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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
A press conference took place Thursday afternoon in Mexico City for Saturday’s WBC super welterweight world title fight between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former world champion Kermit Cintron at the Plaza Mexico. “I’m ready and want to show that I’m a good fighter,” said Canelo. “Cintron is a great test but I’m sure I’ll be the winner this Saturday,” said Alvarez. Canelo, who is also co-promoter of the event, added that fans who purchase one ticket will get another ticket free.
Cintron stated, “I came here to fight for the WBC belt that Canelo has and I’ll give everything in me to do this. “I have trained hard with sparring partners like Mike Lee and Shane Mosley.”
Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez announced that this fight this will be the fourth time Canelo Alvarez has fought on HBO this year and since 1996 no other fighter has managed to be the same number of times on HBO since Oscar de La Hoya. (more…)
Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (32-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round split decision against Leon Bobo (18-9-1, 2 KOs) on Wednesday night at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meza-Clay extended his win streak to four, while Bobo’s losing streak went to seven straight.
In another notable fight, cruiserweight Andres Taylor (20-1,-2, 7 KOs) outpointed veteran Gary Gomez (19-13-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds.
Also in a special treat for boxing fans in attendance, Roy Jones Jr. sparred three rounds in preparation for his upcoming fight in December. Jones was also the promoter of the event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Wednesday, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez conducted public training in the Nuevo Jordan Gym in Mexico City. “I’m 100% ready to show that it is no coincidence that I am the world champion,” stated Canelo, “and I hope to be one of the best of all time.” He faces former world champion Kermit Cintron on Saturday night. More photos
Mike Jones works out at Joe Hand Boxing gym in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in preparation for next weeks fight. Jones, the NABA and NABO Welterweight Champion, will battle Top 10 ranked Sebastian Lujan on the Cotto vs. Margarito II PPV broadcast from Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 3.
In other Mike Jones news, it was announced that he has added another strength and conditioning coach to his team. Rich Meudt, 54, who has been conditioning athletes in various sports for the last 27 years, has been working with Jones for the last two months. Meudt was brought on board by fellow-Jones strength and conditioning coach Danny Davis, who has worked with Jones for the last several years and who is also well-known for his longtime association with Bernard Hopkins. (more…)
Report and photos by Bill Hillmann at ringside
Chicago Promoter Bobby Hitz revived his annual-tradition of Thanksgiving-Eve bouts at the Belvedere Bash last night in Elk Grove Village IL. The packed house at the sleek Belvedere Hall proved once again that, as Hitz told Fightnews “People love to come out the night before Thanksgiving to see guys knock the stuffing out of each other.”
The main event featured a Light Middleweight battle between Johnny “Bad Boy” Lewus (26-4-1, 21 KOs) of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and a game Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (13-7, 7 KOs) of St Paul Minn. Lewus came out fired up and decisively won the early-action with effective-aggression. Litzau found some room to counter in the third. The bout heated up in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. The hometown crowd was appeased as Lewus out-dueled Litzau in several explosive exchanges. Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 all in favor of Lewus. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thomas Oosthuizen stopped Francisco Sierra from Mexico in the eleventh round to retain his IBO super-middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Oosthuizen coming in at a rather light 73.35kg was in complete command in a one-sided encounter before referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 2:59 of the penultimate round.
The stoppage was rather premature as Sierra (75.95kg) was not badly hurt and would have possibly seen out the distance despite being the proverbial mile behind on points. Oosthuizen had scored with a big left hook that sent the Mexican’s head back, but he had taken a series of rights and lefts from the southpaw South African throughout the fight and never looked in real trouble at any time. (more…)
By Antonio Rodriguez
Referee Hector Afu (Panama) will be the third man in the ring for Saturday night’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron 154lb WBC title clash in Mexico City. The judges are Chris Tellez (USA), Robert Tapper (Canada) and David Bilocerkowec (Canada). WBC Supervisor is Mike George (USA).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Alejandro Sanabria (29-1-1, 22 KOs) faces Vinvin Rufino (30-14-3, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight belt on December 3 at the Centro Banamex on the event where Jhonny Gonzalez defends his WBC world featherweight crown against Panamanian Roinet Caballero. “It’s the biggest fight in my career,” said Sanabria. “the WBC silver title against a great opponent that must be overcome to establish myself as a great fighter. Expect the best of me that night because I hope in 2012 to seek a world title opportunity.” The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo Grupo Comex and broadcast by Televisa in Mexico.
