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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
A clash between IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) could be in the works for the spring of 2011. Klitschko was scheduled to defend against Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) on December 11th, but had to pull out due to an injury. The team of the Ukrainian champion now has four weeks to make a decision whether or not to reschedule that fight. In the meantime, negotiations for a Klitschko-Haye fight have already begun. If the camps come to an agreement, the fight against Chisora will be off.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales isn’t worried by his new opponent Francisco Lorenzo. “I’ve trained hard for this date,” he said. “I acknowledge that Lorenzo is strong and has great experience, but my boxing career will make the difference that night.”
Boxing experts and fans expect that Lorenzo will be a great test for Morales, who is campaigning for a shot at a fourth world title.
Morales continued, “My goal right now is to win this fight, but my wish is to face my compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez. It has been said that when I was in a good place we couldn’t fight, but now he is in a good place and we can make a great fight. I know that Morales-Marquez would be a great fight for the Mexicans and the world of boxing. I feel the desire to fight and if the fight can be made, I can win!”
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib
Australian IBF#5 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib predicts that 2011 will be his defining year in the ring after racking up an impressive unbeaten run of ten wins since losing to Steve Luevano for the WBO 126 pound title in October 2008. He has always been known as a fighter with silky boxing skills but under the guidance of new coach Billy Hussein he has developed a more aggressive style with all his six wins in 2010 coming inside the distance.
He now stands with a record of 30-1 (18 KOs) and looks to land a title shot in 2011 in a division packed with such talented champions as Yuri Gamboa (IBF), Chris John (WBA) and Juan Manuel Lopez (WBO). Against this back drop of quality this will be no easy feat but one which the 25 year old from Sydney relishes. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Looks like WBC middleweight world champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez could defend his title against interim champion Sebastian Zbik in a mandatory fight to be held on March 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ‘Maravilla’ has been in Mexico City this week where he visited the WBC offices and social institutions. The champion presented the trunks and robe he used when he dethroned Kelly Pavlik to WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman for enshrinement in the WBC Hall of Fame. Martinez, who was joined in Mexico by his manager Sampson Lewkowicz, did not hide his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr., but first he has business to take care of with Zbik.
Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show on Friday in Rome, Italy. In the main event, Emanuele Della Rosa (24-1, 7 KOs) will fight unbeaten Nefzi Ayoub (16-0-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super welterweight title. Della Rosa has only one loss, a split decision in Germany against Sebastian Zbik for the WBC interim middleweight title.
In the co-main event former two-time WBC middleweight title challenger Domenico Spada (31-3, 15 KOs) will fight Ruslan Pojonisevs (12-12-1, 9 KOs) in a eight-rounder, middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (12-0, 3 KOs) will fight Pavel Lotahs (5-9, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti will fight Attila Makula over six rounds and lightweight Sonia Mirabelli will fight Ines Celik over four.
RAI SPORT 1 will broadcast the main event live in Italy at 22.30. For info and tickets go to www.opi2000.com.
Photos: Luc Grenier
Legendary future Hall of Famer and Two-Division World Champion Bernard Hopkins arrived in Québec City, Canada today, moving one step closer to his quest to defeat WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal and become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a prominent world title.
“This goes beyond being a champion,” Hopkins said when he arrived at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Québec City. “This is a grand opportunity. It is a situation I don’t take for granted. Saturday night you will see something unique. A 45-year-old man in a young man’s body is an amazing thing. I am here to prove that I can still compete and that I am something special.”
The age-defying, 45-year-old Hopkins will challenge Pascal THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 18, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City. (more…)
Before future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins he faces WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on December 18 live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and pay-per-view in Canada, a squad of undefeated locals featuring Kevin Bizier, Michael Zewski, Pier-Olivier Cote and Eric Martel-Bahoeli, will join standout fighters including former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, highly-regarded contender Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs and unbeaten New Yorker Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin as they face off in respective bouts in front of an expected sold out arena of more than 16,000 fans at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, bringing some heat to the Great White North. If that wasn’t enough, there’s more with British heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury also appearing. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Boxing Promotions
A historic night will come on January 22 when PR Best Boxing Promotions presents a new edition of the series “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV” live from the Bayamón Correctional Complex 1072 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in a pay-per-view event. This will be the first time that a professional boxing event will be presented in a prison in Puerto Rico, with fight fans attending along with prisoners. PR Best Boxing Promotions is also celebrating it’s 10th aniversary in the sport. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP
Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs), a three-time world amateur champion (unbeaten at major events) and Olympic gold medalist, still undefeated as a professional hopes that his name will be shortly recognized and mentioned the same way people are talking about world champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. “In couple of days in Miami, I will beat Ray Austin. Vitali is the next in line,” said the 30-year-old Cuban residing in Miami. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Fightnews.com has just received confirmation from Team Morales that since Jorge Barrios can’t come out of Argentina, the new opponent for Erik Morales on Saturday in Tijuana is Dominican Francisco Lorenzo (35-8, 16 KOs), whose credentials include wins over world title holders Humberto Soto, Nate Campbell and Cristobal Cruz (twice). He fought Jorge Linares to a majority decision earlier this year in Linares’ native Venezuela earlier this year. Morales is looking to become the first fighter to stop Lorenzo.
