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James “Lights Out” Toney will depart for Moscow, Russia, this Wednesday, October 19, in advance of his meeting with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace on November 4. Wishing to get fully acclimated to the region, Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will continue training in Moscow. 43-year-old Toney says he’s in the best physical shape he has been in years and he’s just putting the final touches on his camp and on fight night Operation Lights Out in Russia will be in full effect.
“You aint gonna see no lay down like Bernard Hopkins did,” said the former champion at middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight. “I will be there to kick his ass right in front of his people. He likes to wait until fighters from my generation get old and that’s made him feel like he can fight. But I’m going to show him what a big mistake he made thinking he can pull that with me.”
Former world champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana will face hard puncher prospect Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez next October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, where former two time champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will fight Raul “Rayito” Garcia for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum title in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention.
Headlining the card, Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face García (30-2-1, 18 KOs) for the 105lb interim championship, while Argentinian Yessica Yolanda Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) will defend her WBO junior flyweight belt against Suzane Warner (9-10-1, 2 KOs) in a 10 round bout.
In a co-feature fight, Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), a former WBO welterweight champion and seventh ranked by the WBO in 154 pounds will face Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title.
Meanwhile, former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBO 122lb Intercontinental title against a foe to be named. (more…)
Undefeated NABO super featherweight beltholder Eloy “The Prince” Perez (22-0, 6 KOs) defends his title against Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs) on October 28th at Sherwood Hall, Salinas, CA, broadcast live on Telefutura. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring again so soon after my great KO victory in my last fight I want to thank my opponent for stepping up on such short notice,I look forward to giving my fans an amazing fight and a victory,” stated Perez. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents.
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World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire works out during media day at the Kingsway Gym in New York for his New York debut against undefeated Omar Narvaez of Argentina, Saturday, October 22 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs. Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos….
Happy birthday to longtime Florida promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala who turns 74 today. The founder of All Star Boxing in Miami, he was a leading promoter and manager for forty years, handling world champions and top contenders before he suffered a massive stroke on January 8, 2001 which has kept him disabled in bed since.
In Playboy’s November issue (on newsstands now), Playboy Contributing Editor Kevin Cook spent time with P4P king Manny Pacquiao and got a rare glimpse into his world that involves incessant workouts with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, cockfighting, politics, boxing, heroic defeats and capturing the heart and soul of the Filipino people. As he prepares to fight Juan Manuel Marquez next month, the world still wonders when the much anticipated clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally take place?
Cruiserweight challenger Rogelio Rossi slept through today’s press training after his arrival in Germany was delayed for more than 24 hours. A volcanic ash cloud had grounded his original flight out of Buenos Aires, and it was not before Tuesday morning that Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) eventually made it to Stuttgart airport. Instead of participating in the media workout, he went to his hotel to get some sleep. “My punches will wake him up on Saturday,” WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) said. “But only to put him back to sleep immediately. I have trained for a hard fight because all challengers from Argentina are tough and aggressive. I want to put on another spectacular performance for my fans. It will be an entertaining night on Saturday.”
Also in action during today´s session was IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Dominik Britsch (25-0, 9 KOs), who puts his title and unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-9, 5 KOs).
After last Friday’s controversial heavyweight night in Obertraubling, Germany, headliners Alexander Petkovic and Konstantin Airich look back on the fights with mixed feelings. While Petkovic cannot be happy with his lousy performance and bad acting which brought him an undeserved DQ win over Cisse Salif, new IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich celebrates his first round KO and is already thinking about his next steps. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photo by Jose Luis Camarillo
Today Edgar Sosa and Thai southpaw WBC flyweight world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam received the medical approval of the Thailand Boxing Commission, on the way to their next title bout to be held next Friday in the 11st Infantry Arena. Sosa and Wonjongkam, went to Paolo Memorial Hospital, and after a blood pressure test, both marked 120-80, and 110-80, respectively. The event was supervised by Mr. Edward Thangarajah, WBC supervisor. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban prospect Yoandris Salinas (13-0, 8 KOs) will face former WBA bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno at 122 pounds on Saturday at the WBA “KO to Drugs” Festival at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama. Cermeno was scheduled against Chris Avalos, who pulled out and Salinas took his place. Salinas is part of Dream Team Boxing Promotions and is a fighter with good technique and a lot of talent. The same night, stablemate Richard April faces Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta.
