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As they prepare for their own world title battles, multi-division world champions Miguel Cotto, Nonito Donaire, Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Montiel spoke from their training camps to give their predictions on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV.
Miguel Cotto: “The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh will drop and close the show on the Green Bay Packers. I’m going with the Iron City.”
Nonito Donaire: “Aaron Rogers is a great quarterback. He throws very few interceptions. He will lead the Packers to victory.
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’m pulling for Green Bay. They fight hard like me. The Steelers will roll over like Cotto when I dropkick him in our super brawl on March 12.”
Fernando Montiel: “I’m going with Green Bay. They are peaking at the right time.”
At first glance, he looks like he should be throwing no look passes in the NBA instead of spinning back elbows.
His demeanor screams “student.”
Nothing about him says, “I’m a fighter,” let alone “I’m a fighter that will one day be ranked among the best in the world.” At 6’4″ and a nearly 85-inch wing span, he could pass for a basketball player. He opts for the often cruel world of fighting—and the choice paid off handsomely . . . click here for more
Photo: Anna Anderson
Emily “The Enforcer” Klinefelter (9-0, 3 KOs) weighed 122 pounds for her showdown Saturday evening against Christina “The Bullitt” Ruiz (5-3-1, 3 KOs) in the headliner of “February Fisticuffs” at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. Ruiz arrives Saturday morning and will weigh-in at that time. “I don’t know if the fight will go six rounds, four rounds or two rounds but I know it will be an exciting fight,” stated promoter Adam Pollack of Win By KO Promotions regarding the outcome of Klinefelter vs. Ruiz. “This is the type of match-up that builds women’s boxing.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In his toughest fight to date, unbeaten WBO #9 featherweight Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) showed lots of heart in getting past KO artist Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs) by ten round split decision on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The power-punching Miranda has good success in round one, even dropping Franco although referee Marcos Rosales ruled it a slip. Franco showcased his speed and boxing skills in round two and for the next few rounds, however Miranda had a huge round five battering Franco with power shots. There was wide open action for the rest of the fight with Franco and Miranda literally trading punches for long stretches. Scores were 96-94 Miranda, 97-93, 96-94 Franco.
WBA #4/WBC #6 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) struggled against Nicholas Iannuzzi 16-2, 9 KOs) to retain his NABF/NABO belts. Kayode’s 14 fight knockout streak ended as Iannuzzi for the most part gave as good as he got. Iannuzzi was deducted a point by Raul Caiz Jr. for a punch after the final bell. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 95-94. The crowd booed the decision. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Starring in just the second main event of his young, professional career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I, kicked off the new year in style with a third-round TKO victory over Santiago Samaniego on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Utilizing his powerful right hook, Biosse sent Samaniego to the canvas early in round three and finished the job at the 2:27 mark to record his 10th professional victory and fifth knockout – his first KO since November of 2009 when he broke his hand in a win over Jeffrey Osborne (an injury that ultimately required surgery). For more details and photos click here…
Rigoberto Alvarez 154 vs. Austin Trout 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Jesus Silvestre 106.2 vs. Yader Escobar 106.2
(WBA junior flyweight eliminator)
Horacio Garcia 121.9 vs. Lizandro de Los Santos 121.9
(WBC super bantamweight Youth title)
Jose Salgado 115.7 vs. Diego Martinez 115.7
Willy Velazquez 117.9 vs. Hector Rodriguez 119
Carlso Ignacio Perez 134.9 vs. Edward Sidney 133.3
Cristian De La Cruz 106.2 vs. David Escobedo 106.2
Venue: Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Canelo Promotions
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
In front of his hometown fans in the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico, unbeaten lightweight Michael “El Artista” Pérez (12-0-1, 6 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Marcos Herrera (6-4-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night. Perez rocked Herrera midway through the last round and the referee waved it off at 1:36. “I felt great!” Perez said afterward. “It was a dream fighting on front of my people. We trained hard for this fight and I had a great victory.”
In the co-feature, WBO #10 super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 15-0 with 12 KOs with a fifth round TKO win over Colombian warrior John Alberto Molina. “I’m excited,” he said. This win drives me closer to a title opportunity. I want to fight the top names.” (more…)
In a clash of former “Contender” fighters, Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (22-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera was the aggressor and applied pressure throughout while Mora showcased his defensive skills mixed in with flurries. Mora came on late and both were bloodied at the end. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Vera, 96-94 Mora. This isn’t the first time Vera has played the role of spoiler. He previously handed Andy Lee his only loss.
