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Preview by Brady Crytzer
In a dramatic contrast of styles, UFC world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defends his title against arch nemesis Josh Koscheck in the main event of UFC 124 in Montreal. On one side of the cage you have GSP, a natural striker who has readjusted his focus to become one of the sport’s best wrestlers. Awaiting him is Koscheck, quite possibly the sport’s most decorated wrestler who has been delivering brutal knockouts as a testament to his commitment to diversifying his own attack. Anxious to test their new skills against the best in the world, these two men will showdown after nearly four months of preparation. Will it be the wrestling of St. Pierre or the striking of Koscheck that wins the day? Let’s take a closer look at this cold December showdown in the Great White North . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and ring legend Bernard Hopkins hosted an international media conference call to discuss preparations for their fast approaching December 18 world championship bout at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, where 16,000 seats have already been sold. Oddmakers favor Pascal by more than 2:1.
“I’m going to bring my A game and let’s see if the teacher can still teach,” said Pascal from his training camp in Miami. “I found some things I can exploit of December 18…I have two or three surprises for him.”
Hopkins, who turns 46 next month, said he would be doing a disservice to boxing if he retired just because of his age and promised that reporters who think he should retire will eat crow come December 18. “My life has been about proving people wrong…Pascal has to worry about what I’m bringing to the table…I’m known for ruining careers.”
22-year-old lightweight and top Italian prospect Luca Giacon stopped Hungarian Laszlo Robert Balogh (10- 5-1, 3 KOs) in round four last Saturday in Decimomannu (Cagliari), Italy. Giacon brings his record to 13 wins all by KO, no losses and 1 no-contest. European super lightweight contender Michele Di Rocco (29- 1-1, 12 KOs) decisioned veteran Laszlo Komjathi in six rounds and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (18-1, 10 KOs) decisioned tough Sandor Ramocsa in another six rounder. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today it has been known that boxing legends: Kostya Tszyu, Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez were chosen to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Renowned Mexican trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain, referee Joe Cortez and actor Sylvester Stallone were also selected. Beristain will become the first Mexican manager be included.
Photo and report by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) during the last full training session with his trainer Roger Bloodworth, before he takes on Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) at the Prudential Center (December 9). “It just looks like I knocked Roger out,” said Adamek smiling and looking at the photo (above). “There is nothing wrong with the precision of my punches, my fist landed on his pads. I’m always getting better and I strongly doubt Roger would be able to stand in my corner in a couple of days. I’m ready to go.”
“I like what I see: Tomek is fresh and quick, he moves great,” added Bloodworth.
Photo and report by Bob Ryder
Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley had their first opportunity to meet the media at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, site of their January 29th showdown. Both were focused and confident. “It’s on baby!” exclaimed Alexander while Bradley proclaimed, “I’m the best 140 pounder in the world!”
Co-promoter Gary Shaw (Don King was unable to attend due to the recent passing of his wife) stated, “You have two great trainers, two great fighters coming together to make a super fight.”
Tickets for this unification battle between the undefeated Bradley and Alexander go on sale December 10 and will be available through the Silverdome Box Office at 248-338-2500 or at www.silverdometickets.com
HBO World Championship Boxing will televise the fight live beginning at 10 p.m.
K2 Promotions announced the official undercard for the December 11 Heavyweight Championship between Wladimir Klitschko and Dereck Chisora at SAP ARENA in Mannheim, Germany.
The co-feature will be a double intercontinental title fight between Ola Afolabi, 15-2 from hailing from London vs Lubos Suda, 22-4, the EBU EU champion from Czech Republic. The bout between these two top rated boxers will be for both the IBF and WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight titles. Afolabi is the newest boxer with K2 Promotions and Tom Loeffler, managing director, sees great potential in him. “Ola was in the training camp with Wladimir and sparred many rounds with him. Now that he is working with world class trainer Fritz Sdunek, Ola’s future is wide open,” said Loeffler.
Two boxers from the world famous Kronk Gym will also be featured on the show. Andy Lee, the outstanding middleweight from Ireland, and Domonique Dolton, the undefeated Jr Middleweight rising star, who is causing a lot of buzz in boxing circles. Both Lee and Dolton also sparred with Wladimir Klitschko under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward.
Undefeated Gabor Veto, the popular Hungarian Lightweight boxer will fight against former World Champion Alfred Kotey from Ghana.
The fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL in Germany. In the US, it will be aired on Saturday, Dec. 11, 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com and reaired the next day, Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Sky Sports will carry the fight live on pay per view in the UK.
Photo: (L to R) Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana and Lamont Peterson arrive at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for their respective bouts Saturday night on HBO. Stay tuned for more photos later. Photo by Chris Cozzone.
When asked about the next potential opponent in the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, Freddie Roach ran down the usual cast of characters—and dismissed them all with relative ease. If Roach has his way, “Pac-Man” will match up with the man who rose to stardom with the most exciting knockout of 2010.
“I’d like to see him fight [Sergio] Martinez right away,” Roach said last night during a media roundtable. “[Floyd] Mayweather, with what he has going on in his life right now; I think he has to handle that before he can even talk about fighting. Sergio Martinez at the right weight I think can be the most exciting fight out there.”
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The rule is “no one wants to stand and trade with Thiago Alves.” It is a good rule. “The Pitbull” is famously the most feared striker in the UFC welterweight division and for good reason. The 27-year old Brazilian bruiser has scored seven of his nine UFC victories by KO or TKO, most in highlight reel fashion like the flying knee that appeared to nearly obliterate former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Even in Alves’ lone fight for the title, the champ, Georges St-Pierre, kept the fight against Alves as much a grappling match as possible, knowing the safest road to a successful title defense was grounding “The Pitbull”. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
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Photo: Thorsten Baering
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) spoke to the press for the first time today in Hamburg since the incident last Saturday in Schwerin. The 28-year-old Universum fighter feinted in his dressing room an hour before his defense against Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs).
“I am not seriously ill, thank God,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m still very angry that the fight didn’t come about. I was very well prepared, everything was perfect in training and I was really looking forward to the match. I caught an upset stomach and I had diarrhea since Tuesday. But I didn’t tell anyone. Not even my trainer. I was embarrassed and I’d deal with it by myself. I must lost a lot of electrolytes and minerals lost. And on the day of the fight I drank too little liquid, a total of only 1.5 liters. That wasn’t enough. It was my mistake, no question. I’m very annoyed about it and I’m very sorry that it happened. Too bad for the spectators and for SPORT1 who wanted to televise the fight in 3D. I have to admit this mistake and I’ll learn from my mistake. It annoys me still, but I can’t change it. I want to apologize to everyone involved. I’m really sorry. I’ll be ready to fight Sosnowski as soon as possible and I would like to thank all who have supported me in this situation, especially with my trainer, my wife and my promoter, who were still with me at night in the hospital asking about me and giving me courage.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Two-time world champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24 KOs) and Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (9-1-1, 5 KOs) both weighed in for tomorrow night’s middleweight showdown at Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia. Mundine weighed in at 72.9 kilograms (160.7 lbs.), while Wood weighed 73kg (160.9 lbs.). more photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF President Daryl Peoples paid tribute to Hall of Famer Colonel Bob Sheridan today when he learned that the boxing legend had been hospitalized due to water in the lungs and a irregular heart beat. “The Colonel Bob Sheridan has been one of the greats in boxing for many years,” Peoples said. “Bob is currently in the hospital and I want to send him well wishes on behalf of the IBF. Bob is an IBF supporter and I want him to know that we are thinking about him.” (more…)
Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr./All star Boxing returns Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event is a classic battle of youth vs. experience as former WBC Youth titlist Ed “The Lion” Paredes (26-3-1, 16 KOs) faces his toughest opponent in hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake.
