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By Francisco Salazar
Super welterweight Said El Harrak will have a new opponent whom he will face tonight at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. El Harrak (10-1, 5 KO’s) will take on Oakland’s Tony Hirsch (12-4-1, 6 KO’s) in the six round main event of the All Star Boxing Promotions card. El Harrak was supposed to fight fringe super welterweight contender Roberto Garcia for a regional title belt, but Garcia dropped out of the fight late last week. The fight is scheduled to start at 7:30PM with tickets starting at $50. For information and tickets, call All Star Boxing at (323) 816-6200 or (323) 781-4871.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is the possibility that WBA super bantamweight world champion “in recess” Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his crown against the IBO bantamweight world champion Vic Darchinyan. The fight would take place on December 3 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and would be part of the card featuring the rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko for IBF bantamweight world belt. Sources say that Moreno is waiting for the World Boxing Association to reinstate him as champion after he was declared “champion in recess” pending the resolution of his legal situation with manager Roberto Grimaldo.
Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora was arrested by Jefferson Hills, PA police last night and is facing a DUI charge according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Authorities observed Spadafora’s SUV traveling at 66MPH in a 40MPH and after the vehicle was stopped, police say they detected an “alcohol odor” coming from the boxer. He refused to give a blood sample and was released to the custody of a friend.
By Joe Koizumi
A female tripleheader and a WBC final eliminator took place on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
Unbeaten WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (9-0-2, 2 KOs), 104.25, a fast-moving southpaw, kept her belt for the sixth time when she pounded out a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice and 98-92) over ex-WBC 108-pound ruler Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-3-3, no KO), 104.5, Thailand, over ten hot rounds.
WBC 105-pound titlist Naoko Fujioka (7-0, 5 KOs), Japan, displayed a Naseem-Hamed style and freely battered official challenger Kanittha Kokietgym (13-4, 4 KOs), Thailand, from all angles en route to a well-received TKO win at 0:37 of the ninth session. It’s the hard-hitting Fujioka’s initial defense since she dethroned Mexican Anabel Ortiz this May.
Slick-punching Japanese girl Mari Ando (8-3, 4 KOs), 101.5, impressively acquired the vacant WBA light-minimumweight belt by winning a unanimous verdict (98-92 twice and 97-93) over Amara Kokietgym (7-2-1, 3 KOs), 101.5, Thailand, over ten. The WBA newly established the 102-pound category, and Ando became the very first champ through this elimination bout.
Ex-WBC 130-pound ruler, Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich (25-8-1, 12 KOs), 128.75, showed her superior speed and skills in defeating Raika Fujin (22-7-1, 9 KOs), a game Japanese veteran, by a unanimous nod (96-94, 98-92 and 97-93) in a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger over ten. (more…)
Photos by Joe Cordova
Shots from Thursday’s open media workouts in Denver . . . (more…)
Carl Froch’s Super Six final showdown with Andre Ward in Atlantic City on October 29 has been postponed after Andre Ward suffered an injury in sparring. Ward sustained an injury to his eye that required seven stitches after a sparring session on Thursday evening. The Showtime 360 fight camp were filming the session and made the trip to the hospital where he was advised by the doctor that he would not be fit to fight on October 29. The fight will be rearranged with a likely date in early December.
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn said the postponement will only make the Nottingham star more determined to beat Ward. “Obviously it is frustrating. Carl’s camp has gone perfectly and we were ready to unify the titles on October 29,” said Hearn. “Carl is in the shape of his life but he is a true professional and will take this in his stride and be ready for victory on a date given in 2011.”
Watch the UFC 135 Weigh-In Live Today on UFC.com: Fighters hit the scale at approximately 6pm ET / 3pm PT
Jones and Rampage Battle For The 205-lb. Title Tomorrow Night: Plus, Hall of Famer Matt Hughes takes on Josh Koscheck – UFC 135 presented by Gears of War 3 – Saturday, September 24 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
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Tonight Universal Boxing NY Promotions, New Legend Promotions, and Old World Boxing Promotions will host “International Fight Night” at the Cordon Bleu in Woodhaven, NY. In the main event, welterweights Mike Ruiz (15-5, 7 KOs) and Martin Wright (10-1-2, 5 KOs) will battle for the vacant NBA Junior Intercontinental title. In the co-main event, Jonathan Cuba (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and Ariel Duran (7-2-1, 4 KOs) will go toe-to-toe for the vacant New York State lightweight title. The undercard is packed with some of New York City’s top local talent. The doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30p. The Cordon Bleu is located at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, NY. Tickets are still available at the door.
