxer receives an accidental head-butt and (4) rounds have been completed – the Boxer who has received the cut and he knows he is ahead on the cards why would they try to fix the cut? – They could just let the cut get worse the Ref or doctor stops the bout and this Boxer knows he will win. (This one point truly needs to be answered and addressed.) (more…)
Fight week is in full swing for The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic SHOWTIME Sports and Gus Johnson bring boxing fans the latest news on Andre Ward and Carl Froch.
On Saturday, January 21, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will kick off the 2012 season of the popular “Broadway Boxing” series at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Headlining the 10-bout card, which is loaded with a bevy of local New York talent, will be Brooklyn’s undefeated NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-0, 3KO’s). Several of DBE’s most promising up-and-coming prospects are set to see action on the card, including recent cruiserweight world title challenger Ran Nakash (25-1, 18KO’s) making his DBE debut, fast-rising WBA #5-rated featherweight contender Luis Del Valle (14-0, 11KO’s), super bantamweight Luis Rosa (9-0, 5KO’s), junior middleweight Delen Parsley (6-0, 2KO’s) and four-time Golden Gloves Champion Sonya Lamonakis (6-0, 1KO). Also scheduled to appear on the card are two of the New York area’s most popular, fan-friendly Irish prospects: light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (11-0, 8KO’s) and heavyweight Thomas Hardwick (3-0, 2KO’s). A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly.
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Promoter of WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Daud Yordan, Raja Sapta Oktohari, revealed to this writer that both fighters will come back to the ring in March next year. “My Singapore colleagues said that they are very interested to stage Chris and Daud in Singapore in March, but it’s still a long negotiation. Another option is the United States,” said Oktohari. “We rely on Chris and Daud’s longtime matchmaker, Mr. Sampson Lewkowicz, to arrange the fights for them.”
Further, Oktohari said that Chris John will surely defend his WBA belt for the 16th time, instead of fighting for another title shot. He also said that in this March agenda, Daud Yordan will be included to chase for a world title fight. (more…)
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
At the Edison Ballroom in NYC, the final press conference was held for the final fight in the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic – The Super Middleweights. The tournament was first announced in July of 2009. It’s been a long hard road for undefeated WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) of Nottingham, England. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the winner of the fight will win the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup; a trophy made of pure silver that took 30 man-hours to construct and be recognized as the unified WBC/WBA Super Middleweight Champion. The fight was originally scheduled for October 29th but during a sparring session on September 22nd in preparation for the fight, Ward suffered a cut above his right eyebrow that required seven stitches. The fight was rescheduled for December 17th and will remain at the original venue, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Report/photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light middleweight champion Trevor Christian and world championship referee sadly passed away on Sunday. Trevor refereed a IBF world title bout in Thailand in 1990 and first started as a third man in the ring in 1973 until 2002. He worked as a judge on the undercard of the IBF middleweight title bout when champion Daniel Geale defeated Eromosele Albert in Tasmania, Australia. Trevor began boxing as a professional in 1960 after a successful amateur career and captured the Australian 154 pound title by stopping George Carroll in 1963 in seven rounds. On January 28, 2008 Trevor was named in the Queens Honors List and awarded Order of Australia Medal for service to the indigenous community through Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation for Legal Services to the promotion of social justice and also to the sport of boxing. Trevor Christian (16-7-2,6KO’s) was 69 years of age.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Fighters over forty cannot compete with the best. Sure, they can compete with the OK-guys, but not the upper echelon of heavyweights,” says former heavyweight king Mike Tyson, one of the many boxing greats attending WBC convention in Las Vegas.
Many of the former champions or heavyweight contenders are coming back, still hoping for a championship fights. Not something you endorse?
Not at all. They can look good against an OK competition, some middle of the road guys, but not the upper echelon of heavyweight division. Klitschko, the other top guys. I just spoke with Evander Holyfield. He looks good, I have to give it to him, but I don’t believe he can beat the best. Times are different, we don’t have place in this new boxing world. It’s enough with this talk that ‘we will get the title.’ Enough! (more…)
Newly crowned WBC Silver super featherweight Champion Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 9 KOs) returns to the ring February 24th. Burgos will make the first defense of his title against former world champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs) in a bit of a hometown rival bout. Both fighters are based out Tijuana, Mexico. ESPN2 will televise the fight with a venue in Southern California likely to be named shortly. Burgos recorded the biggest win of his career upsetting unbeaten Luis Cruz last month by decision. The bout was on the televised undercard of the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Marquez fight giving Burgos some much needed exposure on the Top Rank promoted card. Though Burgos will fight this next bout at 130 his natural weight is 126 which he will return to for a bigger fight opportunity.
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 49th WBC convention opened at 9:30 Tuesday morning with President Jose Sulaiman opening the day’s discussions. First up was the announcement of WBC approval of requirement of WBC affiliated countries and their commissions to adhere to the open scoring- announcement of the score after the fourth and eight rounds in WBC sanctioned fights. If a particular country’s commissions decides not to follow this decree, the WBC supervisor will notify their respective fighter’s corners of the score privately then. A vote was also held to approve the implementation of video instant replay in cases where a foul or other fight altering instance occurred. The vote was approved. Sulaiman voiced his disappointment at the lack of attendance of U.S. Based state commissions at the opening ceremonies, save the presence of host state Nevada’s representatives. Sulaiman plead, “I don’t understand this. What more can we do to get the United States to join the rest of the world?” For more details and photos click here…
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Ward: This fight should be dubbed, ‘No Excuses.’ …May the best man win.
Froch: I’ll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face – very hard and very often.
With four days remaining until the dramatic conclusion to the Super Six World Boxing Classic, finalists and world champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch assembled with their camps at the Edison Ballroom in New York City for the promotion’s final press conference before the teams head 100-plus miles down the road to Atlantic City. The Final will air LIVE this Saturday, Dec. 17 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Press traveled from around the country and across the pond to attend today’s press conference, filling the midtown Manhattan venue with writers, photographers and cameramen. Froch arrived more than fashionably late but Ward stayed poised as usual. Once on stage, the two men agreed that Saturday’s fight is unequivocally the battle for the super middleweight supremacy – but on little else. (more…)
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