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Roy Nelson may be one of the more recognizable faces in the UFC’s heavyweight division. If you haven’t been thrilled by his fights—the knockout win over Stefan Struve or the three round war with Junior dos Santos come to mind—you certainly can’t forget his signature look.
By Jeff Zimmerman
One by one local fighters took their turn into the ring sparring at the new, spacious and jam packed Paulie Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks Gym for the public and media in preparation for this Saturday’s Paulie Ayala Productions Fright Night at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. As each fighter finished their work for the day, most blended into the crowd with their respective camps and family, while the Hernandez brothers, Jose “Loco” (10-5-1, 4KO’s)) and Joel (2-0, 1KO), stayed close by to watch and study the next pair entering the ring. Jose, a former WBC Youth Champion and a veteran of 16 fights, is the main event on the upcoming card, while younger brother Joel is on the undercard. For both brothers, though, boxing is a business and particularly in their case a family business. (more…)
Today’s presser is open to the public if you’re in Las Vegas. The presser begins at 1 pm with doors opening at noon and takes place at Brooklyn Bridge at New York New York Hotel and Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd.
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Victor Ortiz already has plans for a massive comeback. Victor tells TMZ, he’s planning to invest a portion of his $2 million fight earnings in a chain of taco restaurants in L.A. — and he hit the streets yesterday to scope out some possible locations. As for if Floyd Mayweather gets a shoutout on Victor’s menu — watch the video to find out.
On November 23, in Elk Grove, Illinois, Hitz Boxing Promotions will present the “Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash” at The Belvedere Banquet. Headlining will be the Chicago’s comebacking former world title challenger Johnny Lewus (25-4-1, 21 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. The 40-year-old Lewus has gone 3-0-1, 3 KOs since coming back from a decade of inactivity. Also featured that night will be undefeated super middleweight Mike Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder, undefeated heavyweight Dave Latoria (9-0, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder, undefeated super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (4-0, 3 KOs) and cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0, 4 KOs) in separate bouts. All opponents will be announced soon. Tickets are $100 Ringside and $35 G/A and are available at fanfueled.com or the HITZ TIX HOTLINE: 630-442-4203. All bouts are subject to change. On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the action starts at 7:30. The Belvedere Banquet is located at 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez, who has a rematch with current WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido in February in Puerto Rico, said he has an offer to train in Big Bear, California. “I’m continuing with my team,” he said, “it has led to 31 victories. The changes are the training camp and they’re talking about Big Bear. It seems that that Bob Arum wants us go there,” he said.
‘Juanma’ smirked when WBC/WBO bantamweight king Nonito Donaire, who wants to go up to 126 pounds, was mentioned as a future opponent. “He has said repeatedly that he wants to fight me. I’ll fight him as long as the company approves and the deal is right. It would be a good fight and interesting but if he wants it at 126 pounds it has to be soon because after 2012 I’m going to 130. After February, I’ll do another fight in June and at the end of the year move up.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I never treated boxing as a way of making money. And when you have a hobby, you know how much you can spend. You don’t buy a Lamborghini when all you can afford is Chevy” – said Mariusz Kołodziej, Global Boxing promotions owner and founder, before probably his most important event, a November 5 boxing gala in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
“I want to test my undefeated fighter, WBC #9 ranked Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KO) against a real threat, hard hitting Oliver McCall. I’m nervous, I’m happy, the event is almost a sell-out, Wach, middleweight Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) and Polish amateur star Kamil Łaszczyk (4-0, 3 KO) and Poland’s new heavyweight star and knockout artist Artur Szpilka (8-0, 6 KO) fights will all have their bouts broadcast live on most prestigious Polish television Polsat Sport and Telefutura in the US. I hope it’s only a beginning.” (more…)
After another grueling camp in Thailand, Michael Katsidis “The Great” and his team have now touched down in England ahead of his November 5th world title fight against Scot Ricky Burns . Team Katsidis were particularly happy with the last training camp as, unlike the last few, it has been incident free. “Michael had a few tough camps, as everyone knows, before world title fights with Marquez and Guererro” trainer/manager Brendon Smith said “It has been great to prepare with nothing else on our minds other than winning a third world title belt.” (more…)
Photo: OPI 2000
Italian companies OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) and Promosport Sardegna (Tonino Puddu) will promote an IBF doubleheader Friday night in Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy. In the main event former European champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-4, 12 KOs) will try to conquer the IBF flyweight championship against the champion from South Africa Moruti Mthalane (27-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event former WBC flyweight champion Simona Galassi (15-1-1, 3 KOs) will fight Nage Szikora (10-2-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant IBF super flyweight championship. On the undercard European Union lightweight champion Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (17-0, 17 KOs) will fight undefeated Felix Soria (11-0-1, 5 KOs) on six rounds. Welterweight Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (12-0, 9 KOs) will fight experienced Spanish Juan Martinez Bas on six rounds. Italian TV network Sportitalia will transmit the show live.
