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By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
A near capacity crowd showed up Thursday night to the beautiful Nokia Theater in Downtown L.A. to watch Golden Boy Promtions monthly installment of the very popular Fight Night Club. In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook and dropping him hard enough for the referee not to bother finishing his count. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten junior middleweight star James Kirkland was released from prison ahead of schedule yesterday and will finish the remainder of his sentence for a 2009 parole violation in a half-way house. Kirkland will be allowed to train, travel and continue his quest for a world title in the boxing ring.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and pick up where I left off,” said Kirkland, whose most recent bout saw him stop fellow contender Joel Julio in six rounds on March 7, 2009. “I apologize to all my friends, family, team members and fans for everything that happened, but I promise that I will make everybody proud in the coming months and years.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Below are quick quotes from today’s teleconference featuring Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse. They fight November 6th at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
Lucas Matthysse: I’m very excited about this opportunity – it’s the most important fight of my career and the biggest name that I’ve faced. The fact that the winner becomes the mandatory for the IBF title does not change anything for me because I was already so hungry to reach the top. Zab is a very talented fighter with a great record. I am sparring with many southpaws to prepare for him. I know that I have few rounds because I won many fights by early round knockout, but I’m preparing hard and putting in many rounds in the gym. I am prepared to go the full 12 rounds if the knockout doesn’t present itself.
Zab Judah: Life is about growing up. As you get older, you mature. At this point of my life, I’m doing everything by the book, I’m doing everything I was asked to do in the past and I’m walking the right path in my life. I’ve pretty much seen it all. Matthysse is a good young fighter: he has good hand speed, he possesses great power and he’s very aggressive. He may have knocked out a lot of fighters, he may have looked good against lower level opposition, but this time he’s fighting Super Zab Judah. This is my weight class, I didn’t get beat out of this division, I bowed out of it when I vacated my 140lb WBO title. I left this weight class a champion, and I’ll come back a champion. It is a matter of time until I get one of the titles or all of the titles. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, sometimes I get greedy and want all the titles.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO#7 lightweight Thai Tor Silachai (18-2,12 KOs) impressively kept his WBO Oriental 135lb crown as he scored a fourth round TKO over former WBO regional title holder Amor Tino (12-7-2,3 KOs) on Friday at Klong 7 Market in Lamlukka, Pathumthani, Thailand. This was a rematch which their first clash occurred in November 2007, the Thai fighter being the winner by a close decision and grabbing the WBC youth 126lb title. Tor Silachai proved his much stronger than before, mostly hunting and weakening the Filipino with vicious body attacks. In round four, the local hero speeded his assaults and successfully dropped his foe with a tough right hook. Finally, a one-side attack was terminated at 2:11 by referee Sawaeng Taweekoon who considered there was no more chance for Tino to turn the tide.
In other action, WBO#5 bantam Pungluang Sor Singyu (31-1,20 KOs) outpointed former Muaythai champion Rungrat Heman in a six round close-affair bout. ABCO#3 fly Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express landed a big left hook to destroy Wuttipong Lampongpuang in round four. And female Aomamnart Kiatpompetch outpointed Kwanjai PabaiJuttarat in a four round bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
Unbeaten Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) faces Guadalupe De Leon (8-11, 4 KOs) in the six round featherweight main event of Golden Boy’s October 28 edition of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Undercard bouts will be announced soon. The first 100 fans to arrive dressed in a Halloween costume will be admitted free of charge.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Interim WBA super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) will fight against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) on December 4th in Anaheim, California. Sidorenko has confirmed the fight. “I’m now home in Sivastopol, Ukraine,” he said. “For me, it’s a big fight. I’m very happy to fight against Nonito. I assure you it will be a magnificent fight for millions of boxing fans. Donaire a great champion, is a fighter I wanted to fight for a long time. I want the fans in the USA to know about me. In two weeks I’ll depart to Los Angeles to my trainer Freddie Roach and we will begin preparation for this fight!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican ring official Luis Pabon will work his 100th world title fight on Saturday in Panama. The 44-year-old Pabon will have refereed 75 world title fights as a referee and 25 world title fights as a judge in WBA, WBO and IBF belt clashes. To date he has never worked a fight for the WBC world title.
