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It’s been a long time coming, but on Friday, December 30th, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon to face former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
This Saturday, Zanfer Promotions will present a unique event billed as “Guerra mundial en el Yaqui” at the Palenque de la Expo in Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. The show will be televised by both TV Azteca and Televisa, but with different main fights.
TV Azteca will present WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs) in a non-title ten rounder against super featherweight Weng Haya (15-4, 9 KOs) in the latest chapter of the boxing rivalry between Mexico vs Philippines.
Televisa will present two-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (43-6-2, 19 KOs), who will meet Alejandro “Alex” Valdez (25-6-2, 19 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 49th WBC convention got underway with introductions of the assembled promoters from around the world. Prior to diving into the haggling of rankings by promoters for their respective fighters, WBC president Jose Sulaiman addressed plans for a proposed WBC World Cup tournament, a new promotional relationship and a special pension plan for a stricken former WBC champion.
The morning started off with WBC president Jose Sulaiman recognizing the widow of hall of fame referee Arthur Mercante, Gloria Mercante, with a WBC championship medal. Also honored with plaques for their service to boxers and the sport itself were Dr. Faustino Daniel Garcia and Masao Suzuki. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (17-1-2, 15 KO’s) ended a two year absence from the ring with a convincing 4th round TKO victory over American Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (20-13-1, 9 KO’s) in Perth Australia last month. de Mori spoke today about how good it felt to finally step back in the ring, what he went through during the two year layoff, his plans for the future, his determination to claim a belt and who his next opponent may be.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa, Japan, has cancelled his comebacking bout with unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix to be scheduled in Kobe city on this coming Sunday as he suffered a fracture on the rib cage that happened during a workout last week. Hasegawa, a southpaw speedster, intended to participate in his first battle since he forfeited his 126-pound throne to Jhonny Gonzalez via a come-from-behind KO defeat this April, but the second examination diagnosed that he wouldn’t be available to fight because of the fracture. The crestfallen Hasegawa said, “Should I fight under this condition, I’ll have to confront not only my opponent but the injury. Should I lose due to this fracture, I won’t be able to make a loser’s excuse to my supporters. I’ll come back with my best physical condition.” His manager/promoter Masato Yamashita mentioned that Hasegawa would face the same opponent Felix upon his recovery probably next spring. The show itself will go on with a slated supporting bout of Yoshito Ishizaki against world-rated Mexican Johnny Garcia as a main event on Saturday. Garcia already arrived here and entered Kobe with his trainer Jose Luis Bueno Jr. yesterday.
Saturday’s IBF super middleweight title elimination fight Donovan George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) and Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs) at the Froilan Lopez Baseball Field in Cozumel, Mexico, will be televised on AT&T U-verse® in the United States. The telecast will also feature a 10 round junior lightweight fight between Mexico’s Sergio Thompson (19-2, 17 KOs) and Panamanian Julio Camano (8-6-1, 3 KOs).
The fights will also be available in the United States as AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across threes screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. The U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30p.m. ET /6:30 p.m. PT on AT&T U-verse TV Chl 3312, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeo and, for subscribers to U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.
By Robert Coster
Among the young boxers prospect-watchers should definitely keep an eye on is unbeaten 22-year-old junior middleweight phenom Glen Tapia hailing from Paissac, NJ. Tapia (12-0, 6 KOs) is signed by Top Rank and co-managed by Pat Lynch and Sal Alessi. Needless to say, young Glen’s rising career seems to be in good hands. He also has an excellent trainer in Buddy McGirt. Says Pat Lynch, who managed Arturo Gatti, “I see a lot of Arturo in Glen. Grit, a warrior’s heart, a style made for great TV fights.” The New Jersey’s native last bout was on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito and, indeed, he caught the eye of onlookers as he scored a spectacular second round knockout over Mike Ruiz. Glen was rattled by Ruiz before storming back and leaving his rival unconscious on the mat after a four punch combination. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA president called a special directorate meeting in Panama City last Saturday where it was decided that the new Ratings Committee Chairman will be Miguel Prado and the Vice-Chairman Gustavo Padilla, both from Panama.
WBA International Coordinator Renzo Bagnariol from Nicaragua will now also assume the role of Continental Director. Jesper Jensen will be his Assistant Director.
By Greg Sirb
Before anyone decides on the merits of Open Scoring in Boxing – please answer the following:
· What will happen when a Boxer receives an accidental head-butt and (4) rounds have been completed – the Boxer who has received the cut and he knows he is ahead on the cards why would they try to fix the cut? – They could just let the cut get worse the Ref or doctor stops the bout and this Boxer knows he will win. (This one point truly needs to be answered and addressed.) (more…)
Fight week is in full swing for The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic SHOWTIME Sports and Gus Johnson bring boxing fans the latest news on Andre Ward and Carl Froch.
On Saturday, January 21, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will kick off the 2012 season of the popular “Broadway Boxing” series at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Headlining the 10-bout card, which is loaded with a bevy of local New York talent, will be Brooklyn’s undefeated NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-0, 3KO’s). Several of DBE’s most promising up-and-coming prospects are set to see action on the card, including recent cruiserweight world title challenger Ran Nakash (25-1, 18KO’s) making his DBE debut, fast-rising WBA #5-rated featherweight contender Luis Del Valle (14-0, 11KO’s), super bantamweight Luis Rosa (9-0, 5KO’s), junior middleweight Delen Parsley (6-0, 2KO’s) and four-time Golden Gloves Champion Sonya Lamonakis (6-0, 1KO). Also scheduled to appear on the card are two of the New York area’s most popular, fan-friendly Irish prospects: light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (11-0, 8KO’s) and heavyweight Thomas Hardwick (3-0, 2KO’s). A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly.
