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The Florida Court of Appeals has affirmed the 2008 decision of a Florida trial court judge who tossed out promoter Don King’s $2.5 billion libel suit against ESPN. The lawsuit said a 2004 biographic piece aired on ESPN unfairly portrayed King “by creating an inference and innuendo that Don King was dishonest and engaged in illegal activities, including physically endangering others in order to succeed in his profession.”
Decision of the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District: “After reviewing the summary judgment evidence and the arguments of counsel, we conclude that the trial court did not err in granting summary judgment on King’s defamation claim. ESPN did not act recklessly by relying on statements made by [Don] Elbaum and [Jack] Newfield. Moreover, although it exercised editorial discretion by creating a particular theme for its program, there is no evidence that it published the challenged statements with knowledge of their falsity or with any serious doubt as to their truth. Thus, King did not meet his burden of presenting record evidence sufficient to satisfy the trial court that a genuine issue of material fact exists which would allow a jury to find actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.”
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From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised UFC 116:
For the UFC heavyweight championship:
Brock Lesnar 265 vs. Shane Carwin 265
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs. Chris Leben 186
Stephan Bonnar 205 vs. Krzysztof Soszynski 205
Kurt Pellegrino 155 vs. George Sotiropoulos 156
Matt Brown 171 vs. Chris Lytle 170
Aired on Spike TV:
Brendan Schaub 238 vs. Chris Tuchscherer 255
Seth Petruzelli 205 vs. Ricardo Romero 206
Kendall Grove 184 vs. Goran Reljic 186
Dave Branch 185 vs. Gerald Harris 185
Forrest Petz 170 vs. Daniel Roberts 169
Jon Madsen 254 vs. Karlos Vemola 222
HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg has again ripped the Klitschko brothers. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) have both have previously fought on the network numerous times and routinely fill huge soccer stadiums when they fight, but Greenburg says there is no longer any interest in them from HBO. “I’m really souring on the heavyweights,” Greenburg was quoted as saying strangely on ESPN’s website, rather than that of his own network. “There doesn’t seem to be any interest in the U.S. and there doesn’t seem to be any heavyweights besides David Haye who would have any juice in challenging the Klitschkos. We’re out of the heavyweight division. We’re not playing in that sandbox right now. It doesn’t make any sense for us. The fights happen over there [in Europe], they’re on tape delay. There is just very little interest in this country.” Greenburg added that HBO definitely will not televise Wladimir Klitschko against unbeaten Teddy Atlas-trained Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs), nor Vitali Klitschko’s next fight unless the opponent is David Haye or Tomacz Adamek. Previously Greenburg had famously stated that the American public can’t tell which brother is which.
IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) of South Africa will look to go to 3-0 in Mexico as he defends his world title against mandatory challenger Alberto Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) of Mexico. The bout will take place July 31 in Tepic, Mexico. Nongqayi unanimously decisioned the Arce brothers Francisco and Jorge in consecutive bouts in 2009 in Mexico.
DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” returns to Broadway on Wednesday, July 28 at the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square. Headlining will be junior lightweight Argenis Mendez (16-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Also featured will be unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (10-0, 0 KOs) vs TBA, unbeaten middlewight Willie Monroe (8-0, 2 KOs) against Loren Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs), female flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells (3-1, 1 KO) against Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow (4-1-3) and light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) versus Naseem Deen (2-2).
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Hugo Cazares 115 vs Everardo Morales 114.6
(WBA super flyweight championship)
Ana María Torres 115 vs Olga Julio ??
(WBC female super flyweight championship)
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Mexico
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IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (29-1, 17 KOs) of Slovenia will defend his title against mandatory challenger Rafael Jackiewicz (36-8-1, 18 KOs) of Poland on September 4 in Slovenia. The bout will be a rematch of their first encounter in 2008 where Jackiewicz won a split decision in Poland.
Video: Joel A. Colón
Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) will be the referee when First Arslan and Steve Herelius meet for the vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title on Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. Judges are Stefano Carozza (Italy), Paul Thomas (UK) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium). WBA supervisor is Jesper Jensen (Denmark).
