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WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will wrap up his preparation in Kienbaum this weekend and return to Berlin, where he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle on December 18th. Boxen.com has caught up with the hard-hitting German ahead of what many believe will be the toughest fight of his career. (more…)
Ed Paredes 145 vs. Antonio Pitalua 147
(WBO Latin welterweight title)
Darley Perez 133 vs. Ramesis Gil 134
Richard Abril 140 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 138
Israel Vazquez 109 vs. Thomas Heaton 108
Federico Vega 143 vs. Dmitrij Sabanyin 146
Christopher De La Paz 155 vs. Marcus Willis 155
Luis Torres 149 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Krishen Rangi 147 vs. Evans Michell 145
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Tickets now on sale: (407) 935-1412 (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) moved a step closer to a world title shot with an impressive fifth round TKO over over Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The much quicker Adamek pretty much had his way from the get-go, connecting with rapid-fire clean shots. Adamek floored Maddalone in round five and Vinny’s corner stopped the fight after Adamek punished the wobbly Maddalone some more. Time was 2:17.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Majewski (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout over Eddie Caminero (7-4, 7 KOs). Cuts around the right eye hampered Majewski, but he rallied in the late rounds and knocked out Caminero in the last round. Time was 1:20. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The promoters and fighters involved with The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All – a two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders – took center stage on Thursday in the final press conference to discuss the two Semifinal bouts set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
In the opening bout, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, will face two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia.
Then, former IBF 118-pound champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Ghana, Africa, will try to earn back the title from the man that won it from him, current IBF champ Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia.
With a win over Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko. If Darchinyan wins his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009.
Highlights of what the fighters had to say on Thursday at the final press conference: (more…)
Photos by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Michael Pérez 136 vs. José Hernández 135
Luis Cruz 130 vs. Wilfredo Acuña 128.5
Eddie Gómez 154 vs. TBA
Jonuel Tapia 155 vs. Emill González 157
Wilfredo Bones 127 vs. Christopher Rivera 128
Abner Cotto 134.5 vs. Alberto Trinidad 134.5
Jonathan González 155 vs. Gundrick King 154
Luis hernandez 150 vs. Jonathan Lozada 154
Jorge Maysonet 135 vs. Juan Carlos Ortiz 138
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions , Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment
Venue: Samuel “Sammy” Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
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Seeing an Ultimate Fighting Championship® event live is one of the greatest experiences in all of professional sports. Now, traveling to UFC events is easier than ever before. The UFC announced today that it selected the Orbitz Worldwide Distribution private label travel solution to power hotel, airfare, car rental and dynamic packaging capabilities on UFC.com. Beginning today, fans can log on to UFC.com and book international and domestic travel packages to UFC events all over the world. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal and former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins spoke to the press this week via teleconference about their SHOWTIME-televised December 18 world championship fight at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada.
Here is a transcript of that call… (more…)
Photo: Showing he still has the the moves, Oscar De La Hoya was quick enough to smear Amir Khan with a finger full of birthday cake at the end of today’s final press conference in Las Vegas. Khan, who faces Marcos Maidana Saturday, was given a birthday cake to celebrate turning 24 yesterday.
Photo: Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck face off at the UFC 124 pre-fight press conference at the Bell Centre today in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Massive Jamaican heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas returns to battle this Saturday night, December 11th against veteran Arron Lyons, as the special attraction six round bout at Day I Rise, an action packed evening of professional boxing at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Day I Rise is headlined by the homecoming return of former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy who will take on Dhafir Smith in the main event as part of the seven bout card. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Khan – “This is a big fight for me. My dream was always to fight in Las Vegas and having my name lit up on the strip. This time has come for me at the age of 24-years-old. Maidana is a big threat in this division but it’s my time. It’s going to be a big night and I want to end the year with fireworks.”
Roach – “We’re ready for the fight. We’ve been all over the world training for this fight (with) different sparring partners and different scenery. It’s been a really good 10 week camp. Amir is ready and this is going to be ‘Fight of the Year.”
Maidana – “This is a very important fight for my career, but not the hardest.”
Ortiz – “I know I’m up for a tough fight and I don’t look past anyone. There has been questions about a rematch (with Maidana) or a fight against Khan. They have their thing to do Saturday and I have mine. He’s a great fighter and his record speaks for itself. Enjoy the fight Saturday night?”
