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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Photos: LAP Images Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center ...

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Boxing News

Franco-Escobedo Update

By Gabriel F.Cordero

Featherweights Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KOs) and Eduardo Escobedo (32-3, 23 KOs) will face off in an IBF eliminator for the right to challenge IBF champion Billy Dib. The fight will be December 10 in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico at an event promoted by HG Boxing. Franco is training in Las Vegas with Miguel Diaz and Escobedo trains in Mexico City at the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristain.



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Calderon opponent named

Former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will face a new foe next October 29 at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, after a hand injury suffered by previous opponent Raul “Rayito” Garcia, for their fight in the WBO Tournament card presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention. Now, Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face Mexican Felipe Rivas (11-8-1, 5 KOs) for the 105lb WBO Latino title.

Meanwhile, it is confirmed that Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs), former WBO welterweight champion and seventh ranked by the WBO, will not fight in the show because an injury in his nose after a sparring session. Quintana was supposed to face hard puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title. An opponent for Melendez will be announced soon.



October 20th, 2011


Scale Watch

Pongsaklek, Sosa make weight

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photo: Sportpost

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 112 vs. Edgar Sosa 112
(WBC Flyweight championship bout)

Venue: 11st Royal Infantry Regiment, Bangkok, Thailand
Promoter: Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 7, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7)



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Dawson camp questions injury

Chad Dawson trainer Iceman John Scully sent out the following message regarding the shoulder separation of Bernard Hopkins that forced their bout to be scuttled in round two with Dawson winning by TKO:

I wonder if this is accurate…a friend of mine with some background in the field just messaged me this:

“I hope you guys have a doctor who’s ready to explain to the Commission that the AC Separation business is nonsense. Anyone can go to a doctor and get the diagnosis that Hopkins got. The diagnosis for low grade separations like Hopkins’ supposed injury is based on the patient telling the doctor what happened and where it hurts. It doesn’t show up on x-rays so the doctor just goes by what the patient says and by range of motion tests to make his diagnosis. Even though they haven’t come out and said the grade of the injury (there are 5 grades of AC separation) I am positive it was a low grade separation because if something had actually popped out they would have never left him in the ring for that long after the fight to do an interview and there would have been a visible bump where the bone would stick out. An MRI would give an idea of whether there was actually tissue damage but even that would have to be compared with an MRI from the past because some people have loose ligaments in the shoulder area to begin with. I’m sure you guys already know all this and have someone on it, I’m just annoyed with the possibility of this being ruled a NC. Anyways, take it easy and good luck.”



October 20th, 2011


Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire shadow boxes during a photo shoot as he prepares to defend his title against undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.



October 20th, 2011

UFC

Diaz: Better late than never

UFC 137 is LIVE on PPV Oct. 29!

“Hey, how’s it going?”

With that greeting, welterweight contender Nick Diaz arrived for the UFC 137 media teleconference Wednesday afternoon. Keeping in line with his reputation, he was 45 minutes late to the call, which also saw his October 29th opponent, BJ Penn, and co-main event combatants Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo speaking with the media, but in a twist, he actually showed up, which wasn’t the case when he no-showed two press conferences to promote a main event bout between himself and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Włodarczyk ready for Australia

"I'm ready for "Kangaroo Green"

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska

Looks like Polish WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KOs) can’t wait to defend his belt and for his departure to Australia where he will fight Perth’s very own Danny Green (31-4, 27 KO) on November 30. “I needed some introduction to Australia and decided to visit my hometown zoo,” said Włodarczyk. “I liked kangaroos especially – they are very fast and very, very afraid of me. I think that I will get the same reaction from “Kangaroo Green,” when I meet him in his hometown and he will feel my power. Danny is a good fighter but he’s not a cruiserweight. It will be painfully obvious for him very quickly!”



