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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
The UFC suffered a major blow when heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was forced out of his UFC 106 title bout with Shane Carwin due to a severe case of the flu. With time ticking away and no main event in sight, what did UFC president Dana White do?
He simply bumped the night’s slated co-main event—a rematch between Forrest Griffin (16-6) and Tito Ortiz (16-6-1)—to headlining status. .. . . click here for more
Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.
A press conference was held today for Universum Box-Promotion’s world title tripleheader on Saturday at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion. Here’s what the fighters had to say… (more…)
Star Boxing has announced that the premiere December 3rd installment of its new series, “Hustler Boxing”, will be shown live on the Versus Network. The card will take place at the Grand Ballroom at New York’s famous Manhattan Center, and will feature light welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10KO) taking on Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1, 4KO) for the vacant USBA light welterweight championship. The card will also feature a battle between undefeated, sensational welterweight prospects, Star Boxing’s “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) and three-time national golden gloves champion, Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO). Robinson vs. Solomon is scheduled for six rounds. In another featured bout, “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) meets Jenna “Cowgirl” Shivers (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA female super bantamweight belt. Tickets are $202, $152, $102, $52 with VIP tables of ten also available. Call 718-823-2000.
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and WBC cruiserweight champion Giaccobe Fragomeni pose at Monday’s press conference in advance of their world title showdown on Saturday’s big “Universum Champions Night” world title tripleheader in Kiel, Germany. (Full report to come)
UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV heads to the suburbs of Washington D.C. on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT for the first ever UFC fight in Virginia with a card featuring some of the best up-and-coming lightweight fighters. Emanating from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the campus of George Mason University, undefeated UFC lightweight Gray Maynard (9-0, 1 NC) takes on hard-hitting Nate Diaz (11-4) in the main event with Efrain Escudero and Evan Dunham in a duel of undefeated fighters in the co-feature. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) announced today that the bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva will headline UFC 108 as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira today was forced to pull out of his fight with Cain Velasquez due to a severe injury to his left elbow. UFC 108, which is presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2010. (more…)
How has “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali™ inspired you to find your greatness within? To kickoff the 100th Anniversary celebration of Everlast and to introduce the Everlast new line of Muhammad Ali™ replica products, Everlast is asking you to describe in 500 words or less how Muhammad Ali™ has inspired and influenced you to achieve greatness. The Grand Prize is a trip for two (2) to Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville, KY and a private tour of the Muhammad Ali™ Center. The Grand Prize winner will also receive the entire Muhammad Ali™ Collection by Everlast. Two (2) Runner-Ups will receive a special prize pack featuring the complete line of products from the Muhammad Ali™ Collection by Everlast. To enter, please visit Muhammad Ali™ “The Greatest Inspire Greatness” contest site.* Hurry to enter. The contest ends November 20th.
Like WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, Oakland native Andre Ward was also on hand for Sunday’s NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland Coliseum. As far as we know, the fighters didn’t run into each other at the game. Chances of a face-to face showdown are better for today (Monday), when both Ward and Kessler take part in a media workout open to the public at King’s Gym in Oakland in preparation for Saturday’s WBA world title fight and SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup. Kessler will work out at 11:30AM and Ward will work out an hour later at 12:30PM.
Bantamweight contender Z Gorres survived a late knockdown in route to a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Since the surgery, Gorres’ progress has been very good. The brain pressure has remained stable. Monitoring is not needed anymore. The plan for tomorrow is to decrease sedation and allow him to be more conscious. They will start weaning him from the ventilator in order to allow him to breathe on his own. Team Gorres ask for all who believe in prayer to continue to pray for him and his recovery.
