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This sport has never been about who is the “baddest”; it always was and forever will be about who is the best. From its inception to its darkest of days clear through to the current near mainstream acceptance of the UFC, mixed martial arts has never been judged on who has the scariest look, the most fiendish tattoos, the greatest trash talk or, overall, the meanest disposition. The Octagon is in existence to determine who the elite athletes of this exciting hybrid combat sport are. In conclusion, the terrifyingly tough UFC roster is filled with genuinely good guys when they’re not busy cagefighting. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
WBA #3 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs) is a prohibitive favorite to defeat 43-year-old multi-division world champion and WBA #4 rated James Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) tonight at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. The bout has been sanctioned by the WBA for an interim world title. Lebedev weighed in at 198, while Toney scaled in at 199.3, his lowest weight since fighting Vassiliy Jirov in 2003. Bet365.com has listed Lebedev as a -800 favorite in the bout, while Toney backers can get +450. In his previous fight, Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the same city.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican challenger Jesus Silvestre is in Thailand to fight for the WBA interim minimumweight world title fight against Thailand’s Kokietgym Paipharob on November 7. In email, Silvestre wrote “We are taking care of the weight exercises and jogging. Today we’ll leave for the fight that will be in Nong Khai. We are doing very well, the people are very friendly.” Nong Khai is located near the Mekong River on the border with Laos, about 575 miles from Bangkok.
Former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) begins his comeback on November 12 in Belgium against an opponent to be named. Sartuison was forced to give up the belt after a knee injury suffered in training prevented him from making his mandatory defense. The fight serves as a preparation for a world title shot against stablemate and reigning WBA champion Karoly Balzsay (24-2, 17 KOs) in early 2012.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Costa Rican super featherweight idol Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez won the vacant WBA interim 130lb world title on Thursday night by defeating Nicaraguan Santos “Toro” Benavides by unanimous decision at Pepper’s Night Club in Zapote, Costa Rica. Scores were 118-109, 119-109 and 119-109 for Vasquez. “This win is for Costa Rica,” stated the champion. “I learned a lot before and during this fight. Starting a new stage in my career, I want to do my best for boxing in Costa Rica…I am the son of the people and I hope they continue to support me.” Vasquez and his girlfriend Hanna Gabriel are the first world boxing champions in the history of Costa Rica.
Former heavyweight world title challenger Carl Davis Drummond won by KO in the first round against Nicaraguan Henry Saenz.
Venezuelan female boxer prospect Alys “La China” Sanchez won by KO in just 28 seconds against Mexican Abigail Ramos.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Hall of Fame promoter Don King attends Thursday’s “Ring Card Girl Contest” at the Seminole Hard Rock Center Fountain in Seminole Paradise.
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Patricia Page, wife of former heavyweight champion Greg Page, passed away Wednesday evening in Louisville, Kentucky. She was just 51 years of age and was a well known advocate for fighter safety after Greg Page suffered a suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a 2001 fight. Greg passed away in 2009. Fightnews.com sends condolences to the Page family.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospects Daniel Estrada, Wilibaldo Velazquez, Alejandro Barrera and Saul Juarez will be on the undercard when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defends his WBC super welterweight world crown against former IBF world champion Kermit Cintron at an event presented by Canelo Promotions, FRJ Productions and Golden Boy Promotions on November 26 at Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Mexico City. The venue is expected to accomodate about 25,000 spectators. “We are organizing a big event on TV will be seen in many countries. Canelo Alvarez is our main figure in this event but we also have good boxers who are candidates for world title opportunities,” says Canelo Promotions President Eddy Reynoso.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Ray Flores
Former WBO super welterweight world champion Alfredo ¨Perro¨ Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) and the James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) are in good physical condition for their important WBC light middleweight title eliminator this Saturday in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico by in an event organized by Cancun Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions. Angulo and Kirkland are both promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and this is Angulo’s first fight under the Golden Boy banner.
After a year of inactivity due to U.S. visa problems, Angulo returned last August 20 against Joseph Gomez, whom he beat by KO in the first round. Angulo is ranked #1 in the WBC rankings, and would be in line to face compatriot and WBC super welterweight champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez. (more…)
Middleweight opponents Mark Munoz (L) and Chris Leben (R) face off at the UFC 138 pre-fight press conference at the Hilton Metropole Hotel on November 3, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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By John Cannon
After the original show on September 24th was rescheduled due to an injury to Dumont Welliver, Marines Promotions was able to secure another date and the show will go on this Saturday at the Pharr Events Center. Edinburg native Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (17-2, 9 KO’s) will still fight in the 8-round main event, however he will not face Welliver which was his original opponent. Casarez will now face Justin Williams (3-4-1, 2 KO’s) of Beaumont and Julio Marines, president of Marines Promotions said that Williams’s record is extremely deceiving. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On December 10th at a city and venue in Mexico to be announced, Juan Carlos Salgado will defend his IBF super featherweight world crown against Argentinian Fernando David Saucedo (44-5-3, 4 KOs) on an HG Boxing promotion. Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) trains at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City. “I’m at a new stage of my career and have again become world champion. I want to prove that I can face the best in the world. In this defense I hope to impress and then start planning the 2012,” said Salgado.
