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By David L. Hudson Jr.
In Newark, New Jersey, on November 6th, two young lightweight warriors, Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero and Vincent “Chente” Escobedo, square off with the winner expecting a world title shot. Escobedo, who sports a record of (22-2), finds his first opportunity for an HBO-televised fight against Guerrero, who is (27-1) and has won world titles in both the featherweight and junior lightweight divisions. Between the two pugilists, they have lost a total of three fights – all by split decision. The two fighters know each other well, squaring off three times in the amateurs with Guerrero winning two out of three. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha retained his South African featherweight title for the second time when he knocked out Malibongwe Thoba in the fifth round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre, near East London on Saturday. The 29-year-old Jubatha (12-, 9 KOs) from Scenery Park was extended by the gutsy Thoba through the first four rounds. However, early in the fifth round the 23-year-old challenger from Cape Town who is ranked at number six was sent down to the canvas with a left-right combination. He managed to beat the count but soon afterwards the champion dropped him again and he was counted out by referee Allan Matkane at 1:15 into the round. On the undercard Bonakele Bikitsha retained his Eastern Cape featherweight title when he stopped Anele Goci 1:52 into the first round.
By Karl Freitag
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is off the big November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito pay-per-view card in Dallas. “The Ghost” was sidelined by a rib injury, Top Rank President Todd duBoef confirmed on Monday in Los Angeles.
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico continues his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA for his showdown with seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, which takes place on Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and will also be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Ana Garcia
The Halloween contest at Manny Pacquiao’s Penthouse in Hollywood, California. Buboy won the $1,000 1st prize as Elvis. Click here for more photos…
Team Martirosyan is thrilled to hear the news that the WBO is going to force their junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinzurik to face his mandatory challengers in consecutive fights due to his inactivity. This was decided at the WBO’s recent annual meeting held in Columbia last week. Paul Williams is Dzinzurik’s mandatory challenger and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is ranked #2 by the WBO. It appears likely that neither one of those fighters will face Dzinzurik and #3 Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) is next in line.
“Everybody knows the story of when I busted him up in sparring. Imagine what his face will look like after I pound on it without headgear on!,” an excited Martirosyan recently said from his home base of Glendale, CA. (more…)
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner will present a “Heavy Night at the Baltic Sea” on November 12th in Stralsund. German hard-hitter Konstantin Airich (16-2-2, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam (26-0, 23 KOs). Airich is best known for losing a controversial slugfest to Danny Williams in May 2008 in Spain when both men had been knocked down and the fight was stopped by Airich’s corner throwing in the towel in the 7th round.
The fight will be for the vacant PABA heavyweight championship belt. (more…)
While the citizens of Framingham, Massachusetts, were eagerly scooping up tickets to see undefeated hometown super lightweight prospect Danny O’Connor’s local debut on November 19 at Nevins Hall, the town’s Board of Selectmen did not share their enthusiasm — thus forcing the entire show’s cancellation. Also set for battle that night was IBF #1 world rated light middleweight Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-2, 15 KOs). Reason for the cancellation? The city wouldn’t approve the sale of concessions, saying fight fans can use vending machines if they’re hungry. The fight between O’Connor (13-0, 3 KOs) and journeyman Humberto Tapia (15-15-1, 8 KOs) will be moved to the next night, November 20, on promoter Mike Acri’s card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut featuring local favorite Matt Remillard.
Manny Pacquiao will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight at 12:05 a.m. He will be joining comedy box office king Will Ferrell. This will be Manny’s third appearance in the past 12 months on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he made his U.S. network television debut. Pacquiao, a seven-division world champion, is in his final two weeks of training for a record eighth divisional world title — the World Super Welterweight Championship. — He will be battling three-time welterweight champion “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBA interim super welterweight world champion Rigoberto ‘Español’ Alvarez of Mexico will not make the mandatory defense against Austin Trout on the agreed-upon date of December 4 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Sources report that Alvarez is still recovering from the gaping wounds in his eyebrows after the world championship battle with Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida last October. The fight might be postponed to early next year depending on Alvarez’ condition.
