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By David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico came to a conclusion yesterday with what many boxing insiders consider the most entertaining events of the week: the Championship and Ratings committee meetings and the award ceremony.
The proceedings kicked off in the Morning as president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the board entertained motions from the floor from numerous promoters and even fighters to move up the WBO workd rankings, and in some instances to enter the world rankings altogether. As always, colorful American promoter Gary Shaw stole the show with his frequent jokes, often at the expense of a fellow promoter , who had the misfortune of attending the event wearing a pink shirt and matching pink shoes.
“First of all, anyone wearing pink and pink sneakers should not be allowed at this microphone,” Shaw said jokingly, “he should only be allowed to argue for women’s fights.” (more…)
By David Finger at the scale
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
Ivan Calderon 104 vs. Felipe Rivas 104
Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. 124 vs. Roberto Leyva 125
Yessica Bopp 107 vs. Suzanne Warner 105
Jore Melendez 153.25 vs. Eric Mitchell 153
Javier Castro 140 vs. Javier Monserrate 139
Yoelvis Gamboa 140 vs. Osenohan Vasquez 140
Jesus Pagan 108 vs. Israel Vazquez 110
Venue: Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, PR
Promoter: PR Best
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Due to Visa issues, the son of Welterweight World champion Pipino Cuevas Jr. has been replaced as the opponent to the undefeated Russian Lightweight champion Andrey Klimov 11-0 (6KOs) for this Saturday night’s main event in Maywood, California. Taking Cuevas’ place will be Eduardo “El Latigo” Arcos. The 23-year-old Arcos has been in with the likes of Robert Marroquin, Christopher Martin and Lonnie Smith. A fearsome puncher with 13 out of his 14 wins via stoppage, against only five losses, Arcos should prove a tough outing for the undefeated Russian with the WBC USNBC Lightweight title on the line. The seven bout fight card is promoted by Star Promotions / ShowDown Promotions along with UBM – Union Boxing Management.
Unbeaten, hard-hitting WBC #1-ranked super welterweight Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., will take on Richard Gutierrez of Miami on Saturday, October 29 in the main event on Top Rank Live! at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The weigh-in is today at 4 pm local time. Martirosyan, 25, is the WBC Silver Belt Champion and is in line for a world title fight. He has a record of 30-0, 19 KOs and is coming off a knockdown war and a TKO win over Saul Roman in a WBC eliminator fight. Gutierrez has a record of 26-7-1, 16 KOs. He was born in Colombia and now fights out of Miami. Also on the FSN nationally televised card will be Casey Ramos, the tough 14-0 super featherweight from Austin, Texas. Ramos will face Joselito Collado, 12-0, of Queens, N.Y. Ramos is a two-time South Texas “Fighter of the Year.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wizard Team
“I’m ready to go today – you can put me on the scales today, I will make weight even after a full breakfast, big hamburger. I can take it easy the last week before November 5 – this is how ready I am,” says #1 WBC ranked cruiserweight contender Francisco Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) before his November 5 bout against Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Palacios spoke about his upcoming fight and also had some strong words about problems with his second favorite sport – NBA basketball. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced that the end of his career is coming soon. “I am now finishing my sports career,” Klitschko told Ukraine’s TVi television on Thursday. “I will have one more fight, maybe two at most.” The 40-year-old champion, who plans to go full time into politics, added “Wladimir is five years younger and you will continue to enjoy his fights for a long time.”
Franklin Lawrence 231 vs. Raymond Ocheing 246
Derrick Webster 168.5 vs. Teneal Goyco 171.5
Joey Tiberi 137 vs. Mike Maley 135
Alex Barbosa 121 vs. Brian Gonzalez 119
Anthony Young 145 vs. Kywame Hill 145
Venue: Harrahs Chester
Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing Promotions
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
With a seemingly endless entourage, a hungry legion of reporters documenting his every move, and even many he doesn’t actually make, boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, exists in the middle of a hurricane that can veer out of control and become destructive at any second . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Hard hitting Luciano Perez (17-11, 15 KO) will replace Colombia’s Dionisio Miranda as the opponent for Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) during his NABF title fight in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on the November 5, “November Reign” event promoted by Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield CES Promotions. “We were ready for Dionisio. The contract was signed, I personally sent him plane tickets, his visa status was OK, but US Immigration did not let him in. It was a scramble to find a replacement worthy of the NABF middleweight title but I’m happy everything ended well. The evening will be broadcast by Azteca America in the US, so a hard hitting Mexican fighter versus undefeated ‘The Machine’ Majewski makes perfect sense,” said Global Boxing and Majewski promoter Mariusz Kolodziej.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been reported today that super featherweight prospects Alejandro Sanabria (29-1-1, 22 KO’s) and John Molina (23-1, 19 KO’s) will meet next December 3 in Mexico for WBC silver title. Sanabria-Molina will be on the same card where WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends against Caballero Roinet. The Promociones del Pueblo event will be held at a venue to be determined. “We’re waiting for a great night for Mexican boxing and to close a good year as a company for the benefit of our boxers and prospects. Hopefully this will be the beginning of what we want to do in the 2012,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle.
