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Orozco, Diaz still undefeated

Orozco, Diaz still undefeated

Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 super lightweight contender "Relentless" Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) scored a scored a ten ...

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Frampton dethrones Santa Cruz in classic

Frampton dethrones Santa Cruz in classic

By Matt Richardson and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment In a war, former 122lb champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (23-0, 14 ...

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Stevenson KOs Williams in four round war

Stevenson KOs Williams in four round war

Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) scored a sensational fourth round KO over WBC ...

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Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs. Carl Frampton 125.5 (WBA featherweight title) Mikey Garcia 138.5 vs. ...

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Santa Cruz-Frampton final presser

Santa Cruz-Frampton final presser

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl ...

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Feature Story

Schaefer describes “worst home cooking I’ve ever seen”

Photo: Craig Bennett/FightWireImages.com

On a conference call with the press this week to discuss the recent Khan-Peterson fight, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer laid out a story of scorecard irregularities from both the WBA and IBF, combined with “shitty” refereeing that added up to “one of the worst cases of home cooking I have ever seen.”

“…the purpose of this call is in no way or shape to attack or question the performance of Lamont Peterson and his team,” stated Schaefer in his opening remarks. “I think Lamont fought a very good fight, it was an exciting fight. In fact, many people feel it was another fight of the year candidate, so this is absolutely nothing about taking anything away from Lamont Peterson. It is simply to look at the facts, present the facts, and give the people involved an opportunity to correct their mistakes. It’s basically about doing the right thing. (more…)



December 22nd, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A with Ismayl Sillakh

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) is a great talent and the new power in the light heavyweight division. He’s ranked as #2 light heavyweight in the world by the WBC and should fight Jean Pascal. There’s no question about it,” says John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring, who represents 26-year old Ukrainian living in California.

“The statement made by Yvon Michel, Pascal’s promoter, that Ismayl cannot fight Pascal yet because ‘he never fought anybody from the top 20’ is simply not true. When Sillakh convincingly beat then undefeated Yordanis Despaigne, a great Cuban talent, Yordanis was ranked #9 by WBC. There’s more. Ismail ‘beat the guy who beat the guy,’ because the same Yordanis Despaigne had no problems in defeating Jean Pascal during 2004 Olympic boxing tournament in Athens.” (more…)



December 22nd, 2011


Boxing News

More problems for Pavlik

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is facing charges of OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence), failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. According to the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik was arrested at his home Wednesday night after he and a friend allegedly damaged neighboring property and a lamppost while riding ATVs. Full article.



December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Donny LaLonde’s T.K.O.O.O. Initiative

By Boxing Bob Newman

Former WBC Light Heavyweight champ Donny LaLonde talks about his T.K.O.O.O. initiative to help boxers suffering the effects of their career in the ring.



December 22nd, 2011


Boxing News

Volkmann’s actions speak louder than words

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30!

On New Year’s Day of this year at UFC 125, several fighters truly captivated fight fans with their memorable Octagon performances. Dustin Poirier introduced himself to the featherweight division with authority in his lopsided victory over Josh Grispi, Clay Guida surprised all with his second round guillotine choke over former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi, Brian Stann legitimized his presence as a dangerous 185er with his TKO of Chris Leben, and, least of all, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard battled to a draw in one of the most unforgettable title fights in UFC history. Oddly enough, what gained national attention and headlines wasn’t what transpired in the cage, but an offhand comment said backstage . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like March 31 is the preferred date for the much anticipated rematch between current WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) of Mexico and former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), with the bout taking place again in Juanma’s native Puerto Rico.

Mexican WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants to step up the level of his opponents. Names like James Kirkland and Shane Mosley have been mentioned for Canelo when he returns on April 21.

WBO featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez looks to be the frontrunner for the “Fist of Gold” award is given each year by the WBC to the fighter of the year. Gonzalez won the title against Hosumi Hasegawa and defended it three times by knockout.