Peterson – “This fight is a must win for me. Look forward to a good fight this weekend.”
Fernando Montiel 119 vs. Giovani Soto 119
Daniel Rosas 118 vs. Felipe Urucuta 118
Hernan Marquez 114 vs. Jesus Mata 114
Miguel Beltran 130 vs. Arturo Tebaqui 130
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal, Saltillo, Coahuila
TV: TV Azteca
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was just spotted in Belgium. Mayweather Jr. is there in support of Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) who is under the Mayweather Promotions banner. Ouali will meet former world champion Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) tomorrow Friday in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. Bailey weighed 143.2 and Ouali weighed 146.5 today.
From across the globe, SHOWTIME has assembled the top boxers in the bantamweight class: Yonnhy Perez, King Kong Agbeko, Abner Mares, and Vic Darchinyan. Watch all four bantamweights speak 48 hours before … THE BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT airs live on SHOWTIME. The action begins with two semifinal bouts on Sat, Dec. 11 at 9pm ET/PT. For more photos and videos from the Bantamweight Tournament Visit sports.sho.com.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 2007 super middleweight “Contender” champion Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 18 KOs) has challenged the 2010 super middleweight “Australian Contender” champion Garth Wood (10-1-1, 5 KOs), who is fresh from a fifth round KO victory of WBA#2 Anthony Mundine on Wednesday at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
Bika’s trainer Dave Birchell said, “Great win by Garth Wood over Mundine. Sakio Bika would welcome a bout with Wood. Contender Champ vs Contender Champ has got to be worth doing now? Garth vs Sakio, would be good while it lasts.” (more…)
It’s a fact that can’t be confirmed, but it’s probably safe to say that every fighter has done it, practicing what he would say if interviewed by the worldwide media, dreaming of how he would win his debut on the sport’s biggest stage. Most never get that chance, and many who do freeze under the bright lights . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Mark Wahlberg, Micky Ward and producer, David O. Russell, stepped out Wednesday night for a private showing of Mark’s latest movie, “The Fighter,” at the Patriot Cinemas in the Hingham Shipyard. Wahlberg plays “Irish” Mickey Ward, a boxer whose half-brother (Christian Bale) helps to train him before he goes pro in the mid-1980s. Amy Adams co-stars as Ward’s love interest in the film, which is directed by David O. Russell (Paramount).
In other Micky Ward news, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announced today that Ward has pledged to donate his brain after his death to the CSTE Brain Donation Registry and will participate in CSTE longitudinal research.
The off again/on again clash between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams is on again. This time it’s scheduled for January 22 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Contracts have yet to be finalized.
The 48-year-old Holyfield is also scheduled to face former Danish contender “Super-Brian” Nielsen on March 5 in Copenhagen.
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
Vinny Maddalone (33 6, 24 KOs) decided not to stay in the hotel just next to Prudential Center in Newark, where in couple of hours he will in his own words “fight the fight of my life” against Tomasz Adamek (42 1, 27 KOs). Instead, Maddalone choose his own home and some quality time in the evening with his wife Kathy and couple of friends in his favorite hangout near his home, “Piccolo Sogno.” What better place to have dinner before his biggest heavyweight challenge than the Italian trattoria called “A Little Dream?” (more…)
Mexican newspaper giant ESTO has reported that it looks like former WBC Light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) of Mexico will meet WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 41 KOs) of Thailand February 28th. Pongsaklek is scheduled to make non-mandatory defense December 30th in Thailand against an opponent to be announced. No site has been determined as of yet for the Sosa-Wonjongkam bout.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (20-0, 10 KOs) was scheduled to fight against Alejandro Lakatus for the interim WBO world title on Saturday at the Liverpool Echo Arena, however there is now a change in plans. Cleverly will instead face EU beltholder Nadjib Mohammedi (23-1, 12 KOs) after Lakatos pulled out with pneumonia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Among the 2011 class of inductees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame is legendary Mexican trainer and manager Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.
