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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…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Colombian Carlos Tamara is eyeing a follow-up of his Philippine conquest when he meets undefeated Filipino prospect Milan Melindo Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. The 27-year-old Tamara (21-5, 15 knockouts) is the same fighter who scored a dramatic 12th round come-from-behind TKO win over Hawaiian Brian Viloria in their IBF world light flyweight title fight last January at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
A popular fighter in his country, the Greece Olympics veteran Tamara was given a hero’s welcome in Colombia where his conquest of Viloria was rewarded with a house and lot by no less than then Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez. When Tamara lost the crown in his first title defense to Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina, the Colombian decided to stay in his training camp in New Jersey and vowed to come back home only when he wins another world crown. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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 tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland. Abraham weighed 167.2 pounds; Froch 166.76 …
Referee: Frank Garza (Lincoln Park, Mich.). Judges: Judges: Burt Clements (Reno, Nev.), Max DeLuca (Villa Park, Calif.), Oren Shellenberger (Dallas, Tex.).
The 12-round fight will be the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC 168-pound championship. In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall will fight Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title in the main event of The Heavyweight Factory’s “Backyard Brawl” card on Tuesday, December 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. McCall, at 45, continues to turn back time in boxing in his quest to become the oldest heavyweight champion in the sport. His inspiration is former two-time world champion and 1968 Olympic gold medalist George Foreman who won a world title at age 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer, then 26, to reclaim the title he had held 20 years earlier. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
In a moving ceremony at the athletic hall of Universidad de Managua, WBA President Francisco Gilberto Mendoza was conferred a honorary Doctorate of Humanities on Thursday evening. Dr. Mendoza was honored for his many humanitarian efforts both in and out of boxing, most notably the WBA’s KO Drugs tournaments which raise money around the world in an effort to knockout drug abuse among youth.
By Joe Koizumi
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 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. But Burgos finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order. (More to come)
Now former WBC super featherweight titleholder Vitali Tajbert has commented on losing his title to Takahiro Aoh today in Nagoya, Japan.
“This was the first knockdown of my career,” said Tajbert. “That didn’t impress me or rattle me. Worse was that I injured my right hand with a punch in the second round. I definitely want a rematch. With two hands I would have defeated Aoh. Aoh brought a lot of pressure, so it was difficult to defeat him with only one hand. I hope he is fair and gives me a rematch. When he was still in the ring he said that he didn’t feel like a champion.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan.
It was Aoh’s career-best performance as he maintained the initiative all the way against Tajbert’s occasional retaliation with his trademark left hooks. For Aoh, it was his second coronation, following his reign in the feather division. (More to come)
On Saturday November 27, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in Civitavecchia, Italy. In the main event, Italian veteran and former WBA light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (60-10-2, 37 KOs) will defend his WBC International champion against Italian Vincenzo Rossitto (39-6-2, 23 KOs). In the co-main event Emiliano Marsili (21-0-1, 8 KOs) will defend is Italian lightweight against Pasquale Di Silvio (12-2, 5 KOs). On the undercard former European champion Gianluca Branco (43-3-1, 22 KOs), cruiserweight prospect Mirko Larghetti (9-0, 6 KOs) and super featherweight Nicola Cipolletta (3-0, 2 KOs) see action. Italian network Rai Sport 1 will broadcast Branco Vs Rossitto and Marsili Vs Di Silvio live starting at 10 pm. For more info and tickets go to OPI 2000’s new website www.opi2000.com.
