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Each year the Ultimate Fighting Championship® rings in the New Year with a stacked fight card that features instant classics to be enjoyed for years to come – This January 1 will be no different. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC® great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin faces seasoned veteran and The Ultimate Fighter® winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the co-main event and in the featured bouts, the always electric Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will look to impose his frenetic pace on former PRIDE® lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, the relentless Chris Leben faces decorated Marine turned mixed martial artist Brian Stann, submission specialist Nate Diaz takes on the undefeated judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim and the versatile Brandon Vera takes on the dangerous Thiago Silva at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011. (more…)
Unbeaten former WBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) has signed with DiBella Entertainment. Erdei, a 2000 Olympian for Hungary, previously campaigned mostly in Germany under the Universum banner. He held the WBO light heavyweight title for nearly six years before moving to cruiserweight where he won the WBC belt, which he vacated just weeks later. Erdei will fight on the Martinez-Williams undercard.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photos by Sörli Binder
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) met Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) today at a press conference in Mannheim, Germany. This fight will take place on December 11th at SAP Arena in Mannheim. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Although Antonio Margarito is focused on his showdown against Manny Pacquiao, fight fans in Oxnard, CA focused on the fighter known as the “Texas Tornado” on Sunday afternoon. Despite overcast skies and a constant drizzle, fight fans stood in line to meet Margarito, who took time out of his busy training regimen to the first annual charity event. The event took place at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy in South Oxnard. All proceeds go to a fund for yearly travel and lodgings for amateur fighters at the Boxing Academy. (more…)
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vazquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
World super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany to visit the US Air Base in the little town of Ramstein, about 100 miles to the southwest. With a very busy schedule, Miguel visited today the Landstuhl Military Hospital to share time with and to support the Wounded Warriors. (more…)
Texas star Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio will take on Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico on a ‘Top Rank Live’ boxing championship card at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on November 20. “This is a very exciting, entertaining main event in our first boxing event at the WinStar World Casino,” said Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum.”I have had the opportunity to spend time at the WinStar World Casino. It is a first-class facility with all of the amentities that one would want at a casino resort hotel. We are very proud to stage our fight program at the WinStar World Casino on November 20.” (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Yesterday former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert ‘Grandpa’ Garcia hosted the first annual fundraiser at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA and it was a huge success. Hundreds of fan showed up to show their support, helping to raise thousands of dollars. Some of the guests in attendance included 3-time world champion the ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Antonio Margarito, current WBC middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, WBA #1 lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios, IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, as well as many other fighters. more + photos
WBO world super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, who makes the first defense of his title against Andreas Evensen on December 4 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, has vowed not to be “boring” like the Scottish national soccer team, which has drawn criticism for tactics employed during a recent Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic. (more…)
Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-2, 15 KOs), the IBF #1 world rated light middleweight contender, will return November 19 on a boxing card at Nevins Hall in Framingham, Massachusetts. Headlining that event is local super lightweight Danny O’Connor (13-0, 3 KOs). Opponents will be announced shortly.
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
“A Fight for the Cure” might’ve had an honorable mission – to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, by way of the Susan G. Komen Foundation – but a championship fight and three former Holly Holm opponents for New Mexico’s first all-female fight card could do no better than a meager crowd of 500. (more…)
By Shannon Briggs
Thank you all for your concern. I came to the hospital saturday night strictly as a precautionary measure, and after several tests the Dr.’s concluded that there were no severe head injuries. I am staying in the hospital to further examine an injury to my left bicep that I suffered in the first round. Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan. Not to take anything away from a brilliant performance by Vitali Klitchko Saturday night, had I had not injured my arm early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded. We are grateful to the fine doctors and people of Hamburg for the excellent care and support they’ve given me thus far, and as a life long asthmatic sufferer I’m truly grateful to Dr. Charles Hensley and his homeopathic formulation Zivair that helped make it possible to go 12 rounds and compete for the WBC title. As witnessed Saturday night and throughout my career, I never gave in even when my breathing was out of order or any injury kept me from being 100%. Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer Herman Caicedo wanted to stop the fight, but I made it clear that stopping the fight was not an option. Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a champion.
