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By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis of African Ring in association with Golden Gloves Promotions presents a six bout bill at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on his annual “Christmas Cracker” box and dine tournament, on Wednesday night. Heading the bill in an eight round lightweight bout is the crowd pleasing Warren Joubert 18-2-3; 11 up against the durable Koos Sibiya 9-8-2; 1. The busy Joubert has remained unbeaten in four fights this year and should have the edge against Sibiya. (more…)
The Nordic Nightmare Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) has arrived in Helsinki. On December 3, he will clash with Dereck Chisora for the vacant European Heavyweight Title. Helenius, pictured with Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering, was greeted by numerous TV stations and photographers upon his arrival at Helsinki airport. Ever since knocking out three former world champions, he is a superstar in Finland.
WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin and challenger Cedric Boswell will arrive tomorrow. EPIX will broadcast the night of the heavyweights in the US.
WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin has commented on his win over Jo Jo Dan on Saturday night in Trabzon, Turkey, “I am happy that I could prove that I am the better man,” said Aydin. “My goal was to knock him out but he is a tough guy. He took a lot of punishment and kept on fighting back. You can’t force a knockout. If it doesn’t happen it just doesn’t happen. Still I dominated the fight and won clearly. Now I’m ready for the next step. I have been waiting for a long time to get my hands on the world championship. I have no problem coming to the United States to fight one of the big names. Whoever crosses my way will end up just like brave Jo Jo. Floyd Mayweather, Devon Alexander – stop hiding, come fight me!”
Dan had to spend the night at University hospital in Trabzon where he underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw on Sunday. It is suspected that he suffered the injury in round four and he toughed out the last eight rounds with a broken jaw.
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Trainer Vaughn Jackson has seen, from the very first day of training over six years ago, the potential in Mike Jones. Now Jones is just one step away from realizing that potential. If the Philadelphia welterweight can defeat two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan in a scheduled 12-round IBF eliminator on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, Jones is guaranteed a shot at the vacant IBF belt.
“We finally have a plan of attack for Mike,” said Jackson, also of Philadelphia. “This fight with Lujan will get us one step closer to a title. After we beat him, we’ll be happy to face Randall Bailey, who already has said that he’s eager to fight us for the title early next year. After that, we’ll be ready for anyone–Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz– you name them and we have a plan to beat them all.” (more…)
On December 3rd, four fighters will compete for two UFC contracts in the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter’s 14th season. Yet while the focus is primarily on the fighters at this time, being the coach of the winning competitor is also a prestigious honor, and over the past 14 seasons, UFC Hall of Famers, champions, and top contenders have held the reins for the hopefuls trying to fight their way into the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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In the 12 round main event Saturday night (#4 WBO, #5 WBA y #15 IBF) ranked and unbeaten welterweight Diego Chaves (20-0, 16 KOs) of Argentina spectacularly stopped countryman Jorge Miranda (44-13, 16 KOs) in round 3 at the patinódromo del Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, in Buenos Aires, Argentina to retain his WBO latino title.
WBO #12 and former middleweight title challener Javier Maciel (20-2, 13 KOs) of Argentina easily dispatched Néstor Faccio (15-4-2, 9 KOs) of Uruguay in less than one round in the co-feature. Maciel valiently dropped a competitive decision to current world champion Dmitry Pirog earlier this past March in Pirog’s native Russia. The event was promoted by Mario Margossian. more photos
Former three-division world champion Humberto Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Adailton De Jesus on Saturday night in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Soto dropped De Jesus at the end of round three and the bout was stopped 26 second into the fourth with Soto on the attack. He is now campaigning in the jr welterweight division.
In other action, 37-year-old former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) stopped Sammy Ventura (26-22, 20 KOs) in round two.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Lightweight Javier Garcia won a four round unanimous decision over Hugo Ramos before a boisterous crowd at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night. With his uncle, former world champion Robert Garcia, in his corner, Garcia (7-2-1, 6 KO’s) was able to land with straight right hands to the head of Ramos. Undaunted, Ramos, usually a brawler, countered Garcia with right hands to the head. However, Garcia was able to land with left hooks to the body of Ramos (3-10-2), who tired in the final round. However, Ramos could have the distinction of being the first fighter to take the hard-hitting Garcia the distance. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Garcia, with scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Garcia. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former world champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City. Good performance by Alvarez, who dropped Cintron with a right hand in round four and Cintron barely made it back to his corner after the bell. The bout was stopped by referee Hector Afu after more power shots in round five. Time was 2:53. Alvarez dominated the whole fight and the end of round number four, all three judges had the fight 40-35 on the cards.
In thrilling 154lb clash, unbeaten Gilberto Ramirez (20-0, 18 KOs) rose from the canvas to score a fifth round TKO over Samuel Miller (24-5, 21 KOs), in what was his third title defense of WBC youth world junior middleweight belt.
Former WBA super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 9 KOs) scored a brutal first round TKO over Edson Espinoza, who was dropped with a right to the chin and was unable to stand up. It was Ishida’s first fight since his shock first round KO of James Kirkland.
Unbeaten super flyweight (18-0-1, 10 KOs) Leo Santa Cruz won by TKO 3 over Jorge Romero. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a grudge rematch, multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (59-6-2, 45 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Angky Angkota (25-6, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO bantamweight title on Saturday in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce launched a brutal, sustained all-out attack on Angkota in round three, but Angkota somehow survived and left Arce largely punched out. Angkota staggered Arce in round eight and had “Travieso” hanging on. Arce caught a second wind in the eleventh round and both fighters landed hard shots in the final rounds. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.
