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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
With only three days remaining for the rematch between IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-1, 22 KOs) both fighters were relaxed, but their promoters weren’t anywhere near as laid back at today’s final press conference at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“The last time these two fought Abner Mares won,” said Mares’ promoter Oscar De la Hoya as he welcomed the media. Agbeko’s promoter Don King quickly responded “No, No, No!”
“People are saying that the last fight was controversial, like Mr. Don King here,” de la Hoya said. For more details and photos click here….
In the space of nine minutes and 14 seconds, Michael Bisping’s life had changed, but the winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s third season wasn’t about to. He had just defeated Josh Haynes in June of 2006, earned a UFC contract, and was soon to begin a journey that would not only make him a household name in his native England, but around the world . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Highly touted junior middleweight prospect ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (9-0, 5 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday against Gianmario Grassellini (19-5-2, 10 KOs) of Italy. The bout will take place on the undercard of the WBA Heavyweight Championship main event featuring champion Alexander Povetkin defending against challenger Cedric Boswell in Helsinki, Finland. Culcay based out of Germany by way of his native Ambato, Ecuador, will fight in a scheduled 10 rounder for the second time in his career. The nearly 10 year veteran Grassellini is by far Culcay’s toughest test to date. Grassellini’s losses were to opponents whose records combined when they fought him were 68-1-1 and he owns a win over former world title challenger Rafal Jackiewicz.
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
On Wednesday, Miguel Cotto finally had enough. Enough hype. Enough trash talking. And enough conjecture. At the conclusion of Cotto’s final press conference for his fight with Antonio Margarito at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday afternoon, the WBA junior middleweight champion quietly walked off without talking to anyone.
While Margarito squatted down from the stage to speak to the assembled media, Cotto walked off the stage and behind the curtains quietly and stoically with the same people that he had arrived with. Cotto doesn’t want to talk to anyone, Bryan Perez, his personal assistant and long time friend said. Persistence, however, led Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) to grudgingly answer a few brief questions.
“All that you saw there,” he said, “is real.”
Minutes earlier Cotto engaged in a vicious verbal confrontation with Margarito. It wasn’t the first time the two fighters have blasted one another and it’s not likely to be the last. The issue for their contention, however, has remained unchanged: did Margarito use loaded hand wraps in his 2008 eleventh round technical knockout victory over a then unbeaten Cotto? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall of Fame boxing announcer Colonel Bob Sheridan is back at his brilliant best calling the “big fights” around the world after spending six months recovery in a hospital from heart related illness. The Colonel recently had his good friend and fellow Las Vegas resident Kevin Barry visit him on Thanksgiving Day. The Colonel said, “It is great to be back calling the fights.” He has called nearly one thousand world Championship contests which include “The Thrilla in Manila” and “The Rumble in the Jungle.”
Featherweight contender Matt Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) was sentenced to a five year prison term on Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut. Remillard pleaded no contest to a first degree assault charge in a baseball bat attack last year that left a man with a fractured skull, hand and eye socket. Both Remillard and the victim were dating the same woman. According to the Harford Courant, Remillard made no statement during the hearing, while the victim called the sentence “a gift.”
Unbeaten middleweight Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, returns to the ring December 17 in Quebec City. The power-punching, fan-friendly Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs), rated No. #15 by the WBC, puts his undefeated record on the line in a 10-round bout against veteran Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes (19-3-2, 10 KOs), at Pepsi Coliseum. The 21-year-old Oliveira is coming off of his impressive Shobox: The Next Generation debut Nov. 11 in El Paso (TX), in which he defeated veteran Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (23-8, 15 KOs) by way of an eight-round disqualification that was on the verge of stoppage.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will return to Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Jan. 20, as lightweight contenders Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller collide in the night’s main event from Bridgestone Arena.
The Octagon’s return to “Music City” also coincides with the UFC’s first ever event on FX. UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER airs live on the network as part of a two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
In addition to Wladimir Klitschko, the most dominant heavyweight champion defending his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO world titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck and the co-feature of Gennady Golovkin defending his WBA middleweight title against Lajuan Simon, there will be two more title fights on the December 10 show.
Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions: “We just announced the Gennady Golovkin fighting as the co-feature on our show last week and now we have added two more title fights.”
