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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
German amateur standout, Jack Culcay-Keth, signed a professional contract with Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion today. Keth and his manager Moritz Klatten alongside Universum president Klaus-Peter Kohl and Dietmar Poszwa announced the deal earlier today at Hamburg’s famous East Hotel. Culcay-Keth is well known for winning a gold medal at the 2009 amateur world championships in Milano, Italy, being the first German boxer to capture a world title since 14 years. The 24-year-old will be trained by Michael Timm and former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian. His father, Roberto, will be in his corner, too. As an amateur, he won 95 out of 126 fights, with three bouts even. For more details and photos click here…
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Questions will finally be answered when Michael Bisping steps into the cage against Denis Kang on November 14 in the co-main event of UFC 105 in Manchester. After being knocked out by Dan Henderson in July, fans are anxious to see if The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner can bounce back. In his way is international superstar and 45 fight veteran Denis Kang.. . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
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Here’s the latest in the ongoing Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV saga. “I’m a fighter, not a negotiator,” said two-time world champion Rafael Marquez. “I read all this talk about money and promoters and networks, but none of that concerns me. I’m ready to fight, and my promoter Gary Shaw is ready to begin negotiations with Israel’s people. Gary has been my promoter for a long time, and he has full authority from me to make an offer to the Vazquez people. Bottom line, and Israel knows this as well, we can make more money fighting each other than anyone else. I called Top Rank last month to see about fighting Juanma Lopez, and they said his schedule is filled for 2010. Enough talk. I’m ready to fight, and Gary is ready to make a deal. Israel needs to know the truth, which is that he and I are made for each other. We’re going down in history together.”
By Ron Jackson
South African boxing fans are in for a feast of boxing in the next two weeks with three tournaments coming up. Branco Milenkovic of Branco Productions puts on a bumper bill on November 20 and Andre Kerr of Seconds Out Promotions presents a nine-bout bill on November 27 and then on November 30 Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents his “Christmas Cracker” Box and Dine tournament. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Boxing returns to San Diego, California this Thursday as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions promote a well-matched card titled “The Defense” at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. In the scheduled eight round super bantamweight bout, Chula Vista’s own Christopher Martin (15-0-2, 3 KOs) takes on the tough Eduardo “Lalo” Arcos (15-0, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, MX. The slick boxing Martin is coming off a rare KO of the durable Torrence Daniels last May in Sacramento while the brawling Arcos is on a six fight win streak with four of them coming in within the distance. (more…)
After months of anticipation, six-time world boxing champion and Mexican icon Julio César Chávez has opened “Julio César Chávez Campeones,” a boxing-themed restaurant and entertainment venue in Mesa, Arizona. Campeones (Champions) is a 30,000-square-foot venue featuring authentic Mexican food, a full sports bar, arcade games and a WBC Legends of Boxing Museum. In addition, the venue features an 1,700-seat event center for concerts, boxing matches, quinceañeras and community events. “The grand opening of Julio César Chávez Campeones is a special moment for me,” said Chávez. “It’s very gratifying to have the opportunity to open a place that the Hispanic community can be proud of.” The $4.5 million facility will employ 80 and is projecting revenues of $7-$10 million for the first year of business. Click here for more photos…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will defend his belts on December 19 against WBC #3 rated Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik was forced to pull out of a bout two weeks earlier because of a staph infection in his left hand. Espino is best known as a participant on season one of “The Contender.” The Pavlik camp took the fight on short notice, rather than be stripped of the belts. “I talked with my dad, Jack (Loew) and my manager (Cameron Dunkin) and we decided it’s not worth losing the title,” Pavlik told the Youngstown Vindicator. “If I lose, I want to lose fighting.” The bout will be televised on Top Rank’s December 19 “Latin Fury” card.
By Robert Hough
Their fight is 11 days away, but super middleweights Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler are ready to get after it in 11 hours. Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), the last pairing in the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, were polite, respectful and full-go serious Tuesday in a teleconference to discuss their November 21 fight in Oakland, Calif., for Kessler’s WBA title. Kessler, who left his native Denmark for California in late October, told his challenger that he’s accustomed to the time difference, training goes well and he’s dialed in. “I’m enjoying myself over here,” said Kessler, who’s in Sacramento, about 80 miles from Oakland. “I’m having a good time and I feel comfortable. I’m ready to fight you, Ward, and I hope you’re ready.” Ward, who lives in the Oakland area, spoke with an edge in his voice throughout the teleconference. “I’m not having a good time and I’m not comfortable,” he responded. “I’m ready to fight.”