A couple of weeks ago promoter Ahmet Oner announced that Cuban Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion Odlanier Solis would give his comeback from an eight months injury lay-off this Saturday (Nov. 26) as co-feature of the WBC silver welterweight championship between Selcuk Aydin and Jo Jo Dan in Trabzon, Turkey. Solis and his team were scheduled to leave Miami today but couldn’t fly out because of pending legal issues. A court order prohibits “La Sombra” to leave the United States until mid December.
“I’m very disappointed”, said promoter Ahmet Oner who received the bad news this afternoon in Turkey. “From what I’m told it’s not too serious and the whole thing should be settled soon but, of course, it annoys me that my fighter cannot fulfil his obligations and take a fight he has signed for. We all make mistakes – and I know what I’m talking about – but it’s important that you learn from your mistakes. I hope this is what Solis does as well.” (more…)
Super middleweight contender Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (17-0-1, 12 KOs), rated #7 by the WBC and #12 by the IBF, defended his IBO super middleweight title moments ago, completely outclassing Francisco Sierra over 11 one-sided rounds before the referee called a halt to the contest at Emperor’s Palace, in Gauteng, South Africa.
Full details from Ron Jackson coming soon.
About fifty local and international journalists were listening to Selcuk Aydin and Jo Jo Dan expressing mutual respect for each other at their final press conference for Saturday’s WBC Silver world welterweight championship. Both fighters seem to be in great shape and very well prepared for their re-match of Aydin’s controversial split decision win over the Canada based Romanian in June 2010 in Istanbul.
“We thank the people in Trabzon for the warm welcome”, said Jo Jo Dan. “I have trained very hard for this fight and I am sure that the people will see a great championship bout this Saturday.” (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the two world title bouts, Jorge “Travieso” Arce vs Angky Angkotta and Adrien Broner vs Vicente Martin Rodriguez, this Saturday, November 26 in Mexico and Ohio, United States.
Valcarcel reported that for the vacant WBO Bantamweight Championship fight between the Mexican Arce (58-6-2, 45 KOs) and Indonesian Angkotta (25-5, 14 KOs), the referee will be Jose H. Rivera, from Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the judges are Alejandro López-Cid, from Mexico, and Adelayde Byrd and Joe García, from United States. WBO supervisor will be Rafael López Santos. Nonito Donaire vacated this title recently. Arce, who is looking to become the first Mexican boxeo to win titles in five different weight classes, is the first 118 pounds WBO ranked. Angkota is ranked sixth. Arce owned world titles at 108, 112 (interim), 115 and 122 pounds. This fight, Arce-Angkotta will be held at the Plaza de Toros Rea in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation.
While at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation, unbeaten and first 130lbs ranked Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) and Argentinian Rodríguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs), sixth ranked, will fight for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight title, vacated by Ricky Burns. The referee for the Broner-Rodriguez bout will be Frank Garza. Judges for this fight are Thomas Miller, David Iacobucci and Robert Hecko. WBO supervisor will be John Duggan.
Just one month out from the biggest fight of his life and his first in the United States, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and his wife Rouss Laguna Moreno found out they are expecting twins. There are indeed big things ahead for the 26-year-old fighter from Panama City, Panama, who will also be making his SHOWTIME and Golden Boy Promotions debuts, when Moreno will defend his WBA bantamweight super championship against two-division world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
In the main event, unbeaten rising star Abner Mares will defend his IBF and WBC silver bantamweight championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former two-time IBF 118-pound champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. (more…)
WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin, 21-0 with 18 KOs, will defend his world title against Lajuan Simon, 23-3, 12 KOs from Philadelphia, PA. This fight will be the co-feature for the Klitschko vs Mormeck Heavyweight Championship that will take place at the ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on Dec 10.