“I love boxing,” says Pabon. “I never thought I’d go that far, but after much effort and dedication it’s very nice. I want to do my best for the sport and work with all organizations. Protecting the life of a boxer and having a good and honest fight is always my goal in every match.” (more…)
“New Blood” is coming back to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on Friday, October 8th, and when Thompson Boxing Promotions brings the top prospects in boxing to Southern California, the entire fistic world will be watching.
In the main event, scheduled for six rounds in the junior middleweight division, unbeaten Riverside star Alberto Herrera puts his “0” on the line against San Diego prospect Chris Chatman. (more…)
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, popular junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (33-4-2, 23 KOs) returns to George Mason University’s Patriot Center to face Joe Wyatt (23-1, 15 KOs) in a ten-round championship bout for the NABA vacant 154-pound U.S title.
Lange is coming off a decisive victory over Baltimore veteran Mike McFail last month at the Greensboro (NC) Coliseum Complex’s War Memorial Auditorium. It was Lange’s first bout outside of Northern Virginia since competing in The Contender’s “Fan Favorite” bout in 2005. In his last local fight, the Bishop O’Connell High School graduate scored a second-round KO of Jimmy LeBlanc on July 10, 2010 in his 10th headlining-bout at the Mason venue. While he gained national fame from his participation on the NBC boxing reality TV show The Contender, it’s Lange’s exciting fighting style that has made him a fan favorite throughout his career. Known for his straight-forward approach to boxing, Lange’s arsenal includes a strong jab, an unquestionable chin and heart and knockout prowess. His ability to connect with his fans is evident by the consistent drawing power to his cards. (more…)
Congratulations to publicist Hildy Medina at the Chumash Casino Resort for the birth of her daughter. The Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA is the host to several ShoBox events each year and coincidentally tonight is a ShoBox event but Hildy is out on maternity leave!
Jonell Mizzone, the mother of Jolene Mizzone, passed away Tuesday after a valiant battle with cancer.. Jolene is the longtime Logistics and Fighter Relations Manager for Main Events. Jolene is a “behind-the-curtain” member of the staff at Main Events but she is somebody you don’t forget if you have the pleasure to meet. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Jolene and her family.
As usual, Panama´s best sports television station TVMax channel 9 has the responsibility of producing and transmitting the TV signal of WBA´s KO Drugs Festival to be held at the Roberto Duran Arena on Saturday. From 7PM, TVMax viewers will enjoy the two championship bouts in which Panamanian title holders risk their belts: Cruiserweight Guillermo Jones vs Russian challenger Valery Brudov and Flyweight Interim Champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion faces Denkaosan Kaovichit from Thailand, as well as local featherweight Irving Berry against Colombian Feider Viloria, Argentina´s Jorge Heiland vs Nilson Tapia from Colombia, local female super bantam Shantal Martinez facing Venezuela´s Ogleidis Suarez and the final fight of the reality show “El Primer Guerrero” between unbeaten super bantam Ricauter Torrero (6-0) and Manuel Vides (7-0).
Despite TV companies from some countries, Thailand included, have made arrangements for direct broadcasting, TVMax will provide a special webcast through www.tvmax-9.com starting 3:30 PM, to benefit boxing fans in countries like Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, USA, Uzbekistan and Venezuela which have very important fighters scheduled on the undercard.
By Graham Houston
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fights such as Tim Coleman against Patrick Lopez are what the ShoBox series is all about, a meeting of two well-matched, well-conditioned and determined boxers who are hungry for success. Coleman, from Baltimore, defends his USBA junior welter title in Friday’s main event and I anticipate a sparkling 12-rounder. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
SHOWTIME® Sports hosted a press conference Thursday at The Conga Room , L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss “BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: WINNER TAKES ALL” that begins Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Irapuato, Mexico. In attendance was Ken Hershman, SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds – International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) – and their promoters. For more details and photos click here…
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook. Time of the stoppage was 1:31 of the opening round. Up until the time of the stoppage, it had been a competitive fight but the pressure of the 21 year old Vargas proved too much for the come backing 39 year old Sarmiento who was fighting for the first time in over six years. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Tim Coleman tipped the scales at 139 3/4 pounds and Patrick Lopez measured 139 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Both coming off huge victories and riding impressive winning streaks, United States Boxing Association (USBA) light welterweight champion, Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., will face two-time Venezuelan Olympian Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) a 12-round junior welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Archie Ray Marquez and Juan “Chago” Santiago both weighed in at 133 pounds. Marquez (9-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., will meet Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KOs) of Denver, Colo., in an eight-round lightweight co-feature. For more details and photos click here…
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Thursday evening’s World Extreme Cagefighting, world featherweight champion and pound-for-pound hopeful Jose Aldo stopped former UFC standout Manvil Gamburyan in the second round with a vicious TKO. In round two Aldo unloaded on his opponent with a blistering right hand followed by a long range right uppercut. The challenger Gamburyan fell to the mat, clearly stunned by the punch, and Aldo followed up with more hard shots from the top position. Gamburyan fell limp on his face and the fight was stopped instantly. The official time was 1:32.
