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Undefeated heavyweight David Rodriguez is recovering from a knife wound that barely missed cutting his jugular. Without provocation, Rodriguez was assaulted by six men outside of a pizza parlor in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday night. Rodriguez told police that they were trying to cut his jugular – and they barely missed doing that, by half an inch. Rodriguez received 100 stitches for a jawline cut and lost a lot of blood, but is telling the press to pass it on, that he’s okay and recovering.
A press conference was held Monday in Magdeburg, Germany, for Saturday’s SES Boxing card featuring light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight prospects. The opponent to be named for WBO Europa light heavyweight champion Robin Krasniqi (36-2, 12 KOs) was finally announced as Frenchman Hakim Zoulikha (16-2, 8 KOs). They collide in the twelve round main event.
Also WBO #11 light heavy Denis Simcic (26-1, 14 KOs) meets Czech fighter Tomas (not Tomasz) Adamek (17-5-1, 7 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (24-0-1, 14 KOs) takes on Zack Page (21-37-2, 7 KOs), the youngest German cruiserweight champion ever, Dennis Ronert (10-0, 8 KOs) faces unbeaten Aliaksei Marchenka (5-0, 5 KOs), and light heavy Dominic Boesel (4-0, 1 KO) battles John Mifuba (3-2, 1 KO).
The event will be nationally televised on SPORT1.
Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook (26-0, 18 KOs) will make his first appearance of 2012 at the Sheffield Arena on March 17. The unbeaten local hero is back from his successful debut in America and promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to secure Brook to sign for another hometown show against an opponent to be named. “America was a great experience and a valuable one for the future, but I’m delighted to be headlining a massive show in Sheffield,” said Brook. “This is a huge night for me – the biggest show to come to Sheffield in many years and I’m ready to put in a devastating performance against a tough opponent.” Matthew Hatton has been rumored.
Looks like a clash between IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) and Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) will not be taking place on January 28 at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana as expected. On Monday, it was announced by Zanfer Promotions that “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (25-4-3, 11 KOs) will headline that card in search of another world championship facing WBA super bantam female titlist Chantall “Fiera” Martínez (15-4-0, 6 KOs). In the co-feature, WBF flyweight champion Felipe Salguero (15-2-1, 10 KOs) will face Carlos “Shangai” Melo (21-13-1, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his victory in Japan against Satoshi Hosono on Saturday, Panamanian WBA “regular” featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero says he hopes to take on good opponents. Caballero arrived Monday night in Panama City. “I would like to face the winner of the fight between Mexican WBC champion Johnny Gonzalez and the Dominican world champion in recess Elio Rojas. I had great success [in Japan] thanks to God, my family, Jeff Mayweather, my fans, my manager, my friends and my country,” stated Caballero on Facebook.
It is being reported by TMZ that Nelson Mandela’s daughter just lost a $7.5 million battle in court — because that’s how much a judge ordered her to pay an L.A. boxing advisor … after she allegedly flaked on a deal to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight. TMZ broke the story … a man identified as Duane Moody sued Nelson’s daughter Zindziswa Mandela for $7.5 million earlier this year — claiming she hired him to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather bout for her father’s birthday … but ultimately flaked on the deal … and the fight never materialized. The fight was expected to rake in $100 million — and Duane claims Zindziswa promised to pay him a 15% commission on all proceeds … but fell off the radar as he was trying to organize the match. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even since he was a teenager, Juan V. Trevino of Weslaco had a dream that one day he would achieve his goal of becoming a boxing promoter. Well, Trevino’s dream will become a reality on January 7th as his faction, Valley Promotions presents “Border Wars: The Heat Is On” at the Casa De Amistad in Harlingen.
