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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas is one of the candidates to possibly land a title unification fight with WBO featherweight Juan Manuel Lopez on March 19 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Puerto Rico. Some sources indicate that the fight could be made if there’s a good offer for Rojas, however other sources indicate that very difficult to make the fight due to the lukewarm relationship between Bob Arum (Lopez) and Don King (Rojas). Rojas had shoulder surgery in August and has not fought since February when he won by decision against former champion Guty Espadas in Mexico. Rojas was slated to unify with WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in September but his shoulder wasn’t ready yet. Sources close to Rojas say he may take a tune-up fight first, but if an agreement is reached he could go straight to Lopez.
VERSUS will air its first pre- and post-shows surrounding tonight’s live World Extreme Cagefighting® event beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. The live 30-minute shows hosted by Molly Qerim, with in-arena interviews by VERSUS.com MMA writer Ariel Helwani, will feature unprecedented backstage access to the fighters as they prepare to step into the cage. Additionally, fighters from the December 16 live WEC event will stop by, including WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, Anthony Pettis and WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. The shows will also feature an exclusive sit-down interview with UFC President Dana White as well as a live interview with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. (more…)
Middleweight opponents Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami face off at the UFC 122 pre-fight press conference at the Hilton Hotel on November 11, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Right before the weigh-in promoter Ahmet Öner changed the main event for tomorrow’s “Battle at the Baltic Sea” again. German heavyweight contender Konstantin “Sandman” Airich (16-2-2) will face Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (18-6-0) instead of Levan Jomardashvili from Georgia (20-1). The last-minute replacement became necessary when unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam (26-0) pulled out of the fight on short notice.
Airich weighed-in at 223 lbs. while Oloukun brought 238 lbs. to the scale.
The other weights:
Özlem Sahin 106 vs. Fleis Djendji 110
Mike Keta TBA vs. Mihalij Halas 161
Murat Öner (76,0 kg / 167,5 lbs.) vs. Andy Thiele 165
Domenic von Chrzanowski 165 vs. Thomas Freitag TBA
Azad Azizov 132 vs. Kakhaber Avetisian 135
Michael Schubov 154 vs. Rafael Bejaran 161
Erkan Teper 225 vs. Alexander Kahl TBA
The show starts Friday night at 6.30pm, Eurosport broadcasts live starting at 8.25pm (German time).
Antonio Margarito made an unscheduled appearance at a Thursday press conference for Saturday’s undercard and stated that he never made fun of Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach’s symptoms from Parkinsons disease. The Tijuana Tornado said a video that briefly went viral before being pulled from YouTube was edited and out of context and that he was merely pretending to shake with fear over statements from the Pacquiao camp.
Brandon Rios, who fights in a pay-per-view undercard bout, also issued an apology for his part in the video and didn’t deny he was mocking Roach.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
On November 27, former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch will face Arthur Abraham in the third and final group stage bout of the Super Six tournament. While both fighters have already secured a spot in the semi-finals, there is still the vacant WBC belt on stake. A title Froch lost to Mikkel Kessler in his last fight. FightNews caught up with the hard-hitting Froch en route to his daily training regime and asked the former champion about Abraham, his preparation, the tournament and his thoughts about David Haye and the British boxing scene. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight Thomas “KO” Snow won a six-round unanimous decision over Jason Rorie of Wilson, NC in front of a packed house at DC Star Nightclub in DC.
Unlike their first matchup that Snow won in November by using more movement, Snow fought a phone booth bout throughout with the determined Rorie. The close quarters allowed for headbutts to take place and one Rorie headbutt caused a gash over Snow’s left eye. Referee Dr. Joseph Cooper took two points away from Rorie for headbutts and holding. Both men landed solid punches throughout but more came from Snow. Judges Steve Rados and Lloyd Scaife scored the bout 60-52 while judge Tammye Jenkins saw the bout 58-54. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, HBO’s Max Kellerman and two-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren, who will attempt to be the first US boxer to compete in three Olympics. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Bad news for boxing fans in Stralsund for tomorrow’s “Battle at the Baltic Sea”. Unbeaten Turkish heavyweight Yakup Saglam (26-0) had to pull out of his PABA championship bout aganist German contender Konstantin Airich (16-2-2). According to his trainer and manager Detlef Loritz, Saglam is down and out with fever and gastric flu. Airich will still be the main event fighter against last-minute replacement Levan Jomardashvili (20-1) from Georgia. (more…)
Story by Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes
Wednesday’s final press conference for this Saturday’s mega fight at Cowboy Stadium between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito took on a new twist yesterday as an apparent YouTube video surfaced (and since taken down) showing Margarito, head trainer Robert Garcia and stablemate Brandon Rios mocking and making fun of Freddy Roach and his condition caused by Parkinson’s disease . . . Click here for more
Story by Mark Vaz
Photos by Emily Harney
When Peter Manfredo, Jr. returns to the ring in his native Providence, RI at the Twin River Casino this Friday to face the game Jhon Berrio in a scheduled ten round bout, it will be his first fight under contract with his new promoter, Lou DiBella.
