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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Vlad Dudka
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) faced off with former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) today at press-conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Their fight will take place on October 16th in O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
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WBA Super Champion Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo were face to face for the first time at today’s press conference for their middleweight title fight this Saturday (Sept. 4) in Cologne, Germany.
“There’s no doubt about me winning the fight and becoming champion of the world”, said Lorenzo who showed up in a jersey of the local soccer team, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach had won a clash with their local rivals, Bayer Leverkusen with 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. “Gladbach has inspired me. They were the underdogs, they played in front of Leverkusen’s home crowd and they scored a very convincing and impressing win. That’s exactly what I will do next Saturday. Gladbach scored 6 goals; I will score 6 knockdowns. When I heard that Sturm is from Leverkusen like yesterday’s losers, things were very clear to me: I will be the new champion.” click here for more + photos
Photos: Joel A Colon/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior lightweight champion, Román “Rocky Martínez, arrived this morning in Glasgow, Scotland whereon September 4th he will defend his title against Scotland’s Ricky Burns at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his belt for the third time versus Burns (28-2, 7KOs) the first challenger. “Today, I’m resting, but I’m going to move later. I’m in good shape, 131 pounds, and I have to rest because of the long travel from Puerto Rico” Martínez said. Tomorrow, Martínez will attend a public workout in Glasgow. Wednesday is the press conference and Friday the weigh-in. more photos
Birthday greetings to Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who turns 89 years old today. Angelo, along with partners Tom Tsatas, Matt Baiamonte and Dino Spencer, will reopen the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami next month.
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews would like to congratulate lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and his new wife Vicky who got married in a beautiful ceremony this past weekend in Oxnard, CA. In attendance was Rios’ trainer and best man former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, USBA featherweight champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, former WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano, 2008 Venezuelan Olympian and junior middleweight prospect Alfonso Blanco and highly talented junior welterweight prospect Karim Martinez. Brandon Rios is scheduled to take on Anthony Peterson on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. more photos
Former UFC lightweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn had nothing but questions for still-champ Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in the headline bout of UFC 118, held Saturday night in Boston at the TD Bank Garden.
Repeating the success of his upset win earlier this year, Edgar started quick, with two takedowns that included a slam on the challenger. As Penn continued to try and stalk the champion, Edgar had an answer for everything. . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
The long unbeaten run of Ivan Calderon had to end sometime, and as often happens when a long-reigning champion loses, the finish was brutal and dramatic. Calderon gave his all, but he was a physically and mentally broken-down fighter when he sank to one knee to be counted out in the eighth round against Giovanni Segura in their 108-pound championship unification bout in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
After 19 consecutive title bouts in two weight classes without a defeat, Calderon’s skills and great experience just weren’t enough to overcome the relentless pressure and brutal body attack of the implacable aggressor from Mexico. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
The August 28 “War At The Shore” event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia was aptly named as “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey and Leo Martinez engaged in battle for 10-rounds in the evening’s featured contest. Although Martinez stayed busy attacking Spivey with his straight forward, in-your-face style, Spivey won a hard-fought unanimous decision landing more effective shots throughout the bout. The judge’s score cards read 95-92, 98-90 and 95-94. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
Photos by Adriy Novak/Elite Boxing
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) returned with a unanimous decision win over Mbwana Matumla (19-5, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine to take the vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title. Judges scored it 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scorecard 118-110 for Sidorenko. Click here for more photos…
Photo by SES-Boxing
BF world champion Jan Zaveck had his final 10 round sparring session with his coach Dirk Dzemski on Thursday at the SES gym in Magdeburg previous to his upcoming showdown with Rafal Jackiewicz. Today he will be traveling to Slovenia and have his last preparations on his way. “I’m on fire and ready for this challenge. I’m feeling great and I’m in perfect shape,” Zaveck stated. His mandatory defense on Saturday, September 4 will be staged at the Sport-Park-Arena in Ljubljana with an expected crowd of 14.000 and will be a question of honor for the 34 year old champion. He and his Polish contender already met two years ago in a fight for the European title but it was a very questionable decision win for Jackiewicz. The bout was later named “Fight of the year 2008″ by the EBU. That’s why the fight is themed as “Question of Honor”. The will be broadcasted live in Germany on Sport1 live from 10:00pm as well on TV SLOVENIA and in Poland on POLsat.
