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By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA #14 cruiserweight Mike Marrone talks about Saturday’s world championship showdown with WBA champion Guillermo Jones, plus presser comments from Jones and WBC #1 cruiser Francisco Palacios who will also see action.
Video by Josafat Aguilar / BOX-MAGAZINE
Sparring session between super WBA; WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and the WBC Youth lightweight champion Gilberto “Flaco” González.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Rene Perez / CANELO PROMOTIONS
Although for most Mexicans this Wednesday is a holiday, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez did not stop training because the next three weeks will hold the most difficult hurdle of his successful career. Alvarez (38-0-1, 28KOs), is thoroughly prepared to face the Puerto Rican puncher Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) next November 26th at the Expo Bancomer of Santa Fe, located in Mexico City. (more…)
Two top boxing promoters in the Chicagoland area say they are fed up with Illinois commission’s recent spate of rules changes that, they say, make it much more difficult to promote an event in the state. Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing and Domenic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, say they will meet together with state representatives this week with a list of grievances about the state’s latest round of rule changes.
Already having recently increased their basic fees (some as high as 1000% or more), yesterday (November 1) Rafael Caro II, Public Service Administrator for the Illinois State Athletic Commission notified all licensed promoters of the changes, including the following (paraphrased):
There will be absolutely no deductions done for the Boxers/Contestants at any weigh-in and/or event.
Ringside physicians will not be doing physicals for any contestants… They must get physicals done by a MD or DO only, prior to the weigh-in.
ALL Boxers/Contestants must be licensed prior to the weigh-in.
(Boxers) are to pay all fees by check or money order only whenever they submit their application. Any seconds (cornermen) can get licensed no later than the weigh-in (no one will be allowed to license the day of event).
It is imperative and your sole responsibility to inform all professional boxers/contestants of these new changes. No exceptions will be given.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has approved a tribute to Don King honoring the octogenarian on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the Viva Don King World Championship Boxing Show Nov. 5, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fl. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is offering to all fans attending the show a $10.00 discount, with either a ticket stub or valid credential, on a weekend ticket package or gala dinner ticket, when attending the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame annual Induction Dinner and ceremonies the weekend of June 22-24, 2012 at the Wyndam Hotel, 700 No. Westshore Blvd., Tampa Fl. The class of 2012, will be officially announced on Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 at FLBHOF Vice Pres. Steve Canton’s SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Fl. With much appreciation to Don and the DKP staff for all they have done for boxing worldwide.
USBA welterweight champion Carson Jones will look to take another step towards his dream of fighting for a world title when he battles 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo “Slicky Ricky” Williams in the main event of “The Corona Rumble at Remington, Presented by Monster Energy” Thursday, December 15 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK.
Jones, 32-8-2 (22 KO’s), hasn’t had any soft touches in the paid ranks, battling a plethora of prospects, contenders and undefeated fighters. Although he’s had his fair share of frustrations, the 25 year old has been on a tear during the last two and a half years, compiling an outstanding 15-1-1 record against solid opposition. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A sea of media turned out at the popular Quebec sports bar La Cage Aux Sports for a chance to hear from undefeated superstar Lucian Bute and former world champ Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson on Wednesday, just three days before Bute makes the ninth defense of his IBF Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 5, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event, which will originate from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, also features a 12-round junior welterweight bout between rising Canadian 140-pound star Pier-Olivier Côté (17-0, 11 KOs), of Quebec City and Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs), of the Bronx, New York.
One of the largest box office draws in boxing, the undefeated, Romanian-born Bute will enter the ring with an unblemished record of 29-0 with 24 KOs. Bute has registered knockouts in seven of his eight title defenses and has only gone the distance five times in his professional career. (more…)
Photos: David Martin Warr
Don King hosted the final press conference today for his world championship fight card on Saturday in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (WealthTV 8 p.m. ET/PT) in Hollywood, Fla. The main event will feature Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) defending his WBA cruiserweight title against WBA #14-ranked Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs), from Vero Beach, Fla. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Marquez: “We prepared ourselves to win this fight again. We feel we won the first two fights and that’s how you should go into a fight. We knew the first two fights were close. The 3rd fight will shed any doubt of who the better fighter is. We’re not the only ones that say we won the first fight. The fans and media have said that as well.”
