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Fans of Arturo Gatti will not want to miss this night of special events celebrating the unforgettable boxing legend on Saturday, September 19, at Bally’s Atlantic City. In addition to 6 fights packed with the kind of excitement “Thunder” Gatti fans expect, there will be Gatti tributes, videos and special announcements throughout the evening. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Edgar Sosa 107.5 vs Omar Soto 106.5
(WBC light flyweight championship)
Saul Alvarez 146.5 vs Carlos Herrera 144.8
Venue: Auditorio Siglo XXI , Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
Edgar Sosa: Simply stated, I am predicting a knockout victory within seven rounds. It will be a great night for Mexico. I don’t underestimate Soto, but I just feel like a tank right now and I’m going to roll all over him.
Omar Soto: The crowd is not going to be in the ring with us. The title is going back to Puerto Rico. Mexican fans are in for a bad surprise.
Jacques Deschamps (Sosa’s manager): Soto is a good fighter but he’s not going to stop the Sosa-express. We have great plans for Edgar for 2010.
Fausto Daniel Garcia (promoter): I expect a great, exciting night for Mexican boxing. Edgar Sosa and Canelo Alvarez are the best we can offer on this historic day of September 15th.
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Story by Brady Crytzer
Former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Brian Stann is fighting Steve Cantwell for a third time. While their first bout was to make a name in the light heavyweight division, and their second to contest a world title, Stann is well aware that the rubber match may be the most vital to his career yet . . . . Click here for more
UFC Fight Night is live on SPIKE TV, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 PM ET/PT: Click here for more info
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET:Click here for more
By Edgar Gonzalez
Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto brought their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting their November 14 superfight to Los Angeles with an afternoon News Conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Miguel Cotto: I’m going to bring back to Puerto Rico my WBO belt and the new WBC Diamond belt, I promise.
Manny Pacquiao: I will do my best to bring the belts back to my country. I will train hard and give my fans what they want to see.
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The boxing world lost one of its truly great guys, last night, when longtime Main Events Operations Manager Dennis Dueltgen suddenly passed away while suffering an apparent heart attack at his home.
MAIN EVENTS STATEMENT
It is with profound sadness that we at Main Events offer our condolences to his wife, Jill, his children, Deanne and Darryl, his sister, Joanne Dietz, and his brother, Jeffrey Dueltgen.
Dennis was a constant and energetic presence in all of our lives and his absence leaves a void that cannot be filled. He was always the first one to offer a hand when friends, family and even acquaintances were in need, lifting their spirits with his unique brand of humor as he gladly drove them to numerous doctor appointments and hospital stays, brought them food or ran their errands and did their chores. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez engaged in an open workout on Monday in Hollywood, California in preparation for their PPV clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More Photos…
Jorge “Travieso” Arce 114.9 vs Simphiwe Nondqayi 114.5
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto 130 vs Aristides Perez 129.6
(WBC super featherweight championship)
Ulises “Archie” Solis 114 vs Dirceo Cabarca 113
Samuel Peter 239 vs Ron Bellamyn 243
Emilio Perea 139 vs Jose Ramirez 139
Venue: Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Pepe Gomez and Gobierno Del Estado De Quintana Roo
TV: TV Azteca and Azteca America
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Monday September 14th marked the second meeting of the much anticipated formation of the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA). Progress continued to be made in this historic venture, as once again close to thirty of the United States top promoters met together at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. After an all-day meeting, the promoters established and elected a Board of Directors, three Officers, as well as created eight working committees that will report recommendations to the Association. The Association’s board of directors was voted on by all the members in attendance. After the voting was tallied, it was determined that the Board would be made up of Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports, and Don Chargin of Don Chargin Productions.
The Officers elected by the membership were:
Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing – President
Lisa Elovich, Pugnacious Promotions – Secretary
John Wirt, Square Ring Promotions -Treasurer
The next full meeting of the Association is scheduled for December 7th. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
The California Boxing Commission re-examined the scorecards from Saturday night’s (Sept. 12) boxing card at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento and the check showed that IBF No. 3 cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey (20-1) won his 10-round main event by a split decision over hometowner Michael Simms (20-12-2) and not by the announced majority decision. The corrected judges’ scores, according to AtCom inspector Mike Guzman, are 96-93 and 95-94 for Godfrey, reigning NABF champ from Providence, R.I., and 95-94 for Simms. There was no even scorecard.
Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard will face hard hitting undefeated Dominican Rafael Lora on Saturday, September 19th at “A Warriors Homecoming” it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) easily made the 30 day minimum weight requirement today for his upcoming title defense. Lopez weighed in at 133 pounds which was well below the 140.3 maximum weight allowed. Lopez will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa on October 10th at the Madison Square Garden in New York. For Lopez it will be his first time fighting at the Madison Square Garden, something he is very aware of and ready to deliver a solid performance. “With this being my first time fighting at the Garden, I really want to deliver a very solid performance for all the fans in attendance,” said Lopez. For more details and photos click here…
One of the most respected and recognized voices in boxing, Al Bernstein will be inducted into the prestigious World Boxing Hall of Fame having received the highest number of votes ever for a non-boxer inductee. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING color analyst feels his inclusion among boxing’s elite couldn’t have come at a better time. “It is a great honor for me to be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Bernstein, who has also been named the second recipient of the coveted Sugar Ray Robinson award. “I am especially delighted to be inducted the same year as they are celebrating their 30th anniversary year. There is a lot of synergy here as I am about to enter my 30th year as a national broadcaster. I’ve really enjoyed my entire boxing broadcast career and the last five years at Showtime has been a highlight.” (more…)
By Robert Hough
Manny Pacquiao, smiling all the time under drizzly San Francisco skies, said he’s ready to start training for his fight with Miguel Cotto—and determined to live a dream that has nothing to do with boxing, singing, movies or politics. Pacquiao, who spoke to Fightnews after a brief, chaotic press conference and fan event at AT&T Park to promote his November 14th fight with Miguel Cotto, related last year that he dreams of visiting Vatican City. “I have not been there yet, but I will go with my family, hopefully not too long after this fight,” the devout Catholic said after the 25-minute event with his trainer, Freddie Roach; Cotto; and others. “It is important for me to go there. It is a dream I have had for a long time.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia PA, Vernocha L. Michael of Blue Horizon Promotions Inc. presented a nine bout card which paid tribute to those who gave their lives on nine eleven and to those Firemen, Policemen and other Public Safety Officers who put their live on the line everyday to make our lives safe and secure. In the six round main event of the evening welterweight prospect Steve Upsher Chambers raised his record to (20-1-1, 6 KOs) by dropping Aaron Drake (13-7, 9 KOs) three times en-route to an impressive second round TKO. The eight bout undercard had a little of everything, featuring prospects, a former hockey tough-man and a corrections officer to make the card interesting on the salute to Public Safety night. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez will make their grand arrivals on Tuesday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ahead of Saturday’s “Number One/ Numero Uno” super fight. Marquez will arrive at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby at 12:30PM. Mayweather will come at 1PM at the same place.
In his first fight outside the USA in nearly nine years, legendary five-time UFC champion Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture will headline UFC 105 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, in a fascinating light heavyweight collision with Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera on November 14 . . . Click here for more
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions will host a public media workout for “A Warrior’s Homecoming” Monday, September 14th at 3pm at The Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut . . . Click here for more
If you’ve talked about Roger Huerta over the last year, he probably never heard it. If you’ve written something about him on a message board or in an email, odds are that he never saw it. “I isolated myself from everything,” Huerta told UFC.com. “TV, the internet, all that stuff.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
UFC Fight Night is live on SPIKE TV, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 PM ET/PT: Click here for more info
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
Mikkel Kessler´s fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning drew a phenomenal peak market share of 72 percent. 1.645.000 viewers watched the clash on TV2 during its peak, with an average of 1.342.000 fans (58,2 percent) tuning in between 21:55 and 22.35. “Those are phenomenal viewing figures which tell you something about Mikkel´s popularity in Denmark,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “It was a great night of boxing at MCH Herning. We cannot wait for the Super Six World Boxing Classic to get started. Mikkel is such an exciting fighter. He will fascinate the fans all over the world during the course of the tournament.” Kessler´s Super Six fights will be shown live on Pay-Per-View on Viasat. Click here for a Kessler-Perdomo picture gallery.
