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Mark Wahlberg, Micky Ward and producer, David O. Russell, stepped out Wednesday night for a private showing of Mark’s latest movie, “The Fighter,” at the Patriot Cinemas in the Hingham Shipyard. Wahlberg plays “Irish” Mickey Ward, a boxer whose half-brother (Christian Bale) helps to train him before he goes pro in the mid-1980s. Amy Adams co-stars as Ward’s love interest in the film, which is directed by David O. Russell (Paramount).
In other Micky Ward news, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announced today that Ward has pledged to donate his brain after his death to the CSTE Brain Donation Registry and will participate in CSTE longitudinal research.
The off again/on again clash between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams is on again. This time it’s scheduled for January 22 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Contracts have yet to be finalized.
The 48-year-old Holyfield is also scheduled to face former Danish contender “Super-Brian” Nielsen on March 5 in Copenhagen.
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
Vinny Maddalone (33 6, 24 KOs) decided not to stay in the hotel just next to Prudential Center in Newark, where in couple of hours he will in his own words “fight the fight of my life” against Tomasz Adamek (42 1, 27 KOs). Instead, Maddalone choose his own home and some quality time in the evening with his wife Kathy and couple of friends in his favorite hangout near his home, “Piccolo Sogno.” What better place to have dinner before his biggest heavyweight challenge than the Italian trattoria called “A Little Dream?” (more…)
Mexican newspaper giant ESTO has reported that it looks like former WBC Light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) of Mexico will meet WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 41 KOs) of Thailand February 28th. Pongsaklek is scheduled to make non-mandatory defense December 30th in Thailand against an opponent to be announced. No site has been determined as of yet for the Sosa-Wonjongkam bout.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (20-0, 10 KOs) was scheduled to fight against Alejandro Lakatus for the interim WBO world title on Saturday at the Liverpool Echo Arena, however there is now a change in plans. Cleverly will instead face EU beltholder Nadjib Mohammedi (23-1, 12 KOs) after Lakatos pulled out with pneumonia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Among the 2011 class of inductees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame is legendary Mexican trainer and manager Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.
The 67-year-old Beristain has trained 20 champions including three Hall of Famers, Ricardo ‘Finito’ Lopez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Daniel Zaragoza. Currently he trains one of the best fighters in the world in recent years, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is a serious contender for the Hall of Fame in the future. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that Mexican promoter Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo and Japan’s Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions could meet this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, to try to reach an agreement for the fight between WBC featherweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa and mandatory challenger and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in early 2011. Promociones del Pueblo and Teiken Promotions are currently in ‘free negotiations’ and have until January 10 to make an arrangement. If no agreement is reached, the WBC will hold a purse bid for the fight. Apparently the Mexican company wants to bring Hasegawa to Mexico to defend his belt, possibly in the Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
On Wednesday, Devon Alexander “The Great and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley speak at a media luncheon in New York City. Tensions were climbing on the second day of a promotional tour that began at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI on Tuesday. THE SUPER FIGHT, Alexander vs. Bradley will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.
South Florida-based Dominican Ed “The Lion” Paredes (25-3-1, 16 KOs) will meet power punching former two time world title challenger Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KOs) of Colombia this Friday for the WBO Latino welterweight title. The scheduled twelve rounder will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida with Tuto Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing promoting. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA interim light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina has announced that he is no longer with manager Osvaldo Rivero and trainer Julio Pablo Chacon. Reveco says he broke away for various reasons, mainly because certain points of his contract were not met. He waited until now to make the news public out of respect for his friend Jonathan Barros, who was training to fight for the world title. Reveco says he’s not retiring and wants to evaluate proposals before proceeding further. He is slated to fight WBA interim light flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez in 2011.
All the shots from today’s workouts at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson. Photos by Chris Cozzone. Click here
Photo: Josh Koscheck works out for the media at the UFC 124 open workouts at the Marriott Chateau Champlain today in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC. For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Roughly one week removed from receiving his new UFC featherweight title from UFC President Dana White, Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo felt like the holidays came early this year. Little did the 24-year-old know that UFC gold wouldn’t be the only honor he’d receive to close out 2010. (more…)
Photo: Marcos Maidana puts in a workout at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas today in preparation for his fight Saturday night with WBA Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan.
On Saturday night, the greatest welterweight on the planet defends his title against the clear number one contender. Reigning champion and pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre hopes he experiences déjà vu when the action gets underway. Just over three years ago, he summarily defeated Josh Koscheck in an entertaining, though clear-cut, three round battle that helped erase the putrid taste of defeat that lingered from a shocking technical knockout loss to Matt Serra half a year earlier. The outcome unquestionably gives GSP a tremendous foundation of confidence heading into the rematch. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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WBA World Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan celebrated his 24th birthday today by passing on the birthday cake (until after Friday’s weigh-in) and working out for the media at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Khan faces interim champ Marcos Maidana. Stay tuned for a full gallery of workout photos from this afternoon.
By Karl Freitag
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has suffered an injury forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s title defense against Dereck Chisora on Saturday in Mannheim, Germany. If or when the fight will be rescheduled is not yet determined. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group GmbH, informed Fighnews.com that the injury “is an abdominal muscle tear two inches long.”
