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Fast rising and current IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and brother Robert Garcia, is scheduled to take on Francisco “Franky” Leal (14-5-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Garcia vs. Leal will open up the pay-per-view telecast, replacing undefeated lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios who was moved to the Pacquiao vs. Margarito undercard this past weekend. For more details and photos click here…
Photo courtesy SHOWTIME
Bitter rivals and European superstars Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham continued to throw verbal jabs at one another on Monday during an international media conference call less than two weeks before their Super Six World Boxing Classic clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
“I never ever want to test my chin with anybody,” Froch said. “The best chin is the one that doesn’t get hit. I’ve fought some very strong super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not concerned when people say that Arthur’s the biggest puncher I’ve faced. I think his power is overrated, especially at super middleweight.” (more…)
Video: Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek shows his speed as trainer Roger Bloodworth uses very small pads. “Not many heavyweights can do this – maybe one more,” said Bloodworth after the routine.
For the third time the proposed bout between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) has again been postponed. The bout had been previously scheduled for November 5th, November 12, and December 9th. Williams’ manager, Si Stern of South Florida was upset to say the least and shed some insight on the string of postponements. (more…)
Photo: Ken Goldberg
Unbeaten two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) showed his skills in an open workout on Monday at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City. Erdei is in the final stages of preparation for his showdown vs. Sampson Onyango (20-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday’s undercard for the rematch between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams. The bout vs. Onyango also marks Erdei’s debut as a member of the DiBella Entertainment roster. It will be his first non world title fight since 2003.
Note: McKinney’s record corrected. On Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, local heavyweight Jonathon Haggler took another step towards getting into the world rankings. Haggler now 23-3, 17 KOs outworked veteran Dennis McKinney for the first four rounds then knocked him out with a massive left hand at the 1:38 mark of the fifth round. This win allowed Haggler to claim the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) Americas Championship. McKinney falls to 26-52-2 and has lost 19 of his last 20 with 8 straight losses. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The arrangements for famed Baltimore trainer Mack Lewis are in. The viewing will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home — 4905 York Road in Baltimore from 4-8 PM. The funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11 AM at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Morgan State University at 2201 Argonne Drive. The repast will follow the services at the Mack Lewis Gym, 901 North Bond Street in Baltimore.
The last time Matt Hughes and BJ Penn fought, Joe Lauzon was a virtual unknown in the sport of mixed martial arts who had made his first big statement to the world with a 47 second knockout of Jens Pulver at UFC 63 in 2006. When Hughes and Penn meet again this Saturday at UFC 123 in Detroit, Lauzon’s place in the game is a lot different than it was over four years ago. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
“I would like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for his win on Saturday Night. It was a tough and difficult fight for me and I hope the fans enjoyed our battle at Cowboys Stadium,” said Antonio Margarito. “I also want to thank Bob Arum for always believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. I also want to thank all the fans who came to see me and who watched the fight on TV and who continue to support me.” (more…)
The Countdown To UFC 123 Begins Tonight: Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida prepare for their colossal matchup this Saturday night, plus Matt Hughes and BJ Penn continue their pursuit of a world title – Countdown to UFC 123 tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On November 27th in Helsinki, Finland, boxing fans get to see on SHOWTIME what could be a true classic, as sluggers Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch battle in the Super Six super middleweight tournament. Mick Hennessey, Froch’s promoter, says the fight could be a “fight of the decade candidate.” An intriguing aspect of the bout is that both former world champions are coming off their very first defeat. Abraham lost to Andre Dirrell by disqualification and Froch lost a narrow decision to Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler in Denmark.
Froch says he will bring his WBC super middleweight title back to England and that he has a “massive, massive chance” to win the Super Six tournament. Referring to Abraham’s defeat to Dirrell, Froch said that “he got beat and outclassed by a guy I beat.” Froch emphasized that he is a true, power-punching super middleweight, while Abraham is a middleweight who moved up two fights ago. Abraham responded: “I don’t want to talk as much as Carl Froch; I will show you in the ring on November 27th.”
Photos by Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) watched challenger Enrique Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) rip up the official fight poster (which only pictured Stieglitz) during today’s press conference for his defense Saturday night at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. “I didn’t become a world champion by chance,” warned Stieglitz. “I know what I must do in the ring and I’ll remain a world champion.”
