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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted ...

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Photo: Sebastian Heger WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins

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Scale Watch

Weights from Minneapolis

By Jesse Kelley

Caleb Truax 168 vs Kerry Hope 168
(WBF International middleweight title)
Mohammed Kayongo vs 146 James Todd 146
(IBA Americas junior welterweight title)
Charles Meier 159 vs Marvin Rodriquez ??
Michael Faulk 154 vs Ryan Soft 154
Venue: Saint Paul Armory, Minnesota
Promotor: Seconds Out



November 20th, 2009



Boxing News

Rodriguez stops Norman

Photo: Bob Caico

Photo: Bob Caico

By Bob Caico

Rising star Edwin Rodriguez of Worchester, MA, recorded a 5th round TKO over Brian Norman of Decatur, GA in Rochester, NY Thursday night. Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the second round with a left hook and shook Norman with a big right hand at the end of round three. At the start of round five, Rodriguez landed a right hand to the body followed by a hook to the head that marked the beginning of the end for Norman. A flurry of combinations had Norman reeling and the referee felt he had no choice but to stop the contest at 1:16. (more…)



November 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Lincoln, RI

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Joey McCreedy 165 vs Otis Griffin
Danny O’Connor 141 vs James Hope 142
Jaime Clampit 140.5 vs Rachel Clark 143.5
Vladine Biosse 168 vs Jeffrey Osbourne 169
Joe Smith, Jr. 179 vs Brandon McGowen TBA
Rashad Minor 294 vs Lance Gauch 259
Maceo Crowder 168 vs Duane King 167
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Jackiewicz to face Rodriguez

Photo: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/Bullit KnockOut Promotions

Photo: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/Bullit KnockOut Promotions

by Pawel Rydzewski, Michal Koper

On 27 November, former EBU titlist Rafal “Braveheart” Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18 KOs) will fight against Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14 KOs) in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. The encounter, scheduled for 12 rounds, will take place in Elk (Poland) and will be promoted by Andrew Wasilewski’s Bullit Knockout Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. 32-year-old Jackiewicz appears convinced, that not only the win in the next bout belongs to him, but also the IBF title in the nearest future. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Teon Kennedy 121 vs Francisco Rodriguez 121
(vacant USBA super bantamweight title)
Jason Barnett 223 vs John Poore 217
Venue: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Universum Triplebill Workout

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Fight fans at the Sophienhof in Kiel, Germany, were thrilled this week when world champion fighters and top contenders participating on Saturday’s world title tripleheader engaged in a spirited public workout. On hand were WBC cruiserweight champion Giocabbe Fragomeni and his challenger, long-standing WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei; WBC interim super featherweight champion Humberto Mauro Gutierrez and his challenger Vitali Tajbert; plus super middlewight contenders Dimitri Sartison and Stjepan Bozic, who meet for the vacant WBA belt. Click for more photos…



November 19th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from St. Louis

Achour Esho 148 vs Yankton Sothern 143
Terry Martin 190 vs Jadell Wells 183
Virgil Yalbro 250 vs Kevin Jones 232
Dennis Obogo 172 vs David Thomas 172
Robbie Cannon 144 vs Brandon Baue 146
(WBF Americas title)
Venue: Lumiere Casino, St Louis Missouri
Promoter: Hitz Boxing Promotions



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Ortiz, Griffin ready for rematch

UFC 106 is live on PPV Nov. 21!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Andreas Hale

Both Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin promise a second war Saturday night in the headline bout of UFC 106. At today’s final press conference, Ortiz said he will be 100% Saturday night in his return to UFC. “I’m still young at 34,” he told the media. “Randy Couture began his career at 34.” Regarding Griffin, Ortiz said, “The first fight, me and Forrest, we threw down. I’m glad Forrest stepped up.” Griffin said the fight would pick up where they left off, in 2006. “I’m excited to fight and you will be excited to watch,” said Griffin. Stay tuned for a full report.

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.



November 19th, 2009

Announcement

TKO goes all in at Commerce!

Action-packed card on Dec. 17!

Southern California fight fans will once again be treated to world class professional boxing as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce” on Thursday, December 17th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.

Featured at “Fight Night at the Commerce” will be former world title challengers Demetrius Hopkins and Edner Cherry in addition to world ranked lightweight Rolando Reyes in separate bouts.. . . . Click here for more



November 19th, 2009

Announcement

Johnson aims to bring back belt

When Star Boxing’s top rated undefeated heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) (WBC #6, WBA #6, WBO #8, IBF #12) steps into the ring on December 12th to challenge Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Klitschko’s coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship, he will not only be fighting for himself, but fighting for his entire country. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Announcement

Escobedo to “Run to Feed the Hungry!”

