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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…)
We’ve received a note confirming that former WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander will challenge WBA super lightweight king Marcos Maidana on February 25 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. WBO jr lightweight champion Adrian Broner will defend against Eloy Perez in the co-feature. HBO will televise both bouts.
Moments ago at the California Commission meeting in Van Nuys, California, and seven CSAC commissioners voted on the Hopkins/Golden Boy appeal on the Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson bout which was ruled as a TKO win for Dawson after Hopkins was thrown to the canvas and injured a shoulder causing the bout to be stopped. The Commission reversed the TKO win by Dawson and ruled the bout a No Decison.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Woodland, hometown of former WBA junior welterweight champion Loreto Garza and Olympian and junior-lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo, will host its first internationally-telecast (TeleFutura) professional boxing card Friday night. Matched in the eight-round main event at the Community & Senior Center are welterweights Alan Sanchez (8-3-1) of nearby Fairfield and Alberto Herrera (8-3-1) of Riverside. A co-feature will pair lightweights Guy Robb (6-0) of Sacramento and Hugo Ramon (3-10-2) of Palm Springs in a six-rounder.
The card is being promoted by Don Chargin, Golden Boy Promotions and Paco Presents of Woodland, who heretofore have frequented Fairfield for cards designed to develop area prospects. “This show gives us a chance to honor Loreto, a local hero (and currently a correctional officer), and try out a new venue,” said Chargin who piloted the career of the once unheralded Garza, including his 140-pound title upset of Juan Coggi in 1990.
Vitali Klitschko defends WBC heavyweight championship against Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany on February, 18
Two-time WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against Dereck Chisora at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany on February, 18, 2012. Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora is 27 years old and is rated in the Top 15 in the WBC world rankings. From 2010 until 2011, Chisora was the Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion. In his last fight, Chisora lost a very controversial split decision against Robert Helenius in Helenius’ hometown of Helsinki, Finland. Every boxing fan that watched this fight thought that Chisora clearly won and should be the real European champion. Dereck Chisora‘s fight record is 15 wins (9 KOs) with two defeats.
Dereck Chisora: “Wladimir Klitschko did not fight me last year so I am now going to get the world championship belt from his older brother Vitali. I will show Vitali that his time is over and make him retire. After I beat Vitali, if Wladimir wants revenge I will also fight him and take all their heavyweight championship belts back to London!” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
It was supposed to have been the warning bell that would serve as a caution to a young contender that had seen everything come easy in a brief four year career. But when the alarm clock went off following his shocking knockout loss to Marco Antonio Rubio in April, middleweight contender David Lemieux merely turned over and hit the snooze button hoping everything would fall his way.
It didn’t happen.
Lemieux shot from the gates like an early speed horse in a stakes race versus what was supposed to have been faded opposition in former world champion Joachim Alcine. But once the stallions hit the quarter poll and headed for home, it was the veteran Alcine who charged down the stretch, sweeping the last four rounds and crossing the finish line well ahead of his younger rival and taking a 116-112, 116-112, 114-114 majority decision into the winner’s circle. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican world champions and rivals Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. were found together during the welcome dinner at the 49th WBC Convention at Mandalay in Las Vegas.
“I’m ready for Rubio, who is expected to win on Friday against Matt Vanda and hopefully without any injuries so that we can meet on February 4 on an HBO date. If not, there are names like Andy Lee and Vanes Martyrosian. As for the Canelo Alvarez, everything has its time and we are here to fight the best. It is rumored that there’s a possibility of an Oscar de la Hoya comeback. I am available if there is good money,” said Chavez Jr.
Canelo stated “I respect Chavez Jr. as a champion and as a Mexican. The fans expect to see that fight but it’s in the hands of our promoters, in this case Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank. But I’m prepared and we’ll have a great fight.”
