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By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
There is great anticipation for today’s visit to Mexico City of Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on the final leg of his international promotional tour for what will be his third match against the Mexican hero Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, to be held November 12 in Las Vegas. Many Mexican fight fans have asked for time off at their jobs or simply will not attend school to attend this unprecedented event at 1PM at the Monumento a la Revolución, where an estimated 50,000 fans are expected.
The art at the right is the work of Eduardo De La Cruz, a Mexican artist who in the United States is known for his lithographs of various personalities of sports and entertainment. Most recently at the 48th WBC Convention which was held in Cancun, Mexico, Eduardo was named “Artist of the KO.”
By Bob Caico
Friday night in the 10-round ShoBox main event matchup of one-loss prospects, Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KO’s) who trains out of the PAL gym in Buffalo, NY tackles Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KO’s) of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Inactivity has been the norm for the two as this will be only their third bout in the last two years. Arroyo’s last fight was also on Shobox when he impressively defeated Willie Nelson in April of this year. “I am very pleased on how Vincent is training for this bout,” said manger Steve Nelson. “He feels good mentally and physically and I do expect him to look sensational in this fight,” the confident manager continued. The plan is to have Arroyo fight two more times this year, which would give the 24-year-old his first 4-fight year in his career. Arroyo, who hopes to fight in his hometown soon, added, “I feel real good about this fight and I know I’ll be the last man standing. I’m dedicating the fight to the City of Buffalo and all the my people there.”
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek participated in a public workout Wednesday at Magnolia Park Mall in Wroclaw, Poland. The long awaited world heavyweight championship battle between Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) and Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) will be held Saturday, September 10th at the new Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland.
Undefeated Jr. Middleweight prospect, Abie Han (14-0, 10 KOs) will headline the 4th Annual Fight Night at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas on Friday, September 16th in Grand Prairie, Texas when he takes on veteran Eloy Suarez (11-12-1, 5 KOs). The 8-round main event will be the featured fight on the six-bout, CNS Promotions event. In honor of the Mexican Independence holiday, there will be a Fireworks show immediately following the boxing event. (more…)
The night before the welterweight championship bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, the September 16 edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” which will also air live on Fox Sports Network from the Dallas Events Center in the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Fight fans will get to see top heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs) take on Hector Ferreryro (21-10-2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round main event. In the co-feature, 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (9-0, 6 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against Dallas’ Larry Smith (10-5, 6 KOs) in a welterweight matchup scheduled for eight rounds. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET/PT and the Fox Sports Net broadcast will begin at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT.
After five weeks in Big Bear, California, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has focus the last part of his training camp on speed. Velocity is what Canelo and his team believe will give Gomez lots of problems. Canelo is the current WBC super welterweight champion of the world, one of the most charismatic fighters in boxing is set to defend his title belt against Alfonso Gomez at Staples Center of Los Angeles, California.
“This week is a crucial week for us, because we will reach our full potential, the champion will reach 100 % of his preparation, his speed and his power will be there,” said Edison Reynoso, trainer of Canelo and CEO of Canelo Promotions. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
On knocking his opponents out
These fighters go into survival mode once they are down or have no chance of winning. Mosley and Marquez did the same thing. Ricky Hatton was different. He came to fight. I get knockouts when guys come to put it all on the line.
On staying sharp during the layoff
I think I’m still very sharp and still strong. The reason why is because I haven’t been in any toe to toe wars. A lot of wars in the ring is wear and tear on the body. I thank God for blessing me with great defense.
I prefer to hold court inside the squared circle. I’m all about being fair. If you’re the best, take the test. He could have been had the fight if he wanted it. As long as he’s attached to my name, he’ll make great paydays and as long as he fights my leftovers. They say Shane Mosley looked the best when he beat Margarito. His next fight was against me. After I beat Mosley and he was never the same.
I can guarantee you that this fight will not go the distance. This has been the longest training camp because we want to be prepared for a guy that’s younger with good speed. We want to be ready. I’m coming straight ahead on September 17th.
After more than a decade, the wait is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed at a Tokyo press conference today that 2012 will mark the return of the world famous Octagon® to Japan.
Japan’s Saitama Super Arena will host a blockbuster UFC® event on February 26, 2012. It will serve as the organization’s first event in Japan since UFC 29 held in December 2000. It will also serve as the first UFC event in Japan since the organization was purchased by Zuffa, LLC in 2001. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to announce their upcoming third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
By Anthony Springer
Carlos Condit hit the jackpot.
Citing Nick Diaz not fulfilling his commitments, UFC president Dana White removed the Caesar Gracie protege from the title bout against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137. Condit will now step in and fulfill the challengers slot.
“The Natural Born Killer” is riding a four fight win streak with wins over the previous undefeated Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Hardy.
Details to come.
