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Story by David Finger
Day two of the 23rd Annual WBO Convention continued yesterday in impressive fashion as WBO President Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel thanked those who came out to Cartigenia before turning attention to another video produced by “Los Mejor del Boxeo”. This video briefly covered the history of Colombia’s thirty plus world champions (seven of which were WBO champions), and proved to be an exciting way of kicking off the event.
Following the video attorney Andrew Horn discussed the legal situation with the WBO. With no pending cases and the pending collection of damages on a suit against a former state commissioner, Horn was allowed to gloat as he proclaimed the WBO “is still undefeated” in regards to the legal aspect of its operations. (more…)
In a media conference call today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® President Dana White announced the UFC is adding two new championship divisions at bantamweight (135lbs.) and featherweight (145lbs.), while also announcing a new television deal with the VERSUS Network to air four UFC fights in 2011.
“As the UFC continues to evolve and grow globally, we want to be able to give fans title fights in every weight division,” said White. “This is a big day for the sport and the athletes who will have the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage in the world.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
He is 35 years, an age at which most fighters’ careers have careened on a downward spiral. He has emerged from a historic yet brutal four-bout war with the tough Israel Vazquez. He is moving up in weight to face an undefeated champion, a man eight years younger. His opponent is not only younger but also taller with a superior reach. These are obstacles that most pugilists could not overcome. But, Rafael Marquez is no ordinary fighter. He is a former champion and a fighter’s fighter.
On November 6, 2010, the boxing world will see if Marquez is still at or near the top of his fighting prowess when he faces undefeated Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez in a Showtime-televised bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Audley Harrison returned to Britain this week ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye – and has been met with a wave of public support ahead of their grudge match. Harrison has set up camp in Haye’s backyard of south London before moving up to Manchester ahead of the November 13 clash at the M.E.N Arena and the southpaw says he’s been inundated with supporters as his date with destiny draws closer.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the British public,” said Harrison. “Through my Twitter page, Facebook and at AudleyHarrison.com, I have received thousands of messages of support and I am grateful that people are following my story and wishing me success.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBC jr flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa steps back into the ring against Japanese opponent Masufumi Okubo on November 20th, headlining a card that will feature five WBC regional titles up for grabs. Sosa (40-6, 24 KOs) will defend his WBC International flyweight belt against Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs), a slick boxer who presents a 13-1-1 record in his last 15 fights. Okubo is a former the OPFB Asian Flyweight titleholder which he lost on a majority decision to Filipino Rocky Fuentes. For his part,the very popular Mexico City-born Sosa is looking to make it a perfect 4-0 since moving up from the flyweight division this year. + photos
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World rated 154 pounder Rob Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will clash with American Jason LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds on Sunday in Globally televised bout at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Medley dropped a twelve round decision to former WBA super middleweight Anthony Mundine in 2010 but is now looking forward to an IBF jr middleweight title shot against champion Cornelius Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs). “Bundrage is a very good boxer,” said Medley. “I have followed his career and his win over Cory Spinks to win the title was impressive.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga returns to action after 13 months inactivity when he meets Michael Domingo of the Philippines at the Mafikeng University Hall on Saturday night in an eliminator fot the IBF bantamweight title. The belt is held by Yhonny Perez who won the vacant title when he stopped South Africa’s Silence Mabuza. The southpaw Malinga (19-3-1, 12 KOs) who is rated at number nine by the IBF faces a tough assignment against the 31-year-old Domingo (46-14-2, 18 KOs) who is vastly more experienced than the South African. (more…)
IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots Nov. 12, headlining “Homecoming King” in a 10-round, non-title fight against Colombian power-puncher Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. It’s been two years since Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs) last fought in Rhode Island, but the star of The Contender, Season I reality television series obviously enjoys fighting in his backyard, sporting a 16-1 (10 KOs) pro record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) at Twin River.
“Fighting at home is a key for me because I’m very comfortable and it’s convenient being with my family, sleeping in my own bed, eating at familiar restaurants, training in my father’s gym, and running the same places,” Manfredo said. “Twin River is right down the street from where I work and, of course, there’s nothing better than fighting in front of my fans. A lot of people feel that there’s a lot of pressure fighting at home. I don’t have any pressure here. I’ve been fighting in Rhode Island since I was five years old. Boxing is still big here and the fans are great.” (more…)
Tune in this Monday night, November 1 as Manny Pacquiao returns to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at 12:05 a.m. Following in the tradition of Pacquiao’s previous visits, he will be performing a musical number – this time with the help of fellow guest, actor Will Ferrell. Pacquiao is currently in training in Los Angeles for his November 13 WBC junior middleweight championship match with Antonio Margarito in Texas. Last year Pacquiao serenaded the live studio audience with a rendition of the love song, “Sometimes When We Touch.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos by David Martin Warr
Don King held court this afternoon at the American Airlines Arena to announce the upcoming WBC heavyweight “final elimination” bout in Miami for Friday, December 17th. King, aged 79, dazzled the assembled media for two hours with his unique blend of hyperbole and flash. Waving an American flag emblazoned with the image of a Native American, King proclaimed “boxing is life and life is boxing” to kick off the press conference in true Don King style. The main event pits 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medal winner Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) For more details and photos click here…
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, training out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, is scheduled to take on Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (21-5-1, 13KOs) 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…
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during a packed media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles Wednesday. 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…
Coaches Collide, Plus The Wild Card Picks Are Made On An All New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Koscheck’s Sako faces off against Dane from Team GSP, plus the coaches’ challenge and the wild card picks are chosen tonight on an all new Ultimate Fighter, 10pm on SPIKE
Former heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) and wife Alana Briggs arrived moments ago to Newark, New Jersey international airport. Briggs has been in Germany since his loss to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) on October 16th. Briggs suffered multiple injuries as a result of the fight with the most serious being a torn left bicep which he had surgery on. Briggs contacted Fightnews upon entering the airport arrivals terminal. “We are happy to be back home. Germany was great! We are in New Jersey to pick up our two sons, 13-year-old Chan and 4-year-old Caden. Right now no decisions will be made on whether I will continue boxing or not. We will go home and rehab and sit down with the family and make that decision at a later date. I feel great! Like I could fight next week! For now I will stay busy with my business ventures and continue to promote Zivair and put the finishing touches on my wife’s skin care line. Thanks to my fans for all the support and love I received from around the world. It made me realize how many people I touched. I just want you all to know how much you have touched me.”
Dion Savage 168 vs. Eddie Hunter 164
Gary Russell Jr 126.8 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 126.2
Yakubu Amidu 129.8 vs. Noe Lopez Jr 128.8
Ramon Valadez TBA vs. Aaron Anderson TBA
Fidel Maldonado Jr 135.4 vs. John Willoughby 133.4
Trevor McCumby 177.4 vs. Sharieff Hayes 175.8
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains at the Wild Card gym with Freddie Roach.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
With less than four weeks until the highly anticipated rematch between reigning WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina and former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs), chief trainer Gabriel Sarmiento feels his fighter is in the best shape of his illustrious career. “The preparation has been going great, I feel it’s been the best training camp of his career and we’ll prove that come November 20th,” said Sarmiento. “With the preparation Sergio is having I don’t think Paul Williams will be able to keep up. He’s doing great physically and mentally he’s very motivated.” For more details and photos click here…
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…)
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