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By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Unbeaten Amir Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Epifanio Mendoza (32-13-1, 28 KOs) after Mendoza’s corner threw in the towel at 1:17 of the sixth round of the scheduled ten round heavyweight bout, after Mansour landed a barrage of unanswered power shots with Mendoza trapped on the ropes. Mansour added the vacant WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title to his growing collection with the win, which took place at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware.
Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 kOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Angel Rios (9-8) in a junior welterweight bout. Scores were 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56. (more…)
By Robert Hough
There was no Thanksgiving dinner with the family for Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), who’s away from his wife and three children while training for his December 17th fight against Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), but he was like a kid on Christmas morning earlier this month when he opened a box with the shoes he’ll wear in the ring against the Englishman.
Ward, who has enough footwear to fill a small shoe store, was thrilled when he first saw the Everlast red-white-and-blue footwear he’ll wear in Atlantic City, NJ.
“I came in representing my country strong against Kessler and we’re going to go out there the same way,” he said about three weeks before the Super Six final, which will be shown live on Showtime. “I’m an American and I’m proud of my country. Wearing the red, white and blue is not for show; it’s an honor to do it. I’m sure Carl Froch feels the same way about England and I respect him for that. We’ll be representing our countries with a lot of pride and determination.” (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth Mitchell will join fellow MSU fans and alumni this Saturday at the Capitol Lounge (231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) in Washington, D. C. to watch the Spartans face the Wisconsin Badgers in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Mitchell will be available to sign autographs and meet fans prior to the game from 7p to 8p ET. Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) fights hard-hitting Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs) on the December 10th “Capital Showdown” card in the co-featured bout to the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson super lightweight championship contest.
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The stage is set for tomorrow night’s showdown between Bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-1, 22 KOs). Both fighters tipped the scales earlier today at the weigh- in held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. First to step on the scale was the challenger Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko as he weighed in at 117.25 lbs. The champ Abner Mares would follow and he registered 117 lbs.
“I feel great making weight just expect a great fight from me I am going to win,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “The weight is good expect a very impressive fight from me tomorrow” Abeko told Fightnews. (more…)
Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s TUF Finale card on SPIKE TV:
Michael Bisping 186.25* vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller 185.5
* Bisping has two hours to make 186.
Dennis Bermudez 146 vs. Diego Brandao 145
John Dodson 134 vs. T.J. Dillashaw 135.5
Yves Edwards 155 vs. Tony Ferguson 155.5
Johnny Bedford 136 vs. Louis Gaudinot 136
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Marcus Brimage 143 vs. Stephan Bass 145
John Albert 136 vs. Dustin Pague 136
Roland Delorme 136 vs. Josh Ferguson 134
Josh Clopton 144 vs. Steven Siler 146
Bryan Caraway 145 vs. Dustin Neace 145.5
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By Rocco Morales
During Friday’s kickoff press conference for the New Year’s Eve double title card featuring Tavoris Cloud vs. Zsolt Erdei and Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, promoter Don King dropped a bombshell by revealing that Erdei is apparently off the card. “I understand that the Hungarian (Erdei) has decided that he is not going to fight. Whether that is true or not, we are going to find out. Fighters sometimes come up with a ploy or scheme to extract themselves from a devastating beating.”
“Showtime (television) is not a quitter and we’re looking forward to finding someone to step into the ring in the next 30 days against Tavoris Cloud in the event that Erdei continues in the charade of claiming he is hurt. We’re going to find someone to replace Erdei in the event that he doesn’t make it and we’re going to have a great card from the little men (Ramos vs. Rigondeaux) to the big men (Cloud)” concluded King.
