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Zeferino Entertainment’s first installment of the “Battle at the Ballpark” series, at El Paso’s Cohen Stadium, is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, after a rocky start with the main event. After heavyweight David Rodriguez refused a series of opponents by his promoter and the WBC nixed a Fecombox title defense against journeyman Byron Polley, who’d dropped four of his last five bouts, the unbeaten, still-unproven-as-a-contender heavyweight was replaced by Hector Camacho, Jr., who was, in turn, replaced with El Paso’s Jennifer Han. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Monday in Panama City a Purse Bid ordered by the WBA Championship Committee took place for fights between super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos and the interim champ Guillermo Rigondeaux, as well as welterweight champ Vyacheslav Senchenko and Brad Solomon.
The Senchenko-Solomon fight will be promoted by Union Boxing Promotion, tendering an bid of $1,100,000. The Heavyweight Factory offered 200,000. Probable date will be January or February 2012 in Ukraine.
Top Rank made the only offer for the showdown between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Rico Ramos, offering $126,000. Possible dates are December 17 in Oklahoma or Dallas, or January 10 in Miami or Las Vegas.
The October 27 edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles will be a special Halloween “Fright Night Club” card featuring unbeaten prospects in jr middleweight Alfonso Blanco (6-0, 2 KOs) and welterweight Ernesto Ocon (4-0, 2 KOs). Opponents for Blanco, Ocon and a full undercard will be announced shortly.
Former top contender Hector Camacho Jr. will face off on December 17th against former WBA welterweight champion Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Georgetown, Guyana. With president of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) Peter Abdool and Sales Manager of Princess Hotel and Casino Nadine Higgs as witnesses, both Lewis and Alfred affixed their signatures to the respective contract to honour the date. Camacho remotely from New York City emailed a photograph of himself signing the contract. The event is being promoted by Seon Bristol of Briso Promotions. (more…)
Local hero Alexander Petkovic (40-4-4) will take on Cisse Salif (24-17-2) for the vacant WBA international heavyweight championship this Friday in Obertraubling, Regensburg, Germany. Eurosport will broadcast the show promoted by ARENA Sports-Promotion in association with Petkos Boxpromotion. Petkovic, a former cruiserweight contender who lost a decision to world champion Johnny Nelson back in November 2003, is unbeaten as a heavyweight since moving up in 2007. Originally Petkovic was scheduled to face unbeaten John Napari from Ghana for the WBF intercontinental and PABA championship. But Napari didn’t get his visa in time forcing Petkovic to take the fight against Salif. (more…)
“When I get in there I make good fighters look ordinary,” said unbeaten WBO #2 rated welterweight Kell Brook, who stopped Rafal Jackiewicz in the sixth round of their world title eliminator clash on Saturday in Sheffield, England. “Jackiewicz has beaten Jan Zaveck, he’s held the European title and mixed with big names and on Saturday he didn’t hit me, I didn’t move out of second gear and could’ve finish it whenever I wanted to. I’m in that elite league now – I’m headlining sold-out hometown shows and I’ve got the sponsorship deals rolling in, only good things can happen from now on. I want Amir Khan but he doesn’t want me, it’s just a matter of time though. I keep beating whoever Eddie Hearn puts in front of me and the public want it, they’ll demand it. When I get that world title belt it’ll be a massive fight.”
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said that the next move for Brook could be an outing on the undercard of stablemate Carl Froch’s Super-Middleweight unification fight and Super Six final against Andre Ward on December 17 in Atlantic City. (more…)
James DeGale is refreshed and ready to go for this Saturday night at the Liverpool Echo Arena in his European Super-Middleweight title challenge. The former British Champion takes on the tough title-holder from Poland Piotr Wilczewski who’s only lost once in 30 fights and is ranked number two by the WBO. He features as chief support to the big showdown between WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew, LIVE on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456) (more…)
At 46-years-old and as the oldest boxer to ever win a legitimate world title, light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins can be classified as many things.
