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Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) gave the Finnish media a first-hand look at his punching power when he held an open work-out session in Helsinki on Monday afternoon. The “Nordic Nightmare” will take on Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Hartwall Areena. After skipping the official press conference last month, Levin once again did not show up today. This time, however, he had a very good excuse – he became father of a baby girl on Sunday night. “I am sorry that I cannot attend today´s press training,“ he said in a statement. “I was eager to meet Robert Helenius. For obvious reasons, he has to wait a few more days. I will travel to Finland later this week to complete what will be the best week of my life. I will knock Robert Helenius out and win the EU Heavyweight Title for my baby girl.” (more…)
On December 2nd, at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris France, former two-time cruiserweight champion, and now IBF #10 and WBA #12 heavyweight rated contender, Jean Marc Mormeck (35-4, 22KO’s) will look to take one step closer towards challenging for a heavyweight world title, when he takes on fellow contender Timur Ibragimov (30-2-1, 16KO’s). The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds. (more…)
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) will fight an opponent to be named on December 11th in a ten round lightweight special attraction on Top Rank’s FOX Deportes-televised card in Torreon, Mexico. Headlining that card is IBF super flyweight champion Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (32-5, 26 KOs) defending against former champ Cristian Mijares (39-6-2, 16 KOs). Also featherweight contender Joksan Hernandez (21-2, 14 KOs) takes on Jorge Lacierva (37-7-6, 26 KOs).
Go behind the scenes in King Arthur´s training camp in Kienbaum as he prepares for Carl Froch.
Ringside Report By: Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Unbeaten junior welterweight Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) stopped Alain Hernandez (18-9-2, 10 KOs) with powerful hooks and combinations over five exciting rounds Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. (More)
Octagonside by David Nelmark
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Whether it was because of the full moon or the use of his entrance music from his Pride days, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned to his old howling form and earned a split decision victory over fellow former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
As expected, Machida stayed on the outside throughout the fight, being selective with his strikes. Jackson returned fire with the occasional flurry and his harder shots in rounds 1 and 2 proved to be the difference in a close fight. Machida clearly won round 3, but it turned out to be too little too late and Jackson secured a victory winning 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28 . . . Click here for more
In October, the WBC appointed interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik the official mandatory challenger and ruled that Zbik must get his long waited shot at the full title by March 2011. With Sergio Martinez’ big win over Paul Williams, Zbik now knows who he will have to face. “The end rather surprised me,” said Zbik. “I was leaning toward Williams. Martinez comes into the ring in incredible condition. He has won every 2nd fight of his career early. In our fight I will have to go through the fire.”
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Some fights you just know are going to be good. The matchup is too compelling and the styles too compatible or contrasting. When you match two fighters who love to fight, possess strong punching power and a willingness to engage, then the possibilities are endless. The recipe for remembrance is ripe.
The November 27th showdown on SHOWTIME between former world champions Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has the ingredients necessary for a classic. Kallie Sauerland, Abraham’s promoter, says that the two fighters “are the biggest punchers and warriors in the tournament … and two of the biggest warriors in boxing today.” Froch’s promoter, Mick Hennessey, said that the fight held in Helsinki, Finland, “could be a fight of the decade candidate.” While promotional hyperbole abounds in the Sweet Science, that statement is not outlandish. (more…)
Top heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew (7-0, 6 KOs) also joined the weekend “hit parade” by demolishing their opponents in short order on Universum’s show in Hamburg on Friday night.
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’ awesome knockout of Paul Williams deservedly got a lot of the attention over the weekend, but former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez had a gem himself Saturday, putting journeyman Santos Marimon to sleep in spectacular fashion.
