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By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana have been added to the October 29 PR Best card at the Coliseum Mario “Quijote” Morales taking place during the 24th Annual WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) and Raul “Rayito” Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) in the headliner for the WBO interim minimumweight belt. Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder for a WBO regional title in his first fight since losing WBO super bantamweight in May to Jorge “Travieso” Arce. His opponent will be announced shortly. Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), who reigned at 147 pounds under the WBO banner, will face an opponent to be determined in a ten rounder for a 154lb WBO regional belt. Five other boxing bouts will complete this program.
“Sabados De Corona” returns on Saturday, September 24th when Mexico City’s Oscar Blanquet and Panama’s Ricardo Nunez duke it out live from Mexico City in a WBA flyweight eliminator. Also, two more flyweights will battle it out in the co-main event, when Guadalajara’s Jesus Jimenez takes on former World Champion Carlos Tamara in a 10-round fight for the International IBF flyweight title. This doubleheader headlines a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions. The broadcast on Saturday begins at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Televisa in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the U.S. from the Centro de Convenciones in Cozumel.
By Ron Jackson
WBO junior featherweight champion Jorge Arce of Mexico makes the first defense of his belt against South Africa’s Simphiwe Nongqayi on Saturday at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Mexico. The 32-year-old Arce will be hoping to gain revenge against Nongqayi (17-1-1, 6 KOs) who outpointed him on September 15, 2009 in Cancun, Mexico in a clash for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight belt. However, after this outstanding victory it was all downhill for the 39-year-old South African. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Three division world champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO) promised that his “body and mind” will be in the top shape when on Decmber 3 he battles Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO) in the highly anticipated rematch of the very controversial first fight. There was a special guest during today’s media luncheon and press conference at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden for Top Rank promoted title fight, Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO), who in his first-ever New York fight will on October 22 will defend his title against Argentina’s Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KO).
On stage, three of the stars were joined by another ring warrior Paweł “The Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KO), who will fight on the undercard of Cotto – Margerito 2 fight. Click here for more photos…
On March 19, 2011, Jon Jones became the youngest man in the history of the sport to win a UFC championship at a fresh, young 23 years and 242 days. And he did it in dominant fashion, annihilating then-champion Marcio “Shogun” Rua via third-round technical knockout . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is in the Philippines to continue his training for his October 15 clash against Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight world title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Linares currently trains with Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer and will be at the Pacquiao training camp. He will be in the Philippines for three weeks. Previously Linares trained with Roach in Los Angeles at the Wild Card Gym and in Colorado Springs with the U.S. Olympic team.
Tickets priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50 went on sale at noon today for Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
All Star Boxing, Inc, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network will celebrate the 10th Anniversary in Kissimmee, FL of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” at the Kissimmee Civic Center on October 14. In the main event, former IBA titleholder Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (16-2-1, 7 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will face unbeaten Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (19-0, 12 KOs) of Riverside, CA in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBO Latin featherweight title at stake.
“We are excited to bring another great boxing card to the Kissimmee Civic Center on our 10th Anniversary, we started our venture on October 19, 2001 when Oscar Larios faced Angel Chacon and after all this hard work we where able to put Kissimmee on the boxing map worldwide,” said Zabala, Jr. (more…)
Promoter Mick Hennessy has come out and ridiculed any suggestion from Mike Perez that he deserves a shot at British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Hennessy is working towards unbeaten Fury returning to the ring in November on the back of a fifth round stoppage of Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last Saturday night. Cork-based Perez, from Cuba, has come out and challenged Fury to a dust-up but promoter Hennessy says he can “forget about it”.
Hennessy commented: “Clearly somebody’s little cage has bee rattled in Ireland after Tyson’s great win at the weekend and from what I can see it is the people around him who are mouthing off, not Perez. I would be surprised if it was Perez because when Tyson was an amateur he gave him two very bad beatings in sparring and there were plenty of witnesses to it. (more…)
Irish based Cuban Mike “The Rebel” Perez says he wants to shut Tyson Fury’s “big mouth” following the English heavyweight’s win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last weekend. Perez steam rolled his way to the International Prizefighter title earlier this year to stretch his perfect record to 16 straight wins and he’s confident he can do the same to Fury on the Manchester man’s next scheduled outing on November 12th. (more…)
IBF #12 cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (10-5-1, 4 KOs), the poster boy for good fighters with bad records, makes the first defense of his USBA belt when he faces Chuck Mussachio (17-1-2, 5 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round main event on November 19 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. (more…)
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (27-1, 19 KOs) will face Brazilian lightweight champion Sidney Siqueira (16-5-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia. Moses and his promoter Don King are hoping to line up another world championship bid if Moses can notch a win against Siqueira on Saturday.
