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Undefeated prospect Michael “lil Warrior” Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) has been given a clean bill of health and the OK to get back in the ring. His first order of business is to face off against Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (20-15-1, 9 KOs) on October 22 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego in a scheduled eight round semi-main event televised live on the popular Spanish language network: Telefutura. The card is presented by Don Chargin Productions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. Franco, was originally scheduled to see action against Landeros in August, but due to an eye injury he had to pull out. Franco has since had laser surgery to correct the problem and is ready to go. (more…)
A Purse Bid was held in the IBF Office yesterday for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship mandatory defense between champion Devon Alexander and Kaizer Mabuza. Branco Sports Productions was the only bidder. Branco bid $ 101,500.00. The winning bidder has 90 days to put the fight on.
Team GSP Goes Up 1-0 – Can Team Koscheck Retaliate?: Alex Caceres earned Team GSP their first victory in the competition last week – tonight, two more lightweights will step into the Octagon as special guest Mike Tyson looks on! 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Bid Now On Front Row Seats At UFC 121: The highest bidder will receive a visit to a UFC fighter’s locker room at UFC 121 – auction ends Friday at 5pm PT
WEC Heads To Arizona For Two Title Fights: Tickets on sale this week for World Extreme Cagefighting’s first trip to Arizona; featuring a lightweight championship battle between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis, and the bantamweight gold is on the line when champion Dominick Cruz defends the belt against Scott Jorgensen! Thursday, December 16 live at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ – Tickets on Sale Tomorrow At 10am PT
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Many big names in action Saturday at the WBA KO Drugs Festival in Panama. Here’s is the full card:
Luis “El Nica” Concepcion vs. Denkaosan Kaovichit
12 rounds WBA flyweight interim world title
Guillermo “El Felino” Jones vs. Valery Brudov
12 rounds WBA regular cruiserweight world title
Irving Berry vs Feider Viloria
9 rounds WBA Int’l featherweight title
Hassim “The Rock” Rahman vs. Marcus McGee
8 rounds heavyweight
Ogleidis Suarez vs. Shantall Martínez
9 rounds WBA super bantamweight Fedefem title
Nilson Tapia vs. Jorge Sebastián Heiland
9 rounds WBA Fedelatin title
Ameth Díaz vs. Javier Castro
9 rounds WBA Int’l lightweight title
Santos Benavides vs. Joel Cerrud
9 rounds WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title
Timur Ibrhagimov vs. Luis Pineda
9 rounds NABA heavyweight title
Pablo Vásquez vs. Brad Salomon
9 rounds WBA Int’l welterweight title
Alexander “El Explosivo” Muñoz vs. Leopoldo Arrocha
8 rounds super bantamweight
Manuel Videz vs Ricardo Torrero
6 rounds “Primer Guerrero” final
Francisco “Wizard” Palacios vs. Donnell Wiggins
6 rounds cruiserweight
According to today’s Limerick Leader, if middleweight Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) wins his fight this Saturday night (October 2) in Hammond, Indiana, he will next appear in an all-Irish mega-showdown against fellow middleweight John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs) on December 4 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The news adds another level of intrigue for Lee, who is scheduled to face veteran Troy Lowry of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino.
Heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs has demanded that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko resign as Ambassador for UNESCO, citing comments attributed to Vitali that Briggs says trivializes asthma.
Shannon Briggs Statement: “We all know Dr. Klitschko holds a PHD in P.E, as he and his publicist remind us all the time. What many people don’t know is Klitschko holds a much more important distinction, as an Ambassador for UNESCO (United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization). Vitali Klitschko has disgraced this very important post with his ignorant and dangerous remarks about asthma not being a deadly disease and just a good excuse. Any real Doctor and certainly any educated member of UNESCO would know that over 300 million men, women and children suffer from asthma around the world and over 250,000 of them died last year alone. I apologize to all the parents, children, brothers and sisters of those who died from asthma last year for Vitali’s extremely insensitive and ignorant remarks. I hope what he said doesn’t cause even one child who may need help and treatment from asthma to not seek it due to “The Champ’s” dismissive remarks. UNESCO is about education, improving and saving lives, not about spreading ignorance and potentially endangering lives with misinformation. (more…)
WBO superbantamweight champion unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and his challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez met this afternoon face to face in a press conference that took place in Puerto Rico for their upcoming bout next 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 title for the second time against Hernandez (27-4-1, 17 KOs), a former WBO superflyweight champion.