“I have been a big boxing fan since I was 14 years old and had visions of one day becoming involved in the sport,” said Trevino. “Originally, I wanted to be a boxer but couldn’t make it happen because I had heart problems and a bad case of asthma as well.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
38-year-old heavyweight gatekeeper Zack Page (21-37-2, 7 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, will face an undefeated fighter for the eighth consecutive time and 18th time in his career when he meets unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (24-0-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Page has had some success fighting in Germany. Last time he fought there in December 2010, he lost a controversial majority decision to unbeaten Manuel Charr and before that he upset previously unbeaten and highly regarded Sebastian Koeber in this same city almost two years ago to the day. During his career, Page has surprised some “names” such as Kevin McBride, Cisse Salif and former world champ Lou Del Valle. If he can beat Pianeta, it would halt an eight fight losing streak.
WBC/WBA #9 super middleweight contender “Dangerous” Dyah Ali Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs), son of 1976 U.S. Olympic Gold medalist Howard Davis, will headline the first ESPN Friday Night Fight broadcast of 2012 against Alfonso “The Tiger” Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) this Friday night outdoors at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore and ringside analyst Teddy Atlas will return to the January-August series and once again ESPN’s ultra slo-mo camera will be used on select cards. A total of 30 dates are planned for 2012.
The World Boxing Federation has declared themselves to be the most serious contender to challenge the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO after sanctioning 40 bouts in 2011. “We bring sanity back into boxing by not bringing in ridiculous and meaningless titles which no fan really wants or having regional titles with ineligible fighters competing for it, simply to earn a sanction fee,” claims WBF President Howard Goldberg of South Africa. It was also announced that the WBF will introduce a new “Gaelic/Celtic” title. Meanwhile, WBF middleweight champion Karama Nyilawila (13-7-2, 6 KOs) defends his “world” title against Cagri Ermis (12-10-2, 4 KOs) on February 11 in Hamburg, Germany.
By Karl Freitag
The first world championship fight card in January 2012 comes on January 14 in Offenburg, Germany when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) defends his belt against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). Former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will also be on that card against Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs).
On January 20 at the Palms in Las Vegas, WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos v(20-0, 11 KOs) defends against WBA interim belt holder Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) in what is probably the most interesting world title fight of the month.
Finally on January 28, IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) makes the third defense of his belt against Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at a site to be named in Mexico.
January 28 was also the date scheduled for WBC super lightweight king and future hall of gamer Erik “Terrible” Morales to defend against Danny Garcia in Houston, but that bout was pushed back to March 24 after Morales had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas.
By Daryl J. Peoples, IBF President
In 2011 the IBF/USBA experienced a positive growth in membership, activity and popularity. As we welcome in this new year we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped make this possible.
First and foremost we congratulate all our champions for their accomplishments in 2011 and wish them continued success in 2012. We thank all of the fighters who participated in fights sanctioned by our organization this year with the desire to keep, or obtain our crown. These fighters gave us many exciting fights in 2011, though there were some difficult moments. Yet, we look forward to what they all will bring to all of us in 2012. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Ioka’s left hook was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines) promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher.
Ioka, 22, impressively captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in agony in the fifth round this February. The Thai challenger Yodgoen, ex-champ Oleydong’s stablemate, was also unbeaten like Ioka and a year his junior at twenty-one. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), 130, impressively unified the WBA 130-pound belts as he effectively outpunched WBA interim ruler Jorge Solis (40-4-2-1NC, 29 KOs), 130, and finally flattened him with a looping left hook at 0:19 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.
The referee Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) didn’t bother to count against the stretched loser and promptly declared a stoppage, so it was registered as a TKO victory for Uchiyama by our commission (not a KO win after ten count). Ramirez said afterwards, “You have a good champion.”
Thanks, Roberto. Uchiyama now scored five consecutive stoppages in world title bouts, including his title-winning twelfth round TKO over Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010. He obviously proved he could punch harder with better precision than Solis.
Before the trick happened, the judges had tallied as follows: Levi Martinez and Rafael Ramos (both US) both 98-92, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 99-91, all for Uchiyama. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Elongated Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), 125.25, successfully retained his WBA featherweight belt as he kept battering game but much shorter Japanese Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (21-2, 15 KOs), 126, from all angles and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve furious rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.
