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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The president of the WBC José Sulaimán, announced today that Édgar Sosa has been named a WBC emeritus champion, while the Filipino Rodel Mayol is recognized as WBC light flyweight world champion. The “emeritus” designation gives Sosa the right to immediately go to the front of the line to fight for a WBC title in any weight division. (More to come)
It has been announced that HBO will televise the upcoming bout between undefeated heavyweight contender, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) and Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) for the WBC heavyweight championship on December 12th. In addition to Johnson vs. Klitschko, which will take place at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland, HBO will also be airing Victor Ortiz vs. Antonio Diaz and the rematch between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The special duel site, triple header, will kick off at 10:15 PM with Oritz vs. Diaz, followed by Diaz vs. Malignaggi II. Immediately following Diaz vs. Malignaggi, HBO will air the WBC Title fight from Switzerland, tape delayed. (more…)
IBF featherweight champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-11-1, 23 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against IBF #15 Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-7, 25 KOs) on December 19 at El Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The undercard include in separate bouts jr. featherweight contender Alex De Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 12 rounder for the WBC CABOFE super bantamweight title; Daniel Estrada (21-1-0, 17 KOs) challenging Emilio Bojorquez (15-1, 11 KOs) for the WBC lightweight Youth world title; and WBO #6 ranked jr. middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (21-0, 14 KOs) against an opponent to be named.
Bantamweight contender Abner Mares (19-0, 12 KOs) is gearing up for his first world title shot in 2010 and on Tuesday, he signed a new promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions for five years. The 23-year old Mares is currently ranked #2 by the WBC, #3 by the IBF, #4 by the WBO and #6 by the WBA. In his last bout, on August 27, Mares knocked out Carlos Fulgencio in the sixth round.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (left) and WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer pose during today’s press conference at the Schwerin Castle in Schwerin, Germany. Hometown favorites Zbik and Brähmer defend their titles on December 19 at the Schwerin Sport and Kongress Hall. (More to come)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Tyrell Samuel 132 1/2 vs Gustavo Dailey 131 1/2
Mike Dietrich 224 1/2 vs. Kevin Johnson 214
Daniel Kooij 195 1/2 vs. William Bailey 189 1/2
Nick Kisner 195 vs. Glen Williams 195 1/2
Abodurin Akinyanju 284 vs. Octavius Davis 225 1/2
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Otgonbayer Daivii 178 vs Garrett Wilson 176.5
Paul Zalus 210 vs Damian Richardson 204
Brian Cook 208 vs Robert Clay 215
Andy Mejias 169 vs Dave Cook 166.5
Jason Massie 275 vs Justin Novaria 271
Venue: Avalon Hotel in Erie, PA
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing Promotions
WBA interim flyweight champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) faced off with former world champion Roberto ‘Mako’ Leyva (26-9-1, 21 KOs). The two had their press conference today at the Crown Casino in Panama City, Panama publicizing their scheduled for 12 rounds world title fight this Friday at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. The two issued the following quotes.
Concepcion: “My preparation for this fight was excellent. There really isn’t much to say at this point. I’m just ready to successfully make my first title defense.”
Leyva: “I’ve prepared well for this fight and I’m coming to win. Everybody knows that true Mexican fighters are real warriors and that’s what you will see from me come Friday night.”
Talented, promising lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) of Covina, Calif., will make his main event debut when he puts his unblemished record on the line against veteran Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-rounder for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight championship in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 28 live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In the co-feature, undefeated Los Angeles native Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) will meet Los Angeles resident and World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC super bantamweight belt-holder Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez (14-1-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round junior bantamweight bout. (more…)
On December 4th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (20-1-1, 6 KOs) will take on the rugged veteran, Doel Carrasquillo (12-12-1, 10 KOs) in the eight round main event that will highlight the annual Children’s Holiday Show. The show is promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. (more…)
Newly crowned WBA jr middleweight champion Yuri Foreman teamed with the Israeli Consulate and the Metropolitan Council to sponsor a “Turkey Giveaway” in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday.
“The best way to celebrate is to share with others, I am humbled to give back to the community and share with those that are less fortune,” Foreman said. Hundreds of turkeys were distributed to people in need Tuesday morning at the Met Council parking lot in Brooklyn.
