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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.
Last week fight fans were served with “Knockout of the Year” courtesy of Sergio Martinez’ stunning KO of Paul Williams. On Saturday night, they may have been treated with the “Fight of the Year” as Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO victory in a brutal back-and-forth war with Michael Katsidis (27-3) to regain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
Many thought that it would be a great action fight between the Mexican and the Aussie, but nobody could have anticipated the reckless abandon that the two fought with.
It appeared that Marquez was going to cruise to a surgically precise deconstruction of Katsidis as he landed with stunning effectiveness in the first two rounds, but Katsidis leveled Marquez with a left hand full of dynamite in the third round that sent Marquez to the canvas . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
2008 Olympic Champion Felix Diaz (7-0, 5 KOs) gets back in the ring in his native Dominican Republic in the coastal city of San Pedro de Macoris tomorrow, fighting durable Colombian veteran Edinson Garcia (17-10, 6 KOs). The bout will be fought over eight rounds in the welterweight class. Diaz’s handlers mentioned that Felix will probably be stepping up to ten-rounders after this fight.
Also on the card, promising WBA #13 jr featherweight ,Jenifel Vicente (18-0-2, 12 KOs) will clash with Colombian import Jonathan Perez (17-7, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title. The hard-punching Perez, nicknamed “El Explosivo,” looked confident upon his arrival to the Caribbean island, predicting that he will he will derail the local favorite’s unbeaten streak. “I have fought three world champions and my experience fighting tough opposition will be the deciding factor in this bout,” said the Colombian.
Others who will see action tomorrow are Dominican Olympians Juan Carlos Payano, Claudio Marrero and Gilbert Castillo, all ex teamates of Diaz, and considered, along with Diaz and Vicente, to be the future of Dominican boxing.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #9 welterweight Samuel Colomban (19-3, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round split points decision over Steve Heremaia (16-5-1, 7 KOs) of New Zealand at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. The aggressive , hard punching Heremaia started the fight in top gear and had the Cameroon-born Australian-based Colomban in trouble in the early rounds. Colomban dug deep in the final rounds and outworked his opponent to salvage a close split points decision on two judges cards with third judge voting in favour of the Kiwi. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
With all eyes on a spectacular night of fighting that saw Andre Berto and Juan Manuel Marquez dominate their respective opponents, speculation on who would be the next of the two men to face Manny Pacquiao dominated post fight conversation.
Coming off a potential Fight Of The Year performance that saw the headliner stop Michael Katsidis in the ninth frame, Juan Manuel Marquez had few words to say about a third fight with Manny Pacquiao . . . Click here for more
Photos by Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward out-brawled and out-battled a rough and tumble and otherwise worthy opponent in Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika on Saturday night, winning a unanimous 12-round decision to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight championship belt in front of his enthusiastic hometown fans at the Oracle Arena and on SHOWTIME.
Earlier in the day, Ward’s Super Six World Boxing Classic opponent was learned as he will next face Arthur Abraham in the Tournament Semifinals. One of the pre-tournament favorites going into the Tournament, Abraham lost a 12-round unanimous decision against Carl Froch in Helsinki, Finland, also on SHOWTIME. Froch will take on Glen Johnson in the other Tournament Semifinal. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Carl Froch turned in the most dominant performance of his career, recapturing the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world championship Saturday night with a unanimous decision against an overwhelmed Arthur Abraham in the final Group Stage 3 fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME.
The 33-year-old Froch (27-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, handed the Armenian-born Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, his second consecutive loss. The judges scores were 120-108 twice and 119- 109 in favor of Froch, who rebounded from his only career loss back in April to Mikkel Kessler.
With a tournament record of 2-1, Froch earned two points for the win for a total of four and will face Glen Johnson in the Semifinals. Johnson and Abraham are tied with three points but Johnson wins the judges’ scorecard tiebreak to grab the third seed. That leaves Abraham in fourth and a Semifinal date with tournament point leader Andre Ward. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) moved up to flyweight on Saturday night, scoring an eighth round TKO over former champ Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-7-1, 13 KOs) on a non-title clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. It was an all out war early as both traded shots. Vargas was bloody mess by the seventh round as Segura’s shots took their toll. The bout was stopped on the advice of the ring doctor at the beginning of round eight. For more details and photos click here…
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Photos by Laura de la Torre
WBA super middleweight championship Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Although Ward already had a pass into the Super Six semi-finals, he chose to face the rugged Bika to his credit. As always with Bika, it was a tough, physical fight. Ward, however, showed his class in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 118-110. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over interim champ Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katsidis sought to draw Marquez into a brawl and Marquez accommodated him. Katsidis dropped Marquez in round three with a left hook to the chin. Marquez, however, recovered and for the most part was in control of an action packed bout before it was waved off at 2:14 of round nine by referee Kenny Bayless.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) annihilated Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) in the first round. After a cracking right hand floored Hernandez, referee Russell Mora waved it off. Time was 2:07
In a junior lightweight bout, highly regarded WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) lost a ten round split decision to Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) over ten good rounds. A 13-1 underdog, Litzau won 97-93 96-94 on two cards, while Caballero prevailed 96-94 on the third card. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a highly anticipated showdown, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) in the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Fightnews had it 118-110 for Froch, who regained the WBC 168lb belt for the second time. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
“People want to see excitement, they like big knockouts,” Promoter Lou DiBella told the press at a luncheon held for his fighter Sergio Martinez, today in Las Vegas’ MGM. “Particularly if you’re capable of knocking out the best in the world. That’s what Sergio Martinez delivers – excitement.” Fresh off his stunning KO win of Paul Williams last week in Atlantic City, Team Martinez says Sergio is ready to fight the best. “I’m hoping someone is going to stand up and realize [fighting Sergio Martinez] is an opportunity,” said DiBella.