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Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Joe Cordova
Amidst a bonanza of upcoming big fights, this week’s light heavyweight clash between the still-growing champion Jon “Bones” Jones and veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson nearly got lost in the shuffle. The significance of the bout, however, was never lost on me. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
On Thursday when Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto had their press conference to announce their December showdown at the Los Angeles Grand Hotel, among those in attendance was Oxnard’s Brandon Rios (28-0-1,21 KOs) showing his support for Margarito. Both fighters are trained by Roberto Garcia. It is rumored that Rios will be fighting on the Pacquiao vs. Marquez undercard in November. “I am scheduled for that card, whoever they want. They havn’t found an opponent and have not signed a contract yet,” Rios informed Fightnews.com.
One of the potential opponents is Covina’s John Molina (23-1, 19 KOs) but that fight did not get finalized. Shortly after Thursday’s presser as Rios was greeting fans and media, Molina crashed the press conference to make his point on why this fight was not finalized. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The press conference tour concluded Thursday in Los Angeles for Cotto-Margarito II. The tour kicked off Monday in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico followed by Tuesday’s conference in New York and Wednesday in Mexico City, Mexico. Once again Miguel Cotto (36-2, 28 KOs) and Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) were on hand at the Los Angeles Grand Hotel to promote their rematch taking place on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Many fans were in attendance as the chants began with ‘Puerto Rico!’ For Cotto, and ‘Mexico!’ for Margarito. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Fonfara
23-year-old Polish light heavyweight living in Chicago, Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (18-2, 9 KOs) will defend his WBO NABO and WBC Youth titles against Jose Spearman (28-17-5, 11 KOs) tonight in the main event at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara, who has won six straight fights by KO since moving to the light heavyweight division, was not fazed by the fact, that name of his opponent was changed twice during his training camp. “It made no difference to me, because I was working hard, getting myself in the best possible shape. Just a change of tactics, but my trainer knew what to do to make me ready. It’s satisfying to win by KO like I’m winning recently, but I never assume it will happen – just doing my thing and waiting for a chance,” said Fonfara, who is trained at the Chicago Boxing Club by Sam Colonna, trainer of former top heavyweight contender Andrzej Gołota.
WBA interim cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his life when he challenges IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. “He is a very good boxer,” stated Hernandez. “This fight is a tremendous challenge for me and my chance to show everybody how good I am.” Boxing-online.com recently caught up with the 26-year-old Hernandez. (more…)
Two years after retiring, did world championship boxer Arturo Gatti kill himself or was he murdered? Erin Moriarty reports on the controversy Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
By Dennis Principe
In a rare local boxing event two highly-rated Filipinos are set to square off Friday night at the Makati Coliseum. Former WBA interim superflyweight champion Drian Francisco will battle one-time world title challenger Michael Domingo in a 10-round bantamweight bout. All eyes wil be on Francisco who is coming off a 12-round loss to Tepparith Singwangcha last May in Thailand. Domingo on the other hand has recovered from a controversial world title eliminator loss in South Africa when he knocked out Richard Samosir of Indonesia last July. This will be the first time two well-known Pinoys will fight atop the ring since former world champions Rolando Bohol and Dodie Boy Penalosa battled each other in 1992.
