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By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy ESTO
Former WBC light flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa(40-6, 24 KOs) steps into the ring on Saturday against Japanese stylist Masafumi Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico’s brand new arena in a gala night of boxing that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Sosa is aiming to make it a perfect (4-0) to close the year and looking forward to a title shot early next year. Sosa however faces a very worthy opponent in Okubo, a former Asian OPFB Champion who is (13-1-1) in his last 15 fights and has never been stopped. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia’s LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Molina brought the pressure against Figueroa, who was rocked several times, but Figueroa made it through the full eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-72. Figueroa took the fight on late notice replacing David Rodela, who had to pull out after an auto accident. (more…)
Report by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
For the last time before he will fight Vinny Maddalone at the Prudential Center on December 9, reporters had a chance to see Tomek Adamek’s open workout with his trainer, Roger Bloodworth. Adamek, ready for Maddalone and whatever should happen in 2011, answered a couple of questions. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Pugilistic Promotions held tonight’s weigh-in at the Magic City Casino in Miami. This is the site for tomorrow night’s event.
Eromosele Albert 158 ¾ vs. Joaquin Zamora 159 ¼
Xavier Burgos 142 ½* vs. Mario Galan 140 ¼
Rances Bartelemy 135 ¼ vs. Roberto Acevedo 141 ¼ **
Corey Edwards 136 ¼*** vs. Autrell Reed 133 ¾
Cesar Cisneros 128 ¾ vs. Angel Albelo 129 ¾
Alejandro Artola 148 ½ vs. Wilson Feliciano 147 ¾
The scheduled heavyweight bout between Jose Luis Roque and Watson Pierre was scratched.
*Burgos weighed ½ lb over but made weight on his second attempt.
** Acevedo was over by 6 ¼ lbs and Bartelemy waived the contracted weight to make the fight.
***Edwards was over 1 ¼ lbs but made weight on his second attempt.
Live online streaming will be provided by La Ley Sports at www.laleysports.com. Radio coverage to be broadcast via ESPN Deportes and La Actualidad (1020 AM). Tickets start at just $15 for general admission and are available at 305-460-6579 or can be purchased via internet at: www.magiccitycasino.com.
Through The Ropes – the #1 boxing news radio show that is hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld – airs LIVE coast to coast each Thursday evening from 9pm thru 10pm ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show is also available on the American Forces Network and Sportsbyline.com. Plus Fightnews.com readers can listen LIVE by CLICKING HERE between 9 pm to 10 pm ET this Thursday. Call-in or email your questions to email@example.com.
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Farah Ennis 168 vs. Victor Lares 167.5
(NABF super middleweight championship)
Chazz Witherspon 233 vs. Alexis Mejias 234
Lavarn Harvell 178 vs. Khalil Farah 197.5
Joel De La Paz 165.5 vs. Troy Maxwell 165.5
Keenan Smith 134 vs. Anthony Royal 133
Ismael Garcia 157.5 vs. Corey Preston 157.5
Joey Tiberi 132.5 vs. Tonio Parker 126.5
Venue: Harrah’s Resort , Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions
Photo by AranoBox
Carlos Baldomir 153.7 vs. Amilcar Funes 153.9
Venue: Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
Promoter: Golden Boy/AranoBox
TV: HBO Plus/Telefutura
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today that The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All—the two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders—will begin with two Semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. SHOWTIME will televise the fights live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets for this event, starting at $50, will go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. PT at all Ticketmaster locations, at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and via the websites www.EmeraldQueen.com and www.halquistproductions.com.
The talented and willing field comprises two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs). (more…)
August 28, 2010. For a brief moment, it was going to be the last time we would ever see BJ Penn fight.
“The first thing that came to me was I don’t know if I want to do this, and that comes to every fighter after some losses,” said Penn, who had just lost his second straight UFC lightweight title fight to Frankie Edgar. “I thought that maybe I didn’t have the motivation anymore.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Welterweight Stefan Worth (9-1-1, 3 KOs) meets Tom Reiche (5-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant German International title in Aachen, Germany. Also, Jessica Balogun (17-1, 8 KOs) and Loli Munoz (9-7-1, 6 KOs) meet for the vacant WIBA female welterweight title. The winner could land a unification showdown with Cecilia Braekhus. You can see both fights on a free webcast on Sunday at 21:30 (European Time)/3:30PM ET on http://media.wmtv-online.de/Live.