“My life changed professionally, but not personally [since the Williams knockout], I continue to be the same guy,” Martinez said. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday on today’s presser.
Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over Attila Levin (34-4, 27 KOs). Attila was very strong at the start, but in the second round Helenius floored him with a hard right hand. A still wobbly Levin then tried to trade punches with Helenius but was quickly cornered and battered, prompting a referee’s stoppage at 1:20. Very exciting fight while it lasted. The EBU-EU and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight belts were on the line.
In a clash for the EBU-EU light welterweight title, Ville Piispanen (15-1-3, 6 KOs) and Daniel Rasilla 18-3-1, 5 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 113-115, 115-113 and 114-114. Piispanen won the early rounds and was much faster. Rasilla came on late after Piispanen slowed down to take the later rounds. Fightnews scored it for Piispanen 116-112.
Artur Hein TKO3 Sam Couzens (light heavyweight)
Jussi Koivula W8 Nino Cruz (welterweight)
80-72, 80-72 and 80-72
Niko Jokinen vs Jorge Silva (super middleweight)
80-73, 80-72 and 78-75
Edis Tatli TKO6 Asan Yuseinov (lightweight)
Eva Wahlstrom W6 Nacera Bagdad (super feather)
(60-54, 59-55 and 60-54)
By Ron Jackson
Herbert “The Hawk” Hlubi a former Transvaal and South African light heavyweight champion who fought from 1955 to 1971 passed away in Alexander near Johannesburg recently. Hlubi who had a reported record of 29-14-1; 16 made his pro debut in 1955 and won the Transvaal middleweight title when he outpointed Ariel Xaba over ten rounds and captured the vacant South African light heavyweight title in December 1961 when he beat Victor Lekaye in Cape Town. (more…)
Unbeatean OPI 2000 welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello beat Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KOs) with a body shot to the liver in the second round last night in Pavia, Italy. Moscatiello, the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, is now 10-0, 9 KOs.
The action is heating up a cold Helsinki! It’s been a busy week for Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham as they prepare to face off. Who will emerge as the winner? Watch it all go down tonight at 9:00pm ET on Showtime.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino Caballero could lose his title in the ring tonight in Las Vegas against Jason Litzau. Although it has been reported that Caballero requested WBA approval to enter the ring as world champion, if Caballero wins the fight he will be placed in the WBA super featherweight rankings.
The Fightnews.com crew sends out congrats to fellow writer Francisco Salazar, who tied the knot last weekend. Francisco and Blanca Salazar were married last Saturday at the Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, Calif. The couple has been together for five and a half years and will live in Camarillo. Francisco has been covering the California boxing scene for FightNews over the past ten years. He also teaches U.S. history and economics at the Channel Islands High School in Oxnard. Blanca is a personal banker with plans to finish her Master’s in sociology.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
It’s not often that fights come along as intriguing as the one between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham on SHOWTIME tonight. The network’s Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament has had its setbacks, but a fight such as Froch-Abraham makes it all worthwhile. The betting odds have hardly changed. Abraham opened at around -160 and that is where he has remained apart from minor fluctuations. The over/under of 11.5 rounds at essentially even money indicates that the oddsmakers see this as a long, likely full-distance, fight.
What is so appealing about this 168-pound championship fight is that a strong case can be made for either man to win. This is when boxing is at its best, when two elite fighters meet with a strong element of doubt over the outcome. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Juan Alberto Godoy (25-12-1, 10 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso kept Godoy off balance in all the rounds as he connected with solid left jabs and power right crosses and did not allow Argentinean 147 pounder an opportunity to launch an attack. Omotoso dropped Godoy with a hard right hand to the jaw in round four and referee Tony Maretta crowned Omotoso at 2:51. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Laura de la Torre
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Contender Sakio Bika both landed on the exact 168-pound weight mark on Friday, one day before their world title clash on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Oakland’s Ward will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship against world-ranked contender Bika, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who has already secured a berth in the Semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be making the second defense of his 168-pound title. The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and tournament points-leader will face the tough Bika, (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon. (more…)
Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Giovani Segura 113 vs Manuel Vargas 112
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Ricardo Dominguez 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Daniel Sandoval 134 vs Armando Robles 134
David Gaspar 116 vs Jose Carlos Vargas 116.5
Raul Hirales 122 vs Adan Ozuna 122
Adrian Young 130 vs Ivan Mendoza 132
Venue: Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico
TV: FSE, TV Azteca
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez-Katsidis, Berto-Hernandez and Caballero-Litzau weigh in, plus undercard shots. Photos by Chris Cozzone: Click here to view
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz
WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder Andrzej Fonfara (15-2-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Anthony Doughty (9-2-0, 8 KOs) in the first round this past Friday in the main event of the “Windy City Fight Night 13” card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the co-main event, undefeated jr welterweight Ivan “El Marro” Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an unanimous decision over Martin Tucker (7-7-0, 3 KOs) of the junior welterweight division. (more…)
By Bob Hough at the scale
Photos: Laura De la Torre
Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at 168 lbs for his title defense against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live on SHOWTIME championship boxing (9PM ET/PT) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Bika scaled in at 168.
