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By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Francisco Salazar
While the recent war of words between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz bringing entertainment to fight fans and the media alike, the two fighters held an impromptu verbal sparring session late Monday afternoon. A photo opportunity featuring all fighters on the “Star Power” pay per view telecast turned into a raucous event in front of a few hundred fight fans in attendance at the Universal Citywalk in Universal City. (more…)
Fightnews caught up with recent IBF Super Featherweight world title challenger Argenis Mendez after what his camp and some in the media feel was a very controversial loss this past weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico against Juan Salgado for the vacant IBF championship. (more…)
Ricky Hatton has taken over from his father Ray as head of the Hatton group. The former world light-welterweight and welterweight champion insists he can take the organisation from strength to strength after his dad’s decade at the helm. Ricky, 32, who will oversee a mushrooming empire which includes a clothing brand, a private members gym and a TV network had also applied for his seconds and trainers licences. The flagship company is his boxing outfit, Hatton Promotions which was recently named European Promoter of the Year and produced dozens of major champions in little more than two years. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Reigning WBA flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and former WBA champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion faced off in a Monday press conference to announced their rematch to be held on October 29th at the Multipurpose Center in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Concepcion: “I made mistakes in the first fight with Marquez, but now I’ll have a surprise in the ring and and take what belongs to me. I’ll take that belt back to Panama, take it to the Panamanian people with whom I am in debt and that debt is what motivates me to come to Mexico and pay back Tyson,” said Concepcion.
Marquez: “It was my dream to achieve this and I’ll not let anyone or anything take it away from me, much less Concepcion, and much less my own hometown. It motivates me that ‘Nica’ is coming to Hermosillo to fight and I promise that it’s going to be an even better fight than the first.”
Super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez is asking for an immediate rematch after his narrow loss to Juan Carlos Salgado for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship Saturday night. If an immediate rematch is not granted, Team Mendez hopes that they will at least retain their top position in the IBF ratings, so that a rematch with Salgado can be made in the very near future. Promoter Lou DiBella stated “A rematch between Salgado and Mendez would be a terrific opening fight for Boxing After Dark or Showtime. If Gamboa is really moving up to 130 he will need quality opposition and a real champion to face.”
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Young world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is ready to fight, he is eager to duke it out against Alfonso Gomez, he showed his speed and power in a public training session at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California. The Mexican star is already in fighting shape and only 3 pounds over the weight limit of 154 pounds, he did 10 rounds of shadow boxing, skipped rope, hit the heavy bag, and the speed bag as the crowd and media enjoyed this great workout. “I am very motivated, I respect Alfonso Gomez, he knows what I have and i know what I have, so it is just a matter to step into the ring and follow the game plan and win the fight,” said a very confident Alvarez. For more details and photos click here…
Former world champion and one-time Bernard Hopkins opponent, Ronald “Winky” Wright is in camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, serving as a training advisor to former light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, as Dawson prepares to face the current WBC light heavyweight champion Hopkins on PPV October 15, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Dawson had been training with the legendary Emanuel Steward for his last fight, a victory over Adrian Diaconu, but geography forced an ending to their partnership and a reunion with former trainer John Scully. (more…)
With tickets going on sale to the public soon for the highly-anticipated heavyweight title showdown between UFC® champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos at UFC® on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will host a press conference in Hollywood with the competitors. Hosted by UFC President Dana White, the press conference will take place at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the W Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. The event is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed at www.ufc.com. (more…)
Hot unbeaten prospects Camilo Perez, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez and Luis Joel Gonzalez will take part in “Triple Crown III” to be held October 1st at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, that will be headlined by Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Roman “Rocky” Martinez and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo in title bouts. The PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation will be televised on Pay Per View.
