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Unbeaten, WBC #1 super middleweight Anthony Dirrell and WBC #3 Renan St-Juste engaged in an intense confrontation during the weigh-in for their 12-round main event tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). “You ain’t in Canada anymore,” said Dirrell during the weigh-in for the bout that will serve as a title eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title currently held by Super Six World Boxing Classic finalist Carl Froch. (more…)
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Arturo Santiago 119
Andrew Cancio 137.6 vs. Fernando Carcamo 135.6
Angel Osuna 156 vs. John Worthy 156.8
Kenny Williams 138.8 vs. Joaquin Chavez 139.4
Oscar Vasquez 110.4 vs. Vincente Medellin 108.6
Osman Rivera 129.8 vs. Jose Garcia 130
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Mike Bernier
A short walk from the 2 and 5 trains in the South Bronx you’ll find John’s Gym. This is the gym former Bantamweight Champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-3, 22 KO’s) calls home. Two banners proudly adorn the walls of the gym, one for Joseph Agbeko and one for his countryman, former Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey. Agbeko was born in Accra, Ghana. His birth father gave his son the name King Kong after he said he received a message from God. Agbeko’s Godfather helped him get into boxing at a very young age. This was the future chosen for Agbeko. His Godfather and his trainer Adam Addy were in attendance at John’s Gym to support him for his fight on December 3rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime Championship Boxing in a 12 round affair for the IBF world and WBC silver bantamweight title. (more…)
Text and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), former IBF cruiseweight champion and WBC light heavyweight champion, celebrated his 35th birthday in style on December 1. “History teaches us that for heavyweights, the 35th birthday is the best birthday to fulfill your potential. I hope, that I will be no exception to this rule,” said Polish fighter, who celebrated with his manager Ziggy Rozalski, his wife Dorota and group of close friends close to his home at the Lassoni restaurant in North Arlington, New Jersey.
“I truly hope and will do everything what I can to prove to all that I can be a world champion in the heavyweight division,” said Adamek, currently ranked as a top-5 heavyweight. “This is why, besides enjoying glass of wine and a good meal with my friends, I spent my birthday working for almost two hours in the gym, working on my strength and flexibility. Boxing is the toughest sport of them all. I will never forget this – even on the day like this. I would like to say a great “thank you” all my fans who did send me birthday wishes. Thank you very much. It means a lot to me. I will never forget that you are standing in my corner,” said “Goral.”
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios is never one to shy away from a microphone or a video camera. His personality has come across as someone you would love to cheer for. Or cheer against. Regardless of his out-of-ring personality, Rios has gained the respect of fighters, promoters, managers, the media, and fight fans alike for what he has done inside of the ring so far. Maintaining an undefeated record. Winning and defending a world title belt. Even being mentioned in the top 10-20 pound for pound rankings by some boxing writers.
With John Murray stepping in to face Rios on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, most boxing experts and fans predict a blowout for Rios. Instead, there have been rumors of Rios facing former featherweight world title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa in early 2012 or moving up in weight to challenge one of the top fighters at 140 pounds. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
After establishing himself as a star in both his native Romania and his adopted homeland of Canada, IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute plans to take on New York for 2012 figuring if he can make it there, he can make it anywhere. “Lucian definitely wants to fight in the U.S. in 2012, and we will help him the best way we can to make it happen,” said Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox who will be in the Big Apple this weekend, not only to take in the Cotto-Margarito fight but also to plan out logistics for a possible fight there for his undefeated 168-pounder. “One of his goals in 2011 was to fight in Romania but like I told him before he left to go home, I don’t think we’ll have an offer to fight in the U.S. from another promoter, in the past seven years I’ve only received one offer to fight outside Canada.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In main event action at Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, California, a scheduled six round heavyweight bout, 21 year old, Alex Flores (7-0, 5KO) stayed perfect with a brutal first round knockout victory over the game Kelsey Arnold (4-9). Flores, recently signed by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, scored his most impressive victory to date with a crushing right hand that sent Arnold down in stages, as if in slow motion, to the delight of 1,471 fans in attendance. Time of the stoppage was 2:51 of the first round and the referee had no reason to bother with a count. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior middleweight Hugo Centeno won a six round unanimous decision over David Lopez at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Centeno, (11-0, 6 KO’s) from Oxnard, CA, was busier and landed the cleaner punches onto Lopez. In the third, Lopez, (3-7-3) from Parma, ID, came on aggressively, landing some left hands to the head. Centeno controlled the action in the fourth and fifth rounds, but had to hold off a rally by Lopez, who landed left crosses to the head of Centeno. Both fighters traded shots until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Centeno, but the scores did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Centeno. (more…)