Photos courtesy Fantasy Springs Resort
Sergio Mora 161 vs. Shibata Flores 158.8
Hugo Centeno Jr 151.6 vs. Hector Orozco 150.4
Jose Vargas 131.4 vs. Oscar Chinchilla 131
Ray Rivera 156 vs. Cleven Ishe 155
Alez Vlas vs. Nicholas Balestra 153.2
Andres Reyes 141 vs. Emmanuel Robles 141
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Telefutura more photos
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao greets LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant during his workout at the Wildcard Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. more photos
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Former world champion Thomas “Gusano” Rojas promised to deliver a great fight on Saturday at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KOs) will face 100 fight veteran Dario Azuaga (82-21-2, 67 KOs) in a bantamweight ten-rounder after losing his WBC super flyweight championship last August in Thailand to Suriyan Rungvisai Sor. (more…)
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Efrain Esquivias 122 vs. Fernando Beltran, Jr. 121.5
Miguel Diaz 113.5 vs. Felipe Castaneda 114
Sindy Amador 108 vs. Blanca Raymundo 109
Sergio Nunez 133.5 vs. Robert Ortiz 132.5
Brandon Adams 161.5 vs. Raymundo Inda 160
Joshua Conley 150 vs. Eduardo Hernandez 150
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Report and Photos by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
The press conference to officially announce the boxing card called “THE NIGHTMARE IN MEXICO” was held today in the city of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, with the presence of national and international media. Chris Arreola, who is ranked #1 in the WBC, said that if he wins this fight, will challenge for the heavyweight crown next year in this beautiful country. On the other hand, Ralph Butler said that it will not be so easy for Arreola, and his style is to seek the KO from the first round. The fight will be televised in the U.S. by ESPN Deportes and by Televisa on their “Saturday Corona” series. This card will also be the penultimate event of the popular “Quen Pinta para la Corona?” tournament with a $50,000 purse for the winners. Click here for more photos…
Coachella Valley and Los Angeles-area rising stars are ready to shine on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Golden Boy Promotions’ undercard lineup for the middleweight showdown between former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and longtime contender Shibata Flores.
The TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast will also feature unbeaten Oxnard junior middleweight Hugo Centeno in a six round fight against Hector Orozco. (more…)
Photos and story by Felipe Leon
It was announced earlier this week in a press conference held at the Rosarito Beach Hotel that Saturday, December 3rd, will mark the return of one of Rosarito, Mexico’s prodigal sons when Antonio “Kañas” Lozada, steps into the ring once again in his hometown in the main event of Baja Boxing’s “Homecoming” fight card scheduled to be held at the seaside port’s Municipal Auditorium Ernest Ruffo Appel. Lozada (24-1, 21KOs) will face a tough challenge in undefeated Cesar “Dollar” Chavez (17-0, 7KOs) in a ten round super lightweight test. Rounding out the more important bouts of the evening are Tijuana’s David “Morita” De La Mora (23-1, 16KOs) versus Eddy Julio (13-2-1, 11KOs) of Colombia in a super bantamweight ten round tilt and the much anticipated rematch between Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (20-2, 18KOs) against Ronald “Indio” Barrera (29-8-2, 18KOs), also of Colombia, in a bantamweight ten rounder. Televisa will televise the bouts live in Mexico. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Fernando Trejo 133 vs José González 135
George Rivera 157 vs Manuel Siaca 160
John Figueroa Tba vs Anthony Sánchez 140
Kievy Arce 147 vs Kenneth Díaz 146
Armando Adorno 116 vs Jonel Nieves 115
Benjamín Cardoza 112 vs Janiel Rivera 108
Arnaldo Declet 159 vs Pablo De Jesús 155
Rafael González 141 vs Rafael González 137
Luis Ortiz 123 vs Kenneth Rivera 125
Nelson Casanova 135 vs Jesús Pastrana 135
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions in association with Top Rank Inc.
TV: WAPA America 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (ET) more photos
Heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson’s mandatory IBF championship challenge is to take place within 90 days of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s title defense on December 10 against Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) with the winner to face Thompson. The IBF officially declared Thompson the mandatory challenger after Eddie Chambers pulled out of an October 28 IBF eliminator and was unable to commit to a new date that was set for December 17. “I believe it was a tough, but honorable and right decision by the IBF and it’s president, Daryl Peoples,” said Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. “It was an unfortunate circumstance with Eddie forfeiting his chance and derailing the final match of the four-man IBF sanctioned box off.” Thompson stated that he “was crying my eyes out with joy.”