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Walters predicts KO win

By Robert Coster

In possibly the most intriguing of the matches in the title-studded “KO to Drugs” WBA card this coming Saturday in Panama City, two ranked featherweight boxers, formerly friends and sparring partners, will clash. WBA #4 Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (18-0, 15 KOs) of Jamaica crosses gloves with WBA #11 Irving Berry (21-2, 9 KOs) of Panama for Walter’s WBA Fedelatin belt.

Berry is the smooth boxer, Walters has the power. Also, two of Panama’s most famous trainers battle by proxy: Celso Chavez will be in Walter’s camp while Rigoberto Garibaldi is in Berry’s corner. (more…)



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

John to fight on Green card

Photos and story by Brett Bonetti

Green Machine Boxing held a press conference today at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia to announce possibly the biggest fight card in Australia. Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KO’s) will challenge Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KO’s) for the WBC World Cruiserweight Title.

Indonesian superstar and current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KO’s) will make the 15th defence of his title. And Will Tomlinson (17-0-1, 12 KO’s) will fight for the vacant IBO Super Featherweight Title. These massive fights are all on the same night. (more…)



October 20th, 2011

Feature Story

Mundine-Alvarez: Full Report

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Rigoberto “El Espanol” Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) of Mexico to capture the WBA interim light middleweight title at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. (more…)



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

West returns to Mexico

Photo: Team West

With the support of the #1 women’s boxing promoter in Mexico, WBO bantamweight Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (14-1-3, 4KOs) of Moreno Valley, California, looks to conquer the Mexican boxing public with her mix of beauty and lethal skills. West, one of the female world champs in HG Boxing’s stable led by promoter Hector Garcia, returns to the ring and to Colima, the site of her debut bout with HG Boxing back in August. West will defend her WBO 118 lbs. strap as part of the “Erupción en Colima (Eruption In Colima)” fight card set for Saturday, October 29th.

In her last bout held on August 20th, West defeated Jessica Villafranca via a unanimous decision with scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.

Now West will appear in the capital of Colima at the 74th Colima State Fair. The bout will mark West’s third defense that she captured last year by stopping Angel Gladney in seven rounds. West opponent is still to be confirmed. (more…)



October 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Chambers pulls out of eliminator

By Flattop

The IBF heavyweight eliminator between Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers slated for October 28th at Bally’s in Atlantic City is off after Chambers pulled out citing a bad back. The fight was to be televised nationally on SHOWTIME as part of a big ShoBox tripleheader. The telecast will now be a twinbill headlined by middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales against Ossie Duran. The opener features unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina against Artemio “King” Reyes Jr.

“It is a big disappointment when you have a fight postponed that is going to determine the mandatory challenger to the heavyweight champion of the world,” promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com. “I am disappointed but it is devastating to both Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers. I just hope that Eddie recovers quickly.”

Goossen stated that the IBF has not determined if they will allow the Thompson vs. Chambers eliminator to be postponed or if the organization will have Thompson fight the next available contender. Goossen hopes that the IBF will allow Thompson to become the mandatory to Wladimir Klitschko.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Quote of the day

“I am going to home with the belts. No one in the US knows about me – my skill level, my experience in big fights. Donaire is too young for a fight like this as you will see on Saturday night.”

Omar Narvaez



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

WBA KO Drugs Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Everything is ready for the WBA’s 24th KO Drugs Festival to be held this Saturday at the Roberto Duran Arena with WBA three world championship fights. The 13-bout card also features six WBA regional titles. In the main event, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (16-0-1, 12 KOs) faces Brunet Zamora (21-0-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA interim super lightweight world title. Former world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-4-3, 23 KOs) meets Richard April (16-2-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA interim lightweight world title. And Ogleidis Suarez (15-2-1, 7 KOs) takes on Katy Wilson (14-0, 9 KOs) for the WBA female featherweight interim world title. The event involves fighters from Panama, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, France, USA, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Belarus, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The WBA will make a donation to the Friends of the Child Foundation.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Samy Guty gets belted

WBC President Jose Suliaman, in his weekly conference, presented the belt that accredits Samuel “Samy Guty” Gutierrez as the new WBC light flyweight silver Champion today.