Highly regarded unbeaten welterweight Charles Hatley (14-0-1, 11 KOs) and Chris Chatman (9-1-1, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Hatley dropped Chatman in round one, but Chatman came on strong late dropping Hatley in the eighth even things up on two cards. Scores were 77-73 Hatley, 75-75, 75-75.
All the shots from today’s UFC 126 weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Click here for full slideshow
Report and photo by Robert Hughes
Charles Hatley (14-0-0, 11 KOs) takes on San Diego’s Chris Chatman (9-1-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight fight that is the co-main event of ‘ESPN Friday Night Fights’ broadcast live and worldwide from the Fort Worth Convention Center. This week downtown Fort Worth is home-away-from-home for ESPN because the network is basing its Super Bowl XLV coverage here. So all those East Coast suits are going to have to try squeezing in a little boxing before heading to their favorite Super parties. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Championship Committee has voted to appoint Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero as the mandatory challenger for featherweight champion Yonathan Barros. Barros has 180 days to fight his mandatory, so he could make an optional defense in the meantime.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Carlos Reveco is no longer the WBA junior flyweight champion after he vacated the belt late Friday in a letter addressed to the World Boxing Association. Interim champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez ascends to full WBA 108lb champion status. In the letter, Reveco requested to be made mandatory challenger in the 112 lb category, and targets WBA interim titleholder Jean Piero Perez as his first opponent.
Weights by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s UFC 126 card: Walking to the scales to a packed house booing him, UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva played the villain well by facing off with challenger Vitor Belfort wearing a white mask. Nose to nose, the fighters exchanged words before they were pulled apart.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Anderson Silva 185 vs. Vitor Belfort 185
Forrest Griffin 205 vs. Rich Franklin 203
Ryan Bader 205 vs. Jon Jones 206
Jake Ellenberger 171 vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha 170
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs. Miguel Torres 136
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Paul Kelly 155 vs. Donald Cerrone 155
Chad Mendes 146 vs. Michihiro Omigawa 146
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Demetrious Johnson 136 vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto 135
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Gabe Ruediger 155 vs. Paul Taylor 156
Kyle Kingsbury 205 vs. Ricardo Romero 205
Mike Pierce 171 vs. Kenny Robertson 170
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Jesus “Cuchilla” Gelez 108 Vs. Ramon “Principe” Garcia 107.8
(WBO jr. flyweight title)
Darley Perez 135.9 vs. Alejandro Hereida 136.7
Jonathan “Momo” Romero 122 Vs. Mario “Huracan” Macias 121.6
(WBO Latino jr featherweight title)
Venue: Coliseo Bernando Caraballo Cartagena, Colombia
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico), Azteca America (US) & TELECARIBE (Colombia)
Promoter: Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing in Association with Cuadrilatero and Zanfer
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Hard-hitting WBO #10 super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) weighed in at 171 lbs and Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) weighed 169 lbs for their ten round main event on the “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised show on Saturday in Maywood, California.
Oscar Meza 137 vs Leo Martinez 135
Andy Ruiz 258 vs Kelsey Arnold 241
Jose Roman 133 vs Johnny Frazier 132
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WBO #9 ranked middleweight Javier Maciel of Argentina (18-1, 12 KOs) will get his first opportunity at a world title. Maciel will challenge WBO middlweweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 13 KOs) of Russia March 26th in Ekaterinburg, Russia. “Maciel is training extremely hard for this the biggest fight of his career and is 100% focused,” said Maciel’s manager Mario Margossian.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I will fight my next bout on April 23 in Newark” – said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) who in the Prudential Center will face Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO). “This is not the best possible date for me and my supporters, because April 23 is one of the biggest religious holidays in Poland, but this is the job I’ve chosen. Not everything has to work 100 percent according to the plan.”
Fighting in familiar Newark was very good news for Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth, who – understandably – preferred to prepare Adamek for the biggest fight of his life against one of the Klitschko brothers in the US, without relocating training camp twice to another hemisphere.
Oscar de la Hoya recently wrote on his twitter account: “I was watching Chavez Jr. last night and I’m sorry but he just does not have it. There’s no pop in his punches, but [I] wish him the best.”