December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Officials named for Dec 31 world title twinbill

By Boxing Bob Newman

Officials for the two WBA world title fights in Yokohama, Japan on December 31 are as follows:

Celestino Caballero vs Satoshi Hosono for the WBA featherweight title
Judges: Levi Martinez (USA), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico), Wan Soo Yuh (Korea)
Referee: Rafael Ramos (USA)
Supervisor: Alan Kim

Takashi Uchiyama vs Jorge Solis for the WBA super featherweight title
Judges: Levi Martinez (USA), Wan Soo Yuh (Korea), Rafael Ramos (USA)
Referee: Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico)
Supervisor: Alan Kim



December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Adrian Hernandez ready in Thailand

Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez

Just a few hours before he has to risk his crown for the second time, the WBC flyweight world champion, Adrian El “Confesor” Hernandez (22-1-1, 14 KOs), is quiet and motivated to meet his Thai rival Kompayak Porpramook (43-3-0. 29 KOs) in a bout that is scheduled at 4 pm (Bangkok time) on Friday 23 in the 11th Infantry Regiment of Bangkok. (more…)



December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

Rigondeaux: We are focused just on Ramos

Report and photos by Reynaldo Sanchez

WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux and his team are training in The Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Florida. Today “The Jackal” told us that he is confident in beating the full WBA champion at that weight Rico Ramos. The Cuban had a sparring session today, going six rounds with his countryman, young super bantamweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarrás. The Cuban star Rigondeaux told us that at the present his main target is to be ready to face Rico Ramos on January 20th. “We are focused in the fight against Ramos and don’t even think about Bakhtin,” Rigondeaux said. (more…)



December 22nd, 2011

Boxing News

DC Mayor to present Lamont Peterson with Key to the City

Washington DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray will officially congratulate WBA/IBF super lightweight boxing champion Lamont Peterson and present him with a key to the city on Thursday for his December 10 upset win over Amir Khan. The ceremony will take place at 1PM in the 1st Floor Grand Lobby of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Other Participants will include DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Events DC President/CEO Greg O’Dell, DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chairman Bryan Scottie Irving, trainer Barry Hunter and pro boxer brother Anthony Peterson. Lamont is a native Washingtonian who resides in Ward 7.



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Morales undergoes emergency surgery, January 28 fight not certain

By Pepe Rodriguez
Photo by Diego Morales/BOX LATINO

Current WBC Ssuper lightweight world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales underwent emergency surgery today after a gallbladder pain and it is not known if this will affect his next fight. El “Terrible” was operated for a small stone in the gallbladder just this morning (December 21). Fernando Fernandez, part of the coaching staff accompanying Morales, said “We are awaiting the medical report of the doctor to decide whether he can fight and how long it can take to recover.” Erik is scheduled to make his first defense of the WBC 140lb title on January 28. On the same card, super welterweight star James Kirkland will face Carlos Molina in the co-feature bout.



December 21st, 2011


Boxing News

Mayweather gets 90 days in jail; May 5 fight date in jeopardy?

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Moments ago Clark County judge Melissa Saragosa sentenced boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather to 90 days in jail on misdemeanor domestic violence charges. He is to report on January 6 at 10:45AM to begin serving his sentence. Floyd must also attend a 12-month domestic violence program, pay $2500 in fines and perform 100 hours of community service. The full sentence is for six months, of which three months are suspended and he was given credit for three days served. Floyd’s attorney asked if the court would consider a home detention program. “Not in lieu of the 90 days,” Judge Saragosa responded. “I have considered it, yes, absolutely, and I have decided that the time he will spend in custody is appropriate….I will see you on January 6 at 10:45.”

If Floyd gets out after 45 days for good behavior, this would give him a little more than two months to train for his planned May 5 showdown with Manny Pacquiao or another opponent.



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Cleverly still without a Feb 25 challenger; Miranda offers to step in and make him ‘feel stupid.’

WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs), the UK’s only world champion after the defeats of Amir Khan and Carl Froch in recent weeks, will defend his belt against an opponent to be named on February 25 at Moterpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. No opponent has been named, but #9 rated Andrzej Fonfara has been ruled out by the Cleverly camp according to walesonline.co.uk.

One of boxing’s hardest punchers Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), fresh off a sensational TKO win over WBO #7 light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki on Saturday night in Atlantic City, targeted Cleverly on Wednesday. “Sure, I would love to fight him in his backyard. I have never turned down a challenge. I have a huge fan base in England and all over Europe. I’m back in the gym and it would be no problem for me to get ready for a title fight in February. It would give me great pleasure to fight in front of all those great fans and give them a night they will never forget. Cleverly will feel stupid when I’m done with him.”



