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The legendary rock band Scorpions have successfully defended their honarary WBC championship belt. In 2008, the WBC named the group “honorary WBC ambassadors for peace” for their efforts throughout the years to promote world unity. When the Scorpions opened their world tour in Mexico were greeted once again by the WBC. After the conclusion what could be their last tour after three decades of great success, the band plans to spend a week in Cancun, courtesy of OVC, the Ministry of Tourism of Cancun, Mexico.
Legendary Croatian striker Mirko Cro Cop has been examined by an ophthalmologist in Indianapolis, site of Saturday’s UFC 119 event at Conseco Fieldhouse, and has been medically cleared to compete in the main event this weekend against former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Cro Cop suffered a poke in the eye in the last round of his final sparring session for the bout last week, but after a few days of rest, he is in tip top shape for this pivotal battle of heavyweight contenders.
Junior lightweight Humberto Gutierrez (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will now face Rene ‘Chirizo’ Gonzalez (27-2-1, 21 KOs) in the TV-opener on Saturday’s “Top Rank Live!” telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. The main event is a WBO interim light flyweight championship clash between beltholder Ramon Garcia (13-1-1, 8 KOs) and Manuel Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs).
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA, began preparations this week at the World Crown Sports Training Center for his next bout. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday November 20th in a rematch against former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’.
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Photo by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Promoter and world champ Miguel Cotto, together with Héctor Soto, announced their famous Puerto Rican series, “Boxeo Boricua in Salinas” coming up this Saturday, September 25 at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas today. The heavyweight contender, Victor Bisbal (17-1, 12 KOs) will fight Brock Stodden (18-16-1, 9 KOs) while junior lightweight sensation Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) will make his come back fight against veteran warrior Robert Daluz (13-30-3, 9 KOs). Juan “El Puma” González (9-0,8 KOs), Abner “Pin” Cotto (8-0,4 KOs) and Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (11-0,7 KOs) will also be fighting. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel Cordero
Former Nicaraguan WBA lightweight world champion Jose Alfaro (24-6, 21 KOs) is ready to return to the ring this October 24, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan against highly regarded WBA and WBC rated Japanese boxing prospect Yoshiro Kamegai (16-0, 14 KOs). Kamegai vs. Alfaro will be part of the TEIKEN Boxing promotions undercard featuring WBC champ Toshiaki Nishioka defending his title against Rendall Munroe as well as the spectacular clash between WBA minimum weight king Roman Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) challenging WBA light flyweight king Juan Carlos Reveco (25-1, 15 KOs) for the title currently in possession of Reveco. Participating in the fight card will also be two time world champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares facing former world champ Jesus “Matador” Chavez. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Unbeaten Isaac Rodrigues (17-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-hitting Samuel Miller (20-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday, October 2 in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY in a twelve round middleweight bout. At stake will be the vacant WBC USNBC middleweight title. Rodrigues, of Belem, Brazil and now residing in West Berlin, NJ, and Miller, of Arboletes, Colombia and now residing in La Hambra, CA, share a common opponent in former Contender participant Bryan Vera. Rodrigues defeated Vera by majority decision in his last bout, and Miller dropped a majority decision to Vera in 2007. In the co-feature, Brian Miller (8-0-4, 3 KOs), of Schenectady, NY takes on tough Ikem Orji (6-3, 2 KOs), of Laurel, MD in an eight round junior welterweight bout. The promoter is Fisticuffs Productions. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA is set to defend his title in a 10 round super featherweight bout on Friday, October 15 against Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA in the main event on the latest edition of Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions. In his last outing Perez defeated Derrick Campos (20-9, 11 KOs) on August 13 at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, CA via 5th round TKO. Click here for more photos…
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito and trainer Robert Garcia(L) work with the baton in preparation for Margarito’s upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
