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by Anthony Springer Jr.
BREAKING: After much speculation, the headliner for the UFC’s first network show is set.
Cain Velasquez will square off with Junior dos Santos Nov. 12 on Fox, UFC president Dana White announced today on a media conference call.
“What better way to kick things off with the heavyweight championship?” White said. “You know this is going to be a great fight.”
Full story to come.
On November 19th WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin will defend his title against Canada based Romanian Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion in Trabzon, Turkey. Promoters Ahmet Oner (ARENA) and Chris Ganescu (GANKOR promotions) avoided going to purse bid by signing an agreement the night before the free negotiation period ended. (more…)
Fight fans attending Saturday’s clash between former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and current IBF Champion Jan Zaveck at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, can also look forward to an interesting undercard. In addition to undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian, Gary Russell Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs), who will see action in the live televised co-feature against Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs), fighting in separate bouts on the un-televised portion of the card will be unbeaten prospects Thomas Oosthuizen (15-0-1, 11KO’s), Luis Del Valle (13-0, 10KO’s), and Ivan Redkach (7-0, 6KO’s). Also scheduled on the card is IBF #2 rated welterweight contender, Randall Bailey, as he takes on Yoryi Estrella in a 10-round welterweight match-up. Bailey is the mandatory challenger to the winner of Zaveck-Berto. (more…)
WBC President José Sulaimán: “I feel tremendously impacted by the declarations of our former champion of the world, Oscar de la Hoya, and I understand the terrible depression through which he recently lived. But at the same time, we are very pleased to see that Oscar is turning into an example for the youth of the world by expressing the terribly damaging effects of alcohol and the cancer of our contemporary society, drugs, as well as his struggle and efforts to find rehabilitation to defeat such a dangerous rival, as he is already doing. Only great champions like Oscar have the will of a tiger to confront evil and defeat it, just as he is doing today, to strengthen his image of idolatry. The WBC strongly stays in his corner, just as we have always done with all other boxing heroes that have defeated such a terrible cancer.”
The WBC has confirmed the final elimination bout to determine the mandatory contender for Canelo Alvarez in the super welterweight division – #1 ranked Vanes Martirosyan vs. #2 ranked Alfredo Angulo – and a date has been set for Friday, September 23, to hold a purse offer in case no agreement is reached between the promoters during the free negotiations period.
UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is riding a five-year, nine-fight winning streak that has seen the 30-year-old Canadian defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck (twice) and Jake Shields. Along the way, the Montreal native has captivated fans worldwide with his explosive takedowns and dominant performances inside the Octagon®. On Saturday, Oct. 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, GSP meets a man whose nearly four-year, 10-fight unbeaten streak has many believing that he could be the world’s best 170-pound fighter. In the main event of UFC 137, St-Pierre meets STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion Nick Diaz, the aggressive, no-nonsense southpaw on a mission to lay claim to UFC gold. (more…)
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
At this point, we all know the routine. Anderson Silva gets a new number one contender. Anderson Silva makes number one contender look like an amateur. Yushin Okami was simply the next man in the middleweight beat down sweepstakes.
The defending champion avenged the last loss on his nearly flawless record, stopping Okami with strikes at 2:04 in the second round . . . Click here for more
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Famed trainer Tommy Brooks insists he wouldn’t waste his time with Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries if he didn’t believe he had world title potential. Jeffries (8-0-1) has his second fight under the American trainer when he meets Paul Morby (6-6-1) on Saturday night (Sept 3) Their Doncaster Dome fight is the chief support when Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (17-2-1) collides with British king Stuey Hall (11-0-1) in a triple title battle.
Jeffries moved his base to California to join Brooks who was almost KO’d from getting to Britain because of Hurricane Irene. He arrived two days late on Tuesday and expects his prospect to blow away Portsmouth’s Morby in their light-heavyweight eight rounder. Brooks said: “I don’t jerk around with people who don’t have a chance. I’m not going to waste my time or their time if they haven’t got it.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Two sons of legends will headline Saturday’s card at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Baja California. Welterweights Omar “Businessman” Chavez and Jorge”Maromerito” Paez Jr. will be featured in separate fights. Chavez (26-0-1, 19 KOs) has the seemingly tougher assignment against Alberto Martínez (15-1, 10 KOs), while Paez (28-4-1, 17 KOs) faces Rodrigo Juarez (15-13-1, 11 KOs).
