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Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez will make their official grand arrivals today at the Front Lobby Porte Cochere of the MGM Grand. Marquez and Lopez will arrive at Noon PT and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. Super Six World Boxing Classic combatants, former world champion Glen Johnson and former world title challenger Allan Green will follow with their own grand arrivals, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, and Gary Shaw Productions, the Lopez-Marquez WBO world featherweight championship rumble and the Johnson-Green Super Six World Boxing Classic battle will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
British star Kell Brook will take on former world title challenger Michael Clark on December 11 in Liverpool. The experienced Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) will be one of the most dangerous opponents Brook has faced and stands between Brook and a crack at the WBO World Welterweight title. A former star of the hit US TV series The Contender, Clark also fought Artur Grigorian for the WBO title. The pair will meet on a huge card in Liverpool, where Paul Smith will defend his British super-middleweight title against James DeGale, and Nathan Cleverly, Matt Macklin, Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew are all in action. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World rated lightweight Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 10 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Arnel Donal (10-0-1, 4 KOs) on a star studded show at the Ynares Sports arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. IBF #14 Sabaupan’s best victory came when he scored a clear ten round decision over former WBA title challenger and current Mexican lightweight champion Josafat Perez. (more…)
Photo: Naoki Fukuda/Top Rank
World amateur sensation Jesse Magdaleno (2nd Left) and his big brother, undefeated Top-10 super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno (R) along with managers/trainers Pat Barry (2nd right) and Augie Sanchez (L) host a special Election Day Media Workout at Barry’s Boxing Center in Las Vegas Tuesday. Jesse, 18, a graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, recently joined his brother by signing a long-term exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank. Jesse will make his professional debut on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez WBO featherweight championship fight. Diego (16-0, 4 KOs), currently world-rated No. 10 by the WBA, will also be fighting on the card.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Day two of the 48th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico got underway this morning with simultaneous functions-ratings committee and officials seminar. President Jose Sulaiman presided over the ratings meeting, hearing recommendations from various promoters and managers to have their charges moved in the ratings. Among motions made, but not limited to or solidified, were the following. For more details and photos click here…
In Helsinki Finland, the cameras of Showtime Sports follow the fight camps of Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch for an inside look at the Super Six tournament. Plus, meet the latest addition to the tournament Glen Johnson as he prepares to take on the hard hitting Allan Green.
WBO featherweight champ Juan Manuel Lopez, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez and former light heavyweight champion and “Rocky” star Antonio Tarver will participate in a fan autograph signing and meet and greet Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Television City at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, just three days prior to the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lopez will appear from 2–3 p.m. PT; Marquez from 3–4 p.m. PT; Tarver: 2–4 p.m. PT. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito and trainer Robert Garcia hit the mitts in preparation for Margarito’s upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
The newest addition to the Ultimate Fighting Championship® roster of world champions, featherweight title holder Jose Aldo, will make his Octagon™ debut on Saturday, January 1st when he defends his 145-pound crown against 22-year old phenom Josh “The Fluke” Grispi in the co-main event at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, presented by Tequila Cazadores and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Two titles will be on the line during this New Year’s Day card as Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard in the main event. (more…)
Photo and story by Ricardo Conde
With less than one week until his showdown, knockout artist and world-ranked junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina finished his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA and departed for Newark, NJ this morning. Matthysse faces former undisputed welterweight champion and two-time junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY this Saturday November 6th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. click here for a complete report and more photos
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez says with all the confidence in the world that if he had never moved from Moca, Dominican Republic, to Worcester, Mass., at the age of 13, he’d probably be starting in the middle infield for a Major League Baseball team right now. Baseball was his first love, like so many kids from the Dominican Republic. But he found boxing at the age of 16 and after an outstanding amateur career, Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) finds himself in the toughest fight of his young career when he faces James McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 1 NC, 11 KOs) in the main event of a super middleweight tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Nov. 5, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-time world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares of Venezuala says his goal in boxing is to win five world titles and also begin to provide support for the children in his country. Linares is planning to move his training and family life to Los Angeles and expects to fight four times in 2011. At the moment he does not know who his next opponent will be. (more…)
Within the framework of the World Boxing Council 48th Annual Convention that is being held at the Royal Hotel of this city, WBC President Jose Sulaiman was recognized as the “Longest Serving President of a Global Sports Organization.” The corresponding certificate was presented to Sulaiman by Carlos Martinez, representative of Guinness World Records.
This recognition is of extraordinary relevance, as the Guinness Book of World Records is published annually, 100 million copies of it are printed, it is sold in 100 countries, and is written in 37 languages. (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Nathan Cleverly has welcomed the attention from IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud – but says he would love to shut the American up. Last week, Cloud called out the unbeaten Welsh star, telling him “I’l knock you out in the UK.” But Cleverly, who will challenge for the interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight title on December 11 in Liverpool, has fired back. “Cloud’s more than welcome to come to Wales and try and knock me out,” he said. “But quite a few fighters have tried before and got nowhere.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBO Asia Pacific 140 pound champion Steve Wills (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a second round knockout over debutant Sanatanong Paiwan (0-1) at the Whitsunday PCYC, Airlie Beach, Queensland on Saturday. It was obvious from the opening round that the Thai boxer was overmatched and the result in favor of the WBO #11 world ranked fighter was a formality.