NABF Heavyweight Champion, Johnathon Banks, 27-1 with 18 KOs will defend his title against tough contender DaVarryl Williamson. Banks has appeared on many Klitschko shows and will now face one of his most dangerous opponents in DaVarryl Williamson, 27-6 with 23 KOs. Williamson had fought Wladimir Klitschko earlier in his career and is known as a very strong puncher. (more…)
Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) continued his provocation of WBA / WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) today at the final press conference at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. The two 27-year-old contenders will clash for the vacant European Heavyweight Title on Saturday. “They say Helenius is a great hero in Finland but let me be honest they don´t have many heroes in Finland,” Chisora stated. “Where I come from we have Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Andy Murray, we have darts, we have snooker, where I come from everybody wants to be a hero. I am competing with many athletes and me taking your unbeaten record will be the best thing I have ever done for my career. I will knock you out.”
Chisora has promised a “hot evening” on Saturday night, predicting once again to “make love to him in the ring.” Helenius remained ice-cool. “That is disturbing, what is wrong with you? You talk too much. I don´t care what you say or plan to do. I will be the new European champion on Saturday night.” And his coach Ulli Wegner added: “Robert has fists of steel and Chisora will find out what that means on Saturday night. We have worked on Robert´s punching power and he has gotten even stronger.” (more…)
Wlodarczyk KOs Green in 11th to retain WBC cruiser belt; John outpoints Merdov to retain WBA feather belt
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 33 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over former world champion Danny Green (31-5, 27 KOs) on Wednesday night at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Green largely outworked Wlodarczyk, but the champion finished the 38-year-old “Green Machine” with a left hook in the eleventh. Time was 2:15.
Unbeaten longtime WBA featherweight champion Chris John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round decision over #11 rated Stanyslav Merdov (32-8, 24 KOs). John dropped Merdov in round two and punished him the entire round, but Merdov survived that round and hung in until the final bell. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 115-112. It was the fifteenth successful defense for John, who won the belt eight years ago.
Super featherweight Will Tomlinson (18-0-1, 12 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Alan Herrera (26-4, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO belt. Scores were 119-111, 117-111, 116-112.
Former featherweight title challenger featherweight Daud Cino Yordan (28-2, 22 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Frankie Archuleta (27-9-1, 14 KOs).
Full details to come from Brett Bonetti at ringside
“When you’re at the top, everyone’s with you,” the words pop out of former No. 1 Contender Antonio Escalante like jabs on a double-end bag.
“But when you’re down, they’re gone.”
Losing the excess baggage – hangers-on – might not be a bad thing for the border battler who came so close to a title shot, so close to being the first world champion El Paso has ever had, that he could taste it . . . Click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“I have no doubt it will be another great fight between me and Delvin. I remember well how tough the first fight was and I’m prepared to fight better,” said Pawel Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) during his media workout in New York’s Kingsway Gym before his highly anticipated rematch with Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday’s Cotto-Margarito II undercard in Madison Square Garden. “Rodriguez is a very good fighter and during our first bout he got too many chances to counterpunch. It was my fault, I was waiting too long to attack. This time my relentless pressure and movement will be too much to handle for Devin,” said the Polish “Raging Bull,” regarding the first fight which is a top candidate for Fight of The Year honors. Wolak, who just received the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame “Fighter of the Year” award, said that he does not need any special motivation to give his best this Saturday, “but it was something that makes you work even harder.”
Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
With just four days until their respective world championship showdowns on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., all four fighters preparing for the World Championship Doubleheader participated in an open media workout at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the main event, unbeaten rising star Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former Two-Time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana. (more…)
The UFC’s first fight card to be broadcast on FUEL TV has been announced for February 15th in Omaha, Nebraska, UFC president Dana White confirmed today.
The main event for this card has been verbally agreed to as top-five ranked Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger takes on Ultimate Fighter winner Diego ‘The Dream” Sanchez in a three-round welterweight bout.
International broadcast partners for this event will be announced in the coming months.
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Cotto-Margarito II weigh-in is open to the public on Friday at 4PM in the Theater at Madison Square Garden; fight fans welcome
Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and archrival and three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito will step on the scale for their Official Weigh-In for their long-awaited world championship rematch on Friday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Limited tickets will be made available to the public for the official weigh-in. Fight fans can pick-up free weigh-in tickets (Limit One Pair Per Person), which are required for admittance, at the Madison Square Garden box office, during normal business hours, starting tomorrow (Wednesday) beginning at 9 a.m. ET, through Noon ET on Friday, December 2. Tickets are available on a first come, first-served basis. Doors to the Theater at Madison Square Garden will open Friday at 4 p.m. ET with the weigh-in beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Mexican WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez declared himself ready for his third world title defense against Panamanian challenger Roinet Caballero on Saturday at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. The event is organized by the Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Comex and televised by Televisa and ESPN Deportes.
