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Checking in from his rigorous training camp, “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) says he is “in a happy place” ahead of his October 1 shot against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. Barker is ready to swap the peace and tranquillity of his Lake Ontario training camp for the hustle and bustle of New York City, but the Londoner says his training camp has been the perfect preparation for the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
The impressive Juriquilla Golf Club in Queretaro hosted the press conference for Saturday’s international boxing card to be held in the Plaza de Toros de Juriquilla. Mexican stars Dante Jardon, Oscar “Cebiche” Ibarra and Edgar Jimenez and Filipino foes Ricky Sismundo, Sylvester Lopez and Juanito Rubillar all demonstrated extreme confidence.
The main event between WBC silver super flyweight world champion Ibarra and #1 rated Lopez will be a final eliminator for a fight against newly crowned champion Suriyan Rungvisai Sor. (more…)
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Hometown stars Vernon “Iceman” Paris and Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham return to action on Thursday, October 6 as Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel presents pro boxing in their Sound Board showroom. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas has lined up a packed card to showcase some of the city’s most exciting ring talent. For more details and photos click here…
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Mike Oliver arrived today to Puerto Rico to complete his training for his October 1st bout against former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López in the show Triple Crown III to be held at the Rubén Rodríguez coliseum in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View.” Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) will face López (30-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino featherweight title headlining the show. Oliver arrived with part of his team to complete his training for the fight in Puerto Rico. Alson in the show, former world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will face Ramón Maas (25-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental 130lb title, superbantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) versus Sod Looknongyantoy (51-2-1, 21 KOs) for the 122lb WBO Latino title, and seven more fights.
In a battle of KO Artists, WBC #15 middleweight Michael Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) will take Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round featured attraction on the undercard of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Final between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and WBC Champion Carl Froch on October 29 in Atlantic City.
Evander Holyfield has decided to relinquish the WBF heavyweight title in order to challenge Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” World title in December. The legendary American informed WBF president Howard Goldberg personally. “I have been in talks with Evander Holyfield over the past couple of weeks. He has secured a December fight against Povetkin for one of the WBA titles and informed me that with much regret he would have to relinquish his WBF world title,” said Goldberg. “Evander and I have always had an open relationship and he expressed his great pride in having fought for and having held our WBF world heavyweight title and that he will always keep the WBF close to his heart. It has always been our philosophy at the WBF to allow our champions to grow, be it with us at the WBF or whether they are offered opportunities elsewhere. We have never, and will never, prevent our fighters from growing – that is not who we are.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MusclePharm® will serve as the official nutritional supplement supplier of the UFC® in the U.S. and Canada. The Denver-based company, which also sponsors Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and NFL superstar Michael Vick among other notable athletes, will be featured in a variety of UFC programming elements ranging from national television broadcasts to Pay-Per-Views. In addition, MusclePharm will be featured prominently across UFC’s digital platforms and in the hallowed Octagon®. Various retail promotions around major UFC events are also planned. (more…)
South African light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will make his debut under the DiBella Entertainment banner when he takes on Jameson Bostic (23-4, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder on the undercard of the October 1 card featuring universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against undefeated European Champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker. It will be Chilemba’s second fight in the U.S. You may recall his ESPN2-televised win over Maxim Vlasov at the Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, arch rival Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will wrap up their international press tour today in Los Angeles. Fight fans are invited to attend the today’s news conference in the Pacific Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles (930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90017) starting at 12:30PM.
If the idea of two Las Vegas fighters battling it out in Vegas on this Friday night’s Strikeforce card at The Palms has got you thinking of a crosstown rivalry complete with inter-gym wars and bad blood, sorry, Ryan Couture is about to kill such ideas when it comes to his bout with Maka Watson. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Matt Hughes wasn’t going out like that. Not after two reigns as the UFC welterweight champion, not after beating a Who’s Who of 170-pound stars over the course of a career that landed him in the Hall of Fame even before he retired. No, the first round knockout loss to BJ Penn in November of 2010 wasn’t going to be his fighting epitaph . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Victor Ortiz tells TMZ, Floyd Mayweather caught him completely off-guard with a sucker punch … and now he wants a rematch. Victor hit up The Ivy in Bev Hills yesterday — and said he only put his hands down because he was waiting for the ref’s signal … and Floyd clocked him with a “totally unfair” left hook. Watch Victor’s rematch demand as he squeezes in a not-so-subtle dig at Money May.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Judging from the ongoing debate following last Saturday’s unexpected and controversial finish to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz pay-per-view event; boxing remains a vital, relevant sport. Here in South Florida, boxing fans should consider themselves spoiled with the recent spate of promotional activity at various local venues.