In the grudge match of the year Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone defeated Jamie Varner via unanimous decision. Scores all read the same, 30-27.
In a comeback fight former world bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres submitted MMA veteran Charlie Valencia with a tight rear naked choke in the second round. The fight was stopped at 2:25.
While challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez was complimentary of WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. at Thursday’s press conference, the champion let it be known that he’s not here to make friends. “I want you to know that you won’t be taking the title away from me,” he said staring at Hernandez. “I have worked very hard to be where I am and I know and I am glad that you are coming well prepared. I am not a kid that after he trains or fights he goes out partying in the clubs. You are going to fight a man and boxing is my life. Boxing is breakfast. Boxing is lunch, and boxing is dinner. That’s my life. You will not be in my way to make my dream happen. In my vocabulary, ‘not proud’ is not there, because anyone who talks about that is only working to the half. I hope you fight in the middle of the ring with me, toe-to-toe, because this is boxing and you have to fight. If you try to run, I will look for you and I will find you. And when I find you I will introduce you to my best friends (holding up his fists). These two are going to talk for me on the 16th. I hope you are ready for the punishment I am going to give you in the ring. I showed you my body in Puerto Rico yesterday and you could see that I am well-prepared for whatever you bring.” Vazquez defends against Hernandez October 16 on PPV.
“We are promoting this event like a family event,” says Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. about his October 16 PPV card billed as “The Rising Son Returns” featuring WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. against former champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez. “It will be stacked with Jr’s. I am a Jr. and if it weren’t for my father, none of us, Wilfredo or myself, would be here today. I am a promoter because of my father, who promoted Wilfredo Sr, who was a three-time world champion and now his Jr. is a world champion. The ring announcer on October 16 will be Jimmy Lennon Jr., whose father was one of the greatest ring announcers in the sport. On the undercard there we will feature Guty Espadas Jr., Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Tony Laporte Jr. (son of Juan Laporte). The youngest son of Wilfredo Vazquez Sr, Israel Vazquez, will also make his pro debut on the card. The publicist for the fight, Ed Keenan, is also a Jr. It is going to be a great night to be able to pay respect to our fathers. That inspired me to do the show the way we are doing it.” The card takes place at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Three-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols has replaced “Sucra” Ray Oliveira as Joey “KO Kid” Spina’s opponent for Saturday night’s main event on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs) of Argentina and Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3, 17 KOs) of Colombia both weighed in officially 134.9 today in Argentina. The two will square off in the lightweight main event Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.
Bob Arum said today Top Rank’s fight card featuring Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez “got bigger and more complete” with the addition of the big Super Six fight matching Alan Green vs Glen Johnson on November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “I want to thank Lou DiBella and Showtime for adding such a splendid fight,” Arum said. “This will insure that the television audience and the fans purchasing tickets at the MGM will get a full, complete and outstanding night of boxing.”
DiBella said “…with Mikkel Kessler falling out, Showtime could not have created a more compelling matchup for Allan Green. Allan has been working for months to reflect his true ability. Glen Johnson is already poised to make 168 pounds and there are very few men more worthy of this opportunity in all of boxing than the Road Warrior. It will be an exciting opening to an outstanding main event.”
