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The WBC has announced today that Phil Lo Greco has been stripped of his WBC International welterweight belt due to his refusal to defend against mandatory challenger Victor Lupo (19-1-2, 9KO’s). Lupo is now the preferential challenger for the vacant title. Hennessy Sports Canada, which has already paid the sanction fee for this WBC International title bout, will be given the chance to promote the vacant championship between Lupo and TBA.
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Sergio Martinez 158 vs. Darren Barker 159.5
WBC World Middleweight Championship
Andy Lee 163 vs. Brian Vera 163
Isaac Chilemba 174.5 vs. Jameson Bostic 175
Magomed Abdusalamov 229 vs. Kevin Burnett 304.5
Seanie Monaghan 177 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 175
Steven Martinez 154 vs. Jay Krupp 154
Boyd Melson 154.5 vs. Russ Niggemyer White 155.5
Kevin Rooney 154.5 vs. Daniel Lugo 151.5
J’leon Love 161 vs. Eddie Hunter 161.5
Israel Duffus 160 vs. Troy Artis 159.5
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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Former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, Winky Wright (in camp with Dawson). teainer John Scully and promoter Gary Shaw sopke to the press during a conference call this week about Dawson’s PPV world title challenge against 46-year-old WBC champion Bernard Hopkins on October 15th in Los Angeles. Here is a transcript.
From the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. for tomorrow night’s UFC Live, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson, and the heavyweight showdown between Pat Barry and Stefan Struve. UFC Live airs on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the entire slate of UFC Live prelim bouts at 6:40 pm ET / 3:40 pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Bantamweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (135) VS Dominick Cruz (135)
Stefan Struve (261) VS Pat Barry (243)
Charlie Brenneman (171) VS Anthony Johnson (171)
Mac Danzig (155) VS Matt Wiman (156)
Rafaello Oliveira (155) VS Yves Edwards (155)
Paul Sass (155) VS Michael Johnson (156)
Byron Bloodworth (138*) VS Mike Easton (135)
TJ Grant (155) VS Shane Roller (156)
Keith Wisniewski (170) VS Josh Neer (171)
Joseph Sandoval (134) VS Walel Watson (134.5)
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DiBella Entertainment returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino with ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader on Friday, October 21. To be broadcast live on Showtime, the fight will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdowns between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) takes on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET. (more…)
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Juanma Lopez 124 vs. Mike Oliver 125
Rocky Martinez 129 vs. Daniel Attah 129
José Luis Araiza 121 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 121
Edward Valdez 134 vs. Luis Joel González 135
Omar González 122 vs. Camilo Pérez 124
Anthony Sánchez 140 vs. Carlos López 139
Radames Vélez 138 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
José Del Valle 133 vs. Rafael González 134
Peter Rampolla 132.7 vs. Jeffrey Fontánez 130.9
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, PR
Promoter: Top Rank/PR Best
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Cruz and Johnson Battle For The 135-lb. Title Tomorrow Night: Plus, heavyweights Pat Barry and Stefan Struve go head-to-head in the Octagon – tomorrow night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT live & free on Versus
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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
At 5’11, Pat Barry—on paper—doesn’t seem to be an undersized heavyweight. After a look at his last few opponents, Barry’s weight class seems puzzling.
Mirko Cro Cop (6’1), Joey Beltran (6’1) and Cheick Kongo (6’4) all towered over the former kick boxer in the Octagon. It doesn’t help that Barry went 1-2 in those three bouts either.
This Saturday at UFC on Versus, the undersized heavyweight finds himself in a proverbial David vs. Goliath contest when he meets the division’s tallest fighter, Stefan Struve in the co-main event.
Earlier this week, British light welterweight champion Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (30-4-1, 8 KOs) signed a three-year promotional deal with Hatton Promotions. Theophane, 31, is due to make the second defense of his domestic crown against Nigel Wright later this year. “I believe with Ricky and his team backing me, absolutely anything is possible,” Theophane wrote in his blog. “I have been self-managed for the majority of my career and it is time to move to the next level and now with Europe’s number one promoter behind me, the timing could not be better. I am ready to fight the World’s best, just like Ricky did, and I know he can make that happen.”
US-based Cestus Management, however, issued a press release stating that Theophane is still under a valid management agreement with them, as well as a promotional options agreement with Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports, and announced that they plan to enforce their agreement.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton told BBC Radio 5 that after his devastating KO loss to Manny Pacquiao, he harbored thoughts of suicide. “I was so down, I was crying and breaking out and contemplating suicide,” Hatton said. “I was going deeper and deeper into depression. I was going out and having a few drinks. The worst thing you can do with depression is add alcohol to it…I was having blackouts, days on end whether I was drinking or not when I couldn’t remember what had happened in my life. I thank the News of the World because who knows where it could have ended up.”
