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Female boxing superstar Christy Martin (49-5-3, 31 KOs) will be returning to the ring to try for her 50th career win. Martin’s gym in Apopka, Florida is scheduled to reopen today. She is on the mend from knife and gunshot wounds she says she received from her husband/trainer Jim Martin, who has been charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. “I am the happiest person on the planet,”Christy wrote on her Facebook page. “I’m on the way to workout at the boxing gym. Two huge pieces of my puzzle are in place Miguel Diaz will train me and Mike Novak will aid in legal services. Finally back to what I love-boxing.”
Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions are reducing tickets for the Feb. 11 card at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. Anyone purchasing a ticket in the first three days of ticket sales will get the second ticket at half-off. General admission tickets are going for $20. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Jan. 4, at all Ticketmaster locations or at UTEP’s box office. After the 72-hour sale, tickets will be available at regular prices. “David [Rodriguez] and myself are aware of the current economy and the effects it has brought to the community,” says promoter Zeferino Ramirezo. “Therefore, in a means to make it possible for all to enjoy our first fight together, we are making a special offer.” The Feb. 11 card headlines the return of heavyweight David Rodriguez. Promoter Ramirez says it will be the first of many shows planned for El Paso.
WEC champ Anthony Pettis is next in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt – hear what he thought of UFC 125’s shocking outcome: click here for more
Las Vegas will host the first USA fight card of 2011 on Friday at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Featured fighters on the card, which will also be the first nationally-televised boxing event of 2011, will host a free public workout on Tuesday beginning at noon at Findlay Toyota located in nearby Henderson. The card features junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0, 11 KOs) vs Mauricio Herrera (15-1, 7 KOs) in the main event, with 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8 KOs) facing Alberto Herrera (7-0-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight co-feature. The Herreras are brothers who hail from Riverside, Calif.
TMZ has obtained surveillance video taken the night Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly roughed up his children’s mother Josie Harris — showing Harris being wheeled off on a stretcher after seeking refuge in a security guard station. As TMZ first reported, Mayweather allegedly blew up at Harris after he learned Harris was seeing an NBA player — CJ Watson of the Chicago Bulls. The police report from that night details how Mayweather’s kids escaped the house and ran to a nearby guard station — and in the video, you can see all three kids entering the station. Police cars can be seen pulling up and, about 15 minutes later, Harris can be seen being taken out on a stretcher as she clutches her head. Mayweather was hit with eight charges from the incident and ordered to stay away from Harris and the kids. He is due back in court January 24.
WIBF/WBA/WBO women’s flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend against 18-year-old WBO minimumweight champion Teeraporn “Female Rambo” Pannimit (13-3, 5 KOs) on January 29 in Hamburg, Germany. Teeraporn, along with promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban and her team will head from Bangkok, Thailand to Germany on January 22.
On January 22nd, boxing returns to the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey as Nedal Abuhumoud and Nedal Boxing present former U.S. Olympian Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (35-7, 9 KOs) against Phillip McCants (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. In a six-round co-feature, Charles Hayward (5-2, 1 KO) will battle Billy Salser (3-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. Tickets are $80 and $50. Call 609-209-5642.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
23-year-old former Olympian Carlos Negron (10-0, 7 KOs) , will make his debut as a heavyweight on PR Best Boxing’s January 22 show in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The 6’6 Negron started his career as a cruiserweight and said he will weigh about 215 pounds when he meets an opponent to be named. The Negron team plans five fights in 2011 with one of them being for a regional title that would get him a world ranking.
By Jesse Kelley
The IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout between Yusaf Mack and Otis Griffin that was to take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis on January 7th will now take place on either the first or second weekend in February. Promoter Tony Grygelko said the postponement was due to working out issues with the IBF. Unbeaten middleweight Caleb Truax (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will now be the co-feature vs TBA.
Fitness and nutrition author/expert Robert Ferguson invites all to attend his free seminar at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ on January 8 from 10:30AM to 12:30PM in support of his new book titled “Diet-Free For Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness, and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss.” Ferguson lists boxers Fernando Vargas, Steve Forbes, Sam Peter, Sergio Mora and Maureen Shea among his clients.