Report by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision . . . Click here for more
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler arrived in San Francisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. He left Sacramento after watching the Pacquiao-Cotto clash. “That was a great fight,” he said. “I have the utmost of respect for both fighters. They really put on a great show.” Kessler will take on Oakland hero Andre Ward in their hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic opening clash next Saturday. On Sunday afternoon he caught a first glimpse of the Oracle Arena when he and his team attended the NFL Game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Coliseum. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The welterweight mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto had all the makings of a classic war reminiscent of the 80’s era. When the first bell rang, thoughts of Hagler-Hearns and Leonard-Duran crossed the minds of those in attendance at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Those thoughts lasted all of three-and-a-half rounds – until the legend of Pacquiao imposed its will on Cotto . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
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After Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Miguel Cotto en route to claiming his 7th world title in as many weight classes, a chant of “We want Floyd” showered the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
The fans weren’t the only ones hoping that, somehow, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will step up to the plate to take on boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound champion . . . Click here for more
Manny Pacquiao likened himself to a tiger that stalked a wounded prey after his sensational stoppage victory over Miguel Cotto on Saturday night before more than 16,000 fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I was like a ferocious tiger,” said Pacquiao in Filipino as he was waiting for the cue to entertain an interview request with ESPN Deportes at the Pacquiao-Cotto Media Center. “Cotto kept on running,” said Pacquiao of his fallen Puerto Rican foe, who he later showered with praises. “Cotto is still very tough, though,” added Pacquiao.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
In an amazing, violent fight, Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) stopped WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) in round twelve to win another world title in an unprecedented seventh weight division on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters were on the attack from the opening bell. Pacman dropped Cotto with a right hook in round three. Cotto dominated round four, but was dropped by a left uppercut at the end of the round. Cotto fought courageously but was rocked again in the sixth by Pacman’s hurtful shots coming in from all angles. Cotto began to box from the outside in the seventh with some success. However, Pacquiao continued to stalk him and break him down. Cotto was in survival mode down the stretch. Referee Kenny Bayless finally waved in off in round twelve. Time was :55.
Unbeaten “Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Troy Rowland (25-3, 7 KOs) in a middleweight clash. Chavez’ harder punches earned him a 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 victory. John Duddy has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for Chavez, who was officially fighting as a full-fledged middleweight for the first time. It’s possible that Chavez could see action on Top Rank’s December 19 Latin Fury card in Cancun.
In a stunner, unbeaten but unheralded jr middleweight Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), outboxed and dethroned WBA super welterweight world champion Daniel Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) over twelve highly technical rounds. Foreman was credited with a knockdown in round two when an off-balance Santos’ glove touched the canvas, had the three-time world champion hurt in round four, and generally gave Santos fits withhis quickness and movement. There were many head clashes in the fight. Foreman punctuated his win with another knockdown of Santos in the twelfth. Scores were 116-110, 117-109, 117-109.
Former world title challenger and “Contender: Season One” star Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs) upset WBC #7 welterweight Jesus Soto Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), winning a six round technical decision. Gomez was right at the side of his right eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three and the cutbothered Gomez thereafter. The cards read 58-54, 57-55, 57-55, all for Gomez. Soto-Karass was deducted points for low blows in rounds three and four.
Results by Brady Crytzer
In a grueling three round contest, Randy “The Natural” Couture utilized a strength and wrestling advantage to outmuscle Brandon “The Truth” Vera en route to winning a unanimous decision. In round one Couture dominated the action by pressing Vera into the cage and controlling his body for the full five minutes. Round two saw Vera fend off the clinch of Couture and hurt him badly with a kick to the ribs. The final round witnessed Couture control the majority of the round with a strong clinch but Vera nearly finish the fight with two hard body kicks and a takedown. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 in favor of Randy “The Natural” Couture. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Samuel Malinga was just too big and strong for Pius Dipheko and stopped him the fifth round to win the WBO Africa interim junior welterweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Saturday night. The former WBF and SA champion systematically wore down the gutsy Dipheko (62.94 kg) who tried to slug it out with Malinga (62.76 kg) rather than to stick and run which is his normal boxing style. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Top Rank’s hot Olympian middleweight prospect Matt Korobov (8-0, 6 KOs) took a one-sided six round unanimous decision over James Winchester (10-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
Eden Sonsona def Elion Kedem via TKO at :17 in the second round. Sonsona dropped Kedem with a hard left hand in the first round and blitzed Kedem right as the bell sounded in the second as referee Joe Cortez was forced to wave off the bout.