Gutierrez (30-6-2, 21 KOs), who was accompanied by Promociones del Pueblo press officer Ramses Morales, won a fifth round TKO over Roilo Golez (12-7-0, 4 KOs) claiming the vacant title on Saturday October 1st at the Centro de Expositores, in the city of Puebla, Mexico.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Sal Sanchez II returns

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On October 29th in Mexico City, Salvador Sanchez II, the nephew of the late great Salvador Sanchez, will make the first defense of his WBC CABOFE featherweight title against Jovanny Soto (32-11-1, 27 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another major step up for Sanchez II, who handlers feel is on track to fight for the WBC featherweight title next year. The bout will be part of a Gala Promotions event presented by Dr. Daniel Fausto Garcia. “I have worked very hard for this fight with my trainer Pablo Cano and I am prepared to defend my title with a great performance on the 29th,” said Sanchez. “My manager Grant Elvis Phillips, has always told me that it is my “destiny” to repeat history and become featherweight champion and I believe in him and in my abilities to accomplish that.”



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Calderon vs Omar Soto?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Omar “El Pastor” Soto (15-8-1, 6 KOs) could replace the injured Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia as the opponent of former WBO champion Ivan Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) on October 29 at the WBO Convention. “We were called to see if we wanted the fight after Calderón’s opponent was injured but it all depends on Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, who is the promoter of Omar. We’re ready to accept the match that has been mentioned for several years,” said Soto’s trainer Carlos Rey Velez.

The PR Best card suffered another blow when former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana was injured in preparation for his bout against Jorge Melendez. Quintana will be out two or three weeks.



October 19th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Battle at the Ballpark


Ringside by Gerardo Martinez

Photos by Jose Leon Castillo

If El Paso’s Jennifer Han does not have a fan club president yet, she better get one soon as she spent more time using her hands outside of the ring signing autographs for fans Saturday night at “Battle at the Ballpark” than against her sub par opponent, DJ Morrison, who retired on her stool ten seconds into the fourth round . .. Click here for more



October 19th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 137 is LIVE on PPV Oct. 29!

GSP Injured – Penn vs Diaz Elevated To UFC 137 Main Event: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his Oct. 29th bout with Carlos Condit due to a knee injury. BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will now compete in the night’s main event.

All New Episode Of The Ultimate Fighter Tonight: A brewing rivalry between housemates comes to a head, plus coaches get into it tonight on all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter Team Bisping vs Team Miller – 10pm on SPIKE (also in Canada on Sportsnet)

UFC Encyclopedia In Stores Now: 400 pages covering 18 years of UFC history, featuring over 300 fighters, over 170 event results, the UFC Hall of Fame, Octagon Girls and more! This is a must-have book no UFC fan should be without.

UFC 139 VIP Packages On Sale Now: Floor seats, meet & greets, backstage tours and more! Get the ultimate experience on December 10th in San Jose! Visit vip.ufc.com to purchase

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October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Narvaez ready for Donaire

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Looks like undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina isn’t having any weight issues as he sits down for healthy lunch as he prepares to take on WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in his title defense, on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark.

Narvaez and his team are at the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhatthan in front of Madison Square Garden. His team consists of trainer Ruperto Ruiz, his brothers Jorge and Daniel, Dr. Franco De Turris, manager Osvaldo Rivero and Esteban Livera, owner of Luna Park.

Narvaez’s team reports that he trains twice a day. Aerobics in the morning and boxing in the afternoon. He is close to the weight and in good physical condition.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Mundine wins WBA title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine defeated former WBA interim 154lb champion Rigoberto Alvarez by unanimous decision to win the WBA interim super welterweight world title. Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) took the initiative at all times to Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) in twelve rounds and won 114-113, 117-111, 117-111. Mundine, 36, must now fight for the title against undefeated WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Austin Trout. Alvarez is the brother of WBC super welterweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Maidana: I wouldn’t give Floyd a kiss

After being in training camp for almost six months so far this year WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is having his deserved vacation in his native Argentina. El Chino beat Erik Morales in April and made the first defense of his title last Sept. 23 in Buenos Aires, where he stopped Russian Petr Petrov in four rounds. Now the KO artist is waiting for news about his next fight.

