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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
There seems to be a rash of athletic impersonators in the Washington, DC area lately. First a man comes to DC claiming to be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young. Now comes word that someone is sending out tweets in the name of Lamont Peterson as Peterson gets ready for his December 10th showdown with WBA and IBF Super Lightweight champion Amir Khan at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.
Peterson’s trainer Barry Hunter tells Fightnews that the tweets are not coming from his fighter and he wants to get the word out. “Lamont is not sending out these tweets,” Hunter said. “We just want them stopped before something is said that shouldn’t be said.” (more…)
Gray Maynard and Chael Sonnen work out for the media during the UFC 136 open workouts at the George R. Brown Convention Center on October 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Shannan Taylor
Former two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor (51-10-3, 36 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds against Sintung Kietbusaba (11-7, 10 KOs) on Friday at the Wollongong Basketball Stadium in NSW, Australia. Taylor has scored KO wins over world WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF junior welterweight champion Jake Rodriguez but lost to Shane Mosley in WBC welterweight title bout in 2001 and dropped a twelve round decision to German boxing great Arthur Abraham in IBF middleweight title challenge in 2006. “Abraham was the best puncher I have ever boxed,” said Taylor. “There are plenty of fights left in Shannan Taylor. I am chasing another world title shot.” On the undercard tough as nails welterweight Adrian Campbell (9-9, 3 KOs) will clash with Chad Naidu (3-12-3) over ten rounds. Also world rated female bantamweight Alesia Graf (24-2, 9 KOs) will box Latana Mundine (1-1). Graf formerly of Germany but now based in Australia. Promoter Rod Van Akker of Crododile Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion veteran Colin Wilson (35-27-1, 21 KOs) will clash with Michael Kirby (9-4-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds with the vacant Australian heavyweight crown up for grabs at the Gold Coast Hotel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Wilson has held the title previously and has been in the ring with several world class heavyweights including Kali Meehan, Alex Leapai and former world champion Corrie Sanders. Wilson defeated Jimmy Thunder in 2002. Australian based South African Pieter Cronjie stopped Wilson in his most recent ring outing twelve months ago. Michael Kirby was stopped by world rated Kali Meehan in June and boxed a draw with Ben Edwards in an Australian heavyweight title bout in May. Kirby stands 6’3″ and weighs 260 pounds and Wilson is 6’5″ and weighs 265 pounds. In the main supporting bout Israel Kani (11-4-2, 5 KOs) will meet Tyrone Jones (5-1, 2 KOs) for the Queensland State light heavyweight title over eight rounds. Promoter: Jamie Myer. Televised on Foxtel Cable television throughout Australia.
With great enthusiasm and looking forward to his next week fight, undefeated featherweight prospect Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez said he is ready to face the biggest names in the featherweight division. “To be the best I have to beat the best. That is the goal of every fighter”, said Vélez (16-0, 12 KOs) amidst a media workout held in Juncos Boxing Gym. Vélez will be the main star of “Imparable” (Unstoppable), which will go on stage on Friday, October 14th at the Coliseo Rafael G. Juncos Amalbert. “La Maravilla” Vélez who was accompanied by the Mayor of Juncos, Alfredo “Papo” Alejandro, said he is convinced that the jump to 126 pounds is the best decision for his career. “As I said, I need to always get to the ring at 100 percent, and now at 126 pounds we know that we will achieve that goal,” said the hard-hitting puncher. For more details and photos click here…
Photo Credit For Bute Photos: Interbox
Photo Credit For Johnson Photos: Marco Perez / Mpsportimages.com
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute and ageless former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior’’ Johnson held media workouts in South Florida this week as they prepare for their Nov. 5 showdown, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. For more details and photos click here…
Owners of the most unique styles in mixed martial arts today, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and former titlist Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will meet in the Octagon in the main event of December 10th’s UFC 140 card at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Jhon Berrio 160 vs. Manny Siaca III 160
Shawn Nichol 116.5 vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 116
Manuel Galaviz 114 vs. Jonathan González 114
Alberto Candelario 135 vs. Ken Alvarez 135
Javier Ramos 128 vs. Jonathan Torres 130
Michael Ramos 148.5 vs. Jonathan Arroyo 146
José García 121.7 vs. Harry Pérez 127
Juan Santiago 129.5 vs. Raymond Pérez 134.5
José Aguirre – will weigh in later vs. Christian Rodríguez 126.5
Venue: Coliseo Rebekah Colberg, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
Famed world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank present a night of World Class Championship Boxing on October 27 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The nine-bout card will include the return of two-time world challenger Bernabe Concepcion, former world champion, Rodel Mayol and world ranked Richie Mempranum, all of them managed by the the pound per pound king, Pacquiao and his MP Promotions company.