Photos by Luc Grenier
WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal looked sharp Monday in a public workout at Place Laurier Shopping Mall in Quebec City, Canada. The young and talented Pascal will attempt to derail 45-year-old two-time former world champion Bernard Hopkins’ history-making plans to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title on Saturday at the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME in the United States at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Photos courtesy Photo Wende
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) and undefeated mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) today participated in a media work-out in Berlin. On Saturday night, the two hard-hitting warriors will collide at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. While Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, Lebedev refused to give the fans an in-depth look into his training. “I have prepared as always,” he said. “We had sparring partners who were very similar to Huck. That will be the key to victory. Tactic and strategy will determine the winner. I am at least as strong as Huck and I will take home the title.” For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Bantamweight superstar Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico impressively defeated Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) via split decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds in the co-main event of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament this past Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA to claim the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title. Mares took time to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Darchinyan, his upcoming fight with Joseph Agbeko and a lot more. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced some of the details of the tournament scheduled for January 27 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park to be headed by the IBO title fight between Hekkie Budler and Gideon Buthelezi.
In an all South African clash of champions Hekkie Budler (17-0, 5 KOs) defends his IBO junior flyweight belt against current IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (10-2, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unofficialy we have learned there is a chance that the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios will not be able to face three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales for the WBC super lightweight silver crown in the city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Apparently a judge presiding over a criminal case has refused permission for the Argentine boxer to travel abroad. The promoters of the fight are reviewing whether they can find a late replacement or if the bout should hold Morales could be postponed. A name that it has been known as a replacement for Morales could be Dominican Francisco Lorenzo. We’ll be reporting all the news on this situation.
Book review by Chris Cozzone
Go figure. Paul Upham comes out with a book celebrating great champions from Down Under, and nearly everyone featured fails to come out on top in recent bouts.
Michael Katsidis gets walloped by Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 27. On the same night, Sakio Bika loses to Andre Ward. A week or so later, Anthony Mundine gets pasted by little-known Garth Wood in what is being called one of the biggest Australian upsets ever. To top it all off, Vic Darchinyan finishes the streak of bad luck by losing to Abner Mares, last weekend . . . Click here for more
After an improbable and world-changing 17-year run in the fight biz, the UFC is finally set to crown its first bantamweight champion. The historic honor, and a sparkling new UFC belt, will go to the winner of Thursday night’s battle between Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 in Glendale, Ariz. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
For more info on WEC, go to www.WEC.tv
Photo: Javier Delgado
Popular featherweight contender Antonio Escalante (24-3, 15 KOs) is currently working with new trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston Texas. Escalante is still based in El Paso, Texas, but plans on holding his training camps in Houston.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that the WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his crown against former WBA flyweight world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra in Panama City on February 18. It has been known that Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, Moreno’s attorney and BoxBest promoter Carlos Gonzalez are in negotiations to close the match. Moreno apparently has had proposals from Japan and Europe but prefers to defend the crown in his native country. It would be Moreno’s third straight defense against a Venezuelan challenger after having defeated Nehomar Cermeno by split decision twice in 2010. Parra was originally slated to face Koki Kameda for the WBA regular bantamweight belt, but came in slightly over the maximum at the 30 day weigh-in and was replaced. He has since made changes to his team.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#7/WBA#9 Japanese lightweight Ryuji Migaki (16-2, 12 KOs), 134.5, kept his OPBF 135-pound belt as he battered previously unbeaten compatriot prospect from Osaka, Tsukasa Takase (12-1, 7 KOs), 134.5, to the punch and finally halted him at 0:51 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Boxing returns to Denver, Colorado as Airtight Boxing presents “Armed and Dangerous” at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan Colorado this Friday, December 17th. The main event features the return of Rob Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) as he looks to end a nearly two year layoff as he takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas. Although Guereca was stopped in his last fight, he nearly upset highly regarded Joseph Gomez in a fight in November of last year, losing a split decision. In the co-main event Juan Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) and Donaldo Holguin (8-2, 3 KOs) fight for the WBC Latino Light welterweight title. In the first meeting Santiago scored won the title with a tenth round knockout, six months ago. Still, Holguin has a victory over former prospect Anthony Mora, and he is promising to rebound from the upset loss and capture the WBC belt Friday night. Red & Jerry’s is at 1840 W Oxford Ave in Sheridan, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first fight at 7:30. Call 720-298-1954 for ticket information.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon
On February 26th of next year, former WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis will take on fellow Mexican Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver lightweight title at a site to be determined.