Daniel Van De Wiele (Belgium) will be the third man in the ring when WIBF/WBC/WBO female champion champion Ina Menzer takes on Jeannine Garside for featherweight bragging rights. Judges are Robert Tapper (Canada), Herbert Urich (Germany) and Andre Van Grotenbruel (Belgium). WIBF supervisor is Markus Aslani (Germany), WBC supervisor is Bob Logist (Belgium) and WBO supervisor is Jürgen Lutz (Germany)
Eleven days ago, Chris Leben was looking forward to a long break from the Octagon. This Saturday, he’ll co-headline UFC 116: Carwin vs. Lesnar.
After earning knockout of the night honors with a win over Aaron Simpson at The Ultimate Fighter 11 finale, Leben (20-6), 10-5 UFC) will replace the injured Wanderlei Silva in a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1, 1-0 UFC) . . . click here for more
With dreams of becoming the next great champion to come out of boxing-rich Philadelphia, welterweight prospect Mike Jones will face Irving Garcia in a 12-round main event bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
Jones, 27, puts his perfect 21-0 record (17 KOs) on the line against Puerto Rico’s Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs), a tough, aggressive brawler who ShoBox fans might remember for twice knocking down undefeated Carlos Abregu before eventually suffering a fourth round knockout in his last main event fight on May 1, 2009. In an exciting co-feature, promising, once-beaten Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) of Miami, Fla., will battle Houston’s Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight tussle. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
Firat Arslan 199 vs. Steve Herelius 196
(WBA Interim cruiserweight championship)
Ina Menzer 126 vs. Jeannine Garside 125
(WIBF/WBC/WBO fenale featherweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 199 vs. Lukasz Rusiewicz 199
Jack Culcay 155 vs. Omar Siala 155
Matt Zegan 138 vs. Araik Sachbazjan 136
Venue: Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, German
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany) Click here photos
Advance tickets are now on sale as heavyweight contender and Chicagoland fan favorite Mike Mollo returns to action at “Windy City Fight Night 11″, set for Friday, August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).
The Biggest Heavyweight Battle In History Is Tomorrow Night: Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will finally meet in the Octagon® to decide who the true heavyweight champion is – tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See The Prelims On Spike: Brendan Schaub returns to the Octagon® to face Chris Tuchscherer, plus Seth Petruzelli takes on UFC® newcomer Ricardo Romero – 9pm ET / 6pm PT live on SPIKE
See The UFC® 116 Weigh-In Today On Spike: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 7pm ET / 4pm PT – you can also watch on UFC.com and on your iPad or iPhone with the Official UFC® App
Make Your Fantasy Picks For UFC® 116 Before It’s Too Late: Lesnar or Carwin? Akiyama or Leben? Make your picks today – game closes Saturday at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
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In a show of appreciation for America’s heroes, the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California is offering 2-for-1 tickets to all members of law enforcement, fire & rescue departments, military, plus families of military and first responders to the Saturday, July 17th HBO Championship Boxing event. In the main event, WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley battles undefeated top-rated welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu. In the co-main event, WBO interim jr middleweight champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo goes toe-to-toe with former champion Joacim Alcine. Several more bouts showcasing up-and-coming fighters are scheduled.
“We are pleased to honor those who keep our country safe, both locally and globally,” said Phil Cooper, Executive Director of Marketing for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians which owns and operates Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa. “We hope our heroes will enjoy getting to see a first-class fight card from some of best seats at The Show!”
The 2-for-1 “Hero” seats are located on the Loge plus the Bleacher Level, and are priced at $130 & $180 a pair. “Hero” tickets are available at The Show box office (760-833-8120), at the Paradise Rewards Club at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, and the sister property Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. Proper identification/credentials will be required at time of purchase. For more information, call 1-888-999-1995 or visit: HotWaterCasino.com or SpaResortCasino.com.
The upcoming clash of the titans that is the UFC 116 title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin can easily be dubbed “the tail of two heavyweights.”