By Ron Jackson
Takalani Ndlovu will make the first defence of his IBF junior featherweight title when he faces Giovanni Caro in Mexico on October 29. The fight is scheduled to take place at the Palenque de la Ferla in Colima. The South African, whose record stands at 32-6, with 18 knockouts, won the belt on March 26 this year when he outpointed Canadian Steve Molitor at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. He had lost to Molitor in two previous title bouts.
Ndlovu’s handlers were offered fights in Russia and Thailand for his voluntary defence. However, Promoter Branco Milenkovic opted to take the fight to Mexico because of his previous connections with the promoters HG Boxing. It will not be an easy task for the champion, who has to go fight the 27-year-old Caro in his home country. Caro has a record of 22-9-4, with 17 stoppage wins. (more…)
According to Mexican media outlet Marco.com, boxer Rafael Guzman of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico was murdered last night in his native Guadalajara, Mexico. Guzman was shot 8 times by a passing vehichle that was occupied by two passengers. Guzman was in the backseat of his car at the time of the shooting. Reports are that Guzman attempted to escape after the initial shots but was unable to advance more than 100 meters. When police arrived on the scene Guzman had already passed away. No official word on the reasoning for the attack or who fired the shots and if they were caught. Guzman had a record of (28-3-1, 20 KOs) with his biggest fight coming earlier this year June 4th on HBO at the Staples Center against unbeaten highly world ranked featherweight Mikey Garcia. Guzman took that fight on very short notice for the opportunity. Fightnews sends its sincerest condolences to the Guzman family.
For over a decade, few have captured the imagination of fight fans quite like the pride of Hilo, Hawaii, BJ Penn. One of only two fighters in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes, he has built a loyal fanbase due not only to his fighting skill and willingness to take on anyone in a fight, but also his no holds barred approach to life, where he will always say what’s on his mind and then worry about the consequences later. Subsequently, he’s the most quotable MMA fighter this side of Chael Sonnen, and here’s just a taste of some of the things Penn has revealed over the years as we get ready for another round of “The Prodigy” in the lead up to his UFC 137 bout against Nick Diaz on October 29th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) will be in action on Friday at the Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill, Queensland, Australia when he will clash with giant Russian Evgeny Orlov (13-9-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten round contest. Orlov, 6’9″ arrived on Monday and is confident he will defeat the hard punching Samoan born Australian Alex Leapai. “Orlov has come to Australia to win but we are confident Alex will be victorious,” said promoter Noel Thornberry. “Orlov has extended several world class heavyweights including Kubrat Pulev losing by DQ in seven rounds and took the classy Italian Francesca Pianeta the distance. Alex is highly regarded by Boxrec who have rated him above several heavyweights who are rated in the WBC, WBA and IBF.” Leapai holds wins over American heavyweights Owen Beck, Travis Walker and Darnell Wilson. In his most recent contest he stopped former WBC heavyweight challenger Peter OkHello in three rounds.
By Mary Ann Owen
Former world champion and Floyd Mayweather trainer Roger Mayweather talks about Mayweather haters.
Photo: MP Promotions
World Champion Manny Pacquiao (center) with two of his fighters former world champion Rodel Mayol (left) and Bernabe Concepcion who will in action on Thursday, Oct 27 in the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California in a card presented by MP Promotions and Top Rank. Pacquiao will be at ringside to support his fighters who are training with him at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion
Panama-based Haitian lightweight Evens” The Sun City Kid” Pierre was expected to be sorely tested by former contender Joel Cerrud on Saturday in the main event of a show held at the Nunez de Balboa Convention Center in Panama City. In fact, however, Pierre dominated Cerrud from the opening bell, knocking down his opponent in the third round and battering him around the ring, causing the referee to call off the action in the 5th round. With this victory, the lanky Haitian puncher raised his record to 19-1 with 15 KOs while the once promising Cerrud fell to 20-8-2 (12 KOs). (more…)
Undefeated NABO middleweight champion Patrick Majewski is ready to take his next step towards a world title on November 5, when he faces hard-hitting Dionisio Miranda at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with the vacant NABF middleweight title at stake.
