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By Matt Richardson
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will return to the ring for just the second time this year when he boxes Nagy Aguilera at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California on Friday night. It will be the third fight for Maskaev (36-6, 27 KO’s) since losing his title to Samuel Peter last year in Cancun, Mexico. Maskaev, a Kazakhstan native who moved to New York, now lives and trains in Sacramento, California. Although he has primarily trained on the East Coast for most of his fights, this time around Maskaev trained on the West Coast. “I’ve been training for this fight for two months,” Maskaev said. “Approximately one month and 10 days I was training in Reno, Nevada. Now I’m back in Sacramento, California.” (More)
Ten months after undergoing knee surgery to repair his ACL, UFC lightweight contender Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 [T]KOs, 13 submissions) returns to The Octagon against veteran Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (14-5-1, 8 [T]KOs, 1 submission) on the January 2nd UFC 108 pay-per-view show, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Exclusive photo gallery of this weekend’s main eventers work out in Chicago: Paulie Malignaggi, Juan Diaz, Antonio Diaz and Victor Ortiz put in finishing touches at the gym . . . Click here for full gallery by John Booz
By Alexey Sukachev
Thierry Karl (25-4, 17 KOs) stopped Belgian Djamel Selini (21-9-1, 14 KOs) in the very first round of scheduled ten, winning Le Grand Tournoi at the Cirque d’hiver in Paris, France. Former middleweight Karl, now competing at 175 lb, is 5-0 this year with five stoppages, including the first-round TKO over previously unbeaten Najib Mohammedi.
WBA #4, WBO #6 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (22-0, 15 KOs) got his next victory, after the sixth round when the corner of his foe Sergio Jose Sanders (17-3-1, 11 KOs) had stopped the contest. Sanders was down twice in the sixth.
Light middleweight Husseyn Bayram (32-3, 17 KOs) outpointed Brazilian veteran Jefferson Luis Gonsalo (19-7-3, 10 KOs) unanimously over eight.
Middleweight Rachid Jkitou (11-0, 8 KOs) stopped Mounir Sahli (9-16, 6 KOs) in four rounds.
By Robert Hough
Kelly Pavlik said the silver lining to serious problems with a staph infection is that he’s hungrier than ever. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) faces Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) on December 19 in Youngston, Ohio, his first fight in 10 months. The WBO and WBC middleweight champion was scheduled to face Paul Williams on October 3, and December 5, but the first date was postponed to the infection, which led to the fight being cancelled. “I definitely feel hungry,” Pavlik said in a teleconference. “I miss it. When you take the time off that I have had off, you get the hunger back.”
Espino, who fought in 2005 on the first series of The Contender, said his hunger’s been fueled by a long, tough road to a title shot. “Getting this opportunity, it brings out feeling humble,” he said. “I thought I was going to be in big fights after The Contender and be on TV—and I wasn’t. I had to fight on small cards so I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’ve worked hard for a long time to get it.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
As FightNews reported last week, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm will be working with world-class trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming bouts. After splitting with Universum Box-Promotion and longtime coach Michael Timm, Sturm wants to improve his game by hiring Roach, who turned Manny Pacquiao into the world’s best fighter. “We tried to save our working relationship with Michael Timm,” Sturm said. “But after certain things have been said, it was just not possible anymore. Besides, he is committed to Universum. After Michael was out of the picture, Freddie was my one and only choice.” (more…)
In a battle of unbeatens, Timothy Bradley (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., will defend his World Boxing Association (WBO) junior welterweight title against interim champ Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C., this Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The story of Peterson and his brother Anthony is one of the most compelling in a sport filled with rags-to-riches tales. It hasn’t been an easy road for the pair, who were left homeless after their father landed in jail for a drug conviction, leaving the pair fighting on the streets to survive. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal 173.9 vs. Adrian Diaconu 174.6
(WBC world light heavyweight championship)
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Delray Raines 160.1*
(WBC Youth intercontinental championship)
Eric Lucas 173.6 vs. Ramon Moyano 173.2
Benoit Gaudet 131.6 vs. Jorge Banos 131.7
Manolis Plaitis 146.5 vs. Tebor Brosch 145.2
Eric Martel 254.9 vs. Alston Brown 207.8
Francy Ntetu 169 vs. Ahmad Selemani 167.8
*Raines came in heavy by one ounce and was given up to two hours to lose it and reweigh
Venue: Bell Centre Montreal
Television: Pay-per-view (Canada)
Oleg Maskaev 243 vs. Nagy Aguilera 229
Ernesto Castaneda 169 vs. Denis Grachev 170
Geraldo Lopez 158 vs. Kyle Dundas 155
Maxmillio Becerra 134 vs. Thomas Herrera 135
Mike Guy (Pro Debut) 165 vs. Ayo Olorunsola 167 (Pro Debut)
Richard Hargrave (Pro Debut) 151 vs. John Dunham 155
Venue: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Promoter: Upper Cut Promotions in association with Rappaport Promotions.