When we last saw the season one “Contender” favorite, he stopped the game Angel Hernandez for the IBO middleweight title. That fight was under the banner of TKO Boxing, the third in a three-fight deal . . . Click here for more
Garden State-based promoter Gary Shaw will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Thursday night at an awards dinner to be held at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Shaw, who was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame last year, is the president and chief executive officer of Gary Shaw Productions, established in 2002 and based in Totowa, NJ. (more…)
The California Kid Makes His Bantamweight Debut Tonight On Versus: The former WEC featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, takes on Takeya Mizugaki – plus, Chad Mendes faces off against Javier Vazquez and Joseph Benavidez takes on Wagnney Fabiano – tonight at 9pm ET/6pm PT on VERSUS
The flames on Damacio Page’s feet advertise his conviction about the good life.
“Walking through hell,” he says of the tattoos’ symbolism. “No matter what you want in life, you got to walk through hell to get it.” . . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina continues his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA for the highly anticipated rematch with former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) which takes place on Saturday, November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. These two fighters first met in December of last year, in a “Fight of the Year” candidate, in which Williams won via majority decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Ramon Aranda/www.411Mania.com
Photos by Laura de la Torre
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and promoter Dan Goossen took part in a press conference Tuesday at Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill in San Leandro, CA to discuss the November 27th clash between Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) and Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland . . . Click here for more
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tunes up for his upcoming big fight against Alfonso Gomez of Mexico on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca. on Saturday, December 4 and broadcast live on Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao sings with his band Wednesday night after the press conference today for his upcoming mega fight against three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on Saturday, November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
In addition to the HBO televised undercard action featuring Andre Berto vs. Freddy Hernandez and Celestino Caballero vs. Jason Litzau, former world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, Cuban junior middleweight sensation Erislandy Lara, unbeaten young knockout artists Keith Thurman, Bastie Samir and Michael Finney, as well as top Mexican prospect Gilberto Gonzalez all seeing action in off TV bouts on the November 27 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas headlined by the lightweight title fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis. Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs) faces Colombian southpaw Walter Estrada (37-13-1, 25 KOs), while Lara (13-0, 8 KOs) , Thurman (14-0, 13 KOs), Samir (6-0, 6 KOs), Finney (5-0, 5 KOs) and WBC Youth lightweight titlist Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) will face opponents to be named.
Undefeated super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) departed today for the United Kingdom to serve 10 days as a sparring partner for Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 30 KOs), who is preparing for his WBC title fight showdown in SHOWTIME’s Super Six Tournament, November 27 in Finland against Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs). Rodriguez is coming off of a scintillating performance last Friday night in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation, stopping James McGirt in the ninth round for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title in Fargo, North Dakota. Rodriguez (had prepped for his fight against McGirt by sparring two weeks in Australia with middleweight Danny Geale (23-1, 14 KOs), who knocked out former IBF middleweight champion Roman Karmazin in their recent IBF eliminator fight.
All New TUF – The Quarterfinals Begin Tonight On SPIKE : Team GSP’s Jonathan Brookins takes on Sako Chivitchian, while Cody McKenzie faces Nam Phan in the Octagon – tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Weights from today’s WEC weigh-in at the Palms in Las Vegas:
Urijah Faber 136 vs Takeya Mizugaki 136
Javier Vazquez 146 vs Chad Mendes 145.5
Erik Koch 146 vs Francisco Rivera 146
Joseph Benavidez 136 vs Wagnney Fabiano 136
Damacio Page 136 vs Demetrious Johnson 135
LC Davis 146 vs Raphael Assuncao 146
Anthony Njokuani 156 vs Edward Faaloloto 154
Zack Micklewright 158 vs Dustin Poirier 155
Clint Godfrey 136 vs Michael McDonald 135
Cub Swanson 145 vs Mackens Semerzier 145
Yves Jabouin 145 vs Brandon Visher 145
Photos by Daniel Hiller/Figosport.de
The International Boxing Federation is set to write a new page in the organization’s history this week. On Friday, the first world championship bout for the IBF Female Welterweight Title will take place in Berlin, Germany. Fighting for this title are Jeniffer Retzke of Germany with a record of (10-0) and Daniella Smith of New Zealand with a record of (9-1). (more…)
More details on Universum Box-Promotion’s November 19th “Warm Up for 2011″ card were announced today at a press conference at the Artos Restaurant in Hamburg, Germany.
