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By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman officially closed the meetings session of the 48th annual WBC convention, inviting everyone to attend the closing banquet tonight at Isla Mujeres (Woman’s Island) where a dolphin show will take place along with the dinner. Here’s a rundown of the the last day’s activity. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Lopez
“I read that the team of Rafael Marquez said I have no chin. But the one that’s undefeated is me and I know he lost a few fights by knockout. On Saturday you will see who can take a punch and who can’t. Gary Shaw said “If I’m so good why don’t I fight (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. I said, “I’m so good I’m going to beat Marquez on Saturday and Gamboa next June.”
“I’m a man of few words. I know it’ll be special on Saturday night. l I’m here to win the fight for me and Mexico.”
“I feel great. I’m ready to fight. Glen is a very good friend of mine. I learned a lot from him. But as he said on Saturday its all business. I know I’m ready and I hope he is. I’ll do the rest of my talking sat night.”
“I feel appreciated for all the years I put in boxing and to be part of such a prestigious event. I just want to say Green is a friend of mine. He’s not somebody I’m looking forward to fighting, but this is business and I’m sure he’ll feel the same way on Saturday. We’ll go out and do our job and I’m sure our relationship will remain the same.”
Video: Kurt Freitag
Rafael Marquez is playing it close to the vest in advance of Saturday’s WBO featherweight title showdown against champion Juan Manual Lopez on SHOWTIME. All he would show reporters was a few minutes of shadowboxing at a media day earlier this week.
Looks like unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion will join the 168lb party at SHOWTIME. Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Ken Hershman, Bute and Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox have scheduled a press conference Friday to make an official announcement. Word is Bute is looking at a three-fight deal with the network.
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Crooning a tune with Will Farrell on late night TV, jet-setting out of fight camp to plug fellow politician Harry Reid and reports of less-than-perfect training have more than one sports scribe asking the question, “Could this be the fight it all catches up to Manny Pacquiao?”
Could Antonio Margarito be the one who shuts down the decade’s greatest fighter?
For those who thought booking a concert after a scheduled 12-rounder with Miguel Cotto was crazy; the master of multitasking, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, seven-division world champion, singer, actor and humanitarian, has little to say but, “Don’t worry ‘bout it.” . . . Click here for more
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“All I can tell you is, he’s a better boxer than a singer,” is Antonio Margarito’s take on Manny Pacquiao, the singer.
“He should stick to boxing.”
On Nov. 13, however, Margarito won’t be facing Pacquiao the singer, or Pacquiao the politician, for that matter — he’ll be up against the man most consider the greatest boxer of this era . . . click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman clarifies the situation regarding the final eliminator on December 17th, 2010 in Miami between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. The winner will get an immediate shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko no later than 100 days following the December 17th fight. Should the winner of that fight be injured or the fight end in a draw, Klitschko will be free to engage in an optional defense, possibley against Tomasz Adamek in March at Madison Square Garden on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I.
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
One year ago, Raphael Assuncao was widely considered to be one of the featherweight division’s top fighters. His sterling 15-1 record and brutish style ensured that his name appeared frequently on Top 10 rankings. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt felt he was well on his way toward earning a world title shot . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is preparing for WAR this Friday night, November 5th as he battles undefeated prospect Marcus “Too Much” Johnson at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. The scheduled eight rounder is part of an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, the heavy handed Engel (18-3, 15 KOs), is looking to bounce back from his last ShoBox appearance, an outstanding back and forth battle with undefeated prospect Edwin Rodriguez on April 30th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what has turned out to be a grudge match, Isaac Chilemba from Malawi makes the first defense of his IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Thomas Oosthuizen over 12 rounds on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.
Chilemba, who is now based in South Africa, won the vacant belt in June this year when he outpointed Australian Michael Bolling. (more…)
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, it’s Prospect Night on Through the Ropes. Super middleweight Dyah Davis, who fights Aaron Pryor, Jr. on ShoBox tomorrow night and undefeated welterweight Brad Solomon will be on the show. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino bring pro boxing back to the Northwest on November 13th with Battle at the Boat 79. The main event will feature Othello Washington’s David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2, 13 KO’s) vs. Yakima Washington’s Santos Pakau (27-6-1, 10 KO’s). Torres who made his return to the ring last January at Battle at the Boat 75 will look to rebound from a tough loss from Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran. (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Jason Colon/Global Boxing
For the last time without the gloves on, Argentinean knockout superstar Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO) met former world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO) during the final press conference at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ). Judah-Matthysse, televised this Saturday on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series from Prudential Center in Newark, will be for NABO junior welterweight championship and IBF #2 position and will most likely produce new title contender in the 140-pound division. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s resignation apparently didn’t last very long. According to information from ARENA Box-Promotion, Sulaiman has apologized for his emotional reaction on Wednesday and a deal has been worked out between Don King (DKP), Ahmet Öner (ARENA) and Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) under the guidance of WBC General Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.
