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It’s never easy to lose a parent. Jake Shields is finding that out first hand right now as he deals with the sudden passing of his father and manager Jack at the age of 67 on August 29th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend on October 22 at the Arena Ludwigsburg against 6’6 Argentine Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). “This is probably the biggest cruiserweight in the world,” said Huck. “I’ve never boxed against such a large opponent. I’ll have to adjust. It’s not so easy to hit him in the head.”
By Graham Houston
I wanted to wait until after the weigh-in before settling down to preview Saturday’s welterweight title fight between Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on PPV from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Now, I’ve seen it, and I am starting to buy into Mayweather’s assertion that he really is going to try to win inside the distance. Mayweather has said all along that he won’t be running from Ortiz. “I’ll be coming straight ahead,” he told this week’s press conference in Las Vegas. As Mayweather is normally a counter puncher, one has to ask oneself if he is simply seeking to heighten interest in the fight and thereby increase the PPV orders.
However, Mayweather seemed serious when he pushed his face into Ortiz’s and started what one can only surmise was a stream of invective after the fighters had weighed in this afternoon. If it was an act, it was a good one. Mayweather clearly seemed to be attempting to intimidate Ortiz; a Mayweather hanger-on waved a white handkerchief to remind Ortiz of the way the younger man surrendered against Marcos Maidana. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
50-year old Paul Nave, (19-9-2, 8 KOs), suffered the first loss in his comeback after nearly ten years out of the ring, losing an eight-round majority decision to undefeated Brandon Hoskins, (16-0-1, 8 KOs), at Albert Park Field in San Rafael, California. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, and 78-73 in favor of the faster, younger, and more active Hoskins. Nave spoke to Fightnews.com immediately after the fight and said he would take some time before deciding whether to keep fighting or hang up his gloves for good.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger and the middleweight battle between Court McGee and Dongi Yang, airs on Spike TV from the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana at 9pm ET / PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also view eight live prelim bouts beginning at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT.
Jake Ellenberger (170) VS Jake Shields (171)
Dongi Yang (186) VS Court McGee (184.5)
Eric Koch (146) VS Jonathan Brookins (145.5)
Jason MacDonald (185) VS Alan Belcher (186)
Vagner Rocha (155.5) VS Cody McKenzie (155.5)
Shamar Bailey (156) VS Evan Dunham (156)
Lance Benoist (170.5) VS Matt Riddle (171)
Donny Walker (135.5) VS Ken Stone (136)
Clay Harvison (170) VS Seth Baczynski (171)
TJ Waldburger (171) VS Mike Stumpf (171)
Mike Lullo (146) VS Robert Peralta (145.5)
Jorge Lopez (171) VS Justin Edwards (171)
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Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) remained undefeated in a third round TKO win over Hector Ferreryo (21-11-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. The monster from Maryland teed off on Ferreryo from the opening bell, stinging the Texan with body shots. A final flurry on the face of a badly beaten Ferreryo forced the stoppage. An apparently confused Fereryo protested the finish, but with one eye closed, the stoppage was more than justified. Official time was 2:17.
In the night’s co-main event, unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) topped Larry Smith (10-6, 7 KOs) in a lopsided decision win. Smith was limited to throwing single jabs for the bulk of the eight round affair, but kept Diaz from unloading by tying up an arm during most of the exchanges. The defensive minded fighter was unable to avoid the rout, as one judge scored it 80-72 and the other two had it 79-73 in favor of Diaz. (more…)
Video by Mary Ann Owen
Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz get in each others’ face during Friday’s weigh-in in Las Vegas.
On the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game, pro boxing came for the first time to the famous Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. In the main event, unbeaten light heavyweight and prospect and Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee (7-0, 4 KOs) won a four round knockdownfest against Jacob Stiers (4-2, 2 KOs). Lee stalked Stiers and dropped him in both rounds one and two. Lee, however, didn’t have it all his way as he was dropped himself in round three and seemed hurt for a moment. Lee floored Stiers again with a body shot in the fourth to win by the unusual scores of 38-34.
