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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…
Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) is the new European Cruiserweight Champion after a spectacular KO victory over Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs). The unbeaten 25-year-old floored the former world champion with a vicious left hook in the seventh round of their clash at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Maccarinelli beat the count but found himself on the floor again when Frenkel followed it up with another heavy series of punches. “I am very happy,” Frenkel said. “It was a tough fight against a very dangerous opponent. Maccarinelli was very strong but in the seventh round I hit him.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to Rogelio Espiño, the Panamanian boxing promoter and manager of WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, “Pelenchin” will be facing Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) on November 27 in Las Vegas under the Marquez-Katsidis main event.
By Ron Jackson
The experience of Lovemore Ndou was just too much for Bongani Mwelase as he retained his IBO welterweight belt at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on Saturday night. The scoring was all over the place with judge Lulama Mtya (SA) off the mark with a score of 117-112 for Ndou and judge Donald Balas (USA) possibly closer to the right decision with a 115-113 card for Ndou, whilst judge Garry Dean (Australia) was off the mark with a 115-113 card for Mwelase. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After a meeting of the officials in Culiacan, the Sinaloa Boxing Comsission has changed the result of the match between Mexican hero Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra, awarding the fight to Arce by split decision. Apparently an error was made by chief official Gerardo Arzu, who failed to mark Parra’s score correctly in the seventh round. Confusion was evident in the ring after the bout as famed ring announcer Lupe Contreras simply announced the fight as “a draw” with no scores. The bout was billed as a WBO jr Featherweight elimination, so apparently this ruling makes Arce the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach arrived in Manila early Sunday morning from Los Angeles in preparation for the eight-week training camp of Manny Pacquiao, who meets Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Roach was accompanied by junior-middleweights Glen Tapia of New Jersey and Michael Medina of Los Angeles. Tapia is a native of the Dominican Republic, while Medina is from Mexico. Roach plans to set up training camp in the cool mountains of Baguio City–a five-hour drive from Manila–later this week.
Two other sparmates–Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Vanes Martirosyan–are expected to hit town anytime in the week to help in the training camp. Roach, Tapia and Medina were brought to the New World Hotel in the trendy Makati area of Metro Manila as soon as they finished an interview with the two leading networks in the Philippines. Fightnews and Manila Bulletin were at the airport to greet Roach.
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s brightest prospect, 5’5 featherweight dynamo Jenifel Vicente (18-0-2, 12 K)s) gave an awsome display of speed and power with a two round destruction of veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5, 42 KOs) in front of a crowd of 2,000 at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo. Avila was supposed to be the one with the superior fire-power but Vicente disproved this by exchanging bombs in the very first round and forcing the veteran boxer to back down. At the beginning of the second round, Vicente went for the kill and caught Avila with a lethal right and left hook combination that sent the older fighter crashing to the mat. The brave Avila did get up but only to be met with another brutal barrage of punches that leveled him half-unconscious against the ropes, forcing the referee to mercifully halt the carnage at just 43 seconds of the round. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Sugar Shane Mosley: We both fought hard. It was a good fight so it was a good decision. He is not a good puncher so we had to box more. This was a different fight because he had to come down in weight and I had to go up. It would have been different if I was fighting someone my height and weight. Mora moved, ran away, rested and held. There were lots of head butts and that effected me. He was moving too much so it was hard for me to get my shots in. I still want to fight someone more my weight and height like Cotto.”
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora: I came to win and I wanted to win, but my respect for Shane Mosley got in the way. I got hard headed and should have listened to my corner. They were telling me it was close and I thought I was winning the fight and my respect for Shane got in the way. He threw really good punches. He hit me with some hard shots. Going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley says something in and of itself. Honestly, I thought I won the fight.
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