WBA interim super bantamweight champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) is preparing to school challenger Willie “Big Bang” Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) when they square-off March 19 in Dublin. “Casey doesn’t belong in the same ring as me,” the 30-year-old Rigondeaux said, “but I admire his courage for wanting to fight me. I’m excited about fighting in Ireland again, where I won my first World Championship as an amateur in 2001. My last fight, against Cordoba, was on the Pacquiao-Margarito card. Millions of people watching on pay-per-view, along with 61,000 fans in Dallas, watched me do what I had to do to win the WBA title.
“I am world champion. Casey and all of the fans in attendance will see a true world champion in action March 19. If Casey thinks I’m going to Ireland to lose my world title belt, he’s making a big mistake because I’m going to win, and in sensational fashion. He is tailor-made for me. I watched a couple of rounds of Casey’s previous fights and concluded that he’s a bit of a one-trick pony. We are as far apart in class as in residence, make no mistake about that and when the bell rings March 19th, that will certainly be evident to all.” (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard engaged in a five round battle that will be a very early candidate for Fight of the Year. The highly anticipated rematch resulted in an outcome nobody could’ve predicted—a majority draw.
Gray Maynard wasted no time taking the fight to the champion. After a brief feeling out process, Maynard began a serious onslaught with a left hook that sent Edgar spiraling back and around the cage. Another right uppercut put the champ on the mat a second time. In what had to be the longest five minutes of Edgar’s career, he miraculously survived the blitz on heart alone . . . click here for more
“I thought it was my fight.”
Those words came out of Gray Maynard’s mouth over and over at the UFC 125 post fight press conference.
Maynard opened up a commanding lead in the opening round, nearly stunning champion Frankie Edgar with a first round stoppage. “The Bully” lived up to his moniker, flooring the champion three times with big shots and scoring two takedowns. Though Edgar made it out of the round and rallied back, the judges all scored the opener 10-8 for the challenger . . . click here for more
Many thought that Brian Stann bit off more than he could chew when he called out the ultra hot Chris Leben. But when the two stepped in the cage, Stann proved that he was no fool as he blasted Leben and scored a first round TKO. It was quite possibly the biggest victory in Stann’s career as he made his debut at middleweight. It’s a decision that Stann is proud of and also feels was long overdue . . . click here for more
Topping the first professional boxing card of 2011, WBC #3 middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Wilson Santana (11-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Centenario in Torreon, Mexico. Time was :45. Rubio is now targeting unbeaten David Lemieux.
In other action, super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) demolished Angel Priolo (30-9, 20 KOs) in round one.
Also middleweight Marco “Dorado Reyes (19-1, 17 KOs) stopped Rito Ruvalcaba (34-11, 30 KOs) in the opening stanza.
In other results: Jose “Piston” Lopez TKO’d Jesus Valenzuela in four; Daniel “Chato” Noriega won a four-round split decision over Julio Cesar “Chicharito” Hernandez; Roberto “Massa” Ortiz knocked out Oscar “Apostol” Solis in round three; and Jose “Venado” Perez won a four-round unanimous decision over Rafael Cerrillo.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
After five highly competitive rounds, UFC world lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar battled to a majority draw with challenger Gray “The Bully” Maynard. In the first round Maynard badly hurt the champion with a punches and nearly finished the fight; Edgar however used his wrestling to survive the round. The remainder of the fight was highly competitive as Edgar scored with quick punches and both men exchanged quick takedowns. In the final round Edgar kept Maynard at bay with hard, snapping punches and stifled the challenger’s takedowns. Scores read 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47 declaring a majority draw.
Middleweight Brian Stann scored the biggest victory of his career in the night’s co-feature as he KO’ed Chris Leben in the first round with a brutal combination of punches at 3:37. Stann dropped Leben initially with a short combination and, after “The Crippler” regained his footing, the former United States Marine finished him with a hard knee and quick series of hooks.
Photos: Public Adress
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer, head trainer Michael Timm and conditioning coach Christoph Busch have started their long journey to Shymkent, Kazakhstan, where Brähmer and WBA champion Beibut Shumenov will meet in a title unification clash on January 8th. Team Brähmer will travel from Hamburg to Amsterdam to Kazakhstan, arriving tomorrow. (more…)
Your mother always told you that you will be judged by the company you keep. If that’s true in mixed martial arts, then the resume of Gray Maynard keeps looking better and better.