41-year-old super middleweight veteran Troy Lowry (27-11, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over previously unbeaten Travis Loveless (20-1, 17 KOs). Loveless seemed to be wearing out Lowry and was credited with a knockdown in round four. Lowry however hurt Loveless in the fifth and sent him to the deck face first with a huge right hand. Time was 1:32. Lowry ended a six fight losing streak. (more…)
Photos: Phil Soto/Top Rank Boxing
Mercito Gesta 136 vs. Manny Perez 136
Jose Benavidez 141.5 vs. Dedrick Bell 139.5
Andy Ruiz 253 vs. Ken Frank 293
Gabino Saenz 124.5 vs. Esteban Nichol 125.5
Jose Roman 135.5 vs. Baudel Cardenas 131
Venue: Bluewater Casino, Parker AZ
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Deportes 10PM ET/7PM PT
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By. Gabriel F. Cordero
Robinson Castellanos 125.9 Vs. Aldimar Santos 125.8
WBC Silver Featherweight Title
María Salinas 104.8 Vs. Anahí Torres 104.5
WBC Miniumweight World Youth Title
Fermín de los Santos 129.8 Vs. Alfonso Pérez 128.5
WBC Super featherweight Cabofe Title
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, de Celaya, Guanajuato
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala
TV: Cadena 3 Channel 28 more photos
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s dramatic weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Victor Ortiz. Click here to view
Preparing for the biggest heavyweight showdown in history on Nov. 12 live on FOX, UFC® champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos participated in a media brunch at Verandah Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel today in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
Tickets for UFC® on FOX: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS, live from Honda Center in Anaheim on Nov. 12, are priced at $354.00, $229.00, $129.00, $94.00, $69.00 and $44.00, and go on sale Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Remaining tickets, if available, can be purchased at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m. PT.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr 146.5 vs. Victor Ortiz 147
(WBC welterweight championship)
Erik Morales 140 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 140
(Vacant WBC jr welterweight championship)
Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Josesito Lopez 140.5
Dion Savage 168 vs. Adonis Stevenson 160
Juan Manuel Montiel 134 vs. Anthony Crolla 135
Dhafir Smith 168 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 168
Carson Jones 145 vs. Said Ouali 147
Cassius Clay 133 vs. Kyrone Butler 134
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Giampiero Marras at ringside
In a stunner, underdog Giulian Ilie of Romania stopped previously unbeaten Salvatore Erittu of Italy in round two and clinched the vacant IBF I/C title at 200 lbs. Ilie (now 18-4-2) was coming from another win on Italian soil, having defeated Cristian Dolzanelli in December last year. Erittu (now 21-1) was supposed to restore the Italian pride but clearly Ilie had other plans as he started at full speed and tried to bring the fight to the much taller Erittu. After an even first round, Ilie was able to find his distance and connected with a clean right hook to Erittu’s chin: the Italian contender was up but still wobbled and, after another barrage by Ilie, referee Vincent Dupas of France stopped the fight for good.
On the undercard, 17-years-old Joe Calzaghe Jr., the son of former world champ Joe Calzaghe, had his first ever amateur bout drawing versus Marco Satta in three.
Alberto Mura promoted.
By Francisco Salazar
Saul Alvarez has done something that few fighters have done before: make their professional debut before most teenagers are allowed to have a license to drive. Almost six years later and remaining undefeated after 38 fights, Alvarez has slowly moved from a special attraction to legitimate boxer. Alvarez would agree with the many people involved in the sport of boxing that he has a long way to go before he could even be considered a legitimate champion in his weight class. Although he has a world title belt at 154 pounds, Alvarez is eager to learn in the gym in order to face the top fighters in the division. Something he wants and is eager to do. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 153.6 vs. Alfonso Gomez 152.6
(WBC super welterweight championship)
Antonio Orozco 142 vs. Fernando Rodriguez 144
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: PPV Full report plus photos
Tyson Fury 253 vs Nicolai Firtha 247.75
Venue: King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Promoter: Hennessey Sports
TV: Cablevision channel 464
After losing their ZDF TV contract, Universum Box Promotion has rebooted and will present their card in six months on September 24 at the DIMA Sports Center in Hamburg, Germany. In the main event, reigning European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) faces veteran Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs).
In other action, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) returns to the ring after another hand operation and intensive rehabilitation to face Matthew Greer (14-6, 13 KOs). Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (10-0, 8 KOs) makes his ten-round debut against Michael Simms (20-9-1, 13 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash. Former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-2, 37 KOs) takes on Darnell Wilson (23-12-3, 20 KOs) in a heavyweight clash.