Further information has now been released…
After an initial diagnosis, Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle on his left side during his afternoon training session on Wednesday. “The abdominal muscle is injured and therefore Wladimir Klitschko will not be able to fight on Saturday,” says Dr. Sven Roessing, orthopedic specialist at university hospital Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko will have to pause for about 4 – 6 weeks. It is the second time in his professional career Wladimir Klitschko had to cancel a fight due to an injury, the first being in 2001 one week before a December 1 bout in New York City against David Izon due to a shoulder injury.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Australian super middleweight 2010 Contender champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood (10-1-1, 5 KOs) caused the biggest upset in Australian boxing for several years when he scored a fifth round knockout over former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) in a scheduled ten round contest at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Wood aggressively attacked Mundine but the former champ evaded many of the bombs early with clever foot work. In a scrappy contest – Wood found the range in round five for a left hook bomb to the temple that dropped the WBA #2 rated Mundine and at :58 Wood was crowned the winner by referee Les Fear. (more…)
By Jimmy Hayes
It was announced today that trainer Billy Graham, Ricky Hatton and Punch Promotions Ltd have agreed to put their differences behind them and end ongoing court proceedings on mutually acceptable terms. The former world titleholder was sued by Graham who trained the Manchester-based boxer for eleven years until he was sacked in 2008. Graham claimed he is owed £1.4 million ($2.2 million) in lost earnings from four of Hatton’s fights. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
By Francisco Salazar
Fresh off his second round knockout over Paul Williams last month, Middleweight world title holder Sergio Martinez will be greeting fight fans at the El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in Oxnard on Thursday evening. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at around 6PM and will be signing autographs and taking pictures. The El Dorado Mexican Restaurant is located at 601 S. Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard.
Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) weighed 216.5 pounds and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) 230 pounds today at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Both fighters will step into the ring on December 9th for the main event of the evening.
Tomasz Adamek 216.5 vs. Vinny Maddalone 230
Patrick Majewski 160 vs. Eddie Caminero 158.2
Sadam Ali 147 vs. Manuel Guzman 145
Jose Medina 156 vs. Gabriel Rosado 155
Tarvis Simms 167 vs. Willis Lockett 167
Angel Concepcion 177 vs. Lekan Byfield 166.5
Randy Smith 256.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 223
Four of the world’s most talented bantamweights take center stage this Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) in the highly anticipated The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All . The two-stage, single-elimination tournament of world-class 118-pounders begins with two Semifinal bouts at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. In the opening bout, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, will face two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia.
Then, former IBF 118-pound champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Ghana, Africa, will try to earn back the title from the man that won it from him, current IBF champ Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia.
With a victory over the hard-hitting Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22 on SHOWTIME, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko. If Darchinyan triumphs in his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009 on SHOWTIME.
Here are some thoughts gathered during each fighter’s camps and what they think about their opponents just days away from the tournament: (more…)
Up-and-coming cruiserweight hopeful Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-1, 11 KOs) is ready for the most important fight of his career. The 26-year-old Cuban will take on experienced Ali Ismailov (18-3-1, 13 KOs) in a WBA Cruiserweight Title Eliminator in Berlin on December 18. In the main fight of the evening, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against undefeated mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs). Hernandez and Huck have been working hard in training camp in Kienbaum, 20 miles east of Berlin. “Things have been going very well,” Hernandez said. “This is the biggest fight of my life and I am ready. I know that this will not be a walk in the park. Ismailov is a very strong opponent. I am prepared for a real battle.”
Once again, Team Sauerland will deliver a spectacular night of boxing, with three exciting heavyweight contenders displaying their skills on the undercard. 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on Nicolai Firtha (19-7-1, 8 KOs), while Kubrat Pulev (9-0, 5 KOs) will face former European Heavyweight Champion Paolo Vidoz (26-9, 15 KOs). Furthermore, Francesco Pianeta (20-0-1, 12 KOs) will come face-to-face with Mike Middleton (13-19-1, 5 KOs). “This is going to be another exciting night of boxing,” Kalle Sauerland said. “The undercard is as good as it gets. Three powerful heavyweight contenders plus a cruiserweight title eliminator. And on top of that, Marco Huck´s clash with Lebedev, which will certainly be one to remember. December 18 will be an early Christmas present for fight fans.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Patrick Fulcher
Last night’s fights at the Seminole Hard Rock Live arena certainly lived up to the billing as “The Backyard Brawl”. Fans braved the blustery winter conditions outside to see Chicago native and former world heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (55-10, 37 KOs) snatch a split decision victory over fellow Chicagoan “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KOs) to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt. (more…)
Photo credit: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko and Dereck Chisora held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Heidelberg (Germany). Over 1000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, Dec. 11. IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Klitschko and British and Commonwealth Champion Chisora will face off at the SAP ARENA in Mannheim, Germany. (more…)
Long after his boxing career was over, I had the opportunity to speak to former world champion Jesse James Leija, and I asked him what it was like to miss weight for one of the biggest fights of his career – a 2003 title bout against Kostya Tszyu. He didn’t hesitate in his response, likening it to seeing both your parents shot in front of you. UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves won’t go that far, but it’s close . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Unheralded Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) just knocked out two-time world champion Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) in the fifth round of a middleweight bout in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night. A left hook finished Mundine.
More to come from Ray Wheatley…
Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions announced today that WBA and IBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov and WBO World Champion Juergen Braehmer will meet in a Light Heavyweight World Championship Unification showdown January 8, 2011 at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Erik Morales has stood the test of twelve rounds and was declared ready for his bout against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios on December 18 at the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. ‘Terrible’ Morales and his team José “Olivaritos” Morales (father and trainer), Raul Robles (trainer), Francisco “Jordan” Nava and Rafael “Chino” Javier (assistants) have carried out the test in the Otomi Ceremonial Center Gym on Temoaya, State of Mexico. Morales sparred twelve hard rounds with Ismael “Bolillito” Gonzalez, Alejandro Sanabria, Jesus Barraza and Oscar Gonzalez. (more…)
Looks like WBO light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer will meet WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on January 8 in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. “It’s no problem for me to box in another country,” Brähmer told the Hamburger Morgenpost. “Over there the fight will do a very big number.” According to the Morgenpost, the contracts have been signed and the camps are simply working out the final details before an official announcement.
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