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By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada/WBC
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) punished game but outclassed former world champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night before 14,500 spectators and a worldwide television audience at the o2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Klitschko’s domination began in the first round, as he landed several hard right hands. That was the pattern as the bout progressed. The champion was in total command landing right hands almost at will, while the normally fast-starting Briggs was unable to get untracked offensively. Strong round for Vitali in round five, while Briggs displayed a world class jaw. Klitschko continued to break down Briggs, staggering him in the seventh. Briggs wobbled back to his corner after being punished further in round nine. Vitali beat Shannon from pillar to post in round ten but the bloodied Briggs somehow absorbed it and then weathered a further battering to reach the final bell. Scores were 120-107, 120-107, 120-105 as judges could find no round to give the challenger. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Teke Oruh (14-3-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Olimpyskiy Sports Palace in Chekhov, Russia. A right hand laid out Oruh for the count at 2:57. In was a tune-up fight for the world-rated 2004 Olympic gold medalist, who is looking to get more experience before challenging for a world title.
By Graham Houston
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. tops the bill on PPV for the third time this year when he defends his junior featherweight title against Mexican veteran Ivan Hernandez in Florida tonight. Vazquez looked poised and powerful when crushing Marvin Sonsona in four rounds in February and overpowering Zsolt Bedak in the ninth round in May. He was meeting unbeaten boxers in those fights but on Saturday he faces a veteran ex-champion who has been boxing professionally for a decade.
Despite Hernandez’s experience, Vazquez is an overwhelming favourite. The son of Puerto Rican great Wilfredo Vazquez, “WV2”, as he is known, seems to be that rarity, a naturally gifted fighter who from the start of his career had the look of a future star. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Shannon Briggs can certainly talk a great fight, and he has been his usual loquacious self heading into Saturday’s heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko. Briggs has even predicted a 30-second KO win, while also announcing that his victory will be dedicated “to the sufferers of asthma worldwide”. It seems that Shannon, who has suffered from asthma since childhood, was greatly offended by a Klitschko comment that Briggs has used his asthma as an excuse for past failures.
All this is good fun, of course, leading up to the fight in Hamburg that will be shown on the Internet on espn.3 for U.S. residents. Tonight, though, the contrived trash talking stops and things will get serious. (more…)
In the days leading up to his UFC 116 bout against Chris Leben in July, there was little question that Yoshihiro Akiyama wasn’t overjoyed with his present situation . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Professional boxing will debut on November 19 at the Magic City Casino – site of the former Flagler Dog Track in Miami, Florida. Headlining will be junior middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KOs). The undercard will showcase two undefeated Cuban prospects, junior middleweight Inocente Fiz (3-0, 2 KOs) and cruiserweight Pedro Rodriguez (3-0, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Former amateur star and professional Italian super middleweight champ Andrea Di Luisa (10-0, 10 KOs) proved once again to be in a different league than his domestic counterparts. Yesterday night at the PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy, Di Luisa destroyed challenger Giuseppe Brischetto (8-1, 4KOs) in less than six minutes and retained his 168lb national crown with a stunning KO win in the second round.
The performance of hard hitting Di Luisa was memorable as he started the fight very strongly and eventually dropped Brischetto for the full count in the second round with a perfectly timed left hook to the body. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
It may not have been an artistic success, but comebacking former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver accomplished what he set out to do Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
The “Magic Man’’ won his debut as a heavyweight. Making his first start in 17 months, Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., clearly outclassed Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y., winning a unanimous 10-round decision by the score of 98-92 three times. There were no knockdowns. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
On Friday night, Aaron Jacobs and Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s WingHouse presented another exciting evening of championship boxing at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, local favorite and Tampa native Charlie Serrano (9-2-1, 2 KOs), 124.5 lbs, dominated Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs), 125.75 lbs, over eight rounds in a clash for the Florida State Featherweight belt. (more…)
Bob Arum and Dena duBoef of Top Rank have arrived in Baguio, Philippines, where they will see Congressman and pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao train tomorrow. The staff at the Manor Hotel was thrilled to pose for a photo with the legendary Hall of Fame promoter.