The card is slated to take place at the famed Universum Gym, which is already sold out, and feature former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (WBA mandatory challenger for David Haye), unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, Olympic gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew and amateur world champion Jack Culcay. Also appearing will be former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Manuel Charr and unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes Telemundo are teaming up once again to bring their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO”on Friday, November 12, 2010 to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament. In the main event current WBC Latin Bantamweight Champion Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (23-3-2, 19 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will face his toughest opponent in Julio “Chupete” Ler (30-7, 18 KOs) of Cordoba, Argentina in battle schedule for 12 Rounds with Ruiz World Boxing Council Latin Bantamweight Title on the line. (more…)
Photos by Robert Hughes
Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito were surrounded by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders during the final press conference Wednesday for their upcoming mega fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Click here for more photos…
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
With only a few days until his U.S. return, three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico finished his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. Margarito faces seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, this Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and which will be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View. For more details and photos click here…
Story by Andreas Hale
Urijah Faber has been the face of World Extreme Cagefighting since he first entered the cage back on March 17, 2006 when he defeated Cole Escovedo for the WEC featherweight title at WEC 19. Since then, “The California Kid” has been the fighter that has brought the company into the spotlight. So it is only right that Faber headlines one of the final WEC shows before the company merges with the UFC and Faber is granted the opportunity to further enhance his image and career. (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger Audley Harrison faced off at the final press conference today in advance of Saturday’s showdown in Manchester, England.
“All of England has had enough of Harrison. For ten years he has bored the sports fans to death, “said Haye. “I will do everyone a favor when I shut him up once and for all. I will destroy him. This will be a public execution.”
Harrison stated, “David Haye is not going to break my spirit. He’s not going to knock me out. He couldn’t take me out when we sparred together years back and I’ve sparred with David too many times to know that…Everyone knows that Haye has a glass chin. On Saturday there will be a crushing defeat for him.”
By Dennis Principe
Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia have started to provide the verbal fireworks that is sure to prop up whatever is left of the opportunities to promote this weekend’s much-anticipated bout between their respective wards Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. During separate interviews with this writer, both Roach and Garcia sounded livid when told about a brewing duel between the prominent trainers.
It all started when Garcia, in a previous internet report made a claim of having a 2-0 edge in his head-to-head clash with Roach. (more…)
IBF #5 super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) and former light heavyweight title challenger Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) will headline a November 20 show at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn that is promoted by Robert Diaz and Havoc Boxing Promotions. The undercard features a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights Will Rosinsky (12-0, 7 KOs) and Yasin Rashid (7-0, 2 KOs). Featherweight Joselito Collodo (11-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.
British and Commonwealth boxing champion Dereck Chisora’s December 11 heavyweight title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko will go on as scheduled. Today in a London courtroom, Chisora was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs and must complete 150 hours of community work for assaulting his girlfriend. Chisora pleaded guilty to throwing his then-girlfriend on the bed and spanking her after he found text messages from another man on her cell phone.
KEA Boxing’s welterweight sensation, Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (4-0, 2KO’s) is ready to put his undefeated record on the line Friday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. The hard hitting prospect from Union City, New Jersey will look to show the fans in North Bergen the explosive nature of “The Beast” when he tangles with Salim Al Quaadir (1-2) in what is scheduled to be the last four rounder of his career. (more…)
Throughout life, you have to deal with the consequences of your decisions and how they will affect your life. Of course when everything runs fine, smiles and kudos for a job well done may follow, but it’s not always like this, and eventually, regrets may creep in .. . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Fight fans are invited to see Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, along with their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, make their final pre-fight comments at today’s final news conference for their pay-per-view showdown Saturday night. The news conference, which is open to the public, will be held at Cowboys Stadium – East End Zone Platform (900 East Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76011). Media Report Time is 1:00 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m.
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