“I am anxious to know who my next opponent would be. The sudden cancellation of the fight against (Robert) Guerrero last Aug. 27 changed our plans a lot. But things like those happen in boxing. The good thing is I was able to fight in front of my people. That was great but now I’m ready to go back to the big leagues,” Maidana said. (more…)



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Rosinsky ready for spotlight

Photo: Fightwireimages.com

This Friday, October 21st, Queens, New York-native Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) will step into the national spotlight and look to put his name amongst boxing’s most promising up-and-coming prospects when he takes on highly regarded and top-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s). Rodriguez-Rosinsky is the main event bout of the evening on DiBella Entertainment’s “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The show, which will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation, will also feature rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Rossi’s size stuns Huck

"Giant" isn't as tall as expected

Photos: Sauerland Event

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Captain Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) could not believe his eyes when he met challenger Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) at today’s press conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Listed at 6’6, the “Argentinian Giant” turned out to be much smaller than that. “Maybe he shrunk of fear,” Captain Huck said. “Doesn’t matter anyway. I don’t care what size he is. I have knocked out taller and smaller opponents. I will clinch a spectacular victory on Saturday night. He will not get my title.” Huck then measured his opponent. The result: 6’3 and a half!

Rossi seemed to enjoy the confusion regarding his height. “It’s true, I’m not two meters tall,” he stated. “But I will still defeat Huck. If you’re scared, your opponent looks much bigger than he actually is. I guess this has happened to Huck. I will take his title on Saturday night. I have trained hard and I will win.” (more…)



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Matchroom, Proksa extend pact

Matchroom Sport has announced that European Middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa has extended his promotional deal with the company. The unbeaten Polish fighter claimed the vacant European strap after forcing the retirement of Sebastian Sylvester and his dominant display in Germany at the start of the month has seen the 26 year-old become hot property. Proksa imposed himself on the former World champion and hometown favorite Sylvester from the first bell, silencing the partisan crowd with his commanding performance and winning new fans in the process. He signed terms with Barry Hearn at Matchroom’s Essex headquarters with his manager Krzysztof Zbarski, and said he’d always wanted to join up with the legendary sports promoter. “Ever since watching Chris Eubank fight Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany in 1994 I’ve dreamed of joining up with Matchroom,” said Proksa. “I believe with Matchroom behind me I can go on to win a World title next year.”



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Handig, Suco win ABCO belts

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig

Mateo Handig (reportedly 6-4, 3 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council 105 lb title as he stopped GAB #10 Bimbo Nacionales (11-4-1, 2 KOs) on Sunday at Municipal Gym of La Trinidad in Benguet, Philippines. Although Handig was knocked down by an uppercut in round two, but he could the controlled the show from round three, weakening Nacionales with his vicious combinations. The action was terminated in round seven when the new champion floored his foe with a good long cross, then he displayed hard combinations which dropped his opponent again, forcing referee to stop the bout at 2:55. For more details and photos click here…



October 19th, 2011

Feature Story

Donaire fights to inspire

Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com

Financial security is a necessity, Nonito Donaire said, but what’s inspiring is the prospect of being inspirational.

Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) faces Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs) Saturday at Madison Square Garden in his first fight since he obliterated Fernando Montiel in February . . . Click here for more



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Donaire talks about Pacquiao

Nonito Donaire talks to media about the relationship between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Nonito goes over when the two fighters first met and sparring sessions between the two of them…



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Rayito Garcia injured?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Unconfirmed rumors say that former WBO 105lb champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) will not be able to face former champion Ivan Calderon (30-2-1, 6 KOs) on October 29 because he allegedly suffered a hand injury while training. Garcia lost his championship on August 27 against Moses Fuentes by split decision in an optional defense before facing Calderon. However, Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) suffered a serious nose injury so the WBO lined up Garcia to face Calderon for the interim minimumweight title with the winner to face Fuentes.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

New opponent for Oosthuizen

By Ron Jackson

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will now defend his belt against Mexican Francisco Sierra on a five fight bill at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 23.