Gary Shaw, promoter of one of the world’s top bantamweight boxers, Vic Darchinyan announced that Vic’s December 3rd match against Anselmo Moreno would be his final boxing match before pursuing a career in MMA.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten, top-ranked super middleweight Anthony Dirrell tipped the scales at 167 pounds and fellow world-ranked southpaw Renan St-Juste weighed in at 166.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs), of Canada, will square off in the 12-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 2, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The telecast will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just one night before the highly anticipated rematch between IBF bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Chris Perry
Amir Mansour 226 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 211
Anthony Smith 178 vs. Douglas Otieno 174 1/4
Dorin Spivey 140 vs. Angel Rios 140 3/4
Ryan Belasco 136 1/2 vs. Damon Antoine 139
Mike Tiberi 167 3/4 vs. Emil Gonzalez 170
Omar Douglas 132 vs. Miguel Antonio Rodriquez 133
Lamont Singletary 187 vs. Maurice Amaro 184
John Bowman 167 vs. Damion Reed 172
Venue: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Promoter: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
Holly Holm 145.6 vs. Anne Sophie Mathis 145.4
Joel Vargas 148.6 vs. Josh Torres 146.4
Edgar Zubia 134.8 vs. Antonio Martinez 133
Matthew Baca 137.4 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 144.6
Shaun Henson 147.6 vs. Cristian Cabral 147.8
Brandi Montoya 111.8 vs. Tonia Cravens 111
Leonardo Sanchez 119.4 vs. Devon Sermons 119.8
Yoel Gonzales 134.2 vs. Antonio Garcia 133.2
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A world championship doubleheader featuring the IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Championship rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko and the WBA Bantamweight Super World Championship bout between Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan is just the icing on the cake of what promises to be a night of boxing to remember on Saturday, December 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Featured on this weekend’s undercard will be former World Champion Eric Morel, top contender Sakio Bika and rising stars Frankie Gomez, Carlos Molina, Omar Henry and Richard Contreras. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Omari Kimweri 108.2 vs. Lookrak Kiatmungmee 111.7 8
Ranee Ganoy 141 vs. Roy Tua Manihuruk 140.8 8
Paul Fleming 129.8 vs. Petchthongchal Sirimongkolgym 130. 8
Jay Sims 174 vs. Moses Ioelu 176.3 6
Billel Dib 130. vs. Manopnoi Singmanasak 132.7 6
Promoter: Jake Ellis
Venue: Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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A season long battle has come down to this – two showdowns for two UFC contracts Saturday night at the Pearl at The Palms, as The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale hits Las Vegas. (more…)
Take a first look at Saturday, December 3rd broadcast of Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko II from SHOWTIME Sports.
Report and photos by Brett Bonetti
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) says he can beat anyone in the world following his 11th round TKO victory over Danny Green (31-5, 27 KOs) at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia last night. Wlodarczyk took some time to relax near Scarborough Beach in the morning and was supporting plenty of battle scars from his war with Green. He said he had great respect for Danny Green who he described as one of the best fighters in the world and predicts that Green could also become one of the biggest promoters in the world. (more…)
Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (41-6) returns this Friday to Promo West Pavilion in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He will face late sub jr. welterweight “Lightning” Larry Ventis (5-1) of Detroit in the main event of the six bout card being promoted by Troy Speakman. A former NABF, NABA and WBC Continental champion, Clark has dropped only one of his last 8 fights and makes his third ring appearance in the last 9 months. Ventis is coming off a unanimous decision victory last month in the Motor City against journeyman Gabriel Morris.
Universum Box-Promotion says it will take legal action against rival promoter Sauerland Event and boxer Jack Culcay if Culcay goes through with a fight on Saturday’s Sauerland card in Helsinki, Finland. Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch stated “The contract with Jack Culcay, which was confirmed by the district court states that Jack Culcay may only fight for the Universum. It can not be that Sauerland does accept this agreement. This is a dubious company that hides behind a reputable network. I hope that those responsible at ARD will not tolerate that ARD funds are being used to breach the contracts of boxers.” The District Court of Darmstadt ruled on November 9 that Jack Culcay was still bound by contract exclusively to Universum Box-Promotion. Although that judgment is not yet absolutely final, Universum says it prevents Culcay from fighting under another promotional banner.
