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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Smithsburg, MD lightweight Dean “Pit Bull” White battled Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough of Pittsburgh, PA to an eight-round draw tonight in the main event of the Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton in DC.
White did a nice job of counterpunching throughout the contest, seemingly beating Kimbrough to the punch. Kimbrough suffered a cut that was directly between his right eye and the bridge of his nose. White stepped up the pace in the last three rounds but it apparently was not enough to sway the judges completely. Judge Tammye Jenkins saw the bout 77-75 for White while Judge David Jordan scored the contest 77-75 for Kimbrough. Judge Paul Wallace saw the draw at 76-76. The Fightnews.com card scored the bout for White, 78-74. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao was about to wrap up his Thursday training session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood when he uttered a short but meaningful statement that was within earshot of Filipino scribes who were sent to cover his every move. “Tiis lang (Sacrifice),” said Pacquiao as he was positioning himself for the stomach exercises that happen in the tailend of his workout. Implying that sacrifice is the key in relation to his upcoming megabuck match with Puerto Rican hero Miguel Cotto. With eight days before his date with destiny with Cotto, Pacquiao was in a very upbeat mood and looked as though the only thing that is preventing him from knocking the WBO welterweight crown off Cotto’s head is time. Pacquiao said everything is right on track and that while ringsiders believe that Cotto will prove to be the stronger and bigger man come fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next week, the Filipino pound-for-pound icon is optimistic that he can get the job done. “I am ready for whatever he will bring to the ring,” said Pacquiao after the training session. Asked by a renowned fight writer about the deluge of media interviews and other similar stuff, Pacquiao stressed that “as a celebrity athlete, I have a responsibility as well to the public.” Pacquiao will continue to train at the Wild Card until Monday, the day his team departs for Sin City.
By Ron Jackson
Jasper Seroka makes the second defence of his South African junior lightweight title when he meets Sipho Taliwe at the Finetown Centre in Lenasia on Friday night. Seroka (20-2; 9) will be hoping to get his career back on track after being stopped by Mzonke Fana in July this year when they met in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator. The only other loss on the champion’s record was back in June 2003 when he lost on points to Malcolm Klassen a former two-time IBF junior lightweight champion. Seroka who made his pro debut in April 2002 won the SA junior lightweight title in October 2008 when he outpointed Godfrey Nzimande. His first defence was a sixth round stoppage win over Wandile Mseleku in March this year. Taliwe has a reported record of 9 wins all inside the distance and only two losses on points, against Seroka and Gabriel Phakula. Even though Taliwe has power in his right hand he has not fought at the same level as the champion and never been beyond six rounds in his five year professional career. The champion must be favoured to retain his title in a hard fought contest over 12 rounds. The tournament is presented by Reggie Hilmer.
By Bob Caico
Nick Casal 140 vs Chris Fernandez 138
Meacher Major 133 vs Dorin Spivey 132
(NABA Lightweight Title)
Guillermo Sanchez 130 vs Jose Guzman 129
(N.Y. State Super Featherweight Title)
Excell Holmes 230 vs. Joe Montoya 225
Lionel Thompson 176 vs Michael Montoya 176
Broderick Antoine 145 vs Geoffrey Spruiell 146
Promoter: X-Cel Worldwide
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Tonight’s 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards just added a little more punch, as UFC® heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez will be in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to join with Alicia Keys and Eva Longoria to salute the finest in Latin music, beginning at 8pm ET on the Univision network. (more…)
Keith Thurman 144.2 vs. Edvan Barros 147.2
Quinton Willis 156.4 vs. Khristian Geraci 158.0
Manny Woods 156.0 vs. Jason Wahr 153.4
Nick Iannuzzi 196.2 vs. Michael Alexander 199.2
Cordaro Simpkins 128.6 vs. Edgardo Rivera 129.2
Lamar Davis 231 vs. Roy Boykin 218.6
Sherali Dostiev 120.5 vs. Sergio Aguilar 120.2
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Venue: Tampa Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Oleg Maskaev says he is happy that he can now see a clear path in his bid to regain the World Boxing Council heavyweight title. After considerable political manuevering, in Oleg’s view, the WBC, during his current convention, has decreed that the No. 2 ranked Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) will fight a title-eliminator by May 10 of 2010 against No. 1 ranked Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs), with the winner to face champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs).
