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By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
The Heavyweight Factory proudly announced their upcoming boxing card scheduled for Tuesday, December 7th at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. Yesterday’s press conference was graciously hosted by the Renegade Barbecue restaurant located within the Hard Rock facility. The card, billed as “The Backyard Brawl” looks to live up to its name with former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-10, 37 KOs)and perennial top contender Fres Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs) headlining. They will fight to secure the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title. Both fighters hail from the windy city of Chicago and know what to expect from each other in the ring. (more…)
Super flyweight Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio trained for six weeks to prepare for a battle against Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico on Saturday, November 20 at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Okla. “Raul worked very hard while training in a gym just outside of Austin,” said manager Lou Mesorana. “We know Guerrero is a tough fighter. He fought (Victor) Darchinyan in a world title fight earlier this year.” (more…)
Mickey Bey, an undefeated junior lightweight from Cleveland, has signed with Top Rank. Bey has a record of 16-0. He is managed by James Prince and trained by Jeff Mayweather. “Bey has a ton of ability,” said Brad Goodman, matchmaker for Top Rank. “Everyone at Top Rank is excited. He had a great amateur career, beat top fighters, and we’re going to help him get where he wants to go – a world title opportunity.” Bey had an amateur record of 182-9. “I won a lot of titles, including the 2004 Olympic Trials,” he said today from Cleveland. Bey fought on the recent Juan Manuel Lopez v Rafael Marquez card at the MGM in Las Vegas. Bey won a decision over Eric Cruz.
By Karl Freitag
“Fair but Firm” Joe Cortez (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends against Enrique Ornelas on Saturday night in Dresden, Germany. Judges are Clark Sammartino (USA), Manfred Küchler (Germany) and Andre van Grootenbruel (Belgium). WBO supervisor is John Duggan (USA).
Manfred Küchler will ref the WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight clash between champion Ramona Kühne and Irma Balijagic. Judges are Zoltan Enyedi (Hungary), Holger Wiemann (Germany) and Jürgen Langos (Germany). WBO supervisor is John Duggan (USA), WIBF/WBA supervisor is Jean-Marcel Nartz (Germany).
Rudy Markussen 170.9 vs Dejan Ribic 170.9
Patrick Nielsen 158.1 vs Adnan Salihu 157.2
Cecilia Braekhus 145.1 vs Eva Halasi 142.3
(WBO/WBC female welterweight titles)
Kasper Bruun 141.8 Massimiliano Chiofalo 142.2
Kim Poulsen 138.9 vs Saber Gasmi 137.3
Erik Skoglund 174.4 vs Vladimir Spasojevic 173.3
Lukas Schulz 196.4 vs Serdar Sahin 196.7
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: TV2 (Denmark)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno has been elevated to “super champion” status by the WBA. Moreno defended his belt successfully twice this year against Nehomar Cermeño, managing to win both encounters by split decision. He has been world champion since May 31, 2008, when he dethroned Wladimir Sidorenko in Germany. With the WBA regular world title now vacant, the organization is looking a possible candidates to fight for that belt.
Photo: Eroll Popova
Robert Stieglitz 168 vs Enrique Ornelas 167.6
(WBO super middleweight championship)
Ramona Kühne 129.6 vs Irma Balijagic 127
(WBO, WIBF, WBF female super featherweight titles)
Dr. Christine Theiss ?? vs Lena Ovchinnikova ??
Denis Simcic 173.7 vs Jindrich Velecky 173.7
Ferdinand Pilz 159 vs Sascha Alexander 158.3
Dominic Bösel 174.4 vs Patrick Baumann 173.9
Venue: Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
To say that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had a rocky 2010 would be an understatement.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion lived a dream when he got a chance to portray one of his television heroes, BA Baracus, in this summer’s A-Team film. Donning Mr. T’s famous haircut on film cost the Memphis native time in the Octagon and a proposed bout with bitter rival Rashad Evans was put off, much to the dismay of UFC president Dana White . . . . Click here for more
Michael Oliveira 165 vs Junior Ramos 168.5
George Arias 217 vs Emilio Ezequiel Zarate 226
Edvan Dos Santos Barros 151.5 vs Daniel Saboia 154
Venue: Espaco Das Americas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Promoter: Rumble Star Promotions/Reunion Sports
Television: Live On SportV and TV Globo International.
Webcast: www.michaeloliveira.com at 7PM/ET
King Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) will travel to Helsinki, Finland on Sunday night to continue his preparation for the eagerly anticipated Super Six World BoxingClassic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs). The vacant WBC super middleweight title will be on the line when the two superstars collide at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27. In the co-featured main event, Finnish heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) makes a first defense of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs). Boxing-online.com has caught up with King Arthur in his training camp base in Kienbaum, Germany. (more…)
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
While Tomasz Adamek is focused on facing Vinny Maddalone on December 9, things are moving forward on a possible clash between Adamek and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. in early 2011 if no fight with the Klitschkos materializes.
