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The IBF Jr. Featherweight Championship mandatory defense purse bid between champion Steve Molitor and Takalani Ndlovu was held today. Top Rank won with a bid of $215,000. Branco Sports Production bid $154,240.
Pablo Cesar Cano has pulled out of Friday’s Telefutura main event and has been replaced with interim WBC Youth beltholder Gilberto Gonzalez (18-1, 13 KOs). Gonzalez will be looking for his eighth straigh win by KO against Noe Bolanos (21-5-1, 12 KOs). Cano is out due to the flu.
By Karl Freitag
This morning Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. woke up with a 102.8-degree temperature and was officially taken off Saturday night’s show in Anaheim, California. Chavez’ scheduled opponent Pawel Wolak will still fight Saturday against Jose Pinzon (15-1). The Top Rank pay-per-view card will go on with two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-round bantamweight battle against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimiro Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs), WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) against Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs) and undefeated lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), in a 10-rounder against Olivier Lontchi (18-1-2, 8 KOs).
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos by Ozzie Santiago
This Friday night Greg Barckoff’s Sports Fan Properties will present “The Big Rock Out 4”. The fights will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. There are currently ten fights scheduled highlighted by the IBF/USBA Vacant Southern Region welterweight championship bout between Atlanta veteran Paul “The Truth” Delgado (24-9-1 4KO) vs. Louisiana’s Chris Gray (13-12-1 KO). This will be Delgado’s fifth fight in 2010 as he looks to remain unbeaten this year. “My goal is to bring a big championship fight to Atlanta in 2011 and I’m on pace to do it.” (more…)
Pawel Wolak has arrived into Los Angeles. He will be at a Media Day workout later today. Wolak takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night on Top Rank’s “In Harm’s Way” PPV at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Lateef “Power” Kayode figures it’s just a matter of time before he is stopped by a stranger beyond the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine near where he lives and is recognized for knocking people out in the ring.
The Top-10 world-ranked undefeated cruiserweight and Freddie Roach-trained Kayode (14-0, 13 KOs) is on the verge of breakout stardom and SHOWTIME® boxing fans will have another chance to catch this rising star on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Dec. 3, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
“I get recognized around my neighborhood but I want the world to know me now,” said the 6-foot-2, 27-year-old Kayode from Lagos, Nigeria, who will fight savvy veteran Ed “The Georgia Thumper” Perry (17-4-2, 10 KOs) of Frankfort, Ind., in a 10-round cruiserweight main event. “The more people who know me the better. Hopefully they will stop me now and say, ‘Hey, I saw you knock that guy out on SHOWTIME.’ ”
In the co-feature former Cuban Olympian Luis “La Estrella” Franco (7-0, 5 KOs) also continues to make a name for himself when he faces Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photo by Siamsport
Drian Francisco (20-0-1, 16 KOs) became the WBA interim super flyweight champion as he scored a tenth round TKO over WBA #2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-2-1, 21 KOs) on Tuesday at the Bungkan school in Nongkhai, Thailand. This was an impressive victory of a hot Filipino prospect over an experienced Thailander who had not been beaten since 1997. This bout was a closed affair in the opening round with Francisco being considered a little better with his more accurate punches. But the show turned to Duangpetch starting in round two when he displayed vicious body attacks, although a low blow caused referee Steve Smoger to pause the contest for a minute in round four. (more…)
On December 10, All Star Boxing/Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO will return to the Kissimmee Civic Center, the venue that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years; its regular popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO has filled Civic Center on many occasions. The main event is a classic battle of: “Youth Vs. Experience” when former WBC Youth world champion Ed “The Lion” Paredes of Miami, Florida via Dominican Republic will face his toughest opponent in hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico via Monteria, Colombia in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin welterweight title at stake. (more…)
Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch and his coach Robert McCracken put together a master class performance which the power-punching strongman Arthur Abraham had no way of overcoming in Helsinki at the weekend. Froch, who moves into second place on the Super Six: World Boxing Classic scoreboard behind tournament leader and WBA champion Andre Ward, will now face veteran hard man Glen Johnson in the New Year.