Photos: Tony Brochner
Two days ahead of Team Sauerland’s show in Herning, the stars of the TV2 Fight Night all participated in a media work-out at Herning Amatør Bokseklub. Rudy Markussen, Patrick Nielsen, Kim Poulsen and Kasper Bruun provided the curious fans with a first-hand look at their training routine. In the main fight of the night, former European Super-Middleweight Champion Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will take on Dejan Ribic (19-1, 7 KOs) from Serbia. The Hardhitter promised to give his opponent a taste of his famous punching power. “Ribic said he is not scared of my power,” Markussen said. “Well, he should be. Once he finds out how hard I can punch, it will be too late for him. I am in great shape and I will put on another strong performance on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Esteemed boxing promoter Ramiro Ortiz and historian Enrique Encinosa welcomed a group of roughly 30 media and boxing personalities to upscale Italian eatery, Randazzo’s in Coral Gables yesterday. The press conference comes in advance of Friday’s inaugural boxing card at the new Magic City Casino in Miami (On the site of the former Flagler Dog Track) sponsored by Badia Spices. The main event showcases rugged Nigerian light-welterweight, Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (22-4, 10 KOs) against southpaw slugger Joaquin Zamora (18-2, 12 KOs) of New Mexico. This bout is sanctioned by the IBO for the vacant Latino middleweight belt. (more…)
Photos: Public Adress
Ruslan Chagaev 231.9 vs. Travis Walker 242.5
Jack Culcay 154.5 vs. Alexey Ribchev 156.5
Denis Boytsov 220.5 vs. Mike Sheppard 229.9
Manuel Charr 251.5 vs. Robert Hawkins 238.1
Rachim Tschachkijew 199.3 vs. Chris Thomas 199.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.1 vs. Philippe Frenois 128.7
Karoly Balzsay 171.5 vs. Misa Nikolic 173.1
Venue: Universum Gym
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: SPORT1 (Germany)
Note: Jack Culcay’s fight will be streamed live worldwide on bild.de.
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Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! It’s a night of Andres on Through the Ropes. Andre Ward and Andre Berto will join us. Also, Eric Parthen of the World Series of Boxing. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
It’s time to go for the knockout as time is running out to bid on unique memorabilia hand-signed by Muhammad Ali, as Steiner Sports Collectibles first-ever Catalogue Auction closes Thursday. Bids are now being accepted online for the more than 25 Ali-themed items at http://auction.steinersports.com.
Gloves, prints, posters, trunks, robes and other commemorative items are among the Ali pieces available. One very rare item is a hand-signed photo of Ali, pictured with all four members of the Beatles, log on here for a look at the classic photo.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former title challenger and world ranked bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Norwalk, CA, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, takes on IBO bantamweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, December 11th at a site yet to be determined in the co-main event, which also features IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) facing Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana in a rematch with both bouts being shown live on SHOWTIME and are being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Don King Productions. Abner Mares is quickly becoming one of boxing’s newest stars. In his last outing, the 24 year old Mares battled IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) to a majority draw in an exciting back and forth action bout this past May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more photos…
Your fight on Friday against the Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev will be your first eight-rounder. How was your training workload affected?
I increased the training units. For example, I have had six rounds of sparring and another four rounds on the heavy bag and after that I went running. It was even more tiring and more intense than before. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi’s first defence of his IBF minimumweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama which was scheduled to take place in East London on November 27 has now been moved to the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions was obliged to move the fight venue after he failed to obtain financial backing from both the Buffalo City Municipality and the Eastern Cape Department of Sport. It is also not confirmed whether there will be any television coverage of the fight. More South African boxing news
George Sotiropoulos knows that a win against Joe Lauzon at UFC 123 will keep him in title contention in the lightweight division, and he’s not worried about WEC standouts Ben Henderson, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone being thrown into the mix . . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
Photo by Alma Montiel
Promoter Oscar De a Hoya and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer were in Mexico City Tuesday to announce their alliance with Televisa, with which Golden Boy Promotions will produce a monthly live boxing telecast for Mexican fans.
“It is very important to find those next world champions and make them superstars. My job will be to find those talents and that I will come personally to get them. We want nothing more than to make champions into superstars. The boxing world needs Mexican boxing and we should have a presence in Mexico,” said de la Hoya during a press conference in Mexico City. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has stepped up his training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach and personal trainer Alex Ariza for his next fight against Alfonso Gomez at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. “I know the importance of my fight,” said Chavez. “I know that Alfonso Gomez is a warrior but I know I’m better than him. This is the biggest fight of my career and I don’t intend to lose…Right now what I’m doing is continuing the work that I’ve already been practicing for a few weeks in Culiacán. I’ll be better than ever. We’re already working on strategy. This fight is dedicated to my dad.”
Three promoters join forces to showcase three WBC title bouts on Friday, November 26th at the Plaza de Toros, La Cubierta in Leganes- Madrid, Spain. Rimer Box, Sampson Boxing in association with HG Boxing will present a card billed as SPAIN vs. MEXICO. A WBC Silver belt and two WBC Latino belts will be on the line.
The WBC Silver cruiserweight championship bout will be contested between undefeated David Quinonero (24-0, 23 KOs) and Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz (25-5, 18 KOs).
A WBC Latino middleweight championship bout will be presented between Pablo Navascues (24-1-1, 16 KOs) and Luis “Charal” Rodriguez (26-5, 17 KOs). Navascues is seeking redemption after a controversial draw decision against former two-division champion Javier Castellejo.
Also a WBC Latino lightweight championship bout is slated between Peter Petrov (25-2-2, 10 KOs) and Arturo Uruzquieta (14-3, 4 KOs).
Following a lapse of boxing programming on MARCA TV, this network is giving another opportunity to Spanish boxing fans. In addition this event will also be televised in Mexico by the network Cadena 3.