If both are victorious, Chavez and Paez could fight each other. “If Zanfer offers me the fight and we agree on it, I think it would be interesting to face Paez and people we would like it,” stated Chavez, “but first I must get by on Saturday and then wait Zanfer’s proposal.” More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The featured fighters of Saturday’s boxing card billed as “Veneno Puro” at the Convention Center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, exchanged menacing looks and strong statements at Thursday’s final press conference. WBC #1 Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is committed to providing a great show against Mohammed Akrong on his way to winning the WBC middleweight world title held by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Alejandro Sanabria said he’s waiting for the fight against Alejandro Barrera to show he’s one of the best fighters at super featherweight. Michel Rosales facing Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia, dedicated the fight to the fans who have always supported him and his family. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, Comex and Grupo Modelo. The fifth day of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona” tournament takes place the same evening with Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Mauricio Pintor, Edgar Monarrez and Luis Alberto Vazquez.
The New York Post newspaper, which originally printed the Oscar de la Hoya lingerie photos shot by stripper Milana Dravnel in 2007, has now reported that The Golden Boy allegedly paid Dravnel a whopping $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit she filed against him and agree to keep the matter confidential. According to the Post, “the deal also called for her to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets that she kept after their kinky photo session.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Eloy Perez 130 vs Daniel Jimenez 130
(NABO jr lightweight title)
James Parison 163 vs Paul Mendez 163
Bruno Escalante 121.vs Frank Gutierres 122
Ramon Morales 124 vs Cain Garcia 124
Jonathan Chicas 142 vs Davis Kamarra 138.50
Joe Gumina 182 vs Anthony Johnson 183
Rudy Puga 165 vs Raul Talamontes 163.5
Jonathan Chicas 142 vs David Kamara 138.50
Venue: Salinas Sports Complex
Promoter: Golden Boy/Don Chargin/Jorge Marron
By Pete Balderas
Photos: Role Salazar
In preparation for his upcoming fight, all Raul “El Tigre” Casarez has heard is how tough his opponent Dumont Welliver is and that he has faced some top quality opponents. However, Casarez quoted a verse from Kid Rock when talking about how he feels about his opponent at the official press conference for Border Brawl 3 Thursday afternoon at Pappadeaux’s in Pharr. “In the words of Kid Rock,” He ain’t ever met anyone like me’,” said Casarez. For more details and photos click here…
According to Argentinian press, unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez will move up in weight to challenge WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22 at New York City’s WaMu Theatre located at Madison Square Garden. There were originally plans to hold the event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, however since the bout is just one week after Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson to be held in the same area, the fight was moved to NYC.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Robert Hough
Robert Guerrero said Thursday – two days after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff – that the successful procedure took care of a problem that bothered him for years. Guerrero (29-1-1 18KOs) injured his left shoulder while he was sparring on Aug. 17, 10 days before he was set to fight Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) in an HBO-televised fight in San Jose, Calif.
“I’ve always had problems in there ever since my amateur days, but you tend to block things out and deal with stuff,” Guerrero said. “It’s fixed now so that’s great.” Less than 48 hours after the two-hour operation by Dr. Michael Dillingham, in Burlingame, Calif., about an hour north of his hometown of Gilroy, “The Ghost” said there’s little discomfort. (more…)
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By Hesiquio Balderas/Canelo Promotions
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Canelo Álvarez will defend his WBC Super welterweight championship on September 17 at the Staples Center against Alfonso Gomez in the most important moth of his country and wants to win the fight in a very Mexican way. “I am ready, he is a tough fighter, he comes to fight, he has the experience and heart, but I will make my people proud and win this fight in a Mexican style, with a Mexican punch,” said Alvarez who is only 21 years old.
