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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican lightweight Giovanni Díaz (11-3, 3 KOs) remains in critical, but stable condition in a local hospital according to information from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Diaz suffered a subdural hematoma in a fourth round KO loss to Ramón “Niño de Oro” Ayala on Saturday’s Sosa-Mayol card.
WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) is ready to leave no doubt to who the WBO cruiserweight champion is when he takes on WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5th in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Fightnews spoke with Afolabi upon his recent arrival to Germany and he spoke about his upcoming fight with Huck. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will be out of action for action for at least 6 months with a fractured cheekbone. Doctors are presently trying to evaluate the damage to Sosa’s left eye. Sosa was the victim an intentional headbutt by challenger Rodel Mayol in their fight Saturday. Mayol was deducted a point for his action but scored a TKO later in the round.
Below is the updated scoreboard following the conclusion of Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBO Bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico will return on December 16th against Nicaraguan Marlon Aguilar at the Auditorio La Condosaa in Mexico City. Previously we knew Gonzalez was considering opponents from Mexico, Japan or The Philippines. We also know Gonzalez is seeking a quick world title shot against one of the featherweight beltholders. Gonzalez is currently training daily at the La Romanza in Mexico City with standout trainer Nacho Beristain. Other fights on December 16th include Oscar Ibarra vs Erick Ortiz in rematch, plus the Zaleta brothers Victor and Odilon.
Despite an issued statement from Don King Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, the United States promoter of WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye, announced that they have received assurances directly from the WBA that there will be no sanctioning of an interim WBA heavyweight championship fight and that Haye will remain the only heavyweight world champion recognized by the sanctioning body. “We have complete confidence that the WBA will keep their word and not sanction an interim heavyweight world title bout,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya. “They have assured us that David will remain the ONLY WBA heavyweight world champion, a title which he looks forward to proudly defending for the first time in the early part of 2010.”
Newly-crowned World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Jose Aldo had dreamed of winning a world title since he was a young boy. Growing up poor in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo didn’t have many material possessions, nor did he always know when his next meal would come. (more…)
Team Ruiz has responded to claims by promoter Don King, who stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,” as well as that the WBA has sanctioned an “Interim” title fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev. According to Team Ruiz, “The Quietman’s” contract with DKP expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent. (more…)
On Saturday night December 5th, heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles WBO #5 Brian Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) in a ten rounder at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In the main event, three-time world champion Paul Williams meets WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout.
The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since. “I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said. “I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.” (more…)
Promoter Don King claims he has a valid contract to promote heavyweight boxer John Ruiz, and Ruiz’s claims that he is a promotional free agent are false. “John Ruiz is my fighter,” King said. “I have a valid promotional agreement that designates me as his promoter. I do not understand why he and his manager are representing that he is a free agent when that is clearly not the case.” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs) is a two time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion and is currently the WBA No. 1-ranked contender and mandatory challenger to new champion David Haye. (more…)
Promoter Eddie Bazira and Baltic Pro Box Promotions, in association with Real Deal Events LLC, SES Boxing, Fight Production and Risum Boxing, are proud to announce that contracts has been signed for legendary former four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield to challenge Francois Botha for the South Africans World Boxing Federation World title on January 16 at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. A sell-out crowd of 80,000 spectators is expected, and details are being finalized for worldwide pay-per-view distribution. Sweden-based Baltic Pro Box Promotions will host several press conferences in the coming days in Kampala to kick off the promotion of what will be the biggest fight ever in Uganda. (more…)
The team from Golden Boy Promotions passed out hundreds of turkeys, fixings and products to the East Los Angeles community yesterday. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion had three new world champions crowned on Saturday night in Kiel Germany. Former light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei successfully moved up in weight to seize the WBC cruiserweight title from Giacobbe Fragomeni, Olympian medalist Vitali Tajbert dethroned WBC interim super featherweight king Humberto Gutierrez, and super middleweight claimed the vacant WBA belt with a fifth round TKO over Stjepan Bozic. Here’s what they had to say at the post-fight press conference, plus a giant photo gallery of the night’s action. (more…)
David Robinett and Robert Hough at Ringside;
Photographs by Laura De La Torre
