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According to the Broadcasting & Cable website, SHOWTIME Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports & Event Programming Ken Hershman has left the network to replace departed Ross Greenburg at network rival HBO. Hershman is the chief architect of SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six super middleweight tournament and the driving force behind SHOWTIME’s successful boxing programming is expected to be named president of HBO Sports, a position that has been open since Greenburg’s departure under fire in July.
The official weigh-in for Saturday’s Hopkins vs. Dawson pay-per-view event taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will take place Friday at the unusual location of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Hollywood, California. The fighters will be on the scale at 2PM at the main entrance of the museum. The weigh-in is open to the public.
By Karl Freitag
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director for the Klitschko Management Group GmbH has commented on today’s David Haye retirement announcement.
“We wish him all the best for his next career – he can become a good actor – the build up for the Wladimir fight and also the “toe affair” proved it.
“Let’s see how long he stays retired……”
By Karl Freitag
“Today’s date is Thursday, October 13, 2011 and I’ve just turned 31 years of age. As the clock struck twelve last night, my professional boxing career came to an end,” Haye wrote in the London Telegraph.
Haye listed three objectives he wanted to accomplish in boxing:
1. Win as many genuine titles as possible.
2. Generate as much money as possible and financially secure my future.
3. Get out of boxing in my prime, aged 30 and in perfect physical and mental health.
“I’ve never claimed to be the greatest and I’m not foolish or arrogant enough to think my place in history will be defined through by I achieved as a heavyweight,” Haye wrote.
There is some speculation that this move is a ploy to strengthen Haye’s position in negotiations for a match with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko early next year. Haye wrote “Vitali Klitschko did show an interest in sharing a ring with me in 2012, but since that initial declaration we have heard the wrong kind of noises from Team Klitschko, which has left me thinking there is little chance of the fight ever coming to fruition.”
Should things change, “unretiring” and being relicensed is a short easy process. As for the future, Haye stated he plans to go into acting. Could this be his first role or will he make this retirement stick? Stay tuned.
Photos: Public Address
On December 10, it will be Jean-Marc Mormeck (France) to challenge IBF/WBA/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Both fighters had a first encounter in the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf (Germany) on Wednesday, nearly 8 weeks before their highly anticipated clash. For more details and photos click here…
Tonight fan favorite and undefeated middleweight Sammy Gonzalez (7-0, 3 KOs) looks to stay perfect as he sets his sights on David Tabatadze (9-1-1) during the main event of “Fight Club OC” at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Also in action, Ricardo Garcia (2-2) takes on Ricardo Cubas (0-2) in a lightweight four-rounder. In jr lightweight action, Oscar Diaz and Osman Rivera will go toe-to-toe in their pro debuts. Opening the card, middleweights Johny Worthy and Steven Ma will battle for their first pro win. “Our tagline is ‘Fights Guaranteed’ and tonight match-ups will live up to our reputation,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. The Baja Blues Happy Hour starts at 5:30p and the doors open at 6:30p with the first bell at 7:30p. Tickets are still available at the box office.
Sammy Gonzalez 161 vs David Tabatadze 160.5
Mario Navarro 136 vs Kana Hyatt 135.6
Ricardo Cubias 133 vs Ricardo Garcia 131.8
John Mercurio 171 vs David Terrel 171.6
Johny Worthy 158 vs Steven MA 159
Oscar Diaz 129 vs Osman Rivera 129.5
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Only three days remain before the “Believe It or Not” pay-per-view which will feature the light heavyweight showdown between Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) and “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) for Hopkins WBC title. Wednesday both fighters met at the J.W. Marriot at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for the final press conference. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ed Mulholland
Famed USA referee and former heavyweight contender Randy Neumann talks to Fightnews about his life growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and also boxing as an amateur winning New York Golden Gloves when training at Gleasons Gym. He also speaks about sparring sessions with Larry Holmes, bouts with Jerry Quarry , Chuck Wepner, and Jimmy Young and how he was offered a shot at Muhammad Ali. In addition he explains how Madison Square Garden President John Condon got him started as a referee and how he helped formulate the IBF Retirement Fund with former IBF President Bob Lee. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Marianna “La Barbie” Juarez-Gabriela Bouvier combination is the main event of the boxing card “Campeonas de Gala,” another interesting show from promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia on Saturday in the Revolution Gym in Calpulalpan, State of Tlaxcala, Mexico, which will be televised throughout all Mexico and Latin America. Juarez (30-5-3, 14 KOs) stopped Bouvier (7-1-1, 1 KO) in seven rounds back in May. (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday morning that veteran referee John O’Brien filed a complaint against the Illinois Boxing Commission. O’Brien contends that referees, judges, and timekeepers overseeing last Friday’s bouts in Burbank Illinois, were not properly licensed. Retired former Commission president, Sean Curtin, told the Tribune that the license renewal process usually takes about six weeks.
Trainer Fernando Hernandez told Fightnews, “Minutes before the bouts began, I was forced to renew my second’s license. They could have done that at the weigh-ins. This was the time I should be preparing my fighters for battle!”
In a strange twist it appears that the same commission who demanded those last-minute license-renewals forgot to renew the licenses of their own officials. O’Brien filed a similar complaint against the Illinois commission back on March 2nd. Since then the commission’s 2nd in command Joel Campuzano has been put on administrative leave. The Illinois Inspector General is investigating that case.
