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Irish based Cuban sensation Luis “El Leon” Garcia says he is ready, willing and able to accept a fight with Britain’s Gold medallist, James “Chunky” DeGale if a clash between DeGale and domestic rival George Groves can’t be made. Degale’s promoter Frank Warren made Groves a written offer today for the fight to take place in the UK on December 11th and set DeGale’s London rival a 48 hour deadline to accept or reject the fight. However Garcia says he wouldn’t need any time to sleep on it. “I would accept that fight in a split second,” said Garcia. “I could get some Christmas shopping done in London and show Chumpy DeGale what professional boxing is all about so it sounds like a fun weekend to me.”
Photo: Eroll Popova
Heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (39-7-1, 23 KOs) continues his comeback on October 23 against Alexander Petkovic (39-4-3, 20 KOs) at the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. The bout will be for the vacant WBO European heavyweight title, with Hoffmann’s objective being to achieve a top ranking in the WBO and a shot at current WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.
At Monday’s press conference, the 6’7 ‘German Oak’ stated, “After Riesa, I want to challenge Wladimir Klitschko. I will throw down the gauntlet in the ring. After my last fight against Henry Duiven Jr., I know that my mission isn’t yet accomplished. I have a lot of plans and will now concentrate on the big fights.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach strikes a pose with Manny Pacquiao sparring partners Glen Tapia and Michael Medina during Tuesday’s weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum in Manila. Also joining Roach are fellow guests and rival collegiate coaches Norman Black (Ateneo Blue Eagles) and Glenn Capacio (Far Eastern Tamaraws). The PSA is the biggest organization of sportswriters in the Philippines. Pacquiao is a many-time PSA Athlete of the Year award winner.
Top trainer Tommy Brooks will now be training Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries, who has been looking for a new trainer since splitting with Bobby Rimmer in the summer. Brooks is best known for his work with Evander Holyfield who he is still training, but his knowledge of boxing makes him one of boxing’s most sought after trainers. Other big names who have trained under him include includes Yuri Foreman, Junior Jones, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Mike McCallum, Hasim Rahman, Mike Tyson and Pernell Whitaker. Jeffries (7-0-1) will train for fights in Los Angeles and return to England with Brooks to complete preparations ten days before each fight. (more…)
Photo by Capital Punishment Boxing
Former world champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs) now based in Southern California is determined for the opportunity to again become a world champion. His first chance towards that goal comes this Saturday in the 10 round main event against former “Contender” reality television show participant Joey Gilbert (20-2, 15 KOs) of Reno, Nevada. The site of the fight card will be the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation returns to Germany on November 13 when UFC 122 emanates from König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen.
In the high-stakes main event, mixed martial arts legend Vitor ‘the Phenom’ Belfort will face Japanese powerhouse Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami in a three-round contest to determine who will challenge for the UFC Middleweight Championship in 2011. (more…)
Former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber makes his highly-anticipated 135-pound debut as World Extreme Cagefighting® returns to The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The 31-year-old pound-for-pound great, who once held the featherweight title for over two years, makes the cut to bantamweight in search of his second world title reign. He’ll take on one of the division’s toughest in Japanese striking sensation Takeya Mizugaki. (more…)
Fresh off of his spectacular sixth round knockout victory over former World Champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir this past Saturday at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Due to a confidentiality clause, terms of the multi-year deal will not be disclosed.