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Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations for the highly anticipated rematch against former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. 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. Martinez vs. Williams II is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City and Corona and will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. Tickets are priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by phone at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Cameroon born and Australian based super middleweight Serge Yannick (9-1, 6 KOs) will clash with IBF #15 Joseph Kwadjo (20-3, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds at Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia on Friday. Yannick, 5’9, is managed by Charlie Liparota and has been based in Melbourne for several years. Yannick suffered his only ring loss against Michael Bolling when he dropped a ten round decision in an Australian 168 pound title bout in 2009. Kwadjo, at 5’11, was born in Ghana but is based in Fiji and he scored the biggest win of his career when he stopped Jamie Pittman in seven rounds in 2010. Pittman’s only other loss was to Felix Sturm, who also stopped the Aussie in seven rounds in a WBA title bout. Promoter: Charlie Liparota.
By Bob Ryder
TMS Fight Night, Greg Ahrens will present a scheduled ten bout card of professional boxing on October 9 at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Headlining the show will be Purnell Gates vs Eric Moon over ten rounds. Johnny Garcia takes on Chris Bourden and Toledo’s Demar Singleton squares off vs. Robbie Longwith in supporting matches. Local favorites Alex Otero, Jackie Beard, Ruben Troche, and Ray Lopez are slated to appear in separate contests. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 616-942-2335. First bell is at 8 PM.
Video: Joel A. Colón
Photos by Joe Cordova
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Manny Gamburyan, as well as lightweight rivals Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone of Denver and Jamie Varner participated in an open workout Tuesday at the Grudge Training Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Bantamweights Miguel Angel Torres and Charlie Valencia plus hometown hopeful Tyler Toner also took part. CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOW
Aldo makes the second defense of his crown against judo ace Gamburyan when World Extreme Cagefighting invades the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield on Thursday, September 30th. WEC: Aldo vs. Gamburyan will be televised nationally live on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Audley Harrison ran to the top of a mountain to warn David Haye that he will “fight him every second of the way” in their world title fight at Manchester’s M.E.N Arena on November 13.
Harrison posted two videos on YouTube from his United States training camp at Big Bear Lake in California – before and after a gruelling early morning run up the mountains in the bitter cold.
The 38 year-old challenger looked into the camera before the run and stated: “Here we are – six o’clock in the morning – we’re on the track about to do our 45 minute run uphill. We are 7,500 feet above sea-level – you don’t get this in London with David Haye’s training, coming out of his nice posh palace and going down to his gym. This is the mountains.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has spoken with Bob Arum and says they have agreed to make Kell Brook against Mike Jones after their next respective fights. Yesterday Warren said that he had discussed making the fight with Arum for the interim WBO welterweight title. However, WBO #2 ranked Jones will first go ahead with his fight against Jesus Soto Karass next month at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Brook, the Intercontinental champion and WBO #1 ranked challenger, will next fight on Warren’s big 30th anniversary card on December 11th.
Standing on a balcony and watching as the street below filled with fans clamoring to catch a glimpse of him, stopping traffic in the process, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said he felt like “the President of the United States.”
And less than a decade removed from the days when he began fighting in the sport of mixed martial arts, the man known as “GSP” could now add the Philippines to the nations he has conquered. (more…)
European super bantamweight champion Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez (23-3, 17 KOs) and Prizefighter winner Willie “Big Bang” Casey (10-0, 6 KOs) will come face to face again in Dublin at a press conference tomorrow to officially announce their November 6th showdown at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. It has been a meteoric rise for Casy, who four months ago was an unknown 5-0 super bantamweight prospect. His big break came when a hand injury has forced former WBC champion Wayne McCullough to withdraw from “Prizefighter Super Bantamweights” and Casey stepped in on just days notice to beat the odds and win the whole event. Also in attendance will the reigning European Union and Irish super bantamweight beltholder Paul Hyland who features in the chief support bout and will be eyeing a shot at the winner of Martinez-Casey.