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) will defend his world title for the second time on November 26 in Nagoya, Japan. Tajbert will face former world champion and current #2 in the WBC rankings, Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs). It is Tajbert’s first professional fight outside Germany. “This is my biggest challenge,” says Tajbert. “I also had some other options, but with a fight against the current number two of the association, especially a former world champion, I think I gain the highest reputation. In Asia the smaller weight classes get higher emphasis than the heavyweights here in Europe. So I would like to win over the Asian fans with my fighting skills and inspire them. To me, it’s always important to make the audience happy. I box for them.”
It will be a lollapalooza of a show when Zab “Super” Judah takes on heavy handed Argentine knock out artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday, November 6th when the “Brick City Boxing Series” returns to Newark’s Prudential Center. A total of ten supporting undercard fights are scheduled by promoters Main Events, Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy. Fans who want to catch all of the action will want to arrive early, as the first bout is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (more…)
At a recent brunch in Anaheim, three of mixed martial arts’ top young performers, Jon Jones, Urijah Faber, and Nate Diaz, met the press and were asked what they might have become if they hadn’t followed the road to professional fighting . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach talks to reporters at the Wild Card Gym.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Bantamweight prospect A. J. Banal (23-1-1, 18 KOs) won by seventh round disqualification over two-time world champion Luis Perez (26-5, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel ballroom in Cebu City, Philippines. Perez was DQ’d for hitting Banal on the break. Here’s what happened:
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 48th annual WBC convention had many of it’s expected 850 delegates arrive Sunday, November 31st in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Former and current champions such as Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rafael Herrera, Iran Barkley, Carlos Zarate, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Devon Alexander and Evander Holyfield are among those already in attendance, with many more expected to arrive throughout the week. The present attendees initially gathered in the lobby of the Royal Cancun Hotel for a photography art exhibition featuring works by both Dr. Richard Erlich (Lucha Libre photos) and Jose Sulaiman (Faces and Shapes of the World). more + photos
Former 3 divisional world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs)of Mexico will return to the ring December 11th in Mexico. Barrera will face Likar Ramos (23-3, 17 KOs) of Colombia in a scheduled 12 round bout for the WBO intercontinental title at junior welterweight. Ramos is the former WBA super featherweight interim champion and is promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/Pro Box Del Caribe out of Colombia.
In a triple-header pitting Mexicans against Filipino fighters, all three hometowners won last night in Chihuahua at the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevado, on a card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. In the main event, Chihuahuan Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs) defeated Lowie Bantigue (17-14-7, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC Carribbean super flyweight belt by unanimous decision, scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-112. In the co-main, Oscar Ibarra (24-4, 16 KOs), of Mexico City, won by TKO in the second (1:15) over Sonny Boy Jaro (31-9-5, 20 KOs) for the WBC Silver super flyweight title. Jaro was down in rounds one and two. In the first feature bout, Miguel “Mickey” Roman (32-7, 24 KOs), of Juarez, knocked out Joan de Guia (11-12-4, 3 KOs) at 1:16 of round one. In other results: Marcos Reyes (18-1, 16 KOs) TKO’d Martin Avila (11-8, 4 KOs) at 1:36 of the second; Mario Lozano (16-2, 13 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Solis (3-4, 2 KOs); Odilon Zaleta (8-0, 3 KOs), brother to Victor, won an eight-round majority decision over Julio Cesar Hernandez (8-10-3, 3 KOs); Jose Lopez (1-0-1, 1 KO) drew in six with Fernando Silva (4-2-2); and Jose Torres won a spilt decision in his debut with Pedro Torres (2-1, 2 KOs).
