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By Craig Watt
In an intriguing match up on December 8th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia former two weight world champion Anthony ‘The Man” Mundine (40- 3, 24KO’s) takes on Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (9-1-1, 5KO’s) at middleweight. The fight with Mundine is the contracted prize for Wood’s efforts in winning the Contender Series in Australia when he outpointed Kariz Kariuki in an absorbing final back in January. On paper it seems a straight- forward assignment for Mundine who has not lost since his 2005 when he was outpointed by Mikkel Kessler but many people believe the 32 year old Wood has a puncher’s chance in a Rocky Balboa type cameo appearance. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A few intriguing questions will be answered Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Chumash Casino Resort.
– Will Hollywood’s Lateef “Power” Kayode (14-0, 13 KOs) increase his knockout streak to 14 in a row when he faces Ed “The Georgia Thumper” Perry (17-4-2, 1 NSF) of Frankfort, Ind., in a 10-round cruiserweight main event?
– Will former Cuban Olympian Luis “La Estrella” Franco keep his unbeaten streak (7-0, 5-0) alive and continue to move up the ranks against a tough Philadelphia fighter Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout?
– Will both Perry and Hunter be able to take advantage of a great opportunity and play the role of the spoiler on national TV and shock their higher profiled opponents?
All four fighters weighed in on Thursday with Kayode coming in at 199 ¼, Perry at 198 ¾, and both Franco and Hunter tipping the scales at 125 ½ pounds. (more…)
Heavyweight Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International belt on Thursday night at the Halle Georges Carpentier in Paris, France. Scores were 116-111, 116-112 for Mormeck and 115-113 for Ibragimov.
From Route 66 Casino west of Albuquerque, N.M. for Friday night’s fight card promoted by Fresquez Productions:
Holly Holm 139.4 vs. Ann Marie Saccurato 138.5
Victoria Cisneros 132.5 vs. Chevelle Hallback 135
Antonio Martinez 134 vs. Michael Maltomano n/a
Vincent Mirabal 148 vs. Joel Vargas 149
Jodie Esquibel 106 vs. Savanna Hill 106
Emmanuel Thompson 172.5 vs. Christian Bruffy-Holmes 173.5
Photos by Howard Schatz
Four of the world’s most talented bantamweights participated in a national media conference call to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All – a two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders – which begins with two Semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
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 win over Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko. If Darchinyan wins his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009.
Regardless of the scenarios, storylines and matchups, each boxer starts the tournament on Dec. 11 with the same chance to make, and win, the Final – and ultimately earn bragging rights as the best bantamweight in the world.
All fighters in The Bantamweight Tournament are guaranteed two fights within the tournament structure – Semifinals and Finals. The winners of each Semifinal will fight for the Bantamweight Tournament Championship with the losers fighting in the consolation fight on the same night. In the event of a draw in the Semifinals, SHOWTIME will determine the Championship opponent based on tournament performance. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire arrives in Anaheim for his upcoming double main event fight against former world champion Wladimiro Sidorenko of the Ukraine on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, December 4 and broadcast live on Pay Per View. In the other half of this double main event blockbuster, Humberto Soto battles Urbano Antillon for the WBC Lightweight title. more photos
On Friday evening, reigning European super welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (43-3, 21 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against Hamlet Petrosyan (29-6, 10 KOs) at the Sparta Prague Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Today both Konecny and Petrosyan weighed in at 154lbs.
Ondrej Pala 240 vs Ergin Solmaz 260
Haxhi Krasniqi 172.6 vs Jindrich Velecky 174.4
Kreshnik Qato 158.7 vs Karama Nyilawila 159.6
Hamid Rahimi 159.2 vs Attila Kiss 156.7
Ludovit Plachetka 174.8 vs Josef Obeslo 174.4
Not long ago, Cristobal Arreola had won his first 27 pro fights; was ranked as the #1 heavyweight contender in the world; and was arguably the most popular and exciting heavyweight boxer worldwide since Mike Tyson. However, all thoughts of Arreola taking over Tyson’s reign dissipated after a hard-fought world title loss to Vitali Klitschko, when the Riverside, California knockout artist ballooned up to 263 pounds for his next fight and has been criticized for his lack of conditioning and desire ever since.
Now 29-2 (25 KOs) and desperate to regain respect and acceptance as a legitimate contender for a world heavyweight title, “The Nightmare” will take on hard-hitting southpaw Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of the Goossen Tutor Promotions presentation of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on January 28, 2011 LIVE at 10 PM Eastern/7 PM local. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
“A lot of people say Marcos Maidana is a bigger puncher,” Amir Khan told the media today during a national teleconference. “But I’m one of the biggest punchers in the division – and I have speed.”
Needless to say, Khan promised a victory when he steps into the ring against Marcos Maidana in a 140-pound WBA title fight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, December 11.
“We’ll go after him and, after we break him down,” said Khan’s trainer, Freddy Roach, “we’ll knock him out in the late rounds.”
Miguel Diaz, Maidana’s trainer, said to expect a much different fighter than the Maidana who struggled in his last fight, against Demarcus Corley. “We’ve had great sparring and Marcos is in very good condition,” said Diaz.
