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Boxer of the Year: Vitali Klitschko
World Champion of the Year: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Boxer of the Decade: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Bout of the Year: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto
KO of the Year: Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel
Most Dramatic Bout of the Year: Ponmpayak Propramook vs. Adrian Hernandez
Exemplary Boxer of the Year: Jhonny Gonzalez
Comeback of the Year: Floyd Mayweather
Most Active Promoter of the Year: Golden Boy Promotions
Special Honor Award: Julio Cesar Chávez Jr.
By David Finger
Photo: Ed Mulholland
It’s been called the theater of the absurd, and never has the title fit more aptly then in recent years. The Heavyweight division, the lifeblood of the sweet science, seemed to be sinking in quicksand. With every passing year it seemed like the major players in boxing’s most prestigious division were slipping further and further in obscurity in the eyes of casual sports fans. Suddenly, finding heavyweight fights on American TV became a rare occurrence, and often they profiled mismatches between young prospects on their way up. In fact, if you happened to have turned on the TV and watched a major heavyweight fight between a well established top rank contender and a dangerous former heavyweight champion, odds were you either had a great satellite package or you lived in Europe. But all that was suppose to change this week, when the highest rated American heavyweight, Eddie Chambers, was to face the dangerous former heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich on January 21 in the inaugural main event of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” card at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. It was a fight that promised more exposure with American fight fans as any in the last five years. But, as is often the case in heavyweight boxing, the worst case scenario was realized. With days before the fight was scheduled to occur, Eddie Chambers pulled out of the fight citing injured ribs. It was a move that infuriated the Belarussian, who saw his biggest opportunity to shine in front of American fight fans disappear in an instance. (more…)
Dereck Chisora has laughed off David Haye’s boast that he will be heavyweight champion again if he got the call to fight Vitali Klitschko. Londoner Chisora faces WBC king Klitschko on Saturday 18th February at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany. The 28-year-old says Haye was humiliated by Wladimir Klitschko when he lost his WBA title in July last year and would be knocked out by Vitali if they met. “Haye had his chance to back up all the pre-fight bull he came out with against Wladimir, but he put up that embarrassing performance and then topped it by blaming it on injured little toe,” stormed Chisora.
“I can’t see how the British public will forgot about that and now he’s coming out with the same bull again by saying that he will go to war and win his title back if he gets Vitali. I think it’s just embarrassing, Wladimir made a laughing stock out of him and Vitali would knock him out. Haye should just stay retired and out of the sport, he had his time and failed on his biggest night, now I’m going to go out there and show him how to fight a Klitschko. One things for sure I won’t by going into the ring like a scared rabbit like Haye did, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got to win the world title.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
When Fighting Harada was our one and only world champion, everyone knew him. Haraada was a household name. The world championship had a special rarity value. But now we, in Japan, have had eight male champs and six female titlists. Even boxing fans sometimes fail to remember all names, missing some. Whether you like it or not, almost every month there are world title bouts, boxing losing the said rarity value here.
The number of our world titlists might increase more should we count interim champ, champion in recess, champ emeritus etc. in addition. Japan has affiliated with only the WBC and the WBA for quality control or for anti-proliferation, but should we recognize the WBO and the IBF, our world champs would easily become more than twenty in total. Such a phenomenon may occur that even hardcore fight fans won’t be able to mention all our world champs in the future. (more…)
A highly-anticipated and exciting title fight featuring two of the world’s elite mixed martial artists will take place when STRIKEFORCE® returns to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 3, when newly-crowned women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate makes her first title defense against undefeated sensation Ronda Rousey. (more…)
Continuing a commitment to the health and safety of its athletes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that all potential UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® signees will be subject to a mandatory pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all incoming athletes will be tested prior to finalizing a contract with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce is having problems finding an opponent for his next scheduled fight on February 10 in Durango, Mexico. So far both Lorenzo Parra and Giovanni Andrade have not been approved as world title challengers by the WBO. “Andrade does not have the merits to be included in any of our rankings,” said WBO President Francisco Varcacel, “therefore the WBO will not sanction this fight. If we sanction a fight between Arce and Andrade, our organization will lose credibility among many. We must maintain a level of prestige. Title fights must be between fighters in our rankings and deserving of a title shot.”