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by Bob Ryder
Billed as the rematch of the 1812 War between Canada (actually England) and the U.S., Canadian Andres Georges scored a well-deserved split verdict win in an eight over the much more experienced Lanardo Tyner, now (24-4). Windsorite Georges (10-1) used height, speed and crafty boxing techniques to thwart Detroit-area favorite Tyner, who lost for the first time in front of his 313-area code partisans. Moments after the decision was announced, one of Tyner’s backers yelled, “Straight up: Tyner was robbed!” The only robbery committed was that Georges was deprived of a unanimous decision win. The eyes of this journalist saw an easy win for Georges and had him sweeping the first seven of the eight rounds. The fight was for the NABA US welterweight championship. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo courtesy boxnoticias.net
Former double world champion Rafael Marquez completed his training at the Francisco I. Madero Gym in Mexico City with his trainer and boxing legend Daniel Zaragoza for his bout on November 6 where he will fight Puerto Rican WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez is in excellent condition and great shape which is expected one week before the bout takes place, which he believes is the most important fight his career. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
IBF #5 Daniel Geale (24-1,15 KOs) moved closer to an IBF middleweight title shot when he stopped IBF #3 Roman Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs) in round twelve of their IBF Elimination contest at the Olympic Park Sports Center in Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Geale outworked Karmazin in most of the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate combinations on the taller opponent. Karmazin suffered a cut above his left eye due to an accidental head clash in round six. Referee Pat Russell saved Karmazin from further punishment at 2:30 of round twelve and crowned Geale. For more details and photos click here…
Report and photo by Hector Villarreal
After winning the Fedelatin WBA super welterweight championship on July 31, Alfonso “El Huracan” Mosquera (21-7) went back to the Al Brown Arena in Colon, Panama on Saturday night to win the WBC Latin American belt in the same division by knocking out Mexican Joel Juarez (26-12-1) at 2:32 of the second round.
The Panamanian former world challenger Roinet Caballero (28-10-1) outboxed Colombian Jose Miguel Payares (9-5) to win by unnanimous decision in 9 rounds and claim the WBA Fedecaribe super featherweight championship.
Dominican Jonathan Arias (11-6) overcame local Humberto Peña (11-3-2) by disqualification in the 10th and final round.
Julio “El Rayo Chapin” Canastuj (2-5), from Guatemala, won by unnanimous decision over local Aris Rodriguez (1-1-1).
Photos by Photo Wende
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) made a successful defence of his title on Saturday night when he outclassed Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) in front of 4,600 fans in Rostock. The Hurricane knocked his opponent down three times to clinch a unanimous points victory, with the judges scoring the bout 119-106, 117-107 and 117-107. “I am pleased with my performance,” Sylvester said. “I knew I had to catch him to the body. Our game plan worked very well.” For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, heavy handed featherweight prospect Jorge Diaz (15-0,9KO’s) moved one stop closer to a world title shot with a thrilling ten round unanimous decision victory over Emanuel Lucero (24-6, 14KO’s). In the co-feature of the evening, Lancaster PA’s junior welterweight sensation Ronald Cruz (10-0, 7KO’s) pulled off the biggest win of his career with a convincing sixth round stoppage of Paterson New Jersey’s Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (14-2, 7KO’s). The highly entertaining six bout card was promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions. more + photos
By Norm Wamer
Photos: Kevin Walters / SportsSummery.com
Former two-time Junior Middleweight champion Bronco McKart added a third world title Saturday night, the upstart Universal Boxing Organization vacant middleweight championship, with a 7th-round TKO over Michie Munoz 22-6 (15 KO’s) before a partisan hometown crowd. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
Two vacant WBO interim title belts were on the line Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Cartagena, Colombia.
In the main event, for the vacant WBO interim minimumweight belt, former IBF minimumweight champion Raul Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) and claimed his second world title with a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Luis De la Rosa (14-1-1, 8 KOs). Both fighters gave everything in a battle of attrition that Garcia won by the slimmest of margins. Scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Garcia and 115-112 for De La Rosa.
