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King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will make his hotly-anticipated comeback on January 14 when he takes on Argentina´s Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in Offenburg, Germany. “We are looking forward to seeing Arthur back in the ring,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We have found a tough opponent for him. The fight against Farias will be no walk in the park.”
It will be Abraham´s first fight since losing to WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I want to put on a good fight for my fans,” King Arthur said. “Of course I have learned from my defeats. But now is the time to look ahead and get ready to fight again. I want to win back the hearts of my fans, and in order to do so, I need a convincing victory. January 14 will be the start of something new for me. I want to begin the new year with an exciting victory and then set my sights on a world title again.” (more…)
Fighting is and forever will be the purest form of self-discovery.
From a local amateur promotion all the way to the top tier, international competition of the UFC, all MMA fighters are universally preparing themselves to be better in all aspects of hand-to-hand combat. To be successful, one has to go through both physical transformations to be a better athletic fighter and mental transformations to be a better technically skilled fighter. In the end, the two challengers enter a ring or cage not to prove who is the fastest in 100 meters, who can lift the heaviest object or has the most accurate jump shot; MMA fighters enter a ring or cage to see who is the best . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto was ahead 89-82 on all three judges’ cards when his bout with Antonio Margarito was stopped at the beginning of round ten on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. Margarito won just one rounds on all three cards. Judge Julie Lederman awarded Margarito the ninth round, judge John Poturaj gave “The Tijuana Tornado” round seven and judge Steve Weisfeld scored round four for Margarito. Click here to see the official master scorecard.
The 25th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 PM/ET), December 18th at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
A star-studded group of past and present world champions plus numerous boxing dignitaries will be in attendance. Steve Farhood will serve as Master of Ceremonies, while Dave Diamante will announce the award winners. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Former Dominican Olympians Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquaio” Payano (8-0, 5 KOs) and Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (9-0, 8 KOs) scored TKO victories in Greensboro North Carolina this past Saturday. The southpaw super bantamweight Payano wasted little time in stopping opponent Charles Jones by TKO at 2:59 of the first round. Marrero followed up with a TKO himself at 2:11 in the third round of his super featherweight contest against LeShaun “Lil Bossman” Blair. The undefeated southpaws share more than just identical unblemished records and Dominican heritage. They recently signed with well-known South Florida promoter Henry Rivalta and are trained and managed by Herman Caicedo.
Other notables on the card included heavyweights Jameel McCline and Joe Hanks in tuneup bouts. McCline 40-10-3, 24 KOs) handed Dennis McKinney (28-54-1, 14 KOs) his tenth straight loss via fourth round KO and Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over Franklin Edmondson (13-34-3, 5 KOs) to extend Edmondson’s losing streak to 13.
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Unified super lightweight world champion Amir Khan and trainer Freddie Roach made a photo tour of Washington, DC, posing at various landmarks in the nation’s capital in advance Saturday’s world title defense against #1 rated super lightweight contender Lamont Peterson at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC which will be televised live on HBO in the United States and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Ryno Liebenberg showed outstanding form when he outpointed Rama Ilunga over eight rounds last weekend. Ranked as the #1 light-heavyweight in South Africa, Liebenberg won the fight at the Moreleta College Hall in Makapanstad in North Western Province by 80-72 on each of the scorecards. Liebenberg, who is from Krugersdorp, controlled the fight from behind his left jab against the gutsy Ilunga, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo but based in Cape Town. (more…)
By: Jose E. Santiago Ringside
Photos: Brad Wallace
On Friday night at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties, Shea Bailey Promotions, and Delgado Boxing presented The Big Rock Out. The event was a culmination of four very successful events previously promoted by the group earlier in 2011. With a sellout crowd of over 2000, the promotion has already started their plans to continue promoting in 2012. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Bantamweight Abner Mares had to endure almost five months of the same repeated rhetoric in regards to his majority decision victory against Joseph Agbeko in Las Vegas, NV. Low blow this, low blow that . . . Click here for more
After hearing that he may not have been the most hated personality of the evening, Ultimate Fighter 14 coach leaned over to John Dodson, the season’s bantamweight winner and congratulated him.
