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By Ron Jackson
Johnny “Smiler” van Rensburg the fighter who always smiled in the ring and one of the best fighters to come out of South Africa in the late 1950’s passed away at the Flora Clinic in Roodepoort on Thursday night after a short illness. He was 78. Johnny has a unique place in South African boxing, being the only South African fighter to win two Empire titles, in the lightweight and welterweight divisions in the days when an Empire title was highly regarded in world terms. (more…)
The homage paid to World Boxing Council President Doctor Jose Sulaiman Chagnon by the Maronite Diocese of Mexico yesterday had a strong impact on Mexican society.
The event was held at the Lebanese Center of Mexico City, where Archbishop Georges Saad Abi Younes presented Dr. Sulaimán with the Honorary Decoration of Knight of Saint Gregory the Great in a solemn ceremony. Dr.Sulaimán, visibly moved, addressed the people in attendance, among whom were celebrities of the highest profile. (more…)
New promotional company, Southeast Boxing Promotions, will promote their first professional boxing show “Battle at the Beach” on November 20 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With a full card of ten bouts, which includes at least one female fight, the show will feature local talent. According to female Boxing Promoter, Jennifer MacKenna, “It will be an action-packed night for boxing fans. We have many local talented fighters on the card, we are excited to have them represent boxing in our area.” Tickets are priced starting at $25 and can be purchased by calling (843) 458-2032, or at the door. The fights start at 7 PM, with doors opening at 6 PM.
Universum Box-Promotion has won an EBU purse bid in Rome to stage a European heavyweight championship clash between Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) and Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs). Universum will announce the date and location of the fight shortly. Sosnowski gave up the title in May to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Dimitrenko won the vacant belt in July
Video: Ed Keenan/EMC
Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, trains and spars in Houston, TX on October 28 with trainer Ronnie Shields in preparation for his world title fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Margarito.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Middleweight Nelson Ramos, 5-1 (2 KOs), outboxed and out-slugged previously undefeated Tyrone Selders, 5-1 (5 KOs), over six action-packed rounds at the Houston Club in a rare matchup between cross-town prospects. After three evenly-contested rounds, Ramos, 24, turned buzzsaw in the fourth, bouncing Selders’ head around like a speed bag with two-fisted barrages. Rather than clinch or retreat, Selders, 27, gamely returned fire with both fists, but it was Ramos who was clearly getting the better of the exchanges. Despite being out-gunned, Selders continued to press the action, but Ramos made himself an elusive target by moving side to side and bobbing and weaving under incoming artillery. While Ramos fluidly rattled off combinations, he rarely allowed Selders to land more than one clean punch at a time. At the end of the day, it was Ramos’ superior ring generalship and trigger-happy punch output that won him the fight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Featherweight Gary Russell won a convincing six round unanimous decision over Guadalupe DeLeon at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. It was all Russell (13-0, 9 KOs) as he was too quick and strong with his punches. DeLeon (8-12, 4 KOs) attempted to fight Russell on the inside, but Russell just beat him to the punch. Russell hurt DeLeon at the end of the third round, but was not able to follow up. Although DeLeon was game, his face reddened throughout the fight due to the punches landed by Russell. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Russell. more + photos
Universum light heavyweight Alexksy Kuziemski (19-1, 4 KOs) weighed in at 173.2 lbs. for his showdown with Dmitri Sukhotsky (15-1, 10 KOs) on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sukhotsky scaled in at 173.9 lbs. The bout is for the WBO Intercontinental belt.