With the win Arce becomes the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in five divisions (counting one interim title at 112lbs). The bout was a rematch of the six round technical decision won by Arce in January 2010 after Ankota was cut by an accidental headbutt.
Earlier, in an IBF super flyweight eliminator, former world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-6, 27 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over Zolani Tete (15-2, 13 KOs). Rosas was very aggressive and took the fight to Tete the entire twelve rounds, while Tete landed some good combinations when he wasn’t fending off Rosas’ punches. Rosas won by scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 113-113. Click here for more photos…
By Brian Grammer and Sean Tibbetts at ringside
Photos: Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In a night filled with devastating knockouts, none was no more valuable than Adrien Broner’s as he won his first world title, the WBO junior lightweight championship, Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Broner, who is now 20-0 with 18 KOs, drove WBO # 6 Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 18 KOs) between the ropes with a crushing left hook, with referee Frank Garza reaching the count of ten at 1:47 in the third round. (more…)
Photos: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto arrives with ‘Team Cotto’ in New York for his upcoming highly-anticipated world championship rematch against Antonio Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos…
By Brian Grammer and Sean Tibbetts at ringside
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) scored a devastating knockout victory over veteran Heriberto Ruiz (48-12-2, 30 KOs) at 2:12 in the first round on Saturday night an Cincinnati, Ohio. Russell, the southpaw 2008 Olympian, consistently found a home for his right hand over the top of Ruiz’ bodywork. Early in the round, Russell caught Ruiz against the ropes and stunned him with a right hook and as Ruiz attempted to work up from the body to Russell’s head, Russell fired a whistling right hook to Ruiz’ jaw, turning out the lights.
One punch was all 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder (20-0, 20 KOs) needed against tough journeyman heavyweight David Long (11-2-2, 7 KOs). Both fighters danced about the ring for a few moments, working up a sweat and with one big right hand to the jaw, Wilder knocked out Long, who never saw the punch coming. Physicians tended to Long for a few minutes in the ring, however, he was able to make to the dressing room under his own power. Time of the stoppage, 1:17 of the first round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the toughest fight of his career, Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (27-4-3, 15 KOs) won by twelve round split decision against Colombian Alexander Monterrosa (17-8-3, 10 KOs) to retain his WBC Cabofe title in front of 7,000 boxing fans in the Plaza Mexico. Sanchez II recovered from an eighth round knockdown, showing courage and determination in a late rally that earned him a 115-112, 115-113 verdicy on two cards. Monterrosa was up 115-112 on the third card. “It was a tough fight, but that was expected and I gave my best tonight,” said Sanchez II. “This is a sacred place and for my fans I have to do my best to contunue my career and be a challenger for a world crown. I hope in 2012 to have good fights and achieve my goal.”
Exciting former heavyweight contender Ron Lyle has unfortunately passed away at the age of 70 in Denver, Colorado, after complications from a sudden stomach ailment.
Lyle fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1975 and his knockdown filled brawl with George Foreman the following year is considered to be one of the greatest bouts in boxing history. Possibly the hardest-punching fighter of his era, Lyle had a career mark of 43-7-1, with 31 KOs. Fightnews sends our deepest sympathies to Ron Lyle’s family and friends.
By Karl Freitag
In a rematch, unbeaten WBC Silver welterweight belt holder Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Ionut “Jo-Jo Dan” Ion (29-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Spor Salonu in Trabzon, Turkey. Dan fought more aggressively than the first fight, and Aydin was happy to mix it up. Just like in the first fight, Dan was down in round one. Aydin landed the heavier shots while Dan was busier for the rest of the bout. Aydin dropped Dan again in round eleven. Aydin was deducted a point in round twelve by referee Massimo Barrovecchio. In the end, the knockdowns made the difference as Aydin won 113-112, 113-112, 115-111. Aydin won their first fight by controversial split decision in June 2010.
Heavyweight Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (24-13-3, 20 KOs). Pala was in command all the way en route to a 120-111, 118-110, 118-110 win.
Heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (7-0, 5 KOs) successfully stepped up in class to stop late sub Cisse Salif (24-19-2, 21 KOs) in two rounds. Teper dropped Salif in round two and the bout was waved off after Teper’s follow-up barrage.
IBF #15 middleweight Benjamin Simon (22-1, 21 KOs) made short work of Ruslan Rodivich (8-5, 8 KOs) knocking him out in the first round.
Report and photos by Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green and Current WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk both looked in excellent condition during an open training session in front of family, friends and media today at “The Ring” Boxing Gym in Northbridge, Perth. (more…)
Photos: Marianne Muller
Zsolt Erdei went through the first week of his preparation time in Germany successfully. Under the guidance of his coach Fritz Sdunek and his physical coach Zoltan Klink he continued his preparations and he made his first effective sparring sessions and continues his special fitness programm.
Zsolt Erdei: “It’s was a first week of sparring here in Cologne. I had the best conditions in the Felix-Sturm-Gym to start this phase. Thanks for the help by the Felix Sturm team! Coach Fritz Sdunek and I had harmony immediately. Now the intensive training for the next five weeks can go on – I’m in a good mood, in best condition. I’m focused and prepared for this great challenge on New Years Eve against the IBF champ Tavoris Cloud in Anaheim!” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Five boxers from Oxnard will fight in separate four-round bouts tonight at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. They will be a part of All Star Boxing Promotions’ eight-bout “Civil Disobedience” card. (more…)
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