An ordinary person reads at a pace between 200 and 250 words per minute. The extraordinary Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub has won 7 out of his 8 professional fights by TKO at roughly the same speed. Actually, in the time it takes for the average human being to read this article about this exciting young heavyweight, they could have re-watched every second of Schaub’s winning ventures. If one did re-watch Brendan Schaub’s fight career they would be dazzled by both his speed and power. In a word, Schaub is “explosive” . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
Gary Shaw announced today that undefeated Cuban super featherweight prospect Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs) has joined the roster of Gary Shaw Productions. Franco, 28, was a member of the 2004 Cuban Olympic boxing team and has over 400 amateur bouts under his belt, including two victories over WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. He was recognized as one of the best on the 2004 Cuban Olympic squad where Telemundo named him the most outstanding prospect of that team. Franco defected to the U.S. in June 2009 and made his professional debut the following month, knocking out Leroy Pedilla in the first round. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, Telefutura’s weekly boxing series “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returns to San Diego, CA, once again this year to broadcast local lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) as he takes on the KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) in the eight round main event. In the co-feature, Riverside, CA’s Michael Franco (16-0, 11KOs) faces veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-15-1, 9KOs) in a featherweight scheduled eight rounder. The night is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Bobby D. Presents. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World super middleweight contender Sakio Bika spoke to Fightnews and stated that he is confident of defeating WBA 168lb champion Andre Ward on November 27th in a bout televised by SHOWTIME. Bika will be fighting for the WBA championship in a bout outside SHOWTIME’s Super Six tournament where Ward has already secured a semi-final berth.
In addition, Bika takes aim at former WBA 168 champion Anthony Mundine (whom he says has been dodging him for years), and discusses his recent DQ loss to Jean Paul Mendy, as well sharing his thoughts on potential showdowns with other Aussie fighters. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HGboxing
He turned pro at the age of 15, and today at 17, super bantamweight Andres Gutierrez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Queretaro, Mexico, is the youngest pro boxer to be featured in the series. Andres’ nickname is “Jaguarcito” (little Jaguar) because of his feline speed and reflexes, along with the killer instinct that characterizes the four-legged predator. “I was born to be a boxer, says the fresh-faced teenager, and I fell in love with the game at age six.” (more…)
The “Magic Man” and former four-time light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) was the star attraction at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Friday night, where he won a fairly easy 10-round decision against Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs).
All judges scored it 98-92 . . . Click here for more
NABO Junior Featherweight Champion Eloy Perez (19-0-2, 5 KOs) successfully defended his belt with a 10-round majority decision Friday night in a largely lackluster fight against Dominic Salcido (19-2, 9 KOs), at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Perez, fighting for the fourth time this year and coming off an exciting and impressive victory just two months ago over the solid Derrick Campos, was unable to get the counterpunch-minded Salcido to engage in battle for the first five rounds of the fight . . . Click here for more
A smoker at the off-strip Silverton Casino last night saw a return to local boxing in Las Vegas with a half-dozen four-rounders and a sixer. The card, promoted by Roy Englebrecht and billed as “Battle in the Backyard” featured a handful of young prospects who kept their records clean against opponents ranging from lifeless to live.
Lightweight Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan, of Glendale, Calif., had to work the hardest for his win. In his six-round main event, the Armenian southpaw had to dig deep to pull out a win from Rynell Griffin, of New Orleans, who proved a leap up in class from the tomato cans he kicked around in his first four bouts . . . Click here for more
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
With an amazing crowd in the Earls Court Centre in London, England for the UFC Fan Expo, the world super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto had a closer look to all of his transatlantic fans. Like Craig “Smokey” Robinson from Manchester, England, who inked Miguel’s wings logo on his left arm. “I am a real fan of Miguel. I love the way he fights. He is my favorite boxer of all time,” Craig said.
“This is amazing , you don’t realize how much people love you until you feel it. My English fanbase is much bigger than I thought! They are great fans,” Miguel said. Yesterday, the Puerto Rican star shared the ECKO Unlimited stand with MMA Star Miguel Torres and walked around the expo with UFC Executive Bryan Berenstein. Miguel Cotto and his staff will travel today to Frankfurt, Germany to visit the Landstuhl Hospital, the Wounded Warriors and the USA Air Base in Ramstein Germany, to show his deep support for the troops.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Scott Foster
“This man here (legendary champion Wilfredo Vazquez) is the one who raised me. What I do is follow his instructions. The credit I have to give my Dad,” said an elated WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. after successfully defending his belt against former super flyweight king Ivan “Choko” Hernandez on Saturday night before a passionate crowd at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Returning as world champion for the first time to the city where he has fought the majority of his fights as a pro, Vazquez also deeply thanked the Kissimmee fans for supporting him, proclaiming “We’re all champions!” (more…)
The sold-out O-2 Arena in London, England watched its favorite son nab the twentieth victory of his career as Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC 120.
The fight began with Akiyama scoring with a stiff right hand despite the fact that Bisping is considered to be one of the fastest starters in the division. The British superstar momentarily stumbled, but he recovered quickly and assumed the center of the cage. The two fighters exchanged barbs with limited success and the striking stalemate was broken suddenly by a slamming takedown by Bisping. Akiyama, who was a standout in competitive judo before venturing into MMA, regained his footing quickly and looked to strike. As round one came to a close, Bisping’s trademark volume of striking, including a swift flying knee, was beginning to take its toll of the Japanese superstar . . . Click here for more
Photos: Dena duBoef, Top Rank
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao takes a break from training and practices singing with his band. Meanwhile Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum takes in some of the local sights during his current visit to the Philippines.