“It was a satisfying and utterly dominating performance on Saturday night if I say so myself. Before the fight, the press and bookmakers were all split over the likely outcome between us.” Said Froch from his Nottingham home. “Arthur Abraham was seen as someone with a fantastic defence which was only bettered by his heavy hands. But I knew that if I could blow the cobwebs off my boxing skills and stay focused, there was simply no way he would beat me. I needed to make a statement and I think everyone will agree that Saturday’s effort was exactly that.” (more…)
Stephan Bonnar (15-7) makes life as a fighter look so much easier than it is.
Perhaps it’s because he’s been deep in the water more times in his career than most guys get their whole lives. Perhaps it’s because he’s trained with the likes of Carlson Gracie and Sergio Penha, and that’s about as good as it gets when it comes to Brazilian jiu jitsu . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
For more info on TUF Finale: Bonnar vs. Pokrajac, go to www.ufc.com
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
A little less than two weeks ago, Sergio Martinez’ life changed forever (or at least the foreseeable future). In the second round of his highly anticipated rematch with Paul Williams, Martinez blasted his foe with a vicious left. The shot sent Williams crumbling face first to the canvas and launched Martinez into boxing’s stratosphere.
Though Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) became an overnight celebrity, somebody forgot to tell him the party is in his honor . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Alberto Mosquera 140 vs. Jorge Pimentel 139
Carlos Melo 105 vs. Walter Tello 105
Dirceu Cabarca 108 vs. Edwin Díaz 107
Azael Cosio 146 vs. Edwin Gamboa 147
Renan Acosta 127 vs. Gabriel Dorado 128
Jean Piero Pérez 114 vs. Franklin Solís 114
Nehomar Cermeño 122 vs. Hugo Berrio 120
Everardo Castillo 122 vs. José María García 122
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Atlapa
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
TV: TV Max (Panama)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Drian Francisco (20-0-1, 16 KOs) became the WBA interim super flyweight champion as he scored a tenth round TKO over WBA #2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-2-1, 21 KOs) on Tuesday at Bungkan school in Nongkhai, Thailand. Francisco dropped Duangpetch twice in round six and destroyed the Thailander with a tough right uppercut in round ten. (more to come).
After losing several days of training, unbeaten WBC #1 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 31 KOs) resumed his preparation on Monday for his fight this Saturday against Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Junior worked out for two hours under the eye of trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. “I was knocked down by a nasty flu, but thank God I was able to train this afternoon and I felt very good,” said Chavez Jr. “I’m taking a risk with the fight with Wolak, but I did a lot of preparation with a great trainer in Freddie Roach and his team and that gives me the confidence to move forward.” The Son of the Legend fell ill last week with a bad cold that prevented him from training for several days and put into question his fight with Wolak at the Honda Center.
By Robert Coster
Promising Dominican Jr Featherweight, WBA #13, Jenifel Vicente (19-0-2, 13 KOs) excited the local crowd in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, with a brutal knockout of Colombian visitor Jonathan Perez (17-8, 14 KOs) in just two rounds on Monday night. Perez opted as a strategy to trade punches with Vicente, a muscular, bomb-throwing dynamo. And he sorely paid the price as the ever attacking Vicente landed a thunderous right hand on the young Colombian’s chin at the beginning of the second round. Perez just crumpled to the mat where he received the full count and laid prone for various minutes. With this explosive victory Vicente acquires the vacant WBA Fedelatin title.
The co-main event saw 2008 Olympic Champion Felix Diaz (8-0, 5 KOs) win a five round technical decision over tough Colombian veteran Edinson Garcia (17-11, 6 KOs). Diaz won every round but did run a good sweat as the game Garcia fought back gallantly until a slip in fifth round led to a torn or bruised muscle on the visitor’s thigh which effectively put an end to the fight. The scorecards then unanimously favored Diaz, as expected. The eight-rounder was disputed in the welterweight class. Diaz mentioned after the fight that he would now like to move to fighting the ten round limit.
Upon arriving to his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, previously undefeated Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs) reflected on his recent defeat in Nagoya, Japan, when he faced legendary Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC Featherweight title. After 12 brutal non-stop rounds, Burgos lost the fight on all three judges scorecards 117-111 (twice), and 116-111.
