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Police were called out to today’s heated head-to-head press conference between WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew in Cardiff. Cleverly and Bellew meet in a big “Battle of Britain” at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 15th October, but it wasn’t the boxers trading punches early! Cleverly’s father and trainer Vince got into a row with one of Bellew’s entourage in the press conference room while the boxers were doing their one-on-one interviews. Vince was raging when he thought one of Bellew’s team was making fun of him and had to be restrained from going over to him. At one point the volatile trainer was punching himself in the face while a shocked Nathan was speaking to TV crews. Calm was restored when a unit of police officers’ arrived on the scene and spoke to both parties. (more…)
A much-anticipated Canadian showdown between undefeated WBA #11-rated Logan Cotton McGuinness and former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet will headline a rivalry show, presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions, on October 22 at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The pair of Canadian combatants has been on a collision course for nearly two years. (more…)
Former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs) has been released from a Spanish prison after serving two-and-a-half years. Plans are for the 34-year-old former champ to fly back to England and resume his career. “I will be world champ again. Nobody’s going to stop me. One thousand per cent. What keeps me going is my children and my family. I’m going to be the champ again for them,” he told The Sun tabloid. Harrison, had made nine title defenses, before drinking problems and run-ins with the law derailed him, is still facing some outstanding charges.
By Rick Scharmberg
Philadelphia, PA has a new promoter, BAM Boxing Promotions, whose president, Brittany Rogers, will be making her promotional debut on Friday, September 30 at the National Guard Armory in North Philadelphia. Just 22 years old, the promoter will have the distinction of becoming the youngest female boxing promoter ever in the USA. The card, aptly titled “The Beginning”, will feature “The New” Ray Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs) taking on Manual Guzman (7-12-2, 3 KOs) in the eight-round welterweight main event. Boxing promoters tend to come and go, but Rogers stands a better chance than most because her mentor is Hall-of-Fame promoter J. Russell Peltz. (more…)
Paul McCloskey says he wants to challenge Marcos Maidana for the WBA Light Welterweight title in Belfast after edging Breidis Prescott in a WBA eliminator on Saturday night. The Dungiven fighter bounced back from a first round knockdown and a bloodied nose in the second round to secure a gritty win in front of a packed Belfast crowd. McCloskey admitted to a slow start in the fight but he finished strongly as the Colombian began to tire, and will now seek a second shot at the world title, this time with a home town show against the Argentinean Maidana.
“I would love to fight Maidana, we have already spoken on Twitter – he’s a true gent and a great fighter,” said McCloskey. “I think it’s a fight that could happen and it would be fantastic to have it in Belfast again. The support on Saturday was unbelievable, it really pushed me over the line in the last round.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Gary Purfield
“King” Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) won the vacant Pennsylvania State light middleweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over a game but outgunned Keenan Collins (13-7-2, 9 KOs) last night at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The scores were 100-90 across the board for Rosado. In the co-feature, Ronald Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) put his heavy hands on display, and stopped Chris Fernandez (19-14-1, 11 KOs) after six completed rounds of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Cruz had Fernandez down in the fifth round from a body shot. Peltz Boxing Promotions and Don Chargin Productions promoted the seven-bout card. (more…)
Jake Ellenberger is one of the most promising prospects in the UFC welterweight division. Actually, calling him a prospect doesn’t pay him the proper respect. Despite the fact that he only has five fights in the UFC, the 26-year-old mixed martial artist is viewed by some as a legitimate top 10 talent. A win in his next fight will undoubtedly earn him a seat at that elite table, something that Ellenberger desperately wants . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Lightweight Anthony Crolla will achieve a lifetime ambition when he boxes at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sept 17). Manchester’s British 135lb champion boxes a non-title eight rounder against Mexican Juan Montiel on the Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather Jr undercard. The Hatton Promotions star who had been slated to fight Mexican legend Erik Morales on the bill said: “I was devastated when that fight fell through, but these things happen. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has completed his training at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City and will defend his WBC green belt against Rogers Mtawga on Thursday night at the Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. “I have trained hard for this fight and it is again a source of pride and satisfaction for me to fight during the period of the celebration of my beautiful homeland of Mexico,” said Gonzalez. “When I step into the ring when I am meticulous about my physical conditioning and have a strong desire to prove that I am one of the best in the world.”
In the co-feature, world rated Antonio Escalante takes on Pipino Cuevas Jr., son of legendary former WBA welterweight champion.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
Say what you will about the Klitschko brothers but they have faced all comers in their dominance of the heavyweight division. Although Tomasz Adamek stood no chance in Saturday’s title fight in Poland he had earned the right to be there — it was just that Vitali Klitschko was too big, too strong and too good.
