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- Two months shy of his 50th birthday, Bernard Hopkins attempts to unify again
By Ron Jackson
In a blatant hometown decision South Africa’s Nkqubela Gwazela beat Nick Otieno from Kenya on a ten round majority points decision in a bantamweight contest at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Judges Simphiwe Mibini and Allen Matakane scored it 96-95 and 97-95 for Gwazela and judge Andile Matike had it 96-96. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
On the night that Victor Ortiz lost to hard-hitting Marcos Maidana, fight fans and boxing insiders claimed that Ortiz was not the same fighter as they had seen in previous fights. Gone was the aggressive, action fighter with the killer instinct to put fighters away, like he had done against Jeffrey Resto and Mike Arnaoutis. Instead, in the ring on that warm June night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was a fighter who was not sure where he was after getting knocked down twice in that 12 round bout. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Young Dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera may have ended the career of former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, (36-7, 27 KOs), scoring a first-round stoppage before Maskaev could even land a punch. Aguilera, (15-2, 10 KOs), dropped Maskaev early with a flurry of unanswered punches, then finished off a wobbly Maskaev with a big left hook that crumpled the Russian into the corner and forced referee Lou Moret to call it off at 1:54 of round one. The loss will certainly torpedo the WBC #2 Maskaev’s already planned world title eliminator against Ray Austin. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In a local rematch of global proportions, Jean Pascal (26-1) retained his WBC light-heavyweight with a unanimous 118-110, 117-111, 117-111 decision over fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu (25-2) at the Bell Centre in Montreal before a crowd of 8,802 fans. This is the second defense for Pascal who utilized his speed and ring movement and bravely fought the last two rounds with one arm as he returned to his corner after the tenth round grimacing in pain with a separated shoulder. In fact his corner was forced to pop the shoulder back into place a total of three times on the night, the first time coming at the end of the third round. (more…)
Diary entry Friday, Dec. 11
“It’s one day before the fight and every thing is lining up exactly the way that I thought it would. The Klitschko brothers are up to their old tricks. Over the last few days, I’ve done a lot of media and at each event one of the Klitschko brothers has tried to get under my skin.
“At the open public workout on Thursday, I stole the show. I had a mob of people asking me for autographs and pictures everywhere I went and I spent hours and hours greeting fans. I think that made Vitali a little angry so when it was time for me to work out, he spent most of his time taunting me and trying to get me to take the bait. (more…)
For a complete slide show of today’s UFC 107 weigh-in, with photos by Joe Cordova, click here
On Saturday night January 30th, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will take a big step towards realizing his dream in becoming world champion as he battles former World Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in an IBF Light Heavyweight eliminator at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The bout will be part of the big Shane Mosley – Andre Berto Welterweight unification card. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Winston Mathis 142 vs Andre Baker 142
Leshaun Blair 119 vs David Orosco 121
Clay Harvison 166 vs Valdez Eason 163
Cale Yarbrough 194 vs Anthony Mitchell 195
Matt Callahan 165 vs Khalif Ali (TBA)
Louis Franco 130 vs Shante Flemming 131
John Trigg 133 vs Jamar Saunders 132
Erix Quinteros 154 vs Timothy Hall 156
Venue: Center Stage Arena in Downtown Atlanta.
