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By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Sporting a bright baby-face, young beyond his years, Ahmad “Babyface” Kaddour, 29, hammered out a convincing stoppage win over the durable Vance Garvey, when Garvey’s corner tossed in the towel that bespeaks “Uncle”. Kaddour seems to have “grown up” since his spotty televised appearances of several seasons ago when he was much younger (24) and had features that appeared to have never known a razor. Of Lebanese decent by way of Denmark, Kaddour has settled into the Arabic Dearborn community and has been training in Phil Awada’s gym for several months. Awada told me that he has arranged for no fewer than four fights in the area in the next few month, including a shot in the boxing-starved Palace of Auburn Hills in January. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KO) will challenge number one ranked WBC cruiserweight contender Francisco Palacios (20-1, 13 KO) when both fighters will meet during the “Viva Don King” event on November 5 in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. “The Wizard” Palacios, who was added late to the card, has no doubts what he wants to do in the ring. “I’m getting in the ring knock him out. I don’t care that he won his last four fights, because he did not fight me. Full speed ahead, knock Joell out and wait for my second chance to get WBC title. This is that simple,” said Palacios, who is training with his friend and fellow cruiserweight Alfredo Escalera Jr and Mike Marrone, who on November 5 will try to dethrone current WBA champ Guillermo Jones.
Luis Batista Salas, Chairman of the WBO World Championship Committee, has announced that the WBO super welterweight championship of Serhiy Dzinziruk has been vacated pursuant to WBO Rule 5(c ); and interim titleholder Zaurbek Baysangurov is declared to be the new WBO super welterweight champion. Dzinziruk will be rated as the #2 contender, while #1 contender Lukas Konecny must start negotiations to face new champion Baysangurov and the parties have ten days to negotiate an agreement. If an accord is not reached within that time frame, a purse bid will be ordered. The winner of Baysangurov-Konecny must face Dzinziruk within 120 days.
Dzinziruk had held the belt since 2005, making six defenses. He was stripped for not conducting two mandatory defenses he had agreed to as a condition to be allowed to challenge middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in March. He also has not defended his WBO Championship since May 14, 2010, more than 16 months ago. He pulled out of a scheduled fight with Konecny citing an injury.
Sources are stating that the parties for newly crowned IBF Welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) and mandatory challenger and former world champion Randall Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) have reached an agreement for both to meet, likely in early 2012. Its being said the only hold up now is for HBO to approve the official date.
For the first time, promoter Roy Englebrecht has signed an exclusive five year promotional contract with a professional boxer, and he says considering the positive notices unbeaten 21-year old heavyweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Flores has recently received, the decision was a no-brainer. “Alexander Flores has a million dollar smile, the looks of a GQ Model, and the talent to bring new life into the heavyweight division,” comments Englebrecht. “I am thrilled that Alex and his manager and trainer Michael Love made the decision to let us be part of Team Flores and help shape his future in the heavyweight division. Besides being a good prospect, he is a perfect fit for our Fight Club OC shows, as he has the look and excitement that our fans enjoy. Move over Oscar De La Hoya and Sergio Martinez, there is another candidate to take away your title as “Best Looking Fighter in the Business!” (more…)
The pain’s gone by now for Frankie Edgar. Not from the bruises in training camp or from the injured back that has kept him on the sidelines since the beginning of the year, though those aches have faded too. No, it’s the pain that the UFC lightweight champion felt after going five grueling rounds with number one contender Gray Maynard at UFC 125 in January, only to get a draw . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Jeff Zimmerman
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, will promote their next show, Fright Night, on Saturday, October 29th at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The new venue looks to become the permanent home for Ayala boxing cards in Fort Worth. The card is headlined by former WBC Youth Champion Jose Hernandez (10-5-1, 4 KOs) fighting the always tough veteran Justo Vallecillo (6-13-2, 3 KOs). The card also includes two of DFW’s hottest prospects Miguel Buendia (6-1, 3 KOs) and Manuel Rojas (2-0) in separate bouts. (more…)
Welterweight Kell Brook faces Rafal Jackiewicz in a WBA eliminator at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield, England, tomorrow night and says he’s ready to fight for a world title. “It’s time to go now,” said Brook at today’s weigh-in. “I’ve got to get into these big fights – I’m 25 and I’m ready for it. There’s room for a new boxing star in Britain at the moment and I’m going to be clicking into that gap of elite fighters.” Brook was greeted with a huge cheer at today’s public weigh-in at The Winter Gardens in Sheffield, where he tipped the scales at 146.25, while Jackiewicz registered at 146.75.