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) successfully made his debut at heavyweight with a ten round unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Southpaw Tarver suffered an injury to his left shoulder early on, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the fight. Aguilera’s best round was the tenth. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
Unbeaten Shawn Porter (17-0, 13 KOs) dropped down to welterweight to defeat game and bloodied Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) via ninth round TKO. Munoz corner finally threw in the towel. Click here for complete details…
By Ryan Stead/Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos by Herby Whyne
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was mostly a tactical fight until Bute dropped Brinkley with a left uppercut to the body in round five. Brinkley barely beat the count. Bute floored Brinkley for the second time in round eight and knocked him out with an uppercut in round nine. It was Bute’s sixth title defense.
In the co-feature, former WBC light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (27-2, 15 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika (30-10, 21 KOs). Click here for complete details…
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, NABO champion and WBO #2 junior featherweight, successfully defended his belt against the challenge of Dominic Salcido by way of majority decision victory (96 – 94, twice, and 95-95). Fightnews scored the fight 97-93 in favor of Perez. Perez used his superior speed, various angles and ring generalship to control the bout, sweeping the first half of the fight and then cruising to victory in the second half of the fight. Salcido simply took too long to get started and despite looking good in the last couple rounds was too far behind and lacked the power to put away Perez. With the victory, Perez improves to 19-0-2 (5KO) while Salcido drops to 18-3 (9KO). For more details and photos click here…
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Undefeated middleweight prospect Willie Monroe, Jr. improved to 10-0, 4 KOs) with a fifth round TKO over Mickey Scarborough (6-3, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester, NY. Monroe dropped Scarborough twice in round four and again in round five before the bout was waved off at 1:53.
In the co-feature, welterweight Kenny Abril (11-3-1, 6 KOs) also scored a sixth round TKO, halting Javier Perez (7-4, 5 KOs). Click here for complete details…
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Fightnews fans were treated to a “Super” edition of Through the Ropes Thursday night as host Marc Lichtenfeld welcomed guests Zab “Super” Judah and Showtime’s Steve Farhood. Judah openly discussed earlier disappointments in his career and what led up to them. “I was a poor kid from Brooklyn who won a world title at 21 years old,” he said. “And then all of a sudden people are giving me checks for millions of dollars.” He explained that his newly found religion has centered him and helped him mature. (more…)
Weights and photos: Alejandro Alvirde Castro
Salvador Sanchez 123.7 vs Hector Morales 124.6
Juan Antonio Rodriguez 124.1 vs Juan Castaneda 128.1
(WBC Youth World featherweight title)
Ibeth Zamora Silva 103.7 vs Mayela Perez 103.2
(WBC Youth female minimumweight title )
Venue:Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro, Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
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Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
Weights by Butch Gottlieb/BoxinginLasVegas.com
From the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.:
Artur Bernestyan 133 vs. Rennell Griffin 133
Andy Ruiz 270 vs. Miles Kelly 133
Crystal Hoy 124 vs. Allison Cole 125
Lionel Davis 247 vs. Kelsey Arnold 238
Zhankosh Turarov 138 vs. Johnny Frazier 137
Paul Green 134 vs. Juan Rumado Alcoea 134
Natu Visinia 269 vs. Michael Ward 203
Photos by Joel a. Colón/All Star Boxing
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. 121.75 vs. Ivan Hernandez 122
(WBO jr featherweight world championship)
Note: Hernandez originally weighted a half pound heavy.
Raul Casarez 158.25 vs. Anthony Greenidge 159.25
(WBO Youth middleweight title)
Patrick Majewski 161.25 vs. Joseph Gomez 165.75
McJoe Arroyo 116.5 vs. Israel “Filipino” Rojas 117.25
Felix Mercedes 141.25 vs. Keivy Arce 142.75
Anthony Laporte Jr. 125.5 vs. Hipolito Rivera 126.75
Israel Vazquez 108.5 vs. Jose Guardiola ??
Alexander Vega 135 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 135
Venue: Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Pay Per View: Intregaded Sports in US, PPV Connection in Puerto Rico available Ondemand, Dish Network and Direct TV at Suggested Retail Price of $34.95
Time: Doors Open @ 6:30 PM & First Fight 7:00 PM
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Video: Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotcuang
Former world rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (29-0) chopped down Indonesian junior lightweight champion Eddy Comaro (23-9-4) in eight rounds in a nationally televised IBF Pan Pacific title bout at the Chaopraya Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Comaro connected often with right hands on Sakkreerin early in the fight but the Thai was never in trouble at any stage of the contest. Sakkreerin delivered accurate left jabs, rips and hooks consistently that began to take its toll on the tough Indonesian by round six. In round seven Comaro was looking distressed by the consistent bombardment of leather and at the conclusion of round eight the corner of Comaro wisely retired their boxer. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Premium Boxing Promotions Inc.