Frankie Edgar, Maynard’s opponent in Saturday’s UFC 125 main event, is a world champion. Nate Diaz is 2-0 with two finishes at 170 pounds since their January 2010 bout. Kenny Florian is a two-time title challenger. Dennis Siver has gone 6-2 after a defeat to Maynard. And Jim Miller has run off a six fight winning streak after losing to “The Bully.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Teofista Boxing will present a card at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Canada on January 14 with unbeaten jr welterweights Steve Claggett (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Jose Mendoza (7-0, 3 KOs) meeting for the WBC Youth Intercontinental title in the headlining bout. In the co-main, Canadian middleweight champion Adam ‘A-Bomb’ Trupish (7-0, 4 KOs) will return to action against Matt Palmer (2-2, 0 KOs). The card will also feature heavyweights Sheldon ‘Prime Time’ Hinton (11-6-1, 4 KOs) and Ken Frank (3-1-1, 2 KOs) colliding in a Canadian heavyweight title eliminator. Tickets are $25-$60. Call 403-607-2001.
From Torreon, Mexico for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo card:
For the WBC Latino super middleweight title:
Marco A. “Veneno” Rubio 165 vs Wilson Santana 165
For the WBC Latino super featherweight title:
Miguel “Mickey” Roman 129 vs Angel Priolo 128
For the WBC Fecombox middleweight title:
Marco “Dorado Reyes 160 Vs Rito Ruvalcaba 160
Jose “Piston” Perez 140 vs Jesus Valenzuela 140
Raul “Chato” Noriega 113 vs Julio Cesar “Chicharito” Hernandez 113
Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 137 vs Oscar “Apostol” Solis 138
Gerardo Marin 118 vs Arturo Castro 118
Cesar Gandara 112 vs Josue Vega 112
Pugilistic Promotions’ “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” returns on January 14th at the Magic City Casino featuring what promises to be a war between two unbeaten light heavyweight prospects. Azea Augustama (9-0, 6 KOs) takes on Denis Grachev (8-0-1, 5 KOs) in the eight round main event. Augustama represented his home country of Haiti in the 2008 Beijing Olympics before turning pro. “This is a magnificent card,” Pugilistic Promotions promoter Ramiro Ortiz said. “We have very aggressive fighters, and evenly matched fighters. There are some very good prospects on the card which excites me not only as a promoter, but also as a fight fan.”
Also on the card is fan-favorite Xavier “X-Factor” Burgos (6-1, 2 KOs) taking on Ray Betancourt (8-5, 3 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight bout. (more…)
From the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised UFC 125:
Frankie Edgar 155 vs. Gray Maynard 155
Chris Leben 186 vs. Brian Stann 186
Nate Diaz 170 vs. Dong Hyun Kim 171
Takanori Gomi 155 vs. Clay Guida 156
Thiago Silva 206 vs. Brandon Vera 205
Prelim card televised on Ion:
Marcus Davis 156 vs. Jeremy Stephens 156
Josh Grispi 146 vs. Dustin Poirier 145
Phil Baroni 186 vs. Brad Tavares 185
Mike Brown 146 vs. Diego Nunes 146
Daniel Roberts 171 vs. Greg Soto 171
Antonio McKee 156 vs. Jacob Volkmann 156
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Story by Anthony Springer Jr
Coming into the UFC riding a legendary career and a wave of hype isn’t always a good thing. In the high risk, high reward world of MMA, Takanori Gomi brought more than 30 career wins over from Japan into the Octagon . . . click here for more
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
By Robert Coster
Boxers many time have compelling stories to tell. And such is certainly the case with Haitian-born, Panama-based lightweight prospect Evens Pierre (17-1, 13 KOs). In his short two-year career, Pierre has become the only boxer born and raised in Haiti to win a boxing belt: the WBA Fedecentro title last June, a first step he hopes will move him into the world rankings in this coming year. Winning a boxing title, albeit a regional one, was hailed as a feat by Evens’ supporters back in Haiti, particularly in “Sun City” (Cite Soleil), the commune where he was born, a misnomer since the area is in fact an extended, dreary slum on the outskirts of the Haitian capital of Port au Prince, one of the poorest, crime-ridden, disease-ridden places in the world. (more…)
Former WBC Caribbean champion, Manuel Quezada will attempt to win back that crown when he takes on Mike Mollo in the twelve round main event on January 29th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Quezada was summoned for the fight after the man who defeated him; Jason Gavern had to pull out due to an injury. Quezada of Wasco, California has a record of 29-6 with eighteen knockouts.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Deliverance Evangelistic Church
2001 West Lehigh Avenue (site of the old Connie Mack Stadium)
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Service begins at 11am.
