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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
After amassing 26 fights in exactly four years, it’s no wonder 22-year-old David Lemieux (25-1 24, KOs) describes himself as a “steaming bull” in anticipation of this Saturday’s match-up in Montreal with former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) after an eight month wait that has seen both a change in management and trainers. But while the wait was needed to make whatever changes that were deemed necessary by the fighter, expect Lemieux to resume the same frantic pace that was the norm before the setback with Rubio. Talk in April from the fighter was about names such as Bute and Martinez while his promoter Yvon Michel was setting his sights on HBO and a platform where the world could better witness the young knockout artist. (more…)
Three-time and reigning WBO world flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), a dual citizen of the U.S. and Philippines and a 2000 U.S. Olympian, is ready to take on Mexican challenger Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “I’ve sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other,” Viloria said. “It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn’t have complained. Knockout specialist Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs), a two-time world light flyweight champion (World Boxing Association Super champion), knocked out previously undefeated WBO champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1) in a unification fight in 2010 and again this past April in a rematch before moving up in weight.
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, will distribute the Saturday night “Island Assault 3″ for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET, 6PM PT. The event is available on satellite pay-per-view via DISH Network, and on-line pay-per-view at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv
“We’re looking forward to bringing this action-packed card, headlined by two of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, Viloria and Segura, to US boxing fans,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “This exciting show continues the heated Filipino vs. Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today.”
By Ron Jackson
South African junior bantamweight champion Minyakhe Sityatha makes the second defence of his title when he faces Thembelani Maphuma at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon and on the same bill SA junior welterweight champion Sikhulule Sidzumo defends his crown against Mzolisi Yoyo. Sityatha (12-2, 6 KOs) won the SA title in April this year when he knocked out Unathi Gqokoma in the tenth round and in August he made a successful defense against Mncedi Yokose with an eighth round stoppage. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Pawel Wolak made a right decision to step away from boxing. At least for now,” said Wolak’s manager Cameron Dunkin talking to Fightnews about his 31-year-old fighter deciding to calling quits after losing his last fight to Delvin Rodriguez (26-5, 14 KO) on December 3 in Madison Square Garden.
Were you surprised with Wolak’s announcement?
Cameron Dunkin: No, because before the fight Pawel was very open what he wants to do if he would lose the rematch with Delvin. He said that he will give it all and if it’s not enough, he will stop fighting. (more…)
Hard punching jr lightweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon will be back in action this Saturday in an action pack card to be held at Centro Expositor in Puebla, Mexico. Jardon (19-1, 17 KOs), one of the best prospects in Mexican boxing, will defend against dangerous Japanese challenger Kyohei Tamakoshi (27-7-6 10 KOs) in an international match scheduled for 10 rounds with Jardon’s WBC Youth Jr. Lightweight title at stake. (more…)
Martin Murray has urged WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm to give him an immediate return. The unbeaten Murray held the German to a draw in Mannheim last Friday. Sturm did offer Matthew Macklin a second chance when he narrowly defeated him, but Matthew snubbed that opportunity. Murray, on the other hand, is so desperate for another shot at Sturm he would even make another trip to Germany. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Joe Cooper will be the third man in the ring when British WBA super lightweight super world champion and IBF super lightweight champ Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) defends against American challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at the Convention Center in Washington, District of Columbia, United States on Saturday. The judges are: Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), George Hill (US) and Valerie Dorsett (US). The fight supervisor is Paul Artisst (US).