Golovkin, who lives in Stuttgart, won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic games and is considered one of the most exciting boxers in the sport today. This will be his third world title defense and the first time Golovkin will box in Germany since 2009. German boxing fans have been eagerly awaiting his return and his fight will be shown as the co-feature of the International broadcast shown in over 100 countries worldwide.
Lajuan Simon is also familiar to German boxing fans, having fought in title fights in Germany against Artur Abraham and Sebastian Sylvester, going the distance in both fights. (more…)
Mike Jones works the inside at the Joe Hand Boxing gym in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in preparation for next week’s fight.
Jones, the NABA and NABO Welterweight Champion, will battle Top 10 ranked Sebastian Lujan on the Cotto vs. Margarito II PPV broadcast from Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 3.
Make sure not to miss this weeks episode… HBO’s Emmy Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all-new edition when Episode Two of “24/7 Cotto/Margarito debuts Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. more photos
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like the retirement of former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye could be a short one. Managing Director of K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler confirmed that talks about a Vitali Klitschko-David Haye were in progress during the WBA Convention in Donetsk, Ukraine, and it was learned today that Haye has been given a three weeks to make a decision. The fight woud likely be held in February or March 2012 in Germany. Talks are also ongoing with other opponents, but Haye is the first choice of the Klitschko Team.
Super middleweight Rudy Markussen (36-2, 23 KOs) and middleweight Patrick Nielsen (11-0, 6 KOs) will be headlining on December 17 in Herning, Denmark. Details about the fights and the opponents will be revealed shortly. “We will put on an exciting show on December 17,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “It will be an early Christmas present for boxing fans.”
The WBC #8 Markussen comes off a spectacular first-round KO victory over Michael Recloux in September. “I am the hardest-hitting super-middleweight out there,” he claimed. “It´s no surprise that all three fights I have made since my comeback last year ended early. I am ready to return to the very top and I will give another taste of my power on December 17.”
Just 12 days before his showdown with Antonio Margarito in New York City, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto showed his form during a workout on Monday in Orlando, Florida.
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Looking past fighters is a quick way to find one’s self staring at the lights. For all intents and purposes, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez would have every right to look past Saturday’s title defense against Kermit Cintron.
Let’s look at the facts: In 2009, Cintron notched a respectable 32-2-1 record. The two blemishes on his record came at the hands of Antonio Margarito. What a difference two years makes. Cintron is 1-2 sinse then. The lone win a lackluster performance against Antwone Smith. The most bizarre loss of all to Paul Williams. Cintron took a spill outside the ring and was carried out on a stretcher. The bout went to the judges and Williams was awarded the victor on points. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KOs) says being able to fight in Perth, Australia, has inspired him and he has no fear of Danny Green (31-4, 27 KOs) ahead of their world title fight on Wednesday November 30 at Challenge Stadium. Wlodarczyk, speaking through interpreter and manager Andrzej Wasilewski, says Green will be one of his last fights as a cruiserweight and he planning on moving up to the heavyweight division in the future.