Concepcion (30-4-1, 17 Kos) of Rizal, Philippines will take on Aaron Garcia (10-2-2, 2 Kos) of San Diego in a 10 round bout for the WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Championship. Mayol (20-5-2, 21 Kos) the fomer WBC mini flyweight champion will face former world title challenger Luis Maldonado (38-6-1. 29 Kos) of Mexicali, Mexico in an eight round super flyweight bout. Memprahum (18-3-1, 3 KO’s) of Massion, Philippines will take on Rigoberto Casillas (6-6-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round super flyweight bout. Tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $50 and $90.
Some of New England’s brightest and best boxing prospects will be showcased Friday, Oct. 21, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), when DiBella Entertainment returns to the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
The same market that has produced “Irish” Micky Ward, “Bad” Chad Dawson, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, John “The Quietman” Ruiz and so many more world-class boxers during the past 20 years, will also feature a multi-talented quartet comprised of highly-touted super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, fan-friendly Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski, exciting Danny O’Connor, and gifted Luis “KO King” Rosa, on the “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right” card. The N.E. Fab Four has an impressive combined record of 53-1. (more…)
On October 7th, Osumanu Adama (19-2, 14KOs) the current IBO Inter-Continental Middle and USBA middleweight champion will indeed be put through the biggest test in his professional boxing career as he is scheduled to face former IBF light middleweight champion Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin (40-4-2, 26KOs). The IBF proposed bout is the main event for Cynthia Tolaymat’s CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night III.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Robert Schlesinger/PAP
“I want people to know me as a great fighter. The rest doesn’t matter. My private life is not for sale,” said Poland’s new European middleweight champion Grzegorz “Super G” Proksa (26-0, 19 KOs) in an exclusive Fightnews interview after demolishing former world champion Sebastian Sylvester in three short rounds on his own home turf in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The performance earned Proska rave reviews from both European and American boxing writers. “If Lou DiBella would call me now and ask me to fight the great Sergio Martinez, I would say ‘Yes, of course, let’s do it!'” said 26-year-old who divides his time between training camp and sitting on the Board of Directors in his hometown bank. (more…)
SPORTS.SHO.COM has posted the full May 13 brawl between Sharif Bogere and Raymundo Beltran for on demand viewing starting now!
Last May 13 – Friday the 13th – in an entertaining main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere survived a cut over the left eye and an inspired performance by upset-minded underdog Raymundo Beltran to capture a bloody, close, crowd-pleasing 10-round decision at Primm, Nev. In anticipation of what will be an excellent scrap this Friday on ShoBox (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) between the Ugandan-born Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas and fellow unbeaten Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) of Irvington, N.J., by way of Dominican Republic, the Bogere-Beltran fight will be available for viewing in its entirety at sports.sho.com beginning today/Thursday, Oct. 6.
Bogere took a hard-fought, unanimous nod over Beltran by the scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93, but some felt it could have gone either way. SHOWTIME announcers Curt Menefee and Steve Farhood both scored it a draw.
In Friday’s ShoBox co-feature at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas, Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) of Houston risks his unblemished record against Francisco Santana (12-2-1, 6 KOs) of Santa Barbara, Calif., in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.