Vincent Ponte’s Gulfstream Promotions has announced the signing of middleweight Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran to a promotional contract. Duran, of Paterson, New Jersey is originally from Accra, Ghana and sports a record of 26-8-2 with 10 KOs. Duran will be involved in a high profile bout on October 28th in Atlantic City when he takes on undefeated prospect Brandon Gonzales in a bout that will be telecasted live as part of the popular SHOWTIME boxing series SHO BOX: The New Generation.
The show is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Not only isn’t World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion Dannie Williams the best kept secret in the lightweight division anymore, the southpaw is arguably the most dangerous 135-pounder in the world, recently breaking into the top 10 for the first time and shooting for the stars.
Co-Promoted by Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, the 27-year-old Williams has overcome numerous obstacles in his life en route to becoming a legitimate contender. No longer just a prospect, he has won 18 of 19 pro fights, 15 by knockout, and recently moved into the WBC ratings at #9. (more…)
Undefeated Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez will take the stage in a featherweight battle against Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza on the Thompson Boxing Promotion “Path to Glory” fight card scheduled on Friday October 14 at the popular Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. “Path to Glory” features several welterweight, bantamweight and featherweight bouts including La Puente’s popular Lopez (15-0, 11 KOs) facing Tijuana, Mexico’s Espinoza (28-11, 26 KOs) in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
It has been confirmed that Moruti Mthalane (27-2, 18 KOs) will make a voluntary defense of his IBF flyweight belt against the 35-year-old European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-4, 12 KOs) on October 28 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.
By Ron Jackson
Balema Weliya makes his second attempt to win a South African title when he faces Goodman Dywili at the Old Mutual Wits University Hall in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon in a clash for the vacant super middleweight belt. The South African title became vacant when Tshepang Mohale won the light heavyweight title and was obliged to relinquish the super middleweight title in terms of the South African Boxing Act. (more…)
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Universum Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs) plans to get back in the ring this year. The Uzbek who lost to WBA champion Alexander Povetkin in his last fight for the vacant belt, said, “For me it doesn’t matter whether I box eight or ten rounds. All I want to do is fight. I need the practice. Next year, I want to rise in the official rankings to get a new World Championship bout. I absolutely want to fight this year.”
His Promoter will host an another event this year, not at the DIMA Sport-Center, but rather outside of Hamburg. Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch stated, “We would like to give Ruslan the opportunity to fight again and warmly recommend him for a world championship bout. We are planning definitely with Ruslan. He has the potential to attack the top of the world again. We are really happy to have a contract with such an experienced boxer.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
The “Quien Pinta para la Corona” tournament will hit the Arena Monterrey this Saturday with Mexican ring legends Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Pipino Cuevas hosting the event. After several intense preliminary dates the fighters are nearing the end of the competition where $50,000 will go to the champion and runner-up.
Martín Casilla (4-0, 4KOs) vs Édgar Monarrez (11-0, 9KOs)
8 rounds, Bantamweight
Jose Piston Lopez (13-0-1, 7KOs) vs Eliud Melendez (2-0-1, 2KOs)
8 rounds, Welterweight
Sergio Torres (16-2-1, 14KOs) vs Carnicero Medellin (19-9-2, 15KOs)
8 rounds, Super Featherweight
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (23-2, 17 KOs) has been working in Guadalajara to get in top shape for his first world title shot. Sylvester, represented by Canelo Promotions, has a showdown on November 7 in Bangkok, Thailand against unbeaten Phaiparob Kokietgym (18-0, 16 KOs) for the WBA interim minimumweight title. It will be Silvestre’s second time travelling to Asia, last time was to exchange blows with Donnie Nietesvin and he lost in a stoppage by the referee. The Silvestre team is fully confident that he can return to Mexico with the WBA world belt.
Hatton Promotions will stage two championship cards in November. The bills in Oldham and Newport will be screened live on Sky Sports.
Manchester’s Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell headlines at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday November 12. The bill will also include unbeaten heavyweight Richard Towers, former European super-featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr, Tommy Stubbs, Kieran Farrell, Dezzie Higginson, Tom Shaw, Adam Little, Tom Scott and Ryan Davies. Two weeks later on Saturday November 26, the Hatton Promotions juggernaut travels down to Newport Centre, South Wales.
Heading the card will be Cardiff’s newly crown British super-featherweight champion Gary Buckland. Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon is putting together an undercard that will include former European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe, 2008 Olympian Joe Murray, Jez Wilson and Tom Doran.
Opponents for the major contests will be announced in the next ten days.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME’s acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series is all about matching young fighters tough. Tonight’s telecast, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), is no exception as unbeaten lightweights Sharif Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) and Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) collide in an attractive 10-round main event at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Undefeated junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) faces Francisco Santana (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in the eight-round TV opener.