“I believe in Paulus Moses and I know he will realize his dream of regaining a lightweight world championship,” King said from his office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. “Paulus is a strong guy that I plan to have in a world championship match after he is victorious on Saturday in Windhoek.” (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Middleweight Title bout between champion Dmitri Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) against Gennady Martirosyan (22-1, 11 KOs) on Sunday, September 25 at the Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia. Valcarcel reported that the referee for this bout will be Viktor Panin, from Russia. The judges for the fight are Russian Alexander Kalinkin, German Manfred Kuechler and Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi. WBO Supervisor will be Igor Mazurov, from Russia.
The 48 HOURS MYSTERY season premiere on Saturday, September 24 (10:00 P.M. ET/PT on CBS) is titled “Arturo Gatti’s Last Fight” and features an investigation into the mysterious death of Arturo Gatti.
The show includes exclusive television interviews with:
The woman at the center of the drama: Gatti’s widow, Amanda, in her first television interview.
Gatti’s brother, Joe, who speaks for the first time on-camera about the demons his brother faced. He shares his own theory about how Arturo died, a serious departure from what the rest of the Gatti family is convinced happened that night.
Mickey Ward, whose life story became an award-winning movie, “The Fighter,” tells us his friend would never have taken his own life.
Mario Costa, a friend who knew Gatti since he was 17 years old, and provides insight into the truth of the champion’s emotional state.
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun will face #6-ranked Ali Chebah in a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the #1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.
The 12th-ranked lightweight in the WBO, Colombia’s exciting, hard-hitting Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut against Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature. (more…)
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Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito arrived in New York Monday night for Tuesday’s press conference on the world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch on December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. 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.
Jones & Rampage Tonight On Jimmy Kimmel Live: UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and challenger Rampage Jackson appear together as guests before their title bout this Saturday night – tonight at midnight on ABC
Tickets Available For UFC Fan Expo In Houston October 7-8: Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX – featuring autograph signings, training & development sessions, special events and more!
An intriguing matchup is in the works for fomer world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (27-1, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico to face Luis Cruz (19-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico for the NABO Super Featherweight title. The bout would be scheduled for 12 rounds and take place November 12th on the televised undercard of the main event of Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez. No contracts have been signed but a close source has stated that its looking good for the fight to be made.
By J. Russell Peltz
When I was 15 years old, I read in the newspaper that George Benton knew 48 different ways to avoid getting hit with a left jab. I had learned how to box a couple of years earlier and I was trying to figure out all the ways this could be done but I gave up after about a dozen. At the time in 1962, George was in the middle of one of his many comebacks. This one would lead him back into the Top 10 and onto the doorstep of the title shot he would never get. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
4,000 rabid fans greeted WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto and former world champion Antonio Margarito in Puerto Rico today for the kickoff of their four-city media tour to announce Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the first time the fighters have faced off since their first fight.
Miguel Cotto: I swear to you all and my family that December 3 is the same story but with a very different end…I assure you that the preparation will be arduous, intense, hard work for me, so I don’t make the mistakes made three years ago.
Antonio Margarito: I don’t have much that to say. Just to prove that I’m back and I’m going to do my thing. I’m going to go out with my arms held high.
The fight will be fought at a maximum weight of 153. At the weigh-in, each camp will be asked to provide the wraps and pads to be used for fight night, which will be placed in a locked box.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO super bantamweight Jorge “Travieso” Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) will enter the ring with revenge on his mind when he takes on Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-1-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, BC, Mexico. “There is a triple motivation to defend my title. First, the fight against Nonggayi is a big fight on a big fight card. Second, I want to avenge my brother ‘Panchito,’ who lost to the South African. And third, I want my own revenge against him because he beat me on a bad night, and on September 24 he will pay dearly those two victories over the Arces.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez went with his wife and three children to celebrate his 30th birthday, 50th win and his victory in El Paso over Rogers Mtagwa, and when he returned to his home he discovered it had been ransacked and a new vehicle was stolen. “It’s disappointing,” said Gonzalez. “Everything was stolen. Computers, televisions, jewelry and my white 2012 Jeep Compass…they stole like $50,000, but in the end everything is material and my family is OK and that’s what’s important.”