Tickets at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50 are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone contact Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also on sale at www.mgmgrand.com and www.ticketmaster.com
Photos: All Star Boxing/Joel Colón
WBO super bantamweight unbeaten champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Mexican Ivan “Choko” Hernandez appeared this afternoon in Kissimmee, Florida in their second meeting with just a little more than two weeks from when their bout will take place on October 16 in the Silver Spurs Arena of Kissimmee, Florida in a presentation of All Star Boxing in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions. Vázquez (19-0-1, 16 KOs) will defend his 122 pound title for the second time, and Hernandez (27-4-1, 17 KOs), a former WBO superflyweight champion were presented by the promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr. in the Silver Spurs Arena, along with several sports and political people.
Vázquez Jr. vs Hernández will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media in the US and by Pay Per View Connection in Puerto Rico starting at 9:00 pm ET, on “Pay Per View” for $34.95. Tickets are available at $27, $52, $102 and $202 on Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or in the Silver Spurs Arena.
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Due to a commission doctor requirement, 3-time world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira has been forced to withdraw from Saturday night’s main event fight against Joey “KO Kid” Spina on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
CES has been granted permission by the commission to secure an opponent for Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs), who is the WBA #6 rated light heavyweight. “Ray was cleared by a neurological specialist but the commission demanded a second test that wasn’t cleared,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield explained. “Ray did everything and more during this process and he was probably in the best shape of his career. One doctor said his blood pressure was unbelievably good. Ray Oliveira is a warrior who was 100-percent prepared, mentally and physically, to fight Saturday night. We’re working feverishly to find a suitable replacement for Spina, who doesn’t care about his new opponent, only that he’s fighting in the ring Saturday night.” (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón
Yesterday it was Puerto Rico. Today WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez faced off in Kissimmee, Florida.
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The premiere of the hotly-anticipated “Max Schmeling” movie was a huge success yesterday night in Berlin where 800 guests, including many VIPs, athletes and famous actors, enjoyed the first screening. Directed by Uwe Boll, the movie about the eventful life of one of Germany’s biggest sporting heroes received a loud ovation. One legend was impersonated by another one, with former IBF light heavyweight champion Henry Maske playing Schmeling. “Max Schmeling would have liked the movie,” Maske said. “In 2002 there was the first idea about a movie and Max spontaneously said that I should play his role. That is what happened now and it was a lot of fun.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world rated Robert Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will return to ring action against well credentialed American Jason “The Hammer” LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Center at Homebush Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. Medley, 6’0, gave Anthony Mundine the fight of his life in 2010 spotting him on weight after the former WBA 168 pound champion had agreed to make the 154 pound limit but came in too heavy. Former IBF welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo also defeated Medley in 2007 and 2008, “Rob Medley is a much improved boxer than when Isaac Hlatshwayo defeated him,” said promoter Bill Treacy. “He gave Mundine a tough fight and has looked impressive in sparring sessions with Daniel Geale.” Treacy added, “American Jason LeHoullier has a very good record of 21 wins in 25 fights, so he should be a good test for Rob.” Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View Television. Promoter: Bill Treacy. Matchmaker: Garrie Francisco.
After a thorough review of the fight between Boris Berg and Matt Zegan on Sunday at the “Altes Funkwerk” in Berlin, the German Boxing Association Board has suspended the referee in charge. According to the GBA, referee Matthias Eichler was the sole judge in the fight, but he was intimidated by the audience and had Berg announced as the winner even though the fight was scored a draw. They say the official verdict was always a draw and wasn’t changed at any time. The GBA also confirmed that some judge candidates were being tested that night, but only the referee was authorized to score the fight and the trio’s scores were unofficial. All parties have been heard and according to the GBA, they now fully accept the official verdict.
Promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran, of Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions, respectively, will be officially announcing the December 4 pay-per-view clash between “Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and “Contender” alumnus Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) on Monday. The card will be billed as “In Harm’s Way” and will take place at the 18,000+ seat Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Sky Sports have officially confirmed that the WBA world heavyweight title showdown between David Haye and Audley Harrison on Saturday, November 13, will be the world’s first ever boxing match televised live in 3D. Fight fans purchasing the clash on Sky Box Office are set to witness a ‘three-dimensional beating’, claims champion Haye. “This is great news for British boxing fans, but terrible news for Audley Harrison,” said Haye, 24-1 (22 KO) in his professional career. (more…)
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