Promoter: Shea Bailey Promotions Inc. and KO Kings Productions
For Tickets: www.centerstage-atlanta.com $29,$39,$49,$59
Juan Diaz 138.4 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 138.6
(NABO junior welterweight title)
Victor Ortiz 144 vs. Antonio Diaz 144
Erislandy Lara 15.5 vs. Luciano Perez 155.5
Argenis Mendez 130 vs. Morris Chule 129.5
Jimmy Herrera 146 vs. Gustavo Palacios 148
Hylon Williams 137 vs. Humberto Tapia 137
Randall Bailey 148 vs. Germaine Sanders 146.5
Jermell Charlo 146.5 vs. Abdon Lozano 146.5
Ronald Hearns 154 vs. Shadrack Kipruto 154.5
Omar Figueroa 138.5 vs. Anthony Woods 137.5
Dominick Guinn 239 vs. Charles Davis 214
Darlington Agha 239 vs. Terry Adams 208
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: Golden Boy
A packed house attended Friday’s weigh in at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont Peterson, who tipped the scales at 139 pounds, is looking to earn his first world title when he challenges Bradley for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight crown tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Bradley weighed in at 138 pounds in front of a mostly pro-Bradley crowd, just minutes from where the champ grew up. For more details and photos click here…
From FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tenn. for Saturday night’s UFC 107:
B.J. Penn 155 vs. Diego Sanchez 154.5
(UFC lightweight title)
Cheick Kongo 239 vs. Frank Mir 264.5
Kenny Florian 156 vs. Clay Guida 156
Paul Buentello 255 vs. Stefan Struve 247
Jon Fitch 171 vs. Mike Pierce 171
Alan Belcher 195 vs. Wilson Gouveia 193
Shane Nelson 156 vs. Matt Wiman 156
Ricardo Funch 171 vs. Johny Hendricks 171
Lucio Linhares 185 vs. Rousimar Palhares 186
Edgar Garcia 171 vs. DaMarques Johnson 171
Kevin Burns 171 vs. T.J. Grant 171
Statement: Promoter Lou DiBella on Jermain Taylor
“I have just been informed though numerous press reports that Jermain Taylor has elected to continue his participation in The Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament, and will face Andre Ward in April. It is with a heavy heart, but strong conviction, that I will recuse myself and DiBella Entertainment as Jermain’s promoter.
“Jermain’s career has been outstanding, and it has been a pleasure and honor to promote him. His victories against Bernard Hopkins remain the highlights of my career as a promoter. Jermain is not only a great fighter, but a good and decent man with a wonderful family. It is out of genuine concern for him and his family that I am compelled to make this decision. (more…)
Almost two weeks after he succesfully defended the WBA Super Lightweight Interim title for the first time with a TKO win in three rounds over Panama’s William González, Argentina’s Marcos Maidana is ready to for his next challenge. And that could be Amir Khan. “I watched Khan’s victory over Dimitri Salita. It was a good performance, quite impressing. But I did my part by beating González, so now we are both ready to unify the WBA crown and determine who the real champions is,” enthused Maidana. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
British super flyweight champion Lee Haskins (20-2, 10 KOs) added the Commonwealth belt at the same weight class with a close foul-filled win over previously undefeated CW champion Don Broadhurst (11-1, 3 KOs) moments ago at Newport Leisure Centre in Newport, Wales. The fight was far from being a pretty, fan-friendly contest with both boxers using some dirty tactics. Adding more frustration around was an awkward Haskins’ stance and his Darchinyan-like style of boxing with only a light artillery to support it. Nevertheless, former amateur standout Broadhurst was never able to get on track and was beaten to the punch in later rounds by the national titlist. Scores were 117-113 and 116-113 (twice) – all in favor of Lee Haskins.
Also, young heavyweight kayo artist David Price (4-0, 3 KOs) has finished off Latvian Dmitrijs Basovs (3-3) with a single right uppercut in the first round. Basovs countryman Andrejs Tolstihs (3-17-1, 3 KOs) was down three times before his one-sided drubbing, induced by Tony Jeffries (5-0, 4 KOs) was stopped at 2:17 of the initial round. In another notable fight, Martin Power (21-5, 9 KOs) stopped Matthew Edmonds (10-4, 2 KOs) in five rounds of action.
