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By Ron Jackson
Mthokozisi Malinga and Khaphathe Mpambanyeni meet over 12 rounds for the vacant South African middleweight title on Saturday afternoon at Strandville near Durban. The title became vacant when Peter Mashamaite was unable to defend the title as he was already committed to a more lucrative fight for the vacant WBO Africa middleweight title against Ismail Tetteh of Ghana on July 31. Mashamaite outpointed Tetteh. Malinga from KwaZulu Natal who fights out of Vosloorus in Gauteng has a reported record of (8-3-1, 1 KO), is the number one contender in the most recent Boxing SA rankings, made his pro debut in June 1998 with points decision over Vusi Mngomezulu. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo by Jeff Ellis
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced details for a blockbuster bill on November 6 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, dubbed “Declaration of War” headed by Isaac Chilemba of Malawi defending his IBO super middleweight belt against South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen. Chilemba, who has been fighting at light heavyweight, came down to super middleweight to outpoint Australian Michael Bolling by wide margins in a clash for the vacant IBO belt in June this year. The fight has developed into a real grudge affair as Oosthuizen (11-0, 8 KOs) and Chilemba (15-1, 8 KOs) both have shown their dislike for each other. (more…)
The Group Stage 3 matchups in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the unprecedented boxing tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the world’s best super middleweights, have been rescheduled for November 27, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager for sports programming on the network.
The matchup between breakout American stars and friends, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell, will headline the SHOWTIME® telecast on Saturday, Nov. 27, live at 9p.m. ET/PT. Ward vs. Dirrell, one of the most talked about matchups of the year, will be contested for Ward’s WBA championship and the newly vacated WBC belt, adding yet another dramatic layer to an already captivating fight.
Ward has already locked up his Semifinal berth, but will be protecting his title and undefeated professional record. Dirrell, conversely, needs a win to guarantee his place in the Semis. Dirrell conceivably could get in with two points but he would need help from fellow tournament competitors.
On the same night, Saturday, Nov. 27 from Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, Arthur Abraham will meet former WBC titlist Carl Froch for their pivotal Group Stage 3 fight. Promoters Kalle Sauerland and Mick Hennessy are working with the Hartwell Arena to finalize details for the event. This bout, matching arguably the two toughest and most aggressive punchers in the Super Six, has been rescheduled from Oct. 2 due to a back injury to Froch.
Allan Green, whose Group Stage 3 bout with Mikkel Kessler was waylaid when Kessler withdrew from competition with an eye injury, has left the perennial contender without an opponent. A decision on Green’s Group Stage 3 bout is expected in the coming days. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
New Promotional Company “Cintron Fizer Shocks” will promote their first professional boxing show on Saturday Sept 25th at the Soccer Center, 2610 Bay St, in Tacoma, Washington. Headlining the show will be Molly McConnell (10-2-5) against Kita Watkins, (5-7) in a scheduled 10 rounder for the WIBF 147 lb title. Also appearing will be several Cuban fighters from their Olympic team in 4 rounders. Tickets are priced starting at $25 and can be purchased at (619)964-6828, or at the door. The fights start at 7 PM. See you at the fights.
From the County Coliseum in El Paso for tonight’s Zeferino card:
Abie Han 154 vs. Hilario Lopez 161*
* Lopez was 5 lbs. over the contracted weight but fight will go on.
David Medina 166 vs. Anthony Shuler 165
Cesar Valenzuela 140 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 143
Oscar Valenzuela 142 vs. Joaquin Abilla 141
Crown Boxing returns to the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a card headlining local cruiserweight Henry Namauu (7-3, 5 KOs) taking on Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas (8-2, 4 KOs) of Ontario, Canada. Both fighters are coming off recent TKO wins. Also scheduled for the card: undefeated Las Vegas super bantamweight Alexis Santiago (4-0, 1 KO) takes on Sergio Herrera (3-1-1), of Mexico; Las Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (5-0) takes on rugged veteran Robert Guillen (5-7-3, 1 KO), of Glendale, Arizona, who seeks to end a three-bout losing streak; in a female bout, Vegas featherweight Mandy LaPointe (2-1-2, 1 KO) is up against Arizona’s Hondi Hernandez (5-4, 3 KOs), who is coming off a two-year layoff and four-bout losing streak; and, in the opening bout, heavyweight Chad Davis (2-6), of Phoenix, takes on Alvaro Morales (4-8-5), of Las Vegas. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale at the Rio box office at 702.777.7776.
