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A well-traveled veteran who has seen action everywhere from the United States to England, Japan, and his native Brazil, Vitor Belfort is truly an international mixed martial arts star. But when you talk to fans about “The Phenom”, it’s clear that despite his travels, he is synonymous with the UFC, the organization he first competed in back in 1997. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
The explosive video interview in which Alexander Povetkin-trainer/ESPN Commentator Teddy Atlas unleashed a stream of personal attacks on Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland and his son and promoter Kalle Sauerland, as well as allegations against Germany’s largest promotional firm Sauerland Event, has been removed from YouTube. Bokser.org, the site that conducted the interview, informed Fightnews.com that they were asked to remove the interview “because it makes too much scandal.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that the possibility exists that Golden Boy Promotions has an April 9 TV date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a fight between the three-time world champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales, both of Mexico. Marquez, the current WBO and WBA unified lightweight champion is considering the fight, although there are some issues in that Morales had passed on fighting Marquez in the past when both were at Top Rank, but Morales points out that boxing is not only a sport but a business and the fight now makes sense. Morales also reminds Marquez that he defeated Manny Pacquiao and has many merits.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) will return to ring action on March 18 against Philip “Sweet Pea” Kotey (21-6-2, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Knox Basketball Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Nigerian-born, Australian-based Omotoso is trained and managed by Murray Thomson, who said “Omotoso holds a good win inside the distance over Emanuel Augustus who had given Floyd Mayweather a tough fight. In his most recent fight in November – Wale easily stopped Juan Alberto Godoy from Argentina in four rounds. Kotey is a big welterweight standing 5’11 and has good power in scoring 15 KOs in 21 wins so he should give Wale a good fight.” Omotoso is chasing a IBF world title opportunity against the champion Jan Zaveck.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton has accepted a fight with hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, possibly on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Hatton was the second option after handlers of WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko allegedly rejected a $550,000 offer. HBO have reserved that date for a ‘Boxing After Dark’ show and there is also a chance of a bout between Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6/WBC#15 lightweight, slick-punching Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (19-1-1, 12 KOs), 135, kept his national 135-pound belt as he came off the canvas in the second round, fought back hard and finally halted fast-moving Hiroshi Nakamori (29-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, at 0:55 of the eighth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nakamori, a winner of a previous tourney to decide the mandatory challenger in the Carnival of Champions, landed a beautifully-timed right to the button of the lefty champ, who, still dazed at the bell to end the second, went back to a wrong corner and sat down on Nakamori’s stool. But the champ came back to regain his usual rhythm and balance, and went to whip the game challenger with compact combinations. The busy footworker Nakamori was penalized a point for having hit the bewildered champ with an additional shot just after the bell to end the sixth session. The fatal eighth saw ref Biney Martin called a halt to Nakamori when the shaven-skulled champ accelerated his revenging attack.
WBA#11 super-welter Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 16-1-1, 11 KOs), a US teacher of English living here, 154, retained his OPBF and Japanese 154-pound belts when he displayed his technical improvement and battered top contender Taisei Marumoto (28-10-1, 15 KOs), ex-OPBF welter boss, 153.5, from all angles to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:06 of the fifth round in a scheduled twelve-rounder. Charlie opened a couple of gashes over the left eye-brow of the 34-year-old Japanese veteran and penetrated his peek-a-boo guard with versatile combinations in the fatal session. Previously tense and slow, Charlie amazingly improved so that he could punch fast and smoothly this night.
Kei Endo (6-2-1, 3 KOs), a high school teacher of the national language, 140, dropped a dentist Satoshi Hagizaki (5-3, 2 KOs), 139.25, twice in the first and once more in the next, stopping him at 1:18 of the second round in a scheduled six. His victory showed word power is harder than teeth.
Promoter: Hachioji Nakaya Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
After his lackluster performance despite his split decision over #14 ranked Silvio Olteanu of Romania on December 26, Daiki Kameda officially renounced his WBA flyweight belt because of his difficulty to make the weight any longer. The ex-champ explained, “I felt like my legs were paralyzed after the eighth round on due to my too severe reduction of weight. I repent of my poor showing caused by my terrible weight-making.” The WBA accordingly declared interim titlist Luis Concepcion of Panama the full 112-pound champion with Kameda rated atop in the super-fly category.
By Joe Koizumi
A Mexican flu seems as ferocious and furious as a Mexican body puncher. WBA interim 130-pound champ Jorge Solis, Mexico, was so badly infested that he was eventually obliged to cancel his schedule to meet the full WBA ruler Takashi Uchiyama (16-0, 13 KOs) in a unification bout in Tokyo, Japan, on January 10. Uchiyama’s title defense was then re-scheduled against a compatriot substitute named Takashi Miura (20-1-2, 16 KOs), a hard-punching southpaw national champ, on January 31. Therefore, another title bout of WBA super-bantam kingpin Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee) and ex-OPBF titlist Akifumi Shimoda beneath Uchiyama’s defense was also moved to the last day of this month to make it a doubleheader, as scheduled.