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There once was a time when former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) was dubbed the “King” by his longtime Montreal promoter Group Yvon Michel (GYM). Alcine was the first world champion produced by the Montreal based promoter but little did Michel know at the time he would end up losing his King to another King, Don King, Alcine’s reign amongst boxing’s royalty would be short lived and his time at the top would quickly fade under the infamous promoter. Alcine who is now promoted by Lou Dibella is intent on getting back some of that lost luster this Saturday as he goes up against knockout artist David Lemieux (25-1, 24 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
If Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) is to have a chance this Saturday against powerhouse and fellow Montrealer David Lemieux (25-1, 24 KOs), the former champion is going to have exhibit some of the speed, footwork and defense that made him champion when he walked into undefeated Travis Simm’s backyard of Bridgeport Connecticut and came home a champion with a convincing victory. Alcine’s former trainer, Howard Grant, proclaimed earlier this week that the Joachim Alcine he had (circa 2007) would have boxed circles around the young 22-year-old slugger. But Alcine is now over four years removed from that landmark victory and believes that his legs will be key to victory and getting back to a position he once was. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Delane Rouse-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Amir Khan celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday, and while he got his cake, he’ll have to wait to eat it too. That is, at least, until after his fight on Saturday night in Washington, DC, against Lamont Peterson. While the world awaits for Saturday night, both participants met the media at the final pre-fight press conference inside the Washington Convention Center. It is the same venue that the two will do battle in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader. Also scheduled to be on the televised portion of the card will be undefeated Heavyweight, and former linebacker for the Michigan State Spartans, Seth Mitchell, taking on Timur Ibragimov in a 10 round bout. For more details and photos click here…
Alex “El Nene” Sánchez 112 vs. Glen Donaire 111.75
Luis Franco 125.5 vs. Leopoldo Gonzalez 126.5
Luis Torres 150.75 vs. Juan Aguirre 150.5
Amos Cowart 136.5 vs. Cesar Cisneros 133.5
Amir Iman 140.5 vs. Joseph Fernandez 142.5
Nate James 234.75 vs. Curtis Harper 273.25
Reynaldo Ojeda 140.5 vs. Larry Yanez 145.5
Angel Martinez 165 vs. Fadol Louis 164.5
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
By Brett Bonetti
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (36-3 -1, 24 KOs) is back in action tonight when he faces South Africa’s Virgil Kalakoda (25-6-3) for the PABA & Pan African Middleweight Titles at the WA Italian Club, North Perth Australia tonight. The winner of this fight gains a top 5 ranking in the WBA and will be opened to opportunities for a fight with Anthony “The Man” Mundine or current world champion Austin Trout. Dawson and Kalakoda fought to an exciting draw over 12 rounds in July this year in what many felt Dawson did enough to earn a points decision, however Kalakoda came on stronger during the later rounds to earn the draw. Judges scored that bout 115-113 Dawson, 116-112 Kalakoda, 114-114.
Heavyweight KO artist Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (9-0, 8 KO’s) will be looking for another KO tonight and exciting Super Middleweight prospect Luke Sharp (2-0) is also on the card.
Hear and see what Daniel Dawson and Lucas Browne have to say leading into their fights tonight.
Philadelphia heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers takes on former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich on Saturday, January 21st when the NBC Sports Network (currently named VERSUS) brings its inaugural NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast to the City of Brotherly Love. Making his first hometown appearance since 2008, Chambers, (36-2, 18 KO’s), who learned to fight in Philly’s legendary gyms, will have his hands full when he faces “The White Wolf” of Scottsdale, AZ (25-4, 16 KO’s) at Philadelphia’s Asylum Arena. A former Russian Olympian, Liakhovich is an aggressive, heavy-handed competitor who rarely takes a step backwards and always makes great fights. His epic 2006 brawl with Lamon Brewster, when the native of Vitebsk, Belarus won the WBO Heavyweight Championship, is still characterized by many boxing pundits as the best heavyweight fight of the past ten years. (more…)
2004 United States Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada tipped the scales at 245 lbs. for his comeback fight tomorrow night at the West Warwick Civic Center against spoiler Joseph Rabotte, who checked in at 246 lbs. The Estrada-Rabotte eight round heavyweight fight is the main event of a seven bout card. The event is the first promotion by the newly formed, Rhode Island-based promotional company, Big Six Entertainment. Estrada, Providence, R.I. brings a professional record of 16-4, 4 KO’s into the bout against Rabotte, Atlanta, Ga., 11-18-1, 3 KO’s.