On paper, it was a fight most people wanted to see, even if only to believe that the most resilient fighter of this era, former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion “Minotauro” Nogueira was still able to rise from the proverbial dead to pull off an improbable victory.
But for the man scheduled to be facing Nogueira on September 25th in Indianapolis, Frank Mir, it was going to be one of those fights where a win would be expected and a loss would be catastrophic. And after delivering a one-sided thrashing to Nogueira in their first meeting in December of 2008, how could he possibly top the emotional victory that earned him the interim UFC crown?. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The camps of WBA super weleterweight interim champion Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan and American mandatory challenger Austin Trout have arrived at an agreement that will permit to Ishida to take a voluntary defense against Mexican Rigoberto “Español” Álvarez, brother of Canelo Alvarez, on the condition that the Ishida-Alvarez winner do his mandatory defense against Trout in December.
Former U.S. Amateur Champion and 2008 Olympic Trials Finalist, Charles Hatley (13-0) will take on former world contender Emanuel Augustus (38-32-6) in an 8-round welterweight main-event on Saturday at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. QuikTrip Park is home of the Grand Prairie Airhogs minor league baseball club and next to Lone Star Park Racetrack. The Hatley vs Augustus matchup will be one of seven bouts on the professional fight card that begins at 7:30 pm. The event is being promoted by Black Gloves Promotions, in association with the Grand Prairie Airhogs. FREE TICKETS (general admission) are available from participating DFW area QuikTrip Stores, as well on the Grand Prairie Airhogs website — www.airhogsbaseball.com. Regular prices are $15 and $50. With the promotional FREE TICKET, fans can upgrade to reserved seating for only $5 and Field Level VIP for $25.
Promoter Frank Warren may be forced to move on and make a new match for James DeGale in December as the clock continued to wind down on a positive response from George Grove and his manager Adam Booth to accept or decline his offer. On Monday Warren sent a formal offer to Adam Booth at 12:58hrs offering Groves a fight against Olympic Champion DeGale on December 11 in London. The offer made to Groves was for £50,000 – with no options attached – which would be his biggest pay-day to date. Booth made an uninvited counter-offer, but it fell far short of the lowest purse DeGale has ever received since turning pro after claiming Olympic Gold. (more…)
Tickets for the Nov 6th fight between Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) and Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, go on sale 11am today. Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office or Ticketmaster. Anyone who purchased tickets for the Judah – Clark fight may use that ticket for the same seat on November 6th or return the ticket to the Prudential Center Box Office by October 2nd for a full refund.
In his next step towards a world title, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) when he hosts the rugged Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KO) at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in his hometown of San Diego, CA on Friday, October 22nd. The eight round main event will be televised live by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast and presented by Don Chargin Promotions with Jorge Marron Productions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Bobby D. Presents. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The green light was finally given for the fight between European lightweight champion Andy Murray (21-0, 12 KOs) and his dangerous Dominican rival John Nolasco (18-4-4, 8 KOs). Indeed, the Irish Embassy in Washington DC finally gave Nolasco the visa to travel to Ireland where he will clash with Murray in Letterkeny on October 2nd after over three weeks of uncertainty. Nolasco is excited by the fact that Murray who has never fought a Latin boxer. “This will be a fight between a man and a boy,” said the 34-year-old Dominican, “the man is me and I’m going to give the boy – Murray – a good spanking. His record is pretty enough but he has never faced the kind of opposition I have faced.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (36-2-1,27KO’s) is not happy with recent comments made by WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) who stated the current IBO bantamweight champion is running scared of him. Darchinyan who won the IBO title in May by outpointing Eric Barcelona says that Montiel has only fought one real fighter in Johnny Gonzalez and that he lacks courage to fight the Australian-based, Armenian-born champion. “Montiel needs to get his head right and stop believing the fairy tales Top Rank have been telling him,” Darchinyan said. (more…)
Photos: Mark Robinson/Golden Boy Promotions
WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan (left) and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (right) pose on September 23, 2010 in London, England at the press conference to announce their December 11, 2010 world title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
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Today in Tijuana, current world champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia and former world champion, Manuel “Chango” Vargas predict a victory when they meet this Saturday night at the Foro in Tijuana in a battle for the WBO Interim junior flyweight championship in the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will be televised in the United State by Fox Sports Espanol. With no clear favorite in this fight, Guillermo Brito of Zanfer Promotions said he expected a fight of the year type battle from the young champion Ramón “Príncipe” García Hirales (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ensenada and the very experience Manuel “Chango” Vargs (28-5-1, 13 KOs) of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) will fight countryman Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) in a battle for the WBC Silver middleweight belt on December 4. The card will likely also include WBA interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire against former WBA bantamweight champ Wladimir Sidorenko. Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) has also been mentioned as a possible Chavez Jr. foe.
Legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, 89, cuts the ribbon during the grand reopening of the famed 5th Street Gym on Thursday evening in Miami Beach.
Photo: UFC Heavyweights Frank Mir and Mirko Cro Cop face off at the UFC 119 pre-fight press conference at The Old National Center on September 23, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Everlast, the global leader in fight sports and fitness, today announced the signing of an exclusive equipment contract with fast rising MMA star Ryan Bader. With a record of 11 wins and 0 losses, the former All-American wrestler has become a key player in the light heavyweight division.
Bader, who will play a feature role in direct to consumer and retail marketing initiatives, has made his relationship with Everlast official and agreed to exclusively train with Everlast equipment. Currently riding a four fight win streak within the UFC, the season 8 winner of The Ultimate Fighter will face MMA legend Antônio Rogério Nogueira on September 25th. (more…)
Ultimate Fighting Championship® fans in South America now have the opportunity to watch all the action in the Octagon™ live en Espanol, including the upcoming UFC® 119: MIR vs. CRO COP on Saturday, September 25th, as part of a new television deal inked with Fox Sports Latin America, the most widely distributed Spanish-language pay television sports network in the world. (more…)
Ray Mares at the scales at Hard Rock of Albuquerque:
Johnny Tapia 128.6 vs. Jose Alonso 135.2
Frankie Archuleta 128.6 vs. Jorge Reyes 138.4
Randy Arrellin 134.6 vs. Brandon Quintana 134
Josh Lanier 205.4 vs. Eric Saavedra 205.4
Edson Renteria 118.6 vs. Wesley Marques 117.4
Derrick Casaus 169.4 vs. Charles Alderete 168.6
World Extreme Cagefighting® lightweight contender Anthony Pettis will be featured on MTV’s new hit show “World of Jenks” on Monday, Sept. 27 at 10PM ET/PT. The 30-minute episode chronicles Pettis’ life and training as he prepares for his fight against Danny Castillo at WEC’s event in Columbus, Ohio last March. WEC is the sister company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and home to the best lighter weight fighters in the world. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Hernan Marquez 114 vs Valentin Leon 114
Luis F Uribe 160 vs Tallo Castro 162
Joel Juarez 149.5 vs Alberto Salas 150
Alan Campa 180 vs Luis Fierro 183
Mario Villela 122 vs Azael Loera 123.5
Ramon Aviles 135 vs Jesus Camacho 137
Luis Espinoza 124 vs Gibran Alvarez 124.5
Venue: Centro de sus Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora
Photo: Tim Coleman/Showtime Sports
Two fighters coming off huge wins and riding impressive winning streaks will meet in an all-important stepping-stone matchup in a 12-round junior welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME (11:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Current USBA light welterweight champion, Tim “The Pit Bull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., takes on two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. In the co-feature, undefeated Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., faces off against Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KOs) of Denver, Colo., in an eight-round lightweight bout. (more…)
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
On Thursday afternoon at The Palm restaurant in Times Square, WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and former three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams met to announce the rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest, set for November 20 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Martinez: “There is too much to say in too little time. One more time there will be two great professionals fighting each other.”
Williams: “I would like to thank Sergio Martinez, because I know that Sergio will come to fight and not make me wait and pull out at the last minute. He is coming to fight and it’s going to be a great fight for all the fans out there.”
