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Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalists Glen Johnson and Carl Froch have been in world title fights against Two-Time World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal, respectively, and like Arthur Abraham, they are picking Pascal to beat the 45-year-old Hopkins on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Dec. 18, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.
There are three other world-ranked fighters, however, who feel the wily veteran with 57 career professional fights will have enough to dethrone Pascal. (more…)
Photos: André Latendorf
Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) makes his return to the ring Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec against Michael Lozada (36-6-1, 29 KOs), in one of the main support bouts on a card featuring Bernard Hopkins versus Jean Pascal for Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight title . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Middleweight Khaphathe Mphambanyeni retained his South African title when he fought to a draw over twelve rounds with Christopher Buthelezi at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday afternoon. Mphambanyeni (6-1-1, 6 KOs) from the Limpopo Province won the vacant title in September this year when he stopped Mthokozisi Malinga in the fifth round, was making his first defence against the mandatory challenger Buthelezi (15-12-2, 6 KOs) from Lamontville, Durban. In a mauling and untidy contest the shorter Buthelezi kept boring in and smothering his taller opponent and with neither fighter dominating a draw was possibly a fair reflection of the fight. One judge scored it for Buthelezi and the other one had it for Mphambanyeni, whilst the third called it a draw. The tournament was presented by Thulani Magudulela.
By Jose E. Santiago
Photo: Andrew Snook
The two top active boxing promoters in Georgia, Greg Barckhoff of Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions join forces in an effort to solidify the best boxers in the first ever Georgia Boxing Championship series. The series is slated to begin on February 25th and will be hosted at the newly renovated Macy’s building at 200 Peachtree in Atlanta. Future fight cards have already been slated for April, June, August, and December. (more…)
Today in Rome, Italy OPI2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) presented to the press the vacant WBC International Championship between Emanuele Della Rosa and Nefzi Ayoub scheduled for tomorrow in Rome. In the photo from left to right Della Rosa, WBC International chairman Mauro Betti and Ayoub.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs). The event promoted by Oleg Hermann and Delta Boxpromotion helped celebrate Kazakh Independece Day.
Photo: Ruben Roncallo/www.RubenRoncallo.com
Dmitriy Salita 147 vs. James Wayka 145.25
Joel Castillo 173.25 vs. Angel Gonzalez 173
Scotty Burell 134.25 vs. Jonathan Caban 130.25
Rafael Vazquez 130 vs. Hector Rivera 128.25
Frank Galarza 156.25 vs. Felix Rangel 156
Jonathan Cuba 137.25 vs. Artie Bembury 140
Jon Bolden 220 vs. Richard Mason 207
Jose Peralta 137.25 vs. Henry Northan 137.25
George Santiago 130 vs. John Passantino 131
Venue is the Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street) . Tickets are still available at the box office. Doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30pm
Carney “Beeper” Bowman returns to action this Saturday night, December 18th against Jason Rorie in the main event of “Home for the Holidays” an evening of action packed professional boxing at the National Guard Armory in Hanover, Pennsylvania. (more…)
Unlike college basketball, the sport of MMA doesn’t have a “Final Four.” But Thursday night’s main event between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis certainly has a Final Four type of feel to it . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
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WBO interim light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly says he wants to win the full WBO light heavyweight title the hard way by taking on Jurgen Brähmer. The unbeaten Welshman lifted the interim crown on Saturday night in Liverpool with a hard-fought points win over Nadjib Mohammedi. Full champion Brähmer is poised to meet WBA king Beibut Shumenov in January in a juicy unification fight.
Cleverly is insistent that he wants to meet the winner of that fight – and not get the world title handed to him. “I will consider Brähmer the real champion until I beat him,” said Cleverly. “If he loses to Shumenov, then I’ll want to fight Shumenov, it’s as simple as that.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could be the next high profile boxer to be trained by the renowned trainer Freddie Roach. Linares has expressed a desire to move from Japan to Los Angeles and is expected to begin campaigning in the USA during in the first quarter of 2011 according to the plans of Golden Boy Promotions. Also being mentioned as a possibility is trainer Joel Diaz, but whether the new trainer is Roach or Diaz, fitness trainer Alex Ariza would be part of the team. Linares could relocate to Los Angeles as soon as late December.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm will return to action on February 19th at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The 31-year-old Sturm is scheduled to make the ninth defense of his WBA middleweight title. The opponent will be announced shortly. In his last fight, Sturm scored a decisive comeback win after a lengthy layoff by defeating Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 18,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. An exclusive and in-depth interview with the champion will follow early next week.