Tavoris Cloud was not on hand for the press conference but Ramos and Rigondeaux were on hand, as were promoters Don King and Dan Goossen. Also absent from the press conference was Rigondeaux promoter, Bob Arum, who is in New York City for Cotto-Margarito.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron and Pepe Rodriguez
WBC featherweight world title:
Jhonny Gonzalez 126 vs. Roinet Caballero 126
WBC Silver Lightweight title:
Alejandro Sanabria 135 vs. Vinvin Rufino 133.5
Marcos Reyes 160 vs. Mauro Lucero 158.75
Juan Hernandez 108 vs. Gonzalo Garcia 107.5
Irma Garcia 126 vs. Nazly Maldonado 126
Jose Lopez 147 vs. Johnny Navarrete 147
Mauricio Pintor 135 vs. Abdiel Ramiez 134
Sergio Torres 126 vs. Christopher Perez 126
Edgar Monarrez 118 vs. Martin Casilla 118
Martin Tecuapetla 112 vs. Jorge Amador 111.5
Venue: Centro Banamex-Mexico City
Promoter: Proociones del Pueblo. Grupo Modelo, Comex and WBC
TV: Televisa and ESPN
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By Karl Freitag
Longtime WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round draw against unbeaten Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Sturm again demonstrated his boxing skills in defending his title for the eleventh time in his third title reign. Murray had his best round in round eight when he rocked Sturm, but the champion recovered by the end of the round. Sturm closed the fight with a strong final round. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 Murray and 114-114.
On the undercard, middleweight Florian Wildenhof (12-1, 3 KOs) upset KO artist Mike Keta (10-2, 9 KOs), taking a close six round unanimous decision.
Weights by Ricardo Trujillo
From the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces for tomorrow night’s “Championship Thunder” card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment:
David Rodriguez 253 vs. Byron Polley 251.8
Antonio Escalante 131.4 vs. Rynell Griffin 132
Jennifer Han 129.8 vs. Nohime Dennison 127.2
Joel Garcia 113.8 vs. Rafael Rivera 114.8
Carlos Villa 144.6 vs. Omar Quevado n/a
Bruno Escalante 114.6 vs. Aaron Fernandez 114.6
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By Mike Bernier at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto scaled in at 152.25 for Saturday’s grudge showdown against Antonio Margarito at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Margarito weighed 152.5.
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios weighed in 136.4 at for his defense against John Murray. Murray weighed 134.75. Rios stripped down and reweighed at 135.6. He had two hours to get to 135, but was unsuccessful.
Welterweights Mike Jones (146) and Sebastian Lujan (146) made weight for their IBF eliminator for #1 and mandatory challenger status.
Super welter contenders Pawel Wolak (153.5) and Delvin Rodriguez (153) made weight for their hotly anticipated rematch.
Mike Lee 177 vs. Allen Medina 174.25
Glen Tapia 153.25 vs. Mike Ruiz 153.5
Sean Monaghan 176 vs. Santos Martinez 175.5
Braulio Santos 126 vs. Tommy Garcia 125.25
Lawton Halsey 145.25 vs. Samuel Figueroa 145
Felipe Castaneda 115.25 vs. Hanzel Martinez 115.5
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Catherine Watkinson
Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KOs) faced the media for the first time following his TKO loss to WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia on Wednesday night. Green said he would not be rushing into a decision on his boxing future and that he was just going to relax, ‘chill out’ and be a normal person and a normal dad again. He was proud of the way he fought against Wlodarczyk. For more details and photos click here…
Former three-time world champion in two weight divisions, “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6, 24 KOs) is looking to get himself back into a world championship opportunity. The former WBA champion in two different weight classes is not impressed with the current group of young title holders in the junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. “I tell you sitting back watching some of these fights on TV with the commentators blowing up the reputation of some of these champions is not easy. I hope one of the champs in my weight class is willing to give me a chance. I am willing to put up my experience against their youth any day,” says Rivera. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at the scale
Alexander Povetkin 227.7 vs. Cedric Boswell 228.8
(WBA Heavyweight Title)
Robert Helenius 239.4 vs. Dereck Chisora 243.1
(EBU Heavyweight Title)
Jack Culcay 156.5 vs. Giammario Grassellini 155.6
Edis Tatli 136 vs. Pasquale Di Silvio 136
Cecilia Braekhus 146.4 vs. Kuulei Kupihea 145.9
Jussi Koivula 147.3 vs. Jose Del Rio 147.3
