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Klitschko: “I hope for a short fight”; Adamek: “Great Klitschko story will end Saturday night”
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m not over the hill. I know the dangers when you’re fighting too long. I have people I trust who will tell me right away that I should stop boxing. But there’s no danger for me when I will be fighting Tomasz Adamek on September 10. I’m in the top form, better than ever because I know exactly what I did wrong in my previous fights. Everything what I do now serves a purpose, every movement in the ring is calculated, nothing is wasted. You will see the proof of it Saturday night,” said Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) to Fightnews.com during his final press conference before he fights Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) showdown in the picturesque City Hall of Wroclaw.
Adamek countered, “I know how to beat Vitali Klitschko. I know that he’s a champion, but I’m convinced that Saturday night I will be three division champion. Trust me, it will happen. Every great story has to end. His great story as a champion will end on Saturday.”
Sounds like both fighters are ready, both are in top form, both are sure they can win – at least on paper, we have a prescription for a classic fight. (more…)
Photos: Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
Vitali Klitschko: “This is my title and I will never lose it inside the ring. I am in very good shape and I cannot wait to show once again that I am the best…after my brother Wladimir and me, Adamek is the third best heavyweight in the world. He is definitely better than David Haye who is just a world champion in talking.
Tomasz Adamek: “I have studied Klitschko a lot. It will be a great fight and at the end I will be the new world heavyweight champion.”
Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions: “This is not only a heavyweight championship fight, this is a worldwide sports event that will be seen in over 120 countries. The soccer stadium in Wroclaw will be sold out with 42,000 boxing spectators and it will be the first show held in this brand new stadium.” Click here for more photos…
WBA super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana keeps training in his home province looking for his next fight that will take place September 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After the cancellation of his fight against Robert Guerrero as the latter got injured Argentinean Marcos “El Chino” Maidana made one thing very clear: he wanted to be in the ring as soon as possible. Therefore, he will be fighting to stay busy next Friday September 23 at Sociedad Alemana de Villa Ballester, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“As everybody knows we went through a tough training camp for Guerrero that lasted three months between training in Argentina and Puerto Rico. But we couldn’t fight so I feel like knocking anyone out right now. You’ll see me on September 23,” Maidana said. (more…)
Photography by Scott Foster
Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto scored a TKO victory over champion Jan Zaveck to capture the IBF title at the “Battle at Biloxi” event Saturday at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . click here for more
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York Monday morning for a press conference on Tuesday to kick off the first stop of his North American world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy with three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. The public-invited news conference will be held in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 at 10am. Opening the press conference will be recording star Dan Hill who will join Pacquiao in a live rendition of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch”. 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. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s brightest young prospects lightweight boxer Bongani Dlamini died in a motor accident when his car smashed into a tree in Sandringham, Johannesburg on Sunday. Three other passengers in the car including Bongani’s brother who is also a professional fighter survived the accident. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) is recognized as the best 160 pounder on the planet and one of the best pound-for-pounders in the world, but fast closing in on Argentina’s pride and joy is Australia’s Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (25-1, 12 KOs) who made the first defense of the IBF middleweight title on August 31st in Hobart, Tasmania when he performed a boxing clinic to clearly outscore Miami based Nigerian Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert in twelve action packed rounds. After this classy performance there were many asking the question ‘Can Daniel defeat the highly regarded Sergio Martinez?’ (more…)
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he will battle with 6’6 Nicolai Firtha at Belfast’s King’s Hall on September 17 because he wants to give the Irish fans a night to remember. There was a lot of talk about me fighting Martin Rogan and a few other names like Mike Perez and Leif Larsen were mentioned,” said Fury, “but I’ve accepted to fight Firtha who’s a lot younger than Rogan and has mixed in a lot higher company than any of those other guys. With two weeks to go I know this is a risk, a gamble but I’m a true fighting man and a man of honour and I’m prepared to fight any man on the planet and I want the Irish fight fans to come out and see a real fight not some knock over job.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares is training in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the home of the U.S. Olympic boxing Team because his trainer Freddie Roach is a special consultant for USA Boxing and the team will be competing in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in September and the Olympics Games in 2012. “It’s a great experience living here with the USA Boxing Team,” said Linares. “Every day is a chance to daydream about being an Olympian, doing physical training routines other than what I do Alex Ariza who is focused on a different strategy (specifically strength). Anything that involves being part of a team has benefited my determination and mental strength to overcome Antonio DeMarco in October 15.” Linares-DeMarco is for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
By Craig Gibson
On Saturday, IBF #1 super featherweight Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) will take on former world champion and #3 rated Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF 130lb title at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. Mendez defeated Cassius Baloyi in an IBF eliminator in January and was set to challenge then-champion Mzonke Fana on June 11, but Fana pulled out and the title became vacant. Now Mendez finally gets his elusive title shot. Here’s what the 25-year-old New York City-based native of the Dominican Republic had to say. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In addition to WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio’s TKO win over Mohammed Akrong on Saturday night, world ranked lightweight Alejandro Sanabria (28-1-1, 22 KOs) broke open an exciting fight by flooring the game Alejandro Barrera (21-8, 14 KOs) three times in round four.