Flyweight Richie Mepranum (15-2-1, 3 KOs) won a six round split decision over Ernie Marquez (9-6-2, 3 KOs). Scores were 58-55, 57-56 Mepranum, 57-56 Marquez.
Lightweight Abner Cotto (5-0, 3 KOs), Miguel’s second cousin, won a six round unanimous decision over Luis Guzman (3-5, 2 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
Super Welterweight Rodrigo Garcia remained unbeaten with a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Martin Vierra (5-3-1, 2 KO’s). Garcia (5-0 4 KO’s) landed the more effective and harder punches of the two. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Garcia.
WBA #13 middleweight Andy Lee (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round decision over reigning European Union and French champion Affif Belghecham (19-4-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before his hometown fans at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. The much taller Lee clinically outboxed Belghecham from the outside, refraining from engaging in exchanges for the first eight rounds. Belghecham, however, stormed back and dominated the last two rounds with Lee barely hanging on at the end. The referee was the sole scorer for the bout and he had it 99-92 for Lee.
WBO #2/IBF #5/WBC #5/WBA #14 flyweight Andrea Sarritzu (30-4-4, 12 KOs) regained the vacant European title with a seventh round TKO over Christophe Rodrigues (15-16-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palazzetto dello Sport in Cagliari, Italy. Rodrigues quit between rounds seven and eight citing a shoulder injury. Sarritzu previoualy held the title for nearly two years between 2006 and 2008. He is now 3-0 against Rodrigues.
By Francisco Salazar
Newly-crowned WBA heavyweight champion David Haye was all smiles on Saturday afternoon at a luncheon to honor his majority decision victory over Nicolay Valuev. Haye has a mandatory title defense over former world champion John Ruiz, who he stated will be his biggest challenge in his career because of his fighting style. However, he was not shy about who he would like to face down the road. “I was destined to be a world champion. My biggest fight and payday will be against the Klitschkos. I know that the money will be the deciding factor in bringing them to the table.”
By Andreas Hale
Golden Boy Promotions and Lou Dibella Entertainment officially announced the January 30 showdown between six-time world champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley and current WBC welter champ Andre Berto, today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The two will clash on HBO’s World Championship Boxing on Jan. 30, from the Mandalay Bay.
Lou Dibella: “You looked sensational against Margarito but you had a guy in front of you. He came right at you and had no speed. Right before the fight, he got caught for the cheater he is. As good as you looked, he let you look better than you are. Father time is not any of our friends and on January 30th in my heart I believe that the Shane Mosley era ends and the Berto era begins.”
Andre Berto: “This is a dream of mine to fight in Las Vegas in a megafight. This is going to be an epic fight.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “38 is now the 28 of today. (Mosley) is still young and fresh. That’s what sets him apart from all the fighters today.”
Shane Mosley: “I always thought Berto fought like me and I did say he made a lot of mistakes. He still makes those mistakes and its going to be a problem when we fight. I’m so excited to be able to fight on January 30th. I can’t wait.”
By Bob Ryder
Vernon “VIP” Paris and Brian “The Lion” Mihtar both successfully came back from extended absences from the ring on Friday night in Detroit. Promoters Carlos Llinas Productions (CLIP), Ron Remus Productions in conjunction with Olympia Entertainment were rewarded with a SRO house at the Masonic Temple. In one of two co-main events, junior welterweight Vernon Paris dominated Jesse Francisco of Crystal River, FL in scoring a second round TKO. Before the fight Paris had stated “I’m really excited about getting into action again and more importantly I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made in my personal life. I want to stay active.” The “Ice Man” also credited his young daughter as giving him the inspiration to do the right thing. For more details and photos click here…
Putting the victor in line for a shot at recently-crowned IBF Super Flyweight Champion Simphiwe Nongqayi, Mexico’s Alberto Rosas worked his way to a unanimous decision over awkward Federico Catubay, of the Philippines, last night at the House of Blues inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Story by Robert Kravantka
Mike “Quick” Swick faces off with Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in what could be the winner’s ticket to a title shot against current UFC welterweight holder, George St. Pierre .. . . click here for more
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
Roberto Duran predicted on Friday that the 12-round WBO welterweight title match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto tomorrow will be “tough for both fighters.” Speaking to Filipino scribes at the Pacquiao-Cotto media center following the eventful official weigh-in, Duran, now 58-years-old, believes the fight will be decided in the later rounds since “Cotto will not expose himself as much as he used to.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten South African welterweight champion Chris van Heerden knocked out Venance Mponji from Tanzania after just 102 seconds in the first round of a bout scheduled for ten in Meyerton on Friday night. Mponji (65.50 kg) came out fast at the bell taking the fight to Van Heerden (66.16 kg) who backed off against his smaller opponent. However, the aggressive Mponji was unable to penetrate Van Heerden’s defence. Fighting off his back foot the southpaw South African calmly took everything thrown at him by Mponji before stepping in with a short right to the body that dropped the Tanzanian on his back where he took the full count from referee Alfred Buqwana. (more…)
We’re sad to report that bantamweight contender Z Gorres is in critical condition and undergoing surgery in a Las Vegas Hospital at this moment to relieve pressure on the brain. He collapsed after winning a ten rounder over Luis Melendez. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this great fighter.