“I told all the reporters in Japan that I had no excuses, I fought a rough Japanese opponent that did the same as me, he gave it his all. I won’t take that away from him, he had a better night and his hand was raised at the end. But I disagree with a few things that happened during the fight; for one, I got a point deducted on the eighth round for a supposed unintentional head butt. Referee Roberto Ramirez Jr., saw it as a butt but it was a punch, a clean punch, that cut Hasegawa’s eye.” (more…)
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-7-1, 25 KOs) has decided to hang up his gloves after suffering a split decision loss to journeyman Walter Estrada (37-13-1) Saturday night on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Michael Katsidids HBO card in Las Vegas. Campbell got a late start in boxing, turning pro near his 28th birthday in 2000, but shocked the boxing world in 2008 by dethroning the then undefeated Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz in a bullring in CanCun, Mexico to win the IBF, WBO, and WBA lightweight titles. Campbell’s then promoter Don King’s inability to land a meaningful fight following the Diaz upset led to a year layoff and an eventual move to the jr. welterweight division where Campbell had a no contest with world champion Timothy Bradley and a decision loss to “vicious” Victor Ortiz.
The always colorful Campbell released the following statement after Saturday’s loss to Estrada:
“First of all, I want to let everyone know that I’m fine. But after thinking about Saturday’s fight, I know it’s time for me to hang it up. I’ve reached the point where I can still see the openings, but I just can’t get my shots there in time. In this business, a tenth of a second delay is too much. (more…)
Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham told BILD that he’s just not a super middleweight. “The others are simply larger. I’m always the smallest,” he stated. King Arthur added that he will still be challenging Andre Ward for the WBA super middleweight title in the Super Six semi-final and will remain with trainer Uli Wegner.
A Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. conference call scheduled for today was postponed until tomorrow. It is known that Junior is working out today in the Wild Card Gym with promoter Bob Arum on hand. There is also a public Chávez Jr. rally and autograph session scheduled for today at the Fullerton metroPCS store (205 East Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, Calif. 92832), beginning at 6PM PT.
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) arrived today in Schwerin, Germany for Saturday’s showdown with Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs) at the Sport- und Kongresshalle. “It’s going very well for me,” stated Dimitrenko: “I will absolutely defend the title and get offered a world title shot against against one of the Klitschkos. Albert is very experienced and good boxer, but I’ll defeat him. The fans can look forward to a great fight. The viewers want to see blood and action, and that’ what I’ll give them. It wouldn’t be bad if I could win the fight early, but naturally I’m prepared for twelve hard rounds. My preparation was very good.” (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos by Marco Chiesa
Giulian Ilie (17-4-2, 4 KOs) of Romania has become the new IBF International Cruiserweight Champion, after scoring a split decision win over the rough stablemate, Cristian Dolzanelli (16-2-1, 10 KOs) last Friday at the Local Sport Hall in Rezzato, Italy. It was a stunning upset, unheralded warrior Ilie outscored favorite Dolzanelli over twelwe entertaining and strong rounds of boxing, with a football-like atmosphere with competing fans screaming loudly to support their hero, the brave Dolzanelli was knocked down in the seventh round and was able to survive only thanks to his great lion heart. The local warrior tried to re-enter in the fight but Ilie was simply too strong and consistent during the others rounds and despite a strong final round from Dolzanelli, Ilie hung on to take the fight 114-113, 116-111, 113-114 on the judges’ scorecards. For the Romanian born Ilie was the first title of his pro career. For more details and photos click here…
With two world title fights headlining World Extreme Cagefighting’s grand finale in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 16, the card was already shaping up to be the perfect way to end 2010. Now, with the recent announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will feature the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, as well as a loaded lightweight division including WEC’s best 155-pound fighters in 2011, the Dec. 16 event at Jobing.com Arena has become one of the most significant cards in recent memory. (more…)
This past Saturday, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivered an action-packed doubleheader: Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 bout Carl Froch vs. Arthur Abraham for the vacant WBC super middleweight championship and Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika for the WBA super middleweight championship.
