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Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC executive secretary, said Tuesday that Erik “El Terrible” Morales will receive the belt that accredits him as a super lightweight WBC world champion this Saturday after winning the crown last Saturday in Las Vegas. Erik won the vacant 140 pounds WBC world title by beating Pablo Cesar Cano, who didn’t come out for the eleventh round, so it was declared a technical knockout in favor of the Tijuana fighter, who from that moment became a champion in four divisions, holding the super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and super lightweight titles, all from the WBC.
Photos: Eroll Popova
After a four year break there will finally be a boxing event in the Brandenburg-Halle of Frankfurt/Oder. The Brandenburg town with a great boxing tradition will experienced two German female athletes of world class level on 21 October 2011. The SES ladies “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian and the woman with the biggest hammer, Christina Hammer return to action. more + photos
By Chris Farina/Top Rank
Antonio Margarito arrives in Mexico City late Tuesday night for a press conference Wednesday. Margarito is in town on the third stop of the world tour to announce his highly-anticipated World Championship rematch against Miguel Cotto, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. more photos
Velasquez Returns To Defend The Heavyweight Belt Against Dos Santos In Anaheim: The UFC makes its debut on FOX on Saturday, November 12, with a battle for the heavyweight title between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos! Live at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday at 10am PT, join today for first access to tickets!
Countdown to UFC 135 Premieres Tonight: Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson prepare for their light heavyweight title clash in Denver – premieres tonight at 11pm on SPIKE (Premieres Wednesday at 8pm on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada)
Ultimate Matt Hughes In Stores Today: New DVD features the best of the Hall of Famer, including his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a collectible booklet, all-new interviews and more! See him take on Josh Koscheck in Denver at UFC 135 this Saturday night!
Denver Fans – Meet Michael Bisping At The Octagon Nation Tour This Thursday: The truck stops at the Sports Authority in Bowles Crossing – 8055 West Bowles Ave. Ste. 4, Littleton, CO 80123 – from 3:30-7:30pm this Thursday. Meet TUF14 coach Michael Bisping from 5-7pm
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Demetrius Andrade 156.2 vs. Saul Duran 157
Jose Medina 161.6 vs. Anibel Acevedo 162.6
Danny O’Connor 144.8 vs. Jamal Del Cid 145.4
Dan Powers 120.8 vs. Luis Rosario 129.6
Chris Gilbert 151.2 vs. Noel Garcia 147.4
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
Tickets: $50.00 and $25.00 Proceeds from the 10th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center, The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education, and St. Joseph Community Services/Meals on Wheels.
By Robert Coster
Hot prospect Javier Fortuna (16-0, 12 KOs) won the vacant WBC Youth Featherweight title with a spectacular first round knockout of countryman Geysi Lorenzo (11-2, 2 KOs) on Monday night in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The light punching Lorenzo played into Fortuna’s hands by recklessly opting to brawl in the center of the ring and dearly paid the price. With a vicious hook to the body, Fortuna, the local idol, sent Lorenzo crumbling to the mat for the full count.
On the undercard, visiting middleweight John Jackson (11-0, 10 KOs) of the Virgin Islands, son of former world champion Julian Jackson, proved that he certainly has inherited his famous father’s vaunted power by impressively disposing of veteran Jose Soto (24-9-2, 13 KOs) in two rounds. Jackson connected a thunderous uppercut that put an end to the action.
Tickets for UFC® on FOX: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS are priced at $354.00, $229.00, $129.00, $94.00, $69.00 and $44.00, and go on sale Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Remaining tickets, if available, can be purchased at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m. PT . . . Click here for more
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Following his exciting 10-round battle with Raymundo Beltran in May in a bout which marked his debut on the hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, NABO Lightweight Champion Sharif “The Lion” Bogere will return to the SHOWTIME® airwaves on Friday, October 7 to defend his title against fellow unbeaten Francisco Contreras at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in a rare battle of young, undefeated prospects. Unbeaten Jermell Charlo takes on Francisco Santana in another compelling match-up of prospects on the rise. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
It was late at night at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. A dejected Miguel Cotto was seated in his locker room, a thoroughly beaten and bloodied mess. Minutes earlier, Cotto had lost his welterweight title and unbeaten record to Antonio Margarito, when he was stopped in the eleventh round on a technical knockout. It was a brutal fight in which both men absorbed much punishment. And it was a tough loss; the type that seems to take something out of many fighters.
