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By David Finger
The upcoming fight between Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse scheduled for November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will be for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title, as well as the vacant WBO #2 world ranking. “We were actually the first sanctioning organization to approve this fight for a title,” commented NABO executive director Mark Reels, “and the WBO is excited about this fight and the opportunity it presents for the winner.” The IBF has also approved this fight as a title eliminator, with the winner of fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza fighting for the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship.
SHOWTIME Sports® will close out 2010 with an impressive boxing schedule featuring five world title fights in 43 days from four different countries. The impressive run is capped by a can’t-miss and potentially historic Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins Dec. 18 showdown that was originally scheduled for pay-per-view but is now an early holiday present to fight fans on SHOWTIME. The 2010 fall lineup is a testament to the SHOWTIME commitment to subscribers. “Our mission is simple: televise the most competitive and meaningful bouts in the sport,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “In a matter of weeks, SHOWTIME will air a national rivalry matchup, the best tournament fights in the sport, numerous title contests and Bernard Hopkins’ chance to make history when battling the impressive Canadian standout Jean Pascal. It’s a wonderful way to close out a very successful 2010.” (more…)
Former NABA heavyweight champion, ‘Fast’ Fres Qquendo, steps into the ring on December 7th against former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, for a 12 round IBF inter-continental title clash, at the world famous Hard Rock Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with, Square Ring Promotions and 5th Street Gym Promotions. Oquendo’s only losses are all highly questionable and have been to world champions. His fight against James ‘Lights Out’ Toney in 2008 and Jean-Marc Mormeck this year (2010) have been hailed as robberies of the year. (more…)
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, will be defending his crown against respected Colombian puncher Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs) in the co-feature on December 17 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. In the main event, undefeated Cuban Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) will face the toughest test of his young career when he meets WBC #1 ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) with the winner earning the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Knockout artist and world-ranked junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina continues his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA for his showdown with former undisputed welterweight champion and 2-time junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, November 6th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. For more details and photos click here…
On December 11 at the Jannus Live in hometown St. Petersburg, Florida, former IBF and IBO World Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy will return to the ring for the first time since his loss to all-time great Roy Jones Jr. last year. Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) will take on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ International super middleweight title, on a co-promotion between Fight Night Promotions and Left Hook Promotions. Following the Jones fight Lacy went through therapy to fix his left shoulder, and he says he’s now again able to perform at world class level.
The Jannus Live, formerly known as Jannus Landings, is a famous outdoor concert venue which will be transformed into a boxing arena to accommodate St. Petersburg’s local boxing hero when he makes his homecoming on December 11. This will be the first time as a professional that Lacy fights in St. Petersburg, and the twelve-round bout will be televised by Bright House Networks cable TV.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is former WBC world welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir will be back in action against countryman Amilcar Funes (22-9, 17 KOs) on November 19 at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, Argentina. The fight will be a ten-rounder under the company Arano Box banner. For Baldomir, at 39 years of age, this fight can serve to help make a final decision on his career after losing by knockout in the sixth round against great Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3-1, 16 KOs) and challenger Mahir Oral (28-2-2, 11 KOs) expect a similar kind of fight on Saturday night – only the outcome will be different. Both fighters have prepared for 12 hard rounds. “I expect it to go the distance,” Sylvester said. “Mahir has prepared well and will be a difficult opponent. But if I hit his chin or his liver, it could be over soon for him. With the support of my home fans, I will defend my title.” (more…)
Photos by Eroll Popova
WBO world Champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) will return to the ring on November 20 for his third title defence. His fight at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden will be shown live with new TV Partner SAT.1 from 10:15 pm. Stieglitz won the WBO super middleweight belt on August 22 2009 in Budapest when he defeated the previously unbeaten Karoly Balzsay by Tko in round 11. He successfully remained the champion in January of this year when he also scored a win within the distance against Ruben Eduardo Acosta. In his last fight he added another win to his record over previously unbeaten and mandatory challenger Eduard Gutknecht. Now he will face the experienced and tough Enrique Andrade Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) of Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world title challenger Shannan “Bulli Blaster” Taylor (50-8-3, 36 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday when he will clash with New Zealand born Australian based Junior Talipeau (16-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia which will be televised Globally. Taylor, 38 years, has defeated several world champions but lost in 2001 to Shane Mosley in a WBC welterweight challenge and Arthur Abraham in an IBF middleweight challenge in 2006. In Taylor’s most recent ring appearance he stopped Ben Costello inside a round in June. (more…)
The 23rd Annual WBO convention started off with a bang yesterday in Cartagena, Colombia as numerous boxing insiders, celebrities, and stars crowded into the Hotel Caribe for the commencement of the Convention. With a tremendous amount of business to cover since last years convention in Budapest, WBO president Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel wasted no time in kicking of the event with a general introduction that included everyone present in the audience as well.
