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Cleveland-based heavyweight Nick “The Stone Man” Firtha (20-8, 8 KOs) has agreed to cross the Atlantic to take on the undefeated British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury (15-0, 10 KOs). The fight will take place at Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 17th. Firtha extended newly crowned WBA heavyweight “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin the full ten rounds last December so his fight with Fury will be a good measuring stick.
by Anthony Springer Jr.
UFC president Dana White always said the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion would be on network TV when the “right deal” came along.
Fox came along with the right deal and now, the UFC is going with a monster fight to introduce MMA to millions. On Nov. 12, shortly before Manny Pacquiao takes on Juan Manuel Marquez in a highly anticipated rematch, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will put his title on the line against Junior dos Santos–on free TV. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw, Poland
“We have less than a week to biggest fight and one the biggest sports events in the history of Poland,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva regarding the September 10 WBC heavyweight title fight between Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) and defending champion, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs). “There is still so much work to do, but everything is going forward. For me this is a flashback to 1981, when Main Events helped introduce pay-per-view in the States. The same is happening now in Poland.” (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
Rudy Markussen (36-2, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round KO victory over Michael Recloux (19-12, 8 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night. In his first fight since November 2010, the “Hardhitter” wasted no time and flattened his opponent with a huge right. Recloux managed to get back up but when Markussen knocked him down with another hard series of punches, the referee stepped in (2:59). “I had prepared for eight tough rounds but I am happy I caught him early,” Markussen said. “This was a good win for me. I am pleased I showed my fans why they call me ‘The Hardhitter’ – I hit harder than anybody else at super-middleweight.” (more…)
Report and photo by Scott Foster at ringside
Making his debut in a U.S. ring, IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) was dethroned by former WBC champ Andre Berto (28-1, 21 KOs) via fifth round TKO on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. In a hard fight, Berto, who moved straight to another title shot after losing his WBC belt to Victor Ortiz, was victorious after Zaveck suffered a bad cut over the right eye in round five. The bout was stopped between rounds five and six because of the condition of Zaveck’s eye. (more…)
Video courtesy of Televisa Deportes
In a non-title super lightweight fight, former WBC super featherweight and lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over former WBA lightweight world titlist Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (25-7, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. After being cut by a headbutt in round one, an enfuriated Soto launched a violent barrage of punches in round two that had Alfaro in trouble and turning his back to quit. The bout was then waved off.
Video courtesy of Televisa Deportes
WBC #1 ranked middleweight Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (51-5-1, 44 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Mohammad Akrong (13-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The bout was waved off after Rucio dropped Akrong in the fifth.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Two sons of legends who could fight each other in their next fight were in action on Saturday’s card at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Baja California.
In the main event, welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Alberto Martínez (15-2, 10 KOs) in the first round. A left to the jaw did the damage. Time was 2:51.
Earlier, welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (29-4-1, 18 KOs) dropped journeyman Rodrigo Juarez (15-14-1, 11 KOs) in round one with an uppercut and stopped him with a barrage of punches at 1:10 of round three. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Future Top Rank star Super Lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta throws out the first pitch during the San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies baseball game Saturday. Gesta is in preparations for his upcoming main event fight on Top Rank’s “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised card, Saturday, Sept. 17 from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Az.
Photos: Denmark Dolores/Top Rank
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez kicked off their 25,000-mile four-city international media tour, on Saturday, with an outdoor public rally at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Televised live nationally as an hour-long special on GMA 7, the rally attracted an estimated crowd of 70,000 enthusiastic Pacquiao and Marquez fans. Quirino Grandstand, named after former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino, is where Presidents of the Philippines traditionally take their oath of office and deliver their first address to the nation. Click here for full report and more photos…
IBO bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs) battered iron-jawed Evans Mbamba (18-2, 9 KOs) for twelve one-sided rounds at the Karen Demirchyan Sports Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. It was Darchinyan’s first pro fight in Armenia.
Unbeaten heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs), of El Paso, will face Byron “The Bear” Polley (24-12, 11 KOs), of St. Joseph, Missouri, in a WBC Fecombox title defense in the main event of the Oct. 15 “Battle at the Ballpark” card, it was announced at yesterday’s opening press conference in El Paso. Polley has dropped four of his last five bout – all by knockout. The card also features former amateur star Jennifer Han, Albuquerque’s Raymond Montes vs. veteran Evaristo Primero; Oscar Valenzuela vs. Carlos Villa; Jo-Jo Galarza vs. David Castillo; Joe Sullivan and Eric Reza. Tickets are available at Cohen Stadium Box Office or at 915-755-2000. The card is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and sponsored by Speaking Rock Casino.
Photos: Don de Guzman
The kick-off press conference of the Pacquiao-Marquez III International Press Tour took place today in Manila.
Juan Manual Marquez: I won the first two fights…the third will be a different fight because he has changed. He now also uses his right hand so I have to take care of myself inside the ring…I don’t know what will happen on November 12, but I am looking forward to winning.
