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WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and champion Tony Bellew both weighed in today for their world title fight Saturday at the Liverpool Echo Arena. In front of a capacity crowd at the Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, unbeaten Welshman Cleverly weighed just under the limit at 174.25 while undefeated challenger Bellew was spot on at 175. A raging Bellew had to be dragged away by security staff during the head-to-head photo-call, while a calm and smiling Cleverly watched on.
James DeGale weighed-in at 167.5 for his European super middleweight title fight against the champion Piotr Wilczewski came in at 167.75.
Despite the ages old saying, Los Mochis, Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18KOs) will look to make it two times the charm when he takes on two-time divisional champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (31-1, 20KOs) of Venezuela for the vacant WBC lightweight title in the semi-main event of the “Believe it or Not!” fight card headlined by the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight bout. The Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Promotions event will be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, and broadcast live by HBO PPV . . . Click here for full story
With the first segment of the “Battle at the Ballpark” series two days away, El Paso’s Jennifer Han faces her most experienced opponent in DJ Morrison. Promoter Zef Ramirez was present to address the media and introduce fighters at Mulligans Bar and Grill in El Paso on Thursday . . . click here for more
Around this time last year, the rumors began flying. A few weeks later, the rumors became fact: the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization was going to be folded into the UFC, with the bantamweight and featherweight divisions making their debuts in the world’s premier MMA promotion. Also migrating over would be the top guns from the WEC’s lightweight division, bolstering one of the sport’s toughest weight classes even more . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Former WBO 105lb champion Ivan Calderon, who has spent three years out of that division, will return to the minimumweight ranks on the 29th of this month going for the vacant interim title against Mexican Raul Garcia. “The Iron Boy” left the Wilfredo Gomez Gym at 108.5 lbs and is expecting a massive support from his fans in the arena that night in Guaynabo, PR.
By Bill Green
Kimbo Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, will return to the ring when he takes on Omaha native and newcomer Tay Bledsoe (2-3, 2 KOs) in a 4 round heavyweight bout on Saturday night at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. The well-known and popular internet street–fighting sensation and former MMA combatant will be making his second appearance in the boxing ring. Trained by renowned trainer John David Jackson and co-promoted by Gary Shaw and Tony Holden, the 37-year-old Kimbo is looking to make some noise in the heavyweight division.
In his pro debut, Kimbo needed just 17 seconds to knock out James Woods 0-2 with a devastating right hand back in August at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma. Earlier this week, Slice discussed his upcoming bout and career with FightNews. (more…)
By Bill Green
Airtight Boxing Promotions returns tonight at the Red and Jerry’s Sports Complex in Sheridan, Colorado. Cameron Dunkin-managed fighter and undefeated prospect Raul “El Chino” Carrillo (8-0, 6 KOs) will headline the main event against rugged Tyler Pogline (5-8, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six round welterweight bout. In the co-main event, Denver native and world ranked Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (28-11, 5 KOs) squares off against late replacement Carlos Sanchez (5-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round light middleweight clash. Also, popular and female boxing sensation, Madeline Ortega (3-1, 1 KO) returns against TBA in a scheduled four round female flyweight bout. Tickets: 720-298-1954.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
MIddleweight Sammy Gonzalez had to rally from an early deficit to stop David Tabatadze in the sixth and final round before a sellout crowd of 1,434 inside the Hangar at the Oranga County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It was all Tabatadze (9-2-1, 1 KO) in the first half of the fight as the Ukrainian southpaw landed counter right hooks and left crosses to the head and body of Gonzalez. Tabatadze slowed down in the fourth due to Gonzalez landing hard shots to the body. Tabatadze came back in the fifth round, but was stunned in the final moments of the round by a Gonzalez left hook to the head. Gonzalez (8-0-1, 4 KO’s) went on the attack from the opening bell, stunning Tabatadze at times with a barrage of punches. After Gonzalez landed a right hand to the head, referee David Mendoza saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:14. Entering the final round, Tabatadze was ahead on two judges’ scorecards (48-47 and 49-46), while Gonzalez was up 49-46 on the third scorecard. Fightnews.com had Tabatadze up 48-47 entering the sixth round. Roy Englebrecht promoted the six-bout boxing/ mixed martial arts card. Ring announcer was Mike Hart. (more…)
