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By Sam DiTusa
It is with the greatest sadness that I report the passing of boxing’s Bob Oleson from Portland, Oregon. Bob was a charter member of Boxing’s Northwest Hall of Fame and president and founder of CAM Boxing. Bob has thousands of friends in the sport and was the last of the “my word and hand shake are my bond” guys. Never dealing with contracts, Bob staged hundreds of fights in the Northwest for over 30 years, worked the corner of too many fights to count, and touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Bob received calls daily from fighters he worked with over the years, a tribute to how he did business.
A former veteran who actually served in all four branches of the military, recently Bob’s dream has been to stage a pay per view boxing show to benefit disabled Vets, a dream that will continue. Bob is survived by his sons and daughters and the many boxing fans across the country.
Boxing promotional powerhouse Golden Boy Promotions has officially joined the Boxing Promoters Association. Golden Boy and the BPA will make it official at the organizations next upcoming meeting on January 10th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. “I am excited to be joining the Boxing Promoters Association and look forward to work with all promoters to help grow the sport in a positive manner,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, whose company controls a large portion of the TV dates that smaller promoters allege they have been frozen out of.
WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) was forced to pull out of Saturday’s unification clash with WBA champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 5 KOs) in Shymkent, Kazakhstan due to an acute gastrointestinal illness. Brähmer and BDB President Thomas Pütz, another member of the five-person German delegation both fell ill. “A few hours after arrival in Shymkent, both came down with severe diarrhea with nausea and severe vomiting which lasted all night,” explained Dr. Michael Ehnert. “This caused severe headaches and abdominal pain. Jürgen was particularly so weakened that he couldn’t train and it’s not possible for him to be able to compete for a world title in a few days. Due to the unclear cause and ambiguous symptoms, it was decided to arrange for an immediate return to Germany this evening to head directly to the hospital after landing for treatment. So far, we have only a vague suspicion of the cause. Jürgen and Thomas Pütz were eating together on Sunday afternoon near the hotel and that evening they complained about the first symptoms, which increased on Monday.”
Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl stated “This is a big catastrophe, we and above all Jürgen are crestfallen. This fight would have written German boxing history. Now we hope that Jürgen and Thomas become healthy as soon as possible.” The team is scheduled to arrive back in Hamburg tomorrow at 9AM. It is not known if the bout will be rescheduled.
The proposed showdown between Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) and WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) of the Ukraine is no longer looking probable. A source close to the promotional side of Senchenko has confirmed that unfortunately negotiations have broken down and the fight most likely won’t take place now.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that current WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas has begun his training for his return to the ring. Rojas had surgery in his right hand that kept him out of action for several months but his recovery now appears successful. The expectation is that Rojas have a tune-up fight in March or April, and make a title defense after that fight.
WBO #1 welterweight Kell Brook is urging Frank Warren to do all he can to get Amir Khan to face him. Warren has already put forward a multi-million dollar offer to Khan to step up to welterweight and taken on undefeated British rival Brook. And the Yorkshireman was left fuming when Khan turned down the offer, saying that he used to beat him up in sparring. “Believe me, it was always the other way around,” said Brook. “I couldn’t believe it when I read what Khan had been saying – may be all those punches he took against Maidana have had an affect on his memory. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is waiting for the final name for his optional defense scheduled for April 16 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sources report Jason Litzau (U.S.), Ricardo Cordoba (Panama), Rey Bautista (Philippines), Orlando Salido (Mexico) and Teon Kennedy (U.S.) are under consideration. SHOWTIME has the final say and will make a decision in the next 15 days.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Maryse Abraham/Premium Boxing Promotions
“It is my calling.” This is how trainer Orlando Cuellar defines his profession. The Cuban-born, New-York raised Cuellar has been a trainer for over 30 years, worked with seven world champions and is being talked about as one of the best in his field. Orlando’s present star is “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson and he also trains a slew of promising young boxers. Fightnews sat down with the articulate, congenial trainer to talk about the many aspects of the profession. (more…)
Former WBC middleweight Kelly Pavlik will be discharged today from the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. “The Ghost” has been in rehab for two months trying to overcome a serious drinking problem that prompted a family intervention. Promoter Bob Arum told the Youngstown Vindicator that Top Rank will support him 100%.
Unbeaten former light heavyweight and cruiserweight Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) is expected to return at the end of March or April. Zsolt and his manager Christof Hawerkamp will be in New York City in a few weeks to nail down the details. Erdei will be trained for the fight by legendary German trainer Fritz Sdunek, splitting his preparation time between Europe (possibly in the mountains) and at least five weeks in the US. The name of former world champ Gabriel Campillo has been mentioned as a possible opponent, but nothing is set.