For years, 2004 United States Olympian and current lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo has been fighting his way to the top of the boxing ranks, but on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, he begins a fight of a different sort as he captains Team Escobedo in the 10k “Run to Feed The Hungry” in Sacramento, California. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Super Six Predictions

The two Europeans boxers – victorious over their American opponents in the first round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic – are predicting Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler will beat Andre “S.O.G.” Ward in the final Group Stage 1 matchup this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). One of the two Americans – Andre Dirrell – likes Ward while Jermain Taylor calls Saturday’s showdown a “toss-up.” (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Kessler-Ward officials set

International judges headed to Oakland

By Boxing Bob Newman

After much haggling, and transcontinental communications, the debate over the officials for Saturday’s WBA Super Middleweight title fight between champion Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, the final fight of round one of the Super Six Boxing Classic in Oakland, California has been settled. Judge Micheal Hook of Sweden and judge Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa will leave the WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia on Friday morning and will arrive at the airport in San Francisco that same evening. This will be in time to join California judge Steve Morrow and California referee Jack Riess at ringside Saturday night for the main event. There had been much consternation from the Kessler camp over a proposed all-California team of officials. The Super Six Boxing Classic contract, which was signed by all the participants involved called for two neutral officials at each fight in the tournament. WBA sanctioning of the fight as a title fight was in jeopardy, but is now restored.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA Convention Day 3

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 88th annual WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia opened today with a lecture entitled “Motivation and Leadership,” by WBA Directorate member Miguel Prada. Prada is also a presiding faculty member at University of Panama, as a professor of Public Administration. The goal of the lecture was to provide tools and tactics in improving organizational leadership, and motivating members of any organization to improves performance. Prada expressed how former champs Ricardo Lopez and Fidel Bassa were examples of boxers how applied these principles to succeed not only in the ring, but in business and in life itself. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Foreman NY celebration

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Yuri Foreman, the new WBA world super welterweight champ, celebrates with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum at a press luncheon Thursday in New York. Foreman is the first Orthodox Jew in nearly 70 years to win a world boxing championship. “I am proud to carry the flag for Israel,” said Foreman who upset Daniel Santos on Top Rank’s “FIREPOWER” event last weekend, which featured Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. Click here for more photos…



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Koscheck could fight every month

UFC 106 is live on PPV Nov. 21!

Story by David L. Hudson Jr.

Josh Koscheck is a fighter’s fighter, a warrior’s warrior. He fears no fighter and truly loves the combat. One of the most active fighters in the UFC, Koscheck entered the Octagon four times in 2008, including a match against the dangerous Thiago Alves on a mere two weeks notice. He already has had 15 fights in the Octagon in a UFC career that began in 2005. Of his 17 professional MMA bouts, 15 were in the UFC. . . . click here for more

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Kevin Johnson, Dyah Ali Davis

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson and super middleweight prospect Dyah Ali Davis (16-1, 7 KOs, son of Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr.). Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. 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.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

CBHOF annual dinner

The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has selected unbeaten world light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson of New Haven as its 2009 Pro Fighter of the Year. It is the third time in the last four years Dawson has won the award. Manchester featherweight Matt Remillard won the award in 2008. Dawson (29-0) won a decision over Glen Johnson on Nov. 7 to keep his IBO light heavyweight title while adding the WBC interim title to his collection. The CBHOF achievement award will be presented to Paul Cichon of East Hartford, the former director of the Manchester Police Athletic League boxing program. The CBHOF Amateur Fighter of the Year is Luis Rosa of New Haven. Phyllis Roy of Glastonbury, who is affiliated with USA Boxing in Connecticut, is the Official of the Year. John Scully, Vito Tallarita, Danny Cosgrove, Julie Kogon, Sal DiMartino and Jack Delaney comprise the 2009 induction class. CBHOF’s annual dinner will take place on Nov. 21 at the Mohegan Sun. Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets can be obtained by calling Sherman Cain at 860-646-0500 (extension 321) or Mike Murtha at 860 862-7586.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Z Gorres Update

Fightnews is happy to report that professional medical opinion is that fomer world title challenger Z Gorres is expected to have a functional life. For now, he will need to rehabilitate his left side which may need time but he is no longer in critical condition although still in a serious situation. Gorres may be removed from the ventilator in the next 48 hours. According to Dr. Casey (Trauma Surgeon), the progress of Gorres is remarkable and is normally seen in two weeks but because Gorres who is young and in great health responded well in only five days. “Z has dramatically improved, I am happy with his developement” said Casey.