By Mark Vaz
Former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley of Arlington, Massachusetts passed away after a lengthy illness on Tuesday in Boston. McNeeley’s boxing career spanned 8 years and 51 professional fights, racking up a record of 37-14 with 28 knockouts from 1958-1966. Gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated as a top contender, the highlight of his career was his December 1961 challenge for the world heavyweight championship against Floyd Patterson. In an all-out slugfest, McNeeley had Patterson down and nearly out before falling victim to the champ in four exciting rounds. McNeeley went on to face many outstanding heavyweights including champs Jose Torres, Willie Pastrano, Brain London and Oscar Bonavena. (more…)
Carina “La Reina” Moreno (21-3, 6 KO’s) has found an opponent in Sharon Gaines (11-12-1, 3 KO’s) to challenge her this Friday October 28, 2011 at the Sherwood Inn Hotel in Salinas, California. The six-round bout will be at the agreed weight of 112 pounds and take place on the undercard of Eloy Perez vs. Ira Terry. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC will make their Nevada promotional debut on Sunday November 20, 2011 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sampson Boxing will present a live boxing event and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Shelter of Hope. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds, for the IBF Female, Super Bantamweight title. Miami, Florida’s (via Puerto Rico) IBF Champion, Ada Velez (19-3-3, 6 KO’s) vs. the pride of Las Vegas, Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-1, 11 KO’s). This is a rematch of their 3-31-2011 fight where Velez won the vacant tile in a very close split decision and in doing so handed Cooper the first loss of her career. (more…)
Photo: BJ Penn works out for the media during the UFC 137 open workouts at The Ultimate Fighter Gym on October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during a jam-packed,standing-room-only media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
“I’m ready to put on a good performance for my city,” said #1 rated Adrien “The Problem” Broner (21-0, 17 KOs), who battles Argentina’s Vicente Rodriguez for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title on November 26 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio “I’m treating this like it’s just another day in the ring. I’m not going to let the world title affect me. Vicente has a tremendous record, but once I get in the ring, I’m going to do what I got to do to get the job done. It’s time to put it on for my city…hook, right, good night!”
WBO #6 Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) will be fighting outside Argentina for the second time when he invades Broner’s hometown for battle for the belt vacated by Ricky Burns. “I have the experience and determination to beat him,” he stated, “and I can’t wait to bring the title home to Argentina!”
This will be Cincinnati’s first world title fight since Tim Austin beat Steve Dotse on June 16, 2001.
By Francisco Salazar
Sad news from Mexico City as former three-time world title challenger Hector Lopez passed away on Monday, Southern California matchmaker Hervi Estrada told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. Lopez was in Mexico City at the time of his death, working with the Mexican Olympic boxing team. After winning the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles for Mexico, he turned pro less than a year later. In a span of eight years, Lopez only lost once in 27 fights, which earned a world title fight against Miguel Angel Gonzalez in 1993, losing by unanimous decision. After losing a close 10 round unanimous decision to eventual world champion Kostya Tszyu in 1994, Lopez would challenge for another world title belt a year and a half later against Sammy Fuentes. Lopez would lose a very close 12 round split-decision to Fuentes, a decision that was disputed by the media and fight fans in attendance or watching it on television. (more…)
Opponents have been named for featured bouts for Thursday night’s card at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. In the six-round middleweight main event, Oxnard’s Alfonso Blanco (6-0, 2 KO’s), a 2008 Venezuelan Olympian, meets up with Fontana’s Leshon Sims (5-9, 3 KO’s). In the co-main event, Los Angeles’ Ernesto Ocon (4-0, 2 KO’s) takes on Santa Ana’s Ricardo Malfavon (1-5-1, 1 KO) in a six round junior middleweight brawl. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Saul Alvarez: The reason I’m here at this press conference is because I don’t have anything to hide. I’m a young man that does not get involved in any scandals or trouble of any sort. I repeat, if I had something to hide I would not be here right now at this press conference. Thats all I have to say.