Amateur world champion Jack Culcay is currently preparing with the trainer of champions Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg as he gets ready for his pro debut. This month Universum Box-Promotion made a big investment in the 24-year-old junior middleweight’s boxing future by signing him to a three year deal with an option for three more years. (more…)
When Star Boxing’s IBF #3 rated welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14KO) steps into the ring against Poland’s IBF #4 rated Rafal “Braveheart” Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18KO) for the #1 spot in the IBF World Ratings in an official IBF Welterweight Title eliminator in Elk, Poland on Friday November 27th, Rodriguez doesn’t intend to leave any questioning in the outcome of the fight. (more…)
It is rare in boxing when you see two prospects at such an early stage of their career put their undefeated records on the line against on another. But on December 3rd, on Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing premiere installment of his new collaborative series “Hustler Boxing” with Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club-NYC, you will see just that when Star Boxing’s “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) takes on Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO) in a must see welterweight showdown between two unbeaten, up and coming prospects. The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the welterweight division and is one of the co-feature bouts of the evening. “Huster Boxing” will take place in the Grand Ballroom at New York City’s famous Manhattan Center, and will be broadcast live on the nationally televised Versus Network. (more…)
WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida will defend her belt against Lyndsey Scragg on December 5 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Also featured on the six bout card will be lightweight contender Armando Santa Cruz, along with top prospects Oscar Venegas and Ricky Duenas, and undefeated Peruvian boxers 9-0 Carlos Zambrano and 3-0 Juan Zegarra. (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik returns home, to Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend his titles against top-rated contender Miguel Espino. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline an all-action two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Tickets, priced at $208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. ET, online at www.Tickets.com. They can also be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office, beginning Monday, November 30. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev is based in West Sacramento, Calif., and will be fighting virtually in his backyard on Dec. 11, but chose Reno, Nev., and its 4,400-foot altitude, 130 miles away, as the site of his training camp. “It’s something I like to do for added conditioning,” explained Maskaev. A onetime New Yorker after relocating from the former Soviet Union, he was accustomed to training for fights in higher elevations on the East Coast as well.
Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) is 40 and will be taking on a 25-year-old foe in Nagy Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs) of New York in their scheduled 10-rounder next month at downtown Sacramento’s historic Memorial Auditorium. But, according to Maskaev’s promoter, Dennis Rappaport, who left the Big Apple to be encamped with his fighter, the ex-champ is sparring with the zeal of someone much younger in pursuit of regaining the title he lost last year to Samuel Peter. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) will face an opponent to be named on January 9th at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. It will be the first defense for Stieglitz, who dethroned Karoly Balzsay in August. Also on the card will be WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer defending her belts against WIBF super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne. The card will be officially announced on Thursday.
It is with the deepest sympathies that the International Boxing Federation/ United States Boxing Association extends its condolences to the wife and family of Francisco Rodriguez, who passed away after valiantly fighting a tough battle against Teon Kennedy for the USBA Junior Featherweight title on Friday, November 20, in Philadelphia, PA. “Our concerns for Mr. Rodriguez’s health began when we new he passed out in the corner and was rushed to the hospital,” noted IBF President, Marian Muhammad. Tragedies such as this one are unpleasant reminders of how dangerous this sport can be. The IBF president added, “We were deeply saddened to learn that Francisco Rodriguez passed away two days after such a hard fought battle in the square ring.”
A fund has been started for Francisco’s family. Please make donations to:
The Francisco Rodriguez Fund
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Former two-time WBA super welterweight champion Travis Simms was sworn in as Councilmen at City Hall in Norwalk, CT on Tuesday. As a lifelong Norwalk resident, Simms is eager to get into his new position and fight for the citizens of Norwalk who have supported him throughout his boxing career. The 38-year-old Simms last fought in June and has indicated he intends to remain active as a boxer.
Don King Productions issued a press release yesterday stating the company had a valid promotional contract with heavyweight boxer John Ruiz. Upon further review, Don King has learned that Ruiz’s contract with DKP has expired. “My boxing department had advised me my contract was still active, which turned out to be incorrect,” King said. “I apologize to John, his representatives, boxing fans and members of the media for making this mistake.” King explained that he was told that Ruiz had signed a three-year contract extension when in fact it had only been for two years. “When I was told this morning of this error, I immediately wanted to get the correct information out,” King said. “John had been with me since 1998, and I would prefer to see him stay with me, but he is free to do as he sees fit. I wish him well.”
