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By Phil Doherty
Last week in Miami, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and VP Sam Cohen cast the hands of legendary promoter Don King.
This was the second time in 3 months the duo performed the casting ceremony. They cast the hand of inductee Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. last October in Kissimmee prior to Wilfredo Jr.’s stirring WBO super bantamweight title defense.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame seeks to do in Florida what the International Boxing Hall of Fame does across the US and globally. The seed for today’s Florida Boxing Hall of Fame was planted in 1977 by Irv Abramson; who also played a part in establishing the Florida State Athletic Commission. However, internal conflict broke things up two short years later. Butch Flansburg was a member of that original group and displaying the type of tenacity and heart required of fighters in the ring, he kept that seed alive for 30 years.
In 2007, Flansburg joined forces with former manager, promoter, announcer and fighter Steve Canton to get things off the ground. Canton used his experience as a voting member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame to set the blueprint for the Florida model and serves as a Vice President today. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Former WBC title challenger Suriyan Por Chokchai (15-5-1, 4 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 112lb title as he won a unanimous decision over WBC #17 lightfly Takashi Kunishige (21-5-2, 2 KOs) on Friday at the Auditorium of Rajabhat University in Srisaket province, Thailand. After a close affair in the first four rounds, the show little by little turned to the Thai fighter who displayed more accurate punches, especially with a right straight. In round nine, Suriyan successfully dropped the Japanese fighter with a bodyshot although it was protested by Kunishige as a slip. After that it was an easy job for the local fighter to control the show and sweep all of last three rounds. All scorecards were 119-108.
In the other co-main event, two-time WBC title challenger Napapol Kiettisakchokchai (51-3-1, 43 KOs) scored a six round TKO over ABCO #2 Hirotsugu Yamamoto (10-5-2, 2 KOs) to capture the vacant ABCO 130lb title. Yamamoto did well in the opening round as he landed a right hook which almost dropped the Thai fighter. But after that Napapol used his body attack tactic which effectively weakened Yamamoto and gained the score back from round three. Toe-to-toe action excitingly continued to round six and it was Napapol winning when the referee terminated the bout at 2:31 to save the Japanese fighter from a one-sided assault. (more…)
“We promise that in 2011 the fight against Haye will come,” said the Klitschko Brothers in a joint statement on BILD. “We want this fight at all costs! He can choose which of us he wants to step into the ring against to lose his world title.”
World class professional boxing will hit Greeley, Colorado for the first time in over twenty years as TKO Boxing Promotions in association with Ghost Town Promotions brings its nationally acclaimed HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS boxing series to the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall on Saturday, January 8th. (more…)
You didn’t even need to see it happen; you could simply hear it. It was debatable who won the first round. The first five minutes were evenly matched and could be written off as a draw. But the audible watershed moment came in the second when Greg Soto took Nick Osipczak’s back. The TD Garden in Boston, Mass erupted into a frenzy like Larry “Legend” sunk a game winning bucket and began chants of “U-S-A” at top volume . . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin and Tim Barry
Australian middleweight Daniel Geale registered the most impressive win in Australian boxing during 2010 when he performed a boxing clinic to chop down former world champion Roman Karmazin in twelve one sided rounds to become IBF #1 when referee Pat Russell saved the game Russian from further punishment at 2:30 of the round. Karmazin was coming off being awarded a disputed draw over twelve rounds against IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in June but he was totally outclassed against the highly skilled Australian. Sylvester will defend against Mehdi Bouada (21-3, 10 KOs) in Germany on January 22, 2011 and the winner of that contest will defend against Geale in early 2011. Geale had stopped the classy light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki in eleven rounds in June on Grange Gym Promotion. Geale is trained by Graham Shaw and managed by Bill Treacy. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos by Kokiet Group
WBC #40 flyweight Saenmuangloei Kokietgym (6-3-1) successfully captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 108 lb title as he stopped Indonesian Rian (reportedly 5-5-1) on Thursday at the Administrative Office of Chaikram in Donsak, Suratthani, Thailand. Saenmuangloei, a former WBC international title holder, surprisingly attacked the Indonesian and he rapidly dropped his foe with a vicious right hook in the opening round. Finally, the show was terminated in round two when the Thai fighter floored his contender again, forcing referee Thanawat Wongsasan to stop the bout at 0:55. For more details and photos click here…
December 17, 2010 – Monroeville, PA
Report: Brady Crytzer at Ringside
Photos: Gary Sarti