In the a six round co-feature, comebacking former USBA & NABO middleweight champion Brian Barbosa, 29-6, 21 KO’s, weighed 171 lbs. for his battle with New England Light Heavyweight champion Joe Gardner, 171 lbs., 7-3-1, 1 KO. (more…)
InterBox is proud to announce that undefeated IBF Intercontinental Light Welterweight champion Pier-Olivier Cote (18-0-0, 12 KO) will put his belt and perfect record on the line against IBF #6 World rated contender Mauricio Herrera (18-1-0, 7 KO’s) on Friday, February 3rd 2012 on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation. This Gala will be promoted by InterBox in association with Top Rank and Thompson Boxing Promotions at the newly renovated Pavillon de la Jeunesse Arena in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The SHOWTIME televised co-feature bout(s) will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)
On December 16, and to coincide with the WBC Convention, Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo will proudly present a night of world-class professional boxing featuring five regional title fights at the fabulous Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the night’s potentially explosive 12-round middleweight main event, WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated Marco Antonio Rubio (52-5-1, 45 KOs) of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, will risk his lofty rankings against Saint Paul, Minnesota’s always tough Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-13, 24 KOs). The two veterans will be vying for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title. (more…)
STRIKEFORCE® announced today that it will host an exciting middleweight championship bout in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 7, when champion Luke Rockhold battles UFC® veteran Keith Jardine in the night’s main event, live from The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (more…)
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and opponent Lyoto Machida face off at the final UFC 140 pre-fight press conference at Bell Tiff Lightbox Cinema1 on December 8, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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Lucas Matthysse 139.7 vs. Sergio Priotti 136.8
Venue: Club Ciclista (Junín) Argentina
Promoter: Arano Box
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 80th birthday! Coming off two successful pay-per-view megafight promotions in the last two months, the Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut. Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring the following fighters: Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, and many others.
He has no plans to slow down. “It just gets bigger and better,” Arum told Fightnews.com recently. “We’re going to have more shows, we’re going to have more sponsors, whatever you saw this year will not compare to what next year has in store!”
Come on. You had to know that someone who survived getting run over by a truck at the age of 10 wasn’t going to leave the sport of mixed martial arts quietly. In fact, one of the most enduring qualities attached to former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira is his otherworldly level of toughness . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photos: Photo: K2 Promotions/Horstmüller GmbH
Only one day left before WBA world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against Lajuan Simon. Today the two fighters stepped on the scale. Golovkin weighed 71.9 kg (158.5 lbs) and Simon weighed 71.0 kg (156.5 lbs). The officials are WBA Ssupervisor: Jesper Jensen (Denmark), Referee: Jose Ignacio Martinez (Spain), Judges: Pawel Kardyni (Poland), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Artur Ellensohn (Germany). Today the IBO announced that the bout will also be for the vacant IBO world middleweight title.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “Both fighters are in great shape and this should be an exciting championship fight. We are happy to have been able to save these two title fights from the cancelled Klitschko vs. Mormeck show. I am sure it is going to be a unique event and a very special atmosphere for the boxing fans.” (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between Flyweight champion Brian Viloria and former Junior Flyweight titlist Giovani Segura this Saturday, December 11 in tha Yñares Sports Arena in Manila, Phillipines in a Promociones Zanfer and Saved by the Bell Promotions presentation.The referee will be Samuel Viruet, from the United States. The judges are Danrex Tapdasan, from Phillipines, Harry Davis, from Canada, and Ulysess Glen, from United States. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (26-1, 17 KOs), 118, retained his throne by scoring a fine knockout over WBA#12 ranked Mexican Mario Macias (23-8-1NC), 118, at 2:04 of the fourth session on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Kameda, a 25-year-old southpaw, had acquired the vacant 118-pound belt by defeating ex-superfly titlist Alexander Munoz last December, and he kept his throne for the third time. Kameda floored Macias, 26, with a smashing left both in the closing seconds of the first and third with the Mexican being saved by the bell. The fourth saw Kameda follow up with body shots that referee Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) tolled the fatal ten against the Mexican hombre.
Unbeaten youngest brother Tomoki Kameda, 121.25, decked an easy KO win over Mexican Eduardo Garcia, 121.25, at 1:23 of the seventh session.
Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Tepparith Kokietgym (19-2, 12 KOs), 115, from Thailand, impressively kept his throne as he battered game Japanese challenger and ex-WBA flyweight ruler Daiki Kameda (24-3, 14 KOs), 115, by a unanimous verdict over twelve hot and gory rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Tom Miller (US) 116-112, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-113 and Gullermo Perez Pineda (Panama) 119-110, all for the defending titlist. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).
It was a hard-fought affair with each swapping punches all the way. Though Daiki apparently lost on points, he showed his fighting spirit and power as ex-champ. But it was Tepparith that displayed his class in controlling the hard-punching Japanese with speed, power and skills. The 23-year-old Thailander was a much better world champ than we had expected. Though standing only 5’3”, three inches shorter than the challenger, Tepparith had a 66-inch reach, longer than Kameda’s, which he utilized well to pile up points steadily. (more…)
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