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“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.
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will now defend his belt against Mexican Francisco Sierra on a five fight bill at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 23.
Osthuizen was originally scheduled to meet the Russian Maxim Vlasov who has possibly pulled out because he has been fighting at light heavyweight and boiling down to super middleweight will not be that easy. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Adam Neary’s Ares Promotions continues their highly successful “Fight Night” series on Friday, October 28, 2011 at Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza. Dubbed “Trick Or Beat” in keeping with the Halloween atmosphere, the show promises beatings galore. Headlined by Cleveland, Ohio’s undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick, 14-0, 5 KOs, taking on Jose “Stinger” Medina of Tilton, New Hampshire, the eight bout card features loads of local flavor as well. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Luzuko Siyo makes the first defence of his South African junior flyweight title when he meets Sebelomzi Zimela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday October 23 This is a voluntary defence for Siyo 9-0; 7 from Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape who made his pro debut Sep 29, 2008 with a third round stoppage win over Sinethemda Magibesela. He then racked up seven victories with only two going the distance against Lwazi Nduneni and Motswaki Moselsele On June 3 this year he knocked out Monwabisi Ngundwana in the eighth round in Port Alfred to win the vacant SA title. The title became vacant when Sizwe Sinyabi was stripped after he failed a medical prior to his contest with Monwabisi Gundwana. Zimela from Mthatha is ranked at number ten in the most recent Boxing South Africa ratings and was most impressive in June this year when he stopped Prince Msane in the fourth round. On the same card former South African junior-bantamweight champion Unathi Gqokoma returns to action when he faces Thabo Sishwana in a clash for the vacant Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title. The tournament is presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.
On October 28th, former heavyweight contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles will return against Joseph Rabotte in a six round clash at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania, that will be promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Nobles of Philadelphia has a record of 26-1 with 21 KOs and will be making his first start in four years. Rabotte is 11-18-1 with 3 KOs. In the main event, Tony Ferrante will take on Tommy Karpency in a ten round battle for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship,
By Graham Houston
The term “firestorm of controversy” comes to mind. After the big-fight fiasco involving Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins in Los Angeles on Saturday night the boxing world seems to be talking about little else. One thing is becoming clear. The original verdict of a second-round TKO win for Dawson is not going stand for much longer. It seems inevitable that the California commission will shortly declare the bout to have been a “no decision.”
Initially, I could not understand all the outrage when Hopkins essentially resigned himself from the fight and referee Pat Russell ruled that Dawson was the winner. Yes, Dawson had shouldered Hopkins off him — not too violently in my opinion — and the 46-year-old light-heavyweight champion had fallen awkwardly. However, in the referee’s opinion, on the night, there had been no foul. Therefore, if Hopkins says he is too badly injured to continue, and in the referee’s view he hadn’t been fouled, then the result would surely be a TKO win for Dawson?
What is happening, though, is that many people in boxing, including experienced and respected officials, are saying that despite what the referee ruled, there clearly was an accidental foul. (more…)
Returning UFC welterweight contender Nick Diaz will get his UFC 137 main event after all, as UFC President Dana White announced via twitter Tuesday afternoon that 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his October 29th title defense against Carlos Condit due to a knee injury.
Diaz, who was originally scheduled to face GSP in the UFC 137 main event before being pulled from the bout due to two press conference no shows, will now see his three-round bout with BJ Penn elevated to the main event a week from Saturday. . . . Click here for more
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James “Lights Out” Toney will depart for Moscow, Russia, this Wednesday, October 19, in advance of his meeting with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace on November 4. Wishing to get fully acclimated to the region, Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will continue training in Moscow. 43-year-old Toney says he’s in the best physical shape he has been in years and he’s just putting the final touches on his camp and on fight night Operation Lights Out in Russia will be in full effect.
“You aint gonna see no lay down like Bernard Hopkins did,” said the former champion at middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight. “I will be there to kick his ass right in front of his people. He likes to wait until fighters from my generation get old and that’s made him feel like he can fight. But I’m going to show him what a big mistake he made thinking he can pull that with me.”
Former world champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana will face hard puncher prospect Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez next October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, where former two time champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will fight Raul “Rayito” Garcia for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum title in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention.
Headlining the card, Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face García (30-2-1, 18 KOs) for the 105lb interim championship, while Argentinian Yessica Yolanda Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) will defend her WBO junior flyweight belt against Suzane Warner (9-10-1, 2 KOs) in a 10 round bout.
In a co-feature fight, Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), a former WBO welterweight champion and seventh ranked by the WBO in 154 pounds will face Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title.
