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As expected, it was announced today that Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton will meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on March 17. “This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time and to get it at the Sheffield Arena means the world to me,” said Brook, 25. “When I first sat down with Eddie, he told me that his vision was a sell-out night at Sheffield Arena and now we’re here. It is a competitive division and we’re both trying to achieve the same goal, so I know that by putting him out of the equation, it gives me a clearer run at the title. I want people to stand up and take notice of me and these are the kind of nights that makes that happen.
“We’ve been looking at fights here and in the US but this is the one that gives me the buzz. I know I’m comfortably the best Welterweight in Britain and I’m going to put in a devastating performance on March 17 to show the World just that.” (more…)
Cruiserweight hopefuls Joell Godfrey (13-5-1, 6 KOs) and Henry Namauu (9-5, 5 KOs) will square off Saturday, January 21 in the ten round main event of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 85” from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In the six round co-feature, unbeaten welterweight prospect Nate Serrano (3-0, 2 KOs) takes on Roberto Crespo, 2-1. Ring announcer Amy Hayes will serve as the master of ceremonies throughout the evening. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team
“I have message for people who think that after Vitali Klitschko I will just cruise along, fighting only for money,” says former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), who in his first heavyweight title fight lost to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. “People who think that don’t know me. If you only fight for money you will lose because we have guaranteed purses before we step into the ring. I want to win, and it will never change.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight contender John Molina will have a different opponent whom he will face on February 17th, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Tuesday morning. Molina will now face hard-hitting southpaw Marvin Quintero in a 10 round bout at the College Park Center in Arlington, TX. “Molina was originally scheduled to face Alejandro Sanabria, but he fell out,” said Goossen. Molina will be fighting for the first time since stopping Robert Frankel after the fifth round in June. He has won his last five bouts in a row since his only defeat at the hands of Martin Honorio in November of 2009. Quintero has won his last four bouts in a row, all by knockout, since a shocking second round knockout to Daniel Attah in November of 2010. Molina, who turned 29 last month, hails from Covina, CA, while Quintero resides in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
By Rick Scharmberg
Classy veteran Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 KOs) will face dangerous Philadelphian Victor Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday, February 4 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Spivey and Vasquez will engage in a ten round bout with the vacant NABA lightweight title at stake. Spivey’s world-class skills made him a contender in 2001-2002, when he easily defeated the likes of Billy “The Kid” Irwin and Mike “No Joke” Stewart, who were then at the height of their respective careers. The co-main event will pit fan favorite Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KOs) taking on hard hitting Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-6-1, 18 KOs) in a heavyweight bout. The card, which takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl, and is aptly titled “Super Brawl I”, is presented by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions in association with Tropicana Casino and Resort. (more…)
A Purse Bid was held today for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for #1 between #3, Zab Judah and #4, Vernon Paris. Main Events won with a bid of $ 70,110.00. Don King Productions bid $ 51,000.00.
At this point in time the IBF has decided to break its silence and provide some clarification on the matter of Mr. Mustafa Ameen’s presence at the IBF/WBA championship bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. Initially, the organization chose not to publicly address this matter to preserve the integrity of the hearing scheduled for the appeal filed by Golden Boy promotions on the ruling of the aforementioned bout. The sole purpose in doing so was with the intentions that all parties, and most importantly, the panelists could go into this hearing with clear minds and no preconceptions or prejudices.
Mr. Mustafa Ameen does outreach work for the IBF’s SARB/Education Fund. This fund was initially created to financially assist retired professional boxers experiencing monetary difficulties. Shortly over a year ago, IBF President Daryl Peoples and Mr. Ameen agreed that he would network on behalf of the organization with the purpose of connecting with these fighters in order for the IBF to provide them with some financial assistance. Mr. Ameen’s role with the organization is limited to just this. He is not an employee or an official of the organization, nor does he receive any monetary compensation from the organization for his efforts.