I don’t know quite why Jim Lampley brought Rocky Marciano into the commentary with his suggestion that Marciano somehow fought inferior opposition, mentioning the name of Roland LaStarza. LaStarza was a capable heavyweight of the 1950s (though he would be small for a cruiserweight today) who had fought very well against Marciano three years earlier, when the decision in Marciano’s favour was deemed controversial. As Max Kellerman reminded Lampley, Marciano, like the Klitschkos, fought the best of his era. Nino Valdes? Well, the big Cuban lost to Bob Baker and Archie Moore in what in effect were elimination matches for the right to meet Marciano, and Baker performed so poorly against Valdes that he eliminated himself from getting a title fight. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Professional boxing returns to “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA, on Friday, September 16th, 2011, courtesy of veteran promoter Bobby D. Presents with Jorge Marron in association with Barron Entertainment. Billed as “Stars of Tomorrow”, the fight card celebrates Mexican Independence Day by featuring a slew of hometown talent stamping their mark on the local boxing landscape. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange captured the WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Middleweight championship with a sixth-round TKO over Raul “El Toro” Munoz of Topeka, KS in front of a very partisan crowd at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Lange, who was headlining his 13th consecutive card at the Patriot Center, had to go to a plan B of sorts in this bout as he traded his normal piston-like jab for a body attack. The move turned out to be a successful one as the body shots took their toll on the game Munoz. Lange was able to drop Munoz three times before referee Dr. Joseph Cooper stopped the contest at 2:44 of the sixth. Lange is now 37-4-2, 25 KO’s. Munoz is 22-15-1, 12 KO’s. (more…)
Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez appear quite jovial singing a duet on TV Azteca.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC APPEARANCES BY MAYWEATHER, ORTIZ AND CANELO:
Sunday, 9/11, 2:00 p.m.
Oscar De La Hoya, Victor Ortiz and Canelo Alvarez will appear at Fiestas Patrias, The Plaza at Olvera Street.
Monday, 9/12, 5:00 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez, Erik Morales, Alphonso Gomez and all PPV fighters will appear at Universal City Walk located near The Cinemas.
By Mike Bernier at ringside
In the main event at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY, Amanda Serrano (12-0-1) of Puerto Rico, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY scored a second round TKO against Kimberly Connor (9-2-2) from Little Rock, Arkansas in a 10 round IBF Women’s Jr. Lightweight Championship fight. Serrano landed multiple power combinations in the middle of round two to send Connor to the canvas. Connor was dazed but somehow found a way to get up and was immediately jumped on by Serrano when referee Benji Estevez saved Connor from receiving any more damage at 1:45. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Bowling Green, Florida’s Daniel Lozano took a major step in his career this Friday as demolished his opponent en route to his first WBC title. In front of a standing room only crowd at the A La Carte Even Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Lozano (10-0-0, 7 KOs) won the WBC USNBC flyweight belt in a two round blowout of Jonathan Arias (12-7-0, 10 KOs). On the undercard of Fight Night Production’s card witnessed the continued success of Florida State champion Charlie Serrano, along with a series of unexpected draws. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Tomasz Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth and promoter Kathy Duva speak just after the fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek, who just lost his first chance to get a third title in a third weight category against Vitali Klitschko, will long remember his trip to Poland. His plane, bound to JFK airport in New York, after almost three hours in the air had to make an emergency landing back in Warsaw when the pilots spotted a cracked window. “It was not a comfortable situation to all of the passengers,” said Adamek who is traveling with his wife, manager and members of Main Events promotional team, when his plane safely landed. “We of course know that today is the ten year anniversary of New York 2001 tragedy, so everybody was on edge when pilots announced that we have go back,” added Adamek, who most likely will now fly to the US on Monday.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Bernd Bönte, longtime manager and managing director of the Klitschko Management Group is one of the most influential people around Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and he has no doubts that older of the two Ukrainian brothers is getting better with time. “I truly don’t know who can beat Vitali,” said Bönte after the WBC titleholder defended his WBC green belt against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in Wroclaw, Poland. “He was terrific tonight. One of his best performances ever.” (more…)
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Josh Barnett punched his ticket to the Grand Prix finals in a dominant win over Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov.