Note: Lee is a Japan-born and Japan-based Korean, who still keeps his Korean nationality. As for the spelling of his name, Ryol-Li is his given name under the Korean pronunciation, while Retsuri is that under the Japanese pronunciation.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Light Heavyweight LaFarrell Bunting improved to 18-3-1 at the expense of Matt O’Brien, now 18-2, by majority decision Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The tactical bout featured as much feinting as punching, as both fighters waited for the other to act. O’Brien, who was boxing for just the second time in the last three years, had the harder punches and won exchanges when he put together combinations. However, O’Brien gave Bunting too much respect and mostly limited himself to single shots. When Bunting used his jab, he was able to create distance and land clean shots, but that was sporadic. The lack of action left the match for the taking of whichever fighter was slightly busier over the ten rounds. Two of the judges felt that was Bunting. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, and 97-93. Fightnews had it 95-95.
In the co-main event, Lightweight Francisco Reyes, 8-1, appeared to dominate Robert Vargas, 5-1, over five rounds but only received a split decision. Reyes used his awkward style and accurate punching to defend and counter Vargas’ consistent but ineffective pressure. Vargas was cut by a punch in round one, but it was not a factor in the fight. Scores were 48-47 for Vargas, 48-47 for Reyes and 50-45 for Reyes. Fightnews had it 50-45 for Reyes. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Alma Montiel
In a WBC bantamweight final eliminator, WBC silver belt-holder Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel (21-2, 15 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Eduardo “El Bambino” Garcia (21-6-1, 9 KOs) at the famed Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. The #2 rated Esquivel floored #8 Garcia in round two and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.
In a WBC silver miniumweight title fight, Ganigan Lopez (16-4, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Armando Torres ( 15-8, 10 KOs) with scores of 117-112, 118-111 and 117-112 and retains his title. For more details and photos click here…
Vicente Martin Rodriguez (31-2-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina stopped Victor Cardozo Coronel (14-8-1, 10 KOs) of Paraguay by way of third round TKO. Rodriguez started off quickly dropping Coronel two times in round one. Rodriguez sent Coronel to the canvas again in round three with a hard combo to the head and body. Coronel beat the count but the referee properly stopped the fight after issuing him a full count. Rodriguez is currently ranked #8 by the WBC and #5 by the WBO at 130. The lightweight main event bout took place at the Club Atletico Lanus, Lanus, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WBA Junior Flyweight Interim World Champion Juan Carlos Reveco (25-1, 15 KOs) will face Nicaragua’s Miguel Tellez (19-13-1, 6 KOs) in a non-title 10-round flyweight bout on January 21 at Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Mendoza, Argentina. As previously announced on Fightnews.com, junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse faces former World Champion DeMarcus Corley in the 10-round main event.
WBA/IBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his world titles for the second time, stopping 3-time world champion William Joppy in the sixth round, tonight in front of a packed house at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs) replaced WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer, who last Monday night suddenly and unexpectedly pulled out of his scheduled unification showdown against Shumenov, in the main event. The former Kazakhstan Olympian, now fighting out of Las Vegas, floored Joppy in the fifth round with a powerful right and seconds into the sixth round, he fired a vicious left hook to Joppy’s body that resulted in him taking a knee and being 10-counted out. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBO #9 lightweight Thai Tor Silachai (20-2, 14 KOs) easily kept his WBO Oriental 135lb title when he defeated Filipino Arnel Donal (10-2-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at Maekong Pier in Municipality of Chiangkong, Chiangrai, Thailand. The Thai fighter rapidly grabbed the victory as he mostly displayed one-side attack from the opening round, forcing the Filipino refused to continue at the beginning of round three. Thai successfully kept his WBO regional belt for the sixth time. more + photos
On February 5th, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin faces former light heavyweight boss Forrest Griffin in a clash of two of the most popular fighters in UFC history. And when you read some of the quotes we’ve gathered from Franklin over the years, you’ll know why fans love “Ace”. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Craig Watt
IBF#5 and WBA#12 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (30-1, 18 KO’s) from Sydney, Australia returns to the ring on March 12th with a clash against WBO#5 ranked Lorenzo Villanueva (18- 0, 17KO’s) from the Philippines who is unbeaten in eighteen fights with seventeen wins inside the distance. The fight will be held in Perth, Western Australia and will be for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title, held by Villaneuva. This is a tough fight for the 25 year old Dibb who is on an unbeaten run of ten wins since his loss on points to Steve Leuvano in October 2008.
