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Fidel Maldonado Jr 134.25 vs. Erick Cruz 132.75
Jorge Suarez 149 vs. Larry Smith 151.5
Raul Tovar 143.5 vs. Miguel Pizarro 145.75
Juan Reyna 140 vs. Juan Ovalle 139
Jose Garcia 116 vs. Javier Rodriguez 116
Gilbert Cancio 123 vs. Hector Gutierrez 123.5
Venue: Pharr Convention Center, Pharr, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy/Cavazos Boxing
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Edwin Rodriguez 171 vs. Will Rosinsky 171
Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. Daniel Sostre 138
Dyah Davis 172 vs. Darnell Boone 166
Ryan Kielczewski 130 vs. Willie Villanueva 129
Luis Rosa 122 vs. Harvey Murray 122
Badou Jack 169 vs. Eddie Caminero 168
Delen Parsley 154 vs. Jevon Boisseau 154
Danny O’Connor 142 vs. Bryan Abraham 140
Frank Galarza 153 vs. Daniel Lugo 153
Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos recently signed a new four-year contract with Espinoza Boxing, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. The southpaw Ramos is one of a handful of prospects that has been under a managerial contract with Espinoza since making his professional debut in October of 2007. Ramos (20-0, 9 KO’s), who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, is coming off a fifth round knockout victory over David Rodela on September 30th. (more…)
By Jose Sulaiman
In regards to the championship defense of the lightweight WBC world champion between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, held in Los Angeles, California, in which the referee declared a TKO2 against champion Hopkins, as he could not continue due to an injury after a push by challenger Dawson, the head offices of the WBC sent videos, medical reports, and the WBC corresponding rules to the Board of Governors, that unanimously declared a technical draw on the fight; therefore, Bernard Hopkins is still the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world.
The WBC Board of Governors, after reviewing the video of the fight, unanimously declared that the action reflects a Clear intentional lifting the body followed with a push by Dawson to Hopkins, that made him fall on his left side with part of his body out of the ropes. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the referee and judges who will work bantamweight clash of champions between Nonito Donaire and Omar Narvaez in New York City. The referee is Benjy Esteves and judges are Julie Lederman, Thomas Schreck and Steven Weisfield. Supervisor is Richard de Cuir.
Valcarcel also announced the officials for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s defense against Rogelio Rossi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The referee will be Paul Thomas from the United Kingdom. Judges are Carlos Colon from Puerto Rico, Denny Nelson from Uunited States and Matteo Montella D’Airola from Italy. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Edoardo Ceccoli.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina pose during the press conference for their upcoming world title fight, Saturday, October 22 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. more photos
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Featherweights Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KOs) and Eduardo Escobedo (32-3, 23 KOs) will face off in an IBF eliminator for the right to challenge IBF champion Billy Dib. The fight will be December 10 in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico at an event promoted by HG Boxing. Franco is training in Las Vegas with Miguel Diaz and Escobedo trains in Mexico City at the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristain.
Former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will face a new foe next October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, after a hand injury suffered by previous opponent Raul “Rayito” Garcia, for their fight in the WBO Tournament card presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention. Now, Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face Mexican Felipe Rivas (11-8-1, 5 KOs) for the 105lb WBO Latino title.
Meanwhile, it is confirmed that Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), former WBO welterweight champion and seventh ranked by the WBO, will not fight in the show because an injury in his nose after a sparring session. Quintana was supposed to face hard puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title. An opponent for Melendez will be announced soon.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 112 vs. Edgar Sosa 112
(WBC Flyweight championship bout)
Venue: 11st Royal Infantry Regiment, Bangkok, Thailand
Promoter: Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 7, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7)
Chad Dawson trainer Iceman John Scully sent out the following message regarding the shoulder separation of Bernard Hopkins that forced their bout to be scuttled in round two with Dawson winning by TKO:
I wonder if this is accurate…a friend of mine with some background in the field just messaged me this:
“I hope you guys have a doctor who’s ready to explain to the Commission that the AC Separation business is nonsense. Anyone can go to a doctor and get the diagnosis that Hopkins got. The diagnosis for low grade separations like Hopkins’ supposed injury is based on the patient telling the doctor what happened and where it hurts. It doesn’t show up on x-rays so the doctor just goes by what the patient says and by range of motion tests to make his diagnosis. Even though they haven’t come out and said the grade of the injury (there are 5 grades of AC separation) I am positive it was a low grade separation because if something had actually popped out they would have never left him in the ring for that long after the fight to do an interview and there would have been a visible bump where the bone would stick out. An MRI would give an idea of whether there was actually tissue damage but even that would have to be compared with an MRI from the past because some people have loose ligaments in the shoulder area to begin with. I’m sure you guys already know all this and have someone on it, I’m just annoyed with the possibility of this being ruled a NC. Anyways, take it easy and good luck.”
