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Today in Caguas, Puerto Rico, two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, looked fit and ready for his upcoming fight against Rafael Marquez that will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and that will promoted by Top Rank and televised by Showtime. Lopez (29-0, 26 KO’s) had a media day today at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte gym in Caguas, where the boxing commission of Puerto Rico had its traditional 30 day pre-weigh-in, and where Lopez was required not to exceed 20% of the weight limit (126) for his fight against Marquez. The limit 30 days out is 144.9 and Lopez stop the scale at 136. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico began phase two of his training camp last week, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, and continues his training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA for his upcoming bout against seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, which takes place on Saturday November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship.
“Camp is going great; Margarito is looking really good, really strong. His conditioning is great, very impressive. It’s a real pleasure working with Margarito, we’re very happy to have him here with us and I’m confident we’ll win November 13th,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. For more details and photos click here…
Roy Englebrecht Promotions will present a fight card at the Silverton Casino & Lodge in Las Vegas on October 16. “I am excited to bring a solid club boxing show to the Silverton,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. “They have a great 950 seat pavilion that will put each and every fan right on top of the action, and action is what we will bring on October 16th.”
In one of the three featured bouts of the Silverton’s long-awaited first boxing event, unbeaten prospect Artur Bernetsyan puts his perfect 4-0 record on the line facing Las Vegas prospect Rennell Griffin. Bernetsyan is one of the top amateurs to come out of Armenia and now trains in Glendale, CA. Griffin sports a solid 6-3 record with 2 knockouts (KOs) and has been trained by Vegas legend Richard Steele. (more…)
Canadian cruiserweight contender Troy “The Boss” Ross will find himself in an unusual position at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada on October 30 – he will be fighting at home. Fresh off of a controversial technical decision loss in Germany against IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, Ross will be in the main event at when he faces Montreal tough guy Carl ‘Kojak’ Handy. Also on the card, Hagar Finer of Israel will be defending her WIBF female world title against Julia Sahin, who beat her earlier in her career in Germany. Canadian Lisa “Bad News” Brown is in action against Jeri Sitzes in a rematch. Tickets $25, $50, $75 & $125 and are available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations.
Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis held an international media conference call today to discuss preparations for their November 27 bout for the unified WBA/WBO lightweight world title.
Juan Manuel Marquez: This is going to be a very difficult fight. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to have to be at my best for this fight, but it’s going to be a fight the fans are going to love.
Michael Katsidis: It’s a great fight. I love fighting, and even better I love winning and that’s exactly what I’m coming to do.
Donofrio Boxing, in association with Jackie Kallen, will present a boxing at The Palace of Auburn Hills, featuring a cross-border war pitting Detroit’s Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (24-3-1, 15 KOs) vs. Windsor, Ontario, Canada’s Andre “Gorgeous” Gorges (9-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle. Featured on the undercard will be light welterweight Michael “The Silent Assassin” Dallas (15-0, 5 KOs) will face TBA. Tickets are priced at $15, $25 and $35.
Once again the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to Montreal and it’s bringing its brightest star to illuminate the always raucous Bell Centre. Two-time UFC® welterweight champion and Montreal native Georges St-Pierre goes home to once again face his most heated rival and No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 124: ST-PIERRE VS. KOSCHECK, presented by Affliction and live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, December 11, 2010. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
For the first time in his latest Philippine training camp Filipino pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao skipped his workout and decided to take a day’s rest. According to famed trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao woke up Tuesday morning bothered by colds that also forced the multi-division world champion to miss out his morning road work.
Roach learned about Pacquiao’s health status only after the famed trainer arrived at the Shape-Up Fitness Center in Baguio City just before lunchtime. The typically buoyant gym was unusually quiet the whole afternoon with only a handful of Pacquiao’s retinue inside the gym. Roach meantime ended up doing the mitts with Michael Medina, one of Pacquiao’s sparring partners then left the area after about two hours.
Though Roach sounded less concerned about the situation, the hall-of-fame trainer said he will take it as a cue to prevent more people from entering the gym and watch Pacquiao while in training. Roach believes Pacquiao would be vulnerable to viruses if more and more people are allowed inside the gym.
“We’ve had it before and the hardest part is keeping him in bed so he can recover a little quicker because he wants to work. He’ll make up for it. It’s really not a problem,” said Roach.
On Wednesday Roach is expecting Pacquiao to return to the gym but the American trainer would like to gauge the Filipino’s readiness to go back to hard training. Roach has set Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as Pacquiao’s sparring dates.
Meantime Roach revealed that British prospect Amir Khan is on his way to the Philippines primarily to train under him and serve as a part-time sparring partner of Pacquiao.
