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Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
With only a few days until the highly anticipated rematch, WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA finished his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA last week. Martinez faces former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be show live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. These two fighters first met in December of last year, in a “Fight of the Year” candidate, in which Williams won via majority decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds. more + photos
The undercard for the December 16 clash between Dmitriy Salita (31-1-1,16 KO) and Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KO) will feature the ring return of Polish light middleweight, Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs), who will face Elco Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs). Also scheduled are former Golden Gloves Champion Rafael Vasquez (2-0), three times Golden Gloves finalist Jonathon Cuba (4-2), Rajiv Bhattacharya (4-0), Eilon Kedem, an Israeli boxer who learned to box in the Israeli army, and Boyd Melson, a 2008 Olympic Team Alternate and four times U.S. Army boxing champion. Also reggae superstar Matisyahu will accompany Dmitriy into the ring and make a special performance. Tickets start at $40. Call 917-440-3278.
In a word, Brian Foster is excited. Over the course of a twenty minute conversation, “The Foster Boy” mentioned almost once a minute that he was excited about his upcoming fight against Matt Brown on November 20th at UFC 123. In total sincerity, Foster’s own words sounded like they were ready to jump through the phone and ground and pound some unsuspecting foe into oblivion, which is exactly how he manhandled Forrest Petz less than two months ago at UFC Fight Night 22. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green is ready to retain the championship on Wednesday when he will punch it out with the bigger American BJ Flores over twelve rounds at the Challenge stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Green said he is not worried by the weight difference and also challenges Flores’ statements that he is confident of defeating Green and taking the title back to the USA. “He is not short of words,” Green said. ”I think BJ is just trying to pump up his own chances and inflate his own confidence. I don’t take too much interest in what he says. I’ve won three world titles and I’ve been competing for world titles for seven years. Roy Jones: I’ve taken him out in one round. I’m a veteran of the sport, and I’ll know what I’m doing on Wednesday night.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
It started as a short interview with WBC champion Vitaly Klitschko about his plans, and ended with Klitschko criticizing Polish heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KO) for words Adamek insists he never said. Adamek clears the air and talks about HBO, David Haye’s last fight, his upcoming fight with Vinny Maddalone and Roy Jones Jr. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-22-2, 20 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with New Zealand heavyweight Bob Gasio (11-15-3, 3 KOs) at the Revesby Workers club in Revesby, NSW, Australia. Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights all over the world including former world heavyweight champion Frans Botha who he dropped a twelve round decision to in 2007 in South Africa and was unlucky to lose in Gemany to Timo Hoffman over ten in a disputed points loss. American Rob Calloway and Kali Meehan also punched it out with Mirovic in exciting fights. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian born world rated welterweight Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on November 26 when he will clash with Juan Albert Godoy ( 25-12-1, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. Omotoso scored his most impressive win over former world rated Emanuel Augustus when he stopped the classy American in nine rounds in 2009. Augustus also lost in nine rounds to boxin’s best pound for pound boxer, Floyd Mayweather. In 2009 he defeated well credentialed Korean Hwan-Young Park (24-3) by KO in three rounds. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising and current IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and brother Robert Garcia, is scheduled to take on Francisco “Franky” Leal (14-5-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Garcia vs. Leal will open up the pay-per-view telecast, replacing undefeated lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios who was moved to the Pacquiao vs. Margarito undercard this past weekend. For more details and photos click here…
Photo courtesy SHOWTIME
Bitter rivals and European superstars Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham continued to throw verbal jabs at one another on Monday during an international media conference call less than two weeks before their Super Six World Boxing Classic clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
“I never ever want to test my chin with anybody,” Froch said. “The best chin is the one that doesn’t get hit. I’ve fought some very strong super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not concerned when people say that Arthur’s the biggest puncher I’ve faced. I think his power is overrated, especially at super middleweight.” (more…)
Video: Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek shows his speed as trainer Roger Bloodworth uses very small pads. “Not many heavyweights can do this – maybe one more,” said Bloodworth after the routine.