However, one promoter in particular promises to rise to the top and leave no room for debate. Panther Promotions held court from Bongos Cuban Café at The Seminole Hard Rock this afternoon to promote this Friday’s “Future Superstars” card. Lightweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry squares off against former IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken in the 10-round main event of a stacked 8-bout show. This afternoon’s final press conference highlighted some of Panther’s unique collaborations, including a surefire future Hall-of-Famer and a renowned Hollywood film studio. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Looks like young Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (7-0, 5 KO) has another great fighter in his corner. After Szpilka, whose name translates to English word “The Pin,” knocked out sparring partner Monte Barrett and “Two Gunz” praised a lot of what he saw in the ring, WBC #1 cruiserweight Francisco Palacios compared his style to “a heavyweight Vic Darchinyan” and now the last undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis expressed his interest in following 22-year-old’s career. Fightnews spoke with Lewis during his short visit in Poland about young fighter’s future, giving him and every young fighter invaluable advice from his own career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Three Filipino fighters, Sylvester Lopez, Ricky Sismundo and Juanito Rubillar gave a good impression to local and international media along with Mexican fans at a public workout for their bouts Saturday at Juriquilla, Querétaro. The “Philippine Invasion” card, organized by Promociones del Pueblo, Producciones Deportivas and Grupo Modelo, which will air on Televisa. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto arrives in Los Angeles Wednesday night with his mom Juana and Team Cotto: Ariel Ferrer, Hector Soto, Phil Landman, Bryan Perez and Gaby Penagaricano for a press conference Thursday. Cotto is in town on the fourth stop of the world tour to announce his highly anticipated World Championship rematch against Antonio Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Photo: Emily Harney
Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade outclassed two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Duran en route to a victory by third-round knockout in tonight’s main event on the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Enjoying target practice for the full three rounds, Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Providence, decked Duran at the end of the second and third rounds, unloading a series of crisp, hard punches. Duran was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The undefeated Mexican prospect Jose “Piston” Lopez (15-0, 6 KOs) will face a tough test Saturday at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango when he faces experienced Eugenio “Dinamita” López (22-18-1, 18 KOs). The charismatic “Piston” seeks to maintain his unbeaten record after outstanding victories against former world champion Cesar “Cobrita” Soto and the son of the legend Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr. (more…)
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Things heated up at the final press conference for Saturday’s grudge rematch between WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and arch rival Simphiwi Nongqayi.
Jorge Arce: “It was a bad night for me and my team in Cancun, left shin splints, slow and weak, the day before I had a bad flu and wasn’t recovered and Simphiwi boxed me well, but on the 24th in Mexicali things will be different. I’m going to knock him out and settle accounts with the South African.”
Simphiwi Nongqayi: “I want to thank Jorge Arce for the opportunity to fight here and prove again what I did. I can say I beat you last time and this time will be the same. Maybe you want to fight me because Topo Rosas told you something about me, but right now I come at full strength, so look at me right now Jorge, on Saturday I’m going to knock you out. I started with your brother Francisco, I followed with you, and on Saturday I’m going to end it. I am very happy to be here in Mexico and I will regain my title.” (more…)
(L-R) UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and challenger Quinton “Rampage” Jackson face off during the UFC 135 pre-fight press conference today at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters Rashad Evans and Brendan Schaub will take part in a special visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (Cope Branch) on Thursday, Sept. 22. The visit serves as a precursor to UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center. Evans and Schaub will take part in a special tour of the facility and participate in a question-and-answer session with more than 100 children from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. (more…)
WBO super welterweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk has suffered a shoulder injury and pulled out of his scheduled September 30 mandatory title defense and rematch against Euro champion Lukas Konecny in Brno, Czech Republic. SES has cancelled the entire card. Dzinziruk should be ready to resume training by the middle of October. A new date will be announced.
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Today at the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, the official press conference was held to announce the October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guyanabo headlined by former world champions Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon vs. Raul “Rayito” Garcia for the WBO interim minimumweight title, along with former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention to be held on the island from October 24 to October 29. Tickets are $25, $40, $78, $103 and $203. Click here for more photos…
Former WBO Title Challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (35-4) will face Tony Grano (18-2) in an NABF Heavyweight Title Eliminator on October 29th. Promoted by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, the 12 rounder will take place at the Mardi Gras Entertainment Complex in Springfield, Massachusetts. Both coming off wins, Minto and Grano will battle for the right to eventually face WBC#5, NABF Champ Johnathon Banks (27-1). (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves has put together a blockbuster six-fight bill at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night headed by the clash for the vacant IBO welterweight belt between Chris van Heerden and Kaizer Mabuza. Berman must be creating some kind of South African record with the 12 fighters on the bill having won or held 17 titles at some time or other in their career. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Wednesday in Mexico City during a press conference on their world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View. more photos
Ready to make their announcement to the world that their town is a Southern California boxing hotbed, Santa Ana’s Luis Ramos Jr., Ronny Rios and Jose Sanchez will be part of history on September 30 at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, as that night’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” event on TeleFutura will be the first event in Orange County fight history to have three Santa Ana fighters on the same card.
In the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the lightweight division, Ramos returns to action to compete in his long-awaited clash against “Dangerous” David Rodela. Taking to the ring in the eight-round junior lightweight co-main event will be Rios, who risks his perfect pro record against an opponent to be determined. Representing the third part of the Santa Ana trio will be junior lightweight Sanchez, who will face an opponent to be named in a four round bout. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
WBC Silver lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18KOs) is in the middle of the most intense part of his training camp for his October 15th face off against Venezuelan Jorge Linares (31-1, 20KOs) for the vacant WBC lightweight title on the under card of Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
“I feel great. Everything is good, we are very happy and satisfied with the help that we are doing. If the fight was tomorrow, we would fight tomorrow,” the confident DeMarco said while gloving up. “We are sure of the work that we have done. We are taking this fight very seriously. We know that Linares is dangerous. It’s going to be a good fight.” (more…)
Monday, Sept. 26
Christlike PG Faith Baptist Church
2901 North 25th Street
There is a strict “no pants” policy for women. All women must wear a dress or skirt to be admitted.
Photo: Ramón Cairo
With a press conference held yesterday, WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana officially launched his first defense of the title that will take this Friday 23 in Buenos Aires, against Russian Petr Petrov. “I’m delighted to be fighting before my own people. After Robert Guerrero got injured and cancelled our fight last minute we decided to go ahead and fight in Argentina. Petrov is a very skillful fighter and will give a great fight,” Maidana said.
“I know Maidana very well since I usually watch him. He has a name in the business but I’m in Argentina for no holiday. I’m here to win. I’m not gonna tell how I will. But I can tell you that I have the tools to take the title home,” said Petrov, who lives in Spain and is under the guidance of trainer Ricardo Sanchez Atocha. (more…)
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