Tonight, WBC Latino Welterweight Champion Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) will step into the squared ring and go toe-to-toe for 8 rounds is a super welterweight bout against 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) as the co-feature to Brandon Gonzales vs. Ossie Duran on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation”. Reyes took time away from his hectic schedule to answer a Q&A in order to give fight fans an insight into the life of a rising star. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) faces Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) during the co-feature of tonight’s “SHOBOX: The New Generation” card. The California-based prospects will meet in an eight round welterweight bout at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
Molina was a decorated amateur star and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He compiled an impressive 153-13 record as an amateur. Molina turned pro in 2009, and quickly stopped his first three opponents before suffering a hand injury in training that required surgery, and kept him out of the ring for nearly a year. Molina returned better than ever, and remained unbeaten in his next six fights. (more…)
With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).
“My motto is ‘hard work and dedication’ and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring,” said Mayweather. “I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport.”
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By Boxing Bob Newman
With a little over six weeks away from the start of the WBC’s 49th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, President Jose Sulaiman is pulling out all the stops. Ever proud of the long list of “Firsts” that the organization is accomplished in the sport of boxing, Don Jose is ready to add another entry to that list. For the first time ever, boxing fans will be welcomed to the convention- seeing the inner working of meetings, seminars, etc., as well as the chance to meet over 50 past and present world champions. The convention runs from December 11th – 17th. In an effort to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity more affordable to fans, the WBC and host hotel Mandalay Bay have reduced room rates for the convention to $59 US per night from Sunday December 11th to Thursday December 15th and $74 US for Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17! (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., faces his biggest challenge in veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) tonight in an eight-round main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation. The fight airs on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, unbeaten Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) from Norwalk, Calif., takes on Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) of Colton, Calif.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Circe Cuevas/Canelo Promotions
WBC Youth champion Tomoki Kameda (21-0, 13 KOs) is doing his training in Mexico for his next fight on December 7 in Osaka, Japan, where his brothers Koki and Daiki will also fight at the Prefectural Gym. “I will train very hard and for that I am in Mexico once again. I want to be world champion and I’m learning here for that. I will travel to Manila, where I’ll meet my brothers and start boxing,” said Tomoki. Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda are the stars of the “Kameda Festival 2011” where Koki defends his WBA bantamweight belt, Daiki fights in a WBA super flyweight contest, and Tomoki meets a world ranked opponent in a ten-rounder. Click here for more photos…
Here are the Weights for tonight’s Trick or Beat Card from Albany, NY
Chris Fitzpatrick 160 vs. Jose Medina 160
Marcus Williams 160 vs. Marcus Brooks 160
Jackie Trivilino 125 vs. Angel Gladney 125
Shawn Miller 175 vs. Mark Anderson 173
Sarah Kuhn 145 vs. Kali Reis 146
Javier Martinez 142 vs. William Ware 143
Tim Skolnik 276 vs. Kalven Jenkins 223
Aleem Whitefield 169 vs. Bruno Bouhi 168
Ares Promotions Presents Fight NIght VI – “Trick Or Beat”
Empire Convention Center – Under the “Egg”
Doors Open at 6 p.m.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Thailand flyweight prospect Rusalee Samor (14-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a twelve round decision over Filipino Ryan Tampus (10-8, 7KOs) in an exciting battle at the Mahanakorn Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Tampus took control of the contest in round one as he connected with accurate combinations on the aggressive Samor. The Thai boxer stepped up the pace in round two and delivered solid head and body shots consistently on the tough 22-year-old Filipino who seemed to tire through rounds six to eight but in round nine Tampus connected with accurate combinations on Samor that had him out on his feet through most of the round but showing a big heart he stayed upright until the bell. Samor recovered well between rounds mainly because of his excellent physical conditioning and came back to win rounds ten and eleven. Tampus went on the attack in the final round and scored well to win the round but went down by decision to Samor by scores 115-112, 116-112, 116-111. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In a tremendous fight, Bernabe Concepcion (31-4-1, 17KO) earned a harder than expected split decision victory over very tough Aaron Garcia (10-3-2, 2KO) to win the WBC Continental Americas title on Thursday night at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. The 23-year-old Concepcion, a two time WBO featherweight title challenger, who came up short in title challenges against Steven Luevano and Juan Manuel Lopez, demonstrated good speed and power but was unable to knockout his determined challenger and was very fortunate that he was facing an opponent with just a 14% knockout ratio and equally fortunate to be fighting in front of a boisterous Filipino crowd and fighting for the promoter of the event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA flyweight champion Hernan ¨Tyson¨ Marquez (31-2, 24 KOs) defends against Panamanian former WBA flyweight world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (23-2, 18 KOs) on Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Levi Martinez (U.S.) and Raul Caiz Sr. (U.S.).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former Venezuelan Olympian and now fighting out of Oxnard, CA, Alfonso Blanco won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over junior middleweight Leshon Sims on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Blanco (7-0, 2 KO’s) came on aggressively from the opening bell, landing at will to the head of Sims. Blanco cut Sims (5-10, 3 KO’s) over the right eye with a punch in the first round. However, Sims, sensing he was down, came on and fought in spurts in the second half of the fight. Sims, from Fontana, CA, landed an occasional hook or cross to the head of Blanco. However, Blanco was able to do enough in the end to win on all judges’ scorecards, 60-54. Sims, who had not fought in almost three years, has now lost his last four fights in a row. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao makes a special appearance Thursday night at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino where his company MP Promotions in association with Top Rank was promoting the fight card. Pacquiao is in Los Angeles preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Eloy Perez 131 vs. Ira Terry 129
Paul Mendez 172 vs. Loren Myers 174
Magomed Abdusalamov 233 vs. Masataka Takehara 229
Carina Moreno 112 vs. Sharon Gaines 111
Randy Puga 170 vs. Jose Hurtado 171
Jonathan Zamudio 137 vs. Ulises Soriano 133
Venue: Sherwood Inn, Salinas, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Welterweight opponents BJ Penn and Nick Diaz face off at the UFC 137 pre-fight press conference at the New York New York Hotel and Casino on October 27, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Las Vegas Casino Pioneer, Kirk Kerkorian visits with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to watch superstar Manny Pacquiao work out at the Wildcard Boxing Club Thursday. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.
Photos Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., weighed in at 161.5 pounds and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, N.J., measured 161 pounds one day before their eight-round middleweight main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) from Norwalk, Calif., tipped the scales at 146 pounds and Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) of Colton, Calif., weighed 147 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Sad news from Argentina. Legendary boxing trainer Amilcar Brusa, who trained ring legend Carlos Monzon and thirteen other world champions, died Thursday in the city of Santa Fe in Argentina at the age 89 according to his family. A few days ago, Fightnews.com had reported that Brusa had been hospitalized with symptoms of acute bronchitis. Brusa was born on October 23, 1922 in Cologne Silva, a rural town in northern Santa Fe province. He had been an amateur heavyweight, but retired when he was unable to represent the country at the 1948 London Olympics. Brusa was a passionate man who contributed a lot to the sport. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. In addition to Monzon, he trained world champions like Miguel Angel Cuello, Juan Domingo Cordoba, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Carlos Baldomir, Miguel Lora, Sugar ‘Baby’ Rojas, Thomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Rafael Pineda, Francisco Tejedor, Francisco Quiroz, Antonio Esparragoza and Antonio Carlos Hernandez.
Photos: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and challenger Luis “Nica” Concepcion both assured that their rematch Saturday will be an epic fight. Each promised a knockout at Thursday’s press conference for the bout taking place at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
“It will be a war while it lasts,” said the challenger. “I came to the house of ‘Tyson’ to take the belt that belongs to me. This time things will be different. I’m coming in at 1000%, while last time was only 100%. Now, Marquez will run into a different ‘Nica.’ The title is going to Panama.”