Drian Francisco 120 vs. Michael Domingo 120
Roberto Gonzales 130 vs. Balweg Bangoyan 130
Nino Magboo 122 vs. Rene Estudio 124
Jun Doliguez 127 vs. Sonny Gonzales 127
Lolito Sonsona 111 vs. Ronnie Rey Dabot 111
Renren Tesorio 106 vs. Leonardo Talisic 103
Venue: Makati Coliseum
Promoter: Saved by the Bell Promotions
TV: Solar Sports
By Kurt Wolfheimer
It took hurricane Irene and a national emergency to postpone the inaugural show of Renee Aiken’s Diva-Rize-N Promotion’s in Washington DC. The blockbuster night of professional boxing how has been rescheduled for Saturday night October 8th at the famed DC Star Night Club in Washington. As luck would have it, Snow is scheduled to hit DC that night. Not as in a actual snowstorm, but in the six round main event of the evening, as rising super bantamweight star Thomas “KO” Snow (15-1, 9KO’s) returns to the DC Star night club against Rasool Shakoor. “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken has also showed why she was voted the PA matchmaker of the year by formulating an explosive undercard which is sure to satisfy even the most ardent boxing fan. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Edner Cherry 130.75 vs. Eric Aiken 130.5
Damian Frias 147.25 vs. Henry Crawford 147.5
Jermall Charlo 153.5 vs. Eric Draper 153.5
Cletus Seldin 148 vs. Clarence Booth 150
Aaron Chavez 130.75 vs. Larry Yanez 132.5
Juan Copado 142 vs. Tommy Bryant 144.5
Marisol Miranda 110.5 vs. Chantel Cordova 109.75
Promoter: Panther Promtions
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Live
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Jon “Bones” Jones works out for the media at the UFC 135 open workouts at the Muscle Pharm Gym on September 22, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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By Felipe Leon
The first female fighter to be crowned by the WBC, super bantamweight Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava returns to her native Tijuana, Mex, on Saturday, October 8th, at the Municipal Auditorium in the main event of “All the Power” Presented by Zanfer Promotions. The bout will be televised in Mexico by the Azteca channel. Nava (24-4-3, 11KOs) will take on Soledad Edith Matthysse (9-2-1, 1KO) in the televised ten round main event. The contest will mark the return of Nava from two hard fought battles against WBC super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres. After fighting to a tough draw in April, Torres came out on top in the rematch held last July. (more…)
Talented striker Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt (11-5) goes head-to-head with grappling ace Lumumba “Heavy Hands” Sayers (4-2) in a middleweight bout as STRIKEFORCE® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 18. STRIKEFORCE® will air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
From the Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce Challengers 19, televised on SHOWTIME:
MAIN CARD (Showtime)
Lorenz Larkin (206) vs. Nick Rossborough (206)
Lavar Johnson (249) vs. Shawn Jordan (238)
Ryan Couture (156) vs. Maka Watson (155)
Jason High (170.5) vs. Todd Moore (169)
Brian Melancon (170) vs. Felipe Portela (170.5)
Magno Almeida (154) vs. James Terry (156)
Bobby Green (155) vs. Charon Spain (155)
Joe Ray (170.5) vs. Chris Spang (170)
Danny Davis (170) vs. Quinn Mulhern (176.5)
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Jonathan Arellano 121 vs. Michael Ruiz, Jr 120
(WBC Youth I/C super bantamweight title)
Sindy Amador 104.5 vs. Mayela Perez 105.5
Richard Contreras 121 vs. Olvin Mejia 121
Jhon Ortega 142 vs. Alex Viramontes 141.5
Joshua Bellereza 119 vs. Albert Tovar 118.5
Rashad Hughes 143.5 vs. Rigoberto Flores 144
Fernando Rojas 134.4 vs. Mauro Brenes 135
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Vicente Escobedo 130 vs. Rocky Juarez 130.6
Adam Carrera 129.6 vs. Adolfo Landeros 129.2
Angel Osuna 153.2 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 152.6
Guadalupe Salcido 138.2 vs. Luis Cervantes139.8
Raymond Chacon 116.8 vs. David Reyes 117.6
Kenny Williams 139.4 vs. Ronald Rodriguez 138
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
By John Cannon
Marines Promotions “Border Brawl 3”, which was slated for Saturday night at the Pharr Events Center, has been postponed until a later date. Julio Marines, president of Marines Promotions, said that complications with middleweight Raul “El Tigre” Casarez’s (17-2, 9 KO’s) opponent Dumont Welliver (18-24-1, 6 KO’s) in the 8-round main event caused him to postpone the event and didn’t have enough time to get another opponent.