With his face swollen and blood dripping from his eyes, Cotto began to cry. His father, Miguel Senior, embraced him and soon the two men cried together. After mourning the loss, they dried their tears, cleaned the blood from the fighters face and left the arena in concert. That was more than three years ago but it’s a memory Cotto hasn’t forgotten. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana have been added to the October 29 PR Best card at the Coliseum Mario “Quijote” Morales taking place during the 24th Annual WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) and Raul “Rayito” Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) in the headliner for the WBO interim minimumweight belt. Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder for a WBO regional title in his first fight since losing WBO super bantamweight in May to Jorge “Travieso” Arce. His opponent will be announced shortly. Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), who reigned at 147 pounds under the WBO banner, will face an opponent to be determined in a ten rounder for a 154lb WBO regional belt. Five other boxing bouts will complete this program.
“Sabados De Corona” returns on Saturday, September 24th when Mexico City’s Oscar Blanquet and Panama’s Ricardo Nunez duke it out live from Mexico City in a WBA flyweight eliminator. Also, two more flyweights will battle it out in the co-main event, when Guadalajara’s Jesus Jimenez takes on former World Champion Carlos Tamara in a 10-round fight for the International IBF flyweight title. This doubleheader headlines a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions. The broadcast on Saturday begins at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Televisa in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the U.S. from the Centro de Convenciones in Cozumel.
By Ron Jackson
WBO junior featherweight champion Jorge Arce of Mexico makes the first defense of his belt against South Africa’s Simphiwe Nongqayi on Saturday at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Mexico. The 32-year-old Arce will be hoping to gain revenge against Nongqayi (17-1-1, 6 KOs) who outpointed him on September 15, 2009 in Cancun, Mexico in a clash for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight belt. However, after this outstanding victory it was all downhill for the 39-year-old South African. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Three division world champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO) promised that his “body and mind” will be in the top shape when on Decmber 3 he battles Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO) in the highly anticipated rematch of the very controversial first fight. There was a special guest during today’s media luncheon and press conference at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden for Top Rank promoted title fight, Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO), who in his first-ever New York fight will on October 22 will defend his title against Argentina’s Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KO).
On stage, three of the stars were joined by another ring warrior Paweł “The Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KO), who will fight on the undercard of Cotto – Margerito 2 fight. Click here for more photos…
On March 19, 2011, Jon Jones became the youngest man in the history of the sport to win a UFC championship at a fresh, young 23 years and 242 days. And he did it in dominant fashion, annihilating then-champion Marcio “Shogun” Rua via third-round technical knockout . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is in the Philippines to continue his training for his October 15 clash against Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight world title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Linares currently trains with Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer and will be at the Pacquiao training camp. He will be in the Philippines for three weeks. Previously Linares trained with Roach in Los Angeles at the Wild Card Gym and in Colorado Springs with the U.S. Olympic team.
Tickets priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50 went on sale at noon today for Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
All Star Boxing, Inc, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network will celebrate the 10th Anniversary in Kissimmee, FL of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” at the Kissimmee Civic Center on October 14. In the main event, former IBA titleholder Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (16-2-1, 7 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will face unbeaten Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (19-0, 12 KOs) of Riverside, CA in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBO Latin featherweight title at stake.
“We are excited to bring another great boxing card to the Kissimmee Civic Center on our 10th Anniversary, we started our venture on October 19, 2001 when Oscar Larios faced Angel Chacon and after all this hard work we where able to put Kissimmee on the boxing map worldwide,” said Zabala, Jr. (more…)
Promoter Mick Hennessy has come out and ridiculed any suggestion from Mike Perez that he deserves a shot at British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Hennessy is working towards unbeaten Fury returning to the ring in November on the back of a fifth round stoppage of Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last Saturday night. Cork-based Perez, from Cuba, has come out and challenged Fury to a dust-up but promoter Hennessy says he can “forget about it”.
Hennessy commented: “Clearly somebody’s little cage has bee rattled in Ireland after Tyson’s great win at the weekend and from what I can see it is the people around him who are mouthing off, not Perez. I would be surprised if it was Perez because when Tyson was an amateur he gave him two very bad beatings in sparring and there were plenty of witnesses to it. (more…)
Irish based Cuban Mike “The Rebel” Perez says he wants to shut Tyson Fury’s “big mouth” following the English heavyweight’s win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last weekend. Perez steam rolled his way to the International Prizefighter title earlier this year to stretch his perfect record to 16 straight wins and he’s confident he can do the same to Fury on the Manchester man’s next scheduled outing on November 12th. (more…)
IBF #12 cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (10-5-1, 4 KOs), the poster boy for good fighters with bad records, makes the first defense of his USBA belt when he faces Chuck Mussachio (17-1-2, 5 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round main event on November 19 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. (more…)
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (27-1, 19 KOs) will face Brazilian lightweight champion Sidney Siqueira (16-5-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia. Moses and his promoter Don King are hoping to line up another world championship bid if Moses can notch a win against Siqueira on Saturday.