That Mexican punch that Saul is talking about is the liver shot, a punch that was first introduced to the tradition by the legendary Kid Azteca and has been carried on by some great Mexican fighters. (more…)
By Robert Coster
There is no love lost between Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) and his rival, Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) and it became clearly apparent at the press conference held in Santo Domingo yesterday, in preview of the showdown between both men next Monday, Sept.5th. The (locally) much-anticipated grudge-fight will be for the vacant WBO Latino junior middleweight crown, with the winner being insured of a WBO top 12 ranking. (more…)
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum received an incredible media welcome when they arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 1. Despite the early hour – 5:30 a.m. – 12 TV crews plus reporters and photographers from various other international outlets and fans greeted them for 30 minutes of interviews. That was followed by a live 20-minute interview at 6:15 a.m. on the morning show on GMA, one of the top TV networks in the Philippines…
Much to everyone’s pleasant surprise, Marquez has insisted on doing all his interviews in English, further endearing him to the Filipino fight fans and media alike…
After checking into the historic and elegant Hotel Manila, which celebrates its centennial next year, and doing more interviews there, Marquez and Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain went across the street to the Quirino Grandstand for a 30-minute run. Highlights of his run were broadcast on all the afternoon and evening TV newscasts…
Photo: S. Yamada/ARENA
After Hurricane “Irene” hit the East Coast last week, Atlantic City is getting ready for another storm on September 10th when Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa steps into the ring with intentions to blow away former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist has impressed fans and experts with his extraordinary speed and power and fought his way to stardom with spectacular performances since turning pro in April 2007. “Some people see Gamboa as a prospect but he is far more than this already”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is one of the four or five best fighters in the world right now and he is ready and willing to prove it in every single fight. He has beaten everybody who crossed his way and he is not ducking anybody. Gamboa always wanted to fight Chris John – but he avoided him. He always wanted to fight Juanma Lopez – but he lost to a guy Gamboa had already beaten.” (more…)
Eddie Soto 134.6 vs. José González 134.8
(WBO Latino lightweight title)
Ivan Moxey 114.6 vs. McJoe Arroyo 116.8
Epifanio Mendoza 207.6 vs. Carlos Negrón 213.4
William Lorenzo 136.4 vs. Francisco Cabrera 134.8
Eric Piñero 142.2 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
José Del Valle 127.4 vs. Yunier Pelier Rey 128.4
Alberto Candelaria 136.4 vs. Francisco Ocasio 136.2
Félix Rodríguez 166.6 vs. Roberto José Acevedo 165.6
Luis Declet 113 vs. Waldemar Pagán 112
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
TV: WAPA America
This Saturday night Andre Berto attempts to regain a piece of the welterweight crown when he takes on reigning IBF Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. Of all the people in attendance and even more watching at home, there will be no one observing the action more closely then two-time world champion, Randall Bailey.
Bailey, who is considered by many to be one of the hardest punchers in all of boxing, as witnessed by his 37 stoppages in 41 victories, will be seeing action on the undercard against Florida’s Yoryi Estrella. Bailey has been the mandatory to Zaveck for sometime now and could have taken the fight with Zaveck, but instead he chose to step aside and allow the fight between Zaveck and Berto to take place first. Whoever pulls out the victory Saturday night, Bailey will be next in line for a crack at the title. (more…)
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) which oversees amateur boxing including the Olympics, as well as the “World Series of Boxing” professional league, has come under fire from WBC President Jose Sulaiman. At issue is a conflict between the AIBA and Romanian Boxing Federation (RBF) President Rudel Obreja stemming from the Romanian official’s allegations that AIBA officials were manipulating referees during the Olympic Games in Beijing. The AIBA has issued an ultimatum that if Obreja remains the head of the RBF that no Romanian boxers will be allowed to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated that the “AIBA is showing the world of sports their dictatorial, monopolistic, arbitrary and disrespectful intention to rule the world of boxing not only in their amateur field, but also in the professional world, which the WBC strongly protests and will struggle against all those who go back in history to impose dictatorial rulings, which goes against the sport of boxing and all the people and institutions of the sport.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) retained the championship with a clear twelve round decision over Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. A capacity crowd of 5000 fight fans witnessed Geale control the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations while using clever footwork that made him a very difficult target for the aggressive Albert. The Nigerian born, Miami based Albert was in great fighting shape as he maintained pressure in all of the rounds but had problems hitting the mobile champion who continually switched from orthodox to southpaw stance and also displayed outstanding hand speed and accuracy. At the conclusion of twelve action rounds referee Tony Weeks crowned Geale the winner by scores of – Robert Hoyle (USA) 117-111, Somsak Sirianant (Thailand) 116-112, Ray Reed (Australia) 119-109. (more…)
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