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing card slated for Christmas Eve in Serbia

The World Boxing Federation is sanctioning two international title fights on a December 24 Christmas Eve show in Belgrade, Serbia. On a card promoted by Zoran Andjic, German International Champion Uensal Arik (7-1, 7 KOs) will face his biggest test so far when he takes on Turkish-born veteran Turgay Uzun (37-18-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBF International Super Middleweight title.

In the second WBF title fight on the card, and the main event, local hero Nenad Stankovic (13-12-1, 9 KOs) squares off with Germanys Jonathan Pasi (22-23-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant International Cruiserweight crown. (more…)



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Jürgen Brähmer returns January 28

On January 28th, former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) returns for the first time in 18 months topping a loaded fight card at the 5-star luxury Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Brähmer was stripped of his world title after pulling out of three straight title defenses on short notice.

In the co-feature is former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (31-5-1, 20 KOs). World-rate heavyweight Denis Boytsov (29-0, 24 Kos), unbeaten cruiserweight and Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs), and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs) will also be featured.

This will be the second Universum Fight Night since the famed promotional company was reorganized. Opponents will be named.



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Matyushenko ‘enjoying the ride’

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30!

Other people’s funny stories involve someone breaking wind in yoga class or fainting before a ‘will-you-marry-me’ proposal. Vladimir Matyushenko’s notion of funny is telling you about the time he got his nose broken in a professional fight . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Cuban prospect Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) will face Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs), the son of legendary world champion Tommy Hearns, on the February 11 Ortiz-Berto card in Las Vegas.

A source indicated the possibility that on January 5 Super Six winner Andre Ward would be in Mexico City to receive his WBC belt from WBC President Jose Sulaiman.

We have information that the WBC has set a January 6th date for the purse bid for the fight between current WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former WBC champion and diamond belt holder Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.

Top Rank has denied that unbeaten former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) will face former Olympian Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) on March 3. The bout hasn’t even been discussed, we were informed.

The postponed clash between WBA super bantamweight interim world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) and WBA regular champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs) could be rescheduled as soon as late January.



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Jackie Nava returns January 14

Photos: Felipe Leon

Iconic female fighter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (25-4-3, 11KOs) killed two birds with one stone when she announced her next bout and inaugurated the “Jackie Nava Gym” in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, at a press conference held Tuesday morning. Flanked by Zanfer Promotions’ Guillermo Brito as the master of ceremonies while her life long trainer Miguel Reyes and former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito took the roles of the gym’s godfathers, Nava shared her plans to challenge current WBA super bantamweight champion Chanttall Martinez (15-4, 6KOs) of Panama on Saturday, January 14th, at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The championship bout will be televised live in Mexico by the Azteca Channel and will mark the start of the 2012 boxing season for the channel as well as Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions. (more…)



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

11 pro bouts scheduled for January 20 at Warner Center Marriott

Following three successful shows in 2011, the “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series returns to the Warner Center Marriott on January 20. The card is scheduled to feature 11 professional bouts including a light heavyweight title bout between Hollywood’s Anatoliy Dudchenko (13-2) and East Los Angeles’ Alex Armenta (8-2). Dudchenko is riding a 10 fight win streak and returning to the same division where he fought as a member of the Ukrainian Olympic team. Armenta returned to the ring after a year layoff and captured a split decision victory over Benjamin Diaz (11-4) in his last fight. (more…)



December 21st, 2011

Boxing News

IBF to conduct formal appeal of Khan-Peterson

On the evening of December 19, 2011, the IBF/USBA received a request for a formal appeal procedure from Golden Boy Promotions for the bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. The grounds for such an appeal include miscalculation of the scoring, inappropriate conduct by officials which may affect the outcome of the bout and any alleged violation of the rules of the IBF/USBA that may have a detrimental effect on the rights of the complainant.

The complaint by Golden Boy Promotions has been accepted by the IBF/USBA and a panel of three boxing officials will be assembled to hear the appeal and review the bout. After completion, the panel will present its findings to the President, who after consulting with the Championships Committee, shall take that action deemed appropriate based upon the panel’s findings.



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather cops plea deal; prosecutors to still seek jail time

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has struck a plea deal with authorities that will resolve multiple pending felony charges against him for domestic abuse, and as well as a misdemeanor battery charge for poking a security guard. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Floyd has agreed to plead guilty on Wednesday to one count of battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors. Reportedly prosecutors retain the right to seek jail time ranging from two days to 18 months. Sentencing could be as soon as tomorrow.