But in his old age, one thing Hopkins can’t be called, at least in terms of discussing his fight on Saturday night against Chad Dawson (HBO pay-per-view, 9 PM ET) is dishonest . . . Click here for more
With the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium filled to the hilt, homegrown “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (25-4-3, 11 KOs) made her triumphant return to her native city as she dominated the relentless Soledad Edith “Guerrera” Matthysse (9-3-1, 1 KO) over ten rounds in the Saturday, October 8th, main event. The marathon fight card was presented by Zanfer Promotions and Top Rank and broadcast live in Mexico on the Azteca channel. After fighting to a hard earned draw and then suffering a loss in her two wars with Ana Maria Torres earlier this year, Nava earned her first win of the year with a dominant display of speed and technique against the over matched but courageous Argentinean . . . Click here for more
Junior welterweight boxer and full time Houston Fire Department firefighter Lanard “El Bombero” Lane (12-1, 7 KOs) will be taking on undefeated Johnny Garcia (9-0, 7 KOs) for the Texas State Jr. Welterweight title on October 29 at the Pharr Event Center in Pharr, Texas. The fight card will be promoted by I-Entertainment with a portion of the revenue will be donated to the Foundation, a organization dedicated to assisting abused and neglected children.
By Felipe Leon
Former amateur stand out Aaron Garcia (10-2-2, 2KOs) of San Marcos, CA, is ready for the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on Filipino Bernabe Concepcion (28-5-1, 154KOs) on Thursday, October 27th, at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, CA. The ten round bout will be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight title and will be broadcast live Fox Sports Net as the main event of “Top Rank Live” presented by Top Rank Promotions. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced the bill for November 23 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park with super middleweight Tommy Oosthuizen topping the card against Maxim Vlasov in an IBO title defence. The 23-year-old Oosthuizen (16-0-1, 11 KOs) who won the vacant belt in March this year and has made successful defences against William Gare and Aaron Pryor Jr faces a tough one against the 25-year-old Vlasov from Samara, Russia.
Vlasov (21-1, 11 KOs) suffered his only loss against Johannesburg based Malawian Isaac Chilemba in Februray this year despite having Chilemba down for two counts in the eighth round. However, since that loss he has scored impressive wins over Gennady Maximov (W8) and Gasan Gasanov (TKO8). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian cruiserweight champion Brad Pitt (11-0, 9 KOs) had a easy night against Hugo Sclarandi (41-43-8, 13 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout on Sunday at Bruno’s Gym, Rosebud, Victoria. Pitt controlled rounds one, two and three, then dropped the Argentine importation in round four and referee Wayne Ashdown crowned Pitt at 2:26. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Up-and-coming 19-year-old Filipino southpaw, OPBF#5 super-flyweight Marlon Tapales (19-1, 6 KOs), 117, impressively defeated Japan-based Ugandan Martin Mubiru (8-3, 5 KOs), 117, by a unanimous decision (97-89 and 96-90 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Liloan, Cebu, Philippines. Tapales, who previously served as sparring partner for the current WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka in Japan, floored the game opponent with a left uppercut in the fourth and with a southpaw right hook in the sixth. Mubiru fought back hard, but Tapales was still fresh and ferocious enough to hurt the fading Ugandan down the stretch. Mubiru had been evaluated highly thanks to his upset eighth round stoppage of ex-Korean champ Big Yoo (AKA Hayato Kimura) last October, but Tapales proved too much for him chiefly because of his superior stamina in later rounds. Promoter: Wakee Salud.