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Promoter of WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Daud Yordan, Raja Sapta Oktohari, revealed to this writer that both fighters will come back to the ring in March next year. “My Singapore colleagues said that they are very interested to stage Chris and Daud in Singapore in March, but it’s still a long negotiation. Another option is the United States,” said Oktohari. “We rely on Chris and Daud’s longtime matchmaker, Mr. Sampson Lewkowicz, to arrange the fights for them.”
Further, Oktohari said that Chris John will surely defend his WBA belt for the 16th time, instead of fighting for another title shot. He also said that in this March agenda, Daud Yordan will be included to chase for a world title fight. (more…)
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
At the Edison Ballroom in NYC, the final press conference was held for the final fight in the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic – The Super Middleweights. The tournament was first announced in July of 2009. It’s been a long hard road for undefeated WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) of Nottingham, England. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the winner of the fight will win the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup; a trophy made of pure silver that took 30 man-hours to construct and be recognized as the unified WBC/WBA Super Middleweight Champion. The fight was originally scheduled for October 29th but during a sparring session on September 22nd in preparation for the fight, Ward suffered a cut above his right eyebrow that required seven stitches. The fight was rescheduled for December 17th and will remain at the original venue, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
Report/photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian light middleweight champion Trevor Christian and world championship referee sadly passed away on Sunday. Trevor refereed a IBF world title bout in Thailand in 1990 and first started as a third man in the ring in 1973 until 2002. He worked as a judge on the undercard of the IBF middleweight title bout when champion Daniel Geale defeated Eromosele Albert in Tasmania, Australia. Trevor began boxing as a professional in 1960 after a successful amateur career and captured the Australian 154 pound title by stopping George Carroll in 1963 in seven rounds. On January 28, 2008 Trevor was named in the Queens Honors List and awarded Order of Australia Medal for service to the indigenous community through Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation for Legal Services to the promotion of social justice and also to the sport of boxing. Trevor Christian (16-7-2,6KO’s) was 69 years of age.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Fighters over forty cannot compete with the best. Sure, they can compete with the OK-guys, but not the upper echelon of heavyweights,” says former heavyweight king Mike Tyson, one of the many boxing greats attending WBC convention in Las Vegas.
Many of the former champions or heavyweight contenders are coming back, still hoping for a championship fights. Not something you endorse?
Not at all. They can look good against an OK competition, some middle of the road guys, but not the upper echelon of heavyweight division. Klitschko, the other top guys. I just spoke with Evander Holyfield. He looks good, I have to give it to him, but I don’t believe he can beat the best. Times are different, we don’t have place in this new boxing world. It’s enough with this talk that ‘we will get the title.’ Enough! (more…)
Newly crowned WBC Silver super featherweight Champion Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 9 KOs) returns to the ring February 24th. Burgos will make the first defense of his title against former world champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs) in a bit of a hometown rival bout. Both fighters are based out Tijuana, Mexico. ESPN2 will televise the fight with a venue in Southern California likely to be named shortly. Burgos recorded the biggest win of his career upsetting unbeaten Luis Cruz last month by decision. The bout was on the televised undercard of the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Marquez fight giving Burgos some much needed exposure on the Top Rank promoted card. Though Burgos will fight this next bout at 130 his natural weight is 126 which he will return to for a bigger fight opportunity.
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 49th WBC convention opened at 9:30 Tuesday morning with President Jose Sulaiman opening the day’s discussions. First up was the announcement of WBC approval of requirement of WBC affiliated countries and their commissions to adhere to the open scoring- announcement of the score after the fourth and eight rounds in WBC sanctioned fights. If a particular country’s commissions decides not to follow this decree, the WBC supervisor will notify their respective fighter’s corners of the score privately then. A vote was also held to approve the implementation of video instant replay in cases where a foul or other fight altering instance occurred. The vote was approved. Sulaiman voiced his disappointment at the lack of attendance of U.S. Based state commissions at the opening ceremonies, save the presence of host state Nevada’s representatives. Sulaiman plead, “I don’t understand this. What more can we do to get the United States to join the rest of the world?” For more details and photos click here…
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Ward: This fight should be dubbed, ‘No Excuses.’ …May the best man win.
Froch: I’ll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face – very hard and very often.
With four days remaining until the dramatic conclusion to the Super Six World Boxing Classic, finalists and world champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch assembled with their camps at the Edison Ballroom in New York City for the promotion’s final press conference before the teams head 100-plus miles down the road to Atlantic City. The Final will air LIVE this Saturday, Dec. 17 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Press traveled from around the country and across the pond to attend today’s press conference, filling the midtown Manhattan venue with writers, photographers and cameramen. Froch arrived more than fashionably late but Ward stayed poised as usual. Once on stage, the two men agreed that Saturday’s fight is unequivocally the battle for the super middleweight supremacy – but on little else. (more…)
We’ve received a note confirming that former WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander will challenge WBA super lightweight king Marcos Maidana on February 25 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. WBO jr lightweight champion Adrian Broner will defend against Eloy Perez in the co-feature. HBO will televise both bouts.
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