Marquez, meanwhile vowed that the the title would stay in Mexico. “‘Nica’ wants the title back, but I don’t want to let it go for nothing…Conception will leave empty handed.” For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sánchez II is ready to defend his WBC featherweight Cabofe title against Jovanni Soto this Friday in Mexico City.
“I’m ready for Soto and I am just waiting for the bell to ring on Friday night. I need challenges, and this is one,” said Sánchez II.
Salvador Sánchez II 126 vs. Jovanni Soto 126
Ganigan López 105 vs. Samuel García 104.7
Saúl Carreón 135 vs. Edgar Puerta 134.7
Javier Prieto Álvarez 140 vs. Israel Ramírez 140
Venue: Deportivo Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
TV: Cadena 3
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By John Cannon
It looks like Weslaco’s Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia will have to wait a little bit longer to make his highly anticipated return to the ring in the Rio Grande Valley. Garcia’s opponent Lanardo Tyner wasn’t medically cleared to fight in their scheduled 10-round main event for the vacant UBO Super Welterweight International title after doctors found an abnormality in his EEG report Wednesday afternoon. Therefore, the upcoming “Fighting Child Abuse One Round at A Time” event scheduled for this Saturday at the Pharr Events Center has been rescheduled for December 3rd. (more…)
Bernabe Concepcion 124.8 vs. Aaron Garcia 126
Rodel Mayol 114.4 vs. Ernie Marquez 114
Richie Mepranum 112.8 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 111
Alexander Flores 220.3 vs. Chad Davis 215.2
Javier Albonica 148 vs. Anthony McDavitt 148
Abigal Castaneda 116.8 vs. Guadalupe Gutierrez 119
Santiago Alonzo 126 vs. Dave Clark 126
Venue: San Manuel Casino, Highland, California
Promoter: Top Rank and MP Promotions
Note: pound per pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao will be at ringside.
Today, NPR’s “The Story” with Dick Gordon ran two features on boxing. One on 52-year-old boxer Dewey Bozella and another on ring announcer Marc Lichtenfeld. Here’s the link. Lichtenfeld, whose day job is as a financial analyst, will next work Don King’s card at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood headlined by Guillermo Jones vs. Michael Marrone for the WBA cruiserweight title.
By Andreas Hale
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr., (27-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., held an international media conference call today to discuss his Top Rank debut in the feature bout under the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez III world welterweight championship on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bradley will be defending against Joel Casamayor.
Timothy Bradley: “I might not look flashy or have tremendous knockouts but I fight to win. I try to win every single round that I can. I’m not going to become something that I’m not. I’m not going to be a huge knockout puncher. I’m going to win and win in good fashion. There’s nothing different that I plan on doing. There’s always a thought in my mind that I have to put on a great performance but I can’t buy into the hype. I’m going to look great in there but I’m not going to go out there and try to look great, if you know what I mean. I can’t risk getting caught by trying to be something I’m not.”
“We’ve been working on a few things (since the Alexander fight). We’re trying to become more technical than I have been and a little less reckless. We’re working on me sitting on my shots more to develop power. We’ve been doing a lot of great things in camp and we see the difference in training. It’s a different Tim Bradley and you all will see him on November 12th.”
“I didn’t feel like I was with the right promotion company. I don’t feel like they tried to push me to make me a superstar. I’ve never had that type of crossover exposure to make casual boxing fans see me fight. Me and Cameron Dunkin sat down and thought about what direction we wanted to go. We had to make some changes. Criticism doesn’t pay the bills. They can say what they want to say about me not fighting Khan. But I believe in Cameron and that’s how we got through these hard times. It all fell into place and I’m happy with my decision.”
Yesterday promoter Ahmet Oner and Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward agreed that Steward will from now on work as head coach of fast rising Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa. Today the protagonists expressed their excitement about the deal. “I’m proud and happy that a living legend like Emanuel Steward decided to work with me,” states 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gamboa. “Steward has always worked with the best. I know that I am a very good boxer but I also know that there is always a lot to learn an improve. Emanuel Steward is one of the most experienced and best trainers in the world and I’m sure that he will bring out the best in me.”
“Yuriorkis Gamboa is a star in the making and I am excited to become part of this process”, says Steward. “I’m too old to waste my time so I pick my fighters very carefully. I see a lot of potential in Gamboa.”
“This is a match made in heaven”, comments promoter Ahmet Oner. “I am very happy that I was able to make this happen. I am sure that Emanuel Steward will take Gamboa to the next level. For these two the sky is the limit.”
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