In the quintessential striker vs. grappler matchup, Barnett tasted a couple blows from the sambo fighter before taking the fight to the mat. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Reigning WBO jr middleweight world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) and European jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) recently locked horns at a press conference in advance of their September 30 rematch at the Rondo Arena (Hala Rondo) in Brno, Czech Republic. Dzinziruk won a controversial majority decision in their first fight and the rematch will be the first professional boxing world championship on Czech soil. Local favorite Konecny was on hand in person in Brno, while Dzinziruk was brought in live via Skype. (more…)
After winning a one-sided technical decision over former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of 2,000 fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night, unbeaten former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa confirmed again that he will not stay in the featherweight division but move up in weight to get better fights against big names. “I’m done at 126,” stated Gamboa. “There’s nothing left for me to prove. I want to fight the best boxers in the world. Living legends like Manny Pacquiao. To be the best you have to beat the best. That is what I did at featherweight. And that is exactly what I want to continue doing. So bring on the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.” (more…)
Only two fighters remain in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, as Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier scored impressive victories in their semifinal bouts at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati Saturday night.
In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE star Josh Barnett continued to roll in his Strikeforce stint, earning a spot in the Grand Prix finals with a dominating first round submission win over Russia’s Sergei Kharitonov . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares (41-6-2, 19 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with in the bantamweight division with a third round stoppage of Jonathan Pérez (19-9, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Zacatecas, Mexico. The bout was halted after Perez was ruled unable to continue after being dropped.
After the fight Mijares stated “I feel much better at bantamweight, very strong and fast…this year I’m going for the world title and fights against Arce, Montiel or Nonito Donaire. I’m waiting to meet with my representatives and discuss any options.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank
In a clash of former world champions, unbeaten featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a eight round technical decision over determined Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gamboa had the clear speed advantage and was usually able to beat Ponce De Leon to the punch, but Ponce De Leon did his share of damage also. A vertical cut over the left eye of Ponce De Leon occurred in round eight and the bout went to the scorecards where Gamboa prevailed by scores of 70-63, 70-63, 69-64. Time was 1:24. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA 130lb champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over Argenis Méndez (18-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF version of the super featherweight world title at the UAG Gym in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Méndez, who was deducted a point in round five by referee Wayne Hedgepeth, had his chance when he decked Salgado moments before the final bell, but the Dominican visitor couldn’t finish him. The scores of 115-111, 114-112 and 114-112 were roundly booed by the audience. After the fight, Mendez insisted he won the fight and demanded a rematch. (more…)
Report, photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I knew from the beginning that fight was not going my way. I wanted to change this fight and find a way to trick Vitali, but he’s a smart fighter and was better tonight,” said Tomasz Adamek (42-2, 28 KOs) after losing to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs). “I don’t think he surprised me with anything today, he was just a better man. Physically I’m OK, just a lot of cuts. I will be able to live a normal life. This boxing, not chess. I got hit in the second round, I was able to keep my balance, but every big hit changes you, takes your strength. But I was still trying.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Heavy handed super featherweight Luis Cruz (19-0, 15 KOs) blew away Antonio Davis (28-7, 14 KOs), dropping him three times en-route to a sixth round knockout. Cruz ended the show with a picture perfect right uppercut in the sixth that sent Davis crumbling to the canvas for the final time at the 1:39 mark. (more…)
It’s official. As reported by Fightnews.com yesterday, Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, the WBC’s leading available contender and a young and hungry Mexican phenom has agreed to step in and face Erik Morales on next Saturday’s Mayweather-Ortiz card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Cano got his chance after Morales’ original opponent, Lucas Matthysse, withdrew from the bout earlier in the week due to a viral infection. (more…)
Mexican knockout artist Alfredo Angulo has commented on fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan turning down a WBC title elimination bout against him. “On one hand I’m shocked, but on the other, this doesn’t really surprise me,” said Angulo, who returned to the ring in August after a year long layoff, knocking out Joseph Gomez in 84 seconds. “Vanes Martirosyan is a tough guy, but only on the internet. He calls everybody out, says he’s not getting big fights, but then when he gets offered the opportunity of a lifetime, he turns it down. He needs to get out from behind his computer where he likes to talk about me and get into the ring where he can fight me.”
