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Colombian slugger Breidis “The Khanqueror” Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Ireland for his 12-round WBA light welterweight elimination bout this Saturday against Irishman Paul McCloskey at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The 28-year-old Prescott says he’s in terrific shape and ready to smash one of the final roadblocks keeping him from a mandated rematch against (now) WBA Super Champion Amir Khan. Prescott knocked out Khan in 54 seconds back in September 2008, but then went backwards losing two straight fights being getting back on the winning track. Prescott says he respects McCloskey, but hits too hard and is in too good of shape to be denied. “I’d like to apologize to all the Irish fans that will be out rooting for their man this Saturday at the Odyssey Arena. I’m sorry I’m going to ruin your party, but I’ve waited too long for what lies ahead to be denied a victory.”
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) is being advised to bypass a $325,000 offer to defend against KO artist and mandatory challenger Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) on November 26 at the US Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Since Burns has weight issues, his manager Alex Morrison wants Burns to relinquish the WBO belt and campaign at lightweight.
The first installment of the highly-anticipated “Global Boxing Series” will be headlined by a familiar face, when former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell returns to action in a ten-round bout against an opponent to be named later. The card, which takes place on September 24 at the Global Boxing Arena in North Bergen, N.J., will be promoted by Global Boxing Promotions.
The 36-year-old Bell (26-4-1, 24 KO) of Atlanta, GA is looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats after reaching the pinnacle of the sport in 2006 by knocking out Jean-Marc Mormeck at Madison Square Garden to unify all three major world titles for the first time since Evander Holyfield in the 1980s. (more…)
On Friday, Puerto Rico’s Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KO’s) will face fellow Puerto Rican Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KO’s) in a 10-round welterweight battle that will serve as the ShoBox main event from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, and televised live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. But Sanchez says the challenge Arroyo presents is nothing compared to his biggest challenge: getting his family out of the poverty in which they live.
“The eight of us live in a two-bedroom house,” he explains. “One of my sisters will have a baby, so that is going to complicate the matter further. The most important thing for me is that they have everything they need and for that reason I must win this fight and many more. We have suffered enough.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw, Poland
Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), the challenger to world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s (42-2, 39 KOs) WBC green belt is convinced that on Saturday, September 10, ‘the great story of Vitali Klitschko will end.’ Vitali, on the other hand, is sure it will not happen in couple of days, at the sold-out 42,000-seat Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland. After the official press conference, I had a time to ask “Dr Ironfist” why…
Vitali you know the saying that after reaching a certain age, fighters can get old overnight…
I know this saying. Sometimes it even happens in one round. But not this time. Not on September 10 in Wroclaw. If Adamek hopes it will happen, he’s making a big mistake. (more…)
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during at a press conference at Chelsea Piers in New York Tuesday to kick off their North American world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
Paxton Promotions and Worcester MA’s own three-time world boxing champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) will step through the ropes for the third time this year since coming off of a two year hiatus on Saturday November 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Rivera’s opponent at this time is TBA. Since his return to the ring this past May after a layoff dating back to August of 2008, Rivera is looking for his third straight victory in 2011. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) is ready and confident for Saturday’s showdown with Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) for the the vacant IBF super featherweight championship at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Salgado trains under Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain in the Romanza Gym in Mexico City. “We have had great preparations for two months, the hard work already done and we are very happy and satisfied with the excellent work we do in the gym. These days we only take care of the weight and do some exercises,” says Salgado. “We expect a tough fight from the first round. We know the quality of Argenis.” The card is billed as “Viva Mexico” and is promoted by HG Boxing. more photos
Photos: Team Cruz
WBO Latino Jr. Lightweight titleholder and undefeated Luis “El Artesano” Cruz stated today that he is physically fit, just days before his showdown against Antonio Davis. The fight will be the co-main event for the clash between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Daniel Ponce de León, this coming Saturday, September 10th, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. “I am in excellent physical condition for this next fight. I prepare very well for all of my fights, but since I was crowned champion latino, each engagement is more challenging and more difficult. So we have worked hard for this one”, Cruz stated after finishing a workout for the media in the Caimito Gym in San Juan. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Unbeaten Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight Jean Carlos Prada (26-0-1, 18 KOs) kept his unbeaten record with a six round technical split decision over Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-13, 12 KOs) in Santo Domingo Monday night. It was an interesting tactical fight while it lasted. Prada scored well early in the first three rounds with a systematic body attack but Toribio slowly worked his way back into the fight and had his best round in the fifth scoring well from long range. Unfortunately, a head butt opened a nasty gash over Toribio’s left eye and forced the judges to go to the scorecard in a fight that was still up for grabs. Two judges voted 58-56 for Prada while one judge scored it 58-56 for Toribio. With this victory, the WBA #12 ranked Prada wins the vacant WBA Fedecaribe title.