Nicholas Walters 126 vs. Julio CAMAÑO 126
Evens Pierre 138 vs. Gilberth Quiros 138.7
Rosano Lawrence 136 vs. Leovigildo Siris 139.7
Carlos Jimenez 155.5 vs. Elvis Guerrero 156.2
Addir Sanchez 137 vs. Roberto Small 140.5
Antonio Fernandez 132.7 vs. Saimon Siris 134
Nando Bailarin 118 vs. Victor Peralta 118
Joao Powell 140 vs. David Wilkins 142.5
Venue: Arena Panama Al Brown, Colon City, Panama
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions Inc.
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By Felipe Leon
Tomorrow night from the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, local favorite Silverio Ortiz (21-13, 9KOs) will be defending his IBA Super lightweight title against Elvin Perez (17-3-3, 10KOs) of Chinandega, Nicaragua, in a scheduled twelve rounder. Ortiz, who captured the vacant title earlier this year with a win over Fernando Angulo, is a ten year tested veteran who in his thirty-four bout career has faced world class fighters such Herman Ngoudjo, Marcos Maidana, David Diaz, Steve Forbes and Jorge “Maromero” Paez. Perez, who began his career in Costa Rica and fights mainly there, will be fighting only for the second time outside of his adoptive home. Jorge Marron of San Diego, CA, is the attending supervisor for the IBA.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live championship webcast – free of charge – on Saturday, October 16. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico.
In the main event – scheduled for 10 rounds from Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico – WBC Youth featherweight champion Juan Antonio “Zurdo” Rodriguez, 13-2 with 12 knockouts, of Puebla, Mexico, will make his fourth title defense against Juan Castaneda, 2-5 with 2 knockouts, of Toluca, Mexico. (more…)
By Bruce Silverglade/Gleason’s Gym
Murray Wilson, the co-manager of Yuri Foreman died of a heart attack in his office on Wednesday. There are only good things to say about Murray. He was a classic New York guy. He was the owner of Campagnola’s, a popular restaurant in the Upper East Side where everybody wanted a seat. The thing I want to say about Murray is that he was my good friend, and he always will be. I will miss him dearly.
His funeral will take place Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 12 noon.
The location is:
Star of David Memorial Chapels
1236 North Wellwood Ave.
West Babylon, NY 11704
Weights and photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Miranda 112 vs Michael Arango 112
(WBO flyweight championship)
Michel Rosales 154.5 vs Octavo Caqstro 155
Roberto Marroquin 126 vs Rafael Cerrillo 126
Lizardo Moreno 126.5 vs Tomas Sierra 127
Misael Castillo 135 vs Fernando Ayala 134.5
Venue: Tecate Box Tour Monterrey
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
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Photo by RINGPOLSKA.PL
Damian Jonak 153.6 vs. Jose Luis Cruz 153.4
(Vacant WBC Baltic light middleweight title)
Krzysztof Szot 136.6 vs. Felix Lora 138.4
Daniel Urbanski 154.7 vs. Anthony Ukeh 149.4
Ismail Teboev 160.4 vs. Tadas Jonkus 166
Izugabe Ugonoh 199.7 vs. Igoris Papunia 185.1
Krzysztof Zimnoch 218 vs. Remigjius Ziausys 205.4
Venue: Arena Hall, ul. B. Chrobrego 50B, Legionowo, Poland
Promoter: Babilon Promotion
As a result of Andre Dirrell’s withdrawal from the tournament, Andre Ward has earned a forfeit win and two points. He leads the tournament with six points. The top-four fighters following Group Stage 3 advance to the single-elimination semifinal round.
Group Stage 3 Schedule
Allan Green vs. Glen Johnson
Saturday, Nov. 6, from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)
Arthur Abraham vs. Carl Froch
For the Vacant WBC Super Middleweight World Championship
Saturday, Nov. 27, from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland
Same-Day Delay on SHOWTIME, 9p ET/PT
Super Six World Boxing Classic fans will get a chance to see WBA world champion and tournament-point leader Andre Ward headline the SHOWTIME telecast on Saturday, Nov. 27 (live at 9p.m. ET/PT), it was officially announced one week after Ward’s tournament opponent Andre Dirrell pulled out of their Group Stage 3 fight due to injury.
