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European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko collapsed in his dressing room one hour before his fight with Ablert Sosnowski would have started.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC has told the camps of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik to initiate the free negotiations period for a fight for the undisputed WBC middleweight title. If there is no agreement between the parties, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Mexico City.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar & Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
After the main event of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Alfonso Gomez scheduled for the “In Harm’s Way” fight card fell out some weeks ago because of a Gomez injury and then Chavez Jr. pulling out with the flu last week, Top Rank’s Bob Arum joked that the title was more than apt but for all the wrong reasons. With 2011 coming to an end, Top Rank took advantage of the date to put on a nine-bout night shock full of up-and-coming prospects and an independent PPV card that proved it did not need the “Son of a Legend” to be exciting . . . Click here for more
The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s grand arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson will arrive at the casino’s main entrance around 11 a.m. Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana will follow around 11:15. An autograph session will follow.
With several more champions at large, the true, undisputed king of the 140-pound division might not be crowned on December 11, but fight fans are going to finally know who’s the better man after the dust clears in the long-awaited showdown between quarter-champion Amir Khan, holder of the WBA belt, and his interim-version belt-bearer, Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
UFC Lightweight contender Jim Miller (18-2) is looking to win a little Christmas cheer in Montreal at UFC 124 next week, when he takes on highly touted, “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year” nominee Charles Oliviera (14-0) . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
By Graham Houston
It’s wonderful when a fight lives up to and maybe even surpasses expectations, and we had such a fight on PPV on Saturday night when Humberto Soto retained his lightweight title by outpointing a very brave and determined Urbano Antillon. Some thought that the judges’ scores were too close but the important thing is that the winner got a deserved, unanimous decision after a fight that had everything except a knockdown. I liked Soto to win the fight, as I wrote in a preview on the free site, and I even thought he could get a stoppage. Antillon fought above anything he has shown before, though, and pushed Soto hard in every one of the 12 rounds.
It seemed to me that Soto was always in front but that Antillon was never completely out of the fight. In the end, it was a one-point deduction from Antillon’s score for a low blow that decided the fight. Without the one-point deduction the fight would have been a majority draw.
I can’t avoid using a cliché — Antillon fought like a man possessed. It was as if, and I hesitate to say it, he was willing to die to win the fight. (more…)
Photos by Eroll Popova
European super welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) successfully defended his belt against Hamlet Petrosyan (29-7, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. Click here for more photos…
Empire Sports & Entertainment headed by Shelly Finkel and Prize Fight Promotions headed by Brian Young will present monthly cards on FOX Sports Net beginning with taped shows this month and moving to live telecasts in the summer. The shows will air on Thursday nights.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Herby Whyne
Despite a big win Friday night against local rival Sebastien Demers and headlining at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night, don’t expect Renan St-Juste to slow down as he inches closer to a big fight. At 38 years old, time is precious commodity that St-Juste and his promoters can’t afford to waste. The newly acquired NABO belt will put the powerful southpaw back into the rankings, albeit this time at 168 pounds as he agreed to move up to meet Demers.
It was a signature performance for St-Juste who too often has found himself without an opponent or not performing at an optimum level when given the opportunity.
Promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox knows that the time has to be now and not later for St-Juste, and is leaving the door open to both 160 and 168 pounds. “He had problems the last couple of times out, But tonight was his fight,” said Bedrard. “We have to find him a fight now. Right now!” (more…)
Photo by Stacey Rivas
Fightnews.com photographer Big Joe Miranda displays his “Photographer of the Year” award at Sunday’s WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Induction Ceremony at American Sports University in San Bernardino, California. Also on hand was WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez collecting his Fighter of the Year honors. Promoter of the Year was Kenny Thompson. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
Photos by K2 Promotions
IBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) scored a brutal technical knock out in the twelfth round against Colombian power puncher Richard Gutierrez (26-5-1, 16 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine on Saturday night. Click here for more photos…
By Jeffery Pamungkas at ringside
Eager for a big knockout victory, something rare in his seven year title reign, WBA featherweight champion Chris John performed with the usual high standard of boxing ability that he displayed in his previous fights with Osamu Sato, Derrick Gainer, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rocky Juarez (twice). Although winning by convincing scores of 119-109 (Sylvestre Abainza, Pinit Prayadsab) and 120-108 (Jose Ignacio Martinez) over his foe Fernando David Saucedo, John failed to utilize the weapons that have become his trademark: jabs, straight punches, excellent footwork, body movement, and fast combinations.