After a brief moment to approve the minutes from the previous years convention, the WBO took time to watch a short video from the popular Latin American boxing program “Los major Del Boxeo” which featured all of the WBO’s world champions. From there a brief discussion from Julio Torres, president of the Colombian boxing federation, followed about some of Colombia’s world champions and the role they played in boxing history. (more…)
Getting into the Halloween spirit, East Los Angeles’ Ramon Valadez poses in a Superman costume following a training session in Chino, California in preparation for Thursday’s fight against Aaron Anderson on “Fright Night Club” at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Most of the crowd will attend in holiday garb and the first 100 in costume will be admitted free to 10-fight card.
In a six round featherweight main event, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) from Capitol Heights, Maryland hopes to keep his unbeaten professional record intact when he takes on Mission, Texas’ Guadalupe De Leon (8-11, 4 KOs). The co-main event, scheduled for four rounds in the lightweight division, will see the Golden Boy Promotions debut of 19-year-old former amateur star Fidel Maldonado Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico square off against Atlanta’s John Willoughby (2-5, 1 KO).
German Villasenor/Team Soto Karass
A new challenge, a new trainer, new site and a new opportunity to re-claim his place in the world rankings is how Jesus Soto Karass sees his upcoming bout with undefeated Mike Jones, on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium. A new challenge, a new trainer, new site and a new opportunity to re-claim his place in the world rankings is how Jesus Soto Karass sees his upcoming bout with undefeated Mike Jones, on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium. (more…)
Tyrone Selders, 5-0 (5 KOs), faces Nelson Ramos, 4-1 (2 KOs), in a high-stakes six-round showdown between local super middleweight up-and-comers at the Houston Club on Oct. 28. Kudos to both fighters for taking on competition other than the usual parade of palookas that typically are the staple for prospects this early in their careers. Ramos, a 2008 Texas Golden Gloves champion, made that gamble in his last fight when he took on a fighter with an 8-1-1 (2 KOs) record and paid the price, losing a four-round decision along with the goose egg at the end of his record. Other fighters on the card include heavyweight Fred Allen, 8-0 (6 KOs), heavyweight Skip Scott, 10-1 (6 KOs), female middleweight Vashon Living, 2-1 (1 KO) and featherweight Alex Reyes (debut). The fights will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Archbishop George Younes Abi Saad awarded the Medal of St. Gregory the Great Knight to WBC President Jose Sulaiman on Tuesday at the Lebanese Center of Mexico. Dr. Sulaiman was honored for “his human qualities, merits, his labor and deliver, and honest decent work for the church, Mexico and the international sport of boxing.”
Photos and report by Manuel “Quique” Roman
A press conference was held this afternoon at the Guayama Convention Center in Guayama, Puerto Rico for Friday’s ‘Night of Champions’ promoted by Universal Promotions, where Fernando Torres (16-1-1, 9 KOs) and Juan Ramon Cruz (16-9-1, 12 KOs) will fight for the WBA Fedecentro lightweight title. In a heated exchange, both predicted knockouts on what should be a war between Cruz’ experience and power and Torres’ speed and ring generalship. For more details and photos click here…
By Johnny B’
October ends with three shows in two evenings in the state of Michigan. On October 29th, the City of Detroit co-features light middleweight Purnell Gates (18-1) and super middleweight James Countryman (14-1) in separate bouts.
The next evening, Turner Boxing Productions will be in Monroe, Michigan to host a twelve round contest for the Universal Boxing Organization middleweight belt as local favorite Bronco McKart (52-9-1) battles Michi Munoz(22-5) from Topeka Kansas.
Also on October 30th, Auburn Hills, Michigan will hold a professional show featuring welterweights Lanardo Tyner (24-3-1) who was born in Michigan versus Andre Gorges (9-1) who lives and trains in Canada but was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Joe Donofrio of Donofrio Boxing will promote that event.
An opponent has been named for middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KOs), who headlines the initial “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” on November 19th at the Magic City Casino in Miami — site of the old Flagler Dog Track. Eromosele’s opponent will be Joaquin Zamora (18-2 with 12 KOs), a slugger from New Mexico who has logged thirteen straight wins. “This will be a war,” predicts promoter Ramiro Ortiz, “Albert is a very good boxer who throws a lot of combinations and is not afraid to swap punches and Zamora is a tough, hungry slugger who attacks constantly and also throws a lot of punches….the styles mesh well for a very good, very even match.”
Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon
Using the highly charged Tijuana fight nights of the 80’s and 90’s as a template, Antonio “Cañas” Lozada’s Baja Boxing presented their inaugural “Monday Night Fights” showcase which featured up and coming local fighters in keep busy fights . . . click here for more
By David Hudson
Kelly Pavlik is excited to get back into the ring as the co-main event underneath the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito bout to be held on November 13, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. Pavlik squares off against rugged Brian Vera, an alumnus of The Contender. “He’s a tough kid,” Pavlik said of his opponent. “He comes to fight and we know he’s not backing down. … But, I’ve got to be impressive, because I’m on the road back.”
Last April, Pavlik lost for only the second time in his career, dropping a unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez. He lost his middleweight titles in the process. Pavlik wants to regain the middleweight championship that he held for several years or a world title at 168. This bout with Vera will be held at the catch weight of 164 lb.
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3 16 KOs) and Mahir Oral (28-2, 11 KOs) participated in a public work-out in Rostock, Germany today. The Hurricane makes a third defence of his title on Saturday night. “After training for 14 weeks, I am more than ready for Oral,” said Sylvester. “I know that this will not be an easy fight, so I am prepared for 12 hard rounds. I will pass the Oral test and I will defend my title.”
Oral, who was stopped by then-IBF champ King Arthur back in June 2009, said he has learned from his first world title fight. “I am highly motivated and I am keen to win the title,” he said. “This is my second chance to become world champion and I will make the most of it.”
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Former heavyweight contender and WBO cruiserweight title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-4 21kos) of Butler returns to the ring this Friday at Ghost Riders’ Entertainment Complex in Butler, Pennsylvania. Minto will now face Aussie cruiserweight Pierre Karam (18-3-1 6kos) in the ten round main event for the vacant WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title. Minto, coming off consecutive losses to heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (29-2) and WBO Cruiser champ Marco Huck (30-1), looks to rebound against the upset-minded 6’3 Karam, now residing in Detroit, Michigan. Doors will open at 7pm with 11 amateur matches preceding the 5 scheduled pro bouts. Tickets are priced at $20, $50 and $75 and available by calling (724) 287-6923. The fight will be available live on MintoFight.com.
The latest installment of the acclaimed documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 8 premiering Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode 8 features an exclusive sit-down interview with American Andre Dirrell and his team in Flint, Mich., discussing the fighter’s exit from the tournament.
Also in this episode, FIGHT CAMP 360° documents Glen Johnson’s entry into the tournament and, as Group Stage 3 approaches, the fight camps of Johnson and Allan Green in preparation for their must-win fight on Saturday, Nov. 6. Finally, things are heating up in Helsinki as Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch engage in a war of words at the kickoff press conference. (more…)
The 23rd Annual WBO convention kicked off in Cartegenia, Colombia last night with a cocktail reception featuring WBO president Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel and the ever popular golf awards. Numerous boxing insiders who took part in the golf tournament that morning were awarded trophies at the end of the cocktail reception. President Varcarcel is seen above awarding referee Joe Cortez with a trophy.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Kokiet Group
WBA#13 fly Thepparith Singwancha (12-2, 9 KOs) successfully kept his PABA 112lb title as he defeated PABA#2 superfly Along Denoy (28-8-3, 16 KOs) on Sunday at Wat Chedi Hoi in Pathumthani, Thailand. Thepparith mostly controlled the show with his superior skills, leading on all 60-54 scorecards in the first six rounds. The show was finally ended in round seven as the Thai fighter speeded his assault and displayed one-side attack which forced referee Chalerm Prayadsab to stop the action at 1:54. This was an impressive victory of this hot Thai prospect as experienced Denoy was a former WBO Asia-Pacific title holder and he was also ranked top-15 by the WBO during 2007-2008. In other action, TBC#3 fly Petchbangbon Sor Tanapinyo outpointed PABA#12 superflyweight Willem Marahina of Indonesia in a six round non-title bout. Saen Por Nobnom outpointed Chatchai Chaiyonggym. And Rachasak Kietphanphat stopped Wisanlek Sithsaithong in round three. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion. another picture
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo Courtesy: El Nuevo Diario
Two-division WBA world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez arrived home Monday night at the Agusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua where he was greeted as a national hero after his KO over Francisco Rosas in Japan to win the WBA interim light flyweight world crown. “I thank you for this welcome,” said Gonzalez. “I look forward to being world champion and winning another title for Nicaragua. My mind is set on Juan Carlos Reveco, Giovanni Segura, Ivan Calderon and even the winner of Luis Lazarte and Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis.” His victory makes him the sixth Nicaraguan double world champion, joining Alexis Arguello, Rosendo Alvarez, Adonis Rivas, Luis Perez and Ricardo Mayorga.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Galaxy Boxing Promotion
