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A little more than month after registering on national television the most significant victory of his young pro boxing career, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs) returns Wednesday, September 21 to headline the 10th annual Fight To Educate at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Andrade takes on 38-year-old former two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Duran (38-18-2, 31 KOs) in this year’s 10-round main event. Light welterweight Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs), who will face Jamal Del Cid (7-5, 3 KOs) in the six-round co-feature. Also, upset specialist Jose “Stinger” Medina (14-9-1, 6 KOs), from Tilton (NH), will also be in action versus an opponent to be determined in a six-round light middleweight bout. Medina is coming off a controversial eight-round draw against former world champion Joachim Alcine, in which most observers felt Medina deserved a victory. In January, Medina scored a shocking fourth-round knockout of 17-1 Isaac Rodrigues.
For the first high profile fight in Atlantic City since Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara, the New Jersey Athletic Control Board has assigned the officials Saturday night’s featherweight showdown between unbeaten former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and ex-WBO 122lb titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon. Referee Alan Huggins will be the third man in the ring with judges Jule Lederman, Steve Weisfeld and Shafeeq Rashada handling the scoring.
Antonio Pitalua 140 vs Cosme Rivera 140
Ricardo Mercado 112 vs Carlos Barraza 112
Miguel Dominguez 108 vs Ariel Guzman 108
Luis Vidales 134 vs Angel Molina 134
Ivan Acosta 125 vs Emanuel Dominguez 124
Felipe Guiza 124 vs Brin Corles 124
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21)
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Matchmaker: Jorge Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET) in HD (US)/Televisa Deportes Network @ 11:00 PM (CT) (Mexico and Central America)
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank Boxing
Team Gamboa poses for a group photo after the Gamboa vs. Ponce DeLeon Press Conference held at Caesars Atlantic City on Thursday September 8, 2011 in Atlantic City NJ. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
The AIBA, the association that governs international amateur boxing, has plans to get further involved in the professional side of the sport. The group recently has allowed boxers to be paid while retaining their amateur status while competing in their World Series boxing league. Now the AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo is on the record in support of allowing professional fighters to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. A plan called “Boxing 16” lays out the AIBA plans to carry out “various revolutionary strategies in order to truly govern the sport of boxing at all levels.” (more…)
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) is preparing for his next title defense against Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs) in Hamburg on September 24. “Currently I’m training hard for my next fight on Sept 24,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m not underestimating the experienced Sprott and am preparing myself with my team at Universum as well as ever.
By Anthony Springer
It was one of the crazier days in recent UFC history.
One day ago, Nick Diaz was slated to face welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a highly anticipated main event at UFC 137.
Carlos Condit was looking at a number-one contender bout with BJ Penn.
After Diaz pulled two no-shows to promote the bout, the Caesar Gracie protégé found himself scratched from the main event. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Former IBO cruiserweight world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green has warned Antonio Tarver that he will not “hang around forever” as negotiations between Green Machine Boxing and Tarver’s camp for a rematch continue to drag on. Green is willing to go to the US for the rematch, however Tarver recently suggested that a rematch would likely happen in Green’s hometown of Perth.
“I want to go and fight in America, and he’s saying how big a deal and how big a name he is there, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to,” Green said. “Unless he’s not much of a big deal back home?” “Maybe he’s talking it up and he really isn’t much of a big deal? But he said it, he said Showtime wants to do it, he’s talking about having a hometown fight in Orlando, so it makes sense,” Green said. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Pacquiao arrived about midnight last night at Toluca International Airport and then went with his entourage to a hotel located in the Paseo de la Reforma. In addition to his mega press conference with Juan Manuel Marquez today at the Monumento a la Revolución, Pacman plans to tour the city today and is expected to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe and Distrito Federal government offices where he will be proclaimed a distinguished visitor and receive the keys to the city from the Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. At the end of the day, Pacquiao will drop by TV Azteca, and then head back to the airport to return to the Philippines via Los Angeles.
Leading up to the monumental matchup between super middleweight titlists Andre Ward and Carl Froch in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, SHOWTIME® has announced a bevy of programming in support of the highly anticipated Oct. 29 clash. The network will introduce a new boxing program titled Staredown: Ward vs. Froch, premiere the two latest installments of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic and replay some of the storied tournament’s best bouts on SHOWTIME EXTREME®. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photos: Green Machine Boxing
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green was in Bunbury Western Australia today at the Eaton Recreation Centre to announce he was bringing his “Next Generation” event to Bunbury next month. A big number of fans turned out for the presser and it was all about the Next Generation of boxers. This event on October 22 is expected to be the biggest boxing event in Regional Western Australia’s history. The Green Machine was very happy to announce the event, and said Bunbury has a long and proud boxing history and holds a special place for him because he won his first state boxing title in Bunbury way back in 1994.