Perhaps having the impression that his opponent was weak, John tried to attack Saucedo from the beginning of the bout. Saucedo absorbed John’s aggressions with his excellent cover mixed with occasional counters by left hooks which many times endangered the champion. John himself missed many potential knockout punches which hit only air in almost every round for his efforts to score a clean knockout victory for his fans. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
One defeat in 19 fights, never been stopped, promoters could have tried selling David Lemieux’s most recent victim any number of ways Friday, but thankfully chose not to. Lemieux was downgraded from headline status for his fight with Purnell Gates, giving way to a local grudge match between Renan St-Juste that was actually shorter in duration than the Lemieux debacle, but at least was a fight for as long as it lasted.
Everyone stood in unison as to the sub-standard effort put forth by Gates and hoped that some sanctions would be forthcoming by the Quebec Commission. Gates who claimed a hand injury after the first, and perhaps only, punch he threw went down twice before his corner had seen enough and made the climb up the stairs, calling off the contest at 2:50 of the second round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24KO’s) will be in action next Wednesday when he will have his last contest with an Australian opponent when he hopes to defeat the Australian 2010 super middleweight contender winner Garth Wood (9-1-,5KO’s) in a ten round middleweight bout at the Acer Arena at Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Wood scored wins over former world rated Victor Oganov and Kariz Kariuki to capture the Contender 168 pound title in 2010. Mundine who is now trained by former WBO 147 pound challenger Jeff Malcolm is looking to eventual challenge Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and is also looking for fights in the USA against Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.
WBA#2 Mundine hopes to challenge for the WBA interim 154 pound title against Rigoberto Alvarez soon. Mundine said ”We are trying to get Alvarez here, win the title here and then go over there. I would probably defend against Trout or they are talking about Ronald Hearns, who is [Thomas] ‘Hitman’ Hearns’s son. I don’t care. Once I get over there, just line them up … I want to climb the ladder until I get to the best of the best.” (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas at ringside
Undefeated longtime WBA featherweight world champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) retained his title on Sunday with a twelve round unanimous decision over Fernando David Saucedo (38-5-3, 1 KO) at the Indoor Tennis Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. There were no knockdowns in the bout that John won by scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108.
In the co-feature, featherweight Daud Yordan (27-1, 20 KOs) needed just 19 seconds to destroy Damian David Marchiano (16-7-1, 6 KOs) in a clash for the interim WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title.
Former world champion and season two runner-up in the TV reality series “The Contender” Steve Forbes (34-8, 10 KOs) returns to the ring December 17th in Indiana. Forbes will take on veteran Roberto Valenzuela. Valenzuela has fought the who’s who in boxing and has at least 112 professional bouts to his credit. Emmanuel Augustus was being considered as the original opponent for Forbes but it will now be Valenzuela. The eight round welterweight main event bout will take place at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana with Mike Leanardi (People’s Champ Boxing) promoting.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The mark of a good fighter is finding a way to win after the original game plan is proven to be a failure.
Jonathan Brookins dug deep and put on a dominant performance on the canvas, defeating fellow teammate Michael Johnson to become season twelve’s Ultimate Fighter. . . . Click here for more
Postfight presser by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Two years ago, Jonathan Brookins was TKOed by an up and coming fighter named Jose Aldo who would go on to become one of the greatest fighters in the world today. The loss has been the bane of Brookins existence since. Upon entering The Ultimate Fighter 12 house, Brookins was known as the guy who Aldo knocked out. But on December 4th 2010, he is now known as the guy who won The Ultimate Fighter as he endured a first round storm to earn a unanimous decision victory over Michael Johnson . . . Click here for more
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
Boom. Boom. Boom.