December 20th, 2011

Late Result

Ovsepyan KOs Pimentel

By Francisco Salazar

Rebounding from his eight round split decision loss to Ricardo Williams in July, Armen Ovsepyan knocked out Jorge Pimentel before about 300 at El Faro Plaza Center in Vernon, CA on Friday night. A barrage of punches dropped Pimentel in the second round, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 59 seconds. With the victory, Ovsepyan wins the California junior middleweight title. The Armenian-born Ovsepyan improves to 12-2, 10 KOs, while Pimentel, from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 24-15, 18 KOs. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Interview George Foreman

By Boxing Bob Newman

Fightnews.com spoke with former 2-time Heavyweight champion George Foreman at last week’s 49th WBC convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Big” George talked about the WBC, President Sulaiman and the state of the heavyweight division.



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Sturm Box-Promotion wins Zbik-Proksa purse bid

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer

WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm and his promotional outlet Sturm Box-Promotion surprisingly won today’s purse bid for the European middleweight championship between champion Grzegorz Proksa and challenger, former WBC world champ, Sebastian Zbik at the EBU’s head quarters in Rome, Italy. The winning bid was 232.076,95 US-Dollar (or 176.100 Euro).

With the bid Sturm Box-Promotion snatched the bout out of the hands of Sauerland Event (153.079 Euro, 201.738,26 US-Dollar) and Matchroom Sports (100.001 Euro, 131.788,25 US-Dollar). Zbik’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion sent their bid over per fax, which is against the EBU regulations and therefore did not count.

Sturm Box-Promotion is aiming a February or March date in Germany.



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Two Title Bouts Firmed for February 11th Patriot Center Card; Wilson Also Has Opponent

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Two of the three scheduled title bouts have been signed for the Saturday, February 11th card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

WBC Women’s Middleweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will compete for her second world title — the vacant WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association) Middleweight title — when she faces Vashon “Lady V” Living of Houston, TX in a 10-round contest. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

ABC takes stand against open scoring

The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) has sent the letter below to its membership of state and tribal combative sports commissions from the United States and Canada.

Dear Members:

At a recent sanctioning organization’s annual meeting, it was stated that open scoring would be used during championship boxing matches held, regardless of the location of the contest.

The purpose of this writing is to remind our ABC member commissions, that a committee headed by Jim Erickson (Mille Lacs) studied this issue for an entire year while gathering information from promoters, contestants, sanctioning organization and other interested parties. The committee members included Joe Mason (CO), Pat Pannella (MD) and Bernie Profato (OH). After the committee’s presentation of the information gathered, open scoring was overwhelmingly rejected by the ABC membership.

It should be noted that this vote marked the second time that the ABC debated and then rejected the concept of open scoring.

It had been suggested at the aforementioned sanctioning body meeting that the scores of each of the three judges were to be announced after the 4th and 8th rounds of the bout. Further, it was stated that if a commission refused to allow open scoring, the sanctioning body’s assigned supervisor would be instructed to signal each corner and indicate the scores of the judges.

The ABC has multiple and significant concerns with regard to open scoring. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Upcoming ESPN2 Boxing Schedule

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will total 30 dates in 2012. The schedule to date is listed below:

Fri, Jan 6: Dyah Davis vs. Alfonso Lopez
Mallory Square, Key West, Fla

Fri, Jan 13: Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Fri, Jan 27: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Julio “The Kidd” Diaz
Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Wash.

Fri, Feb 3: Edison Miranda vs. Yordanis Despaigne
(TBD), Las Vegas

Fri, Feb 10: Demetrius Andrade vs. Derek Ennis
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

Fri, Feb 17: John Molina vs. Alejandro Sanabria
UTA, College Park Center, Arlington Texas

Fri, Feb 24: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cristobal Cruz
USC, Galen Center, Los Angeles



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Golden Boy to appeal Khan-Peterson fight

By Karl Freitag

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer accused the Washington DC Boxing Commission of “home cooking” and has filed an appeal to the IBF and WBA over the controversial December 10 fight between current WBA/IBF 140lb champion Lamont Peterson and dethroned champion Amir Khan.

“We believe there is enough grounds to have the decision overturned,” said Schaefer who added that “at least an immediate rematch should be ordered.” He also stated that a neutral site, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, has been lined up for May 19 and a seven-figure offer has been made to Team Peterson.