Photos by Norma Nieves/WBO
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel honored Mexican Fernando Montiel with a super champion belt and with a ring for his 20 defenses as a WBO champion in three different weight classes. Montiel received the belt last night at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, where Giovanni Segura unified his titles (WBO and WBO) and dethroned Iván Calderón. Montiel had 20 defenses in total, being a champion in the 112, 115 and 118 pound division. Click here for more photos…
After the fight on Saturday night when he outpointed Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley in a tough bout in front of 11,000-crowd, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana commented that now that he won his return fight he is willing and ready for Amir Khan next December 11. “I will saying as many times as necessary ‘cause I don’t want the boxing fans to be tricked by Khan’s team’s statements. I always want to face Khan and they ran away from me. Now it’s the time, so let’s make it,” Maidana said.
“I made it clear that it’s a lie that I was offered to fight Khan last July. I was offered to face Bradley back then and I had to decline because my former manager offered me little money for it and he was the one who lied about me having a back injury. But that’s water undet the bridge. Now Khan has to fight or otherwise quit his title and recognize that I’m the absolute champion,” the Argentinean said. (more…)
Yuri Foreman and his lovely wife Leyla have a new baby boy. The little one – 6 pounds, 12 ounces – arrived at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I am a new Dad, which is such an amazing experience. There is nothing like this. I am in awe,” Yuri said from the hospital today. Yuri added he will begin ‘light running’ in about two weeks to begin his return to the ring. “I have been at the gym doing upper body work, but soon I will begin running to see where I am at. Meanwhile, I will give a lot of attention to my wife and our new baby,” Yuri said.
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior lightweight champion Román “Rocky” Martinez traveled this afternoon to Glasgow, Scotland, to complete his training for his Saturday, September 4 bout versus Ricky Burns at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. Martinez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against Burns (28-2, 7KOs). Martinez won the title last March 14, 2009 when he knocked out British Nicky Cook in England. Martinez traveled with his trainers Raúl “Papo” Torres and Dennis “Sensei” Rivera, and his manager Manuel Martinez. The night will be promoted by Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions. Click here for more photos…
Silencing the critics with an even-stronger repeat performance, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar said he’d fought “with a chip on his shoulder,” while dominating former champ BJ “The Prodigy” Penn at UFC 118 in Boston.
“Every fighter should fight with a chip on their shoulder,” said Edgar. “I believe in myself and so does my team. I think the first fight built my confidence.”
While BJ continually tried to stalk down the elusive champion, it was Edgar using all the tools of a mixed martial artist, who was able to take down Penn in the first and use his quickness to beat Penn to the punch . . . Click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Baja Boxing in association with the Castro Limon Foundation of Tijuana presented a special “KO Against Child Cancer” fight card in benefit of the foundation. The foundation is dedicated in alleviating the suffering of children suffering from the different strains of the disease. Baja Boxing, led by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, put together a ten card fight card in which part of the proceeds were donated to the foundations. Along with the over the one thousand fight fans present at the Municipal Auditorium, several children from the foundation were present at the event . . . Click here for more
By Chris Perry at ringside
“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey won a hard fought unanimous decision over Leo Martinez in the August 28 “War At The Shore” main event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both fighters went toe-to-toe for ten rounds. Martinez (15-14, 7 KOs) was very busy and pressured Spivey (38-6, 29 KOs) throughout the bout with a straight forward, in-your-face attack. Spivey, however, scored two standing eight counts in the first round and landed the more effective blows throughout to win the contest. The judges score cards read 95-92, 98-90 and 95-94.
In the featured supporting bouts of the show promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions, junior lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” (18-4-1, 14 KOs) defeated Jamar Saunders (5-7-1, 2 KOs) by TKO when the bout was waved off before the start of the fourth round due to a sever cut over Saunders’ right eye and MMA star Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt won his professional boxing debut knocking out Antonio King (0-1, 0 KOs) forty-nine seconds into round one.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Cruiserweight Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas improved to 8-2 with a 7th round TKO of Brent Urban, 6-3-1, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Both men were free swinging sluggers who connected almost at will. The difference in the fight proved to be in the footwork. Urban waded forward squared up. Douglas fought from a conventional stance which allowed him to punch straighter and harder and win most of the exchanges. The damage added up and in the 7th of a scheduled 8 round fight, Urban stopped defending himself and was battered about the head until referee Paul Field intervened. Time of the stoppage was 1:47.