Former two time WBO champion, López (30-1, 27 KOs) will face Mike Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) for the featherweight WBO Latino title, along with former 130lb champion Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs), against Ramón Maas (25-1, 15 KOs) for the junior lightweight WBO Intercontinental title, and super bantamweight contender Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) versus Sod Looknongyantoy (51-2-1, 21 KOs) for the 122lb WBO Latino title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In excellent physical condition, three-division world champion the Mexican Erik “Terrible” Morales is ready to travel Tuesday to Las Vegas where on Saturday will face his compatriot Pablo Cesar Cano for the vacant WBC light welterweight title. After leaving the Otomi Ceremonial Center Temoaya in Mexico State, Morales made a stop at his home in Tijuana, Baja California, where he had a light workout in the gym he owns in this border city. Accompanied by his team, composed of his father/trainer Jose Morales, Fernando Fernandez, Jorge Quezada and Jorge Murillo, he’ll head to the world gambling capital where he hopes to become the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in four weight divisions. more photos
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is set to take a seat on the couch of funnyman Conan O’Brien as the six-time world champion appears on “CONAN” in advance of his mega-fight Saturday, Sept. 17 against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz at MGM Grand in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. The program airs on TBS tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. “I am excited to go on ‘CONAN’ and show all my fans my funny side,” said Mayweather. “I hope everyone tunes in and continues to show me love heading into my fight against Ortiz on Saturday.”
Also, Floyd and all of the other “Mayweather vs. Ortiz” fighters will make their only appearance together at 5PM PT for the “STAR POWER Star-Studded Photo-Op” at “5 Towers” on Universal Studios CityWalk in Universal City, Calif. The event will kick-off fight week activities for the PPV mega-event which is taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. This event is open to the PUBLIC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Police were called out to today’s heated head-to-head press conference between WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew in Cardiff. Cleverly and Bellew meet in a big “Battle of Britain” at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 15th October, but it wasn’t the boxers trading punches early! Cleverly’s father and trainer Vince got into a row with one of Bellew’s entourage in the press conference room while the boxers were doing their one-on-one interviews. Vince was raging when he thought one of Bellew’s team was making fun of him and had to be restrained from going over to him. At one point the volatile trainer was punching himself in the face while a shocked Nathan was speaking to TV crews. Calm was restored when a unit of police officers’ arrived on the scene and spoke to both parties. (more…)
A much-anticipated Canadian showdown between undefeated WBA #11-rated Logan Cotton McGuinness and former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet will headline a rivalry show, presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions, on October 22 at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The pair of Canadian combatants has been on a collision course for nearly two years. (more…)
Former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs) has been released from a Spanish prison after serving two-and-a-half years. Plans are for the 34-year-old former champ to fly back to England and resume his career. “I will be world champ again. Nobody’s going to stop me. One thousand per cent. What keeps me going is my children and my family. I’m going to be the champ again for them,” he told The Sun tabloid. Harrison, had made nine title defenses, before drinking problems and run-ins with the law derailed him, is still facing some outstanding charges.
By Rick Scharmberg
Philadelphia, PA has a new promoter, BAM Boxing Promotions, whose president, Brittany Rogers, will be making her promotional debut on Friday, September 30 at the National Guard Armory in North Philadelphia. Just 22 years old, the promoter will have the distinction of becoming the youngest female boxing promoter ever in the USA. The card, aptly titled “The Beginning”, will feature “The New” Ray Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs) taking on Manual Guzman (7-12-2, 3 KOs) in the eight-round welterweight main event. Boxing promoters tend to come and go, but Rogers stands a better chance than most because her mentor is Hall-of-Fame promoter J. Russell Peltz. (more…)
Paul McCloskey says he wants to challenge Marcos Maidana for the WBA Light Welterweight title in Belfast after edging Breidis Prescott in a WBA eliminator on Saturday night. The Dungiven fighter bounced back from a first round knockdown and a bloodied nose in the second round to secure a gritty win in front of a packed Belfast crowd. McCloskey admitted to a slow start in the fight but he finished strongly as the Colombian began to tire, and will now seek a second shot at the world title, this time with a home town show against the Argentinean Maidana.