He spoke to Fightnews today and stated, “This is a tough fight for me as we enter a big year for my development and quest to be world featherweight champion. I want to start off the new year with a fighter who will test me. Villanueva is a hungry fighter from the Philippines who is unbeaten and has won all but one of his fights by knockout. With his WBO#5 ranking it is also an opportunity for me to enhance my world ranking position but I am not looking too far beyond this tough challenge.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) will now defend his crown against Mexican prospect Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs) on February 12 at Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Zaleta is the replacement for compatriot Jesus Ruiz who had to pull out after the flu derailed his training. Narvez is making the first defense of the super flyweight title and competing in his 19th world title fight.
Rising cruiserweight prospect Nicholas “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date when he steps up to face the highly regarded Lateef Kayode on Friday February 4th on SHOBOX. Iannuzzi, who is trained by Michael Asmer at The Fight Factory in Tampa, took a moment to give his thoughts on his first nationally televised fight.
“I’m training hard, very hard,” said Iannuzzi. “This is an opportunity for me to show the world what I am capable of, and I thank Michael Asmer and Gary Shaw for giving me the opportunity. A lot has been made about the fact that Kayode is trained by Freddie Roach and blah blah blah, but I don’t get caught up in all that. When the bell rings, Freddie will sit down and it will be me and Kayode in there, not Freddie. So my focus is solely on Kayode, end of story.” (more…)
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon Gonzales (14-0, 10 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Brandon landed the sharper punches to win 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Local junior welterweight Alan Sanchez (6-2-1, 2 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Cristian Favela (28-31-7, 18 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 78-74, 78-74.
Edner Cherry 131.5 vs. Ever Perez 132.75
Raul Carrillo 145 vs. Joel Vargas 146.75
Robert Rodriguez 131.5 vs. Rubin Santos 133
Ryan Grimaldo 146.5 vs. Noel Esueda 146.5
Terry Buterbaugh 141.5 vs. Chris Russel 142
Leti Leti 150 vs. Carlos Marquez 148
Venue: Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colorado
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions/Ghost Town Promotions
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Lafarrell Bunting 172.5 vs Matt O’ Brien 170
(10 Round Light Heavyweight Main Event)
Francisco Reyes 131 vs Robert Vargas 131
Eddie Hunter 164 vs Nate Smith 162
Natividad Serrano 151.5 vs Roman Wheeler 152
Virgil Green 140 vs Nalo Leal 138.5
Rob Diezel 130.5 vs Kendell Ward 130.5
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
Junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Ruslan Provodnikov (17-1, 11 KOs) taking a close twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The WBO #7 rated Provodnikov was aggressive as usual, producing a large mouse under Herrera’s left eye, but Herrera came on down the stretch to take a 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 verdict. The bout was for the vacant IBF North American title.
Unbeaten jr middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Alberto Herrera (7-2-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. Andrade, a 2007 amateur world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, is scheduled to be back in action in February. Herrera is the brother of main event winner Mauricio Herrera.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Alma Montiel
Cristian Esquivel 117.7 vs Eduardo Garcia 116.6
Ganigan López 104.7 vs Armando Torres 103.4
Ibeth Zamora104.7 vs Nancy Franco 103.4
Juan Antonio Rodríguez 124.9 vs Ariel Vasquez 125.4
Oscar Blanquet 111.7 vs Arturo Castro 111.7
Salvador Sanchez II 125.4 vs Eric Perez 125.4
Venue: Arena Coliseo-Mexico City
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
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By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will announce the signing of Purto Rican lightweight super talent Jose Pedraza to a promotional contract next Tuesday at the San Juan Hotel and Casino, in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Pedraza, a 2008 Olympian and one of the most decorated and sought-after amateurs ever, is said to have agreed to a signing bonus second only to Miguel Cotto for a fighter from the island. At the press conference, promoters Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella will share details of their plans for the boxer’s career, and will reveal his first fight for 2011.
Sensational welterweight prospect Leti Leti makes his North American debut this Saturday night, January 6th at the ROCKY MOUTAIN RUMBLE at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall in Greeley, Colorado.