Previous to the Khan-Peterson bout, the IBF made a request for the Washington, D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission to extend Mr. Ameen the courtesy of a credential to enter the arena. Mr. Ameen was not assigned by the IBF to officiate this bout. Despite all that has transpired, at this point the IBF has not changed its stance and plans on moving forth with the hearing as scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Mr. Ameen will be present at the hearing to explain his actions and what transpired during the bout between him and Mr. Welsh, the WBA supervisor.
Mike Pyle’s passport has seen plenty of action throughout his career, reflecting his eagerness to battle time zone changes and hostile crowds that came to see the out-of-towner get his you-know-what kicked . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face No. 1 challenger Chad Mendes, while middleweight co-main event stars Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson collide. All fighters have checked into the host hotel in Rio, and had this to say regarding this Saturday’s clashes. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz vs Henry Weber and Female Junior Lightweight champion Ramona Kuehne vs Renata Domsodi this Saturday, January 14 at the Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany.
Valcarcel reported that for the fifth title defense of Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) against the German Weber (15-0, 3 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel, from Belgium. The judges for Stieglitz-Weber are Jose Roberto Torres, from Puerto Rico, Ingo Barrabas, from Germany, and Zoltan Enyedi, from Hungary. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Istvan Kovacs.
For the fight between Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs), the 130lb WBO champion in her third defense, and Domsodi (7-1, 3 KOs), the referee will be Ingo Barrabas, and the judges Manuel Maritxalar, from Spain, Jose Roberto Torres and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.
After two highly controversial decisions lost recently by British fighters in the opponent’s backyards, promoter Frank Warren will be eyeing the selection of the officials very carefully for the upcoming February 18 clash between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany. “The fight will be under a lot of scrutiny, we will be asking the Boxing Board of Control to have neutral officials,” said Warren at Monday’s press conference in London. “We have had the last couple of fights with British guys abroad when there has been some controversy. The eyes of the world will be on this fight, so I am quite sure that they will ensure the right people are appointed as referees and judges.”
Anthony Johnson is a career welterweight who is tired of the massive self-deprivation required in order to make the division’s 170-pound weight limit. “Rumble” often walks around at over 200 pounds, so in order to compete, that means that more often than not, his camps are focused on shedding weight, rather than properly preparing for a fight from technique and game growth perspectives . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Ricky Hatton has replaced Gareth Williams as CEO of Hatton Promotions. Although Gareth will no longer be working full time for the group he will still be retained as Hatton Promotions legal advisor and representative. In recent months, Ricky has proved that he has fully recovered from depression and taken a hands on role within his organisation. Late in 2011 he took out a trainer’s licence and is overseeing a mushrooming empire which includes a clothing brand, a private members gym and a TV network. The flagship company is his boxing outfit, Hatton Promotions who are the EBU European Promoters of the Year and have produced dozens of major champions in three years. (more…)
By Franscico Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia will fight on Saturday, March 10th in Puerto Rico, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. Garcia will fight in the opening televised bout against an opponent to be determined prior to the Juan Manuel Lopez-Orlando Salido rematch. Both fights will be televised on SHOWTIME “Championship Boxing.” “We’re working towards a 12 round fight, even though we don’t have an opponent yet for Mikey,” said Goodman. “If we can’t get him a 12 round fight, then he will fight in a 10 round bout at 128 pounds.” Garcia, (27-0, 23 KOs) from Oxnard, CA, is coming off a one-sided and impressive fourth round stoppage victory over the normally-durable Juan Carlos Martinez on October 22nd. Garcia knocked Martinez down once in the third and dropped him twice more in the fourth before the fight was waved off. Garcia, has stopped his last five opponents in a row, is ranked in the top 10 of all sanctioning bodies. He is trained by his older brother, Robert Garcia.
Universum has finally confirmed that former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will face Jose Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in his comeback fight on January 28. “I’m in very good condition and I train daily in Schwerin [Germany]. The sparring is very good so far,” says Brähmer, who was stripped after late pull-outs in three consecutive WBO title defenses. The information that Guerrero would be the opponent has been out there for awhile, but now it’s official.
Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez
WBA interim super bantamweight titleholder Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux is reaching the peak of his training in the Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Florida. Monday evening Rigondeaux arrived on time to work with his physical conditioner DJ Montanocordoba and trainer Ismael Salas as they continue preparations to face WBA champion Rico Ramos on January 20th in Las Vegas.
“We are ready to fight with anyone,” said Rigondeaux “The bases are already full and there isn’t anywhere to hide. After I beat Ramos, we have in mind to face the best of the division and we can’t wait [to fight] them.”
Photos: Action Images
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora faced off today at the at The Landmark Hotel in London in advance of their championship clash on February 18th at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
Dereck Chisora: Everybody’s tired of you and your brother. There’s no excitement in the ring. It’s time for the new king. People want a new relief in boxing. Him and his brother have killed the sport I love. It is time for the new king, and that will be me come February 18.
Vitali Klitschko: Many people say the fights of the Klitschko brothers are boring. That’s because we win. We need to fight someone who can beat us. I think Dereck can do that. He beat Robert Helenius. He beat a future world champion. Can he beat the real world champion?
Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #1 minimumweight contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) and WBC #2 Denver Cuello (29-4-6, 19 KOs) have been ordered to face off in a WBC final eliminator to determine the official minimumweight contender. Representatives have been informed to commence negotiations and in the absence of an agreement there will be a purse bid on February 3 in Mexico City.
Lopez is a former WBC silver titleholder promoted by Boxeo de Gala and Cuello is the current silver belt beltholder promoted by Canelo Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source in Mexico reported that IBF #11 Juan José “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #13 Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) will fight for the IBF International jr bantamweight world championship on February 18 probably at the Coliseo Olímpico at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodrigo Guerrero is the IBF world champion in the division.
Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, mixed martial arts saw a host of top fighters retire from the sport, ranging from Hall of Famer Randy Couture to action hero Chris Lytle. And while the following fighters won’t be gracing the Octagon again, it’s clear that they’ve made a mark in the sport that won’t be forgotten anytime soon . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.”
In the co-featured main event at Offenburg´s Baden-Arena, WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “Weber is young and hungry but I will defend my title,” Stieglitz said.
By Francisco Salazar
Ventura County in Southern California is known for a number of positive things: pristine beaches, strawberries, lemons, the Camarillo outlets, and soccer. And of course, professional boxing.
Some of the best fighters in boxing today currently live and train within the county limits. Sergio Martinez, Victor Ortiz, Brandon Rios are just a few who migrated to the cities of Ventura County and live simple lives. Even though champions, contender, and unbeaten prospects apply their trade in the “805,” there has been a lack of boxing action in recent years. That will all change as boxing returns to Ventura County after an almost five-year drought. Speaking of five-year droughts, one fighter will return to the ring after having not laced gloves in that period of time.
Former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender Jose Aguiniga will fight Juan Ruiz on Saturday, February 25th in an eight round bout at the Country Club (Golf Course) in Santa Paula, CA. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Greg Robinson’s Power Productions is set to bring an interesting boxing card to the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night the 13th of January, featuring the return of the former NABF champion Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11 KO’s) against the always dangerous Grover Young (5-4-1, 1 KO. The co-feature of the evening is a highly competitive lightweight clash as Angel Ocasio (6-0, 1 KO) battles it out with Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)
After a great 2011 that saw Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, put his stamp on the Dallas-Fort Worth fight scene with the Battle of DFW and Fright Night, Paulie Ayala Productions looks to raise the stakes even greater with their first event of the year, Gloves & Guitars, on Saturday, January 28th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gloves & Guitars will combine professional boxing with 7 bouts followed by a live performance from Fort Worth’s own Tejas Brothers. The Tejas Brothers debut CD was recognized as the 7th most played album for 2009 by the American Music Association. (more…)
Fan favorite Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the Paramount Theater on January 28th to face Curtis Smith (10-5, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. The undercard will be announced shortly. The card is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and tickets start at $35.