“I would love to fight Maidana, we have already spoken on Twitter – he’s a true gent and a great fighter,” said McCloskey. “I think it’s a fight that could happen and it would be fantastic to have it in Belfast again. The support on Saturday was unbelievable, it really pushed me over the line in the last round.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Gary Purfield
“King” Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) won the vacant Pennsylvania State light middleweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over a game but outgunned Keenan Collins (13-7-2, 9 KOs) last night at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The scores were 100-90 across the board for Rosado. In the co-feature, Ronald Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) put his heavy hands on display, and stopped Chris Fernandez (19-14-1, 11 KOs) after six completed rounds of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Cruz had Fernandez down in the fifth round from a body shot. Peltz Boxing Promotions and Don Chargin Productions promoted the seven-bout card. (more…)
Jake Ellenberger is one of the most promising prospects in the UFC welterweight division. Actually, calling him a prospect doesn’t pay him the proper respect. Despite the fact that he only has five fights in the UFC, the 26-year-old mixed martial artist is viewed by some as a legitimate top 10 talent. A win in his next fight will undoubtedly earn him a seat at that elite table, something that Ellenberger desperately wants . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Lightweight Anthony Crolla will achieve a lifetime ambition when he boxes at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sept 17). Manchester’s British 135lb champion boxes a non-title eight rounder against Mexican Juan Montiel on the Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather Jr undercard. The Hatton Promotions star who had been slated to fight Mexican legend Erik Morales on the bill said: “I was devastated when that fight fell through, but these things happen. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has completed his training at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City and will defend his WBC green belt against Rogers Mtawga on Thursday night at the Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. “I have trained hard for this fight and it is again a source of pride and satisfaction for me to fight during the period of the celebration of my beautiful homeland of Mexico,” said Gonzalez. “When I step into the ring when I am meticulous about my physical conditioning and have a strong desire to prove that I am one of the best in the world.”
In the co-feature, world rated Antonio Escalante takes on Pipino Cuevas Jr., son of legendary former WBA welterweight champion.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
Say what you will about the Klitschko brothers but they have faced all comers in their dominance of the heavyweight division. Although Tomasz Adamek stood no chance in Saturday’s title fight in Poland he had earned the right to be there — it was just that Vitali Klitschko was too big, too strong and too good.
I don’t know quite why Jim Lampley brought Rocky Marciano into the commentary with his suggestion that Marciano somehow fought inferior opposition, mentioning the name of Roland LaStarza. LaStarza was a capable heavyweight of the 1950s (though he would be small for a cruiserweight today) who had fought very well against Marciano three years earlier, when the decision in Marciano’s favour was deemed controversial. As Max Kellerman reminded Lampley, Marciano, like the Klitschkos, fought the best of his era. Nino Valdes? Well, the big Cuban lost to Bob Baker and Archie Moore in what in effect were elimination matches for the right to meet Marciano, and Baker performed so poorly against Valdes that he eliminated himself from getting a title fight. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Professional boxing returns to “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA, on Friday, September 16th, 2011, courtesy of veteran promoter Bobby D. Presents with Jorge Marron in association with Barron Entertainment. Billed as “Stars of Tomorrow”, the fight card celebrates Mexican Independence Day by featuring a slew of hometown talent stamping their mark on the local boxing landscape. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange captured the WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Middleweight championship with a sixth-round TKO over Raul “El Toro” Munoz of Topeka, KS in front of a very partisan crowd at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Lange, who was headlining his 13th consecutive card at the Patriot Center, had to go to a plan B of sorts in this bout as he traded his normal piston-like jab for a body attack. The move turned out to be a successful one as the body shots took their toll on the game Munoz. Lange was able to drop Munoz three times before referee Dr. Joseph Cooper stopped the contest at 2:44 of the sixth. Lange is now 37-4-2, 25 KO’s. Munoz is 22-15-1, 12 KO’s. (more…)
Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez appear quite jovial singing a duet on TV Azteca.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC APPEARANCES BY MAYWEATHER, ORTIZ AND CANELO:
Sunday, 9/11, 2:00 p.m.
Oscar De La Hoya, Victor Ortiz and Canelo Alvarez will appear at Fiestas Patrias, The Plaza at Olvera Street.