Manny Pacquiao: I really need to prove it this time, and each of us will need to accept who’s the winner, who’s the loser. This fight is very important because this will clear all doubts. Marquez claimed he won the two fights, I simply won’t let that happen [again].
The tour continues Tuesday in New York City (open to the public), Wednesday in Beverly Hills, and wraps up Thursday in Mexico City (open to the public).
Pacquiao-Marquez III will take place Saturday, November 12. It will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antono Rubio 159.50 vs Mohammed Akron 159.25
Alejandeo Sanabria 129.50 vs Alejandro Barrera 129.50
Michael Rosales 153.50 vs Julio Cesar Garcia 151.80
Promoter: Promociones del Pueboo, Comex and Grupo Modelo
Venue: Plaza Los Fundadores, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
TV: Televisa and Cadena 3
By: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by: Temmy Villa/Zápari Boxing Promotions
It´s almost time for Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez to return to the ropes and demonstrate why he´s considered one of the best prospects in Mexican boxing. Starting this week, Ramirez is preparing with his team in Julian Magdaleno´s Gym, property of the manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, where he found a good environment to prepare for his next fight that will take place on September 24 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. (more…)
By: Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Tijuana’s Baja Boxing led by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada has a blockbuster fight card set for Saturday, September 3rd, at the Centenario Stradium in Los Mochis, Mex. In the main event, three time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32KOs) will make his debut in the junior welterweight division versus former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro (25-7, 22KOs). The bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and on the net by the World Boxing Council. Click here for more details and photos…
By: Pepe Rodriguez
Represented by, Canelo Promotions, Andres “El Jaguar” Gutierrez is training hard for his commitment of September 24 in Juriquilla, Mexico, and returns to the ring after giving a demonstration of great courage in Navojoa, Mexico, where he made the best fight of the evening againts Jesus Ruz, and it was broadcast by Televisa to all Mexico.
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Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
On September 17, as the televised opener for the STAR POWER mega event fight card featuring Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz, highly rated junior welterweight Josesito Lopez (29-3) will go toe-to-toe against Jessie Vargas (16-0) in a voracious 10 round battle to reign supreme. From his training camp in Riverside, California, Lopez discusses his thoughts as he takes one step closer to accomplishing his career goals. (more…)
Unbeaten NABO jr lightweight titleholder Eloy Perez (22-0-2, 6 KOs) scored an explosive highlight reel second round KO over Daniel Jimenez (20-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, California. Not known as a big puncher, Perez floored Jimenez twice in round one and finished him with a clean left hook in round two. Time was :56.
Super middleweight James Parison (15-1, 4 KOs) won an unpopular six round split decision over Paul Mendez (6-2, 0 KOs), Scores were 59-55 58-56 for Parison, 58-56 for Mendez.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
In a huge upset, former jr middleweight-turned-heavyweight Epifanio Mendoza (33-12, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over previously unbeaten Olympian Carlos Negrón (13-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Mendoza had the 6’6 Negron hurt and ready to go when the bell rang to end round two. Mendoza was then all over him in round three, flooring Negron twice. Time was 2:03.
Mendoza is no stranger to knocking out unbeaten fighters having taken the ‘O’ from Tokunbo Olajide (2002), and Rubin Williams (2003), however at age 35, a career high weight of 207.6 lbs. and a loser of eight of his last eleven, this result was quite unexpected. more photos
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Omar Chavez 147 vs. Alberto Martinez 146
Jorge Paez Jr 146.700 vs. Rodrigo Juarez 147
Jose Cayetano 123 vs. Ruben Tamayo 122.5
Marisela Quintero 108 Mary Camacho 108.5
Joselyn Arroyo 108 Y Livier De La Cruz 108
Venue: Foro Promocasa, Mexicali, BC, Mexico
TV: Fox Deportes
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Photo: Naoki Fukuda/DBE
Jan Zaveck 146.5 vs. Andre Berto 146.75
(IBF world welterweight championship)
Gary Russell Jr. 127 vs. Leonilo Miranda 127
Thomas Oosthuizen 167.5 vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. 166.5
(IBO super middleweight championship)
Randall Bailey 147 vs. Yoryi Estrella 147.75
Luis Del Valle 124.25 vs. Anthony Napunyi 126.5
Ivan Redkach 136 vs. Vernon Alston 134.75
Sergio Vartanov 149 vs. Gerald Jordan 148.75
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photos: Baja Boxing
Humberto Soto 140.2 vs. Jose Alfaro 139.3
Juan Pablo Lopez 140 vs. Carlos Urias 138
(FECARBOX super lightweight title)
Julio Ceja 115 vs. Alejandro Morales 112
(FECARBOX super flyweight title)
Venue: Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Baja Boxing
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World Championships Committee of the WBA is opening a purse bid for the super bantamweight (122 lbs.) between champion Rico Ramos and interim belt holder Guillermo Rigondeaux. Minimum bis is $120,000 and the purse split will be 55% champion/45% interim. The bidding will take place on September 12th at WBA headquarters in Panama, with WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presiding.