Majewski, 17-0 (11 KO) of Atlantic City, N.J. by way of Radom, Poland will join his Polish compatriots Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka and Kamil Laszczyk as part of “November Reign,” the highly-anticipated boxing event promoted by Global Boxing Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. (more…)
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“I’m in the big leagues now” exclaimed World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire after a visit to the famed ‘Mecca of Boxing’ Madison Square Garden in New York City Monday night. Donaire, who is making his New York debut, spoke about the ‘New York city lights’, ‘the millions of people in the Big Apple’ and ‘the excitement he feels’ about his upcoming battle against undefeated Omar Narvaez of Argentina, Saturday, October 22 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (42-4, 25 KOs) will clash with Rigoberto Alvarez (27-3, 20 KOs) for the WBA interim light middleweight title on Wednesday in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Alvarez resides in Juanactian, Jalisco, Mexico and captured the WBA interim title in 2010 with a split points decision over Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida but lost to Austin Trout in 2011 for the WBA title via a clear decision over twelve rounds. Rigoberto is the brother of highly regarded Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mundine was KO’d in five rounds by Garth Wood in 2010 but won a controversial decision over ten rounds in a rematch against Wood in 2011. Mundine also holds a controversial decision over current IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in 2009. Barry Wood who manages son Garth said, “We have tried to get Mundine back in the ring in a rubber match but he is not interested in another fight with Garth. I am confident Garth would KO Mundine again.”
Witness all the drama surrounding WBA Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and his sparring injury that forced the postponement of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final. This exclusive FIGHT CAMP 360° Bonus Feature which captures Ward in his gym in Oakland and joins the champ on his urgent trip to Los Angeles to meet world-renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Wallace and learn the extent of his injury.
By Graham Houston
What on earth was all the fuss about on HBO PPV Saturday night after the Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins fiasco, with Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman seemingly hinting at skulduggery on the part of the California commission? It was unfortunate that Hopkins hurt his shoulder and that Dawson became light-heavyweight champion on a tainted victory, but these things happen in the sometimes rough-and-tumble world of professional boxing. The referee’s ruling — Dawson winner by TKO — was, I believe, the correct one.
There is always going to be controversy over this sort of ending, but it’s not as if something like it has never happened before. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even though Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa will not be able to fight this Friday due to an injury, Golden Boy Promotions was able to find a reputable replacement within a day and it just happens to be another prospect within their stable. Fidel Maldonado (11-0, 10 KOs) of New Mexico will now face Puerto Rico’s Erick Cruz (13-7, 12 KOs) in the 8-round main event for Cruz’s WBC Youth Lightweight title this Friday on Solo Boxeo Tecate at the Pharr Events Center sponsored by Golden Boy Promotions and Cavazos Boxing.
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that Maldonado is a very formidable replacement for Figueroa and feels the fight against Cruz will be a very exciting one. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Luis Blanco/Fightwireimages.com
On November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield/CES present undefeated Polish heavyweight and WBC #9 ranked Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs) in the toughest – at least on paper – test in his career against 46-year-old Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-11, 37 KOs). McCall, speaking to Fightnews from his Florida training camp, admits his best days are behind him, but says this is exactly what makes him more dangerous. “I have no more chances, no more time for do-overs, for restarting my career,” stated McCall. “Defeating an undefeated top ten fighter gives me instant credibility. Knocking him out gives me even more and this is exactly what I want to do. Wach should seriously fear me!” (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has filed a protest with the WBC over the ruling of technical knockout after GBP fighter Bernard Hopkins was unable to continue in the fight last Saturday due to an injury he sustained after being pushed down by Chad Dawson. The WBC is reviewing the video of the WBC light heavyweight world title bout, which was held in Los Angeles, California, and is communicating with the WBC Board of Governors to render a decision that is strictly in accordance with the regulations.
“A boxing commission can make independent decisions regarding results, but the World Boxing Council, exclusive and worldwide registered owner of its trademark WBC, must take charge of the world title results that only correspond to the organization,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “We think that by the end of this week, we will have the result of the world voting regarding this matter.”
It’s not difficult to root for a guy like world-ranked super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), of Worchester, Mass., who faces fellow unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) of Ozone Park, N.Y., in the 10-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 21, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Rodriguez has been virtually unbeatable since lacing on the gloves at 16. He went 84-9 in the amateurs and was a two-time national champion. Since turning pro on Jan. 26, 2008, he has steadily ascended through the ranks and remains a strong possibility to one day become a 168-pound world champion.