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC opening banquet of the 49th annual convention had to be without question, one of the biggest, if not the biggest of it’s kind on Monday night at the Mandalay Bay’s convention center. With over 110 tables at ten guests each, some 1100+ delegates dined and mingled with a “who’s who” of champions, and also got to see their ring heroes accept accolade in a boxing ring set up in the center of the massive ballroom. Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez and his heir apparent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. finally made their way to “Sin City” to join in the festivities, as well as Oscar de la Hoya, Roger Mayweather, Julian Jackson (who’s son John fights in the semi-main event here Friday night). (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez & Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 1 of the 49th annual WBC convention officially opened Monday morning at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s South Seas Pavillion. Arguably the most attendees ever at any boxing convention witnessed a display of pomp not seen in recent memory. Nearly 100 past and present champions and contenders were also on hand including new arrivals George Foreman, Paul Banke, Wayne McCullough, Mia St. John, Christie Martin, Joe Hipp, Azumah Nelson, among others. For more details and photos click here…
With fireworks in and outside the ring and with the sounds of banda and mariachi music feeling the night sky, Mexicali, Baja California Norte, Mexico, celebrated the re-inauguration of the Plaza Calafia with a marathon fight card presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino in association with the city of Mexicali. The famous bullring was damaged during an earthquake last year and the city spared no expense in preparing the venue for its return as well as the return of boxing to the northern Mexico border town.
In the main event, Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (16-0-1, 12KOs) remained undefeated as he defended his NABF light flyweight title versus local favorite Manuel “Menny” Jimenez (11-2-1, 5KOs). The scheduled twelve round bout was featured live on Mexican channel Televisa . . . Click here for more
Add Lamont Peterson’s 12-round split decision victory over Amir Khan to the list of great championship bouts that were controversial in nature.
The two championship-caliber boxers put on a fight-of-the-year caliber performance that thrilled the 8,467 in attendance at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC and a world-wide television audience on HBO in the United States and Sky Sports in England . . . Click here for more
Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Andre Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007.
The ShoBox main event will spotlight another comeback — that of former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. Taylor will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.
In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, meets southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Boxing fans in the District of Columbia and its suburbs are either celebrating or still trying to recover from one of the most historic weeks in local boxing history. The week was capped off by Lamont Peterson’s 12 round split decision upset victory over Amir Khan on December 10th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. But the joy of this week actually began on Tuesday, December 6 when the announcement of Beltway legend and three-time, two-division world champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson’s election into the International Boxing Hall of Fame was made public. (more…)
Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia will take on Chris ‘The San Diego Kid’ Martin in a battle of Top 10 ranked contenders at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday, January 13. The ESPN/Top Rank Friday Night boxing card will also include unbeaten, hard-hitting Jesse Magdaleno of Las Vegas and undefeated Gabino Saenz of Indio, California. Magdaleno, trained by Pat Barry and Augie Sanchez, will be in a six round bout. Saenz will take on Gil Garcia of Houston in a six round match. Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 will go on sale Wednesday, December 14, 5 pm. Tickets are will be available at the Hard Rock Box Office, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Kennedy, promoted by Peltz Boxing, and Martin compete in the super bantamweight division. Kennedy has a record of 17-1-1, 7 KOs. Martin is 23-1-2 with 6 KOs. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds. Kennedy is ranked IBF #7, Martin is IBF #9 at 122 pounds. Other attractions on the Top Rank card include hard-punching super lightweight Yordenis Ugas, 10-0, of Miami, Las Vegas fan favorite Anthony Lenk, 12-1, and the return of popular Angel Flores, 10-4 of Las Vegas. First bell is at 5 pm.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, rated WBC #15, has withdrawn due to illness from his scheduled fight this Saturday night (Dec. 17) against veteran Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes (19-3-2, 10 KOs) at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The 21-year-old Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs) has been bedridden the past few days at his Miami home with a high fever, stomach virus and dehydration. “Michael still wanted to fight but he will be too weak,” Michael’s father/promoter Carlos Oliveira (MO Productions) reported. “We plan for his return to the ring in late January.”