Jarno Rosberg 237.6 vs. Manuel Alberto Pucheta 234.8
Edmund Gerber 213.7 vs. Marcus Mcgee 230.4
Erik Skoglund 174.2 vs. Amine Belali 180.1
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Sauerland Event
By Jose Santiago
Paul Delgado 152 vs. Ruben Galvin 152
Tyrese Hendrix 143.5 vs. Chris Gray 144 (second attempt)
John Trigg 139 vs. Jared Robinson 141
Rommel Rene 209 vs. Harvey Jolly (weighs in later)
Clint Hester 199 vs. Tobias Rice 198
Larry Depeyster 163 vs. Clarence Joseph 163
D’quan Morgan 181 vs. Tracey Johnson 186
Jesus Tevara 152 vs. Henra Chenault 155
Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Promoter: Sports Fan Properties, Shea Bailey Promotions and Delgado Boxing Promotions
Story by Andreas Hale
As the number one pick for Michael Bisping on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Diego Brandao had a lot to live up to. But rather than wilt under the pressure, the Brazilian featherweight met the challenge with open arms and demolished every opponent put in front of him en route to the finale where he will face Dennis Bermudez at The Palms in Las Vegas on December 3rd. (more…)
Some people say that the world will end before unbeaten David Rodriguez gets to fight for a world title. Rodriguez just might agree, though for different reasons.
Instead of fielding questions about opponents, knockouts, the Klitchskos and the Arreolas of the world, the cerebral bruiser from El Paso would rather chat about things not of this world. Like aliens and YouTube videos showing strange lights over Southwest cities . . . Click here for more
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By Francisco Salazar
The word “character” means a lot to most people. It shows through spoken words and through the actions of people. Unbeaten bantamweight Abner Mares has shown character that few people in the boxing industry expected him to do. He won a close unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko in a fight almost five months ago that was marred by controversy and not the actual toe-to-toe combinations that both fighters landed. He did not have to give the former two-time world title holder a rematch from that night and could have sought other boxers to fight in the 118-pound weight class.
Instead, Mares is giving a rematch to Agbeko, something other fighters may not have done if they were in the same shoes as the popular Mexican fighter. Then again, Mares is not just another fighter and the character that he has wants to show that he can beat Agbeko again without the controversy. “I just want to show that I don’t duck anyone, including Agbeko,” said Mares. (more…)
Cotto-Margarito Undercard: Rios-Murray gets intense; Wolak-Rodriguez ready for war; Jones in PPV spotlight against Lujan
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
At Thursday afternoon’s final press conference at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum informed the media that Saturday night’s card is completely sold out. A total of 10 bouts are scheduled. “There is talk so often that boxing is dying and boxing is dead. That talk is crazy. Boxing has never ever been stronger than it is now. Don’t tell me that boxing is dead, boxing is not dead. Boxing is very strong. What people want to see are good fights, they want excitement, they want entertainment and boxing is providing it. The future of the sport is very strong,” said Arum.
In a 12 round WBA lightweight title co-feature, undefeated Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) will put his title on the line against England’s John Murray (31-1, 18 KOs). This will be the first time both fighters have fought in NY. “We’ve had Brandon Rios on our radar for a few years. I’ve watch him a lot. I like his style, he’s fun to watch, he’s very aggressive, a come forward fighter; very similar to myself. I’m in tremendous shape. It’s going to be one hell of a fight,” said Murray.
Rios turned to Murray on stage and looked him right in the face and said, “If you don’t come prepared, it’s going to be an early night for you. If you do come prepared it’s still going to be an early night for you to. I’m going to show this guy why I’m the best at 135 and why I’m #1. There is nobody out there at 135 that can give me a challenge. This guy thinks I’m overlooking him, f*ck that! He doesn’t know what the f*ck is going on in my brain. He’s not in my head. So he doesn’t know what’s going on. So if he thinks I’m underestimating him, be ready Dec 3rd Saturday night, your ass is going down! The Puerto Rican fans and Mexican fans are going to be on my side. There is no way in hell I’m going to let you take my belt back home, that shit is staying here with me, I earned it and that’s mine baby.” (more…)
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