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) will celebrate a special homecoming on February 18. Fighting in Copenhagen for the first time in more than five years, the “Hardhitter” will challenge WBA Interim Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee (35-4-1, 24 KOs) at Broendby Hall. “Rudy has knocked out everybody we have put in front of him,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He has earned his world title shot and we are thrilled to bring him back to Broendby where he can count on the boisterous support of his hometown fans. Magee is incredibly tough but I am convinced that Rudy will beat him.” (more…)
Due to the fact that there was only to be partial representation of fight officials who were involved with the December 10, 2011 Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson bout at tomorrow’s scheduled appeal hearing of the fight’s outcome before the IBF, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan have decided to withdraw their appeal and focus their full attention on Amir’s next fight.
Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan are pleased to have been vindicated by the WBA’s recent decision to mandate an immediate rematch and still hopes that Peterson will honor earlier statements in which he asserted that he would be happy to agree to a rematch. In that vein, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan have announced they would agree to a 50/50 split of worldwide revenues derived from a rematch (including those derived from the United Kingdom) should Peterson agree to participate and hope that this will be both financially and professionally satisfying to Peterson and his team.
By Felipe Leon
After switching venues like boxing’s version of musical chairs, the Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Omar Estrella WBC USNBC featherweight title tilt finally found a home in the seaside port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on Saturday, January 21st. The Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino event will be held at the “Bodega del Boxeo”, a venue created specifically to hold the multi-bout fight card. The main event will be televised live in Mexico by mega channel Televisa as part of their Saturday night boxing series “Sabados de Corona.”
Originally the contest was set for Mexico City and then Tijuana. (more…)
At approximately 4:50 PM, EST, the IBF received notice that Golden Boy Promotions withdrew their appeal of the Khan-Peterson bout. The hearing that was scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday,1/18) has been cancelled. The IBF has received no further information on this decision by Golden Boy Promotions.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will make a $100,000 donation and check presentation to the staff and Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Affiliate in recognition of their efforts to support women and men through breast cancer. The Presentation will take place at 1PM Wednesday at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.
The IBF will hear the appeal filed by the Amir Khan camp on Wednesday at the Gateway Holton in Newark, NJ. IBF panel members will be Jack Reiss (referee, California), Samuel Viruet (referee, New York) and Glenn Feldman (judge, Connecticut).
The basis of the appeal is as follows:
1. Miscalculation of the score. It is alleged that George Hill’s scoring of the 7th round was originally 10-10 and was changed to 10-8 in favor of Peterson.
2. Inappropriate conduct/misconduct of the referee. It is alleged that the knockdown of Peterson in Round 1 that was ruled a slip by referee Joe Cooper should have been ruled a knockdown.
3. Inappropriate conduct/misconduct of the referee. The referee warned Peterson about leading with his head but did not deduct any points from Peterson. It is alleged that had the referee deducted a point or two from Peterson, the result would have been a draw or a win for Khan.
4. Violation of IBF Rules with detrimental effect on Khan. The allegation is that Mustafa Ameen was communicating with a “Judge who was scoring the bout.” (more…)
Video by Joel A. Colón
Once again the popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” returns to Florida’s Space Coast with an exciting show, Friday, February 10th at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, FL. In the main event, WBO Latino featherweight champion and #6 contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (17-2-1-8 KO’s) OF San Juan, Puerto Rico, will put his ranking and title on the line against WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-5-7 KO’s) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 7 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US and Televisa Deportes Network will televise at 11:00 PM CST in Mexico and Central America. Tickets are already on sale at The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce in Palm Bay, FL or by calling 321-951-9998. Tuto Zabala, Jr. and All Star Boxing, Inc are presenting the event. The Palm Bay Community Center is located at 1502 Port Malabar NE in Palm Bay.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) and former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) hosted a news conference today to officially to announce their world featherweight championship rematch. Lopez-Salido II will take place March 10 and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME.
“I expect a very different fight. I know he will be better then last time,” said Salido. “But I don’t see him changing much. He might try in the beginning to fight in a different style but he will come back to his strengths. He is going to feel that he is the better and stronger man, and that he is not. I want to show that my first win was not a fluke. I came back to fight in Puerto Rico because he gave the opportunity to me to fight for a world championship here and I have never had any problem winning in an opponents’ home base.”
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to fight in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum where my idol Tito Trinidad had so many fights and this is a dream come true for me,” commented Juanma. “I want to thank Salido for coming back to Puerto Rico and giving me this opportunity. I knew Salido was a tough fighter and he came prepared and beat me and I offered no excuses. This fight is the most Important of my career and I will train very hard to regain my title.” (more…)
WBA #8/WBC #15/ IBF #15 super middleweight contender Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (16-1, 13 KOs) will defend his IBF Inter-Continental belt against IBF #12, WBC #14 Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round main event on February 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will also be an IBF super middleweight voluntary eliminator fight for the #2 rating. “The winner of the Stevenson-Gonzalez voluntary eliminator fight will better position himself for a world title fight in 2012,” promoter Yvon Michel said. “Stevenson is targeting the IBF belt. To succeed he has no intention of hoping for a favor, he will do it the old fashion way, he will earn it! This is the reason why a win against Gonzales is a must at this point of his career.”
