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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The new WBA super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado arrived on Wednesday at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City after his stunning first round annihilation of reigning champion Venezuelan Jorge Linares last Saturday night in Japan. After a lot of uncertainty and lack of comunication, Salgado was met by relatives, friends with a select group of journalists. A big reception was expected but a variety of factors scuttled those plans. Salgado gave thanks to the WBA for the opportunity and to all the Mexican fans for their support and faith.
Two-time WBA heavyweight champion and current WBA mandatory challenger John Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV by way of Chelsea, MA, is returning home today and donating boxing equipment to replace what was recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club, as well as do an open workout, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the public today (October 15) at 2-4 PM/ET at the South Boston Boxing Club (1667 Columbia Road, South Boston).
44-year-old future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins’ remarkable career will continue in his hometown on December 2, when “The Executioner,” who will be fighting in Philly for the first time since 2003, faces Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. The 12-round light heavyweight bout will be televised live on VERSUS. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to once again bring a fight to the city of Philadelphia,” said Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) , the former middleweight champion who owns a perfect 10-0 record in Philly. “A lot has changed in my career since I fought here six years ago and I want to give my fans the chance to see me fight again at home. To top it off, a portion of the proceeds from this fight will go to three charities that are extremely important to me. December 2 is going to be a great night for boxing and a great night for Philadelphia.”
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento super-middleweight Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs), once top-ranked as an U.S. amateur boxer, has signed a multi-year contract with Let’s Get It On Promotions of Reno to develop his professional career. The company, expanding its stable of fighters, was started by former Nevada-based referee Mills Lane and is operated by sons Terrance and Thomas. In making the announcement Wednesday, Gonzales said the deal will allow him to continue to continue to train locally with veteran cornerman Ray Woods and occasionally fight in Sacramento where, along with fellow former Olympic aspirant Stan Martyniouk, he is regarded as one of the area’s brightest prospects.
Heavyweights Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko and Luan “The Lion” Krasniqi faced off today at a press conference in advance of their November 28 rematch at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
“Luan, you always speak of a lucky punch, but in boxing, and especially in our weight class, there is no luck!,” said Dimitrenko. “We have closely analyzed my defeat in July against Eddie Chambers. I will not again make the mistakes I made in the preparation and in the fight.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Bangkok university student Vacharkrit Senahan (15-1-1, 7 KOs) will clash with WBC #5, WBA #7, WBO #10 Roy Mukhlis (22-2-2, 17 KOs) in Indonesia on October 24th for the PABA and WBC international junior lightweight titles. Senahan scored the biggest win of his career in July when he outpointed world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (24-2) and in September when he boxed a draw with Fahsan 3K Battery (59-9-1) who had clashed with Manny Pacquiao and extended Steve Molitor in IBF world title bout. (more…)
Undefeated Roberto Marroquin of Dallas will be at a meet-and-greet with fight fans at the Texas State Fair in Dallas on Thursday, October 15. Marroquin will be in the Time Warner Cable booth where he will sign autographs and talk about the upcoming Firepower mega fight featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14. There will be Pacquiao and Cotto posters at the Time Warner Cable booth, located in the Centennial Building on International Blvd at the Cotton Bowl. Marroquin will be there from 3 to 5 pm local time. (more…)
On Oct. 10, Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson delivered one of the finest fights in World Extreme Cagefighting® history. For five grueling rounds, Cerrone and Henderson treated the fans in San Antonio, TX to a world title fight that will remain in highlight reels for generations to come.
The live finale of The Ultimate Fighter®: Heavyweights on Spike TV will include two bouts showcasing four of the UFC’s rising stars. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:00 PM ET, the co-features announced today include a light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill and a lightweight matchup pitting Frankie Edgar against Kurt Pellegrino.
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Iván ‘Iron Boy’ Calderón (33-0-1, 6 KOs) and WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López (27-0, 24 KOs) received honorary rings by the World Boxing Organzation today in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The site of the event was the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico. Both Calderón and López received the rings for each successfully defending their titles five times. Calderon is now a two time ring achiever as he accomplished the same feat as the WBO champion at 105 pounds. Accompanying the fighters were their promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) who also received an honorary plaque for their promotional successes, accomplishments, and being a positive example as a promoter. Also in attendance was former world champion Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad. WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel presented the rings to the fighters. For more details and photos click here…
2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Oakland native Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and current World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler have to wait until Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., for their first fight in the SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sound off on this weekend’s fights from Nottingham, England and Berlin, Germany. The historic tournament begins on Saturday, Oct. 17, with a split-feed doubleheader live at LIVE 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) on SHOWTIME. (more…)
The World Boxing Council (WBC) granted yesterday, in a moving act, a green and gold world championship belt to the widow and family of a former amateur boxer who was killed in Mexico City as he tried to save several people from the attack of a gunman. Two other people died and five more were hurt before the murderer was stopped by the police of Balderas subway station, in the capital of Mexico. WBC President, Jose Sulaiman, presented to Esteban Cervantes´ widow, Martha Grimal, the green and gold belt that is awarded to world champions.