Timothy Bradley 138 vs Lamont Peterson 139
(WBO jr welterweight championship)
Vic Darchinyan 114.5 vs Tomas Rojas 113.5
(WBC/WBA super flyweight championship)
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, CA
Promoter: Gary Shaw
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By Ron Jackson
#13 ranked contender Jan Zaveck dethroned IBF welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo via third round TKO at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday night. Haltshwayo was down once in the second and Zaveck finished him off in the third. Full report to come…
By Francisco Salazar
Timothy Bradley knows all about what Lamont Peterson is going through. Going into a fighter’s hometown and attempting to wrestle a world title away from the champion in front of a hostile crowd. However, Bradley will make sure that Peterson does not emulate what he did to Junior Witter and walk out of the arena with his world title. Bradley will defend his world title against former roommate Lamont Peterson tomorrow night at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
This past July, the first-ever UFC Fan Expo took the sports world by storm, as fans celebrated the past, present, and future of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So by popular demand, the UFC, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that the second UFC Fan Expo will take place May 28-29, 2010, back in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren will start the new decade with a show on February 13th in London. The venue will be announced shortly, but the main event will be the big heavyweight clash between British champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth king Sam Sexton. Chief support is the long awaited British Welterweight Championship showdown between reigning champion and outright winner of the Lonsdale belt Kell Brook and the former champion Michael Jennings. They were due to meet in Liverpool in October, but Brook withdrew from the fight after he picked up a virus. (more…)
As WBC CABOFE middleweight champion and WBC No. 3 world rated contender Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) wraps up training camp out of Fortune’s Gym in Hollywood, California, trainer John Bray is pleased with his pupil’s progress as Espino prepares himself to challenge world middleweight champion Kelly “the Ghost” Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), in Pavlik’s own backyard of Youngstown, Ohio for his WBC and WBO world middleweight titles. (more…)
* BJ Penn defends his lightweight championship against Diego Sanchez tomorrow night in Memphis – UFC® 107 Penn vs Sanchez – Live on Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and in Smooth HD on UFC.com
* Watch the UFC® 107 Weigh-In live at 4pm ET / 1pm PT
* Tickets on sale this week for UFC® 109 Relentless – Saturday, February 6 live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
* UFC.com – UFC® 107 Main Card Fantasy Preview (more…)
By Alex Dombroff
A significant heavyweight contest will take place tonight in Sacramento, California when WBC #2 ranked contender Oleg Maskaev does battle with the rugged Nagy Aguilera. Maskaev (36-6, 26 KOs) has his sights on staying busy as he readies for a shot at a piece of the heavyweight crown. The bout against Aguilera will be his first since March, and first since losing a court battle which overturned the WBC’s order that he be the mandatory challenger for Vitali Klitschko. (More)
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Boxing trainer Dickie Wood wasn’t going to stand by and watch a purse snatching. While shopping at the Arden Fair Mall, the 52-year-old Wood witnessed a man grab a women’s purse and take off. Wood chased down the robber (getting in a big punch in the process) and held him until police arrived. Dickie is in Sacramento training Oleg along with Chuck McGregor.
6’7 WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (246.9 lbs) weighed in just 4.4 pounds heavier than Kevin 6’3 Johnson (242.5 lbs) for their heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Interestingly, Johnson’s wingspan is two inches longer than Klitschko’s.
Former three-time lightweight world champion Juan Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi pose on December 10, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois at the final press conference for their December 12, 2009 fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago which will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBO flyweight champion and recent WBA super flyweight challenger Hugo Cazares is looking forward to a rematch with WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro, whom he fought to a draw with in September in Osaka, Japan. The WBA has ordered a direct rematch. “I want to fight him again,” says Cazares. “I want the rematch. I already beat him and I want to do again. I know that my promoter has planned the rematch in the month of February. Maybe it can be in Mexico!”