The verdict was so lopsided as follows: Roberto Ramrez (Puerto Rico) and Levi Martinez (US) both 119-108, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 116-111, all for the 5’11” lanky champ. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US).
We hadn’t recently welcomed Panamanian boxers in world title bouts, but when we heard the national anthem of Panama, we couldn’t but remember such annihilations of Ismael Laguna over Guts Ishimatsu, Hilario Zapata over Shigeo Nakajima and Tadashi Tomori, plus Eusebio Pedroza over Royal Kobayashi and Spider Nemoto. When the exceptionally tall champ as a 126-pounder started fighting, he vividly reminded us of such nightmare of the Panamanian domination over our boxers. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley
Leading Thailand promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang talks to Fightnews and explains the hardship the people of Thailand have had to endure since they suffered their worst floods in history in October, November and December, and how they will come back successfully in 2012. Chaichotchuang also talks about Manny Pacquaio whom he met in Manila during December and 2012 plans for Fahsai Sakkreerin and Thantong Kiattaweesuk, the world rated boxers he manages and promotes. (more…)
By WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza
New Year’s eve is the time of the year where all wishes, thoughts and expectations, travel through every corner of our mind. Boxing, good or bad, maintains its individualist atmosphere. It seems like time is still, and all the main players remain in a state of disunity and inequality. Excessive and caustic criticism will never lead to the harmony and comprehension necessary to reach a balance between economic power, fans’ needs, sanctioning body rulings and boxers’ benefits and development. America is the mecca of boxing and the dream for any boxer in the world. To date, the U.S.A. maintains its worldwide sports status.
The WBA had a very active year with a total of 80 championship bouts, including 23 interim and 15 super champion titles. Without any doubt the most criticized topic of the organization. While our goal is to increase boxing popularity and give more opportunities, another sector feels it is a form of adding confusion to the sport. (more…)
By WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon
We left behind 2011, a year for the whole family full of boxing events that gave a new opportunity to boxing. People say that every year is a new opportunity to realize their dreams and the WBC is immensely pleased with our work and achievements over harvest this year, aware that there are still many things ahead.
Throughout the year we celebrated the birth of some new green and gold champions, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Erik “Terrible” Morales and others. On the other hand Andre Ward won the super middleweight title, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a world title and Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to win the world welterweight crown. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos courtesy Jacques Deschamps
Countries of the Caribbean and Central America have produced great boxers in the past and continue to do so in the present. The region is a constant source of new blood and talent for the game of boxing. A question arises at this end of the year: what are the new figures in boxing in the region, what are the problems that confront local promotors and what was the boxing activity in the area in 2011? To answer these queries, Fightnews talked to a knowledgeable source, promoter and manager Jacques Deschamps, a man who has put up boxing shows in Jamaica, Haiti and Panama and has followed the evolution of boxing in the region for more than 35 years. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Upsets were the norm in 2011 but often only seemed shocking because the sportsbooks now offer such wide odds on boxers who are generally expected to win. Odds of -1000 (10-1 on) once indicated a prohibitive favourite. Now, however, we are seeing boxers listed at -1400, -1800 and higher in fights that have a competitive look to them (such as Lamont Peterson on home ground in DC against Amir Khan).
It might seem unbelievable that the great Joe Louis was a mere 6-1 on favourite to defeat overmatched Nathan Mann in a heavyweight title fight in 1938. Louis was only 2-1 on to beat Max Schmeling in their rematch. Sporting types who felt sure that Louis was a class above Tony Galento could have wagered on the heavyweight champion at 6-1 on — but they would have had a scare when Two-Ton Tony dropped the Brown Bomber with a left hook. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Jermain Taylor was on top of the middleweight world some four years ago. Mentioned as one of boxing’s top fighters pound for pound in the world, nothing seemed to stand in the way of Taylor towards stardom. However, in a span of two years and two weight classes, Taylor suffered three brutal knockouts within four losses, leading to the former undisputed middleweight champion to step away from the sport. After a two-year hiatus, Taylor returned to the ring on Friday night, aiming to get back to where he once was in become the top fighter again in the middleweight division. Even if was at the expense of a limited fighter. (more…)
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Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Brock Lesnar came in with a bang.