On Friday, Dec. 4, at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, unbeaten junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KO) will be opposed by Carson Jones (23-7-1 14 KOs) in the ShoBox 10-round main event. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated Mauricio Herrera (13-0, 6 KOs) faces Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) in a super lightweight bout.
By Robert Coster
The next big fight in the welterweight division is the WBC-WBA title unification bout between champions Andre Berto and Shane Mosley on January 30th, 2010 — a clash of two generations. The possible outcome of this battle has the fans and pundits divided. Those who favor Mosley, a majority, point out that the future Hall of Famer has the edge in experience, skills, versatility and has fought high caliber opponents. Those who back the undefeated Berto speak of his strength, youth, speed and the possibility that Father Time may very well catch up withthe 38-year-old Shane. This is certainly the opinion of Lou DiBella, Berto’s promoter, who predicts that “on January 30th, the era of Shane Mosley ends and that of Andre Berto starts.” And what does Andre Berto himself think? The personable Andre answers a few pointed questions from Fightnews. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican lightweight Giovanni Díaz (11-3, 3 KOs) remains in critical, but stable condition in a local hospital according to information from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Diaz suffered a subdural hematoma in a fourth round KO loss to Ramón “Niño de Oro” Ayala on Saturday’s Sosa-Mayol card.
WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) is ready to leave no doubt to who the WBO cruiserweight champion is when he takes on WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5th in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Fightnews spoke with Afolabi upon his recent arrival to Germany and he spoke about his upcoming fight with Huck. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will be out of action for action for at least 6 months with a fractured cheekbone. Doctors are presently trying to evaluate the damage to Sosa’s left eye. Sosa was the victim an intentional headbutt by challenger Rodel Mayol in their fight Saturday. Mayol was deducted a point for his action but scored a TKO later in the round.
Below is the updated scoreboard following the conclusion of Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBO Bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico will return on December 16th against Nicaraguan Marlon Aguilar at the Auditorio La Condosaa in Mexico City. Previously we knew Gonzalez was considering opponents from Mexico, Japan or The Philippines. We also know Gonzalez is seeking a quick world title shot against one of the featherweight beltholders. Gonzalez is currently training daily at the La Romanza in Mexico City with standout trainer Nacho Beristain. Other fights on December 16th include Oscar Ibarra vs Erick Ortiz in rematch, plus the Zaleta brothers Victor and Odilon.
Despite an issued statement from Don King Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, the United States promoter of WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye, announced that they have received assurances directly from the WBA that there will be no sanctioning of an interim WBA heavyweight championship fight and that Haye will remain the only heavyweight world champion recognized by the sanctioning body. “We have complete confidence that the WBA will keep their word and not sanction an interim heavyweight world title bout,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya. “They have assured us that David will remain the ONLY WBA heavyweight world champion, a title which he looks forward to proudly defending for the first time in the early part of 2010.”
Newly-crowned World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Jose Aldo had dreamed of winning a world title since he was a young boy. Growing up poor in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo didn’t have many material possessions, nor did he always know when his next meal would come. (more…)
Team Ruiz has responded to claims by promoter Don King, who stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,” as well as that the WBA has sanctioned an “Interim” title fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev. According to Team Ruiz, “The Quietman’s” contract with DKP expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent. (more…)
On Saturday night December 5th, heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles WBO #5 Brian Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) in a ten rounder at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In the main event, three-time world champion Paul Williams meets WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout.
The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since. “I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said. “I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.” (more…)
Promoter Don King claims he has a valid contract to promote heavyweight boxer John Ruiz, and Ruiz’s claims that he is a promotional free agent are false. “John Ruiz is my fighter,” King said. “I have a valid promotional agreement that designates me as his promoter. I do not understand why he and his manager are representing that he is a free agent when that is clearly not the case.” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs) is a two time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion and is currently the WBA No. 1-ranked contender and mandatory challenger to new champion David Haye. (more…)
Promoter Eddie Bazira and Baltic Pro Box Promotions, in association with Real Deal Events LLC, SES Boxing, Fight Production and Risum Boxing, are proud to announce that contracts has been signed for legendary former four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield to challenge Francois Botha for the South Africans World Boxing Federation World title on January 16 at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. A sell-out crowd of 80,000 spectators is expected, and details are being finalized for worldwide pay-per-view distribution. Sweden-based Baltic Pro Box Promotions will host several press conferences in the coming days in Kampala to kick off the promotion of what will be the biggest fight ever in Uganda. (more…)
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