José Sulaimán: We always stand behind the boxers. In this case the boxer happens to be one of our world champions in Saul Alvarez. We believe he speaks the truth. We at the WBC will pay the expenses on the damages that Ulises ‘Archie’ Solís has received not knowing who caused these damages but the WBC stands behind Saul Alvarez and declares him innocent.
Tickets for “Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson” go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Big-time boxing’s return to our nation’s capital has created a buzz amongst sports fans ready to see the Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan defend his titles against the No. 1-rated IBF Contender Lamont Peterson on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Plus, Brandywine, Maryland’s undefeated top heavyweight contender and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Lamont’s brother and top lightweight contender Anthony Peterson will be featured in separate fights.
Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
The November 26th WBC super welterweight clash between world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF former welterweight world champion Kemit Cintron took place today in Mexico City. The fight will take place in the Bancomer Exhibition Center capable holding 25,000 fans. “This will be a great test for Alvarez who is already taking on the best of his division. Cintron is a front line fighter who has faced the best and will be a classic struggle of Mexico to the world,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
“I respect Cintron and I know what I’ll be facing that night,” said Alvarez, “but it’s my time and I can confirm my condition is the best. We are going to go down this road of professional boxing and in each fight the fans want to see the best of me. It’s time that my name went beyond Mexico and I want to be one of the best in the world and a great example for the children of Latin America and the rest of the world.”
Cintron stated, “People think that my best time in boxing had passed but this is a great opportunity to prove them wrong. Rest assured that I will do my best that night and it’s a great privilege for someone from Puerto Rico to fight in this beautiful country.” Click here for giant photo gallery
By David Finger
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
A press conference was held today at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico this afternoon promoting Saturday’s “Noche de Campeones” card at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The card, which coincides with the WBO’s 24th Annual Convention (also taking place at the Ritz Carlton) promised an exciting night for Puerto Rican boxing, with several of its most talented local stars taking headlining in fights that could make or break their title aspirations. With popular former champions Ivan Calderon and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in separate fights, alongside popular reigning WBO female light flyweight champion Jessica Bopp of Argentina, few doubted that it would prove to be a historic night for Puerto Rican boxing, a sentiment shared by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. (more…)
IBF light flyweight champion ‘Archie’ Solís in recovery at the Puerta de Hierro Medical Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was operated on to repair a double fracture of his jaw. According to Zanfer, Solis has already lodged an assault complaint with prosecutors against WBC super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for allegedly attacking him. Alvarez has stated, “Don’t believe everything you hear,” regarding the incident.
Meanwhile, WBC President Jose Sulaiman has stated that the WBC is “absolutely on the Saul’s side” in the matter, but is willing to pay all the expenses for Solis’ operation.
By John Cannon
When I Promotions promoter Danny Ochoa started preparing for the upcoming “Fighting Child Abuse One Round at a Time” fight card, he already had a big name local fighter in mind that he wanted to showcase in the main event. “There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia to headline the show,” said Ochoa. “Robert has a huge following down here and has wanted to return to the Valley to fight again. I decided to contact him and asked him if he would be interested to fight on this card and he jumped right on it. I am extremely excited about having him return to the Valley and I am sure the fans will feel the same way.”
Garcia (30-3, 21 KO’s) will make his triumphant return to the Valley as he will face Detroit native and the current USBO Welterweight champion Lanardo Tyner (25-4-2, 15 KO’s) in the 10-round main event for the vacant UBO International super welterweight title this Saturday at the Pharr Events Center. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (7-0, 6 KOs) from Youngstown, Ohio, returns to the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia on November 23rd in a co-featured bout on an eight-bout show presented by Simons Promotions. “Morgantown gets excited when Hazimihalis comes to town,” said promoter Steve Simons. “He brings a lot of support with him and he always comes to fight.” Also on the card will be local favorite Eric Watkins (5-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash. Eric avenged his only loss in his last outing by defeating Mike Wilmer via unanimous decision in an action packed main event. For reserved seating, please call 304-290-0291.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Sal Sanchez II (25-4-3, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC Cabofe belt for the first time against former Mexican national champ Yovanny “El Bambino” Soto (32-11-1, 27 KOs) on Friday at the Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City. “It’s a new challenge and I hope it’ll be a great fight,” said the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez. “It’s time to go looking for more experienced opponents in pursuit of my world title opportunity. I’m fully dedicated to my goal and training harder every time.” Sanchez has shown great improvement is recent fights. Prospects Ganigan Lopez, Edgar Riovalle and Javier Prieto will also see action on the Boxeo de Gala event.