He went out the same way.
After being throttled by Alistair Overeem in just 2:26, the former UFC heavyweight champion called it a career and publically retired.
UFC president Dana White apparently had no inkling the “Next Big Thing” was thinking about putting his professional fighting days. (more…)
Postfight report by Andreas Hale
The tension between lightweight contenders Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone had reached a boiling point heading into Friday night’s fight. Usually, when there is this much heat between two fighters, the actual action inside of the cage is barely a fraction of what fight fans anticipate. That certainly wasn’t the case when Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone engaged in a frantically paced three round brawl that ended with Diaz’ hand raised in victory. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), 130, impressively unified the WBA 130-pound belts as he completely outpunched WBA interim ruler Jorge Solid (40-4-2-1NC, 29 KOs), 130, and finally flattened him with a looping left hook at 0:19 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Panamanian Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), 125.25, successfully kept his WBA feather belt as he battered shorter Japanese Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (21-2, 15 KOs), 126, from all angles and pounded out a unaimous decision (119-108 twice and 116-111) over furious twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka’s left hook following a solid combination was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher. (More to come)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature. Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21. For more details and photos click here…
A vicious kick to the body by Alistair Overeem dropped Brock Lesnar to a knee nearly midway through the first round of their bout Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and a storm of Overeem right hands ended not only their UFC 141 main event tussle, but also Lesnar’s brief, but spectacular, UFC career . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor stopped overmatched Jessie Nicklow in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Fighting for the first time in over two years and showing some signs of when he ruled the 160-pound division, Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) started strong, landing hooks and crosses to the head. Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) landed the occasional left hook to the head, but was mostly on the defensive. Taylor began to work the body in the fifth round. However, he was deducted a point after the end of the sixth round for throwing and landing a cheap shot to the head of Nicklow. At the beginning of the eighth round, Taylor stunned Nicklow with a left-right combination to the head. As Nicklow backed up against the ropes, Taylor landed two left hooks to the head that were partially blocked. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the bout at 36 seconds, despite protests from Nicklow.
Fighting for the first time in 21 months, super middleweight contender and original “Super Six” participant Andre Dirrell stopped Daryl Cunningham in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tactical first round, Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) stunned Cunningham with a left hand, eventually dropping him with another left Han to the head. As Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs) was struggling to get up, someone from his corner threw a towel into the ring. Referee Jack Reiss threw it out of the ring, but later asked Cunningham’s corner if they wanted to stop it. After the action resumed, Dirrell dropped Cunningham with a right hook-left cross combination to the head. Cunningham got to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel again. This time, Reiss saw the towel and waved the fight over at 2:05.
In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Cuban-born Luis Garcia won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson. From the opening bell, the southpaw Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs) was way in over his head, as Garcia consistently beat him to the punch. By the fourth round, Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) would toy with Johnson, showing little respect as Johnson did very little in the second half of the fight. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Garcia.
By Joe Koizumi
It was on Boxing Day that this reporter visited Teiken gym in the center of Tokyo to see WBA featherweight champ Celestino Caballero training. The lanky Panamanian is handled by his American trainer Jeff Mayweather, who had a cut over the left eyebrow treated with Vaseline-like medicine.
Q: What happened to your eyebrow? Did you street-fight?
A: Oh, no, I got headbutted.
Q: By whom?
A: By Celestino.
Q: When and how?
A: While he’s hitting my mitt, he happened to collide with my head.
Q: Were you training for head-butting?
A: No, no, that’s only an accident.