Welterweight prospect Jesse Lubash remained undefeated this past Friday after defeating hardcore veteran journeyman Harrison Cuello via unanimous decision in front of a supportive hometown crowd in Monroeville, PA, only minutes outside of Pittsburgh. (More)
December 16, 2010 – New York, NY
Report: Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Thursday (December 16th) at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City, a near capacity crowd witnessed Dmitry “Star of David” Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) capture the vacant New York State welterweight title by dropping late replacement James Wayka (16-10-1, 8 KOs) four times en route to a one-sided third round TKO. (More)
Photo by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Super bantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo showed his good shape this afternoon in the first pre-weigh-in for his January 22, 2011, bout in the series ”Noche de Campeones DIRECTV” against Cuauhtemoc Vargas in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions and a Pay-Per-View transmission live from the Correctional Complex in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Oquendo (19-2, 12 KOs) weighed in 132.25 pounds from a 140.3 maximum allowed by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. The fighter trained after the pre-weigh in with his trainer Denis Pantoja and his manager Orlando Piñero in Jose “Cheo” Aponte in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Click here for more photos…
A week after Dmitriy Salita’s third round knockout win over James Wayka in front of a sold out crowd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, he has traveled to Israel to celebrate the victory. Dmitriy worked very hard for the fight with a team that included a legendary trainer Emanuel Steward at the famous Kronk Gym in Detroit and in New York with his long time trainer Nirmal Lorick. “There is no better place to celebrate then in Israel. I had a very productive and successful year in and out of the ring. I am grateful to my team and all my fans for continues support of my quest,” said Dmitriy as he landed in Israel. Dmitriy is looking to get back in the ring soon, Israel is being considered as potential site. “It’s been my dream to fight in Israel. We are working hard to make this a reality.”
Havoc Boxing Promotions has signed undefeated cruiserweight knockout artist Santander Silgado to an exclusive promotional deal. Silgado of Buenos Aires, Argentina has compiled a record of 18-0 with 16 knockouts and the 25-year-old has captured regional belts throughout South America. “This is a big signing for us”, said Havoc promoter Robert Diaz. “We have had two great events in the past few months and the signing of Silgado shows that we are looking throughout the world for the best talent and we feel he can be a major force in the cruiserweight division. He is a young man with lots of power and he will be featured on our next show.” Silgado will make his US debut on April 2nd in Brooklyn.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBA super-flyweight champ Hugo Cazares (34-6-2, 24 KOs), 115, a Mexican switch-hitter, kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision over counter-punching Japanese Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-9-1, 8 KOs), 114.75, over twelve gory rounds on Thursday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
Not long now until my rematch in Las Vegas with Frankie Edgar. It’s been almost three years since I beat him but, on New Year’s Day, the UFC Lightweight World Title will be on the line at MGM Grand.
A lot of people have asked me if I feel like the uncrowned champion, because I beat Edgar and Edgar has to beat me to prove that he’s the ‘real champ’. I appreciate the thought, but there’s no question Frankie is the real champ and I have to beat him next weekend . . . . Click here for more by Gray Maynard on UFC.com
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The WBO attended the inaugural Tianjin International Boxing Exhibition Games, the opening event of the WBO World Boxing Center in Tianjin, China on December 3-5. The Tianjin International Professional Boxing Tournament special guest was Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson. Representing the WBO were WBO International Commissioner John Duggan, WBO Asia Pacific Executive Director Leon Panoncillo, WBO World Counsel Andrew Horn, and Officials Joe Cortez, John Stewart and Ana Fournaris. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) has been voted German female boxer of the year. The First Lady edged Susi Kentikian and Jessica Balogun to finish first in a poll conducted among the readers of German “BoxSport” Magazine as well as a panel of boxing experts. The WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Champion added the WBO belt to her ever-growing title collection with a points victory over Victoria Cisneros in May before clinching spectacular KO wins over Mikaela Lauren and Eva Halasi later this year. “I am so happy,” Braekhus said. “This is a huge honor and I am so grateful for the support of the fans in Germany. This award really means a lot to me. This is one of the nicest Christmas presents I have ever received.”
Braekhus’ trainer Ulli Wegner also has a reason to celebrate as he was voted German coach of the year for the eighth straight time, sharing the first place with Fritz Sdunek. While Wegner received the most votes from the fans, Sdunek finished first among the expert panel. As a result, Wegner and Sdunek shared the award. “That is great news and I feel honored,” Wegner said. “The support of the German boxing fans makes me very proud and I hope to pay back their confidence with many great fights in 2011.”