Maidana talked about defeating Khan – whether his opponent was foolish enough to mix it up with him, or if he had to chase him down. “If he wants to stay with me, it’s no secret that it’s my fight,” said Maidana. “But if he moves around? I’m okay with cutting off the ring and beating him in the corners or against the ropes. It’s gonna be my fight either way.” Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
In the first TUF12 semifinal bout, Team GSP squadmates Kyle Watson and Jonathan Brookins meet, and head coach Georges St-Pierre has been forced to remove himself as a cornerman in order to keep things neutral . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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The March 5 fight between four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and former Danish contender “Super-Brian” Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) was announced today in Copenhagen, Denmark. The bout will take place at the Koncertsal in Copenhagen, which seats approximately 2,000. Holyfield will prepare for the match in Atlanta, while Nielsen will train at the Sauerland Gym in Berlin. It will be the 48-year-old Holyfield’s first fight since stopping Frans Botha in April. The 45-year-old Nielsen is coming off an eight-year layoff.
Jim Martin, husband and trainer of female ring legend Christy Martin, is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon following last week’s assault that left the former female world champion with both knife and gunshot wounds. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the attack came shortly after Christy told him she was leaving him to be with another woman.
By Ray Wheatley
Photos by Werner Kalin
Australian based Cameroon born super middleweight Serge Yannick weighed 165.7 and Samoan Togasimilimai Letoa weighed 166.6 for their twelve round PABA title bout. Australian light heavyweight champion Shane McConville weighed 174.8 and challenger Blake Caparello was 173 for their Australian title bout over ten rounds on Friday. The promotion is being held at Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The promoter is Charlie Lipatota.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Pugilistic Promotions promised to add more local spice to the Miami boxing scene when it kicked off a monthly Friday night fight series at the Magic City casino last month. Yesterday they delivered on that promise in record-breaking fashion. The final press conference for this Friday’s card featured seven of the eight professional Cuban boxers scheduled to fight. All eight will see action in the “Cuba vs. the World” bouts tomorrow night. For more details and photos click here…
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) hasn’t made a mandatory defense in over two years, has fought only once during the last 24 months, and has no fights scheduled at the moment. This irks undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs), who is tired of waiting in line. “I thought he came to the states to get fights,” said Martirosyan. “I have been calling his name for a long time and the question is, are you ever going to fight me and prove to the world that you are a real champion and not just a champion made overseas?” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 162.4 vs. Purnell Gates 160.2
Sebastien Demers 167.1 vs. Renan St. Juste 167.2
(WBO NABO super middleweight title)
Arash Usmanee 129.2 vs. Pedro Navarrete 129.15
(NABA Super Featherweight title)
Tony Luis 134.2 vs. Aldo Valtierra 134.14
Kevin Lavallee 129.1 vs. Issac Bejarano 130.8
Ahmad Chiekho 152 vs. Justin Fountain 151.5
Ghislain Maduma 133.15 vs. Sezer Erunsai 136
Tyler Asselstine 130.6 vs. Dave McQuaker 129.3
Venue: Bell Centre Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell: 7pm
Television: Super Channel 9pm
Veteran boxing commentator Rich Marotta has been elected as the 26th member of the Hall of Fame of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters (SCSB). Marotta, winner of four Emmy Awards, ten Golden Mikes and the prestigious Sam Taub Award as Boxing Broadcaster of the Year in 2007, will be inducted at the SCSB’s 20th Annual Awards Luncheon on January 25, 2011. Currently, Marotta serves as ringside color commentator on boxing’s popular Top Rank Live series on FOX Sports Net (FSN).
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko and former Euro champ Albert Sosnowski faced off today in the final press conference in advace of their showdown Saturday at the Sport- und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany.
Sosnowski: “I have learned a lot from the fight against Vitali. I have grown [as a boxer] and I know what I did wrong. Now I want to get my belt back in impressive fashion and get into a position again for a world title fight. The belt is actually mine. I never lost it.”
Dimitrenko: “I’m not impressed by his statement. Naturally, he thinks that the belt belongs to him. But he could have already fought me and not against Vitali. I’m ready for Saturday and I will not give up the belt. I’m keeping it. That is something he can forget. Everybody should come to the arena. You’ll see a good show.”
View highlights from Lateef Kayode’s victory in August 2010 and be sure to catch the undefeated top-contender’s upcoming fight against Ed Perry on ShoBox: The Next Generation on Friday night at 11:05PM ET/PT.