There has been progress in the negotiations for the proposed dream clash between IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. A May or June date is most likely with the fight taking place in Europe and probably in Germany. The fighters have agreed to a 50/50 split.
Boxer of the Decade: Manny Pacquiao
Fighter of the Year: Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez
Fight of the Year: Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins
Knockout of the Year: Sergio Martinez vs. Paul Williams
Exemplary World Champion of the year: Vitali Klitschko
Most Dramatic Fight of the Year: Fernando Montiel vs. Hozumi Hasegawa
Hope and Revelation of the Year: Tie between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
The popular Magdaleno brothers — Diego and Jesse – of Las Vegas will fight on a Top Rank Live! championship boxing card at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino on Saturday, January 22. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Tickets at $40 for ringside and $25 for general admission will go on sale Tuesday, January 4, 10 am. Tickets may be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and the Fiestas, by calling (702) 547-5300 or logging onto www.stationcasinos.com. “Our matchmakers put together a tremendous lineup for this event at Texas Station,” said Arum.
In the main event, Diego Magdaleno, 17-0, will take on Marcos Leonardo Jimenez, 18-2, of Santo Domingo in a NABF Super Featherweight Championship. Diego’s younger brother Jesse – an amateur superstar who just signed with Top Rank – will face Gene Garcia,0-1, of Oxnard, Ca. in a four-round featherweight bout. Jesse has a record of 1-0-0. (more…)
On January 22nd, Joey Eye Boxing will stage the first ever boxing event at the Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). In the main event, popular lightweight, Victor “The Barber” Vasquez (12-4-1, 6 KOs) will fight an opponent to be named in a bout scheduled for six rounds. Also, in a four round crusierweight co-feature, local knockout artist John Poore (21-4, 18 KOs) makes his first appearance in his new weight class when he takes on Zeferino Albino (3-12-2, 1 KO). Tickets are $90, $60 and $45. Call 610-933-7510.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
FightNews caught up with WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm at his training facilities in Cologne, Germany, recently to speak about 2010, Sturm’s first bout as his own promoter in September, the future and the sport itself. You don’t want to miss what the three-time world champion had to say. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm, co-trainer Artur Grigorian, cutman Volker Grill and BDB president Thomas Pütz arrived Sunday morning in freezing Shymkent, Kazakhstan, where Brähmer will face WBA champion Beibut Schumenov on Schumenov’s home turf. Things are off to a rocky start, however, as a press conference scheduled for Monday was cancelled on short notice. The Brähmer was not informed of the reason for the cancellation of the presser. “It’s holidays here on Monday and Tuesday,” said Brähmer. “There’s not much going on.”
Female boxing superstar Christy Martin (49-5-3, 31 KOs) will be returning to the ring to try for her 50th career win. Martin’s gym in Apopka, Florida is scheduled to reopen today. She is on the mend from knife and gunshot wounds she says she received from her husband/trainer Jim Martin, who has been charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. “I am the happiest person on the planet,”Christy wrote on her Facebook page. “I’m on the way to workout at the boxing gym. Two huge pieces of my puzzle are in place Miguel Diaz will train me and Mike Novak will aid in legal services. Finally back to what I love-boxing.”
Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions are reducing tickets for the Feb. 11 card at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. Anyone purchasing a ticket in the first three days of ticket sales will get the second ticket at half-off. General admission tickets are going for $20. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Jan. 4, at all Ticketmaster locations or at UTEP’s box office. After the 72-hour sale, tickets will be available at regular prices. “David [Rodriguez] and myself are aware of the current economy and the effects it has brought to the community,” says promoter Zeferino Ramirezo. “Therefore, in a means to make it possible for all to enjoy our first fight together, we are making a special offer.” The Feb. 11 card headlines the return of heavyweight David Rodriguez. Promoter Ramirez says it will be the first of many shows planned for El Paso.
WEC champ Anthony Pettis is next in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt – hear what he thought of UFC 125’s shocking outcome: click here for more
Las Vegas will host the first USA fight card of 2011 on Friday at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Featured fighters on the card, which will also be the first nationally-televised boxing event of 2011, will host a free public workout on Tuesday beginning at noon at Findlay Toyota located in nearby Henderson. The card features junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0, 11 KOs) vs Mauricio Herrera (15-1, 7 KOs) in the main event, with 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8 KOs) facing Alberto Herrera (7-0-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight co-feature. The Herreras are brothers who hail from Riverside, Calif.