The WBC’s official position is that “the involved parties were still negotiating and the outcome is expected during the Thursday general assembly meeting.”
However, according to ARENA, the parties agreed that the winner of Solis vs. Austin will face Vitali Klitschko for the mandatory title defense within 100 days after December 17th. Both sides have only 11 days to come to a gentlemen’s agreement after the final elimination bout as the purse bid for Vitali Klitschko vs. the winner of Solis vs. Austin was scheduled for December 28th, 2010. (more…)
Story and photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day three of the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico, was started by giving an award to veteran Texas Commissioner Dickie Cole. Right after, Bobby Lee, of Hawaii, former WBA President was also awarded. During a break, former world champion Jeff Fenech was introduced to the audience. The activity of the day ended, and awards were given to Peter Abdool, Guyana Commissioner and CABOFE President, due to his exemplary work of having shaped the project of a shelter for children in Guyana, with the collaboration of William Boodhoo, of Canada. They have worked very hard on such project which is part of the WBCares program. For more details and photos click here…
Photo courtesy Team Salita
Dmitriy Salita is preparing for his upcoming fight against Mike “Mighty” Anchondo on December 16 at Roseland Ballroom, NYC with help from legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HG Boxing
WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino (30-3-2, 12 KOs) is getting ready to defend his title this Saturday against fellow Mexican Gilberto Keb Baas in Merida, Yucatan. This Mexican civil war not only promises blood but bad blood between two boxers who despise each other. Over twelve years ago, in the last century, Keb Baas kayoed Nino in six rounds. Now, they meet again to prove who is “mas macho”. This fight is yet another strange twist in the rocky career of Omar Nino, the Guadalajara-born warrior. In 2006, Omar, then an unknown, beat touted Brian Viloria to become the WBC champion. Then in a rematch, he was stripped of his title for failing a drug test, an accusation which was revealed to be false two years after. In 2010, he twice fought against Filipino Rodel Mayol for the WBC title. The first bout ended in a controversial no-contest. And then on June 19th, 2010, Omar Nino beat Mayol in a bloody slug fest to claim the the title at age 34. Fightnews talked to Nino about the ups and downs of his colorful career and the upcoming grudge match with Keb Baas. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao’s custom Team Pacquiao bus rolled into Las Vegas Wednesday for its first preview before heading to Texas. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Pacquiao vs Margarito PPV is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium.
Photos by Enrique “Quique”Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
The super welterweight champion of the world Miguel Cotto in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Héctor Soto’s H2 Entertainment announced today their next show on this next Friday, November 5 as part of the series “Solo Boxeo: Tecate” at the Cosme Beitía Colisseum in Cataño. In the main event junior welterweight contender José Miguel Cotto (31-2, 23 KOs) vs. Oscar León (28-13, 18 KOs) and Jesús Rojas (15-1, 12 KOs) vs. Reynaldo López (31-8-3, 22 KOs) will be the co-main event of the show. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez made their ‘Grand Arrivals’ at the MGM Grand Hotel today for their upcoming world featherweight title fight on Saturday. (more…)
Story and Photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Day three of the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico opened with a review of the mandatory defenses due in each weight category, but was temporarily and unexpectedly interrupted by the unforeseen resignation of the longest reigning president of a sporting organization in history – Jose Sulaiman! For more read on…
By Boxing Bob Newman
The mandatory defenses were discussed today at the WBC Convention starting with the strawweight division and proceeding on up to the heavyweights.
Champion: Oleydong Sithsamerchai
Mandatory challenger: Juan Hernandez
Champion: Omar Niño Romero
Mandatory Challenger: Adrian Hernandez
Champion: Pongsaklek Wongjongkam
Mandatory Challenger: Edgar Sosa
Champion: Tomas Rojas
Mandatory Challenger: Juan Jose “Goofi” Montes
Champion: Fernando Montiel
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of eliminator between Sasha Bakhtin and Christian Esquivel.
Champion: Toshiaki Nishioka
Mandatory Challenger: No mandatory for one year due to recent victory over Mandatory Rendall Munroe.
Champion: Elio Rojas (in recess due to surgery) Juan Carlos Burgos and Hozumi Hasegawa to fight for vacant title November 26, 2010. This winner will be obligated to fight two mandatories.
Mandatory Challenger: Jhonny Gonzalez: 1st mandatory. Winner of Justin Savi and Cholatarn O. Piriyapinyo will be 2nd mandatory.
Champion: Vitali Tajbert
Mandatory Challenger: Sergey Gulyakevich
Tajbert is scheduled to defend against former WBC Feather champion Takehiro Aoh in Japan on November 2, 2010.