By Rey Colón – The Sport Press
Unbeaten welterweight Thomas Dulorme (12-0, 10 KOs) will defend his NABA belt for the first time against Charlie Jose Navarro (20-4, 15 KO’s), while Kenny Galarza (15-1, 14 KO’s) will go against Johan Perez (13-0-1, 10 KO’s) for the WBA Fedelatin belt in two bouts during the WBA KO Drugs Festival on October 22 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama. Victories will place both in the #2 ranking in their respective divisions, with possible title shots early in 2012.
Super flyweight César “Junito” Seda (21-1, 15 KOs) will have a second chance at the WBO 115lb crown at the end of the year or the beginning of the next.
Hot lightweight prospect Jose Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) will be active on December 3 at the Caribe Hilton on a card for the Convention of Civil Servants in New York.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Jonathan ‘Mantequilla’ Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs) should return on October 28 in the U.S. or before the end of 2012.
Photo: Emily Harney
The surroundings will look familiar tonight once Vladine Biosse steps inside Twin River, the backdrop for some of his most impressive victories. The only difference will be the circumstances. For the first time in his career, Biosse will enter the ring coming off a loss when he faces John Mackey (13-6, 6 KOs) of Montgomery, Ala., in the eight-round super middleweight main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Rhode Warriors” professional boxing event at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a battle of unbeatens, popular Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend his NABO lightweight title against hard-hitting Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 7, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) takes on Francisco Santana (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in a eight-round junior middleweight match.
WEIGHTS: Bogere and Contreras weighed the division-limit 135 pounds. Charlo tipped scale at 153½ pounds, Santana 154. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
There seems to be a rash of athletic impersonators in the Washington, DC area lately. First a man comes to DC claiming to be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young. Now comes word that someone is sending out tweets in the name of Lamont Peterson as Peterson gets ready for his December 10th showdown with WBA and IBF Super Lightweight champion Amir Khan at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.
Peterson’s trainer Barry Hunter tells Fightnews that the tweets are not coming from his fighter and he wants to get the word out. “Lamont is not sending out these tweets,” Hunter said. “We just want them stopped before something is said that shouldn’t be said.” (more…)
Gray Maynard and Chael Sonnen work out for the media during the UFC 136 open workouts at the George R. Brown Convention Center on October 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Shannan Taylor
Former two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor (51-10-3, 36 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds against Sintung Kietbusaba (11-7, 10 KOs) on Friday at the Wollongong Basketball Stadium in NSW, Australia. Taylor has scored KO wins over world WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF junior welterweight champion Jake Rodriguez but lost to Shane Mosley in WBC welterweight title bout in 2001 and dropped a twelve round decision to German boxing great Arthur Abraham in IBF middleweight title challenge in 2006. “Abraham was the best puncher I have ever boxed,” said Taylor. “There are plenty of fights left in Shannan Taylor. I am chasing another world title shot.” On the undercard tough as nails welterweight Adrian Campbell (9-9, 3 KOs) will clash with Chad Naidu (3-12-3) over ten rounds. Also world rated female bantamweight Alesia Graf (24-2, 9 KOs) will box Latana Mundine (1-1). Graf formerly of Germany but now based in Australia. Promoter Rod Van Akker of Crododile Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion veteran Colin Wilson (35-27-1, 21 KOs) will clash with Michael Kirby (9-4-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds with the vacant Australian heavyweight crown up for grabs at the Gold Coast Hotel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Wilson has held the title previously and has been in the ring with several world class heavyweights including Kali Meehan, Alex Leapai and former world champion Corrie Sanders. Wilson defeated Jimmy Thunder in 2002. Australian based South African Pieter Cronjie stopped Wilson in his most recent ring outing twelve months ago. Michael Kirby was stopped by world rated Kali Meehan in June and boxed a draw with Ben Edwards in an Australian heavyweight title bout in May. Kirby stands 6’3″ and weighs 260 pounds and Wilson is 6’5″ and weighs 265 pounds. In the main supporting bout Israel Kani (11-4-2, 5 KOs) will meet Tyrone Jones (5-1, 2 KOs) for the Queensland State light heavyweight title over eight rounds. Promoter: Jamie Myer. Televised on Foxtel Cable television throughout Australia.
