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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#1 super flyweight Drian Francisco ( 19-0-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines will challenge for the vacant WBA interim title against WBA#2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-1-1, 21 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Bueng School, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Thailand on November 30. Francisco manager Elmer Anuran is confident his charge will be victorious against the more experienced Thai. “Kokietgym has a great record only losing one fight early in his career in a a total of 54 fights he has had,” Anuaran said. ” Drian Francisco was impressive in his last fight when he stopped the highly regarded Ricardo Nunez of Panama in five rounds. I think Francisco has the power to KO any super flyweight in the world and would test the best bantamweights in the world in my opinion and that includes the 118-pounders Yonny Perez, Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares and Vic Darchinyan who are boxing in the SHOWTIME tournament. He is the future of boxing in the Philippines.” Eric Barcelona pushed Kokietgym to a twelve round majority decision in 2006 but in his most recent bout he stopped Edwin Tumbaga in two rounds. Promoter Kokiet Group Promotions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 89th annual WBA convention had its welcoming cocktail party tonight poolside at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. While many delegates were still arriving throughout the day, the WBA directorate were already bust with a private day-long meeting in preparation for the events that lie ahead this week. After a long delay in Panama due to air traffic control issues, Panamanian legend Roberto Duran arrived at the party, looking slim as ever. The 59 year old “Manos De Piedra” appeared ready to make a comeback as he struck a fighting pose for photos. (more…)
Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach will be getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys today to the first 200 fans who show up at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St. — one block north of Santa Monica Blvd — Hollywood, Calif. 90038), beginning at Noon PT. Following the turkey giveaway, Chávez Jr. and Roach will host a Media-Only Workout inside Wild Card, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi’s defense of his IBF minimumweight belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan has been postponed as the promoters are still trying to arrange financial backing for the tournament that was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Joyi’s first defense of his belt could now possibly take place on December 14. The promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions in conjunction with Siphato Handi of Mamali Productions have still not finalized the television broadcasting rights and at this stage there is a possibility that the fight will not be screened.
By Ron Jackson
World Boxing Federation super middleweight champion William Gare who has been inactive since August last year is scheduled to return to the ring on December 11 when he meets Roland Francis at the Wembley Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.
The 35-year-old Gare (25-14-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Francis (24-11-5, 14 KOs) in a clash for the SA middleweight title on December 5, 1999. Francis, 38, who has been inactive for eight years made a comeback this year when he fought to a six round draw and a ten round spilt decision over Alex Mbaya from the Congo.
By Ron Jackson
Well known boxing scribe Terry Pettifer died at the Baragwanath hospital near Johannesburg on Sunday after a long illness. He was 59. Terry was born in Johannesburg on August 3, 1951 and lived in the southern suburbs all his life. After school he started out in the liquor trade and was a bottle store manager for many years before joining the Golden Gloves Promotions group as their publicist. He lived for the boxing game throughout his life and even named his daughter Dempsine after Jack Dempsey whom he considered the greatest fighter of all time and when his son was born he was named Driscoll after the Peerless Jim Driscoll a Welsh featherweight who fought from 1901 to 1919. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Monday, two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) worked out in front of hundreds of fans that turned out at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California. He is preparing to face former longtime WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) in a clash to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calirornia on December 4 and broadcast live on pay-per-view. A victory by Donaire will set him up for challenging WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel early next year. For more details and photos click here…
Andre Ward photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Sakio Bika photos courtesy Golden Boy Promotions
Andre Ward and Sakio Bika participated in a national media conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, Nov. 27, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship in front of his hometown fans for a second time against the tough, dangerous Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Louie Abigail
WBO #9 featherweight Joel Brunker (16-0, 10 KOs) will clash with tough Australian based Filipino Robert Lerio (13-10-1, 5 KOs) over ten rounds at The Cube in Campbell Town, NSW, Australia on Thursday in a nationally televised contest. Brunker was impressive in his most recent contest in September when he stopped Carlos Lopez of Indonesia in two rounds. Lerio who was born in the Philippines but has been based in Australia has a reputation of always coming to fight. (more…)
Super Six World Boxing Classic rivals and European superstars Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch have been throwing verbal haymakers at each other since their Group Stage 3 showdown for the vacant WBC super middleweight title was announced. Abraham is a slight favorite to triumph this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, but Froch has the advantages in height and reach. Click here to see the complete tale of the tape.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Blanca Huizar-Salazar
WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez hosted a Los Angeles media work out Monday in preparation for his bout against WBO interim lightweight titleholder Michael “The Great” Katsidis on November 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m preparing very much for speed and we had a very good camp,” Marquez told Fightnews.com at the Trinity Boxing Club in West Hollywood. “I know that Katsidis has respectable power but we prepared for basically anything that he throws at us. If he wants to brawl, we’ll brawl, if he wants to box, we’ll box. We have a very good training camp and we’re ready for November 27th.”