The southpaw DeMarco challenged the late Edwin Valero for the full fledged version in February of this year but came up short when he retired on his stool after nine rounds. After bouncing back with a spectacular second round one punch KO of the battle tested Daniel Attah, DeMarco once again stands on the cusp of much bigger things for 2011 but first he must challenge for the title he already held. (more…)
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1, 16 KOs) will now face veteran James Wayka (16-9-1, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The original opponent was supposed to be former world champion Mike Achondo, who was said to have pulled out sick. The Salita-Wayka fight is currently scheduled for eight rounds but their hope is the commission will approve the bout for ten so that the IBA welterweight title can still be fought for as originally scheduled with Salita-Achondo.
By Oliver Duetschler at ringside
In a sold out Boxgym Graf in Torgau, Germany, former WBC Youth world champion Gabor Veto (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an eight round decision over former WBO bantamweight world champion Alfred “Cobra” Kotey (25-15-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday. It was an attractive fight, with the undefeaded Hungarian Veto’s more accurate punching making the diference. Score were 80-72. The fight originally was announced for K2 Promotion’s Klitschko-Chisora undercard in Mannheim but due to Klitschko’s that event was canceled.
In the co-feature, Swiss light-heavyweight Agron Dzila (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a devastating first round TKO over journeyman Krisztian Zambo (0-2).
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard will appear on a segment of Saturday’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” episode airing on the BIOGRAPHY channel. The show’s description reads “Battling with inner demons after retiring, Sugar Ray Leonard is awoken one evening by the appearance of a mysterious young girl.” The reality series features various celebrities sharing their alleged real-life personal encounters with the paranormal.
Photo by Stefan Springer
WBO mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev and his team have arrived in Berlin for Saturday’s big fight against WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck. Click here for more photos…
By Team Maidana
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Contrary to what some might think after his loss against Amir Khan last Saturday at the Mandalay Bay arena, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana walks happy and proud of himself around the streets of Las Vegas. Everybody recognizes him and congratulates for his tremendous performance, which fell a few punches short to end in what it could have been a historical knock-out win in the tenth round.
“Since we didn’t have to depart on Sunday as usual, this is the first time I have some time to spend with my team in Las Vegas after a fight. It’s quite an impressive city,” Maidana said.
In a highly anticipated encounter, Khan and Maidana gave an incredible effort which well might end up being the fight of the year according to boxing experts.
“It was a hell of a fight. He (Amir) is a great, skillful and fast boxer. And he proved that he can take a punch. He is a great champion,” Maidana said. (more…)
VERSUS will air a historic night of World Extreme Cagefighting® action on Thursday, December 16, at 9 p.m. ET, live from Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The night includes a lightweight battle as champion Ben Henderson defends his title against Anthony Pettis followed by the highly-anticipated match between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen. The network will once again air extended coverage with two live shows, hosted by Molly Qerim and MMA writer Ariel Helwani, before and after the fight action, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)
When Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins faces WBC/IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal on December 18 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and on pay-per-view in Canada, he will be 28 days shy of his forty-sixth birthday. If Hopkins defeats Pascal, he will become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title, 38 days older than “Big” George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Team Zuniga
Former three-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs), of Colombia, has secured himself another title shot, this time against IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 18 KOs) this Friday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cloud will be making the second defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on August 28, 2009. He successfully defended the title with a unanimous decision over formidable challenger and former champion, Glen Johnson, last August 8 in St. Louis. Zuniga is ranked in the IBF’s top-15 at super middleweight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photography by Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Tomaz “Goral” Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) put together one of his best performances as a heavyweight with a one-sided fifth round stoppage over the always tough Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) to retain his IBF International and NABO title belts on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey . . . Click here for more
The UFC Returns To Australia: BJ Penn and Jon Fitch collide in a welterweight rumble, plus middleweights Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera go head-to-head- Sunday, February 27 live at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Team Morales
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is in the final stage of training for his next fight against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios in the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday. “We just had a great workout we’re just waiting for the day. It was already the toughest work in the Otomi. It will be a hard fight and complicated because Barrios is strong. But, I’m happy and confident that I’ll leave the ring with raised hands,” said Morales. “We’re doing everything we can to make the fight with [Juan Manuel] Marquez in 2011 and other projects with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom we would like to make a great partnership and we’re looking for things that benefit both parties.”
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