On Sunday in Berlin, welterweight Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) fought the fight of his life and shocked the reigning WBO European champion Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs). Berg was announced as the “winner on points” and had his hand raised. Two days later, the German Boxing Association changed the result to a draw, citing a mistake on the scorecards which both the referee and the GBA supervisor apparently didn’t see.
Needless to say, the Berg camp is not happy with these developments and finds it highly dubious that the GBA would change a result without any hearing procedure, seemingly protecting a world rated fighter from a damaging and expensive loss in what would be considered a tune-up fight. (more…)
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has responded to a YouTube video posted by title challenger Audley Harrison, and claimed his fellow Londoner needs to “bring an ax” when the pair swap blows on November 13 in Manchester, live on Sky Sports HD.
Harrison recorded and published a video on Monday, featuring footage of him preparing for an uphill run at his Big Bear training camp in California, armed with an ax for protection.
“It’s six o’clock in the morning and we’re here on the track to do a 45-minute uphill run,” explained Harrison in the video. “We are 7,500-feet above sea level, and you don’t get this in London where David Haye is training – coming out of his posh palace and going down to his gym. (more…)
39-year-old former IBO jr welterweight titleholder Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KOs) returns for his first fight in over six years when he takes on unbeaten prospect Jessie Vargas (11-0, 6 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Sarmiento was last seen in 2004 losing his IBO belt to Colin Lynes in England.
“Gritty vs. Pretty,” which has a reality TV show kind of ring to it, is actually a fair framing of the looming showdown between Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Welterweight contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his girlfriend Marisol González from Televisa Sports dropped by WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s weekly press conference in Mexico City. More photos…
Photos: Errol Anderson
Oscar de la Hoya made the surprise announcement of the signing of former World Champion Paulie Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) to a boxing promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday during a boxing clinic at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi will campaign at a new weight class, 147 pounds, where he feels he will be more comfortable and effective. “This is the start of a new stage of my career,” Malignaggi said. “A new promoter, a new weight class and a new opportunity to face the best, beat the best and win a world championship.” A date, site and opponent for Malignaggi’s first fight with Golden Boy Promotions will be announced soon. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) will be in action against former world title challenger Ji-Hoon Kim (21-6, 18 KOs) in an IBF eliminator at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. On the same show, American-based Russian and former IBF 154 pound champion Roman Karmazin (40-3-2, 26 KOs) will clash with Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF middleweight eliminator. (more…)
Top trainer Freddie Roach is featured in the October issue of Playboy (on newsstands now). The feature—The Unstompable Roach—talks about how Roach grew up among a family of fighters (including his mother, who was New England’s first female boxing judge) and went on to become a fighter. Says Roach of his childhood: “Tough household…She broke up one of our fights with an aluminum baseball bat. Hit my brother over the head with it twice—clang, clang!” Roach’s career as a boxer in Las Vegas is detailed in the article as well as his other thoughts/experiences as a trainer. Roach is currently best-known as a trainer to Manny Pacquiao. In the article, he talks about how Manny could defeat Floyd Mayweather.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Lo Mejor del Boxeo & Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the final press conference was held in Panama City for Saturday’s big WBA KO Drugs XXII boxing night festival at the Roberto Duran Arena featuring 14 fights. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Rogelio Espino of Promotions y Eventos del Istmo have combined efforts for this event, which will include boxers from Mexico, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, United States, Russia and Panama. Panama will be the world boxing Capital this weekend.
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs), currently world ranked #11 in the lightweight division, will now face Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3 , 17 KOs) on Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.
Former IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “It was officially announced today! From here on now, I’m with Golden Boy Promotions! New show, so get your popcorn ready!” Malignaggi said on Twitter.
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