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By Bill Green
Undefeated lightweight and highly touted prospect, Terence “Bud” Crawford (14-0, 11 KOs) returns this Saturday against Angel Rios (9-6, 6 KOs) on the undercard of HBO’s televised Yuriokis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off a crushing 2nd round knockout win over journeyman Derrick Campos back in July on the undercard of Mike Alvarado vs. Gabriel Martinez bout. (more…)
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m here for only one reason – to fulfill my destiny and become a heavyweight world champion” – said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), greeted by more than 1000 fans during open training session in Wroclaw’s “Magnolia” mall. “Don’t miss this fight. It will be a great one” – added titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), whose short training session (shadow boxing, pads with trainer Fritz Sdunek and rope jumping) followed Adamek display of quick punches and fast legs. This was the last chance to see both great fighters live until Saturday heavyweight WBC title fight in “Stadion Miejski” for all who were not able to buy their tickets for sold out, 42,000 seats soccer stadium. Vitali and Tomek will meet one more time during Friday’s weigh-in but this always exciting ceremony will be closed to the public. Click here for more photos…
Video by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
Story by Andreas Hale
Victor Ortiz is most certainly a changed man. Despite all that he’s been through in his personal life, it wasn’t until his loss to Marcos Maidana back in 2009, where the “Vicious” one was criticized for quitting, that forced Ortiz to look at the world through a different lens . . . Click here for more
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By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and the WBA’s #14-ranked middleweight contender Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) landed another shot at a piece of the world crown when he challenges defending WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (21-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday, October 15 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In his previous title shot on March 14, 2009, Simon gave a gritty effort in dropping a unanimous decision against then-champion Arthur Abraham. “Gennedy Golovkin stopped Kassim Ouma in the tenth round, but Ouma is essentially a junior middleweight. We have to make the most of the opportunity, because it could be our last,” said manager Dave Escalet. Golovkin will be making the third defense of his title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that WBC mandatory middleweight challenger Marco Antonio Rubio may face WBC middleweight champion emeritus and diamond champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, WBC president Jose Sulaiman on Tuesday. “Martinez and Rubio are both strong fighters, throw many punches and would be a great fight for the Hispanic fans and the World Boxing Council will recommend that the winner face Chávez Jr.,” said Sulaiman. Chavez Jr. will take on Peter Manfredo on November 19 while Martinez will face England’s Darren Barker on October 1.
Manny Pacquiao and Dan Hill sing “Sometimes When we Touch” for the media and fans at the New York Press Conference.
Three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten WBO #2 super featherweight Luis Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday undercard former of former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa’s matchup with Daniel Ponce De Leon. “Luis has a lot of potential and is an exciting prospect, no doubt about it,” he said. “However, as a former [IBA] world champion, I know what it takes to win big fights, and can draw from those valuable lessons. Luis doesn’t have that advantage…I expect nothing but a tough fight in Atlantic City, but I will be prepared and, mark my words, will prevail.”
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Slideshow of shots from today’s media workout at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Jessie Vargas . . Click here to view
By Chris Cozzone
David “Nino” Rodriguez has been replaced with Hector Camacho, Jr. on the Oct. 15 “Battle at the Ballpark” card at Cohen Stadium in El Paso. After the WBC refused to sanction Rodriguez,35-0, 33 KOs, in a Fecombox heavyweight title defense against Byron “The Bear” Polley (24-12, 11 KOs), who’d lost four of his last five bouts, all by knockout, a replacement opponent could not be agreed upon, forcing promoter Zeferino Entertainment to move in a different direction. The main event will now be Hector Camacho, Jr., 53-4-1, 28 KOs, who will most likely face Juarez veteran Saul Duran, 38-18-2, 31 KOs. (more…)
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St-Pierre and Diaz Battle For 170lb. Gold In Las Vegas: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defends the title against former STRIKEFORCE welterweight king and UFC veteran Nick Diaz – UFC 137 Presented by UFC Undisputed 3 – Saturday, October 29 – Live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday at 10am PT
Lesnar vs Overeem Set For Dec. 30th in Vegas: Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year to face Alistair Overeem – stay tuned to UFC.com for more details!
Sanchez Injured, Out Of UFC 135 Bout With Hughes: Broken hand forces Diego Sanchez out of Sept. 24 bout with Matt Hughes
Photo by Chris Cozzone: Floyd “Money” Mayweather pounds on the heavy bag before a packed house of media at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas today. Stay tuned for a full gallery.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Junior middleweight contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) continues his preparations, under the watchful eyes of his father Alfonso Gomez, Sr., and Mario ‘Yuca’ Morales, former trainer of the late world champion Edwin Valero, at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California. Gomez is scheduled to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, September 17th for the WBC junior middleweight title at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more details and photos click here…
Popular boxing personality Bernardo Osuna has been hired to serve as boxing commentator for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes as well as a correspondent for ESPN Deportes in Los Angeles. His first assignment will be ESPN Deportes’ September 15th boxing telecast headlined by the WBC featherweight title clash between Jhonny Gonzalez and Rogers Mtagwa in El Paso. He will join Ricardo Ortiz, Delvin Rodriguez and Leopoldo Gonzalez.
Meanwhile Brian Kenny, longtime host of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, has left the network to announce baseball for the MLB Network.
