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From Anderson and Royce to Wanderlei and Lyoto, “The Phenom” to “The King of The Streets,” the history of Brazilian fighters in the UFC is a rich one. With UFC RIO approaching on August 27th, let’s take a “by the numbers” look at the fighters who have made the Octagon a second home . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
On September 3 in San Luis Potosi (Mexico) Promociones del Puebo, Grupo Modelo and Comex will present a card featuring Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, the official challenger to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the WBC Latin title against Ghanaian Mohammed Akrong (13-3, 10 KOs).
That same night, super featherweight prospect Alejandro Sanabria (27-1-1, 21 KOs) will face rugged Alejandro Barrera (21-7, 14 KOs) and junior middleweight Michael Rosales (30-4, 25 KOs) meets Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (43-4, 36 KOs). Both bouts are ten rounders.
The fights will take place in conjunction with the prestigious “Quien Pinta pra la Corona?” tournament with Mexican prospects Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Mauricio Pintor, Luis Vázquez and Edgar Monarrez among others.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm has repeatedly claimed that a contract for a rematch has been sent to Matthew Macklin and he has accused his Irish rival of ducking out of a possible return bout. Sturm’s own promotional company even went so far as to design a poster for a proposed rematch in Cologne in November. However, Macklin’s team claims they have yet to see any contract for the rematch and believes that the whole exercise is a publicity stunt designed to make it look like Sturm is pursuing the rematch when in reality the German wants no part of it. (more…)
WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, is in Srisaket, Thailand, where on Friday will defend his belt against local favorite Rungvisai Suriyan Sor. Rojas (36-12-1, 24 KOs) will make the third defense of his title in his second spell as world champion against Rungvisai (18-5-1, 7 KOs) at the Khunmuangsri Stadium in Muang.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel / WBC
WBC President Jose Suliaman, presented today in his weekly conference, the belt that accredits Salvador Sanchez II as the new WBC CARIBBEAN BOXING FEDERATION (CABOFE) champion. Sanchez (25-4-3, 14 KOs), who was accompanied by his manager, Grant Elvis Phillips, won a third round TKO over Adan Garcia (15-5-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Mexico.
Bantamweight contender Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (30-2-1, 17 KOs) has signed a three year agreement with Zanfer Promotions. Terrazas, a 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, is the reigning NABA titlist and the official challenger for WBA bantamweight champion Rico Ramos. Details of Terrazas’ debut under the Zanfer banner will be announced soon.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico City gets welcomed to Los Angeles Tuesday by WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and world-ranked featherweight Mikey Garcia. Marquez was in town today to shoot the promotional assets for his upcoming world championship mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Marquez will be held, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and televised live on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
On Friday at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico, former WBO world title challenger Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) will now face Jose Silveira (18-4, 4 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. Seda, Jr. was originlly slated to face Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs).
“I am pleased to see that the International Boxing Federation, the organization that sanctioned the world championship match between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, took such swift action in ordering an immediate rematch. They wasted no time in determining that Russell Mora, the referee assigned to Agbeko vs. Mares, was in violation of their rules by displaying “inappropriate conduct” for ignoring repeated low blows against my fighter, Joseph Agbeko.
“I commend IBF President Daryl Peoples and IBF Championship Chariman Lindsey Tucker for confirming what everyone who witnessed the bout already knew. Too often, the first inclination when human frailty is exposed is to sweep it under the rug as though it never happened. It is to their credit that Mr. Peoples and Mr. Tucker confirmed that when obvious mistakes are made, it’s best to recognize them and attempt to immediately right the wrongs. (more…)
IBF President Daryl Peoples and IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker completed their review of the IBF Optional Bantamweight Championship bout that took place on August 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV, between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. Peoples and Tucker observed several low blow fouls committed by Abner Mares. While the referee, Russell Mora, issued numerous warnings for low blows during the course of the bout, he neglected to deduct points for these fouls. With 1:03 left in round eleven, Joseph Agbeko was hit with a low blow foul that forced him to the canvas. Mr. Mora determined that the blow landed by Mares was legal and began to count indicating that a knockdown had occurred.
Based upon their review of the bout, it has been determined by the IBF that inappropriate conduct by the referee affected the outcome of the fight. In accordance with IBF/USBA Rule 3.D., the IBF is ordering a rematch between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares for the IBF Bantamweight title which must be held within the next 120 days or by December 14, 2011.