Andre Ward: I feel like I’m ready for a fight.
Regarding the result of Abraham-Froch earlier that night
I don’t care if someone tells me [the result] or not. I’m locked in on Bika.
Sakio Bika: He was a little bigger than I expected and I’m just trying to handle my business.
By Anthony Springer at the scale
Juan Manuel Marquez 134 vs Michael Katsidis 135
(WBA/WBO lightweight championship)
Andre Berto 145 vs Freddy Hernandez 147
(WBC welterweight championship)
Celestino Caballero 131.5 vs Jason Litzau 130
**Caballero was heavy and must lose 1.5 lbs.
Nate Campbell 139 vs. Walter Estrada 136
Erislandy Lara 154 vs. Tim Connors 154
Keith Thurman 149 vs. Favio Medina 149
Bastie Samir 163 vs. Billy Cunningham 162
Michael Finney 146 vs. Clayvonne Howard 141
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
European welterweight Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout over previously unbeaten Roberto Belge (25-1-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. Hatton, rated #7 by the WBA, put Belge down for the count with a left hook to the body. Time was 1:32.
Unbeaten middleweight Martin Murray (21-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round stoppage against Carlos Nascimento (25-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International super middleweight title.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Scott Quigg (21-0, 14 KOs) cruised to a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Kodjo Sassou (29-15-4, 7 KOs). Sassou was down in round seven.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Friday is the last day of the 89th annaul WBA convention in Managua, Nicaragua, and today’s session dealt initially a joint alk by WNA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Miguel Prado. Each took turns addressing various points concerning the administration of boxing business and business models. In the case of WBA business, everything from the responsibilities of the fight supervisors, to adapting a business model for the WBA and applying marketing strategies was assessed.
Jose Oliver Gomez delivered the summation of the ratings meeting that occurred earlier in the week. No new promoters had any new ratings movements for which to lobby or address, so the ratings report was approved and ratified. It was also added that the WBA will work to improve the timliness with which their rating will appear on their website, with January 2011 as a target for these improvements to take place.
Mandatories were then discussed with much buzz concerning certain weight classes and chanpions. The following are notes in each weight class from heavyweight on down to minimumweight:
Mandatory challenger is currently Ruslan Chagaev with the defense due by 4/3/11. However, with the ongoing controversy over Chagaev’s hepatitus B+ status, the WBA’s medical advisory chair Dr. Calvin Inal-Singh indicated that even if Chagaev’s positive level was 1:1,000,000, he would advise against approving Chagaev to challnge for the WBA title, let alone fight anyone in the ring. Mendoza Jr. initially stated that it is up to champion David Haye to make the request for testing on his challenger. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a replay of today’s big double world championship card in Nagoya, Japan on Saturday (Nov 27) at 10PM ET/7PM PT. The webcast is not available in Mexico, Japan, and Germany.
Los Angeles, CA: Julio César Chávez, Jr. will meet fans and sign autographs today at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles (722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT.
Oakland, CA: The official weigh-in for Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika will take place at 2PM PT today at the Oakland Airport Hilton. It is open to the public.
Las Vegas, NV: The official weigh-in for Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis will take place at 2:30PM PT today in the MGM Grand Main Lobby. It is open to the public.
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight Saturday (Nov. 27) on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland.
Heavyweights Robert Helenius and Attila Levin weigh in for their EU heavyweight/WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title clash.
Photos and story by Jesse Kelley
“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) promises fans will see him at his best for Saturday nights HBO triple header bout against 34 year old former world champion Celestino Caballero 34-2, 23 KOs). Litzau, 27, of Saint Paul, MN will be a live underdog going into the bout, having won four consecutive fights including a technical decision over Rocky Juarez since being stopped by Robert Guerrero in 2008. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as he jumped up two divisions and defeated previously unbeaten WBC top-ranked Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (117-110 twice and 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan,
Hasegawa sometimes overcame tough moments and remained aggressive, steadily piling up points to show his superiority in ring experience and counterpunching. Burgos, however, finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Mexican ex-champ Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order at the convention. (more…)
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