Light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), the reigning NABO title-holder from Colombia and 2008 Olympian faces former USBA champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs), winner of Oscar de la Hoya’s The Next Great Champ television reality show, in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)
Two undefeated Philadelphia heavyweights have agreed to move up into the spotlight and put their perfect records on the line this coming Saturday at Philadelphia’s legendary Asylum Arena on the inaugural broadcast of the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series. Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) and Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings (11-0, 5 KOs) in the ten-round co-main event. Byarm and Jennings will risk their undefeated records on short notice. The originally scheduled main event, featuring heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich, was scrapped when Chambers revealed on Friday that he had suffered two broken ribs in training.
“This series is about giving the fans exciting, action-packed fights where the outcome is in doubt,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “It is truly a shame that Chambers and Liakhovich cannot fight on Saturday, but athletes get injured. We tried all weekend to find a suitable replacement to face Liakhovich, but truly competitive opposition could not be found on such short notice. Last night we decided that it would be in the best interests of the fans and the series to go in another direction and present a fight that will live up to the standards that we have set for this project. We are thrilled to have come up with such a compelling bout. The fans in Philadelphia and those watching on TV will have plenty to cheer about on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The 10-round battle between Argentinian jr welterweight contender Lucas Mattthyse and Mexican Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz slated for Friday in Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina has been postponed until February 10. Ortiz-Matthysse will be televised live throughout Latin America.
WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs), from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, and former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, will host a news conference today to officially to announce their world featherweight championship rematch. Lopez-Salido II will take place Saturday, March 10 and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME. If the rematch is anything like their first rumble, more than palm trees will be swaying when these two warriors start throwing. The telecast will open with undefeated #1 featherweight contender Mikey Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs), from Oxnard, Calif., risking record and rating as well as his impending world title shot in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotion, Zanfer Promotions and the city of San Juan, tickets to Lopez-Salido II go on sale today Prices are $400, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased at www.tcpr.com or by phone charge by calling Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000.
The card has been finalized for the January 19 “Championship Boxing at the Hilton Garden Inn” at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions. Featured in the main event will be undefeated lightweight Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) of Guilderland, New York, in a six-round showcase against Colombian veteran Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma (16-19-1, 11 KOs).
In the co-main event, Washington DC’s Gary “Fast Hands” Jones (22-2, 8 KOs) will have the third fight of his comeback against California’s Ishwar Amador (11-9, 7 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight battle. Jones had been out of action for nearly eight years before returning in April 2011. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Alma Montiel
It’s a numbers game for Andre Ward — winning the Super Six, a second belt, a slew of fighter-of-the-year awards, three kids with another on the way and a wife to provide for, retirement when he has a certain amount of money, taking dozens of blows to his head every time he fights.
So much is unknown, the WBA and WBC super middleweight champion said recently: Why are some athletes severely affected by getting hit in the head and not others? Why are some people who aren’t athletes mentally sharp at 90 and beyond and some are severely impaired when they’re decades younger?
“It’s a concern,” Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) said after a press conference in San Francisco with one of his sons at his side, holding on to his leg. “It’s definitely a concern. I have a family.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee David Fields will be the third man in the ring when Mexican IBF lightweight world champion Miguel “Titere” Vasquez (29-3, 13 KOs) defends against Panamanian challenger Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Lawrence Layton, Al Wilensky and David Hess, all from United States.
On April 14 at the Brentwood Centre Essex, former Olympic and European Champion and world title challenger Audley Harrison, makes his return to the ring when he faces the up and coming prospect Ali Adams in a 10 round Championship contest. Audley wants redemption for his performance against David Haye, where he has been the subject of mass criticism for his performance.
Audley said “I’ve never been more disappointed in myself as I felt that night…anyone can lose, but I didn’t lose with dignity, so I was never going to retire off that performance.” (more…)
Unbeaten jr middleweight Sergey Rabchenko is confident of ending Ryan Rhodes big time boxing career. The Hatton Promotions stablemates will meet for the vacant European light-middleweight in Ryan’s hometown, Sheffield on Saturday March 24 at Ponds Forge Arena. Belarusian Rabchenko, who is currently training with his national amateur team, is unbeaten in 19 fights – with 14 victories inside the distance. (more…)
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