The Baltimore Raven’s Tommy Zbikowski first turned professional not as a football player, but as a boxer. Zbikowski fought two professional boxing matches while starring for the University of Notre Dame football team. Today, Tommy Zbikowski, who has made a name for himself as a Special Teamer, has been nominated for the NFL Pro Bowl. With fan voting helping decide who is selected for the game, we are encouraging the boxing community to support Tommy by voting for him and voting often. To vote for Tommy, go to www.NFL.com/probowl/ballot Click on Pro Bowl Ballot, then click on Special Teams, then click on Special Teamer. Tommy is listed under AFC. Tommy made his boxing debut in 2006 at Madison Square Garden , knocking out his opponent by TKO in 49 seconds. Tommy fought a second match before putting his boxing career on hold to focus on professional football. Fans can vote as often as they wish between now and Dec. 21.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The co-main event of UFC 107 is a classic striker vs. grappler match up, but it may be the most competitive seen in a long time. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir meets KO artist Cheick Kongo on Saturday, December 12th in Memphis to determine who’s title hopes will stay alive in the UFC’s vaunted heavyweight division. While Mir has proven to have the best submission skillset in the heavyweight division, Kongo has left a trail of bodies in his wake thanks to his world class kickboxing background. Normally the striker is written out of such bouts, but with over fifteen professional bouts apiece, both men have balanced out their games enough to make this the most intriguing “classic match up” of 2009 . . . Click here for more
2010 will be the 10th year as a professional for WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1,6 KOs) . After nearly a decade of remaining unbeaten Calderon is now hoping he can land that long awaited mega fight he has been seeking. In Calderon’s last fight he decisioned Rodel Mayol to retain his title. The bout was halted early due to a cut suffered by Calderon as a result of a headbutt. Fightnews spoke with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Calderon on what he is doing presently and a proposed showdown with IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria in 2010. (more…)
By Mike Moriarty
Heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) believes it was a big mistake for IBF International heavyweight titlist Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) to choose him as his next opponent. “My defense is too good. I am too fast for him,” Estrada said at Thursday’s press conference to announce his February 6th showdown with Adamek. “At light heavy, he wasn’t that fast let alone at heavyweight putting on a couple more pounds. You’re born with speed. You can’t make yourself faster. He was never that fast. Adamek has ok speed but not against me.”
Adamek, who held world titles at both light heavyweight and cruiserweight, has won eight straight bouts and is coming off of a fifth round knockout victory in October over fellow Polish countryman and former heavyweight star Andrew Golota. He believes it will be the same result against Estrada. “Once I catch him, I will put him down,” said Adamek. “You know everyone can talk, but when you get in the ring you have to do your job. This is what I get paid to do.” (more…)
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By Ron Jackson
At a luncheon held in Rosebank near Johannesburg on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced a bumper bill which is to take place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on February 27 next year. In the main event, South Africa’s Hekkie Budler (13-0, 5 KOs) meets Juanito Rubillar (48-13-7, 23 KOs) from the Philippines for the vacant IBO junior flyweight belt. The veteran Rubillar, 32, has been a pro since July 1994 and is ranked at number 7 by the WBC and at 13 by the WBA. The southpaw Rubillar has been fighting at championship level for the last ten years since losing on points to South Africa’s Zolani Petelo for the IBF minimumweight belt and it appears as if the 21-year-old Budler has been overmatched. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
He’ll go down as the beloved boxer ever to come out of Quebec, someone who transcended the sport and found his way into a population’s heart. An ordinary boxer with an extraordinary work-ethic, Eric Lucas turned that work into gold when beyond all odds he came back and not only won the WBC super-middleweight championship, but did so against Glenn Catley, the man who had stopped him one year previous, exactly ten years ago today.
Lucas despite achieving everything there is to in the sport and leaving the sport in good health, like so many others, just couldn’t keep away and will be returning to the ring tonight on the undercard of the Jean Pascal versus Adrian Diaconu rematch.
Fightnews had one question for local Quebec icon. Pourquoi? (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here wre the weights for Friday’s TNT Promotions/Maryland Boxing Club card at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD:
Mark Tucker 174 vs. George Armenta 172 1/2
(USBO Light Heavyweight title bout)
Emmanuel Taylor 145 1/2 vs. Dwayne Shelton 148 1/2
Allen Perkins 159 vs. Vincent Batteast 159 1/2
Omar Sims 161 1/2 vs. Jamar Freeman 159 1/2
Adam Willet 189 1/2 vs. Garrett Wilson 190
Sims and Freeman will meet for the third time this year in Westmnister. The two fought to a four-round draw on April 24. Freeman, from Wilson, NC, won a six-round unanimous decision on June 5. This will also be a six-round encounter.
The bouts for undefeated Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson (12-0, 10 KO’s) and rookie “The American Child” Nick Kisner of Ferndale, MD fell through.
Adam Willet is a cruiserweight from Bellport, NY (1-0) while Garrett Wilson (6-2, two KO’s) is from Philadelphia, PA and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Otgonbayer Daivii on November 25 in Erie, PA.
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