“I’m happy with my performance against Baldomir and to re-sign with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Alvarez, who defended his WBC Silver Super Welterweight title in the victory. “Getting to this point in my career has been a team effort, and with the people I have around me, I’m confident that the next step will be a World Championship.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
We really enjoyed a give-and-take affair, where WBC#9/WBA#13 Ryuji Migaki (15-2, 11 KOs), 134.5, Japan, came off the canvas in the second, dropped back OPBF#14 hard-puncher Akinori Kanai (21-5, 20 KOs), 135, with a flurry of punches and finally halted him with unanswered combinations at 1:11 of the sixth session underneath a dual world title affair on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 18-year-old Filipino Allan Tanada (10-0-2, 5 KOs), 130, surprisingly acquired the vacant OPBF super-feather belt as he quickly caught WBA#11 ranked prohibitive favorite Rikiya Fukuhara (24-4-1, 18 KOs), 129.75, Japan, with solid and accurate combinations en route to an upset KO victory at 1:47 of the third round beneath a world title twinbill on Monday in Saitama, Japan. The OPBF elimination bout took place due to a sad retirement of former ruler Koji Kawamura because of a detached retina. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In one of the most telling light heavyweight contests of the year TUF 8 winner Ryan “Darth” Bader puts his unbeaten record on the line when he battles seasoned veteran Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira at UFC 119. Saturday night will feature a series of crossroads bouts, but none may be as telling as this 205 pound co-feature.
Nogueira has yet to lose a bout in the UFC Octagon and looks to prove that he is still a top contender in the stacked light heavyweight division, while Bader is looking to make his first major mark in one of the most dangerous weight classes in the sport. Someone will be turning a corner at UFC 119, the question is will it be forward or back? . . . Click here for more
The legendary 5th Street Gym – where the great Angelo Dundee trained champions such as Muhammad Ali and Luis Rodriguez – is rising from the canvas. Miami Beach’s boxing Mecca – which the Fight Doctor Ferdie Pacheco called the Notre Dame and Yankee Stadium of boxing rolled into one – is set to reopen with all new facilities. In fact, the old sweatbox even has air conditioning. A lineup of luminaries from the boxing world will be on hand for the grand opening on Thursday, September 23 – including The Greatest himself Muhammad Ali. Joining Ali and Dundee will be promoter Don King, Legendary Kronk Gym’s own famed manager/trainer Emanuel Steward, and boxing historian Bert Sugar. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
In a nationally televised IBF Pan Pacific middleweight championship bout, former world title challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday when he will clash with Pradeep Singh (15-2-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds in the Atrium Room at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. “I have been in training camp for several weeks and have had excellent sparring with top middleweights and also with world rated welterweight Samuel Colomban,” Soliman said. “My opponent Pradeep Singh has an excellent record and gave world rated Ryan Waters a tough fight recently, so I am expecting a hard night in the ring.” Soliman continued, “My trainer Dave Hedgecock has got me in great shape for Thursday against Singh. I would like to thank the promoter Brian Amatruda for giving me an opportunity to headline on his show which hopefully will lead to a world title shot in 2011.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Sebastian Andrzejczyk (Ringpolska)
“We love Poland. You have great cigars, cognac and we have a great place to prepare ourselves in Warsaw. Unfortunately for Krzysztof, we are here to get the WBC belt. Jason is fighting the best cruiserweight in the world and he has to be great to beat him,” George Hernandez said during today’s press conference in Warsaw’s “Hilton.” Hernandez is the head coach of Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KOs) who will challenge Krzysztof Włodarczyk (43-2, 32 KOs) for his WBC belt on Saturday. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese hard-puncher, WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (16-0, 13 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt as he dominated the first four rounds with stinging jabs and overhand rights and exploded a lethal combination to Indonesian Roy Mukhlis (22-3-2, 17 KOs), 129.75, to flatten him and prompt the referee Luis Pabon’s intervention at 2:27 of the fifth round on Monday (our national holiday to respect the older generation) in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Lanky Mexican southpaw Tomas Rojas (34-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, acquired the vacant WBC super-flyweight belt as he fully utilized his faster footwork, advantageous height and reach to comfortably pile up points in the first eleven rounds, withstood a bad knockdown in the last session and pounded out a unanimous decision (116-111 twice and 118-109) over onrushing Japanese worrier Kohei Kono (25-5, 9 KOs), 115, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito is running up the mountains in San Bernardino, Ca. in his first phase of training for the mega fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
“Margarito goes straight up – no trails – he runs through brambles and bushes,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia today. Garcia said he drives Margarito to Mount Baldy, elevation 4,193 feet, in San Bernardino County. (more…)
New York had better get mixed martial arts legalized and soon, because Matt Serra is feeling a bit like a party-crashing interloper of late.