The bout was tentatively scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico on November 5 and was slated to be aired by HBO, giving both fighters the platform top level fighters normally crave. “We offered him everything in this fight, the winner would fight in a WBC world title fight, neutral officials so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable about fighting in Mexico and he would have made three times more for this fight than he’s ever made before,” said Angulo. “I guess he loves that 30-0 record more than actually fighting real fights against real fighters.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO) lost hist first heavyweight fight against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) by referee’s stoppage in the tenth round when Klitschko’s jab and relentless pursuit after the Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion proved too much for Adamek. Adamek tried to avoid the long jab of Klitschko by shortening the distance, but every time the popular fighter was able to avoid the left hand, the right hand did the damage. In the second round, a powerful Klitschko right threw Adamek into the ropes, which kept him from receiving a count. “Get up” motioned Vitali with his hand and Adamek did, having his best moments in the third round when he was able to engage the Ukrainian champion in couple of meaningful exchanges. Open scoring after four rounds was 40:36 for Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…
Team Martirosyan would like to offer an explanation as to why an offer to face Alfredo Angulo was rejected. While it is always an honor to fight on HBO and to face a great fighter such as Angulo, the circumstances have to be right. Serge Martirosyan, who is both Vanes’ uncle and manager stated, “Both Angulo and Vanes are warriors. In my opinion they would both beat all of the belt holders at 154 pounds. Why should they fight each other now without a belt involved? They can fight later in a unification fight for a lot more money.” (more…)
In a WBA light welterweight elimination match, Irishman Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) overcame a big early deficit to win a razor thin twelve round unanimous decision over Colombian slugger Breidis Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prescott was credited with a knockdown in round one when a forearm put McCloskey on the deck. McCloskey’s nose was streaming blood by round two. Prescott staggered McCloskey in round six. But, from round eight, McCloskey began to outwork a tiring Prescott and was much fresher over the final five rounds. Scores were 114-113, 115-113, 114-113. With the win, McCloskey earned a fight with WBA champ Marcos Maidana.
By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Mateusz Masternak (24-0, 18 KO), another up and coming Polish cruiserweight ranked in top 15 in the major rankings, had no problem to defeat the visibly less powerful Carl Davis (15-3, 11 KO), knocking him out with a right hand in the third round. In the second round, a left and right hook combination reached Davis head, and the taller and slower fighter from Chicago decided to only counter Masternak’s attacks. The only time Davis decided to change his tactics ended badly – a straight right hand on Davis chin put him on the canvas and seconds later, another one ended the fight.
In the first of three main events of the evening , televised worldwide to 140 countries, from Wroclaw, Polish heavyweight prospect 23-year-old Andrzej Wawrzyk (23-0, 11 KO) started slow but was putting together combinations and powerful punches from round five, defeating former US Olympian Devin Vargas (18-2, 7 KO) in round nine by TKO. Wawrzyk, who is considered the new wave of Polish heavyweight boxing, was dominating the fight, picking up the tempo just at the right time – when Vargas was slowing down. In the round eight, after getting continuously hit by Wawrzyk, Vargas spread his hands saying that Polish fighter cannot hurt him. His corner obviously thought otherwise just a round later, throwing in the towel and saving the overmatched Vargas from a more heavy beating.
WBA cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KO) had a surprisingly close fight – especially in the first couple of rounds – against tough Polish boxer Lukasz Rusiewicz (9-11, 2 KO). Afolobi was looking to spectacularly knock out Rusiewicz, but only when he realized that it will not happen tonight, Afolabi decided to box his way to a 80-72, 79-73 and 79-74 win on the judges cards.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (27-1, 18 KO), whose only professional loss was a KO against Tomasz Adamek when the Polish champion defended his IBF cruiserweight title, started with the flurry of punches against Ivica Bacurin (8-2, 2 KO) in the first round. The Croatian fighter hung tough and Banks needed Bacurin’s injury in the sixth round to secure his 27 professional victory after an uninspiring bout fought at very slow pace.
Brooklyn welterweight Sadam Ali (14-0, 8 KO) had no problems to knock out Boris Berg (4-5, 3 KO) in the sixth round of first undercard bout of Wroclaw’s “Battle of the XXI Century.” Ali was dominating from start and the German fighter was in survival mode from the second round and the ref decided to stop the fight when Berg stopped to answer Ali’s punches.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will be in Moscow on November 5 to face top cruiserweight fighter Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs). “James Toney offended Denis Lebedev and we accept his challenge,” stated Vladimir Hryunov, Lebedev’s manager. “We booked Megasport Arena on November 5. Fifteen thousand spectators will be able to see this show.” On May 21, Lebedev scored a brutal tenth round KO against another American legend, Roy Jones Jr.
Also on the card, undefeated light heavyweight Ukrainian star Ismayl Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) will face Chris Henry (25-2, 20 KOs) for the opportunity to go into the ring against the Hopkins-Dawson winner for the WBC light heavyweight championship.
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