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“If Manny is willing to defend his WBC super welterweight title, I would come down to 154 pounds to challenge him for it as well as allow him to challenge me for my WBC middleweight title,” says WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. “It would be the opportunity of a lifetime. But I’m a realist and if he feels that he is physically too small to fight me I certainly understand that too.”
Promoter Lou DiBella added “Sergio is willing to fight next at 154 pounds — defending his WBC middleweight title as well as fighting for the WBC super welterweight title which would be vacated by Manny Pacquiao. That’s a pretty big concession, but if that’s what it takes to get Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC’s emeritus super welterweight champion, in the ring with him, Sergio is ready, willing and able….the fans deserve Martinez vs. Mayweather and boxing needs it to continue its growth into the mainstream. I can work with any promoter to make the best fight with Sergio. It’s business – good business – and common sense.”
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
The experts both in the States and abroad may not all agree on who is going to win, but there is a general consensus that the Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has Fight of the Year potential.
As the close Las Vegas odds indicate with Abraham listed as a slight 7-5 favorite (-165), people are having a tough time picking a winner in this clash of European heavy hitters. In a recent poll, national and international boxing writers were evenly split between Abraham and Froch with nine writers picking Abraham and nine predicting a win for Froch.
In quintessential Showtime Championship Boxing fashion, Abraham-Froch is considered by many as too-close-to-call and a can’t-miss war. “This is a great fight. It has Fight of the Year written all over it,” says one U.S. boxing writer. “These are two extremely tough, durable guys who love to fight and whose skills are probably a little better than they get credit for.” (more…)
Former world champion Wladimiro Sidorenko of Ukraine shows he is ready to go during media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club Tuesday. Sidorenko will battle two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Alfonso Gomez big fight card on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim,Ca. on Saturday, December 4 and broadcast live on Pay Per View.
By Joe Koizumi
Though it is getting cold day after day, our winter seems hot from the fistic point of view as there are many important title bouts scheduled here in Japan.
On November 26, in Nagoya, ex-WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw with ten consecutive defenses to his credit prior to his unexpected and lamentable forfeiture to Fernando Montiel, will claim the WBC feather belt as he copes with unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos. On the same bill, WBC 130-pound champ Vitali Tajbert, an only once-beatgen German technician, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBC feather ruler Takahiro Aoh, a Japanese lefty, over twelve frames. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Note: Today’s final press conference for Ward-Bika will be open to the public. It is scheduled to begin at noon at the Oracle Arena – Courtside Club.
Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19KOs) is on the road again to face another top fighter in his backyard. The resident of Australia and native of Cameroon faces Andre Ward (22-0, 13KOs) on Saturday in Oakland, Calif., at Oracle Arena. No worries, Bika, said recently; the San Francisco native and Bay Area resident won’t be able to take what he’ll deliver.
“Ward can’t handle my power,” Bika said in a conference call to discuss the fight for Ward’s WBA Super Middleweight belt. “I don’t see how he can and I don’t care that I am fighting in his home area, but I am not overconfident that I will get the knockout.” (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and trainer Freddie Roach work out at the Wildcard Boxing Club during media day Tuesday. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming battle against Alfonso Gomez on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on December 4 and broadcast live on pay per view. (more…)
This Friday, WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) will face the most important and most difficult fight of his career as he defends against #2 ranked former world champion Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in Nagoya.
At the press conference in front of 50 journalists at the Hilton Nagoya hotel there was already a first test of wills. “I will win the fight because the belt simply looks better on me,” Aoh said.
“That’s not right,” responded Tajbert. “The green belt clearly looks better on me, so I’ll keep it. You’d better be ready!” (more…)
It’s unusual for a major fight to fall on a Thanksgiving weekend, but in the case of Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) and Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs), Saturday’s clash could serve as the perfect after Thanksgiving dinner treat – and you won’t have to pay anything for it . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian boxing publication “The Greatest” was distributed throughout Australia this week and leading boxing scribe from “Down Under,” Grantlee Kieza lists the best performances by Aussie fighters. What is the greatest performance by an Australian boxer? The debate was again sparked when Danny Green stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in December 2009 and Daniel Geale’s recent demolition of former world champion Roman Karmazin.