In another bout, local hero Michel Rosales (31-4, 25 KOs) won by unanimous decision over Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (43-5, 36 KOs) in a super middleweight clash. (more…)
Photos: Denmark Dolores/Top Rank
Early Sunday in Manila, Juan Manuel Marquez was the special guest at a mass that was led by the archbishop of Manila where the Mexican star was blessed for his next fight. “I liked the church and it was quite emotional,” said Marquez. “The Filipino people have been very cordial with me and I am very grateful for the hospitality I received during this visit.” On Monday, the Marquez and Pacquiao teams will travel to New York City for the second stop on the international tour, which will be Tuesday, September 6 at 10AM at the Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 (23rd Street and the Hudson River). The public is invited. Click here for more photos…
Cleveland-based heavyweight Nick “The Stone Man” Firtha (20-8, 8 KOs) has agreed to cross the Atlantic to take on the undefeated British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury (15-0, 10 KOs). The fight will take place at Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 17th. Firtha extended newly crowned WBA heavyweight “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin the full ten rounds last December so his fight with Fury will be a good measuring stick.
by Anthony Springer Jr.
UFC president Dana White always said the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion would be on network TV when the “right deal” came along.
Fox came along with the right deal and now, the UFC is going with a monster fight to introduce MMA to millions. On Nov. 12, shortly before Manny Pacquiao takes on Juan Manuel Marquez in a highly anticipated rematch, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will put his title on the line against Junior dos Santos–on free TV. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw, Poland
“We have less than a week to biggest fight and one the biggest sports events in the history of Poland,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva regarding the September 10 WBC heavyweight title fight between Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) and defending champion, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs). “There is still so much work to do, but everything is going forward. For me this is a flashback to 1981, when Main Events helped introduce pay-per-view in the States. The same is happening now in Poland.” (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
Rudy Markussen (36-2, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round KO victory over Michael Recloux (19-12, 8 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night. In his first fight since November 2010, the “Hardhitter” wasted no time and flattened his opponent with a huge right. Recloux managed to get back up but when Markussen knocked him down with another hard series of punches, the referee stepped in (2:59). “I had prepared for eight tough rounds but I am happy I caught him early,” Markussen said. “This was a good win for me. I am pleased I showed my fans why they call me ‘The Hardhitter’ – I hit harder than anybody else at super-middleweight.” (more…)
Report and photo by Scott Foster at ringside
Making his debut in a U.S. ring, IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) was dethroned by former WBC champ Andre Berto (28-1, 21 KOs) via fifth round TKO on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. In a hard fight, Berto, who moved straight to another title shot after losing his WBC belt to Victor Ortiz, was victorious after Zaveck suffered a bad cut over the right eye in round five. The bout was stopped between rounds five and six because of the condition of Zaveck’s eye. (more…)
Video courtesy of Televisa Deportes
In a non-title super lightweight fight, former WBC super featherweight and lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over former WBA lightweight world titlist Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (25-7, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. After being cut by a headbutt in round one, an enfuriated Soto launched a violent barrage of punches in round two that had Alfaro in trouble and turning his back to quit. The bout was then waved off.
Video courtesy of Televisa Deportes
WBC #1 ranked middleweight Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (51-5-1, 44 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Mohammad Akrong (13-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The bout was waved off after Rucio dropped Akrong in the fifth.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Two sons of legends who could fight each other in their next fight were in action on Saturday’s card at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Baja California.
In the main event, welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Alberto Martínez (15-2, 10 KOs) in the first round. A left to the jaw did the damage. Time was 2:51.
Earlier, welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (29-4-1, 18 KOs) dropped journeyman Rodrigo Juarez (15-14-1, 11 KOs) in round one with an uppercut and stopped him with a barrage of punches at 1:10 of round three. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Future Top Rank star Super Lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta throws out the first pitch during the San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies baseball game Saturday. Gesta is in preparations for his upcoming main event fight on Top Rank’s “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised card, Saturday, Sept. 17 from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Az.
Photos: Denmark Dolores/Top Rank
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez kicked off their 25,000-mile four-city international media tour, on Saturday, with an outdoor public rally at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Televised live nationally as an hour-long special on GMA 7, the rally attracted an estimated crowd of 70,000 enthusiastic Pacquiao and Marquez fans. Quirino Grandstand, named after former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino, is where Presidents of the Philippines traditionally take their oath of office and deliver their first address to the nation. Click here for full report and more photos…
IBO bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs) battered iron-jawed Evans Mbamba (18-2, 9 KOs) for twelve one-sided rounds at the Karen Demirchyan Sports Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. It was Darchinyan’s first pro fight in Armenia.
Unbeaten heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs), of El Paso, will face Byron “The Bear” Polley (24-12, 11 KOs), of St. Joseph, Missouri, in a WBC Fecombox title defense in the main event of the Oct. 15 “Battle at the Ballpark” card, it was announced at yesterday’s opening press conference in El Paso. Polley has dropped four of his last five bout – all by knockout. The card also features former amateur star Jennifer Han, Albuquerque’s Raymond Montes vs. veteran Evaristo Primero; Oscar Valenzuela vs. Carlos Villa; Jo-Jo Galarza vs. David Castillo; Joe Sullivan and Eric Reza. Tickets are available at Cohen Stadium Box Office or at 915-755-2000. The card is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and sponsored by Speaking Rock Casino.