On the surface, the main event at UFC 119 is the quintessential clash of styles.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir is one of, if not the, best heavyweight submission artists in the world. Former PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko Cro Cop is the most prolific knockout artist in the history of the legendary PRIDE Fighting Championships . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSantol, UFC
By Damrong Simakajornboon
PABA#3 super light Dan Nazareno Jr. (14-4,10 KOs) celebrated his 21st birthday with his surprise victory over Manfa Looksaikongdin (16-8,11 KOs) to capture the PABA super lightweight title on Monday at Countryhome Village in Pak-hai, Ayutthaya, Thailand. The new champion made a good start as he floored the Thai fighter with a right straight in the opening round. The game turned to Manfa from round three when he landed vicious bodyshots which almost dropped the Filipino many times in rounds four and five. But the action was unexpectedly finished in round six as Nazareno surprisingly attacked the Thai fighter, dropping his foe with a vicious left hook and then displaying one-side assault to destroy the now former champion at the early of round six. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Well-respected matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz and Filipino promoter Sammy Gello-ani will promote the Indonesian talent Daud Cino Yordan (25-1, 19 KOs) in a warm up match in Manila, Phillipines, September 25, against local fighter, Christian Avilla, in a 10-round non title fight. “I would like to thank Mr. Lewkowicz and Mr. Gello-ani for their hard work in promoting Daud. He’s a true hidden talent,” said Pino Bahari, Yordan’s manager. Further, Bahari informed that Lewkowicz has prepared several warm up bouts in Asia, before staging the 23-year-old fighter Yordan in a very big event in the US next year. Daud showed his talent giving Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero trouble in 2009 when the fight ended as a no contest in California. But he didn’t do well when he had to fight jetlag and fatigue after he arrived two days before his fight against Celestino Caballero. Daud was defeated by unanimous decision in the 12-round non title bout in April of this year in Florida.
Hayemaker Boxing have made a counter-offer to James Degale for a Commonwealth title challenge against champion George Groves in December. Adam Booth for Hayemaker Boxing made the counter-offer to promoter Frank Warren this morning (Tuesday) at 11.08 a.m, and insists the purse involved was substantially more than the one received from Warren on Monday afternoon. “I can assure everybody that we are determined to make this fight become a reality and are doing everything in our power to bring George Groves and James Degale together before the end of 2010,” explains Booth. “We have made an offer for James to challenge George for his title in December on a Hayemaker Boxing show. Frank Warren wanted us to put our money where our mouth is and that is exactly what we have done. We have come to the table with a far more substantial offer than the one Frank Warren made to us on Monday afternoon. We have noted Frank’s urgency to have the fight agreed within 48 hours and therefore expect James and Frank to step up and accept our incredibly generous offer.”
Irish based Cuban sensation Luis “El Leon” Garcia says he is ready, willing and able to accept a fight with Britain’s Gold medallist, James “Chunky” DeGale if a clash between DeGale and domestic rival George Groves can’t be made. Degale’s promoter Frank Warren made Groves a written offer today for the fight to take place in the UK on December 11th and set DeGale’s London rival a 48 hour deadline to accept or reject the fight. However Garcia says he wouldn’t need any time to sleep on it. “I would accept that fight in a split second,” said Garcia. “I could get some Christmas shopping done in London and show Chumpy DeGale what professional boxing is all about so it sounds like a fun weekend to me.”
Photo: Eroll Popova
Heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (39-7-1, 23 KOs) continues his comeback on October 23 against Alexander Petkovic (39-4-3, 20 KOs) at the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. The bout will be for the vacant WBO European heavyweight title, with Hoffmann’s objective being to achieve a top ranking in the WBO and a shot at current WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.
At Monday’s press conference, the 6’7 ‘German Oak’ stated, “After Riesa, I want to challenge Wladimir Klitschko. I will throw down the gauntlet in the ring. After my last fight against Henry Duiven Jr., I know that my mission isn’t yet accomplished. I have a lot of plans and will now concentrate on the big fights.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach strikes a pose with Manny Pacquiao sparring partners Glen Tapia and Michael Medina during Tuesday’s weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum in Manila. Also joining Roach are fellow guests and rival collegiate coaches Norman Black (Ateneo Blue Eagles) and Glenn Capacio (Far Eastern Tamaraws). The PSA is the biggest organization of sportswriters in the Philippines. Pacquiao is a many-time PSA Athlete of the Year award winner.