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire shadow boxes during a photo shoot as he prepares to defend his title against undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“Hey, how’s it going?”
With that greeting, welterweight contender Nick Diaz arrived for the UFC 137 media teleconference Wednesday afternoon. Keeping in line with his reputation, he was 45 minutes late to the call, which also saw his October 29th opponent, BJ Penn, and co-main event combatants Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo speaking with the media, but in a twist, he actually showed up, which wasn’t the case when he no-showed two press conferences to promote a main event bout between himself and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
Looks like Polish WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KOs) can’t wait to defend his belt and for his departure to Australia where he will fight Perth’s very own Danny Green (31-4, 27 KO) on November 30. “I needed some introduction to Australia and decided to visit my hometown zoo,” said Włodarczyk. “I liked kangaroos especially – they are very fast and very, very afraid of me. I think that I will get the same reaction from “Kangaroo Green,” when I meet him in his hometown and he will feel my power. Danny is a good fighter but he’s not a cruiserweight. It will be painfully obvious for him very quickly!”
By Robert Coster
In possibly the most intriguing of the matches in the title-studded “KO to Drugs” WBA card this coming Saturday in Panama City, two ranked featherweight boxers, formerly friends and sparring partners, will clash. WBA #4 Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (18-0, 15 KOs) of Jamaica crosses gloves with WBA #11 Irving Berry (21-2, 9 KOs) of Panama for Walter’s WBA Fedelatin belt.
Berry is the smooth boxer, Walters has the power. Also, two of Panama’s most famous trainers battle by proxy: Celso Chavez will be in Walter’s camp while Rigoberto Garibaldi is in Berry’s corner. (more…)
Photos and story by Brett Bonetti
Green Machine Boxing held a press conference today at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia to announce possibly the biggest fight card in Australia. Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KO’s) will challenge Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KO’s) for the WBC World Cruiserweight Title.
Indonesian superstar and current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KO’s) will make the 15th defence of his title. And Will Tomlinson (17-0-1, 12 KO’s) will fight for the vacant IBO Super Featherweight Title. These massive fights are all on the same night. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Rigoberto “El Espanol” Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) of Mexico to capture the WBA interim light middleweight title at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. (more…)
With the support of the #1 women’s boxing promoter in Mexico, WBO bantamweight Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (14-1-3, 4KOs) of Moreno Valley, California, looks to conquer the Mexican boxing public with her mix of beauty and lethal skills. West, one of the female world champs in HG Boxing’s stable led by promoter Hector Garcia, returns to the ring and to Colima, the site of her debut bout with HG Boxing back in August. West will defend her WBO 118 lbs. strap as part of the “Erupción en Colima (Eruption In Colima)” fight card set for Saturday, October 29th.
In her last bout held on August 20th, West defeated Jessica Villafranca via a unanimous decision with scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
Now West will appear in the capital of Colima at the 74th Colima State Fair. The bout will mark West’s third defense that she captured last year by stopping Angel Gladney in seven rounds. West opponent is still to be confirmed. (more…)
The IBF heavyweight eliminator between Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers slated for October 28th at Bally’s in Atlantic City is off after Chambers pulled out citing a bad back. The fight was to be televised nationally on SHOWTIME as part of a big ShoBox tripleheader. The telecast will now be a twinbill headlined by middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales against Ossie Duran. The opener features unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina against Artemio “King” Reyes Jr.