By John Cannon and Vinny Davis
Coming into the fight, Beaumont native DeShaun Williams was extremely confident that he would be the first one was to give Brownsville’s Juan Reyna that first loss of his perfect professional record. However, he wasn’t able to meet his ultimate goal as Reyna (4-0, 2 KO’s) kept his undefeated record in hand by defeating Williams by unanimous decision in the six-round main event of Borderwars: The Heat Is On Saturday night at the Casa De Amistad.
“The reason I was able to win this fight is because I out boxed him,” said Reyna. “He made a lot of mistakes and was showboating a lot during the fight. While he was doing that, I was throwing a lot of punches that were connecting.” (more…)
It was every bit as ridiculous as many fans, journalists and even Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold thought it would be.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter was astounded that journeyman Keith Jardine was getting a title shot with exactly zero fights to his credit at 185.
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Luke Rockhold looked visibly annoyed, but did his best to remain diplomatic.
After smashing journeyman Keith Jardine to retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Rockhold made an impassioned post fight interview plea to fight some contenders from Zuffa’s other promotion.
Rockhold didn’t mention any specific opponents when asked who he’d like to face off with.
“If that’s the plan, that’s the plan, I’ll make do with what we’ve got here,” Rockhold said when asked who he’d like to fight next. “I look for bigger and better things. If the UFC wants to bring in some top contenders, I’ll welcome them to our hexagon as Gilbert Melendez says.” (more…)
Never at a loss for words, “King” Mo Lawal provided all the unintentional side-splitting entertainment needed at the post-fight press conference of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine after scoring a resounding 2nd round TKO over Lorenz Larkin. His knockout preceded his AKA teammate Luke Rockhold’s knockout over Keith Jardine in a night where the American Kickboxing Academy reigned supreme.
“The fight went exactly the way I knew it was going to go,” Lawal explained of his ground and pound approach to taking out Larkin. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marianela Sanchez
One expectation regarding the “gentleman’s sport” of boxing presumes the professionalism of both combatants. The thoroughness of their preparation usually decides the contest.
The lack of preparation often disrupts it.
Last night’s Telefutura-televised “Solo Boxeo” season-opener originally intended to treat Hollywood FL fight fans to a main event with hometown WBO Latino welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (29-3-1, 19 KOs) defending his belt. That plan blew up Friday afternoon when his blown-up opponent Michael Lozada (39-10-1, 31 KOs) of Tijuana tipped the scales 12 pounds heavier than the contracted weight. As a result, Paredes had to wait until the non-televised last bout of the card to perform for his local supporters.
Finally entering the ring after midnight, “The Lion” roared at 45 seconds of the third round with a solid shot that caught Lozada upstairs. Lozada staggered to his left all the way to the floor, holding his right hand to the back of the head. The punch was ruled legal and referee Sam Burgos reached a full count of ten before Lozada regained his senses. (more…)
We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial awards season, and after counting down the imports, newcomers, upsets, knockouts, and submissions, it’s time to pick the fights that defined the past year and made you say ‘this is why I’m a mixed martial arts fan.’ . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank chief Bob Arum told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on June 9 or June 16 against a soon-to-be-named opponent. Together with Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, Arum is traveling to Manila Sunday and he will be arriving Tuesday morning.
Four names have emerged as candidates to face Pacquiao but the leading candidates are Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, while the darkhorse favorites are Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto. Arum said the lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather will be perfect for November, and not on May 5.
The MGM Grand can only hold 18,000 people and a fight of such magnitude, stressed Arum, has to be staged in a bigger venue to maximize revenue.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source informs us the possibility that the mandatory fight between WBC Mexican featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and WBC champion in recess Elio Rojas could be held in March in New York. Mexican company Promociones del Pueblo has expressed a desire for the fight to be in Mexico City, however the source indicates that economic factors could make New York more attractive than Mexico. Promociones del Pueblo, the promoter of Gonzalez, won a purse bid to stage the fight during the WBC Convention in December.
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