Don’t miss a replay of Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7pm ET/PT on SHO2
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth-round technical knockout on Thursday (Nov. 25) in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia, defeating Argentine challenger Sergio Omar Priotti (22-8-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
On January 29th, heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KOs) will take on Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in a twelve round fight for the WBC Caribbean Heavyweight championship at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY. In the co-feature, Isaac Rodrigues (17-1, 13 KOs) will look to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (15-8, 10 KOs) in a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Also scheduled are female super featherweight Amanda Serrano (7-0-1, 4 KOs) against Ela Nunez (9-7-1, 2 KOs) ina rematch of their November 2009 draw, welterweight Kenny Abril (11-3-1, 6 KOs) against Stephen Scott (5-2) and super middleweight Andy Mejias (8-0, 4 KOs) of Utica, NY in a six round bout against an opponent to be named. Tickets are $35, $45 and $60. Call 800-833-SHOW.
On December 17th, WBC #2 rated heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) will face #1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin in a final elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Solis has resided in Miami since October 2008 and the eliminator fight against Austin will be his first appearance at the 20,000 seats American Airlines Arena. He has reunited with his former amateur coach Pedro Luiz Diaz Benitez who trained the Cuban National Team for 15 years. After defecting from Cuba Diaz also made himself a name in the pro ranks working with light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and rising middleweight star David Lemieux. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
What does it take to become a champion boxer? Skill, certainly. Perseverance and hard work in the gym, without question. Solid matchmaking and sound management, undoubtedly. Yet so many fighters possess these attributes and never achieve the elite level of the sport. Could it be the difference lies in a little luck? Not much, but perhaps just a smidgen. You could argue we make our luck through hard work but this may oversimplify the point.
Take the case of heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs). Fres challenged for world titles in 2003 and 2004 against Chris Byrd and John Ruiz respectively. The Byrd decision continues to be cited as a shameful robbery and the Ruiz loss saw Oquendo ahead on all 3 judges’ scorecards until Ruiz stopped him in the 11th round. (more…)
Nonito Donaire knows next year’s shaping up to be a big one for him — and those fighting at, or near, 118 pounds. He’s penciled in to fight Fernando Montiel on HBO Feb. 19 and, on Dec. 11, Showtime kicks off a four-man bantam tourney that might spell out future showdowns for ’11.
Things look good for 2011, but Donaire (24-0-1, 16 KOs), has business to tend to before 2010 ends. On Dec. 4, Donaire will move up to 118 to face former WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion Wladimir Sidorenko (23-0-2, 7 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. . . . . Click here for full story
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) spoke with Fightnews in an exclusive interview about his fight against Daniel Jacobs, his dream to defend his title in Russia and about possible big fights against middleweight stars Kelly Pavlik and Sergio Martinez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller and Ronnie Lategan meet for the vacant South African light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night on a tournament presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions. The title became vacant when Rupert van Aswegan who won the vacant title in March this year deicide to retire from boxing. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) handed former world champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (21-6, 15 KOs) his second straight loss on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93.
In his first bout as a welterweight, Randy Suico (30-6-1, 25 KOs) won an eight-round majority decision over Arnel Tinampay (12-12-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. Suico has held OPBF belts at 130, 135 and 140lbs.
Former IBF minimumweight champion Florante Condes (25-5-1, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO Kenichi Horikawa (20-9-1, 4 KOs).
OPBF flyweight titleholder Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 18 KOs) knocked out Inthanon Sithchamuang (9-4, 3 KOs) in round two.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank told Fightnews.com Sunday night that the clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Pawel Wolak will go on as scheduled Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight seemed to be in trouble when Chavez Jr. himself said he’s pulling out due a severe flu-like illness that has curtailed his training. Chavez, trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will explain everything during a conference call on Monday and Wolak will still travel to Los Angeles as planned. Stay tuned.
Report by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Andre Ward said after his victory over Sakio Bika that he injured his left index finger a couple weeks ago, and getting it fixed could delay his fight with Arthur Abraham.
Showtime and Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, have talked about Ward fighting Abraham in March, in one of the Super Six semifinals, but Ward said that may not be possible . . . click here for more
While widely acknowledged to be the breakout star, thus far, in Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” [Son of God] Ward has had anything but a smooth ride through the tournament’s early stages. Due to dropouts, scheduling difficulties, and the general dysfunction that permeates boxing, Ward has only fought once since his signature win last November over Mikkel Kessler . . . click here for more
Trainer Angelo Dundee is recovering after surgery to repair a broken hip. Dundee, who is currently working with heavyweight Fres Oquendo, suffered the injury during a slip in his garage. The legendary 89-year-old recently made headlines by reopening a new version of the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
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