There are pitfalls before this can come off as scheduled. First, Maskaev must win a supposed tuneup Dec. 11 in Sacramento (Calif.), near the former Soviet fighter’s new adopted hometown. His opponent is 23-year-old Nagy Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs), an upset-minded prospect from the Dominician Republic and fighting out of New York.
Also, Klitschko has to beat No. 6 contender Kevin Johnson in a Dec. 12 defense in Switzerland. Meanwhile, Austin, who last fought in October, is apparently standing pat until the eliminator. (more…)
From the Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Road to Redemption” card promoted by Fernando Vargas’ V.E.P., American Dream Entertainment and Super Judah Promotions:
Zab Judah 145 vs. Ubaldo Hernandez 145
Joel Casamayor 146 vs. Jason Davis 142*
* Casamayor was three pounds over the contractual limit.
Ron Johnson 186 vs. Dumont Welliver 174*
* Welliver weighed in sweats; Johnson, at first a half pound, stripped to make weight.
Salvador Sanchez 124 vs. Jose Pacheco 124
Joseph Judah 148 vs. Joel Gonzalez 149
Toddy Junior 129 vs. Brice Yeniki 125
Cancelled bouts: Two bouts, featuring top local attractions, were scratched from the card due to lack of opponents. Las Vegas’ Sharif Bogere and Anthony Lenk will not be fighting tomorrow night.
Promoter Gary Shaw opened Thursday’s final Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson press conference asking for a moment of silence for Jasper Howard, the University of Connecticut football player who was stabbed to death on campus on Oct. 18. Dawson will honor Howard’s memory on Saturday night by wearing his number 6 on his trunks and on the back of his warm-up robe. Shaw then praised all four fighters – Dawson, Johnson, Alfredo Angulo and Harry Joe Yorgey–taking part in Title Night at the XL Center on Saturday as “true gentleman.” He added: “You don’t see a lot of smack talking and swearing going on with these guys. It’s all about the fight.” For more details and photos click here…
Paul McCloskey and Daniel Rasilla both made weight for their up and coming bout with the European light welterweight title on the line at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, tomorrow night. Both were comfortably inside the championship limit of 140 pounds with the undefeated McCloskey tipping the scales at 139.4 and the Spanish Champion Rasilla weighing in at 139 exactly.
“He’s coming from a lower division,” said WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto moments ago to reporters. “If they think they have more power than Miguel Cotto, they’re wrong!” As for any speed advantage Pacquiao has, Cotto stated “I’m prepared for anything he can bring…I’m prepared for all he can show me.” On whether he’ll KO Manny, Cotto commented, “I never come out to knock out any fighter…[but] if I hit him pretty good, I’m going for it…I’m very confident that I’m going to come out with a victory that night!” Cotto-Pacquiao takes place November 14 in Las Vegas for what is shaping up as a huge boxing pay-per-view blockbuster.
The most interested spectator Saturday in Versicherung Arena for the WBA heavyweight title fight between defending Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev and challenger David “The Haymaker” Haye will be former 2-time WBA title-holder John “The Quietman” Ruiz. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), the WBA top contender, agreed with the promoters for Valuev and Haye to “step aside” as the WBA “Official Challenger.” By defeating ex-IBU champion Adnan “Aachen Assassin” Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs) in Saturday’s 10-round co-feature on the “David vs. Goliath” Pay-Per-View event, he is guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010. (more…)
Peter Manfredo Jr. 166 vs Ronald Weaver 171.5
Lenroy Thomas 246 vs Andrew Greeley 245.5
Emmanuel Taylor 146.5 vs Joshua Beeman 150.5
Julius Kennedy 167 vs Ariel Espinal 170.5
Joseph Elegele 143 vs Keith Redding 144
Venue: Martins Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, MD
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
Jr welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KOs) returns in a ten round matchup against comebacking veteran Antonio “Tono” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KOs) in the co-feature on Diaz-Malignaggi II card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, which was officially announced today. The highly regarded Ortiz is returning for the first time since his exciting KO loss to Marcos Maidana in a world championship fight in June. The 33-year-old Diaz took a nearly three year break from the ring in 2005, but he has won four in a row since returning in 2008. HBO will televise.