Monty Meza-Clay 134 vs. Leon Bobo 130.5
Andres Taylor 199.5 vs. Gary Gomez 198.5
Eudy Bernardo 134.5 vs. Gabe Morris 141
Morgan Fitch 167 vs. Randy Campbell 165.5
Justin Johnson 138.5 vs. Richie Andrews 139
Bill Hutchinson 145.5 vs. Ronnie Fuentez 148
Bryan Acaba 134.5 vs. Barrington Douse
Venue: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT
By Bill Hillmann at the scale
Johnny Lewus 144 vs Allen Litzau 144
Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez vs 172 James Denson 175
Gerald Taylor 169.5 vs Bruce Rumbolz 170
Terry Martin 203.5 vs Thomas Boose 208
Erick Correa 282 vs Keon Graham 242
Venue: The Belvedere in Elk Grove Village
Promoter: Bobby Hitz
Report and photo by Bob Ryder
Don King and Vernon Paris’ long time adviser Carlos Llinas have announced that Detroit’s “Iceman” has signed a promotional deal with the DKP. In an exclusive phone call to fightnews.com, Paris wasted no time expressing his excitement with the arrangement and his desire to take on the best in the 140 pound division without further delay.
“I’m so excited I can barely talk” exclaimed Paris. “I am ready to take on anyone at 140 and soon 147 as well and Don is going to make it happen for me. There is no one in those divisions that I can’t beat.” Paris was calling out everyone at the top of those weight classes but seemed to have special interest in two of the champs, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley. “Khan’s running from me, moving to 147” challenged the undefeated Paris. “I have a personal shout out to Timothy Bradley as well. I will knock him out. We talked and were all friendly down at Kronk (when Bradley did some training at the gym in preparation for Devon Alexander) but this is business and I picked up some things I can use to beat either him or Alexander right now!” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The New York State Athletic Commission meeting in New York City to determine Antonio Margarito’s licensing status, originally scheduled for 2PM, finally began at 4PM. The NYSAC commissioners immediately went into a private executive session for one hour and forty-five minutes, after which it was announced that Antonio Margarito WILL BE licensed to fight against Miguel Cotto on December 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Margarito was forced to break camp in Mexico to fly to New York City to be examined by NYSAC-appointed ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Goldstein, who determined that Margarito faced no undue risk, in agreement with Margarito’s doctors.
Unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr (18-0, 10 KOs) will now face veteran Heriberto Ruiz (48-11-2, 30 KOs) in the 10-round chief undercard support bout of this Saturday’s card at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Russell Jr. was originally scheduled to face Dat Ngyuen who was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury last week during training camp. In the main event, Cincinnati’s own undefeated and number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Adrien “The Problem” Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) fights for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Championship against Argentina’s number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez (34-2-1, 18 KOs).
NBC Sports Group announced today the formation of NBC Sports Network Fight Night, a boxing series featuring premier boxing talent. Fight Night will debut on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 on the NBC Sports Network (which will be renamed from VERSUS on Jan. 2, 2012), from Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. The Fight Night cards are being scheduled in cities that are served by a Comcast Sports Group regional network, and the regional networks will help promote the events and have the ability to re-air fights.
NBC Sports Group will work with Main Events and Hall-of-Fame matchmaker J Russell Peltz on a multi-promoter strategy for NBC Sports Network Fight Night designed to produce the best quality fights. It is a strategy in which any promoter can participate to get their boxers involved in these programs. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
After all the turkey and dressing, undefeated junior lightweight Adrien Broner hopes to have something else to be thankful for. In front of his home town crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, Broner faces Vicente Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight title at the US Bank Arena. Rodriguez is relatively unknown, but Broner insists he’s not taking the Argentine pugilist lightly. “He didn’t just make up that record,” Broner said of the 34-2-1 mark of his opponent. “His record speaks for itself. He didn’t just get that record fighting anybody.”
With 21 victories under his belt, Broner is no slouch himself. Fans getting a first glimpse of the Ohio fighter during his last fight didn’t have long to make much of an assessment. In a scheduled ten round affair, Broner needed just 2:58 to knock out Jason Litzau. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Kamil Krzaczyński
“I was pleasantly surprised, how ready Adamek was, how sharp and accurate his punches were. We sat down, discussed the Klitschko fight, what happened and what should happened. Adamek is not done. He wants to get better, learn new things, go to work. This is why I believe he will get another shot. He will fight for another world championship belt again,” stated Roger Bloodworth, trainer of top-5 heavyweight and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), after their first mini-camp since the Polish fighter lost to Vitali Klitschko in a September WBC title fight in Wroclaw, Poland. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network will close 2011 of their successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Friday, December 9.