WBC #1 middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s response: “I’m surprised that De La Hoya could see two fights at the same time, mine and Bradley-Alexander, but I am grateful to have contributed to having broken the record audience on Fox Sports who tuned into my fight”
Junior stated that he recalls that when Oscar was an up-and-coming fighter that neither he nor his father criticized Oscar when an opponent named “Chicho” Valenzuela sent him to the canvas, “Nor did we criticize the knockout loss to Hopkins, who after the fight became a partner of Oscar’s company, let alone when he stayed on his stool when he faced Manny Pacquiao.”
JC Chavez Jr also issued his own challenge to the Golden Boy: “I call on Oscar de la Hoya to pick up the gloves and face me at middleweight in September and to give more motivation to de la Hoya I’ll bet my purse that I send him back into permament retirement from boxing and then I’ll wish him the best in his career as a promoter.”
The weigh-in for UFC 126 will be streamed live at this link.
In the main event, pound for pound king Anderson “The Spider” Silva looks to extend his reign when he defends his middleweight crown against history-seeking Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, a fighter looking to become only the third man to win UFC titles in two weight classes. Plus, light heavyweight superstars Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin slug it out, and two of the game’s rising stars, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader, meet in a clash fight fans have demanded. UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort – Saturday, February 5th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Les Piper (13-6-3, 3 KOs) clearly outpointed Josh Clenshaw (29-19, 14 KOs) over ten rounds in light heavyweight contest at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Piper was in excellent physical condition and outworked Clenshaw in most of the rounds. In round nine referee Phil Austin deducted a point from Piper for low blows. At the conclusion scores were Allan Burford 97-92, Tont Kettlewell 99-90 and Alan Moore 99-91. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
World ranked junior welterweight contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (26-1, 18KOs) of the Dominican Republic, trained by 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday February 26th against Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (13-2-3, 5KOs) of Mexico for the WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama which is being headlined by WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (30-1-1, 10KOs) of Panama making his eight title defense against former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2-1, 18KOs) of Venezuela and is being presented by Sampson Boxing LLC in association with Best Box promotions. (more…)
Photo: José Pérez/PR Best
Derrick Campos 136 vs. Jose González 137 .
Manuel Galaviz 111 vs. McWilliams Arroyo 113
Nntwan Robertson 116 vs. David Quijano 116
Gadiel Andaluz 135 vs. Luis Joel González 135
Armando Adorno 109 vs. Israel Vázquez 108
Angelo Rampolla 117 vs. Emmanuel Rivera 117
Jayson Rosa 130 vs. Edgardo Rivera 130
Anthony Adorno 166 vs. Ronald Ellis 165
Venue: Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón, PR
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
Horace Ray Grant 261 vs. Jason Bergman 246.5
(American East Coast heavyweight title)
Chris Hazimihalis 138 vs. William Bokhart 138
David Markert 186 vs. Eric Watkins 186
Ivan Ziglar 156 vs. Jeremy Wood 155
Venue: Morgantown Event Center, Morgantown, Wv
Promoter: Simons Promotions
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Former world champion and trainer Robert Garcia was all smiles on Thursday as a van pulled up to the front of his Oxnard Boxing Academy gym. The van was donated by Barber Ford of Ventura to Garcia and the gym to transport amateur fighters to tournaments. “I never expected this,” said a surprised Garcia, who trains Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Miguel Angel Garcia, and most recently Antonio Margarito. (more…)
FOX Deportes’ premiere boxing series, “Top Rank Live,” knocked-out the competition by delivering the highest boxing ratings in U.S. Latino sports-cable network history. With nearly 400,000 viewers, the network was first for the night in Prime and Late Fringe on Saturday, January 29th. The heavy-hitting two-hour broadcast featured a throw down between top contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Billy Lyell, and ranked #1 among Spanish Cable networks for the evening. “With a strong start in 2011 due to exclusive programming like Top Rank, we continue to be 100% focused on best serving our multi-lingual and multi-generational Latino viewers who expect and deserve the highest caliber content,” said Vincent Cordero, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Deportes. “We’re thrilled to be associated with Top Rank, who continues their legacy of delivering some of the most exciting and memorable fights in the world.” (more…)
Relishing the underdog role certainly has its advantage, especially when you are Ryan Bader. At UFC 126, Bader will square off with the fastest rising star the sport has to offer in the form of Jon “Bones” Jones. It’s a fight that some MMA scribes have already written off and preparing their Sunday features on who Jones will face next. That’s all good for Bader. Even though Bader sports an impressive 12-0 record, he knows that he is being overlooked because of Jones’ extraordinary talent. But the former Arizona State University wrestling standout could care less . click here for more