Former world title challenger Ruben Varon says he will crush Matt Macklin’s dreams of making it to the top. The Spaniard challenges Macklin for his European middleweight title on December 11 in Liverpool on a huge night of boxing live on Sky Box Office. And he is intent on causing an upset at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
The 31-year-old, who lost a points decision against Felix Sturm in a WBO World Middleweight title challenge, has been fired up by recent interviews Macklin has given about fighting for a world title next year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC world flyweight challenger Xiong-Zhao Zhong (14-3-1, 9 KOs) will be back in action on December 18 against Pongpan Patanakan Gym (10-4-1, 7 KOs) of Thailand over twelve rounds at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China with IBF and WBC regional titles up for grabs. Zhong dropped WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito in round six and lost a close twelve round points decision in Japan in 2009 but is now confident of defeating IBF light flyweight champion Luis Lazarte in 2011. (more…)
Photos and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Today is the beginning of the 89th WBA Annual Convention held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua, from November 22 to the 27. Figures like Roberto Durán, Ricardo Lopez, Miguel Cotto, Hugo Cazares, Román González, Lisa Brown, Rigoberto Alvarez, Jorge Linares, Miguel Acosta, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Victor Callejas, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Luis Concepcion are the names of champions and former champions who will be attending the Annual Convention. The leading boxing promoters of the world are expected to participate during those days. For more details and photos click here…
Middleweight “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (25-1-1, 12 KOs) and Main Events have agreed on an exclusive multi-fight promotional agreement. His next fight is scheduled for December 9 in Newark, NJ.
Congratulations to Robbie and Sue-Anne Peden on the birth of Jedda Jane Peden Monday in Australia. Mom and Dad are doing fine.
Former world champion Anthony Mundine says he’s bringing his career to the USA after his December 8 fight with Aussie Contender Series winner Garth Wood.
King Arthur has arrived in ice-cold Helsinki. Team Abraham flew in from Berlin on late Sunday night to continue the preparation for Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl Froch. The vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be on the line. “It is great to be back in Finland,” King Arthur said. “It is very cold up here but I like it. We have prepared for the cold weather. I will defeat Froch and accomplish my goal of winning a world title in a second weight class.”
Earlier on Sunday, EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius had arrived in Helsinki. The Nordic Nightmare will take on Attila Levin in the co-featured main at Hartwall Areena on Saturday night.
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) avenged his controversial majority-decision loss to Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) with a spectacular one punch knockout last night at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall.
Martinez caught Williams with a vicious left hand to the point of the chin that dropped him face-first in what was a clean knockout. The end came at 1:10 of the second round . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Unathi Gqokoma became the new South African junior bantamweight champion when he stopped Themba Joyi at 1 minute 17 seconds into the tenth round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. (more…)
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) displayed his famed and feared punching power at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night when he destroyed Dejan Ribic (19-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. The Hardhitter knocked his opponent down with a left and then again two more times with thunderous body shots. “I felt in great shape,” Markussen said. “Ribic said he was not afraid of my power but that did not do him any good. It was great to fight in front of the fans in Herning and I already look forward to the next TV2 Fight Night. This was my real comeback tonight and there is a lot more to come, I can promise.” (more…)
By Dani McIsaac/Heather McIsaac, FightNews Canada
Current NABA Lightweight champion Logan McGuinness got a much tougher test than his last time out as the pride of Orangeville, Ontario scored an 8 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Adrian Verdugo on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Former 108lb world champion Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Japan’s Masafumi Okubo (18-4-1, 6 KOs) to retain his WBC International flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 119-109.
In a fierce fight, Alberto Garza (23-4-1, 18 KOs) claimed the WBC Silver featherweight title via twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten reigning beltholder Justin Savi (24-1, 16 KOs).
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs) knocked out journeyman Santos Marimon (13-13-1, 8 KOs) in round two of a featherweight clash. Gonzalez is currently rated #3 at featherweight in the WBC ratings. Click here for more results and photos…
In an important IBF jr. bantamweight eliminator, IBF #3 Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez (28-1, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over IBF #2 Rodrigo Guerrero (14-3-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. It was a hard fought affair from start to end with Martinez overcoming a cut under his right eye to prevail on two cards by identical scores of 115-113. Guerrero was up 117-111 on the third card.
Unbeaten Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (13-0, 8 KOs) won a clear cut eight round unanimous decision over Derrick Findley (17-4, 11 KOs). All three judges had it 78-74 for Korobov.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a four round unanmous decision over Raymond Lopez (2-3, 0 KOs). Ruiz dominated all four rounds with two judges scoring it 40-36 and one judge scoring it 40-35.