Since boxing gloves started being used in 1884 we have had some cracking performances. Just as we did when we rated the top 50 Australian boxers of all time we decided to ask ward winning journalist Grantlee Kieza to list the top 40 performances by Aussie boxers. (more…)
Photos by WBO/Norma Nieves
WBO and president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel joined WBO champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. to visit kids of the Casa Laura Vicuña in Barriada Morales, Caguas, to their Thanksgiving Day donated dinner and turkeys and bringing them happiness and tips to keep away of drugs and other issues as part of the Kids Drug Free program. Vázquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs) shared with the kids and signed autographs and took photos with them, led messages of positivism. The unbeaten fighter called a bingo in the place and served food to the attendance. Casa Laura Vicuña is a nonprofit entity dedicated to bring the kids and teenagers education and prevention in their free time to 4 to 18 children, also help with tutorials, assignments, sports and artistic activities. Over 100 kids participate of the program. Besides Vázquez Jr., there were in the activity Chairman Ratings Committee and International Commissioner Luis Perez and Judge Carlos Colon. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Cameroon born and Australian based WBO #9 welterweight Samuel Colomban (18-3, 9 KOs) will be in action against Steve Heremaia (16-4-1, 7 KOs) of New Zealand over twelve rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Colomban scored his most impressive win in 2010 when he stopped former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday in eleven rounds but suffered a setback in 2008 when IBF #12 Wale Omotoso scored a clear ten round decision over Colomban, dropping him twice in Melbourne. (more…)
Scott Alfrer 175.5 vs. Aaron Dufour 171.5
Chris Hazimihalis 137 vs. Justin Goodall 135.5
Rocky Mullooly 239 vs. Ryan St. Germain 214
Jake Giuriceo 141 vs. Julius Edmonds 139.5
Rod Salka 135.5 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 131.5
Venue: Avalon Hotel, Erie, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing Promotions
By Boxing Bob Newman
On a beautiful Nicaraguan night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s poolside, the WBA held their annual Best of the Year Awards Banquet, with honors bestowed in several categories, honored the late Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello and his fellow native Nicaraguan champion boxers and awarded belts to the newest WBA champions.
In the most touching moment of the night, a posthumous homage was paid to Nicaragua’s first world champion and their most legendary- the late Alexis Arguello. The award was accepted by the hall of famer’s daughter Dora Arguello, who broke into tears while accepting the red, white and blue WBA Super Champion’s belt. It was the untimely passing of the ring icon that prompted the WBA to choose Managua, Nicaragua as the site of this year’s convention.
It was with great honor that Fightnews.com was awarded the WBA’s Website of the Year award. Accepting on behalf of Fightnews.com were International Editor Gabriel Cordero and yours truly, Correspondent “Boxing” Bob Newman. (more…)
One of the most anticipated welterweight title fights in Ultimate Fighting Championship® history has already proven to be a knockout at the box office. Now, due to tremendous demand for UFC® 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2, the UFC announced today that it will be releasing a limited number of tickets to this explosive event.
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and trainer Freddie Roach get into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys to the many fans at the Wildcard Boxing Club Tuesday. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming battle against Alfonso Gomez on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” pay-per-view event to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on December 4. Click here for more photos…
Photo: ALA Boxing Promotions
Former IBF light flyweight world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia arrived moments ago to Cebu City, Philippines. Tamara will take on unbeaten Cebu City-based Milan Melindo (22-0, 7 KOs) this Saturday in a intriguing 10 round flyweight bout. The 22-year-old Melindo is currently one of the most promising contenders coming out of the Philippines and is world ranked by all the major world sanctioning bodies. The bout is highly anticipated in the Philippines. The 27-year-old Tamara is fresh in the minds of the Filipino boxing fans as he upset then world champion Brian Viloria this past January in the Phillipines by way of a dramatic 12th and final round stoppage. (from left to right ALA Promotions VP Dennis Canete, Carlos Tamara, Edgar Sanchez and Michael Rodriguez)
Photos and story by Gabriel F. Cordero
Fighters from Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Kyrgyzstan and Mexico will be present on November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) during the boxing event for the WBA 89th Annual Convention taking place in Managua, Nicaragua from November 22 to 27. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Promoter, matchmaker and boxing super agent Sampson Lewkowicz spoke with Fightnews.com while attending the 89th WBA annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua. Lewkowicz is riding high after his fighter Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez decisively knocked out rival Paul Williams in the second round on Saturday past to retain his WBC Middlweight title. Hear what Lewkowicz has to say about Martinez’ future opponents…
By Boxing Bob Newman
The afternoon session of Tuesday’s opening day of the WBA’s 89th convention in Managua, Nicaragua began with an introduction of all the delegates in attendance to each other. Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza took a moment to commend WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla’ Martinez on his exemplary lifestyle, and conduct in and out of the ring. “Maravilla lives clean, works hard, and is an example for the KO Drugs program of the WBA and to fighters and kids everywhere,” said Mendoza Jr.
