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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
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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.
By Rey Colon / The Sport Press
Antonio Margarito plans to go directly to a second showdown with Miguel Cotto in June in New York City, but first must receive the approval of his doctors next week and his plastic surgeon at the end of January according to Francisco Espinoza, one of the “Tijuana Tornado’s” handlers. Margarito suffered a dangerous injury to his right cheek in his clash with Manny Pacquiao, but Espinoza estimates that by May or June he would be in condition to fight Cotto, who is planning to defend his WBA junior middleweight belt against Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 in Las Vegas before moving to the grudge rematch with Margarito.
Battle-tested Sherman “Tank” Williams plans to give living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield a beating January 22 when they headline “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . . . click here for more
Moments ago Fightnews spoke with former world champion and world champion trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Mustafa spoke on his recent split with former world champion Chad Dawson and his new light heavyweight star, former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) of Hungary.
“It’s just the nature of the game,” said Muhammad. “Somebody has to take the blame. Its no secret that Dawson had major issues going on outside of the ring leading up to the Pascal fight. It wouldn’t have mattered who was training him that night nor would it have changed his performance. I had heard rumblings about the change in trainers for Dawson a few months back so I knew what the deal was. I will just keep it moving. My work as a boxing trainer does not depend on one fighter. My plate is always full. I just took on the role of trainer for former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei. We will begin training after the holidays here in Las Vegas where I reside. My only regret regarding the Dawson separation is that I taught him all he knew but didn’t get a chance to teach him all I knew. I have nothing personal at all against Chad Dawson. I’m not a negative person at all. That’s just not who I am. This is just part of the business. I wish him well in all his fights except when he’s fighting one of my fighters, of course.”
Story & photo by Anthony Springer Jr.
The legendary career of “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell is over.
At least in the Octagon.
After two false starts regarding retirement and months of speculation, UFC President Dana White along with Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta officially announced the retirement of Liddell at Wednesday’s UC 125 press conference. (more…)
A card promoted by LA Boxing of El Paso will kick off the action in 2011 at the border when, on Jan. 28, “Bloodsport Championships” will be held at the El Paso Grand Ballroom, 3136 Trawood, El Paso. Six boxing bouts will comprise the card. In boxing: Joel Garcia vs. Jacob Armijo at flyweight; Yoel Gonzalez vs. Gabe Garcia at lightweight; Wesley Marquez vs. Leonardo Sanchez at super bantam; Ricardo Delgado vs. Edgar Zubia at super lightweight; Carlos Villa vs. Colbert Lozoya at welter; and Eric Reza vs. Christopher Simmons at heavyweight. For more info and to or Marriott der tickets, check out www.bloodsportchampionships.com.
UFC President Dana White started Wednesday’s live press conference for the lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 125 with a surprise announcement regarding one of the sport’s most respected icons. In front of assembled media and fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, White broke the news that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Fame member Chuck Liddell, a true pioneer and legend in the sport, is retiring from competing in the UFC. (more…)
It was the crown jewel in 2009’s Fight of the Year. Clay Guida, back against the cage, trading punches with Diego Sanchez. Stunned momentarily by Sanchez’s onslaught, but bravely firing back with punches of his own. It was extremely entertaining. But it was not in Guida’s best interests . . . Click here for more by Philip Ferraro, UFC.com
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Former WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson will be trained by Emanuel Steward when he begins preparations for his rematch against WBC light heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal early next year. The Hall of Fame trainer has agreed to join Dawson’s corner as head trainer. “I have always been a big fan of Chad’s and I think he will bring excitement back to the light heavyweight division and to boxing,” said Steward. “I am not interested in winning decisions. I’m concussion crazy. I only want Chad to win by knockouts and I know that’s what he wants to do too. HBO’s investment in Chad is going to pay off big dividends and his stock will be a “strong buy” in 2011, especially after he destroys Pascal in their rematch. (more…)
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ will dedicate his performance on Jan. 29 to his promoter’s wife of 50 years, Mrs. Henrietta King, who died earlier this month after a lengthy illness at age 87. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, will face undefeated World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on Jan. 29 in a long-awaited world championship unification match at the 140-pound weight limit.
“Don King has promoted me since the beginning of my professional career in 2004,” Alexander said from his Las Vegas training camp. “Mrs. King was with Don for over 50 years. Don has always been there for me, and I want to dedicate my performance on Jan. 29 to Mrs. King for always being there for Don. Mrs. King was a great lady and I was honored to have met her. I will honor her with the best performance of my life at the Silverdome in Pontiac.”
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Junior Welterweight champ Devon Alexander and Fightnews Publisher Karl Freitag. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. 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.