“Did you get more boos than me?” Bisping asked. “Oh [expletive] you’re doing something right.” (more…)
Diego Brandao’s mission to become a UFC fighter was never self serving. Ever since he began his journey as an MMA fighter in exchange for putting down the gun he carried and the drugs he sold as a teenager, the only thing the Brazilian wanted was to take care of his family. He finally got his opportunity after turning in yet another stellar performance and secured the lauded six-figure UFC contract after submitting Diego Bermudez at The Ultimate Fighter finale at The Pearl inside of The Palms in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that four UFC® 140: JONES vs. MACHIDA preliminary fights will air live on the ION Television network on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The fights are: Krzysztof Sozynski vs. Igor Pokrajac in a light heavyweight contest; Jared Hamman vs. Costa Phillippou in a middleweight bout; John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman in 155-pound action; Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson in a bantamweight bout.
It will be interesting to see how Mark Hominick will look back at 2011 after time passes and dulls the immediacy of a year in which he truly lived through the highest highs and lowest lows, both personally and professionally. From birth and death to wins and losses, Hominick experienced it all in the space of 12 months that will culminate in his Saturday bout against Chan Sung Jung in the main card opener of UFC 140 . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Days away from December 17th Super Six World Boxing Classic Final the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports follow Carl Froch and Andre Ward.
On January 19 at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum, will present a card featuring unbeaten lightweight Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder against an opponent that is TBA. In the night’s eight-round co-featured event will be once-beaten super bantamweight Jorge “King” Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs) against an opponent that is also TBA. Scheduled for battle on the undercard against opponents that are TBA are Staten Island lightweight Nicky “Lil Nicky” DeMarco (3-2, 2 KOs), as well as Staten Island super middleweight Tim O’Neill (9-2-3, 5 KOs). DeMarco is the owner of the popular DeMarco’s Boxing Gym in Staten Island. Tickets are $50 to $250. Call 888.612.4191.
As previously reported, the scheduled fight for Saturday at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko and his French opponent Jean-Marc Mormeck had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko. Last Saturday Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.
Prof. Dr. Peter Albers (head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf) stated, “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship. After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”
The plans for rescheduling the fight see March 3 as a possible date. “Purchased tickets remain their validity,” says Bernd Bönte (Managing Director, Klitschko Management Group).
Ward, Froch camps prepare to wrap up; trainers extremely confident as countdown to Dec. 17 Super Six Final continues
Virgil Hunter: “Froch really doesn’t have a clue what he’s getting into.”
Rob McCracken: “…Carl has done more in the division than Ward…”
Less than two weeks from one of the most important fights in the history of the super middleweight division, the trainers for world champions Andre Ward (World Boxing Association) and Carl Froch (World Boxing Council) are brimming with confidence as training camp begins to wind down. The eagerly awaited inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Final is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
World ranked junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) of Argentina returns to the ring this Friday at the Club Ciclista (Junín) in Argentina. Matthysse will take on fellow countryman Sergio Priotti (25-10-1, 8 KOs) in a bout to keep himself busy before another major fight opportunity comes his way. Matthysee was scheduled to fight world champion Erik Morales this past September before he came down with Bronchitis thus forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The fight card will be promoted by Arano Box.
2004 United States Olympic heavyweight Jason Estrada returns to the ring for the first time since January on Friday, December 9th at the West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Estrada, 31, is looking to get back into the win column after two tough defeats at the hands of world rated heavyweight contender Franklin Lawrence and former world light heavyweight and world cruiserweight champion, Tomasz Adamek. This will be his first bout since elbow surgery. (more…)
There truly is no rest for the weary when it comes to Jon Jones.
Seventy-seven days after facing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the first defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship, Jones will return to action to face one of the toughest puzzles in all of mixed martial arts, Lyoto Machida. Eleven weeks is a short turnaround time for any elite fighter facing top competition, not to mention a champion defending his belt . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Public Address
According to sources close to the situation, next week’s heavyweight championship fight between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO-kingpin Wladimir Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ Jean-Marc Mormeck has been called off after Klitschko suffered from nephroliths, kidney stones. The champion was admitted twice to the hospital over the weekend. Klitschko had the kidney stones removed but suffered from complications, making his title defense impossible.
