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By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the toughest fight of his career, Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (27-4-3, 15 KOs) won by twelve round split decision against Colombian Alexander Monterrosa (17-8-3, 10 KOs) to retain his WBC Cabofe title in front of 7,000 boxing fans in the Plaza Mexico. Sanchez II recovered from an eighth round knockdown, showing courage and determination in a late rally that earned him a 115-112, 115-113 verdicy on two cards. Monterrosa was up 115-112 on the third card. “It was a tough fight, but that was expected and I gave my best tonight,” said Sanchez II. “This is a sacred place and for my fans I have to do my best to contunue my career and be a challenger for a world crown. I hope in 2012 to have good fights and achieve my goal.”
Exciting former heavyweight contender Ron Lyle has unfortunately passed away at the age of 70 in Denver, Colorado, after complications from a sudden stomach ailment.
Lyle fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1975 and his knockdown filled brawl with George Foreman the following year is considered to be one of the greatest bouts in boxing history. Possibly the hardest-punching fighter of his era, Lyle had a career mark of 43-7-1, with 31 KOs. Fightnews sends our deepest sympathies to Ron Lyle’s family and friends.
By Karl Freitag
In a rematch, unbeaten WBC Silver welterweight belt holder Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Ionut “Jo-Jo Dan” Ion (29-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Spor Salonu in Trabzon, Turkey. Dan fought more aggressively than the first fight, and Aydin was happy to mix it up. Just like in the first fight, Dan was down in round one. Aydin landed the heavier shots while Dan was busier for the rest of the bout. Aydin dropped Dan again in round eleven. Aydin was deducted a point in round twelve by referee Massimo Barrovecchio. In the end, the knockdowns made the difference as Aydin won 113-112, 113-112, 115-111. Aydin won their first fight by controversial split decision in June 2010.
Heavyweight Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (24-13-3, 20 KOs). Pala was in command all the way en route to a 120-111, 118-110, 118-110 win.
Heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (7-0, 5 KOs) successfully stepped up in class to stop late sub Cisse Salif (24-19-2, 21 KOs) in two rounds. Teper dropped Salif in round two and the bout was waved off after Teper’s follow-up barrage.
IBF #15 middleweight Benjamin Simon (22-1, 21 KOs) made short work of Ruslan Rodivich (8-5, 8 KOs) knocking him out in the first round.
Report and photos by Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green and Current WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk both looked in excellent condition during an open training session in front of family, friends and media today at “The Ring” Boxing Gym in Northbridge, Perth. (more…)
Photos: Marianne Muller
Zsolt Erdei went through the first week of his preparation time in Germany successfully. Under the guidance of his coach Fritz Sdunek and his physical coach Zoltan Klink he continued his preparations and he made his first effective sparring sessions and continues his special fitness programm.
Zsolt Erdei: “It’s was a first week of sparring here in Cologne. I had the best conditions in the Felix-Sturm-Gym to start this phase. Thanks for the help by the Felix Sturm team! Coach Fritz Sdunek and I had harmony immediately. Now the intensive training for the next five weeks can go on – I’m in a good mood, in best condition. I’m focused and prepared for this great challenge on New Years Eve against the IBF champ Tavoris Cloud in Anaheim!” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Five boxers from Oxnard will fight in separate four-round bouts tonight at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. They will be a part of All Star Boxing Promotions’ eight-bout “Civil Disobedience” card. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
As the adage goes, it takes 20 years to build your reputation and five minutes to destroy it.
In the case of Saul Alvarez, that’d be six years and 38 professional victories. And while the champion has a bright future ahead, it all goes down the drain if he can’t get past veteran Kermit Cintron in a headlining bout tonight in Mexico City.
On the line, “Canelo’s” WBC junior middleweight strap and a higher profile fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. But first things first—and if “Canelo” can’t get by Cintron, the title along with the luster of a fight with Chavez evaporates.
While much of the boxing world has—perhaps rightly—written off Cintron after a couple losses and lackluster performances, the Alvarez camp insists they’re taking the challenger seriously. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City on Friday, the WBC honored Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya and vice president Erik Gomez for their unconditional support to Mexican boxing. “I am very happy to be back in Mexico and supporting this great fighter Canelo Alvarez. We are continuing to help boxing from Mexico and Latin America because we love what we do and are very grateful to the fans of Mexico,” said The Golden Boy.
In a fortunate turn of events, the NABF twelve round mini flyweight championship bout between defending champion Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (15-0-1, 11KOs) and Manuel “Menny” Jimenez (11-1-1, 7KOs) will headline the Box Latino “Noche de Luces en Calafia” fight card set for Saturday, December 10th, at the Plaza de Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Box Latino, which is helmed by the four time world champion in as many divisions Erik “Terrible” Morales and the city of Mexicali, will use the event to re-inaugurate the famed bullring Calafia after an extensive remodel. The main event will be broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa.