By Ron Jackson
Three Namibians who hold WBO Africa belts have been elevated to World Boxing Organization ratings. The ratings meeting was held during the 23rd WBO Convention in Cartagena, Colombia, recently. South African Andrew Smale, fourth vice-president on the WBO executive committee and the organization’s Africa representative, attended the convention. Smale reports that the Namibians who rose to WBO ratings are light-heavyweight Vikapita Meroro (No 5), welterweight Bethuel Uushona (No 7) and bantamweight Paulus Ambunda (No 4). (more…)
Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, celebrated his 48th birthday on Thursday with family and friends at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago. Pictured with Pesoli is former junior middleweight contender Freddie Cuevas along side the birthday cake from Chicago’s finest, Roeser’s Bakery. 8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998. The next 8 Count Productions event is the November 19th “Windy City Fight Night 13″ at UIC Pavilion.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito hits the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia during a packed media day at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood Thursday. Margarito takes on superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on pay per view. more photos
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions will present the 26th Annual Erie Boxing Classic, Wednesday November 24, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Avalon Hotel (10th and State Street) in Erie, PA. Headlining the card is Pittsburgh’s Rod Salka (12-0, 3 KOs) vs. Guillermo Sanchez (11-2, 5 KOs), of Buffalo, NY, in an eight-round lightweight battle. Salka’s last fight was on June 30 at Heinz Field, an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Ikem Orji. Sanchez is a two-time Erie Boxing Classic alumnus and a fan favorite! (more…)
One night before the final Semifinal spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic is locked up, six up-and-coming super middleweights representing the future of boxing’s hottest division will square off in an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Nov. 5, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
“Everyone knows about the Andre Wards, Carl Frochs, Arthur Abrahams and the other fighters in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, but we’re excited to show off some super middleweights that we’ll be hearing a lot from in the future” said Gordon Hall, ShoBox executive producer. “The Super Six currently in progress features the elite in the 168-pound weight class. On ShoBox, we are featuring the next generation of American super middleweights. This is the wave of the future in this division.” (more…)
On November 12th in Wieliczka, Poland the unique boxing show will be hosted by Babilon Promotion. The event advertised as “Underground Boxing Show” will take place in salt mine 128 meters under the ground. It will be only the second time in boxing history to put on a show in such circumstances. In the main event of this exclusive event, Polish up-and-coming light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (13-0, 4 KOs) will clash against former Czech amateur star Tomas Adamek (16-3-1, 6 KOs) for the interim WBC Baltic belt.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Hector Camacho Jr. 159
(WBC International middleweight title)
Antonin Decarie 150.06 vs. Irving Garcia 150.75
Kevin Bizier 148.88 vs. Christopher Henry 149.6
Eric Martel 251.38 vs. Stephane Tessier 226.5
Kevin Lavallee 128.88 vs. Ricardo Blackman 124.06
Tyler Asseltine 124.94 vs. Francisco Tadeo 125.8
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
By Felipe Leon
After being awarded a hard-earned unanimous decision over six rounds against the experienced Humberto Tapia, in August, undefeated super lightweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) has made a name for himself in the San Diego-Tijuana region for his intelligent boxing skills and quick hands. Recently, Orozco was tapped by the Humberto “Zorrita” Soto camp to be a sparring partner as the WBC lightweight champion prepares himself for his early December defense against Urbano Antillon. Because of logistical issues, Orozco was not able to join Soto in the mountains of Central Mexico but was honored nevertheless. (more…)
Two heavyweight bouts, one featuring a former college football star and the other an undefeated boxer, headline the six bout card this Thursday, October 28th on the Roy Englebrecht Promotions “Battle In The Ballroom” show at the Irvine Marriott.
In heavyweight action, former University of Miami running back and ESPN Magazine cover boy, Quadrine Hill will look to win his second pro fight when he takes on 2-3 Javier Francisco Diaz out of Riverside, and 5-0 heavyweight prospect Natu Visinia looks for his sixth straight win when he faces 3-4 Justin Reigle out of Ohio. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) of Las Cruces, NM returns on Saturday, December 4 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico to face interim WBA junior middleweight champion Rigoberto “El Español” Alvarez (26-2, 19KOs) of Mexico for the vacant WBA world junior middleweight title. The card is being headlined by Rigoberto Alvarez’s brother Saul Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) of Mexico who takes on Lovemore N’dou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) in a 12 round welterweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
Story by David Finger
Day two of the 23rd Annual WBO Convention continued yesterday in impressive fashion as WBO President Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel thanked those who came out to Cartigenia before turning attention to another video produced by “Los Mejor del Boxeo”. This video briefly covered the history of Colombia’s thirty plus world champions (seven of which were WBO champions), and proved to be an exciting way of kicking off the event.
Following the video attorney Andrew Horn discussed the legal situation with the WBO. With no pending cases and the pending collection of damages on a suit against a former state commissioner, Horn was allowed to gloat as he proclaimed the WBO “is still undefeated” in regards to the legal aspect of its operations. (more…)
In a media conference call today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® President Dana White announced the UFC is adding two new championship divisions at bantamweight (135lbs.) and featherweight (145lbs.), while also announcing a new television deal with the VERSUS Network to air four UFC fights in 2011.
