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By Boxing Bob Newman
Wednesday’s morning session of the WBA’s 89th annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua kicked off with a very interesting lecture on Sports Marketing given by Gerardo Molina. Several concepts including strategies, vision, branding, communication and target audience were discussed. The application of these concepts to the marketing of boxing and specifically the WBA brand were delved into. Molina noted that as far as branding is concerned, it can indeed rightfully claim that all other sanctioning bodies evolved from the WBA, which is a distinct advantage in originality and brand marketing. (more…)
Photos: Laura De la Torre
WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika met with local Bay Area media members on Wednesday to discuss their anticipated world title fight just three days away. It will be the second consecutive defense of his world title for the local fighter Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who will have his hands full against Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon on Saturday, Nov. 27, live on SHOWTIME (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT).
In the first fight of the split-site doubleheader, “King” Arthur Abraham will meet Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the final Group Stage 3 bout of tournament for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title. The world title match will be televised on same-day-delay from the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. (more…)
Four of the six headlining fighters on Saturday’s HBO-televised tripleheader showed up today to work out for the press at the Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas. Celestino Caballero, Andre Berto and main eventers Juan Manual Marquez and Michael Katsidis shadow-boxed, jumped rope and stretched out in what was a pre-Thanksgiving mini-workout. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery.
Photo and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Palacios 104.5 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 104
Brad Solomon 147 vs. Javier Gallegos 145
Miguel Acosta 134.5 vs. Armando Cordoba 135
Santos Benavides vs. Joel Cerrud 131
Carlos Rueda vs. Timmur Shaileazov 114.5
Carlos Buitrago 103 vs. Jorle Estrada 104.30
Walter Castillo 140 vs. Augusto Pinilla 138.5
Henry Maldonado 113 vs. Liborio Solis 115
Gerald Molina 112 vs. Alonso Lopez 113
Venue: Casino Pharaos Convention Center
Just two days after boxing fans celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday feast continues on Saturday, November 27, as Golden Boy Promotions presents an All-Star lineup of fights that will lift the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. (more…)
Top-10 contender Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak will be In Harm’s Way on Saturday, December 4, when he challenges undefeated WBC Silver middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a 12-round title fight. Wolak replaces the injured Alfonso Gomez, Chávez’s original opponent, who withdrew today after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow.
Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs), from Mount Arlington, NJ, enters this fight riding a two-year, six-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by knockout. The combined record of the last three opponents he defeated — James Moore, Ishmail Arvin and Carlos Nascimento – had a combined record of 56-4-4 when he fought them, which translates into an impressive 88% winning percentage. His last fight, a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Moore (17-2), was fought on the historic Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto undercard at Yankee Stadium on June 5. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA.
A former New York State middleweight champion, Wolak, 29, is known as aggressive, high-pressure style fighter who always makes for exciting fights. Trained by Tommy Brooks, Wolak, an East Coast fixture, will be making his West Coast debut when he rumbles with Chávez Jr.
Photos:Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Former world champions Arthur Abraham of Germany and Carl Froch of England were confident, yet respectful, during Wednesday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic jam-packed final press conference at Hartwall Areena in the Power Play Restaurant here on Wednesday.
While there was no trash-talking — Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) was very quiet and didn’t want to get into anything beyond answering his questions simply and Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) was in a more jovial mood but also kept his responses short — the fight itself this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Hartwall Areena also for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title — has the potential to be a classic slugfest from start to finish.
