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Good news for fans of heavyweight Sinan Samil Sam. The “Bull of the Bosphorus” has been released from a hospital in Istanbul after being admitted in mid-December with cirrhosis of the liver. The two-time heavyweight champion of Europe was rushed to the intensive care unit after he spat up blood and initially he was unresponsive, but now he has been given the all-clear in terms of his health. “I’m feeling better,” said Sam. “I thank all my friends and fans for their concern. In the future I must pay attention to myself and my health. Of course, I can’t even think of boxing after this. But I feel so fit again that I hope I’ll soon to be able to train young talent.”
Sam’s doctor Dr. Ayca Bozoklu confirmed that for the moment a liver transplant doesn’t appear necessary. Sinan is under medication and further observation. For the medium term, a transplant may be an option if a suitable organ donor is found.
Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) will step into the ring with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on January 22 at the historic Greebrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. “My experience boxing Wladamir Klitschko for weeks on end has prepared me to fight the best in the world. While I respect Evander’s experience in the ring, having beat Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Buster Douglas, I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m going to make it a very long night for Holyfield on Jan. 22.”
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday on Monday, Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley spoke about Dr. King, and the influence he had upon them. The two undefeated American world champions meet in a title unification match on Jan. 29 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. (more…)
Junior welterweight Ronald Cruz, coming off the biggest win of his career, takes on Dillet Frederick in the scheduled eight-round semifinal Saturday evening, February 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds. (more…)
Two time-world title challenger Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) will return to the ring on the undercard of the January 22 Sauerland Event promotion featuring IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester defense against Mehdi Bouadla at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Oral will face Jozsef Matolcsi (28-13, 19 KOs).
Oral says he considered retirement after his loss to Sylvester last October. “I was already in a world title fight against Arthur Abraham and lost. But for the fight [against Sylvester] in Rostock, I had the best chance of all. I really wanted to be world champion, but it didn’t work out. Then I dropped out of sight and was considering whether I should hang up my boxing gloves. My wife Ferda motivated me and built my confidence back up. Now I’ve analyzed the last fight and I know where my weaknesses are, so it makes sense to make a new start.” (more…)
Tickets for March 12 PPV clash between WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and former two-division world champ Ricardo Mayorga showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas go on sale Monday, January 17, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Seats are scaled at $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50 and are limited to 16 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Former world title challenger and amateur standout, Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs), is now a promotional free agent and says he’s prepared to get right back into the cruiserweight picture with a new promoter. Godfrey was stopped for the first time in his pro career last August when he unsuccessfully challenged WBO champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany. He is managed by Bret Hallenbeck and trained by “Iceman” John Scully.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is planning to present “KO Drugs” festivals in three Latin American countries. The first is expected to be held in Costa Rica in February or March, followed by July or August in Venezuela and lastly in Panama in October. The last time the WBA staged the event in Venezuela was 2004 at the Poliedro de Caracas. Maracay is the leading candidate for 2011 as that is where the “KO Drugs” event was born in 1993. It was the idea of WBA president Gilberto Mendoza to raise money to donate to children’s institutions. (more…)
Jason Booth will challenge Jamie Arthur for the Commonwealth super bantamweight title at Brentwood Centre in Huddersfield, England on Saturday February 5. It will be 33-year-old Booth’s first fight since losing a points decision against IBF champion Steve Molitor back in September. It promises to be a tough return for Booth (35-6) against Arthur (18-4) who won the vacant crown against Kris Hughes three months ago.
The fight replaces Sam Webb’s British light middleweight title defence against Bradley Pryce which is off after the champion suffered a back problem. Promoter Frank Maloney said: “Fighters like Jamie, Jason are true professionals and always in the gym waiting for the phone to ring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
Unbeaten Mexican prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com at Thursday’s press conference to announce his January 29 clash with Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) at the soccer stadium in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. “I had a few fights in 2010 and also cancelled the December fight but my goal is that 2011 will be my year and I’ll win a WBC belt for all the support they have given to my father,” said Chavez Jr., who trains in Los Angeles under Freddie Roach. “After reappearing in my country against a dangerous opponent and I’m looking forward to contesting the WBC middleweight world championship with Sebastian Zbik,” added the Son of the Legend.
Sources close to the promoter of WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) of the Ukraine relayed the following statement upon them reading that they allegedly rejected a $500,000 offer to fight Mexico’s and Golden Boy Promoted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs).