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) dominated Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 31 KOs) in a stunningly one-sided affair to capture the WBA super middleweight belt and position himself as the favorite for the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic this past Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward won by technical decision after the fight was stopped in the eleventh round due to cuts over Kessler’s eyes which were caused by accidental head butts, by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92. Click here for the full report and action packed photogallery.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Danny Green says his respect for Roy Jones has gone and he is looking forward to their December 2 clash at Acer Arena where Jones will challenge for his IBO cruiserweight belt. Jones is looking to make history as the first boxer to claim world titles in all five weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. Green said “I can see it, I have this recurring vision that I’ve got and haven’t had this feeling for a long time,” Green said. “I can envisage an earlier than 12th round stoppage by myself against Roy Jones Jr.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Roy Jones Junior landed at Sydney airport on Sunday and was greeted by an army of fans and media ahead of his December 2nd challenge at the Acer Arena against Australian Danny Green for the IBO Cruiserweight Title. As soon as he arrived he was ready to talk boxing and showed great confidence in his upcoming fight. He stated, “There is no way this fight is going the distance – no way. I have too much to bring to the table for this fight to go to the scorecards. I will win by knockout and that is for sure. I am glad to be in this great country of Australia and I know how proud they are of Danny Green but I am in the fight zone now and the fight will not go the distance. Speed, power, boxing ability – I just have too much.” (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Three years ago at UFC 59, former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin locked horns for the first time. The back-and-forth fight left the crowd electrified, and the judges undecided on who the winner was. When the final bell rang, the judges awarded the bout to the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” via a razor thin – and much debated – split decision . . . Click here for full report
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) who is preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) on December, 12th at the Post Finance Arena in Berne, Switzerland sat down with Fightnews for an exclusive interview. (more…)
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Stepping up the competition. That’s what it’s all about for a young, developing fighter. Learning, improving and fighting better competition as you yourself progress to be prepared for the day when, hopefully, you’ll get a shot at the big time. For “Irish” Joe McCreedy (11-4-1, 6 KOs), a gutsy 24-year old from Lowell, Massachusetts, that step up was this past Friday night at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented CES Boxing’s “Autumn Classic,” which featured several rising stars on the New England Boxing horizon. Unfortunately for McCreedy, he dropped a unanimous decision victory to “The Next Great Champ” reality show winner Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a hard fought battle. 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (10-0, 3 KOs) took the fight to a game challenge from his opponent James Hope (4-3, 4 KOs) however in the end it was O’Connor walking away with the shutout six round unanimous decision win. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou recently held onto his crown with a draw against Mathew Hatton in England. Ndou talks to Fightnews about the Hatton fight, why it was not his best performance, his dislike of Mathew Hatton and his respect for Ricky Hatton and also that IBF 147 pound champion Isaac Hlatswayo and former IBF 135 pound champion Phillip Holiday is on his radar. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
We are sad to report that USBA Super Bantamweight challenger Francisco Rodriguez has passed on Sunday night at Hahnemann University Hospital. The 25-year-old Rodriquez fought a give and take epic fight with Teon Kennedy at the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night. The fight was waved off in the tenth round while Rodriquez was still on his feet. He was placed on a stool in corner, but within minutes he slumped over and lost consciousness as oxygen was applied. He was immediately rushed from the ring on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to Hahnemann University Hospital where emergency brain surgery was performed. Rodriguez never regained consciousness. (more…)
Supported by a large crowd at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS, junior middleweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his perfect intact after scoring a fourth round TKO over Jerome Ellis (12-10-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at “The Fitz” in Tunica, Mississippi. The 2008 US Olympic Alternate was declared the winner following the fourth round when Ellis refused to leave his stool, forcing Referee Randy Phillips to stop the contest. (more…)
Postfight reports by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Ortiz asks for rubber match: “I’ll be back.” Those three words escaped the lips of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz countless times at the UFC 106 post fight press conference. . . . Click here for full report
Koscheck steals the night: If Josh Koscheck wanted to make a statement to Dana White and the rest of the welterweight division regarding who should be next in line to face Georges St. Pierre, his choke-out victory against Anthony Johnson made that statement in THX surround sound . . . Click here for more
By Bob Hough
Mikkel Kessler said after his 11th-round, technical-decision loss to Andre Ward that some of the head-clashes were intentional and that Ward, the new WBA super-middleweight champion was a dirty fighter—a charge Ward vehemently denied. Ward consistently out-landed the Dane and avoided his power, though the fighters’ heads collided regularly. Kessler believes the collisions weren’t all accidental. (more…)
By Robert Coster