“It is a big disappointment when you have a fight postponed that is going to determine the mandatory challenger to the heavyweight champion of the world,” promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com. “I am disappointed but it is devastating to both Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers. I just hope that Eddie recovers quickly.”
Goossen stated that the IBF has not determined if they will allow the Thompson vs. Chambers eliminator to be postponed or if the organization will have Thompson fight the next available contender. Goossen hopes that the IBF will allow Thompson to become the mandatory to Wladimir Klitschko.
“I am going to home with the belts. No one in the US knows about me – my skill level, my experience in big fights. Donaire is too young for a fight like this as you will see on Saturday night.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for the WBA’s 24th KO Drugs Festival to be held this Saturday at the Roberto Duran Arena with WBA three world championship fights. The 13-bout card also features six WBA regional titles. In the main event, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (16-0-1, 12 KOs) faces Brunet Zamora (21-0-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA interim super lightweight world title. Former world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-4-3, 23 KOs) meets Richard April (16-2-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA interim lightweight world title. And Ogleidis Suarez (15-2-1, 7 KOs) takes on Katy Wilson (14-0, 9 KOs) for the WBA female featherweight interim world title. The event involves fighters from Panama, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, France, USA, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Belarus, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The WBA will make a donation to the Friends of the Child Foundation.
WBC President Jose Suliaman, in his weekly conference, presented the belt that accredits Samuel “Samy Guty” Gutierrez as the new WBC light flyweight silver Champion today.
Gutierrez (30-6-2, 21 KOs), who was accompanied by Promociones del Pueblo press officer Ramses Morales, won a fifth round TKO over Roilo Golez (12-7-0, 4 KOs) claiming the vacant title on Saturday October 1st at the Centro de Expositores, in the city of Puebla, Mexico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On October 29th in Mexico City, Salvador Sanchez II, the nephew of the late great Salvador Sanchez, will make the first defense of his WBC CABOFE featherweight title against Jovanny Soto (32-11-1, 27 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another major step up for Sanchez II, who handlers feel is on track to fight for the WBC featherweight title next year. The bout will be part of a Gala Promotions event presented by Dr. Daniel Fausto Garcia. “I have worked very hard for this fight with my trainer Pablo Cano and I am prepared to defend my title with a great performance on the 29th,” said Sanchez. “My manager Grant Elvis Phillips, has always told me that it is my “destiny” to repeat history and become featherweight champion and I believe in him and in my abilities to accomplish that.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Omar “El Pastor” Soto (15-8-1, 6 KOs) could replace the injured Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia as the opponent of former WBO champion Ivan Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) on October 29 at the WBO Convention. “We were called to see if we wanted the fight after Calderón’s opponent was injured but it all depends on Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, who is the promoter of Omar. We’re ready to accept the match that has been mentioned for several years,” said Soto’s trainer Carlos Rey Velez.
The PR Best card suffered another blow when former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana was injured in preparation for his bout against Jorge Melendez. Quintana will be out two or three weeks.
If El Paso’s Jennifer Han does not have a fan club president yet, she better get one soon as she spent more time using her hands outside of the ring signing autographs for fans Saturday night at “Battle at the Ballpark” than against her sub par opponent, DJ Morrison, who retired on her stool ten seconds into the fourth round . .. Click here for more
GSP Injured – Penn vs Diaz Elevated To UFC 137 Main Event: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his Oct. 29th bout with Carlos Condit due to a knee injury. BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will now compete in the night’s main event.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Looks like undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina isn’t having any weight issues as he sits down for healthy lunch as he prepares to take on WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in his title defense, on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark.
Narvaez and his team are at the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhatthan in front of Madison Square Garden. His team consists of trainer Ruperto Ruiz, his brothers Jorge and Daniel, Dr. Franco De Turris, manager Osvaldo Rivero and Esteban Livera, owner of Luna Park.