With great enthusiasm and looking forward to his next week fight, undefeated featherweight prospect Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez said he is ready to face the biggest names in the featherweight division. “To be the best I have to beat the best. That is the goal of every fighter”, said Vélez (16-0, 12 KOs) amidst a media workout held in Juncos Boxing Gym. Vélez will be the main star of “Imparable” (Unstoppable), which will go on stage on Friday, October 14th at the Coliseo Rafael G. Juncos Amalbert. “La Maravilla” Vélez who was accompanied by the Mayor of Juncos, Alfredo “Papo” Alejandro, said he is convinced that the jump to 126 pounds is the best decision for his career. “As I said, I need to always get to the ring at 100 percent, and now at 126 pounds we know that we will achieve that goal,” said the hard-hitting puncher. For more details and photos click here…
Photo Credit For Bute Photos: Interbox
Photo Credit For Johnson Photos: Marco Perez / Mpsportimages.com
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute and ageless former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior’’ Johnson held media workouts in South Florida this week as they prepare for their Nov. 5 showdown, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. For more details and photos click here…
Owners of the most unique styles in mixed martial arts today, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and former titlist Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will meet in the Octagon in the main event of December 10th’s UFC 140 card at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Jhon Berrio 160 vs. Manny Siaca III 160
Shawn Nichol 116.5 vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 116
Manuel Galaviz 114 vs. Jonathan González 114
Alberto Candelario 135 vs. Ken Alvarez 135
Javier Ramos 128 vs. Jonathan Torres 130
Michael Ramos 148.5 vs. Jonathan Arroyo 146
José García 121.7 vs. Harry Pérez 127
Juan Santiago 129.5 vs. Raymond Pérez 134.5
José Aguirre – will weigh in later vs. Christian Rodríguez 126.5
Venue: Coliseo Rebekah Colberg, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
Famed world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank present a night of World Class Championship Boxing on October 27 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The nine-bout card will include the return of two-time world challenger Bernabe Concepcion, former world champion, Rodel Mayol and world ranked Richie Mempranum, all of them managed by the the pound per pound king, Pacquiao and his MP Promotions company.
Concepcion (30-4-1, 17 Kos) of Rizal, Philippines will take on Aaron Garcia (10-2-2, 2 Kos) of San Diego in a 10 round bout for the WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Championship. Mayol (20-5-2, 21 Kos) the fomer WBC mini flyweight champion will face former world title challenger Luis Maldonado (38-6-1. 29 Kos) of Mexicali, Mexico in an eight round super flyweight bout. Memprahum (18-3-1, 3 KO’s) of Massion, Philippines will take on Rigoberto Casillas (6-6-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round super flyweight bout. Tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $50 and $90.
Some of New England’s brightest and best boxing prospects will be showcased Friday, Oct. 21, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), when DiBella Entertainment returns to the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
The same market that has produced “Irish” Micky Ward, “Bad” Chad Dawson, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, John “The Quietman” Ruiz and so many more world-class boxers during the past 20 years, will also feature a multi-talented quartet comprised of highly-touted super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, fan-friendly Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski, exciting Danny O’Connor, and gifted Luis “KO King” Rosa, on the “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right” card. The N.E. Fab Four has an impressive combined record of 53-1. (more…)
On October 7th, Osumanu Adama (19-2, 14KOs) the current IBO Inter-Continental Middle and USBA middleweight champion will indeed be put through the biggest test in his professional boxing career as he is scheduled to face former IBF light middleweight champion Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin (40-4-2, 26KOs). The IBF proposed bout is the main event for Cynthia Tolaymat’s CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night III.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Robert Schlesinger/PAP
“I want people to know me as a great fighter. The rest doesn’t matter. My private life is not for sale,” said Poland’s new European middleweight champion Grzegorz “Super G” Proksa (26-0, 19 KOs) in an exclusive Fightnews interview after demolishing former world champion Sebastian Sylvester in three short rounds on his own home turf in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The performance earned Proska rave reviews from both European and American boxing writers. “If Lou DiBella would call me now and ask me to fight the great Sergio Martinez, I would say ‘Yes, of course, let’s do it!'” said 26-year-old who divides his time between training camp and sitting on the Board of Directors in his hometown bank. (more…)
SPORTS.SHO.COM has posted the full May 13 brawl between Sharif Bogere and Raymundo Beltran for on demand viewing starting now!
Last May 13 – Friday the 13th – in an entertaining main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere survived a cut over the left eye and an inspired performance by upset-minded underdog Raymundo Beltran to capture a bloody, close, crowd-pleasing 10-round decision at Primm, Nev. In anticipation of what will be an excellent scrap this Friday on ShoBox (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) between the Ugandan-born Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas and fellow unbeaten Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) of Irvington, N.J., by way of Dominican Republic, the Bogere-Beltran fight will be available for viewing in its entirety at sports.sho.com beginning today/Thursday, Oct. 6.
Bogere took a hard-fought, unanimous nod over Beltran by the scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93, but some felt it could have gone either way. SHOWTIME announcers Curt Menefee and Steve Farhood both scored it a draw.
In Friday’s ShoBox co-feature at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas, Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) of Houston risks his unblemished record against Francisco Santana (12-2-1, 6 KOs) of Santa Barbara, Calif., in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.
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