“I just followed the doctor’s orders who told me to let the fight go on,” says Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez after the controversial end to the WBC light flyweight bout between champion Edgar Sosa and challenger Rondel Mayol yesterday in Tuxla Gutierrez, Mexico. A vicious head-butt at the beginning of the second round spelled the end for the long reigning champion who crumbled to the floor. The head-butt was ruled as intentional and referee Ramirez deducted a point from the Filipino challenger. Sosa got up on unsteady legs but ring physician, Dr. Ibarra, ruled that the fight could continue. The referee accepted the doctor’s advice and Mayol jumped on his defenseless prey. After a second knockdown, Ramirez stopped the fight, putting an end to Sosa’s 28 month reign. The Mexican champion had to be transported to the hospital where he was declared to have a fractured cheekbone that will keep him out of action for about 5-6 months. The Sosa camp has mentioned that it will appeal the outcome of the fight in order to have it declared a no-contest.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has commented that his bout with Roy Jones Jr is the biggest fight in Australia’s boxing history. The bout has proven to be a great financial success with Danny looking certain to surpass the AUD $3,000,000 he earned from his bout with Anthony Mundine. It is rumored that Green could earn up to $4,000,000, and quite possibly more, due to a number of contributing factors, including: the fight being beamed into 15 countries, including the US, Canada, England, Malaysia and South Africa. A huge financial lure that the Mundine-Green fight failed to attract. Just 5000 tickets remain for the bout at Homebush, with an 18,000 sell-out guaranteed. Overwhelming demand for ringside seats has allowed ticket holders to auction seats on eBay for up to $1250. Demand for pay-per-view subscription at pubs and clubs is rivalled only by Green’s fight with Mundine in 2006. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF#12 bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (14-0, 7 KOs) will clash with Indonesian Rivo Rengkung (29-8-5, 11 KOs) on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand with IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchiang said: “I am happy my boxer Kiattaweesuk will have a good test on Thursday when he fights experienced Rengkung who has boxed world class boxers like Michael Domingo and Somsak Sithchawal. I am confident Kiattaweesuk has the skills to beat the best bantamweights in the world-he only needs the opportunity.” The promotion will televised on channel seven television network throughout Thailand.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated welterweight Chad Bennett (23-3-3, 16 KOs) was impressive in clearly outscoring Argentine lightweight champion Aldo Nazareno Rios (46-4, 11 KOs) over ten rounds at the Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow Racecourse, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The 5’10 Bennett, 36-years, controlled the action in all the rounds as he continually connected with accurate combinations. 5’8 Rios, 35-years, came to fight but could not cope with the Australian boxers superior speed and skills. The visitor had been in the distance with world champions Isaac Hlatshwayo, Artur Grigorian and Steve Johnston. Ricky Hatton stopped Rios in nine rounds. He had defeated Victor Hugo Paz three times and scored knockouts over Jason Cook and Sergio Gonzalez. Bennett will challenge former WBA champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai for the IBF Australasian 140 pound title. Bennett is focused on IBF world title shot against IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango.
By John Cannon/www.canvaswarriors.com
Brownsville native Sergio Perales wanted to give something back to his fans who have supported him during his boxing career. Well, he definitely did that as he put together a stellar performance in front of a raucous crowd at the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville, defeating Columbia’s Jose Garcia Bernal to capture the IBA and WBF Continental Americas belts Saturday night. “I am happy for Brownsville and the fans who paid good money to come out and see a good show and I feel I gave that to them tonight,” said Perales. “My last couple of fights have been first round knockouts and I felt that I did not give the fans a good show. But I was able to give them 10 good rounds and am grateful for that. I needed the work.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
“The only way Rodel Mayol could beat me was by intentionally fouling me. He should have been disqualified,” says disconsolate former champion Edgar Sosa who lost his WBC belt on Saturday in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico by a very controversial TKO in the second round to Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol. Sosa, who was making his 11th defense, is in the hospital with a fractured cheekbone, the result of a clear head-butt on the part Mayol. Although Sosa, now (37-6, 21 KOs), was bleeding and clearly dazed, ring doctor Ibarra allowed the fight to continue and the Filipino boxer took full advantage of the situation, scoring two subsequent knockdowns that forced Referee Robert Ramirez to stop the fight and declare Mayol (26-4-1, 20 KOs) the winner. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler has vowed to bounce back stronger than ever after his 11th round technical decision defeat against Andre Ward. The Viking Warrior was trailing on all three score-cards when the fight was stopped due to a cut caused by an unintentional head-butt. “I have lost the world title once and won it straight back so I know how to do it,” Kessler said. “With the support of my home fans in Denmark I will beat Carl Froch and become world champion again. That is why this tournament is great–I have the chance to make amends immediately.” Kessler admitted it was tough to fight Ward. “He was very fast and very good. He ruined my style,” he said. “It was not my day. Now I will go home, watch the tape and then bounce back stronger than ever.” (more…)
After six years as a light heavyweight champion, Zsolt Erdei moved up in weight to challenge WBC cruiserweight beltholder Giacobbe Fragomeni in front of 4000 fans at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany, on Saturday’s “Universum Champion Night“ in a battle of contrasting styles between the technician Erdei and the brawler Fragomeni. Click here for video highlights
WBA mini-flyweight champion Giovanni Segura (22-1, 18 KOs) scored a first round knockout over Sonny Boy Jaro (30-7-5, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico. It was a body shot that did in Jaro.
Fightnews.com feature writer Gary “Digital” Williams receives his Washington, DC Boxing Hall-of-Fame induction plaque from the hall of fame’s membership secretary, Allan Nader. Williams was honored for Outstanding Contributions to Boxing in the nation’s capitol. Williams has covered the boxing scene in DC and the surrounding area for 24 years, 11 of them with Fightnews.com. Among the others inducted in the DC Boxing Hall of Fame this year were former middleweight title contender Andrew Council and five-time women’s world champion Isra Girgrah Wynn, who was the first female pro boxer to be inducted into the DC Boxing Hall-of-Fame.
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