“You know I’m getting booed out of the stinking place, right?” says Serra, who travels to Chris Lytle’s hometown of Indianapolis to fight everyone’s definition of a hero—a fireman—at UFC 119. “If fighting Georges St-Pierre in Montreal wasn’t enough, they do this to me. Unbelievable. Not only do you fight the nicest guy in the UFC, but you fight him in his hometown. It’s brutal.” . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The controversy continues involving Saturday’s fight between Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra, which was originally announced as a draw, and then announced as a split decision for Arce after local officials said one of the scorecards was incorrectly filled in. Gerardo Zazueta, head of the Culiacan Boxing & Wrestling Commission says that for now the original decision will stand. There will be a hearing of the entire commission to review the situation to then make a decision as to whether there was an error and the result needs to be changed.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore ‘Black Panther” Ndou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) will arrive home at the Sydney airport in Australia on Tuesday after defending the IBO championship successfully against Bongani “Cyclone” Mwelase (14-1, 12 KOs) at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa after scoring a twelve round split decision on September 18. Ndou credited his South African trainer Harold Volbrecht for devising a smart game plan: “He did a great job working out a fight plan for me, he just wanted me to box, stay on my toes and use my experience and that’s what we did,” Ndou said. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #13 fly Thepparith Singwancha (11-2, 8 KOs) impressively retained his PABA flyweight title when he stopped two-time PABA champion Rey Megrino (13-13-2, 10 KOs) on Sunday at the Mall Shopping Center in Ngamwongwan, Bangkok, Thailand. Thepparith, also ranked #14 by WBO, successfully floored the Filipino with a big right hook in round two and mostly controlled the show until round five. The action was ended in round six as the champion speeded his assault, dropping his foe again with a tough left hook following by a vicious right bodyshot and officially scoring a KO at 1:17. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese hard-puncher, WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (16-0, 13 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt as he dominated the first four rounds with stinging jabs and overhand rights and exploded a lethal combination to Indonesian Roy Mukhlis (22-3-2, 17 KOs), 129.75, to flatten him to prompt the referee Luis Pabon’s intervention at 2:27 of the fifth round on Monday (our national holiday to respect the older generation) in Saitama, Japan. (More to come)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach finally hooked up on Monday afternoon as the Filipino pound-for-pound king worked out at the Elorde Gym in Quezon City in preparation for the Nov. 13 fight with Antonio Margarito in Dallas. Roach was all praises for Pacquiao, who did the punch mitts routine for seven sizzling rounds with the famed trainer. After the workout, Pacquiao put on a classy getup so he could fulfill his duties in Congress. Pacquiao and Roach are going to set up camp in Baguio City either Thursday or later in the week.
By Joe Koizumi
Lanky Mexican southpaw Tomas Rojas (34-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, acquired the vacant WBC super-flyweight belt as he fully utilized his faster footwork, advantageous height and reach to comfortably pile up points in the first eleven rounds, withstood a bad knockdown in the last session and pounded out a unanimous decision (116-111 twice and 118-109) over onrushing Japanese Kohei Kono (25-5, 9 KOs), 115, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Monday in Saitama, Japan.
Kono caught Rojas with a devastating right and had him reeling to the ropes, and battered him onto the deck with referee Frank Garza tolling a mandatory eight count. But Rojas survived the critical moment and seized a fine victory thanks to his good accumulation on points. (More to come)
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has commended former cruiserweight rival Enzo Maccarinelli for the heart shown during Saturday’s (September 18) seventh round stoppage loss to German Alexander Frenkel, but admitted the manner of defeat “upset” him. European cruiserweight champion Maccarinelli was ahead on the scorecards when entering the seventh round of his first title defence in Birmingham, but a vicious left-hook from Frenkel ended both the Swansea man’s title reign and his dream of winning back his WBO world title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian ring legend Jeff Fenech has lashed out at his former trainer Johnny Lewis over what he calls a betrayal by Lewis in his authorized biography released last month. “It’s time I told the real story because some of the things he’s said about me in the book are hurtful,” Fenech told the Sunday Telegraph. “It’s made out as if Johnny’s some great guy and I’m an arsehole.”