In main support, super middleweight Tim Kanofski (10-2) scored an eight round decision over veteran William Hadlow (7-21-5, 2 KOs) to capture the Queensland title. Kanofski outworked the aggressive Hadlow in most of the rounds. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao (shown on a TV screen) sings with actor Will Ferrell on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night from Hollywood, California. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 48th annual WBC convention officially got underway Monday morning, November 1st, in the “Sol, Mar y Arena” (Sun, Sea, and Sand”) room at the Royal Cancun Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. As a capacity crowd of over 800 persons filled the room, a native Mayan drum quartet pounded away as the flags of member nations were paraded into position flanking the stage. After opening remarks from local municipal leaders and introductions of the WBC board of governors and visiting promoters from around the world, a roll call of champions past and present in attendance was read, including Devon Alexander, Evander Holyfield, Miguel Cotto, Rafael Herrera, Erik Morales, Iran Barkley, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Carlos Zarate, Sebastian Zbik, Omar Niño Romero, Guty Espadas Jr., Hector “Macho” Camacho, Giacobbe Fragomeni, Fernando Montiel, Ana Maria Torres, Irma Sanchez, Naomi Togashi, and Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez. more + pics
Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the double end bag at the Wildcard Boxing Club Monday. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View
Puerto Rican superstar and WBO featherweight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez and Mexican legend and future Hall of Famer Rafael Marquez participated in an open workout at Fortune Gym in Hollywood on Monday, just five days before their rivalry fight on Saturday, Nov. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photo: Kurt Freitag
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA #1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs), continues his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA as he is scheduled to take on Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round lightweight 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’. Rios vs. Bolanos will open up the pay-per-view telecast. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez worked out today during media day at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood Monday for their upcoming world featherweight title fight. Juanma wowed reporters with his jump rope skills, padwork, and sessions at the heavy bag and speed bag. Marquez, on the other hand, only performed a short shadow boxing demonstration. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Phillip Siegel, Chicago Illinois, passed away Monday Morning, November 1, 2010. Phil Siegel was a member of the Executive Board of the WBO, an active Board Member of NABO and served as Chairman of the Illinois State Boxing Commission for 15 years. Phil is survived by his wife, Veronica. Phil Siegel was a member of the WBO Executive Board, the NABO Board and a WBO and NABO Supervisor until at the time of his death. (more…)
Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS returns November 6th with its latest installment of “Fights At The Fitz” headlined by six-round middleweight clash between two undefeated fighters as heavy handed Mario Mina (5-0, 3 KOs) goes up against Foster Nkodo (5-0, 1 KO). Also, scheduled is an eight-round rematch between Nicole Woods (11-7-1, 3 KOs) and Kim Connor (6-1-2, 3 KOs). Their first fight ended in a draw. Also 2008 Zambian Olympic Team member Hastings “Sting” Bwalya (4-0, 3 KOs) will battle against tough veteran Anthony Bowman in a scheduled four round welterweight bout.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
When Puerto Rican superstar and WBO featherweight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez and Mexican legend and future Hall of Famer Rafael Marquez climb in the ring this Saturday, Nov. 6, it will be a continuation of a storied history of rivalry fights between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. There have been some unforgettable matchups over the years involving world class prizefighters hailing from these respective countries that idolize their boxing champions. Recently, SHOWTIME expert analyst Steve Farhood delivered his Top 10 fights with five having taken place in the same city as Saturday’s fight, Las Vegas. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
In Newark, New Jersey, on November 6th, two young lightweight warriors, Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero and Vincent “Chente” Escobedo, square off with the winner expecting a world title shot. Escobedo, who sports a record of (22-2), finds his first opportunity for an HBO-televised fight against Guerrero, who is (27-1) and has won world titles in both the featherweight and junior lightweight divisions. Between the two pugilists, they have lost a total of three fights – all by split decision. The two fighters know each other well, squaring off three times in the amateurs with Guerrero winning two out of three. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha retained his South African featherweight title for the second time when he knocked out Malibongwe Thoba in the fifth round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre, near East London on Saturday. The 29-year-old Jubatha (12-, 9 KOs) from Scenery Park was extended by the gutsy Thoba through the first four rounds. However, early in the fifth round the 23-year-old challenger from Cape Town who is ranked at number six was sent down to the canvas with a left-right combination. He managed to beat the count but soon afterwards the champion dropped him again and he was counted out by referee Allan Matkane at 1:15 into the round. On the undercard Bonakele Bikitsha retained his Eastern Cape featherweight title when he stopped Anele Goci 1:52 into the first round.
By Karl Freitag
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is off the big November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito pay-per-view card in Dallas. “The Ghost” was sidelined by a rib injury, Top Rank President Todd duBoef confirmed on Monday in Los Angeles.
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico continues his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA for his showdown with seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, which takes place on Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and will also be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Ana Garcia
The Halloween contest at Manny Pacquiao’s Penthouse in Hollywood, California. Buboy won the $1,000 1st prize as Elvis. Click here for more photos…
Team Martirosyan is thrilled to hear the news that the WBO is going to force their junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinzurik to face his mandatory challengers in consecutive fights due to his inactivity. This was decided at the WBO’s recent annual meeting held in Columbia last week. Paul Williams is Dzinzurik’s mandatory challenger and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is ranked #2 by the WBO. It appears likely that neither one of those fighters will face Dzinzurik and #3 Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) is next in line.
“Everybody knows the story of when I busted him up in sparring. Imagine what his face will look like after I pound on it without headgear on!,” an excited Martirosyan recently said from his home base of Glendale, CA. (more…)
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