In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (more…)
On Wednesday morning the final press conference for the vacant WBC Featherweight Championship between Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 12 KOs, WBC #1) and Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs, WBC #2) took place at the Nagoya Kanko Hotel in Nagoya, Japan. Both fighters kicked off the event with the ceremonial signing of their respective bout contract overseen by the Japanese Boxing Commission as well as the official choosing of the gloves that will be used during the 12 round fight. A crowd of 10,000 fans is expected at the Nihon Gaishi Hall. (more…)
On Friday December 3rd history will be made as seven Cuban exiles will headline Pugilistic Promotions’ “Cuba vs. The World” at the Magic City Casino – formerly the Flagler Dog Track in Miami, Florida. Boxing historian Enrique Encinosa says this is the first time outside of Cuba, that a professional fight card features seven pugilists from the island. (more…)
Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) will meet with his fans and sign autographs this Friday (November 26) at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles(722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT. Chávez Jr. is training for his upcoming WBC Silver middleweight title defense against The Contender alumnus Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, México. The 12-round Chávez Jr. – Gomez title fight headlines “In Harm’s Way” – their December 4 championship pay-per-view rumble – which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Miguel Cotto arrived at the beautiful city of Managua, Nicaragua this Sunday to participate in the 89th Annual Convention of the World Boxing Association, dedicated to the memory of the legendary Alexis Arguello. During his stay in the country of lakes and volcanoes, Miguel was honored in the opening ceremonies of the Convention and shared time with the hundred of fans that were thrilled to see him in the country for the first time. During Tuesday’s Gala Dinner, Miguel received the Super Champion belt from the hands of WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. “I feel honored and humbled by this recognition here in Nicaragua. I have worked hard all of my career, and this is very rewarding. Now we will go back as motivated as ever to work hard to continue seeking higher achievements for my family and for my country.” Miguel stated.
Former female world champion Christy Martin has been admitted to Florida Hospital North in Orlando, Florida, with a gunshot and stab wounds in the torso and left leg. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Martin informed authorities that the attacker was her husband Jim Martin. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is now searching for Martin, who is also Christy’s trainer.
Former world champion Ricardo Mayorga (28-7-1, 22 KOs) will face Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) on Don King’s December 17 boxing event at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The card features a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout between WBC #1 ranked heavyweight Ray Austin and undefeated WBC #2 (and Cuban 2004 Olympic heavyweight champion) Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis. Also undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud will also be making the second defense of his title against Colombian puncher Fulgencio Zuniga.
“If Manny is willing to defend his WBC super welterweight title, I would come down to 154 pounds to challenge him for it as well as allow him to challenge me for my WBC middleweight title,” says WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. “It would be the opportunity of a lifetime. But I’m a realist and if he feels that he is physically too small to fight me I certainly understand that too.”
Promoter Lou DiBella added “Sergio is willing to fight next at 154 pounds — defending his WBC middleweight title as well as fighting for the WBC super welterweight title which would be vacated by Manny Pacquiao. That’s a pretty big concession, but if that’s what it takes to get Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC’s emeritus super welterweight champion, in the ring with him, Sergio is ready, willing and able….the fans deserve Martinez vs. Mayweather and boxing needs it to continue its growth into the mainstream. I can work with any promoter to make the best fight with Sergio. It’s business – good business – and common sense.”
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
The experts both in the States and abroad may not all agree on who is going to win, but there is a general consensus that the Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has Fight of the Year potential.
As the close Las Vegas odds indicate with Abraham listed as a slight 7-5 favorite (-165), people are having a tough time picking a winner in this clash of European heavy hitters. In a recent poll, national and international boxing writers were evenly split between Abraham and Froch with nine writers picking Abraham and nine predicting a win for Froch.
In quintessential Showtime Championship Boxing fashion, Abraham-Froch is considered by many as too-close-to-call and a can’t-miss war. “This is a great fight. It has Fight of the Year written all over it,” says one U.S. boxing writer. “These are two extremely tough, durable guys who love to fight and whose skills are probably a little better than they get credit for.” (more…)
Former world champion Wladimiro Sidorenko of Ukraine shows he is ready to go during media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club Tuesday. Sidorenko will battle two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Alfonso Gomez big fight card on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim,Ca. on Saturday, December 4 and broadcast live on Pay Per View.
By Joe Koizumi
Though it is getting cold day after day, our winter seems hot from the fistic point of view as there are many important title bouts scheduled here in Japan.
On November 26, in Nagoya, ex-WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw with ten consecutive defenses to his credit prior to his unexpected and lamentable forfeiture to Fernando Montiel, will claim the WBC feather belt as he copes with unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos. On the same bill, WBC 130-pound champ Vitali Tajbert, an only once-beatgen German technician, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBC feather ruler Takahiro Aoh, a Japanese lefty, over twelve frames. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Note: Today’s final press conference for Ward-Bika will be open to the public. It is scheduled to begin at noon at the Oracle Arena – Courtside Club.
Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19KOs) is on the road again to face another top fighter in his backyard. The resident of Australia and native of Cameroon faces Andre Ward (22-0, 13KOs) on Saturday in Oakland, Calif., at Oracle Arena. No worries, Bika, said recently; the San Francisco native and Bay Area resident won’t be able to take what he’ll deliver.
“Ward can’t handle my power,” Bika said in a conference call to discuss the fight for Ward’s WBA Super Middleweight belt. “I don’t see how he can and I don’t care that I am fighting in his home area, but I am not overconfident that I will get the knockout.” (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and trainer Freddie Roach work out at the Wildcard Boxing Club during media day Tuesday. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming battle against Alfonso Gomez on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on December 4 and broadcast live on pay per view. (more…)
This Friday, WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) will face the most important and most difficult fight of his career as he defends against #2 ranked former world champion Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in Nagoya.
At the press conference in front of 50 journalists at the Hilton Nagoya hotel there was already a first test of wills. “I will win the fight because the belt simply looks better on me,” Aoh said.
“That’s not right,” responded Tajbert. “The green belt clearly looks better on me, so I’ll keep it. You’d better be ready!” (more…)
It’s unusual for a major fight to fall on a Thanksgiving weekend, but in the case of Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) and Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs), Saturday’s clash could serve as the perfect after Thanksgiving dinner treat – and you won’t have to pay anything for it . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian boxing publication “The Greatest” was distributed throughout Australia this week and leading boxing scribe from “Down Under,” Grantlee Kieza lists the best performances by Aussie fighters. What is the greatest performance by an Australian boxer? The debate was again sparked when Danny Green stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in December 2009 and Daniel Geale’s recent demolition of former world champion Roman Karmazin.
Since boxing gloves started being used in 1884 we have had some cracking performances. Just as we did when we rated the top 50 Australian boxers of all time we decided to ask ward winning journalist Grantlee Kieza to list the top 40 performances by Aussie boxers. (more…)
Photos by WBO/Norma Nieves
WBO and president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel joined WBO champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. to visit kids of the Casa Laura Vicuña in Barriada Morales, Caguas, to their Thanksgiving Day donated dinner and turkeys and bringing them happiness and tips to keep away of drugs and other issues as part of the Kids Drug Free program. Vázquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs) shared with the kids and signed autographs and took photos with them, led messages of positivism. The unbeaten fighter called a bingo in the place and served food to the attendance. Casa Laura Vicuña is a nonprofit entity dedicated to bring the kids and teenagers education and prevention in their free time to 4 to 18 children, also help with tutorials, assignments, sports and artistic activities. Over 100 kids participate of the program. Besides Vázquez Jr., there were in the activity Chairman Ratings Committee and International Commissioner Luis Perez and Judge Carlos Colon. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Cameroon born and Australian based WBO #9 welterweight Samuel Colomban (18-3, 9 KOs) will be in action against Steve Heremaia (16-4-1, 7 KOs) of New Zealand over twelve rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Colomban scored his most impressive win in 2010 when he stopped former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday in eleven rounds but suffered a setback in 2008 when IBF #12 Wale Omotoso scored a clear ten round decision over Colomban, dropping him twice in Melbourne. (more…)
Scott Alfrer 175.5 vs. Aaron Dufour 171.5
Chris Hazimihalis 137 vs. Justin Goodall 135.5
Rocky Mullooly 239 vs. Ryan St. Germain 214
Jake Giuriceo 141 vs. Julius Edmonds 139.5
Rod Salka 135.5 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 131.5
Venue: Avalon Hotel, Erie, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing Promotions
By Boxing Bob Newman
On a beautiful Nicaraguan night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s poolside, the WBA held their annual Best of the Year Awards Banquet, with honors bestowed in several categories, honored the late Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello and his fellow native Nicaraguan champion boxers and awarded belts to the newest WBA champions.