In the main event former WBO World champion Alex “El Nene” Sanchez (31-7-1, 21 KO’s) of Ponce, Puerto Rico returns to the ring to face former WBC World Champion Eric Ortiz (32-12-3, 21 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBC Latin Flyweight Title at stake. “We are excited to close our 2011 schedule with a clash of two former world champions of Puerto Rico and Mexico which are always a classic, we had a very successful year and we will come back stronger in 2012 with another 12 shows,” said Zabala, Jr.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US and Televisa Deportes Network will televise at 11:00 PM CST in Mexico and Central America. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
By John Cannon
On November 18th of 2008, Edinburg’s Raul “El Tigre” Casarez met his current fiancée Melissa Castillo and knew from that moment she was the woman of his dreams. Fast forward to today and Casarez is achieving another dream. Casarez signed a three-year deal with Don Chargin Promotions and Marines Promotions on Friday at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Edinburg and said that he is surprised as to how ironic this date is.
“I will remember November 18th for the rest of my life,” said Casarez. “Not only am I signing with Julio and Don today, but three years ago I met Melissa and today just happens to be our anniversary. Today is definitely a great day.” (more…)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the 25-year-old son of a legend, is setting a course to super-stardom for himself after beating Peter Manfredo Jr into retirement during the first defense of his WBC middleweight title.
Chavez Jr [44-0-1, 31 KO] fought with meaning and focus for four and a half rounds, giving enough of a show to please his growing fan base, before dispensing Manfredo with a solid right hand to the head, followed by a flurry of undefended jabs in the fifth that caused referee Laurence Cole to save the tough 30-year-old from any permanent injury. Click here for more
If Robert Guerrero is as good in the ring against Floyd Mayweather as he is in making the case that he should be next, then the fight has potential.
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs), who had partially tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder ten days before a August 27th showdown with WBA jr welterweight champion Marcos Maidana, is fast approaching full fitness and will be ready to fight as early as March . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The third defense of the WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez against challenger Roinet Caballero will be at the luxurious Banamex Center in Mexico City at an event organized by the Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Comex and broadcast by Televisa. In addition the event will have the participation of Alejandro Sanabria looking for the WBC silver world championship, and the return of Juan “Churrito” Hernandez.
Also at the Centro Banamex will be the final of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” tournament , which presented the following fights:
Welterweight: José “Pistón” López vs Jhonny “Vaquero” Navarrete
Lightweight: Mauricio Pintor vs Abdiel Ramírez
Featherweight: Cristopher Pérez vs Sergio Torres
Bantamweight: Edgar Monarrez vs Martin Casilla
Flyweight: Jorge Amador vs Martin Tecuapetla
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
It has happened many times before. A fighter brought in to face a young, undefeated fighter that is on a collision course for a big money fight. Or even a world title opportunity down the line. Most often, the unbeaten fighter is not only favored to win such a fight, but he is expected to do so in an impressive manner over the underdog fighter. Such was the case just 10 days ago, when then-unbeaten Luis Cruz fought against Juan Carlos Burgos on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez bout in Las Vegas. In the eyes of many members of the media, Cruz was supposed to defeat the hard-hitting Mexican. (more…)
Roberto Marroquin, one of best fighters from Dallas, will take on Puerto Rico Olympian Carlos Valcarcel in the Red River Rumble main event on Saturday, December 17 here at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Bob Arum, the Hall of Fame CEO of Top Rank, made the announcement today. “Robert is one of the best, most popular fighters in Texas today,” Arum said. “He has great skills and punches with power. Now he is going into a very challenging fight in the main event at the WinStar World Casino.” The Marroquin vs. Valcarcel main event will be on the Top Rank Live! boxing series which is broadcast on FSN, Arum added. (more…)
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