By Alexey Sukachev
Ukrainian top light heavyweight hope Vyacheslav Uzelkov (21-0, 13 KOs) is going to take no other than Tomas Adamek in his next fight! The careful reader will without a doubt get the bottom of this imaginary sensation. Czech Tomas “Jumbo” Adamek (14-1-1, 6 KOs) is neither a relative, nor even a namesake of the cruiserweight star Tomasz Adamek from Poland. That’s being said, WBA mandatory Uzelkov, 30, who is also ranked WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC/IBF #14, is indeed to face Adamek in the next defense of his WBA I/C 175lb title. The fight will be a featured bout of the next K2 East tournament, set on October 21 at Kiev Palace of Sports. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
It looks like the WBA interim flyweight beltholder Luis Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) of Panama will make the first defense of his title against Mexican veteran and former IBF strawweight champion Roberto Carlos Leyva (26-9-1, 21 KOs) on November 19 at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Shorty (5’2”) power puncher Concepcion acquired his belt this September with a late stoppage of another Mexican Omar Salado. Leyva is just 5-8 since losing his belt in 2002.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko has boldly predicted he will score a knockout victory over undefeated IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez when they meet in Don King’s Halloween Thrilla at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 31. (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). “I think I will defeat Yonnhy Perez by knockout,” Agbeko said from his South Florida-based training camp. “I’m not underestimating him. He’s a good fighter, but I know this is going to be a knockout for me. (more…)
Jermain Taylor today dismissed Arthur Abraham’s talents at a packed press conference at the o2 World Arena in Berlin. More than 14.000 fans will be in attendance when the two former champions open the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Germany´s capital on Saturday night (SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed). Taylor added fuel to the fire today when he publicly questioned his opponent’s class. Asked how he would rank Abraham, he replied: “There is nothing special about him. He has some power and I know he will be prepared to do battle, (but he is) just a normal fighter. I would not rank him at the top with some of the other fighters I have fought.”
Abraham refused to return the verbal jab. “He can say what he likes. I am sure he will have a different opinion once I have caught him for the first time. I really look forward to Saturday. This is a special fight, the first of many big fights in the Super Six tournament. I am ready and prepared and cannot wait to get in the ring with Taylor.” (more…)
Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, and unbeaten, 2004 Olympic U.S. medalist Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., met in a heated press conference on Wednesday to promote their 12-round showdown in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Saturday, Oct. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The two threw verbal jabs at one another. Here is a sampling of the heated exchanges:
Said Froch: “He knows he’ll be in deep water on Saturday and he knows when I start connecting with the bombs he’s going to be in serious trouble.”
Said Dirrell: “I’m glad he thinks it’s a slight advantage for him being at home because he’s going to need it. I’m coming with my A game and I guarantee you that I will keep that crowd quiet and he will get lost for words by the third or fourth round.” (more…)
Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell will weigh in ahead of this Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown in the historic setting of Nottingham’s famous Old Market Square at 5pm on Friday. As always, Froch is confident that he will make the weight without any difficulty but he believes his Dirrell may be struggling to shift those last few pounds. “My weights down, I was already a pound inside the 12 stone limit when I woke up yesterday morning so that won’t be a problem,” said the WBC super middleweight champion. “I’m eating good food and I’m feeling very strong. Dirrell’s quite tall for a super middle at 6 foot 1 so I think he probably struggles a bit to get down to 12 stone. From what I’ve seen of him since he arrived in the U.K. he looks a bit like a boiled chicken the way his cheeks are sucked in. He looks quite gaunt so maybe he’s struggling with the weight because when I met him in New York a few months back to launch the Super Six tournament he looked a lot fuller and healthier. He looks a lot different now so I think he has to work very, very hard to get that weight down and I’m sure travelling from the States at the weekend won’t have helped either.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Middleweight contender Sam Soliman predicts that former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) will score a knockout over Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in Berlin, Germany. Soliman said, “Abraham won the the IBF title in 2005 when he stopped Kingsley Ikeke. I was supposed to fight for the vacant title against Ikeke but I decided to challenge Winky Wright. The rest is history – I lost a controversial decision against Winky and Arthur Abraham became the IBF champion by defeating Ikeke. Abraham has showed himself to be an outstanding champion defending the championship an incredible eleven times. He has been an outstanding middleweight champion. In my opinion he would have defeated Kelly Pavlik had they met in the ring to unify the titles. Jermain Taylor cannot defeat Abraham. The German will chop the tall American down and stop him in a late round.” Soliman holds wins over several world rated super middleweights and middleweights including Sakio Bika, Raymond Joval and Enrique Ornelas, as well as losing disputed decisions to Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright. He is currently chasing a shot at IBF middleweight champion Sebastain Sylvester.