For the third time the proposed bout between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) has again been postponed. The bout had been previously scheduled for November 5th, November 12, and December 9th. Williams’ manager, Si Stern of South Florida was upset to say the least and shed some insight on the string of postponements. (more…)
Photo: Ken Goldberg
Unbeaten two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) showed his skills in an open workout on Monday at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City. Erdei is in the final stages of preparation for his showdown vs. Sampson Onyango (20-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday’s undercard for the rematch between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams. The bout vs. Onyango also marks Erdei’s debut as a member of the DiBella Entertainment roster. It will be his first non world title fight since 2003.
Note: McKinney’s record corrected. On Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, local heavyweight Jonathon Haggler took another step towards getting into the world rankings. Haggler now 23-3, 17 KOs outworked veteran Dennis McKinney for the first four rounds then knocked him out with a massive left hand at the 1:38 mark of the fifth round. This win allowed Haggler to claim the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) Americas Championship. McKinney falls to 26-52-2 and has lost 19 of his last 20 with 8 straight losses. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The arrangements for famed Baltimore trainer Mack Lewis are in. The viewing will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home — 4905 York Road in Baltimore from 4-8 PM. The funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11 AM at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Morgan State University at 2201 Argonne Drive. The repast will follow the services at the Mack Lewis Gym, 901 North Bond Street in Baltimore.
The last time Matt Hughes and BJ Penn fought, Joe Lauzon was a virtual unknown in the sport of mixed martial arts who had made his first big statement to the world with a 47 second knockout of Jens Pulver at UFC 63 in 2006. When Hughes and Penn meet again this Saturday at UFC 123 in Detroit, Lauzon’s place in the game is a lot different than it was over four years ago. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
“I would like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for his win on Saturday Night. It was a tough and difficult fight for me and I hope the fans enjoyed our battle at Cowboys Stadium,” said Antonio Margarito. “I also want to thank Bob Arum for always believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. I also want to thank all the fans who came to see me and who watched the fight on TV and who continue to support me.” (more…)
The Countdown To UFC 123 Begins Tonight: Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida prepare for their colossal matchup this Saturday night, plus Matt Hughes and BJ Penn continue their pursuit of a world title – Countdown to UFC 123 tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On November 27th in Helsinki, Finland, boxing fans get to see on SHOWTIME what could be a true classic, as sluggers Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch battle in the Super Six super middleweight tournament. Mick Hennessey, Froch’s promoter, says the fight could be a “fight of the decade candidate.” An intriguing aspect of the bout is that both former world champions are coming off their very first defeat. Abraham lost to Andre Dirrell by disqualification and Froch lost a narrow decision to Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler in Denmark.
Froch says he will bring his WBC super middleweight title back to England and that he has a “massive, massive chance” to win the Super Six tournament. Referring to Abraham’s defeat to Dirrell, Froch said that “he got beat and outclassed by a guy I beat.” Froch emphasized that he is a true, power-punching super middleweight, while Abraham is a middleweight who moved up two fights ago. Abraham responded: “I don’t want to talk as much as Carl Froch; I will show you in the ring on November 27th.”
Photos by Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) watched challenger Enrique Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) rip up the official fight poster (which only pictured Stieglitz) during today’s press conference for his defense Saturday night at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. “I didn’t become a world champion by chance,” warned Stieglitz. “I know what I must do in the ring and I’ll remain a world champion.”
“I’m ready for this fight,” stated Ornelas. “I’m happy about the world championship chance. It’s my job to win this fight. I have only one goal and that’s to take the belt away from Robert Stieglitz.” For more details and photos click here…
Former referee and commissioner, Larry Hazzard, Sr., announced yesterday that he and former IBF president and founding member, Marian Muhammad, have formed a world combative sports sanctioning organization based in New Jersey. The Combative Sports Federation, Inc., or CSF, will include rankings of professional boxers and mixed martial artists around the world. Hazzard, a 50-year veteran of both sports, is eager to lead the organization as president with his partner, Marian Muhammad as vice president. Former New York boxing commissioner, Randy Gordon, will serve as the organization’s ratings chairman, and former WBC supervisor and liaison to U.S. Commissions, Rhonda Utley-Herring, will be the championships chairman. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
World title challenger Enrique Ornelas rips up the official fight poster for his clash Saturday night against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz during today’s press conference in Dresden, Germany. The poster only pictures Stieglitz. (More to come)
By Uwe Betker at ringside
Photos: Claudius Schell
Last-minute replacement Gbenga “Bang Bang“ Oloukun stopped German heavyweight hope Konstantin Airich in four rounds in front of 1000 fans at the Vogelsanghalle in Stralsund, Germany on Friday night. “I wouldn’t have accepted the fight on short notice if I didn’t believe in my chance“, said Oloukun, who stepped in on only two days notice for unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam. “I know Konstantin, I knew his weaknesses and I knew about my own strengths. So I just hammered him down. Bang Bang!“ (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Team Martinez
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina has arrived in Atlantic City, NJ, having departed from Oxnard, CA Sunday morning for the highly anticipated rematch with former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) which takes place this Saturday November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Many athletes claim that age is just a number. BJ Penn has a different take on that adage. For the Hawaiian, weight is just a number—literally.