Photo: Photo Wende
Highly touted junior middleweight prospect ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (9-0, 5 KOs) dominated veteran Dee Mitchell of the UK by way of 10 round unanimous decision Saturday night in Herning, Denmark. The official scores of the bout were 99-91 and 100-90 twice. Culcay based out of Germany by way of his native Ambato, Ecuador went 10 rounds for the first in his career. The bout was Culcay’s first fight in nearly 5 months but he showed no signs of ring rust as he completely dominated Mitchell from beginning to end. A feat that was quite impressive being that Mitchell has 3 times as many fights as a professional than Culcay. Culcay is expected to have at least one more fight before the year’s end.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez arrives in New York Monday afternoon for a press conference on Tuesday to kick off the first stop of his North American world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy with superstar Manny Pacquiao. The public-invited news conference will be held in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 at 10am. Opening the press conference will be recording star Dan Hill who will join Pacquiao in a live rendition of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch”. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Klitschko: “I hope for a short fight”; Adamek: “Great Klitschko story will end Saturday night”
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m not over the hill. I know the dangers when you’re fighting too long. I have people I trust who will tell me right away that I should stop boxing. But there’s no danger for me when I will be fighting Tomasz Adamek on September 10. I’m in the top form, better than ever because I know exactly what I did wrong in my previous fights. Everything what I do now serves a purpose, every movement in the ring is calculated, nothing is wasted. You will see the proof of it Saturday night,” said Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) to Fightnews.com during his final press conference before he fights Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) showdown in the picturesque City Hall of Wroclaw.
Adamek countered, “I know how to beat Vitali Klitschko. I know that he’s a champion, but I’m convinced that Saturday night I will be three division champion. Trust me, it will happen. Every great story has to end. His great story as a champion will end on Saturday.”
Sounds like both fighters are ready, both are in top form, both are sure they can win – at least on paper, we have a prescription for a classic fight. (more…)
Photos: Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
Vitali Klitschko: “This is my title and I will never lose it inside the ring. I am in very good shape and I cannot wait to show once again that I am the best…after my brother Wladimir and me, Adamek is the third best heavyweight in the world. He is definitely better than David Haye who is just a world champion in talking.
Tomasz Adamek: “I have studied Klitschko a lot. It will be a great fight and at the end I will be the new world heavyweight champion.”
Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions: “This is not only a heavyweight championship fight, this is a worldwide sports event that will be seen in over 120 countries. The soccer stadium in Wroclaw will be sold out with 42,000 boxing spectators and it will be the first show held in this brand new stadium.” Click here for more photos…
WBA super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana keeps training in his home province looking for his next fight that will take place September 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After the cancellation of his fight against Robert Guerrero as the latter got injured Argentinean Marcos “El Chino” Maidana made one thing very clear: he wanted to be in the ring as soon as possible. Therefore, he will be fighting to stay busy next Friday September 23 at Sociedad Alemana de Villa Ballester, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“As everybody knows we went through a tough training camp for Guerrero that lasted three months between training in Argentina and Puerto Rico. But we couldn’t fight so I feel like knocking anyone out right now. You’ll see me on September 23,” Maidana said. (more…)
Photography by Scott Foster
Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto scored a TKO victory over champion Jan Zaveck to capture the IBF title at the “Battle at Biloxi” event Saturday at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . click here for more
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York Monday morning for a press conference on Tuesday to kick off the first stop of his North American world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy with three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. The public-invited news conference will be held in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 at 10am. Opening the press conference will be recording star Dan Hill who will join Pacquiao in a live rendition of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch”. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s brightest young prospects lightweight boxer Bongani Dlamini died in a motor accident when his car smashed into a tree in Sandringham, Johannesburg on Sunday. Three other passengers in the car including Bongani’s brother who is also a professional fighter survived the accident. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) is recognized as the best 160 pounder on the planet and one of the best pound-for-pounders in the world, but fast closing in on Argentina’s pride and joy is Australia’s Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (25-1, 12 KOs) who made the first defense of the IBF middleweight title on August 31st in Hobart, Tasmania when he performed a boxing clinic to clearly outscore Miami based Nigerian Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert in twelve action packed rounds. After this classy performance there were many asking the question ‘Can Daniel defeat the highly regarded Sergio Martinez?’ (more…)
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he will battle with 6’6 Nicolai Firtha at Belfast’s King’s Hall on September 17 because he wants to give the Irish fans a night to remember. There was a lot of talk about me fighting Martin Rogan and a few other names like Mike Perez and Leif Larsen were mentioned,” said Fury, “but I’ve accepted to fight Firtha who’s a lot younger than Rogan and has mixed in a lot higher company than any of those other guys. With two weeks to go I know this is a risk, a gamble but I’m a true fighting man and a man of honour and I’m prepared to fight any man on the planet and I want the Irish fight fans to come out and see a real fight not some knock over job.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares is training in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the home of the U.S. Olympic boxing Team because his trainer Freddie Roach is a special consultant for USA Boxing and the team will be competing in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in September and the Olympics Games in 2012. “It’s a great experience living here with the USA Boxing Team,” said Linares. “Every day is a chance to daydream about being an Olympian, doing physical training routines other than what I do Alex Ariza who is focused on a different strategy (specifically strength). Anything that involves being part of a team has benefited my determination and mental strength to overcome Antonio DeMarco in October 15.” Linares-DeMarco is for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
By Craig Gibson
On Saturday, IBF #1 super featherweight Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) will take on former world champion and #3 rated Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF 130lb title at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. Mendez defeated Cassius Baloyi in an IBF eliminator in January and was set to challenge then-champion Mzonke Fana on June 11, but Fana pulled out and the title became vacant. Now Mendez finally gets his elusive title shot. Here’s what the 25-year-old New York City-based native of the Dominican Republic had to say. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In addition to WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio’s TKO win over Mohammed Akrong on Saturday night, world ranked lightweight Alejandro Sanabria (28-1-1, 22 KOs) broke open an exciting fight by flooring the game Alejandro Barrera (21-8, 14 KOs) three times in round four.
In another bout, local hero Michel Rosales (31-4, 25 KOs) won by unanimous decision over Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (43-5, 36 KOs) in a super middleweight clash. (more…)
Photos: Denmark Dolores/Top Rank
Early Sunday in Manila, Juan Manuel Marquez was the special guest at a mass that was led by the archbishop of Manila where the Mexican star was blessed for his next fight. “I liked the church and it was quite emotional,” said Marquez. “The Filipino people have been very cordial with me and I am very grateful for the hospitality I received during this visit.” On Monday, the Marquez and Pacquiao teams will travel to New York City for the second stop on the international tour, which will be Tuesday, September 6 at 10AM at the Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 (23rd Street and the Hudson River). The public is invited. Click here for more photos…
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