Living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to the ring January 22nd headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” pay-per-view event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
“Redemption In American” is presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier and will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media on January 22nd LIVE at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources have indicated that there is now a strong chance that three-time world champion and Mexican ring legend Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales will seek a world title in a fourth different weight division against his compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez, also a three-time world champion and currently WBA and WBO lightweight champion. The possible date mentioned is April 16 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Morales reappeared in 2010 and defeated Jose Alfaro, Willie Limond and Francisco Lorenzo.
WBO interim light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has revealed his New Year’s resolution – to fight in Wales for the first time in more than three years. He won his world title, as well as the British, Commonwealth and European crowns, on the road. He has thrilled fans in London, Swindon, Las Vegas, Birmingham and Liverpool since he fought on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe’s super-middleweight title clash with Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff as long ago as November 2007. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
TIts been billed as a battle for validation and respect when UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on Gray “The Bully” Maynard at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. It will be a clash of very different wrestling styles as Edgar brings his endless gastank and incredible will against Maynard’s superior size and brute strength. Although most have already written off Edgar’s title reign as over in less than six months, the champion will be anxious to disprove his critics and it will show in his performance on Saturday . . . place your bets. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon
Nobody can deny that the twenty-eight months since his break through win over Miguel Cotto have been the toughest of Antonio Margarito’s sixteen-year career. Six months after his TKO of the Puerto Rican star in Las Vegas, Margarito found himself on the losing side of a ninth round knockout from Shane Mosley and in the middle of a controversy that would change his life forever. Accused of using illegal hand wraps prior to his championship bout against Mosley in which he lost the WBA welterweight title, Margarito was soon suspended for over a year beginning in February of ‘09. Furiously holding on to his innocence through out his hearing and the subsequent months after, Margarito (38-7, 27KOs) made his comeback to the ring once again last May and won a unanimous decision over Texas’ Robert “Amenaza” Garcia in Aguascalientes, MX.
Soon after, Margarito’s promoter Bob Arum announced that the “Tijuana Tornado” would be taking on the best fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao in November. The much anticipated mega fight drew overforty thousand boxing fans to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, to watch Pacquiao win a lopsided decision for the vacant WBC super welterweight crown, his eight title in as many divisions. The never say die Margarito suffered a fractured right orbital bone caused by a punch in the fourth roundwhich impaired his vision until the end of the bout and forced him to visit the hospital soon after.
“The fight changed after the fourth round, he caught me with an uppercut and hurt my eye and after that, I couldn’t see,” Margarito stated as he sat ringside at a fight card in his hometown of Tijuana, MX, in one his first public appearances after the fight. “I was told that I hurt him in that round but I didn’t see it or else I would have finished him right there.” (more…)
Main Events won the rights to promote the fight for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight title between Zab Judah of Las Vegas, Nevada and Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa. Judah, promoted by Main Events is ranked number two in the organization’s rankings and Mabuza, promoted by Branco Milenkovic is ranked number one. The bout needs to take place within the next 90 days. Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, announced that the fight will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, late February or early March.
Top-rated female super bantamweight contender Alicia “Slick” Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY will face the aggressive Crystal Hoy (5-3-3, 2 KOs) in the eight round main event of Maureen Shea’s Pandora Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions’ “Brooklyn Explosion” on January 13th at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The Jamaican-born Ashleywas recently named the mandatory contender for the WBC Super Bantamweight title. Also featured on the card will be Israeli fan favorite Eilon Kedem (11-4-4, 7 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight matchuP. Only 10 ringside tickets remain. The Masonic Temple is located at 317 Clemont Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets, priced $75 and $50, can be purchased by contacting Amanda at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ at 201.348.3149.
Back in the day in Brazil, the term Christ Fighter of MMA led you to only one name, UFC, Pancrase, PRIDE and K-1 veteran Ebenezer Fontes Braga.
Trying to spread the word of his Christian faith at the same time as he was winning fights in high-profile competitions, Braga was one of the most unique fighters competing at the end of the 90s and in the beginning of the new millennium. He had a small problem though; how to explain to the members of his church that his work was based on fighting people professionally . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Daiki Kameda will give up his WBA flyweight championship because of problems making the weight limit of the division. Sources say the official announcement should be made soon. Everything indicates that the interim champ Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion will be declared the regular flyweight monarch according to the WBA rules. Concepcion could fight next in Japan in February or March.
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