Tonight another OPI fighter will see action: welterweight prospect Antonio Moscatiello (9-0, 8 KOs – nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni) will fight Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder in Pavia, Italy.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by K2 Promotion Ukraine
Russian light middleweight star Zaurbek Baysangurov (24-1, 18 KOs) on December 4th will fight against Colombian power puncher Richard Gutierrez (26-4-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBO light middleweight title at Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine. On Thursday in Kiev, Ukraine, a press conference took place with Zaurbek Baysangurov, general director K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krassyuk, promoter and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. (more…)
Photos: Zeferino Promotions
In a move that is sure to shake up the heavyweight division in the United States, undefeated American heavyweight prospect David “Nino” Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KO’s) signed a promotional agreement with Zeferino Entertainment at a press conference in his home town of El Paso yesterday. The Mexican American bomber is widely seen as one of the most exciting, and marketable prospects in the division, but his career has been plagued with inactivity recently, with only six fights in the last two and a half years (all in Mexico). However, Rodriguez still possesses the most impressive record of any American heavyweight, and looks poised to move into the world rankings. This signing, coupled with Rodriguez kicking off his own promotional company, promises to revitalize his career and the heavyweight division. (more…)
Photo by Michael Lopez
World ranked and unbeaten Milan Melindo (22-0, 7 KOs) of the Philippines and former IBF light flyweight world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia both weighed in at the flyweight limit of 112 pounds. The two meet this Saturday in a locally highly anticipated 10-round flyweight bout. The site of the fight will be the Waterfront Hotel Casino in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines with ALA boxing Promotions promoting.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
On a beautiful breezy night at the Pharaos Casino in Managua, Nicaragua, a nine-fight card was presented by Prodesa promotions of Nicaragua as part of the 89th WBA convention. Several regional WBA titles were up for grabs on the outdoor card, seven to be exact. Headlining the show was former WBC interim Strawweight champ Juan Palacios of Nicaragua, along with featured bouts involving WBA Lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela in a non-title affair and fast rising welter prospect Brad “King” Solomon in a WBA International title go. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotion
Zanfer Promotions has announced details on their big December 18 show featuring three-division champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce (55-6-2, 42 KOs) against former flyweight champion Medgoen Singsurat (70-6, 48 KOs), best known for his third round KO of Manny Pacquiao in 1999. Arce, who has won belts at 108lbs, 112lbs and 115lbs, is hoping to land at shot at WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. The event will take place in beautiful Campeche, Mexico with “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (23-3-2, 11 KOs) and “Son of the Legend” Omar “Businessman” Chavez (24-0-2, 17 KOs) also seeing action. Chávez will take on Luciano Cuello (26-2, 12 KOs), a former opponent of his brother Julio César Chavez Jr.
“I want to convince you that I’m ready to fight for another world championship in a different category,” promised Arce. “I am training at the Kochules Gym in Los Mochis and I will be well prepared.”
He promised a spectacular show and blood.
By Joe Koizumi
A WBC world title doubleheader will take place today at the Nihon Gaishi Hall (previously called Rainbow Hall), Nagoya, Japan. Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) will make an adventurous attempt to fight in a quest for the vacant WBA feather belt—in his comebacking bout—by disputing it against unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) over twelve frames. Hasegawa recklessly jumps two classes at once from the 118-pound category even though he had a severe weight problem through his ten consecutive defenses prior to his shocking forfeiture of the WBC belt at the hand of Fernando Montiel this April. The Japanese hero then suffered a broken jaw and had to wait for this bout for seven months. Both Hasegawa and Burgos, seven years his junior at 22, on Thursday tipped the beam at 125.75, just a quarter pound lighter than the feather limit.
The officials are as follows: referee Roberto Ramirez Diaz (a son of the well-reputed veteran father of Puerto Rico); judges Hubert Minn (Hawaii, US), Duane Ford (Nevada, US) and Joel Scobie (Canada); supervisor Michael George (US).
Another title bout will be shown in the same bill, as WBC super-feather ruler Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs), from Germany, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBC feather kingpin Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs), a Japanese southpaw as well as six-time national amateur champ before turning professional. It might be ironic that Aoh lost his WBC belt to Elio Rojas, Dominican Republic, in his initial defense, and Rojas recently became so physically unavailable that Hasegawa thus fights for the vacant throne relinquished by Rojas (who has become WBC champion in recess). Tajbert, two years his senior at 28, scaled in at 129.5, while Aoh at the 130-pound limit.
The officials are as follows: referee Bruce McTavish (New Zealand); judges Duane Ford (US), Jaebong Kim (Korea) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Edward Thangarajah (Thailand). (more…)
Photos by Laura De La Torre/ Goossen Tutor Promotions
World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward has a lot to be thankful for as he gets ready to defend his title against contender Sakio Bika on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Sure, he’s considered one of the top-10 pound-for-pound boxers in world. And, yes, he’s and Olympic Gold Medalist and the tournament points leader in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. But what is Ward truly thankful for? For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Thursday’s session of the WBA’s 89th annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua opened with the annual treasury report from WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento. Revenue gains and deficits from sanctioning fees, membership fees, convention registration fees, etc. were reviewed. One issue concerning international boxing commissions paying WBA membership fees is that the U.S.A. has a law disallowing boxing commission membership to sanctioning organizations. This causes a severe impact as the U.S.A. Is the biggest market for boxing. Most other countries do not have such laws in place and are allowed to have their boxing commissions be members of sanctioning organizations. For more details and photos click here…
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