During the press conference today at the Sol Twin Tower Hotel in Bangkok, Niwat Laosuwanwat of Galaxy Boxing Promotion announced that they will present the vacant WBA minimumweight championship bout between two top-rated fighters, WBA#1 Kwanthai Sithmorseng and WBA#2 Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum. The bout will be held as the main event on November 5 at the Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Bangkok. This event is widely interesting for the Thai people as both fighters are the Asian champions of the main world sanction bodys. WBA#1 Kwanthai Sithmorseng (30-0-1, 17KOs) is the PABA title holder who successfully kept this WBA regional crown 10 times. WBA#2 Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (42-5-2,18 KOs) is the WBC Asian Boxing Council 105lb king, successfully retaining his WBC Asian belt 6 times. In the others bout, PABA#6 light Petchbodin Sithmorseng will face Muhamad Des Afriza of Indonesia for the vacant PABA lightweight title. And Thai flyweight champion Denchailek Tithiphongsakhorn will battle with Indonesian Decky Putra in a six round non-title bout.
Former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Reggie Johnson has received a 12 year prison sentence on a felony theft charge according to the Houston Chronicle. He was convicted of taking more than $120,000 from Houston Area Urban League to put on a series of boxing camps, which never took place.
Puerto Rican superstar and WBO featherweight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez and Mexican legend and future Hall of Famer Rafael Marquez participated in an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming rivalry fight on Saturday, Nov. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s what the fighters had to say… (more…)
Polish boxing fans have become accustomed to watching fellow countrymen battle it out at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. On the November 6th, Zab “Super” Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse card, the enthusiastic Poles will once again have something to cheer about. Undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) will take onKevin Burnett (13-4-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder. The 6’7½ “Polish Giant” – as the fans call him – was born and raised in Krakow, Poland. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
The main event at San Manuel Casino in San Bernadino, California between Dashon Johnson and Enrique Gutierrez for the GBU welterweight title has been cancelled after Gutierrez pulled out citing an arm injury. No replacement for Johnson was found and the new main event is a female super featherweight bout between Rhonda Luna and Ela Nunez.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez works out in Las Vegas Monday for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
On Friday, reigning WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams went to the scales for the Official WBC 30-day Weigh-In. Martinez weighing in at 176, from his camp in Oxnard, CA and from Wash., DC, Williams weighed 162 pounds. The contract weight for the Saturday, November 20 bout at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is 157-pounds.
Sergio Martinez: “Dropping weight has never been an issue for me. It hasn’t been hard. It’s more difficult to get in the ring and battle against Paul Williams or Kelly Pavlik. Cutting weight… that’s easy. My weight loss won’t slow me down. On the contrary, I gain speed. The speed will bring more of the element of surprise. With more surprise brings more potential and ability. I’ll be stronger than my last fight against Williams and Kelly Pavlik.”
Paul Williams: “I don’t see Sergio’s weight making a difference,” said The Punisher. “He’s been doing this his entire career and he has been prevailing and performing. If he weighed in at 176 then he must have started the camp weighing 200lbs. Ultimately what matters, is that he comes in at 157 at the official weigh in. I had lunch 2 hours before I weighed-in to be sure I would be within weight guidelines (chuckling).”
On November 5, TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” series is back on the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico, as Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment, present a card at the Cosme Beitia Salamo Coliseum in Cataño, headlined by a junior welterweight showdown between Jose Miguel Cotto (31-2-1, 23 KOs) and Oscar Leon (28-13, 18 KOs).
Undefeated hometown hero and points leader in the innovative Super Six World Boxing Classic, Andre “SOG” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will return home to the Oracle Arena, when he defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship a second time against tough world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon, on November 27. Tickets are priced at $150, $75 and $35 and are available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. Ward-Bika will be televised live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). It will be preceded on SHOWTIME by a Super Six showdown between “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs), of Germany, and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England. The Abraham-Froch 12-rounder, which also will be for the vacant WBC 168-pound title, will air on same day-delay from the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.
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