Also, in a bout for the WBO interim light flyweight title, Jesus Geles (11-1-1, 5 KOs) edged Omar Soto (15-6-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds. Geles started out strong but Soto didn’t make it easy. In the second round, Soto was cut over his left eye and Gelez tried unsuccessfully to finish him. Although, Geles was technically the better boxer, Soto’s style of wide swinging shots paid dividends as he connected to the head and body of Geles. Good two-way action throughout as judges scored it 114-114, and 115-113, 115-113 for Geles.
By Ryan Stead, FightNews Canada
Former Cruiserweight title challenger Troy Ross made his homecoming a successful one tonight, pounding out a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision victory over Carl Handy at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Ross was almost perfect this night, winning all 10 rounds on two scorecards and 9 on the third (100-90, 100-90, and 99-91). Dominating this one from the start, Ross had Handy reeling early and often. Whether it was the right hook – left uppercut combination or the left hooks to the body, Handy used every trick in the book to remain upright to the end. Ross with the victory improves to 24-2 (16KOs). He remains in contention for a rematch with IBF champion Steve Cunningham to clear up some unfinished business. Handy keeps his reputation as a tough journeyman, slips to 24-8-2. (more…)
Zab “Super” Judah landed at Newark Airport today to begin his final preparations to fight Argentine knock-out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6th. The voluble Judah plans to train in Teaneck at Body Shapers Gym and looks forward to being joined by fellow Brooklynite and Former World Champion Iron Mike Tyson, who will accompany him into the ring during the HBO “Boxing After Dark” broadcast. “I watched Zab in the Gym a few days ago and he looked spectacular,” said Tyson. “Better than I’ve ever seen him before. I will be at The Prudential Center sitting front and center to support my friend Zab.” (more…)
Video: Kurt Freitag
“The Tijuana Tornado” demonstrates what Manny Pacquiao will face when they meet on November 13 as he works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.
The latest episode of FIGHT CAMP 360: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic premieres on SHOWTIME tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (25-0, 17 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Avtandil Khurtsidze (22-2-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday to claim the WBA interim middleweight title at the Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. The scores were 115-114 (twice) and 117-111. The Fight was very exciting for the fans due to Avtandil’s aggression. He punished, rocked and bloodied N’Jikam but couldn’t get the KO. Hassan’s best rounds were late, but even his hometown fans booed when the decision was announced. Fightnews.com scored it 116-112 for Khurtsidze.
On the undercard, WBA interim cruiserweight champ Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Roman Kracik (31-5-1, 17 KOs) over eight in a non-title affair.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga beat Michael Domingo of the Philippines on a 12 round unanimous points decision at the Mafikeng University Hall in Mafikeng on Saturday night, in an eliminator for the IBF bantamweight title. Judge Miroslav Brazio (Poland) and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen (South Africa) scored it 117-111 and 115-113 and judge Neville Hotz (South Africa) also had it 115-113. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In one of his most impressive performances, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended his title for the third time with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over #10 rated Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Sylvester suffered a vertical cut over the right eye from a headbutt in round two, but he broke it open with a huge round four battering Oral around the ring with a sustained barrage of punches. Oral weathered the storm, but things didn’t get much better for him after that. Oral was dropped in round eight with some body shots and a left hook to the jaw. “The Hurrikan” put Oral down again in round nine and punished him further in the tenth. The champion scored another knockdown in round eleven, but Oral beat the count again and chose to continue and made it to the final bell. Scores were 117-107, 119-106, 117-107. (more…)
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Barbados cruiserweight Shawn “Sniper” Cox defeated Anthony Augustin of Guayana by first round TKO on Friday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. The former Commonwealth gold medalist started slowly, working behind a strong jab. Shawn quickly found an opening landing a four punch combination, punctuated with excellent right uppercut, that sent the Guyanese pugilist to the canvas. Augustin beat the count, but was on wobbly legs and referee Eion Jardine had seen enough. Shawn moves his record to 12 wins against one defeat and is now set to defend his WBC CABOFE title in Barbados on November 20th.
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