Top Rank announced today that the December 3 Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II world super welterweight championship rematch event at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, will boast interactive features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. The following websites will be offering the Cotto vs. Margarito II four-bout pay-per-view live stream: www.toprank.tv, www.DishNetwork.com and www.sports.yahoo.com. Select cable and satellite TV systems will also be offering the pay-per-view live stream. Viewers should check with their local providers.
Former WBO mini flyweight world champion Alex “El Nene” Sanchez has arrived in Miami, Florida in wake of his comeback fight of Friday, December 9 at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Sanchez will be doing a public workout at All Star Boxing’s Miami Fight Gym and will appear tonight in the popular sports program “Titulares y Mas” on the Telemundo Network at 11:30 PM.
The charismatic little giant “El Nene” (31-7-1, 21 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico faces former WBC world champion Eric Ortiz (32-12-3-21 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBC Latin flyweight title at stake. “I’m coming back like Tarzan, with the knife on my mouth. I feel young, hungry, motivated and ready to win another world title,” declared Sanchez.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 7 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US and Televisa Deportes Network will televise at 11:00 PM CST in Mexico and Central America. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr. and All Star Boxing, Inc.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Team Sturm
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and unbeaten challenger Martin Murray made weight easily for their world title showdown tomorrow night at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. At the official weigh-in at the Audi Centrum Mannheim, Sturm tipped the scale at 72.4 kilograms/159.61 lbs. Britain’s Murray came in a tad lighter at 72.2 kilograms/159.17 lbs. more photos
Photos: Esther Lin/For SHOWTIME
In a potential candidate for Fight of the Year, unbeaten Abner Mares will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against former two-time IBF 118-pound champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The 12-round bout between Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) is a rematch of a hotly disputed fight won by Mares via a 12-round majority decision last Aug. 13 in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME. (more…)
If you think you were the only one jumping off the couch during UFC 139’s epic battle between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this month, think again. Middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller was right there with you . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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In an unusual move, Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo telecast featuring the eight round WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title clash between Randy Caballero (12-0, 7 KOs) and Arturo Santiago (7-3-1, 4 KOs) will now air on the Galavision Network at 10:00 ET/PT.
Congratulations to FightNews photographer Emily Harney and Shaun Hawkins on the birth of their son Shaun Frederick Hawkins. Shaun entered the ring on November 26th weighing 6.8 pounds with a height of 19 inches (reach is unknown but thought to be under 24 inches).
The acclaimed Off Broadway production “Kid Shamrock” returns with an exclusive run of 10 performances at NYC’s TADA Theater from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, December 4. The two Sunday performances will be matinees performed at 3:00 P. M. The heart-wrenching and inspiring true story of middleweight contender “Irish” Bobby Cassidy is directed by former WBO heavyweight champion Michael Bentt. The cast is anchored by veteran actor Vinny Vella (The Sopranos, Casino), along with former boxers John Duddy, Seamus McDonagh, Wayne Kelly, Mark McPherson, Mark Breland and Bobby Cassidy himself.
Undefeated 23-0 NABO super featherweight champ Eloy ‘The Prince’ Perez (promoted by Golden Boy) has added Sy Sherman to his team. Sy, has been helping out in the gym and he is the ‘official’ belt carrier for Perez. 9-year-old Sy, who has stage 4 HCC (a rare form of cancer), has become close friends with the Garcia boxing family. (Photo: Team Garcia)
With only 10 seats left for tonight’s show, promoter Roy Englebrecht is adding 210 seats that will sell for only $20. These new seats will be reserved bleacher seats that will be placed outside right in front of the opened Hangar doors, so that they will face the ring and the giant 40′ Fight Club OC video screen. The card features undefeated 6-0 heavyweight Alex Flores. Call 949-760-3131 for tix.
As the countdown begins for the December 17th showdown between Andre Ward and Carl Froch, take a look back at the earliest days of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. With never-before-seen moments from the tournament, the 10th episode also follows Ward and Froch as they prepare for the finale.
By Ron Jackson
In a fight that never rose to any heights Warren Joubert and Koos Sibiya fought to a draw over eight rounds in a lightweight bout at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Joubert (61.00kg) battled to come to terms with the slick moving Sibiya (60.35kg) and appeared rather fortunate to come away with a drawn verdict. Joubert (18-2-5, 11 KOs) made a fast start as he backed up the underdog Sibiya (13-8-2, 1 KO) in the first three rounds and this possibly influenced one of the judges who gave him the fight by two points.