The bout will mark the first defense of the title that Guevara captured in his last fight when he stopped Jorle Estrada in seven rounds last October. Guevara has also held the WBC Silver light flyweight title which he captured against Colombian Karluis Diaz back in 2010 and defended it once versus the tough Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez earlier this year. (more…)
Photos: Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Undefeated WBO #1 rated junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner and #6 Martin Rodriguez each made the required 130lb weight limit for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Adrien Broner 128.5 vs. Martin Rodriguez 129.5
(Vacant WBO super featherweight title)
Gary Russell Jr 127 vs. Heriberto Ruiz 126.5
Deontay Wilder 215.5 vs. David Long 228
William Jackson 141.5 vs. Juan Garcia 141.5
Chris Pearson 159 vs. Steven Chadwick 160.5
DeVonte Allen 125 vs. Salvador Perez 122
Venue: U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio
Promoter: Golden Boy
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz was unable to make weight and his bout was scratched.
The bout of unbeaten local featherweight Brandon Bennett also was scratched due to a lack of an opponent.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Saul Alvarez 154 vs. Kermit Cintron 154
(WBC super welterweight title)
Salvador Sanchez II 124.6 vs. Alexander Monterrosa 124.6
(CABOFE featherweight title)
Frankie Varela 118 vs Andres Gutierrez 118
(WBC Fecarbox bantamweight title)
Gilberto Ramirez 158.7 vs. Samuel Miller 158.7
Venue: Monumental Plaza de toros Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions
TV: HBO SPORTS and TELEVISA DEPORTES more photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #5 featherweight Joel Brunker (21-0, 13 KOs) outscored Filipino Ti Yamagata Aguelo (15-7-1, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Richmond Club, Richmond, NSW, Australia on Friday to defend the Interim WBO Oriental title successfully. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 115-114. Aguelo came to fight, but Brunker outworked his opponent in most of the rounds. This was the third opponent from the Philippines in 2011 that Brunker has defeated which include Reynaldo Belandres and Freddie Martinez. Brunker is now scheduled to box on undercard of IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s next title defense on February 29, 2012. Brunker is managed by Angelo Di Carlo.
Video by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sakio “Scorpion” Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) is in solid training in Houston, Texas for a December 3rd showdown against Alfredo Contreras (11-12-2, 5 KOs) in Anaheim, California. “I have been training in Houston camp for three weeks now and getting great sparring from light heavyweight Cornelius White,” Bika said. “I am confident I will defeat Alfredo Contreras on December 3rd and will have an opportunity to fight the best super middleweights and light heavyweights. Joe Calzaghe was the best I boxed and I gave him one of his toughest fights.” Bika was born Douala, Cameroon in 1979 but has been based in Sydney, Australia since 2000 when he boxed at the Sydney Olympics.
British lightweight titleholder Anthony Crolla (23-2, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over local hero Willie Limond (34-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell, Scotland. The two fighters are friends outside the ring and fought like it as Crolla easily outpointed Limond in a lackluster sparring session. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 120-109. Crolla had been widely mentioned as a possible opponent of Erik Morales earlier in the year, but that bout never came together.
Jr middleweight Matthew Hall (24-4, 16 KOs) won an unexpected ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kris Carslaw (14-1, 3 KOs) in an eliminator for the British 154lb belt. Hall, who entered a loser of three of his last four, won by scores of 96-94 96-94, 97-95.
WBA light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) is encouraged by media reports and quotes from WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) claiming he is agreeable to a unification fight in Las Vegas versus Shumenov. One potential obstacle for any unification bout has been averted because Shumenov is once again promoted by KZ Event Productions, which he owns and operates with his brother, Chingis.
“Both of us are world champions; Cleverly in the WBO and me in the WBA,” Shumenov said. “I tried to unify against a WBO champion before but it didn’t work out. This fight should happen for boxing fans all over the world and we, as fighters, need to make sure that it does happen. I am sure Cleverly would prefer to fight at home in the UK, as I would love to fight in Kazakhstan, but this fight belongs in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas. I’m ready and, if Cleverly is really willing and able, let’s make it happen and get a deal done. My goal has always been to unify the light heavyweight world title.” (more…)
Selcuk Aydin 147 vs. Jo Jo Dan 147
(WBC silver welterweight title)
Ondrej Pala 245.4 vs. Darnell Wilson 222.7
(WBA Europa heavyweight title)
Erkan Teper 248 vs. Cisse Salif ??