The son of a legend will be in action for “November 2 Remember” a boxing and MMA event set to take place November 14, 2009 at the Youth Center in Cut Off, Louisiana. Heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman (3-0, 3 KOs) will be in a featured 4 round boxing match. The main event will feature local light heavyweight Justin “Ironman” Verdin (8-0, 6 KOs), the current Louisiana State Champion, taking on a stiff challenge in Gulfport, Mississippi native Gevonte Davis (4-4). Both boxers are coming off of career best wins, Verdin against Larry Pryor and Davis against unbeaten Anthony Doughty. (more…)
The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode #2, premiering Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode reality series takes viewers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic. From the conception of the tournament to the crowning of a new champion in the super middleweight division, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will profile the colorful and charismatic personalities of the fighters, their families and promoters. (more…)
Report and photos by Chris Cozzone
A mob scene-and-a-half greeted two world champions today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao got the mob scene, Miguel Cotto got the half, when the two made their grand arrivals at the venue where they will face one another Saturday night on HBO-PPV . . . Click here for more
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a heavyweight legend looking to climb to the top of the mountain one more time following his win over Hall of Famer Randy Couture in August. Unbeaten rising star Cain Velasquez has moved rapidly up the ranks, but he needs one more win to get a shot at the belt. On Saturday, January 2nd, the main event of UFC 108 will see these two heavyweight standouts meet to determine a future challenger for the title. Also, former UFC light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans begins on his road back to the title as he attempts to avenge his teammate Keith Jardine’s loss against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva at UFC 108: Nogueira vs Velasquez, presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Photo: Puerto Rican pride Miguel Cotto made his arrival today at the MGM, shortly after Pacquiao, at 12:45. Though the crowd that greeted Cotto lacked the numbers, it was no less enthusiastic. Stay tuned for more.
Photo: Manny Pacquiao, pride of the Philippines, made his arrival today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday’s showdown with Miguel Cotto. Stay tuned for a report and more photos later.
Three-time world champion and current WBA super welterweight champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated, WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs) as the featured PPV match on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card on Saturday from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas telecast live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs) will return to ring action on December 4 when he will clash with Michael Kirby (6-3-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Hopoate was stopped in two rounds by former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall earlier this year but is confident he can defeat the less experienced opponent. Kirby holds a nine round stoppage win over Nathan Briggs but was upset by Solomon Haumona to lose the OPBF crown in 2009. (more…)
Denis Kang has no clue which Michael Bisping is going to show up at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night. Will it be the aggressive young man who shot out to a 15-0 record in MMA, or one who may be questioning himself a little bit after suffering the first knockout loss of his career in July to Dan Henderson? . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Much has been written lately regarding Israel Vazquez’s future as rumors swirl around the internet and on print papers in Mexico. Vazquez’s manager Frank Espinoza sat down and answered a few questions regarding his fighter in order to set the record straight. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao is ready to rumble with Miguel Cotto, five days before their scheduled 12-round welterweight title match at the MGM Grand. This was the sentiment of top trainer Freddie Roach, who told a pack of Manila-based writers that the Filipino pound-for-pound king “knows the gameplan better than me at this point.” “He’s one step ahead of me at all times,” said Roach, who arrived in Las Vegas late Monday night from Los Angeles. “We had a good sparring (earlier), light and easy nice and loose. I’m really happy. We’re ready to go,” said Roach, who will still continue to preside over Pacquiao’s remaining workouts penciled at the IBA Gym. “We’ll slow down here in Las Vegas today but we’ll use the mitts and go to the game plan mentally. Just physically walk through it in the ring. Make sure everyone is in the same page and fight the perfect fight.” Even if the fight is very close, Roach admits he is still watching Cotto’s fights on video. “I watch Cotto f____n’ every day. Manny doesn’t want to watch tape that much, he gets bored after 30 seconds. I explain to him what he does, he sees it and he understands,” added the 49-year-old tactician.
Mick Croucher, President of the World Boxing Foundation, has responded to news of the formation of a restructured World Boxing Federation: “The WBF (Foundation), an Australian registered company, continues to operate as it always has and will continue to recognize champions who have fought for our titles. We also have a number of scheduled bouts that will take place before the end of the year and will recognize these fighters under the WBF (Foundation) banner. We recognize the potential for confusion here with sanctioning bodies commonly recognized by their acronym and will therefore be taking steps to protect our legitimate interests and prevent any unauthorized use of the WBF name.”
Former world champion Rafael Marquez declared himself ready to take on Israel Vazquez in a fourth fight and denied that he has made any unreasonable financial demands as the Vazquez camp has claimed. “They are lying to Israel. His manager had said that I’m asking for the moon and the stars to fight him again but that’s simply not true. I’m working with some people here in Mexico to get something clear with Gary Shaw, but I’m ready to fight him in February or March of 2010,” said Marquez. (more…)
Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is surrounded by adoring fans at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Monday as he prepares to leave for Las Vegas with the special Pacquiao bus and caravan of vehicles for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Ringside by Matt Richardson & Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
This time, there was no doubt.