From round four Sibiya from Siyabuswa in the Mpumalanga Province whose record does not reflect his true ability used his speed around the ring and continued to beat his more fancied opponent from Gauteng to the punch, jolting his head back on occasions with stinging rights and uppercuts. Judge Joe Chaane scored it 77-75 for Sibiya and judge Phillip du Randt had it 77-75 for Joubert, whilst judge Tony Nyangiwe scored it 76-76. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Panamanian challenger Roinet Caballero conducted a public workout at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico City in advance of their world title confrontation on Saturday at the Centro Banamex in this city. Both looked to be in good condition and with a great desire to get into the ring. “I’m ready for the fight and we wish to win every round. Caballero is difficult, but I think I’m going to win this Saturday and then start looking for the best in the division or considering whether to move up and be done with this division,” said Gonzalez.
Other Mexican fighters Irma Garcia and Alejandro Sanabria also looked in advance of their WBC title fights on the show. More photos
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC female atomweight champ Momo Koseki (9-0-1, 3 KOs), 102, a fast-punching southpaw, kept her belt for the seventh time when she was awarded a nearly lopsided technical decision (99-91, 98-91 and 98-92) over compatriot Mami Ito (4-5-1, 2 KOs), 102, due to he champ’s bad vertical laceration on the forehead caused by an accidental butt at 0:51 of the tenth and final session on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Koseki displayed her technical improvement and finely floored the game challenger with a well-timed southpaw left midway in the ninth round. The champ showed good balance in throwing busy combinations without getting hit.
In the first title bout, another unbeaten WBC female light-fly ruler Naomi Togashi (9-0-1, 4 KOs), 108, successfully retained her belt by pounding out a nearly shutout decision (100-91 and 99-91 twice) over Korean Chorong Son (11-2, 3 KOs), 107.75, over ten. The 36-year-old maternity nurse Togashi, making her seventh defense, mixed it up toe-to-toe and overwhelmed ex-champ Son with her greater workrate. It wasn’t an easy fight for Togashi despite the one-sided tallies, since Son was persistent and pugnacious throughout the contest.
Promoter: East Japan Professional Boxing Association.
By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, played host to the final press conference for the highly anticipated rematch between IBF bantamweight champion, Abner Mares, and Joseph King Kong Agbeko being broadcast live on Showtime on Saturday, December 03rd. Their first bout was a highly controversial foul plagued contest that Mares won by a narrow majority decision in which the referee, Russell Mora, came under heavy fire for what most viewed as very poor officiating of the contest, particularly for allowing Mares to throw low blows throughout the fight and even counting one blatant low blow as a knockdown against Agbeko. (more…)
If you wanted to get just a teaser about how Anne Sophie Mathis is planning to usurp the pound-for-pound tiara from the brow of Holly Holm Friday night in Albuquerque, today’s final press conference was not the place to find out. Mathis’ lips were sealed.
“Do you have a game plan for dealing with Holm’s footwork and speed?” was the question, probably one she’s been bombarded with since arriving in the Duke City two weeks ago . . . Click here for more
Photos and report by Brett Bonetti
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) retained his WBC World Cruiserweight Title when he defeated a game Danny Green (31-5, 27 KOs) via TKO in Round 11 at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia tonight. Danny Green was leading all judges’ scorecards with scores of 97-93 on two cards and 96-93 on the third at the time of the stoppage. Green started the fight the stronger and seemed to building a good lead on points especially with a great fifth round that had Wlodarczyk on the back foot. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
For junior welterweight Antonio “Kañitas” Lozada Jr. (24-1, 21 KOs) fighting at home in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, is the perfect way to end a year full of ups and downs. The year began in a devastating fashion as in a vacant super lightweight WBC Silver title bid, Lozada Jr. was unceremoniously stopped by hard hitting Roberto “Massa” Ortiz in four rounds back in June. Lozada Jr., originally of Tijuana, bounced back with a fourth round KO of over matched Mexican national champion Joel Juarez three months later. For more details and photos click here…
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
With only three days remaining for the rematch between IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-1, 22 KOs) both fighters were relaxed, but their promoters weren’t anywhere near as laid back at today’s final press conference at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“The last time these two fought Abner Mares won,” said Mares’ promoter Oscar De la Hoya as he welcomed the media. Agbeko’s promoter Don King quickly responded “No, No, No!”
“People are saying that the last fight was controversial, like Mr. Don King here,” de la Hoya said. For more details and photos click here….
In the space of nine minutes and 14 seconds, Michael Bisping’s life had changed, but the winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s third season wasn’t about to. He had just defeated Josh Haynes in June of 2006, earned a UFC contract, and was soon to begin a journey that would not only make him a household name in his native England, but around the world . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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