After nearly a decade, professional boxing makes its return to Harrisburg, PA on February 12 at the Zembo Shrine in the new fight series, “Capitol Punishment.” The series, presented by Payton Promotions, kicks off the inaugural show with WBA #12 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency (20-2, 13 KOs) from nearby Pittsburgh, PA in an eight-rounder against Dallas Vargas (22-6, 16 KOs). The co-main event showcases local phenom Stevie Weimer (5-0, 2 KOs) against Julias Edmonds (7-9, 0 KOs) in a six-round light welterweight matchup. Tickets are $35, $45, $60 and $550 for a VIP Table that seats eight. For tickets call 717-585-1993.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC/WBO#2 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (36-0,21 KOs) successfully kept his WBO Asia-Pacific 126lb title as he scored a fifth round TKO over Masayuki Wakimoto (15-3,6 KOs) on Wednesday at Wat Kaodin in Doembangnangbuat, Suphanburi, Thailand. This was the first WBO regional title defense of the Thai fighter who is also the 126lb champion of the WBC Asian Boxing Council. Wakimoto did well at the beginning as he displayed faster combinations and clearly gained the scores in the first two rounds. The show turned to Chonlatarn from round three when he speeded his aggression and successfully dropped the Japanese with a well-timed right straight. Then, the Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, dropping his foe twice more which forced referee to stop the bout at 1:21 of round five. (more…)
Worldwide attention will be focused on the big January 22 PPV clash between ring legend Evander Holyfield and Sherman “The Tank” Williams at the Greenbrier America’s Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. But the “Mountain State” will also start the year off strong with no less than six boxing shows within the first three months of 2011 presented by WV boxing promoter Jerry Thomas.
The schedule kicks off on January 15 at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. The main event is a six round cruiserweight clash between Bobby Thomas Jr (7-1, 5 KOs) and Collin Rogers (10-28-2, 6 KOs). The co-feature is a battle between unbeaten heavyweights as Jason Pettawy (6-0, 3 KOs) meets Jason Pauley (5-0, 1 KO) in a scheduled six. (more…)
Dates and locations have been announced for the 2011 TELEMUNDO TV schedule. The events will be televised live coast to coast in the United States by the Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM on High Definition. The shows are being promoted by Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc: “The New Generation.”
Jan 21 Salon Cuervo Mexico DF, MX
Feb 25 Cocoa, Florida
Mar 18 Salon Cuervo Mexico DF, MX
Apr 29 Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL
May 20 Salon Cuervo Mexico DF, MX
Jun 24 TBA Florida
Jul 29 Condesa, Mexico DF, MX
Aug 26 Civic Center Kissimmee, FL
Sep 30 Condesa, Mexico DF, MX
Oct 28 TBA Florida
Nov 18 Condesa, Mexico DF, MX
Dec 09 Civic Center Kissimmee, FL
By Damrong Simakajornboon
PABA welterweight champion Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (8-0, 5 KOs) successfully kept his PABA belt as he stopped Filipino Amor Tino (12-8-2, 3 KOs) on Tuesday at the Municipality of Huadong in Uttaradit, Thailand. The Thai fighter dropped his foe twice with his sharp left hooks in round one and round two, then he mostly attacked the Filipino and scored a TKO as the Filipino refused to continue at the beginning of round five. In others actions, ABCO #2 feather Chaiyong Sithsaithong (25-5-3, 19 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Petchthongchai Sithmanopchai. Samartlek Sithsaithong outpointed TBC #1 lightfly Inthanon Sithchamuang in a six round non-title bout. Petchromklao Or Ekarin stopped Wanpadejsuk Sithsaithong in round five. And Wisanlek Sithsaithong outpointed Worawut Islandmuaythai in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Galaxy Boxing Promotion.
By Graham Houston
The soon-to-be-ending year has followed the trend of past years with an upset almost every week. We had the usual mixture in 2010: big upsets, mild upsets and those that fell somewhere in between. Some upsets we should have seen coming, others almost defied belief.
With some upsets, we could only shake our heads because the result seemed so obvious — once the fight had taken place, that is.
For instance, it should have been obvious that Carl Froch was always going to be able to outbox the smaller, slow-starting Arthur Abraham. The image many of us had, though, was of Froch getting involved in a toe-to-toe war and coming off second best in a give and take fight. I don’t think very many people would have expected Froch to make it look easy. In this respect Froch vs Abraham reminded me of Joe Calzaghe outclassing Jeff Lacy, another 168-pound title fight that looked like being a war yet turned out to be easy pickings for the winner. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO welterweight champion Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) will return as a junior middleweight on January 26 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico on a card promoted by MWJ Promotions. “Welterweight is a thing of the past,” said trainer Jose Bonilla, who said Quintana currently at 162 pounds. “We’re going to go fast in 2011 with Quintana. We hope to have a couple of fights and get rated well at 154 pounds and see if we see a title shot.” Quintana hasn’t fought since April 10 when he lost by TKO in eight rounds against WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto. He is best known for his win over Paul Williams.
UFC 125 will mark the debut of the newest Octagon Girl, former WEC favorite Brittney Palmer, and it will also see the return of “The Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison for the first time since UFC 100, as she kicks off this weekend’s Pay-Per-View broadcast.