Top trainer Tommy Brooks will now be training Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries, who has been looking for a new trainer since splitting with Bobby Rimmer in the summer. Brooks is best known for his work with Evander Holyfield who he is still training, but his knowledge of boxing makes him one of boxing’s most sought after trainers. Other big names who have trained under him include includes Yuri Foreman, Junior Jones, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Mike McCallum, Hasim Rahman, Mike Tyson and Pernell Whitaker. Jeffries (7-0-1) will train for fights in Los Angeles and return to England with Brooks to complete preparations ten days before each fight. (more…)
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Former world champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs) now based in Southern California is determined for the opportunity to again become a world champion. His first chance towards that goal comes this Saturday in the 10 round main event against former “Contender” reality television show participant Joey Gilbert (20-2, 15 KOs) of Reno, Nevada. The site of the fight card will be the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation returns to Germany on November 13 when UFC 122 emanates from König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen.
In the high-stakes main event, mixed martial arts legend Vitor ‘the Phenom’ Belfort will face Japanese powerhouse Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami in a three-round contest to determine who will challenge for the UFC Middleweight Championship in 2011. (more…)
Former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber makes his highly-anticipated 135-pound debut as World Extreme Cagefighting® returns to The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The 31-year-old pound-for-pound great, who once held the featherweight title for over two years, makes the cut to bantamweight in search of his second world title reign. He’ll take on one of the division’s toughest in Japanese striking sensation Takeya Mizugaki. (more…)
Fresh off of his spectacular sixth round knockout victory over former World Champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir this past Saturday at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Due to a confidentiality clause, terms of the multi-year deal will not be disclosed.
“I’m happy with my performance against Baldomir and to re-sign with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Alvarez, who defended his WBC Silver Super Welterweight title in the victory. “Getting to this point in my career has been a team effort, and with the people I have around me, I’m confident that the next step will be a World Championship.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
We really enjoyed a give-and-take affair, where WBC#9/WBA#13 Ryuji Migaki (15-2, 11 KOs), 134.5, Japan, came off the canvas in the second, dropped back OPBF#14 hard-puncher Akinori Kanai (21-5, 20 KOs), 135, with a flurry of punches and finally halted him with unanswered combinations at 1:11 of the sixth session underneath a dual world title affair on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 18-year-old Filipino Allan Tanada (10-0-2, 5 KOs), 130, surprisingly acquired the vacant OPBF super-feather belt as he quickly caught WBA#11 ranked prohibitive favorite Rikiya Fukuhara (24-4-1, 18 KOs), 129.75, Japan, with solid and accurate combinations en route to an upset KO victory at 1:47 of the third round beneath a world title twinbill on Monday in Saitama, Japan. The OPBF elimination bout took place due to a sad retirement of former ruler Koji Kawamura because of a detached retina. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In one of the most telling light heavyweight contests of the year TUF 8 winner Ryan “Darth” Bader puts his unbeaten record on the line when he battles seasoned veteran Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira at UFC 119. Saturday night will feature a series of crossroads bouts, but none may be as telling as this 205 pound co-feature.