Venue: Hayri Gür Sport Salonu in Trabzon, Turkey
Promoter: Arena Sports Promotions
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 118 vs. Angky Angkota 117.5 Maint Event
(WBO bantamweight championship)
Juan Alberto Rosas 115 vs. Zolani Tete 114.5
(IBF super flyweight eliminator)
Mahonry Montes 140 vs. Orge Pimentel 140
Ricardo Alvarez 139.5 vs. Victor Dominguez 140
Oscar Arce 112 vs. Rogelio Espinoza
Carlos Orozco 130 vs. Diego Ledezma 131
Rudy Quintanilla 139.5 vs. Gonzalo Juzaino 141
Gilberto Parra 112 vs. Francisco Lopez 112.5
Ramon Olivas 170 vs. Paul Almeida 170
Venue: Plaza De Toros Eduardo Fontanet, Mazatln, Sin
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank And Corpux
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Diablo
“He is very relaxed, zero stress and full concentration. I don’t remember “Diablo” Wlodarczyk being all smiles before any of his fights. It’s a good sign for us, bad message for Danny Green. Everybody here takes great care of us, but this is not a social visit. We are in Perth to defend what’s ours – the WBC belt” – said his promoter, Andrzej Wasilewski before Wednesday’s Wlodarczyk (45- 2, 32 KO) WBC cruiserweight title defense against Australia’s Danny Green (31-4, 27 KO) in Perth.
“I did not fly 26 hours from Poland to take it easy and have some surfing lessons. I came to knock Danny out,” said Wlodarczyk in a Fightnews interview. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a worldwide boxing webcast, free of charge, on Saturday night at 10PM ET/7PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from Foro Polanco in Mexico City – Pablo Munguia, 12-3 with 9 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first defense of the Mexican (FECOMBOX) welterweight title against Juan Jesus Rivera, 9-5 with 6 knockouts, of Aguascalientes, Mexico. (more…)
Nagging back pain has caused promoter Don King to scuttle plans to fly from the United States to Turkey today to join his friend Ahmet Oner ringside tomorrow at the rematch of undefeated WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin in a highly anticipated rematch against Jo Jo Dan. Oner and King co-promote Aydin. “My back slides out on me from time to time and my doctor thought it would be best for me not to board an international flight today,” King said from his home in South Florida. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Three time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KOs) and trainer Angelo Hyder says they are very happy with their preparation for the WBC World Cruiserweight Title fight against current champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KO’s) on Wednesday November 30 at Challenge Stadium in Perth. Green says any criticism from Wlodarczyk about his move up to the cruiserweight division will be answered on Wednesday night. “Return to Glory is promoted by Green Machine Boxing on Wednesday November 30 at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
#1 WBC middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio will now face Matt Vanda on December 16 at the WBC Annual Convention to be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. The bout will be for the WBC Latino middleweight title. Initially, Brazilian Mohamed Said had been mentioned as the opponent for Rubio, who has been training with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto in Orlando.
Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) and WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will collide for the vacant European Heavyweight Title in Helsinki on December 3. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 27-year-old British fighter who is convinced he will knock out “The Nordic Nightmare” in front of his Finnish fans. (more…)
Photos: Mark Zerof-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated WBO #1 junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) and #6 Martin Rodriguez (34-2-1, 18 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Saturday’s fight for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati which will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
“We are going to miss Thanksgving,” said Broner. “He is in America now, and Saturday night we are going to feed him a lot of leather, with some speed and power on the side, and a 10-count for dinner. I hope that fills him up real nice!”
Rodriguez vowed to leave it all in the ring, while his trainer Alberto Zacharias boldly predicted that Rodriquez would permanently retire Broner. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II will take on the toughest test of his career since his return to Mexico in October 2010 when he faces Colombian Alexander Monterrosa this Saturday at the Plaza Mexico n the Alvarez-Cintron undercard. “This time I made changes in my corner now we are mainly training with Pablo Cano,” said Sanchez. It was good what we learned with Rudy Perez, but there are cycles in life and this was one of them. I’ve been training hard this year and I just want to fight and keep looking for a world title chance. I do not care to think much about the responsibility of the name and legacy that I carry in my life. I just want to do my best and this Saturday I’ll be doing everything I’m learning and I want to reach my dream.”
Multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (58-6-2, 45 KOs) faced off with Angky Angkota (25-5, 15 KOs) at a Thursday press conference and expressed extreme confidence that he will win the WBO bantamweight title on Saturday in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout will be a rematch of their six round technical decision won by Arce in January 2010 after Ankota was cut by an accidental headbutt.
“Angkota can say whatever he wants questioning my victory over him in 2010 in Mexico City, but we won, period, and will do it again, but now as I will knock him out like I did with my past opponents who talk and I answer in the boxing ring and they end up knocked out,” said Arce. “I will win my fifth world title. Criticism keeps me motivated, critics are my main motivation to win five titles in different divisions. I will be the first Mexican and first Latino to achieve that feat. I prepared to win and I will…you’ll see blood, a lot of punches, a lot of intensity, and a great fight and fans attending the Plaza de Toros, and the millions who see us on TV Azteca, will see the story end with my knockout victory.”