When the bell sounds on fight night, both men will tip the scales at 265-pounds. The mammoth heavyweights are both decorated wrestlers, with Lesnar excelling at the Division I level, while Carwin made a name for himself in Division II . . . click here for more
Mazur Ali 178 vs. Charles Heyward 174
Isiah Seldon 166 vs. Damion Reed 166
Carlos Perez 146 vs. Hector Collado 146
Joel De La Paz 167 vs. Randy Campbell 167
Joey Tiberi 135 vs. Javier Dennis 134
Joshua Arocho 127 vs. Joseliz Cepeda 127
Raul Lopez 122 vs. Geraldo Rosas 122
Venue: Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland, New Jersey
Promoter: Dignity Promotions
Isiah Seldon, son of former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, is set to make his professional debut in a four round super middleweight bout. The elder Seldon will be making his debut as a trainer in the corner of his son. “Isiah has been in the gym training with me for over a year,” said the former champ who retired from the ring last year with a professional record of 40-8 with 36 KOs. “He has worked hard and he is ready. As a father I am very excited for him and I hope to be able to pass along some of the things that I’ve learned on to him. We are excited for this opportunity and look forward to Friday night.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific lightweight champion Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will clash with KO puncher Wonpichit Twins Gym (12-1, 11 KOs) of Thailand over twelve rounds at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 10. Sabaupan resides in Agoncillo, Batangas and he is managed by Elmer Anuran of Solar Sports. Sabaupan scored the best win of his career in 2009 when he clearly outpointed Mexican lightweight champion Josafat Perez over ten action rounds. Perez had good credentiials having challenged Jorge Linares in WBA title shot in 2009. In Sabuapan’s last ring outing he stopped Indonesian Heri Andriyanto in three rounds. The Indonesian had dropped a close twelve round decision to WBC #6 Prawett Singwancha in 2009. Anuran said, “Sabaupan has the dedication and skills to go to the top in the lightweight division. We have our sights set at a shot at the world IBF lightweight title in the future.”
Golden Boy has announced that the July 31st card featuring Juan Manuel Marquez-Julio Diaz II will be available in over 270 movie theaters throughout the United States.
Juan Diaz will appear at the “Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July Festival” at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston this Sunday at 8PM. Following an appearance at the Liberty Stage, Diaz will stop by the Mega 101 booth in Festival Area 3 for a meet-and-greet with fight fans.
Thompson Boxing Promotions signed unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Efrain Esquivias (8-0, 5 KOs) to an exclusive promotional deal this week. Esquivias will make his Thompson Boxing debut on July 31 at The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
World ranked challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines arrived lat night in San Juan, Puerto Rico for his big showdown with Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico that will be telecast by Showtime. Lopez and Concepcion will meet tomorrow when they hold the last pre-weight at the Catalinas Mall in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The card billed as “The Challenge” and will be promoted by Top Rank Inc and PR Best Boxing.
Photos: TKO Boxing
Demetrius Hopkins 147 vs. Mike Arnaoutis 146
Francisco Contreras 135.5 vs. Eric Cruz 135
Joseph Elegele, 143 vs. Willie Walton 145.5
Austreberto Juarez 111 vs. Joseph Rios 110
Randy Caballero 120.5 vs. Jairo Delgado 122
Alex Jimenez 123.5 vs. Edgar Flores 124
Eric Mendez 152 vs. Jose Evangelista 154
Gabino Saenz 124 vs. Brandon Sanchez 122
Michael Finney 144.5 vs. John Dunham 141
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Doors Open: 6PM, First Bell: 7PM
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WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel visited the exclusive Sabanilla Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia today to formally arrange the WBO Golf Tournament on October 25 to officially kick off the 23rd Annual Convention to be held October 25-30 at the Hotel Caribe in Beautiful Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Also on hand with him WBO Ratings Chairman and International Commissioner Mr. Luis Perez, WBO Colombian representative Jose Castillo, WBO Latin Promoter of the Year Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr and Colombian Promoters Billy Chams and Juan Carlos Devia. (more…)
Fans and media expecting drama and WWE-style vulgarity from Brock Lesnar went away from today’s press conference disappointed.
None of the 250 fans allowed in to the presser, held at MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, were flipped off. There was no foaming at the mouth and no one was insulted, not Bud Light – not even Lesnar’s opponent, Shane Carwin.
