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Video: Kurt Freitag
Manny Pacquiao chats with reporters during “media day” at the Wild Card Gym.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. is starting to find out more about himself as a fighter with each passing bout. Based on his most performances, that is great news for him and bad news for the rest of the division.
Russell dominated Guadalupe DeLeon throughout six rounds, winning a one-sided unanimous decision before a near-sellout crowd at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA . . . Click here for more
From the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo in Chihuahua, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “El Duelo Continua” promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
For the WBC Silver superflyweight title:
Oscar Ibarra 115 vs. Sonny Boy Jaro 115
For the WBC International super flyweight title:
Victor Zaleta 115 vs.Loui Bantigue 115
For the WBC International super featherweight title:
Mickey Roman 130 vs. Joan De Guia 130
Marco Reyes 155 vs. Martin Avila 155
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In a clash of former WBO light heavyweight title challengers, WBO #13 rated Dmitri Sukhotsky (16-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over #9 rated Alexksy Kuziemski (19-2, 4 KOs) on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia. The bout was waved off due to a heavy accumulation of punches. Sukhotsky won the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on November 12th with an eight round main event featuring popular junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (27-3, 15 KOs) against Sergio “Pollero” Rivera (25-5-2, 16 KOs).Also featured on this action-packed six bout card will be Southern California standouts Efrain Esquivias (10-0, 6 KOs) and Artemio Reyes (7-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $30, call 714-935-0900.
Recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (34-4) and Australian Pierre Karam (18-3-1) are officially set for their ten-round WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title fight today at Ghostrider’s Entertainment Complex in Butler, Pennsylvania. Karam replaces Minto’s original opponent Cory Phelps. This will mark Minto’s second fight in the cruiserweight division. (more…)
Rising middleweight star Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (21-0, 15 KO’s) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose name became synonymous with the New York fight scene after his relocation to the Big Apple, the 27-year-old fighter adopted his “Kid Chocolate” nickname in tribute to the great Sardinias as well as his Cuban father and heritage. Now training in Los Angeles with the renowned Freddie Roach, Quillin’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.
On November 12th in Wieliczka, Poland, Polish up-and-coming light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (13-0, 4 KOs) will clash against former Czech amateur star Tomas Adamek (16-3-1, 6 KOs) for the interim WBC Baltic belt in the main attraction of the night. The event advertised as the “Underground Boxing Show” will take place in a salt mine 128 meters (420 feet) underground. It will be the second time in boxing history that a show is put on in such circumstances. The unique boxing show will be hosted by Babilon Promotions. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Evander Holyfield is set again to take on Sherman Williams at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit on Thursday, December 9. Having been twice postponed, tickets will now go on sale tomorrow, October 30th at 10 AM for the new date. Holyfield will be making a donation from every ticket sold to Forgotten Harvest an organization that aids local Detroit area folks who have fallen on hard times. (more…)
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion the “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii is set to step back into the ring and face Liempetch Sor Veerapol (19-7-1, 12 KOs) of Thailand on Friday, November 5th at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Viloria is making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight. In his last outing Viloria defeated Omar “Lobito” Soto (19-7-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico via split decision this past July at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by David Finger
The final day of the WBO’s 23rd annual convention in Cartagena, Colombia concluded yesterday with the closing dinner and awards ceremony. With most of the scheduled events concluding the previous day, delegates were allowed to explore the historic city of Cartagena for much of the day. The highlight of the evening affair was the awards ceremony in which numerous WBO fighters, promoters, and others received special awards from the WBO. Most notably, former WBO light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski (48-2, 38 KOs) received a super championship belt to commemorate his impressive, and dominant, reign as WBO champion from 1994-2003. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Photo Wende
Sebastian Sylvester 159.8 vs. Mahir Oral 159.8
(IBF middleweight championship)
Cecilia Braekhus 146.6 vs. Mikaela Lauren 144.8
(WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight championship)
Kubrat Pulev 246.9 vs. Dominick Guinn 230.8
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events
Video: Kurt Freitag
Normally few reporters pay attention while waiting for fighters to have their hands wrapped. However, that wasn’t the case Thursday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California, when “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito got his hands wrapped by trainer Robert Garcia. Every moment was closely scrutinized by the media.
