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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.
Promoters Don King and Ahmet Oner will host a press conference on Wednesday to officially announce a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout between WBC #1-ranked heavyweight Ray Austin and undefeated WBC #2-ranked (and Cuban 2004 Olympic heavyweight champion) Odlanier Solis to be held at AmericanAirlines Arena on December 17. The winner earns the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud will also be featured making the second defense of his title against and opponent to be named.
By David Hudson
On November 6th, boxing fans will be treated to an engaging battle between two of boxing’s best in the lower weight classes when undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez defends his title against former bantamweight and junior featherweight champion Rafael Marquez. The battle also renews the Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry in the Sweet Science, as the Puerto Rican champion Lopez squares off against the Mexican Marquez — he of the legendary battles with Israel Vazquez. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Question: What do the fighters Saensak Muangsurin, Leon Spinks, Jeff Fenech, Davey Moore, Sot Chitalada and Muangchai Kittikasem have in common?
Answer: All of these fighters won a world boxing championship in just a few professional bouts. For example, Muansurin won the WBC junior welterweight crown in his third bout. Spinks shocked the work by defeating the great Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in his eighth pro bout. Fenech won a bantamweight title in his 7th bout. Moore won a junior middleweight title in his ninth bout. Chitalda and Kittikasem won junior flyweight titles in their fifth and seventh pro bouts respectively. (more…)
A rib injury has ruled Kiko Martinez out of his European title showdown with Willie “Big Bang” Casey on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the University Arena in Limerick on Saturday, November 6th. However Martinez’s loss is Paul Hyland’s gain with the Dubliner now stepping in to meet Casey for the vacant European title in what will be the first ever all-Irish clash for a European title.
Casey became famous overnight by surprisingly winning the Prizefighter super bantamweight tournament in May as a late substitute. Hyland was already the number one challenger for the European title (previously held by Irishman Bernard Dunne until his shocking defeat to Martinez in 2007) and with Martinez having decided to vacate the title until he is fit to resume his career it leaves Casey and Hyland to battle it out in Limerick. (more…)
Ricky Burns says he will succeed where his Scottish ancestors failed – and repel a Viking invasion force on December 4. Burns defends his WBO super featherweight title at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, against Colombian-born Norwegian Andreas Evensen, live on Sky Sports. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga retained his South African lightweight title for the third time when he stopped Vusumzi Tyatyeka at 58 seconds into the eighth round at Uitenhage Indoor Centre, near Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. After a slow start Malinga, 33, landed a solid right to the head that stunned Tyatyeka, 23, in round eight and as referee Steven Simon picked up the count, the challengers corner threw in the towel to save their battered fighter. The champion, whose record improved to 27 wins in 35 bouts, including 24 stoppages, had his hands full to keep Tyatyeka 6-2; 5 at bay during the first half of the bout. However, experience and conditioning saw him take control and complete an impressive victory.
Photo by David Caselli
On July 12, 1986 a young Atlanta, Georgia native named Evander Holyfield electrified the state of Georgia. In a 15 round thriller Holyfield won his first world title by defeating the more experienced WBA cruiserweight champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi. The epic bout took place in Atlanta and was nationally televised during the peak boxing decade of the 1980s. The 24 plus years since that bout has seen the Georgia boxing circuit fall under the radar for the most part. New Georgia Boxing promoter Greg Barckhoff, however, is looking to change that pattern with his newly formed Sports Fan Properties LLC boxing promotions. Ironically Barckoff held a presentation of “The Ring of Honor” for Holyfield in his last show this past August. Fightnews caught up with Barckoff as he is preparing for his next show. (more…)
Interview by David Finger
For many boxing insiders, 2010 may go down as one of the most successful years for the Puerto Rico based World Boxing Organization. With Manny Pacquaio and Wladimir Klitschko both holding WBO belts, as well as hot young champions like Marco Huck and Juan Manuel Lopez, it is clear to all that the WBO has come a long way since its formation in 1988 . . . Click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Ed Mulholland
In what will be remembered as a seminal moment in UFC history the unbeaten Cain Velasquez TKO’ed reigning champion Brock Lesnar in the first round to become the new world heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 121.
The energy in the air was palpable as the sold out crowd in Anaheim, CA came to the realization that the world heavyweight title would be defended in just moments. With traditional Mexican trumpets sounding the young challenger Cain Velasquez made his way to the cage. Fans reveled at the opportunity given to the young man to become the first heavyweight of Mexican heritage to become world champion; never in MMA, never in boxing has anyone done so . . . Click here for more
By Andreas Hale
On November 6th, Allan Green (29-2, 20 KOs) and Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) will go head to head in a fight with major implications. The winner of this epic clash – which takes place as the co-featured bout on the Rafael Marquez Vs. Juan Manuel Lopez headlined card from the MGM Grand Garden – will earn a spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals. The tournament, as innovative as it is, has suffered from numerous hurdles dealing with boxer injuries. Jermaine Taylor, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Dirrell have all fallen victim to the menacing injury bug. With that being said, Green and Johnson have to seize the opportunity and prove that they are worth a spot in the lineup. (more…)
Report and photos by Felipe Leon
On Friday afternoon, mere steps from the San Diego-Tijuana border, former fighter Sergio “Cero” Sanchez, originally of the boxing hot bed of Los Mochis, MX, invited the Tijuana boxing community to the grand opening of his brand new gym, the Round Zero Box Training Center. Serving as the guest of honor was no other than three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and tapped as the Godmother of the affair, two time super bantamweight WBC female champ Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava helped Arce cut the ceremonial grand opening ribbon. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez arrives in Las Vegas late Sunday night to continue training 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.