Photo Credit: Photo Wende
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will not only be fighting for his WBO Cruiserweight Title on Saturday night when he steps into the ring against hard-hitting mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. A victory would also guarantee well-known German children charity organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” (“A heart for children”) a big financial boost. At yesterday’s press conference, Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland spontaneously made a donation of 10,000 Euros. Huck immediately added another 10,000 Euros to double the amount. “I know how tough life can be,” Huck said. “Boxing presented me with a great chance to lead a fantastic life but you must never forget where you’re coming from. Charity projects like this are very important. The greatest thing in the world is to see kids smile and I hope our donation will help.” (more…)
Photos courtesy Team Golovkin
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (19-0, 6 KOs) will defend his title for the first time tonight against WBA #4 rated Nilson Julio Tapia (14-2-1, 10 KOs) in Astana, Kazakhstan. Both fighters weighed in at 159.2 pounds. The 2,700 seat arena is sold out for tonight’s Kazakhstan Independence Day boxing card and the Kazakh President will be among those in attendance. The undercard will consist of ten amateur fights, including the national club championship. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan has requested that Fightnews send Abner Mares his congratulations on his outstanding victory in one of the best fights for 2010, and also for being such a great kid.
“It was very disappointing for me to lose the fight against a good young fighter like Abner Mares,” Darchinyan said. “Congratulations to Abner, he is a tough kid who fought a great fight. Even after winning seven world titles I have learnt something valuable and that is not to leave the decision in the hands of judges. The only negative thing I have to say from this fight is that we should be talking what a great war me and Abner had, and not talking about the way the fight was over-refereed. I have never had a point taken off me in all my fights and I am sure Abner hasn’t ever had a point taken from him, Let us fight! We go into the ring and we fight for our lives, we both should be allowed to fight our natural fights. Both of us were always being told to do this and that, I think the referee started to confuse himself and not only us.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Don King made his first official boxing-related appearance this afternoon since the recent death of his beloved wife Henrietta. That personal family tragedy and the recent publicity of Cleveland TSA officials stopping him to confiscate live ammunition in his carry-on bags might have slowed down other 79-year olds.
Say what you will about Don King, (indeed what else can be said?) but he is always on his game. He is the most recognizable character in the sport and looks to reclaim his throne at a time when boxing appears on the comeback trail.
Recent Fight of the Year candidate bouts between Marquez-Katsidis and Maidana-Khan as well as next week’s Oscar-hyped boxing flick “The Fighter” and upcoming FX drama “Lights Out” hope to get boxing back in peoples’ sports consciousness.
Who better to make it stick than King?
“The Don” returned to work in regal fashion to host today’s final press conference at Bongos Cuban Café for Friday’s “Tribute to Freedom” boxing card in Miami’s American Airlines Arena. For more details and photos click here…
WBO interim light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (14-1-1, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against Omar “Pastor” Soto (15-6-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in Campeche, Mexico. The fight will be the co-feature on the Top Rank/Zanfer card headlined by Mexican boxing and reality show superstar Jorge “Travieso” Arce against Adolfo Ramos. Arce is taking aim at WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. next year. Also on the card is an excellent super featherweight clash between Joksan “Torito” Hernandez and dangerous Jorge Lacierva, plus Son of the Legend, Omar “Businessman” Chavez seeing action. The event will be televised on FOX Deportes in the US and TV Azteca in Mexico.