SHOWTIME will be available in 60 million households for a Free Preview Weekend from Friday, January 6 through Sunday, January 8. Viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network’s award-winning programming on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand®. Live on Friday, January 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), SHOWTIME will air its celebrated, prospect-oriented boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation, featuring Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Raymundo Beltran. Then, on Saturday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), SHOWTIME Sports will air the STRIKEFORCE Middleweight Championship featuring defending champ Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine, with four additional mixed martial arts bouts, live from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With super middleweight supremacy on the line when WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward takes on WBC titleholder Carl Froch in the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL on Saturday Night, December 17 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, matchmaker Tom Brown of Goossen Tutor Promotions has put together an explosive undercard featuring several members of their talented stable against boxers with impressive records and high knockout ratios. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#15 ranked Japanese Hirofumi Mukai (5-1, no KO) will make an ambitious crack at the WBC flyweight belt against formidable southpaw Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-3-1, 45 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 23. It was announced by Muto Promotions of Osaka. It will take place in celebration of the Thai king’s birth month as previously. Mukai, eight years his junior at 26, failed to win the OPBF 112-pound belt via unanimous decision loss to Filipino Rocky Fuentes this August. Mukai will have a youngster’s chance, if any.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
OPBF bantam ruler, Japan-based Filipino puncher Rolly Lunas Matsushita (29-8-1, 17 KOs), 117.75, impressively kept his regional belt as he badly floored ex-Japanese champ Kohei Ohba (29-2-1, 12 KOs), 117.5, twice in the opening session, and twice more before halting the speedster at 0:15 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Kanazawa, Japan. Rolly once had an ambitious crack at the WBA 118-pound belt against Ansermo Moreno, losing a lopsided verdict in Panama in 2008. He acquired the second OPBF throne in the 122-pound category but forfeited it to Japanese banger Hiromasa Ohashi via seventh round KO route in June 2009. His hand injury forced him to be inactive for seventeen months since, but came back to win the vacant OPBF belt by defeating Filipino compatriot Jerope Zuiyama by a seventh round knockout this July. Rolly, making his initial defense, decked him in the tenth and dropped the fading loser again in the beginning of the fatal session. Referee Yuji Fukuchi promptly called a halt to save him from further punishment. Promoter: Kashimi Promotions.
By Graham Houston
Lucky winner? Possibly — but while Lamont Peterson got the breaks in his upset win over Amir Khan on Saturday night in Washington DC he fought his heart out and put himself into a position to make the most of those breaks. I had Khan winning the fight and I have never in many years covering this sport seen a boxer deducted points for pushing his opponent. Yet I have to say Khan had himself to blame for the loss of his 140-pound titles. Referee Joseph Cooper had cautioned Khan for pushing and also for holding Peterson behind the neck. It didn’t take a genius to figure out that Khan was heading towards having a point deducted. So when Khan shoved Peterson away from him in the seventh round it was no surprise that a point was taken.
Khan was in hostile territory in America’s capital. The DC crowd was against him, roaring whenever Peterson landed a noteworthy punch. Khan was jeered for back-pedalling. Having lost a point for the seventh-round shove, Khan was asking for trouble by repeating the offence. It was positively cruel that the referee should take another point from Khan in the final round but the British boxer should have known better than to push Peterson off him again. Without losing that second point, Khan would have got out of Dodge with a draw instead of losing on a one-point split decision. (more…)
After IBF bantamweight champ Abner Mares’ convincing win over Joseph Agbeko, the 26 year old out of Hawaiian Gardens, recently stated that he feels confident and ready to make boxing history. This is what he had to say before leaving for Mexico on a well earned family vacation.
How are you feeling after defeating Agbeko?
I feel great. It wasn’t an easy fight by any means, but I showed the world that I deserve to be called the best bantamweight in the world. I fought Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko twice. One after the other. That should say something about me as a fighter. I’m always willing to face the best. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South African junior bantamweight champion Minyakhe Sityatha retained his title for second time when he stopped Thembelani Maphuma in the ninth round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon and on the same bill SA junior welterweight champion Sikhulule Sidzumo lost his crown on points in an upset against Mzolisi Yoyo. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It was announced by HBO over the weekend that WBC super lightweight Champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against unbeaten Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on January 28. In the co-feature, KO artist James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) faces improved Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) in an elimination bout for the WBC super welterweight crown of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Word is the Golden Boy Promotions show will take place at the Reliant Arena in Houston in the first HBO telecast of 2012.
Report and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC unofficially began their 49th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada with a cocktail party at the host hotel Mandalay Bay, in their convention center. A record turnout is expected with some 1200 registered guests, over 800 of whom attended the Sunday evening gathering. A who’s who of boxing’s dignitaries showed up as well, rubbing elbows with the WBC brass, delegates and fans alike. Among those gracing the room with their presence were Mike Tyson, Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Giacobbe Fragomeni, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Donny LaLonde, Jose Napoles, Jeff Fenech, Francois Botha, Milton McCrory, Javier Castillejo, Evander Holyfield, Daniel Zaragoza, Rafael Marquez, and surely others who blended in with the massive crowd. An art show of photographs (many taken by WBC president Jose Sulaiman himself), paintings, sculptures, many in a boxing theme, was presented in the hall where hors douvres and drinks were served. The official opening ceremony will take place Monday morning at 9:30. A full report of the open day’s event will follow.
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