On the heels of his first primetime television appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and his recognition as a 2009 Gusi Peace Prize laureate, boxing phenom Manny Pacquiao now finds himself on the cover of TIME Magazine Asia edition (see below) as part of a five page feature story on the boxing Champion that will be included in all editions (global and US market) of the magazine hitting newsstands this weekend. With the population of Asia being the largest in the world, Pacquiao is overwhelmed with the idea of so many people seeing his face on the cover of such a prestigious magazine.
“I absolutely had no idea that when I started my career in boxing, to provide a better life for myself and my family, that I would now be where I am today and on the cover of TIME Magazine,” said Pacquiao. “A fighter’s dream is to win a world title and gain financial stability. But what is happening to me now is the most humbling experience of my life. It is a great honor for me to be the face of my people and to let everyone know we are a small but mighty country. I have great pride for all of the Filipinos living throughout the world and it is these people that I fight for each and every time I step into the ring.”
Check out how “The Russian Giant” Nikolai Valuev prepared for his WBA heavyweight championship defense against David Haye, which can be seen live Saturday afternoon on pay-per-view (3PM ET/Noon PT).
Due to the official sell out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the November 14 Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto “FIRE POWER” mega-fight, tickets for closed circuit seating are not far behind and moving briskly as fans head to Las Vegas in droves to be part of boxing’s super fight finale of 2009. Limited seating is still available at all locations including MGM Grand Premier Ballroom, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, The Mirage, Excalibur, Monte Carlo and Circus Circus. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast are priced at $50, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at MGM Grand box office, by phone with a major credit card at (800) 929-1111 or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman brought the organization’s 47th annual world convention to a premature close today in Jeju, Korea, one day early. Several members of the board of governors and ring officials have ring assignments and flights which necessitated early departures. President Sulaiman was fighting bronchitis upon his arrival to the island as well. Emotion also took over Sulaiman as he reflected upon the loss of so many members of the boxing fraternity this past year.
Sulaiman also reiterated his feelings on the state of amateur boxing and the WBC’s plans to integrate itself in the amateur version of the sport. He criticized the scoring system, and the politics involved, which he feels hurts the fighters themselves most of all.
This year’s convention hosted 597 delegates from twenty different countries. Over 100 ring officials, and nearly 40 promoters were among the attendees. (more…)
Feature story by Matt Richardson
For former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, the path to significant, big money fights has been a rocky one. Filled with bumps and holes, bad decisions and worse luck, the 40-year old Johnson hasn’t had an easy road to the top . . . Click here for more
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is not looking too far ahead but in the event Manny Pacquiao gets past Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14, the Hall of Fame promoter said a fight in a brand-new stadium being used by the Dallas Cowboys is a candidate to host the Filipino’s first fight in 2010. Arum said that while Las Vegas is a front-runner in staging a major boxing card, Dallas is keen in hosting a major show in its 50,000-seat venue and Pacquiao could be lined up to face Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in a third meeting there on March 13, 2010. The main supporting fight will feature Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., said Arum. But if Cotto wins against Pacquiao, Arum said the most sensible thing to do is to bring Cotto back to New York in June 2010–in time for the annual Puerto Rican Independence Day celebrations–for a huge show at Yankee Stadium.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Justin Manolikos (pictured above right) is the manager of IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and will promote the Danny Green vs Roy Jones Jr bout on December 2nd in Sydney. Manolikos tells Fightnews how he first met Danny when he was eight years of age, how they won four football grand finals together, how he tried to place a bet with bookies that Green would be world champion within three years of turning professional, how professional Roy Jones has been to work with and how the 20,000 Acer Arena in Sydney is nearly sold out a month prior to the fight and how there is not much interest in an Anthony Mundine rematch. (more…)
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Jr lightweight Jason”The American Boy” Litzau (26-2, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over former marine Johnnie Edwards (15-5-1, 8 KOs) on Wednesday night in front of an all marine audience at the Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. After a slow start, Litzau outworked Edwards, who could have been deducted points for repeated holding. Scores were 97-93, 98-91, 99-91. With the win, Litzau claimed the NABF 130lb title. He had won the NABF crown at the lightweight limit of 135 lbs. in his previous fight, but vacated that belt to campaign in the 130 lb. division.