Narvaez’s team reports that he trains twice a day. Aerobics in the morning and boxing in the afternoon. He is close to the weight and in good physical condition.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine defeated former WBA interim 154lb champion Rigoberto Alvarez by unanimous decision to win the WBA interim super welterweight world title. Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) took the initiative at all times to Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) in twelve rounds and won 114-113, 117-111, 117-111. Mundine, 36, must now fight for the title against undefeated WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Austin Trout. Alvarez is the brother of WBC super welterweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
After being in training camp for almost six months so far this year WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is having his deserved vacation in his native Argentina. El Chino beat Erik Morales in April and made the first defense of his title last Sept. 23 in Buenos Aires, where he stopped Russian Petr Petrov in four rounds. Now the KO artist is waiting for news about his next fight.
“I am anxious to know who my next opponent would be. The sudden cancellation of the fight against (Robert) Guerrero last Aug. 27 changed our plans a lot. But things like those happen in boxing. The good thing is I was able to fight in front of my people. That was great but now I’m ready to go back to the big leagues,” Maidana said. (more…)
This Friday, October 21st, Queens, New York-native Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) will step into the national spotlight and look to put his name amongst boxing’s most promising up-and-coming prospects when he takes on highly regarded and top-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s). Rodriguez-Rosinsky is the main event bout of the evening on DiBella Entertainment’s “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The show, which will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation, will also feature rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Photos: Sauerland Event
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Captain Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) could not believe his eyes when he met challenger Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) at today’s press conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Listed at 6’6, the “Argentinian Giant” turned out to be much smaller than that. “Maybe he shrunk of fear,” Captain Huck said. “Doesn’t matter anyway. I don’t care what size he is. I have knocked out taller and smaller opponents. I will clinch a spectacular victory on Saturday night. He will not get my title.” Huck then measured his opponent. The result: 6’3 and a half!
Rossi seemed to enjoy the confusion regarding his height. “It’s true, I’m not two meters tall,” he stated. “But I will still defeat Huck. If you’re scared, your opponent looks much bigger than he actually is. I guess this has happened to Huck. I will take his title on Saturday night. I have trained hard and I will win.” (more…)
Matchroom Sport has announced that European Middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa has extended his promotional deal with the company. The unbeaten Polish fighter claimed the vacant European strap after forcing the retirement of Sebastian Sylvester and his dominant display in Germany at the start of the month has seen the 26 year-old become hot property. Proksa imposed himself on the former World champion and hometown favorite Sylvester from the first bell, silencing the partisan crowd with his commanding performance and winning new fans in the process. He signed terms with Barry Hearn at Matchroom’s Essex headquarters with his manager Krzysztof Zbarski, and said he’d always wanted to join up with the legendary sports promoter. “Ever since watching Chris Eubank fight Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany in 1994 I’ve dreamed of joining up with Matchroom,” said Proksa. “I believe with Matchroom behind me I can go on to win a World title next year.”
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig
Mateo Handig (reportedly 6-4, 3 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council 105 lb title as he stopped GAB #10 Bimbo Nacionales (11-4-1, 2 KOs) on Sunday at Municipal Gym of La Trinidad in Benguet, Philippines. Although Handig was knocked down by an uppercut in round two, but he could the controlled the show from round three, weakening Nacionales with his vicious combinations. The action was terminated in round seven when the new champion floored his foe with a good long cross, then he displayed hard combinations which dropped his opponent again, forcing referee to stop the bout at 2:55. For more details and photos click here…
Financial security is a necessity, Nonito Donaire said, but what’s inspiring is the prospect of being inspirational.
Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) faces Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs) Saturday at Madison Square Garden in his first fight since he obliterated Fernando Montiel in February . . . Click here for more
Nonito Donaire talks to media about the relationship between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Nonito goes over when the two fighters first met and sparring sessions between the two of them…
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Unconfirmed rumors say that former WBO 105lb champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) will not be able to face former champion Ivan Calderon (30-2-1, 6 KOs) on October 29 because he allegedly suffered a hand injury while training. Garcia lost his championship on August 27 against Moses Fuentes by split decision in an optional defense before facing Calderon. However, Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) suffered a serious nose injury so the WBO lined up Garcia to face Calderon for the interim minimumweight title with the winner to face Fuentes.
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