Tickets still available purchase at Community Center Box Office or Tickets.com. Doors open at 6:30PM, First bout 7:30PM
By Robert Hough
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has told FightNews that the New Year will bring a serious challenge-fighting the undefeated Chris John (43-0-2, 22 KOs), the WBA Featherweight champion, who will step up to 130 pounds. Guerrero, who last month resolved a dispute between promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Goossen-Tutor Promotions and now fights for Golden Boy, said the fight will happen early in 2010.
“Chris John’s moving up and I’m giving him a title shot,” said Guerrero, the IBF Super Featherweight champion. “I’m ready to fight again and I’m ready for top competition. Chris John is a great fighter; he’s undefeated and he has a lot of experience so it will be tough, but I’m ready to take on the top guys.” (more…)
Former IBF light middleweight world champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25KOs) looks to continue his ascent in the Middleweight division when he takes on Columbian knockout specialist Dionisio “Mister Knockout” Miranda (20-4-2, 18KOs) for the right to challenge for the IBF Middleweight World Title. The 12 round main event will headline GLENDALE GLORY 2 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Friday, January 8, 2010 and will be broadcast LIVE on the 2010 season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” (more…)
World champion Manny Pacquiao has invited Miguel Cotto and his wife to General Santos, Philippines to attend Manny’s birthday festivities on December 17. When Bob Arum was recently in Manila, Pacquiao said he had great respect for Cotto and would be honored if he and his wife could attend. Arum added that Top Rank will be in contact with Team Cotto after the New Year to discuss fight plans for 2010 including a possible bout at Yankee Stadium.
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Following his loss to WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan, Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish boxing contender Dmitriy Salita flew EL AL Airlines from Heathrow Airport in London to Israel with his new wife Alona. While in Israel for the first time, the newlyweds are touring the country for six days in celebration of their honeymoon. Salita told the Jerusalem Post he would eat all the kosher food he could find. Pictured with Dmitriy and his wife Alona are outgoing EL AL Station Manager Rami Nieger (L) at Heathrow Airport in London and his successor Dalia Shamay (R).
Heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson is showing WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko no respect in advance of their clash Saturday night in Bern, Switzerland. “He’s a joke,” said Johnson, “he’s a dream opponent, he’s a big, ugly zombie….Klitschko can’t do half of what I can do – either physically or mentally. F— that guy. I’ll leave him behind me. This fight is easy!” Klitschko, who stopped Chris Arreola in ten rounds three months ago in Los Angeles, promised to do better against Johnson. “It’ll be a classic KO,” he said.
By Nick Giongco
Promoter Bob Arum feels something strange is about to happen in the negotiations to finally formalize the March 13, 2010 super showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I think Richard (Schaefer) has an agenda,” Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews early yesterday afternoon (late Wednesday night in the US), referring to the Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) Chief Executive Officer who represents Mayweather in dealing with Arum’s Top Rank Inc. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez will finally get a shot at a world title when he battles lightweight kingpin BJ Penn in the main of UFC 107 on Saturday, December 5th . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Former South African and WBC International flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela meets Nick Otieno of Kenya in an international bantamweight contest on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London. Otieno (19-3, 8 KOs) is known to East London fans as in August this year he lost a close decision to Lubabalo Msuthu when challenging for the World Boxing Foundation bantamweight belt. (more…)
In a battle of former world champions Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) will take on Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) February 13th in Las Vegas. The winner of the bout will earn the right to fight for the WBO bantamweight title in their next bout. The current champion is Fermando Montiel. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Morel was very direct in how he sees his bout with Penalosa playing out. “The winner gets the title fight and I will eliminate Penalosa,” said Morel.
World champions Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz engaged in a media workout at the Jabb Gym in Chicago today in Chicago in advance of their rematch on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion.
Things got a little testy between Oleg Maskaev and Nagy Aguilera today at the final press conference before their big “Mega brawl-winner takes all” bout on Friday at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. Maskaev, speaking with the confidence of a champion had this to say in response to a comment made by Aguilera: “You are right about one thing, when the bell rings it will only be you and me in the ring. I hope you realize what you are getting into.” (more…)
All four fighters on this Saturday’s SHOWTIME world championship doubleheader appeared at the site of their upcoming showdowns, the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa, for a final press conference on Wednesday to discuss this weekend’s fights. In an excellent battle of un-beatens, Timothy Bradley (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., will defend his World Boxing Association (WBO) junior welterweight title against interim champ Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The telecast will open with WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, defending his belts against WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas (32-10, 22 KOs) of Mexico. Click here for more photos…
WBC #1/WBA #2 super featherweight Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (25-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Noe “Platanito” Bolaños (20-4-1, 11 KOs) in a 12 round lightweight showdown for the WBO Latino belt on Saturday at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The co-feature is a battle of unbeaten welterweights with Luis Enrique Grajeda (7-0, 6 KOs) in action against Ruben Amezcua (6-0, 2 KOs). Also unbeaten lightweight Pablo Cesar Cano (16-0-1, 13 KOs) will meet Carlos Urias (23-26, 17 KOs). The Golden Boy Promotions/Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado Jr.-promoted card will be televised in Latin America on a delayed basis December 19.