After passing the minutes from the 2009 convention in Medellin, Colombia, the microphone was passed to WBA legal counsel Robert Mack covered the WBA’s outstanding legal issues. A previous suit involving former 140 champion Soulayman M’Baye was settled.
The WBA did not attend the annual convention of the ABC this year.
A motion filed by former champion John Ruiz concerning alleged improprieties in his rematch fight with Nikolai Valuev were dismissed as it was determined that a private organizations’ interpretation of it’s own rules cannot be deemed as containing illegalities. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas today for their unified lightweight world championship showdown. On Saturday, the two will top the bill of an HBO tripleheader promoted by Golden Boy.
“It was one tough camp and a lot of people know that there has been a fair bit of speculation (if I would fight) after my brother’s death,” Katsidis told the media at a press conference following his arrival. “It was tough and as everyone knows, nothing is ever easy. We’ve endured to some tough times and we’re here to win.”
“First of all, I really applaud Michael Katsidis character to take the fight (even after his brother’s death),” Marquez said at the podium. “Everyone knows Katsidis is a strong fighter and a warrior. However, I have prepared myself hard for this type of fighter. I don’t have to say any more. I’m ready to give a great fight to all of the people.”
Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
According to numbers released by HBO, Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view win over Antonio Margarito on November 13 generated 1,150,000 buys generating $64 million in PPV revenue.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The 89th Annual WBA convention was officially opened today in Managua, Nicaragua. The Poeta Rom at the convention center of the Crowne Plaza Hotel played host to the days events. After opening remarks by Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the benediction by ordained minister and WBA treasurer Michael Welsh, former and current champions in attendance were introduced: Eddie Gazo, Roberto Duran, Miguel Cotto, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Juan Palacios, Jose Alfaro and Eduardo Ray Marquez and Ricardo “Finito” Lopez. Of course, the main reason Managua was chosen as host city for this year’s convention was to honor the first and greatest Nicaraguan champion of all- Alexis Arguello- the Explosive Thin Man, who died tragically last year. Arguello was remembered with a ceremonial ten count of the bell. Several Nicaraguan dignitaries then spoke and paid homage to Arguello and the great champions of Nicaragua, including Managua mayor Daisy Torres, Nicaraguan Army General Molinares, Marlon Thomas- president of Nicaraguan Institute of Sports. For more details and photos click here…
Universum Box-Promotion has announced more on the December 4 card in Schwerin, Germany featuring the defense of European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) against Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (46-3-1. 28 KOs).
The event will be a “Night of Heavyweights” as ex-cruiserweight champion and heavyweight title challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (48-2, 36 KOs) takes on Harold Sconiers (17-21-2, 11 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (14-0, 8 KOs) faces upset artist Zack Page (21-31-2, 7 KOs), heavyweight Christian Hammer (7-2, 4 KOs) meets formerly world rated Taras Bidenko (26-4, 12 KOs) and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim “The Machine” Tschachkijew (7-0, 6 KOs) goes against an opponent to be named in a cruiserweight clash.
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
In the midst of what he is calling the best training camp of his life, IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez is looking forward to leaving his gym and heading to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington for his December 11th showdown with Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, who he defeated in their exciting first bout in October of 2009.
“This training camp has been great, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for my fans on December 11th,” said the unbeaten Perez (20-0-1) a native of Cartagena, Colombia who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Less Than 1,000 Tickets Remain For Dec. 18 World Title Fight At The 16,333-Seat Pepsi Coliseum Live on SHOWTIME®
Future Hall of Famer and two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt-holder Jean Pascal on Saturday, Dec. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in a bid to become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a world title, but he’ll have to do so in front a predominantly pro-Pascal sell-out crowd at the 16,333-seat Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.