What makes Rodriguez’ accomplishments inside the ring so extraordinary and inspiring, however, is that he’s managed to achieve success while dealing with a complex home situation with young children who have special needs. He and wife Stephanie’s fraternal twins, Edwin Jr. and Serena Lynn, were born prematurely, at 23 weeks. Chances of survival were bleak, yet both miraculously turned four years old on Sept. 29. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) will make the second defense of his title against the Australian Frank Loporto (15-4, 7 KOs) at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas on November 11. Trout, who was born in El Paso and raised in Las Cruces, NM, first defended his belt against David “The Destroyer” Lopez by unanimous decision in San Luis Potosi last June. It will be the first world title shot for LoPorto.
The title of the boxing promotion from Saturday night between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was “Believe It or Not.”
Seems like a creative idea, as there were fight fans who believed Hopkins would successfully defend his world title belt three months shy of his 47th birthday.
And there were people who believed that Dawson was going to have a career-defining fight against Hopkins, and become a three-time world title holder with a victory over the future Hall of Famer . . Click here for more
By Bill Green
Photos by Rick Marez
In his second pro boxing match, former MMA star Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Tay Bledsoe (2-4, 2 KOs) in a heavyweight match on Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. A big shot laid out Bledsoe for several minutes at 1:52 of round one. Click here for full report
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: “Big” Joe Miranda
New WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson met the press at the Chick Hearn Media room at Staples Center shortly after his victory over Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night. Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw took the podium first and echoed the comments Dawson had to say right after the fight. “I will tell you all what Chad told Bernard, ‘Hopkins you’re a pussy. Hopkins was saying he was a gangster you are not a gangster Hopkins. You know why? Because a gangster would get up and fight.’
Shaw continued, “Chad is really a great kid and soft spoken. I knew he would never come up and talk that way so I wanted you to know exactly what happened.” With all that said, Shaw introduced Dawson.
“I want to thank Bernard Hopkins for making it an easy night for me,” Dawson told the media. We put in a lot of work for this fight. We trained for eight weeks and this goes to show why Bernard was ducking me all these years.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
On Saturday the kick-off press conference for the rematch, between bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-0, 22 KOs) took place at the ESPN ZONE at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The rematch will take place December 3 live on SHOWTIME at the Honda Center, for Mares WBC and IBF bantamweight belts. Also on the SHOWTIME card will be a bantamweight showdown between Panama’s Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) vs. Australia’s Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), for Moreno’s WBA bantamweight title.
The press conference began as Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions made introductions and welcomed the media. “December 3 is going to be a great card and it’s going be a night you don’t want to miss. Agbeko is getting another chance. One guy wants to set the record straight and the other guy is going to shut everyone up and that’s Abner Mares.” For more details and photos click here…
The contestants of the upcoming getgoods.de-Fight Night have completed the sparring phase this week. “We have never completed so many rounds,” said female world champion Christina Hammer about the tough training period prior to her title defense. On Friday she will defend her WBO and the WBF world title against the American Living Vashon at the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt/Oder. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Newly crowned WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson made the call for Jean Pascal after his controversial victory versus Bernard Hopkins Saturday night in Los Angeles, and the Montreal fighter is more than ready to take the challenge according to his trainer Marc Ramsay.
“I really hope that’s going to be the next fight,” Ramsay told Fightnews, “Right now we’re going to have to see how the WBC is going to rule on things that went on last night. There’s also the chance of a rematch (between Dawson and Hopkins) but if we can fight him right away, that’s perfect. That’s exactly what Jean wants. If it doesn’t work out to be right away, we’ll take another bout and be ready for the winner if there happens to be a rematch. But we’re ready now.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #6 middleweight Sam Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) will clash with IBF #14 Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF box-off to find the mandatory challenger for IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. The management of Albert and the manager of Soliman have reached an agreement to clash at The Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 18. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The scheduled headline bout between welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie (25-1 7KO) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo set for the Bell Centre in Montreal has been cancelled due to a training injury to Decarie. Undefeated super-lightweight Dierry Jean (19-0 13KO) will move up to the main-event as he challenges veteran Francisco Lorenzo (37-10 17KO).
Decarie injured his right shoulder during training although trainer Marc Ramsay could not pinpoint the exact incident where the mishap took place. “It was last week and he was feeling a pain in his chest,” Ramsay told Fightnews. “The day after, it was a lot worse and he saw a doctor and tried to rehab the situation but the last sparring that he did the injury was a lot worse. (more…)
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