Photos: Hector Santos/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson Velez 125.2 vs. Jonathan Arias 123.2
Michael Perez 135.4 vs. Tyrone Harris 136.8
Janiel Rivera 108 vs. Luis Diaz 110.8
Braulio Santos 127.2 vs. Chsistopher Rivera 129.6
Alvin Torres 129.4 vs. Juan G. Cruz 129.4
Edgardo Lopez Sasso 132 vs. Kenneth Calvante 131.8
Samuel Figueroa 148.2 vs. Jonathan Garcia 141.8
Juan Herrera 117.4 vs.Angel Cruz 117.6
Rafael Marquez 131.4 vs.Jose Santiago 128.8
Irvin Torres 135.2 vs. Regino Canales 134.8
Miguel Robles 115 vs.Luis Cosme 114.6
Venue: Coliseo Rafael G Amalbert, Juncos, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto/Golden Boy
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Photos: Team Margarito
Former three time world champion, Antonio Margarito opened up camp last week in Temoaya, Mexico. The city of Temoaya offers both the solitude, as well as the altitude that Antonio believes he needs for his December 3rd, bout against Miguel Cotto. Antonio is currently doing a morning run at the Otomi Ceremonial Center and training in the afternoon at The Temoaya Municipial Gym. Click here for more photos…
Photos: All Star Boxing
Orlando Cruz 126 vs. Michael Franco 126
(WBO Latin featherweight title)
Hairon “El Maja” Socarras 122 vs. Lamar Charlton 121
Philip Penson 122 vs. Angel Martinez 121
Inocente Fiz 154 vs. Carlos Ramos 153
Pedro Rodriquez 237 vs. Francisco Alvarez 239
Luis Torres 149 vs. Jordan Wisenfeld 148
Michael Mendez 150 vs. Juan Aguirre 152
Danny Pastrana 156 vs. Ashanti Henderson 155
Amos Cowart 135 vs. Wilson Feliciano 137
Leospi Malledo ? vs. Darnell Jones ?
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
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Heavyweight David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) announced today that his ten year relationship with promoter Cedric Kushner has ended. “I have nothing but good things to say about Cedric Kushner,” said Tua. “I am grateful for all the things we have done together over the last few years. But timing is everything and this is just the right time to go our separate way.” The 38-year-old Tua added that he is not retiring after a disappointing loss to Monte Barrett, which blew his WBO #2 rating and may have cost him a title shot, and is setting aside the next four years to “give everything” to boxing.
Kushner stated that he has no hard feelings toward Tua. Still recovering from back surgery which kept him hospitalized for four months, Kushner said he’s feeling much better. “I’ve returned to the boxing business and I’m picking up where I left off. I’m presently working on a monthly boxing series deal, as well as marketingg my extensive video library.”
Veteran sports television executive Ken Hershman will join HBO in January 2012 as President, HBO Sports, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming, to whom he will report. Hershman will be responsible for the strategic direction and overseeing the HBO Sports division, including the boxing franchise and HBO Pay-Per-View. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Abraham Lopez 127 vs. George Espinoza 126.5
Richard Contreras 127 vs. Angel Torres 128
Alberto Herrera 146 vs. Marcus Robinson 146
Roberto Crespo 144 vs. Rigoberto Flores 144.5
Juan Reyes 127 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 127.5
Isaac Zarate 117.5 vs. Anthony Briones 115
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
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On Friday promoter Ahmet Oner presents two international heavyweight title fights in Obetraubling/Regensburg, Germany. Konstantin Airich (227 lbs.) will take on Varol Vekiloglu (220 lbs.) for the vacant IBF Intercontinetal championship while Alexander Petkovic (258 lbs.) faces Cisse Salif (265 lbs.) for the vacant WBA international title. Eurosport will broadcast both fights live starting at 21:00h / 9pm CET.
More weights from Regensburg:
12 rounds, GBA international German championship:
Thomas Hengstberger (167) vs. Ünsal Arik (166)
Ravil Mukhamadiarov (135) vs. Massimiliano Ballisai (135)
Ladislav Kovarik (235) vs. Boris Estenfelder (243)
Mario Lupp (166) vs. Arman Torosyan (168)
By Rob Hough
Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs), who faces Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez (35-0-2, 23 KOs) on Oct. 22 in New York City, said he’ll put on a performance that matches the city’s size and stature, and the venue’s prominence. “I’m ready to entertain as much as I did in my last fight,” he said during a teleconference to discuss the fight at Madison Square Garden, a venue he said matches the city’s stature. “My goal is to go out there and give everything.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The weigh-in took place today for Friday night’s highly anticipated rematch between current WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros and former WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, which will take place at the famed Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Barros weighed in at 125.1 while Caballero weighed 126.