By Ray Wheatley – world of boxing
Photos: Kalin Werner
World rated middleweight Sam Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage of Pradeep Singh (15-3-1 8 KOs) at the Atrium Room at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australlia on Thursday. Soliman dominated Singh in all the rounds as he continually outworked his opponent. Singh was warned for infringement in round one and six and was given a point reduction in round seven. In round ten, a right hand body shot dropped Singh for the full count of ten, capturing the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title. “I want to thank my trainer Dave Hedgecock who has trained me for seventeen years and also my manager David Stanley.” said Soliman.
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The British Boxing Board of Control has fined former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton $31,000 but allowed him to keep his license to promote boxing events after photos of Hatton allegedly using cocaine appeared in a British tabloid. “The Hitman” did have his boxing license revoked by the same panel for “behavior detrimental to the interests of boxing and to the public interest.”
With fans from the United States to England to Argentina clamoring for it for well over a year, super lightweight supremacy will finally be decided on Saturday, December 11, when British superstar Amir “King” Khan returns to the United States for his second consecutive bout to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound World Championship against ferocious Argentinean knockout artist and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highly anticipated bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO.
“Maidana has been doing a lot of talking and he’s talked his way into a fight now,” said Khan. “Unfortunately for him, his mouth isn’t going to help him in the ring and I’m going to prove to him that I’m on another level on December 11.”
Maidana responded by saying, “Khan’s been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11. I’ll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The classy announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., and The Coachella Valley Boxing Club would like to extend a cordial invitation to all golf and boxing fans in Southern California for this Sunday, September 26th, to their 11th Annual Gold tournament and Awards lunch being held at the The Classic Club in Palm Desert, CA. The four-person scramble is in benefit of the Coachella Valley Boxing Club which strides to enhance the quality of life for all youth in the Coachella Valley. (more…)
An all-female fight card has been lined for for Oct. 16 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Bernalillo, N.M. Promoted by Golden Girl Promotions of Albuquerque, the card, “We Fight for the Cure,” headlines Melissa Hernandez (13-2-2, 4 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., who will rematch Lindsay Garbatt (5-3, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Canada, for the GBU and WBAN jr. lightweight belts. In the co-main, six rounds at lightweight, Mia St. John (45-11-2, 18 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., on a two-bout losing streak, takes on professional opponent Tammy Franks (2-11-1), of San Antonio, Tex., who’s lost nine straight bouts, four by KO. In another six-rounder, Espanola’s Monica Lovato (12-1, 4 KOs) will make her return to the ring after several MMA bouts, taking on unwon New Yorker Kimberly Tomes (0-5). On the undercard: New York City’s Belinda Laracuente (24-25-3, 9 KOs) returns to the ring in a six-rounder against Missouri’s Ashleigh Curry (1-4-1); Moriarty jr. welter Brenda Gonzales will make her pro debut against unwon Tucson fighter Jassica Rojo (0-2); Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy fights Raton’s Latasha Casias in a battle of bantam debuters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, committed to fighting breast cancer.
Flyweight contender Hernán “Tyson” Márquez (27-2, 21 KOs) and Valentín “Picoco” León (23-20-3, 17 KOs) faced of at a press conference Wednesday in advance of their showdown on Friday night at the Multi-use Center in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Marquez, who is coming off a 115lb world title loss against Nonito Donaire in July, is returning to flyweight. “My objective remains firm,” he stated, “I will be world champion no doubt, but first I have to defeat my opponent this Friday and so I will.” Leon, however, vowed he would hand Marquez a third straight defeat. “I know Tyson,” said Leon. “I’ve seen his fights and his weaknesses on TV Azteca. He’s a fighter with a punch, but I have mine and I know my style is ideal to defeat him and spoil their plans.”
In the co-feature, Joel “Dinamita” Juárez (23-9-1, 15 KOs) takes on Alberto “Bombardero” Salas (31-9-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight contest.
Light heavyweight Tony Bellew has vowed to keep up the pressure on rival Nathan Cleverly with a KO win tomorrow night. The Bomber defends his Commonwealth crown in central London on Frank Warren’s annual charity card for DebRA, live on Sky Sports. Bob Ajisafe is his opponent, but Bellew already has his sights on greater things. They include a showdown with unbeaten Welshman Cleverly, who is in line to fight for a world title next. (more…)
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