The 67-year-old Beristain has trained 20 champions including three Hall of Famers, Ricardo ‘Finito’ Lopez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Daniel Zaragoza. Currently he trains one of the best fighters in the world in recent years, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is a serious contender for the Hall of Fame in the future. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that Mexican promoter Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo and Japan’s Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions could meet this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, to try to reach an agreement for the fight between WBC featherweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa and mandatory challenger and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in early 2011. Promociones del Pueblo and Teiken Promotions are currently in ‘free negotiations’ and have until January 10 to make an arrangement. If no agreement is reached, the WBC will hold a purse bid for the fight. Apparently the Mexican company wants to bring Hasegawa to Mexico to defend his belt, possibly in the Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
On Wednesday, Devon Alexander “The Great and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley speak at a media luncheon in New York City. Tensions were climbing on the second day of a promotional tour that began at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI on Tuesday. THE SUPER FIGHT, Alexander vs. Bradley will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.
South Florida-based Dominican Ed “The Lion” Paredes (25-3-1, 16 KOs) will meet power punching former two time world title challenger Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KOs) of Colombia this Friday for the WBO Latino welterweight title. The scheduled twelve rounder will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida with Tuto Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing promoting. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA interim light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina has announced that he is no longer with manager Osvaldo Rivero and trainer Julio Pablo Chacon. Reveco says he broke away for various reasons, mainly because certain points of his contract were not met. He waited until now to make the news public out of respect for his friend Jonathan Barros, who was training to fight for the world title. Reveco says he’s not retiring and wants to evaluate proposals before proceeding further. He is slated to fight WBA interim light flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez in 2011.
All the shots from today’s workouts at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson. Photos by Chris Cozzone. Click here
Photo: Josh Koscheck works out for the media at the UFC 124 open workouts at the Marriott Chateau Champlain today in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC. For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Roughly one week removed from receiving his new UFC featherweight title from UFC President Dana White, Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo felt like the holidays came early this year. Little did the 24-year-old know that UFC gold wouldn’t be the only honor he’d receive to close out 2010. (more…)
Photo: Marcos Maidana puts in a workout at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas today in preparation for his fight Saturday night with WBA Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan.
On Saturday night, the greatest welterweight on the planet defends his title against the clear number one contender. Reigning champion and pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre hopes he experiences déjà vu when the action gets underway. Just over three years ago, he summarily defeated Josh Koscheck in an entertaining, though clear-cut, three round battle that helped erase the putrid taste of defeat that lingered from a shocking technical knockout loss to Matt Serra half a year earlier. The outcome unquestionably gives GSP a tremendous foundation of confidence heading into the rematch. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
WBA World Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan celebrated his 24th birthday today by passing on the birthday cake (until after Friday’s weigh-in) and working out for the media at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Khan faces interim champ Marcos Maidana. Stay tuned for a full gallery of workout photos from this afternoon.
By Karl Freitag
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has suffered an injury forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s title defense against Dereck Chisora on Saturday in Mannheim, Germany. If or when the fight will be rescheduled is not yet determined. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group GmbH, informed Fighnews.com that the injury “is an abdominal muscle tear two inches long.”
Further information has now been released…
After an initial diagnosis, Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle on his left side during his afternoon training session on Wednesday. “The abdominal muscle is injured and therefore Wladimir Klitschko will not be able to fight on Saturday,” says Dr. Sven Roessing, orthopedic specialist at university hospital Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko will have to pause for about 4 – 6 weeks. It is the second time in his professional career Wladimir Klitschko had to cancel a fight due to an injury, the first being in 2001 one week before a December 1 bout in New York City against David Izon due to a shoulder injury.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Australian super middleweight 2010 Contender champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood (10-1-1, 5 KOs) caused the biggest upset in Australian boxing for several years when he scored a fifth round knockout over former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) in a scheduled ten round contest at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Wood aggressively attacked Mundine but the former champ evaded many of the bombs early with clever foot work. In a scrappy contest – Wood found the range in round five for a left hook bomb to the temple that dropped the WBA #2 rated Mundine and at :58 Wood was crowned the winner by referee Les Fear. (more…)
By Jimmy Hayes
It was announced today that trainer Billy Graham, Ricky Hatton and Punch Promotions Ltd have agreed to put their differences behind them and end ongoing court proceedings on mutually acceptable terms. The former world titleholder was sued by Graham who trained the Manchester-based boxer for eleven years until he was sacked in 2008. Graham claimed he is owed £1.4 million ($2.2 million) in lost earnings from four of Hatton’s fights. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
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