An outstanding amateur in New Zealand and Samoa where he won numerous national titles, the 23 year old Leti has been based in Las Vegas for the past five months under the tutelage of renowned trainer Kenny Adams. In November, he was one of the main sparring partners for Marcos Maidana as he prepared for his world title challenge with Amir Khan. (more…)
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, “Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza’s promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah-Mabuza IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th.” According to the rules of the IBF purse bid that Main events won last week, Mabuza has two weeks from day of the purse bid to sign the contract. Duva expects the executed contracts back by next Thursday. It has been confirmed the fight will be the inaugural event for the Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg, South Africa has a record of 23-6-3, 14 KOs, Zab Judah, Brooklyn, NY, 40-6, 27 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Three time world champion Danny Green could be forced to retire – but is happy to be alive after being “horrifically misdiagnosed” by a West Australian doctor. Green is in Perth’s St John of God hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove an abscess “the size of a softball,” which had gone undetected in his stomach for seven years. “Could it all be over? Yeah, definitely,” Green conceded. “What’s happened to me, it’s all pretty crazy and no one is sure what recovery I’ll make. But I’m just relieved to be here, to know that I can still play a role in my kids’ lives. What if I had been in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as planned? Or out in the bush? If a few things had gone differently over the past couple of days … yeah, right now I could be brown bread.” Green was impressive in defending the IBO cruiserweight title against B.J Flores in a recent defense of the crown winning a clear twelve round decision. Green is a former WBA light heavyweight champion and a former WBC super middleweight interim champion.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Weights from Fairfield, California, for the city’s first nationally-televised (Telefutura) boxing card:
Main event: Brandon Gonzales (13-0, Sacramento), 160, vs. Lester Gonzalez (11-1-1, San Diego), 162, eight rounds; Allan Sanchez (5-2-1, Fairfield), 146 , vs. Cristian Favela (28-30-7, Mexico), 146, eight rounds. Promoted by Don Chargin in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
By Karl Freitag
Below is the text of the January 6 letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed to WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, WBC emeritus champion Bernard Hopkins, WBC #1 contender Chad Dawson:
The WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world, where the WBC Diamond Belt will be awarded to the winner.
The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest.
Serve this letter as the official initiation of the 30 day-free negotiation period for the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins and if there is no agreement a purse will be held in Mexico City on Friday, February 4, 2011.
Please accept my sincere regards.
Jose Sulaiman Ch.
Copies were sent to the WBC Board of Governors, Yvon Michel, Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw, Robert Lenhardt, Gaby Peñagaricano and Mauricio Sulaiman.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow – Saturday, January 8, noon – for the Miguel Acosta vs Brandon Rios world lightweight title fight Feb 26 at the Palms Casino Resort. Notre Dame champion Mike Lee of Chicago will also box on the Top Rank championship card. Lee, a three-time champion at Notre Dame, is trained by Ronnie Shields in Houston. Acosta, from Caracas, is the WBA lightweight champion. He has won 19 fights in a row and has been unbeaten the last seven years. He has defeated three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. Rios, from Oxnard, Ca., last year scored his biggest win, defeating Anthony Peterson at the Palms. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Ca. Acosta vs. Rios will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The fight card will be held in the Pearl Concert Theatre. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 and available at the Pearl Box Office at the Palms. Call 702-944-3200, visit any Ticketmaster location, or call 1-800-745-3000, or go www.ticketmaster.com
Looks like WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” Pascal, who already has a contractual obligation to face Chad Dawson next, has been ordered by the WBC to grant an immediate rematch to Bernard Hopkins with the camps to commence negotiations immediately. So unless some arrangement is made, Pascal would likely be sued by the Dawson camp for fighting Hopkins, or stripped by the WBC for fighting Dawson.
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs William Joppy 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 146.5 vs Jose Cruz 153.5
Alexandr Zhuravskiy 140 vs Ruben Galvan 144
Gayrat Ahmedov 175 vs Tursunboy Abdullakimov 165
Venue: The Ice Mansion, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Promoters: Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions
Click here for presser quotes…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
This Saturday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, a professional boxing show will be presented by Boxeo de Gala. The Arena Coliseo is known as Mexico’s “Boxing Cathedral” and is one of the oldest boxing arenas. WBCBoxing.tv will present a live webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 10:30PM CT. The webcast is not available in Mexico.
In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds WBC Silver bantamweight champion Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel, 20-2 with 14 knockouts, of Teomoya, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title against Eduardo “El Bambino” Garcia, 21-5-1 with 9 knockouts, of Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout is also a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBC bantamweight world title. (more…)
Prospects José “Chelo” González and McWilliams Arroyo will headline PR Best Boxing Promotions’ second 2011 show on February 5 on a card billed as “Future Champions 2″ at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. González (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight in a ten-round lightweight bout against an opponent to be named, while Arroyo, a former amateur world champion, will fight in a flyweight six-rounder. Arroyo has a record of 5-1, 4 KOs. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter 1-787-792-5000. Prices are $40 for ringside and $20 general admission.
“Today’s decision is just a decision of the court of first instance. And this decision is wrong,” said Dr. Maximilian Hermann, manager WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. “We will appeal against this judgement to the next instance as soon as we get the statement of grounds of the decision. The termination of the contract with Universum is still in effect and we are convinced we’ll be successful in the next instance. It is certain that Gennady will never fight for Universum again.”
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