By Karl Freitag
It has been confirmed that SHOWTIME Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports & Event Programming Ken Hershman has left the network.
SHOWTIME Senior Director of Communications Chris DeBlasio informed Fightnews.com, “Sports has been an important part of our content lineup at Showtime for many years. We have a great team and great programming in place and our commitment to sports remains strong. We have no announcement about a successor at this time, when we do we will let everyone know.”
According to the Broadcasting & Cable website, SHOWTIME Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports & Event Programming Ken Hershman has left the network to replace departed Ross Greenburg at network rival HBO. Hershman is the chief architect of SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six super middleweight tournament and the driving force behind SHOWTIME’s successful boxing programming is expected to be named president of HBO Sports, a position that has been open since Greenburg’s departure under fire in July.
The official weigh-in for Saturday’s Hopkins vs. Dawson pay-per-view event taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will take place Friday at the unusual location of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Hollywood, California. The fighters will be on the scale at 2PM at the main entrance of the museum. The weigh-in is open to the public.
By Karl Freitag
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director for the Klitschko Management Group GmbH has commented on today’s David Haye retirement announcement.
“We wish him all the best for his next career – he can become a good actor – the build up for the Wladimir fight and also the “toe affair” proved it.
“Let’s see how long he stays retired……”
By Karl Freitag
“Today’s date is Thursday, October 13, 2011 and I’ve just turned 31 years of age. As the clock struck twelve last night, my professional boxing career came to an end,” Haye wrote in the London Telegraph.
Haye listed three objectives he wanted to accomplish in boxing:
1. Win as many genuine titles as possible.
2. Generate as much money as possible and financially secure my future.
3. Get out of boxing in my prime, aged 30 and in perfect physical and mental health.
“I’ve never claimed to be the greatest and I’m not foolish or arrogant enough to think my place in history will be defined through by I achieved as a heavyweight,” Haye wrote.
There is some speculation that this move is a ploy to strengthen Haye’s position in negotiations for a match with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko early next year. Haye wrote “Vitali Klitschko did show an interest in sharing a ring with me in 2012, but since that initial declaration we have heard the wrong kind of noises from Team Klitschko, which has left me thinking there is little chance of the fight ever coming to fruition.”
Should things change, “unretiring” and being relicensed is a short easy process. As for the future, Haye stated he plans to go into acting. Could this be his first role or will he make this retirement stick? Stay tuned.
Photos: Public Address
On December 10, it will be Jean-Marc Mormeck (France) to challenge IBF/WBA/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Both fighters had a first encounter in the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf (Germany) on Wednesday, nearly 8 weeks before their highly anticipated clash. For more details and photos click here…
Tonight fan favorite and undefeated middleweight Sammy Gonzalez (7-0, 3 KOs) looks to stay perfect as he sets his sights on David Tabatadze (9-1-1) during the main event of “Fight Club OC” at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Also in action, Ricardo Garcia (2-2) takes on Ricardo Cubas (0-2) in a lightweight four-rounder. In jr lightweight action, Oscar Diaz and Osman Rivera will go toe-to-toe in their pro debuts. Opening the card, middleweights Johny Worthy and Steven Ma will battle for their first pro win. “Our tagline is ‘Fights Guaranteed’ and tonight match-ups will live up to our reputation,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. The Baja Blues Happy Hour starts at 5:30p and the doors open at 6:30p with the first bell at 7:30p. Tickets are still available at the box office.