As part of the WBO Kids Drug Free program, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel along with WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr donated scholarships to five students last night at the Osceola County School Board. The students had to write an essay about the sport of boxing and hundreds of essays where received. The winners, Albert Prevost, Javier Grisales, Maria Arroyo, Roberta Valladares and Rachel Smith received $1,000 towards their college education.
Andre Berto: “Freddy Hernandez is a strong fighter and this fight on November 27th will be a good test for me to close the year. I plan on putting on a good show and hope that my performance on November 27 will set up a big 2011 for me and the mega-fights that I’ve been wanting and that everyone wants to see me in.”
Freddy Hernandez: “I’ve worked nine long years to get a shot at a world title and I have every intention to make the most of it. I consider Andre Berto to be the true welterweight champion of the world and a top-10 pound for pound fighter. This is the fight I have wanted more than anything.”
Celestino Caballero: “This is a great opportunity for me. Nobody at featherweight wants to fight me, so I will face a great boxer like Litzau at super featherweight. I hope to give an excellent performance and to win.”
Jason Litzau: “Caballero’s been a great champion, but he’s moving up two weight classes. He’s as tall, or even taller than I am, but I’m used to fighting at this weight and even higher. He’ll find that someone his size, who can box and punch, could be quite a different game. I’ll be well prepared to meet any challenge that he comes with.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Pineda will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA Super Flyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez (33-6-2, 23 KOs) and Peruan WBA challenger Alberto Roseel (24-7 11 KOs) will meet at Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla de Galeana, Estado de México, Mexico. The three judges are Reina Urbaez (Venezuela ), Raul Caiz Jr. (USA) and Jesus Cova (Venezuela ). The fight supervisor is rodolfo Fortich (Colombia ).
Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday October 9 is a complete sell out. UK boxing fans that have missed out can catch the 14th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament on Sky Sports. Former European, Commonwealth, British and English champion Matt Skelton opens the action against Londoner Ali Adams. The victor in that fight faces the winner of the second bout of the night between Kevin McBride, the Irishman who was the last fighter to beat Mike Tyson and Franklin Egobi. The third quarter-final pits Michael Sprott against Danny Hughes for the right to face either unbeaten Declan Timlin or Shane McPhilbin.
After destroying his last opponent, former title challenger Daniel Attah inside of two rounds back in July, WBC #1 ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) is more than willing and able to get back in the ring and prove why he deserves another shot at the title. With his next date set for November 6th on the under card of Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez in Las Vegas, NV, the former interim WBC lightweight champ is hard at work in the gym waiting for the call when he will learn who his next rival will be. (more…)
Four of the world’s top bantamweights have been assembled for an electrifying two-round single-elimination tournament. On Saturday, December 11th at 9pm on SHOWTIME, watch IBF 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano Perez, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan.
King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch will not only be fighting for a spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semi-Finals when they clash in Helsinki on November 27. Following an appeal from Team Sauerland, the WBC ruled that the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be at stake. “That is fantastic news,” King Arthur said. “It is like a dream coming true for me. Ever since I vacated my IBF Middleweight Title to battle it out with the world´s best fighters at Super-Middleweight, it has been my goal to become champion again. The moment has finally arrived. I am very excited and I cannot wait to get into the ring with Froch.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
WBA world champions Amar Khan and Marcos Maidana met the pres today in advance of their WBA super lightweight world championship clash on December 11th:
Miguel Diaz, Co-trainer of Marcos Maidana
This is going to be a tremendous fight between two boxers in the prime of their careers. The winner of this fight will be a superstar. For this fight, I have brought in, from Puerto Rico, the conditioning coach of Felix Trinidad, Cruz Garcia Figueroa.
Sebastian Contursi, Advisor of Marcos Maidana
Maidana no longer wants to be called just the WBA interim champion but rather wants to take Khan’s title and be the one and only WBA super lightweight champion of the world.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
The thing that has impressed me the most about Marcos Maidana is not his tremendous punch but rather his tremendous heart. Maidana went down three times against Victor Ortiz but he got up and won the fight. He had an opportunity against Ortiz and he knew what to do once given an opportunity. This is not just an opponent for Amir Khan. Maidana is coming to win this fight. For more details and photos click here…
World amateur sensation Jesse Magdaleno signed a long-term exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank today. Magdaleno, who campaigned at 119 pounds through most of his career, leaves the amateur ranks with a 120-16 record and six major national titles, including the National Golden Gloves and the U.S. Nationals.