The WBA Championships Committee performed a purse bid this Tuesday morning, at World Boxing Association Office in Panama City, Panama. The purse bid was directed by WBA Executive Vice President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The purse bid was for the WBA Featherweight title, between Jonathan Barros and Celestino Caballero. O.R. Promotions CEO Osvaldo Rivero, representing Barros, submitted an offer of $401,666.00. Promociones y Eventos del Istmo CEO Rogelio Espiño, representing Caballero, offered $305,000. Per WBA rules, the champion will received 75% of the purse and the challenger 25%. The minimum purse bid was set at $120,000 dollars. O.R. Promotions offered Mendoza, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Panama as possible sites. The fight must be done in no less than 45 days and no more than 90 days.
By Graham Houston
Great fight, pity about the refereeing. Russell Mora, normally a sound official, had a bad night last night in his handling of the thrilling bantamweight title bout on Showtime that saw Abner Mares, aided by what appeared to be benevolent refereeing, defeat Joseph Agbeko by majority decision. There was no real argument about who had scored the greater number of points. The computer statistics showed that Mares had thrown and landed more punches and landed more power punches — a “power” punch being anything other than a jab.
The controversy, of course, comes from the number of low blows that Mares landed without penalty and specifically from the blatantly low left hook in the 11th round that had Agbeko sinking to the canvas and which was ruled a legitimate knockdown blow by the referee. The 11th round incident was crucial. Agbeko was coming on strongly, but the knockdown ruling switched a likely 10-9 round for Agbeko to a 10-8 round for Mares. While Mares might have won the bout in any case — and he fought and boxed well in the 12th — what would otherwise have been a tremendous victory over a very tough and worthy champion is now clouded in controversy. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will present another edition of “Friday Night Fights” in their Rollins Center arena this Friday. Three titles will be on the line, as Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs) takes a major step up in class when he tackles Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) in the ten round heavyweight main event. They will battle for the WBO NABO Intercontinental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) takes on Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KOs) in a ten round bout for the WBA NABA light welterweight title. The third title bout will feature “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (7-0, 1 KO) facing Ela “Bam Bam” Núñez (9-9-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant NABF super featherweight title. The packed card will feature five additional bouts. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Word is MSC/RDS Boxing will be teaming up with Gary Shaw Productions on September 9th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, to make what was already an exciting local card into a national event as Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation” will be broadcasting live as #1 world ranked cruiserweight Lateef Kayode takes on Felix Cora Jr in the 10 rounder.
Latest info has the Kayodee fight as the co-main in support of a 140 lb fight featuring Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) vs. Hector Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs).
Leading into the live television broadcast will be a huge Minnesota vs. Minnesota main event as Duluth’s Gary Eyer (8-1-1) battles Minneapolis’ Jeremy “Lights Out” McLaurin (8-2) in an 8 round featherweight bout.
Chicago’s David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) has his wife to Tonya to thank when he appears in the co-featured bout of the final episode of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season, this Friday, August 19, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The Former WBC lightweight world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian had all but retired from boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Purse Bid to determine the promoter of the rematch between the Argentinian world champion Jonathan Victor Barros and former WBA/IBF 122lb champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero of Panama will take place today at WBA Headquarters in Panama with WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presiding. The rematch was ordered due to the controversial split decision on July 2 in Mendoza, Argentina where Barros retained the featherweight crown in his second defense.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, featherweight contender Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) returned with an eighth round TKO over Pedro Navarrete (26-13-3, 15 KOs). It was Mtagwa’a first fight in more than a year-and-a-half after two world title attempts. In October 2009, he nearly defeated Juan Manual “Juanma” Lopez for the WBO featherweight title. He returned just three months later and taken out in two by Yuriorkas Gamboa for the WBA featherweight belt. “Since 2000, I’ve been in the USA,” said Mtagwa. “I have always had to face tough opponents. I’ve worked hard all these years. I hope to get a new opportunity for a world title. I’ve earned it with my efforts and when that fight arrives I’ll fight with all my strength.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it has reached a multi-year sponsorship renewal agreement with Harley-Davidson. The world’s most famous motorcycle maker, which first became a core sponsor of the UFC® in 2008, will continue to be featured across multiple platforms including Pay-Per-View and television broadcasts, online, and in the UFC’s famed Octagon®. (more…)
Team Sauerland and SES Boxing have announced a special media tour featuring WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz and three-time world champion Mikkel Kessler, who will collide at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium on November 5. There will be press conferences in Berlin and Copenhagen.