Sammy Gonzalez 161 vs David Tabatadze 160.5
Mario Navarro 136 vs Kana Hyatt 135.6
Ricardo Cubias 133 vs Ricardo Garcia 131.8
John Mercurio 171 vs David Terrel 171.6
Johny Worthy 158 vs Steven MA 159
Oscar Diaz 129 vs Osman Rivera 129.5
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Only three days remain before the “Believe It or Not” pay-per-view which will feature the light heavyweight showdown between Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) and “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) for Hopkins WBC title. Wednesday both fighters met at the J.W. Marriot at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for the final press conference. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ed Mulholland
Famed USA referee and former heavyweight contender Randy Neumann talks to Fightnews about his life growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and also boxing as an amateur winning New York Golden Gloves when training at Gleasons Gym. He also speaks about sparring sessions with Larry Holmes, bouts with Jerry Quarry , Chuck Wepner, and Jimmy Young and how he was offered a shot at Muhammad Ali. In addition he explains how Madison Square Garden President John Condon got him started as a referee and how he helped formulate the IBF Retirement Fund with former IBF President Bob Lee. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Marianna “La Barbie” Juarez-Gabriela Bouvier combination is the main event of the boxing card “Campeonas de Gala,” another interesting show from promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia on Saturday in the Revolution Gym in Calpulalpan, State of Tlaxcala, Mexico, which will be televised throughout all Mexico and Latin America. Juarez (30-5-3, 14 KOs) stopped Bouvier (7-1-1, 1 KO) in seven rounds back in May. (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday morning that veteran referee John O’Brien filed a complaint against the Illinois Boxing Commission. O’Brien contends that referees, judges, and timekeepers overseeing last Friday’s bouts in Burbank Illinois, were not properly licensed. Retired former Commission president, Sean Curtin, told the Tribune that the license renewal process usually takes about six weeks.
Trainer Fernando Hernandez told Fightnews, “Minutes before the bouts began, I was forced to renew my second’s license. They could have done that at the weigh-ins. This was the time I should be preparing my fighters for battle!”
In a strange twist it appears that the same commission who demanded those last-minute license-renewals forgot to renew the licenses of their own officials. O’Brien filed a similar complaint against the Illinois commission back on March 2nd. Since then the commission’s 2nd in command Joel Campuzano has been put on administrative leave. The Illinois Inspector General is investigating that case.
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will make the first defense of his world championship crown, against Top-5 contender “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr., Saturday, November 19, at Reliant Arena in Houston. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, tickets to Chávez Jr. vs. Manfredo Jr., priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, will go on sale This Friday! October 14 at 10 A.M. CT. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Reliant Park box office (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Fiesta, FYE, and select HEB stores, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Two Bernard Hopkins showed up at the final press conference today for Saturday night’s “Believe It or Not!: Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson” WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Both turned out to be stars in their own right, however, as the “real” Hopkins helped unveil an exact replica of himself – a wax figure created by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! F/X department – to the amazement of the large media contingent gathered at the event.
The “real” Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the oldest fighter to ever win a major world championship and a long-time Ripley’s fan, spent two days in July having a full body wax casting made as the first step in the creation of his likeness. The one unveiled today will be a part of a future Believe It or Not! exhibit of Hopkins at one of the worldwide Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. For more details and photos click here…
Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward’s who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J. “I’ve known him since his amateur days and think he has what it takes to be a champion,” said Ward, the undefeated WBA super middleweight champion and finalist in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. “He’s definitely got skills and a lot of raw talent. He’s strong, tough, has speed and a great work ethic, and anytime you have that kind of combination, where a fighter wants to be good and has a family he wants to provide for, that makes him dangerous.” (more…)
Boxing returns to Harrahs in Chester, PA on October 28 when Tony Ferrante battles Tommy Karpency for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship. Also, in a just added special heavyweight attraction, former contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) will compete in an eight round bout. The opponent for Nobles will be announced shortly. He will be making his first start in four years. His only loss to date is by DQ against seven-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. The event is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets start at $45, call 267-304-9399.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced the officials who will work the light heavyweight title bout between champion Nathan Cleverly against challenger Tony Bellew on this Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The referee will be Richie Davies (UK). Judges are Dave Parris (UK), Terry O’Connor (UK) and Phil Edwards (UK). WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light heavyweight contender Kevin Hargreaves (22-6-5, 8 KOs) passed away at the age of 55 years after a long illness in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Kevin made his professional debut in 1972 as a welterweight outpointing Mike Stocky over three rounds at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Kevin lost to Australian super middleweight champion Graham Murray but later outscored and then stopped future Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi in 1986. “Kevin was nature’s gentleman,” said former WBO welterweight challenger Jeff Malcolm. “He loved boxing and was respected by everyone.” Kevin will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity.
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