On December 11th, former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) returns to the ring at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lacy will be taking on Philly vet Dhafir Smith (24-19-7, 4 KOs) for the vacant UBO super middleweight belt. In the co-feature, Florida heavyweight, Lenroy Thomas (16-1, 8 KOs) meets Arron Lyons (11-9-1, 7 KOs) in a six rounder. Another featured bout matches local favorite and reigning NABA female super bantamweight champion Jenna “Cowgirl” Shiver (13-4-1, 2 KOs) against Nydia Feliciano (2-1-3). (more…)
Resilience is a trait celebrated throughout the fight world, and rightfully so. Who can resist seeing someone lift himself up off the canvas to win a fight or to come back against impossible odds to pull out a victory? But what about simply being stubborn? Well, Kendall Grove wants to get some love for that underappreciated trait, especially considering that after more than a few steps to the edge of the proverbial cliff in his career, he still refuses to be pushed off . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
For more info on TUF Finale: Bonnar vs. Pokrajac, go to www.ufc.com
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian lightweight champion Brett William Smith (8-0-1, 5 KOs) will defend the title against Brendan Batty (16-21, 11 KOs) over ten rounds at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Smith, 29 years, captured the national title in September when he scored a shutout decision over Jason Crowe in a action ten round bout. Batty won his most recent bout by four round decision over debutant Beu Callaghan in October but lost to Casey Gilmour in 2010 and 2009 by points decisions over for and six rounds. Greg Eadie stopped Batty in three rounds of Australian 130 pound title bout in 2009. On undercard bout cruiserweight Danny Price (6-2-2, 4 KOs) will punch it out with Michael O’Donnell (5-11, 2 KOs). The matchmaker is Pat Kennedy and the promoter Left Hook Promotions.
The Official Weigh-in for “In Harm’s Way” will take place on Friday at the Honda Center (2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92806). Open to the public, the Honda Center doors will open at 1:30 p.m. PT with the pay-per-view fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Saturday’s live pay-per-view broadcast includes two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) and his opponent former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs); WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) and his title challenger, consensus Top-10 contender Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs); undefeated lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) and his opponent Olivier Lontchi (18-1-2, 8 KOs); and top-ten middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) and his opponent Jose Pinzon (19-1-1, 13 KOs) making his U.S. debut.
A solid undercard is on tap when IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), former IBF bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko (27-2-0, 22 KOs) and undefeated Olympian Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) battle it out in semi-final bouts in SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Bantamweight Tournament on December 11 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Highlighting the off-TV fights will be a bout for the vacant WBO NABO super flyweight title between top 10-ranked Cesar Seda (19-0-0, 14 KOs) and an opponent to be determined, plus hot super bantamweight Chris Avalos (17-1-0, 14 KOs) meets veteran Cecilio Santos (25-15-3, 15 KOs). (more…)
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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Polish junior middleweight sensation Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) must once again rebound from the fallout of a career defining fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was announced Tuesday morning that Chavez Jr. had a 102.8 degree temperature and was forced to pull out of the contracted main event of Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing pay per view extravaganza.
“We are extremely disappointed in the pullout,” said Wolak’s manager Ivan Edwards. “We took this fight on late notice and were prepared to give Chavez Jr. the hardest fight of his career. (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory’s Brad Solomon, fresh off a second-round TKO victory in Nicaragua on Thanksgiving Day, has been added to the Dec. 7 star-studded boxing lineup at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Solomon (15-0, 7 KOs), ranked fourth in the WBA, scored a second round TKO over Mexican Javier Gallegos during the WBA Convention in Managua. Solomon will fight highly-regarded Anges Adjaho (25-3, 14 KOs) who lives in Geneva, N.Y. and is from the Republic of Benin in West Africa. It will be Solomon’s second appearance at Hard Rock Live. In his first appearance in August, the quick-fisted welterweight scored a six-round TKO over Wilfredo Negron.
Featured in the main event is former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall fighting Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title. McCall, 45, (54-10, 37 KOs) of Plantation will face a formidable opponent in Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs) in the twelve-rounder. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Wladimiro Sidorenko, Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for the double main event fights on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday and broadcast live on Pay Per View. Donaire takes on Sidorenko and Soto battles Antillon in their double main event blockbuster. Click here for more photos…
By Doug Gibson
Ogden, Utah, cruiserweight Valente Tinajero lost his first big fight earlier this year when he was beaten by former champ King Arthur Williams in Las Vegas. On Saturday night Tinajero, 8-2, gets another shot at a crossroads fight when he takes on durable veteran Gary Gomez in the headline bout at Ogden’s Golden Spike Arena. The eight-round bout is for the Utah cruiserweight championship.
For Tinajero, who trains at Foley’s gym in Ogden, the Williams and Gomez fights cap a busy year for the 31-year-old, who was absent from the ring for three years after winning his eighth professional fight in 2007. “It was very frustrating,” Tinajero says regarding the inactivity. “I had several fights scheduled that would be cancelled at the last minute.” The Ogden fighter was offered a chance to live and fight in California but wants to stay in Utah to be close to his two young daughters. (more…)
ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series kicks off 2011 on January 7 at the Cox Pavilion, which is connected to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds for the vacant IBF North American junior welterweight and the WBC International super lightweight titles, Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0, 11 KOs) will face Mauricio Herrera (15-1, 7 KOs). Provodnikov is rated at WBO #7 and IBF #14. In the co-feature, junior middleweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8 KOs) will fight undefeated (Sam Gonzalez, 7-0-1, 3 KOs). The undercard will include heavyweight Garret Simon (4-0, 3 KOs) light heavyweight Jackson Junior (8-0, 7 KOs) and super bantamweight Alex de Oliveira (16-1, 12 KOs).
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