Meanwhile, former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBO 122lb Intercontinental title against a foe to be named. (more…)
Undefeated NABO super featherweight beltholder Eloy “The Prince” Perez (22-0, 6 KOs) defends his title against Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs) on October 28th at Sherwood Hall, Salinas, CA, broadcast live on Telefutura. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring again so soon after my great KO victory in my last fight I want to thank my opponent for stepping up on such short notice,I look forward to giving my fans an amazing fight and a victory,” stated Perez. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire works out during media day at the Kingsway Gym in New York for his New York debut against undefeated Omar Narvaez of Argentina, 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. Click here for more photos….
Happy birthday to longtime Florida promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala who turns 74 today. The founder of All Star Boxing in Miami, he was a leading promoter and manager for forty years, handling world champions and top contenders before he suffered a massive stroke on January 8, 2001 which has kept him disabled in bed since.
In Playboy’s November issue (on newsstands now), Playboy Contributing Editor Kevin Cook spent time with P4P king Manny Pacquiao and got a rare glimpse into his world that involves incessant workouts with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, cockfighting, politics, boxing, heroic defeats and capturing the heart and soul of the Filipino people. As he prepares to fight Juan Manuel Marquez next month, the world still wonders when the much anticipated clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally take place?
Cruiserweight challenger Rogelio Rossi slept through today’s press training after his arrival in Germany was delayed for more than 24 hours. A volcanic ash cloud had grounded his original flight out of Buenos Aires, and it was not before Tuesday morning that Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) eventually made it to Stuttgart airport. Instead of participating in the media workout, he went to his hotel to get some sleep. “My punches will wake him up on Saturday,” WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) said. “But only to put him back to sleep immediately. I have trained for a hard fight because all challengers from Argentina are tough and aggressive. I want to put on another spectacular performance for my fans. It will be an entertaining night on Saturday.”
Also in action during today´s session was IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Dominik Britsch (25-0, 9 KOs), who puts his title and unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-9, 5 KOs).
After last Friday’s controversial heavyweight night in Obertraubling, Germany, headliners Alexander Petkovic and Konstantin Airich look back on the fights with mixed feelings. While Petkovic cannot be happy with his lousy performance and bad acting which brought him an undeserved DQ win over Cisse Salif, new IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich celebrates his first round KO and is already thinking about his next steps. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photo by Jose Luis Camarillo
Today Edgar Sosa and Thai southpaw WBC flyweight world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam received the medical approval of the Thailand Boxing Commission, on the way to their next title bout to be held next Friday in the 11st Infantry Arena. Sosa and Wonjongkam, went to Paolo Memorial Hospital, and after a blood pressure test, both marked 120-80, and 110-80, respectively. The event was supervised by Mr. Edward Thangarajah, WBC supervisor. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban prospect Yoandris Salinas (13-0, 8 KOs) will face former WBA bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno at 122 pounds on Saturday at the WBA “KO to Drugs” Festival at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama. Cermeno was scheduled against Chris Avalos, who pulled out and Salinas took his place. Salinas is part of Dream Team Boxing Promotions and is a fighter with good technique and a lot of talent. The same night, stablemate Richard April faces Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta.
By Ron Jackson
Takalani Ndlovu will make the first defence of his IBF junior featherweight title when he faces Giovanni Caro in Mexico on October 29. The fight is scheduled to take place at the Palenque de la Ferla in Colima. The South African, whose record stands at 32-6, with 18 knockouts, won the belt on March 26 this year when he outpointed Canadian Steve Molitor at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. He had lost to Molitor in two previous title bouts.
Ndlovu’s handlers were offered fights in Russia and Thailand for his voluntary defence. However, Promoter Branco Milenkovic opted to take the fight to Mexico because of his previous connections with the promoters HG Boxing. It will not be an easy task for the champion, who has to go fight the 27-year-old Caro in his home country. Caro has a record of 22-9-4, with 17 stoppage wins. (more…)
According to Mexican media outlet Marco.com, boxer Rafael Guzman of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico was murdered last night in his native Guadalajara, Mexico. Guzman was shot 8 times by a passing vehichle that was occupied by two passengers. Guzman was in the backseat of his car at the time of the shooting. Reports are that Guzman attempted to escape after the initial shots but was unable to advance more than 100 meters. When police arrived on the scene Guzman had already passed away. No official word on the reasoning for the attack or who fired the shots and if they were caught. Guzman had a record of (28-3-1, 20 KOs) with his biggest fight coming earlier this year June 4th on HBO at the Staples Center against unbeaten highly world ranked featherweight Mikey Garcia. Guzman took that fight on very short notice for the opportunity. Fightnews sends its sincerest condolences to the Guzman family.
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