Octagonside by David Nelmark
In a competitive main event between two former light heavyweight champions, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida by split decision at UFC 123. Round one of the contest saw the fighters spend the majority of the period jockeying for position in the clinch. The second period saw Jackson score a takedown and Machida do some damage with hard kicks to the legs of his opponent. The final stanza saw Machida successfully take Jackson to the mat and control him for most of the round. Jackson was able to recover in the waning seconds of the bout and pressed forward as the bell sounded. All three scorecards read the same, 29-28, twice in favor of Jackson.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
In a much anticipated rematch, WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) destroyed former 147lb and 154lb champion Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An explosive left hand to the jaw dropped Williams face first for the count 1:10 into round two. After the two picked up where they left off in their controversial 2009 classic in round one, Martinez’ sudden one-punch finisher put a shocking and definitive end to the rivalry. Maybe. There is already talk of Martinez-Williams III. Click here for more results and photos…
Fighting in his native country for the first time, Miami-based prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira had a memorable homecoming, knocking-out Junior “Dangerous” Ramos in tonight’s main event, headlining “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am boxing card at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs), the UNBC Latin Middleweight Champion, kept his undefeated record intact, knocking out the game Dominican Republic fighter Ramos (10-6, 6 KOs) in the third round. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photos by Emily Harney
Unbeaten junior welterweight Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) stopped Alain Hernandez (18-9-2, 10 KOs) with powerful hooks and combinations over five exciting rounds. Unfortunately the punishment to the body and head of Hernandez was too much for the Tijuana, MX fighter as he was unable to come off his stool in the corner to battle in round six. The seven bout fight card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT was promoted by Michael Acri Boxing.
NABO and NABF featherweight champion Matt “Sharpshooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs) won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over a game challenge from Oscar Cuero (13-4, 10 KOs). Scores of the bout all in favor of Remillard read 80-72 twice and 79-73. Remillard picked his spots and kept on the move as Cuero charged at him and kept the fight in close throughout. Cuero kept firing punches at Remillard, however he also kept leading with his head, which frustrated Remillard during the bout. Remillard adjusted his attack and in the end was able to outbox Cuero.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KO’s) won a very workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Humberto Tapia (15-16-1, 8 KOs). O’Connor landed combinations off of his jab which frustrated Tapia throughout. O’Connor won by scores of 80-72 twice and 80-71. For more details and photos click here…
Former junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former super lightweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi, rising featherweight prospect Charles Huerta, ring legend Oscar de la Hoya, WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, rising lightweight Carlos Molina, lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo, rising middleweight Peter Quillin and former two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez pose at the Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, California during Saturday’s 14th Annual Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Turkey Giveaway.
WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) scores a third round KO over Eva Halasi (6-3) to successfully defend her titles on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. The win came just two weeks after Braekhus’ KO of Mikaela Lauren in Rostock, Germany.
In his second comeback fight after nearly a four year break, former world title challenger Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) destroyed Dejan Ribic (19-2, 7 KOs) in the first round of a light heavyweight bout.
By Karl Freitag
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) scored a clear twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornelas (30-7, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. Stieglitz brought the fight to Ornelas early, but Ornelas got untracked as the bout progressed. In round seven, Ornelas had his best round as he punished the champion, who was starting to get busted up. However, Stieglitz adjusted in round eight and was completely back in control by round nine. The fighters went toe-to-toe in an exciting twelfth round. Scores were 117-111 on all cards.
The win was a measure of revenge for Stieglitz, who suffered one of his two losses to Ornelas’ brother Librado Andrade. It was also Stieglitz’ first fight under trainer Dirk Dzemski, after longtime trainer Torsten Schmitz signed with the rival Sauerland stall.
WBO/WIBF/WBF world champion Ramona Kühne (17-1, 5 KOs) impressively defended her female super featherweight belts by lopsided ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Irma Balijagic (12-1, 5 KOs) . Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 97-94.
Gary Buckland struck a mighty blow to Derry Mathews’ ribs to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweights tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on a memorable night for British boxing. The Welshman destroyed British champion Gary Sykes with a devastating knock out in the opening round of their semi-final before claiming the trophy and £32,000 winner’s cheque with a clinical second round knockout of Mathews in the final. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has closed his training camp at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City in preparation for his November 27 fight against Australian Michael Katsidis for the WBA/WBO lightweight championships. He sparred and did an 8K run on the final day. “I’m ready for this fight,” said Marquez. “I have a lot of confidence. I trained to deal with the style of Katsidis and with my boxing intelligence and speed I hope to win.” Nacho Beristain, Raúl de Anda and Dr. Plutarco Gatica will be in Marquez’ corner. On Monday in Los Angeles, Marquez will do a public workout before heading to Las Vegas.
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