Instead, the UFC’s heavyweight champion smiled, joked and – yes – gave thanks that he was alive . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former multiple division world boxing champion Eric “El Terrible” Morales is again planning the second bout of his comeback. “At this moment I’m trying to find the second bout of my return,” said Morales. “We’re looking at September 11th in Tijuana or any part of Mexico. I’ve read in the news that Paul Spadafora was mentioned [as an opponent] but in reality I don’t have any information on that possibility. We’re focused on the development of the boxing program of our company Box Latino in Tijuana. We’re training hard and will announce the opponent, date and place.” Morales was scheduled to fight American prospect Vicente Escobedo, but the fight failed to materialize due to an injury suffered by Morales.
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
In an exciting lightweight contest the unbeaten “Lightening” Rod Salka battled eight ferocious rounds to score a unanimous decision against Harold Orji Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, PA. The lightweight main event of the evening opened in exciting fashion as both men met in the center of the ring and threw slick straight punches at one another. While Orji stood confidently in the center of the canvas the fleet footed Salka bobbed and weaved his way from corner to corner in search of an opening. Each man found success with their respective jabs and both returned to their corners confidently. (more…)
Report by: Alex Dombroff
Photography By: Emily Harney
Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha has made a habit of fighting notable heavyweights. On his record are names of several notable heavyweights, along with countless other ranked contenders with whom he’s shared sparring sessions. Until stepping in with Tony “TNT” Grano Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, winning was never part of the equation. In against Grano, Firtha (19-7-1, 9 KOs) was forceful, sending Grano, of nearby Hebron, CT, in the closing moments of the first round and again in round two, before a flurry of punches forced referee Dick Flahrety to intervene. (More)
You’d think that boxing promoters would’ve caught on years ago, in making an entire fight card competitive and a pay-per-view telecast actually worth its price tag.
Only after years of losing a chunk of its 18-to-30-somethings to UFC’s top-to-bottom competitive lineups, are promoters beginning to see the bigger picture . . . Click here for full story
Photo by Alma Montiel/WBC
This morning in a well known restaurant in Mexico City, a press conference was held for Saturday’s Ana Maria Torres’ WBC and Hugo Cazares’ WBA title defenses. The event will take place at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Cazares from México will dispute the WBA super flyweight world championship against Mexican Everardo Morales and Mexican Ana María Torres will dispute the female super flyweight WBC championship against Olga “La Mona” Julio from Colombia. Click here for more photos…
Photo: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Interim champ Shane Carwin pose off at today’s press conference, held at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Lesnar returns to the Octagon to defend his belt against the undefeated Carwin. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
Frank Warren has a September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which will be a PPV event on Sky. It features a world title eliminator, three European title fights, two British title fights plus two championship showdowns for two 2008 Olympians. Warren formally announced the card at a press conference in London today.
The title fights in full are Matt Macklin in a challenge against Darren Barker for the European, Commonwealth and British middleweight titles; European light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in an Interim WBO world light heavyweight challenge against Karo Murat; Enzo Maccarinelli in a defense of his European cruiserweight title; Ryan Rhodes in a defense of his European light-middleweight title against Lukas Konecny; a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title showdown between Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton; a welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Michael Jennings, which will double as a WBO world title eliminator; a first defense for WBA International super middleweight champion James DeGale, a debut championship fight for 2007 Amateur World Champion Frankie Gavin against Curtis Woodhouse; a return for former Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Don Broadhurst in an English title fight. (more…)
IBF #1 ranked Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (21-5, 18 KOs) meets #3 rated Miguel Angel “Titere” Vazquez (25-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight championship on August 14 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Other featured bouts will include light flyweight Hekkie Budler (16-0, 5 KOs) and light heavyweight Jackson Junior (7-0, 6 KOs). Also appearing will be local Laredo favorite Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), the son of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez, in a super welterweight bout.
Photo by Alma Montiel WBC
WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight against Erik Morel next Saturday, 17 at the “El palenque de la feria” in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. This was announced this morning at a press conference at the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
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