“Negotiations did fail for the fight but the reason was because we didnt like the conditions offered by Golden Boy Promotions. Its been alleged that Senchenko was offered $500,000 to defend his world title against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) but there was no such offer. That just just speculation.”
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar will bring his championship belt to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to greet fans, sign autographs and promote the upcoming “Fight For the Troops II,” a UFC event to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, on Wednesday, January 19 from 11am to 12Noon ET at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Hudson River Park Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former heavyweight world champion Tommy Morrison meets with Quebec Boxing Commission (RACJ) Friday morning at 11:00am to discuss his potential licensing for a pending bout in Montreal scheduled for February 25th versus Eric Barrak (3-0). According to Jean-Marc Emond of SP Promotions, Commission head Michel Hamelin has asked for a blood test but has agreed to sit down with the first time promoter and discuss the situation and look at the evidence of previous medicals.
“Why can’t we be the same as everyone else?” asked Emond wondering why the bar had been raised for his fighter. “Show us proof if anything is wrong and you require further medicals, show us proof from Nevada and the tests done there, we spent three months looking for it and couldn’t come up with anything.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Sam Cohen
Azea Augustama 173.5 vs. Denis Grachev 174.25
Xavier Burgos 141.25 vs. Ray Betancourt 142.25*
Yunieski Gonzalez 180 vs. Kentrell Clairborne 182.5*
Puro Pairol 138.75 *** vs. Albert Mercado 132.25
Glendy Hernandez 244.25 vs. Alberto Jimenez 251.5
Larry Yanez 131.25 vs. Angel Albelo 133 *
Wilson Feliciano 143.25 vs. Jose Torres 149*
*Betancourt was overweight by .25 lb. Burgos allowed the weight.
*Clairborne was initially 2.75 lbs over, shed .5 lb on second attempt. Gonzalez waived the contracted weight.
*Pairol weighed in at 3.75 lbs. over. Fight is scratched.
*Albelo came in 1.5 lbs. over weight. Made 133 lbs. on 2nd attempt.
*Torres weighed in 4 lbs. over, Feliciano accepted the fight.
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Daniel Edouard 163.5 vs Peter Manfredo Jr. 162.25
Edwin Rodriguez 168.5 vs Aaron Pryor Jr. 165.5
Jamal Parram 124 vs Antton Slaughter 128.5
Venue: Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment, Elite Management, Rumble Time
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz 115.50 vs Magdalena “La Rojita” Leija 117.70
Fermín de los Santos 129.80 vs Alexis Salinas 129.80
José Alfredo Zúñiga 110.00 vs Irving Cortés 112.20
Jesús Vázquez 126.94 vs Eduardo Zaragoza 125.40
Venue: Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Metro, D.F.
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
TV: Cadena 3
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
The undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring on Saturday, January 29 in his hometown of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico to take on Billy Lyell in what figures to a great homecoming for the son of the legend who has not fought at home in over four years.
“It has being a long time since I fought home and I am looking forward to give the fans a fight to remember. It always important to give the fans a great show, but when are home the expectations are been greater,” said Chavez Jr., today in Mexico City in a press conference. For more details and photos click here…
In an international conference call, undefeated 140-pound world champions Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley spoke to the press on Wednesday about their January 29th clash from their respective training camps in Las Vegas, Nevada and Palm Springs, California. Here is a transcript of that call. (more…)
Click here view today’s UFC “Bring MMA to NY” press conference at Madison Square Garden featuring UFC president Dana White, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and the president of the MSG.
