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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…)
Photo by Chris Cozzone
El Paso heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) needed a round and 1:28 to stop pudgy journeyman Byron Polley (24-13-1, 11 KOs) of St. Joseph, Mo., tonight at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., on a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment. Polley plopped to the canvas three times before the stoppage. In the co-main, former contender Antonio Escalante (26-4, 17 KOs) stopped Rynell Griffin (6-7-1, 2 KOs) of New Orleans at 1:57 of round seven. On the undercard: El Paso jr. lightweight Jennifer Han (7-1-1) outboxed Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (4-2-1) to win with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice; Filipino super bantamweight Bruno Escalante (5-0-1, 3 KOs) pitched a shutout to game Aaron Fernandez (2-6), with scores of 40-36 x 3; El Paso flyweight Joel Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) and Rafael Rivera (1-4) of Arizona fought a six-round war, with Garcia winning by split decision, scores of 58-56, 56-58 and 59-55; El Paso welterweight Carlos Villa (4-0, 2 KOs) decisioned Omar Quevado (0-3) of New Mexico, with scores of 40-35 x 3. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
For all the talk between the two headliners, it was about as one sided of a fight that it could be.
Michael Bisping routed Jason Miler en route to a third round TKO.
Despite a very tactical first round, the only “Mayhem” came from “The Count.” After surviving a first round in which he was taken to the mat, it was all Bisping all the time for the rest of the fight. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In their long awaited grudge rematch, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto won the first two rounds by moving and punching. In round three he opened up Margarito’s right eye, the eye which Margarito suffered a broken orbital bone in the Pacquiao fight. Margarito upped the pressure as the rounds progressed, but Cotto’s mobility and sharp punching still did more damage. Margarito’s eye was swollen shut by round seven, but he continually applied pressure despite Cotto landing the better punches. Doctors took a long look at Margarito’s eye at the beginning of round nine, but the bout continued. NYSAC doctors stopped the fight at the start of round ten. The time was 0:03. more photos
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
In a toe-to-toe slugfest, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs), who lost his title on the scale Saturday, #11 John Murray (31-2, 18 KOs). By the sixth round, Rios’ attack had badly busted up Murray’s face. Murray’s woes continued when he was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. The bout ended in round eleven when referee Earl Brown waved it off with Murray taking heavy punishment. Had Murray won, he would have claimed the vacant WBA crown. The time was 2:06.
In a rematch of their “Fight of the Year” candidate draw from earlier this year, welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) settled the score with a clear ten round unanimous decision over Pawel Wolak (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Rodriguez battered Wolak in the final round to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 100-90 victory.
In an IBF eliminator, unbeaten IBF #3 welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 18 KOs) hammered out a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision against #4 Sebastian Lujan (38-6-2, 24 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In their highly anticipated rematch, undefeated IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) won a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mares suffered a cut over his right eye from a punch in round two, but still got the better of most exchanges. Clear low blow by Mares in round six doubled over Agbeko with no warning from referee Lou Moret. Mares’ cut started bleeding heavily from round eight on. Mares rocked Agbeko with an uppercut late in round eleven. At the end, scores were 118-110 on all cards.
In his first bout on U.S. soil, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) put on a twelve round boxing clinic against former two-division Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs). Slickster Moreno dictated the action against the aggressive Darchinyan, who was rarely able to connect cleanly. A frustrated Darchinyan was deducted a point for throwing Moreno to the canvas in round four. Moreno punished Darchinyan over the late rounds and won going away by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 120-107. For more details and photos click here…
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