“I don’t believe age has anything to do with it. I prepare very well and I’ll be just as ready as I was a few years back.”
“I would rather fight Pacquiao three or four more times than to fight Mayweather again. Mayweather doesn’t fight. We know Pacquiao fights and we know that this will be a great war.”
Nacho Beristain: “Pacquiao has become a better technical fighter but Marquez has become better as well and is a more experienced fighter. He’s always going to be focused and ready. I think he’ll fight like he’s 24.”
Heading into his April 2010 bout with Rafael dos Anjos, Liverpool lightweight Terry Etim was on the verge of stardom. 19 months later, he’s looking to reintroduce himself to the world . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Andreas Hale
Manny Pacquiao: This third fight will be the answer to whether or not Marquez got robbed in the other two fights. I never underestimate Marquez. There’s a big difference in me today. I have changed and improved a lot of areas and I’m more dangerous now. I think I’m a lot better now. My power has made a big difference. It’s going to be different for him when he steps in the ring with me. We know his weaknesses but we won’t tell you what they are.
Freddy Roach: I’ve never seen Manny as motivated as I have in this fight.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef has recently spread the word that he would love to match Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) with hard-hitting WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs) sooner or later. “I have seen some tapes of Rios and all I can say is that Gamboa is ready for him anytime, anyplace”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Rios is an aggressive guy but I see nothing in his game to really shock Gamboa. It should be a good fight though so I say: Let’s get it on!” (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in one of the featured fights on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card, will be in line for a pair of much-coveted title shots with a win on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden. A Jones victory over Lujan in their scheduled 12-rounder will gain him the #1 position in the welterweight rankings of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), currently ruled by Andre Berto, which could lead to a fight for Berto’s title in 2012. He also might possibly be matched with #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Two-time world champion Israel ‘Magnifico’ Vazquez (44-5, 32 KOs) will be hosting the official grand opening of his new boxing gym, Magnifico Boxing Gym, this Saturday November 5th. The event will begin at 12:00 noon with the ceremonial ribbon cutting by long time friend and manager Frank Espinoza Sr. Boxing fans will get a tour of the facility and will also have an opportunity to take pictures and get autographs with some of the fighters expected to be in attendance like current bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KOs), former world champion Martin ‘El Gallo’ Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) and many others. Magnifico Boxing Gym is located at 3419 Tweedy Blvd. South Gate, California.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Lefele makes the third defence of his SA minimumweight title when he meets Siviwe Ntsiko at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre in Motherwell on Saturday afternoon. Lefele, whose professional record stands at 16-5, with 10 stoppage wins, has been the champion since September 2008. (more…)
Thiago Alves’ first trip to England for a UFC fight in 2008 may or may not earn a place on his personal highlight reel, depending on which part of the journey we’re talking about . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA#14 Frank LoPorto (15-4-2, 7KOs) is confident of capturing the WBA light middleweight title when he will challenge champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas on November 11. LoPorto has been getting excellent sparring against WBA#11 light heavyweight Joel Casey and has impressed with speed and power in training sessions. At 33 years of age LoPorto who is managed by Adam Wilcock, is seven years Trout’s senior but both boxers stand same height at 5.10″. Trout is a southpaw and LoPorto will box from the orthodox stance. LoPorto resides in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Trout is from Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. Trout won the WBA crown by outpointing Rigerberto Alvarez and defended successfully by defeating David Lopez over twelve rounds in 2011 fights. Australian Anthony Mundine holds the WBA interim title and Miguel Cotto is the WBA super champion at 154 pounds. The Trout vs LoPorto WBA title bout will be televised live to Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network. more photos
As training camp winds down for the undefeated WBC International heavyweight champion Mariusz Wach, the true scope of his growth as a fighter becomes clearer. Wach, (25-0 13KOs), of North Bergen, N.J., by way of Krakow, Poland, will face former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37KOs) this Saturday, November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the site of his Knockout of the Year performance against Kevin McBride in July. (more…)
Photos and story by William Wilczewski / Nogales International
Nogales, Arizona’s Adan Leal (left) and Nogales, Sonora’s Noe Lopez Jr. (right) will train Wednesday night at the Rage Boxing & Fitness Club in Nogales, Arizona, in preparation for their upcoming fights in Nogales, Sonora. Lopez is slated to fight Jesus Laguna on Friday at the Dr. Alberto Hoeffman Stadium, while Leal is set to face a yet-named opponent on Dec. 3 at the Micro Plaza.