TMZ has obtained surveillance video taken the night Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly roughed up his children’s mother Josie Harris — showing Harris being wheeled off on a stretcher after seeking refuge in a security guard station. As TMZ first reported, Mayweather allegedly blew up at Harris after he learned Harris was seeing an NBA player — CJ Watson of the Chicago Bulls. The police report from that night details how Mayweather’s kids escaped the house and ran to a nearby guard station — and in the video, you can see all three kids entering the station. Police cars can be seen pulling up and, about 15 minutes later, Harris can be seen being taken out on a stretcher as she clutches her head. Mayweather was hit with eight charges from the incident and ordered to stay away from Harris and the kids. He is due back in court January 24.
WIBF/WBA/WBO women’s flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend against 18-year-old WBO minimumweight champion Teeraporn “Female Rambo” Pannimit (13-3, 5 KOs) on January 29 in Hamburg, Germany. Teeraporn, along with promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban and her team will head from Bangkok, Thailand to Germany on January 22.
On January 22nd, boxing returns to the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey as Nedal Abuhumoud and Nedal Boxing present former U.S. Olympian Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (35-7, 9 KOs) against Phillip McCants (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. In a six-round co-feature, Charles Hayward (5-2, 1 KO) will battle Billy Salser (3-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. Tickets are $80 and $50. Call 609-209-5642.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
23-year-old former Olympian Carlos Negron (10-0, 7 KOs) , will make his debut as a heavyweight on PR Best Boxing’s January 22 show in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The 6’6 Negron started his career as a cruiserweight and said he will weigh about 215 pounds when he meets an opponent to be named. The Negron team plans five fights in 2011 with one of them being for a regional title that would get him a world ranking.
By Jesse Kelley
The IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout between Yusaf Mack and Otis Griffin that was to take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis on January 7th will now take place on either the first or second weekend in February. Promoter Tony Grygelko said the postponement was due to working out issues with the IBF. Unbeaten middleweight Caleb Truax (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will now be the co-feature vs TBA.
Fitness and nutrition author/expert Robert Ferguson invites all to attend his free seminar at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ on January 8 from 10:30AM to 12:30PM in support of his new book titled “Diet-Free For Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness, and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss.” Ferguson lists boxers Fernando Vargas, Steve Forbes, Sam Peter, Sergio Mora and Maureen Shea among his clients.
WBA interim super bantamweight champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) is preparing to school challenger Willie “Big Bang” Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) when they square-off March 19 in Dublin. “Casey doesn’t belong in the same ring as me,” the 30-year-old Rigondeaux said, “but I admire his courage for wanting to fight me. I’m excited about fighting in Ireland again, where I won my first World Championship as an amateur in 2001. My last fight, against Cordoba, was on the Pacquiao-Margarito card. Millions of people watching on pay-per-view, along with 61,000 fans in Dallas, watched me do what I had to do to win the WBA title.
“I am world champion. Casey and all of the fans in attendance will see a true world champion in action March 19. If Casey thinks I’m going to Ireland to lose my world title belt, he’s making a big mistake because I’m going to win, and in sensational fashion. He is tailor-made for me. I watched a couple of rounds of Casey’s previous fights and concluded that he’s a bit of a one-trick pony. We are as far apart in class as in residence, make no mistake about that and when the bell rings March 19th, that will certainly be evident to all.” (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard engaged in a five round battle that will be a very early candidate for Fight of the Year. The highly anticipated rematch resulted in an outcome nobody could’ve predicted—a majority draw.
Gray Maynard wasted no time taking the fight to the champion. After a brief feeling out process, Maynard began a serious onslaught with a left hook that sent Edgar spiraling back and around the cage. Another right uppercut put the champ on the mat a second time. In what had to be the longest five minutes of Edgar’s career, he miraculously survived the blitz on heart alone . . . click here for more
“I thought it was my fight.”
Those words came out of Gray Maynard’s mouth over and over at the UFC 125 post fight press conference.
Maynard opened up a commanding lead in the opening round, nearly stunning champion Frankie Edgar with a first round stoppage. “The Bully” lived up to his moniker, flooring the champion three times with big shots and scoring two takedowns. Though Edgar made it out of the round and rallied back, the judges all scored the opener 10-8 for the challenger . . . click here for more
Many thought that Brian Stann bit off more than he could chew when he called out the ultra hot Chris Leben. But when the two stepped in the cage, Stann proved that he was no fool as he blasted Leben and scored a first round TKO. It was quite possibly the biggest victory in Stann’s career as he made his debut at middleweight. It’s a decision that Stann is proud of and also feels was long overdue . . . click here for more
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