Osthuizen was originally scheduled to meet the Russian Maxim Vlasov who has possibly pulled out because he has been fighting at light heavyweight and boiling down to super middleweight will not be that easy. (more…)



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

“Trick or Beat” in Albany

By Boxing Bob Newman

Adam Neary’s Ares Promotions continues their highly successful “Fight Night” series on Friday, October 28, 2011 at Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza. Dubbed “Trick Or Beat” in keeping with the Halloween atmosphere, the show promises beatings galore. Headlined by Cleveland, Ohio’s undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick, 14-0, 5 KOs, taking on Jose “Stinger” Medina of Tilton, New Hampshire, the eight bout card features loads of local flavor as well. (more…)



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Siyo to defend SA jr flyweight title

By Ron Jackson

Luzuko Siyo makes the first defence of his South African junior flyweight title when he meets Sebelomzi Zimela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday October 23 This is a voluntary defence for Siyo 9-0; 7 from Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape who made his pro debut Sep 29, 2008 with a third round stoppage win over Sinethemda Magibesela. He then racked up seven victories with only two going the distance against Lwazi Nduneni and Motswaki Moselsele On June 3 this year he knocked out Monwabisi Ngundwana in the eighth round in Port Alfred to win the vacant SA title. The title became vacant when Sizwe Sinyabi was stripped after he failed a medical prior to his contest with Monwabisi Gundwana. Zimela from Mthatha is ranked at number ten in the most recent Boxing South Africa ratings and was most impressive in June this year when he stopped Prince Msane in the fourth round. On the same card former South African junior-bantamweight champion Unathi Gqokoma returns to action when he faces Thabo Sishwana in a clash for the vacant Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title. The tournament is presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.



October 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Nobles opponent named

On October 28th, former heavyweight contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles will return against Joseph Rabotte in a six round clash at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania, that will be promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Nobles of Philadelphia has a record of 26-1 with 21 KOs and will be making his first start in four years. Rabotte is 11-18-1 with 3 KOs. In the main event, Tony Ferrante will take on Tommy Karpency in a ten round battle for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship,



October 18th, 2011

Feature Story

Houston: Stand by for no decision

By Graham Houston

The term “firestorm of controversy” comes to mind. After the big-fight fiasco involving Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins in Los Angeles on Saturday night the boxing world seems to be talking about little else. One thing is becoming clear. The original verdict of a second-round TKO win for Dawson is not going stand for much longer. It seems inevitable that the California commission will shortly declare the bout to have been a “no decision.”

Initially, I could not understand all the outrage when Hopkins essentially resigned himself from the fight and referee Pat Russell ruled that Dawson was the winner. Yes, Dawson had shouldered Hopkins off him — not too violently in my opinion — and the 46-year-old light-heavyweight champion had fallen awkwardly. However, in the referee’s opinion, on the night, there had been no foul. Therefore, if Hopkins says he is too badly injured to continue, and in the referee’s view he hadn’t been fouled, then the result would surely be a TKO win for Dawson?

What is happening, though, is that many people in boxing, including experienced and respected officials, are saying that despite what the referee ruled, there clearly was an accidental foul. (more…)



October 18th, 2011

UFC

GSP injured: Penn-Diaz upgraded

UFC 137 is LIVE on PPV Oct. 29!

Returning UFC welterweight contender Nick Diaz will get his UFC 137 main event after all, as UFC President Dana White announced via twitter Tuesday afternoon that 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his October 29th title defense against Carlos Condit due to a knee injury.

Diaz, who was originally scheduled to face GSP in the UFC 137 main event before being pulled from the bout due to two press conference no shows, will now see his three-round bout with BJ Penn elevated to the main event a week from Saturday. . . . Click here for more

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October 18th, 2011




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