Former NABF super lightweight champion Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13 KOs) and Rasheed Holloway (11-1-2, 5 KOs) fought to a six-round draw. Scores were 58-56 Figueroa, 58-57 Holloway and 57-57.
Jr lightweight Yaundale Evans (4-0, 3 KOs) dropped Jason Rorie (5-5-2) in rounds one and two, en route to a four-round unanimous decision. Scores were 40-34, 40-34, 39-35.
Former champs Zab Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) and Joel Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) stated their readiness to re-launch their careers today at a press conference held at The Palms in Las Vegas. On Friday, Judah and Casamayor headline “The Road to Redemption,” promoted by V.E.P. Productions, American Dreams Promotions and Super Judah Productions. Judah will go ten with Ubaldo Hernandez (22-19-2, 10 KOs) at welter, while Casamayor takes on Jason Davis (11-4-1, 3 KOs), ten rounds at 140. The card also features an eight-round light-heavyweight match, with Ron Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) taking on Dumont Welliver (18-19-1, 6 KOs). Pictured above, from left to right: Judah, Johnson, promoter Fernando Vargas, Joel Casamayor and Sharif Bogere, who will fight an eight-rounder.
Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach during a huge media day at the jam-packed, standing room at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood on Wednesday. Pacquiao is in town preparing for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Not known for his power, the technical Leo Santa Cruz did something he had not done in almost two years: win by knockout. He did so in a dominant manner. Santa Cruz scored a one-punch knockout over Julio Valdez in front of a sold-out crowd of over 600 at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. The bout headlined the professional boxing portion of the “Kardashian Knockout Charity” card, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (18-0, 11 KOs) will meet DeLeon Tinsley (9-4-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Saturday’s card headlined by WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai “Russian Giant” Valuev his title opposing David “Hayemaker” Haye in Nuremberg, Germany, at Versicherung Arena. Palacios, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is an undefeated and fast-rising cruiserweight with knockout power. He is currently ranked #3 by both the WBC and WBA. His ring exploits have already earned him a continental title, and—if he keeps up his winning ways—he will soon receive his first chance at a world championship.
By Michael Sheffield/MemphisBoxing.com
The renaissance of “Miller Light Fight Night” on Beale Street at the New Daisy Theatre continued on November 3, with a four bout card that featured a group of up and coming fighters who put on gutsy performances for a capacity crowd at the New Daisy. Former welterweight world champion and front running trainer Buddy McGirt was in attendance at the historic theater. The first fight of the evening, a 4-round junior welterweight contest between Marlon Lewis (1-1-1) and Rohan Wilson (2-1-1) was more a crowd pleasing display of heart than sweet science. (more…)
Last night, P4P boxing king Manny Pacquiao appeared on late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Pacman spoke about his nickname “Pacman,” demonstrated the wooden training stick he uses for mind conditioning in preparation for taking hits in the ring by taking several light swats at Kimmel, and serenaded the live studio audience with a rendition of the love song, “Sometimes When We Touch.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
An interesting lightweight rematch will be the main event of the Fight Night charity boxing card on Thursday, November 5 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in DC. In the eight-round “Fight For Children” title bout, Smithsburg, MD’s Dean “Pit Bull” White will take on Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough of Pittsburgh, PA. The two met on February 22, 2007 in front of a nationally televised (VERSUS) audience. White lost the first contest by a hotly disputed six-round majority decision. (more…)
WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev has promised “something special” for David Haye when they clash in the ring on Saturday night. “The Russian Giant” cannot wait to let his fists do the talking after the challenger has wasted no chance to hurl insults at the biggest and tallest champion of all time. “His comments have been very motivating,” Valuev said. “But let´s see what Haye has to offer inside the ring. I don´t think he will be able to follow it up. But I will not under-estimate him.”