Also, former female champion Ina Menzer (26-1, 10 KOs), former WBC super featherweight champion Vitaly Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (19-0, 5 KOs) will face opponents to be announced shortly.
Photo and story by Ray Wheatley/World of boxing
In a nationally televised title bout, Australian light middleweight champion Tyrone “The Cyclone” Tongia (17-2,9KOs) stopped James “The Goondiwindi Gun” Giltrow (12-3,7KOs) on Friday at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Tongia was impressive as he connected consistently with effective head and body punches and controlled the action in all of the rounds. In round eight Tongia dropped Giltrow with two body shots and the referee crowned Tongia the winner at 2:07 of the round. Tongia captured the national 154 pound title in 2010 by outpointing Andrew Godsen in a closely contested bout and stopped Pat Rullo in eight rounds of a title bout in 2011. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
On midnight, September 16th in 1810, a catholic priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered a cry of “Viva Mexico” which marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. To commemorate, Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions along with Mexican mega channel Canal Azteca traveled a few miles south to the seaside hamlet of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, to present a seven bout fight card. Equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated with much flag waving and fireworks. It was no different inside the Ernesto Ruffo Apel Municipal Gymnasium as former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6-1, 29KOs) did short work of Colombian Juan Carlos Leon in two rounds of the super flyweight contest. For more details and photos click here…
Tom Loeffler (Managing Director of K2 Promotions) talking about the recent Klitschko vs. Adamek fight in Poland and looking to the future.
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Boxing is a ballet of philosophies. Each fighter must stick to the script and change accordingly when faced with adversity or risk falling into a trap that they may not be able to dance their way out of. Behind every game plan is an instructor who orchestrates the routine over and over again until it is down to perfection the moment before the curtain raises and the show is on full display . . . Click here for more
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WBO light heavyweight title challenger Tony Bellew is ready to stop all the talking and prepare for his world title fight against champion Nathan Cleverly next month. The pair have had heated arguments at a number of press conference since May, and Bellew can’t wait to show what he can do in the ring on Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) will make the second defense of his crown against fellow Russian Gennady Martirosyan (22-2, 11 KOs) in the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia on September 25. Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell against unbeaten Russian welterweight prospect Khabib Allakhverdiev (14-0, 6 KOs) is also scheduled.
Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto and professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito of México will embark on a four-city media tour on Monday to announce their long-awaited world championship rematch. Cotto will defend his WBA super welterweight title against Margarito on December 3 at Madison Square Garden. The tour’s opening and closing press conferences, in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, respectively, will be open to the public. Details below:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – Open to the Public!
Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot
500 Calle Arterial B
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918
11:00 a.m. – News Conference
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – Media only
New York City
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – Media only
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Open to the Public!
Wilshire Grand Los Angeles – Pacific Ballroom
930 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, Calif. 90017
12:30 p.m. PT – News Conference
By Francisco Salazar
Entering his April 16th bout against previously-unbeaten Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz had heard the numbers of journalists predict that he was way in over his head against Berto. Whether that served as motivation or finally showcasing the skills that once made him a “can’t miss” prospect, Ortiz defeated Berto and fulfilled his dream of winning a world title belt. Now he faces a tall order in fighting the unbeaten and flamboyant Floyd Mayweather this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Again there are those who think Ortiz is biting off more than he can chew against Mayweather. Maybe so, but Ortiz is a different fighter now than what he was five months ago. (more…)
One boxer and two trainers are to be added to the Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame, on Thursday, September 24th during HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT at the American Bank Center.
Former WBC Continental America’s Super Bantamweight Champion, Roland “Bad News” Gomez will become the seventh boxer to be inducted. Long-time Corpus Christi trainers Ralph Davila and David Baltazar, Sr. will be enshrined as well. (more…)
Notre Dame light heavyweight Mike Lee weighed in at 175 for his clash against Jacob Stiers, who weighed in at 170. The bout, which will be streamed live on toprank.tv, will be the first professional boxing card ever staged on the grounds of Notre Dame University.
Word is Amir Khan will face Lamont Peterson on December 10. Peterson’s hometown of Washington DC, is a possible host.