“I’m ready for this fight,” stated Ornelas. “I’m happy about the world championship chance. It’s my job to win this fight. I have only one goal and that’s to take the belt away from Robert Stieglitz.” For more details and photos click here…
Former referee and commissioner, Larry Hazzard, Sr., announced yesterday that he and former IBF president and founding member, Marian Muhammad, have formed a world combative sports sanctioning organization based in New Jersey. The Combative Sports Federation, Inc., or CSF, will include rankings of professional boxers and mixed martial artists around the world. Hazzard, a 50-year veteran of both sports, is eager to lead the organization as president with his partner, Marian Muhammad as vice president. Former New York boxing commissioner, Randy Gordon, will serve as the organization’s ratings chairman, and former WBC supervisor and liaison to U.S. Commissions, Rhonda Utley-Herring, will be the championships chairman. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
World title challenger Enrique Ornelas rips up the official fight poster for his clash Saturday night against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz during today’s press conference in Dresden, Germany. The poster only pictures Stieglitz. (More to come)
By Uwe Betker at ringside
Photos: Claudius Schell
Last-minute replacement Gbenga “Bang Bang“ Oloukun stopped German heavyweight hope Konstantin Airich in four rounds in front of 1000 fans at the Vogelsanghalle in Stralsund, Germany on Friday night. “I wouldn’t have accepted the fight on short notice if I didn’t believe in my chance“, said Oloukun, who stepped in on only two days notice for unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam. “I know Konstantin, I knew his weaknesses and I knew about my own strengths. So I just hammered him down. Bang Bang!“ (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Team Martinez
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina has arrived in Atlantic City, NJ, having departed from Oxnard, CA Sunday morning for the highly anticipated rematch with former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) which takes place this Saturday November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Many athletes claim that age is just a number. BJ Penn has a different take on that adage. For the Hawaiian, weight is just a number—literally.
Penn has competed in four different weight classes during the course of his career, with 15 of his 23 professional fights occurring at lightweight, four at welterweight, one at middleweight and one at heavyweight. Yes, you read that correctly. On March 26, 2005, Penn faced former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a heavyweight bout in Japan. Penn weighed 191 pounds for that fight. Machida weighed 220 pounds. “The Prodigy” lasted until the final bell, losing a unanimous judges’ decision, but often getting the better of the Karate expert during standup exchanges . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
“To my family, my team and the fans who got behind me on this journey to overthrow David Haye and become Heavyweight champion, I’m sorry I was unable to walk through the door and fulfil my destiny. I can promise I cut no corners in training and did all I could do in getting myself ready both physically and mentally for Saturday’s fight. Ultimately, I didn’t get going and my game plan to take over the fight in the later rounds was extinguished by the power and speed of David Haye who caught me clean around my guard. (more…)
The British Board of Boxing of Control may withhold some or all of the estimated £1 million purse due heavyweight Audley Harrison, who disappointed 22,000 in attendance and the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester and millions watching on worldwide TV by hardly throwing a punch against WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye before being kayoed in round three. “Rescinding some of Audley Harrison’s purse is something which we will have to consider,” said BBBC secretary Robert Smith. “The board have rescinded purses when we feel a fighter has not tried. Myself and the BBBC chairman Charles Giles will watch the fight again then make a decision, but we have the authority to rescind purses and we would not be afraid to use that. Audley Harrison has not been paid yet, so it is something we can do.”
By Ron Jackson
Sikulule Sidzumo who was making the first defence of his South African junior welterweight title upset the form book when he stopped the highly regarded Samuel Malinga in the seventh round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday. The southpaw Sidzumo from Mdantsane (now 18-3-4, 12 KOs), a former SA lightweight champion, hurt Malinga (22-7-2, 13 KOs) with a shot to the body soon after the bell for the seventh round and after another series blows to the body and with the challenger not fighting back, referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 37 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Antonio Margarito suffered a fractured orbital bone under his right eye during his fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. “The Tijuana Tornado” may have surgery Tuesday at Dallas Methodist Hospital of Dallas (Texas). The operation can’t be done until the inflammation around Margarito’s eye is reduced. Pacquiao connected with 474 punches during the fight, mostly power shots to the head.
Derek Chisora has vowed to restore the credibility of British heavyweight boxing when he takes on WBO and IBF World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 11 in Germany. He was left unimpressed with David Haye’s three round victory over Audley Harrison at the weekend and for the embarrassing performance put up by the 2000 Olympic Champion. “Harrison didn’t even go in there and try. I can’t think of anything worse, especially when you are fighting for what is supposed to be the most treasured prize in sport – the heavyweight championship of the world. I’d never show my face again if I fought like that. It was pathetic,” blasted Chisora. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
In what has been a busy fall boxing season in San Diego, CA, Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions present “Showdown at the Crowne” this Thursday, November 18th. The six bout fight card will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, a suburb of San Diego, and it will mark the first time that the veteran San Diego boxing promoter sets up shop at that venue.