Story and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
Unbeaten IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) has commented on his December 31 showdown with unbeaten two-division champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) in Anaheim, California. “I’m happy that I can fight Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KO) for IBF light heavyweight title in the last day of this year. Most important for me is that fans will see a good fight in the light heavyweight division. It’s time to give fans of light heavyweight division something they can cheer for,” said Cloud, who no doubt will cheer this coming Saturday his good friend, WBC #1 ranked cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (20-1, 13 KO), who will battle Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KO) in Hard Rock Live (Hollywood, FL), “Viva Don King” event televised live by “Wealth TV.” (more…)
By Johnny B’
Referee Michael Albert Griffin (Canada) will be the third man in the ring when WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk defends against Danny Green on November 30 in Perth, Australia. Judges will be Mauro Di Fiore (Illinois), Bruce D. McTavish (Philippines) and Kazuo Abe (Japan). WBC Supervisor is Charles Giles (England).
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Day two of press conferences at La Cage Aux Sports here attracted another strong media turnout as rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté and the more-experienced Jorge Luis Teron discussed their 12-round co-featured bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, Nov. 5, from the Pepsi Coliseum live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the SHOWTIME main event, undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will make the ninth defense of his title against ageless former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson. (more…)
Every second counts. Not just in the Octagon, where lightweight Edward Faaloloto will be looking for his first UFC win on Saturday against Terry Etim, but in life, where the Hawaiian has earned a black belt in the art of time management . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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SHOWTIME Sports® will close out a tremendous 2011 with a live New Year’s Eve world championship doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 31 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), featuring IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud defending his title against former champ Zsolt Erdei and WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos facing WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Just one day earlier on Friday, Dec. 30, former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor returns to the ring and the middleweight division when he faces 24-year-old Jesse “Beast” Nicklow of Baltimore, Md., in the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Two of the world’s most formidable super middleweights met as sparring partners, but in the cutthroat world of boxing only one will take home the IBF championship belt. Go behind-the-scenes with SHOWTIME Sports as Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson prepare for their November 5th showdown. Live on SHOWTIME at 9pm ET/PT.
What may seem like insurmountable odds for most fighters might wind up playing into Jason Gavern’s favor Saturday night as the Florida-based heavyweight prepares for the opportunity of a lifetime. The 34-year-old Gavern (21-8-4, 10 KOs), a Kissimmee, Fla., resident born in Harrisonburg, Va., will face undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs) of North Bergen, N.J., Saturday for Wach’s WBC International heavyweight belt in the 12-round main event of “November Reign,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with Global Boxing and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Wach was originally scheduled to face former world champion Oliver McCall in Saturday’s main event, but the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation was unable to license McCall, 46, so Gavern will answer the call on short notice, a trend he’s grown accustomed to in his professional career. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Former heavyweight world title challenger Andrew Golota, may be giving it ‘one more shot’ The rugged 43-year-old Polish heavyweight is said to be working out hard and considering a return to the ring. For the past several months Golota has been training on Chicago’s south side and is being observed by Chicago trainer Sam Colonna. Golota, tipping the scales at 245 lbs., is looking to give it one more shot as he sees several other heavyweights still going in the over 40 club. Golota, infamous for his two encounters with Riddick Bowe in 1996 and his controversial 2004 draw against Chris Byrd that once again left him without the elusive world heavyweight championship, may indeed be back in the ring soon. (more…)
WBA and IBF light-welterweight world champion Amir ‘King’ Khan will be ringside as a guest commentator for Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky) when his stablemate Manny Pacquiao faces off against the Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. “I’m really looking forward to seeing some great action on November 12th,” said Khan. “I’ve been with Manny for some of his camp and I can tell you he is looking razor sharp in the gym. His speed and power is coming together at the right time but we all know how dangerous an opponent Juan Manuel Marquez is. He’s shown in the previous two fights between them that there is no quit in him and that he has the ability to cause Manny some trouble. Like everyone I’m excited about the fight because it’s clear that it’s going to be one that boxing fans are going to love.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (19-0, 16 KOs) is a young man on the rise in the featherweight division. The Panama-based Jamaican boxer was upped to the 2nd slot in the most recent WBA ratings, a result of his impressive sixth round TKO victory over former title contender Irving Berry on the recent WBA “KO on Drugs” card in Panama. Fightnews reached Walters to get his comments on the aftermath of the Berry fight and on his future plans. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work the interim lightweight title bout between Ricky Burns and Michael Katsidis on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London will be Phil Edwards, from the United Kingdom. Judges are Britain’s Terry O’Connor, John Stewart from the United States, and Belgium Andre Van Grootenbruel. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
With the world heavyweight championship fight set to air live on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Honda Center in Anaheim, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® held a conference call with the stars of the card. Here are flash quotes: (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
When 2011 began, Timothy Bradley was primed to take his craft to the next level. The undefeated WBO light welterweight champion was set to face Devon Alexander for his WBC title with a plush HBO deal in place and the opportunity to prove his supremacy at 140 . . . Click here for more
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