UFC® Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White today unveiled plans to bring at least two UFC events to New York within the first year the sport is regulated in the state, including one to be held at Madison Square Garden. Joined at a press conference at The World’s Most Famous Arena by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Scott O’Neil, President of Madison Square Garden Sports, White expressed his desire to finally bring UFC to the Empire State. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Popular Victor “The Barber” Vasquez (12-4-1, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will headline a card next Saturday, January 22, at Harrah’s Casino & Racetrack in Chester, PA. This will be the first pro boxing show ever at the venue. Vasquez will face tough Osnel Charles (5-2), of Atlantic City, NJ in the six round lightweight main event. Vasquez is coming off a split decision victory over Bryne Green, while Charles is riding a four-bout winning streak. In the co-feature, “Big” John Poore (21-4, 18 KOs), of Boothwyn, PA will make his cruiserweight debut when he faces Zeferino Albino (3-12-2, 1 KO), of Philadelphia, PA in four round bout. Joey Eye Boxing is promoting the card. (more…)
Erislandy Lara 152.2 vs Delray Raines 155.6
Randy Caballero 122.4 vs Manuel Ortega 125.4
Bastie Samir 162 vs Greg Hackett 161.6
Ramon Valadez 134.2 vs Cesar Garcia 134.6
Ava_Knight 110 vs Gloria Salas 108.8
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
An Irish War has been declared for March 12, between Andy Lee, ‘The Limerick Assassin’ and John Duddy, ‘The Derry Destroyer’ to feature as chief supporting bout to Sergio Martinez – Sergei Dzinziruk WBC world middleweight clash at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Andy Lee, is currently ranked # 5 by the WBA and # 14 by the WBC. This Middleweight world title contender had originally been in the running to challenge Sergio Martinez, but will now do battle with fellow Irishman, John Duddy.
The Irish Showdown coming on the weekend before St Patrick’s Day is a duel that promises to pack the Foxwoods Resort Casino arena with fans expected to travel to the venue from across the East Coast and from Ireland. (more…)
The contracts for the WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis have been signed this week. The fight will take place on March 19th at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena. Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner is looking forward to the fight and convinced that his fighter will end the Klitschko’s reign. “It’s about time that somebody shows Vitali and Wladimir how overrated they really are”, says Oner. “A German newspaper stated that Vitali laughs about Solis. The Klitschkos display such an incredible arrogance. On March 19th Solis will make Vitali stop laughing and start suffering for his autocratic manners.” (more…)
One Punch Productions presents the first Tampa Bay area boxing event of 2011 at “Ballroom Brawl” on January 28 at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. “We’ve had a great response so far for tickets” said One Punch Productions President Terry J. Trekas. “January shows can be hit or miss as far as attendance goes, so obviously we’re relieved to have hit this time.” The card showcases a Florida showdown between two up and coming jr. middleweights when Ft. Myers native Quinton “The Conqueror” Willis (6-1-1) takes on Haiti transplant “Silky” Wilky Campfort (6-1) in the main event. (more…)
On February 11 at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Fight Night Productions will present its fifth installment of Ker’s Winghouse Fight Night. Charlie Serrano (10-2-1, 2 KOs) will take on Robert Daluz (13-31-3, 9 KOs) of Jacksonville, Florida for Florida State featherweight title in the main event. Serrano won the vacant title in impressive fashion against long time rival Carlos Rivera last year. In the co-feature local fan favorite and former WBA Fedecentro champion Jose Alonzo (11-0, 7 KOs) will make his long awaited return to the ring against an opponent to be announced. Alonzo will look to knock of the rust after a six year lay off. (more…)
Click here at 2pm ET/11am PT to view live streaming coverage of today’s UFC special press conference from Madison Square Garden featuring UFC president Dana White, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and the president of the MSG. UFC is hosting today’s “Bring MMA to NY” presser to discuss the economic and cultural advantages of MMA events in the State of New York.
By Ron Jackson
At a luncheon held at the Wanderers Club near Johannesburg on Thursday Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced the final bill for the first tournament of the South African boxing year which will be held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on January 27. The tournament is a tribute to Baby Jake Matlala and also to help him pay off his huge medical bills after being struck down with illness.
In an all-South African clash Hekkie Budler (17-0, 5 KOs) will be making the second defence of his IBO junior flyweight belt against IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (10-2, 4 KOs). Buthelezi and Budler have met on two occasions as amateurs with Budler winning both fights. If Buthelezi loses the fight there is a possibility that he will be stripped of his strawweight belt. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On January 22 at Estadio Neza 86 in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, just outside Mexico City, four world championships will be on the line on the same night (three of them for female belts).
They expect 10,000+ fans attending the card to support the Mexican fighters seeks a world titles.
The lineup features:
Hugo Ruiz (Mexico) vs Alvaro Perez (Nicaragua)
WBA Interim Bantamweight World Title
Ana Maria Torres (Mexico) vs Naoko Yamaguchi (Japan)
WBC Super Flyweight World Title
Irma Sanchez (Mexico) vs Kathia Gutierrez (Mexico)
IBF Light Flyweight World Title
Arely Muciño (Mexico) vs Chantel Cordova (U.S.)