In the main event, undefeated Cuban exile Lester “Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-0-1, 6KOs) and upset minded Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman (8-1, 4KOs), both of San Diego and southpaws, will battle it out for the California State super welterweight title over eight rounds. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It was a homecoming celebration for the finalist of season one of “The Contender,” as for the first time in two years, “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (36-6, 20 KOs) returned to a boxing ring in Rhode Island as he stopped Jhon Berrio (15-8, 11 KOs) in front of a standing room only crowd at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night. After landing body shot after body shot on Berrio over the first six rounds of the fight, Berrio was unable to come off the stool for round seven as Manfredo Jr. had ended up breaking Columbia native’s ribs. With the TKO victory, Manfredo Jr. is next set to defend his IBO title in January at a site to be determined. Undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KOs) dominated his opponent Galen Brown (33-15, 20 KOs) over four rounds as he knocked him down three times en route to a fourth round TKO stoppage. The nine bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in association with DiBella Entertainment. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
B J Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) is confident he will defeat Danny Green (30-3, 27 KOs) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia when they clash for the IBO cruiserweight title on Wednesday. Flores is based in Chandler, Arizona but was born in San Francisco and at 6’2 stands one inch taller than Green and weighs around 200 pounds with Green expected to be 185 pounds. Flores’ last fight was when he stopped Epifano Mendoza in four rounds in August 2009. The confident American is surprised he has supporters in Australia and says Green is in for a surprise on Wednesday.
“After this fight he will realize that he bit off a little bit more than he can chew,” said Flores, who has received messages of support from Perth boxing fans disillusioned with Green after his 29-second stoppage of Paul Briggs in July. (more…)
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) arrived at the Philadelphia airport earlier this afternoon to make his way to Atlantic City for his upcoming battle on Saturday, November 20th that is set to take place at the Boardwalk Hall. Martinez, who is the reigning WBC middleweight champion, will defend his title against Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KO) in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve action-packed back-and-forth rounds.
By Ron Jackson
When Dave Wellings saw a boxer trying to pull on his gloves with his teeth he got caught up in a fascinating period of sport and political change. Several years later, Wellings wrote The Bengu Years, a story of travel and adventure, and trials and tribulations, during his time as a boxing promoter in Salisbury, Rhodesia, now Harare in Zimbabwe. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Peter Lim at ringside
Pacquiao-Margarito photos: Naoki Fukuda
Undercard photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) once again gobbled up his bigger, stronger opponent with his speed and power and this time it was over the controversial Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) who bravely or crazily withstood the assault over twelve rounds. Pacquiao won a resounding unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 119-109 in front of 41,734 at Cowboy Stadium. (more…)
Photo: Jan Sanders/Thompson Boxing
Before leaving for Japan, undefeated Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) commented on his November 26 clash against highly regarded former world champion and national boxing hero Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC featherweight title. The bout will take place at the Nihon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya.
“I think every boxer has goals to make it to a world title fight, my trainers, my family, my promoters and my fans have high hopes for me. It’s now up to me to bring back this championship to Mexico, a dream I had since I was a young boy,” said Burgos before his departure. “Hasegawa is a valiant and legendary champion in Japan and it will a be a huge honor for me to trade leather with him.” (more…)
Yesterday Universum heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) watched the “Battle of Britain” between WBA champion David Haye and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison on TV. Chagaev, the WBA mandatory challenger, is the next opponent for Haye who won by third round TKO.
“I am totally disappointed by this performance,” commented Chagaev. “This fight was not at world championship level. Harrison didn’t do anything. In three rounds I saw three jabs. That’s it. And this was in a world championship fight. Haye only waited for the first two rounds, if he had started earlier, everyone could have gone to bed. I was as disappointed as the 22,000 spectators in the arena. Now the fight between Haye and I will be between the only boxers who have defeated Valuev. This will be an exciting fight, which I’m very happy about. Haye said he would like to retire on October 13 on his birthday, but he’ll already be able to do this after our fight since he’ll lose against me. I’ll be his first genuine test at heavyweight. I was a world champion and will be again. That belt belongs to me. The only reason I lost it was I was forced to vacate it.”
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
In the main event of UFC 122, Japan’s Yushin “Thunder” Okami defeated Nate “The Great” Marquardt by unanimous decision to become the number one contender for Anderson Silva’s world middleweight championship in 2011.