Immediately following his Friday workout, Manny Pacquiao will board a private plane with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and head to Las Vegas to formally endorse U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) at a “Get Out the Early Vote” rally at Orr Middle School (1562 East Katie Ave., Las Vegas, Nev.) Doors open at 6 p.m. PT with the rally scheduled to begin between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. PT. Top Rank will stream the proceedings live at www.Toprank.com/TRLiveStream
With just eight days to go until his first appearance in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) is ahead of schedule in his preparations, as he gets himself ready for his first super middleweight bout in over a decade. Just this past Wednesday, Johnson tipped the scaled at 171 lbs., a mere three pounds shy of the 168 lbs. super middleweight limit.
On November 6, Johnson takes on Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-2, 20 KOs) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the third round of Super Six. Both men enter the contest with 0 points, Green having lost to Andre Ward in the second round, and Johnson stepping into the tournament for an injured Mikkel Kessler. A spot in the semifinals looms for the winner, however. (more…)
Former University of Miami star running back Quadrine Hill got back in the win column with a unanimous four round decision over game Javier Diaz Thursday night, before another standing room only sold out crowd at Roy Englebrecht Promotions Battle In The Ballroom show at the Irvine Marriott. Hill was in control from the start flooring Diaz in the first round with a short right to the head. Hill hurt Diaz several more times, but the Riverside fighter managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the fight. (more…)
On December 4th, Star Boxing returns to Bally’s in Atlantic City, when Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-2, 12 KOs) squares off against Ghana’s Ayi Bruce (16-3, 11 KOs) in a twelve round welterweight title fight for the IBA Championship. The 33-year-old southpaw Alvarez, is coming off a vicious 7th round knockout over Alexis Camacho in his last fight in March, also held in Atlantic City. A complete list of undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently on sale and are being priced at $75, and $50 with a few limited 1st Row VIP Packages also available.
Heavyweight Kevin Johnson returns for the first time since his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Kevin Johnson 245.2 vs. Charles Davis *
Michael Torres 141.4 vs. John Williams 139.6
Cordaro Simpkins 128.6 vs. Evgeny Gradovich 127.4
Jared Robinson 141.4 vs. Melchor Guillen Jr. 142.8
Danny Aquino 123.2 vs. Donald Sanders *
Yuniel Ramos 124.6 vs. Jonathan Hernandez 123.2
Daniel Yeboah 170 vs. Kevin Jordan 167.2
* Davis and Sanders will weigh in Friday morning
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Venue: Blake Hotel in Charlotte, NC
In a tripleheader, Mexican contenders Victor Zaleta, Oscar Ibarra and Miguel Roman will headline a Promociones del Pueblo in Chihuahua, Mexico on a card televised by Mexico Televisa from the Rodrigo Quevada Gymnasio. In the main event, Chihuahua’s Zaleta (16-1, 9 KOs) will fight Filipino Lowie Bantigue (17-13-7, 8 KOs), for the vacant WBC International bantamweight title. In the second feature bout, for the WBC Silver super flyweight title, Oscar “Cerviche” Ibarra (23-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, takes on Sonny Boy Jaro (31-8-5, 20 KOs), of the Philippines. In the third headliner, Juarez’s Miguel “Mickey” Roman (31-7, 23 KOs) will go ten rounds with Joan de Guia (11-11-4, 3 KOs), also from the Philippines.
By Ron Jackson
Johnny “Smiler” van Rensburg the fighter who always smiled in the ring and one of the best fighters to come out of South Africa in the late 1950’s passed away at the Flora Clinic in Roodepoort on Thursday night after a short illness. He was 78. Johnny has a unique place in South African boxing, being the only South African fighter to win two Empire titles, in the lightweight and welterweight divisions in the days when an Empire title was highly regarded in world terms. (more…)
The homage paid to World Boxing Council President Doctor Jose Sulaiman Chagnon by the Maronite Diocese of Mexico yesterday had a strong impact on Mexican society.