“I believe in Paulus Moses and I know he will realize his dream of regaining a lightweight world championship,” King said from his office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. “Paulus is a strong guy that I plan to have in a world championship match after he is victorious on Saturday in Windhoek.” (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Middleweight Title bout between champion Dmitri Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) against Gennady Martirosyan (22-1, 11 KOs) on Sunday, September 25 at the Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia. Valcarcel reported that the referee for this bout will be Viktor Panin, from Russia. The judges for the fight are Russian Alexander Kalinkin, German Manfred Kuechler and Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi. WBO Supervisor will be Igor Mazurov, from Russia.
The 48 HOURS MYSTERY season premiere on Saturday, September 24 (10:00 P.M. ET/PT on CBS) is titled “Arturo Gatti’s Last Fight” and features an investigation into the mysterious death of Arturo Gatti.
The show includes exclusive television interviews with:
The woman at the center of the drama: Gatti’s widow, Amanda, in her first television interview.
Gatti’s brother, Joe, who speaks for the first time on-camera about the demons his brother faced. He shares his own theory about how Arturo died, a serious departure from what the rest of the Gatti family is convinced happened that night.
Mickey Ward, whose life story became an award-winning movie, “The Fighter,” tells us his friend would never have taken his own life.
Mario Costa, a friend who knew Gatti since he was 17 years old, and provides insight into the truth of the champion’s emotional state.
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun will face #6-ranked Ali Chebah in a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the #1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.
The 12th-ranked lightweight in the WBO, Colombia’s exciting, hard-hitting Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut against Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature. (more…)
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Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito arrived in New York Monday night for Tuesday’s press conference on the world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch on December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Jones & Rampage Tonight On Jimmy Kimmel Live: UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and challenger Rampage Jackson appear together as guests before their title bout this Saturday night – tonight at midnight on ABC
Tickets Available For UFC Fan Expo In Houston October 7-8: Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX – featuring autograph signings, training & development sessions, special events and more!
An intriguing matchup is in the works for fomer world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (27-1, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico to face Luis Cruz (19-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico for the NABO Super Featherweight title. The bout would be scheduled for 12 rounds and take place November 12th on the televised undercard of the main event of Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez. No contracts have been signed but a close source has stated that its looking good for the fight to be made.
By J. Russell Peltz
When I was 15 years old, I read in the newspaper that George Benton knew 48 different ways to avoid getting hit with a left jab. I had learned how to box a couple of years earlier and I was trying to figure out all the ways this could be done but I gave up after about a dozen. At the time in 1962, George was in the middle of one of his many comebacks. This one would lead him back into the Top 10 and onto the doorstep of the title shot he would never get. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
4,000 rabid fans greeted WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto and former world champion Antonio Margarito in Puerto Rico today for the kickoff of their four-city media tour to announce Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the first time the fighters have faced off since their first fight.
Miguel Cotto: I swear to you all and my family that December 3 is the same story but with a very different end…I assure you that the preparation will be arduous, intense, hard work for me, so I don’t make the mistakes made three years ago.
Antonio Margarito: I don’t have much that to say. Just to prove that I’m back and I’m going to do my thing. I’m going to go out with my arms held high.
The fight will be fought at a maximum weight of 153. At the weigh-in, each camp will be asked to provide the wraps and pads to be used for fight night, which will be placed in a locked box.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO super bantamweight Jorge “Travieso” Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) will enter the ring with revenge on his mind when he takes on Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-1-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, BC, Mexico. “There is a triple motivation to defend my title. First, the fight against Nonggayi is a big fight on a big fight card. Second, I want to avenge my brother ‘Panchito,’ who lost to the South African. And third, I want my own revenge against him because he beat me on a bad night, and on September 24 he will pay dearly those two victories over the Arces.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez went with his wife and three children to celebrate his 30th birthday, 50th win and his victory in El Paso over Rogers Mtagwa, and when he returned to his home he discovered it had been ransacked and a new vehicle was stolen. “It’s disappointing,” said Gonzalez. “Everything was stolen. Computers, televisions, jewelry and my white 2012 Jeep Compass…they stole like $50,000, but in the end everything is material and my family is OK and that’s what’s important.”
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the public press conference to kickoff the world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Thousands of Puerto Rican fans booed Margarito, shaking their fists at him. “COTTO, COTTO, COTTO” chants over and over – huge turnout of fans. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View. more photos
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Cunningham, who has already beaten reigning WBC, WBA and WBO world champions, is now set to face the WBA interim titlist in Hernandez. “I believe him to be the best challenger for me right now.,” says Cunningham. “I think he’s a good fighter and will bring a good fight. I want to put on a great fight for the German fans and would love for it to be the fight of the year.” (more…)
George Benton died this morning, September 19, 2011 at 3:40 AM, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philly. He had been in the hospital the past few weeks battling pneumonia. No funeral arrangements have been made yet. Benton was a great fighter, trainer, and one of the true legends of Philadelphia boxing. He will be greatly missed.
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