Nogueira has yet to lose a bout in the UFC Octagon and looks to prove that he is still a top contender in the stacked light heavyweight division, while Bader is looking to make his first major mark in one of the most dangerous weight classes in the sport. Someone will be turning a corner at UFC 119, the question is will it be forward or back? . . . Click here for more
The legendary 5th Street Gym – where the great Angelo Dundee trained champions such as Muhammad Ali and Luis Rodriguez – is rising from the canvas. Miami Beach’s boxing Mecca – which the Fight Doctor Ferdie Pacheco called the Notre Dame and Yankee Stadium of boxing rolled into one – is set to reopen with all new facilities. In fact, the old sweatbox even has air conditioning. A lineup of luminaries from the boxing world will be on hand for the grand opening on Thursday, September 23 – including The Greatest himself Muhammad Ali. Joining Ali and Dundee will be promoter Don King, Legendary Kronk Gym’s own famed manager/trainer Emanuel Steward, and boxing historian Bert Sugar. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
In a nationally televised IBF Pan Pacific middleweight championship bout, former world title challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday when he will clash with Pradeep Singh (15-2-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds in the Atrium Room at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. “I have been in training camp for several weeks and have had excellent sparring with top middleweights and also with world rated welterweight Samuel Colomban,” Soliman said. “My opponent Pradeep Singh has an excellent record and gave world rated Ryan Waters a tough fight recently, so I am expecting a hard night in the ring.” Soliman continued, “My trainer Dave Hedgecock has got me in great shape for Thursday against Singh. I would like to thank the promoter Brian Amatruda for giving me an opportunity to headline on his show which hopefully will lead to a world title shot in 2011.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Sebastian Andrzejczyk (Ringpolska)
“We love Poland. You have great cigars, cognac and we have a great place to prepare ourselves in Warsaw. Unfortunately for Krzysztof, we are here to get the WBC belt. Jason is fighting the best cruiserweight in the world and he has to be great to beat him,” George Hernandez said during today’s press conference in Warsaw’s “Hilton.” Hernandez is the head coach of Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KOs) who will challenge Krzysztof Włodarczyk (43-2, 32 KOs) for his WBC belt on Saturday. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese hard-puncher, WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (16-0, 13 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt as he dominated the first four rounds with stinging jabs and overhand rights and exploded a lethal combination to Indonesian Roy Mukhlis (22-3-2, 17 KOs), 129.75, to flatten him and prompt the referee Luis Pabon’s intervention at 2:27 of the fifth round on Monday (our national holiday to respect the older generation) in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Lanky Mexican southpaw Tomas Rojas (34-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, acquired the vacant WBC super-flyweight belt as he fully utilized his faster footwork, advantageous height and reach to comfortably pile up points in the first eleven rounds, withstood a bad knockdown in the last session and pounded out a unanimous decision (116-111 twice and 118-109) over onrushing Japanese worrier Kohei Kono (25-5, 9 KOs), 115, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito is running up the mountains in San Bernardino, Ca. in his first phase of training for the mega fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
“Margarito goes straight up – no trails – he runs through brambles and bushes,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia today. Garcia said he drives Margarito to Mount Baldy, elevation 4,193 feet, in San Bernardino County. (more…)
New York had better get mixed martial arts legalized and soon, because Matt Serra is feeling a bit like a party-crashing interloper of late.
“You know I’m getting booed out of the stinking place, right?” says Serra, who travels to Chris Lytle’s hometown of Indianapolis to fight everyone’s definition of a hero—a fireman—at UFC 119. “If fighting Georges St-Pierre in Montreal wasn’t enough, they do this to me. Unbelievable. Not only do you fight the nicest guy in the UFC, but you fight him in his hometown. It’s brutal.” . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The controversy continues involving Saturday’s fight between Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra, which was originally announced as a draw, and then announced as a split decision for Arce after local officials said one of the scorecards was incorrectly filled in. Gerardo Zazueta, head of the Culiacan Boxing & Wrestling Commission says that for now the original decision will stand. There will be a hearing of the entire commission to review the situation to then make a decision as to whether there was an error and the result needs to be changed.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore ‘Black Panther” Ndou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) will arrive home at the Sydney airport in Australia on Tuesday after defending the IBO championship successfully against Bongani “Cyclone” Mwelase (14-1, 12 KOs) at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa after scoring a twelve round split decision on September 18. Ndou credited his South African trainer Harold Volbrecht for devising a smart game plan: “He did a great job working out a fight plan for me, he just wanted me to box, stay on my toes and use my experience and that’s what we did,” Ndou said. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #13 fly Thepparith Singwancha (11-2, 8 KOs) impressively retained his PABA flyweight title when he stopped two-time PABA champion Rey Megrino (13-13-2, 10 KOs) on Sunday at the Mall Shopping Center in Ngamwongwan, Bangkok, Thailand. Thepparith, also ranked #14 by WBO, successfully floored the Filipino with a big right hook in round two and mostly controlled the show until round five. The action was ended in round six as the champion speeded his assault, dropping his foe again with a tough left hook following by a vicious right bodyshot and officially scoring a KO at 1:17. (more…)
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