Ward, who has already locked up a Semifinal berth in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, will defend his WBA super middleweight world title against world ranked top-10 contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by way of Douala, Cameroon, in the second-half of a SHOWTIME doubleheader.
The fight, which will take place in front of Ward’s hometown fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., will not be part of the Super Six tournament, Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, announced. (more…)
WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr will be transported by helicopter to the scale for today’s official weigh-in at the Silver Spurs Arena, in Kissimmee, FL. Waiting at the scale will be his opponent Ivan “Choko” Hernandez. The weigh-in will take place in the arena’s parking lot at 5PM ET.
You may be thinking, “?Wilfredo esta loco?” After the fight, he is planning to bungee jump across the street from the hotel. He’s been talking about it all week. (more…)
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has been discharged from The Priory rehab clinic in Manchester, England. According to the Sun tabloid, The Hitman is now “happier, refreshed and about a stone lighter.” He and his fiancée were spotted buying a puppy at Dogs 4 Us.
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer, KMG
Here are complete weights from o2 World Hamburg, Germany, for tomorrow night’s Klitschko vs. Briggs fight:
Vitali Klitschko 251 vs. Shannon Briggs 262.5
(WBC heavyweight championship)
Alexander Ustinov 309 vs. Oezcan Cetinkaya 220.5
Ola Afolabi 205 vs. Sandro Siproshvili 198,5
Zauerbek Baysangurov 160 vs. Eugenio Monteiro tba
Nenad Borovcanin 209.5 vs. Patrick Berger 197.5
Hizni Altunkaya 199.5 vs. Mathias Reinhardt 192
More than 110 countries worldwide will see the international television broadcast. In Germany, the fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL. In the US espn3.com will broadcast at 5pm EST in HD and rebroadcast the following day at 2.00 PM EST on ESPN’s main channel. ESPN Deportes will replay the fight Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Ola Afolabi is the newest addition to the K2 Promotion’s stable of fighters. K2 is looking to organize a world title shot for him by next year.
The WBC Heavyweight fight is promoted by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group. more photos
Official weigh-in results for Saturday night’s UFC 120 event, which airs free on Spike TV from the O2 Arena in London, England at 8pm ET / PT.
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs.Michael Bisping 185
Carlos Condit 170 vs. Dan Hardy 171
Mike Pyle 170 vs. John Hathaway 171
Travis Browne 251 vs.Cheick Kongo 228
Claude Patrick 171 vs. James Wilks 170
Alexander Gustafsson 204 vs.Cyrille Diabate 204
Vinicius Queiroz 239 vs. Rob Broughton 257
Mark Holst 155 vs.Paul Sass 155
Curt Warburton 154 vs.Spencer Fisher 155
Fabio Maldonado 204 vs. James McSweeney 205
By Bob Ryder
Cedric Harden matchmaker for Real Deal Promotions told Fightnews today that Evander Holyfield’s November 12 fight at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit has been postponed. Harden stated that locking in a TV deal was the hold up but that an arrangement is close to be being made. Early next week Harden said he expects to announce a new date for sometime early in December. This postponement marks the second change from the original November 5 date. Sherman Williams is still the opponent for Holyfield and Joe Louis still the venue.
David Haye doesn’t have the technical ability or the support in his corner to beat Audley Harrison, according to the challenger’s trainer Shadeed Suluki. The experienced cornerman has been putting Harrison through his paces at Big Bear in California ahead of the World Heavyweight title fight with Haye on November 13 in Manchester, and Suluki believes that the combination of Audley’s preparation and positive state of mind will see him emerge victorious. “Audley knows himself now, he is in a very comfortable place,” said Suluki. “He knows his ability more than ever and this is his destiny, he feels it, I feel it, we all feel it. This is a match made in heaven for us.” (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert ‘Grandpa’ Garcia is hosting the first annual fundraiser at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy on Sunday, October 17, 2010 and will be joined by 3-time world champion Antonio ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito, current WBC middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, WBA #1 lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios, IBF # 1 featherweight contender Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, as well as many other fighters. more + photos
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