In the men’s category, Vitali Klitschko finished first ahead of Wladimir and Marco Huck.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! Tonight’s guests are living legends Aaron Pryor and Bernard Hopkins. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
“Are You Ready?”
Boxing fans have been hearing Golden Boy Promotions announcer Joe Martinez use that phrase before main events for years now. But if you were paying attention to the pre-fight announcements for the Khan-Maidana card on HBO, it was Martinez manning the mic for a worldwide audience at that major event, as well. “It was like a dream come true,” he reflected on his first HBO appearance. “I was a little nervous but mostly I was excited that something I’ve envisioned for so long is becoming a reality.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight6 champ Hugo Cazares (34-6-2, 24 KOs), 115, a Mexican switch-hitter, kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision over counter-punching Japanese Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-9-1, 8 KOs), 114.75, over twelve gory rounds on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Russell Mora (US) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) both 117-111, and Sergio Caiz (US) 116-112, all for the defending champ Cazares. The referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).
The 32-year-old Cazares registered his third defense since he dethroned Japan’s Nobuo Nashiro in their rematch at the same arena this May. (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) won’t be able to complain about lack of quality sparring when he faces Aaron Pryor, Jr. on the January 14th ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast from Key West, Florida. Rodriguez has recently worked ten days with IBF middleweight mandatory challenger Daniel Geale in Australia, followed by 10 days in England with WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, followed by two weeks in Miami with WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. “It’s been a great experience,” said Rodriguez. “I’m at the point now where I want to get where they are. I’ve learned from working with all of them but the most important lesson is that elite athletes do not put on more than 10 pounds walking around weight between fights.”
Undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) is scheduled to face fellow unbeaten Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) in an attractive March 4 clash on ESPN2. Both Sillakh and Despaigne were amateur boxing stars. As an unpaid competitor, Sillakh won the U17 world championships in 2001, and took silver in the 2005 and 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships while Cuba’s Despaigne won a world amateur championships bronze medal.
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Mariusz “The Polish Giant” Wach (23-0, 11 KO) has signed a promotional agreement with Global Boxing Promotions. The 6-foot-7 and 260 pound Wach of North Bergen by way of Krakow, Poland will also be co-promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, with former three-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer taking over as Wach’s trainer. Wach will leave next week to train at the Prize Fight Gym in Memphis, TN with Moorer and his next fight will be announced shortly.
This past year, mixed martial arts fans from around the world were treated to some of the finest fights of all-time. To commemorate these epic bouts, World Extreme Cagefighting® and VERSUS have announced that four of the year’s best fights will be featured on WEC: Best of 2010, airing on Dec. 23 at 7pm ET/4pm PT. (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio
Veteran Danish-based Congolese Lolenga Mock (30-12-1, 12 KOs) retained the European Union 168lb title in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy, scoring a dominant unanimous decision over local favorite Lorenzo Di Giacomo (40-4-1, 20 KOs). It was a one-sided affair as Mock applied unrelenting pressure from the outset dictating the pace throughout the twelve rounds. Sporting a swollen left eye from very early in the bout, fighting above his natural weight class, Di Giacomo seemed to have no answer for the 38-year-old Mock’ superior strength and condition. The Italian was able to land some decent shots here and there and, albeit clearly outgunned, gamely lasted the distance on sheer effort but overall seemed too slow and fatigued to catch Mock with fight-altering punches. The only glimpse of hope for Di Giacomo came in the ninth round when Mock was briefly wobbled by a counter left hook, only to regain control of the proceedings seconds later. In the end Mock prevailed by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and somewhat surprising 117-113 (Fightnews had it 119-109). Team De Clemente promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.
The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) have re-elected Jack Hirsch for their 2011 president. In addition, Don Steinberg, Sean Sullivan, Ron Borges and Tim Dahlberg have been named vice-presidents.
By. Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the official weigh-in for the WBA super flyweight world championship between Mexican Hugo Cazares (33-6-2, 24 KOs) and Japanese challenger WBC Silver champion Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-8-1, 8 KOs). Hugo Cazares weighed at 114.62 and Hisatake Hiroyuki weighed at 114.40. Both showed good physical condition. This event is organized by Green Tsuda Boxing Gym in Osaka and will be televised live on Sky-A. more photos
Las Vegas hosts its first world title fight of 2011 when world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defends his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Also on the card will be a rematch between undefeated welterweight champion Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass reprising their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza.
Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets to Montiel vs. Donaire, priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25 go on-sale Thursday December 23, at Noon PT at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Boxing 360 has announced the signing of WBC #3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore to an exclusive promotional contract. The 31-year-old southpaw Moore (27-2, 22 KOs), from Guyana, is the reigning PABA and WBC CABOFE super bantamweight champion, as well as the former NABA, Guyanese and CABOFE bantamweight titlist.
Z Entertainment will headline the return of unbeaten heavyweight David Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) on a card Feb. 11 in El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. Rodriguez takes on Ty Cobb (11-2, 8 Kos). Jr. middleweight Juan Astorga (14-5-1, 9 KOs) takes on TBA in the co-main, for a minor belt. The undercard: welterweight Marvin Cordova (21-2-1, 11 Kos) takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) in a sixer; lightweight Jennifer Han (1-1-1) fights Geni Taylor (2-1, 1 KO) in a four-rounder; Socorro jr. welter David Castillo (2-1) fights debuter Carlos Avila in a four-rounder; El Paso jr. welter Oscar Valenzuela (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Joaquin Abila (0-1), four rounds; and heavyweight Joe Sullivan (3-4, 3 KOs) fights Eric McElroy (0-1) in the opener.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya stood by his fighter Lucas Matthysee (27-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina after his narrow loss to former multi-divisonal champion to Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) last month. De La Hoya spoke on the phone with Marcelo Gonzalez (media advisor of Arano Box Argentina), who in turn relayed the phone conversation to Fightnews. De La Hoya stated “I would like to see him back in the ring in the not to distant future against a solid test like former world champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley.” The 28 year old Matthysee will now meet Corley in Mendoza, Argentina January 21st in a 10 round junior welterweight main event. The fight will take place in the auditorium Angel Bustelo. The 36 year old Corley (36-15-1, 22 KOs) gave then WBA super lightweight interim champion Marcos Maidana all he could handle in losing a very competitive decision this past August. The Matthysee-Corley bout will air on HBO Plus in Latin America and Telefutura in the U.S.
European super bantamweight title Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) and his team are confident they’ll upsets WBA super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) when they meet in Ireland in mid March. “Of course we are confident in causing an upset, that’s why we took the fight,” said Casey’s trainer Phil Sutcliffe. “I believe Willie has the tools to beat Rigondeaux. We know all about Rigo, two Olympic Gold’s, two World Championships and now a World Title so he is the real deal. I still think Willie can do it, he’s one of the hardest hitters in the world at his weight, it’s going to be a fantastic fight.”
Rigondeaux is expected to return to his training camp with trainer Freddie Roach next week to prepare for his first defense since defeating Ricardo Cordoba.
By David Greene
Above photo by Ed Diller
Over a 100 pro and amateur boxers – including fan favorite Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui and former world champion Lou Del Valle – were displaced from the community fixture in the Bronx, NY when a fire gutted the community fixture on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. The gym was rebuilt with generous donations by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and boxing glove maker Everlast. Click here for more photos…
On Monday, Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman of the IBF/USBA sent a letter to representatives of former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, as well as representatives of former cruiserweight/light heavyweight champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek inquiring if the two would be available to fight for the #2 spot in their rankings.
The winner of the proposed bout would then fight the winner of a box-off between “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Derrick Rossy (who will battle for the #1 position) for the mandatory shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. “Samuel got an early Christmas present from the IBF in the form of this elimination fight and we’ve been going back and forth with Main Events about making it happen,” said Peter’s long-time manager Ivaylo Gotzev. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.com spoke to WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza regarding the state of affairs with boxing and the sanctioning bodies. (more…)
Fightnews.com has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao will face Shane Mosley on May 7. The bout will be for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title (no catch weight) and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mosley officially signed to do the fight today. Promoter Bob Arum said he turned to Mosley after Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unresponsive to doing the fight. Mosley, a partner with Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins in Golden Boy Promotions, went rogue and negotiated the fight on his own against the wishes of Golden Boy, which preferred to have Juan Manuel Marquez face Pacman.
Chicago’s “Windy City Fight Night” professional boxing series kicks off the New Year with a bang in its 15th installment as former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) returns to battle in the main event on January 28th at the UIC Pavilion. Light heavyweight prospect Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (15-2, 6 KOs), welterweight “King” Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (9-0, 6 KOs), junior welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (13-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Anton Novikov (18-0, 6 KOs) are also scheduled. Opponents will be named. Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets starting at $31 are available at 312-226-5800.
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