The Hall of Famer is particularly upset about Lewis’ account of his 1992 loss to Azumah Nelson in front of 44,000 fans in Melbourne, for which he blames Lewis and his doctor for administering an incorrect dose of pain killer for a hand injury. “I’m not making excuses but there were a few reasons why I lost and Johnny knows them. I could hardly walk when I left the dressing room for the fight,” Fenech told the paper. “When I went through the book it really hurt me. I can’t just sit back and let him say stuff about me that’s totally untrue.”
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday to announce a ten round junior lightweight clash between NABO titleholder Eloy Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) and Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) on October 15 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Also scheduled to appear on the card are rising junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (6-0, 6 KOs) and featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (4-0, 4 KOs). The card will be televised on Telefutura.
By Francisco Salazar
California State Athletic Commission physician Dr. Paul Wallace told Fightnews.com late Saturday night that former world title holder Vivian Harris was taken to a local hospital because of a possible broken jaw. Harris was dropped four times by Victor Ortiz in losing by a third round stoppage. Because of the vicious knockout he suffered at the hands of unbeaten Saul Alvarez, former world title holder Carlos Baldomir was taken to the hospital for observation. “He’s fine,” said Wallace after the Shane Mosley-Sergio Mora bout. “We sent him there just as a precaution.”
By Felipe Leon
As part of the month long celebration to commemorate Mexico’s bicentennial, Zanfer Promotions will present an explosive seven fight night at the legendary El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, Mex, on Saturday, September 25th. The card will be televised in the USA on Fox Sports Espanol’s
Top Rank Live! series as well as nationally in Mexico by TV Azteca. In the main event, Ramon Garcia Hirales (13-1-1, 8KOs) will defend his WBO interim jr flyweight title against the much more experienced Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-5-1, 13KOs) in a twelve round event. (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Three Indonesian boxers, Tommy Seran, Isack “Junior” Leitedena and Heri Amol outpointed their opponents on Saturday in their hometown of Kupang, Indonesia, small city in the eastern part of the country where international boxing events rarely take place. Seran (17-1, 9 KOs) retained his WBO interim light flyweight title by defeating Jayson Rotoni (11-7-1, 6 KOs) of the Phillipines by a unanimous decision. Isack “Junior” Leitedena (15-0-2, 7 KOs) also retained his interim WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title by defeating Elmar Fransisco (Philippines, 11-11-1, 2 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision. In the main event, Heri Amol (28-11-3, 11 KOs) grabbed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight title after defeating another Filipino Mating Kilakil (14-6-4, 5 KOs), also by unanimous decision in a 12 round bout. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Sugar Shane Mosley swept the last two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to salvage a draw against Sergio Mora on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Entering the championship rounds, Mosley was ahead by two points on the card of David Denkin, behind by four points on the card of Kermit Bayless, and behind by two points of the card of Lou Moret. Click here to see the actual California State Athletic Commission Master Scoresheet.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
During the course of a game, showing an opponent respect is a part of sportsmanship. In the case of Sergio Mora, showing too much for respect for Shane Mosley may have been his downfall in a bout that started sloppy, but was competitive late.
Last night, Mosley and Mora fought to a 12-round split decision draw before a crowd of 13,591 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Deborah Carbone
Rising featherweight Eric Nemo (10-1-1, 4 KOs) returned to the legendary Valencia Ballroom in York Pennsylvania and satisfied his raucous local contingent by dropping tall rangy southpaw Stephan Alexander (4-3, 4 KOs) once en-route to a lopsided six round unanimous decision victory in the main event of the evening. In the co-feature of the card promoted by A & D Promotions, Ayi Bruce out slugged Doel Carrasquillo to capture an eight round majority decision victory. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Not like his performance last night in the ring in which many of the over 15,000 present at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles wished he would have done more, Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) was extremely animated as he explained what happened during the twelve rounds he went with “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in the main event of “200: Celebrate & Dominate” presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The bout was ruled a draw. For more details and photos click here…
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