In front of a largely partisan crowd at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson won his second consecutive rematch when he beat former champion Glen Johnson by a unanimous 12-round decision in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing . . . Click here for more
Undefeated No. 1 contender son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Troy Rowland held a media day in Los Angeles on Monday for their upcoming middleweight special attraction fight on the PPV undercard of “Firepower” Pacquiao vs Cotto. Also on hand was welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karass, who meets former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez in another PPV bout. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate and will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More photos…
With the return of UFC® superstar Tito Ortiz engaged in a rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and two of the welterweight class’ most exciting knockout artists, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson, ready to trade hands, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21st. Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders, Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster, Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes and George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent fill out a stacked card in one of the year’s most anticipated fight nights. (more…)
Here is a message from WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler ahead of his November 21 Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Andre Ward:
I have been in Sacramento for one week now and so far everything is working out the way it should. The training facilities are great – and I am also very happy about the level of my sparring partners in the ring. I truly believe that the level of the sparring is one of the key elements for a good performance and proper preparation. The more your sparring resembles your actual opponent, the better the chance that you will actually beat him in the ring.
Previously in my career I have experienced some bad sparring partners before important bouts – fighters who didn’t have the skills in the ring. Therefore my team and I have worked hard on finding some tough fighters with similar boxing skills and tactics as Andre Ward. Fortunately Otis Griffin, Eric Regan and Mike Alexander have so far shown really good skills in the ring – and they have all been great sparring partners. (more…)
WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) vowed today to knock out two-division WBO champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) when they meet in a middleweight bout on December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City. “I’m going to win by knockout and I’m sure of it,” said Martinez. “I’m in the best shape of my life and at the peak of my career. I’m a lot faster than Paul and I don’t take as many hits as he does, so I know that will really bode well for me in the fight.” Williams said he’s heard it before. “They all say they’re going to win until they get in the ring, then all that changes once the punches start flying.”
When Michael Bisping discusses his knockout loss to Dan Henderson in July, he doesn’t do it with a sense of detachment, doesn’t airbrush what happened, and doesn’t come up with a laundry list of excuses for being stopped in the second round by the former two-division PRIDE champion . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
TKO Boxing Promotions finished up an unprecedented swing of cross country world class professional boxing events over the last week culminating Thursday night in Cockeysville, Maryland, as they presented an action packed evening at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion . . . Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
World-rated Mike “MJ” Jones, of Philadelphia, PA continues to impress, stopping Colombian brawler Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon at 1:40 of the fifth round in a scheduled 10 round welterweight bout last night at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. Jones systematically broke down the strong, wild-swinging Pinzon, before finishing him with a brutal left hook to the body. In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado successfully bounced back from his loss to Alfredo Angulo with an exciting seventh round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Latif Mundy in an eight round junior middleweight bout. Peltz Boxing promoted the 7-bout card. (more…)
The November 21 “Universum Champions Night” event in Kiel, Germany will now be a world title tripleheader! The WBA super middleweight title clash between Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs), originally slated for November 28, has been added to the November 21 card taking place at the Sparkassen Arena. It will be the second world title shot for the WBA #2 rated Sartison, pictured, when he faces the #3 rated Bozic for the title vacated when Mikkel Kessler was elevated to super champion.
In the main event, long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) will move up a division to challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs). The third world title fight features WBC interim super featherweight world champion Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Olympic medalist Vitali Tajbert (17-1).
By Ron Jackson
Howard Goldberg from Cape Town, South Africa, has been appointed president of the restructured World Boxing Federation. His election followed a meeting in Dessau, Germany, on the eve of Francois Botha’s defence of his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Cuban Pedro Carrion. Prominent and influential boxing administrators met with Goldberg, a former world title referee and judge, to discuss changes in the Federation. (more…)
Top Rank is planning to show some of the undercard fights free prior to Saturday’s Pacquiao-Cotto PPV telecast starts, including a bout featuring the highly touted Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (7-0, 6 KOs). “We are going to do something very unique on the night of the 14th,” revealed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We are going to feed the part of the undercard that is not on pay-per-view which features so many aspiring young fighters who are looking to make their mark on boxing and we are going to put it on various channels on inDemand, cable systems, on DirecTV and on Dish Network and that will run from 7-8:30 PM ET and it will feature fighters like Matt Korobov, the young Russian sensation; Rodrigo Garcia from Los Angeles, a real future prospect. Then at 8:30PM ET, a half hour prior to the pay-per-view, we’re doing a special 30-minute show which is very exciting and that leads into the pay-per-view telecast which begins at 9PM ET.”
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