Angkota stated, “Arce never changes. He talk too much. We’re prepared to ruin his party and pay him back for the injustice from almost two years ago and become world champion. I am 110% ready.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Earlier this week, ex world WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 33KOs) found himself at the Mario Villanueva Madrid Sports Complex in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, in preparation for his ten round super lightweight clash versus Brasil’s Adailton “Precipicio” De Jesus (29-6, 23KOs) on Saturday, November 26th, at the Luis Donaldo Colosio Stadium. The bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and presented by Baja Boxing in association with Cancun Boxing.
After a light workout, Soto ran for about 45 minutes around the track and field oval, “I felt great, we have been in Quintana Roo before and we are acclimated to the region so I don’t think we will have any problems at the end of our camp or with the weight.” Also present at the track was Soto’s trainer Romulo Quirarte Jr and his promoter Antonio “Cañas” Lozada.
The bout marks the second time that Soto climbs up to the super lightweight division in his quest for a fourth world title in as many divisions. It is rumored that he will face either Marcos Maidana or Amir Khan in early 2012. In his first 140 lbs. fight, Soto stopped former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in only two rounds last September. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
A press conference took place Thursday afternoon in Mexico City for Saturday’s WBC super welterweight world title fight between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former world champion Kermit Cintron at the Plaza Mexico. “I’m ready and want to show that I’m a good fighter,” said Canelo. “Cintron is a great test but I’m sure I’ll be the winner this Saturday,” said Alvarez. Canelo, who is also co-promoter of the event, added that fans who purchase one ticket will get another ticket free.
Cintron stated, “I came here to fight for the WBC belt that Canelo has and I’ll give everything in me to do this. “I have trained hard with sparring partners like Mike Lee and Shane Mosley.”
Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez announced that this fight this will be the fourth time Canelo Alvarez has fought on HBO this year and since 1996 no other fighter has managed to be the same number of times on HBO since Oscar de La Hoya. (more…)
Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (32-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round split decision against Leon Bobo (18-9-1, 2 KOs) on Wednesday night at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meza-Clay extended his win streak to four, while Bobo’s losing streak went to seven straight.
In another notable fight, cruiserweight Andres Taylor (20-1,-2, 7 KOs) outpointed veteran Gary Gomez (19-13-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds.
Also in a special treat for boxing fans in attendance, Roy Jones Jr. sparred three rounds in preparation for his upcoming fight in December. Jones was also the promoter of the event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Wednesday, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez conducted public training in the Nuevo Jordan Gym in Mexico City. “I’m 100% ready to show that it is no coincidence that I am the world champion,” stated Canelo, “and I hope to be one of the best of all time.” He faces former world champion Kermit Cintron on Saturday night. More photos
Mike Jones works out at Joe Hand Boxing gym in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in preparation for next weeks fight. Jones, the NABA and NABO Welterweight Champion, will battle Top 10 ranked Sebastian Lujan on the Cotto vs. Margarito II PPV broadcast from Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 3.
In other Mike Jones news, it was announced that he has added another strength and conditioning coach to his team. Rich Meudt, 54, who has been conditioning athletes in various sports for the last 27 years, has been working with Jones for the last two months. Meudt was brought on board by fellow-Jones strength and conditioning coach Danny Davis, who has worked with Jones for the last several years and who is also well-known for his longtime association with Bernard Hopkins. (more…)
Report and photos by Bill Hillmann at ringside
Chicago Promoter Bobby Hitz revived his annual-tradition of Thanksgiving-Eve bouts at the Belvedere Bash last night in Elk Grove Village IL. The packed house at the sleek Belvedere Hall proved once again that, as Hitz told Fightnews “People love to come out the night before Thanksgiving to see guys knock the stuffing out of each other.”
The main event featured a Light Middleweight battle between Johnny “Bad Boy” Lewus (26-4-1, 21 KOs) of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and a game Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (13-7, 7 KOs) of St Paul Minn. Lewus came out fired up and decisively won the early-action with effective-aggression. Litzau found some room to counter in the third. The bout heated up in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. The hometown crowd was appeased as Lewus out-dueled Litzau in several explosive exchanges. Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 all in favor of Lewus. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thomas Oosthuizen stopped Francisco Sierra from Mexico in the eleventh round to retain his IBO super-middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Oosthuizen coming in at a rather light 73.35kg was in complete command in a one-sided encounter before referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 2:59 of the penultimate round.
The stoppage was rather premature as Sierra (75.95kg) was not badly hurt and would have possibly seen out the distance despite being the proverbial mile behind on points. Oosthuizen had scored with a big left hook that sent the Mexican’s head back, but he had taken a series of rights and lefts from the southpaw South African throughout the fight and never looked in real trouble at any time. (more…)
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