Renowned sports handicapper Danny Sheridan has set the odds for each fighter to win the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic, the groundbreaking six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports®. Sheridan, USA Today’s sports analyst, also set the line for Group Stage 1 matchups that begin Saturday, Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME®. At the outset, Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, and Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) of Copenhagen, Denmark, are 1:1, the co-favorites to capture the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup. (more…)
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“This is my time – Junior time!” is the latest from the fight camp of Hector Camacho, Jr., who is matched up against Ramon Luis “Yory Boy” Campas on PPV from El Paso, Texas, Oct. 30. “I demanded this fight with Campas. This is personal: he offended my father and my family. I know there are members of the media saying why Campas, but they need to remember that Campas is a really tough fighter who has fought the very best and held his own. Just because he is somewhat older does not mean he’s finished. Is Hopkins young? Is De La Hoya young?”
Camacho promises Campas a punishing result on Oct. 30: “I’m not just beating him I’m knocking him out! He’s definitely not on my level and I’ll show the world October 30.”
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Fightnews.com visited the Tampa training headquarters of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on Tuesday. The champ looked sharp during his workout. Cotto faces Manny Pacquiao on November 14th in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unofficially lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) is being mentioned as a possible challenger in the first defense of WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero. It is expected that a decision on that fight will be made during the week. Valero is planning to defend his WBC crown during December in Caracas, Venezuela.
After April’s memorable UFC Fight Night™ in Nashville, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is headed back to the great state of Tennessee to give the fans another night of world class mixed martial arts action as UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn faces possibly his toughest test at 155 pounds in the relentless Diego Sanchez at UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez, live from FedExForum in Memphis on Saturday, December 12th. (more…)
Unbeaten Brandon Rios of Oxnard, Ca. and rugged Manny Perez of Denver will fight on a big ring raised on the infield at the Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday. It’s a rematch. The two fought to a draw last Dec. 19 in Denver. Rios outworked Perez in the early rounds, then Perez rallied. The judges scored it 96-94 for Perez. The other cards were 95-95, 95-95. (more…)
InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) are proud to announce that all parties have officially come to terms on the staging of the highly anticipated world title rematch bout between WBC world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16 KOs) from Laval, and former WBC champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KOs) from Montreal. This bout is scheduled to take place Friday, December 11th 2009 at the Montreal Bell Centre. (more…)
Carl Froch participated in an open media workout Tuesday in Nottingham, England, as he winds down preparation for Saturday’s second half of the Super Six World Boxing Classic doubleheader against Andre Dirrell. In the first fight, American Jermain Taylor will face “King” Arthur Abraham in front of a sell-out crowd at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. It all happens on SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed). Here’s what Carl had to say…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (21-1, 13 KOs) is in excellent shape for the October 21 showdown for the IBF Pan Pacific title bout against Brazil’s Samir Barbosa (22-5-3, 13 KOs) at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Geale was confident of victory when he said: “Training has gone very well with my trainer Graham Shaw at the Grange gym. We have seen Barbosa on tape and he looks good but I am confident of victory. Graham and myself are certain we can lift my performance by 30% from my fight with Anthony Mundine.” (Geale dropped a disputed twelve round split decision to Mundine in May when most fans in attendance and nearly all boxing writers had Geale a clear winner.) (more…)
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) held a press conference today in Milan, Italy to announce the next title defense of WBC world cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni. Fragomeni will defend his title against the WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei. The fight will take place on November 21 at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Universum Box Promotion will promote the fight.
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