Haye was brimming with confidence when he spoke in front of a packed press conference today. “He hasn’t fought anyone of my caliber; he’s never fought anyone in their prime or someone so fired up,” the challenger said. “I’m not one of these guys he’s used to fighting. I’m not over-the-hill, I’m not tainted, I’m not past my sell-by-date. I am fresh, I am ready.” (more…)
WBO interim junior middleweight champion Paul Williams (27-1, 14 KOs) will face WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-2, 34 KOs) on December 5 at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City. The bout will be fought at middleweight poundage with no belts on the line. Williams was originally slated to face WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, but Pavlik pulled out with an injury. Heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) is also expected to return on the card against TBA.
Saturday’s fight in Hartford, Connecticut, between “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, has been approved for the WBO interim junior middleweight world title. No announcement has been made the WBO as to whether the current WBO Interim champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will be stripped or if the WBO will recognize two interim belt holders in the division.
Top trainer Freddie Roach is putting a $1,000 bet on a Manny Pacquiao knockout victory in the first, ninth and tenth rounds, in his Nov. 14 duel with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I want to make some money,” Roach told a handful of Manila-based scribes after presiding over Pacquiao’s workout Tuesday afternoon at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “I’m putting $1,000 each on a first round KO win and putting the same money as well for a KO victory in the ninth and tenth rounds.” Roach has been pretty accurate in his predictions lately after steering Pacquiao to a second-round stoppage over Ricky Hatton last May and leading the Filipino to a ninth-round TKO of Oscar De La Hoya late last year. Prior to Pacquiao’s dismantling of the Golden Boy, Roach was right on the money in making a ninth-round KO forecast against David Diaz in June 2008. Pacquiao is the heavy favorite going into the scheduled 12-round WBO welter title match before an expected sellout crowd.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Heavyweight: The defense of champion Vitali Klitschko against Chris Arreola, then the #1 contender was considered Klitschko’s mandatory defense. A deadline of May 1, 2010 has been posed for a final eliminator between #1 Ray Austin and #2 Oleg Maskaev to determine the new mandatory challenger.
Cruiserweight: After a review in June at the NABF convention of the controversial title fight between champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, a rematch was ordered. Fragomeni will now defend against former WBO light heavy champ Zsolt Erdei, with the winner mandated to fight Wlodarczyk. That fight is an ordered rematch, and NOT a mandatory defense. Current #2 rated Herbie Hide would be in line for a mandatory challenge after that.
Light Heavyweight: Jean Pascal will fight a rematch with former champion Adrian Diaconu on December 11. Chad Dawson will fight Glenn Johnson in a rematch for the interim title this Saturday. Each winner will then be mandated to fight each other in a “unification” of the WBC title.
Super Middleweight: Both Gary Shaw and his fighter Andre Dirrell addressed the board of Governors per the recent fight between Dirrell and WBC champion Carl Froch. Dirrell explained his lifelong desire to fight for and win the WBC green belt. “I didn’t get that belt so I couldn’t put it around my grandfather’s waist. I’m not here to gain favor. I’m honored to be here and to fight for the WBC. This whole thing is beautiful, being here at the convention. I thank you Jose and your son Mauricio. I look forward to the opportunity of fighting for the WBC belt again.” Shaw went to bat for his fighter reflecting on the repeated fouls committed by Froch- throwing Dirrell to the ground, elbows, and more. “We look forward to the chance to fight a rematch with Carl Froch.”
WBC Board member Charles Giles rebutted that he watched the fight twice and still felt Froch won the fight. “Froch is still undefeated, a great fighter, and has never made any excuses for his performance in the ring. For his part, President Jose Sulaiman explained that a seven judge panel reached an agreement that a rematch would be favorable, but not to interrupt the Super Six tournament in doing so. “We have made a commitment to support the Super Six and want to stand by our word. We will make a communication to Showtime per the rules of the tournament, and go from there.”
Middleweight: Champion Kelly Pavlik made his mandatory defense on February 26th against Marco Antonio Rubio. Due to repeated injuries of Pavlik, Sebastian Zbik fought for and won the interim title against Domenico Spada on July 7, 2009. Pavlik’s situation will be discussed at a later date during the convention.