Jeff Mayweather, the youngest uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a sense of humor. Japanese press people asked him about Caballero’s best weapon on the press conference at the gym, and Jeff replied, “A hard head as well as his hard punch.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Highly-decorated lightweight Jose Pedraza stopped tough Herbert Quartey in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The taller Pedraza (6-0, 5 KOs) was able to work behind a stiff jab an was able to land lead right hands to the head. Quartey (7-7, 4 KOs) had some success landing counter right crosses to the head as he was able to get inside. In the fifth round, Pedraza stunned Quartey with a left hook to the head, and dropped him with a right uppercut to the head. Quartey was able to stand up, but was disoriented, prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at 1:20.
Junior lightweight Alejandro Luna won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Luna (7-0, 5 KOs) pressed the fight, throwing and landing to the head and body of Herrera. However, Luna would drop his hands, allowing Herrera (6-8-1, 2 KOs) to counter with his own punches to the head. Luna would at times smother himself, which did not allow him to sit down on his punches. Herrera had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Jack Reiss for having his mouthpiece coming our of his mouth. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Luna.
Junior welterweight Ivan Redkach stopped Dillet Fredericks in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. The southpaw Redkach (9-0, 8 KO’s) repeatedly scored with right hooks and left crosses to the head, while Fredericks attempted to get on the inside to counter. Redkach stunned Fredericks (8-5-3, 5 KOs) with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round. In the fourth round, Redkach stunned Fredericks with a barrage of punches, backing him up against the ropes. Although Fredericks fought back, Redkach continued to punch until referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight somewhat prematurely at 1:58. Fredericks protested the stoppage.
Heavyweight Mike Perez, best known for winning the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” competition in London, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Friday Ahunanya. The Cuban-born southpaw, who now resides in Cork, Ireland, was the more-polished fighter of the two. Perez (18-0, 12 KOs) would consistently beat Ahunanya (24-8-3, 13 KOs) to the punch during most the bout. Ahunanya’s best round was in the fourth as he was able to land a series of right uppercuts to the head of Perez. However, he would only fight in spurts the rest of the fight, allowing Perez to win every round. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Perez, while Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-91 for Perez.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), a 22-year-old Japanese, will put his title on the line against also unbeaten Thailander Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-0, 4 KOs) today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. We now have no less than eight male world champs and six female titlists, but Ioka is the youngest and one of the most talented. Kazuto, a nephew of formerly two-class champ Hiroki Ioka (his manager now), captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in the fifth this February. Ioka, making his second defense, will face Yodgoen, a year his junior at 21, on the last day of the year, along with a couple of WBA title goes in Yokohama.
As Mexican televisions of Televisa and TV Azteca compete every Saturday, Ioka’s defense will be shown by TBS TV from 7:30 pm, while the Yokohama twinbill by TV Tokyo from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. It’s a battle of TV ratings. (more…)
Report and photos by Francisco Salazar
Andre Ward may not be the fastest or the strongest fighter today. He may not be mobbed by thousands, even hundreds of boxing fans if he were to enter into an arena. In the ring, he just gets things done and has been doing so against some of the best fighters in the super middleweight division. Even against fighters numerous boxing experts and writers (including myself) predicted he would lose to. Ward gets things done. Nothing flashy. No highlight-reel endings. Just outthink and outbox his opponents.
Now that he has 25 almost one-sided victories in his pocket throughout his professional career, world title belts, and a shiny Super Six: World Boxing Classic trophy to boot, one would think that Andre Ward expected to be where he currently sits: At or near the top of the 168-pound division. (more…)
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich takes on top heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers to open the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night on January 21 at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Commenting about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Liakhovich said, “Philadelphia has so much boxing history and true boxing fans. I grew up in a working class city [in his native Belarus], so this feels like going home to me. One of the biggest compliments you can have as a fighter is when you can turn a crowd that comes to support the home town guy into your own fans by the end of the fight. It happened in Pittsburgh when I fought Brewster and I think it will happen again in Philly.”
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