From Glendale, Ariz., for tomorrow night’s WEC card live on VERSUS:
Main Event – WEC Lightweight Championship
Ben Henderson 155 vs Anthony Pettis 154.5
WEC Bantamweight Championship (Winner will be crowned UFC Champion)
Dominick Cruz 134.5 vs Scott Jorgensen 135
Donald Cerrone 155 vs Chris Horodecki 155
Bart Palaszewski 156 vs Kamal Shalorus 156
Tiequan Zhang 155.5 vs Danny Downes 154.5
Jamie Varner 156 vs Shane Roller 155
Brad Pickett 136 vs Ivan Menjivar 135
Eddie Wineland 136 vs Ken Stone 135
Danny Castillo 155.5 vs Will Kerr 155
Ricardo Lamas 156 vs Yuri Alcantara 154.5
Renan Barao 136 vs Chris Cariaso 136
For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv
Artur Bernestyan 139.4 vs Demetrio Soto 138.9
Quadrine Hill 226 vs Enrique Lobatos 265.6
Terrell Hendrix 174.8 vs Ryan Davis 174.3
Ricardo Garcia 136.1 vs Mauel Sanchez 139.9
Marcus Robinson vs Alfredo Rivera (weigh in Thurs AM)
Venue: Irvine Marriott, Irvine, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht
Note: Only 100 tickets remain and fans can call the Irvine Marriott at 949-553-0100 after 9am for tickets.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Today’s Pascal-Hopkins press conference from Quebec City Hall included some surprises. Aside from Santa showing up, the usually verbose Bernard Hopkins limited his press conference statements to three words, Jean Pascal refused to translate his remarks into English because “in this town, we speak French,” and an intense scuffle broke out when Hopkins refused to hand over Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight belt to the champ.
The fighters then exchanged exchange words. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME® in the United States and on pay-per-view in Canada. (more…)
Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP
Although there is a serious cold wave hitting Miami right now, the talk at the final press conference today at Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Café heated up before Friday’s Don King Productions world championship boxing card at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Don King hosted the press conference promoting a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout he is presenting with Arena Sportspromotion between 2004 Olympic gold medalist and now undefeated Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against WBC No. 1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs). The winner earns the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
First images from the Pascal-Hopkins final press conference which took place at Quebec City Hall on Wednesday. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Florida referee Telis Assimenio will be the third man in the ring when IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) and challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs) meet in the Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Friday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Peter Trematerra (Florida) and Michael Pernick (Florida). The fight supervisor is William James.
Colombian power puncher Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, former IBF super middleweight champion, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing 360 and proved how serious he is about recharging his career that he moved to New York City. “We’re excited to have Alejandro Berrio onboard,” Boxing 360 Founder and CEO Mario Yagobi said. “We’re going to have him campaign as a super middleweight and he’ll be fighting for the first time under our banner January 13 in Oklahoma.” Berrio (31-5, 28 KOs), who stopped previously unbeaten and present WBO titlist Robert Stieglitz 3 ½ years ago to capture the IBF crown, now lives in Queens and trains in the Bronx.
By Robert Coster
Promising Panama-based Jamaican featherweight WBA #12/WBO #13 Nicholas Walters (16-0, 13 KOs) duels with former title contender Gonzalo Munguia (17-7-1, 13 KOs) Saturday night at the Melia Hotel in Colon, Panama. Walters, who has been adopted by local fans, is taking a step up against Munguia, a tough scrapper from Nicaragua whose last fight was for the WBO world title in Puerto Rico against Roman Martinez. “We expect a tough fight from Munguia, a world class boxer,” says Walter’s manager Jacques Deschamps, “but we want to move Nicholas ahead this year and every fight from now on has to be meaningful in terms of his career progress.” The boxing card in Colon is the last one of the year presented by Premium Boxing Promotions. At stake will be Walters’ WBA Fedelatin title headlining a nine-bout card that will also feature Haitian Jr welterweight prospect Evens Pierre and neo-pros Eric Walters (brother of Nicholas) and Venezuelan Luis Valero(brother of Edwin Valero).
By Rick Scharmberg
According to his manager Dave Escalet, former world title challenger Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) suffered a broken bone above the middle finger on his left hand during his split-decision upset loss to Dionisio “Mr. Nocaut” Miranda (21-6-2, 18 KOs) on December 3 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “They will be placing pins to hold the broken bone in place. He will be operated on Thursday and will resume training in 6 to 8 weeks. This occurred during the seventh round of the fight in his split decision loss to Miranda,” said Escalet.