Headlining the card will be Pieter Cronje (13-4-1, 9 KO’s) who will defend his IBF Pan Pacific Cruiserweight Title against Anthony McCracken (13-5-1, 5 KO’s). World rated and the undefeated Steve Wills (16-0-2, 9 KO’s) will fight for his WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight Title. Also on the card will be Clint Hosking (7-0, 2 KO’s), Matt Garlett (6-1, 4 KO’s), and more. (more…)
Hit the road with SHOWTIME Sports for the Super Six World Boxing Classic press tour. Tournament finalist Andre Ward and Carl Froch give boxing fans a preview of the intensity both fighters plan to bring to the ring on October 29th.
Russian Petr Petrov (29-2-2, 13 KOs) will face WBA Super Lightweight champ Marcos Maidana when the Argentinean KO artist returns to the ring before his people of Argentina on September 23 at the Sociedad Alemana de Villa Ballester in Buenos Aires. “I don’t know why so many turned down this fight and I don’t care. For me it’s a great opportunity and I don’t wanna waste it. I will go to Argentina for no holiday, I will go there to win,” Petrov said.
“I’m glad that finally somebody had the balls to step in and take the fight. No every boxer in this world is like The Queen. I am happy and ready for yet another war,” Maidana said from his training camp in Argentina.
Southern California boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht will be featured in the Beauties & The Boss reality show episode set to air on Sunday, September 11th at 8pm PST on the Mun2 channel. The 30 minute episode was taped at a recent Englebrecht event and highlights a modeling agency’s desire to have their models hired by Englebrecht to work as ring card girls, fighter walk in girls, and also to sing the national anthem. Englebrecht ends up hiring the models and is shown, along with his staff, training them and critiquing them. Mun2 is owned by Telemundo but is broadcast mostly in English and is considered the Latin version of Lifetime. Beauties & The Boss will also be available “On Demand” starting on September 18th.
The Team of Tomasz Adamek has accused Vitali Klitschko of “a blatant continuation of his ongoing attempt to bait Adamek” during a public workout Wednesday in Wroclaw, Poland. According to information from Adamek’s promoter Main Events, Klitschko breached the security agreement his own team designed regarding the open workout. Klitschko allegedly skipped his own grand entrance in favor of an intimidation tactic that the Adamek camp says clearly did not affect the Polish favorite.
Arriving in the middle of Adamek’s public workout, Klitschko sat with his entourage at ringside to observe the simple demonstration Adamek performed for his fans. Adamek did not feel it necessary to reciprocate by remaining for Klitschko’s workout.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
There is great anticipation for today’s visit to Mexico City of Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on the final leg of his international promotional tour for what will be his third match against the Mexican hero Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, to be held November 12 in Las Vegas. Many Mexican fight fans have asked for time off at their jobs or simply will not attend school to attend this unprecedented event at 1PM at the Monumento a la Revolución, where an estimated 50,000 fans are expected.
The art at the right is the work of Eduardo De La Cruz, a Mexican artist who in the United States is known for his lithographs of various personalities of sports and entertainment. Most recently at the 48th WBC Convention which was held in Cancun, Mexico, Eduardo was named “Artist of the KO.”
By Bob Caico
Friday night in the 10-round ShoBox main event matchup of one-loss prospects, Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KO’s) who trains out of the PAL gym in Buffalo, NY tackles Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KO’s) of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Inactivity has been the norm for the two as this will be only their third bout in the last two years. Arroyo’s last fight was also on Shobox when he impressively defeated Willie Nelson in April of this year. “I am very pleased on how Vincent is training for this bout,” said manger Steve Nelson. “He feels good mentally and physically and I do expect him to look sensational in this fight,” the confident manager continued. The plan is to have Arroyo fight two more times this year, which would give the 24-year-old his first 4-fight year in his career. Arroyo, who hopes to fight in his hometown soon, added, “I feel real good about this fight and I know I’ll be the last man standing. I’m dedicating the fight to the City of Buffalo and all the my people there.”
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek participated in a public workout Wednesday at Magnolia Park Mall in Wroclaw, Poland. The long awaited world heavyweight championship battle between Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) and Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) will be held Saturday, September 10th at the new Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland.
Undefeated Jr. Middleweight prospect, Abie Han (14-0, 10 KOs) will headline the 4th Annual Fight Night at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas on Friday, September 16th in Grand Prairie, Texas when he takes on veteran Eloy Suarez (11-12-1, 5 KOs). The 8-round main event will be the featured fight on the six-bout, CNS Promotions event. In honor of the Mexican Independence holiday, there will be a Fireworks show immediately following the boxing event. (more…)
The night before the welterweight championship bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, the September 16 edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” which will also air live on Fox Sports Network from the Dallas Events Center in the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Fight fans will get to see top heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs) take on Hector Ferreryro (21-10-2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round main event. In the co-feature, 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (9-0, 6 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against Dallas’ Larry Smith (10-5, 6 KOs) in a welterweight matchup scheduled for eight rounds. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET/PT and the Fox Sports Net broadcast will begin at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT.
After five weeks in Big Bear, California, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has focus the last part of his training camp on speed. Velocity is what Canelo and his team believe will give Gomez lots of problems. Canelo is the current WBC super welterweight champion of the world, one of the most charismatic fighters in boxing is set to defend his title belt against Alfonso Gomez at Staples Center of Los Angeles, California.