Champion: Humberto Soto
Mandatory Challenger: Antonio DeMarco and Reyes Sanchez for Silver belt. Soto has written the WBC of plans to move up a weight division and vacate title. Soto and DeMarco are cousins and have stated they will never fight each other. When Soto moves up, silver champion will be elevated to full champion.
Champion: Devon Alexander
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of upcoming fight between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah. Regarding the WBC/WBO unification fight vs. Tim Bradley in January 29, 2011, the WBC will only recognize Alexander as WBC/WBO champion if he wins, but not Bradley if he wins. This stems from Bradley opting to relinquish the WBC belt prior to his unification with then WBO champ Kendall Holt.
Champion: Andre Berto
Mandatory Challenger: Selcuk Aydin
Champion: Vacant (Winner of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will be WBC champion) Mandatory Challenger: No Mandatory until title filled
Champion: Sergio Martinez
Mandatory Challenger: Sebastian Zbik (interim champion). #3 David Lemieux and #4 Marco Antonio Rubio to fight an eliminator. Also, #1 Julio Cesar Chavez, the WBC Silver champion. has yet to decide if he will compete at middleweight or back down at Super Welterweight.
Champion: Vacant (Winner of Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham will be WBC champion)
Mandatory Challenger: No Mandatory until title filled. Winner of Froch and Abraham must face Kessler (Champion Emeritus due to eye injury). However, the WBC is also respecting the Super Six Tournament and how it plays out.
Champion: Jean Pascal
Mandatory Challenger: Has one year to make mandatory defense. It was voted unanimously voted by the board that the December 18, 2010 fight between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins will be for the WBC Diamond Belt. The bout sold out in 48 hours- 16, 333 seats.
Champion: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Mandatory Challenger: Francisco Palacios. Herbie Hide had decided to change promoters (from Arena Box), had not defended his WBC international title. Hide took part in an eight man, one night tournament, and then subsequently retired from the sport. Prior to this, Hide filed a lawsuit against the WBC, but it appears they have fallen flat.
Champion: Vitali Klitschko
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of final eliminator between Ray Austin and Odlianer Solis which will take place in Miami on December 17, 2010.
Klitschko has requested the opportunity to make a voluntary defense against Tomasz Adamek on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I in Madison Square Garden in March, 2011. According to Tom Loeffler, head of K2 Promotions, HBO is even interested in this bout. Klitschko would then make his mandatory defense no later than June, 2011.
The returns are in and sensational junior middleweight prospect Alantez “TEZ” Fox has been elected to return to the ring as a feature attraction on Wednesday, November 10th at the DC Star Night Club in Washington D.C.
Having thrilled boxing fans with outstanding wins in his first two professional bouts, the 18 year old Fox, 2-0-0 (1KO), will face off against pro debuting North Carolina native Charles White in a four round bout. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs), Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) and respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, gave the media an update this morning on fight camp, ten days out from their Nov. 13 showdown in Dallas, Texas.
“There is nothing to worry about,” said Pacquiao, in regard to a less-than-sterling training camp, this time around. “I am 100% ready for this fight.”
Trainer Roach gave the camp a ‘B’ grade, admitting that while it “wasn’t our best,” Pacquiao is ready for Margarito. “Since we’ve come back to Los Angeles and the Wild Card, everything is on track now. Yesterday, Manny sparred nine rounds against three different opponents. He did very well and we’ve started to taper back.”
Though Margarito is expected to come in between 158-160, the night of the fight (with a 150-pound weigh-in limit), Roach says he is not concerned with the size advantage Margarito poses. (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira (11-0, 9 KOs) ,returns to his roots November 20, headlining “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am event, at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 20-year-old Oliveira (11-0, 9 KOs) was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. The card is presented by Rumble Star Promotions and will air live on SporTV and TV Globo International. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Former Light Heavyweight title contender Paul Briggs feels he has been made a scapegoat and was left fuming after being informed of the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission’s finding, saying he disputed this decision 100%. The WA Professional Combat Sports Commission has ordered Briggs to pay $75,000 AUD to the commission from his $200,000 AUD purse, and his registration as a boxer in Western Australia has been cancelled following a finding that Briggs had participated in a ‘Sham Contest.’ (more…)
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) has the super middleweight division on notice. After going undefeated in his first sixteen professional fights, stopping twelve of them along the way, Rodriguez has displayed a lot of power and boxing ability in his very active, almost three year career. On November 5th, “La Bomba” will once again fight on “ShoBox: The New Generation” but this time in the main event of the evening in quite possibly his biggest test to date when he takes on James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 11 KOs) at the Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota.
Earlier this week, FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Rodriguez about his career, the fight, and his future. (more…)
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