“We are pleased to hear the news and would like to thank everyone for all the prayers that we know that have helped Z recover from the biggest fight of his life. Thank you,” said Michael Aldeguer President of ALA Promotions. (Gorres’ Promoter in the Philippines). Gorres won a unanimous decision over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.



November 19th, 2009

Full Report

Brown dethroned by Aldo!

WEC 44: Report and gallery

IMG_6Results by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Chris Cozzone

In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five-round contest.

The eyes of the combat sports world were on The Pearl at The Palms Wednesday night, and for good reason . . . Click here for more



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon heading back to Octagon

A little more than eight months since undergoing knee surgery, UFC lightweight prospect Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 KOs, 13 submissions) is fully recovered and anxious to get back into The Octagon. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Medellin, Colombia

By Boxing Bob Newman

The Colombian Boxing Federation, in conjunction with the WBA 88th Annual Convention will oversee tonight’s 10-bout card at La Macarena in the Plaza Mayor Convention Center in Medelin, Colombia. The main event will feature the WBA Interim Super Featherweight title between Colombia’s Likar Ramos and Venezuela’s Angel Grandaos.

Likar Ramos 130 vs. Angel Granados 130
(WBA Interim Super Featherweight title)
Santander Silgado 200 vs. Ruy Da Gloria 200
(WBA Fedecaribe Cruiserweight title)
Darley Perez 135 vs. Patricio Pedrero 135
(Vacant WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title)
Daulis Prescott 126 vs. Irving Berry 126
(WBA Fedebol Featherweight title)
Emilio Julio Julio 147 vs. Charlie Navarro 147
Jhonatan Romero 121 vs. Hermin Isava 121
Ogleidis Suarez 126 vs. Angela Marciales 135
Carlos Padilla 128 vs. Fernando Contreras 128
Humberto Martinez 130 vs. Elvis Morales 130
Jhonatan Ricard 170 vs. Jose Cervantes 170
The first bell will be at 7:30 p.m.



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Preview: UFC 106

UFC 106 is live on PPV Nov. 21!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Their first fight was a spectacular one, and the end result was one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history.

Now, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz returns to the Octagon to meet former world light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 106. While Ortiz earned the judges’ nod the first time around, Griffin is no longer an unproven flicker in the cosmos of the light heavyweight division.. . . click here for more

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler of Denmark (left) and undefeated Andre “S.O.G” Ward of Oakland pose and face off at a packed, free public final press conference Wednesday at downtown Oakland City Hall. On Saturday, Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will clash for Kessler’s WBA 168-pound title in the the first Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout for each boxer this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF/USBA lauded for drug testing

The International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association received the top score in an analysis conducted recently by a panel of experts arranged by the Wall Street Journal on Drug Testing policies of sports organizations throughout the world. “I am extremely pleased that we received the highest score among so many notable sporting organizations,” noted Marian Muhammad, IBF President. The IBF/ USBA came in number one with a score of 94.75 and scoring significantly higher than other major organizations such as the NFL (72.5), NBA (57.5), NHL (57.5) and MLB (56.2). The score was based on the presence of a policy, public accessibility to the policy and its administration, as well as the severity of the sanctions on the code’s offenders. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Kessler-Ward Presser Report

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By David Robinett

On a clear, brisk afternoon in downtown Oakland, California, WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward held court before an international press corp and a smattering of fans to announce their Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout this Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. But all was not well as the participants took their turns at the dais. Prior to the press conference, word had broken that Kessler’s promoter Sauerland Event was objecting to the selection of the referee and judges for Saturday’s championship fight. Promoter Wilfried Sauerland used his opportunity to speak to address the issue. “The one thick cloud hanging over us in this beautiful blue sky is the referee and judges,” said Sauerland. “Andre has the home advantage and Dan Goossen has done a great job of securing home advantage for all three fights while all the other guys have to travel around the world. But one thing we do not accept is that the referee and all the judges come from California.” (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mosquera on the comback trail

When boxing fans last saw WBA super featherweight champion Vicente ‘El Loco’ Mosquera (24-2-1, 12 KOs) he was defending his title in an exciting shoot out with then contender and now world champion Edwin Valero in August 2006. The bout was a thriller that saw both fighters knocking the other down. In the end it was Valero winning and taking Mosquera’s title. However, Mosquera’s effort left many fans wanting to see more of him and his exciting fight style. Sadly the Valero fight would be Mosquera’s last fight as not too long after that he was implicated in an unclear situation that resulted in the death of a person (which Mosquera to this date stands by his innoncence) and was sent to prison. Fast forward three years and Mosquera recently released from prison still has aspirations in the ring. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Porter headlines in Tunica