Klitschko manager Bernd Bönte confirmed the cancelation, stating: “It is true, the fight is canceled. Wladimir is really sad and devastated, but he suffered from extreme pain.” The heavyweight champion had kidney stones removed in surgery on Saturday but suffered an inflammation. He went back to the hospital yesterday, canceling an appearance alongside his brother Vitali in a German TV show. The elder Klitschko said: “He felt nauseous and went to the clinic. He isn’t feeling so well.” A press conference with further updates is scheduled for later today in Dusseldorf, Germany.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: F. Levy
Panamanian WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Chemito Moreno returned to Panama on Sunday after his great victory over former world champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday in Anaheim, California. “I would like to face the best of my division,” said Moreno. “I want to prove that I am among the best and I would like to meet people like Mexican Jorge “Travieso” Arce and the best of my weight.” A reliable source indicated that the possibility exists that Moreno could make his next defense in New York City in April or May 2012 against an opponent to be named.
By Miguel Maravilla
Abner Mares and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko had their rematch Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, four months after their first contest. On August 13th, Mares won a controversial victory retaining his WBC silver bantamweight championship and capturing the IBF title from Agbeko while Agbeko felt that he was robbed. During their first meeting, Mares landed numerous low blows but referee Russell Mora only warned him a couple of times and never deducted a point. Also, Agbeko went down after a low blow in the 11th round but the referee ruled it a knockdown. The judges scored their initial encounter 115-111 twice and 113-113 for Mares.
This time around Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) silenced Agbeko (28-4, 22 KOs) and his critics with a undisputed victory as all three judges scored the bout 118-110. “I am happy people saw the real Abner Mares,” said the fighter. “I beat him the first time and I beat him again!” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
If there is such a thing as a perfect night for a boxer, Miguel Cotto certainly experienced it on Saturday. In front of a sold-out and largely loyal crowd of 21,239 fans at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the WBA junior middleweight champion avenged his most infamous and bitter defeat to date by stopping rival Antonio Margarito in ten entertaining but lopsided rounds. The end came at the start of the tenth as referee Steve Smoger elected to call a halt to the bout on the advice of the ringside physician as Margarito’s right eye was entirely swollen shut. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
It wasn’t easy. But after the final bell, WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, his team, the press and most of the 14.000 fans sitting ringside at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany, were in agreement. Sturm had won this fight. Close but clear, as they say. They did not, however, anticipate the official judging. In a surprise verdict, the bout was ruled a majority draw. While Jean-Francois Toupin had Sturm ahead 116-112, as did FightNews and numerous other press outlets, Pasquale Procopio saw it a draw at 114- 114 and Ted Gimza even scored it 115-113 for the challenger, Martin Murray. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
In a clash of power against power, Tijuana KO artist Antonio “Kañitas” Lozada Jr. stopped Cesar “Dolar” Chavez in the second round in the main event of Baja Boxing’s “Homecoming” fight card held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Gymnasium in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The main event was televised live in Mexico by Televisa. Lozada (25-1, 22KOs) dropped Chavez (17-1, 7KOs) twice in the first round. Near the end of the round, Chavez effectively counter punched and sent “Kañitas” to the canvas also for his own trip.