Zabala and manager Walter Alvarez have announced the signing of Ukraine prospect Dmitrij Szabanyin who will make his professional debut on Friday’s show. (more…)
Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” travels to Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico on Friday where undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Perez (10-0-1, 5 KOs) will face off against Jose Hernandez (10-3, 4 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (16-0, 13 KOs) will take on Wilfredo Acuña (13-7, 10 KOs) in a pair of eight rounders. The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promociones.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world championship referee Gus Mercurio sadly passed away in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Tuesday at the age of 82 years. Gus was born in Milwaulke, Wisconsin, USA on August 10, 1928 and as a teenager was a professional lightweight boxer and was also served as a Marine. He visited Australia for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and liked the place so much he made his home there. He worked as a chiropractor and later his raspy voice and energetic personality and natural acting talents had him working successfully in Australian television in several TV series including Cash and Company (1975), Tandarra (1976) also the mini series “Power Without Glory” (1976). (more…)
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Sam Cohen
Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-10, 34 KOs) outweighed and former world title challenger Fres Oquendo (32-6, 21 KO) by 31 pounds in advance of Tuesday’s crossroads clash Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Oliver McCall 253 ¼ vs. Fres Oquendo 222 ¼
Brad Solomon 145 ½ vs. Anges Adjaho 147 ½*
Richard Abril 134 ¼ vs. Miguel Mungia 133 ½
Cedric Boswell 243 vs. Owen Beck 252 ¼
Luis Ortiz 230 ½ vs. Franciso Alvarez 228 ¼
Magamed Abdusalamov 247 ½ vs. Jerry Butler 294 ½
Yoandris Salinas 124 ¾ vs. Danny Aquino 121 ¾
Eric Leander 259 ¼ vs. Larry Slayton 236 ½
Inocente Fiz 150 1/2 ** vs. Anthony Woods 144 ½
Yasmany Consuegra 231 ½ vs. Watson Pierre 253 ¼
*Adjaho was over ½ lb. and Solomon allowed the weight for their bout.
**Fiz was over ½ lb. but made contracted weight of 150 lbs. on his second attempt.
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Photos by Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
Wladimir Klitschko and Dereck Chisora participated today in the fight week press conference in Mannheim, Germany to speak about their fight on December 11. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” champion Klitschko and British and Commonwealth champion Chisora will face off next Saturday at SAP ARENA Mannheim, Germany. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Photo courtesy Espinoza Boxing Club
IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia takes on former bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana in a rematch this Saturday, December 11th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA in the co-main event, which also features former title challenger and world-ranked bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico taking on IBO bantamweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) with both bouts being shown live on SHOWTIME and are being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Don King Productions. In his last outing, Perez battled Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) to a majority draw in an exciting back and forth action bout this past May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (more…)
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
Earlier today at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ, Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO’s) and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO’s) met face to face for the final press conference before their upcoming heavyweight title fight this Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Adamek: I’m excited to be returning to the Prudential Center. I have been training really hard with Roger (Bloodworth) and I feel like I’m getting better and better and learning more everyday. I know that Vinny and I are going to make a really great fight and I invite everyone to come out and enjoy it with us this Thursday night.
Maddalone: I’m ready to go and really just looking forward to putting on a great show come Thursday night. I have put a lot of work in at the gym, approximately fourteen weeks of training for this fight. As I always do I am going to give everything I have and leave it all in the ring come fight night. Tomasz is a great champion and I know that he is going to be coming ready to fight and ready to go to war. For everyone in attendance and for everyone else watching at home on TV, I promise you that you are going to see one heck of a fight come December 9th. For more details and photos click here…
Things got testy at Monday’s press conference for IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s title defense against Derrick Chisora in Saturday in Mannheim, Germany.
Chisora said Klitschko has fought mostly taxi drivers. “I’m young, fast and hungry. Klitschko, however, is 34 and on the way down.”
Wladimir stated that Chisora is a loser and a woman beater. “As a person, you’re terrible. I’ll send you on the way back home without a title.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The WBC has appointed the ring officials for the December 18th clash between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada and live on SHOWTIME. The referee will be Michael Albert Griffin (Canada). The judges are Claude Paquette (Canada), Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) and Steve Morrow (USA).
Benny Ricardo, who often works with Colonel Bob Sheridan on Integrated Sports pay-per-view telecasts, has some good news on The Colonel. “The Colonel came out of his almost comatose state. He had an irregular heartbeat and water in his lungs and pneumonia. The doctors say he will make a complete recovery…look for him to be blasting his voice again soon. I miss the heck out of my partner on the air.”
By Andreas Hale
Super lightweight contenders “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Lamont “Havoc” Peterson hosted a media conference call today to discuss preparations for their upcoming fight on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
On taking the fight with Ortiz: “With me I just love to fight. It doesn’t matter if it is a cab driver or a champion, I love to fight. When the opportunity comes up to fight on HBO against somebody like Victor Ortiz, of course I’m going to jump on it. It’s my job (and) there was no problem with me taking this fight. I think more fighters need to act that way. I’ll sign the paper to fight anyone.”