Things are heating up at the press conference for Tuesday’s big boxing show in Cancun. Triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (52-5-1, 40 KOs) is set to collide with unbeaten South African Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) for the IBF super flyweight title. The battle has added intrigue as Nongqayi previously conquered Arce’s brother Panchito. Additional highlights include WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) defending his title against unbeaten Colombian Aristides Perez (15-0-1, 8 KOs) plus the return of former flyweight monarch Ulises “Archie “Solis (28-2-2, 20 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
The 15th of September is a special day for Mexico as it marks the “Grito de Dolores” – the cry for independance by one of its founding fathers. It will also be special for WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa as he steps into the ring in the city of Puebla for his 10th title defense against Omar “Pastor” Soto of Puerto Rico. Sosa (36-5, 20 KOs) will be setting a record for most title defenses by a Mexican boxer in this weight class. “I am very happy,” says Edgar, “because when I won the title two years ago, not many boxing writers expected me to be a lasting champion. Now what I have to do on Tuesday is put up a great show in what may be my last defense at 108lbs.” Sosa is expected to move up to the flyweight division. The very popular champion, unbeaten in over six years, will be headlining a megacard aptly called “Viva Mexico” which will also feature sensational redhead welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The much anticipated boxing extravaganza promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia will be held at the Siglo XXI auditorium which is already sold-out.
Being the underdog in the champion’s backyard doesn’t bother Omar “Pastor” Soto. “I know God is looking out for me,” proclaims the deeply religious Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs) who predicts that he will stun the Mexican audience by beating the favored Sosa. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews and told us that he was shocked that he was dropped in the WBA ratings from the #1 position, that he is confident he can beat Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and also Nicolay Valuev, how he wants to fight the winner of the Cameron vs Tua bout, why his trainer Mark Janssen is one of the best in the world and that he is hopeful DKP will promote him in October or November. (more…)
By David Finger
Coming off his tougher than expected win over former NABF champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27 KOs) is already set to bring his “Latin Invasion” to hostile territory as he faces former IBF light middleweight world champion Luis “Yori Boy” Campas (92-14-1, 74 KO’s) at the Don Haskins Center on the campas of UTEP in El Paso, Texas on October 30th. In a fight promoted by Zeferino Entertainment, both Campas and Camacho have already expressed a degree of animosity towards each other. The bad blood between Campas and Camacho began as early as May of this year, when Campas fought the elder Hector Camacho. Against Senior, Campas was held to a draw in Florida, but his distain for the Puerto Rican Camacho clan was apparent to all. (more…)
Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) has declared himself ready for Saturday’s fight against Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) at the Jahn Sport Forum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They are fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight title formerly held by Arthur Abraham. At Giovanni’s last training session in Yonkers, NY, he spoke about the fight. “I will tell you that I feel great, I feel ready, but that doesn’t mean anything. My performance in the ring will speak for itself.” (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez kick off fight week with an unprecedented open media workout in front of the Kodak Arch on Hollywood Blvd. TODAY (Monday), just days before their mega-fight on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live on pay-per-view. This marks Mayweather’s first Los Angeles open media workout in over two years as he makes his return to the ring to fight Marquez. Mayweather is scheduled to workout at 11AM. Marquez will workout at 12:30PM. The fighters will meet in the center of the ring during the workout changeover, so it should be fun.
A big crowd turned out to see world champion Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday’s “Fiestas Patrias California” Mexican Independence Day Festival at Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Marquez will conduct an open workout in the LA area on Monday before heading to Las Vegas for his PPV showdown with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
KZ Event Productions, the promoter of Beibut Shumenov have released the following statement:
Representatives of WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov have announced that they have agreed to a rematch, thereby resolving all of their present disputes. The bout will likely take place in Nevada next January.