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the public press conference to kickoff the world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Thousands of Puerto Rican fans booed Margarito, shaking their fists at him. “COTTO, COTTO, COTTO” chants over and over – huge turnout of fans. 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. more photos
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Cunningham, who has already beaten reigning WBC, WBA and WBO world champions, is now set to face the WBA interim titlist in Hernandez. “I believe him to be the best challenger for me right now.,” says Cunningham. “I think he’s a good fighter and will bring a good fight. I want to put on a great fight for the German fans and would love for it to be the fight of the year.” (more…)
George Benton died this morning, September 19, 2011 at 3:40 AM, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philly. He had been in the hospital the past few weeks battling pneumonia. No funeral arrangements have been made yet. Benton was a great fighter, trainer, and one of the true legends of Philadelphia boxing. He will be greatly missed.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#7 OPBF super-welter champ Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 19-1-1, 13 KOs), 153.75, an ex-US military worker now residing in Tokyo, kept his regional belt as he came off the deck in the fourth, fought back hard, dropped back Yoshihisa Tonimura (15-6-4, 4 KOs), 153.75, in the tenth to win a unanimous decision (116-110, 116-111 and 115-112) over twelve give-and-take rounds in Zama, Japan, on Sunday. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Antonio Margarito arrives in Puerto Rico late Sunday night for his upcoming public press conference in San Juan,Puerto Rico Monday to kickoff the world tour to announce his highly-anticipated World Championship rematch on PPV against Miguel Cotto, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden. more photos
Gary Shaw Promotions has promoted and co-promoted some of the most significant shows in boxing history plus Shaw has promoted many of the biggest names in boxing. (more…)
Take a quick peek at the reigning UFC champions. Notice any recurring themes? I’ll give you a hint: it is a nine-letter word. Come on. You know what it is. Wrestling. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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WBA #3 middleweight Martin Murray (23-0, 10 KOs) will challenge WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm at the SAP Arena, Mannheim on December 2. Murray will be bidding to become the first Hatton Promotions fighter to win a world championship crown.
The undefeated 28-year-old said: “I am absolutely buzzing and have so much motivation to go over there and beat Sturm. I first knew about the fight in early September, but we couldn’t say anything until the contract was signed. I have started an 11 week training camp at Oliver Harrison’s gym and come fight night I will be in the shape of my life. I have been ready for this chance for about nine months, but I seemed to slip under the radar because everybody talks about Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker as the main middleweights in Britain.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Referees came under fire in two big fights this weekend, Joe Cortez for his confused officiating in the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, of course, but also, to a lesser extent, Wayne Hedgepeth for his stoppage of the Saul Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight in Los Angeles. To a lesser degree, Tony Weeks received a bit of criticism for docking Jessie Vargas a point for a low blow in the fight with Josesito Lopez.
Obviously, Mayweather’s fourth-round knockout win over Ortiz was the big talking point of the weekend, and I can’t fault Mayweather for firing the two fight-ending shots against an opponent who wasn’t expecting to be hit. If Ortiz wanted to give Mayweather a second hug in apology for Ortiz’s blatant butt, instead of obeying the dictum “protect yourself at all times,” well, that was his choice. These are professional boxers, not amateurs boxing in the Olympics. Time was “in”, and Mayweather had an opponent standing in front of him with his guard down. Did anyone really expect Mayweather to follow a gentlemanly code of conduct, especially after, moments earlier, Ortiz had inflicted a cut inside his mouth by butting him? (more…)
Larry Merchant told Floyd Mayweather last night he would kick his butt if he were only 50 years younger, but today at LAX he told our camera guy … that probably wouldn’t have been the case. Merchant described his run-in with Floyd as “kind of exhilarating in its own way” but acknowledged he probably could never have taken Floyd in a fight — no matter his age. He described Floyd’s controversial knockout as a “legal sucker punch” but said Floyd was an “a prima donna, an outstanding fighter, … a modern reality show in progress.”
Four members of Team Pacquiao have given brief comments to the Philippine Star newspaper on Saturday’s Mayweather-Ortiz clash in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao: “Very poor sportsmanship…[but] it was not illegal.”
Trainer Freddie Roach: “Cheap shot…I think [Cortez] lost control.”
Advisor Mike Koncz: “Poor sportsmanship…I agree it was a cheap shot.”
Legal Advisor Franklin Gacal: “Ortiz was too trusting. It was his fault. But Floyd showed he is not a sportsman in its true sense.”
Maybe it was the words that his opponent Alfonso Gomez said about him in leading up to the fight. Or the thousands of fans in attendance that were chanting his now-familiar nickname.
Whatever, it was, Alvarez felt right at home in the center of the ring on Saturday night. Although he had a good fighter in front of him in Alfonso Gomez, Alvarez did not leave his fans disappointed after the fight . . . Click here for more
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