“We presented Ziggy Rozalski a simple, straightforward contract and as far as I know, it is acceptable to both Ziggy and Adamek. From our perspective, we are very interested in a fight between Tomasz and Roy for early next year,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions who represents the former world champion in four different weight classes.
Jones Jr. spoke to Fightnews.com: (more…)
By Marc Lichtenfeld
This week on Through the Ropes, WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto talked about his upcoming November 27th fight with Freddy Hernandez. He said he doesn’t watch tape of his opponents and is going to use the same tools that have led him to his undefeated record and world championship to defeat his opponent.
Berto also discussed tearing his bicep in the Carlos Quintana fight. When he told his trainer about the injury after the second round, he was told, “You’ve got another arm, use it.” Berto claimed that during the fight he never questioned his ability to win. (more…)
With a busy boxing 2010 coming to a close, Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions made sure it came to end with a bang with their “Showdown at the Crowne” fight card last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, a suburb of San Diego . . . Click here for more
Former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida clash on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 123.
Jackson is not shy about the fact that he is not overly excited about the matchup. He views Machida as a defense-first fighter that hunts and pecks his way to victory, and Jackson prefers to face someone who will stand and slug with him. Thus, he looks at the fight as a necessary evil if he wants to return to the top of the 205-pound mountain and reap the rewards that come along with occupying that post. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Andrzej Fonfara 175 vs. Anthony Doughty 170
Ivan Popoca 141 vs. Martin Tucker, 139.5
Jaime Herrera, 145 vs. Guadalupe Diaz, 144
Genaro Mendez, 142 vs. Clifford McPherson, 143
Donatas Bondarevas, 157 vs. Mustafah Johnson, 157
David Latoria, 230 vs. James Porter, 234
Mike Jimenez, 167 vs. Jesse Lewis, 166
Antonio Canas, 141 vs. Gabriel Morris, 142
Ramiro Carrillo, 141 vs. Matt Ellis, 145
Sergey Kovalev, 174 vs. Dallas Vargas, 176
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Report by Ricardo Conde
Photo courtesy Team Judah
Former light heavyweight contender turned cruiserweight, Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York returns this Saturday, November 20th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York against Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout which is being presented by Havoc Boxing Promotions. Judah looks to rebound after a devastating loss to Adam “The Real Deal” Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) this past May at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. We caught up Daniel Judah and had a moment to sit down and talk to him as he finished preparations for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Fight fans are invited to see today’s weigh-in for the highly anticipated world championship rematch between WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Paul “The Punisher” Williams taking place Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The weigh-in will be today at 5PM in the Caesars Atlantic City Main Lobby.
Las Vegas odds have the fight a virtual pick’em, with Williams as a light favorite at 6:5. It is 3:1 that the fight goes the distance and 5:2 it ends early. (more…)
Photo courtesy Team Lee
Andy Lee, WBA # 9 and WBC # 15 middleweight world title contender will be in action on December 11 on the undercard of the Waldimir Klitschko V Derek Chisora heavyweight world title fight at the SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. The Kronk fighter for the past month has been training hard at the Kronk Gym in Detroit along his 22-year-old cousin, Tyson Fury. The towering Tyson is presently the English heavyweight champion with a record of 12 straight wins with 9 coming by way of knockout and his ambition is to become a world champion someday. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy ESTO
Former WBC light flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa(40-6, 24 KOs) steps into the ring on Saturday against Japanese stylist Masafumi Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico’s brand new arena in a gala night of boxing that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Sosa is aiming to make it a perfect (4-0) to close the year and looking forward to a title shot early next year. Sosa however faces a very worthy opponent in Okubo, a former Asian OPFB Champion who is (13-1-1) in his last 15 fights and has never been stopped. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia’s LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Molina brought the pressure against Figueroa, who was rocked several times, but Figueroa made it through the full eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-72. Figueroa took the fight on late notice replacing David Rodela, who had to pull out after an auto accident. (more…)
Report by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
For the last time before he will fight Vinny Maddalone at the Prudential Center on December 9, reporters had a chance to see Tomek Adamek’s open workout with his trainer, Roger Bloodworth. Adamek, ready for Maddalone and whatever should happen in 2011, answered a couple of questions. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Pugilistic Promotions held tonight’s weigh-in at the Magic City Casino in Miami. This is the site for tomorrow night’s event.
Eromosele Albert 158 ¾ vs. Joaquin Zamora 159 ¼
Xavier Burgos 142 ½* vs. Mario Galan 140 ¼
Rances Bartelemy 135 ¼ vs. Roberto Acevedo 141 ¼ **
Corey Edwards 136 ¼*** vs. Autrell Reed 133 ¾
Cesar Cisneros 128 ¾ vs. Angel Albelo 129 ¾
Alejandro Artola 148 ½ vs. Wilson Feliciano 147 ¾
The scheduled heavyweight bout between Jose Luis Roque and Watson Pierre was scratched.
*Burgos weighed ½ lb over but made weight on his second attempt.