According to Khan, Peterson is not responding to calls from Golden Boy regarding the rematch.



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Fab Five: Overeem’s Greatest Hits

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30!

Alistair Overeem was just 23 years old, a light heavyweight wielding a big wooden hammer before every fight as “The Demolition Man.” But even then, as a 16-3 prospect on the rise getting ready to face Chuck Liddell in PRIDE’s 2003 205-pound Grand Prix, his philosophy on fighting was one he carries with him to the present day . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Promoters to split Alcine

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

While the result of last Saturday’s middleweight battle between David Lemieux and Joachim Alcine may be open to some debate, one clear winner on the night was promoter Yvon Michel who got himself 50% of a top-ten fighter. Michel battled with Alcine during fight-week about their past relationship, but ended up with half of the fighter from Lou DiBella by virtue of the former world champ’s surprising win versus Alcine. Winning the WBC International belt put Alcine at #10 at middleweight and now very much in play within the division, even though he professed of a clear preference to return to 154 pounds. “I have fifty percent but Lou DiBella is the lead promoter so I’m going to follow whatever Lou might bring as a proposal,” said Michel when asked about his “newest” fighter. “What really interests me is to have an eventual rematch between Lemieux and Alcine,” said Michel. “I’d like to see what the eventual options are for Alcine, and to see him moving forward,” the promoter told Fightnews, mentioning DiBella is also promoter of Sergio Martinez and that with Alcine now in the top ten, that fight was now a possibility. “He should have an opportunity to fight a prestigious fight like that, so I hope Lou moves in that direction.”



December 20th, 2011

Feature Story

WBC ordered Pascal-Sillakh bout not likely

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

With the ordered rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, former WBC light-heavyweight Jean Pascal finds himself as the odd man out in a triangle that has seen all three fighters wearing the green belt at one time or another. With Pascal (26-2-1 16KO) forced to take a backseat, the #3 ranked fighter in the division was ordered to face off against #2 ranked Ismayl Sillakh (17-0 14KO) for spot of mandatory challenger within the division by the WBC. Don’t look for the fight to happen anytime soon though as Pascal’s promoter will continue exploring more viable and lucrative options. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Ponce De Leon vs. Estrella January 21st

Tijuana featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10KOs) has a big opportunity in his near future when on Saturday, January 21st, he is scheduled to face the former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34KOs) in Mexico City at a venue to be determined. The ten round bout will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. The main event will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Feature Story

Berto-Ortiz Rematch Presser

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Phil McCarty/Hogan Photos

Most boxing experts and fight fans predicted an Andre Berto victory over Victor Ortiz prior to both fighters facing each other back in April. However, few would have predicted what transpired inside the ring for 12 brutal rounds that saw a total of four knockdowns, Berto’s ‘O’ disappearing on his record, and Ortiz finally living up to expectations from his days as an amateur. Not to mention the fight turned out to be one of if not the fight of the year for 2011.

Both fighters will fight once again on February 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Rather than most favoring Ortiz to win the rematch, as most are accustomed to doing, there are a majority that are favoring Berto to defeat the 24-year-old. “Once again, I have to prove myself,” said Ortiz, at Monday’s press conference to officially announce the anticipated fight at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. (more…)



December 20th, 2011

Boxing News

More details on new NBC Sports Network fight series

By Karl Freitag

Jon Miller President of Programming and NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva and Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz today discussed the launch of the new NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” series which debuts January 21 in Philadelphia with a matchup between Philly heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers and former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich.

Jon Miller: We’re excited to get our team back involved with boxing again. It had a long and storied history with NBC Sports. Back in the early nineties, we would do as many as 20 or 30 fights per year on NBC and we think there is an opportunity here with the right matchmaking and the right positioning to possibly reintroduce boxing to free over-the-air and, in this case, cable television.

Kathy Duva: The fighter’s purses for this show are going to exceed the rights fee. It’s not like we’re holding back….our goal here is to make great fights so NBC is going to want to do more of them.

Russell Peltz: I’m especially happy that the series is opening up in Philadelphia, which is still one of the best fight towns in the country and also the fact that we’re not in a casino ballroom, we’re in a live arena and we’ve got a Philadelphia fighter in each of the two main fights in a 50/50 matchup.

The NBC Sports Network (currently named VERSUS) is also planning boxing shows for March 24, June 16 and December 8.



December 19th, 2011




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