Monday, 9/12, 5:00 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez, Erik Morales, Alphonso Gomez and all PPV fighters will appear at Universal City Walk located near The Cinemas.
By Mike Bernier at ringside
In the main event at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY, Amanda Serrano (12-0-1) of Puerto Rico, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY scored a second round TKO against Kimberly Connor (9-2-2) from Little Rock, Arkansas in a 10 round IBF Women’s Jr. Lightweight Championship fight. Serrano landed multiple power combinations in the middle of round two to send Connor to the canvas. Connor was dazed but somehow found a way to get up and was immediately jumped on by Serrano when referee Benji Estevez saved Connor from receiving any more damage at 1:45. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Bowling Green, Florida’s Daniel Lozano took a major step in his career this Friday as demolished his opponent en route to his first WBC title. In front of a standing room only crowd at the A La Carte Even Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Lozano (10-0-0, 7 KOs) won the WBC USNBC flyweight belt in a two round blowout of Jonathan Arias (12-7-0, 10 KOs). On the undercard of Fight Night Production’s card witnessed the continued success of Florida State champion Charlie Serrano, along with a series of unexpected draws. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Tomasz Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth and promoter Kathy Duva speak just after the fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek, who just lost his first chance to get a third title in a third weight category against Vitali Klitschko, will long remember his trip to Poland. His plane, bound to JFK airport in New York, after almost three hours in the air had to make an emergency landing back in Warsaw when the pilots spotted a cracked window. “It was not a comfortable situation to all of the passengers,” said Adamek who is traveling with his wife, manager and members of Main Events promotional team, when his plane safely landed. “We of course know that today is the ten year anniversary of New York 2001 tragedy, so everybody was on edge when pilots announced that we have go back,” added Adamek, who most likely will now fly to the US on Monday.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Bernd Bönte, longtime manager and managing director of the Klitschko Management Group is one of the most influential people around Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and he has no doubts that older of the two Ukrainian brothers is getting better with time. “I truly don’t know who can beat Vitali,” said Bönte after the WBC titleholder defended his WBC green belt against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in Wroclaw, Poland. “He was terrific tonight. One of his best performances ever.” (more…)
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Josh Barnett punched his ticket to the Grand Prix finals in a dominant win over Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov.
In the quintessential striker vs. grappler matchup, Barnett tasted a couple blows from the sambo fighter before taking the fight to the mat. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Reigning WBO jr middleweight world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) and European jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) recently locked horns at a press conference in advance of their September 30 rematch at the Rondo Arena (Hala Rondo) in Brno, Czech Republic. Dzinziruk won a controversial majority decision in their first fight and the rematch will be the first professional boxing world championship on Czech soil. Local favorite Konecny was on hand in person in Brno, while Dzinziruk was brought in live via Skype. (more…)
After winning a one-sided technical decision over former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of 2,000 fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night, unbeaten former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa confirmed again that he will not stay in the featherweight division but move up in weight to get better fights against big names. “I’m done at 126,” stated Gamboa. “There’s nothing left for me to prove. I want to fight the best boxers in the world. Living legends like Manny Pacquiao. To be the best you have to beat the best. That is what I did at featherweight. And that is exactly what I want to continue doing. So bring on the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.” (more…)
Only two fighters remain in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, as Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier scored impressive victories in their semifinal bouts at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati Saturday night.
In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE star Josh Barnett continued to roll in his Strikeforce stint, earning a spot in the Grand Prix finals with a dominating first round submission win over Russia’s Sergei Kharitonov . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares (41-6-2, 19 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with in the bantamweight division with a third round stoppage of Jonathan Pérez (19-9, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Zacatecas, Mexico. The bout was halted after Perez was ruled unable to continue after being dropped.
After the fight Mijares stated “I feel much better at bantamweight, very strong and fast…this year I’m going for the world title and fights against Arce, Montiel or Nonito Donaire. I’m waiting to meet with my representatives and discuss any options.” (more…)
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