See more of Brittney in the latest issue of UFC magazine, and go backstage at Holly Madison’s UFC magazine shoot in this episode of Ultimate Insider. To see photo galleries of the two number-holding knockouts, click here.
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Light heavyweight KO artist Lafarrell Bunting (17-3-1, 17 KOs) will look to continue his knockout streak when he faces once-beaten former amateur star Matt O’Brien (18-1, 7 KOs) in the ten round main event of Battle at the Boat 80 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on January 8th. All 17 of Bunting’s wins have come by knockout with 12 of those KOs coming during the first two rounds. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC and Sergio Marquez Productions present big card featuring four championship fights on January 9 at the beautiful Punta Del Este Resort & Casino in Punte Del Este, Uruguay. The main event is for the vacant WBC silver super middleweight title between Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (25-1, 17 KOs) and Mexico’s Gustavo “Cubanito” Magallanes (29-1, 25 KOs), which has already generated a buzz amongst boxing fans, writers and insiders.
The card also includes a WBO female jr middleweight world title bout between Costa Rican fight idol and current world champion Hanna Gabriel (10-0-1, 6 KOs) against American Melisenda Perez (7-2-1, 4 KOs). In a UBO female lightweight title bout, Uruguay’s Cecilia Comunales (6-1, 4 KOs) meets Halana Dos Santos from Brazil (13-3, 8 KOs). In addition, a WBC Latin championship bout features Caril “El Raton” Herrera (26-1, 16 KOs) against Argentina’s Miguel Villegas (6-9, 2 KOs). (more…)
WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will be defending his title against European champion Willie Casey on March 19 at the brand new Citywest Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland. With the entire batch of ’early bird’ tickets now completely sold out, Dolphil Promotions are predicting a full house. “This is why I turned professional,” said Casey. “I want to be fighting the best there is out there and Rigondeaux is one of the best. I am delighted with all these opportunities that I’m getting and I’m humbled by the support that I’m receiving. There are a lot of super bantamweights that are avoiding this fella but not me, he has what I want so why wouldn’t I fight him?” (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to bring their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday, January 21 to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament.
In the main event, current WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico will face undefeated WBO Latin super flyweight champion William “El Barranquillero” Urina (17-0, 14 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a unification battle scheduled for twelve rounds were both champions will put their titles at stake. (more…)
The Countdown to Edgar vs Maynard 2 Begins Tonight: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard prepare for their rematch this Saturday night – plus, in-depth looks at Chris Leben and Brian Stann as they continue their collision course to the Octagon – tonight at 11:30pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Brittney Makes Her UFC Debut, Plus Holly Returns At UFC 125: Things just got hotter Octagonside, as WEC favorite Brittney Palmer makes her debut as an Octagon Girl this Saturday night – plus, the return of “The Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison as she makes her first trip around the Octagon since UFC 100!
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Brian “All American” Stann considers himself lucky to have been matched up with Chris “The Crippler” Leben in the co-main event at UFC 125: Edgar vs Maynard 2 on January 1st.
“Chris has already accomplished more inside the Octagon than I may accomplish in my entire MMA career,” says Stann. “We called Joe Silva and asked for the fight, and like the true fighter that Leben is, he accepted it. I’m excited.” . . . Click here for more by by Mike Straka,UFC.com
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By Rey Colon / The Sport Press
WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) will travel with his team in early January to Florida where he will train for a proposed March 12 clash in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand against Ricardo “Matador” Mayorga . Trainer Emanuel Steward will be on hand from the first day at camp.
WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) has been preparing for the biggest fight in his very short, but storied career, training first at Team Barry Boxing in Henderson, Nevada with his head trainer and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry, and now in Shymkent. Shumenov takes on WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) in a January 8 unification clash at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)
Integrated Sports Media, a leading distributor of International pay-per-view and closed circuit sporting events, delivered ten major boxing events in 2010 from around the globe to sports fans in the United States and Canada.
“I am proud that we were able to provide consumers with the opportunity to watch major boxing events, especially one of the Fights of the Year in Giovanni Segura versus Ivan Calderon, that they otherwise would not have been able to view in North America,” Integrated Sports Media President Doug Jacobs said. “We also brought fight fans the comeback of the great Erik Morales, world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, three fights featuring rising star Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., living legend Evander Holyfield, popular Tomasz Adamek, and a unique fight production – two major events from two different countries, Germany and Puerto Rico, in the same day. (more…)
According to The Sun tabloid, 39-year-old former WBC world super middleweight champ Robin Reid will be the eighth fighter on the January 29 edition of the Prizefighter tournament taking place in the light heavyweight division at the Olympia in London. It had been previously announced that the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man one-night tournament would include Tony Dodson, Travis Dickinson, Llewellyn Davies, Menay Edwards, Billy Slate, Joe Smyth and Michael Banbula.
Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away today at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called my at about 6.20pm EST to give me the news
—J Russell Peltz
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