Magdaleno, 18, a graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nev., will make his professional debut on Saturday, November 6, as a featherweight, on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez – Rafael Marquez WBO featherweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He will be joining his older brother, super featherweight Diego (16-0, 4 KOs), who will be fighting Derrick Campos in an eight-round bout. Diego is also promoted by Top Rank. (more…)
With millions of Americans searching for a job, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s fastest growing sports organization, has teamed up with jobbi.com, a new free online job website, to promote jobbi to the UFC’s huge audience through the UFC website UFC.com and UFC Pay-Per-View events. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
World-ranked junior welterweight contender and knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina began preparations this week, along side fellow countryman and current WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA for his next bout as he is set to return on Saturday November 6th and take on former undisputed welterweight champion and 2-time junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. more + photos
In anticipation of their UFC® heavyweight championship title clash at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, UFC champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez will be featured on “UFC Primetime®,” a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)
By David Finger
The last time we saw Antonio Tarver as a heavyweight, he was fending off a spirited challenge from a seemingly washed up popular former champion named Rocky Balboa in the film of the same name. Funny how the tables are turned now as Antonio Tarver attempts to do what Balboa did on the silver screen: knock out a heavily favored Eastern European fighter and prove that father time doesn’t yet have the best of him. Of course, the Hollywood story of Antonio Tarver could still get derailed before that Rocky IV moment ever happens. First he needs to get past a 24-year old fringe contender named Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KO’s) on October 15th in Miami, Oklahoma at the Buffalo Run Casino. The fight, which will be televised on Showtime as part of the Showbox boxing series (at 11 P.M. ET/PT) promises to add a shot of adrenaline to a somewhat sluggish heavyweight division. But there are honest questions as to the legitimacy of a 41-year old former light heavyweight champion who is coming into the division off of a pair of losses to Chad Dawson and who is over two years removed from his last victory. (more…)
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero will both step into the ring on November 27th on the televised undercard of WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s title defense against WBO Interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against once-beaten, #11 ranked Freddy Hernandez (29-1, 20 KOs), who earned the title shot in his last bout, the most impressive of his career, when he stopped former world champion Mike Anchondo in four rounds. Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs), the reigning WBA Champion at super bantamweight, will again push himself by making the leap to 130 lbs. for a showdown with WBA #3, WBC #4, IBF #6, WBO #10 ranked Jason “The American Boy” Litzau.
By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi has been appointed as a deputy commissioner with the New York State Athletic Commission by Chairperson Melvina Lathan. Mesi will be assigned to work in upstate New York overseeing the commission’s rules and regulations, physicals and payments to boxers. “I am honored to be appointed to a great commission, this will keep me close to the boxing game that I love so much,” said Mesi. He feels his biggest contribution in the unpaid position is to make sure the young fighters are treated right and paid accordingly. Mesi has had some well documented problems with the NYSAC in the past but that is all behind him now and he looks to help the Commission in any way he can. “I have had issues with the NYSAC and it is ironic I am a part of it now,” explained Joe. “I see great things with Melvina at the helm and look forward to seeing the sport continue to grow in the State.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (19-4-1, 4 KOs) will clash with Oscar Siale (12-6, 4 KOs) of New Zealand over ten rounds at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium in New South Wales, Australia on Friday. Ammann is coming off a ten round points decision loss to former world rated heavyweight Shane Cameron in 2010 and lost in two rounds to world rated Alexander Alexeev in Germany in 2009. Sial was featured in one of the best Australian fights for 2010 when he dropped a close twelve round points decision to Dominic Vea in a nationally Foxtel televised Commonwealth cruiserweight title bout. In the main support, classy 154 pounder Tui Leveni (10-2-1, 6 KOs) will be in action over six rounds against Aswin Cbuy (11-17-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia. Leveni had given WBO and WBA rated Ryan Waters the fight of his life on the undercard of Danny Green vs. Roy Jones, Jr., in a six round contest that was declared a draw. Promoter and matchmaker: Peter Hallett.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian junior middleweight and former world title challenger Daniel Dawson (34-2, 24 KOs) will return to ring action on Saturday when he will clash with Frank La Porto (12-4-2, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Joondalup Arena, in Western Australia. In his most recent ring outing, Dawson was stopped in ten rounds by WBO 154 pound champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in May. In the main supporting bout, Australian lightweight Erin McGowan (13-0, 7 KOs) will punch it out with Lyndsey Scragg (10-2, 3 KOs) of England over ten rounds with the WBO female lightweight title up for grabs. Scragg had previously challenged for the WBA title losing a ten round decision to Kina Malpartida in 2009. Former IBF 140 pound challenger Naoufell Ben Rabah (30-3, 15 KOs) formerly of Tunisia but now based in Perth, Western Australia will be in action against Marco Tuhumury (7-8-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds in a welterweight contest. Ben Rabah lost a disputed twelve round decision to Juan Urango in an IBF challenge in 2006. Promoter: Ty Colman.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (28-2, 13 KOs) will clash with Indonesian champion Eddy Comaro (23-8-4) on October 15 in Bangkok, Thailand over twelve rounds. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang is expecting a very good contest. “Eddy Comaro will come to Thailand to challenge Fahsai Sakkreerin over twelve rounds in Bangkok in what I am sure will be a good fight,” said Chaichotchuang. Comaro visited Thailand in 2009 and extended Somsak Sithchatchawal (58-3-2) losing a close decision over eleven rounds. In his most recent fight Comaro defeated Simson Butar Butar in an Indonesian super featherweight title bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA regular light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco was scheduled to defend his world crown for the third time against WBA minimumweight champion Roman Gonzalez on October 24, but that fight must now be rescheduled after Reveco was found to have kidney stones. Reveco (25-1-0, 15 KOs) was planning to travel next Sunday to Tokyo, but during a gym session with trainer Diego Giménez and teammate Jonathan Barros he suffered severe pain in his back and had to seek immediate help.