Boxing returns to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on October 22 when WBA #1 lightweight Logan McGuinness (15-0-1, 7 KOs) as he takes on former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet (24-2, 10 KOs) in the toughest challenge of his young career. McGuinness will abdicate his NABA lightweight belt in order to fight Gaudet for the vacant NABA super featherweight title in the main event.
Unbeaten Columbian welterweight Samuel Vargas (7-0-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Mississauga, Ontario, takes on outspoken Montreal favorite Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2, 5 KOs) in the 8/10-round co-feature. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale who talks about Sergio Martinez win over Darren Barker and his aim to fight the classy southpaw from Argentina in 2012.
On September 24th Darnell Wilson upset former WBC cruiserweight champion and world heavyweight championship contender Juan Carlos Gomez at a Universum show in Hamburg, Germany. Now ARENA-CEO Ahmet Oner signed an exclusive promotional deal with the “Ding-A-Ling Man.”
“Beating a home fighter like Gomez at a Universum show in Germany is almost impossible but Darnell won that fight in impressive fashion,” states Oner. “I think Darnell made himself a name in Germany and he should enter the world ratings now so it made sense for us to sign the deal.”
All the shots from yesterday’s media workouts at Bones Adams’ Gym in Las Vegas, featuring the headliners of Friday night’s ShoBox card at Texas Station: Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, Francisco Contreras, Jermell Charlo and Francisco Santana . . . Click here to view
By Mauricio Sulaiman
Photo Pepe Rodriguez
“LA MESA 16” (table 16), is a new tradition to all members of the boxing community in Mexico. Every wednesday a lucheon takes place at a restaurant owned by Eduardo Lamazon, who served as WBC’s executive secretary for 24 years and is now a broadcaster for TV AZTECA. Any boxing personality visiting Mexico on a wednesday usually goes to “LA MESA 16,” where a set menu of deliciuos food, a meet and greet with officials, champions, commissioners, fans and any one who wishes to attend.
Yesterday Mr. Alberto Reyes, owner of Reyes globes sat next to Grant Phillips, owner of Grant globes and here in the picture is WBC referee Gelasio Perez declaring a unanimous draw.
A few years back, not so long ago, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo had a very different routine than he does now, leading up to his UFC 136 title bout against two-time lightweight challenger Kenny Florian. And we’re not just talking about Aldo’s days without interviews and appearances as WEC champion and then UFC kingpin in the 145-pound division. The issue here is his roots, the poor start, and how he struggled to be where he is today . . . Click here for more by Martines Denis, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan Santos ‘El Toro’ Benavides (23-2-2, 17 KOs) faces Costa Rican prospect Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (27-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA super featheweight interim world belt in Costa Rica on November 3 in the Pepper’s Night Club located in the District of Zapote, San José, Costa Rica. Local hero Vasquez will enter as a favorite and a win would make him the first world boxing champion from Costa Rica.
WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) will come back to Düsseldorf, Germany, for his next title defense. The undisputed super champion of the heavyweight division will be challenged by Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) at the ESPRIT Arena on December 10. The stadium is the homefield of the German soccer club Fortuna Düsseldorf. Mormeck is a former unified cruiserweight champion and unbeaten since moving to heavyweight in 2009. It will be Klitschko’s 20th World Championship fight.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I know that I am the favorite in all my fights but I also know that each opponent is motivated to be in the best shape ever when he fights me. Mormeck is one of the most experienced fighters I have ever faced. He has had many world title fights, has a very good technique, can take a lot of punches and is very intelligent inside the ring. To underestimate him would be a fatal mistake. I am very happy to return to the ESPRIT Arena where I fought against Eddie Chambers. The spectators and the atmosphere for that fight were great and I am sure it will be again this time.”