By the time the eighth round came around, that’s all that could be heard – Holly Holm’s repeatedly socking it to New York’s Ann Marie Saccurato. That is, before their 10-round rematch was cut short after Saccurato’s trainer signaled Referee Rocky Burke to end the slaughter at :51 of round eight . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
Russian boxing powerhouse German Titov Promotions announced that it has signed to a promotional contract 22-year-old Dominican Olympian Gilbert Lennin Castillo (3-0, 2 KOs) who fights in the light heavyweight class. Castillo was an amateur standout who represented his country to the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Titov had this to say about his new recruit, “Castillo is a young and talented boxer. He was an excellent amateur and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will perform very well as a pro.” Titov Promotions has another Dominican star in its ranks, 2008 Olympic junior welterweight gold medalist Felix Diaz. Titov traveled to the Dominican Republic to watch young Castillo in action on a boxing card last Monday and was positively impressed by the young man. Castillo will probably be fighting on another card in the Dominican Republic on December 19th. “We plan to keep Gilbert busy and move him up rapidly,” commented Titov.
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko has been released from the Helios Klinik in Schwerin, Germany after undergoing a battery of tests, including a CT scan. “I’m doing better again,” he said today. “I’m still waiting on some results and a clinic in Hamburg will do more tests tomorrow. I hope that we’ll know what happened. This is something I’ve never experienced before. I apologize to the fans in the arena and watching on television, but I hope I’m healthy again quickly and can take this fight. I would like to defend my title against Sosnowski as soon as possible.” Dimitrenko’s fight with Albert Sosnowski was cancelled after Dimitrenko feinted in his dressing room. Universum has announced that Dimitrenko is still champion and the bout will be rescheduled.
Barbados super lightweight prospect and 22-year-old Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine added another KO victory to his unblemished record to take his wins to 13 in as many fights. Young Antoine who turns 23 on February 4th, 2011 started slowly as he tried to figure out the award southpaw style of his Guyanese opponent Shawn Pile. Antoine sent Pile to the canvas early in the second round with a series of accurate combinations. Pile visited the canvas two more times in the third round, the last was a result of a well placed right uppercut. Referee Eon Jardine had seen enough and wisely saved Pile from further punishment. Antoine is a former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion who was stripped of his title after he was refused permission by the local Barbados commission to defend during the 2010 AIBA women’s world championships. Antoine, who is trained by top local promoter Sam Layne is the brightest young prospect coming out of the Caribbean.
By Doug Gibson at ringside
In an tough eight-round fight in Ogden’s Golden Spike Arena Saturday night, Salt Lake City’s Gary Gomez took a close decision of Ogden’s Valente Tinajero to win the Utah Cruiserweight championship. It was an exciting fight that matched Tinajero’s aggressiveness with Gomez’s ring savvy. The veteran Gomez, 19-11-2, was pressed every round by Tinajero, 8-3, who frequently scored hard right hands. However, Gomez was able to counterpunch well against Tinajero, scoring to the body often. The final round was an exciting slugfest, as both fighters tried hard to end on top. In the end, the judges favored Gomez’ ring generalship. This reporter scored the fight a draw, 76-76.
In a preliminary bout, veteran Ogden heavyweight Billy Zumbrun, 24-12-1, scored a very easy second round knockout over woefully out of shape Tulsa, Okla., trial horse Jason Nicholson, 18-26-2. Zumbrun floored Nicholson three times before the fight was stopped.
In other fights, middleweight Todd Willingham scored a four round decision over Will Walton and lightweight Cesar Romero stopped Jason Hayes after three rounds.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC silver super welterweight titleholder Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) maintained his unbeaten record with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over savvy veteran Lovemore N’Dou (48-12-2, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque De Biesbol Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 for Canelo.
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon improved his record to 41-2 with 34 KOs with a seventh round TKO over Sergio Manuel Medina (35-4, 20 KOs).
In another notable fight, featherweight Victor “El Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) won by TKO in the second round against Filomeno Jaramillo (6-2, 2 KOs). Click here for more photos…
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