On October 29, WBA #3/IBF #5/WBO #6 light heavyweight Aleksy Kuziemski (19-1, 4 KOs) of the Universum stable faces #13 rated Dmitri Sukhotsky (15-1, 10 KOs) in a meaningful 175lb clash at the Yubileiny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Both the WBO Intercontinental and EBA belts are on the line in a bout that will position the winner for another title shot and set the loser back in the pack. Both suffered their only losses in 2009 world title challenges against WBO champion Jürgen Brähmer.
“I know what I did wrong against Jürgen,” said Kuziemsky. “Since then I’ve improved working with my trainer Artur Grigorian.” He is training in Hamburg’s Universum Gym.
Following recent speculation in the press regarding a possible clash between Irish Middleweight rivals Andy Lee and John Duddy, promoter Brian Peters says he would like to set the record straight on his recent efforts to make the much talked about all-Irish fight. There has been increasing rumblings in the media about the possibility of both men getting it on but Peters has revealed that a recent written offer to both camps was rejected. “I have the greatest of respect for both Andy and John and have always worked very well with them in the past but I believe it’s important that a recent offer made to them is put on the record,” said Peters. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC Silver middleweight champion “The Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico and fellow countryman Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, met Monday in a press conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA to announce their middleweight world championship fight that will take place on December 4th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Top Rank chief, Bob Arum was on hand to introduce the fighters. “I think its one of the best boxing cards of the year. Every fight will be a good, exciting fight.” said Arum. “We’re expecting a tremendous attendance on December 4th and as far as the telecast itself, there will only be top fights with experienced, well known fighters.” continued Arum. (more…)
After establishing himself in “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, CA, nearly three years ago from his hometown of Mandaue City, Cebu, PI, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) has made himself feel right at home in the seaside city. Within the large Filipino population, the 22-year-old Gesta has found a built-in audience for his quick as lighting southpaw style which is ready to support him on October 22nd when he takes on his stiffest test to date, KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KO) at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. The eight round main event will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. Recently, Gesta was honored as one of the special guest at this year’s Fi-Am Festival which celebates Filipino heritage and their contribution to the San Diego community. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) is confident he will defeat Saul Alvarez (33-0-1, 26 KOs) of Mexico when they clash on December 4 at Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ndou recently defended the IBO title with a twelve round decision over Bongani Mwelasi (14-1, 12 KOs) in Gauteng, South Africa on September 18 and says this fight was a good warm up bout for the showdown against the highly regarded Alvarez. “I’ve seen Saul Alvarez fights against Jose Cotto and Carlos Baldomir and I see he does make mistakes in the ring,” said Ndou. “Against Cotto he was in trouble himself early in the fight and was nearly stopped but came back to win in round six.” Ndou added, “When I get him in trouble I will not let him off the hook. I gave Miguel Cotto a good fight and he’s a much tougher boxer than Jose Cotto. Alvarez win over Baldomir was predictable. I sparred Baldomir recently and I know he’s a shot fighter. I know Alvarez is looking for a win over a veteran but I want him to know he has picked on the wrong veteran. I am going to kick his ass. I must thank my boxing agent Mike Marchionte for getting me the fight against Alvarez.” Ndou won the IBF jr welterweight title in 2007 and captured the IBO welterweight title in 2009.
With the baddest man on the planet, Brock Lesnar, set to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez, UFC 121: LESNAR vs. VELASQUEZ, which is presented by Boost Mobile and live on Pay-Per-View on October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the return to Anaheim, the UFC confirms that the remaining bouts at UFC 121 include the following: Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen, Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor, Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts, Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor, Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang and Jon Madsen vs. Gilbert Yvel. (more…)
Two of The Ultimate Fighter’s® most celebrated alumni, Stephan Bonnar and Kendall Grove, will be featured in separate co-featured fights in the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Bonnar (Season 1) takes on Croatian contender Igor Pokrajac while Grove (Season 3) battles one of the top middleweights in the division, Demian Maia. (more…)
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