Jean-Marc Mormeck: “I can imagine what the odds will look like for me against Wladimir Klitschko. But I know my skills. I had Haye on the canvas and shortly before a knock out which Klitschko could not do. What I missed out against Haye I will now do with him. Wladimir has a glass chin which I will break. He cannot stand punches. Against his brother Vitali I would have thought longer about fighting him but against Wladimir I believe I have very good chances. On December 11, I will travel back to Paris with a suitcase full of championship belts. I enjoy being the underdog in this fight and I will shock the boxing world!”
The fight will be broadcast live on RTL in Germany and also shown in 120 countries worldwide. The official ticket sale starts on www.eventim.de on October 12.
Photos and report by Felipe Leon
At a popular seafood restaurant located in the commercial zone of Tijuana, Mexico, Guillermo Brito of Zanfer Promotions presided over the final press conference for this Saturday, October 8th, return of the “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava to her home town. Nava will be returning after two hard fought battles versus Ana Maria Torres in April and July of this year. In their first encounter, Nava and Torrres fought to a draw while in the second, Torres was awarded the win via a very close unanimous decision. Brito did not fail to mention, “that in our eyes, Nava was the winner and that is why we have prepared this warm welcome back to her city.” For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Eduardo “El Chucky” Lazcano (23-2, 11 KOs), will be returning to the ring on Saturday October 22 in Campeche against an opponent to be confirmed, but the fight will be televised in Mexico. The famous “Chucky” returns to Campeche where he won the vacant Hispano Intercontinental title by eighth-round knockout over Tomas Sierra. He gained national attention by losing a very controversial fight in the Campeón Azteca tournament in 2009.
By Francisco Salazar
Rumors of Sergio Martinez breaking his nose during his 11th round stoppage victory over Darren Barker are false, Cicilio Flores told Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon. Flores worked in the corner of Martinez on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Martinez began bleeding from his nose in the fourth round from a Barker punch, but cut man Dr. Roger Anderson was able to stop the bleeding as the bout progressed. With the amount of blood coming out of his nose and a reddened nose, most media began to speculate if Martinez did suffer a break to his nose. “There was no broken nose and he is doing well,” said Flores, who co-owns the World Crown Training Center in Port Hueneme, located next to Oxnard. “He’s currently in Spain resting. He’ll be there for the next four weeks.” Prior to Martinez migrating to Oxnard, the Argentine-born linear middleweight champion lived in Spain for about 10 years.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Legendary boxing promoter Don King finally went “Hollywood” with his patented, over-the-top brand of press conference from The Seminole Hard Rock Paradise Live this afternoon. Promoting his high-flying, title-deciding “Viva Don King” card scheduled for November 5th, the bushy-haired impresario didn’t have to travel far from his Deerfield Beach headquarters to kickstart today’s smack talk. WBA World cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) of Panama took the podium to pounce on his WBA #14-ranked challenger Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) of Vero Beach. Jones exclaimed: “The tiger is hungry, I need some meat. I’ve only got rice right now. I’ll take Mike Marrone’s white meat. He better be ready for what I’m going to bring.” For more information and pictures click here….