“I’ve seen videos of Roinet Caballero throwing many punches. I hope I can figure out his style and win with my boxing and my punch. I am a different boxer now. But this may be a more dangerous defense than I can imagine,” says Gonzalez.
Caballero said, “We know that Johnny is a great champion and a great fighter, but I will try to make my fight with a good strategy to beat him, because I come for the title. I’ve come quite sure of what I’ll do: I will win!” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Sturm Team
Middleweight champion Felix Sturm and unbeaten contender Martin Murray engaged in a public workout earlier today in advance of their world title bout on Friday at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Sturm will make the eleventh defense of his WBA crown, while Murray challenges for his first world title. Both fighters appeared to be in tremendous shape, confident and ready to go. (more…)
Take a first look at Staredown: Ward vs. Froch before it premieres on Saturday, December 3rd on SHOWTIME. The intense face-to-face between Andre Ward and Carl Froch is hosted by Jim Gray. Watch Ward vs. Froch: The Super Six Final on December 17th.
One look at the resumes of the UFC’s fighting Miller brothers, and there’s no question that when it comes to toughness, middleweight Dan and lightweight Jim have cornered the market on that intangible trait. But then Dan’s son Danny Jr. came into the world on January 6, 2010, and in a little under two years, he’s earned the title of “Toughest Miller.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Beginning with the return of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic TOMORROW/Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME® will air a bevy of programming in support of The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. The network will introduce a new boxing program titled Staredown: Ward vs. Froch this Saturday, Dec. 3, premiere the three final installments of FIGHT CAMP 360° and replay the storied tournament’s Semifinal bouts on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
Episode 10 of FIGHT CAMP 360° brings viewers back to the tournament’s kickoff photo shoot in 2009 where the six original participants speak to the magnitude of the Super Six and offer some early predictions. Fast forwarding to 2011, the FIGHT CAMP 360° crews reveal the inner workings of fight week for both Semifinal bouts. Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson share their disappointment as their respective Super Six hopes fall short. Ward and Froch, however, relish the opportunity to move forward and discuss the road ahead. (more…)
One of the East Coast’s most exciting and well-known fighters, middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero has been packing venues for the last few years, building a grassroots following rarely seen in boxing these days. The promising 25-year-old from Salisbury, Maryland will now bring that following to the undercard of “Capital Showdown” which will feature Amir Khan defending his unified super lightweight world championship against Lamont Peterson on December 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Fernando Guerrero’s addition to the event, which already features Washington, DC’s Lamont and Anthony Peterson as well as Brandywine, Maryland’s undefeated heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, makes “Capital Showdown” top to bottom the one of the biggest cards to hit the DC area since Mike Tyson fought there. “I am excited to be getting back in the ring and fighting in the D.C./Maryland area,” said Guerrero. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of all my fans.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Thomas DeJohn, the last living member of Syracuse’s “Fighting DeJohn Boys” passed away on Thanksgiving day, in his hometown of Syracuse, NY. He was 83. Born Thomas DiGianni, “Tommy” followed in the foot steps of his older brothers Johnny, Carmen, Ralph and Joey into the world of the “Sweet Science.” Stories of the “Fighting DeJohn Boys” exploits, not only in the ring, but outside of it filled the news papers, boxing magazines and saloons from the 1930s through the 1960s, as they became fixtures during Syracuse’s glory days in boxing. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto works out during media day at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York for his upcoming highly anticipated world championship rematch against Antonio Margarito , Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos…
On November 10, 2011 the IBF ordered former world champion Carlos Tamara and Richie Meprenaum to begin negotiations for the IBF flyweight eliminator for #1. The two camps could not reach an amicable agreement within the time frame set forth by the IBF. Therefore, the IBF will call for purse bids on Tuesday, December 13 at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources near to the Argentinian WBA super lightweight World Champion Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) indicate the possibility of a fight against former WBC world champion Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) in February 2012. The bout could be fought at jr welter or welterweight. Alexander formerly fought under the Don King banner but recently joined the Golden Bot stable. Another option for Maidana could be a clash with former champion Paul Malignani (30-4, 6 KOs).
Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs) has promised to put American heavyweight boxing back on the map when he challenges WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night. The duo will collide in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. “This fight is huge for America,“ said Boswell. “I’m the one legitimate American boxer who can bring heavyweight boxing glory back to America. I´ve already paid for extra baggage to bring the belt home. My message to all boxing fans: The cold war begins December 3, 2011 in Helsinki. The American Dream will soundly defeat the Russian pretender!“
Today both fighters participated in a media work-out at the P3 boxing gym. Povetkin refused to get into a war of words with his opponent. “I will give my answer in the ring,” he said. “We´ve had a great preparation. Teddy Atlas has come up with a great strategy. I respect Boswell as a fighter, but he will not defeat me. I look forward to making the first of many successful title defences on Saturday.”
In the co-featured main event, Finnish heavyweight star Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs), the WBA / WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, faces Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant European Heavyweight Title.
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Catherine Watkinson
WBC world cruiserweight title:
Danny Green 197.3 vs. Krysztof Wlodarczyk 199.1
WBA world featherweight title:
Stanislav Merdov 125.9 vs. Chris John 125.4
Allan Herrera 129.6 vs. Will Tomlinson 129.6
Frankie Archuleta 123 vs. Daud Yordan 125.4
Anthony Mccracken 218.5 vs. Shane Tilyard 219.1
Justin Medoro 129.6 vs. Matt Garlett 128.7
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At 35, UFC lightweight Yves Edwards can’t be considered “old,” but when you’ve been fighting professionally for more than 14 years, you do get subtle reminders here and there about just how long you’ve been around . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Sturm Box-Promotion
WBA Middleweight Super World Champion Felix Sturm (36-2-1, 15 K.o.’s) and undefeated challenger Martin Murray (23-0, 10 K.o.’s) from Great Britain came face-to-face today at the final press conference in front of their Friday night world title clash at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The fighters exchanged some words and both promised victory.
“This fight will be special”, Sturm, 31, promised, “I’ve never felt so good before. If I’m at my best, I will be very hard to beat for anyone out there.” The 29-year old Murray was full of respect for the WBA champ but not shy of big words either: “Sturm is a great and deserving champion but on Friday night, his time will come to end. I will dominate him. I will beat him. And I will grab his title.” His manager Neil Marsh added: “Felix made a huge mistake in choosing this fight. Martin is in tip-top shape and he won’t miss this opportunity. His time has come.” Things heated up a bit at the presser afterwards but only words were exchanged. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Frank Garza will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) defends against Panamanian challenger Roinet Caballero (31-10-1, 22 KOs) at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City on Saturday. The three judges all are from United States: Richard E. Flaherty, Jon Schorle and Glen Crocker.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) defends against double former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs) at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California on Saturday. The three judges all are from United States. James Jenkin, Steve English and Jose Covian. The fight Supervisor is Robert Mack (U.S.).
By Robert Coster
Photo: Rafael Horta
“She’s a tigress”, that is how Amanda Serrano’s New York fans like to describe her. Amanda is the unbeaten (13-0-1, 9 KOs) reigning IBF super featherweight champion, a 5’5 dynamo whose fury in the ring belies her sweet smile outside of it. Recently, the 23 year-old New Yorker traveled to the Dominican Republic for a fight (which she won by TKO in 5). Fightnews caught up with Amanda and trainer Jordan Maldonado to discuss the problems that female boxing faces and what lies ahead for Amanda. (more…)
Canada-based Romanian fighter and WBC silver championship welterweight challenger Jo Jo Dan will be released on Tuesday from University Hospital in Trabzon, Turkey. On Sunday, surgeons successfully repaired his broken jaw, suffered Saturday night in round two of his close 12 round UD loss (113-112, 113-112, 115-111) to Selcuk Aydin. Gankor Promotions’ Chris Ganescu opined, “Our brave boxer fought a very competitive, action packed thrilling bout in front of 5000 mostly local fans of current WBC silver champion, Selcuk Aydin.” Although speech was difficult, Jo Jo Dan was able to say today: “If the jaw break hadn’t happened, I would have defeated Aydin. I was immediately aware of my injury but I felt I could continue and win the fight anyway. The official scores proved me wrong but I certainly came close.”
Dan will fly to Romania on Wednesday, November 30th for a well deserved vacation with his family. He is scheduled to land in Bucharest at 18:30 on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. Ganescu added, “Jo Jo will certainly be out of action for an extended period. I think that he can start light fitness training again at the beginning of January 2012…and in three or four months he will certainly be well enough to begin selected light boxing training. I am proud of his gladiator performance. He will be back!”