From Fightnews Canada
Edmonton-based heavyweight Tye Fields collected win number 49 Friday night with a 6th round TKO victory over the always tough Raphael Butler at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Time of the stoppage was 2:37 of round six in their ten round main event on the KO Boxing-promoted card. The victory marked the Montana-born boxer’s fourth consecutive victory since last tasting defeat, improving his overall record to 49-4, 44 KOs). Butler, who took Canadian heavyweight champ Neven Pajkic the distance in a close slugfest just two bouts ago, simply didn’t have the power nor ring savvy to keep the 6’8 Fields timid or cautious at any point in the contest. He suffers his 11th defeat against 35 victories. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In one of the poorest SA title fights in many years, Balema Weliya won the vacant national super-middleweight title in Johannesburg on Sunday. Weliya stopped Goodman Dywili 61 seconds into the ninth round at the Old Mutual Hall at the University of the Witwatersrand. (more…)
Report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
It was like déjà vu all over again.
After nearly being beaten and bloodied in the opening round of his second match with Gray Maynard, UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar found himself in similar territory all over again . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Sean McDonough
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire held a public workout Saturday at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, California. Those in attendance saw Donaire participate in a full training session as he prepares for his world title defense against Omar “EL Huracan” Narvaez on October 22nd in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Renowned veteran Argentinian boxing trainer Amilcar Brusa, best known for working with ring legend Carlos Monzon among 14 world champions, has been hospitalized because of acute bronchitis. He will turn 89 years of age later this month.
Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) has rejoined Team Sauerland to put himself back in line for a title fight. The former European Super-Middleweight Champion will again be working out under the guidance of Ulli Wegner. The German star coach, who also trains former IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck and IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, was in Larsen´s corner for five fights in 2007 and 2008 during the Golden Boy´s first stint with Team Sauerland. “We are delighted to have Mads back on the team,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “We have been in touch for a while and we´re thrilled that everything is now signed and sealed. There is still a lot of boxing left in Mads. Ulli Wegner will bring out the best in him and get him ready for a future title fight.” (more…)
Report and video by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez showed her boxing skills to hundreds of fans by fighting 10 rounds against four different sparring partners at the Alameda Sur in Mexico City. In this video, we see Mariana throwing punches at Ivone Munoz, a dangerous fighter who in 2004 defeated the current WBC super flyweight world champion Ana Maria “La Guerrera” Torres by unanimous decision in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
You can’t kill Frankie Edgar. If there’s a nuclear war, you would want the fighting pride of Toms River on your side. So after he survived another hellacious first round beating at the hands of Gray Maynard in their third bout Saturday night at Toyota Center, you just had an inkling that he would come back . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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World Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao makes his arrival at LAX Airport for the second phase of his training for Juan Manuel Marquez Nov. 12, 2011 at the MGM Grand. The fight is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Marquez Boxing available on HBO Pay Per View.
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has just arrived at LAX from the Philippines. Huge huge press contingent including HBO 24/7 was on hand to greet him, as well as over a thousand Pacman fans.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a war with more fireworks than a Chinese New Year, Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero (16-3-1, 10KOs) exacted his revenge over San Antonio, TX’s Raul “Cobra” Martinez (28-2, 16KOs) with a unanimous six round technical decision to capture the vacant IBF super flyweight title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Guerrero of Mexico City scored the harder punches through out the brawl, even dropping the Martinez with a straight left in the third round. Martinez held his own with slick boxing and quick combination punching but in the sixth, he suffered a cut over his right eye from a accidental head butt. The ringside doctor deemed he couldn’t continue. Tom Miller had it 59-54 while Marty Denkin and Chris Wilson saw it a much closer 57-56 for the new champ.
After 10 dominating rounds, Tijuana’s “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (25-4-3, 11KOs) treated her hometown fans to another win when she was awarded a landslide unanimous decision over over matched Soledad “Guerrera” Matthysse (9-3-1, 1KO). Nava scored with big rights that bloodied the nose of the Argentine and a constant attack to the body although the very tough Matthysse was the busier of the two. Official scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Ana Karina
Welterweight Jose “Piston” Lopez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) needed just 1:57 to annihilate Eliud Melendez (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in stage seven of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona” tournament will hit the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
In other action, unbeaten bantamweight Édgar Monarrez (12-0, 9 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Martín Casilla (4-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 76-75, 77-75, 77-74.