By Robert Hough
Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19KOs) said Monday that Andre Ward (22-0, 13KOs) can’t take his punches, but he’s not out for a knockout. “Ward can’t handle my power,” he said in a conference call to discuss the fight Saturday in Oakland Calif., for Ward’s WBA Super Middleweight belt. “I don’t see how he can, but I am not overconfident that I will get the knockout. I am prepared for 12 rounds and if I break him down and win on points, I will be very happy.” (more…)
Two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) said today that he wants to make a statement in his upcoming battle against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) on December 4. A victory by Donaire will set him up for challenging WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel early next year. “I’m ready for Montiel,” said Donaire, who added that he’s in no way looking past Sidorenko. (More to come)
Photos: Lee Squirrell / SHOWTIME
Following two dominant ShoBox stoppages, Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) drew the attention of Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) and his trainer Robert McCracken. Just days after an exciting ninth-round TKO over James McGirt Jr. on the Nov. 5 telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, Froch and McCracken flew Rodriguez across the pond to help them prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. (more…)
This past Saturday night in front of an overflow crowd at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, light heavyweight contender Elvir Muriqi scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Judah in a battle of New York fighters that highlighted an eight bout card that was promoted by Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions. (more…)
300,000+ internet users logged into the first boxing match streamed live on the front page of bild.de last Friday to see Universum boxer Jack Culcay’s victory over Alexey Ribchev. “This is very impressive,” said Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “I’m really inspired how this was accepted. Besides, it was merely the first test. With this result everyone is satisfied. Technically and content-wise everything was flawless. This creates hunger for more.”
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) gave the Finnish media a first-hand look at his punching power when he held an open work-out session in Helsinki on Monday afternoon. The “Nordic Nightmare” will take on Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Hartwall Areena. After skipping the official press conference last month, Levin once again did not show up today. This time, however, he had a very good excuse – he became father of a baby girl on Sunday night. “I am sorry that I cannot attend today´s press training,“ he said in a statement. “I was eager to meet Robert Helenius. For obvious reasons, he has to wait a few more days. I will travel to Finland later this week to complete what will be the best week of my life. I will knock Robert Helenius out and win the EU Heavyweight Title for my baby girl.” (more…)
On December 2nd, at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris France, former two-time cruiserweight champion, and now IBF #10 and WBA #12 heavyweight rated contender, Jean Marc Mormeck (35-4, 22KO’s) will look to take one step closer towards challenging for a heavyweight world title, when he takes on fellow contender Timur Ibragimov (30-2-1, 16KO’s). The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds. (more…)
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) will fight an opponent to be named on December 11th in a ten round lightweight special attraction on Top Rank’s FOX Deportes-televised card in Torreon, Mexico. Headlining that card is IBF super flyweight champion Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (32-5, 26 KOs) defending against former champ Cristian Mijares (39-6-2, 16 KOs). Also featherweight contender Joksan Hernandez (21-2, 14 KOs) takes on Jorge Lacierva (37-7-6, 26 KOs).
Go behind the scenes in King Arthur´s training camp in Kienbaum as he prepares for Carl Froch.