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will make the first defense of his world championship crown, against Top-5 contender “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr., Saturday, November 19, at Reliant Arena in Houston. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, tickets to Chávez Jr. vs. Manfredo Jr., priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, will go on sale This Friday! October 14 at 10 A.M. CT. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Reliant Park box office (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Fiesta, FYE, and select HEB stores, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Two Bernard Hopkins showed up at the final press conference today for Saturday night’s “Believe It or Not!: Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson” WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Both turned out to be stars in their own right, however, as the “real” Hopkins helped unveil an exact replica of himself – a wax figure created by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! F/X department – to the amazement of the large media contingent gathered at the event.
The “real” Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the oldest fighter to ever win a major world championship and a long-time Ripley’s fan, spent two days in July having a full body wax casting made as the first step in the creation of his likeness. The one unveiled today will be a part of a future Believe It or Not! exhibit of Hopkins at one of the worldwide Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. For more details and photos click here…
Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward’s who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J. “I’ve known him since his amateur days and think he has what it takes to be a champion,” said Ward, the undefeated WBA super middleweight champion and finalist in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. “He’s definitely got skills and a lot of raw talent. He’s strong, tough, has speed and a great work ethic, and anytime you have that kind of combination, where a fighter wants to be good and has a family he wants to provide for, that makes him dangerous.” (more…)
Boxing returns to Harrahs in Chester, PA on October 28 when Tony Ferrante battles Tommy Karpency for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship. Also, in a just added special heavyweight attraction, former contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) will compete in an eight round bout. The opponent for Nobles will be announced shortly. He will be making his first start in four years. His only loss to date is by DQ against seven-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. The event is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets start at $45, call 267-304-9399.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced the officials who will work the light heavyweight title bout between champion Nathan Cleverly against challenger Tony Bellew on this Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The referee will be Richie Davies (UK). Judges are Dave Parris (UK), Terry O’Connor (UK) and Phil Edwards (UK). WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light heavyweight contender Kevin Hargreaves (22-6-5, 8 KOs) passed away at the age of 55 years after a long illness in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Kevin made his professional debut in 1972 as a welterweight outpointing Mike Stocky over three rounds at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Kevin lost to Australian super middleweight champion Graham Murray but later outscored and then stopped future Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi in 1986. “Kevin was nature’s gentleman,” said former WBO welterweight challenger Jeff Malcolm. “He loved boxing and was respected by everyone.” Kevin will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super lightweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he hopes to defend his title on December 10 in Tijuana. Morales will meet with Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday in Los Angeles to decide his next opponent (Anthony Crolla has been mentioned). “It was a great year for me,” said Morales. “With Maidana I won the respect and admiration of the people and with Pablo Cesar Cano I won the WBC championship and became the first Mexican to win a world title in four different divisions. In 2012, I will try to win my fifth title against the winner between Jorge Linares and Tony DeMarco for the WBC lightweight title.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) defends his belt against compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on Saturday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Ted Gimzan (US). The bout is a rematch of their war back in May in which both fighters were down twice and Ruiz took a unanimous decision.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Robert Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Argentinian WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (33-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA/IBF super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-4, 23 KOs) of Panama on Friday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three judges are Stanley Christodoulus (South Africa), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Tom Miller (U.S.). The fight Supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua). Caballero-Barros II was ordered by the WBA after Barros won a controversial split decision despite being knocked down twice in their first match in July.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former interim WBC and WBA minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) of Nicaragua returns in the light flyweight division on Saturday against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-12-1, 2 KOs) this Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua on a boxing card organized by the company Prodesa. On August 13 in Acapulco, Mexico, Palacios won by ninth round TKO against Mexican challenger Armando Torres in what would have been his first title defense, however was unable to make the 105lb limit on the scales and the title was vacated. (more…)
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic, put their perfect records on the line on November 12 in a twelve-rounder at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England. It will mark Fury’s first pro fight in his birthplace of Manchester. Pajkic, the Canadian titleholder, will be challenging for Fury’s Commonwealth title. Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who called out the Pajkic from ringside at a fight last year, has been the subject of some derogatory remarks made by Pajkic (16-0, 5 KOs) on numerous occasions.
By Ron Jackson
South African flyweight contender Anele Makhwelo has died after a title fight against Doctor Ntsele at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre near Bloemfontein on Friday night. Makhwelo, a former winner in the Baby Champs series, was taken to hospital after complaining of a pain in one of his legs at the interval between rounds nine and ten. The fighter is believed to have died on Tuesday night as a result of a clot in an artery in the brain. The fight was stopped after the ninth round when a ringside doctor examined the challenger and ordered him to be rushed to hospital. Brain surgery was performed and Makhwelo remained in a coma during the weekend. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Former WBO super-fly king Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines will make his much-awaited return this Saturday night as he collides with Mexican Carlos Jacobo at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. Sonsona, who last fought 20 months ago when he was stopped by Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, is raring to prove his detractors wrong by pulling off a rousing victory. Promoter Sammy Gello-ani said Cajobo, who comes in with a 16-3-1 win-loss-draw card with 14 knockouts, has what it takes to spoil Sonsona’s return. “I am not importing an ordinary foreign foe for Sonsona,” said Gello-ani, who is holding the card in coordination with AKTV, which will telecast the fights live on Philippine television starting at 9pm. Sonsona has a 14-1-1 slate with 12 knockouts and is promised bigger things by Gello-ani if he survives Jacobo. Jacobo arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday and has vowed to return home with Sonsona’s head.
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