Penn has competed in four different weight classes during the course of his career, with 15 of his 23 professional fights occurring at lightweight, four at welterweight, one at middleweight and one at heavyweight. Yes, you read that correctly. On March 26, 2005, Penn faced former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a heavyweight bout in Japan. Penn weighed 191 pounds for that fight. Machida weighed 220 pounds. “The Prodigy” lasted until the final bell, losing a unanimous judges’ decision, but often getting the better of the Karate expert during standup exchanges . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
“To my family, my team and the fans who got behind me on this journey to overthrow David Haye and become Heavyweight champion, I’m sorry I was unable to walk through the door and fulfil my destiny. I can promise I cut no corners in training and did all I could do in getting myself ready both physically and mentally for Saturday’s fight. Ultimately, I didn’t get going and my game plan to take over the fight in the later rounds was extinguished by the power and speed of David Haye who caught me clean around my guard. (more…)
The British Board of Boxing of Control may withhold some or all of the estimated £1 million purse due heavyweight Audley Harrison, who disappointed 22,000 in attendance and the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester and millions watching on worldwide TV by hardly throwing a punch against WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye before being kayoed in round three. “Rescinding some of Audley Harrison’s purse is something which we will have to consider,” said BBBC secretary Robert Smith. “The board have rescinded purses when we feel a fighter has not tried. Myself and the BBBC chairman Charles Giles will watch the fight again then make a decision, but we have the authority to rescind purses and we would not be afraid to use that. Audley Harrison has not been paid yet, so it is something we can do.”
By Ron Jackson
Sikulule Sidzumo who was making the first defence of his South African junior welterweight title upset the form book when he stopped the highly regarded Samuel Malinga in the seventh round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday. The southpaw Sidzumo from Mdantsane (now 18-3-4, 12 KOs), a former SA lightweight champion, hurt Malinga (22-7-2, 13 KOs) with a shot to the body soon after the bell for the seventh round and after another series blows to the body and with the challenger not fighting back, referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 37 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Antonio Margarito suffered a fractured orbital bone under his right eye during his fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. “The Tijuana Tornado” may have surgery Tuesday at Dallas Methodist Hospital of Dallas (Texas). The operation can’t be done until the inflammation around Margarito’s eye is reduced. Pacquiao connected with 474 punches during the fight, mostly power shots to the head.
Derek Chisora has vowed to restore the credibility of British heavyweight boxing when he takes on WBO and IBF World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 11 in Germany. He was left unimpressed with David Haye’s three round victory over Audley Harrison at the weekend and for the embarrassing performance put up by the 2000 Olympic Champion. “Harrison didn’t even go in there and try. I can’t think of anything worse, especially when you are fighting for what is supposed to be the most treasured prize in sport – the heavyweight championship of the world. I’d never show my face again if I fought like that. It was pathetic,” blasted Chisora. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
In what has been a busy fall boxing season in San Diego, CA, Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions present “Showdown at the Crowne” this Thursday, November 18th. The six bout fight card will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, a suburb of San Diego, and it will mark the first time that the veteran San Diego boxing promoter sets up shop at that venue.
In the main event, undefeated Cuban exile Lester “Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-0-1, 6KOs) and upset minded Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman (8-1, 4KOs), both of San Diego and southpaws, will battle it out for the California State super welterweight title over eight rounds. (more…)
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