NABF Champion Johnathon Banks and former European Champion Luan Krasniqi participated yesterday in a press conference to announce their upcoming fight on February 26 at Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The winner of this heavyweight matchup will move a step closer of getting a world title opportunity.
Johnathon Banks, 25-1-1 with 17 KOs, is rated #7 in the world by the WBC and #8 by the IBF. Banks won the NABF title in March 2010 with a dramatic 6th round KO of Travis Walker in the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf. This victory was voted KO of the year by the NABF and he has since defended the NABF title twice. Banks has built up a large fan base in Germany as his second home, and is one of the main training partners of IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck had a special present for his opponent at today’s final press conference in Berlin. The 26-year-old gave mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev a plastic belt. “It’s Christmas time and I don’t want you to leave Berlin empty-handed,” Huck said to the stunned Russian. “This belt is for you. The real belt will stay here. You will never get it.”
On December 18th, the two hard-hitting cruiserweights will lock horns at Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle. While Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) has already made four successful title defenses, Lebedev rides a perfect record of 21-0 with 16 KOs into the biggest fight of his life. “I am no big talker, I will show my power inside the ring,” was all he said on the podium today. His coach Valery Belov added: “We are not scared of anybody or anything and we are prepared for a big challenge on Saturday night.” (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
The three time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) has one goal and one goal only, to be the first Mexican born fighter to win four titles in as many divisions. Nothing more, nothing less.
Morales, of Tijuana, Mexico, had his first opportunity for the fourth world title in ’07 but fell short to David Diaz via a unanimous decision. After a two year hiatus, Morales announced his comeback with a win over former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in last March and then captured the WBC Silver light welterweight title against Willie Limond six months later. Originally slated to face former super featherweight champion Jorge “Hiena” Barrios this Saturday night in his hometown, Morales must now face late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs) of Irvington, New Jersey, by way of the Dominican Republic . . . Click here for more
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The knock on Donald Cerrone used to be his wrestling skills, or lack thereof. Not anymore. Fresh off the finest performance of his career, which saw him take down former collegiate wrestler Jamie Varner on several occasions, Cerrone has definitely served notice to future opponents that he can not only threaten with high-level kickboxing and jiu-jitsu, but also has the tools to put foes on their back. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
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Photo: Stefan Springer
WBO mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev has won his last eight fights inside the distance – and is eyeing another early finish against home-town favourite, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. “I am in the best shape of my life,” said Lebedev. “Coming to Germany doesn’t bother me because I have fought all over the world before. I came to England to knock out Maccarinelli, and in my last fight I went to Germany and beat Alexander Alexeev in two rounds. Huck is in trouble on Saturday night. He is a very good fighter, and I respect all that he has achieved. But I plan to crush him. It has always been my dream to win the world title, and I am just one step away. I have been waiting a very long time for this opportunity. I have had to be patient, but now my time has come.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
A clash between IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) could be in the works for the spring of 2011. Klitschko was scheduled to defend against Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) on December 11th, but had to pull out due to an injury. The team of the Ukrainian champion now has four weeks to make a decision whether or not to reschedule that fight. In the meantime, negotiations for a Klitschko-Haye fight have already begun. If the camps come to an agreement, the fight against Chisora will be off.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales isn’t worried by his new opponent Francisco Lorenzo. “I’ve trained hard for this date,” he said. “I acknowledge that Lorenzo is strong and has great experience, but my boxing career will make the difference that night.”
Boxing experts and fans expect that Lorenzo will be a great test for Morales, who is campaigning for a shot at a fourth world title.
Morales continued, “My goal right now is to win this fight, but my wish is to face my compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez. It has been said that when I was in a good place we couldn’t fight, but now he is in a good place and we can make a great fight. I know that Morales-Marquez would be a great fight for the Mexicans and the world of boxing. I feel the desire to fight and if the fight can be made, I can win!”
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