Golden Boy hosted a media workout today at Bones Adams’ Gym in Las Vegas featuring Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (pictured above, hitting the mitts with trainer Kenny Adams.) On Saturday, televised on Showtime’s ShoBox, Bogere, 20-0, 12 KOs, will put his undefeated record on the line against also-unbeaten Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs). Stay tuned for more photos of Bogere, Contreras, Jermell Charlo and Francisco Santana.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Vernon Paris, 149.8 vs Ruben Galvan, 149.8
Darryl Cunningham, 163.2 vs. Dante Craig, 169.2
Ahmad Kaddour, 154.8 vs. Vance Garvey, 154.8
Kara Ro, 131.8 vs. Elizabeth Sherman, 131.8
Alexis Hloros, 155.6 vs. Shane Gierke, 149.4
Tony Harrison, 153.6 vs. Dorian Hatcher, 156.8
Cleophris Glover, 280.4 vs. Rich Power (TBD)
Miguel Gonzalez and Humberto Toledo will weigh in tomorrow as Toledo was still in route having made the trip to the USA from Ecuador. For more details and photos click here…
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard face off at the UFC 136 pre-fight press conference at the Toyota Center on October 5, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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All New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter Tonight: Tensions mount between coaches Bisping & Miller, plus the first bantamweight preliminary bout! Tonight at 10pm on SPIKE (also in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet)
Tickets On Sale This Week For Bisping vs Miller In Vegas: Coaches collide in the Octagon, plus the TUF14 winners will be crowned! Live Saturday, December 3 at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas – Newsletter presale starts tomorrow at 10am, presale password: FINAL
UFC 139 VIP Packages On Sale Now: Floor seats, meet & greets, backstage tours and more! Get the ultimate experience on November 19th in San Jose! Visit vip.ufc.com to purchase
Tickets On Sale Now For Velasquez vs Dos Santos In Anaheim: The UFC makes its debut on FOX on Saturday, November 12, with a battle for the heavyweight title between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos! Live at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
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WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work the junior flyweight title bout between champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia against Donnie Nietes this Saturday at the University of St. LaSalle Gymnasium, Bacolod City, Negro Occidental, Phillipines in an ALA Promotions and Promociones Zanfer presentation. The referee for this bout will be Robert Byrd from the United States. This is the first title defense for Garcia, whose brother Raul will face Ivan Calderon next October 29 in Puerto Rico for the interim 105 pounds WBO title. The judges for the fight are Lisa Giampa and Carlos Ortiz from the United States, and Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan from Phillipines. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
Cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs), the WBC #1-ranked 200-pounder (and mandatory challenger to the WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk) has been added to DKP’s November 5 event at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. He will face an opponent to be named. The main event will feature WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones defending against WBA #14-ranked Mike Marrone.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank confirmed today it has signed undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. to an exclusive long-term promotional contract. The Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be making his Top Rank debut in the feature bout under the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez III World Welterweight Championship, on Saturday, November 12, at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena. Televised live on pay-per-view, Bradley will be defending his world title against two-division world champion and former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) of Miramar, Fla. For more details and photos click here…
Two-time cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham has accused German ring doctor Walter Wagner of openly supporting his opponent Yoan Pablo Hernandez and improperly stopping the their fight without justification when Yoan Pablo Hernandez was awarded the IBF title by split technical decision after the sixth round in Saturday’s fight in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Cunningham further charges that through a press release distributed by Sauerland Event (promoter of both Cunningham and Hernandez) that Hernandez’ trainer Ulli Wegner is trying to divert attention away from the from the questionable stoppage. (more…)
Renee Aiken’s Diva-Rize-N Promotions is proud to finally present her first annual night of professional boxing to support Breast Care Awareness at the DC Star Night Club in Washington DC on Saturday night. The card, which features the return of super bantamweight Thomas “KO” Snow (15-1, 9KO’s) and former world cruiserweight Champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell (26-4-1, 24KO’s) in separate bouts, was originally slated for August 27, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. (more…)
By Johnny B’
The Club Chicago, located just outside Chicago’s south side, will host an excellent professional boxing show this Friday evening. Promoter Cynthia Tolaymat will deliver a well-matched card that includes world class fighters. The main event is scheduled for twelve rounds and serves as an important IBF box-off eliminator for the middleweight title as Chicago’s adopted son, and IBF #7 ranked middleweight Osumanu Adama (19-2 14 KOs) from Ghana is put through the biggest test in his professional boxing career against former world champion and #8 ranked Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs) of Russia.
In the co-feature, former world champion Vivian Harris (29-7-1, 19 KOs) faces Jermaine White (17-4, 9 KOs) in a ten round light welterweight affair.
In another interesting ten-rounder, middleweight Derrick ‘Superman’ Findley (18-6, 11 KOs) faces Eric “Murder” Mitchell (22-7-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
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