On Ortiz’ skill set: “Nothing worries me but of course you have to respect the fact that Victor can box. He can pretty much do it all and he does it well.”
On Peterson: “Lamont is a great fighter, it would be stupid on my end to talk bad about a great fighter.”
On Vivian Harris questioning his heart before their last fight: “I never really pay attention to what anyone says. I just take my time with things. Somebody is going to talk, I let them. I don’t say a lot. That’s not me. I was just excited to get in the ring and I was ready. I went to work and I did well.”
Colonel Bob Sheridan, the larger-than-life broadcaster who has done blow-by-blow in over 10,000 international fights, is according to Jacquie Richardson of the Retired Boxers Foundation in the hospital in an induced coma.
Heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada has signed a promotional contract with Boxing 360. The 2004 U.S. Olympian recently underwent foot surgery to repair a longstanding planter ficitis problem.
Our condolences go out today to Danny Williams the former British and commonwealth champion after the loss of his father Gussy/from Jimmy Hayes
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko collapsed in his dressing room one hour before his fight with Ablert Sosnowski would have started.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC has told the camps of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik to initiate the free negotiations period for a fight for the undisputed WBC middleweight title. If there is no agreement between the parties, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Mexico City.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar & Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
After the main event of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Alfonso Gomez scheduled for the “In Harm’s Way” fight card fell out some weeks ago because of a Gomez injury and then Chavez Jr. pulling out with the flu last week, Top Rank’s Bob Arum joked that the title was more than apt but for all the wrong reasons. With 2011 coming to an end, Top Rank took advantage of the date to put on a nine-bout night shock full of up-and-coming prospects and an independent PPV card that proved it did not need the “Son of a Legend” to be exciting . . . Click here for more
The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s grand arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson will arrive at the casino’s main entrance around 11 a.m. Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana will follow around 11:15. An autograph session will follow.
With several more champions at large, the true, undisputed king of the 140-pound division might not be crowned on December 11, but fight fans are going to finally know who’s the better man after the dust clears in the long-awaited showdown between quarter-champion Amir Khan, holder of the WBA belt, and his interim-version belt-bearer, Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
UFC Lightweight contender Jim Miller (18-2) is looking to win a little Christmas cheer in Montreal at UFC 124 next week, when he takes on highly touted, “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year” nominee Charles Oliviera (14-0) . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
By Graham Houston
It’s wonderful when a fight lives up to and maybe even surpasses expectations, and we had such a fight on PPV on Saturday night when Humberto Soto retained his lightweight title by outpointing a very brave and determined Urbano Antillon. Some thought that the judges’ scores were too close but the important thing is that the winner got a deserved, unanimous decision after a fight that had everything except a knockdown. I liked Soto to win the fight, as I wrote in a preview on the free site, and I even thought he could get a stoppage. Antillon fought above anything he has shown before, though, and pushed Soto hard in every one of the 12 rounds.
It seemed to me that Soto was always in front but that Antillon was never completely out of the fight. In the end, it was a one-point deduction from Antillon’s score for a low blow that decided the fight. Without the one-point deduction the fight would have been a majority draw.
I can’t avoid using a cliché — Antillon fought like a man possessed. It was as if, and I hesitate to say it, he was willing to die to win the fight. (more…)
Photos by Eroll Popova
European super welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) successfully defended his belt against Hamlet Petrosyan (29-7, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. Click here for more photos…
Empire Sports & Entertainment headed by Shelly Finkel and Prize Fight Promotions headed by Brian Young will present monthly cards on FOX Sports Net beginning with taped shows this month and moving to live telecasts in the summer. The shows will air on Thursday nights.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Herby Whyne
Despite a big win Friday night against local rival Sebastien Demers and headlining at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night, don’t expect Renan St-Juste to slow down as he inches closer to a big fight. At 38 years old, time is precious commodity that St-Juste and his promoters can’t afford to waste. The newly acquired NABO belt will put the powerful southpaw back into the rankings, albeit this time at 168 pounds as he agreed to move up to meet Demers.
It was a signature performance for St-Juste who too often has found himself without an opponent or not performing at an optimum level when given the opportunity.
Promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox knows that the time has to be now and not later for St-Juste, and is leaving the door open to both 160 and 168 pounds. “He had problems the last couple of times out, But tonight was his fight,” said Bedrard. “We have to find him a fight now. Right now!” (more…)
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