As explosive as they began the bout, both Lozada and Chavez began the second round and a hard right hand from Lozada scored against the head of Chavez who crashed down to the canvas, first falling to his knees and then on his face. The third man in the ring, Gelasio Perez, didn’t even begin a count and immediately waived off the contest. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
WBO #7-ranked Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped resilient Colombian Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (32-13-1, 28 KOs) with an unanswered barrage of power shots at 1:17 of the sixth round of a scheduled ten round heavyweight bout Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, hard-hitting Anthony Caputo Smith (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped Douglas Okola (23-8, 12 KOs) with a beautiful short left hook at :58 seconds into the sixth and final round of a light heavyweight bout. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the eight-bout card. (more…)
One of the top heavyweights of this era, two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been quietly battling his way back to the top for a shot at a record-tying third belt, defeating Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson in recent bouts. On December 10th, he will travel to Toronto for a UFC 140 rematch with “Minotauro” Nogueira, and a win will be precisely what he needs to end 2011 on a high note and set the stage for a big 2012 campaign. Here are his seven defining moments… Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Battling, battering and beating one of two elephants in last night’s ring, at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., heavyweight hopeful David “Nino” Rodriguez added another notch on his career bedpost with a second round stoppage of St. Joseph journeyman Byron Polley . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Mike Bernier
At the Theatre at MSG Top Rank held a press conference for the media. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was thrilled with the turn out of the show, saying it was ‘just magic.’ The attendance was 21,239. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto stated that he had a great camp preparing for this fight. As for future plans, Cotto stated he would like time to rest before he thinks about what is next for him.
Meanwhile Antonio Margarito, who received 12 stitches, was unhappy about the stoppage. “The doctor asked me three times. I responded correctly. I asked for at least one more round,” said Margarito, who added that if he was giving more time the fight would have ended in the later rounds just like the first time the two met in 2008. (more…)
WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) was satisfied with his eighth round KO of Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.” At the post-fight press conference, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.
In the co-featured main event, Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) clinched the vacant European heavyweight title with a controversial split decision victory over Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs). “This was the toughest fight of my life.” Helenius said. “I hurt my hand in the first round when I hit him and that affected me in the following rounds.” Chisora disagreed with the verdict. “I won this fight, no doubt about it,” was amongst the things he said at the post-fight press conference. “I took the fight to him and I should have won.”
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said he will negotiate a rematch. “It was a lucky win for Robert,” he stated. “We will offer Chisora a rematch but first Robert has to make his mandatory defense against Dimitrenko.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
WBA #10 unbeaten Ryo Akaho (17-0-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, kept his OPBF super-fly belt as he showed a lackluster performance in earlier rounds but picked up his pace thereafter to batter busy-punching but less powerful compatriot Toyoto Shiraishi (21-6-1, 10 KOs), 115, to halt him at 1:24 of the ninth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Shiraishi fought well by often pinning the champ to the ropes with a barrage of punches in the second and third sessions, but unfortunately suffered a vertical laceration on the forehead caused by the champ’s attack midway in the third. Why was Akaho so wild and free-swinging tonight? He seldom threw straight rights but only roundhouse rights and looping left hooks. Superior as he was on the volume of punches—if not on the stat of power punches, Shiraishi had the bad gash streaming blood continually with his face in crimson. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated the champ was leading on points: 78-74 twice and 77-75. As Akaho caught him with solid combinations, referee Uratani didn’t hesitate to declare a halt despite the gory Shiraishi’s spiritual retaliation. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In the first defense of his International Boxing Federation bantamweight world title, Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) left little doubt this time that he is still the IBF king at 118 pounds with an electrifying unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko(28-4, 22 KOs) in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME®. Mares, of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, also took home theWorld Boxing Council Silver bantamweight belt with scores of 118-110 on all three judges’ scorecards in the 12-round rematch of their controversial August fight which Mares won by majority decision in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Former WBA super-bantam titlist, southpaw Akifumi Shimoda (24-3-1, 10 KOs), 125, showed his excellent form in controlling rough-and-tumble ex-OPBF feather ruler Jonel Alibio (16-13-1, 7 KOs), 125, with speedy and sharp performance, winning a nearly shutout decision (99-91 twice and 98-93) over ten fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda had captured the WBA throne by dropping Ryol-li Lee three times en route to a unanimous nod last January, but yielded it to mandatory challenger Rico Ramos via seventh round KO in Atlantic City this July. Having overcome his forfeiture of the prestigious belt, Shimada fully utilized his swift lateral mobility and showed plenty of southpaw one-two combinations that greatly bewildered the game Filipino. The ninth witnessed Shimada have him at bay with a fusillade of punches upstairs and downstairs, but Alibio refused to go down with his pride and resilience. Shimoda looked sharp though he couldn’t finish the ex-OPBF champ within the distance. (more…)
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