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Story by David L. Hudson
Iowa native Kevin Burns looks forward to returning to the win column in his upcoming about against T.J. Grant at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee. Burns emerged on the UFC scene in shocking fashion in June 2008 by submitting Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roan Carneiro in an upset. Burns then pulled another upset by defeating hot prospect Anthony Johnson the next month, although the fight was marred somewhat by the eye poke that crippled Johnson . . . Click here for more
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik hits the double-ended bag under the watchful eye of trainer Jack Loew during training Wednesday in Youngstown, Ohio for his upcoming world middleweight championship against the WBC No. 3 rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino on Saturday, December 19 at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson took part in open media workouts today at Westside Mall in Bern, Switzerland. Both fighters looked fit and ready for their world championship collision on Saturday night. Click for more photos…
By Ron Jackson
Isaac Hlatshwayo makes the first defence of his IBF welterweight belt when he meets Dejan Zavec from Slovenia at the Wembley Indoor Arena on Friday night. The 33-year-old Zaveck (27-1-1nc; 15) who fights under the name of Jan Zaveck and is based in Magedeburg, Germany can be considered fortunate to receive a crack at the belt as he is only ranked at number thirteen in the latest IBF rankings. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bids to stage the British Heavyweight title clash between the title holder Danny Williams and challenger Sam Sexton. The Norwich puncher is looking forward to his showdown with the ‘Old Guard’ of the domestic scene and relieving him of his position. Sexton stopped Martin Rogan in Belfast last month to retain his Commonwealth crown and now wants to add the prestigious Lonsdale belt to his collection. Williams was last in action in October in the Prizefighter tournament when he lost to Carl Baker, but was allowed to keep hold of the British title. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) will fight on March, 20th against WBO official challenger Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) in Germany Fightnews.com has been informed by K2 Promotions. This fight was originally planned for December 2009, but was delayed when Wladimir suffered a hand injury that required surgery. Klitschko has already started his preparation in November for a fight against Chambers.
The family of former WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto has dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Cotto in Puerto Rico by a former female employee as “frivolous, empty and a total fabrication.” Martha Chacon Acevedo is reportedly seeking $261,000 in damages against Cotto, whom she alleges she was fired after she rejected Cotto’s sexual advances.
WBC #3 heavyweight and Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis has renewed his contract with ARENA Box-Promotions for another three years. “I want to win the world title for ARENA”, adds Solis. “I turned pro to prove that I am the best boxer in the world. That is what I left my home country for. I know that I can beat any opponent in the world but I also know that a boxer needs a strong promoter to make it to the top. I am happy and proud to have the best possible promoter in my corner.” Most probably Solis will return to the ring in February 2010. “We need to get him the right opponents to push him into the mandatory position”, says Öner. “None of the world champions will face him voluntarily but very soon there will be no way to avoid fighting him.”
Former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi, Chicago Bulls Mascot Benny The Bull and former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion Juan Diaz pose on December 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois where Diaz and Malignaggi participated in pre-game festivities at the Chicago Bulls vs. New Jersey Nets basketball game in advance of Saturday’s fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
By Joe Koizumi
Interim champ Katsuhiko Iezumi (27-7-3, 19 KOs), 108, Japan, successfully unified the OPBF light-fly belts by winning a unanimous decision (116-112, 116-111 and 118-108) over full titlist and compatriot Yukio Wadamine (25-4-1, 19 KOs), 108, over twelve gory rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Wadamine was once scheduled to face Iezumi at his home turf Iizuka city this summer, but failed to fight as scheduled as he unfortunately suffered a whiplash neck injury by an auto accident just a week before. Their unification bout was rescheduled in Tokyo this time, and the hometowner Iezumi floored the exclusive jabber twice in the opening session to take the initiative. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Iezumi was lopsidedly leading on points: 80-70 and 78-72 twice. Iezumi, however, suddenly became fading because of running out of gas and had a very narrow escape from Wadamine’s desperate retaliation in the tenth. However, Iezumi, in the final stanza, regained his zip, moving to-and-fro and countering the monotonous stalker to last the last three minutes down the stretch. Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.
On November 27th Delvin Rodriguez took on Rafel Jackiewicz in an official welterweight IBF title eliminator in Poland, the home country of Jackiewicz. Rodriguez put on a dominating performance but Jackiewicz was awarded a unanimous decision with the scores of 116-112, 115- 112 and 114-112. “After watching the fight we believe it is crystal clear that anyone who watches this fight knows who the winner truly is,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, and promoter of Rodriguez. “Hopefully the IBF will closely examine the footage, and grant Delvin a rematch.” (more…)
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