Super Welterweight: A ten count was sounded in the memory of champion Vernon Forrest. Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment, explained that Champion Sergio Martinez accepted the fight with Paul Williams, after Williams’ fight with Kelly Pavlik fell through. However, Williams is not willing to come down to 154 lbs., so Martinez wants to go up to 160 lbs. in a nontitle fight. The WBC accepted this request, with a mandatory due by Martinez after the Williams fight.
Welterweight: Andre Berto took the microphone and reflected on being a WBC champion. “I am a very proud champion of the WBC. Sometimes I can’t sleep at night and I push my girl out of the bed and lay the belt next to me!” Ron Rizzo of DiBello Entertainment requested that Berto be allowed to defend his WBC title in the January 20, 2010 unification match against WBA champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley. President Sulaiman replied with an explanation of the machinations behind the fight between mandatory challenger Luis Collazo and Berto in Biloxi, Mississippi in January, 2009. In that instance, WBC officials were not allowed to officiate their own title fight. Next, conditions of allowing a unification with Mosley were offered: Mosley would need to apologize for throwing the interim WBC belt in the trash (figuratively) by opting for fight Antonio Margarito for the WBA title only. Another scenario with Collazo and Selcuk Aydin fighting for an interim title could happen. Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez commented that Mosley would be informed of the WBC’s request. Both conditions were approved by the board of governors.
Super Lightweight: An elimination was ordered between #2 Ajose Olusegun and #3 Ionut Dan Ion (Jo Jo Dan) for the mandatory challenger status. Terms of the fight have not been agreed upon by representatives or promoters of the fighters to date. A six man tournament was recommended by President Sulaiman to determine a mandatory challenger to champion Devon Alexander. With #1 rated Manny Pacquiao tied up with his fight against Miguel Cotto on November, the remaining #2 through #7 fighters could compete. They are: #2 Ionut Dan Ion, #3 Ajose Olusegun, #4 Ali Cheebah, #5 Cesar Cuenca, #6 Prawet Singwancha, #7 Jung Bum Kim.
Lightweight: Champion Edwin Valero will make a voluntary defense on December 19th against Hector Velasquez in Venezuela. Newly crowned interim champion Antonio DeMarco will face the winner. With Valero’s U.S. visa problems, where that bout takes place is a bone of contention. DeMarco’s promoter Gary Shaw adamantly exclaimed, “I can tell you I’m not taking DeMarco to Venezuela!”
Super Featherweight: Champion Humberto Soto will make his final defense on December 12 before moving on to lightweight. Interim champion Humberto Gutierrez will fight Vitali Tajbert on November 21 in Germany. That winner will be the full WBC champion after Soto’s abdication.
Featherweight: Champion Elio Rojas is in negotiations with #5 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo for a voluntary defense at the moment. President Sulaiman opened the floor for comments on the idea of a tournament. Reactions were mixed from various promoters. The board of governors however did approve a tournament involving the top six available contenders. Sulaiman also vehemently opposed a rumored fourth match between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez. “Those two will kill each other. They are such warriors, one or both will be finished after a fourth fight.
Super bantamweight: Mandatory was made by champion Toshiaki Nishioka against Jhonny Gonzalez in May and has a year before his next mandatory is due.
Bantamweight: Hozumi Hasegawa will make his tenth title defense on December 18th against Alvaro Perez. He may abdicate his throne to move to Super bantamweight afterward. A final eliminator between #1 Simpiwe Vetyeka and #2 Abner Mares was ordered, possibly or the vacant title if Hasegawa indeed moves up.
Super Flyweight: Unified champion Vic Darchinyan will defend against interim champion Tomas Rojas on December 12 in Rancho Mirage, California.
Flyweight: Daisuke Naito will defend against Koki Kameda on November 29, with the winner to fight interim champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam.
Light Flyweight: Edgar Sosa will defend November 21 against multiple title challenger Rodel Mayol. If he does indeed vacate as is rumored, the top two available contenders will fight for the vacant title. Former Champion Omar Niño Romero is currently rated #1.
Strawweight: Champion Oleydong Sithsamercahi will fight interim champion Juan Palacios November 27 in Bangkok. The winer will have one year to make their next mandatory defense.
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