This Saturday night at The Aviator Sports Complex, former light heavyweight title challenger Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) will take on Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs) in ten rounder that will headline a big night of boxing promoted by Robert Diaz and Havoc Boxing Promotions. Muriqi of New York via Kosovo will be back in the ring after a thirteen month layoff. A previously announced bout featuring IBF #5 super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens is apparently off. The undercard includes a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights Will Rosinsky (12-0, 7 KOs) and Yasin Rashid (7-0, 2 KOs). Featherweight Joselito Collodo (11-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.
Carlos Molina vs. John Figueroa
Ivan Redkach vs. Roni Alvarado
Ramon Valadez vs. Ramon Flores
Manuel Avila vs. Salvador Cifuentes
Salvador Rios vs. Gerardo Melendrez
Fidel Maldonado Jr vs. Luis Sanchez
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
Lester Gonzalez 153.5 vs. Christopher Chatman 152
James Parison 164 vs. Loren Myers 164.5
Pablo Armenta 128 vs. Ronald Hurley 128.2
Takashi Okada 113.7 vs. Daniel Modad 115
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
This Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will defend his title against Paul “The Punisher” Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds. Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City are presenting this evening of boxing. Martinez vs. Williams II will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50 are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details and photos click here…
Former world champion Carlos Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs) of Argentina and countryman Amilcar Funes (22-9, 13 KOs) faced off today in Argentina at the press conference at the Hotel Del Bono Park de la Capital Sanjuanina. The two will fight this Friday in Funes’ hometown at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, San Juan, Argentina. The bout will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions. The bout will air live on the HBO Plus service in Latin America with the telecast beginning at 10:00pm local time (9:00pm ET). In the United States, the TeleFutura broadcast will begin at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT). (more…)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (L) and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (R) face off as UFC President Dana White looks on at the UFC 123 pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Detroit, Michigan. For more info on UFC 123, go to www.UFC.com
The Quarterfinals Continue On An All New Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP’s #1 pick Michael Johnson finally has his opportunity to face Alex Caceres, while wild card winner Aaron Wilkinson takes on Kyle Watson for a chance to move on in the tournament – all new tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Did You Miss It? See the Countdown to UFC 123 Tonight: Rampage and Machida prepare for their battle, and Matt Hughes and BJ Penn continue their collision course to a third meeting in the Octagon – tonight at 7pm ET/PT on SPIKE
New York City’s signature boxing series, Broadway Boxing¸ returns on December 1 to the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Returning for his second straight Broadway Boxing main event is unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (12-0, 1 KO) against experienced spoiler Hector Alatore (16-11, 5 KOs). In a special attraction in the co-main event, unbeaten Dominican bomber Javier Fortuna (12-0, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in New Jersey slickster Victor Valenzuela (8-0, 1 KO). Also on the undercard are some of the most popular pugilists from the New York boxing scene: heavyweight Tor Hamer (12-1, 9 KOs), welterweight Alex Perez (12-0, 7 KOs), heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (2-0, 1 KO), junior middleweight Steven Martinez (6-0, 6 KOs), and junior middleweight Delen Parsley, Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs).
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (40-2, 33KOs) of Mexico returns Saturday, December 4th at the Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined, which is being headlined by Mexico’s fastest rising star and current WBC Silver junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) as he takes on former world champion Lovemore “The Black Panther” N’dou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) in the main event which is being presented by Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on HBO Latino in the United States. (more…)
Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has responded to a statement that WBA mandatory title challenger Ruslan Chagaev wouldn’t be allowed to fight in England against WBA champion David Haye due to health reasons. “I read a statement from Wilfried Sauerland’s son Kalle son that annoyed me very much. This is another attempt to avoid our boxer Ruslan Chagaev. We will not tolerate this a second time.
“In 2009 in Helsinki they hid behind the weak Finnish Association. That’s why the rematch didn’t come about between Ruslan Chagaev and Nikolai Valuev. What was incomprehensible for every boxing fan was that the first fight took place in 2007 under identical health conditions for Ruslan. We are firmly opposed to claims that Ruslan is sick. According to the best virologists he’s not contagious. Just like the first fight with Valuev, Wladimir Klitschko was immediately ready to fight Ruslan. Now another campaign is being launched against Ruslan and I will not permit it. For me, this is a sign that David Haye and Sauerland are afraid to lose the belt and thus blow up the big Klitschko payday.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones today told Antonio Margarito “….you are a great warrior…you fought hard….I admire you…. you have a friend for life.” Jones spoke to Margarito after he was released this morning from Methodist Hospital in Dallas following successful surgery on his right eye on Tuesday. Margarito, with wife Michelle, managers Sergio Diaz, Francisco Espinoza and chief trainer Robert Garcia, are taking a flight home today to Los Angeles. “Jerry told us to ‘call me any time’ when we are in the Dallas area,” Diaz said.
Golden Boy Promotions and the Televisa network in Mexico have inked a multi-year deal to present monthly telecasts, which will debut in January of 2011, and air live on Saturday nights from sites throughout Mexico. The date and fights for the series debut, and other telecasts taking place in the first quarter of 2011, will be announced shortly.
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