IBF Flyweight World Title
The event will be presented by HG Boxing, which promoted 30 boxing cards with 16 world championship fights at 12 different venues in Mexico in 2010.
Legendary rival promoters Bob Arum and Don King are set for their first co-promotion in five years. Next week, Arum and King will be officially announcing a pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto defending his world title against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV. Joining Cotto and Mayorga at the news conference will be former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and his opponent Pawel Wolak, plus female legend Christy Martin who will be featured on the pay-per-view broadcast going for her landmark 50th professional victory.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Marianne Müller
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs) and his challenger Ronald Hearns (26-1, 20 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time at the kick-off press conference for their February 19th world title clash at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Both fighters expressed their confidence at the presser.
“Everybody knows that Marvin Hagler is my boxing idol,” Sturm said. “The fight between Hagler and Ronald’s father Thomas was a brutal war and one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. But Hagler destroyed Hearns – and now I will do the same to his son.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata has announced to hang up gloves for good today (Thursday) in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win back his WBA 112-pound belt from compatriot Daiki Kameda this September, Sakata, 30, was deeply considering whether to go on fighting. The busy-punching fighter managed to win the WBA belt in his fourth attempt, having lost twice to Lorenzo Parra both by a majority decision here and to Roberto Vasquez by a split verdict in Paris. The persistent Japanese finally gained the world belt by stopping his grudge rival Parra in Tokyo in 2007. Since then, the gutsy and game late bloomer kept it four times against another rival Vasquez (W12), Denkaosen Kaowichit (D12), Shingo Yamaguchi (W12) and Hiroyuki Hisataka (W12). But it was his previous challenger Denkaosen of Thailand that annihilated and dethroned Sakata with a single lethal shot on the very last day of 2008. He sank quickly in round two. Sakata scored four victories since prior to his final attempt to win the throne again from Daiki Kameda, but already forfeited his sharpness and stamina only to lose to the younger champ via unanimous nod three months and a half ago. His overall mark was 36-6-2, 17 KOs. Though not vastly talented, he always tried to show his best performance with his best physical condition after training strenuously. People described his tremendous durability as if he would be able to fight even in fifteen or twenty rounds. He had been loved by our fight fans.
Joy and elation for Cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) at the start of 2011: The 26-year-old WBA World Rankings leader in the Cruiserweight division will challenge Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 Kos, France) in Mülheim/Duesseldorf on February 12. “After Hernandez successfully obtained the right to a mandatory challenge from the World Boxing Governing Body WBA with a KO victory over Ali Ismailov in Berlin in December, the opportunity to fight Herelius soon emerged,” explained Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer. “We immediately tried to realise this opportunity and we managed to bring this fight to Germany.” (more…)
The UFC is hosting a press conference today at Madison Square Garden in New York City to announce plans for shows to New York. Taking part will be UFC president Dana White, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. The presser will be streamed online at UFC.com at UFC.com today at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT. For more info, click here
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
On Wednesday at the facilities of Dolphin Discovery at Six Flags in Mexico City, an unusual press conference was held for the WBC light flyweight world title fight between champion Gilberto Keb (34-20-4, 21 KOs) and former champ Jose Antonio Aguirre (34-9-1, 20 KOs). HG Boxing and Cancun Boxing will present the fight on February 26th at the Polyforum Zamna in Merida, Mexico.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman, and the Governor of Yucatan Ivonne Ortega Pacheco were on hand to announce the fight outdoors amongst a scene of dolphins and history of the Mayan culture in Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., could defend against former world champion Jorge Arce on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the Pacquiao-Mosley card. “Nothing has been agreed yet,” said WV2’s promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. “There has been talks about it and yes we are interested in fighting under such a big fight card with Top Rank. Arce is a great former world champion and a big name in boxing and we know this could be a huge step up in Junior’s career and bring it to another level. It’s a fight we want. We received and offer from Top Rank which we did not accept. We are in negotiations. Hopefully we can come to terms with them since we have a great relationship and we are interested. Also we have another offer for one of the top 15 contenders to defend our title on March 7.”
Arce, who is seeking to become the first Mexican boxer to win four world titles in different weight categories, has also been rumored to be under consideration for a possible rematch against Cristian Mijares in April in Torreon, Mexico, however he is very interested in facing Vazquez. “I’m focused on the name of Wilfredo’ Papito ‘Vazquez and have long been talking about a fight with him,” said Arce.
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