In the co-main event, Lightweight Francisco “Paco” Reyes used advantages in reach, hand speed, and accuracy to dominate Heder Rivas en route to a 6 round unanimous decision. Scores were 59-55 and 60-54 twice. Fightnews had it 59-55. Reyes improves to 6-1 and Heder falls to 6-2. (more…)
Photos: Jose I. Perez Cabrera/PR Best Boxing Promotions
In a sensational fight, WBA mini-flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a punishing eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO mini-flyweight Iván Calderón (34-1-1, 6 KOs) to unify the 108lb championship on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Calderon boxed beautifully early on, but Segura turned the tide and had him in trouble in rounds five and six. Calderon weathered some difficult moments, and regained his form in the seventh. Segura, however, continued to pressure the 35-year-old ring legend and floored him for the count with a devastating liver shot in round eight. Time was 1:34. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
In a full Juan R. Viera Coliseum in Las Piedras, PR. “El Artesano” Luis Cruz (16-0 13KOs) had a magnificent performance with a tremendous TKO victory in the 5th round over Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-6-1 12KOs). After receiving a hard punishment since the beginning of the first round, Hevinson Herrera did not walk out from the corner in the end of round five. Luis Cruz is the new Junior Lightweight WBO Latino Champion. “I feel extremely happy. I trained really hard for this win. We knew that we were going to catch him. I want to send a message to all the Junior Lightweights of the world, here I am. I will become a world champion very soon” Luis Cruz said. In other news WBO world ranked #14 in the super bantamweight division and actual USNBC champion Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0 11KOs) won a unanimous decision over Isaac Hidalgo. Jesús Rojas (15-1 12KOs) had a devasting KO win over Angel L. Paneto.
Returning from a 14-month injury break, super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (29-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Allen Litzau (13-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Latzau’s corner surrendered at 2:47 in the third with their fighter being pummeled on the ropes. Litzau’s more accomplished brother NABF super featherweight champion Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) could be next for Meza-Clay.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Both Sacramento entries, light-heavyweight Otis Griffin and middleweight Brandon Gonzales, won their feature bouts in decisive fashion Saturday night in Fallon, Nev.
In the eight-round main event at the outdoor fairgrounds venue, Griffin (23-6-2), ranked 10th by the International Boxing Federation, posted a unanimous decision over Billy Bailey (10-10) of Bakersfield in the eight-round main event. Judges’ scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
After scoring a first-round knockdown, Gonzales (13-0) halted Byron Tyson (9-2-2) of Los Angeles via a severe eye cut at 1:59 in the third round. It was Gonzales’ 10th knockout win in the scheduled six-rounder.
Interim WBA World light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) retained his title over former world champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (37-14-1, 22 KOs) by way of a very tough unanimous decision. The bout took place at the Estadio Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The official scores were 117-110, 115-112, 116-110 all in favor of Maidana. The 36-year-old Corley fought his best fight in years giving the 27-year-old Maidana all he could handle in the fight. (more…)
Octagonside by Robert Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Many said that his first victory in April was a fluke and UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar willingly accepted a rematch. In the main event of UFC 118 Edgar defeated former champion BJ Penn for a second time via unanimous decision. Edgar controlled the pace of the fight with lightening fast footwork, slick takedowns, and quick in-and-out punching. Edgar was a step ahead of his opponent for all five rounds, and Penn appeared winded and off balance for most of the fight. In the fourth round Penn was able to take Edgar to the mat but failed to capitalize. Edgar stayed aggressive in round five and finished the bout still-pursuing the challenger. Scores all read the same, 50-45.
47 year old Randy “The Natural” Couture needed just 3:19 to hand five-time world boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney his first professional defeat in the sport of mixed martial arts. Toney began the contest by assuming his traditional boxing stance but was taken to the canvas with ease by the Hall-of-Famer Couture. Once on the ground, Toney proved to be truly out of his element as he was unable to defend the punches raining down to his head from his well-positioned opponent. Toney was unable to produce any kind of effective defense against “The Natural” and soon found himself in a tight arm triangle choke. It was only a matter of time before Toney was forced to submit. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) stopped Livin Castillo (16-10, 10 KOs) in round seven on Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Witherspoon broke it open in the seventh when he dropped Castillo and got the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:21.
Undefeated super middleweight Farah Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round KO over Reggie Pena (6-4, 1 KO). Ennis bodywork too much and Pena sank to a knee at 1:56 after right to the body.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Coming in on three days’ notice, light welterweight Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-1, 8 KOs) took a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision Omri Lowther (14-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Club Metropolis in Montreal. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.