Photos: Don de Guzman
The kick-off press conference of the Pacquiao-Marquez III International Press Tour took place today in Manila.
Juan Manual Marquez: I won the first two fights…the third will be a different fight because he has changed. He now also uses his right hand so I have to take care of myself inside the ring…I don’t know what will happen on November 12, but I am looking forward to winning.
Manny Pacquiao: I really need to prove it this time, and each of us will need to accept who’s the winner, who’s the loser. This fight is very important because this will clear all doubts. Marquez claimed he won the two fights, I simply won’t let that happen [again].
The tour continues Tuesday in New York City (open to the public), Wednesday in Beverly Hills, and wraps up Thursday in Mexico City (open to the public).
Pacquiao-Marquez III will take place Saturday, November 12. It will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antono Rubio 159.50 vs Mohammed Akron 159.25
Alejandeo Sanabria 129.50 vs Alejandro Barrera 129.50
Michael Rosales 153.50 vs Julio Cesar Garcia 151.80
Promoter: Promociones del Pueboo, Comex and Grupo Modelo
Venue: Plaza Los Fundadores, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
TV: Televisa and Cadena 3
By: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by: Temmy Villa/Zápari Boxing Promotions
It´s almost time for Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez to return to the ropes and demonstrate why he´s considered one of the best prospects in Mexican boxing. Starting this week, Ramirez is preparing with his team in Julian Magdaleno´s Gym, property of the manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, where he found a good environment to prepare for his next fight that will take place on September 24 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. (more…)
By: Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Tijuana’s Baja Boxing led by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada has a blockbuster fight card set for Saturday, September 3rd, at the Centenario Stradium in Los Mochis, Mex. In the main event, three time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32KOs) will make his debut in the junior welterweight division versus former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro (25-7, 22KOs). The bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and on the net by the World Boxing Council. Click here for more details and photos…
By: Pepe Rodriguez
Represented by, Canelo Promotions, Andres “El Jaguar” Gutierrez is training hard for his commitment of September 24 in Juriquilla, Mexico, and returns to the ring after giving a demonstration of great courage in Navojoa, Mexico, where he made the best fight of the evening againts Jesus Ruz, and it was broadcast by Televisa to all Mexico.
Click here for more details and photos…
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
On September 17, as the televised opener for the STAR POWER mega event fight card featuring Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz, highly rated junior welterweight Josesito Lopez (29-3) will go toe-to-toe against Jessie Vargas (16-0) in a voracious 10 round battle to reign supreme. From his training camp in Riverside, California, Lopez discusses his thoughts as he takes one step closer to accomplishing his career goals. (more…)
Unbeaten NABO jr lightweight titleholder Eloy Perez (22-0-2, 6 KOs) scored an explosive highlight reel second round KO over Daniel Jimenez (20-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, California. Not known as a big puncher, Perez floored Jimenez twice in round one and finished him with a clean left hook in round two. Time was :56.
Super middleweight James Parison (15-1, 4 KOs) won an unpopular six round split decision over Paul Mendez (6-2, 0 KOs), Scores were 59-55 58-56 for Parison, 58-56 for Mendez.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
In a huge upset, former jr middleweight-turned-heavyweight Epifanio Mendoza (33-12, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over previously unbeaten Olympian Carlos Negrón (13-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Mendoza had the 6’6 Negron hurt and ready to go when the bell rang to end round two. Mendoza was then all over him in round three, flooring Negron twice. Time was 2:03.
Mendoza is no stranger to knocking out unbeaten fighters having taken the ‘O’ from Tokunbo Olajide (2002), and Rubin Williams (2003), however at age 35, a career high weight of 207.6 lbs. and a loser of eight of his last eleven, this result was quite unexpected. more photos
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Omar Chavez 147 vs. Alberto Martinez 146
Jorge Paez Jr 146.700 vs. Rodrigo Juarez 147
Jose Cayetano 123 vs. Ruben Tamayo 122.5
Marisela Quintero 108 Mary Camacho 108.5
Joselyn Arroyo 108 Y Livier De La Cruz 108
Venue: Foro Promocasa, Mexicali, BC, Mexico
TV: Fox Deportes
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Photo: Naoki Fukuda/DBE
Jan Zaveck 146.5 vs. Andre Berto 146.75
(IBF world welterweight championship)
Gary Russell Jr. 127 vs. Leonilo Miranda 127
Thomas Oosthuizen 167.5 vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. 166.5
(IBO super middleweight championship)
Randall Bailey 147 vs. Yoryi Estrella 147.75
Luis Del Valle 124.25 vs. Anthony Napunyi 126.5
Ivan Redkach 136 vs. Vernon Alston 134.75
Sergio Vartanov 149 vs. Gerald Jordan 148.75
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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