Frank Mir tops all heavyweights with 18 UFC appearances over the past decade. The big man with the second-most Octagon performances? Believe it or not, the distinction belongs to Mr. Cheick Kongo. The striking specialist has been under the Zuffa umbrella longer than world champ Cain Velasquez, longer than No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos, and longer than Shane Carwin, Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Noguiera, among others . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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By Dave Spencer
They know each other inside and outside of the ring. They refer to each other as friends. They have sparred upwards of 96 rounds inside the ring helping each other prepare for battle against other opponents. But on November 5th in Quebec City the friendship gets put on hold as IBF Champion Lucian Bute (29-0 24KO) makes his ninth title defense against Glen Johnson (51-15-2 35KO).
Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche jokes that he believes it was actually 97 rounds that the two went against each other and that Johnson might have forgotten one, presumably put to sleep by the undefeated fighter. Joking aside, both are appreciative to be meeting up with each other with Johnson getting his third title shot in his last four fights and Bute finally getting his foot in the door of the ‘Super Six’ tournament. (more…)
2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev has commented on WBO cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck’s desire to move to heavyweight to challenge the Klitschkos. “I don’t understand these considerations,” said Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs). “First of all, there are still people in this weight class whom he has to beat. I hope he stays at cruiserweight until next summer and fights with me next year. I will knock him out!”
Story and photos by David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention kicked off Tuesday morning with exciting developments in the form of a new title, new developments with the regional titles, and major developments in what is proving to be one of the most exciting additions to the WBO in recent years in its female champions.
The event kicked off with roll call, followed by an invocation from second Vice President Jacinth Bryan Labega. After approving the prior minutes from the 2010 Convention in Cartagena, Colombia, the WBO adknowledged several of the notable fighters who came out to support the WBO. Female champions Yesica Bopp from Argentina (the reigning 108 pound champion) and 115 pound champion Carolina Duer (also from Argentina) received warm ovations, as did WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight champion and #10 ranked WBO contender Chauncy Welliver. From there the president suggested a slight change in the agenda and moved President’s Luis Batista Salas Championship Committee Report to be done first. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Baja Boxing
Former featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto began his training camp in Tijuana, Mexico, earlier this for his upcoming bout slated for Saturday, December 3rd. The fight will be presented by Baja Boxing and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa. The location is still in the air as two cities are vying to host the three time world champion, his native city of Los Mochis and a city where he is considered an “adopted son”, Cozumel. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Long serving South African ring official Aubrey “Rassie” Ersamus from Cape Town gets his biggest assignment ever after 40 years when he will be one of the judges for the fight between former IBF and WBF heavyweight champion, 43–year-old Francois Botha and 39-year-old Michael Grant from the the USA, for the vacant World Boxing Federation belt at the Monte Casino gambling resort near Johannesburg on November 19. The other officials are referee Ingo Barrabas from Germany, and judges Desmond Bloyd (Australia) and Glenn Feldman (USA). Botha has a record of 48 wins, 5 losses, 1 no contest, with 29 wins inside the distance and Grant has scored 47 wins with 4 losses and 35 wins inside the distance.
Former three-time world champion in two different divisions and Worcester, MA’s own “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) is ready to step up into some big fights in 2012. This announced in a press release on Wednesday by Ten Count Media, Rivera’s publicist. The former IBO welterweight, WBA welterweight and WBA junior middleweight world champion, Rivera is a promotional free agent and is also acting as his own manager. He is looking for a major fight in 2012 that will get him back into the world title picture, and is looking to align himself with a promoter that can make it happen. Rivera is hoping to get one more fight under his belt before stepping up to challenge anybody in the top ten in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
Canelo said on Mexican TV a few minutes ago that he was present but it was his brother who hit Solis. The Solis camp insists it was Canelo himself who hit Archie. Stay tuned… More photos
With a shot at the biggest fight in Super Middleweight history on the line, undefeated superstar and IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute will make the ninth defense of his 168-pound title against ageless former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson on November 5 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The largest box office draw in Canadian boxing, the undefeated, Romanian-born Bute will enter the ring at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec with an unblemished record of 29-0 with 24 KOs. Bute has registered knockouts in seven of his eight title defenses. The 42-year-old Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) will make his 10th appearance in a world title fight, once again traveling to enemy territory for a shot at a championship.
The winner of Bute-Johnson could likely meet the winner of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, which concludes on December 17 on SHOWTIME. See what the fighters had to say on Tuesday’s conference call:
Hatsu Hioki knows what it means to the world of Japanese mixed martial arts for him to be successful in a UFC career that begins this Saturday night in Las Vegas against George Roop . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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