Prize Fight Boxing showcases a slew of young talent on “Boxing’s Future Champions III” Saturday Night at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS. The main event of the evening features highly touted junior middleweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (10-0, 8 KOs) against Jerome “Boomer” Ellis. A 2008 United States Olympic Alternate, Porter served as Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner leading up to his fight with Miguel Cotto. The Akron, OH native also appeared on HBO’s famed 24-7 series and received kudos from three time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach for pushing the pound for pound king to the max. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Zsolt Erdei

Universum Box-Promotion

Universum Box-Promotion

Three days before his big world championship challenge against the Italian WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, long-standing WBO light heavyweight world championZsolt Erdei had time for a short interview. “The Firebird” spoke about the fight, revealed the reason he presented Fragomeni with packages of noodles at the press conference, and explained why he is sporting a black eye. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Brown goes down!

Aldo dethrones Brown at WEC 44!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Results by Brady Crytzer

In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five round contest. Brown had difficulty dealing with the trademark speed of Aldo in the first round as he attempted to close the distance and take his opponent down. In the second round the more confident Aldo began to unload with hard punches until he stunned Brown and took him to the mat. Once on top Aldo delivered a barrage of punches until the fight was stopped at the 1:20 mark. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ortiz amping up for Toño

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Photo: Ricardo Conde

By Ricardo Conde

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KOs), from Oxnard, CA by way of Garden City, Kansas will return to the ring on December 12th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. This will be Ortiz’s first fight after his devastating loss to Marcos Maidana for the interim WBA light welterweight title back in June. Ortiz will face Antonio “Tono” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KOs), which will be the co-feature on Diaz-Malignaggi II and will be shown live on HBO B.A.D. Click here for more photos…



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez to face Taylor

By Peter Lim

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez looks to extend his undefeated record of 17-0 (14 KOs) when he takes on Tiwon Taylor, 26-17-1 (19 KOs) on Nov. 19 at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. A former two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion, Lopez, 27, has fought predominantly in the Houston area, where he has gained a modest fan base, since turnng pro in 2007. A self-described “boxer-brawler,” Lopez’ primamry weapon is the left jab which he uses to set up combinations and power punches. Alao undefeated at light heavyweight, Terrence Woods, 6-0 (4 KOs), takes on Brandon Singleton, 2-3 (1 KO), in a four-round bout. Fernando Casteneda, 4-4 (1 KO), faces Josh Burns, 3-7-5 (1 KO) in a junior middleweight bout. And Ivan Casteneda, 1-1 (1 KO), will take on Deshaun Williams (debut) in a bantamweight bout. Billed Evening of Boxing, the fights will be staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA Convention Day 2

Day two of the 88th annual WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia kicked off this morning with a motivational talk and video hilights by former WBA flyweight champion from Colombia, Fidel Bassa. After lunch, the ratings committee heard requests from several assembled promoters and fighter representatives to consider ranking requests for their respective fighters. The following is a compilation of the representatives followed by the fighters for whom they lobbied for higher rankings or a top fifteen consideration… (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward-Kessler Presser Flash Quotes

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By David Robinett

Andre Ward: “I don’t have much to say about the fight, I feel like a quiet storm right now….I’ve been doing everything I need to do, not just for the last 6 to 8 weeks, but I’ve been preparing for this night since I was 9 years old. I want that [WBA] belt really, really, really bad….I’m in tremendous condition. You know I always seem to be the underdog but I embrace that.”

Mikkel Kessler: “I’ve come all the way over here to Oakland and I’m 150 percent ready for the fight. I’ve had good preparation and I am in unbelievable shape….This is the best preparation I’ve had. I had a loss against Joe Calzaghe and it still tears me up today, so I’m not thinking about losing anymore.”

Note: Kessler Promoter Wilfried Sauerland announced that his team was objecting to the referee and judges, stating that they were all based in California and that neutral judges are required by the terms of the Super Six tournament. Sauerland said if the WBA does not assign any neutral judges for Saturday, Kessler will not put his WBA super middleweight title on the line and that the fight would be a non-title bout. More details to come…



November 18th, 2009

Boxing News

The Rise of El Pescador

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing Bob Newman

In the annals of boxing history, there are far more stories of boxer despair and heartbreak than those of success, especially after their ring career is over. The story of celebrated former WBA flyweight champion Fidel “El Pescador” Bassa is one of those rarities- a heartwarming tale of success and adulation for the diminutive boxer. Following the intriguing talk of Ricardo Lopez the day prior, Fidel Bassa entranced the audience with his life story, from the streets of El Reten, to the boxing rings around the world, to the top of the business world in Colombia. (more…)



November 18th, 2009




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