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Press workouts before Saturday’s big “Viva Don King” card at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida featuring emerging super lightweight Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (11-0, 8 KOs), USBO jr middle beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1, 11 KOs), WBC #1 cruiser Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) and WBA cruiser king Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3, 29 KOs).
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO), trained with Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas recently. The two seemingly diverse personalities found some common threads. They both love boxing and they both like to win just as much. Sergei is thirsty to learn more of the mental aspects of the sports, more finesse and footwork. Mayweather thinks he is just the guy to teach Sergei the “slick-ness” as he puts it. Sergei was pleased with the time he spent with Mayweather and said he will return to Las Vegas in about 2 weeks to continue training with Floyd Sr.
Sergei commented about training with Mayweather, “I am not the type of person that can just sit around and wait. I have to keep busy. I needed to get in the ring and train. I feel I must always learn. I have what it takes and with the right teacher I can win the championship again. You have to use your mind as well as your body. Floyd can teach me the tricks to take my power and use it as a lighter, smaller fighter would. I feel he (Mayweather) can take me to a new level.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
With a very impressive demonstration of conditioning and brute strength the three time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez shined during a media workout today in the historic Romanza Gym in Mexico City. Marquez will seek to become a four time world champion when he takes on Manny Pacquiao on November 12 at the MGM Grand in HBO Pay-per-view championship card from Las Vegas. “I have added some new training methods to my preparation and I believe that it will help me very much when I take on Pacquiao on November 12,” said Marquez. For more details and photos click here…
Video and story by Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (USA) and featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez (Mexico) visited WBC President Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City at his usual Tuesday with the press. “To me it’s a great pleasure and joy to fight Mexico. My dream is to give this country and Latin America a world champion. I have this great goal and I’ll do everything do it. I’m like overcome by Latinos and others that I meet here. Please know that Chris Arreola is all heart for Mexico and and Latinos,” said Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs), who faces Raphael Butler Saturday in a ten-rounder at the Domo De La Feria, in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Also on hand was Salvador Sanchez II, coming off an impressive win over compatriot Jiovanny Soto last Saturday in Mexico City. “Each time I feel better and closer to a world title fight. I made many adjustments in my career to get that opportunity to fight for a world title. I hope to return to fight the next November 25,” said Sanchez.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman stated “Having a heavyweight fight in Mexico is very important and most know Arreola. Latinos need to have a heavyweight champion and Arreola is a strong candidate.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
Dania Beach Florida holds the distinction of being Broward County’s oldest incorporated city. “Beach” was added to the name in 1999 as part of an effort to attract younger families; but the town remains an old-fashioned reminder of different and better times. Another reminder of glory days past and possibly future presented itself this afternoon inside Bonnie Canino’s gym. Canino–the former female boxing legend and current trainer opened her doors to a large group of fighters and media promoting this Saturday night’s “Viva Don King!” card at The Seminole Hard Rock.
In the main event, Panamanian Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) defends his WBA cruiserweight title against WBA No. 14-ranked former heavyweight Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) of Vero Beach, Fla. Jones quipped: “I’m actually very relaxed during this fight week as I’ve done all my work and now I know what I am going to do,” Jones said before his workout. “My message to Mike Marrone is simple: Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Don’t make me hurt you more than I have to. Don’t be too brave.” (more…)
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov andGoossen Tutor Promotions have settled their lawsuit and the disputes between them. They have agreed that their Promotional Contract is terminated and have amicably parted ways.
Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, is promoted by Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions, which is owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis.