UFC world middleweight champion prepares for what could be toughest challenge of his illustrious career when he faces MMA legend Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126. Though Silva has ridden a wave of support to the top of the pound for pound list over the last four years, recent poor performances against relatively benign opponents have made onlookers start to question his staying power. Now, with an opponent in front of him capable of ending the fight in a second, how will “The Spider” stack up? Let’s take a look at this crossroads championship showdown. . click here for more
By Craig Watt
Photo courtesy Team Dibb
Australian IBF #5 and WBA #12 ranked featherweight Billy Dibb (30-1, 18 KO’s ) has been in Perth this week as part of his preparations for his upcoming fight with Filipino Ricky Sismundo (18-5, 7KO’s ) at the WA Italian Club in the city on March 12th. Alongside his trainer Billy Hussein he completed fourteen rounds of sparring in an open session for the public last night at the Competitive Boxing gym in downtown Malaga. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-flyweight champ Tomas Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs), Mexico, and Japanese challenger and ex-WBA titlist Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) both tipped the beam at the 115-pound class limit today (Friday) in Osaka, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony openly took place before the general public at the American Village of Shinsaibashi, Osaka, from 1:30 PM. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Wilhelm Springer/box-info.net
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck has begun preparations for his next title defense, likely to be held in early April. Place and opponent are yet to be finalized. Currently, Marco is under the strict supervision of one of his mentors George Bramovskogo and spends much time in the gym. In his last fight in December, Captain Huck retained his title in Berlin against Denis Lebedev. Click here for more photos…
Ahmad Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) will make his TV2 Fight Night debut on February 12, taking on Great Britain´s Lee Noble (12-15, 3 KOs) in Herning. The 29-year-old light middleweight is looking forward to what will only be his fifth fight on Danish soil. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Herning and have the backing of my Danish fans,” Khaddour said. “I have trained and fought all over the world, always being the underdog going up against the home kid. That has really toughened me up. Fighting in front of my countrymen will be great and I will put on a special show. I will make my opponent feel very sorry for coming to Denmark. Everything I throw at him will hurt.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when American challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) and Mexican WBA interim super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs) meet at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, Jalisco on Saturday meet for the WBA title . The three judges are Raul Caiz Sr. (U.S.), Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Hubert Earle (Canada). The fight supervisor is Francisco Hill Piña (Colombia).
Promoter Adam Pollack of Win By KO Promotions presents “February Fisticuffs” this Saturday at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. In the main event, Iowa City’s own Emily “the Enforcer” Klinefelter (9-0, 3 KOs) battles U.S. #5 ranked super bantamweight Christina “the Bullitt” Ruiz (5-3-1, 3 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas. Klinefelter, the #3 U.S. ranked 122-pounder, had an outstanding amateur career. During her six year as an amateur, Klinefelter won 13 senior national titles plus gold medals at the 2004 Women’s World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan (110 pounds) and the 2006 Pan American Games in Argentina (119 pounds).
“February Fisticuffs” will also showcase a stacked undercard of top local talent including welterweight Dan “the Man of War” Almeida (3-0, 3 KOs), middleweight George Carter, Jr.(1-0, 1 KO) and jr welterweight Juan Garcia (4-0, 3 KOs). Tickets are $25 (general admission) and $50 (front row). Doors open at 5p and the first bout is 6p. The Johnson County Fairgrounds are located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Call 319-338-1633 for more information.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda collide tonight at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Franco is on the inside track to challenge for a world title in 2011, but he’ll have to get past Miranda first.
Freddie Roach-trained knockout artist Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against the once-beaten Nicholas Iannuzzi in ten-round cruiserweight co-feature.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon
The three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32KOs) of Los Mochis, MX, is back in the gym after a short hiatus during the holiday season after his “Fight of the Year” candidate brawl versus Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20KOs) in which he earned a close but convincing unanimous decision late last year in defense of his WBC lightweight title.
Soto spent his first day in the gym inside the CREA gym of Tijuana, MX, under the tutelage of his trainer, Bobby Quirarte, and he went three tough rounds against up and coming Tijuana featherweight Omar Estrella (13-3-2, 8KOs) in a quicksparring session. Estrella, despite his short pro career, has helped other world champions such as Erik “Terrible” Morales and Antonio Margarito among others during their respective camps. Soto mentioned that no negotiations have taken place for a much anticipated go around with Antillon and now is preparing himself for a stay busy fight later this year. (more…)
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