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Twenty four hours away from the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between former two-division UFC® champion BJ Penn and the unpredictable Nick Diaz, the main event stars came together at today’s weigh-in from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. To no one’s surprise, things quickly got explosive.
The 32-year-old Hawaiian and the 28-year-old from Stockton, Calif. came nose to nose in front of the capacity crowd. See the video highlight by clicking here.
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for UFC 137, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz and the heavyweight bout between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in for two televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:50 pm ET / 2:50 pm PT.
Nick Diaz (170) VS BJ Penn (169)
Matt Mitrione (255) VS Cheick Kongo (234)
Roy Nelson (252) VS Mirko Cro Cop (235)
George Roop (145) vs Hatsu Hioki (145)
Jeff Curran (134) vs Scott Jorgensen (135)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs Dennis Siver (155)
Bart Palaszewski (146) vs Tyson Griffin (149)
Eliot Marshall (204) VS Brandon Vera (205)
Danny Downes (155) VS Ramsey Nijem (155)
Francis Carmont (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Clifford Starks (186)
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By Gabrel F.Cordero
Giovanni Caro 120.80 vs Takalani Ndlovu 122
(IBF super bantamweight world title)
Notes: Puerto Rican Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man on the ring for Ndlovu-Caro. Judges are Mike Fitzgerald (U.S.), Frabricio Cid (México) and Isaac Tshabalala (South Africa). IBF Supervisor is Lou Priluker (U.S.)
Arely Muciño 111.75 vs Ava Knight 111.75
IBF female flyweight world title
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Colima, Colima
Promoter: HG Boxing and Branco Sport Promotions
Photos: Irwin Thompson/Top Rank
WBC #1-ranked super welterweight Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., weighed in at 158 lb for his main event showdown against Richard Gutierrez (153.5 lb) of Miami on a Top Rank Live! fight card, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the WinStar World Casino. Martirosyan vs. Gutierrez will be televised live on Fox Deportes (10 pm et/7 pm pt). For more details and photos click here…
IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs) retained his title via seventh round stoppage of Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-5, 12 KOs) at the PalaRockfeller in Cagliari, Italy. (More to come)
By Robert Coster
He is largely unknown to most boxing fans, even in his native Puerto Rico, but jr welterweight Javier Monserrate (24-1-2, 17 KOs) hopes to change all that on Saturday night when he battles WBO #7 Javier “Terrible” Castro (25-4, 20 KOs) of Mexico. It will be the first time that Monserrate faces a ranked opponent and he hopes not only to win but to shine in front of the boxing luminaries attending the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. (more…)
Vanes Martirosyan 158 vs. Richard Gutierrez 153.6
Casey Ramos 130 vs. Joselito Collado 128 1/2
Abie Han 160 vs. Eloy Suarez 163
Venue: WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Deportes
French welterweight Frank Haroche Horta (27-8-5, 10 KOs) knocked Dean Byrne (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ireland from the list of unbeatens moments ago by way of 8th round TKO. The bout took place at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Horta was originally slated to face unbeaten Olympian Frankie Gavin, but Gavin pulled out the day before the fight citing “personal problems,” infuriating promoter Frank Warren.
Earlier this week, heavyweight contender Amir Mansour (15-0, 11KO’s), in search of an opponent for his upcoming bout on December 2nd in his home state of Delaware, reached out to DiBella Entertainment to see if their undefeated heavyweight, Kelvin Price (12-0, 6KO’s), would be interested in facing the self-proclamined “feared” heavyweight. Price accepted the offer without any hesitation only to be informed the following day that Mansour was no longer interested in the fight. (more…)
Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
Flyweights Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez both weighed in at 112lbs for Saturday’s WBA flyweight title showdown at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, México. Concepcion made weight on the first try, while Marquez arrived 30 minutes late and according to some looked tired.
Sources are saying that newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (32-4, 23 KOs) of Panama will make the first defense of his title against Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) of Japan. The date of the proposed bout would be December 31st in Japan. No venue has been mentioned at the moment.
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.”
Today’s events: (more…)
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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