The tabloid posted a video of Hatton using cocaine, which lead to “The Hitman” entering rehab.
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Steve Cunningham 199.1 vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez 200
(IBF cruiserweight championship)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs. Grzegorz Proksa 159.6
(European middleweight title)
Karo Murat 174.8 vs. Gabriel Campillo 173.9
(IBF intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
While a national TV audience will see middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) face undefeated European champion Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) and the rematch between middleweights Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) and Bryan Vera (19-5, 12 KOs), fans in attendance at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City can see an additional eight undercard bouts that feature a number of promising up-and-coming prospects including Isaac Chilemba, Steven Martinez, and J’Leon Love. (more…)
Toshiaki Nishioka is a huge boxing star in his native Japan. The current WBC super bantamweight champion currently sports a record of 38-4-3 with 24 knockouts, but has yet to have American audiences hop on the bandwagon. That may change as the 35-year-old returns to the States for the first time since 2006 when he faces future hall of famer and Mexican boxing living legend Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand on October 1st . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A very interesting and important super lightweight clash will take place on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The mandatory WBC super lightweight world title challenger for legendary four-division champion Erik Morales will be decided between unbeaten #1 contender Ajose Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) and #6 ranked Ali Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. It will be the U.S. debut for both fighters.
The opener features unbeaten WBA #5 lightweight Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) matched tough against KO artist Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs).
Last Saturday evening at the Dima Sports Center in Hamburg, former forld champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs) surprisingly dropped a ten round unanimous decision to the “Ding-A-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson, who entered the fight with six straight losses. It was a very flat performance by Gomez and after a medical exam it was determined that there was a torn tendon in his left shoulder. He will undergo surgery today.
Gomez physician says he suffered the injury at least three weeks ago and must have been in severe pain. New Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch immediately fired Gomez’ trainer Leonid Kiselev upon hearing the news.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In front of a large crowd of boxng fans and members of local and international press, local idol and former world champion Sammy Gutierrez (29-6-2, 20 KOs) and Filipino foe Roil Golez (16-5, 6 KOs) faced off in advance of the latest chapter of Mexico vs. Philippines clashes on Saturday at the Exhibitor Center in Puebla, Mexico. The vacant WBC Silver light flyweight belt will be on the line. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm and WBA #3 ranked contender Martin Murray came face-to-face for the first time yesterday to officially announce their December 2nd bout at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. “Ever since I saw Wladimir Klitschko fighting at the SAP-Arena, it was a personal dream for me to step inside the ring here as well. That dream will come true on December 2nd,” Sturm told the assembled press. “I had a bad night in my last fight against Matthew Macklin and I was rightfully criticized but that won’t happen again. I will keep my championship and deliver a spectacular finish.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“This revenge fight against Delvin Rodriguez is my last door to fights for number one rankings, world titles. The last one. No excuses, I’m playing all chips in again after our boxing war in July. What can I say? This is how I like it: all or nothing,” said Paweł Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) in his first interview after the signing for a highly anticipated rematch against Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) on December 3 in the Mecca of Boxing, New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The bout will be a great addition to an already great evening with WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios’ first visit to East Coast and, of course, the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito PPV main event. (more…)
Report/photo by Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Mercedes Manriquez scored the most picturesque knockout of the evening at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Timing his punch perfectly, Manriquez, 2-0 (2 KOs), caught Joe Anthony Nerro, 0-4, moving into a chopping right that dropped him against the ropes toward the end of the first round. Nerro beat the count but staggered sideways on spaghetti legs, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun weighed in at 139 pounds and #6 ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Ajose (29-0, 14 KOs), of Nigeria, and Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs), of France, will square off in the most important fight of their career, a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event of 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 WBA #5-ranked and WBO 12th-ranked lightweight Darley Perez weighed in at 133 ½ pounds and hard-hitting Oscar Meza measured 136 pounds. Perez (22-0, 17 KOs), of Colombia, who has never been knocked down as a professional or amateur, will make his ShoBox debut against the battle-tested Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.
The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment. What the fighters had to say on Thursday…
Luis Ramos Jr 135 vs. David Rodela 134.6
Ronny Rios 127.4 vs. Roger Gonzalez 128
Tyree Ortiz 254.4 vs. Andrae Carthon 215.8
Brandon Adams 154.6 vs. John Worthy 155
Bobby Chavez 151.8 vs. Nicolas Balestra 151.4
Jose Sanchez 127.8 vs. Christian Gonzalez 128
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated contenders Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of the Philippines will co-headline a Top Rank Live! boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, November 11 — the eve of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight.
Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 will go on sale this Saturday, October 1, 10 am.
Magdaleno, 20-0 with seven knockouts, will box 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. Gesta, 23-0-1 with 12 knockouts, will open the telecast in a 10 round lightweight bout.
The Top Rank fight card will be in the South Pacific Ballroom.
Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, and Ritmo Latino. Ticket sales are limited to 8 per person. To charge with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at 877-632-7400 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com
Ray Robinson 146 vs. Manuel Guzman 149
Julian Williams 153.5 vs. Eberto Medina 155
George Armenta 168.5 vs. Charles Hayward 170
Grayson Blake 151 vs. DeCarlo Perez
Troy (Chase) Corbin 147.5 vs. Mario (Alexander) Blanco
Chris Plebani 144.5 vs. David Navarro 146
Korey Sloane 137.5 vs. Korey Pritchett 137.5
Todd Unthank-May 175 vs. Ronnie Lawrence 178.5
Venue: National Guard Armory in Philadelphia
Promoter: Bam Boxing Promotions Inc.
Tickets $65, $50, & $40/First fight 7:30PM
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan will defend his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson on Saturday, December 10 in Washington, DC. No word yet on where the bout will be held in the Nation’s Capitol. Khan, a native of Bolton, Lancashire, UK, (26-1, 18 KO’s) will be making the first defense of his IBF title that he captured from Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas. Khan became fond of DC after a recent visit to the city for a celebration of Muslim athletes. That visit helped put DC ahead of Detroit, MI and Montreal, CA to get this contest. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Marvelous Chris Martin, an unbeaten future star from San Diego, makes his Top Rank debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Martin, 22-0-2, takes on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-21-2, of Mexico on a Top Rank Live! Championship card in the Marquee Ballroom. Toshiaki Nishioka takes on Rafael Marquez in the main event. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken and Zanfer Promotions, Nishioka vs Marquez will be televised live on FOX Deportes in the US and Mexico and shown on WOWOW in Japan.
World Boxing Council President Dr. Jose Sulaiman was appointed “Tourism Ambassador of Mexico” by the Mexican government on September 27 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The President of the Mexican Republic, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, presented the honor. The presentation was part of the celebration of the International Day of Tourism (Year of Tourism in Mexico 2011) at the port of Mazatlan, and was also attended by several other high-ranking government officials.
All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Toshiaki Noshiaka, Rafael Marquez, Roman Gonzalez, Omar Soto, Johnny Tapia, Ricardo Mayorga and more . . . Click here to view
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has decided to call purse bids for mandatory matches between WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and #1 rated Brad Solomon and also WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos vs interim beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux. The bidding will take place on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., at the WBA’s Panama headquaters. The bidding will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
During the third round of his clash against top heavyeight contender Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. He was stopped later in the fight. After a brief recovery period, Sergei is now anxious to get back on track. “I am back in training. I feel great. I’m working on my overall physical and strength conditioning right now, in fact I just came back from hiking. I will be back in the boxing Gym this coming week….right now my focus is on getting back in the ring as soon as possible. I need to fight regularly and to stay active. I want to fight good fighters and I will do whatever it takes to get back to the top.”
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Rafael Marquez and WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Toshiaki Nishioka faced off for the first time today at a press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I have worked very hard for this fight and I’m prepared to win the world title,” said former champ Marquez. “It will be a tremendous fight on Oct 1 and we’re going to return the title to Mexico.”
“I’ve been able to create the best condition ever for me and I’ll have the best fight of my career,” Nishioka countered with. “I will be victorious.” Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
It’s been over a year since Roman “Rocky” Martinez last fought. And his last time in the ring was not that fun, as he lost his world championship to Ricky Burns in Scotland in a very close and competitive bout. “It has been a while since I fought, but I have stayed in the gym and have been training and I am really anxious to get back in the ring,” said Martinez, who recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Inc.
Martinez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico will take the always roughed Daniel Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) of Africa in the semi-main event of the “Triple Crown III” a pay-per-view card that will be headline by the return of two-time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday night in Puerto Rico. (more…)
The undercard for the October 15 Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) vs. Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) pay-per-view telecast is finalized. In the co-feature, Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) faces Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC lightweight title, Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) meets Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs) in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO junior welterweight belt and Paulie Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KOs) opens the telecast against Orlando Lora (28-1-1, 19 KOs) in a welterweight ten-rounder. The card takes place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) and “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) met at The Palm Restaurant in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon for the final press conference before “Noche de Maravilla: Martinez vs. Barker” on Saturday, October 1st at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Lou DiBella, Martinez’s promoter and president of DiBella Entertainment, hosted the press conference alongside Barker’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
The WBC Diamond and Ring middleweight champion had few final words before the packed house, exuding his usual quiet confidence.
“I want to thank everyone for being here and Darren Barker for accepting this challenge,” began the 36-year-old Martinez, an Argentine now fighting out of Oxnard, CA. “My preparation was as good and as hard as ever. This Saturday you will see another great fight and a spectacular show. I am as well prepared as I have ever been. There’s not much to say and there is a lot to do in the ring, so I’ll see you on Saturday, October 1st.” (more…)
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be Braekhus’ third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20,000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.” (more…)
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