“As the UFC continues to evolve and grow globally, we want to be able to give fans title fights in every weight division,” said White. “This is a big day for the sport and the athletes who will have the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage in the world.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
He is 35 years, an age at which most fighters’ careers have careened on a downward spiral. He has emerged from a historic yet brutal four-bout war with the tough Israel Vazquez. He is moving up in weight to face an undefeated champion, a man eight years younger. His opponent is not only younger but also taller with a superior reach. These are obstacles that most pugilists could not overcome. But, Rafael Marquez is no ordinary fighter. He is a former champion and a fighter’s fighter.
On November 6, 2010, the boxing world will see if Marquez is still at or near the top of his fighting prowess when he faces undefeated Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez in a Showtime-televised bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Audley Harrison returned to Britain this week ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye – and has been met with a wave of public support ahead of their grudge match. Harrison has set up camp in Haye’s backyard of south London before moving up to Manchester ahead of the November 13 clash at the M.E.N Arena and the southpaw says he’s been inundated with supporters as his date with destiny draws closer.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the British public,” said Harrison. “Through my Twitter page, Facebook and at AudleyHarrison.com, I have received thousands of messages of support and I am grateful that people are following my story and wishing me success.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBC jr flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa steps back into the ring against Japanese opponent Masufumi Okubo on November 20th, headlining a card that will feature five WBC regional titles up for grabs. Sosa (40-6, 24 KOs) will defend his WBC International flyweight belt against Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs), a slick boxer who presents a 13-1-1 record in his last 15 fights. Okubo is a former the OPFB Asian Flyweight titleholder which he lost on a majority decision to Filipino Rocky Fuentes. For his part,the very popular Mexico City-born Sosa is looking to make it a perfect 4-0 since moving up from the flyweight division this year. + photos
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World rated 154 pounder Rob Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will clash with American Jason LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds on Sunday in Globally televised bout at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Medley dropped a twelve round decision to former WBA super middleweight Anthony Mundine in 2010 but is now looking forward to an IBF jr middleweight title shot against champion Cornelius Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs). “Bundrage is a very good boxer,” said Medley. “I have followed his career and his win over Cory Spinks to win the title was impressive.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga returns to action after 13 months inactivity when he meets Michael Domingo of the Philippines at the Mafikeng University Hall on Saturday night in an eliminator fot the IBF bantamweight title. The belt is held by Yhonny Perez who won the vacant title when he stopped South Africa’s Silence Mabuza. The southpaw Malinga (19-3-1, 12 KOs) who is rated at number nine by the IBF faces a tough assignment against the 31-year-old Domingo (46-14-2, 18 KOs) who is vastly more experienced than the South African. (more…)
IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots Nov. 12, headlining “Homecoming King” in a 10-round, non-title fight against Colombian power-puncher Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. It’s been two years since Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs) last fought in Rhode Island, but the star of The Contender, Season I reality television series obviously enjoys fighting in his backyard, sporting a 16-1 (10 KOs) pro record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) at Twin River.
“Fighting at home is a key for me because I’m very comfortable and it’s convenient being with my family, sleeping in my own bed, eating at familiar restaurants, training in my father’s gym, and running the same places,” Manfredo said. “Twin River is right down the street from where I work and, of course, there’s nothing better than fighting in front of my fans. A lot of people feel that there’s a lot of pressure fighting at home. I don’t have any pressure here. I’ve been fighting in Rhode Island since I was five years old. Boxing is still big here and the fans are great.” (more…)
Tune in this Monday night, November 1 as Manny Pacquiao returns to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at 12:05 a.m. Following in the tradition of Pacquiao’s previous visits, he will be performing a musical number – this time with the help of fellow guest, actor Will Ferrell. Pacquiao is currently in training in Los Angeles for his November 13 WBC junior middleweight championship match with Antonio Margarito in Texas. Last year Pacquiao serenaded the live studio audience with a rendition of the love song, “Sometimes When We Touch.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos by David Martin Warr
Don King held court this afternoon at the American Airlines Arena to announce the upcoming WBC heavyweight “final elimination” bout in Miami for Friday, December 17th. King, aged 79, dazzled the assembled media for two hours with his unique blend of hyperbole and flash. Waving an American flag emblazoned with the image of a Native American, King proclaimed “boxing is life and life is boxing” to kick off the press conference in true Don King style. The main event pits 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medal winner Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) For more details and photos click here…
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, training out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, is scheduled to take on Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (21-5-1, 13KOs) of Mexico in a 10 round lightweight 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’. Rios vs. Bolanos will open up the pay-per-view telecast. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during a packed media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles Wednesday. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
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