Ringside Report By: Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Unbeaten junior welterweight Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) stopped Alain Hernandez (18-9-2, 10 KOs) with powerful hooks and combinations over five exciting rounds Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. (More)
Octagonside by David Nelmark
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Whether it was because of the full moon or the use of his entrance music from his Pride days, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned to his old howling form and earned a split decision victory over fellow former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
As expected, Machida stayed on the outside throughout the fight, being selective with his strikes. Jackson returned fire with the occasional flurry and his harder shots in rounds 1 and 2 proved to be the difference in a close fight. Machida clearly won round 3, but it turned out to be too little too late and Jackson secured a victory winning 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28 . . . Click here for more
In October, the WBC appointed interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik the official mandatory challenger and ruled that Zbik must get his long waited shot at the full title by March 2011. With Sergio Martinez’ big win over Paul Williams, Zbik now knows who he will have to face. “The end rather surprised me,” said Zbik. “I was leaning toward Williams. Martinez comes into the ring in incredible condition. He has won every 2nd fight of his career early. In our fight I will have to go through the fire.”
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Some fights you just know are going to be good. The matchup is too compelling and the styles too compatible or contrasting. When you match two fighters who love to fight, possess strong punching power and a willingness to engage, then the possibilities are endless. The recipe for remembrance is ripe.
The November 27th showdown on SHOWTIME between former world champions Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has the ingredients necessary for a classic. Kallie Sauerland, Abraham’s promoter, says that the two fighters “are the biggest punchers and warriors in the tournament … and two of the biggest warriors in boxing today.” Froch’s promoter, Mick Hennessey, said that the fight held in Helsinki, Finland, “could be a fight of the decade candidate.” While promotional hyperbole abounds in the Sweet Science, that statement is not outlandish. (more…)
Top heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew (7-0, 6 KOs) also joined the weekend “hit parade” by demolishing their opponents in short order on Universum’s show in Hamburg on Friday night.
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’ awesome knockout of Paul Williams deservedly got a lot of the attention over the weekend, but former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez had a gem himself Saturday, putting journeyman Santos Marimon to sleep in spectacular fashion.
Former world title challenger Ruben Varon says he will crush Matt Macklin’s dreams of making it to the top. The Spaniard challenges Macklin for his European middleweight title on December 11 in Liverpool on a huge night of boxing live on Sky Box Office. And he is intent on causing an upset at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
The 31-year-old, who lost a points decision against Felix Sturm in a WBO World Middleweight title challenge, has been fired up by recent interviews Macklin has given about fighting for a world title next year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC world flyweight challenger Xiong-Zhao Zhong (14-3-1, 9 KOs) will be back in action on December 18 against Pongpan Patanakan Gym (10-4-1, 7 KOs) of Thailand over twelve rounds at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China with IBF and WBC regional titles up for grabs. Zhong dropped WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito in round six and lost a close twelve round points decision in Japan in 2009 but is now confident of defeating IBF light flyweight champion Luis Lazarte in 2011. (more…)
Photos and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Today is the beginning of the 89th WBA Annual Convention held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua, from November 22 to the 27. Figures like Roberto Durán, Ricardo Lopez, Miguel Cotto, Hugo Cazares, Román González, Lisa Brown, Rigoberto Alvarez, Jorge Linares, Miguel Acosta, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Victor Callejas, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Luis Concepcion are the names of champions and former champions who will be attending the Annual Convention. The leading boxing promoters of the world are expected to participate during those days. For more details and photos click here…
Middleweight “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (25-1-1, 12 KOs) and Main Events have agreed on an exclusive multi-fight promotional agreement. His next fight is scheduled for December 9 in Newark, NJ.
Congratulations to Robbie and Sue-Anne Peden on the birth of Jedda Jane Peden Monday in Australia. Mom and Dad are doing fine.
Former world champion Anthony Mundine says he’s bringing his career to the USA after his December 8 fight with Aussie Contender Series winner Garth Wood.
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