The event was held at the Lebanese Center of Mexico City, where Archbishop Georges Saad Abi Younes presented Dr. Sulaimán with the Honorary Decoration of Knight of Saint Gregory the Great in a solemn ceremony. Dr.Sulaimán, visibly moved, addressed the people in attendance, among whom were celebrities of the highest profile. (more…)
New promotional company, Southeast Boxing Promotions, will promote their first professional boxing show “Battle at the Beach” on November 20 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With a full card of ten bouts, which includes at least one female fight, the show will feature local talent. According to female Boxing Promoter, Jennifer MacKenna, “It will be an action-packed night for boxing fans. We have many local talented fighters on the card, we are excited to have them represent boxing in our area.” Tickets are priced starting at $25 and can be purchased by calling (843) 458-2032, or at the door. The fights start at 7 PM, with doors opening at 6 PM.
Universum Box-Promotion has won an EBU purse bid in Rome to stage a European heavyweight championship clash between Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) and Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs). Universum will announce the date and location of the fight shortly. Sosnowski gave up the title in May to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Dimitrenko won the vacant belt in July
Video: Ed Keenan/EMC
Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, trains and spars in Houston, TX on October 28 with trainer Ronnie Shields in preparation for his world title fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Margarito.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Middleweight Nelson Ramos, 5-1 (2 KOs), outboxed and out-slugged previously undefeated Tyrone Selders, 5-1 (5 KOs), over six action-packed rounds at the Houston Club in a rare matchup between cross-town prospects. After three evenly-contested rounds, Ramos, 24, turned buzzsaw in the fourth, bouncing Selders’ head around like a speed bag with two-fisted barrages. Rather than clinch or retreat, Selders, 27, gamely returned fire with both fists, but it was Ramos who was clearly getting the better of the exchanges. Despite being out-gunned, Selders continued to press the action, but Ramos made himself an elusive target by moving side to side and bobbing and weaving under incoming artillery. While Ramos fluidly rattled off combinations, he rarely allowed Selders to land more than one clean punch at a time. At the end of the day, it was Ramos’ superior ring generalship and trigger-happy punch output that won him the fight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Featherweight Gary Russell won a convincing six round unanimous decision over Guadalupe DeLeon at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. It was all Russell (13-0, 9 KOs) as he was too quick and strong with his punches. DeLeon (8-12, 4 KOs) attempted to fight Russell on the inside, but Russell just beat him to the punch. Russell hurt DeLeon at the end of the third round, but was not able to follow up. Although DeLeon was game, his face reddened throughout the fight due to the punches landed by Russell. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Russell. more + photos
Universum light heavyweight Alexksy Kuziemski (19-1, 4 KOs) weighed in at 173.2 lbs. for his showdown with Dmitri Sukhotsky (15-1, 10 KOs) on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sukhotsky scaled in at 173.9 lbs. The bout is for the WBO Intercontinental belt.
By Ron Jackson
Three Namibians who hold WBO Africa belts have been elevated to World Boxing Organization ratings. The ratings meeting was held during the 23rd WBO Convention in Cartagena, Colombia, recently. South African Andrew Smale, fourth vice-president on the WBO executive committee and the organization’s Africa representative, attended the convention. Smale reports that the Namibians who rose to WBO ratings are light-heavyweight Vikapita Meroro (No 5), welterweight Bethuel Uushona (No 7) and bantamweight Paulus Ambunda (No 4). (more…)
Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, celebrated his 48th birthday on Thursday with family and friends at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago. Pictured with Pesoli is former junior middleweight contender Freddie Cuevas along side the birthday cake from Chicago’s finest, Roeser’s Bakery. 8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998. The next 8 Count Productions event is the November 19th “Windy City Fight Night 13″ at UIC Pavilion.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito hits the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia during a packed media day at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood Thursday. Margarito takes on superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on pay per view. more photos
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