According to Pascal’s promoter, Groupe Yvon Michel, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased within 48 hours of the on-sale date. More than 6,000 tickets were sold within the first 30 minutes. Twelve thousand tickets were obtained in the first two hours. (more…)
Photos: Adam Monaghan
Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch continued their war of words prior to Saturday’s Super Six clash in Helsinki as the “Cobra” mocked his opponent during todays public work-out in Helsinki. While doing shadow boxing, he put his arms up and mimicked Abraham’s high-guard. “I expect him to fight like this,” Froch said. “I don’t think he can do anything else. He will need his guard on Saturday. If I hit him clean and sweet early, it could be over quickly. If not, I will win on points.” And he added with a smile: “I have been criticized for my defense, maybe I will use the high-guard myself.”
It was just the latest provocation from Team Froch. In an online story at www.the-sun.co.uk, Froch’s girlfriend Rachael Cordingley had said: “Abraham is only a midget – Carl is going to dethrone the Midget King.”
Abraham could only smile when confronted with the latest attack. “Froch has insulted my promoter, my team and me. I will punish him for that on Saturday. It will be a great fight between two warriors. I cannot wait to get my hands on him and make him pay for all the rubbish he has said in the press.”
Abraham and Froch will collide for the vacant WBC super middleweight title at Helsinki’s famous Hartwall Areena on Saturday night.
Tomorrow they come face-to-face at the final press conference.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#1 super flyweight Drian Francisco ( 19-0-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines will challenge for the vacant WBA interim title against WBA#2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-1-1, 21 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Bueng School, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Thailand on November 30. Francisco manager Elmer Anuran is confident his charge will be victorious against the more experienced Thai. “Kokietgym has a great record only losing one fight early in his career in a a total of 54 fights he has had,” Anuaran said. ” Drian Francisco was impressive in his last fight when he stopped the highly regarded Ricardo Nunez of Panama in five rounds. I think Francisco has the power to KO any super flyweight in the world and would test the best bantamweights in the world in my opinion and that includes the 118-pounders Yonny Perez, Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares and Vic Darchinyan who are boxing in the SHOWTIME tournament. He is the future of boxing in the Philippines.” Eric Barcelona pushed Kokietgym to a twelve round majority decision in 2006 but in his most recent bout he stopped Edwin Tumbaga in two rounds. Promoter Kokiet Group Promotions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 89th annual WBA convention had its welcoming cocktail party tonight poolside at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. While many delegates were still arriving throughout the day, the WBA directorate were already bust with a private day-long meeting in preparation for the events that lie ahead this week. After a long delay in Panama due to air traffic control issues, Panamanian legend Roberto Duran arrived at the party, looking slim as ever. The 59 year old “Manos De Piedra” appeared ready to make a comeback as he struck a fighting pose for photos. (more…)
Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach will be getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys today to the first 200 fans who show up at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St. — one block north of Santa Monica Blvd — Hollywood, Calif. 90038), beginning at Noon PT. Following the turkey giveaway, Chávez Jr. and Roach will host a Media-Only Workout inside Wild Card, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi’s defense of his IBF minimumweight belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan has been postponed as the promoters are still trying to arrange financial backing for the tournament that was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Joyi’s first defense of his belt could now possibly take place on December 14. The promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions in conjunction with Siphato Handi of Mamali Productions have still not finalized the television broadcasting rights and at this stage there is a possibility that the fight will not be screened.
By Ron Jackson
World Boxing Federation super middleweight champion William Gare who has been inactive since August last year is scheduled to return to the ring on December 11 when he meets Roland Francis at the Wembley Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.
The 35-year-old Gare (25-14-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Francis (24-11-5, 14 KOs) in a clash for the SA middleweight title on December 5, 1999. Francis, 38, who has been inactive for eight years made a comeback this year when he fought to a six round draw and a ten round spilt decision over Alex Mbaya from the Congo.
By Ron Jackson
Well known boxing scribe Terry Pettifer died at the Baragwanath hospital near Johannesburg on Sunday after a long illness. He was 59. Terry was born in Johannesburg on August 3, 1951 and lived in the southern suburbs all his life. After school he started out in the liquor trade and was a bottle store manager for many years before joining the Golden Gloves Promotions group as their publicist. He lived for the boxing game throughout his life and even named his daughter Dempsine after Jack Dempsey whom he considered the greatest fighter of all time and when his son was born he was named Driscoll after the Peerless Jim Driscoll a Welsh featherweight who fought from 1901 to 1919. (more…)
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