Looks like unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend against former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck on December 10 in the Düsseldorf Arena.
Golden Boy has inked a promotional pact with former two-division world champion Humberto Soto, who is now campaigning as a jr welterweight.
Tickets for Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden go on sale to the public on Tuesday, however “presage” seats will be available starting today at noon. Log into tick master.com and use the presale code: PRETOPRANK
Tecate is offering a mail-in rebate of $25 off the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view with the purchase of a Tecate or Tecate Light 12-pack or larger. At $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for high definition, $25 off would cut your net price to $34.95/$44.95. If you live in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NJ, NY, NC, UT or WV, no beer purchase required. To download the rebate form and all the details, click here.
By Felipe Leon
Amaris Quintana 110 vs. Katarina De La Cruz 110 *
Pablo Armenta 135 vs. Guy Robb 135
Adrian Vargas 141 vs. Luis Sanchez 143
Jonathan Garcia 142 vs. Frankie Martinez 141
Bryan Mcglory 195 vs. Jose Hurtado 183.5
*De La Cruz First Attempt Was 112
When: Friday, September 16Th, 2011
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, Ca
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents With Jorge Marron Productions In Association With Barron Entertainment
Tickets: (619) 420-8866 Or (619) 743-0698
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Panther Promotions offered up an enticing appetizer this afternoon at The Seminole Hard Rock in advance of their “Future Superstars” card next Friday night at the casino. Nestled amongst the “Meals on Wheels” trucks parked in the Hooters parking lot, boxing fans enjoyed a taste of next week’s intriguing undercard. Female flyweight Marisol Miranda (4-4, 1 KO) worked up a hard sweat in the South Florida heat with head trainer Bonnie Canino during some intense shadowboxing, mitt work and light sparring. Miranda squares off against Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Colorado in a six-round undercard special attraction. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBA super-flyweight champ Tomonobu Shimizu, Japan, will be unavailable to make his initial defense until next spring since he suffered a right eye-socket fracture in his title-winning bout with Mexican Hugo Cazares this August. His manager Kentaro Kaneko said, “Shimizu will concentrate on recovering from the eye ailment and then prepare for his first defense, which will take place next April.” The 30-year-old champ hopes to return to ring warfare with his sound recovery next spring.
Celebrating his 30th birthday as well as Mexican Independence Day, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Rogers Mtagwa (27-15-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. After an even round one, Gonzalez opened up in round two and rocked Mtagwa with a series of big shots. The iron-jawed Tanzanian was definitely hurt, but the bout was waved off by referee Guadalupe Garcia before we could see if Mtagwa would have weathered the storm. Time was 2:15.
After the fight, Gonzalez again called out the best of his division. “I want the best, Elio Rojas, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez and the others at this weight. Thanks El Paso, Viva Mexico!” said Gonzalez. Manager Oswaldo Kuchle added “Tonight Johnny G has been confirmed as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the biggest punchers today. We are very confident of facing the best and winning those fights.” For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a quick beating, former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6, 29KOs) stopped Luis Carlos Leon (13-5, 11KOs) in two short rounds in the main event bout in Rosarito, Mexico. Leon looked game enough as both fighters displayed brisk action in the first. Leon even scored a scorching combination to the head of Miranda to start the second but one too left hooks to the body from Miranda did the trick as “Pingo” control of the second half of the round and punished Leon to the body until the end of the round Leon refused to come out in the third giving Miranda the KO win.
In the co-feature, late sub Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta (22-1, 7KOs) scored an impressive fifth round knock out of Colombian Deiby Perez (14-5, 8KOs). The Mexico City bantamweight took a couple of rounds to study his opponent but by the third on it was only a matter of time as he connected well placed jabs, right hands and body shots. Perez held his own but a hard left hook to the mouth of the stomach sent Perez down to the count. Official time was :23 of the fifth round.
From Texas Station in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy card televised on Telefutura/Fox Sports Net:
Seth Mitchell 242 vs. Hector Ferreyro 221.5
Felix Diaz 150.5 vs. Larry Smith 147
Terron Grant 139.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 141
Alvaro Morales 295 vs. Andrae Carthron 217.5
Taylor Larson 144 vs. Andres Reyes 141
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