By Barry Lindenman
As a professional boxing judge for the past 12 years, I am often asked by my “non-boxing” friends just how exactly do I score a fight. I am quick to remind them that I do not score a fight; I “judge” a fight; I “score” a round.
What exactly is meant by that is that each 3 minute block of time is viewed and scored independently of the others. Only in that way can each round be scored in an unbiased, objective and fair way. How the collective scoring of each round that I judge may be totaled should not be of concern to me as that responsibility of tabulating the individual round scores from each of the three judges falls to the supervisor at ringside. (more…)
The World Boxing Council has confirmed that its 49th Annual World Convention will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 11 to 17 in what is expected to be the highest attendance ever to a boxing convention. The WBC will also open its doors to boxing fans that want to live the experience of a great convention in which representatives of 164 countries of the world will meet for a week, which will be full of workshops, as well as special events with the presence of 50 of the greatest champions in the history of boxing. The Mandalay Bay is thrilled to host this WBC boxing convention and has published a rate of $74 dollars a day during this week.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Junior middleweight contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, continues his preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr. and Mario ‘Yuca’ Morales, former trainer of the late 2-division world champion Edwin Valero, at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) that will take place on Saturday September 17th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) as he looks to reclaim what was once his, the WBC welterweight title from current belt holder Victor Ortiz live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight card titled ‘Star Power’ is being presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here….
OscarDeLaHoya: Yes there were low blows but ABNER still won.ohhh and yes the referee was incompetent if u ask me.just being honest my friends.
OscarDeLaHoya: I had ABNER 115-111
OscarDeLaHoya: I watched the fight again and those punches were on the belt line the last one hit agbekos glove.i still have it 115-111.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Amid great fanfare, WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) announced his first title defense against Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) on September 17 at the Palenque de Culiacán. Accompanied by his father, the legendary member of the Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez, Chavez Jr. welcomed Ronald, son of the legendary Tommy Hearns.
Chavez: “This fight is very important to me, fighting at home and will always be special to defend my World Championship, I have trained hard and will do even more to give my people a nice evening this September 17 against a good opponent like Hearns.”
Hearns: “I feel fortunate that I have been given this opportunity, I am the son of a legend, which has not been easy, but Chavez Jr. showed me that dreams can be fulfilled and that will come on September 17. I’m not worried aboyt the judges, I will come and do my job.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Television networks and all boxing fans in general are captivated by a knockout puncher. Enter unbeaten heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs), of Wilmington, Delaware by way of Penns Grove, New Jersey. Mansour has explosively knocked out his last eight opponents, four of which took place at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, where he will step up to face Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) this Friday night. “Dominic Guinn is a good fighter and a strong veteran who is going to bring his “A” game. I am looking forward to this fight,” said Mansour. Mansour and Guinn will fight for the interim NABO Intercontinental heavyweight title, with the winner garnering a top-15 ranking in the WBO, the NABO’s parent organization. (more…)
Famed Florida referee Brian Garry has harsh comments on the officiating in Saturday’s SHOWTIME-televised Bantamweight Tournament Final between Abner Mares and King Kong Agbeko. In comments directed to the Nevada Boxing Commission, Garry wrote
“Some can. Some can’t. As a professional world class boxing referee for 25 years inside the square circle, I was very displeased to watch Russell Mora’s inept ability to ‘make the call’ on Saturday night.