Featherweight Sergio Torres (17-2-1, 14 KOs) topped Carnicero Medellin (19-10-2, 15 KOs) over eight by scores of 79-71, 78-72, 78-72. For more details and photos click here…
Puerto Rican bantamweight prospect Emanuelle “Bebo” Rivera improved his record to 6-1, 3 KOs with a brilliant KO victory over Dominican Julio Concepcion. Also, in front of full house at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, junior lightweight and hard puncher O’Nell “La Besti” Negron (8-0, 7 KOs) had a DQ win in round three over Juan Encarnacion. “O’Nell and Emanuelle had both explosive performances. They should be fighting again in December,” informed H2 Entertainmet promoter Hector Soto.
By Bill Hillman; photo by John Booz
Legendary warrior Mickey Ward poses with manager Wasfi Tolaymat at Friday’s CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night III” event at the Club Chicago in Burbank, Illinois. Ward – and former trainer/step brother Dickie Eklund – were in Chicago to work the corners of their fighters, jr welterweight Sean Eklund (10-4, 2 KOs) and super middleweight “Irish” Joe McCreedy (13-5-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Due to incidents that took place Friday night at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC, the Diva Rize-N Promotions card scheduled for tonight was cancelled shortly before the first bell because the DC Metropolitan Police Department shut down the venue. The 11-bout card was scheduled to feature former world cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell and local light heavyweight prospect Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan in separate bouts.
According to MPD Captain Jeff Brown, there has been a series of incidents at the club in recent weeks that escalated into a stabbing that happened at DC Star Friday night. “Because of those types of incidents, the club has to be shut down for a period of 96 hours while the club’s operations are reviewed,” Brown said. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA #6/WBO #2 welterweight Kell Brook (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a dominating sixth round TKO over IBF #5/WBO #14 Rafal Jackiewicz (38-10-1, 19 KOs) in what had been billed as a WBA world title eliminator at the sold out Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield, England. The quicker Brook had the fight all his way as Jackiewicz was unable to get any significant offense in play. The one-sided fight was finally waved off by referee Howard Foster at 2:36. It was the first time Jackiewicz has been stopped. Brook said after the fight that he never needed to leave second gear to win.
Former European lightweight champion John Murray says he will be returning to England with the WBA lightweight title after his December 3 clash with world champion Brandon Rios on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “I’m really confident I can do it,” Murray told the BBC. “Brandon Rios is a great come-forward fighter, same as myself, but I just think these weaknesses in his offense are something I can exploit and I’m ultra-confident I can win this fight and win the world title.” The bout will take place on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito.
By Dennis Principe
Filipino Donnie Nietes became a two-division world champion by dethroning Ramon Garcia of Mexico in their 12-round WBO lightflyweight title fight at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City south of Manila, Philippines.
Nietes controlled the first half of the fight with his busy right hand, with the Filipino being the aggressor from the start. Garcia tried to be assertive in round five but the Mexican got caught with a strong left upper cut and a left to the body. Nietes had another big round as he wobbled Garcia with a big right then followed it up by an uppercut in the sixth.
The southpaw Garcia became unrelenting with his attacks which started to pay off as he was now connecting some big lefts and some combinations to the body starting in the seventh round. Clashing of heads in the 10th caused a small cut on Nietes’ left eyebrow. Another accidental headbutt aggravated the same cut in the 11th, forcing referee Robert Byrd to ask the ring physician to check the ugly gash.
When action resumed, Nietes surprised the good-sized crowd as he went toe-toe with Garcia, hitting the Mexican with clearer blows. Garcia remained aggressive but was missing most of his shots, enabling Nietes to remain on his feet and snatch the win. Filipino judge Danrex Tapdasan had it 115-113, Lisa Giampa scored it 118-110 while Carlos Ortiz penned it 117-111 all for the Filipino hometown bet. (more…)
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