“I still look pretty right?” said a pumped Lundy as he left the ring and returned to his dressing room afterwards. Lundy might have look pretty but the fight itself was often somewhat less than that with long periods of inactivity from both fighters. The Atlanta born Lowther who now fights out of Toronto under Chris Johnson, trainer of two-time world champion Steve Molitor often proved tough to hit and countered well but Lundy was just too strong for his opponent. (more…)
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
With a pending month long celebration of Mexico’s bicentennial around the corner in September, the fireworks came early this past Friday night at Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium compliments of bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (7-0, 2 KOs) as he systematically destroyed Jesus “Kalaka” Navarrete (18-4, 13 KOs) in two rounds in the final of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament presented by Zanfer Promotions and Canal Azteca . . . Click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) returned with a unanimous decision win over Mbwana Matumla (19-5, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine to take the vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title. This boxing show attracted more than10,000 spectators. Matumla competently worked jabs with his long reach and moved well in the ring, possibly breaking Sidorenko’s nose. But from the third round on, Wladimir dominated. He was always aggressive, threw many blows, and well worked with body-punches. In the seventh round, Sidorenko started to hammer in the Ugandian. Sidorenko was very fast and active, helped by Matumba who was passive surprising the onlookers. In the twelfth round, Sidorenko rocked his foe and looked for the knockout, but Matumba stayed on his feet. Judges scored it 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scorecard 118-110. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
Last night at the luxurious Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in the heart of Atlanta GA on a card promoted by Greg Barckoff’s The Big Rock Out, Zahir “King” Raheem and Paul “The Truth” Delgado dazzled their hometown crowd with an excellent exhibition of flash and power. The crowd was also treated with the The Big Rock’s presentation of “The Ring of Honor” to legendary Atlanta and boxing great Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez, of New York, NY won the vacant IBF North American middleweight belt with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Russell “Spiderman” Jordan, of Rochester, NY last night at the sold-out Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, of Penns Grove, NJ brutally stopped Samuel “Showtime” Brown, of Fort Campbell, KY in the second round of a scheduled six round heavyweight contest. (more…)
If Frankie Edgar hasn’t changed a lot – actually, not at all – since winning the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn in April, it’s not hard to understand why.
As recently as mid-2007, before his third UFC bout, against Spencer Fisher, Edgar’s days weren’t filled with training, interviews, photo shoots, and time with the family. They were filled with training, interviews, photo shoots, time with the family, and full shifts as a union plumber . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
In a featherweight main event former world title challenger Emmanuel Lucero (24-5-1, 14 KOs) returned to the ring with a unanimous eight round decision win over veteran Robert Da Luz on Thursday night at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina. Lucero once unsuccessfully challenged then IBF super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
On the undercard unbeaten super middleweight irish prospect Chris Fitzpatrick (11-0, 4 KOs) blasted out Vincent Robbins in one round. Welterweight Harrison Cuello (20-13-3, 15 KOs) rebounded from his loss earlier this month to Breidis Prescott with a 1st round KO of Shane Gierke. The event was promoted by Andrew Stokes’ Palmetto Boxing.
By Graham Houston
There usually comes a time when great champions with long winning runs suffer their first loss and it always comes as something of a surprise. Antonio Cervantes losing to Wilfred Benitez, Eder Jofre to Fighting Harada, Pascual Perez to Pone Kingpetch, Ruben Olivares to Chucho Castillo, Wilfredo Gomez to Azumah Nelson, are all fights that come to mind in which champions who had been winning title fights almost as a matter of routine left the ring as ex-champs.
One wonders if Ivan Calderon might be coming to the end of his long winning sequence. The Puerto Rican southpaw is a magnificent boxer but at 35 he is at an age when a fighter in the lighter weight classes can suddenly not so much grow old overnight but become old enough to lose a fight they would once have won.
Calderon faces what I think is a dangerous fight in Puerto Rico on Saturday when he meets Mexico’s Giovanni Segura in a junior flyweight title unification match. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a fascinating battle of veterans Cassius Baloyi and Mzonke Fana meet in a clash for the vacant IBF junior lightweight belt at Carnival City near Brakpan next Wednesday night. Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has put together in South Africa one of the best bills in recent years, when boxing returns to the Carnival City Casino after an absence of five years, which will feature seven outstanding South African fighters and a former Japanese world champion.
Also featured on the card will be Moruti Mthalane vs Zolani Tete for the IBF flyweight belt, Jeffrey Mathebula vs Takalani Ndlovu in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator and Tshepo Lefele against Katsunari Takayama from Japan in an IBF mini-flyweight title eliminator. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau (16-1, 5 KOs) outscored Sonni Michael Angelo (16-10-2, 5 KOs) over eight action rounds at the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Scores were: 79-72, 80-73, 78-73. New Zealand born Talipeau controlled the action in most of the rounds and dropped Michael Angelo in round five. Talipeau is scheduled to clash with former two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor in October over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on a Grange Gym promotion. (more…)
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