“I got a call from Dumont on Tuesday night and he left me a message informing me that he sprained his ankle and wouldn’t be able to compete,” said Marines. “So I worked on getting another opponent as soon as I could and found a guy by the name of Justin Williams (3-4-1, 2 KO’s) from Beaumont.” (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the referee and judges who will work the super bantamweight title bout between champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Simphiwe Nongqayi this Saturday, September 24 at the Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation. The referee for this bout will be Rafael Ramos. Judges are Alejandro Lopez-Cid, from Mexico, Jose Roberto Torres, from Puerto Rico, and Ruben Garcia, from the United States. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Thursday in Los Angeles during a public press conference on their world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos…
Checking in from his rigorous training camp, “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) says he is “in a happy place” ahead of his October 1 shot against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. Barker is ready to swap the peace and tranquillity of his Lake Ontario training camp for the hustle and bustle of New York City, but the Londoner says his training camp has been the perfect preparation for the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
The impressive Juriquilla Golf Club in Queretaro hosted the press conference for Saturday’s international boxing card to be held in the Plaza de Toros de Juriquilla. Mexican stars Dante Jardon, Oscar “Cebiche” Ibarra and Edgar Jimenez and Filipino foes Ricky Sismundo, Sylvester Lopez and Juanito Rubillar all demonstrated extreme confidence.
The main event between WBC silver super flyweight world champion Ibarra and #1 rated Lopez will be a final eliminator for a fight against newly crowned champion Suriyan Rungvisai Sor. (more…)
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Hometown stars Vernon “Iceman” Paris and Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham return to action on Thursday, October 6 as Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel presents pro boxing in their Sound Board showroom. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas has lined up a packed card to showcase some of the city’s most exciting ring talent. For more details and photos click here…
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Mike Oliver arrived today to Puerto Rico to complete his training for his October 1st bout against former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López in the show Triple Crown III to be held at the Rubén Rodríguez coliseum in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View.” Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) will face López (30-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino featherweight title headlining the show. Oliver arrived with part of his team to complete his training for the fight in Puerto Rico. Alson in the show, former world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will face Ramón Maas (25-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental 130lb title, superbantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) versus Sod Looknongyantoy (51-2-1, 21 KOs) for the 122lb WBO Latino title, and seven more fights.
In a battle of KO Artists, WBC #15 middleweight Michael Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) will take Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round featured attraction on the undercard of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Final between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and WBC Champion Carl Froch on October 29 in Atlantic City.
Evander Holyfield has decided to relinquish the WBF heavyweight title in order to challenge Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” World title in December. The legendary American informed WBF president Howard Goldberg personally. “I have been in talks with Evander Holyfield over the past couple of weeks. He has secured a December fight against Povetkin for one of the WBA titles and informed me that with much regret he would have to relinquish his WBF world title,” said Goldberg. “Evander and I have always had an open relationship and he expressed his great pride in having fought for and having held our WBF world heavyweight title and that he will always keep the WBF close to his heart. It has always been our philosophy at the WBF to allow our champions to grow, be it with us at the WBF or whether they are offered opportunities elsewhere. We have never, and will never, prevent our fighters from growing – that is not who we are.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MusclePharm® will serve as the official nutritional supplement supplier of the UFC® in the U.S. and Canada. The Denver-based company, which also sponsors Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and NFL superstar Michael Vick among other notable athletes, will be featured in a variety of UFC programming elements ranging from national television broadcasts to Pay-Per-Views. In addition, MusclePharm will be featured prominently across UFC’s digital platforms and in the hallowed Octagon®. Various retail promotions around major UFC events are also planned. (more…)
South African light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will make his debut under the DiBella Entertainment banner when he takes on Jameson Bostic (23-4, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder on the undercard of the October 1 card featuring universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against undefeated European Champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker. It will be Chilemba’s second fight in the U.S. You may recall his ESPN2-televised win over Maxim Vlasov at the Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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