By Bangkok Gurentai & Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBC/WBO #1 featherweight Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (38-0, 22KOs) defeated Roel Laguna (12-7-2, 8 KOs) from the Philippines by KO in round six (:23) to again defend his WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title on Friday night at Bangla Boxing Stadium near Patong Beach on Phuket Island, the most famous sightseeing destination in Thailand. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present one of their best boxing webcasts ever, free of charge, on Saturday night starting at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. In a super lightweight fight – scheduled for 10 rounds from Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa – former WBC super featherweight and lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, 55-7-2 with 32 knockouts, of Los Mochis, will battle former WBA lightweight world titlist Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro, 25-7 with 22 knockouts, of Managua, Nicaragua.
The webcast will also include a 12 round bout for the WBC interim Latino middleweight title from Centro de Convenciones in San Luis Potosi: WBC No. 1 ranked middleweight Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio, 51-5-1 with 44 knockouts, of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, will fight Mohammad Akrong, 13-3 with 10 knockouts, of Accra, Ghana. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former world champion Eric Morel, who was tentatively scheduled to face WBA bantamweight “super” champion Anselmo Moreno on October 15 and then on November 5, has set his sights on WBA “regular” champion Koki Kameda since it appears that Moreno will have to deal problems with the WBA and therefore his planned defense defense Morel will be off. “Moreno has a dispute with his manager and we are very sad about it,” said Morel’s father/trainer Cyril Morel. “We wanted that fight. It seems that the WBA will make Koki Kameda a super champion and we have no problem with a Kameda fight if he wants. We told our promoter (Golden Boy) and the WBA that we would fight Goliath or King Kong….Eric is available. We want to fight for the title. We already had targeted Moreno who is a very good and unbeaten but we don’t know what the WBA will do. We’ll fight against any bantamweight champion.”
Photos: Photo Wende
Rudy Markussen 171 vs. Michael Recloux 168.4
Patrick Nielsen 160.9 vs. Farouk Daku 158.7
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
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by Anthony Springer Jr.
BREAKING: After much speculation, the headliner for the UFC’s first network show is set.
Cain Velasquez will square off with Junior dos Santos Nov. 12 on Fox, UFC president Dana White announced today on a media conference call.
“What better way to kick things off with the heavyweight championship?” White said. “You know this is going to be a great fight.”
Full story to come.
On November 19th WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin will defend his title against Canada based Romanian Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion in Trabzon, Turkey. Promoters Ahmet Oner (ARENA) and Chris Ganescu (GANKOR promotions) avoided going to purse bid by signing an agreement the night before the free negotiation period ended. (more…)
Fight fans attending Saturday’s clash between former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and current IBF Champion Jan Zaveck at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, can also look forward to an interesting undercard. In addition to undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian, Gary Russell Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs), who will see action in the live televised co-feature against Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs), fighting in separate bouts on the un-televised portion of the card will be unbeaten prospects Thomas Oosthuizen (15-0-1, 11KO’s), Luis Del Valle (13-0, 10KO’s), and Ivan Redkach (7-0, 6KO’s). Also scheduled on the card is IBF #2 rated welterweight contender, Randall Bailey, as he takes on Yoryi Estrella in a 10-round welterweight match-up. Bailey is the mandatory challenger to the winner of Zaveck-Berto. (more…)
WBC President José Sulaimán: “I feel tremendously impacted by the declarations of our former champion of the world, Oscar de la Hoya, and I understand the terrible depression through which he recently lived. But at the same time, we are very pleased to see that Oscar is turning into an example for the youth of the world by expressing the terribly damaging effects of alcohol and the cancer of our contemporary society, drugs, as well as his struggle and efforts to find rehabilitation to defeat such a dangerous rival, as he is already doing. Only great champions like Oscar have the will of a tiger to confront evil and defeat it, just as he is doing today, to strengthen his image of idolatry. The WBC strongly stays in his corner, just as we have always done with all other boxing heroes that have defeated such a terrible cancer.”
The WBC has confirmed the final elimination bout to determine the mandatory contender for Canelo Alvarez in the super welterweight division – #1 ranked Vanes Martirosyan vs. #2 ranked Alfredo Angulo – and a date has been set for Friday, September 23, to hold a purse offer in case no agreement is reached between the promoters during the free negotiations period.
UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is riding a five-year, nine-fight winning streak that has seen the 30-year-old Canadian defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck (twice) and Jake Shields. Along the way, the Montreal native has captivated fans worldwide with his explosive takedowns and dominant performances inside the Octagon®. On Saturday, Oct. 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, GSP meets a man whose nearly four-year, 10-fight unbeaten streak has many believing that he could be the world’s best 170-pound fighter. In the main event of UFC 137, St-Pierre meets STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion Nick Diaz, the aggressive, no-nonsense southpaw on a mission to lay claim to UFC gold. (more…)
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
At this point, we all know the routine. Anderson Silva gets a new number one contender. Anderson Silva makes number one contender look like an amateur. Yushin Okami was simply the next man in the middleweight beat down sweepstakes.
The defending champion avenged the last loss on his nearly flawless record, stopping Okami with strikes at 2:04 in the second round . . . Click here for more
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