Okami took the initiative, being the larger fighter, and began to walk down his American opponent. Once Marquardt was backed into the fence Okami shot for a takedown which was defended by his opponent. In the exchange both men fell to the ground and, after giving up on a guillotine choke, Marquardt assumed the top position. The grappling contest was a strategic one and as “Thunder” began to reposition, Marquardt snapped on another choke attempt which allowed Okami to control from the half guard. As the men grew increasingly restless, they worked back to their feet and Okami drove Marquardt into the cage. As the round came to a close, Okami was able to work his opponent to the mat . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hughes
Photos By Robert Hughes
Sometimes a post-fight press conference is a lonely, quiet place for reporters to work. But with a chance to ask Manny Pacquiao questions, this one was overflowing. After about 40 minutes of promoter Bob Arum trying to conduct a mostly one-man backstage show with the help of HBO executive Mark Taffet, Arum finally introduced “the greatest boxer that I’ve ever seen.” On queue walks in the smiling winner, Manny Pacquiao, but with a bruised, puffy and lightly cut face greeting the media.
That’s something not always seen after a Pacquiao fight. But this one was different.
“It’s a really hard fight, this is the hardest fight in my boxing career,” Pacquiao said. “Margarito is really tough and strong… I feel it, he’s big, bigger than me.” (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao is the greatest fighter I’ve ever seen.
Freddy Roach: Manny fought a great fight tonight. Margarito showed a lot of heart…Manny carried him the last two rounds.
Manny Pacquiao: This was the hardest fight in my boxing career….I felt pity for him (in the last two rounds).
Official attendance: 41,732
Note: Margarito went directly to the hospital afterward to have his cuts treated.
Note: Manny’s Mom suffered an anxiety attack, but she’s OK.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Sure, if you’re a boxing fan with a few bucks to drop on a live seat for Pacquiao-Margarito, then Arlington, Texas and the cozy confines of Cowboys Stadium was the place to be. But if you’re a hard-core fan from Upstate, New York, looking to see some local rivalries get settled in the ring, then Albany, New York’s Washington Ave. Armory was the place to be. ARES Promotions put on a seven bout card with two state titles at stake, including a main event where somebody’s “0” had to go. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Peter Lim at ringside
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Super welterweight Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) added another chapter to his legendary career on Saturday night before a huge crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Pacquiao won a world title in a record eighth weight class (WBC junior middleweight) with a brutal twelve round beating of Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs). Pacquiao was a little better in round one against the much bigger Margarito who was 17 pounds heavier at fight time. Both fighters landed big shots in round two. Pacman had the edge in round three, landing more clean shots. Pacman began to bust up Margarito in round four landing many clean shots. Another big round for Manny in the sixth. Huge cut under Margarito’s right eye. Margarito had some good moments in the sixth, trapping Pacquiao on the ropes. Margarito was still in the fight in the seventh, but it was Manny’s round. Margarito trapped Manny on the ropes several times in the eighth but Manny fought his way out of it. Still Margarito came on hard. Pacquiao kept the fight in the center of the ring in the ninth much to his advantage. Big rounds for Pacman in the tenth and eleventh. Pacman had mercy on the game, nearly blind Margarito in the twelfth and carried him to the final bell. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 119-109.
Welterweight contender Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) won a ten round majority decision firefight with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs). Jones, rated in the top four of all sanctioning bodies, went for the KO in round two with a long, sustained assault, which Soto-Karass weathered. Although busted up, Soto-Karass came back in round three to punish a seemingly punched out Jones and applied pressure the rest of the fight. Jones got his second wind in the later rounds. Scores were 94-94, 95-94, 97-93. With the win, Jones retained his NABA, NABO and WBC Continental Americas belts.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, 7-0 (5 KOs), scored a 12-round split decision over Ricardo Cordoba, 37-3-2 (23 KOs), to capture the WBA interim super bantamweight title. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Rigondeaux was the aggressor for the first six rounds. He stalked Cordoba around the ring and darted in and out of range with combinations but missed more than he landed. Cordoba tried to counter but he too missed more than he landed. Rigondeaux sent Cordoba to a knee with a left to the ribcage in the fourth and Cordoba returned the favor dropping Rigondeaux to a knee in the next round. Rigondeaux decided to change strategies in the second half of the bout as he glided around the ring and made Cordoba chase him. Neither fighter landed anything significant but Rigondeaux missed less. The crowd booed the lack of action as early as the third round and entertained themselves by doing the wave. Scores were 114-112 and 117-109 for Rigondeaux and 114-112 for Cordoba.
WBA #1, WBC #4 lightweight Brandon Rios remained undefeated at 26-0-1 (19 KOs), stopping Omri Lowther, 14-3 (10 KOs), at 2:17 of the fifth round. Rios hurt Lowther with a one-two and followed up with sharp power punches. Referee Raul Caiz intervened as Lowther’s corner was climbing up the ring to throw in the towel. For more details and photos click here…
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