Update: Following a successful surgery, Gorres will be kept in a coma for several days to stabilize his condition.
Super middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-9, 22 KOs) won a ten round split decision over hot prospect Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota. Vanda simply beat Williams to the punch all night long, compiling a 96-95, 97-94 win on two cards. Williams prevailed 97-93 on the third card.
Super featherweight Wilton “The Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-0-1, 9 KOs) took a one-sided eight round decision over Leon Bobo (18-4-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
In an IBF super flyweight elimination bout, Alberto Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) took a twelve round unanimous decision over Federico Catubay (25-16-3, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
Bantamweight contender Z Gorres (30-2-2, 15 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Melendez (26-4-1, 21 KOs) by scores of 98-90, 98-90, 97-91. Gorres, however, was dropped in the tenth round by a big left hand. He survived the round, but after the bout he collapsed and was wheeled out of the ring on a stretcher.
Welterweight Michel Rosales (25-3, 21 KOs) won a hard fought ten round split decision over Mark Melligen (16-2, 12 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Rosales, 98-92 Melligen.
From the MEN Arena in Manchester, England:
Randy Couture 204 vs. Brandon Vera 204
Dan Hardy 171 vs. Mike Swick 170
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Denis Kang 185
Matt Brown 170 vs. James Wilks 169
Ross Pearson 156 vs. Aaron Riley 155
John Hathaway 170 vs. Paul Taylor 170
Terry Etim 155 vs. Shannon Gugerty 155
Nick Osipczak 170 vs. Matthew Riddle 171
Paul Kelly 156 vs. Dennis Siver 155
Alexander Gustafsson 203 vs. Jared Hamman 204
Roli Delgado 156 vs. Andre Winner 155
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) barely retained title against Matthew Hatton (37-4-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England. With older brother Ricky Hatton looking on from ringside, judges scored the bout 115-114 for Ndou, 115-114 for Hatton and 114-114.
All the shots from today’s “Firepower!” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto weigh in for their showdown Saturday night. Plus: Daniel Santos vs. Yuri Foreman; Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Troy Rowland; Jesus Soto-Karass vs. Alfonso Gomez! Click here to view
By Francisco Salazar
Manny Pacquiao 144 vs Miguel Cotto 145
(WBO welterweight championship/WBC Diamond belt)
Daniel Santos 154 vs Yuri Foreman 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Julio Cesar Chavez 160 vs Troy Rowland 159
Alfonso Gomez 145.5 vs Jesus Soto-Karass 148**
Matt Korobov 160.5 vs James Winchester 158
Eden Sonsona 121 vs Eilon Kedem 119.5
Abner Cotto 133 vs Lupe Guzman 134.5
Ernie Marquez 112 vs Richie Mepranum 113.5
Rodrigo Garcia 150 vs Martin Guerra 152
**Soto-Karass stripped down naked and reweighed at 147.5. Has to lose 1/2 pound.
New England and EBA super middleweight champion, “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs), fights his first real “name” opponent, “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the main event Nov. 20 on the Irish-themed “Autumn Classic” pro boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. (more…)
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