By Robert Coster
Rising Jamaican featherweight WBA #10 Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (16-0), succesfully defended his WBA Fedelatin title with an impressive fourth round TKO over Panamanian Julio “Dinamite” Camaño (8-3) in the main event of the “Guerreros del Caribe” card presented by Premium Boxing Promotions on Saturday night at the “Panama Al” Brown in Colon, Panama. Walters dominated from the beginning using his speed to punch Camaño from long distance until he dropped the Panamanian who refused to continue. Referee Pablo Rowe stopped the fight at 2:02 of the fourth round.
In an another noteworthy result, jr welterweight prospect Evens Pierre (15-1, 12 KOs) of Haiti dismantled veteran Gilbert Quiros (18-12-1, 15 KOs) in two rounds. Quiros had caused a stir in his last fight by stopping Venezuelan prospect Pablo Vasquez in one round.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Washington School in a packed house of nearly nine hundred rabid fans, many of Peruvian decent, saw their undefeated Peruvian counterpart Jonathan “La Cobra” Maicelo (14-0, 9KO’s) put on a nearly flawless effort in his debut on American soil, capturing nearly every round to easily defeat Oscar Cuero (13-3, 10 KOs) in the ten round lightweight main event. The card promoted by Mike Indri Promotions had several interesting bouts, which had local and international flavor that kept the fans highly interested throughout the night. In the co-feature of the evening, hard hitting Peruvian welterweight sensation Carlos Zambrano raised his record to 12-0, 10 KOs with a scintillating eighth round technical knockout of rugged Ghanaian Lante Addy. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Last night at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. Before a sparse crowd, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (13-2-3, 4 KOs) and “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt (5-3-1, 3 KOs) fought to a much-disputed majority draw with scores of 95-95 x 2 and 98-92. In the co-main, fighting her last fight and winning by unanimous decision was Mia St.John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) against San Antonio fighter Tammy Franks (2-12-1). Other results: New Yorker Belinda Laracuente (25-25-3, 9 KOs) won by unanimous decision against DJ Morrison 2-6 with scores of 60-54 x 3; debuting Brenda Gonzales (1-0, 1 KO) of Moriarty, NM took out the also debuting Stephanie Maestas (0-1) at 1:23 of the first round; and, in the opening bout of the evening, debuting Natalie Roy (1-0, 1 KO) took care of Alyx Luck (0-1) at 1:10 of the first round.
Heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs is in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. Briggs suffered fractures below both eyes as well as a concussion and broken nose, after taking dozens of hard shots from WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night, but is responsive according to RTL. He also suffered a pulled tendon and torn muscle in his right arm.
Briggs was rushed to the hospital after the fight as doctors feared a possible cerebral hemorrhage after observing symptoms associated with neurological disturbances and drowsiness. Happily an MRI showed that there was no brain bleeding.
Referee Ian John-Lewis, who has received criticism for not stopping the fight, said he was within “one or two shots” of stopping it. “It was a heavyweight world championship,” he said. “These are tough guys and as long as a man fights back, you have to give him a chance.”
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Tonight at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, Armenian lightweight Artur Bernetsyan (5-0, 2 KOs) won a hard-fought six-round decision over New Orleans’ Rynell Griffin (6-4-1, 2 KOs) in the main event of Englebrecht Promotions’ “Battle in the Backyard.” Scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56. In the four-round heavyweight co-main, Los Angeles’ Andy Ruiz (5-0, 4 KOs) blasted Miles Kelly (1-4, 1 KO) away with two knockdowns at 1:06. Other results: Las Vegas featherweight Crystal Hoy (5-3-3, 2 KOs) won a decision over Phoenix’ Allison Cole (1-3), scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37; heavyweight Lionel Davis (6-0, 5 KO) weathered a knockdown to kayo Kelsey Arnold (4-6-2, 1 KO) at 2:56 of round one; jr. welterweight Zhankosh Turavov (3-0, 1 KO) defeated fellow Las Vegan Johnny Frazier (2-3-3, 2 KO) with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice); Long Beach, Calif. lightweight Paul Green (1-0) won his debut with a shutout decision over Vegas’ Juan Alcolea (2-4, 1 KO); and in the four-round heavyweight opener, Natu Visinia (5-0, 3 KOs), of Carson, Calif., KO’d Arkansas’ Michael Ward (1-3 1 KO) in just 27 seconds. Stay tuned for photos and a full report tomorrow.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO flyweight world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (34-5-1, 27 KOs) scored a brutal second round knockout over Michael Arango (31-10-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Referee Russel Mora stopped the bout at 1:30 of the second round to protect Arango from further punishment.
In the co-feature, middleweight Michel Rosales (30-3, 25 KOs) beat down Octavio Castro (14-6-1, 9 KOs) with a barrage of punches forcing referee Hernandez to stop the bout at 1:40 of round four. For more details and photos click here…
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