“This week is a crucial week for us, because we will reach our full potential, the champion will reach 100 % of his preparation, his speed and his power will be there,” said Edison Reynoso, trainer of Canelo and CEO of Canelo Promotions. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
On knocking his opponents out
These fighters go into survival mode once they are down or have no chance of winning. Mosley and Marquez did the same thing. Ricky Hatton was different. He came to fight. I get knockouts when guys come to put it all on the line.
On staying sharp during the layoff
I think I’m still very sharp and still strong. The reason why is because I haven’t been in any toe to toe wars. A lot of wars in the ring is wear and tear on the body. I thank God for blessing me with great defense.
I prefer to hold court inside the squared circle. I’m all about being fair. If you’re the best, take the test. He could have been had the fight if he wanted it. As long as he’s attached to my name, he’ll make great paydays and as long as he fights my leftovers. They say Shane Mosley looked the best when he beat Margarito. His next fight was against me. After I beat Mosley and he was never the same.
I can guarantee you that this fight will not go the distance. This has been the longest training camp because we want to be prepared for a guy that’s younger with good speed. We want to be ready. I’m coming straight ahead on September 17th.
After more than a decade, the wait is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed at a Tokyo press conference today that 2012 will mark the return of the world famous Octagon® to Japan.
Japan’s Saitama Super Arena will host a blockbuster UFC® event on February 26, 2012. It will serve as the organization’s first event in Japan since UFC 29 held in December 2000. It will also serve as the first UFC event in Japan since the organization was purchased by Zuffa, LLC in 2001. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to announce their upcoming third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
By Anthony Springer
Carlos Condit hit the jackpot.
Citing Nick Diaz not fulfilling his commitments, UFC president Dana White removed the Caesar Gracie protege from the title bout against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137. Condit will now step in and fulfill the challengers slot.
“The Natural Born Killer” is riding a four fight win streak with wins over the previous undefeated Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Hardy.
Details to come.
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By Bill Green
Undefeated lightweight and highly touted prospect, Terence “Bud” Crawford (14-0, 11 KOs) returns this Saturday against Angel Rios (9-6, 6 KOs) on the undercard of HBO’s televised Yuriokis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off a crushing 2nd round knockout win over journeyman Derrick Campos back in July on the undercard of Mike Alvarado vs. Gabriel Martinez bout. (more…)
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m here for only one reason – to fulfill my destiny and become a heavyweight world champion” – said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), greeted by more than 1000 fans during open training session in Wroclaw’s “Magnolia” mall. “Don’t miss this fight. It will be a great one” – added titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), whose short training session (shadow boxing, pads with trainer Fritz Sdunek and rope jumping) followed Adamek display of quick punches and fast legs. This was the last chance to see both great fighters live until Saturday heavyweight WBC title fight in “Stadion Miejski” for all who were not able to buy their tickets for sold out, 42,000 seats soccer stadium. Vitali and Tomek will meet one more time during Friday’s weigh-in but this always exciting ceremony will be closed to the public. Click here for more photos…
Video by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
Story by Andreas Hale
Victor Ortiz is most certainly a changed man. Despite all that he’s been through in his personal life, it wasn’t until his loss to Marcos Maidana back in 2009, where the “Vicious” one was criticized for quitting, that forced Ortiz to look at the world through a different lens . . . Click here for more
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By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and the WBA’s #14-ranked middleweight contender Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) landed another shot at a piece of the world crown when he challenges defending WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (21-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday, October 15 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In his previous title shot on March 14, 2009, Simon gave a gritty effort in dropping a unanimous decision against then-champion Arthur Abraham. “Gennedy Golovkin stopped Kassim Ouma in the tenth round, but Ouma is essentially a junior middleweight. We have to make the most of the opportunity, because it could be our last,” said manager Dave Escalet. Golovkin will be making the third defense of his title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that WBC mandatory middleweight challenger Marco Antonio Rubio may face WBC middleweight champion emeritus and diamond champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, WBC president Jose Sulaiman on Tuesday. “Martinez and Rubio are both strong fighters, throw many punches and would be a great fight for the Hispanic fans and the World Boxing Council will recommend that the winner face Chávez Jr.,” said Sulaiman. Chavez Jr. will take on Peter Manfredo on November 19 while Martinez will face England’s Darren Barker on October 1.
Manny Pacquiao and Dan Hill sing “Sometimes When we Touch” for the media and fans at the New York Press Conference.
Three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten WBO #2 super featherweight Luis Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday undercard former of former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa’s matchup with Daniel Ponce De Leon. “Luis has a lot of potential and is an exciting prospect, no doubt about it,” he said. “However, as a former [IBA] world champion, I know what it takes to win big fights, and can draw from those valuable lessons. Luis doesn’t have that advantage…I expect nothing but a tough fight in Atlantic City, but I will be prepared and, mark my words, will prevail.”
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Slideshow of shots from today’s media workout at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Jessie Vargas . . Click here to view
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