Three thousand cheering fans braved the pouring rain after the San Francisco Giants – Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game at AT&T Park in San Francisco Sunday to attend a public press conference for six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto who are in town to promote their upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday,November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. Click for more pix
By David Finger
With ten days to go before the biggest PPV fight of the year, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and HBO Pay-Per-View Senior Vice President Mark Taffet held a international media conference call in New York City to “discuss the current state of the Mega-Fight” and the changes in how this fight has been marketed to the general population. Although there are few observers who feel that this fight will not be one of, if not the, biggest PPV fight of the year, there are still many critics who felt that the economic recession coupled with the emergence of Mixed Martial Arts would slowly, but surely take a toll on boxing and PPV revenue. But Schaefer and Taffet both discussed many of the new and innovative ways that they are marketing this fight to both the traditional boxing fan and the younger generation of boxing fan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The press conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday to promote the November 14th showdown between welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao definitely was a positive promotion for the fight. Bob Arum’s Top Rank had every aspect of the event on point and everything ran on a smooth punctual schedule. The entrance for the two fighters was very exciting as they were both elevated from underground in their chairs and up to the main stage. The entrance brought a huge roar from the large crowd who packed the venue which was a Theater setting. In a day and age where some press conferences are marred by verbal jabs and sometimes physical ones, it was a pleasant sight to see two combatants show ultimate respect for each other. “I welcome Manny Pacquiao to Puerto Rico and he is always welcome here,” said Cotto.
Freddie Roach: I know Miguel Cotto better than anybody right now. I’ve been watching videos of his fights for a month straight now. This is boxing at its best. We want to fight the best in boxing and one of those is Miguel Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao: No one knows who is going to win this fight. We are both going deliver our best efforts which will give the fans an excellent show.
Miguel Cotto: On November 14th we are both seeking victory. I’m confident that I will return to Puerto Rico on November 15th with my title. (crowd erupts)
“I am very happy,” said WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler after once again proving his class with a fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo. “It was very special to fight in front of such a great crowd.” Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.200 boisterous Danish fans at MCH Herning, the Viking Warrior (42-1, 32 KOs) dropped the mandatory challenger at the end of the third with a big right before launching another furious assault in the fourth. “Perdomo was very active in the first two rounds, so I had to change my game plan,” he added. “I adjusted well in the third. Now I really look forward to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Now that WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) has defeated #1 rated Rodel Mayol in their rematch, he is looking to the future. “It’s no secret that the biggest fight for me is with Brian Viloria,” said Calderon. “He and I have a history going back to our amateurs when we fought multiple times and are both currently world champions. I want to make it clear that I have no problem traveling outside of Puerto Rico to make the fight happen!”
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a battle of unbeaten fighters, super lightweight Eloy Perez (14-0-2, 3 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Dannie Williams (12-1, 9 KOs) at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, CA. Both fighters were dropped once in the second round and Perez went down again in the third. However, Perez landed the more telling punches during the rest of the bout. All three judges scored the bout 98-91, 97-92, and 95-94. Also on the card was former Olympian middleweight Donald Orr, who survived a fifth round knockdown and a feverish rally by Danny Stanislavjevic to win a six round unanimous decision. All three judges had Orr (15-0, 6 KO’s) winning by scores of 57-56, 57-56, and 58-55. Stanislavjevic (8-17-3, 4 KO’s) worked hard but could not get the victory. (more to come.)
By Ron Jackson
Ji Hoon Kim of South Korea won the IBO junior lightweight belt when he came from behind to stop South Africa’s Zolani Marali in the tenth round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park Saturday night. In a poor fight, the South African boxing from behind his jab was well ahead on points against the shorter Kim 58.97 kg who spent most of the night rushing in and missing with wild punches. A short right to the jaw, followed by an equally damaging left hook, dumped Marali on the canvas against the ropes in the tenth round. He beat the count but referee Phil Edwards of England, to the surprise of most spectators, almost immediately stopped the fight at 28 seconds into the round. (more…)
SHOWTIME SPORTS has announced a strong schedule of boxing programming in the upcoming months. Here’s a rundown:
ShoBox returns to its regular day and time this Friday night (Sept. 18, live at 11p ET/PT) as Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) meets Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight from the Chumash Resort and Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. The co-feature pits Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs) against Giovanni Caro (12-8-3, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight fight.
On Friday, Oct. 2 (live at 11p ET/PT), Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on Victor Oganov (28-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight with Antwone Smith (16-1, 8 KOs) meeting Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on ShoBox from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla.
The much-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic premieres on SHOWTIME Oct. 17 as Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) faces Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) live from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England and Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) meets Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on tape-delay from O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) will face Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) for the IBF Bantamweight Championship on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Super Six World Boxing Classic continues with the Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) WBA Super Middleweight World Championship.
In another exciting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout set for Dec. 12, Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) will face Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) for the WBO Junior Welterweight Championship. In the co-feature, Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will battle Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) for the WBC and WBA 115-pound Championship and Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) meets Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
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