In the most touching moment of the night, a posthumous homage was paid to Nicaragua’s first world champion and their most legendary- the late Alexis Arguello. The award was accepted by the hall of famer’s daughter Dora Arguello, who broke into tears while accepting the red, white and blue WBA Super Champion’s belt. It was the untimely passing of the ring icon that prompted the WBA to choose Managua, Nicaragua as the site of this year’s convention.
It was with great honor that Fightnews.com was awarded the WBA’s Website of the Year award. Accepting on behalf of Fightnews.com were International Editor Gabriel Cordero and yours truly, Correspondent “Boxing” Bob Newman. (more…)
One of the most anticipated welterweight title fights in Ultimate Fighting Championship® history has already proven to be a knockout at the box office. Now, due to tremendous demand for UFC® 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2, the UFC announced today that it will be releasing a limited number of tickets to this explosive event.
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and trainer Freddie Roach get into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys to the many fans at the Wildcard Boxing Club Tuesday. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming battle against Alfonso Gomez on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” pay-per-view event to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on December 4. Click here for more photos…
Photo: ALA Boxing Promotions
Former IBF light flyweight world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia arrived moments ago to Cebu City, Philippines. Tamara will take on unbeaten Cebu City-based Milan Melindo (22-0, 7 KOs) this Saturday in a intriguing 10 round flyweight bout. The 22-year-old Melindo is currently one of the most promising contenders coming out of the Philippines and is world ranked by all the major world sanctioning bodies. The bout is highly anticipated in the Philippines. The 27-year-old Tamara is fresh in the minds of the Filipino boxing fans as he upset then world champion Brian Viloria this past January in the Phillipines by way of a dramatic 12th and final round stoppage. (from left to right ALA Promotions VP Dennis Canete, Carlos Tamara, Edgar Sanchez and Michael Rodriguez)
Photos and story by Gabriel F. Cordero
Fighters from Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Kyrgyzstan and Mexico will be present on November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) during the boxing event for the WBA 89th Annual Convention taking place in Managua, Nicaragua from November 22 to 27. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Promoter, matchmaker and boxing super agent Sampson Lewkowicz spoke with Fightnews.com while attending the 89th WBA annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua. Lewkowicz is riding high after his fighter Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez decisively knocked out rival Paul Williams in the second round on Saturday past to retain his WBC Middlweight title. Hear what Lewkowicz has to say about Martinez’ future opponents…
By Boxing Bob Newman
The afternoon session of Tuesday’s opening day of the WBA’s 89th convention in Managua, Nicaragua began with an introduction of all the delegates in attendance to each other. Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza took a moment to commend WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla’ Martinez on his exemplary lifestyle, and conduct in and out of the ring. “Maravilla lives clean, works hard, and is an example for the KO Drugs program of the WBA and to fighters and kids everywhere,” said Mendoza Jr.
After passing the minutes from the 2009 convention in Medellin, Colombia, the microphone was passed to WBA legal counsel Robert Mack covered the WBA’s outstanding legal issues. A previous suit involving former 140 champion Soulayman M’Baye was settled.
The WBA did not attend the annual convention of the ABC this year.
A motion filed by former champion John Ruiz concerning alleged improprieties in his rematch fight with Nikolai Valuev were dismissed as it was determined that a private organizations’ interpretation of it’s own rules cannot be deemed as containing illegalities. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas today for their unified lightweight world championship showdown. On Saturday, the two will top the bill of an HBO tripleheader promoted by Golden Boy.
“It was one tough camp and a lot of people know that there has been a fair bit of speculation (if I would fight) after my brother’s death,” Katsidis told the media at a press conference following his arrival. “It was tough and as everyone knows, nothing is ever easy. We’ve endured to some tough times and we’re here to win.”
“First of all, I really applaud Michael Katsidis character to take the fight (even after his brother’s death),” Marquez said at the podium. “Everyone knows Katsidis is a strong fighter and a warrior. However, I have prepared myself hard for this type of fighter. I don’t have to say any more. I’m ready to give a great fight to all of the people.”
Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
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