** Acevedo was over by 6 ¼ lbs and Bartelemy waived the contracted weight to make the fight.
***Edwards was over 1 ¼ lbs but made weight on his second attempt.
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Farah Ennis 168 vs. Victor Lares 167.5
(NABF super middleweight championship)
Chazz Witherspon 233 vs. Alexis Mejias 234
Lavarn Harvell 178 vs. Khalil Farah 197.5
Joel De La Paz 165.5 vs. Troy Maxwell 165.5
Keenan Smith 134 vs. Anthony Royal 133
Ismael Garcia 157.5 vs. Corey Preston 157.5
Joey Tiberi 132.5 vs. Tonio Parker 126.5
Venue: Harrah’s Resort , Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions
Photo by AranoBox
Carlos Baldomir 153.7 vs. Amilcar Funes 153.9
Venue: Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
Promoter: Golden Boy/AranoBox
TV: HBO Plus/Telefutura
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today that The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All—the two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders—will begin with two Semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. SHOWTIME will televise the fights live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets for this event, starting at $50, will go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. PT at all Ticketmaster locations, at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and via the websites www.EmeraldQueen.com and www.halquistproductions.com.
The talented and willing field comprises two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs). (more…)
August 28, 2010. For a brief moment, it was going to be the last time we would ever see BJ Penn fight.
“The first thing that came to me was I don’t know if I want to do this, and that comes to every fighter after some losses,” said Penn, who had just lost his second straight UFC lightweight title fight to Frankie Edgar. “I thought that maybe I didn’t have the motivation anymore.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Welterweight Stefan Worth (9-1-1, 3 KOs) meets Tom Reiche (5-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant German International title in Aachen, Germany. Also, Jessica Balogun (17-1, 8 KOs) and Loli Munoz (9-7-1, 6 KOs) meet for the vacant WIBA female welterweight title. The winner could land a unification showdown with Cecilia Braekhus. You can see both fights on a free webcast on Sunday at 21:30 (European Time)/3:30PM ET on http://media.wmtv-online.de/Live.
Photos: Tony Brochner
Two days ahead of Team Sauerland’s show in Herning, the stars of the TV2 Fight Night all participated in a media work-out at Herning Amatør Bokseklub. Rudy Markussen, Patrick Nielsen, Kim Poulsen and Kasper Bruun provided the curious fans with a first-hand look at their training routine. In the main fight of the night, former European Super-Middleweight Champion Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will take on Dejan Ribic (19-1, 7 KOs) from Serbia. The Hardhitter promised to give his opponent a taste of his famous punching power. “Ribic said he is not scared of my power,” Markussen said. “Well, he should be. Once he finds out how hard I can punch, it will be too late for him. I am in great shape and I will put on another strong performance on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Esteemed boxing promoter Ramiro Ortiz and historian Enrique Encinosa welcomed a group of roughly 30 media and boxing personalities to upscale Italian eatery, Randazzo’s in Coral Gables yesterday. The press conference comes in advance of Friday’s inaugural boxing card at the new Magic City Casino in Miami (On the site of the former Flagler Dog Track) sponsored by Badia Spices. The main event showcases rugged Nigerian light-welterweight, Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (22-4, 10 KOs) against southpaw slugger Joaquin Zamora (18-2, 12 KOs) of New Mexico. This bout is sanctioned by the IBO for the vacant Latino middleweight belt. (more…)
Photos: Public Adress
Ruslan Chagaev 231.9 vs. Travis Walker 242.5
Jack Culcay 154.5 vs. Alexey Ribchev 156.5
Denis Boytsov 220.5 vs. Mike Sheppard 229.9
Manuel Charr 251.5 vs. Robert Hawkins 238.1
Rachim Tschachkijew 199.3 vs. Chris Thomas 199.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.1 vs. Philippe Frenois 128.7
Karoly Balzsay 171.5 vs. Misa Nikolic 173.1
Venue: Universum Gym
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: SPORT1 (Germany)
Note: Jack Culcay’s fight will be streamed live worldwide on bild.de.
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Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! It’s a night of Andres on Through the Ropes. Andre Ward and Andre Berto will join us. Also, Eric Parthen of the World Series of Boxing. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. 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.
It’s time to go for the knockout as time is running out to bid on unique memorabilia hand-signed by Muhammad Ali, as Steiner Sports Collectibles first-ever Catalogue Auction closes Thursday. Bids are now being accepted online for the more than 25 Ali-themed items at http://auction.steinersports.com.
Gloves, prints, posters, trunks, robes and other commemorative items are among the Ali pieces available. One very rare item is a hand-signed photo of Ali, pictured with all four members of the Beatles, log on here for a look at the classic photo.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former title challenger and world ranked bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Norwalk, CA, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, takes on IBO bantamweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, December 11th at a site yet to be determined in the co-main event, which also features IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) facing Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana in a rematch with both bouts being shown live on SHOWTIME and are being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Don King Productions. Abner Mares is quickly becoming one of boxing’s newest stars. In his last outing, the 24 year old Mares battled IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) to a majority draw in an exciting back and forth action bout this past May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more photos…
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