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- Rodriguez defeats Cruz by unanimous decision
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- Judge orders Maidana's purse to be withheld
- Reed gets fourth-round stoppage in Maryland
A showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko or WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko could be on the line when unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury takes on Kevin Johnson on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy told the Daily Mirror that talks have already opened with the Klitschko camp. “We were waiting for the Vitali situation to be resolved, with the elections, and he’s going to make a decision about carrying on in December. There’s also the option to do a fight with Wladimir and it depends on what Vitali is going to do….the fight with Wladimir will be a stadium fight and we would be looking to do it in May, June or July. Germany would be the favorite place for it to happen, but I’ve spoken to them about Old Trafford or Croke Park. They are businessmen and we know that it would sell out. They would prefer to work with us rather than any other candidates.”
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After lightweight prospect John Cholish suffered a groin injury in training and was forced out of his December 8th bout against Yves Edwards, veteran 155-pounder Jeremy Stephens stepped up to fill in for Cholish in Seattle, thus getting another chance to face Edwards after their October bout in Minneapolis was scrapped on bout day . . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz is live from Seattle’s Key Arena at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Saturday, December 8. Click here for more info
Gavin Rees’ lightweight clash with John Murray on the December 8 bill at the London Olympia is off after Murray failed a BBBofC medical. Welshman Rees will now focus his attention on a WBA World title shot, which promoter Eddie Hearn believes will be made in the early part of 2013. “Obviously it’s disappointing to lose the Rees vs. Murray fight but as always, boxers’ safety is paramount,” says Hearn. “For Gavin we will now make the WBA title fight with Richard Abril for early 2013.
The card will go in as scheduled featuring a clash between former European middleweight champions Darren Barker and Kerry Hope, plus a tasty welterweight clash between Lee Purdy and Carson Jones.
Super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, will be in action Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at Pearson/McGonigle Halls on the campus of Temple University. Hart, 23, was a standout amateur and is 4-0, 4 K0s, as a pro since his June 9 debut in Las Vegas. “This being my first pro fight in Philly is huge because my fans, family and friends get to see things,” said Hart. “I’m bringing boxing back to the city so get ready.”
Hart has some big shoes to fill. He is the son of legendary Philadelphia middleweight Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, who terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s with his murderous left hook. Cyclone was around at a time when Philly fighters made their reputation by fighting each other. He is best remembered for his 10-round draw with Bennie Briscoe on Nov. 18, 1975 a The Spectrum in front of more than 11,000 fans. (more…)
The biggest weekend in sports just got a little bigger. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will be returning to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a featherweight title superfight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian lightweight champion Brett “Handful” Smith (15-1-1, 7 KOs) defeated Japan’s Ryusei Yoshida (22-5, 10 KOs) in the main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Smith controlled the contest as he consistently connected with accurate combinations. Yoshida was deducted points for continual holding in rounds four and six with referee Phil Austin disqualifying the visitor at 0:47 of round eight. Smith’s only loss is to Filipino Jack Asis. (more…)
TD Garden announced today the main event for ‘TD Garden Night at the Fights’ on December 14 is Danny O’Connor vs. Derek Silveira in a 10-round match at a catch weight of 145 pounds. Also competing in professional matches are undefeated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy and Portland-trained middleweight Russell Lamour. Also a memorabilia show presented by Saugus-based SportsWorld will accompany the event and ticket holders will have the opportunity to pre-purchase access to a limited pre-event autograph signing featuring local boxing legends and World Champions Micky Ward, Tony DeMarco, Vinny Pazienza, Marlon Starling, and John Ruiz.
Framingham’s light welterweight Danny ‘Bhoy’ O’Connor is looking for his 20th victory in the 10-round main event. He is a two-time national amateur champ and has a 19-1 professional record with seven KOs. O’Connor is ranked IBF #15 and WBC #22. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Miguel Cotto: Everybody who knows Miguel Cotto knows that I don’t pick easy fights. He was the next in line and I’m ready for him. We’re going to see what happens on Saturday.
He’s fought in Panama and in Mexico but next Saturday he’s going to be in New York with me at Madison Square Garden. It’s my home and there is nothing is going to be equal to that. Madison Square Garden is a special venue and he’ll figure that out when he gets in there.
Austin Trout: There are 2 sides of Austin Trout: Austin Trout the fan and Austin Trout the fighter. I love to watch him fight but in the back of my mind I think that I can beat him. When I’m daydreaming about beating up somebody in front of a large crowd its one of those guys that I’m a fan of and he happens to be one of them.
My past experiences have not been on this level but practice makes perfect. The crowd can only do one thing and that’s make noise. It doesn’t help him punch harder or move faster.
On December 19, DiBella Entertainment will present a special holiday edition of its Broadway Boxing series at the Roseland Ballroom headlined by Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight bout. Also featured on the card will be lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) and jr welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (20-1, 3 KOs). A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to victims of Hurricane Sandy. “We are going to close our 2012 Broadway Boxing season with one of our strongest cards of the year,” said Lou DiBella. “In addition to the great card, we will also be raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief and there will be a silent auction including memorabilia from my own personal collection. Please join us not only for our traditional holiday season beatings card, but more importantly to raise money and awareness for those suffering so badly as a result of Hurricane Sandy.” Additional bouts and opponents for the above mentioned fighters will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently on sale.
When Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez face off for the fourth time on the 8th of December in Las Vegas, the winner of the fight will be crowned the World Boxing Organization’s “Champion of the Decade.” Sartonk Designs was commissioned by the WBO to create a special belt for this title.
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