After working for over three-years as the full-time publicist and event coordinator for Star Boxing, Kevin Rooney Jr. has switched promotional outfits, and taken a full-time position with DiBella Entertainment as Lou DiBella’s Executive Assistant and Director of Public Relations. Rooney is the son of world renowned boxing trainer Kevin Rooney. In addition, to his work outside the ropes, the 26-year-old is 2-0 as a pro jr middleweight.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photo by Alma Montiel / WBC
Today at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, president Jose Sulaiman opened the doors to former WBA strawweight champion Samuel Gutierrez, better known as “Sammy Guty,” who is managed by “Promociones del Pueblo”, to fight for the WBC silver title on October 1 in Puebla, Mexico, where he is a real hero. Sammy is a natural strawweight fighter, who hoped to go again for the WBA strawweight crown, however, when he was asked to go for the WBC silver belt, he did not think twice. “Winning a WBC title is the dream of any fighter in the world, and I am not the exception,” said Sammy, who will fight against Royle Golez, in another Mexico vs Philippines showdown.
An opponent has been named for popular light heavyweight Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on September 23rd at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Fonfara, who is riding a six bout winning streak, will face Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4-1, 10 KOs), who is winless in his last four. In the co-feature, welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera (6-1, 4 KOs) stays busy against journeyman Robert “The Wolf” Jones (8-9-1, 3 KOs).
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will travel tomorrow to Mexico to participate in the press conference to be held Thursday in that country for the mega-fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez next November 12 at the MGM GRand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pacquiao-Marquez tour, that had stops in Phillipines and New York, will have a press conference in Mexico and Valcarcel will take part there, along with WBO Ratings Committee Chair Luis Perez. Pacquiao-Márquez is for the WBO welterweight title.
While in Mexico, Valcarcel said that he is going to meet with Promociones Zanfer president Fernando Beltran, to discuss some issues about the rematch between featherweight chamion Orlando Salido against Juanma Lopez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Also while in México, the WBO will present new 105lb champion Moises Fuentes with his belt, won last August 27 when he beat former champion Raúl “Rayito” García.
Colombian slugger Breidis “The Khanqueror” Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Ireland for his 12-round WBA light welterweight elimination bout this Saturday against Irishman Paul McCloskey at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The 28-year-old Prescott says he’s in terrific shape and ready to smash one of the final roadblocks keeping him from a mandated rematch against (now) WBA Super Champion Amir Khan. Prescott knocked out Khan in 54 seconds back in September 2008, but then went backwards losing two straight fights being getting back on the winning track. Prescott says he respects McCloskey, but hits too hard and is in too good of shape to be denied. “I’d like to apologize to all the Irish fans that will be out rooting for their man this Saturday at the Odyssey Arena. I’m sorry I’m going to ruin your party, but I’ve waited too long for what lies ahead to be denied a victory.”
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) is being advised to bypass a $325,000 offer to defend against KO artist and mandatory challenger Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) on November 26 at the US Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Since Burns has weight issues, his manager Alex Morrison wants Burns to relinquish the WBO belt and campaign at lightweight.
The first installment of the highly-anticipated “Global Boxing Series” will be headlined by a familiar face, when former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell returns to action in a ten-round bout against an opponent to be named later. The card, which takes place on September 24 at the Global Boxing Arena in North Bergen, N.J., will be promoted by Global Boxing Promotions.
The 36-year-old Bell (26-4-1, 24 KO) of Atlanta, GA is looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats after reaching the pinnacle of the sport in 2006 by knocking out Jean-Marc Mormeck at Madison Square Garden to unify all three major world titles for the first time since Evander Holyfield in the 1980s. (more…)
On Friday, Puerto Rico’s Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KO’s) will face fellow Puerto Rican Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KO’s) in a 10-round welterweight battle that will serve as the ShoBox main event from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, and televised live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. But Sanchez says the challenge Arroyo presents is nothing compared to his biggest challenge: getting his family out of the poverty in which they live.
“The eight of us live in a two-bedroom house,” he explains. “One of my sisters will have a baby, so that is going to complicate the matter further. The most important thing for me is that they have everything they need and for that reason I must win this fight and many more. We have suffered enough.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw, Poland
Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), the challenger to world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s (42-2, 39 KOs) WBC green belt is convinced that on Saturday, September 10, ‘the great story of Vitali Klitschko will end.’ Vitali, on the other hand, is sure it will not happen in couple of days, at the sold-out 42,000-seat Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland. After the official press conference, I had a time to ask “Dr Ironfist” why…
Vitali you know the saying that after reaching a certain age, fighters can get old overnight…
I know this saying. Sometimes it even happens in one round. But not this time. Not on September 10 in Wroclaw. If Adamek hopes it will happen, he’s making a big mistake. (more…)
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during at a press conference at Chelsea Piers in New York Tuesday to kick off their North American world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
Paxton Promotions and Worcester MA’s own three-time world boxing champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) will step through the ropes for the third time this year since coming off of a two year hiatus on Saturday November 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Rivera’s opponent at this time is TBA. Since his return to the ring this past May after a layoff dating back to August of 2008, Rivera is looking for his third straight victory in 2011. (more…)
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