“He was in the right positions to see the blows, especially the low blow in the 11th, that possibly cost Joseph Agbeka the bout. What compounded his lack of making the right call, was his post fight denial, after viewing the re-play, of his decision? That shows us, that he is either corrupt and refused to be fair in his ‘third man’ assignment. Or, he is incompetent while under pressure to do the right job. I witnessed, in disbelief, an official refusing to call the obvious fouls being committed by Mares over and over again. (more…)
Middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) has arrived in Culiacán to participate in a press conference to officially announce the September 17 card billed as “Dynasties” where he will challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (43-0-1, 30 KOs). The bout between the sons of ring legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Tommy Hearns will take palce at the Palenque de Gallos de la Feria Ganadera in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
“I feel it will be an exciting fight, because we are two sons of boxers who left their mark,” said the Hearns. “This will be a historic battle.” Hearns does not feel fear the name Chavez or fighting in Chavez’ hometown. “To be a champion it doesn’t matter where you fight, but how you fight. And I’m preparing very hard, because I want to change the minds of some people who say I don’t deserve this opportunity.” Ronald added that he has seen Chavez Jr. fight and notes that everyone has weaknesses and Chavez is no exception.
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) of Carson, California, who trains under the guidance of one of the best trainers in boxing, Freddie Roach at the world-renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, will step back into the ring this Friday August 19th at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. The undefeated Esquivias will take on veteran Juan Ruiz Jr. (23-6, 7 KOs) of Santa Clarita, California in a 10-round bout main event for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title, the fight card dubbed ‘New Blood’ is being presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
From TMZ: Female boxing legend Christy Martin is taking a shot at the California State Athletic Commission, claiming the organization is sexist and she lost what would have been her 50th victory as a result. Christy fought Dakota Stone last June at the Staples Center in L.A. Christie was ahead in points with 51 seconds left in the fight, when the referee stopped the fight and gave the victory to Stone. The ref felt Christy couldn’t continue because her hand was injured, but Christy’s lawyer, Gloria Allred doesn’t see it that way. Gloria claims all Christy did was “momentarily wince,” and she wanted to continue, and the decision to stop the bout is “an unfair and sexist double standard” — i.e., a ref would never have stopped a fight under the same circumstances if the boxers were male.
It’s kind of ironic — last November, Christy’s then husband allegedly tried to murder her by stabbing her, shooting her and pistol whipping her, yet the ref stopped the bout over what Gloria says was a wimpy hand injury.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has once again come up with a quality tournament for September 24 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, with Kaizer Mabuza and Chris van Heerden heading the bill in a clash for the vacant IBO welterweight belt.
The southpaw Van Heerden (16-1-1, 10 KOs) is the current South African welterweight champion and Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KOs) a former SA junior welterweight champion.
In his most recent fight in March this year Mabuza was stopped by Zab Judah in a clash for the vacant IBF junior welterweight belt and will be having his first fight in the welterweight division. On June 4 Van Heerden was most impressive in scoring a 12 round points decision over Bongani Mwelase in an IBF welterweight eliminator. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Former World Champion Paulie Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions will host the 12th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth with live and exciting professional boxing with some of Dallas Fort Worth’s finest young talent on Friday, August 19th at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas.
Ayala, a product of Fort Worth, takes great pride in giving back to the community especially the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth. “I am proud to have an opportunity to give back to a great organization that provided a place for me to go when I was a kid. The Boys and Girls Club continues to do great things to help kids from the community that I grew up in,” stated Ayala. (more…)
Committee officials announced today that five-time World Champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz heads a distinguished list of seven 2011 inductees into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (“CBHOF”). The seventh annual Gala Induction Dinner will be held Saturday night, October 29 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The other 2011 inductees include 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Captain, Lawrence Clay-Bey; renowned world boxing judge Glenn S. Feldman; world light heavyweight title challenger Eric “Magic 2000” Harding; amateur boxing standout Kelvin Anderson; boxer, referee and coach Billy Taylor; highly-respected ringside physician, Dr. Michael Schwartz. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/ Adamek Team
“Now after HBO finished their promo of my Vitali Klitschko fight, we can concentrate 100 percent of the finishing phase of this long training camp,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), after HBO crew left the Polish fighter’s highly private camp in the Poconos Mountains. “My trainer, Roger Bloodworth, after watching me working so hard trying to be an actor, gave me an extra half day off, mentioning something about keeping my day job…” joked very relaxed and confident “Góral.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Pat Russell is recognized as one of the leading referees in the world and a regular visitor to Australia where he has been the third man in the ring on several important bouts including the IBF bout in 2010 featuring current IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. Fightnews talks to Pat who has been involved in boxing for over thirty years and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for services as a referee and judge. (more…)
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