“I want to fight the best to be considered the best 175 pounder in the world,” Shumenov said. “I’ve heard that (Nathan) Cleverly, who won the WBO title after (Juergen) Braehmer was stripped, and (IBF champion Tavoris) Cloud have mentioned my name, but, truth be told, we have never been contacted by either one of their promoters to unify. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns for the final “New Blood” edition of 2011 this Friday, November 4th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Super Bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring to face what promises to be his toughest fight to date.
Esquivias, who hails out of Carson, California, looks to impress fight fans as he returns with an added zest to take on the veteran Fernando Beltran, Jr. (35-6-1, 19 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico. The always-tough Beltran has taken the majority of his fights the distance against class ‘A’ opposition as well as contending for the IBF title in the featherweight division. (more…)
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones, (37-3, 29 KOs) and WBC #1 contender and mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios, (20-1, 13 KOs) will not fight each other during “Viva Don King” event in Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on November 5, but they were happy to pose for a face-to-face photo during today’s media workout in “Canino’s Karate and Boxing Studio” in Dania Beach, Florida. “El Felino” Jones will defend his title against WBA #14 ranked Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) from and Puerto Rico “The Wizard” Palacios will fight Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KOs) from East St. Louis, Illinois.
Here is a 26-minute special preview show for the “Viva Don King” card on November 5th at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.
The relentless Glen Johnson shows his toughness fight in and fight out. As he prepares for his world title matchup against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, relive a quintessential example of The Road Warrior’s resilience in a potential round of the year candidate: Round eight against WBC super middleweight titlist Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs), who will have a crack at the WBC super-feather belt against Takahiro Aoh of Japan on this coming Sunday, made a record of a shortest public workout shown to Japanese press people on Monday. After he eloquently responded to their curious questions, Bosquiero started his training and hit his trainer’s mitt for a while. Then he abruptly finished working. This workout lasted less than ten minutes. Some people say Bosquiero already had a morning training and just cooperated with the schedule of public training for press people to do interviews and for cameramen to take pictures. Grazie (thank you), Boschiero. He says he’s called “Boom Boom” due to his aggressiveness in Italy.
Promoter Greg Cohen, of Greg Cohen Promotions, is safe after being aboard the Boeing 767 from New Jersey that had to make an emergency landing at Warsaw, Poland’s Frederic Chopin International airport today. On his way to his fighter, James Toney’s fight against Russia’s Dennis Ledbedev this Friday, Cohen was among the 230 people on board who survived unscathed after trouble with landing gear forced the plane to land on its belly. Live television covered the entire landing, as sparks flew when the plane hit the runway, which was already covered with flame retardant foam. The LOT airlines jet had previously circled and dumped most of its fuel before the perfect emergency procedure.
“That was crazy,” laughed the virtually unflappable Cohen afterward. Cohen, who made a living in the private jet industry previously, is now a, thankfully, living commercial for his own former industry. He will continue on to Moscow, Russia, for Toney’s Friday showdown with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4/WBA#5 Japanese super-fly champ Yota Sato (23-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his national belt as he swarmed over previously unbeaten challenger Kenji Ohba (21-1-2, 16 KOs), 115, and flattened him with a double right hand at 2:19 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Ohba fought well, but Sato displayed faster punches to halt his dream to become a champ.
OPBF and national welter ruler Akinori Watanabe (24-4, 22 KOs), 147, dispatched Kyoichirou Shoji (9-3-4, 3 KOs), 146.75, with a single southpaw right hook en route to a TKO triumph at 1:32 of the fourth session of a scheduled twelve.
Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
Ruiz, who is the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World, wanted to tell his story; detailing the overwhelming odds he conquered to become world champion, in order to inspire children, particularly Hispanics, at an early age. (more…)
Mark Munoz is another in a long line of decorated collegiate wrestlers to find success in the UFC. And he just so happens to be part of a growing number of those former collegiate wrestlers who has fallen in love with the standup part of mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“I don’t like to watch myself boxing,” says unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs). “I would like to fight like Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson – be on the constant attack, squash heads like pumpkins, but I’ve also come to realization that you can be successful with my style. Maybe even become a champion.” Wach, the #9 WBC ranked heavyweight is set to take on former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO) on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on a Global Boxing and CES event. (more…)
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