Photos by ALA Boxing Promotions
World ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (22-1, 18 KOs) of the Philippines will face his biggest name to date this Saturday. Banal faces former two-time divisional world champion Luis Perez (26-4, 17 KOs) of Nicaragua. The bout will take place at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Ala boxing will promote the show. Fightnews spoke with Banal as he closed out his training camp for his fight with Perez. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores does not want to challenge any fighter. Not yet at least. However, he wants to challenge himself to see if he still has what it takes to fight at the highest level of competition. Based on his performance on Friday night, Flores looks like he is slowly moving in the right direction. Flores won a six round unanimous decision over Ishwar Amador before a crowd of about 750 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
David De La Mora 121.3 vs Victoriano Nuñez 121.3
Arturo Badillo 119 vs Rodolfo Garay 117.7
Julio Cesar Felix 106.5 vs Patricio Camacho 104.7
Raul Quirarte 144.4 vs Luis Quintero 144.4
Edibalto Ortego 127.2 vs Jesus Acosta 123.5
Jesus Badillo 125.7 vs Carlos Novoa 128.5
Melchor Olvera 130 vs Cesar De La Mora 129.6
Jesus Alejandro Juarez 112.4 vs Ivan Ornelas 112.4
Date: Monday, October 25th
Venue: El Foro Theatre, Tijuana, MX
Promoter: Baja Boxing
We’re sad to report that well known German boxing figure Jean-Marcel Nartz lost his wife Alexia after unexpected complications during what was supposed to be a routine surgical procedure. Fightnews.com staff sends our deepest sympathies to the Nartz family.
By Joe Koizimi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs), 121, Japan, kept his belt in his fifth defense as he displayed all he had and pounded out a hard-fought but eventually lopsided decision over official challenger Rendall Munroe (21-2, 9 KOs), 120.25, UK, over twelve furious rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official verdict was identically 119-109 by all judges of James Jen-Kin (US), David Sutherland (US) and Alejandro Rochin (Mexico). The referee was Guadalupe Garcia (Mexico). For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Ex-WBA 105-pound titlist, unbeaten KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs), 107.75, Nicaragua, impressively acquired the WBA interim 108-pound belt as he dropped grudge rival Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (21-8-2, 12 KOs), 108, Mexico, three times and scored a very quick demolition at 1:38 of the second round in a scheduled twelve-round elimination bout on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. For more details and photos click here…
By Tomas Szentes
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) is training hard for his American debut under the DeBella banner. Currently, the former national amateur head coach Karoly Balzsay Sr. directs Zsolt’s training camp at the KSI Gym in Budapest. The “Firebird” is ready to begin the sparring phase of his training camp, where he currently weighs only 179 pounds. Erdei’s main sparring partner, the unbeaten Hungarian/Slovakian “Tomi Kid” Kovacs (17-0-0, 12 KOs) arrives next week. The 36-year-old Hungarian was signed two weeks ago with DiBella Entertainment and will fight on the Martinez-Williams undercard against journeyman Sampson Onyango (20-6) from Kenya.
Photo by ALA Boxing Promotions
Former two-divisional world champion Luis Perez (26-4, 17 KOs) of Nicaragua arrived in Cebu City, Ceut, Philippines today. Perez will face world ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (22-1, 18 KOs) of the Philippines this Saturday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The bout will be a 10 round main event fight at a catch weight of 120 pounds maximum. from left to right: Mario Garcia (manager) with Luis Reynaldo Mendoza and Luis Perez, Dennis Canete (VP ALA Promotions), Mike Lopez (Spanish interpreter based in Cebu).
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photo by Sebastian Andrzejczyk
WBC #3 light heavyweight David “Cygan” Kostecki (35-1, 24 KOs) was a star during a “Hilton Boxing Night” in Warsaw, Poland, winning by KO in the fourth round against Sean Corbin (14- 3, 10 KOs). Kostecki needed only four rounds to solidify his position as a WBC title contender. Only in the second round did he have some problems with taller and somewhat agiler opponent. The bout ended when the fighter from Guyana got knocked out by quick straight right, left combination and although Corbin was able to beat a ten count, referee Daniel Van de Wiele was correct in ending the fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a South African flyweight title eliminator Doctor Ntsele scored an impressive fourth round technical knockout over Lehlohonolo Ramagole in a scheduled ten rounder at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Ntsele who improved his record to 12-3-1; 10 now earns the right to challenge South African champion Xolani Sifama from the Eastern Cape. (more…)
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